Long before I was a photographer I was going to college and studying art. When I was in school I always did a lot of babysitting on the side to help pay the rent. This gorgeous gal featured in today's blog post was one of the kids that I used to babysit. I'm just going to skip right over how old that makes me feel, haha. Bibi wanted something a little different than the typical all outdoor senior photos. Her aunt owns a house in Denver that is impeccably decorated and she was kind enough to share her home for Bibi's senior photo shoot. We all really loved the pretty gold angel wings hanging on the wall so we made sure to get them in some of the photos. In fact, the blue of that whole little room was gorgeous and some of my favorite shots from the afternoon came from that space. We also got a few outdoor photos in the beautiful backyard garden to round out the session. Bibi is a natural beauty and it was very hard to narrow down the sneak peek since she looked so great in every shot! I think her humorous personality and confidence shines through in each of these. I also think her idea to do them at home really gave these portraits a natural lifestyle kind of feel to them.
I love the dramatic light and beautiful blue color of this photo.
This lovely wedding featured on the blog today comes to you from Chatfield Botanic Gardens where the space is large, green, and dreamy. I walked into this wedding having never met the bride and groom (Laurel and Tom) before but it took me very little time to figure out that they were really cool, laid-back kind of people. Laurel sat in one of the small rooms of the white Polly Steele bridal house in her flowy, harem style printed pants while her friends surrounded her helping with hair, nails, and maybe even a couple drinks too. Tom spent some time with his friends in the yurt playing video games and a little foosball challenge before getting dressed. I admit that I sometimes use an old photographer trick and have my clients fake laugh just to see what I'll get and Tom had me cracking up with his very stage actor-esque fake laugh. Laurel is a wise-crackin' irreverent kind of gal but all of that melted away as she walked herself down the aisle. I love that look when someone is trying to hold it together. A stand out line from their ceremony proclaimed that if Laurel and Tom were on the Oregon Trail together they would not let each other die of dysentery. Maybe a bear attack, but definitely not dysentery. Later, during the very heartfelt toasts inside the barn, both Tom and his brother couldn't help but mention the dust getting in their watering eyes. Laurel and Tom are both so sweet that they just laughed when the children joined them on the dance floor during their first dance. I enjoyed capturing them doing all of the traditional wedding events in their special tongue-in-cheek way. When it was time to do the garter, Laurel remembered that she wasn't even wearing it and had to quickly put it on. This is just a tiny overview of what a wonderful day it really was. I think the pictures will describe it much better!
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Littleton, Colorado
We Tie the Knots Claire Williams
Catering by Design Danielle Hassell
Ruffly Rose Denver, Colorado
Little White Dress Denver, Colorado
Kaycie and Greg are getting married next summer up in Estes Park but they wanted to get their engagement photos done now so they can create save the dates. They have a lot of family and friends who'll be making the trip out to Colorado. They need to get their photos done sooner rather than later so we met up on a warm Sunday evening and just walked around the South Platte River area near REI and Confluence Park. Originally we wanted to photograph over at City Park but the Tour de Fat was going on that weekend so we changed locations. I really love this part of Denver since it melds both urban and wild overgrown open space looks together. And the top of the hill at Confluence Park is great near sunset for pretty downtown Denver views as well as getting a great wide open sunset sky. There are even a few grungy-ish alleys with some street art too. The best part of the session was definitely the way Kaycie and Greg fit together though. I love when you can tell a couple are both in love and best friends.
Earlier this month I met up with the cutest little family at the South Mesa Trail in south Boulder. This precious little girl just turned one and her mama wanted to mark the occasion with some nice family portraits so we spent a couple hours walking around the trail and surrounding area. Hanorah was named after her grandma and I think it's one of the prettiest names I've heard in a long time. She went back and forth with giving me her serious baby looks mixed in with her sweet little smile too. And that outfit! Flower headband with a pretty peach dress and jean jacket? Too cute! I just love this age with children because they're still babies but their personalities shine through and they aren't helpless little newborns anymore. Hanorah did an excellent job at her photo shoot and lasted quite awhile for someone her age too. Here's just a small selection of what we got!
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