Thanksgiving 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!
Aaaaaaah, 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!
Usually I really love the dramatic scenery photos the best, but I really love the happy expressions in this one:)
Iloved 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!
Silverthorne Pavilion Silverthorne, CO
Pots & Petals Silverthorne, CO
Jake's Mountain Shuttle Frisco, CO
Master of Ceremony
Keith Zingler Cousin of the bride
Black Diamond Gourmet Keystone, CO
Blue Bridal Denver, CO
Bill Poderzay & Brittany Baumgarter Friend of the couple and sister in law
Scott Wells Friend of the couple
Charlene Baumgarter Mother of the Bride
Iphotographed 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.