When I first moved to Idaho, I kept seeing bumper stickers that said "Idahome" and I could not for the life of me figure out why everyone here in Southwestern Idaho was so obsessed with their home state. Now that I have been here two years, I have learned a thing or two.
1. Native Idahoans just plain love where they live.
2. The droves of people who have recently moved into the Treasure Valley from California and elsewhere have soon fallen in love with the laid back feel of the city, along with the mountain views, lakes and streams that are within close proximity.
Now, don't get me wrong. As a wedding photographer in Boise I love a fancied up gala in a fancy venue with chandeliers just as much as the next wedding vendor, but, being born and raised just outside the Canadian Rocky Mountains, I will jump at the chance to photograph a mountain engagement session or elopement any day!
Mikaela (also an import to Idaho) and Chrishad met just over 3 years ago, but , because he was deployed to Iraq for the majority of that time, the couple tells me they've really only been "together" for a year or so.
They both love to ski and spend time up in the McCall and Tamarak areas up Highway 55, so it was fitting that he proposed after a day of skiing, and that we took their engagement photos along the Payette River.
Mikaela and Chris were both so great to work with! What makes a great client? I love couples that are fun, willing to trust you on where to go, and that see it as a fun time together rather than a chore or thing that has to get checked off their wedding list. I try not to take too much out of their schedule to capture some fun images that show their connection to each other and I think we accomplished that, and we didn't have to go to a hundred different locations to do it!. The funny part is, the main area I had wanted to shoot them in was already underwater with spring runoff, so we improvised!
Although I LOVE light and airy wedding photography and have my own techniques and presets to accomplish that look, I have a really hard time editing them in that way when in the mountains. I don't love un-saturating greens because well, mountains forests are a dark, rich green. That being said, I"m not a personal fan of the very trendy dark, moody, yellow, high contrast images that are trendy right now either. Trends are just that. Trends. I want my clients to love their photos one year from now. Up next will be a blog post on just that... comparing editing styles and why I do mine the way I do. Stay tuned, but until then.. enjoy more Idaho mountain engagement goodness with Mikaela and Chris!