Best of 2016

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Best of 2016

2016 was a wonderful year. It was my best year yet! For many reasons, but most of all because I became a mom in the beginning of this lovely year. It was an interesting wedding season for sure… One because it was pretty hard to be away from my little lady and also because pumping at weddings was one thing I was stressing about before my season even started. Oh the many joys of a nursing wedding photographer. BUT I worried for nothing! All of my couples were so genuine and understanding! I really do have the greatest clients!! Continue reading “Best of 2016”

Welcome Baby Grayson

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Words escape me as I try to begin this post… There are so many different thoughts running through my head as I ponder that words to express what a true miracle sweet baby Grayson is… What any child is. It’s incredible that a woman’s body can quite literally create life. Being pregnant myself makes this miraculous event even more awesome! I can feel my sweet little girl moving around and in 16 short weeks she too will enter this world… BUT enough of that for now. I AM SO EXCITED to announce that MY very best friend delivered her sweet baby boy, Grayson in the wee early hours on Wednesday morning!!! I got to meet this handsome little man this afternoon and of course we had a mini phootshoot… Grayson’s first of many to come! He is a truly precious little ball of joy that is loved by so many! Continue reading “Welcome Baby Grayson”

Stanley Hotel Wedding

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Stanley Hotel Wedding *Rose + Jamey*

I sure do love a Stanley Hotel Wedding!! It’s a stunning historic venue with unlimited photographic options! I always love shooting there! Rose and Jamey had their reception at The Stanley Hotel, but before that they had a beautiful Catholic wedding ceremony at Saint Malo – a stunning stone church on a rock hill. It’s a breathtaking small chapel! They were a joyful and inspiring couple – their entire wedding was full of love and laughter! It was such a true pleasure to be meet them both and be apart of preserving their special day!! Continue reading “Stanley Hotel Wedding”

ymca of the rockies wedding

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ymca of the rockies wedding *David & Elizabeth*

I was sitting in my hostel room in Inverness, Scotland when I received an email from David asking about wedding photography for their upcoming YMCA of the Rockies wedding. Once we got to talking and I let him know I was out of the country – it sparked an mutual interest in all things travel! The second he started telling me about how much him and Elizabeth love to travel and serve others, I was hooked and knew this was a wedding for me! They shared with me how they had lived in Turkey teaching English together – how amazing is that?! Continue reading “ymca of the rockies wedding”

Should you hire a professional to photograph your proposal???

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There isn’t a right answer to the question of whether or not you should hire someone to photograph your proposal. Everyone is different and it is completely personal preference!!

I personally LOVE photographing proposals. They are one of the most romantic experiences! I find myself getting giddy and excited for them while I am hiding somewhere off in the distance waiting for that perfect moment!

There is one proposal that has always stuck out and that is Austin and Mckenna! Austin had contacted me shortly before he and Mckenna had a road trip out to Colorado planned. He was going to propose to her during their stay at Della Terra Mountain Chateau. What an absolutely breathtaking location!!! Mckenna was in tears and the joy on her face was incredible! Then Austin pointed over to me to show Mckenna that the whole thing had been photographed and her expression summed up why I love photographing people during the most joyous moments of their lives!

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Colorado Photo Shoot Locations *Rocky Mountain National Park*

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I just love this beautiful new spot that I found while scouting out locations for Amanda and Brent’s photo’s in Rocky Mountain National Park! It was a gorgeous spot for their session the day after their Wild Basin Lodge wedding and would be stunning for a meadow wedding in the park! It was a very quite spot and easy to access and move around in. In case your interested about where exactly this spot is… I came in the entrance of the park near the Fall River Visitor Center – after entering I drove for a bit and then took the right turn that is for Fall River Road and after passing a parking lot on the right there was a small place to park on the left – we got out and walked up a small hill and BAM there was this gorgeous meadow full of aspens!

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Estes Park Wedding Photography *Amanda & Tim*

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Estes Park Wedding Photography *Amanda & Tim*

I had the pleasure of photographing Amanda and Tim’s Colorado Rocky Mountain elopement at The Black Canyon Inn a few days ago. It was quite a chilly and windy day, but this didn’t bring down anyone’s spirits! Everyone was so excited for the happy couple and truly joyous for this very special occasion!

Amanda and Tim were so much fun! They were so excited for this day… I remember Amanda telling while she was getting ready that she was so ready for this – that she could have gotten married the day before at the rehearsal if she could. I could hear the excitement in her voice and see it in her eyes – it’s these small things that truly bring so much joy to what I do.

Amanda’s dress was so gorgeous! I love the sparkly details of it… Also, how stunning is her bouquet?? Kim and Company did an amazing job!

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Amanda just couldn’t stop smiling!!

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The grooms expression when seeing his bride for the first time is my all time favorite moment of every wedding! I just love it!

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Black Canyon Inn provides such a stunning view from their pavilion – quite a gorgeous spot to exchange vows!

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I LOVE the joy they shared during their wedding ceremony!!!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!!!!!!!

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Amanda and Tim celebrated their wedding reception at Twin Owls Steakhouse – one of the most delicious restaurants in all of Estes Park!

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Colorado Rose Cake Company created a gorgeous cake (as usual!) – I’m loving their cake topper! I’m a sucker for anything Disney!

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Amanda and Tim were so amazing and I wish them all the happiness in the world as they start this new adventure!!

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Colorado Rocky Mountain engagement photography *Jacquelyn & Matt*

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Colorado Rocky Mountain Engagement Photography * Jacquelyn & Matt*

It was quite the adventure scheduling Jacquelyn & Matt’s engagement session! We originally had it set up for the beginning of April, but the night before when I checked the weather it said that they predicted 8-10 inches of snow! We decided to reschedule and wait for better weather… The day we chose was looking pretty stormy, but it turned out to be awesome!!

I was already excited for this shoot because it had been awesome chatting with Jacquelyn about their wedding and I was just so stoked to meet them, finally! It was even more amazing than I thought it would be! They were so down to earth and kind hearted! Not to mention – how sweet they were with one another!

We did the shoot at a cabin off Hwy 7 that had been in Jaquelyn’s family for many years – it was rustic and simply amazing! I can only imagine how incredible a getaway would be at such a quaint spot hidden in the Rocky Mountains.

I could barely contain my excitement when they brought out a picnic basket full of goodies – Matt started to draw on a heart shaped chalkboard and Jacquelyn began reading to him. Oh my gosh – it was absolutely precious!

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They just couldn’t stop smiling at one another! I simply can’t get enough of how in love these two are!

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They were such a joy to hang out with and photograph as they interacted in such a genuine way with each other. They just laughed and soaked in the moments they shared.

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It was quite a stunning view from the property! I just cant get enough of how gorgeous Colorado is!

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Thank you Jacquelyn and Matt for letting met capture such beautiful emotion that you share and for inviting me to photograph your upcoming wedding at The Wild Basin Lodge later this summer – it’s going to be simply amazing!

dream job – how I got there

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I have my dream job!!! I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I absolutely love everything about what I do!

I decided to write this post because I have never really told this story in full detail and shared the ups and downs of what I do and how I got here.

Growing up I didn’t really think that I wanted to be a photographer… First, of course I wanted to be a princess, then a drummer in a band, a chef, a CSI.. haha the list goes on and on. Don’t get me wrong, I have always appreciated photography and the joy photos bring. I have many photographers in my family and I have always been around it, but never thought I would become one… BUT boy am I glad I did! It is an incredible creative outlet for me and I love creating images for people to treasure forever.

Not only did I not think I would become a photographer, but I never thought I would be a wedding photographer…

I was 18 years old when I asked my dad if I could work for him (he owned a successful photography business) – little did I know that this would lead to my DREAM JOB!

The first wedding he brought me to I carried his camera equipment. Not super glamorous, but I was thankful for the job and had to start somewhere. After awhile he gave me a camera to shoot with – I was at the entire wedding with him anyways, why not see what I could do??? I guess at some point he liked what I was doing because he offered me the opportunity to become his second shooter!! We were a father-daughter team and for 6 years I learned everything I could from him about the camera, photography, weddings, posing, business and so much more! It was such a blast all the time and a true bonding experience! After awhile I fell in love with everything about weddings and photography- the details, the dress, the venues, flowers, the look on the grooms face when he saw his bride for the first time, the toasts (that I still tear up at), and how much fun everyone had at the receptions! Weddings are days full of so much joy, love, and laughter – it’s truly such an honor and a blessing to be apart of these couples special day!

I learned by trial and error and I am still learning to this day! It’s incredible to learn something like photography and running a business while actually doing it and watching someone else do it on a daily basis – I don’t think any kind of school could have prepared me in such a way.

A few years into working for my father he started to give me more responsibilities – I wasn’t only second shooting with him. I was also responding to emails, calling clients, corresponding with other vendors, designing albums, and any other work in the studio that he needed. I learned such an incredible amount of information about running a business. It was such a natural transition into starting my own business in 2010… It had been a thought for awhile, but I was content where I was and actually incredibly nervous about starting a business and running it on my own.

However, it turned out to be one of the best things I have ever done! Being my own boss is incredible! It does have it down sides (taxes, accounting, time management…), but I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I took small steps here and there while still working for my father during ’10-’11 to create my business and branch off on my own. That was such a crazy time! My first full wedding season I shot 52 weddings on my own and also second shot for my father’s company. To this day I am surprised that I wanted to continue after such an intense year!! But I am so glad that I did – it has been such an incredible experience and I am so thankful everyday to have what I do! I learned a lot that first year – for example, I don’t shoot more than 30 weddings a year. This allows me to give each couple my very best attention and care… Along with keeping my sanity!

This August I will of had my company for 4 years! I am so excited that I have been able to create, run, and sustain a business! I never dreamed I would be able to do such a thing!

I love everything about love and weddings! There is so much joy packed into this one day that it is just about exploding each time and I love capturing the moments when it does!

I have been so blessed to have worked with incredible vendors and venues over the years and created friendships that will last a lifetime! I have the best clients, EVER! They are all so genuine and kindhearted that I am often taken back by there kindness – I am so grateful to each and every one of them for trusting me to capture their wedding day!

I can say without a doubt that I am living the dream and have MY dream job!

Learning so much about photography has given me such a passion for capturing not only weddings, but also people! I have a desire to travel the world throughout my life and capture other cultures and people. A persons face can tell you so much about their life… I hope to travel often in the future and use my gift to share my experiences with the world!

I am so thankful to my father for teaching me pretty much everything I know about photography and business.. My husband for encouraging me to start my business and being by my side through it all… to God for blessing me with such an amazing life… and to everyone who supports me on a daily basis! I couldn’t do any of this alone.

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Thank you to  my awesome father РDave Russell Рfor these shots of me! Check out his awesome humanitarian work HERE