Warm golden light creating a glow and soaking the Ponderosa pines with heat and radiance. Downy woodpeckers searching the forest trunks for a snack while the mule deer graze languidly in the meadow below. This sunny scene might not be what you expect to find in Boulder, Colorado in winter but that is exactly what Lauri and I found on a beautiful January afternoon.
When Lauri first contacted me about a headshot session for winter I immediately wanted to let her know what she could expect. This of course was ANYTHING. It could be 60 degrees and sunny or 15 degrees and a blizzard. There was really no way to predict how the date might turn out until we arrived. We were hoping for some warmth but knew that depending on the hour, we might get snow, sun, wind or all of the above.
Luckily for us, the weather had been pretty mild all week. Snow was in the forecast for the following day. Our day came and it looked like it would be brisk but beautiful. When Lauri arrived I knew instantly that not only had we hit the weather jackpot but Lauri herself was a treasure.
When I began speaking to her about her current position with an esteemed healthcare system she gushed. She truly loves her job! She loves not only the work she does but the people she interacts with on a daily basis. I'm going to make a guess that her colleagues agree. She is brilliant, capable, engaging and friendly. Time and time again she spoke about all of the aspects of her career that she loves. This was no standard "it's great" response. I could tell that Lauri loves both the technical and personal aspects of her position and know that a person who is gifted both with emotional and intellectual intelligence is akin to striking the mother lode of personalities.
One thing you can expect with your headshot session is variety. We hiked up to outcroppings, through the forest, and across the meadow. Lauri didn't balk for a second when I asked her if she could hop across a semi-frozen stream and through a thicket. Whenever I posed a new opportunity she went for it with curiosity and calmness. I had such a wonderful time getting to chat, hike and photograph Lauri that it was honestly challenging to put my camera away and end the session. Thank you Lauri for trusting me to capture your headshots in Boulder, Colorado, for trudging through ice, snow and some wind and for making this winter afternoon headshot session so memorable!