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Michelle and Chad’s Beaver Creek Wedding

 

Venue and Catering: Westin Riverfront Resort in Beaver Creek, Colorado

Hair and Makeup: Spa Anjali

Chad and Michelle are huge cyclists, so they decided to have a bike themed fall wedding in Beaver Creek. The day was a great reflection of their personalities. I had the chance to go mountain biking with Chad and his friends in the morning before the ceremony, which was a great way to start the day. Afterwards I met Michelle at Spa Anjali for hair and makeup. They did most of the decorations and setup the photo book themselves. One of the highlights was when they did their grand entrance on a bicycle weaving in and out of the tables.

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My pre wedding photography life

I am going to state something that not a lot of professional photographers would do, photography is not my passion in life. In fact, it never was. My passions involve experiences such as travel, eating, meeting new people, experiencing new things. For me photography started as a means to share those experiences with others, and through a little luck combined with drive, it became a financial means to make that happen.

I didn’t get my start as a wedding or portrait photographer. The first photos that ever earned me money were ones that I took of hiking and camping in college for Northern Illinois University‘s outdoor program. Soon after I was photographing cycling events for Chicago’s Windy City Sports Magazine. After spending our entire lives in Illinois, my wife, Carin, and I moved to southern California.  By that time in 2002, I was starting to take photography more seriously and began attending the Brooks Institute of Photography.  While studying, I was photographing mainly for a handful of environmental organizations like the Community Environmental Council. During my time in California, I focused on mostly landscape photography, and the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains and Yosemite National Park, in particular.

After a year in California, we relocated to the mountains of Colorado where I visited often as a child. We made our home in Summit County, and I focused heavily on a combination of landscape and adventure travel photography.  Within year, my work was being featured in magazines like National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Trail Runner, Freeskier, and several other small publications. In many ways, I was living the dream life of a photographer.

 

I have a question about wedding photography: How well can you ski?

So where does wedding photography come in to play? Here is the funny thing about Colorado; people get married here because they love travel and adventure. Recently, I received a phone call that went a little like, “I have a question about wedding photography: How well can you ski?” The couple who asked was having a wedding at Copper Mountain in which everyone would be skiing. By now, I am used to those kinds of questions, but 10 years ago I was a little surprised at how people who saw my adventure photography were interested in having me photograph their weddings.

After a decade of photographing weddings, I have realized that this notion I had about weddings being boring, was based on my limited experiences growing up in the suburbs of Chicago. The people that hire me to photograph their weddings are different. They are fun and adventurous. In the last decade, I have photographed weddings in the desert, on roofs of buildings, on the tops of mountains, on tropical islands, on boats, and just about anywhere else you can think of. Everything I want out of life (having adventures and meeting new people) I get through wedding photography.

Below is a selection of images of things I have photographed that have nothing to do with weddings. Many of them are from before I photographed my first wedding.

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In my spare time

 
 
I’ve had a lot of people ask me what I like to do in my spare time when I’m not photographing.  My wife Carin and I really like to spend as much time in the outdoors as possible.  We hike, climb, ski, and especially bike.  In addition to riding bikes, I also like to work on them.  Eventually I acquire enough spare parts to build another bike up.
 
 
This video is a time lapse of around an hour of work to assemble Carin’s new commuter bike. Its something simple she can use when we grocery shop or run errands around town. Look for her around Breckenridge, CO.
 
 

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Staying Creative

People always tell me how lucky I am to be living in such a photogenic place; and they are quite right.  I am really lucky to be able to live in the mountains of Colorado, but even up here I can go through spells of feeling uncreative and out of ideas, a sort of “photographer’s block.”

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