Laura and Chase got married in 2011 at a pretty farm in Boulder. It truly does not feel like it was that long ago, but it has already been almost 6 years. I was so excited for them when I heard that they are pregnant with their first child. And of course I was more than happy to meet up and photograph them around the Rino Art District near downtown Denver for their maternity portraits. Chase is quite the shutterbug himself (you can follow him on instagram @cnh.photo) where he shows off a lot of cool architectural and street scene type of photography. Laura mentioned how much they both like the area around Central Market at 27th and Larimer. There is a ton of cool street art all over the place in that area so that's where we met for their session. It's actually been a pretty long time since I have walked around over there (during daylight hours anyway) and it was cool to see all of the new paintings and shops and restaurants that have gone up since I lived in the neighborhood over ten years ago now. A highlight was definitely the alley covered in Stranger Things street art. And I was also pleased to find another geometric mural from Gemma Danielle outside of the Crema coffee shop. I recently discovered her work at a different session from earlier this year and I just love how it looks in my client's photos! We even found a really cool building with some red accent paint that matched beautifully with Laura's awesome red blouse. I'm so glad we were able to get these colorful photos of these two together as they excitedly wait for the little one to arrive.
Elizabeth and Jed are two of my favorite people that I've ever met in roller derby. Elizabeth also has one of the most kick ass roller derby names in all of the land. It's Queen Elizabitch for inquiring minds out there. Queenie came to Rocky Mountain Rollergirls first and later Jed joined as a referee where he met this sassy blonde beauty and fell in love. Sadly, none of us are skating for Rocky these days but Queen actually has a really good excuse now because she and Jed are preparing for their first baby. They are actually moving forward with lots of really awesome big life changes these days. They recently moved into a beautiful new home that was custom built for them just a short drive up I-70 to Lookout Mountain. They're just down the street from the trails at Boettcher Mansion and Buffalo Bill's grave where we decided to do most of their maternity pictures you see here. When I arrived at their home the field next to their house was full of one of the biggest herds of elk I've ever seen. And they have a beautiful view of the mountains looking out from their big back patio. I am so happy for them and I cannot wait to hold their new baby and a beer while watching the sunset this summer. And here's hoping that Sugar (their adorable white kitty who is currently rocking a lion haircut) will jump onto my lap as well!
This family came all the way to Colorado from Australia to get some family time together in the snowy winter wonderland that is Vail. It was a bit of a chilly day so we didn't spend too much time outside walking the streets so that their little guy wouldn't get too cold. We were lucky that their view from the Sebastian Hotel was so spectacular. I hope they enjoyed their time on the slopes and keeping warm afterward together in front of the nice warm fireplace!
Igotta admit, I'm pretty excited about the latest engagement photo session I did with Kelly and Kael on Monday afternoon. We met on Friday and I was telling them how much I like to go to downtown Denver for photo shoots when it's winter time because it's easier to find some color to incorporate into the pictures in an urban landscape than a dry dead winter landscape. And luckily they went with my suggestion. Larimer Square is definitely high up on my favorite locations list because those strings lights at dusk with a beautiful blue sky behind them are hard to beat in the beauty department. I arrived early since it's been awhile since I photographed in this area so I could scope it out and see what's new, what's still looking great etc... and decided to walk down by the Cherry Creek path to see if there was anything interesting going on down there. It was actually a last minute decision and I didn't have a lot of time before I was supposed to meet up with Kelly and Kael but I was shocked to find one of the prettiest pieces of public artwork I think I've ever seen. My good friend who teaches at Auraria let me know that this particular mural is called "City of the Sun" by Gemma Danielle. (Perfect name for Denver, btw) Looking at it I was reminded of how much I used to love playing with my spirograph when I was a kid! I jogged back over to our meeting point and when I saw them walking over literally wearing the exact perfect clothing to go with the wall I couldn't believe how lucky I am. Kelly and Kael brought their super cute doggies with them and we had a lot of fun wrangling them for pictures. (Shout out to their giraffe squeaky toy and to Kael's mom and husband for helping us create these pictures!)
Kelly and Kael,
Thanks for being weirdly psychic with your outfit choices and for the good time at your session! I'll be in touch with your full gallery soon!
Gemma Danielle Be sure to check out the art on her website!
My favorite:) Kelly has a wonderful laugh!