Last year while surfing Instagram, I came across a photographer based near Aspen that I had to meet. Carl Zoch. A super-cool, super-talented guy who appeared to love life, photography, campfires, the open road and the great outdoors as much as we do. We had so much in common and his photography blew me away. So one afternoon in September, we met at the summit of Independence Pass for our first official photo shoot of us since our wedding. Not only did we end up with some photographs that we will love and cherish forever but we were reminded why, as photographers, it’s so important for us to step out from behind our cameras and get in front of one every now and then.
It’s quite common to hear photographers say how much they hate being in front of the camera. The truth is, I’ve met very few people who actually do like being photographed. It’s not just photographers. However, it doesn’t seem fair of us photogs to hide behind our black boxes all the time if we don’t know what it’s like to be our clients.
It was so much fun to reverse the roles, to get those nervous jitters and to see how Carl’s techniques to make us confident and comfortable were much like how we work with our clients. It was a great reminder that while we photograph weddings and portrait shoots every week, for our clients this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Most importantly, we were reminded how much fun getting your photo taken can be but it’s up to us, the one’s behind the camera, to make it fun. Carl made us feel as though we were out on a hike with an old friend laughing and loving life casually taking a few photos. That’s exactly the kind of experience we hope to have with each and every one of our clients!
Without further ado, here are the most photos of us you will probably ever see on this blog!