Joshua Tree & Big Bear, CA.
Dana Point, CA
Shaun and Kelsey. Some of you folks reading this probably know them already, so you know how simply great they are. Believe it or not, but I actually culled down this journal entry quite a bit from the first draft... the whole day was filled with such intentionality that it was difficult to do away any more of those in between moments, even though they may not have been the obvious, portfolio worthy images (whatever "portfolio worthy" might mean). What we're left with here is a glimpse, long winded yet still cursory, into the happenings of that day...
There's a notion of the video that Kelsey made for Shaun as a wedding gift - a surprise remake of the same video he had made to ask her to a dance years before. And you might see in Shaun's reaction, in his smile, the natural warmth that immediately sets the people around him at ease.
You may catch the way Kelsey's mom is so present, so there, with her daughter as they prepare for the day, and if you've read Kelsey's blog, that character of presence might give you a bit of context as to why her own reflections on life are so attendant and insightful.
You see guests unloading and hauling the benches to set up for the ceremony alongside a lake, up against a mountain, which represents so much about who Shaun and Kelsey are and the kind of people they have surrounding them.
A quick frame of a friend, taking it upon himself to clear scrub from the aisle so Kelsey's dress wouldn't snag.
And so on. Just a look.
These are some of the people and relationships that I'm reminded of from that Saturday in June of 2014, and I can only hope that these images will do the same thing for Shaun and Kelsey many years down the way.
Also, a huge thank you to David for helping me document this day. He's a real good guy and takes real good pictures.
Audio: Explosions In The Sky - Your Hand In Mine
Brainard Lake / Boulder, CO
The Ahwahnee Hotel / The Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA
Palm Springs, CA
Shaun and Kelsey are a pair of those incredibly sincere and intentional people. The kind of people that you want to be around. The kind of people that conjure community and creativity and smiles from those around them. Needless to say, I was thrilled when they asked me to be there to document their wedding. I have a good bit more to share from this day down the line, but for the now, here's a few scenes from their ceremony along the Great Continental Divide.
Brainard Lake, Colorado
[audio:http://hughforte.com/blog/audio/everythingyouneed.mp3] Son of a gun. This session. This location. These people. This love.
Tyler and Katie, I've always admired your subtle and natural care and affection for one another. Being asked to photograph it was a privilege. Thanks for making these pictures with me. Such hugs.
Audio: The Lonely Wild - Everything You Need
Jason & Nancy are the best. I'm super pumped that we did a last minute engagement session because now I don't have to wait all that long to hang out with them again at their wedding. Very strategic.
James and Megan. So sweet. Can't wait to take all sorts of pictures at their wedding in April.
Dana Point, CA
[audio:http://hughforte.com/blog/audio/sanfrancisco.mp3] Ahhh, what do you even say? 2013 was pretty neat. Mountains, deserts, oceans, up and down the West Coast, a little Midwest, a stop in the South, a European leg... It's a beautiful world out there.
This sort of journal entry would be entirely incomplete without expressing a huge thank you to my clients for inviting me along and allowing me to photograph these stories. I had a heck of a time, and I can't wait to make some new friends and some more pictures in 2014.