Thea and John, thank you for being epic.
Thank you Sahid of limonphotography for rocking your second shooting skills and putting up with my mad ADD
As a little kid I always loved looking out the window of my plane as we flew over the mid-west. What shocked me were the patchwork creations of many round, circular crops.
Being from California, we didn’t have Center Pivots where I grew up. We had Avocados, strawberries, and just about any type of fruit or vegetable you could think of. It wasn’t until I moved out to Colorado that I saw Center Pivots. Round, circular irrigation systems that go around a farm providing water and fertilizer to crops like corn.
I’m amazed at how they seem to stretch the horizon and how vastly important they are.
How can we begin to describe this beautiful wedding we were blessed to document. Rebecca and Jacob have a beautiful love for each other, and an amazing love story with their Savior that took center stage at their intimate San Luis Obispo, California destination wedding.
Everything about this wedding was beautiful, personal, and inspiringly honest. With just close family gathered around the lakeside dock of their grandparents’ home (who have been married for over 50 years!), they gave deeply personal vows that committed their lives to each other as they walked in Christ’s love and leading. Beautiful flowers were generously donated from neighbors’ gardens to adorn the ceremony site with fragrance and beauty. Rebecca looked absolutely stunning in her dress. And Jacob’s humility, confidence, and exuberant love for his wife spoke volumes in times where words were simply not enough.
Even more so, Rebecca and Jacob got away to the secluded shores of Montana De Oro to enjoy an intimate first dance serenaded by stringed instruments accompanied by the crashing of the Pacific.
It is easy to see why we have fallen in love with their story and intimate weddings.
Rebecca and Jacob, a heartfelt congratulations on the beginning of your beautiful story. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for blessing us with your love, your generosity, and your celebration.
Oh what a joy it was to have Amber in front of the camera today. Not only is she a beautiful young woman on the outside, but her inner beauty exudes confidence and gentleness. Amber is a nurse, worship leader, and soon to be missionary in Thailand. We got a call from her last week looking to update some of her photos for support letters so that she can be a nurse to those who truly need medicine, a helping hand, and an encouraging word. I cannot wait for your journey to begin in Thailand!
Honestly, ever since I left the snow blanketed state of Kansas from Rachel and Nathan’s wedding, I have had a smile on my face. Nathan and Rachel share an infectious chemistry for one another and a passion and zeal for life that inspires everyone around them. It was an amazingly cold day and Rachel and Nathan held their first look on top of a snowy dike just outside Saint John’s Military Academy. Looking back on their first look, I am met with memories of pure happiness, coming away feeling utterly and completely blessed to have shared in their love and celebration…if even just for moments as long as 1/200th of a second. One thing made this wedding even more special to me – Alyssa was able to come along and rock her mad photography skills with me.
I absolutely love photographing military weddings and truly appreciate the sacrifice and dedication to our country that not only our soldiers display every day, but their spouses as well. We offer a 10% discount for all active military.
Rocking the video was Matt from Baysinger Films.
We take a break from some of our wedding work to feature a different type of photography we do…editorial work. We love the fine art wedding photography we offer in Northern Colorado and all over the country. But sometimes I love to make a few edgy, crisp portraits for our editorial and advertising work.
Brett is an amazing Counselor and track coach at a local high school. He just got accepted to be an instructor at the Nike Running Camp in Boulder, Colorado. So, we went out to the school’s track today and did some editorial photography work for his bio page for the program.
It was a surprisingly brisk, dew-drenched morning that brilliantly reflected the golden California sunshine up into my face as I walked down to the barn for morning chores. With the dogs playing at my heels, I opened the warped, wooden barn door and was immediately greeted by a bouquet of fresh straw and the sight of dozens of young lambs beginning their routine stretches in the morning and preparing for a day full of frolicking and playing king of the hill on the resident straw pile. As I rationed out flakes of alfalfa, fresh scoops of molasses soaked grain, and scrubbed and filled water buckets to the cleanliness standards of a surgery center, I would always take a second to relax and enjoy the sight and expectations of this year’s lamb crop that we would sell to 4-H and FFA members across the State.
As usual, my mom was right there with me, helping me do chores, formulate the best nutritional rations for our ewes, and just chat about what we were seeing. An accomplished horse trainer, she had a certain way of life that just exuded knowledge about the blending of livestock and life. Little did I know, this everyday meeting would be different.
My mom and I started evaluating the year’s lamb crop and talking about what direction we wanted to go when purchasing rams and ewes to help improve our flock for next year. After several back and forth exchanges on viewpoints, I decided to win this argument once and for all, “knowing” I was right. I mean, I was a teenager after all. I exclaimed “We have to go to Berry’s Farm to purchase stock from him, he’s the most popular person right now, and he’ll help us become popular breeders too.” Taking a second to think of a response, she replied “But Scott, You don’t even like his stock or style.” I thought to myself in all my infinite teenage wisdom that it didn’t matter, I wanted to get customers, and I wanted notoriety in the show ring. What came next was a lesson beyond the barn.
“You see, every day you and I wake up at sunrise and come out here to the barn to feed, water, and complete all the chores that are needed. We’re up at 2 am just to check on the health of our ewes who we are expecting to lamb, and we are out here till sunset practicing. We’ve had a lot of great memories in this barn…and a lot of heart breaks too. Whether its freezing or 110 degrees, we are out here working with our only company being the sheep.” At this point, I have to guess my eyes were beginning to roll, but that’s when she got right to the point. “You can’t go chasing after the trends. With all this work, you have to like what’s in the barn.”
In other words, when you are giving all that you are to your work, you better enjoy the taste of the fruit of your labor the most. Even if no one else appreciates it, you need to. Now how does this lesson in the barn have anything to do with photography? It’s quite simple, as most important things truly are.
As artists, we often thrive on positive affirmation to validate our worth as photographers. There’s nothing wrong looking for positive feedback, in fact, it is always appreciated. However, as a creative I can place too much emphasis on the feedback and too little of it on creating art that inspires me and makes me happy. Don’t get me wrong, I desperately want to please my clients beyond their expectations, but I ultimately want to do that by becoming an inspired and fulfilled photographer ,who, by creating work that he enjoys, overflows that joy to my clients. After all, my clients hire me for who I am, not just my work. I can’t enter into that place of creative Zen without first creating images I love. And in reality, if I don’t love my images, how can I expect anyone else to?
I’m reminded of the contrasting lifestyles of Howard Roark and Peter Keating in Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. One created for the pure joy of creating things that he enjoyed, and the other was too consumed with creating what others wanted and neglected creating work that inspires his heart. Keating found temporary notoriety and success, while Roark found fulfillment and ultimately great unnecessary fame.
I’ve been realizing a few things lately, with the first being that I need to create for myself. I sat down to coffee with a good friend and heart the other day, and he said something that has stuck with me. “Scott, skill wise you can technically pull off any photograph you want, but what I want to see is YOU in the photograph.” He didn’t mean a literal “YOU.” I mean, who would want to see that? My morning sit up routine involves the transition of my bed to my espresso machine. What he advised was a creation of art that demonstrated who I am and my heart in every image by simply creating art that I enjoyed and made me happy.
So that’s my goal. I’m going to be removing the “comment” section of my blog page simply because I’m the type of person who chases after affirmation too much. I want to focus on only one thing, creating artwork that inspires me and, in turn, inspires my clients beyond what they could ever image.
As the memory of dew and the smell of fresh straw fill my nose and heart while I drink my morning espresso, I sit down to edit my latest photographs with one thing in mind…I have to like what’s in the barn, even if no one else does. If I stay true to that idea, hopefully I find people that like what is in my barn too.
This post wouldn’t be complete without several embarrassing pictures of me growing up, but hey, I’m not ashamed because it was a life I enjoyed in the barn. Don’t ask about the hats and ties…I had to wear them
I absolutely love getting a chance to try out new ways of lighting and photographing people. In fact, I think it’s incredibly important to push yourself as an artist on a regular basis to keep yourself moving forward. So when a good friend of Alyssa and mine volunteered to do some modeling to test out a few lighting concepts we wanted to use for our Colorado Commercial Photography, we were down.
For photographers, these were all shot within the last 3 hours. Get it right in camera, and the editing is quick and easy.