In August of this year it'll be 2 years since I photographed Matt and Michaela at their wedding at Chatfield Farms (which was called Chatfield Botanic Gardens back then). I was pleased to get an email from Michaela recently asking if I could photograph the family together again over Mother's Day weekend. I said yes of course and we decided to meet at the Clear Creek History Park in Golden where I was hoping there might still be some spring blossoms in full swing. We did get lucky with one tree that had blossoms but they were mostly gone by the time we met in mid-May. Still it was a really nice hot spring day and we walked around capturing their family together. It was pretty great to catch up and hear all about the adventures they've been on since the wedding too. What a sweet mother's day gift this was. Spending time together and getting photos is a great way to celebrate Mothers Day! Here's a small peek at what we created that day.
Dan has been friends with my husband, Geoff since they were in middle school. They were even in a band together! Today I get to share some photos of Dan with his lovely fiancée, Jen who also went to school with both of them in high school although I don't believe the three of them knew each other well back then. But, that's where facebook steps in. Dan and Jen reconnected with the social service (I have a soft spot for this sort of thing since Geoff and I met on Myspace!) and started talking to each other online first. Now they're engaged to be married this June at Arrowhead Golf Club in Littleton. For their engagement pictures they decided to go for something a little different from the dramatic red rocks of Arrowhead and went for the pretty spring blossoms at Hudson Gardens. The flower beds are still working their way through all of the spring snowstorms we've been getting so there wasn't much there but the gardens were incredibly green and there were still some pretty flower blossoms on the trees and bushes that we took full advantage of! I also love their new-ish red barn that they built on the west side of the gardens. I have no idea if they plan to use it as a wedding venue there but for now it certainly makes for some pretty rustic backdrops. And although it wasn't easy finding the perfect spot to get the mountain views we eventually found a place at the gardens where we were able to get that as well. It was pretty awesome getting to hang out with the two of them and see how comfortable they are in each other's arms. I can't wait to witness their vows to each other this summer!
Hard to pick a favorite, but I love this one!
Poor Bethany and I have had to reschedule her senior photos so many times due to the unpredictable spring weather that Colorado is known for and that we've definitely been experiencing as of late. Even as I write this I hear we may get another snowstorm on Friday! Originally we wanted to get the lilac blossoms at City Park but when the heavy spring snowstorm took those out I suggested we change location. Daniels Park is located just south of Highlands Ranch and west of Castle Pines. I've only photographed at the park one time before and it was on a frigid winter day in December. I mostly remember the low temperature but I also remember it having one hell of a view so I thought maybe it was time to try again. I am so glad that we did because I could not get enough of the views which they say reach from Pikes Peak all the way to Longs Peak! It was a little on the windy side but I suspect that's just how it always is at this location. Bethany managed to work with it though and we used it to our advantage for that awesome windswept hair look! There were a bunch of other people out enjoying the views that evening and I think after you see the pictures below you'll understand why. (Not related, but I could totally see this being a pretty awesome picnic date location!) I couldn't ask for better scenery as the sun was setting. Bethany was a total natural in front of the camera and part of me wonders if it's because she has some experience working behind the lens too. She photographed a couple of her classmates' senior yearbook photos earlier this year and enjoys photographing. She is a very driven gal with a lot of independence. She's planning to join the navy after high school and I wish her all the best in her endeavors after high school!
It's graduation season here in Colorado and across the country with graduates of all education levels celebrating their years of hard work and receiving their diplomas. It's also springtime and when the blossoms are blooming I cannot get enough of photographing people and families outside. McKenzie and her family wanted to celebrate her success in graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with some graduation pictures with the whole family. I loved that they wore their CU gear for these while McKenzie rocked her cap and gown. We also headed for the iconic flatirons mountain backdrop at Chautauqua Park which I think is the perfect place to be photographed when you are celebrating your soon to be CU Buff alumni status. McKenzie's whole family stood proud with her for these updated family photos at this important milestone in her life. And I like to think they had a little bit of fun too playing some games, exploring the hills behind the dining hall and smelling all of the lovely spring flowers along the way. Around sunset we finished up with the majestic flatirons in the backdrop. Soon McKenzie will be leaving the beauty of Boulder Colorado and moving on to new adventures as she attends law school in Wisconsin. I wish her all the best of luck in her life goals!