Most photographers have their favorite locations and go-to poses that make for tried-and-true photos that clients love. I have mine. At a certain bed and breakfast in Southern Colorado lies a corner with a hide-e-hole that I almost always stick my couples in. This corner is one of my favorites to shoot elopements–it’s a hot tub canopy that has curlie-cue ironwork detail that is perfect for some playful moments. It’s kind of like my own personal version of mistletoe.
Just the Two of Us
Just the two of us moments.
These are the moments that make wedding photography worth it. My favorite moment of a wedding day is stealing the couple immediately after the ceremony and sneaking away from all things bridal party and any attendee peeping eyes to allow the newlyweds 5-10 minutes by themselves. Of course this makes me one of the most hated photographers by the attendees with cell phones and iPads, but it is in this very sensitive window that the smiles are as genuine and loving as they get. It is in these moments that things are whispered for only their ears, panic and stress have been traded for relief and joy. These are the moments that make the best wedding photos. These are the moments that make memories. I love whisking them away for a private snuggle and blending into the background and giving them a few minutes to feel like they are the only two people in the world. It is worth it. Every time.
Bride To Be
The nerves before a wedding are palpable. The smiles are real but the nerves even more so. This beautiful bride needed one last look before saying “I do.” One last check, one last view of the dress, hair and makeup…one last look. These are the moments before he gets his first look. Cheers to those last precious looks and those beautiful moments just steps before those important words.
No matter how many kisses there have been in the past, there’s just something about that first kiss on a wedding day. This cutie elopement couple who tied the knot at Big Meadows Reservoir had been together over eight years, and yet with no prompting at all, her foot kicked up. Fellas, you know you’re doing something right when you give the girl kissie foot.
One of my favorite moments shooting a wedding is stealing the bride & groom away from the masses for just a few minutes right after the ceremony when smiles are genuine and love is in the air. As a guest attendee I completely understand that this can be fairly annoying because we all want to get on with the cocktails, congratulations and the rest of the celebration. However, in the wedding photographer world these moments are priceless.
This is what as a photographer we get paid to do. Couples hire me to capture the day and in particular to create and capture these exact moments. I am paid to sneak them away from all the cell phones and ipads aimed in their direction and to professionally capture those moments of joy as they have eyes only for each other–and there is no joy as raw as right after wedding vows have been spoken and the deal is sealed in a kiss. The moments I capture will go on the wall, will come out on anniversaries, and will be put into albums and memory books for years to come…and that is an honor and an awesome responsibility.
This particular couple said their I-do’s on a bridge over a spillway waterfall at Big Meadows in Southern Colorado in a private elopement ceremony with just eight attendees. The hugs and nerves of excitement were genuine and this adorable couple were as good as it gets. Even though their were just a few friends and family there I still pulled them away under the bridge to take a few moments to kiss and snuggle behind some boulders to capture their mountain wedding. As we snuck away the groom grabbed the bride’s hand and the breeze swept her dress in a way that only nature can playfully do. These are the moments that make me smile.
This is why I do what I do. Cheers to wedding season.