Emily and Shawn are about to be first time parents and wanted to get some photos created to mark this memorable time in their lives. Steamboat Springs is a special place for them that they really love to visit (Who doesn't? Steamboat is incredible!) so we met up out there for the photoshoot. There are about a bazillion awesome locations throughout Steamboat we could go to, but Emily's friend mentioned that the wildflowers up near Dumont Lake were looking really pretty so that's where we decided to go. The entire hillside surrounding the lake was covered in all kinds of lovely flowers of all different colors. We walked around the lake and made sure to include their adorable mini Australian Shepherd dog, Winston, in some of the pictures. What a smart little cookie he is. He was so good at posing for pictures and would look right over at me for them. He's going to be a great furry big brother to their little girl. Eventually, the mosquitoes were really making our lives miserable so we decided to head out. But, on our way out from the lake I noticed how pretty everything looked from the road and we decided to make a couple last pictures with Rabbit Ears in the background before the darn mosquitoes started to swarm us again. Still, we really did come away with some gorgeous pictures despite those pesky little bloodsuckers ruining the fun.
My my, it has been a bit of a frustrating summer for all of us photographers here in Colorado. I've lived here pretty much my whole life and I really don't think I can recall a more rainy spring and summer than the one we've had in 2015. When I googled it my suspicions were confirmed and it sounds like the entire US has been having a particularly rainy year so far.
Don't get me wrong, one of life's great pleasures for me is cuddling up with a great book, a cup of coffee and listening to the rain fall outside. But, it's busy season, ya'll! I have families who are visiting Colorado who want to play outside! I've been rescheduling when possible, but there are only so many days that are available when the rain keeps coming. Luckily for me, I've had some really terrific go-with-the-flow kind of people who are game for outdoor photos even if there is a bit of a sprinkle coming down on us.
This sweet family featured on the blog today is one of those awesome families. They were out here celebrating their parent's 50th wedding anniversary (that's three 50th wedding anniversaries in a row for me this summer. How fantastic is that?!) The whole extended family came out to spend time together in the Breckenridge area and decided it would be nice to get some photos with the beautiful mountain scenery. One nice thing about all of this rain is that it has been turning our normally yellow and brown state into a lush green color and the wildflowers have been blooming like crazy. Check out the beautiful pictures we were able to capture for them even with the drizzle!
Ihave a special blog post for today. The reason it's so special is that it features the adorable Robbie, who is the first son of an old friend of mine. Robbie's momma, Kate and I go way back actually. She's one of my oldest friends. We've been friends for so long that I can't even remember the exact first time that we met. I suspect that it was band class in 6th grade at Sunset Middle School in Longmont, Colorado. Kate was a terrific french horn player while I played the clarinet badly, haha. We were even roommates for a couple of years during college while we both pursued art degrees here in the Denver area (mine in photography and hers in graphic design). I have a lot of friends who have children these days, but I have to admit that it's a little more surreal when your oldest friends that you grew up with start having babies of their own! I loved photographing Robbie. He looks just like his daddy and gave me some pretty serious faces for most of our photoshoot. But, then he'd throw out a crazy look here and there and a couple of smiles as well to keep us on our toes. What a little lovebug! Isn't that pout of his just so stinkin' cute?
Can you believe that is the same baby?! Haha.
Iphotographed Anna & Jakob's wedding at Chatfield Botanic Gardens last weekend. It was my second wedding there this season and the whole place is looking gorgeous as always. There were bunny rabbits hopping around all over the place and the gardens were looking nicely grown in now that it's mid-summer. Anna and Jakob are a really unique couple. They met in Ukraine while serving in the Peace Corps. I had my first inkling that they were cool people and that I would really like them when they mentioned that they were considering doing a Twin Peaks themed photobooth. (Yes, the David Lynch Twin Peaks) They chose to have a more non-traditional bridal party with their friends and family standing on their side no matter their gender and everyone got to choose what to wear for themselves which made for a nice colorful bridal party! One of Jakob's best friends officated the ceremony for them and it was an incredibly sweet celebration. Later in the evening we managed to get some dramatic photos with dark clouds looming before the sky opened up with rain. Luckily everyone fit inside the barn and that's where the rest of the evening's festivities took place. The catering staff just cleared away a few tables to make room for a dance floor area and it was quite cozy inside the barn with the rain falling outside the doors. It was a perfect wedding day!
Anders Lyon Friend of the Bride and Groom
Gusterman Silversmiths Custom made
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