I am not a morning person. If you catch me in a good mood at 6am, most of of the time it's because I haven't gone to sleep yet. But you should have seen the amount of energy I had the morning of this photo shoot. I barely got 3 hours of sleep, I was so excited! We met up with the other photographer, Brody Hall, around 7am and ate donuts to celebrate his birthday! Now, I definitely have a sweet tooth, but as I finished that Crispy Creme donut, I had flashbacks of motion-sickness - swimming 100m at summer swim team age 10 and throwing up the donut at the end. Uh oh... hope the plane ride wasn't going to be too bumpy! Oh well. :) Happy birthday Brody.
But I got all my nerves out the day before, so this morning, I'm not nervous at all - I'm just bouncing off the walls. Literally running away in middle of a conversation because I see some cool photo on the wall over there... Brody said I "pranced." I did feel a little bit like a little girl, but at least I was having fun!
As the photographers, we had to work really hard with space (or lack thereof), the windows (shooting through them was difficult!) and the angles (trying to tell one pilot to fly higher or lower so we could see them). I had my feet up against one wall and my back up against the other with my elbows on my knees to stabilize the lens - I've never had to shoot from such a fast and bumpy vehicle! As I've been shooting weddings full time for the last year, this was a brand new experience for me and I was very grateful for Brody's suggestions. I even got to shoot with his 300mm f/2.8 lens! That thing was heavy! But looking through the photos afterwards, I'm almost as excited as while I was flying. It was a challenge, so unique, and I got what I wanted!
Say "hi" to Shane!
And the Denver skyline.