Storm Skiing at RotaRun in Hailey.
A dream came true the other day–I was able to take my oldest kiddo, Kaia (9 years old), out on her first backcountry ski tour! We went up to Galena Pass and skinned up a few hundred vert to the top of a mellow slope, dug down to the ground (a whoping 1.5′ of snow) for some snow analysis, and then enjoyed our first turns together as backcountry partners!
We had a blast and Kaia, on her own, mentioned how she enjoyed the quiet and the spectacular views. Since this trip, she’s been begging to get out again!
I met up with Gabrielle and Tim a few days ago during their Holiday visit to Sun Valley. These two are getting married in Chicago late in 2014 and wanted to get some wintry mountain engagement images while here. I was fortunate to land the gig and had a great afternoon capturing their portraits!
It’s difficult to call photographing “work” when Sarah and Devin are in front of the lens. Earlier this year, we met up in Mendocino to photograph their engagement session and a few weeks ago we were in Yosemite for their wedding. Needless to say, I like their taste for locations! Though Sarah had envisioned a white wedding in Yosemite National Park, she was treated to an amazing warm Fall day. She had Sorel boots as gifts for her bridesmaids and they tromped around the valley with them despite the lack of snow!
Their wedding was an intimate affair with close family and friends in attendance. Prep photos were at the Ahwahnee Hotel, their ceremony at the Yosemite Valley Chapel, and then the reception was held at the historic Wawona Hotel. It was a fantastic wedding day that flowed effortlessly. Once their reception was over, we all tried to bust it back to the valley before the 10pm cutoff as the final tunnel was going to be shut down for 2 hours for construction. We arrived at 10:07 and the road crew wouldn’t let us through. So, we kept the party going for two more hours at the road block with a portable speaker, whiskey, and lighting provided by the California Department of Transportation!
I thought I’d post this comment Sarah sent from their honeymoon visiting the National Parks in the Four Corners area of the desert southwest; it’s one of the nicest things anyone has ever said about me and my photography! Thank you Sarah!
We are currently in Colorado freezing our asses off…who knew the storm I was hoping for in Yosemite was going to roll in as we left on our Grand Circle Tour?!?!
Genuinely, we are soo thankful for your presence at our wedding, your AMAZING talent not-withstanding, you were a BRILLIANT, HILARIOUS, and WONDERFUL addition to our wedding weekend and we could not have pulled it off without you. Devin and I would also like to thank you for initiating our “tunnel party” and recording our first dance which I get to tell my grandchildren was to Sublime’s “Date Rape.” What a story that will be!
Seriously, Devin and I feel so blessed to have met you and had you as a part of our wedding. You felt much more like a guest doing us a favor than a vendor we had to cater to. If you EVER need a recommendation please feel free to give people my email, phone number, etc. I am happy to sing your praises any time that it is needed.
Sarah and Devin
A few weeks back I had the great pleasure of photographing Ashley and TJ’s engagement photos. We spent the afternoon cruising around the southern portion of the Wood River Vally here in Idaho and had a great time hitting up a bunch of rural spots. Ashley and Tj are crazy fun, goofy, and head over heels in love! Their wedding is going to be held up in Ketchum next summer and I have a good feeling it’s going to be a phenomenal celebration!
I don’t know if it’s part of “Global Wierding” or the simple fact that random back to back storms left Idaho’s high country with about two feet of snow? Regardless, as bizarre as it was, being able to ski over 1000′ of snow in the alpine region of the Pioneer Mountains on October 5th was a welcome treat.
South Central Idaho recently received a few early season snow storms that have covered the alpine region of some of the nearby ranges with early snow. Christopher Cook, Russel, and I made plans to take “our skis for a walk” this morning in hopes of making a few turns.
When I woke up at 4:30 today, it wasn’t because my alarm sounded, rather, it was the rain that was pelting our metal roof. Rain is not welcome on ski days and I wondered if I should stay in bed. I rolled out and into the kitchen where I realized that I was up early and had beat the coffee machine’s timed brew. After getting the coffee started, I walked upstairs to grab a rain cover for my camera bag and almost stepped in a puddle of green and sparkley diarrhea left by my dog, no doubt caused by her having eaten a bowl of my kids homemade magic-sand. Not the best start what could be the first day of the ski season, but, minor considering the larger picture.
I cleaned up the dog mess, cooked a few eggs while the coffee brewed, and then checked the snowtel sites to see if it was snowing up high. Two of the higher snow sites were recording temps in the high 30′s. Enough said, might as well keep with the plan and head up into the alpine to see if we could link some turns.
Leaving Ketchum the temperature was 42 and by the time the truck was on the trail in 4-low, it wasn’t dropping like we’d hoped-still just 40. Though we were passing patches of snow, we were stuck in the rain. That said, looking up canyon looked revealed vistas that gave us hope and we kept on with each roll of the tire, step of the boots, and finally slide of the skins until the temps fell and the precip morphed into its beloved frozen crystal state. Then, at that magic moment with the skins off our skis, goggles on, and boots buckled tight, we all enjoyed the return of that ever addicting, phenomenally fascinating, feeling of skiing. This time, for the first time, in Idaho in September!
Jessie and Andy were married in the beautiful Our Lady of the Snows Catholic church in Sun Valley, Idaho, with their reception at River Run Lodge that was all smiles and good times. The toasts and roasts that were given to the couple revealed two incredibly smart and talented people with a whole lot of love for each other, their family, and friends. Their party kept going until a rose petal getaway sent Jessie and Andy off on their honeymoon!