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Shaun & Kelsey

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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.

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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

Liz Lui - The black and white gives this set such an eclectic feel. Great stuff.

Mark Tierney - Superb Hugh!

ryan f - i can’t even. what!

Ridzuanyahya - Brillian stuff!

Pedro Bellido - amazing!

Matt Wiens - Mind blown. Dude, this is art.

francesca - So just magic. Love it

Nirav - Love it brother!

Hannah - Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Gotta love that CO sunshine!

jay eads - yep.

Ken & Laura . Out in that Desert Somewhere Around High Noon

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Palm Springs, CA

PIerre Atlier - So…you :)
always good !

rog - mmm hmmm. Just as I suspected…awesome.

Adam - Stunning!

Tyler - you and high noon make a solid pair

Rob - Awesome stuff dude! Makes me want to shoot at lunchtime! I always avoid that time but you made it look so good!

sarah - Oh my word… those shots are epic. The black and white conversion is perfect. Or is it film?

Shaun & Kelsey . Up The Mountain

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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

lydia {ever ours} - i am so happy you blogged. it’s worth two buckets full of confetti.

nirav - Looking forward to this one. Such incredible people.

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rog - I want to be with you again

Peter - Brosephus. This is really good.

kmh - brb gonna listen to john denver and marinate on these.

louie - Looked epic – awesome dude

Roxane Brown - Wonderful couple and terrific photography capturing a monumental event! Congratulations Kelsey and Shaun!

The Jolly Bs . I can’t even. I die

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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

Miguel Hernández fotografia - fantastic session between dunes

Jonathan Ong - Lovely set!

Ermenegildo - This is so nice. I like the mood of this photo session.
Great photography and awesome images

Kristen Curette - This is photography goodness overload. Seriously incredible. SOMEBODY GIVE THIS MAN A COOKIE! shit too good.

Louis Blythe - Probs my favourite shoot yet!

So good mate!

When are you coming to OZ!

Rog - hi. what else you got.

Ridzuan Yahya - remarkably awesome!

Cynn - love everything everything everything here ! it’s kills me. ohh

Igor Demba - What just happened…

Mark Tierney - Quality!

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Chad Z - I “hell yeah’d” when I got to #34. Out loud.

Paul Von Rieter - so many feels, so many loves.

Matt Wiens - Behold a man who can tame the harsh desert sun. Love those textures too.

Becca - Beautiful, like always!

Sharon - These photos are… wow, BEAUTIFUL! What a truly beautiful location and the wonderful way you photographed it. I’m in awe! Where is this?

Josh - love everyone and everything about this

ryan - i don’t even *cosmicfacemelt*

rich - totally crushed it!

Thomas Steibl - This is just epic man.

Jonathan - Damn. Your the best man…seriously

Geoff - I’d say!

BROse - Dis tho.

Pedro - These are, without any questions, the best couple portraits I’ve seen. The location, the light but most of all, their expressions and their feelings. This is amazing stuff.

Luis - the feels. so beautiful.

Emilie - I can feel the sun on my skin and the sand under my feet…. dreamy… love it.

ed peers - You couldn’t have made this up… Incredible. All three of you.

Tyler - oh hey. wtf. /facemelt

nirav - what the…

rich - Holy shit, dude – you went for it like water.

trestastic - These are incredible. INCREDIBLE.

Lev - Oh man this is so good!

Fulya - Wow!!! Stunning!

Benj - Unreal. The jolliest of branchers. High fives all around, friends.

David - What planet is this on? What planet are you from? I want to live on that planet.

J SHODA - Wow. These people and these photos. Incredible job, dude.

daniel chesnut - I like these almost as much as I like the people.