Faleena, the Colorado high school senior gal featured in the journal today is actually someone I have photographed before. You might recognize her from her family's snowy winter session at Mount Falcon last November. I am so happy she got in touch with me again to photograph her high school senior photos because she's a natural in front of the camera and also because I loved her idea for where to go for her session. Faleena is a true country girl. She's been working at a huge farm outside of Kiowa in Deer Trail, Colorado for over a year and a half called the "Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary." The organization is an advocate for wild horses and its part of their mission to educate the public about them. Faleena loves her work there and wanted to use the pretty rustic landscape which is full of short scrubby pine trees, a windmill, yucca plants and of course wild horses roaming around on the land. The mustangs out on the range seemed to be camera shy that day but a pretty dark colored horse named Crystal came out to pose in the pictures with Faleena.
Some of the mustangs are able to be broken in but they're wild and it's not easy. Faleena is one tough girl. At the end of her photo session she wanted to see if Crystal would be up for a quick ride but she had only been working on it for about a month. Faleena was a total badass and got up there but Crystal just wasn't having it that evening and she ended up falling pretty hard. I'm happy to report that she is ok now. I'm glad that we were able to photograph her at a place that she knows and loves. Check out the images below!
Wild Mustang Sanctuary
Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary Deer Trail, CO
I think this one might be my favorite. I love all of that green:)
April 8, 2016 • Filed in Portraits
It's been awfully quiet on the blog lately. My husband and I set off in mid-February for an epic road trip through the deep south in our tiny 12 foot trailer we call Rapunzel. We're home now and I'll be sharing some photos from the trip soon but today I am kick starting the journal again with this gorgeous opera singer I was lucky enough to photograph in the natural light filled Cooper Lounge which is located on the 2nd level of Union Station in downtown Denver. Christie received special permission to use the space for her new website photos and we spent a few hours creating these. She's an incredible singer and I got to hear her lovely singing voice at her wedding a couple of summers ago. I am honored that she thought of me to help her create photos for her website rebrand. I think they turned out beautifully and I hope they bring in lots of interest for her.
I think this one might be my favorite:)
Isure do love a good Valentine's Day weekend wedding. Last year my brother in law and his wife got married on Valentine's Day and this year I was lucky enough to photograph Kristin and Kevin's big day down in Colorado Springs. The color of Kristin's bridesmaid's dresses and the flowers were a beautiful dusty rose with plum mixed in. It looked perfect for the holiday and a wedding. They were married at the historic Shove Memorial Chapel on the Colorado College Campus. It's a huge church with lots of gorgeous stained glass and a painted ceiling. It's an incredible place to get married. I particularly like the big wood doors decorated with intricate swirly ironwork. The ceremony was a short and sweet affair and afterward we headed over to the Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs for the reception. The Briarhurst is a really beautiful Victorian style mansion and perfect for weddings. It has an English countryside manor feel due to its original owner being from England. (Interesting side note, he was also the founder of Manitou Springs!) Another thing I really loved is that the Briarhurst Manor is so close to Garden of the Gods. I was pretty excited that Kristin and Kevin were up for heading there after their reception to make use of the day's last light for some romantic portraits of just the two of them. They are moving soon for Kevin's military career so it'll be nice for them to have these photos to remind them of their special day and of Colorado too.
Congratulations Kristin & Kevin!
Shove Memorial Chapel Located on the Colorado College Campus
Briarhurst Manor Located in Manitou Springs, CO
Chaplain Anthony Keim
These vintage cake toppers were so cool. Kristin's grandparents had them as their cake toppers at their wedding. I love that she displayed them at her wedding.
As much as I love getting the pretty snowy white outdoors of Colorado during winter sometimes the temperatures make it too much for families who will be bringing their little ones along. That's when we make use of a back up option like the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory at Denver Botanic Gardens. It provides one of the only lush green spaces in the dead of winter in all of Colorado. I find it to be a nice balmy temperature but it can start to get a little swampy feeling once you've been in there for awhile. The family featured on the blog today wanted to get some updated family photos together. Part of their family traveled all the way from Alaska to come home and spend time in Denver over the holidays so I'm really happy we were able to capture these for them.
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