Vickie contacted me to see if she and her family could get some family photos created while they were all on vacation together here in sunny Colorado. She and her husband wanted to get some pictures of the whole family together since they are all spread apart these days. We scheduled the photos for 10 am to keep a happy baby and were planning to use the inside of the home in front of the huge fireplace since outside at 10 am is not usually very workable due to the positioning of the sun at that time of day. But I know Vickie really wanted to use the pretty outdoors if it was possible. When I arrived at their rental home I realized that there was just enough of a pretty woodsy backyard with some wildflowers in it that we could use that would also work with the direction of the sunlight. It's pretty fantastic when all the pieces to the photography pie start lining up! The best part was when the parents of the sweet little baby were able to give me just enough helpful hints to get a few little smiles out of her! I'd say it was another successful family photoshoot!
Imet Tara when she started skating for the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls back in the day. I was so excited for her when she met Ryan because it seemed like they fell in love so quickly and I'd never seen her so happy before! They've built a very good life for themselves together in Denver these past few years and have quite a big family with 4 dogs. They really wanted to bring all four of them to their session since they are such a big part of their life. Our furry friends are family afterall! They are getting married this September and it was time to get their engagement photos done. At first they were considering doing them in the city in a neat urban area but after a lot of thought they decided that they were really more into nature and the mountains. So we headed up the I-70 corridor to the beautiful, very photogenic, and historic little city of Georgetown, Colorado. We started off near the dam and the lake before heading into town where we took full advantage of all of the old pretty storefronts and houses. Toward the end of the evening as the sun was setting we drove up Guanella Pass a little bit to find some more natural surroundings for their last photos. I absolutely love that we were able to get some classic Colorado photos for them next to the South Clear Creek mountain stream. Overall I'd say this session was a huge success! How could it not be with all of those sweet doggie faces?
Last week I got to head up I-70 to meet with a Georgia family who are friends with another family that I had the pleasure of photographing when they were out visiting the Colorado mountain scenery last fall over Thanksgiving break. Their daughters are friendly and this time it was Katie's turn to be photographed. She's going to be a senior this year and it's time for her senior photos. She decided it would be fun to get them done out here in the gorgeous mountain scenery of Colorado. Her grandma has a house out here in the mountains so their whole family has been coming to Colorado for years and it's like a 2nd home to them. We decided to use the Sapphire Point area and a new little spot I found near there as well as heading down closer to Lake Dillon toward the end. Katie is a cheerleader and she has the most wonderful and warm smile. She also has gorgeous silky long hair which looked particularly awesome when we did a photo by the lake at the end and a breeze picked up just enough to show off those locks of hers! I also loved her outfit changes and thought all three were perfect on her. She wore a cute flirty styled coral pink colored dress which was her favorite and then added in a cozy sweater outfit which looked great with the mountain backdrop and also a lovely casual outfit at the end with a nice green top and layered lariat necklace that looked fantastic on her! I love the way senior photo sessions allow the senior to show off their style in so many ways.
You are a very sweet young lady and it was so much fun to hang out photographing you! I hope you have a super fun senior year and good luck to you with your college plans after that!
I think this one is my favorite because of her laugh:) Plus, that view of Ten Mile Peak range in Breckenridge will never get old for me!
Kelly and Kael's wedding day was so incredible and pretty much exactly what I wish everyone's wedding day could be like for them that it's hard for me to know where to begin when describing it. I guess I'll start by saying that Kelly's smile was so big and infectious all day long. Her bright attitude and playful nature really set the tone for the day. Kelly and Kael have already been together for 7 years, but that didn't stop them from taking in the enormity of what they were doing and letting the emotion flow. I had to hold myself together when I heard the clang of the autoharp at the beginning of Cat Power's Sea of Love. That's the song I picked to walk down the aisle at my wedding and I have to admit I can't listen to it without tearing up just a little bit. Seeing Kelly and her dad walking down the aisle to that very same song put a lump in my throat and brought back that rush of walking toward Geoff on our wedding day. I can only imagine what Kael must have been feeling seeing the two of them walking toward him. He did manage to make it through his vows despite the intense emotion threatening to rob him of his voice. I really loved that when Kelly said her vows in return she had a special one that was just for him which she whispered into his ear so that no one else could hear.
It was such a perfect day and even the weather seemed to want to do its part to make it special. It had threatened to rain during the preparations but stayed nice and dry and evenly covered with clouds. And after the ceremony was over the sun decided to pop out and light up the cocktail hour and reception with its warmth. There were multiple speeches that were all very well done, not too long or short, funny with just the right amount of sentiment which anyone who has gone to more than a few weddings can tell you is not always the norm, haha. We got to make use of the B Lazy 2 Ranch's incredible setting complete with wildflowers, fields, a super cute barn decorated with a bunch of fun kitsch, and of course lovely mountain views which turned an incredible shade of purple as the sun set. Inside the tent, Kelly and Kael's incredible DIY rose gold painted concrete succulent planters and air plants not only looked hella chic but provided a pretty kick ass party favor for their guests. The little air plants I took home are still going strong! They opted to do a raffle for prizes to places like The Fiddly Fig in Kansas City, a bottle of Tequila, and a gift basket from Second Star to the Right a children's book store that Kael's family owns in the Highlands of Denver. Kelly and Kael are animal lovers so all of the proceeds from their wedding raffle went to Maxfund.
And I still haven't even described what incredible dancers these two are! Usually you might see that one person in a couple is pretty decent but Kelly and Kael are both dance floor demons with moves that I would describe as wildly inventive and creative and also look damn good! I truly hope that someone at their wedding got some good video for them because the pictures absolutely don't do them justice.
Kelly & Kael,
Congratulations! You two are definitely killing it!
B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center Fraser, Colorado
Julia and Joel Abrenica
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