We had a great time creating these images at the engagement session of Lindsay and Joel. We started at Red Rocks and then ran amuck late into the evening in Morrison. This extended session allowed us to create a wide variety of images as you will see in their engagement album from this nearly three-hour session (what strong smile muscles they have). We had perfect weather and very nice light. These conditions really freed us up to go anywhere we wanted and we took advantage of this unusual freedom.
As the shoot progressed, I really felt that we had captured something spectacular that could not be contained in a standard sized wall portrait. I didn’t know how Lindsay and Joel would react to such an idea but as I started explaining my vision they became just as excited as I was. So we decided to create a piece that when finished was 84 x 16 inches. My lab had to get the technician from New York to help modify the printer to produce such a large print. I was sweating bullets everyday as the status report that they were having problems came in, but they assured me that the print would be ready tomorrow. Eventually I did receive the print and was blown away. I frequently get excited about my work but this was unlike anything I had ever seen before. We chose to print this on the metallic paper to enhance the license plates and add pop which turned out to be a brilliant (literally) decision. When we started this project, I had no idea where to find mattes for such a colossal image, but luckily I found Dave at Art Source in Denver who supplied the oversized matte and did a beautiful job cutting it. Thanks Dave! I also had to have the print mounted before I could matte and frame. My lab normally handles this for me but unfortunately couldn’t mount or ship something so large. So the print arrived in a tube and I found Daniel and Animal Crackers in Denver who gladly took on the challenge of matting this monster. Once again they had to special order oversized materials but it looked great when they were finished. Thanks Daniel! Once this was all completed I was horrified when I realized it wouldn’t fit in the back of my pickup truck. I then measured our Subaru outback and found that if I removed all the headrests, one end of the portrait could rest on my dash allowing the trunk to close. Pheeewww another problem solved! This is going to be Lindsay and Joel’s Signature Board at their wedding, and I can’t wait to see the reactions of their guests.
Here it is!!!