This summer was a busy one in Aspen and the town was buzzing with energy day and night. As much fun as Aspen is in the winter it is even more fun in the summer with evenings full of music, dance, film and days full with biking, hiking, fishing and lazy days on the river. My summer was busier than ever photographing weddings, engagements, and family portraits. Most late afternoons I was out shooting in the beautiful soft light of the summer day. My clients ranged from those visiting from out of town, families with second homes in the valley and locals who are, most often, friends. This past summer, after years of talking about it, I finally took portraits of my good friends Gretchen Cole and Craig Corona and their three intelligent and beautiful children. We went to Gretchen's mom's home in Emma as emotional ties to a particular place only makes the experience better and the photos stronger.
These days, with our kids growing older, it is harder and harder to find the time to gather the whole family together. Gretchen and I scheduled this photo session months in advance and I'm sure that Austin, Catherine and Stewart were given their orders to be at their grandma's house and warned that there would be dire consequences if anyone was to fail to show up. Austin having a frightening experience on a remote trail in Alaska with a huge rock falling on his beautiful face, days before the photo shoot, was not on the agenda. Gretchen's expertise with make-up (at least enough knowledge to know how to put cover up on healing wounds) helped me avoid hours of photoshop later!
It was a warm and glorious late afternoon when we started photographing. We started in Sally's colorful garden as we waited for the light to grow warmer and even softer as the sun got lower and shadows longer. We then moved to the front of the house and played around with reflections in the pond, boats on the water and messing around in the wild grass in the front yard. In between moments were tender and playful.
These images are some of my favorite from this summer. I loved being with the wonderful Cole-Corona crew as time with good friends is always precious and when combined with a camera in my hands, well, it's pretty much a perfect mid-summer afternoon in Aspen!