Jan 8, 2019 | By: Brides, Bumps & babies Photography
I love adventurous wedding couples!When Lisa and Shaun booked with me for their wedding on New Year’s Eve…I knew that it very well could be cold, rain or snow just as well as it could be 50 degrees and sunny.Well, for a week prior and the week since, it’s been 50 degrees here in Denver but yep, on New Year’s Eve it was super cold and snowing!15 degrees when we ventured out to Civic Center Park in downtown Denver.
But, to be safe, before we headed out in the cold, we did capture a few comfortable photos at Grid Collaborative Work Space in downtown Denver where the reception would be in a couple of hours. Grid is a unique space with comfy couches, amazing wall murals and steel grids that give that urban feel.
I had thought about bringing a powerful studio type flash with a soft box to create some dramatic images but with snow in the air, any flash would light up the snow flakes in an obvious way and potentially cause unflattering shadows on the couple.So I looked at Rachel my assistant and said, “It’s really beautiful out as is…let’s just shoot available light”!With an inch or two of fresh snow on the ground, some snow lining leafless trees, topping off park benches and cement structures there in Civic Center Park, more snow in the air, muted sunlight from the overcast sky…it really was beautiful..BUT VERY COLD!
The best thing about having an adventurous photo assistant is that she braved the cold with us and took really great care of the couple…holding their coats and gloves while we snapped photos in one setting, gave coats and gloves back for a few minutes to warm up the couple, then we would rinse and repeat so to speak.
I really have to give credit to Lisa and Shaun as even though they were excited to be taking winter wonderland wedding photos…it was truly bitter outside. But they pressed on and on through multiple set-ups I had scouted weeks prior.Lisa especially was a trooper as she wore high heels instead of her boots that she had brought along and well…when you can see the high heels in certain photographs…it was worth it!
More importantly, the love and true friendship that Lisa and Shaun have really came through in the photos. A little bit of light directing or "scene setting" as I call it and they responded perfectly. As I always say, you need to feel super comfortable with your photographer and I LEAN VERY HEAVILY ON MY OUTGOING PERSONALITY! Couples that book with me are usually super nice with great families, outgoing, fun and open to adventure, playful and yes, want consistent, beautiful photographs of their whole wedding day!
How did I handle the could you may ask?Well, first off, I wore long johns under my slacks! ;)I also had a lined coat, stocking cap and wore gloves between taking photos so I was holding up pretty well. I must say, I really enjoyed the challenge and adventurous nature of this amazing wedding photography moment.That said, when it came time for photographing Lisa and Shaun having a SNOWBALL FIGHT…the snow was so light and fluffy that it wouldn’t allow a snowball to be pressed together with gloves on sooooo...I took off my gloves and made a few snowballs with my bare hands as the heat of my hands melted the snow just enough to keep it together.Lisa and Shaun had braved enough cold and I knew I needed to get this fun sequence of photos so I sucked it up…but man, after that my hands were pretty frozen and barely had the dexterity to work the camera ha ha!
I’m really proud of how these wedding formals photographs came out and hope you all love them too!If you are a newly engaged couple and may get along well with an adventurous, creative, technical and fun wedding photographer here in Denver, greater Colorado or beyond…give me a call to discuss how we can capture stunning images for your wedding too.If you are a wedding planner or venue…reach out and say as well because I am still pretty new to Colorado since moving from Los Angeles a couple years ago.Hey, I need more “Colorado” in my portfolio! ;)