This super relaxed couple's shoot was the definition of “impromptu” and shot in just five minutes one evening whilst over in Colorado for Christmas. We had spent a relaxing day with the family, doing the usual things one does during the Christmas holidays; eating, drinking, snoozing on the sofa and playing with my nephew and niece in their new house. I had wanted to get a few family shots in the setting winter Colorado sun but everyone was out as ‘golden hour approached’ so I just shrugged and thought ‘maybe tomorrow…’. Suddenly, everyone arrived home and Bill even suggested that we could head out to a nearby lake to get a few nice couple shots of him and Vicky in their new hometown.
We bolted down to the lake and I could see that we had hardly any time before the daylight would be gone, so I threw on the trusty 35mm lens and we managed to get a few frames backlit by the most wonderful, golden light. The wintery tones of the scenery were perfect and golden too, and I knew the few frames I got were going to look beautiful.
I totally love a ’mad rush’ photoshoot when you’re racing to catch the light and it’s all about the moment, the light and the couple. I could not even tell what my camera settings were - I quite literally grabbed my camera, stuck it in AV mode and shot away. A friend recently reminded me of an old photojournalistic mantra: ‘f8 and be there’ which made me smile when I thought of this session (although I was probably at f1.4).
I’m really pleased with the results of this this relaxed couples shoot. And boy, you Colorado based photographers are blessed with the winter light and amazing backdrops! Here are a few frames from the quickest session I’ve ever shot :)