January 17, 2018   •   Filed in Winter, Families

Colorado Outdoor Winter Family Photography | South Mesa Trail in Boulder

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had the pleasure of photographing my good friend Beth's extended family over the weekend. Turns out her brother was going to be in town so they decided it would be a good opportunity to get a family portrait while they were all together. It can be so hard for the whole family to get a chance to all be in one place after the kids are grown so I was glad they were able to make this happen for Beth's mom and dad. Originally we were planning to head up to the Sunrise Amphitheater area in Boulder but there was some sort of accident and the road leading up to our meeting spot was blocked off. I haven't been to South Mesa in a really long time due to some construction work the City of Boulder was doing on the trails there this past summer and fall but I figured it might be a good back up location for us. I'm so glad we ended up going here because the rugged mountain backdrop looked so great in their family photos! Sometimes for winter sessions I really want to have snow on the ground to help make it look like a gorgeous winter wonderland. But even though we didn't get lucky with some pretty snowy backdrops, the landscape still looked gorgeous because of those lovely blue mountains. The weather ended up being a lot colder than we were expecting too. I tried to work as quickly as I could and got lots of different family combinations before we had to call it a night. I'm really pleased with what we were able to get despite the chilly wind blowing our hair around and the poor little ones freezing their little booties off. They were all really good at making it seem like they were totally warm in their pictures! I've selected a bunch of favorites from the session to share below. Enjoy!
Colorado Winter Family Portrait with the South Boulder Creek in the backdrop at sunset in Boulder at South Mesa Trail
Young couple pose with the South Boulder Creek in the backdrop at South Mesa Trail during winter in Boulder Colorado
Three young sisters wearing blue hug each other for a family photo with the blue Boulder mountain backdrop at South Mesa Trail during winter in Colorado
Cute Colorado Family photography with mountain backdrop at South Mesa Trail in Boulder
Cute couple portrait with pretty mountain backdrop at sunset in Boulder Colorado at the South Mesa Trail
Family photography during winter with mountain backdrop at South Mesa Trail in Boulder Colorado
Happy outdoor family portrait during winter at South Mesa Trail in Boulder Colorado
Boulder Colorado Sibling Portrait with blue mountain backdrop during winter at South Mesa Trail
Couple portrait with blue mountain backdrop during winter at South Mesa Trail in Boulder Colorado
Adorable little girl in a leather jacket poses with a mountain backdrop at South Mesa Trail in Boulder Colorado
Pretty South Mesa Trail blue mountain backdrop couple portrait during winter in Boulder Colorado
Parents of a family pose for a couples portrait together with a mountain backdrop at sunset at the South Mesa Trail in Boulder Colorado
Beautiful Colorado Extended Family Photo at sunset with blue mountain backdrop at the South Mesa Trail in Boulder Colorado
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January 6, 2018   •   Filed in Engagements, Winter

Colorado Winter Engagement Photography | Sunset at Sloan’s Lake in Denver

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got an email from this nice couple, Lisa and Brad, earlier this week saying they were looking to get a handful of engagement portraits created for their save the dates/wedding invitations. The wedding celebration is coming up this June in Oregon where Lisa is from so we needed to get right on it. They spend a lot of time at Sloan's Lake Park on the northwest side of Denver so we set up their session to take place about 45 min before sunset. We started off over on the west side of the park so we could get the Denver city skyline in the backdrop and we got lucky with one of our photos when the geese flew right across the backdrop making it perfectly Denver. (Those geese are definitely a neighborhood fixture at Sloan's Lake. Just the other day when I was heading to the King Soopers across the street for grocery shopping a whole gaggle of them were politely using the crosswalk which totally made me laugh!) We also made use of the notably bouncy bridge before we headed over to the other side of the park right as sunset was happening. I am in love with what we were able to get despite it being the middle of winter with zero snow on the ground. Sometimes when there are limited options due to a dead winter environment you have to really make sure to photograph at the right time of day to bring out the beauty of a place. Luckily for us, the park streetlights were hitting the frozen Sloan Lake creating a beautiful pinkish orange glow. This beautiful warm colored reflection paired with the dark icy blue of the lake blended into a beautiful purple color making for a surprisingly gorgeous backdrop after the sun set. And of course, the lake paired with the mountains always looks fantastic in photos. And it definitely helps that Brad and Lisa were such good sports and went along with all of my dumb photographer prompts and attempts to get them to laugh. I think their session turned out beautifully. Check out some of my favorites below!
Beautiful Denver City Skyline backdrop at sunset during winter with pastel colored skies with geese flying overhead at Sloan Lake
Sloan Lake Engagement Portrait with City of Denver backdrop at sunset during winter in Colorado
B&W Engagement photography cute couple playing together during winter at Sloan's Lake Park in Denver Colorado
Beautiful Sloan's Lake Engagement Photography with frozen lake sunset backdrop during winter in Denver Colorado
Geese walk on frozen Sloan Lake during a sweet winter engagement session with mountain backdrop in Denver Colorado
Pretty sunset silhouette engagement photography at Sloan's Lake Park in Denver Colorado during winter
Beautiful frozen Sloan Lake during winter engagement photography in Denver Colorado
Denver Colorado Engagement Photographer Frozen Sloan Lake Backdrop During Winter
Beautifully lit engagement photography at night with frozen Sloan Lake backdrop during winter in Denver Colorado
I have to say it was hard to pick a favorite from this session, but it's hard to beat a solid nice photo with a mountain backdrop!
A classic beautiful engagement portrait of a couple standing in front of frozen Sloan Lake during winter in Denver Colorado
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January 4, 2018   •   Filed in Winter, Families

Winter Family Photography in Colorado | Frisco Aspen Tree Grove & Sapphire Point

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've got a great family featured on the journal today. They hail from Texas and the mama of the family contacted me because they've been bringing their family to Colorado for winter ski trips since their boys were little. This year is special though because their oldest son, Jacob, is a high school senior now. She mentioned that it's the last year he'll be required to join them on the annual family trip to Colorado but something tells me he'll still want to join them even after he's gone off to college. Still, just in case he's not able to, she thought it might be a good opportunity to get some professional photos created while they're out here. She mentioned wanting to get some individuals of him for his senior photos so we made sure to do that in addition to the family pictures. And they brought their super sweet golden retriever with a jaunty lil' scarf tied around her neck to complete their picture perfect family unit. They mentioned that they really like Aspen trees so I suggested we head over to the Lilypad Lake trailhead area to begin and end with the beautiful mountain views at Sapphire Point. Thankfully we were both driving SUV's that could handle the deeper snow along the dirt road to Lilypad Lake because we saw a visitor get stuck in his smaller car that didn't have 4 wheel drive. (I'm definitely keeping this in mind next time I want to visit that location during winter!). I was able to get a nice aspen tree grove backdrop for them with the Frisco mountains at the Lilypad Lake Trailhead location. This poor family was starting to freeze so we warmed up in our cars on the way over to Sapphire Point. Due to the chilly temperatures, we wrapped up our session at sunset pretty quickly with the gorgeous blue Breckenridge mountain backdrop at Sapphire Point. Check out my favorites below!
A family with two teenage sons and a golden retriever walk through the snow at Lilypad Lake Trailhead in Summit County Colorado
High School Colorado Senior photography with snowy backdrop with Aspen Trees in Frisco Colorado
High School Senior is photographed in the snow with his golden retriever dog in a snowy aspen grove during winter in Colorado mountains
Brothers are photographed with a snowy aspen grove backdrop in the mountains of Colorado during their winter ski trip in Summit County
Husband and wife are photographed with aspen tree backdrop at Lilypad Lake Trailhead during winter in Colorado
Sapphire Point Summit County Colorado Family Photography During Winter
Cute Golden Retriever dog is photographed with two teenage brothers with pretty snowy mountain backdrop at Sapphire Point in Colorado
Winter High School Senior Photography During Winter at Sapphire Point with a pretty mountain backdrop in Colorado
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January 1, 2018   •   Filed in Winter, Families

Colorado Winter Family Photography | C Lazy U Ranch in Granby

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t's a busy time of year here in the mountains of Colorado. The week of Christmas through New Years Day has to be one of the busiest times all year for visitors to the state. Families flock to the winter wonderland of our Rocky Mountains to spend quality time with each other both in nature and in the cozy cabins that they rent out for the holidays. Last week I photographed this adorable family who were doing just that at the C Lazy U Ranch up in Granby, Colorado. Colorado is home to many beautiful all inclusive resorts where you and your family can settle in for a week, kick back and enjoy all of the activities, food, and fun without having to coordinate the logistics yourself. And C Lazy U Ranch is one of the best places in the whole state for this. They've been in operation as a guest ranch since 1919. The family featured on the journal today flew in to Denver and was able to take the train from Union Station up to Granby so they didn't even need to worry about driving themselves up I-70 during the peak ski season. The ranch picked them up from the station and they spent a week getting to do tons of fun activities together like horseback riding, sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, cuddling by the fire and more! They traveled here from Louisiana which is gorgeous in its own right but does not have the mountain views that we have here in Colorado. That's why they decided they'd brave the cold for a little bit to capture their family with the lovely scenery around the ranch. I admit that I am a bit of a baby when it comes to cold weather and prefer the summer season in Colorado. But, even I have to admit that there is nothing prettier than a snow covered mountain. Check out the views of Indian Peaks Wilderness mountain backdrop we were able to get for this family!
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C Lazy U Ranch All inclusive real ranch resort in Granby, CO
A beautiful family poses for a portrait with the C Lazy U barn backdrop during a holiday week at the Rach during winter
Beautiful winter portrait of a teen girl laughing in the Aspen grove at C Lazy U Ranch in Granby Colorado
A family photo taken during winter at the C Lazy U Ranch barn backdrop with snow on the ground in Granby Colorado
Husband and wife portrait during family photos with a light snowy dust on the mountains in the backdrop at Sunset C Lazy U Ranch in Granby Colorado
A classic family portrait with the Indian Peaks Wilderness Mountain Backdrop During winter at C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado
Colorado winter family photography at C Lazy U Ranch in Granby over the holidays
Sweet photo of mom and dad together with gorgeous sunset mountain backdrop during winter at C Lazy U Ranch in Granby Colorado
Mom poses with her son for a holiday portrait with snow and twinkle light backdrop at C Lazy U Ranch in Granby Colorado
A sweet portrait of a mama with her youngest son with a snowy backdrop at C Lazy U Ranch in Granby Colorado
A family gets cozy with fuzzy blankets by a roaring outdoor fire at C Lazy U Ranch during the winter Christmas holiday in Granby Colorado
My favorite of the whole family together!
A beautiful family portrait with the gorgeous pastel sunset colored snowy mountain backdrop of Indian Peaks Wilderness at C Lazy U Ranch in Granby Colorado
Had to catch one last shot as we left for the evening!
A beautiful photo of the C Lazy U Ranch sign lit up with holiday lights framing the Indian Peaks Wilderness mountains in the backdrop at Dusk with the moon glowing overhead during winter in Granby Colorado
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