When Katherine and Ben reached out to us over a year ago about photographing their Arapahoe Basin wedding, we were excited out of the gates. After 14 years of photographing weddings, we’ve been to a lot of wedding venues. But there are still a lot more on our “want to photograph” list and A-Basin was one of them.
Even after 14 years of doing this, Jesse and I pride ourselves on making our images unique to each of our couples. After all, no two relationships are the same, nor are any two wedding days the same. So why would we provide the exact same cookie-cutter images to our couples? Lucky for us, we checked Arapahoe Basin off our wedding list with a couple who was game for anything and everything we threw at them!
That is possibly the most irresistible thing about Katherine and Ben (and trust me, it’s a long list). They are constantly pushing boundaries. Whether it’s climbing up mountains, trail running, skiing the most difficult black diamonds, or building a new business and pioneering scientific breakthroughs. It was clear from the first time I spoke with them that they not only support each other unequivocally in their endeavors, they also encourage each other to go further, to constantly keep growing and improving.
So for their portraits, we pushed our own boundaries. Jesse ran half a mile uphill at 12,000 feet while I drove Katherine and Ben 2 miles away for one shot at an epic portrait. We put the soon-to-be-weds in the middle of a treacherous highway with cars and semi-trucks coming at them from both sides. We added two more portrait locations last-minute for a total of six separate stops. We found an unassuming location that most photographers would overlook and turned it into something more. And all of this before heading to their wedding ceremony at A-Basin!
Katherine and Ben, I hope you enjoyed your minimoon in Ouray! Thank you so much for being so enthusiastic about our wild ideas and for putting on such an amazing party. (And also, thank you for letting me hang with Luka and Talus!)