One of my favorite elements of shooting weddings is getting to know the personalities and stories behind the couples because no two are alike. There’s also personality and stories in the very elements a couple chooses to be a part of their wedding, especially the wedding rings. It’s been fun over the years to see the rings reflect the ring bearers and hear the stories behind the bling. Some are family heirlooms, some represent cultural backgrounds and history, some express symbols of faith while others are just downright gorgeous.
The one thing I love about this particular photo is that it seems to tell its own story–while there are cracks and signs of age, the foundation circle is still unbroken and the rings remain beautifully at the center. I wish the wearers of these rings and the many others I’ve had the honor of shooting the same in the journeys before them.
Million Ranch Homestead Barn – If These Walls Could Talk
There’s a lot of tales behind this old barn. Part of the Million Ranch, my grandma has stories of growing up playing in the haystacks, raising her pet lamb that drank from a baby bottle, and avoiding the meat shed. The current owners of this property made a gallant decision years ago to preserve this old barn and its history, giving it supports and a new roof.
My family got a chance to take a tour of the ranch and this beautiful barn the weekend we were all together celebrating my Ginnymom’s memorial. Seeing my niece and nephew take turns swinging on the gate and overhearing my mom and my aunti swap tales of visiting this place as little girls and playing in the fields is something to be treasured. It’s nice to be able to take a moment and remember history. This old barn has plenty memories and of secrets. I wonder what these barn walls would say if they could talk.
Million Ranch – Days Gone By
This is not just another wagon on a ranch. This is a piece of personal history. Sitting in a pasture at what once was the Million Ranch in Southern Colorado where my great grand dad homesteaded, the current property owners have preserved and left much of the barn and equipment in peace.
This particular photo is nostalgic due to the fact that it was snapped the weekend of my grandma’s memorial and a tour of the ranch property was arranged for our family. We got to walk through the original homestead house and see the cozy rooms where she was raised, the barn she played in and the fields that held many of her childhood stories.
I am grateful for that day spent with family and for the current property owners who not only preserved a lot of the land’s history but allowed us to experience and become a part of it for a few precious moments.
Locked Up Tight
Usually random shots like this are taken on a shoot as part of the details I notice of the venue, event, location or moment. This shot happened to come from taking property photos for some mundane paperwork on for a construction permit. The door to this barn had actually fallen off completely due to old age and rot and we had just propped it back into position when I saw this lock still holding fast and doing its job. I like the grit and age. Even after all the years, the door may not be attached but it was still locked up tight. Job well done.
Taken at a Mad Hatter Tea Party celebrating a baby shower, I loved the light reflecting off the glass dome making it appear as if the tea cup were trapped inside two domes as gobs of presents loom in the background. Sometimes I feel like that tea cup, set aside sitting beautifully hidden beneath a shell of isolation while looking out on others in celebration.
I love parties and I especially love celebrations. Too often it’s tempting to sweep these moments under the rug and cave into the desire to not make a big deal about them.
Weddings are a big deal and wanting to celebrate with friends and family in adding someone into your life is worth celebrating in whatever way that means something to you. Having a baby and bringing a new life into this world–be it your first child or your fourth–is a big deal and worth celebrating. Graduations are worth celebrating the hard work and transition from one chapter and accomplishment to the next. Birthdays are worth taking a moment and celebrating the number of years being on this earth, be it just one year or sixty-seven.
These moments in life are worth celebrating. Don’t miss them. Don’t pass them up. Don’t stay in a shell. Celebrate when it’s time to celebrate. It’s worth it.
Mad Hatter Tea Party