April 19, 2016   •   Filed in Spring, Seniors

Colorado High School Senior Photographer | Wild Mustang Sanctuary Farm

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aleena, 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!  
Event Details
Wild Mustang Sanctuary
A high school senior girl poses for photos with a windmill and a rainbow on a stormy spring day in Eastern Colorado
A senior girl wearing a lace short white dress with red hair and green blue eyes poses for her Colorado High School Senior pictures at a Wild Horse Sanctuary Farm near Kiowa
A pretty red haired senior girl with beautiful blue green eyes wears a cute short white dress and leans against a horse trailer during her Farm senior session in Eastern Colorado
A pretty wild mustang poses for photos with a high school senior country girl in eastern colorado at Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary
A cute photo of a high school senior girl kissing her wild mustang horse in Eastern Colorado during spring on a stormy day
A beautiful senior girl wearing red cowgirl boots poses in the yucca plants in Eastern Colorado at a mustang sanctuary outside of Kiowa, CO
I think this one might be my favorite. I love all of that green:)
A pretty high school senior girl with red hair and a white short dress poses with a short scrubby pine tree on a farm sanctuary for wild mustangs in Eastern Colorado
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April 8, 2016   •   Filed in Portraits

Denver Headshot Photographer | Cooper Lounge at Union Station in Colorado

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t'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.
Event Details
Opera Singer
Hair and Makeup
A beautiful opera singer wearing a black blazer poses for portraits on a modern sofa at the Cooper Lounge in Union Station in Colorado
Cute headshots done at the Cooper Lounge in Denver Colorado at Union Station
Beautiful natural light portraits for a website rebrand at Cooper lounge at Union Station in Denver Colorado
Denver Colorado Lifestyle Portrait Photographer at Cooper Lounge in Union Station
A beautiful singer wearing a black satin blazer poses for portraits at Cooper Lounge in Union Station in Denver Colorado
Beautiful portraits at the Cooper Lounge bar in Union Station in Denver Colorado
Beautiful headshots for an opera singer at Cooper lounge in Union Station in Denver Colorado
Dramatic natural light portraits with huge chandeliers at Union Station Cooper Lounge in Denver Colorado
A beautiful opera singer wearing a full length black dress poses for portraits in the Cooper Lounge in Denver, CO
A pretty woman with a sweet smile poses for her website headshots in Denver Colorado at Cooper Lounge at Union Station
An opera singer holds her sheet music in her hand for her business portraits at Cooper Lounge in Union Station in Denver Colorado
Beautiful natural light lifestyle portraits at Union Station Cooper lounge in Denver Colorado
Lifestyle business portraits for an opera singer at Cooper lounge in Union Station in Denver, CO
Denver Colorado Lifestyle portraits at Cooper Lounge in Union Station
Pretty Chandelier Lifestyle Portraits at Cooper lounge in Union Station in Denver Colorado
Dramatic Business Portraits in Cooper Lounge in Union Station in Denver Colorado
I think this one might be my favorite:)
Lovely natural light lifestyle portraits at Cooper Lounge in Denver Colorado's Union Station
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February 16, 2016   •   Filed in Denver Weddings, Winter

Shove Chapel Winter Wedding | Briarhurst Manor Colorado Springs

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sure 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!  
Event Details
Church
Shove Memorial Chapel Located on the Colorado College Campus
Reception
Briarhurst Manor Located in Manitou Springs, CO
Dress
Officiant
Chaplain Anthony Keim
Florist
Baker
DJ
Ceremony Music
Dr. Frank Shelton Colorado College Organist
Pretty drop earrings hang on red winter berries at a Colorado Springs wedding on Valentine's Day
Pretty gray high heeled shoes with jewels on them at a winter wedding in Colorado Springs
A bride wearing a bright pink button down shirt gets her make up done at the Aveda Salon Spa in Colorado Springs on her wedding day.
A beautiful dress hangs in the bridal area with the blush pink bridesmaids dresses at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
Bridesmaids and mother of the bride help a bride get dressed on her wedding day at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs bridal photo at Shove Memorial Chapel at a Valentine's Day weekend wedding
Bride getting dressed reflection in the mirror in the bridal area of Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
A pretty bride gets helps from her bridesmaids before her wedding ceremony at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
Maid of honor helps her friend put her veil on at the Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
Mother of the bride hugs her daughter on her wedding day at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
A happy bride gets some help with her high heels at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
A military groom wearing his dress blues poses with his groomsmen in front of the pretty colored stained glass windows at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
Military groom with his best man pose inside Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
A groom in his military uniform sees his bride for the first time during their first look at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
A detail photo of a floral display on the altar at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
A lovely bride walks down the aisle at Shove Memorial Chapel with the big stained glass windows behind her at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
A B&W photo of the bride as she makes her way down the aisle with her father at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
A father prepares to give his daughter away at her wedding at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
The Chaplain stands on the altar at a Colorado Springs wedding at Shove Memorial Chapel
A view of a wedding on the stage at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
Bride and groom exchange rings during their Valentine's Day wedding at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
A wide angle view of the altar with a wedding ceremony at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
B&W wide angle view of the altar/stage area at a wedding at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
Bride and groom walk down the aisle after their wedding at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
The Saber Arch Ceremony performed after a wedding in front of Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
A bridal party with dusty rose flowers and bridesmaids dresses pose on the stage at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
A beautiful B&W bridal portrait in front of the iron decorated wood doors of the Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
A beautiful winter bride with dusty rose and plum bouquet from Twigs & Posies stands in front of the wood door at Shove Memorial Chapel at her Valentine's Day wedding
A bride and her bridesmaids wearing light pink dresses with plum scarves pose together at her winter wedding at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
Beautiful Valentine's Day colored wedding with plum, dusty rose, pink flowers from Twigs & Posies at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
A nice B&W photo of a military groom wearing his dress blues with his pretty bride at Shove Memorial Chapel in Colorado Springs
The Conservatory at Briarhurst Manor on a lovely sunny day with bright blue skies during winter in Manitou Springs, Colorado
A pink floral centerpiece for a Valentine's Day wedding at the Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs Colorado
A wedding prayer kicks of the reception at a Briarhurst Manor wedding in the conservatory in Manitou Springs Colorado
A pretty Valentine's Day wedding at the Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs Colorado
Wedding toasts inside the Conservatory at Briarhurst Manor in Colorado Springs
Maid of honor gives a toast at her best friend's wedding at the Briarhurst in Manitou Springs Colorado
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.
Vintage cake toppers from the bride's grandparents on display at a Briarhurst Manor wedding in Manitou Springs
Bride and groom use a saber sword to cut their pretty Valentine's Day wedding cake at Briarhurst Manor in Colorado Springs
A very happy bride and groom dance together on their wedding day at the Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs, CO
The groom gives his new bride a sweet kiss on the cheek at the end of their first dance at the Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs
Bride and her dad dance together during her Briarhurst Manor wedding reception in Colorado Springs
Groom dances with his mom as guests dance around them at the Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs
Dance floor wedding reception Briarhurst Manor in Manitou Springs Colorado
Bride and groom walk out of the conservatory with a bubble exit at Briarhurst Manor in Colorado Springs
A sweet romantic portrait with a stunning view from Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs on a Valentine's Day wedding weekend
A military groom walks hand in hand with his new wife who is wearing a fur stole to stay warm at their winter wedding on Valentine's Day weekend at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
B&W wedding portrait at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
A gorgeous bride wearing a fur stole at her winter wedding poses at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
A beautiful wedding day portrait at Garden of the Gods during winter in Colorado Springs
A beautiful romantic moment of the bride and groom snuggling each other at their winter wedding at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
My favorite!
Bride wearing a fur coat kisses her military groom in front of the beautiful winter scenery at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
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January 8, 2016   •   Filed in Winter, Families

Colorado Family Photos | Boettcher Tropical Conservatory at Denver Botanic Gardens

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s 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.
A family wearing blue pose together inside the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory at Denver Botanic Gardens during their winter holiday family portraits in Colorado.
Two teenagers and their grandma wearing shades of blue hug her for their family portraits inside the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory at Denver Botanic Gardens during their winter family portraits in Colorado.
A cute couple pose for their own photo together during the family pictures at the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory at Denver Botanic Gardens during winter.
A mom and her two teenage daughters pose together during their family pictures inside the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory at Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Teenage sisters wearing blue smile and pose for portraits in the Boettcher Tropical Conservatory during their family's photoshoot at Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens Family Photos inside the Tropical Boettcher Conservatory during the winter holidays
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