Feb 212013
 

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

This morning, Laura and Drew were married and signed for their lives in a way most people don’t think of doing–at least on their wedding day. These two signed a release form stating that their wedding ceremony might cause bodily harm, or, perhaps even kill them! You see, Laura and Drew went Heli-Skiing for their wedding! After an introduction to helicopter and avalanche safety, we were flying deep into the Smoky Mountains for both their ceremony and the backcountry ski runs that followed.

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Up on a 10,000 foot mountain in the middle of Idaho, Drew’s brother married this firefighter and paramedic. It was a beautiful and windless Sun Valley day. The ceremony was emotional and none of the birds or other small creatures objected to their marriage! Sun Valley Heli Ski and their pilot were incredibly accommodating to the request for a portrait with the helicopter in the air which happened just after their “I do’s.” Once the ship was gone, the group skied off the peak and spent the rest of the day heli-skiing! Congrats to Laura and Drew–such an amazing and memorable wedding!

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Heli-Ski wedding photographed in Idaho by Craig Wolfrom

Oct 242012
 

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

On a perfect Fall day a few weeks back, Stephanie and Matt were married in the Elkhorn Village of Sun Valley, Idaho. Their wedding day was as they should be, full of good friends and family coming together to celebrate with big smiles from start to finish. Some of the details that made the event a testament to Stephanie and Matt’s laid back, fun loving, attitude were: flip flops for the groomsmen, shot-skis, and pizza for dinner! Congratulations Steph and Matt!

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

A wedding image taken at the Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Sep 262012
 

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Certain people fall in love with certain places. It just happens. For me, it’s that moment when you come over Timmerman hill and you instantly see a view of the Bellevue Triangle and the Wood River Valley, tall Cottonwood trees interspersed like the springs that weave between their groves, and the Pios and Boulders tearing the skyline like a poorly torn scrap of paper and knowing its good down there. Janie and Jackson are in love, not only with each other, but also Idaho. While Janie was born here, it was Jackson’s first stop after college and though they do not live here now, it’s pulling at their heartstrings. As I’m coming to know, the longer you live in one location, the more you realize there are two types of people who love Idaho–those who came and never left, and those who did leave but always want to return.

Janie and Jackson met after their time in the Gem State (that’s right table 5) and knew their Idaho background was a sign. I doubt it was ever a question in either of their minds, even prior to their chance meeting, that their wedding would be held along the shores of Redfish Lake or some other splendid landscape in Idaho. So it was meant to be that their wedding would be one of the best. Two people who love each other, who love a piece of ground so much they chose it to be sacred to them and all their family and friends, would have to have a party that had Thing 1 and Thing 2 on the dancefloor, incredible break dance moves, and an afterparty that I seriously can’t remember if I took the pictures or someone else did! Congratulation Janie and Jackson, such a fun and beautiful time. Come back and stay!

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Wedding photograph from Redfish Lake Lodge in Idaho's Sawtooth mountain range.

Sep 142011
 

Few places rival the scenic beauty of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains near the town of Stanley. So it was no surprise that Jamie and Scott chose to be married on the shores of Redfish Lake with their reception held just down the beach at Redfish Lake Lodge. The peaks met with incredible thunder clouds, but, no rain fell and everything flowed beautifully. One of the more memorable moments was late in the evening when the bridal parties had dueling karaoke sessions! Jamie and Scott threw a great wedding–congratulations!

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

An image from a wedding held at Redfish Lake Lodge in Stanley, Idaho.

Jul 292011
 

Image from the 2011 Sun Valley Shakedown Concert
Last night I was brought in to photograph the Sun Valley Shakedown concert. This was the inaugural year with Bruce Hornsby and Bela Fleck headlining the show. Hopes are for this to become a multi-day festival in the coming years! A good crowd turned out, kids were free, and local vendors served up tasty morsels and strong drinks!

Image from the 2011 Sun Valley Shakedown Concert

Image from the 2011 Sun Valley Shakedown Concert

Image from the 2011 Sun Valley Shakedown Concert

Image from the 2011 Sun Valley Shakedown Concert

Image from the 2011 Sun Valley Shakedown Concert

Image from the 2011 Sun Valley Shakedown Concert

Jul 282011
 

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Where to begin with Charlotte and Chatham? Perhaps by saying that if they had not met, their souls would never have been filled. To say they are sweethearts for one another is to put it mildly and their love is contagious. Both are graphic designers at Smith Sport Optics and creative as all get out which showed with an amazing assortment of hand made details they made; images of which I’ll post next week and be sending over to their wedding planner Ashley Dyer who set up their event. Their wedding ceremony was held on a vacant lot above Sun Valley with their reception at the Elkhorn Springs restaurant where they and 99.9% of their guests had the dance floor goin’ off for hours and hours!

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Noilyn Corrales photo below
Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Noilyn Corrales photo below

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Images from a Sun Valley, Idaho, wedding

Feb 282011
 

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

I wonder if it’s the same with you as it is with me, that within the past 5 years you have come to know more people diagnosed with cancer? Whether it is a part of being at the age I am, 36, or a strange reality that more and more of us are becoming afflicted with cancer, the number of people I know who are currently fighting cancer cannot be counted on my two hands. Mostly, those whom I know fighting cancer are adults and seeing the effects of radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery on their bodies is heartbreaking and their tenacity for the fight and life is awe inspiring. So, when that same tenacious appetite for life and fight against cancer is happening to a child, I am moved beyond words.

Last Saturday I was one of many volunteers at the “Share Your Heart Ball” at the Sun Valley Inn’s Limelight room. This fantastic event is a fundraiser for Camp Rainbow Gold, a non-profit organization that helps Idaho children living with and fighting cancer. Both silent and live auctions happen throughout the evening and over 500 guests were treated to a delicious dinner, wine, and live music which turned into quite a party.

As with any good ball, you need a King and Queen. For the Share Your Heart Ball, the royalty brought both smiles and tears to their family, friends, and guests by sharing their incredible life stories; stories no person, let alone children, should have to tell. The generosity of Idahoans amazed me at this event. Aside from the amazing amounts of money that were generated by the auctions, the apogee was when two of the guests offered to pay for this year’s Queen’s entire college expenses. The funniest moments came when a dozen or more of the guests, a brave woman included, raised $300 each by having their hair shaved.

If you have the ability, consider donating to Camp Rainbow Gold or make a note to attend next years Ball!

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Images from the 2011 Share Your Heart Ball, Sun Valley, Idaho

Nov 162010
 

Chukar hunting near Picabo, Idaho

Back in June during the last few days of the school year, my wife noticed on the district’s public forum that another teacher had a litter of English Pointer/German Shorthair puppies to give away. As our older dog, Mason, was showing the canine equivalent of the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man In The World’s” beard, we jumped on the opportunity for a free puppy. We named her “Sadie” before we even had her in our possession and the name makes her “Sadie Jr.” as she shares her mother’s name. So, as of June I had a mix with two of the most prominent lines of bird hunting dogs in the world and I had never hunted.

Last month, I visit my dad and he handed down his grandfather’s Parker Brother’s shotgun. No, it’s not a plastic toy gun that accompanies a board game! Rather, as I’ve come to find out, it’s an American icon and this model was produced in 1930. After realizing the history and value of the gun I asked my dad if I should hang it on the wall like an antique? “Shoot the hell out of it,” was his reply.

And so, with my first box of shells, I took my two kids into the local hills looking for Grouse, Chukar, or Quail. My four year old son was incredibly excited that his dad had a real gun and happily followed behind as we traveled in terrain he would normally have complained through. I spent about three days hiking ridges and roads, trampling through Aspen forests, sage filled fields, and ducking under low hanging branches of conifers. All this hiking took me to incredible locations around my valley, places I would never have considered venturing as they were void of anything meaningful outside of their scenery; there was “nothing” there. Alas, on one adventure while seeking out birds I found myself sitting amongst granite boulders with an early morning vista of the Pioneer Mountains glowing in first light. On another outing, I found myself amazed that I could hear the gurgling of a mountain creek as it endlessly carved the canyon floor a thousand feet below the rocky precipice I stoop atop. But, on every occasion, I did not flush any birds and only caught glimpses of Magpie, Crow, and smaller birds my shotgun would certainly obliterate if I were able to hit such a small target.

This past weekend, my brother, Rick, came up for a visit. He, my good friend, Dean, and I went out into the scrub lands above the (very) small town of Picabo to hunt for Chukar. The internet, friends who bird hunt, and everyone we talked with mentioned the area we planned to hunt should be filled with Chukar. We were excited. The dogs were excited. As we drove up the steep forest service roads we climbed into the low hanging clouds and found hoar frost coating the cheat-grass and sage. We hiked under and along a ridge, next to volcanic rim-rock with complimentary colored lichens highlighting themselves in day-glow colors like skiers from the 1980′s. Whether my untrained bird dogs scared the birds away, or there were none along that ridge, we flushed zero. We dropped elevation and hiked back along the lower slopes of the same hill with the same results, nothing. At this point, all we were doing was taking our guns (and dogs) for a walk.

Back at the truck, we put the dogs in the truck thinking we’d eliminate a variable. Then, we hiked up to a small butte. Once on top I flushed a half dozen grouse. Their startling flutter and low octave calls did their job and I defensively stepped back. Then, I instantly realized this was what I was there for and raised my 1930 antique and, in a flutter myself, fired in the general vicinity of the birds. I didn’t hit any with my first shell and it took me a moment to find the second trigger so as to fire the second barrel. Once my finger located the second trigger, the birds still seemed within range and I fired, missing them completely. It was an experience I’ll never forget, but, one that left me feeling more like a virgin who just lost his virginity, but who never got to orgasm! We scoured the remaining areas of the rocky precipice and returned to the truck birdless.

There was still one more smaller hill below our current position that we thought was worth the effort. Dean ended up hiking the South side of the hill as I was on the ridge hoping to flush a covey over his head. He flushed a single Chukar and was a good shot. Our trip was not skunked! The Chukar is a beautiful bird a bit larger than those obese pigeons you step around in large cities, though it is a bird with many more interesting colors and patterns. It is supposedly a very tasty bird as well. Dean field dressed the animal at the truck and Sadie did all she could not to jump and devour the prize.

I never thought of myself as a bird hunter, but, two things fell into place: a dog and a family heirloom. This past month has been an eye opener into the world of hunting. Among other things, moving through those hills I had previously deemed a “waste of time,” have emerged as having the potential for adventure and, if I can become a better shot, dinner.

Chukar bird hunting near Picabo, Idaho