Portrait / Lifestyle

Emily Ann


A Rocky Mountain Adventure

Emily is a good friend of mine. She is a middle-school teacher turned software developer, and she’s a badass. I asked her to shoot with me up in Breckenridge, Colorado for the changing of the aspen leaves. The snow had already started to fall, leaving the perfect layer of white fluffiness over everything. We were a little late to catch the aspens in their prime, but the yellows and oranges were still vibrant against the greens and browns of the mountains. I asked Emily to model for me for two reasons: She has great style, and she has an even better attitude. I don’t think I can think of a single time that Emily wasn’t laughing or smiling about how wonderful life is.

It’s the worst to shoot with people who don’t really want to be there. And yes, I have had a few shoots like that. So asking someone who is happy about everything to be a model was a fun way to build my portfolio and have fun with a friend. All the stars aligned for our shoot. There was a spread of clouds over the sky giving us some oh-so-wonderful flat light, and it was still warm enough that I didn’t have to shield Emily with a blanket every two minutes to keep her warm. Happiness is my favorite thing to photograph besides love, and Emily had plenty of that to give. Much thanks to Emily, Kansas girl turned Colorado die hard.






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