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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!
December 21, 2017 • Filed in Fall
Today on the blog I'm featuring the last wedding I photographed for the 2017 wedding season. Showcased in this post is Scott and Lisa and their beautiful lilac colored wedding from late fall at the Greenbriar Inn restaurant in North Boulder. The Greenbriar Inn is a famously delicious restaurant that makes for a gorgeous setting for a wedding as well as serving up some of the best food I've ever had in all of Boulder. With pretty views of the Boulder foothills from the property as well as the cozy romantic feel inside the restaurant it's easy to see why Scott and Lisa chose this venue to host their nuptials on the last weekend of October. Late October is traditionally a pretty chilly weekend here in Colorado with outdoor ceremonies not being a guarantee. Lisa and Scott prepped for a potentially cold wedding ceremony with custom wrapped soft blankets for guests to cuddle under during their ceremony. But luckily for the couple and guests it ended up being quite a gorgeous autumn day. I loved the way that they incorporated their children into the festivities by having them help light unity candles during the ceremony and by having a special dance with the whole family at their end of their first dance with each other. You can tell both parents love their kids enormously and the feelings are mutual. They timed their ceremony to take place toward the end of the day when the sun was getting low in the sky and we used the last bit of light afterwards to incorporate the beautiful country inn setting of the Greenbriar for their wedding portraits. The reception was a perfect, laid-back affair with lots of good one on one time with their guests. And the DJ had everyone on the dance floor inside the Greenbriar's atrium for most of the night. I am so happy for Scott and Lisa that they found each other. Congratulations to the sweet couple!
DJ + Ceremony Musicians
Jennifer Ross Friend of the Bride & Groom
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year with quality time spent with your family taking a greater precedence in life. It's a very popular time of the year to get updated family photos too since it's often the only time the entire family is able to get together. I photograph lots of extended families both during the week of Thanksgiving and again during the December holiday season. Grandma and Grandpa were visiting this Denver family from Arizona and they took it upon themselves to organize a family portrait session. The family lives near City Park so we opted to go there to keep it easy on them. This made it so they could bring their huge, super strong dog named Franz, who they adopted from the Denver Dumb Friends League. I'll give a quick shout out to that awesome organization, since that's where I adopted two of my furry feline buddies! These past few years have been quite warm here in Denver compared to the chilly temperatures and often snow-filled days that I remember from my childhood Thanksgiving feasts. I hate to complain about a lack of snow since it certainly makes it a little easier to photograph the extended families outdoors. A quick rainstorm passed through right before our session began which gave us some pretty incredible stormy skies for the photos. I love the way the yellow boathouse pavilion looks against the dark blue sky in these family photos. Check out the pictures below!
Aaaaaaah, I am super excited to share the gorgeous photos of my friend and former roller derby teammate, Major Lil Pain (I guess I'll be boring and call her by her government name, Michelle, to keep things simple from here on out) and her fiancé, Jeff. We did these at the tail end of October up in Boulder when most of the fall color had disappeared. We did find a few little snippets of color but with the mountain views at Lost Gulch Overlook and the famous Flatiron Mountains of Chautauqua it really didn't matter that we had missed the autumn color. We made sure to time our session so that we'd be overlooking the city of Boulder right at dusk when the pretty light makes the sky turn a beautiful shade of purple and pink. And a big shout out to Michelle's mom, Karen, for tagging along to play pet-sitter when Jeff and Michelle's dog, Rudy, wasn't required for a photo. We started off at Chautauqua walking around the adorable neighborhood behind the Chautauqua Dining Hall and made sure to grab a handful of photos in front of the iconic Flatirons. We spent the majority of our session up at Lost Gulch scrambling around on the rocks and huge boulders over there to get the perfect mountain backdrops. You see, Michelle and Jeff are moving to Richmond for a career opportunity, so I wanted to make sure they get some awesome mountain pictures to help them remember the place they called home together during the first years of their relationship. Michelle is actually an Aurora native so it's going to be a big change for her going down to the South. I know they're both really excited for the big changes this next year will bring for them and I wish them nothing but the best!
Usually I really love the dramatic scenery photos the best, but I really love the happy expressions in this one:)
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