When the world shut down from COVID-19 in 2020, I, like so many others in the event business, was left with little work. Events were just not happening. Most sports leagues were canceled. Weddings were postponed or changed to small, family only affairs. And many folks did not want to run the risk of getting their families sick for photos. My work came to a complete halt.
In an effort to keep my skills sharp and, honestly, occupy my time, I reached out to friends about doing some different photo shoots. Laura and Ryan were all about doing a fall, wedding themed shoot. Rewind to October 2020, we met outside of Asheville along the famed Blue Ridge Parkway and hiked up to the top of a mountain for sunset, taking photos along the way. It was a cold, rainy day and I was worried that the conditions were not ideal. Laura and Ryan were having none of it! They dressed up, threw on some hiking shoes and picked out a few places along the hike they really liked.
The results were absolutely spectacular!
Laura and Ryan made a wet, grey backdrop pop. It did not matter where we stood. Every location turned magical as soon as they stepped in.
Our ultimate goal was to get to the top of the mountain for sunset. Given how miserable the weather had been all day, I did not have high expectations for the beautiful sunset we had hoped for. As we reached the top, the sun began poking through as the clouds lowered into the valley below. Laura quickly changed into her wedding dress and I began shooting. We hung out until the sun was gone, using every moment of the sunlight to our advantage.
I asked them to write down a message for each other. As the sun set, they shared their notes. It was a beautiful moment to close out our shoot.