I'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.
Garden of Eden Frisco, CO
Blue Moon Bakery Silverthorne, CO
Rocky Mountain Dream Weddings Julie Wright
Ihad 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.
You 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:)
Leigh is coming up on a very exciting time in her life. She's going to graduate soon with her masters degree and to celebrate and document this important moment in her life she decided to get some photos created with her boyfriend and her sisters. I'm sure the photos will make some awesome gifts for her parents around the holidays this year too. Fall is her favorite time of year so I was glad that the leaves were starting to change over the weekend. We went to Cherry Creek State Park which has very nice wooded trails and an incredible view of the mountain range too. I love that we were able to catch the mountain view at sunset. I had a great time hanging out with her and the family. Her close relationship with them reminds me of all the fun my sisters and I have together when we meet up. I hope they cherish these pictures as they grow older together!
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