Hello! I am a wife, a mom, Jesus follower, book worm, and lover of adveture! I am a wedding photographer located in Denver and though I primarily shoot in Colorado, I am often taken over by wanderlust and am available for worldwide travel! I specialize in photographing joyful and adventurous couples that are head over heels in love! I love everything about weddings!! On this blog I will be sharing wedding inspiration, travel adventures, and personal stories. I love the creative side of what I do, but I also really enjoy the business aspect. Especially the marketing side! I will be sharing what I learn along the way as well!
Rocky Mountain Wedding Photographer – Daniel & Katie
When I finally met Katie in person she was getting her hair and make up done just hours before her ceremony. I love this time of the day. Listening to the gals chatting about past memories and just being so excited for what’s to come…
I had been looking forward to this engagement shoot for awhile! It had been great to chat back and forth with Jordan. She’s the sweetest and is so very excited to get married! It was evident from the moment we began speaking that she can’t wait for this joyous occasion! Continue reading “South Mesa Trailhead Engagement”
Wild Basin Lodge is a beautiful venue for a wedding. It is nestled in the Rocky Mountains and sits right next to the Saint Vrain River. It’s surrounded by lush forest and has a stunning view of Mount Meeker. They have two breathtaking ceremony options… One is in a meadow and the other an amphitheater by the river. Each is gorgeous in its own way!
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”
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!
It was my first wedding back after having my precious little lady… It was tough to be away from her, but this was a perfect wedding to start my season with! Sara and David were simply wonderful and their wedding was at the breathtaking Wild Basin Lodge! What a beautiful spring day in the Rocky Mountains…
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!
Kate and Evan are two of the kindest people I have had the pleasure of working with! They were incredibly joyful and excited the entire day and their happiness radiated from their faces from beginning to end!
I love shooting weddings at Wild Basin Lodge!! The lodge and property are absolutely breathtaking. The sky is limit with places to take photos! Denice, Nils and all of the wonderful people who run the lodge are incredible – they make you feel like family! It truly is an amazing wedding venue. I am so excited that Erica and Josh chose to have their wedding at Wild Basin – it fits them so well! Continue reading “wild basin lodge summer wedding – Erica & Josh”
Bree and Derek had a beautiful intimate summer wedding at the Wild Basin Lodge. They said their i do’s in the lovely meadow with their close friends and family by their side. The joy that radiated from the both of them was truly magical. The weather was amazing and it was simply a perfect day. A perfect wedding day. They were such a genuinely kind couple that made me feel welcomed right away! I am constantly blown away by the incredible people that I am blessed enough to meet doing this job. Continue reading “Wild Basin Lodge Wedding”
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 “Wild Basin Lodge spring wedding”
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!
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.
I love this shot of all the ladies sitting at the bar at Wild Basin Lodge!
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!
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!