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

Wild Basin Lodge Summer Wedding

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I love my time when I first arrive at a wedding. Walking into the room where the bride is getting ready with her closest friends and families… There is so much laughter and joy in the air and it always smells absolutely incredible!

The details on Brooke’s dress was stunning! AND she wore Toms! The only shoes I own (besides one pair of boots) are Toms… SO, this was pretty exciting for me! Continue reading

Sun-kissed Wedding – When is the best time to have your wedding ceremony?

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I am often asked by couples when I would recommend they have their wedding ceremony. So, I thought I would share my answer here to hopefully be helpful to more couples planning their big day! Continue reading

Wild Basin Lodge Fall Wedding

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I had been looking forward to Madison and Scotty’s wedding for over a year! If you remember my post from last year of their engagement session, you’ll know what an amazing couple these two are! They are two very genuine and kindhearted people that I find it a true honor to have met them and been apart of capturing their precious wedding day!

An amazing couple + Wild Basin Lodge + fall wedding… I was in heaven!!! Continue reading

Stanley Hotel Summer Wedding – Karen & Bryan

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Stanley Hotel Summer Wedding – Karen & Bryan

I had been looking for to Karen & Bryan’s Stanley Hotel Summer Wedding since meeting them in December in Denver at Union Station for their engagement session (CLICK HERE to view their Christmas shoot!) The station was decorated in stunning Christmas fashion and they were smiles the entire time! It was a blast working with them that day and it made me super excited to shoot their wedding and OH MY was it amazing! Continue reading

Estes Park Resort Wedding – Mara & Raji

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I love the first look that a bride and groom share on their wedding day. Whether that is a moment they share before the ceremony or if it’s when the bride walks down the aisle towards her groom… This moment is one of my very favorite moments of the entire day! It is such a special time! They have spent many hours (especially the bride) planning every single detail of this day and a lot of it has to do with the attire they have chosen (dress, suit, hair, make up…) and then it comes down to this one moment of anticipation. I simply love the raw emotion and joy that they share in those few minutes… Continue reading

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

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

Wild Basin Lodge spring wedding

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Janel & Jay had a beautiful Wild Basin Lodge spring wedding

The sun was shinning bright and the rays beating down on my skin felt absolutely wonderful. I love the first wedding of the spring season! I have usually had a lot of the winter to focus on education and getting my business organized for the upcoming year and once weddings start then the real fun begins! I was really looking forward to Janel and Jay’s wedding – I had only spoke to them over the phone, but could tell it was going to be amazing! Janel was so sweet and kind to me leading up to the big day and when I arrived the smile beaming from her face radiated with pure joy! I instantly felt welcomed by her and her family. There is something truly special about spending such a happy day with people – you get to know them on a level right away that you most likely wouldn’t have other wise. Continue reading

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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estes park wedding *Melissa & Joshua*

Melissa and Joshua had a stunning Estes Park Wedding at a gorgeous wedding venue located on Lake Estes – The Estes Park Resort has beautiful views and is a wonderful choice for celebrating such a special occasion!

I have been looking forward to Melissa & Josh’s wedding for quite some time! I was so excited when Melissa’s mom, Patti contacted me to photographer her daughters wedding. She was so kind and sweet to me during our phone conversations! When I chatted with Melissa for the first time it was no different. She was genuinely kind and so excited to be getting married. I knew I was going to love shooting her wedding.

I asked Melissa the story of how they met. Here is her precious response… “Josh and I were introduced through my sister and her boyfriend (both who are in our wedding party). We were introduced by them and have been inseparable since then. It is a situations where we both feel we have been on a path circling around one another waiting to collide and it finally happened!!

Melissa and Josh were absolutely amazing to work with! They were incredibly laid back and so much fun to photograph! They were a bride and groom that were completely immersed in the love they share for one another.

When I arrived Melissa had a big smile on her face and was so welcoming and kind. She later was on the floor playing peek-a-boo with her precious baby girl, Lyla – who was absolutely adorable!!

Throughout the entire wedding and reception they were both so present and calm – it is a truly beautiful thing to witness and I am so grateful I was able to photograph and preserve these memories for them and their families and friends.

Brigitte with Floral Design of Europe created stunning floral arrangements! I absolutely love the colors of these flowers!!

Jay with Standing Room Only is one the best and most amazing DJ’s in the state! He was awesome and had the party going all night long!

Here are some of my favorites from Melissa & Josh’s wedding day…

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Cake – Shamanes Bakery

Wedding Dress – Modern Trousseau

Jewelry – Heirlooms

Colorado mountains – i’m so blessed!

I absolutely love the Colorado mountains!

I am a Colorado native and have lived here my entire life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s awesome to live right near Denver and have all of the amenities of a metropolitan city, but yet also be within 90 minutes of tons of incredible mountains towns at the base of the Rocky Mountains!

Photographing mountain weddings has been such a dream come true! My ‘office’ consists of wild flowers, aspen trees, flowing rivers, vast mountain ranges, and happy people – It doesn’t get much better than that!!! I am so blessed to have the opportunity that I do. I love sharing the joy in the world through my photographs and also truly enjoy capturing the beauty of Gods creation!

Things I love about Colorado…

The weather – it’s so unpredictable! I love it! It’s snowing one day and 70 degrees the next.. It keeps you on your toes!

The Little Man ice cream in Denver – YUM!

The Rocky Mountains and all of the awesome small towns – one of my favorites is Georgetown and Estes Park (obviously!)

The BRONCOS!!!

SNOW SNOW SNOW

Crested Butte – for their wildflowers – it’s so gorgeous!

Red Rocks Amphitheater

All of the active and health-minded people

Howl at the Moon – dueling piano bar in Denver – such a blast!

Kind Coffee in Estes Park – yum!

That’s just to name a few… There are many more reason why this gorgeous state is so incredible.

I was driving home from a wedding last week and couldn’t help but pull over and get out to take a photo of this absolutely stunning view of Longs Peak!

COLORADO IS THE BEST PLACE….. EVER!!!

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Anna Be – bridal shoot – Wild Basin Lodge

I love fall time in Colorado!! It’s such a gorgeous time of year! I love the colors of the trees, boots, scarves, and most of all warm frothy latte’s! YUM!

I know that spring has just begun… but a girl can daydream!

I photographed a bridal shoot two falls ago and it was amazing! I love that we did the shoot at Wild Basin Lodge! Bella Capelli did the stunning updo’s, Floral Design of Europe was kind of enough to supply the floral arrangements, and Anna Bé brought some of their stunning dresses for the gorgeous models to wear. It was a blast! I had never done a styled bridal shoot before and was quite nervous! However, the crew was awesome and the models were so natural and relaxed – it turned out to be an incredible day.

Anna Be is bridal boutique located in downtown Denver – if you’re shopping for a wedding dress you have to check them out!!

I also had the pleasure of my awesome dad shooting with me!

Thanks Rocky Mountain Aperture for these behind the scenes photos!

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I absolutely LOVE Colorado!! It’s so amazing living in Denver and having all of that a metropolitan city has to offer, but then 90 minutes away there are tons of gorgeous mountain towns at the base of the Rocky Mountains – it’s the best of both worlds!!

As a photographer this type of project can seem intimidating!! Especially when there are so many professionals in the industry that have put their time and effort into the shoot… There is a lot of pressure (mostly internal) to get everything perfect because in the end it’s the photos that will count.

Even after working in this industry and photographing weddings and different types of shoots since 2006 I still get nervous – it has calmed a bunch from when I started, but it has never gone away. It used to drive me crazy, but now I think that it forces me to be better. I am nervous because I want to give my clients the absolute best photos I can give them and that is a lot of pressure, but at the same time it pushes me to explore my creative boundaries.

I am going to hopefully do more shoots like this in the coming year and I can’t wait to organize them and work with some of the best vendors Colorado has to offer!

Here are a handful of the photos from the shoot.

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I love this shot of all the ladies sitting at the bar at Wild Basin Lodge!

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I love sharing photography with my dad! He makes it way too much fun!!! I am so honored that he let me carry his camera bag for him all those years ago and then felt confident to let me take photos at some of his weddings and he must have thought I did okay because he let me know work for him 5 years after that!! What an amazing journey it has been! I can say without a doubt that I would not be where I am today in my business or with my art if he had not helped me and taught me everything he did!! I am so grateful!

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thank you! thank you! thank you!

organizing styled photo shoots

I love organizing styled photo shoots! They are so much fun to organize and the creative freedom is amazing. These types of shoots are inspiring and really help me to push myself in my photography.

Styled shoots can be an incredible way for photographers to grow – especially during the off season when there aren’t as many events. They inspire creativity and are an awesome way to network and get to know other wedding vendors in your area

Here are some helpful tips for organizing a styled photo shoot …

1.) Choose a theme – brainstorm ideas, create a Pinterest board with details you love, flip through wedding magazines and check out popular wedding blogs for inspiration- it’s always a great idea to see what blogs/magazines are publishing, especially if you are hoping to submit your session for publication.

2.) Decide what time of year you want to do the shoot.

3.) Take your time to research what vendors you want to work with on the styled photo shoot.

5.) Once you have all of the vendors and details worked out make sure to get everything organized and share all of the details with everyone who is involved so that everyone is on the same page and there is no room for confusion.

6.) MAKE IT HAPPEN!! The sky is the limit – make sure to let your creativity run wild and have fun!

7.) After the shoot make sure to share the images with everyone who was involved. Post the styled shoot to your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest! Brides who are planning their wedding can’t get enough of this type of inspiration! Make sure your shoot is searchable and easy to find for brides browsing for ideas for their own wedding.

I am lucky enough to have a best friend that looks like a model and loves having her picture taken 🙂 and her husband is awesome enough to humor us! Kasie has been super helpful to me as I have grown in my business and with my photography – when I have a new idea or want to try something – she is game to help out and model for me!

Last fall I put together a styled romantic Colorado photo shoot in Estes Park with Kasie and her hubs, Phil. We headed up to the YMCA, to a location I had scouted out weeks before. However, the entire drive up it was pouring rain. We were stressing out because we had spent a lot of time planning this shoot and wanted it to work out perfectly. Well, after waiting in the car for awhile it finally stopped raining and we were able to get to work. I LOVED the shoot and was so pleased with how it turned out.

We brought a picnic blanket, old fashion basket, wine and wine glasses and a bunch of mini roses to sprinkle around. It created such a romantic scene!

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 I am hoping to work with some wedding vendors this year to organize a few unique styled shoots! I am still brainstorming on this – if you know of anyone that would be interested, please send them my way!

Check out the blog tomorrow for some behind the scenes at a bridal styled shoot!!

Wild Basin Lodge advertisments

I am super excited that Wild Basin Lodge used two of my photos in their recent promotional ads! I could not be more honored and humbled!

Wild Basin Lodge is one of the most amazing wedding venues in Colorado.. and probably the entire the world! 🙂 The owners, Denice and Nils are two of the most kindhearted and incredibly genuine people I have ever met! They do not simply run a business – they take joy in what they do and serve each of their clients to the fullest! I remember when I met Denice (years ago) and in our first conversation (after she gave me a big hug) she told me if I got married at the Lodge, she would take care of me! Well… A few years later I got married there and I never imagined how incredible it would be! The first time I took my hubs there to tour the venue I was so excited because I wanted him to love it as much as I did! When we walked in the door and Denice offered him a beer – he was sold! My wedding was a dream come true and I owe that in large part to the lovely and amazing people who run this incredible venue!

I have had the unique experience of interacting with Denice and Nils and their staff in a professional setting, as I photograph a lot of weddings there and also in the personal setting since I had my own wedding at the lodge. In both of these scenarios I am treated exactly the same! They show me the exact same kindness when I show up to photograph a wedding as they did on my own special day. I am truly touched and blessed by their kindness.

Dianna McGhinnis is one the lovely ladies that works at Wild Basin Lodge and she has been incredible to get to know and work with at weddings and on these promotional advertisements!

THANK YOU to Wild Basin Lodge!!!

The below photo on the left is an online advertisement for My Wedding – an online planning resource for couples and the photo on the right is an ad for The Knot !!

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