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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January 6, 2016   •   Filed in Winter, Families

Frisco Colorado Holiday Family Photos in the Snow | Sapphire Point in Summit County

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am so excited to share these pictures on the blog today. This family was so much fun to hang out with during their session and they all look like a bunch of models for a mountain living lifestyle magazine. We met up at their cabin in Frisco and created some portraits along a trail with the classic Frisco mountain backdrop before moving on to Sapphire Point which is just up Swan Mountain Road about 5 minutes away. They were total champs and although it was incredibly cold outside (I think it was somewhere in the teens that day!) they look like they're just having fun in the rugged Colorado outdoors without a care in the world. There is also a recent engagement in the family so we made sure to get some nice photos of the newly engaged couple together too. It may have been uncomfortably cold outside but it was so worth it to get these gorgeous white snowy winter photos. It's not every day that you can take advantage of a beautiful winter landscape like this and I'm glad they were up for venturing outside for these. It was definitely worth the temporary discomfort!  
 
A good looking family walks down a snowy winter pathway in Frisco Colorado together laughing during their winter wonderland portraits in the mountains
A gorgeous snowy landscape with a blue snow covered mountain provides the backdrop for a cute couple during their outdoor winter family photos in Frisco Colorado
A B&W winter landscape mountain backdrop along a trail with a smiling natural looking couple in the foreground in Frisco Colorado during the winter holidays
A beautiful quiet snowy engagement portrait along a white snow covered trail with the Frisco mountain backdrop in the Colorado Mountains.
A newly engaged couple walk hand in hand along a snow covered path with pretty blue mountains in the backdrop in Frisco Colorado during winter
A beautiful winter engagement photo with snow covered blue mountains and green pine trees and rustic wood fences at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge Colorado
A family laughs together during their winter family pictures at Sapphire Point in a cold snowy pretty winter wonderland of Colorado
A sweet engaged couple cuddle together for warmth during their outdoor snowy winter engagement photos at Sapphire Point and Lake Dillon in the cold Colorado mountains near Breckenridge
A gorgeous snowy winter wonderland scene with a family walking along a path with huge tree covered mountains behind them in Frisco Colorado over  the winter holidays.
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January 5, 2016   •   Filed in Winter, Families

Boulder Family Portraits | Fireplace Holiday Photos in Colorado

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t's been a terrific holiday season this year. So many people came together to be with their extended families here in the winter wonderland of Colorado. A lot of families don't all live in the same state and this is a great chance for them to get some updated photos of themselves together. That's exactly what the family featured on the blog today wanted to do when they asked me to come and photograph them together over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Since the cold temperatures made photographing outside a less than desirable prospect we photographed them at their hotel in Boulder. Homewood Suites was kind enough to let us use the area in front of their fireplace for a quick portrait session. Now they have their grandson's adorable smile captured and can remember their fun trip for years to come!
A family comes together in front of the fireplace at their Boulder hotel while vacationing together during the Christmas holiday in Colorado.
A young family with their son poses together in front of the fireplace at their hotel in Boulder Colorado during the holiday season
Family portraits in front of a classic brick fireplace during a family vacation during Christmas in Boulder Colorado
Sweet family photos in front of a brick fireplace in Boulder Colorado
Boulder Colorado Family Portraits during Christmas Break in front of a fireplace
Extended Family Photos taken in front of fireplace in Boulder Colorado during Christmas vacation
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January 4, 2016   •   Filed in Events

Colorado Golden Anniversary Party | Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver

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n my 10 years of photographing weddings I've witnessed so many beautiful and heartfelt wedding vows. It is so special that I get to photograph countless couples on one of the happiest days of their lives. I often wonder how they are doing years later. Sometimes I find out that they're expecting children since they come back to me to photograph the young families that they've started. Sometimes I never hear from the couple again. I always hope that they are still living happily ever after together but it's no secret that it's not in the cards for everyone who gets married. And this is why it's such a treat when I meet couples who have been married for as long as Wade and Nancy have. Their daughter, Trudi, hired me to photograph their Golden (50th) wedding anniversary just a couple of days after Christmas at Trinity United Methodist Church which happens to be the oldest church in Denver. The celebration was held on their actual 50th wedding anniversary, December 28th. A big group of their friends and family came from all over to celebrate the huge milestone in their life with them. They married back in 1965 after only 10 days of being engaged and are still going strong all of these years later. It was truly inspiring to see these two together. To me they seemed very much in love and comfortable together. There was a lot of laughter, especially when they got up at the reception and took turns telling their love story to the crowd. You could tell that they enjoyed all of that reminiscing together and Nancy was delighted to finally get the big reception that they never had back in 1965. They even had her wedding dress displayed and it was the most adorable little lace covered short dress that I could definitely still see a bride wearing today! The whole thing was so sweet and I couldn't wait to get home and hug my own husband. The pictures below are just a few of the highlights from the celebration. Enjoy!
B&W Exterior Photos of Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Denver Colorado during Christmas
A couple celebrating 50 years of marriage get boutonnierres pinned on for their Golden Anniversary party at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver Colorado
A view of the gorgeous historic organ at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver Colorado
Speeches at a 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver, Colorado
Guests celebrate a couple's golden wedding anniversary at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver Colorado
Family gives speeches for the couple of honor at their 50th wedding anniversary party at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver Colorado
B&W photo of a couple near the altar at Trinity United Methodist Church at a Golden Anniversary Party in Denver Colorado
Singing the Beatles at a 50th wedding anniversary party at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver Colorado
Musicians serenade the couple of honor with a Beatles song at their Golden Wedding Anniversary Party at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver Colorado
Trinity United Methodist Church decorated for Christmas with Pointsettas and green wreaths at a Golden Wedding Anniversary party in Denver
A couple celebrates their 50th wedding anniversary at a party in their honor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver Colorado
The buffet table is decorated for a Golden Wedding Anniversary party at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver Colorado
A vintage lace wedding dress with long sleeves at a Golden Wedding Anniversary Party in Denver Colorado
A caricature artist sketches a guest at a Golden Wedding Anniversary party at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver Colorado
A grandkid gets chocolate all over herself at a 50th wedding anniversary party in Denver Colorado.
A girl gives her dad some love at a golden wedding anniversary party in Denver Colorado
A golden wedding anniversary party guest smiles at her dinner party at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver Colorado
A sweet couple tell the story of their courtship at their golden wedding anniversary party at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver Colorado
A golden wedding anniversary party at Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Denver Colorado during Christmas
A couple dances on their 50th wedding anniversary at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver Colorado
The couple of honor poses for a formal photo together on their 50th wedding anniversary during Christmas at Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Denver Colorado
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