I had a great day photographing the Minter Family! This has been one of the best summers ever, and I fear that it is disappearing into fall way too soon! I started the day deciding to drive my Mazda Miata convertible up to Estes Park time to a shoot for the first time. I had to pack a little differently but eventually managed to fit all my cameras, lighting equipment and myself into this tiny car. Once up in the mountains and on location it proved to be a little challenging due to whipping cold wind. I always bring a few extra jackets to this location. A few for the clients and one for me. I learned this the hard way, or I should say the COLD way. This is entirely normal in the mountains but is something I have to overcome in the portrait process. Usually as the sun goes down and the light gets better in quality the wind calms as well but the temperature also drops fast. The Minters have had a busy summer traveling and it was great for me to spend this evening in the mountains with them. At one point I asked them to climb up on this huge boulder positioned dramatically (it seemed) on the edge of the world. This is not for the faint of heart, but they did great balancing as the gusts of wind buffeted there backs trying to knock them off balance. We ended the day with three bull elk grazing on the succulent green tundra grasses just a 100 yards away. Summer is really a great time in Colorado.
The Minter family portrait they selected from this shoot. I love the view of Longs Peak in the background. This is a classically Colorado family portrait. It will be finished on canvas in a Gallery presentation.
Dramatic and powerful. Do you really need to see a face to be a successful portrait? I don’t think so. This is really fun and different. This might be a great approach to a family that feels self-conscience about having large portraits in their home.