It's senior photo season which I love because it's really fun to photograph teenagers as they embark on their final year of living at home and move on to the next phase in their life. They're not children anymore, but essentially it's the last professional photoshoot they'll have from their "childhood." And I find it to be such an honor to photograph them for their yearbook photo. It's the image that people will look back on years later to remember them by and I want them to look good!
I'm lucky because this year a lot of my roller derby friends have kids who are seniors. Today on the blog I'm featuring Tony who is my friend Beth's son. She actually had the adventure of a lifetime when she starred in the Amazing Race (she went all the way to 3rd place on season 22!) but it really seems that her adventure back here at home still keeps her incredibly busy. She has a cute blog I linked to below where she cracks jokes about her life as a mom, a roller derby skater, and a "Z" list celebrity (her words, not mine!) that I hope she starts updating again soon:)
Soon her oldest will be leaving the nest and to commemorate his last year of high school we met up at the Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado to create some portraits of him. He is a great baseball player and pitches for his high school and for non-school leagues. We made sure to get a few baseball themed shots but I know my favorites are in the plaid shirt. Check them out below!
You may remember an old post from last December when my little brother in law proposed to his girlfriend Lauren at the Blossoms of Light holiday display at Denver Botanic Gardens. (See the link below to refresh your memory!) They are getting married on Valentine's Day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion and we were finally able to make their engagement photos happen over the weekend. Earlier in the year I discovered a beautiful location just outside of Eldorado Springs called the South Mesa Trail. We decided to go there to get a beautiful view of those Boulder mountains. Brandon and Lauren are such a good looking couple it would have been impossible not to get good photos, but I am still loving how they turned out.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Brandon & Lauren's Proposal Photos December at the Blossoms of Light holiday display
I love so many of the photos that I don't think I have a favorite this time. But I just love their expressions in this one so I saved it for last:)
Some of you long time blog readers may recognize these cute faces on the blog today. This is my sister in law's family and I just love them to pieces. Every year we do their family photos in the fall, but this year I insisted that we get them done while we were on family vacation in Steamboat. When you see the photos I think you'll understand why I pushed so hard to do them early.
This year we decided to head out to Steamboat Springs for the Fourth of July holiday. Some of the family golfed, some of us hiked, we all ate a ton, and our hotel had the best view of the fireworks anyone could ask for! Despite a terrible game of Beatles trivial pursuit it was one of our best family vacations ever. I hope we get to do it again next year:)
In the summertime, Steamboat Springs Resort hosts a "Sunset Happy Hour" where you can pay to take the gondola up the mountain around sunset and take in the gorgeous views of the Yampa Valley. We were too busy photographing before the sun set to enjoy any cocktails, but we got super cute photos of their family so I'm ok with that:)
Stacy & Tony's wedding from mid July in Breckenridge, Colorado is such a treat to share today because Stacy is a photographer herself and made sure to leave plenty of time in the schedule to get beautiful photographs around the town of Breckenridge. The house that she was staying at with her family had a huge field of pretty purple flowers and the house where Tony was getting ready had amazing views from the balcony of the mountain with it's ski runs. Since Tony is from Breckenridge he knew a bunch of great places off the beaten path to go to and it was so much fun to create photos in all of the spectacular locations. They got married in the newer building of St. Mary's since they needed the space for their guests, but they got to ring the old bell and leave out the front entrance of the cute old chapel right next door. And the views of the mountains from Main Street Station where the reception was held were absolutely gorgeous at sunset. It was a super fun day with lots of high jinks from Tony (wait until you see the cake picture!) and I think the two of them are going to have a lot of fun together in their future.
St. Mary's Catholic Church Breckenridge, CO
Main Street Station Breckenridge, CO
Stacy Marie Photography Colorado Springs, CO
Sash & Hairpiece
Heavenly Avonlee An Etsy Shop
Wedding Dress Shop
Danelle's Boutique Colorado Springs, CO
Frisco Fun & Formal Frisco, CO
Erica Straayer Stacy's Cousin
Stacy wanted to incorporate a photo with her grandmother at her wedding. I love this idea.
Definitely one of my favorites:)
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