November 18, 2014   •   Filed in Fall, Families

Colorado Family Photographer | Cheesman Park, Denver

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ne of my favorite things about being a wedding photographer is that sometimes my clients go on to start their own families and ask me back to photograph them again. It's so neat to see them go from newlyweds to brand new parents. Emily & Mike got married at Chatfield Botanic Gardens back in October of 2011 and now they have an adorable 5 month old son. We went to Cheesman Park on a gorgeous sunny afternoon in autumn. These photos are making me wish the fall season hadn't gone by so fast! I'm hoping this snow melts soon and we get a few more warm days before winter settles in.
A cute young family with a 5 month old son stand underneath golden autumn trees at Cheesman Park in Denver Colorado
An adorable blonde baby boy wearing blue overalls poses on his tummy in the green grass with golden leaves around him.
A super cute family poses with their new five month old son under a tree with red berries at Cheesman Park in Denver Colorado
A cute baby boy plays airplane with his momma in front of a red berry tree at Cheesman Park in Denver, Colorado.
A cute family kisses their 5 months old in front of the golden trees at Cheesman Park in Denver, Colorado.
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November 13, 2014   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Fall

Boulder Colorado Fall Wedding | Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center

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've been looking forward to sharing this wedding on the blog since the warm and sunny autumn day that I photographed it. Elizabeth and Bryan live in San Francisco, but they decided to host their wedding in beautiful Boulder Colorado since that is where Bryan grew up and where his parents still live. Elizabeth prepped for her big day at the historic Hotel Boulderado and I loved when a huge group of her friends stopped by to say hello. It felt like a scene straight out of a wedding movie. We met up with Bryan for the sneak peek at a trailhead off of Canyon Blvd. on our way up to the Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center on Boulder Creek. I love that Bryan brought his fly fishing pole for a few photos since there was a pretty rushing river at this trailhead. There was also a ton of gorgeous yellow fall color out which was perfect for this couple since it's Bryan's favorite color.  
 
When I first met with Elizabeth and Bryan we decided to meet at their venue. At the time the Wedgewood was going through some major renovations. I couldn't believe how great it looked when we arrived on their wedding day. The grounds are so green and lovely and there are so many nice spaces for the guests to wander through. I thought it was so cool that Elizabeth and Bryan chose to hold their ceremony down by the river. There is a pretty wide flat walkway area next to the river and it worked perfectly as a space for their wedding ceremony. One of the most touching moments during the ceremony was when they released flower petals into the stream in memory of their loved ones who have passed away.  
 
The weather held out nicely and they were able to host their cocktail hour on the outdoor patio which has a nice fire pit and then dinner was held inside the big white tent which has nice ceiling drapes and chandeliers. It was a great wedding with a nice relaxed atmosphere. I loved all of the garden plants mixed with bicycle decor and I especially appreciated the super cute tandem bike cake topper.  
 
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I love the film look of this one. All I did was pull the sheer curtains over my lens to make it soft.
My favorite:)
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November 11, 2014   •   Filed in Fall, Families

Doggie Family Photos | South Mesa Trail Boulder, Colorado

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ooh baby it's so cold outside! It's funny how surprised everyone seems to be seeing snow and cold temperatures today. It is November right? I suppose every year that first shock of freezing cold air hitting your face is rather surprising no matter the fact that you know it's coming. I used to be one of those people who really hated winter. My birthday is February 5th, right in the dead of winter when the fun of seeing snow has worn off. I always wanted to have a pool party for my birthday when I was growing up and was jealous of my brother who could host them to his heart's delight being born on August 5th (which happens to also be my half birthday and yes, I did try to steal his thunder on more than one occasion, haha). People insist that snow is "magical" and I always wondered how they can conveniently forget what it's like to scrape it off of their car windows on freezing cold mornings.  
 
Despite still holding on to the idea that winter is a bit of a nuisance, I've grown to embrace the good qualities that it brings. It's the time of year when work slows down a little bit for me and I can recharge my creative mind. I get to spend more time snuggling and watching movies with my husband and the cats and I have more time for cooking at home too. That may not seem like much, but it's really little things like human hibernation which are making me the most happy these days.  
 
A cold winter day is the perfect atmosphere for a long editing session at the computer too. I write this post at my work desk settling in for a nice long post-processing session and it's always easier to do this when it's miserably cold outside. Today I get to post the sneak peek for Jonathan & Kayci. I photographed their wedding last year at the Tapestry House in Fort Collins and I was so happy to hear that they wanted to get photos taken for their Christmas card. When I photographed them before, they only had Bodie their adorable little black dachshund. This year they have a rambunctious new family member named Herbie who helped round out their family. We met up at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs to get some bright autumn color in the pictures and this location was definitely a winner for that. So enjoy these warm autumn pictures on this cold snowy day!  
A cute young couple sit on an old wood fence near a historic stone building along the South Mesa Trail south of Boulder and near  Eldorado Springs, Colorado.
A cute couple wearing bright clothes sit on a wood fence in the golden colors with their two small dogs at the South Mesa Trail near Golden, Colorado.
A B&W lifestyle photo of a cute young couple holding their small dogs in their laps during their family photo session at South Mesa Trail near Boulder Colorado.
A gorgeous bright yellow and orange fall foliage family portrait with two small dogs at the South Mesa Trail near Boulder, Colorado.
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November 5, 2014   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Fall

Breckenridge Intimate Wedding | Autumn Elopement in Colorado

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randi contacted me not too long ago to find out if I photograph small elopement style weddings and of course I jumped at the opportunity. I love to photograph all kinds of weddings, but there is just something so sweet and romantic about packing up and jetting across state lines with your family to celebrate your love. That's exactly what Brandi & Josh did a couple of weeks ago. They spent time together enjoying autumn in Colorado (like cuddling up in a cabin and Josh even got to do a little hunting) before meeting up in Breckenridge with their closest family and friends to get married at the Lodge & Spa at Breckenridge. I love that they took the time to find some fun props for their photoshoot. They even found the perfect pale pink shabby chic door to match Brandi's gorgeous pale pink dress. They found this fabulous stuff to use for their photos at a cute antique shop on Main Street in Breckenridge called Marigolds. You can find their shop online at the link below.
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A pretty blonde bride in a form fitting vintage pale pink dress stands with her man on a mountainside in Breckenridge, Colorado for their elopement photos.
A groom wearing a bow tie and pale pink shirt with a grey blazer poses for elopement photos in Breckenridge, Colorado.
A cute couple wearing pale pink pose on the side of a mountain at Sapphire Point in Summit County near Breckenridge, Colorado
A bride and groom walk down the path at Sapphire Point for their elopement photography session near Breckenridge, Colorado
A groom holds his bride as her fluffty pale pink dress cascades down to the ground at Sapphire Point in Summit County near Breckenridge, Colorado.
A bride and groom pose for photos at Sapphire Point with Breckenridge, CO in the background.
A beautiful bride poses in her full pale pink dress at Lake Dillon in Summit County for her elopement photography near Breckenridge, Colorado.
A cute couple wearing pale pink pose for photos at their elopement wedding photo session at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.
A bride and groom wearing pale pink walk along the gravel path with a rustic fence at Sapphire Point in Summit County near Breckenridge, Colorado.
A bride and groom stop and kiss for a romantic photo during their elopement photo session at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.
A B&W photo of a bride and groom standing in front of a rustic wood door at Lake Dillon near Breckenridge, Colorado.
Elopement photography with a rustic wood door and sign at Lake Dillon in Summit County near Breckenridge, Colorado.
A bride and groom pose for photos with their antique wood door at Lake Dillon in Summit County near Breckenridge, Colorado.
A bride and groom pose in front of blue mountains at Lake Dillon in Summit County near Breckenridge, Colorado.
My favorite!
A bride and groom hold hands for their elopement photos at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, Colorado.
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