It was a cold day in January but the sun was out and I was ready to create something fun for Malcolm and April. It was their engagement session and after a long list of potential places to shoot we decided on St. Mary’s Glacier. This is a gem of a spot with great scenery and less than a mile hike in. I think I was a little ambitious in bringing three cases of lighting and camera gear weighing in at 130ish pounds, but I wanted to make sure I had exactly what I needed. I quickly realized that I would not be able to hike this all up the mountain without some help. I devised a plan to use a snow sled to slide the heavy lighting gear up the mountain, I would carry the more fragile cameras and lenses on my back in a camera backpack. Once on the uphill grind I realized that I would not get a single break. Even if I stopped hiking the sled was still trying to pull me backwards down the mountain. If you are looking for a great cardio and leg workout, this is it.
The shoot itself was a blast! Malcolm and April were so much fun to work with. They were up for anything and came with a fun wardrobe of brimmed hats and handmade mittens knitted by April. They both vowed to return to the slopes above with there snowboards later this winter. I hope they do as that is how I am so familiar with the area. We shot well after dark using the rising full moon for added flair in the final images.