As I put on my ski pants in the Breckenridge ski parking lot I knew this was going to be a fun shoot. It was a warm winter day in December. Snow has been falling this year so the skiing is better than most Decembers. I head up on the gondola with tele-skis and two bags of camera gear: my lightweight, go fast in the mountains kit. A Canon 1DS M3 with 24-70 and 70-200 both 2.8, and three 580’s with Radiopoppers and a bunch of cards. I really like working in cold, windy or most other challenging conditions. I find that with photography like all other things in life you get out of it what you put in. In this case, creating Bihn & Santos’s engagement images definitely presented some logistical challenges, but were so worth the effort.
Skiing with 20-30 pounds of very fragile and expensive camera gear can put a new meaning on survival skiing. We didn’t need to get on any harder runs than a solid blue to find great spots to photograph in. As the sun crested the mountains to the west and the shadows grew long, I knew we were in the best window of natural light. We made a few runs working in trees, on the ski runs and around some old snow fences with great texture. Bihn and Santos were very relaxed and natural in front of the camera and it shows in the images. After we got back down we made a few more portraits with their awesome dogs as the sun was setting.
My favorite types of photographs have more to them than pretty people. I like a sense of story and a sense of who these people are and what are they are about. What they are really about. As a fun loving Colorado couple this is a glimpse into their normal weekend and what they like to do as a couple. More than anything I want them to be able to look back on these images in 50 years, show heir grandkids what they were like and how much youthful love they shared for each other. These type of images will gain value in the decades to come and I am so happy to be able to create them.