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Photographing the Garden of the Gods in changing weather

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SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
Last weekend, I photographed at the Garden of the Gods. If you were around, you probably remember both of those days.
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
Saturday was gorgeous — a perfect Colorado blue sky day — and I met Julia and Adam at the park to make some maternity photographs. We met at the high point overlook and found a secluded spot with a view of snow-covered Pikes Peak.
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
Julia wore a beautiful white dress and I photographed her and Adam with this dramatic view in the background. The sun was high in the sky and in the south so I made sure to bracket my exposures to capture enough detail in the shadows and and tried to keep their faces “lit” by the sun.

Sunday was a different story altogether. Heavy snow started to fall as I began photographing Debbie and Michael’s wedding at Shove Chapel. Afterwards we headed to the park to try and capture photographs with the same backdrop as Julie and Adam's maternity shoot the day before.
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
As we drove, the falling snow got worse and worse. Heavy flakes were coming down so fast it made driving through the park a challenge. The storm completely shrouded the mountains from view and the red rocks at the park were just as difficult to see.

So instead of looking for a dramatic view, I decided to head to Balanced Rock where I could photographed them standing next to the rocks. That way I could still get a sense of the landscape. Fortunately, Debbie and Michael approved. 
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton

We made a couple of pictures that I think capture the flavor of their wedding day, and managed to get back into the car after five minutes outside.
SEAN CAYTON
  • Sean Cayton
You know the old saying that if you don’t like the weather in Colorado wait five minutes?

That was never more true than last weekend. After living in Colorado Springs for more than 25 years, I’ve learned to be ready no matter what the weather brings.

Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.

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