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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
Icannot 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!
I'll end with my favorite vacation photo from 2017:) I wish you all a very happy new year! Best wishes for 2018!
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!
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