taylor and parker | love in the desert | a red rocks love story by yours truly
if you follow my work, then you know i was in colorado this past september to photograph and film my dear friends and engaged humans taylor and parker!
it was a well needed work + pleasure trip during the pandemic (something to look forward to).
it also came at an INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT time in Seattle. I left for this trip during the forest fires which were absolutely devastating our air quality in the PNW and California.
I lived through six days of it and let me tell you - that was enough.
I'm not sure if my sanity could have taken any more.
THANK GOODNESS for COLORADO and the LOVE that brought mark and i there!
taylor and parker, i'm referring to YOUR love.
i've known taylor since sophomore year of college (i believe?).
we were both involved in environmental groups on campus and took a number of classes together which focused on environmental + social issues.
our shared passion for the earth and the people who live on it was an immediate connecting point in our relationship. and is sustained to this very day (nine years later!)
when she and parker reached out about hiring me to document their love i was over the moon honored. i respect them both so much and am beyond honored to walk in this journey with these two.
i'm kind of a weird photographer in that i don't focus on the money shots.
i focus almost singularly on what's in front of me -- that's you (my beautiful clients/subjects), and our surroundings.
i'm not usually thinking - oh how can i make it super obvious we're in one of the most famous parks in the country (red rocks park and amphitheater)?
i'm not usually thinking - what's the most epic shot i can create in this space?
no, i'm usually looking at you two, your tones (skin, hair and clothing). and examining the spaces around me where i feel you'd really fit in - like a glove.
i'm looking for light. and texture.
and your story.
i'm always always.
looking for your story.
and your story lives in you.
it doesn't live in the images we produce together. or the epic surroundings.
your story is you and your love and the ways you connect.
so this is what i focus in on.
and the surroundings are just like frosting on the cake, guiding me in my compositions.
but YOU AND YOUR STORY are the fricken dessert 🧁 🍨 🍮
and i don't want to alter this story.
i want to be a witness to it - and create imagery and footage that is a testament to it.
all of it. the beautiful. the perfect. the gobs of emotion. the lack of emotion. the awkwardness. the nerves. the sense of serenity. the quiet. the joy.
it all inherently lives in you two.
and i'm just there to draw it out some and encourage natural-ish touching lol.
it's always a LITTLE weird feeling.
but it works out. because you're humans - not robots.
well, i will end this post by sharing the SNEAK PEEK to taylor and parker's LOVE fILM.
i'm calling it:
taylor and parker | love in the desert
because I legit got stabbed with several cacti while shooting them at red rocks lolll. and it's so damn dry in colorado that i was dehydrated constantly.
so, yes love in the desert. to me, is amazing.
enjoy this sneak peek and keep your eye on the final to be released
as always, thank you for being here.
interested in working together for your engagement + love + wedding + family story?
i create photographs and films in a raw, artistic and documentary style. art of humanity, i call it.
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