July 25, 2017   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Vail Valley Colorado Family Photography | Eagle River Preserve in Edwards

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drove out to the Vail Valley and photographed this family last week and I have to say they were so much fun to work with! There was lots of laughing and good attitudes about going along with all of my silly games. We decided to go to the Eagle River Preserve which I have not been to before and it was perfect. There were so many beautiful native plants with lots of nice walking paths and nature to use. There was even a really pretty (tiny) pond. And of course, access to the Eagle River for some pretty photos with it in the backdrop. This family has been visiting the same home in Edwards, Colorado for the past 7 years for family vacations. I truly love the idea of families who are spread out all over the country coming together for a little rest and relaxation as well as some family bonding time. There is just something really great about spending a week or two together away from the worries of everyday life and reconnecting and getting to know each other again. I remember doing this as a kid at my grandparent's house with my cousins when I was younger and there is nothing like having built in friends who just happen to be your family too. This place in Edwards has become a little bit like a second home to all of them and since it was just down the street a little ways from the Eagle River Preserve we decided to end the session back at the vacation home. There was a pretty little Aspen tree area in the backyard and we went down by the river at their place for some end of the evening pictures too. What a fun and happy clan, they truly made my job so easy!
A family wearing shades of blue and white are photographed in the wildflowers next to the Eagle River at the Eagle River Preserve in Edwards, Colorado during summer.
A couple is photographed together with a pretty little pond and blue mountain backdrop in the Vail Valley at the Eagle River Preserve in Edwards, Colorado.
A couple poses for a nice photo with a pond and mountain backdrop at the Eagle River Preserve during their family photo session near Vail, Colorado.
The matriarch and patriarch of the family pose for a photo together at the Eagle River Preserve while on their family vacation to the Vail Valley in Colorado
A young boy poses for an individual photo with a mountain backdrop with wild plants surrounding him at the Eagle River Preserve in Edwards, Colorado.
A young girl with a beautiful smile pauses her laughter for a quick headshot during her family's portrait session at the Eagle River Preserve near Vail, Colorado
A young girl wearing a white bohemian flowy blouse and a blue tassle necklace poses in front of a mountain backdrop at her family's summer vacation photoshoot at Eagle River Preserve in the Vail Valley of Colorado.
Classic portrait of a young girl with wildflowers and tall grasses at the Eagle River Preserve near Vail, Colorado.
A young family walks with their two daughters along a wildflower path at the Eagle River Preserve in Edwards, Colorado.
A classic family portrait in the backyard garden with Aspen trees near Vail, Colorado during summer.
Two siblings hug each other for a portrait next to the Eagle River at their family vacation home in Edwards, Colorado.
Two adorable sisters pose for a photo at the end of the night next to the Eagle River while on a family vacation to the Mountains of Vail, Colorado.
A family wearing shades of blue and white pose for a classic family portrait with a pretty pond and blue mountains in the backdrop at Eagle River Preserve in the Vail Valley of Colorado during summer.
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July 19, 2017   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Breckenridge Family Vacation Photos | Backyard Family Photos in Colorado

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ickie contacted me to see if she and her family could get some family photos created while they were all on vacation together here in sunny Colorado. She and her husband wanted to get some pictures of the whole family together since they are all spread apart these days. We scheduled the photos for 10 am to keep a happy baby and were planning to use the inside of the home in front of the huge fireplace since outside at 10 am is not usually very workable due to the positioning of the sun at that time of day. But I know Vickie really wanted to use the pretty outdoors if it was possible. When I arrived at their rental home I realized that there was just enough of a pretty woodsy backyard with some wildflowers in it that we could use that would also work with the direction of the sunlight. It's pretty fantastic when all the pieces to the photography pie start lining up! The best part was when the parents of the sweet little baby were able to give me just enough helpful hints to get a few little smiles out of her! I'd say it was another successful family photoshoot!
Family wearing black with blue jeans pose for a family portrait in the backyard of their vacation rental home in Breckenridge Colorado during summer
Colorado Family Vacation Family Photography in a woodsy backyard in Breckenridge during summer
A cute married couple pose for a portrait sitting in the wildflower grass of their vacation home backyard in Breckenridge Colorado
Breckenridge Colorado Family Portraits with a woodsy backdrop during summer
Breckenridge Colorado Family Photography in the woodsy backyard of their vacation rental home during summer in the mountains
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July 14, 2017   •   Filed in Engagements, Summer

Dog-Lover Mountain Engagement Photos | Historic Georgetown Colorado

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met Tara when she started skating for the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls back in the day. I was so excited for her when she met Ryan because it seemed like they fell in love so quickly and I'd never seen her so happy before! They've built a very good life for themselves together in Denver these past few years and have quite a big family with 4 dogs. They really wanted to bring all four of them to their session since they are such a big part of their life. Our furry friends are family afterall! They are getting married this September and it was time to get their engagement photos done. At first they were considering doing them in the city in a neat urban area but after a lot of thought they decided that they were really more into nature and the mountains. So we headed up the I-70 corridor to the beautiful, very photogenic, and historic little city of Georgetown, Colorado. We started off near the dam and the lake before heading into town where we took full advantage of all of the old pretty storefronts and houses. Toward the end of the evening as the sun was setting we drove up Guanella Pass a little bit to find some more natural surroundings for their last photos. I absolutely love that we were able to get some classic Colorado photos for them next to the South Clear Creek mountain stream. Overall I'd say this session was a huge success! How could it not be with all of those sweet doggie faces?
Engagement Photography with Clear Creek Backdrop at the Georgetown Colorado Dam during summer
Happy romantic engaged couple snuggle in the mountains during their Colorado engagement session in Georgetown Colorado
Engagement Photography Photo with Colorado wildflowers during summer in Georgetown Colorado
Engagement photo session with old historic buildings with chippy paint in Georgetown Colorado
Cute Colorado engagement photography session with four dogs at the Teal Building in Georgetown Colorado
Super sweet old Shar Pei doggie with his family at an engagement session in Georgetown Colorado
Sweet Colorado Engagment Photos with a beagle dog in front of an old chipped paint building in Georgetown
Sweet Doggie Portraits during engagement photo session in Georgetown Colorado
Beautiful old 1867 building with chipped peeling paint decorated for 4th of July for an All American Engagment Photography session in Colorado
Cute engagement photo with 4 dogs in front of a historic building in Georgetown Colorado
Georgetown Colorado Summer Engagement Photos with mountain backdrop
Adorable engagement photo in front of an old building in Georgetown Colorado during Summer
Cute summer forest engagement photography near Georgetown Colorado in the mountains
Summer Mountain Wildflower backdrop engagement photo in the forest near Georgetown Colorado
Couple makes out along a gravel mountain path near Georgetown Colorado during summer
Beautiful riverside engagement photography at South Clear Creek in the mountains of Georgetown Colorado
Night time engagement photo at dusk overlooking Georgetown Colorado
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July 12, 2017   •   Filed in Summer, Seniors

Colorado High School Senior Photos | Sapphire Point and Lake Dillon Summit County

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ast week I got to head up I-70 to meet with a Georgia family who are friends with another family that I had the pleasure of photographing when they were out visiting the Colorado mountain scenery last fall over Thanksgiving break. Their daughters are friendly and this time it was Katie's turn to be photographed. She's going to be a senior this year and it's time for her senior photos. She decided it would be fun to get them done out here in the gorgeous mountain scenery of Colorado. Her grandma has a house out here in the mountains so their whole family has been coming to Colorado for years and it's like a 2nd home to them. We decided to use the Sapphire Point area and a new little spot I found near there as well as heading down closer to Lake Dillon toward the end. Katie is a cheerleader and she has the most wonderful and warm smile. She also has gorgeous silky long hair which looked particularly awesome when we did a photo by the lake at the end and a breeze picked up just enough to show off those locks of hers! I also loved her outfit changes and thought all three were perfect on her. She wore a cute flirty styled coral pink colored dress which was her favorite and then added in a cozy sweater outfit which looked great with the mountain backdrop and also a lovely casual outfit at the end with a nice green top and layered lariat necklace that looked fantastic on her! I love the way senior photo sessions allow the senior to show off their style in so many ways.  
 
Katie,  
You are a very sweet young lady and it was so much fun to hang out photographing you! I hope you have a super fun senior year and good luck to you with your college plans after that!  
April  
High school senior girl poses for her yearbook picture with the sagebrush and evergreen trees near Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon in Frisco, Colorado
High school senior girl with long light brown hair wearing a coral pink dress poses in the pretty greenery wildflowers and evergreen trees near Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon near Keystone, Colorado
Beautiful high school senior yearbook photo with Buffalo Mountain in the backdrop near Lake Dillon in the Colorado Mountains
Senior Yearbook photo with Buffalo Mountain backdrop near Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon near Frisco Colorado
Classic Colorado outdoor senior photo with bright blue skies and warm sun with columbine flowers in a field near Sapphire Point for a senior photography session in the Colorado Mountains
High school senior girl poses in her coral pink dress with a rustic wood ranch fence and pretty backlit sunlight setting behind the mountains behind her at Lake Dillon in the Colorado Mountains
Simple and classic senior yearbook photo in the Colorado mountains with faint blue wildflowers and wild grass in the backdrop at sunset at Sapphire Point in Colorado
Beautiful sunset senior photo with a beautiful pink and orange cloud backdrop at Sapphire Point near Lake Dillon in Summit County Colorado
High School senior girl with long light brown hair poses near the edge of Lake Dillon with Keystone off in the distance behind her during summer in Summit County Colorado
Colorado Mountain High School Senior yearbook photos with Lake Dillon pond in the backdrop at dusk near Keystone, CO
Beautiful senior girl headshot taken at dusk next to Lake Dillon in Summit County Colorado near Keystone
Buffalo Mountain and Red Peak mountain backdrop at Lake Dillon High School Senior Yearbook photo for a girl with long light brown hair in Summit County Colorado
I think this one is my favorite because of her laugh:) Plus, that view of Ten Mile Peak range in Breckenridge will never get old for me!
Gorgeous high school senior with long brunette hair wearing a cozy cream colored sweater with Ten Mile Peak of Breckenridge in the backdrop Senior Portraits at Sapphire Point in Summit County Colorado
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