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As I sit here with the WFTDA championship tournament playing in the background (that stands for Women's Flat Track Derby Association, fyi) I am struck by the coincidence that I have yet another awesome derby girl wedding to share today. Denver has a strong roller derby presence and I've had to pleasure of meeting so many great ladies while playing the game. Tara is one of those great people. I met her through the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls derby league. Back then, a lot of our skaters had a pretty impressive and supportive group of partners who would come to games and have fun cheering and drinking on the sidelines. Tara's man, Ryan came to the warehouse to partake in the shenanigans and was always a big supporter of her skating hobby. As Ryan's friend mentioned at the wedding, he's a hopeless romantic and it's so great that he finally met a girl who was deserving of his attention. It was sweet to see the love between these two on their wedding day. It was a pretty epic day too. It began by getting ready at the Bear Creek Cabins in Evergreen where we had the first look by Bear Creek and also did a handful of portraits before the party bus from Elite Rides came to pick up the crew and transport them to the ceremony at Beaver Ranch in Conifer. Tara worked hard on the décor for her wedding ceremony and I absolutely loved the beautiful macramé arch topped with floral that matched all of the bridesmaid's bouquets. She also spent hours creating the pretty ribbon banner that lined the wood deck at Beaver Ranch. It had a lovely bohemian in the woods feel to it. I also thought it was a pretty cool touch when their officiant held a copy of Music of the Cosmos vinyl record as his makeshift clipboard.
After the ceremony, there was a short mini-reception with snacks and drinks in the mountain meadow at Beaver Ranch. After a quick break and a handful of portraits we continued on to Meyer Ranch just down highway 285 to take advantage of all the gorgeous fall color in the Aspen Meadow there. After an afternoon of portraits, the wedding party was a bit pooped so they opted to head over to the reception at Balistreri Vineyard Event Center in north Denver and relax as guests began to show up for the party. Balistreri Vineyard is a really cool venue for a wedding reception. They have lots of pretty string lights and a huge back lawn with gardens lining the edges of it. Being the fun couple that they are, Tara and Ryan started the party off with a conga line as they made their grand entrance. They opted for a casual dinner with guests choosing a food truck and finishing off dinner with some ice cream from the Petey Bird cart. The Balistreri wine and Ratio Beerworks beer was flowing throughout the night and guests partied hard on the outdoor dance floor under the stars. Congratulations to Tara and Ryan!
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Today is Halloween and I have the perfect autumn family photo session to share for my favorite holiday! Wendy got in touch with me last month because her husband, Pete, said that he wanted to get some updated family photos for his birthday. They live in Denver like me, but were thinking about doing them in Boulder since he has always loved the Boulder Flatirons mountain after attending the University of Colorado as an undergrad. I grew up in Boulder County myself so I understand holding a special place in my heart for that iconic view. Knowing this, it was an obvious choice to see what the fall color was looking like at Chautauqua Park since those Flatirons are the main focus of that beautiful park in Boulder. Luckily, there was still plenty of nice color throughout the park and we walked up the hill to get to it along the trails behind the Chautauqua Dining Hall. There's a path back there that takes you past the vacation cottages to the Upper McClintock Trail which is surrounded in gorgeous autumn color. I had so much fun with this family and they were really good sports about playing along with my silly games and prompts to attempt to get some genuine smiles out of them. Their kids were really fun and rambunctious with each other too and it reminded me of me and my siblings when we were young. Looking at them rough-house playing you might mistakenly assume they aren't friends, but you can see that sparkle of love in their eyes when they're laughing together. We were thinking about heading up Flagstaff Road to Lost Gulch Overlook for sunset photos too, but it was starting to get chilly and the beautiful autumn trees stacked up in front of the Flatiron mountains was the perfect backdrop for the end of their session. Pete, I hope this was a good birthday treat for you! Here's a small selection of my favorites from the session. Happy birthday!
If you have been a long time blog reader of mine, you may recognize the cuties on the blog this evening. I've been photographing them for years, since before their beautiful girls were even born back when Jen and Pascal were first engaged. It's been so much fun watching their family change and grow throughout the years. They live in Glenwood Springs and it's always a pleasure to take a trip out to see them and photograph them in the beautiful mountain scenery there. I think this session we recently did may just be my favorite one so far. Their girls are still so little that they can't keep focused on smiling for the camera for super long so we got to play lots of fun games and sing songs and move around a lot to keep it interesting for them. I have to say, I really love what we were able to get while keeping them busy! And even though every year I get insanely busy during fall, it's still my favorite time of year to photograph families together. It's not just because the fall color backdrop of gorgeous yellow Colorado aspen leaves and rusty orange maples leaves although that's definitely a big part of why I love Autumn family portraits so much. It's also because that crisp fall air makes family snuggles more fun! Who wouldn't want to cuddle up with mom and dad when that chilly fall air starts swirling around? As sunset drew near it definitely got cold and we were heading back to our cars to call it a night. But Mount Sopris off in the distance looked so beautiful that I really wanted to see if we could get just one more with the family together in front of that beautiful backdrop. After lots of twirling around we were able to get big grins on the girls faces with the pastel warm sunset light on the mountain backdrop making it the perfect ending to a lovely family portrait session. Who knows, this time went so well that maybe we'll get cocky next year and add in the family dog! Check out a selection of my favorites below.
Ifirst met Claire when I photographed her family last November when they were staying in Summit County for a ski trip over Thanksgiving break. Unfortunately, the weather last year was not very cooperative and there was hardly any snow. Still, it was kind of nice not freezing too badly while photographing them outside at Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon. Now Claire is a senior in high school down in Georgia and it's time for her to get her high school senior yearbook photo taken care of. Her family has been visiting Colorado for a long time and she loves it here. She's even considering becoming a CU Buff next year. So she combined a campus visit with an excursion to the Vail and Summit County area to find some fall color for her pictures. I thought that the gorgeous Gore range mountain views at Shrine Pass would be pretty awesome but it was too high up and too late in the season for any fall color there. In fact, there was already snow covering the ground with most of the shrubbery color faded away. We decided to head back down in elevation and found some really great color near the trailhead for Lilypad Lake in Frisco, Colorado. I had actually had this place in the back of my mind as a potential fall color photoshoot location for a few years but hadn't had the chance to use it until now. There were a ton of Aspens that had managed to keep some of their color and we got some nice bright yellows and orange in the photos. The light was fading fast and we managed to get lots of good variety in this one location as well as a couple of pretty sunset sky pictures too. It was really hard for me to narrow these down since Claire is a beautiful girl in a pretty location but here is a selection of my favorites!
It's hard to pick a favorite, but this one is up there for me!