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“Ah man, there’s a fence around those flowers. I’m going over! No, wait, the fence is down over there…”
“You make me laugh,” my husband said from the driver’s seat.
We were out for a Saturday drive with the dogs. I assume it has to be a little annoying sometimes to ride with me because I turn into a two-year-old: “Oooh, look at that! Check out the sky! Did you see that? Deer! Oh, the water is high! Look at how the clouds are swirling over the mountaintop! That lighting is GORGEOUS over there!” And on and on I go.
“Why do I make you laugh?”
“Because you go crazy about a field of flowers. Every. Time.”
“Well,” I said, “just look at that yellow against the blue. Isn’t it amazing?”
“It IS pretty. But you really see it. I see that stuff so often, I don’t really pay attention.”
That bit of conversation left me thinking. Yes, yes I do go crazy over fields of flowers, and looking at Pikes Peak never gets old. I can stand at my kitchen window and stare at the sky or watch deer play across the street for the longest time, day after day, without getting bored.
I love life. I love all the beautiful, wonderful delights that every day is full of. My past was truly ugly, so I look for nothing but beauty even while working amidst the ugly others are dealing with. I never want to stop noticing flowers and clouds and animals and how the wind sounds when it weaves its way through tall grass. I want to embrace each day, each precious moment of life given to me.
Don’t miss the flowers. Don’t miss the trees. Don’t miss the wind. Don’t miss the sky. Don’t miss your life.
I met Rocky and Mike through Spencer and Leigh (who I met through other friends — come on, isn’t this a great world!?). What was meant to be a short one-time photo session has led to me having the honor of celebrating with them in a few weeks when they get married!
But first, when Rocky told me her hope for a Bonnie & Clyde themed session, I was ecstatic. I love to play! I love doing something new and different and fun, and if you don’t think doing a session with fun people who are playing a role in the middle of Garden of the Gods isn’t all kinds of awesome, well, we need to talk.
We had high hopes for a car to shoot with, but those plans fell through. Still, we knew we could pull it off and it would be awesome. Following are some of my favorite images of the day.
To answer the first question: no, no we did not get stuck in the snow. Why do you ask?
Moving right along…
Living in Colorado comes with many perks. But sometimes it comes with changes that happen so fast, you have to up your own game, especially as you run out of daylight. And the snow stops falling softly and instead begins to assault you…sideways. Seriously. Yet, there is laughter and kisses (them, not me) and beauty and a celebration of love all the same. And that’s what I live for, why I do this job, even if sometimes it means you have the worst drive of your life on the way home.
Spencer, Leigh, Yota*, and I met up last summer to see if we were a good fit for each other, and lo! We were! So we planned a winter engagement session with the hopes of a wintry look and maybe some nice snow, right? Oh, best laid plans and all that jazz. Worse, I became so nervous as a passenger that you could officially change my name to Chatty Cathy. Truly. (I have Passenger Anxiety. It’s real.)
I’ll be there!
So, after not being stuck in the snow, we got started and Leigh immediately got comfortable with my camera. That hair, those eyes, that smile!
Now, I want you to notice that it’s just barely starting to snow here. It’s light and pretty and hardly makes us freezing cold.
By the end, the snow will drench us and everyone’s hair will fall flat, and Spencer never stops complaining about how much time he spent doing his hair ALL FOR NOTHING! Ahem, sorry…creative license.
They are just too stinkin’ cute!
Y’all, come on. Leigh is absolutely gorgeous! This just makes you excited to see what she will look like on her wedding day.
Let’s not forget Spencer. I love this series because he’s trying so hard to be a good little model and Leigh is standing behind me making faces at him. “Stop making me laugh!” He’s gonna work that wedding day attire, but I may have to keep Leigh out of range if she’s gonna keep up these shenanigans!
If you’re not working with animals, you haven’t lived. I love that almost every session lately has included a fur baby. Yota was the best! And by “the best,” I mean, well, dogs…whatcha gonna do?
Eh, forget the dog. We can do this without him.
So, this is where we started losing control over the situation completely. You see how the snow is getting heavier? And we’re losing the battle with good hair. And no one is warm. NO ONE! But look at how they are holding it together. Truly professional. I’m sure I was professional too, hardly whining and shivering at all. Because I’m professional.
We called it a day shortly after this.
Here are some phone shots I took when we were NOT stuck in the snow…
Before leaving, Leigh and I had to get one selfie in. Spencer basically laughed at the idea and stayed in the truck where it was toasty warm. Notice how the snow is downright smacking us. OK, you can’t tell, but it is!
Seriously had a blast with you two, and I can’t wait for September, where I will talk much less…unless you’re driving me somewhere. Then, I make no promises.
*I mentioned at this meeting that my husband would love them since they seemed to be Star Wars fans, what with naming their dog Yoda. But I was totally mis-hearing them and so yeah, that was fun! That beauty is actually named for the car, not a wise green fella.
A few things I learned –
Sometimes you have to shove the to-do list aside and just live.
Focus is an ongoing journey — trying on what works and what doesn’t. Being OK with letting things go.
Self-led learning is the absolute best for me.
There are hard days and there is hard work. But there is also light waiting for you.
You should get up and dance. Dance like no one is watching, even when you know they are. Even when you are surrounded by thousands of people. Just dance.
Embrace who you are. It’s OK. You’re OK.
It’s OK not to like something anymore and to move on from it.
There are silver linings to the upcoming empty nest thing.
Always find a way to laugh on hard days.
Snapshots of the month –
In March, I wrote the following at MiddlePlaces.com —
Did anything amazing, exciting, or beautiful happen for you in March?