Imagine getting an email from one of your sweetest students saying that they wanted to hire you to come out to Colorado to capture their small, intimate wedding in Aspen…. I was SO EXCITED!!! This was long before COVID or travel bans or quarantine. Haleigh planned her wedding quickly because her dad’s health was declining quickly and she wanted nothing more than for him to walk her down the aisle and get to experience an amazing trip with him. Haleigh’s dad has been battling cancer with a prognosis that is hard to imagine. That reality made Jack and Haleigh’s wedding day so incredibly special, meaningful and intentional.
Jack and Haleigh are from Florida and so their mountain wedding was a drastic change from their normal day-to-day view. The views were just unimaginable. As soon as I walked around the corner of the ceremony venue and saw the backdrop, I was shocked. I hate to say it but images don’t even do it justice. It’s impossible to fully capture how grand and majestic Maroon Bells is in real life. It’s stunning. We were shooting in the middle of the day and so even though the light was harsh, it was still absolutely beautiful and I was able to capture images that I will cherish for the rest of my career!
Their day was so incredibly beautiful, simple, and so them. They wanted epic portraits and to be surrounded by those that love them the most and with the exception of a few friends what couldn’t come because of Covid, that is exactly what they got! It was such an honor to be trusted with their day and to be the ones who had the privilege of capturing such special moments for a family that is walking through so much right now.
Enjoy Jack and Haleigh’s wedding day and just prepare yourself…. these are portraits like I have never captured before!! I would go back and do this all over again in a heartbeat! …. except I would make sure I research the elevation restrictions while 20 weeks pregnant so that I wouldn’t have to order an Oxygen tank just in case!! We have so many fun memories from this trip that will be shared in our next KJ All Access episode and our members are going to LOVE it! Thank you Haleigh and Jack for allowing us to teach and inspire other photographers through your epic wedding day!!!
We love you both and we are cheering for you and this exciting new season of your life!!!
Haleigh you are beautiful!!!!
When her dad saw a note she had embroidered on the back of his tie….
Have you ever seen a more epic First Look location?!
Photographers, notice how much the light was changing literally every few minutes. It was challenging but still epic! We kind of got the best of both worlds…. sunlight and overcast!
Jack tossed this veil himself… Michael may be out of a job in the veil department!
This one got me when I took it. I had mascara everywhere. Haleigh you have such a beautiful relationship with your precious dad. It was such an honor to capture it.
Ceremony | Maroon Bells Amphitheater
Reception | Highlands Alehouse
Dress Store | Minerva Bridal
Dress Designer | Morilee by Madeline Gardner
Florist | Bride & Groom, Florals purchased from Afloral
Hair & Make Up | Aspen Hair and Makeup
Catering | Highlands Alehouse
Invitations | Minted
Hair Piece | Bella Via Designs
Hope Charm for Florals | Etsy
View Jack + Haleigh’s Engagement Session HERE!
32 Years. Over three decades. Can you image the impact? My dad accepted the call to our tiny little part of Virginia when I was just 18mos old.
Off season is here!! For wedding photographers, this is hopefully a time to rest and rejuvenate before busy season kicks back in. This is also a great time to focus on some back-end business tasks you might have had on your plate for a while now.
2021 was a year to remember! I decided to close out YouTube for the year, by reflecting back on life lessons 2021 taught me – what worked, what didn’t and what I hope to remember as I move into 2022.
You guys know talking about the tech side of a photography business is not my expertise… but thankfully it IS Tyler’s!!! I asked him to take over this YouTube video because I want to help you figure out which Mac is going to be the best one for you (even though I shouldn’t be the one to help you with that!!)!
It’s been years since I’ve done a round-up of some of my favorite images from the year! I struggle to narrow these down and so I decided to showcase some of the images with the best candid emotions!
Welcome back to another Behind the Image! In this series I take you behind the scenes of a real wedding day and then analyze one image! Today we’re analyzing an image from a wedding we shot back in May that should NOT have worked…but it did!!