Ijust finished photographing my first snow session of the season! I have a bit of a love hate relationship with photographing outside in the cold. Mostly the downside is that I'm a big weenie about being cold. But, sometimes when the snow is freshly falling and it's a gorgeous white winter wonderland outside you just have to put on three pairs of socks, your snowboard pants, bring the hand warmers just in case and go for it. I got so lucky that the family featured on the blog today chose me to photograph their family photos. Their big brother was visiting from Los Angeles so it was a rare opportunity for all of them to be in one place and get their pictures created. I say I'm lucky because they were so much fun to be around. There was lots of laughing and good-natured ribbing and I was really impressed with what good sports they were about being out in the cold. We met up at the Mount Falcon Trailhead in Morrison because the views of Red Rocks in the distance look really nice. With the snow covering the huge red jagged rocks it looked even more impressive than usual. Here is just a small sample of the sweet and happy family photos we made together that day.
Tory and Jennifer are recent transplants to Colorado from the East Coast. They decided they wanted to elope out here in Colorado in their new home of Colorado Springs. First we photographed their engagement session in the lovely town of Manitou Springs back in June. They did eventually decide to invite just a few of their immediate family members and close friends to witness their elopement wedding ceremony. It was sweet that they got to share such an important moment in their lives with them and in a spectacular setting too. They picked the cutest little chapel ever called the American Mothers Chapel which is a part of the Rock Ledge Ranch living history farm. It's nestled right next to the incomparable Garden of the Gods national landmark which in my opinion has maybe the most unique mountain views in the entire state. I've been looking forward to photographing their wedding here for a long time now! It was a beautiful sunny autumn day and we timed the whole thing to take advantage of the pretty sunset light. Check out the photos below!
Congratulations, Jennifer and Tory!
My favorite! You couldn't ask for a more pretty and dramatic backdrop for your wedding photos:)
The Santa Fe Art District is one of my favorite neighborhoods in all of Denver. I love that there are big colorful murals around every corner brightening up the buildings and alleyways. There's a great collection of street art to be found in the area. I really love the roaring gorilla found on the side of Artwork Network which is where Jessica and Joe got married. You'll have to scroll down to the end to see what I'm talking about. Jessica and her friends started off their day at The Parlour salon in the Highlands neighborhood before making their way over to The Hotel Monaco where they finished their wedding day prep. Before moving on to the gallery for the ceremony we photographed on the steps of the courthouse. We followed that up with a few fun photos of the bridal party enjoying a few of the brews at Renegade Brewery. It was a good way to get some casual photos of Jess and Joe with their friends without too many guests seeing them before the ceremony. After the ceremony was over we made sure to grab some pictures with the fabulous grafitti covered party bus which looked right at home in the neighborhood. The Basic Kneads food truck made sure everyone was stuffed with delicious wood-fired pizza slices for dinner. The reception went off without a hitch (thanks to Lauren from Hourglass Events) and the dance floor was packed all evening! I think one of my favorite details from Jess and Joe's wedding was their cool custom printed mason jar glasses. They are from opposite coasts and lots of people flew in from Maine and California to meet in the middle and celebrate. The artwork on their glasses reflected this. You know it's an awesome night when you just don't want it to end:)
Artwork Network Santa Fe Arts District in Denver, CO
Hotel Monaco Denver, CO
Hourglass Productions Lauren Smith
Richard Reardon Friend of the bride and groom
Basic Kneads Pizza Food Truck
Hair and Make up
The Parlour Highlands Neighborhood in Denver, CO
I love this one:)
The family featured on the journal this afternoon were smart and scheduled their photo session to take place while the weather was still warm and the beautiful fall foliage was going strong. I'm looking out my office window and lamenting the fact that I kept putting off doing a holiday photo with my husband and the kitties. The snow is covering our yard and most of the pretty yellow leaves have blown away now. So I have just a teeny bit of a jealousy issue going on as I work on this lovely family's photos. I think this is what they call "photographer problems" or a little case of the ol' "Cobblers kids have no shoes" type of thing. They were actually heading out to enjoy the Broncos vs. Packers game that later that day so we needed to schedule the session for mid-day. I suggested that we meet up at the Highlands Ranch Mansion just in case it was a normal bright Colorado sunny day. That way we could make use of some of the covered spaces that venue has. But we got lucky with some nice thin cloud cover which allowed us to use more of the colorful foliage throughout the place. The grounds were still looking lovely when we were there and they were great sports letting me move them around from place to place. Since only one of their grown children still live in the same city with them this was a nice opportunity to get some updated pictures while they were all together.
I like the cuddly feel of this one with all of that pretty color in the backdrop!
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