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Angie found me through a previous family photography session that I had done quite a few years ago for a family who opted for a Rockabilly theme for their pictures. Her in laws were planning to come through town for a visit and they thought it would be fun to get some vintage 50s styled family photos as well. Since the vintage gas station at the Adams County Museum where I did the previous session wasn't available at the time that we needed we were on the hunt for another location that would work for their pictures. Angie came through big time by finding this incredible gem of a place called Rambler Ranch in the forest of Elizabeth, Colorado. I had no idea it existed and was blown away by how elaborate and full of SO MANY VINTAGE CARS! Like bumper to bumper in gigantic garages full! Terry is the proprietor of this under the radar museum and mentioned that he's been collecting cars and vintage memorabilia for 25 years. Honestly, if you saw the scope of this place you wouldn't believe it's only been 25 years of collecting. It's enormous!
Terry was kind enough to allow us to arrive at the Rambler Ranch closer to golden hour which is important for photos. I arrived a little bit early since I have never been there before to get some ideas for what to do at their session and was overwhelmed by all of the cool cars everywhere you turn. Of course, he keeps the restored vehicles inside of gigantic garages but his forested property has become what we lovingly called a car graveyard with so many interesting specimens dotting the landscape. He even put together and decorated the interior of one of his homes with all vintage 60's memorabilia. It was so cool stepping inside of that building and feeling like we time warped back to 1962. How am I so accurate? That's the date on the calendar that was hanging on the wall). I think one of my favorite things on the property was the 1970s vintage RTD bus which even had mannequin people hanging out on the inside! I will say, I really loved the touch of adding mannequins with their vintage clothing hanging out with the cars, but sometimes when I glanced around the room taking it all in and saw one in the corner of my eye it gave me a little fright, haha.
Angie was really hoping to be able to photograph in front of a vintage gas station and boy did the Rambler Ranch deliver! Terry has a vintage Sinclair gas station, complete with the dinosaur and all working neon lights too! It really looks gorgeous tucked away in the woods like that. We started off there and then let their two year old son, Arlo, run around for the photos for a little bit before walking further into the property. I had so much fun exploring with this family! We walked around trying to color match the cars and Arlo did his best to search for the wild turkey that graced us with his presence briefly. Of course, two year olds can only last so long at the golden hour during spring and summer time so as the light started to fade so did little Arlo (who had been a total sweetheart!) and we called it a night.
Ijust photographed the most fabulous bat mitzvah celebration for a family here in Denver, Colorado. Their daughter, Sadie, has been prepping for this big day at Temple Emanuel which is where my husband also celebrated his bar mitzvah (a long time ago! Haha) I just found out Temple Emanuel is the largest congregation in the United States between St. Louis and the West Coast which is pretty neat.
We started off the day photographing some family portraits before the service began in the pretty courtyard covered in green ivy. Since the temple does not allow photos to be taken during the actual ceremony we took some photos of Sadie in her prayer shawl and with the Torah inside the temple and with her rabbi and cantor before the guests arrived for the service. This was followed by a luncheon at the Temple. Later that evening there was a big party held at History Colorado Center on Broadway in the Terrace Room which has a huge outdoor patio with beautiful views looking out across Denver. It was a really cool place to have a party because guests were able to wander around the huge building looking at the exhibitions celebrating the local history during cocktail hour (I particularly think it's cute that they have a little section in the Denver area celebrating Barrel Man, a superfan for the Broncos).
After eating dinner the fun really got started with the games that bar and bat mitzvah parties are known for and are led by the DJ. The kids went all out with the scavenger hunt begging the tables where the grown ups were sitting to donate things like photo IDs, socks, and even button down shirts. After the games, we were all entertained by the professional break dancers who did a special performance and got everyone amped up for the dance floor. One part of the party I haven't seen before was when Sadie thanked all of her guests (through poetry no less!) for traveling near and far to celebrate this special day with her and invited them up to light the candles on her birthday cake. I thought that was a really sweet touch. Overall, it was such a great day and one that I'm sure Sadie will remember for the rest of her life!
Mazel Tov, Sadie!
And one last one of Sadie looking very pretty and grown up in her gorgeous blue dress!
My good friend Shandra asked me to photograph her nephew, Anthony's senior pictures last week while they were on spring break. The yearbook deadline has already passed, but they decided that they wanted to get some professional ones taken for the family anyway. I'm so glad they decided to do them because it was a lot of fun! Anthony is going through a pretty traditional right of passage for a lot of teenagers with the purchase of his first car which the family lovingly calls "Brownie." He's been learning how to take care of her and slowly fixing her up. I love that he wanted to bring her to his session and we scouted out the perfect location with the new Denver city skyline as the backdrop making them look pretty dope if I do say so myself. But before we ended our session at the Diamond Hill area on the west side of Denver we started over in Rino to take advantage of all the great street art in that area. I love all of the color you can find over there and even found a new favorite mural I'd like to visit again due to the sweet neon greens and yellows (I'll point it out below). I also made Anthony pose in front of my classic fave in the area which is the geometric mural by Optimysticism (Gemma Danielle) on the Crema coffee shop's wall. I was a little sad to find the sweet black and white leaves mural on the Imac building has been painted over with something new but that's also kind of the cool thing about the area; it forces you to get comfortable with change. And that leads us back into the whole idea of doing senior pictures to begin with. Senior year is a year all about preparing for big changes in life and I for one think it's a great time to photograph a person at this age. It's a time when they are straddling the fence between being a kid and becoming an adult which is not always an easy ride. But, I can tell that Anthony is going to be just fine. He already made it through this session and politely put up with me trying to make him say and do things that would make him smile! Check out some of my favorite below.
This is my new favorite mural in Rino. I love these colors!
Today on the journal I get to share a wedding for a derby friend of mine at the Denver County Courthouse. In derby life I know her as Tator, as in Devastator and she lives up to her name in the footwork and agility of her jammer skills. Many a time I thought for sure I had hit her out of bounds only to find that her Super Mario Brothers Luigi-style crazy fast tiptoe feet had miraculously saved her leaving me in the dust! But before I wander off into a derby related wormhole I should get back to the subject at hand, Tator's wedding to her awesome partner Michael! From here on out I'm going to call her by her government name (Ashley) to go with her sweet government wedding ceremony also known as a civil ceremony or a courthouse wedding. There was a little mix up about which courthouse to meet at, but I'm glad for her that it ended up being the one right next to Civic Center Park that they dress up for the holidays since its pretty there. In addition to their closest family and friends they brought their adorable German Shepherd/Corgi mix, Barney, as Denver's cutest ring bearer. After they went inside to discuss bringing the wedding outdoors with the judge, I realized that I would get to have the power of choosing exactly where everyone would get to stand during the short ceremony. I have to make a point of mentioning just how awesome this was. During most wedding celebrations the bride and groom are standing with their backs (or their sides mostly) to the crowd with the officiant facing everyone. I made a snap decision to put the officiant's back to the onlookers so that I could see Michael and Ashley with their family's faces as their backdrop in the photos and I really love how it turned out. How often to do you get to see your loved ones mugs during the ceremony as you exchange rings and seal it with a kiss? Maybe it's not the most ideal set up for say a mountain wedding with epic views in the backdrop but I loved it for this beautiful little intimate courthouse celebration!
After the short and sweet ceremony we walked across the street to use the Greek Ampitheater only to find that the city has blocked off my favorite areas for reconstruction. No matter, we just photographed there using other angles and I love how they turned out. Michael and Ashley are such an easy going, low key couple that they were really fun to photograph and were up for my suggestion to walk by the cute red British style phone booth outside of Pints Pub on our way over to our parked cars. We got some adorable shots there before heading over to The Rio where they were planning to celebrate their nuptials with yummy Mexican food and margaritas. Across the street from The Rio there was a super cute painted door which made for a lovely backdrop as well. I have seen some blogs calling these kinds if weddings "tiny weddings" or "microweddings" in addition to the more well known language of "elopement wedding." But whatever you want to call it, it was in my eyes a perfect wedding!
Congratulations, Tator and Mike!
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