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January 6, 2018   •   Filed in Engagements, Winter

Colorado Winter Engagement Photography | Sunset at Sloan’s Lake in Denver

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got an email from this nice couple, Lisa and Brad, earlier this week saying they were looking to get a handful of engagement portraits created for their save the dates/wedding invitations. The wedding celebration is coming up this June in Oregon where Lisa is from so we needed to get right on it. They spend a lot of time at Sloan's Lake Park on the northwest side of Denver so we set up their session to take place about 45 min before sunset. We started off over on the west side of the park so we could get the Denver city skyline in the backdrop and we got lucky with one of our photos when the geese flew right across the backdrop making it perfectly Denver. (Those geese are definitely a neighborhood fixture at Sloan's Lake. Just the other day when I was heading to the King Soopers across the street for grocery shopping a whole gaggle of them were politely using the crosswalk which totally made me laugh!) We also made use of the notably bouncy bridge before we headed over to the other side of the park right as sunset was happening. I am in love with what we were able to get despite it being the middle of winter with zero snow on the ground. Sometimes when there are limited options due to a dead winter environment you have to really make sure to photograph at the right time of day to bring out the beauty of a place. Luckily for us, the park streetlights were hitting the frozen Sloan Lake creating a beautiful pinkish orange glow. This beautiful warm colored reflection paired with the dark icy blue of the lake blended into a beautiful purple color making for a surprisingly gorgeous backdrop after the sun set. And of course, the lake paired with the mountains always looks fantastic in photos. And it definitely helps that Brad and Lisa were such good sports and went along with all of my dumb photographer prompts and attempts to get them to laugh. I think their session turned out beautifully. Check out some of my favorites below!
Beautiful Denver City Skyline backdrop at sunset during winter with pastel colored skies with geese flying overhead at Sloan Lake
Sloan Lake Engagement Portrait with City of Denver backdrop at sunset during winter in Colorado
B&W Engagement photography cute couple playing together during winter at Sloan's Lake Park in Denver Colorado
Beautiful Sloan's Lake Engagement Photography with frozen lake sunset backdrop during winter in Denver Colorado
Geese walk on frozen Sloan Lake during a sweet winter engagement session with mountain backdrop in Denver Colorado
Pretty sunset silhouette engagement photography at Sloan's Lake Park in Denver Colorado during winter
Beautiful frozen Sloan Lake during winter engagement photography in Denver Colorado
Denver Colorado Engagement Photographer Frozen Sloan Lake Backdrop During Winter
Beautifully lit engagement photography at night with frozen Sloan Lake backdrop during winter in Denver Colorado
I have to say it was hard to pick a favorite from this session, but it's hard to beat a solid nice photo with a mountain backdrop!
A classic beautiful engagement portrait of a couple standing in front of frozen Sloan Lake during winter in Denver Colorado
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December 30, 2017   •   Filed in Denver Weddings, Mountain Weddings, Engagements, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Families, Babies, Maternity, Portraits, Seniors, April's Life

Year in Review 2017 | Best Colorado Weddings and Portraits of the Year

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cannot believe it's already that time of the year when I sort through all of my favorite photos taken throughout the previous wedding and portrait season to curate my absolute favorite shots from each session and wedding. It's usually not too difficult to narrow it down to a handful of favorites from each photography shoot since that's what I do for all of them for the sneak peek blog posts. But only getting to choose 1 out of all of them? That's not easy at all! But I like the challenge and it's so cool to look back and see all of the great people I got to meet and the ones that I have developed relationships with and see how much they've changed throughout the years. I also love creating this year in review journal entry since the photos help me relive all of the happy memories that were created with all of them. In 2017 I found myself driving up from Denver to the beautiful mountains of Colorado more than ever to photograph all of the families on vacation in this gorgeous state. This year I continued to mix in various headshot sessions of the lifestyle variety meaning on location and showcasing a more environmental approach to the traditional business headshots normally seen. I find that my high school senior work is also along this same vein mixing the traditional headshot type of photography with photos that are more environmental. One of the best new places I discovered for this type of work is in the Rino/North Denver area but I also enjoyed photographing more seniors in the high country this season. I also greatly enjoyed reconnecting with couples whose weddings I photographed years ago who are now growing their family. And speaking of photographing weddings, I had so many kick-ass couples this year that I definitely feel spoiled! I photographed my first wedding in Crested Butte which I have somehow never had the chance to visit before despite growing up here in Colorado and it was incredible! I returned to some of my favorite places like the Wedgewood on Boulder Creek, Arrowhead Golf Course, Denver Botanic Gardens and I even got to photograph another family wedding on the same private property in Buffalo Creek. I was also privileged enough to photographed some new beautiful venues like Church Ranch Event Center here in the metro area, Della Terra Chateaux in Estes Park, and a lovely little ranch called B Lazy 2 Ranch in Fraser, Colorado. I was also so excited that I finally had the opportunity to photograph the Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park which I've always wanted to do and it was a derby girl wedding no less so that made it even more fun for me to do. There are plenty more exciting opportunities I was lucky enough to cover this past year but in the interest of getting to the good stuff (the photos!) I'll end here.  
 
Thank you SO MUCH to all of my marvelous clients who made 2017 such a beautiful year for me. I can't express my appreciation to all of you enough! I hope that I get to reconnect with many of you in 2018.  
 
Enjoy the 2017 best of the best photos below!  
A collage of the best wedding and family portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
A collage of the best wedding, family, and senior portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
A collage of the best wedding and family portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
Beautiful portrait photography work in collage form from various Colorado locales from Denver's Best Family photographer
A collage of the best wedding and family portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
A collage of the best photos from a wedding, portrait, and headshot photographer in Colorado
A collage of the best wedding and family portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
A collage of the best wedding and family portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
A collage of the best wedding and family portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
A collage of the best wedding and family portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
Beautiful collage of various weddings and family portraits for a 2017 year in review best of the best for Colorado photography
Best Colorado Photographer shares her favorite photos from the 2017 season in collage format
A collage of the best portraits and wedding photography from the previous year for a local Denver Colorado Wedding photographer
A collage of the best wedding and family portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
I'll end with my favorite vacation photo from 2017:) I wish you all a very happy new year! Best wishes for 2018!
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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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October 16, 2017   •   Filed in Engagements, Fall

Colorado Same-Sex Engagement Photography | Fall Color at Georgetown Guanella Pass

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oday I get to show off the gorgeous engagement photos for Cody and her lady, Jess. Cody is another awesome human that I met while skating for the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls. I'm telling you, if you want to meet a bunch of really great friends the best thing you can do is go get involved with your local roller derby team. Sadly, she had to retire due to injury but she's keeping busy and going to school along with her partner Jess. They really love autumn and we made sure to time their engagement session so that we could get some great fall color for them. Guanella Pass just outside of Georgetown, CO has lots of pretty aspens and scenery. We made sure to leave a lot of extra time during this session for driving between locations and also because we weren't sure if we were going to hit any rainstorms. Luckily we had dry weather and we still ended up using the entire session due to all of the incredibly photogenic locations along Guanella Pass which is just one of Colorado's 26 Scenic and Historic Byways. I sure feel lucky that I get to photograph and explore this beautiful state with all of my clients! It was extra hard to narrow down for this preview because these two ladies are so cute together. Check out some of my favorites below.
A beautiful fall day engagement portrait with two females kissing for their fall color engagement session overlooking Georgetown, CO
Pretty fall color along Guanella Pass near Georgetown at a lesbian engagement photography session during autumn
Beautiful dramatic snow covered mountain backdrop along Guanella Pass at an autumn engagement session in Colorado
A beautiful Colorado snow covered mountain with mountain stream backdrop during fall at a same-sex couple engagement session along Guanella Pass
Colorado same-sex engagement photo with pretty fall color framing the cute couple at their engagement portrait session at Guanella Pass
Beautiful same-sex engagement photography in a forest in the mountains of Colorado at Guanella Pass
Romantic lesbian engagement photography with fall color at Guanella Pass in Georgetown Colorado during autumn
Sweet same-sex engagement portrait with fall color backdrop in the Rocky Mountains at Guanella Pass near Gerogetown
Cute lesbian couple laughs together at their pretty engagement session along Guanella Pass in Georgetown Colorado
Gorgeous fall color backdrop at an engagement session along Guanella Pass in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado during Autumn
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