I love Michigan. It is where I grew up, went to school, ran down sand dunes, learned to water ski, jumped in cold Great Lakes, road tripped up the Mackinac Island, and call home. It is also where I learned to ski since the age of three at Nubs Nob in Harbor Springs. (You can still catch me in my bright orange down-filled coat riding the blue and yellow chairs. Give a yell.) There aren’t many things in life that I can say I am passionate about, but skiing is one of them. Having said that, you can only imagine my love and vicarious romanticism I have with mountains. My grade school and high school lockers were plastered with photos from Ski, Skiing, and Powder magazines. Scott Schmidt was my childhood idol. The one time a year we would have a powder day in Michigan, I would practice my smear turns, just like Scott Schmidt. The only books I wanted to read were biographies of early explorers, rock climbers, and alpinists. A poster of Mt. Everest hung in my college dorm. Even today, my Instagram feed can be classified into three things – friends, brides, and mountains. I was supposed to take a trip to the Pacific Northwest this year, but found myself to be too busy (worst excuse ever) and couldn’t find anyone who wanted to camp for two weeks in the back of my truck (second worst excuse).
Regardless, I have been trying to make it out to the mountains, any mountains, once a year now. Last year, I went out to do some rock climbing and visit my cousin in Boulder. Taking a shot in the dark, I emailed everyone in my contact list letting them know I would be out in Colorado and if they, or anyone they knew, would be out in Colorado at that time, I would be available to take their photos. To my surprise and delight, the Pintar family emailed me back letting me know that they would be in Breckenridge during that time. I had met them a few years earlier when I had photographed their family photos back in Michigan. We started our day at nearby Dillon Reservoir before heading to Breckenridge, where we took a gondola to the top for a sunset family photo shoot. It was great to spend the afternoon with them and even better watching the boys develop a love for the mountains the way I did when I was younger.
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