Mackenzie & Sarah’s engagement shoot on Lookout Mountain in Golden Colorado.

Post on May 18, 2018 by Marla Rutherford

Categories - Colorado, engagement, event, Golden, mountains, photographer, photography, Portraits, Uncategorized, Wedding

Oh the power of social media for it eventually led me to photograph these two beautiful ladies. I met Sarah at a mountain retreat years ago and when we left I befriended her on Facebook. We FB stalked one another  until six years later I was talking to her on the phone about shooting her wedding. I was so happy she asked me as I had seen photos of her and fiancée Mackenzie popping up in my feed and they were so damn cute together. They met at the Vetenarian hospital where they both worked and “as cheesy as it sounds, it was love at first sight for both of us” Sarah told me.

They booked an engagement shoot so I brought them to one of my favorite Colorado locations Lookout Mountain in Golden. Little did I know it would be one of the windiest shoot days I have ever encountered. We use additional photo lights with stands and thankfully my assistant and I had our intern with us cause we needed the extra hands to keep the lights from falling over even though we had sand bags. Mackenzie’s hair was flipping in her face and the temperature had dropped to goose bump status. There were three other photographers at the same spot also figuring out how to create beautiful imagery in these unfavorable conditions. One thing you learn quickly in photography is the show must go on and you still have to create good work despite your circumstances. It is what separates the Pros from the Amateurs.

Sarah summed it up when I asked her if she had any advice to future couples on their engagement shoot

“don’t expect a photo shoot with perfect hair, perfect skin, perfect sky, perfect weather…we knew Marla would make the pictures look perfect regardless of all the adversities. Expect to have fun with your soul mate and treasure the time you spend together showcasing your love for each other—that’s what really matters.”

In the end the images came out beautiful and no one would know the behind the scenes troubles we encountered with the weather. Both ladies were beyond happy with their final photos and I can’t wait to photograph their wedding this September!

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