July 28, 2015   •   Filed in Summer, Maternity

Colorado Mountain Maternity Photos | Dumont Lake, Steamboat Springs

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mily 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.
Outdoor Colorado Mountain Wildflower Maternity Photos in Steamboat Springs
Maternity Photos in the summer wildflowers in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Maternity Photos in the wildflowers at Dumont Lake in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Yellow and Purple Mountain Wildflowers Maternity Pictures at Dumont Lake in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Adorable Mini Aussie Shepherd at a maternity session in the wildflowers at Dumont Lake in Steamboat Springs Colorado
Gorgeous Sunset sky silhouette Maternity Photo at Dumont Lake in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Colorado Maternity Photographer outdoors at Rabbit Ears Pass near Dumont Lake in Steamboat Springs Colorado.
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July 22, 2015   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Colorado Family Portraits | Rainy Day Family Pictures at Dillon Lake

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y 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!  
A couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in the Colorado Mountains pose for a photo at Dillon Lake near Breckenridge.
A couple visiting Colorado with family pose for a photo in front of a beautiful lake and mountains in Dillon near Breckenridge
A cute family poses in the sagebrush at a campground in the Colorado Mountains near Breckenridge
A brother and his two sisters pose for photos in the tall grass in front of a mountain and lake view near Breckenridge Colorado
A cute family pose for pictures together while on vacation in Breckenridge Colorado
Family vacation photos in the Colorado Mountains near Breckenridge Colorado
A sweet couple pose romantically in front of a beautiful mountain view near Breckenridge, Colorado.
An extended family poses for a group family photo in front of the mountains and wildflowers near Breckenridge, Colorado.
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July 20, 2015   •   Filed in Summer, Families, Babies

Denver Family Photographer | Olde Town Arvada and McIlvoy Park

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have 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.
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July 20, 2015   •   Filed in Denver Weddings, Summer

Colorado Wedding Photographer | Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

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photographed 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!
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A bunny hops away from the vintage ford flatbed truck with Kansas plates at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton, Colorado.
Bunny rabbits nibble on the grass on a wedding day at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Colorado.
Groomsmen and ringbearer play foosball during the wedding prep inside the yurt at Chatfield Botanic Gardens
A groom gets help from his dad with his blue wedding tie inside the yurt on his wedding day at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Colorado wedding photo of a groom buttoning his vest at Chatfield Botanic Gardens
Groom ties his shoes inside the yurt at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Groom gets help pinning his boutonniere on inside the yurt at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton, Colorado.
Chalkboard Bridal Suite Sign hangs on the chipped white painted Polly Steele Nature Center at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Colorado.
A pretty bridal gown hangs from a hook on the porch ceiling at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Pretty white high heeled Nina shoes with jewels on the toe photographed inside the bridal suite at Chatfield botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A pretty pink and purple bohemian floral bouquet photographed at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Colorado.
Pretty wedding florals with thistle and lots of greenery at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Colorado.
A bride holds her bracelet in her fingers before putting it on at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride gets help from her mom putting on a family heirloom necklace at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton, Colorado.
A bohemian bride wears a bright floral flower crown on her wedding day at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
A pretty bride with dark hair gets help from her friend in pinning her floral crown to her head on her wedding day at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A proud mom looks at her daughter in her bridal gown at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton Colorado
Bride twirls in her bridal gown in the foliage at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A groom poses for a couple of portraits before his wedding ceremony at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado
A young ringbearer walks down the aisle at Chatfield Botanic Gardens holding hands with his bridesmaid mom.
Groom walks hand in hand with his parents down the aisle at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride hugs her mom at the end of the aisle before meeting her groom at Chatfield Botanic Gardens
Bride and groom laugh during their outdoor wedding ceremony in front of the gazebo at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A friend of the groom reads a poem at their outdoor wedding ceremony at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride and groom look at each other lovingly during their outdoor wedding ceremony in the Open Air Field at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride puts ring on her groom during outdoor wedding ceremony at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride and groom first kiss during outdoor wedding ceremony at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride and groom walk down the aisle together after their sunny wedding ceremony at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride and groom pose with their friends and family during formal photo time at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A nice portrait of a bride with a flower crown and her groom at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A bride and groom kiss each other on a tree-lined path in the woods at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A nice groom portrait with the woods in the backdrop at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton, Colorado.
A bohemian bride with a bright floral crown on her head poses on a path in the woods at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Happy romantic wedding day photos in Denver at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride and groom walk hand in hand to their reception at the Green Farm Barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Denver
Handpainted wood reception sign at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Wedding guests enjoy playing lawn games including Giant Jenga in front of the barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Wedding guests play lawn games like Giant Jenga on the lawn in front of the barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A baby guest gets some tickles from his momma during a wedding reception at the barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Lovely outdoor summer wedding reception at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Colorado.
Wedding portrait with the lit red barn and gardens with dramatic stormy sky at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
A wedding couple embrace with the scenery of Chatfield Botanic Gardens and dramatic stormy skies in the backdrop at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
A gorgeous wedding portrait in front of the red barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens with the string lights and dramatic stormy skies in the backdrop
Wedding menu detail with flowers at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Chatfield Botanic Gardens has lots of rustic decor throughout the barn like this old oil lamp hanging on a hook from one of the beams.
Wedding toasts inside the barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Friend of the bride gives an impromptu toast at their wedding reception inside the barn at Chatfield
Chatfield Botanic Gardens wedding reception inside the barn
Three tiered white wedding cake with pretty ribbon frosting from Gateaux at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Bride and groom cut their cake from Gateaux inside the barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Denver
Pretty wedding rings on the custom gat and typewriter drawing invitation at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Flowers decorate a cocktail table with cafe string lights hanging in the background at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton, Colorado.
A stormy wedding reception with the barn lit up at night at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride and groom dance their first dance inside the barn due to rain outdoors at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Littleton Colorado.
Bride and groom dance romantically underneath the string lights at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Wedding reception dancefloor inside the barn Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Guests dance the night away inside the rustic barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens in Colorado.
Bride poses with family inside the barn on her wedding day at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Bride and groom grand exit through bubbles outside of the barn at Chatfield Botanic Gardens on their summer wedding day.
My favorite:)
A romantic wedding portrait in the woods with a bohemian bride wearing a flower crown at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Colorado.
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