Ihave the cutest little family on the blog today. They have a super sweet little guy who is 5 months old. They wanted to get some fall color and one of the best places I know of for fall color that is not too far from Denver is up Squaw Pass Road in Evergreen. That's where we decided to meet up. It only took a little bit for this sweet baby boy to warm up to giving smiles and it's all because mom and dad knew exactly what to do to coax those smiles out of him. I also have to mention how perfect the colors in their outfits went with the scenery. There was still quite a bit of green mixed in with the yellows of fall coming in so the green, yellow, and blues in their clothing looked perfect out there. We couldn't have asked for a nicer fall day too. This was right before we started getting days on end of nothing but dreary rain fall and I'm so glad we were able to capture these before all of that nasty weather came down on us. Below are just a handful of my favorites from the session.
Ihave been so excited to share the photos from Alex and Ryan's beautiful Colorado wedding at BlueSky Breckenridge which took place earlier this September. Alex is a wedding photographer herself out in Iowa so she knew what to expect and had her day planned out extremely well which translated into lots of good photography time to create portraits with their best friends and family. We started off the day at BlueSky Breckenridge hotel in the Tyra Snowflake neighborhood. After capturing some of the preparations (including a sweet photo of Alex's besties seeing her in her gown for the first time) we did some first look pictures both with Dad and with Ryan. I loved seeing the emotion on Ryan's face as he saw his stunning bride for the first time. Alex made sure to schedule some photo time with just her and Ryan after this so we made our way over to Sapphire Point and the docks at Lake Dillon for some gorgeous photos with the mountains in the backdrop. We made our way back over to BlueSky to finish up the formal portraits with the family and the wedding party and finished up all of it before the ceremony began. That meant that Alex and Ryan got to enjoy their cocktail hour with all of their guests which I think is particularly nice when it is a destination wedding and everyone has traveled so far to be there to celebrate with the bride and groom. It turned out to be a wonderful party with awesome speeches and toasts and a pretty epic dance party too. A highlight of the evening was when Alex performed Salt N Pepa's song, "Shoop" to the crowd's delight. And the cherry on top for this wedding celebration was the fact that BlueSky Breckenridge allowed for a sparkler exit to cap off the evening. Here in Colorado that's pretty rare and always makes for a pretty photo to end the evening. Below I've shared some highlights from their spectacular Colorado wedding day!
Iget to feature one of my oldest derby friends on the blog today. Lauren and I go way back. I first met her over 10 years ago when we were both skating for Rocky Mountain Rollergirls. She and I were actually both on the league's very first travel team roster together. She moved to Georgia for a little bit but it's pretty great to see her back here in Colorado. One of the best things about the work that I do is that every so often I get to reunite with old friends. We laughed about the time that I made everyone pose for a league calendar as a fundraiser and how far we've both come since then. Lauren is based in Fort Collins right now and she's a wonderful writer. She wanted to get some headshots done for a new website she's working on. We thought it would be nice to show her enjoying the great outdoors of Colorado in the pictures. One of my favorite places in the Front Range for great mountain views is Lost Gulch Overlook up Flagstaff Road in Boulder. So we decided to meet up there where there is no shortage of dramatic beautiful blue mountains for backdrops. I also like how the Boulder city lights glow at dusk which also look beautiful in photos. It certainly doesn't hurt to have such a gorgeous model with lovely red hair and blue eyes posing for the portraits too. As you can see in the photos below Lauren and those views go very well together!
Ihad the pleasure of photographing this sweet family earlier this year when Gigi (grandma) came into town from Wisconsin for a visit. At the time Gigi's son was on duty serving his country so she knew she would want to do some more family pictures again after he came home. I'm happy to report that we got the chance to create more family photos, this time with Dad after he returned home from duty. Last time we did the majority of the pictures at Rock Ledge Ranch which is nestled right outside of Garden of the Gods and this time we opted to drive around and use more of the park itself. We photographed in early September so the park was still nice and green and beautiful as it always is. It was just after Labor Day too so the crowds had died down a little bit and we were able to get some gorgeous scenery in their photos. Here is a selection of some of my favorites that we were able to get that evening!