November 25, 2017   •   Filed in Fall, Families

Colorado Family Photography | Thanksgiving week portraits at Denver City Park

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hanksgiving is a wonderful time of year with quality time spent with your family taking a greater precedence in life. It's a very popular time of the year to get updated family photos too since it's often the only time the entire family is able to get together. I photograph lots of extended families both during the week of Thanksgiving and again during the December holiday season. Grandma and Grandpa were visiting this Denver family from Arizona and they took it upon themselves to organize a family portrait session. The family lives near City Park so we opted to go there to keep it easy on them. This made it so they could bring their huge, super strong dog named Franz, who they adopted from the Denver Dumb Friends League. I'll give a quick shout out to that awesome organization, since that's where I adopted two of my furry feline buddies! These past few years have been quite warm here in Denver compared to the chilly temperatures and often snow-filled days that I remember from my childhood Thanksgiving feasts. I hate to complain about a lack of snow since it certainly makes it a little easier to photograph the extended families outdoors. A quick rainstorm passed through right before our session began which gave us some pretty incredible stormy skies for the photos. I love the way the yellow boathouse pavilion looks against the dark blue sky in these family photos. Check out the pictures below!
A Colorado family portrait created on a stormy afternoon during late fall the day after Thanksgiving with the yellow pavilion at City Park in the backdrop
Grandma and grandpa get a portrait taken with the stormy skies as a backdrop at their City Park Denver Colorado family photography session during Thanksgiving week.
A brother and his sister hug their cute mixed breed dog from the Denver Dumb Friends League at City Park in Denver during late fall
A cute photo of a couple laughing together on a stormy afternoon at Denver's City Park during late fall in Colorado
Catching the last bit of fall color with red leaves at Denver's City Park during late fall at an extended family photo session in Colorado
Sweet couple laugh together with pretty red leaf fall color backdrop at City Park in Denver Colorado
An extended family portrait with grandma and grandpa with the yellow boathouse pavilion backdrop at City Park in Denver Colorado
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November 22, 2017   •   Filed in Engagements, Fall

Colorado Engagement Photos at Lost Gulch Overlook | Chautauqua Park in Boulder

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aaaaaah, I am super excited to share the gorgeous photos of my friend and former roller derby teammate, Major Lil Pain (I guess I'll be boring and call her by her government name, Michelle, to keep things simple from here on out) and her fiancé, Jeff. We did these at the tail end of October up in Boulder when most of the fall color had disappeared. We did find a few little snippets of color but with the mountain views at Lost Gulch Overlook and the famous Flatiron Mountains of Chautauqua it really didn't matter that we had missed the autumn color. We made sure to time our session so that we'd be overlooking the city of Boulder right at dusk when the pretty light makes the sky turn a beautiful shade of purple and pink. And a big shout out to Michelle's mom, Karen, for tagging along to play pet-sitter when Jeff and Michelle's dog, Rudy, wasn't required for a photo. We started off at Chautauqua walking around the adorable neighborhood behind the Chautauqua Dining Hall and made sure to grab a handful of photos in front of the iconic Flatirons. We spent the majority of our session up at Lost Gulch scrambling around on the rocks and huge boulders over there to get the perfect mountain backdrops. You see, Michelle and Jeff are moving to Richmond for a career opportunity, so I wanted to make sure they get some awesome mountain pictures to help them remember the place they called home together during the first years of their relationship. Michelle is actually an Aurora native so it's going to be a big change for her going down to the South. I know they're both really excited for the big changes this next year will bring for them and I wish them nothing but the best!
Beautiful fall berries backdrop Engagement photo at Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado
Colorado Engagement Photography walking an australian Shepherd along a trail at Chautauqua Park in Boulder
Beautiful classic engagement photo of a couple in front of the Flatiron Mountains at Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado
Boulder Colorado Mountain View Engagement Photo with Aussie Shepherd dog in late fall at Lost Gulch Overlook
Romantic B&W engagment photo with mountain backdrop at Lost Gulch Overlook up Flagstaff Road in Boulder Colorado
Beautiful colorful engagement photo with mountain backdrop at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder Colorado
Gorgeous mountain view backdrop B&W engagement photo at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder Colorado
City of Boulder lit up at dusk backdrop at Lost Gulch Overlook Engagement Photography session in Colorado
Engagement photos at dusk at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder Colorado
Mountain backdrop at Sunset romantic engagement photography at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder
Usually I really love the dramatic scenery photos the best, but I really love the happy expressions in this one:)
Happy couple snuggles at their fall engagement photography session at Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado
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November 20, 2017   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Fall

Autumn Wedding in Colorado | Silverthorne Pavilion Mountain Wedding

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loved working with the couple featured on the journal this evening. They were a dream to photograph and I really enjoyed their family and friends too! We started off the day at the big beautiful house that they had rented high up on a hill in Silverthorne, Colorado. The gals had taken over the top floor while the groom and his buddies took over the basement after arriving that morning. The rest of the family were scattered throughout with lots of hustle and bustle as you would expect on a wedding day. After coordinating the first look to be at the front door where I really loved the light we did a few portraits with just Beth and Noah at a nearby trailhead. After making sure we included their furry best friend in a few of the photos everyone piled into a shuttle and followed me to our first location. We went to a trailhead where the yellow leaves of the aspen grove were somehow still hanging on despite it being late in the season. I tried to work as quickly as I could since the weather was starting to get pretty chilly and as soon as I captured some fall color photos for the group we headed off to Sapphire Point to catch that beautiful mountain backdrop for the couple. We had only captured a handful of photos before deciding to call it due to the cold weather. We all drove over to the Silverthorne Pavilion where we finished up the rest of the wedding prep, family formals, had a couple drinks and prepared to move the ceremony indoors due to the cold weather. Luckily for Beth and Noah the Silverthorne Pavilion is a beautiful space and their floral arch really added a lovely backdrop for their ceremony. It was a short and sweet ceremony and afterward the crowd enjoyed cocktail hour in the huge light-filled main lobby while the crew at Silverthorne Pavilion hustled to turn the ceremony space into the reception hall. The rest of the reception went off without a hitch with Beth and Noah getting really great quality time with their guests. It was everything a wedding should be! They even managed to coordinate a quick sparkler exit which is not easy to do at a crisp cold Colorado autumn wedding in the mountains! Congratulations to the sweet couple!
Event Details
Venue
Silverthorne Pavilion Silverthorne, CO
Florist
Pots & Petals Silverthorne, CO
Transportation
Master of Ceremony
Keith Zingler Cousin of the bride
Caterer
Dress Shop
Blue Bridal Denver, CO
Ceremony Musicians
Bill Poderzay & Brittany Baumgarter Friend of the couple and sister in law
Officiant
Scott Wells Friend of the couple
Coordinator
Charlene Baumgarter Mother of the Bride
Pretty wedding gown from Blue Bridal shop hanging at a pretty fall wedding in Silverthorne Colorado
Pretty jeweled bridal hair piece and suede wedding shoes at a fall wedding in Silverthorne Colorado
Boutonniere from Pots & Petals in Silverthorne Colorado at a fall mountain wedding
Pretty purple and pink floral bouquets from Pots & Petal floral shop in Silverthorne Colorado
Cute baby at a fall wedding in Silverthorne Colorado
Best man puts his fish hook boutonniere on his suit jacket at a fall wedding in Silverthorne Colorado
Purple fish hook lure boutonnieres at a Colorado mountain wedding in SIlverthorne
Groom gets help with his tie at a Colorado mountain cabin on his wedding day in Silverthorne
Bridesamid helps the bride get dressed on her wedding day in Silverthorne Colorado
Cute bride gets ready on her wedding day in Silverthorne Colorado
Bridesmaid helps bride with her bracelet at a Colorado mountain wedding in Silverthorne
Pretty bridal details with jeweled hair piece and cap sleeved dress at a mountain wedding in Silverthorne Colorado
Bridesmaids see the bride in her full get up at a Colorado mountain wedding in Silverthorne
Happy bride gets ready on her wedding day in Colorado at a private home in Silverthorne
Bride poses for a portrait with her mom at a private home in Silverthorne Colorado
First look photos from a Colorado mountain wedding at a private home in Silverthorne during Autumn
Sweet wedding photography hand holding in Silverthorne Colorado at a Mountain wedding during fall
Cute wedding couple best friends on their wedding day in Silverthorne Colorado
Bride and Groom Portraits at private home in Silverthorne Colorado
Happy bride and groom laugh on their wedding day in Silverthorne Colorado
Sweet doggie picture with bride and groom at a mountain wedding in Silverthorne Colorado
Wedding couple with their chocolate brown dog at a private home in Silverthorne Colorado
Romantic wedding photography at a Fall mountain wedding in Silverthorne Colorado
Pretty Autumn Aspen Tree Grove Wedding Party Photography in Frisco Colorado
Aspen Grove wedding party portraits in Frisco, Colorado
Beautiful bridal photo with bridesmaids during autumn in Frisco, Colorado
Autumn wedding on a chilly fall day with yellow aspen leaves in Frisco, Colorado
Wedding party portrait at Sapphire Point in Summit County Colorado
Summit County Wedding Photography with ten mile range backdrop at Sapphire Point in the Mountains
Cute mountain wedding photography at Sapphire Point in Summit County
Mom and Dad get a picture with Buffalo Mountain backdrop at Silverthorne Pavilion in the Colorado Mountains
Colorado mountain wedding photography at Silverthorne Pavilion during autumn
Cute B&W wedding portrait on the bridge at Silverthorne Pavilion in the Colorado mountains
Blue River backdrop on the bridge at Silverthorne Pavilion in Summit County Colorado
Cute wedding picture of bride and groom kissing on the bridge at Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado
Bride and groom walk to the Silverthorne Pavilion for their wedding ceremony at their Colorado mountain wedding in mid October
Family portraits indoors on a chilly fall wedding day at Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado
Silverthorne Pavilion family formal portrait inside Silverthorne Pavilion at a fall mountain wedding in Colorado
Family portraits indoors at Silverthorne pavilion in Silverthorne Colorado at a fall mountain wedding
Indoor wedding portraits at Silverthorne Pavilion at a chilly fall wedding day in Colorado
Groom enjoys a drink at the bar with his buddies before his wedding ceremony at Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado mountains
Silverthorne Pavilion set up for an indoor wedding on a cold wedding day in the mountains of Colorado
Pretty floral arch for an indoor mountain wedding by Pots and Petals inside the Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado
Shy flower girl doesn't make it all the way down the aisle at an indoor wedding ceremony at the SIlverthorne Pavilion in Colorado
Bride walks down the aisle with her dad at SIlverthorne Pavilion in Colorado mountains on a chilly fall wedding day
Indoor wedding at the Silverthorne Pavilion on a cold wedding day in autumn in Colorado mountains
Sweet indoor wedding photography at Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado mountains
Ring exchange at Silverthorne Pavilion in front of a floral arch at a chilly fall wedding in Colorado
Officiant indoor ceremony at Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado
Wedding kiss under a pretty floral arch by Pots and Petals at Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado Mountains
Happy couple walks down the aisle after their indoor wedding ceremony at Silverthorne Pavilion in the Colorado Mountains
Wedding celebration in the Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado
Pretty table centerpieces at the Silverthorne Pavilion in the Colorado mountains
Pots and Petals mason jar centerpieces on wood slab at Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado
Tables set up for a wedding reception at Silverthorne Pavilion in the Colorado mountains
Inside the Silverthorne Pavilion set up for a wedding reception in Colorado
Wedding speeches from the stage with black curtain backdrop at Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado
Colorado wedding at Silverthorne Pavilion at a fall wedding in the Mountains
Glasses clink during a wedding toast at Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado
Wedding reception at Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado
Wedding reception kiss at Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado
Groom kisses his bride at their wedding reception at Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado mountains
First Dance at the SIlverthorne Pavilion in Colorado
Groom dances with his mom at Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado mountains
B&W photo of parent dances at Silverthorne Colorado at a fall wedding in Colorado
B&W photo of a flower girl leaning over her chair at Colorado wedding reception at Silverthorne Pavilion
String light backdrop at a Colorado mountain wedding reception in Silverthorne
Bride poses for a photo with her friends at her wedding reception at Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado
Cute flower girl dancing with string light backdrop at Silverthorne Pavilion in the mountains of Colorado
Dance Floor Wedding Photos at Silverthorne Pavilion in Summit County Colorado During Fall
Bride and Groom Romantic Kiss with Sparklers at End of Wedding Reception at Silverthorne Pavilion in Colorado
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November 18, 2017   •   Filed in Fall, Families

Colorado Family Photographer | Fall Color at Wallace Park in Denver Tech Center

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photographed this sweet family at their fall wedding last year at a restaurant rooftop city wedding in the Highlands. Sadly, that restaurant has been replaced by another but they'll always have their wedding pictures to remember it. This year I got the chance to get back together with them and spend more time on family pictures than we were able to do during the packed schedule at the wedding. We met up in late October and looked around for a place that still had some good fall color. I have never photographed at George Wallace Park which is located in South Denver in the DTC area. It's not the first place that comes to mind for me as a photography location since it's in such a business park type of area, but I heard that the color there is pretty great so we decided to go check it out and see for ourselves. We did seem to be past the peak color season but luckily for us there was still plenty of pretty solid fall color left to take advantage of. Cass and Chris are parents to the spunkiest, cutest little blonde Cindy Lou Who look-alike in all of Denver named Palmer. (Perhaps that's a future Halloween costume idea? They'd barely have to do anything and mom and dad could be the Grinch and his dog Max.) Palmer is a 2 year old full of incredible amounts of energy and keep her mom and dad busy for sure. She wasn't too interested in having her photo taken on this day but we persevered and tried to come up with all kinds of schemes and games to make it more fun for her. I think we managed to get some pretty adorable photos of them together despite her disinterest in all things photography. Check out some of my favorites below.
A sweet family of 3 with a 2 year old blonde girl in pigtails get photos with the fall color at Wallace Park in DTC area of Denver Colorado during Autumn.
A sweet two year old walks with her mom and dad during autumn in the DTC area of Denver at Wallace Park in Denver Colorado
Mom and Dad get a photo together with gorgeous fall color plants at Wallace Park in the Denver Tech Center area of Colorado
Fun family portraits with fall color tree backdrop at DTC Denver Colorado Wallace Park
Blonde girl in pigtails rides on her daddy's shoulders with a pretty fall color backdrop at Wallace Park in DTC area of Denver Colorado during autumn.
Sweet Family Portrait with Fall Color Backdrop at Wallace Park in DTC Denver Colorado
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