I feel like a giddy little girl every time I drive through the fall leaves! With Julie and Mike, we started at the bottom of Big Cottonwood Canyon with the intention of shooting up at the top, by Brighton. But, being overwhelmed with the beautiful surroundings, I, pulled the car to the side of the road about a dozen times before finally getting to the top! Everywhere I turned was stunning. The colors, the light, the water... Big Cottonwood was perfect for photos!
Julie and Mike were great also. (And didn't call me crazy when I'd stop for a moment and exclaim "Holy crap! Look at this beautiful place. This is Utah! I get to live here."
There are several stages to a photoshoot:
1. The planning. Choosing a location, a time, a day, etc.
2. The preparation. Being ready for the location, the weather, and any emergencies that might come up.
3. Taking the pictures. This is the first step that I get really excited about. As soon as I have a camera in hand, and we are walking through our location, laughing, playing, and shooting, I am happy. There is nowhere I'd rather be.
4. Importing and sorting the photos. I usually pass this job on to my assistant, as it is my least favorite part. He goes through the 600 or so files, finds the best of the set, and rejects any that are duplicates or out of focus. That leaves me with about 100 to edit.
5. The editing. This is my Zen place. I can practically edit while sleeping. It's some part of my brain that will work in any situation - even if I'm sick, tired, unhappy, or if I'm double tasking and watching a movie! Editing takes a long time. And I enjoy it.
6. Social media and blog. This is when the excitement from step 3 comes back into play. I'm remembering the moments, the personalities, and the emotions. I'm sharing the stories, finding the highlights. As I am writing this blog post I wanted to share the steps and the process with you. I am exhausted, but as I sit here and relive the experience of Julie and Mike's shoot, I have a huge smile on my face. My words may not always be eloquent, but I try to share what is behind the photos too - the heart.
And what amazing people these two are! My favorite part of my job, once again, is getting to meet and have my life influenced by so many different people.