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January 17, 2018   •   Filed in Winter, Families

Colorado Outdoor Winter Family Photography | South Mesa Trail in Boulder

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had the pleasure of photographing my good friend Beth's extended family over the weekend. Turns out her brother was going to be in town so they decided it would be a good opportunity to get a family portrait while they were all together. It can be so hard for the whole family to get a chance to all be in one place after the kids are grown so I was glad they were able to make this happen for Beth's mom and dad. Originally we were planning to head up to the Sunrise Amphitheater area in Boulder but there was some sort of accident and the road leading up to our meeting spot was blocked off. I haven't been to South Mesa in a really long time due to some construction work the City of Boulder was doing on the trails there this past summer and fall but I figured it might be a good back up location for us. I'm so glad we ended up going here because the rugged mountain backdrop looked so great in their family photos! Sometimes for winter sessions I really want to have snow on the ground to help make it look like a gorgeous winter wonderland. But even though we didn't get lucky with some pretty snowy backdrops, the landscape still looked gorgeous because of those lovely blue mountains. The weather ended up being a lot colder than we were expecting too. I tried to work as quickly as I could and got lots of different family combinations before we had to call it a night. I'm really pleased with what we were able to get despite the chilly wind blowing our hair around and the poor little ones freezing their little booties off. They were all really good at making it seem like they were totally warm in their pictures! I've selected a bunch of favorites from the session to share below. Enjoy!
Colorado Winter Family Portrait with the South Boulder Creek in the backdrop at sunset in Boulder at South Mesa Trail
Young couple pose with the South Boulder Creek in the backdrop at South Mesa Trail during winter in Boulder Colorado
Three young sisters wearing blue hug each other for a family photo with the blue Boulder mountain backdrop at South Mesa Trail during winter in Colorado
Cute Colorado Family photography with mountain backdrop at South Mesa Trail in Boulder
Cute couple portrait with pretty mountain backdrop at sunset in Boulder Colorado at the South Mesa Trail
Family photography during winter with mountain backdrop at South Mesa Trail in Boulder Colorado
Happy outdoor family portrait during winter at South Mesa Trail in Boulder Colorado
Boulder Colorado Sibling Portrait with blue mountain backdrop during winter at South Mesa Trail
Couple portrait with blue mountain backdrop during winter at South Mesa Trail in Boulder Colorado
Adorable little girl in a leather jacket poses with a mountain backdrop at South Mesa Trail in Boulder Colorado
Pretty South Mesa Trail blue mountain backdrop couple portrait during winter in Boulder Colorado
Parents of a family pose for a couples portrait together with a mountain backdrop at sunset at the South Mesa Trail in Boulder Colorado
Beautiful Colorado Extended Family Photo at sunset with blue mountain backdrop at the South Mesa Trail in Boulder Colorado
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January 4, 2018   •   Filed in Winter, Families

Winter Family Photography in Colorado | Frisco Aspen Tree Grove & Sapphire Point

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've got a great family featured on the journal today. They hail from Texas and the mama of the family contacted me because they've been bringing their family to Colorado for winter ski trips since their boys were little. This year is special though because their oldest son, Jacob, is a high school senior now. She mentioned that it's the last year he'll be required to join them on the annual family trip to Colorado but something tells me he'll still want to join them even after he's gone off to college. Still, just in case he's not able to, she thought it might be a good opportunity to get some professional photos created while they're out here. She mentioned wanting to get some individuals of him for his senior photos so we made sure to do that in addition to the family pictures. And they brought their super sweet golden retriever with a jaunty lil' scarf tied around her neck to complete their picture perfect family unit. They mentioned that they really like Aspen trees so I suggested we head over to the Lilypad Lake trailhead area to begin and end with the beautiful mountain views at Sapphire Point. Thankfully we were both driving SUV's that could handle the deeper snow along the dirt road to Lilypad Lake because we saw a visitor get stuck in his smaller car that didn't have 4 wheel drive. (I'm definitely keeping this in mind next time I want to visit that location during winter!). I was able to get a nice aspen tree grove backdrop for them with the Frisco mountains at the Lilypad Lake Trailhead location. This poor family was starting to freeze so we warmed up in our cars on the way over to Sapphire Point. Due to the chilly temperatures, we wrapped up our session at sunset pretty quickly with the gorgeous blue Breckenridge mountain backdrop at Sapphire Point. Check out my favorites below!
A family with two teenage sons and a golden retriever walk through the snow at Lilypad Lake Trailhead in Summit County Colorado
High School Colorado Senior photography with snowy backdrop with Aspen Trees in Frisco Colorado
High School Senior is photographed in the snow with his golden retriever dog in a snowy aspen grove during winter in Colorado mountains
Brothers are photographed with a snowy aspen grove backdrop in the mountains of Colorado during their winter ski trip in Summit County
Husband and wife are photographed with aspen tree backdrop at Lilypad Lake Trailhead during winter in Colorado
Sapphire Point Summit County Colorado Family Photography During Winter
Cute Golden Retriever dog is photographed with two teenage brothers with pretty snowy mountain backdrop at Sapphire Point in Colorado
Winter High School Senior Photography During Winter at Sapphire Point with a pretty mountain backdrop in Colorado
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January 1, 2018   •   Filed in Winter, Families

Colorado Winter Family Photography | C Lazy U Ranch in Granby

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t's a busy time of year here in the mountains of Colorado. The week of Christmas through New Years Day has to be one of the busiest times all year for visitors to the state. Families flock to the winter wonderland of our Rocky Mountains to spend quality time with each other both in nature and in the cozy cabins that they rent out for the holidays. Last week I photographed this adorable family who were doing just that at the C Lazy U Ranch up in Granby, Colorado. Colorado is home to many beautiful all inclusive resorts where you and your family can settle in for a week, kick back and enjoy all of the activities, food, and fun without having to coordinate the logistics yourself. And C Lazy U Ranch is one of the best places in the whole state for this. They've been in operation as a guest ranch since 1919. The family featured on the journal today flew in to Denver and was able to take the train from Union Station up to Granby so they didn't even need to worry about driving themselves up I-70 during the peak ski season. The ranch picked them up from the station and they spent a week getting to do tons of fun activities together like horseback riding, sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, cuddling by the fire and more! They traveled here from Louisiana which is gorgeous in its own right but does not have the mountain views that we have here in Colorado. That's why they decided they'd brave the cold for a little bit to capture their family with the lovely scenery around the ranch. I admit that I am a bit of a baby when it comes to cold weather and prefer the summer season in Colorado. But, even I have to admit that there is nothing prettier than a snow covered mountain. Check out the views of Indian Peaks Wilderness mountain backdrop we were able to get for this family!
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C Lazy U Ranch All inclusive real ranch resort in Granby, CO
A beautiful family poses for a portrait with the C Lazy U barn backdrop during a holiday week at the Rach during winter
Beautiful winter portrait of a teen girl laughing in the Aspen grove at C Lazy U Ranch in Granby Colorado
A family photo taken during winter at the C Lazy U Ranch barn backdrop with snow on the ground in Granby Colorado
Husband and wife portrait during family photos with a light snowy dust on the mountains in the backdrop at Sunset C Lazy U Ranch in Granby Colorado
A classic family portrait with the Indian Peaks Wilderness Mountain Backdrop During winter at C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado
Colorado winter family photography at C Lazy U Ranch in Granby over the holidays
Sweet photo of mom and dad together with gorgeous sunset mountain backdrop during winter at C Lazy U Ranch in Granby Colorado
Mom poses with her son for a holiday portrait with snow and twinkle light backdrop at C Lazy U Ranch in Granby Colorado
A sweet portrait of a mama with her youngest son with a snowy backdrop at C Lazy U Ranch in Granby Colorado
A family gets cozy with fuzzy blankets by a roaring outdoor fire at C Lazy U Ranch during the winter Christmas holiday in Granby Colorado
My favorite of the whole family together!
A beautiful family portrait with the gorgeous pastel sunset colored snowy mountain backdrop of Indian Peaks Wilderness at C Lazy U Ranch in Granby Colorado
Had to catch one last shot as we left for the evening!
A beautiful photo of the C Lazy U Ranch sign lit up with holiday lights framing the Indian Peaks Wilderness mountains in the backdrop at Dusk with the moon glowing overhead during winter in Granby 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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