October 20, 2014   •   Filed in Fall, Families

Golden Colorado Family Photography | Clear Creek History Park

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his is the third time I have had the pleasure of photographing Jen & Alex this year. We did their engagement photos at New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins this past May and then we photographed one side of their family in June. About a week ago we met up again to photograph a different side of the family. With all of this practice posing in front of the camera, they're going to be professional models by the time we get to their wedding at Chatfield next year! This time we opted for the colorful Clear Creek History Park in Golden. I really enjoy photographing this group. They are so friendly and joke around a lot. They're one of those families who really enjoy hanging out together and treat each other like friends.  
 
They also did a fantastic job coordinating their outfits. The bright mustard yellow and dark purple stands out nicely with the fall foliage. And speaking of fall foliage, it looks like it's still going pretty strong here in the Denver area. If you're family needs a new photo for this year's holiday card give me a call or email. I still have availability for family portrait sessions in November. You can reach me at april@apriloharephotography.com or 720-771-7314  
A cute older couple wearing purple and yellow smile near a wooden fence in front of Clear Creek in downtown Golden Colorado during Autumn
A young couple wearing shades of grey and purple pose with the fall foliage at the Clear Creek trail in downtown Golden Colorado during Autumn
Two adult sisters wearing grey, yellow, and purple pose on the stairs together at the Clear Creek trail in downtown Golden, Colorado.
A sweet couple cuddle together next to Clear Creek along the trail in Golden, Colorado during Autumn.
An extended family photoshoot during autumn at the Clear Creek trail near downtown Golden, Colorado.
A cute couple wearing shades of gray and purple snuggle next to Clear Creek in Golden Colorado during the fall.
A young man wearing a bright yellow button down shirt poses on the banks of Clear Creek in Golden Colorado with the colorful fall foliage behind him.
Family photos during autumn in front of the yellow sagebrush at Clear Creek History Park in Golden, Colorado.
A family poses in front of a bright red painted historic barn at Clear Creek History Park in Golden, Colorado
An extended family photography session with fall colors at Clear Creek History Park in Golden, Colorado.
A beautiful extended family wearing purple, yellow, and gray pose together in front of a wood historic building in Golden, Colorado.
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October 15, 2014   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Fall

Summit County Colorado Wedding Photographer | Sapphire Point Overlook

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've been taking families who are visiting from out of town to a place near Frisco, Colorado in Summit County called Sapphire Point for awhile now. It is a beautiful place in the mountains overlooking the gorgeous Blue River Arm of the Dillon Reservoir. The mountain views there are incredible and it's just a short two minute walk to get to the overlook from the parking lot. I was so excited when I first heard from Lia that she and Steve were planning an intimate wedding there in the fall. I've always thought it would be the perfect place for a small wedding ceremony and I was pretty excited that I would get to photograph their nuptials there.  
 
The weather here in Colorado sometimes gets a little crazy once October hits and it was pretty rainy and miserable in the days leading up to their wedding. But Lia & Steve must be incredibly lucky people because the rain held off for not just the ceremony but for all of their portrait time afterward too! It was a little chilly of course but that's a small price to pay for a ceremony where no umbrellas were required. After the ceremony at Sapphire Point we all headed over to the 5th Avenue Grille in downtown Frisco where the staff did an excellent job keeping the drinks full and the food plentiful. It was a perfect day with friends and family celebrating their love for each other.  
Event Details
Florist
Garden of Eden Frisco, CO
Cake
Blue Moon Bakery Silverthorne, CO
Officiant
Dress Designer
Dress Shop
Amanda's Bridal Arvada, CO
Dinner Reception
Ceremony Venue
Sapphire Point Dillon, CO
View of the mountains and Summit High School from Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado at a fall wedding.
Family members hug each other before a wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point in Frisco, Colorado
Wildlife and flower details from an autumn wedding at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado.
Wedding guests sign on rocks with black sharpies at an intimate wedding at Sapphire Point in Colorado.
A grandson walks his grandmother down the aisle at Sapphire Point in Summit County, Colorado.
A gorgeous red head bride walks down the aisle with her sons at her autumn wedding at Sapphire Point in Colorado.
A groom smiles as his pretty bride walks down the aisle at their intimate wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point in Frisco, Colorado.
A wide angle view of a fall wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point in the Colorado Mountains.
Autumn wedding ceremony officiated by Julie from Rocky Mountain Dream weddings at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado.
A bride and groom recite their vows to each other at their wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point in Summit County Colorado.
A gorgeous autumn wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point overlooking Dillon Reservoir in Summit County, Colorado.
A B*W photo of a young mom holding her son as they witness a beautiful wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point in Colorado.
A bride smiles at her groom as she puts a ring on his finger at Sapphire Point in Dillon, Colorado.
Intimate Colorado Mountain wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point.
Bride and groom kiss each other at the end of their wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point in Colorado
A family poses for photos after an autumn wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point in Colorado.
A bride and groom pose for individual portraits with a gorgeous mountain and lake view at Sapphire Point in Colorado.
A happy bride and groom pose for portraits at Sapphire Point in Summit County, Colorado.
A bride and groom pose for pictures together with Buffalo Mountain as their backdrop at Sapphire Point in Colorado.
Bride and groom photo at Sapphire Point in Colorado
A gorgeous view of the mountains in the background as a bride and groom walk along a trail together at Sapphire Point in Colorado.
A bride and groom pose in a field full of autumn color with Buffalo Mountain as their backdrop near Sapphire Point in Colorado.
An autumn wedding in the Colorado Mountains
A happy bride and groom pose for pictures after their intimate wedding ceremony at Sapphire Point in Summit County, Colorado
A view of downtown Frisco, Colorado from 5th Ave. Grill on Main Street.
A bride and groom pose for a quick portrait on Main Street in Frisco, Colorado at the Fifth Avenue Grill.
Scenes from a wedding reception at Fifth Avenue Grill in Frisco, Colorado
Pretty autumn leaf decor table centerpieces at Fifth Avenue Grill in downtown Frisco, Colorado.
A gorgeous mountain cake with evergreen frosting made by Blue Moon Bakery for a wedding in Frisco, Colorado
A Colorado Mountain wedding reception at Fifth Avenue Grill in Frisco, Colorado.
Wedding toasts at a reception at Fifth Avenue Grill in Frisco, Colorado.
My favorite!
A happy wedding couple walks in tall grass at Dillon Reservoir with a view of Buffalo Mountain behind them on their wedding day at Sapphire Point in Colorado.
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October 9, 2014   •   Filed in Fall, Families

Colorado Family Vacation Photographer | Garden of the Gods

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had the best time photographing these adorable kids featured on the blog today. Not only are they incredibly cute and photogenic, but they were just the sweetest too! They live in Arizona and were road-tripping their way through Colorado. They stopped and explored Mesa Verde the day before we met up for their photos and I'm sure they were just itching to get out of the car and run around. Good thing Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is the perfect place for stretching your legs. We wandered around the main pathway and the kids got to climb on the red rocks. We even saw multiple deer while we were out making pictures that day. Garden of the Gods is by far one of the most beautiful natural wonders in all of Colorado and in the fall it somehow turns even more pretty. I love the way the majestic red rocks stack up against the blue mountains with colorful desert plants growing everywhere. I'm glad that we were able to photograph the kids in front of a nice blue mountain backdrop which is what their mom was looking for. And I just love the contrast of their bright purple clothing against all of the red in the scenery too.
A family of 4 children all wearing shades of purple pose in the tall green grass together at Garden of the Gods during their fall family vacation to Colorado Springs
Four siblings wearing purple for their fall family photos walk hand in hand down the sidewalk in front of a huge white rock at Garden of the Gods.
3 young sisters wearing purple and holding hands in front of Colorado desert plants show off their ribboned boots at Garden of the Gods in Colorado.
A cute young family wearing purple pose in front of a wood fence at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs during their family vacation to Colorado.
A young teenage boy is photographed at sunset near the entrance to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs during his family's fall photos.
A young blonde girl wearing purple poses in a field full of golden tall grass at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.
An adorable young girl with curly blonde hair and wearing purple sits on a red rock at Garden of the Gods during her family's photoshoot during their fall vacation to Colorado.
A gorgeous young gal wearing bright purple smiles and poses for the camera in front of golden leaves at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.
A cute young family with 4 siblings pose in front of the bright red rocks at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO
4 siblings wearing bright purple pose together in front of a blue mountain backdrop at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs during their autumn family vacation to Colorado.
An adorable young family pose together in front of golden autumn leaves and a bright red rock at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs during their fall family vacation in Colorado.
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October 9, 2014   •   Filed in Fall, Families

Denver Family Photographer | Autumn at 17 Mile Farm House Park

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ou guys want to know one of the best feelings you get when you are a photographer? It's when you are somehow able to win over a small, shy child who didn't want to have anything to do with you at the beginning of a session. About five years ago now I photographed Tiffany and Scott's wedding which took place at her aunt and uncle's pretty house in Cherry Hills. Tiffany recently called me up and I found out that in the years following their wedding they had a little daughter and a son too. They were hoping to get some family pictures taken with a rustic old barn style location. I had driven by the 17 Mile Farm Park on my way to another session recently and thought that it would work well for the style of location they were looking for.  
 
When they arrived, Emmy and Cooper weren't super psyched to get their photos taken. Emmy in particular was acting a little shy and hiding away behind her daddy's legs. When our first picture wasn't going how we wanted we decided to just go for a little walk to give the kids some more time to warm up. We found a fallen tree and Emmy's adventurous spirit started to poke it's way out and before I knew it she was literally giggling with me on command! It also didn't hurt that I keep a stash of stickers in my camera bag. I'm not above a little bribery, people! We finished up our session over by the red barn and when it was time to go home Emmy wanted to give me a hug before leaving. I certainly wouldn't have expected that from a little girl who didn't want to look me in the eye just two hours before. I drove home that evening with a warm and happy feeling for sure:)  
A young family smiles at the camera for their autumn family photos at 17 Mile Farm House Park in Colorado
A young family walks along the dirt path together during their autumn family photoshoot at 17 Mile Farm House park in Colorado
A photo collage of two young siblings posing at 17 Mile Farm House Park for their fall family pictures in Colorado
A blonde mom and her brunette daughter sit together on a fallen tree log during their fall family portraits at 17 Mile Farm House Park in Colorado
A cute family with young children pose together in fron tof the large red barn at 17 Mile Farm House Park in Colorado for their autumn family pictures
My favorite!
A family with small children are photographed next to a fallen tree at 17 Mile Farm House park in Centennial, Colorado.
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