If you are a skier or boarder you’ll know what I am talking about. It’s that giddy feeling when you wake up and realize the sky is blue and miraculously there is 2-3 feet of fresh powder on ground. That feeling builds when you wolf down a breakfast, throw on your gear, rush to mountain and realize that you are one of the first people in line. You can barely contain yourself as you load the lift and begin scheming with your chair buddy about which run to take. As you near the top, you buckle your boots, check your goggles and make sure there is no reason to slowdown once you get off the lift. Then you slide off the chair and begin the mad dash to the untracked powder. That giddy feeling reaches a climax right as you leave the top of the ridge, sink into the deep powder and feel the cold snow shoot into your nose and mouth and rush over your head and shoulders. Its hard to remember making turns on a powder day but I can’t forget that giddy feeling.
I’ve only ever felt that giddy feeling doing one other thing (and no its not that). Its when there is beautiful light for a photo shoot. I’m amazed how similar the feelings are. There is the recognition, then the anticipation, the uncontrolled “ohh, ohh, ohhh – we can go there, and there and there” and finally the settling in letting as the beautiful light washes over my subjects, making everything that much more interesting, gorgeous and even jaw-dropping. When that happens, I must sound like a crazy person as I gasp and groan with delight as I look through the camera.
And although, I’m always looking for that that beautiful light, like powder days, I don’t find it all that often. But recently, I feel like I’m in the lighting version on an El Nino winter when there is day after day of powder storms. I’ve found a few spots in Marin where the lighting is just amazing, day after day. Never have seen such consistently amazing light.
So now I’m giddy day after day.
If you want photos like these, then please contact me. We still have time to get great family photos for the holidays.