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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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May 24, 2017   •   Filed in Spring, Families

Spring Family Photography Colorado | Clear Creek History Park in Golden

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n 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.
A family squeezes together in front of a historic wood cabin at Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado
Mom and Dad laugh with each other during family photos at Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado
Springtime family photos at Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado
Cute couple photo during family pics at Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado during Spring
Spring blossom family photography at Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado
Siblings and their significant others pose for a portrait in front of a historic wood cabin at Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado
Bright and colorful family photo at Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado during spring
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May 21, 2017   •   Filed in Engagements, Spring

Denver Wedding Photographer | Spring Engagement Photos at Hudson Gardens

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an 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!
Colorado engagement photography with pretty spring blossoms at Hudson Gardens in Littleton
Engagement photos in front of the cascades waterfall stream at Hudson Gardens during spring in Littleton Colorado
Cute engagement photos at Hudson Gardens in Littleton, Colorado with spring blossoms
Head shot portrait of a couple surrounded by spring blossoms at Hudson Gardens in Colorado
B&W natural engagement photo of a couple enjoying each other's company with spring blossoms at Hudson Gardens in Colorado
Colorado engagement portraits of a dramatic kiss with a spring blossom filled walkway at Hudson Gardens in Littleton
Sweet moment of an engaged couple laughing together at Hudson Gardens during the spring in Colorado
Colorado mountain backdrop spring engagement photography at Hudson Gardens in Littleton
Romantic and Passionate Engagement Photography during spring blossoms at Hudson Gardens in Colorado
Hard to pick a favorite, but I love this one!
Gorgeous red barn backdrop with spring blossoms for an engagement photo at Hudson Gardens in Littleton, Colorado
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May 17, 2017   •   Filed in Spring, Seniors

Denver High School Senior Photography | Daniels Park Sedalia, Colorado

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oor 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!
Colorado High School Senior Photography at Daniels Park in Sedalia near Highlands Ranch with pine trees
Highlands Ranch Senior Photography at Daniels Park in Sedalia Colorado
Beautiful backlit senior photo at Daniels Park in Denver Colorado
Denver Colorado Mountain High School Senior Photos
Senior Photo with gorgeous views of the mountains at Daniels Park in Colorado
Cute high school senior photo with sun flare on a bright Colorado sunny day in the Spring
Spring senior photography at Daniels Park near Castle Pines Colorado
Beautiful blue mountain backdrop for senior pictures at Daniels Park in Denver Colorado
Colorado mountain backdrop at Sunset Daniels Park near Castle Pines
Beautiful sunset photos for senior yearbook pictures at Daniels Park with mountain backdrop in Colorado
High School Senior Photography Daniels Park Denver Colorado
Gorgeous Mountain Sunset Senior Photography Daniels Park near Highlands Ranch Colorado
My favorite!
Super cute senior photography at sunset at Daniels Park in Denver Colorado
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