July 19, 2017   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Breckenridge Family Vacation Photos | Backyard Family Photos in Colorado

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ickie contacted me to see if she and her family could get some family photos created while they were all on vacation together here in sunny Colorado. She and her husband wanted to get some pictures of the whole family together since they are all spread apart these days. We scheduled the photos for 10 am to keep a happy baby and were planning to use the inside of the home in front of the huge fireplace since outside at 10 am is not usually very workable due to the positioning of the sun at that time of day. But I know Vickie really wanted to use the pretty outdoors if it was possible. When I arrived at their rental home I realized that there was just enough of a pretty woodsy backyard with some wildflowers in it that we could use that would also work with the direction of the sunlight. It's pretty fantastic when all the pieces to the photography pie start lining up! The best part was when the parents of the sweet little baby were able to give me just enough helpful hints to get a few little smiles out of her! I'd say it was another successful family photoshoot!
Family wearing black with blue jeans pose for a family portrait in the backyard of their vacation rental home in Breckenridge Colorado during summer
Colorado Family Vacation Family Photography in a woodsy backyard in Breckenridge during summer
A cute married couple pose for a portrait sitting in the wildflower grass of their vacation home backyard in Breckenridge Colorado
Breckenridge Colorado Family Portraits with a woodsy backdrop during summer
Breckenridge Colorado Family Photography in the woodsy backyard of their vacation rental home during summer in the mountains
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July 14, 2017   •   Filed in Engagements, Summer

Dog-Lover Mountain Engagement Photos | Historic Georgetown Colorado

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met Tara when she started skating for the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls back in the day. I was so excited for her when she met Ryan because it seemed like they fell in love so quickly and I'd never seen her so happy before! They've built a very good life for themselves together in Denver these past few years and have quite a big family with 4 dogs. They really wanted to bring all four of them to their session since they are such a big part of their life. Our furry friends are family afterall! They are getting married this September and it was time to get their engagement photos done. At first they were considering doing them in the city in a neat urban area but after a lot of thought they decided that they were really more into nature and the mountains. So we headed up the I-70 corridor to the beautiful, very photogenic, and historic little city of Georgetown, Colorado. We started off near the dam and the lake before heading into town where we took full advantage of all of the old pretty storefronts and houses. Toward the end of the evening as the sun was setting we drove up Guanella Pass a little bit to find some more natural surroundings for their last photos. I absolutely love that we were able to get some classic Colorado photos for them next to the South Clear Creek mountain stream. Overall I'd say this session was a huge success! How could it not be with all of those sweet doggie faces?
Engagement Photography with Clear Creek Backdrop at the Georgetown Colorado Dam during summer
Happy romantic engaged couple snuggle in the mountains during their Colorado engagement session in Georgetown Colorado
Engagement Photography Photo with Colorado wildflowers during summer in Georgetown Colorado
Engagement photo session with old historic buildings with chippy paint in Georgetown Colorado
Cute Colorado engagement photography session with four dogs at the Teal Building in Georgetown Colorado
Super sweet old Shar Pei doggie with his family at an engagement session in Georgetown Colorado
Sweet Colorado Engagment Photos with a beagle dog in front of an old chipped paint building in Georgetown
Sweet Doggie Portraits during engagement photo session in Georgetown Colorado
Beautiful old 1867 building with chipped peeling paint decorated for 4th of July for an All American Engagment Photography session in Colorado
Cute engagement photo with 4 dogs in front of a historic building in Georgetown Colorado
Georgetown Colorado Summer Engagement Photos with mountain backdrop
Adorable engagement photo in front of an old building in Georgetown Colorado during Summer
Cute summer forest engagement photography near Georgetown Colorado in the mountains
Summer Mountain Wildflower backdrop engagement photo in the forest near Georgetown Colorado
Couple makes out along a gravel mountain path near Georgetown Colorado during summer
Beautiful riverside engagement photography at South Clear Creek in the mountains of Georgetown Colorado
Night time engagement photo at dusk overlooking Georgetown Colorado
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July 12, 2017   •   Filed in Summer, Seniors

Colorado High School Senior Photos | Sapphire Point and Lake Dillon Summit County

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ast week I got to head up I-70 to meet with a Georgia family who are friends with another family that I had the pleasure of photographing when they were out visiting the Colorado mountain scenery last fall over Thanksgiving break. Their daughters are friendly and this time it was Katie's turn to be photographed. She's going to be a senior this year and it's time for her senior photos. She decided it would be fun to get them done out here in the gorgeous mountain scenery of Colorado. Her grandma has a house out here in the mountains so their whole family has been coming to Colorado for years and it's like a 2nd home to them. We decided to use the Sapphire Point area and a new little spot I found near there as well as heading down closer to Lake Dillon toward the end. Katie is a cheerleader and she has the most wonderful and warm smile. She also has gorgeous silky long hair which looked particularly awesome when we did a photo by the lake at the end and a breeze picked up just enough to show off those locks of hers! I also loved her outfit changes and thought all three were perfect on her. She wore a cute flirty styled coral pink colored dress which was her favorite and then added in a cozy sweater outfit which looked great with the mountain backdrop and also a lovely casual outfit at the end with a nice green top and layered lariat necklace that looked fantastic on her! I love the way senior photo sessions allow the senior to show off their style in so many ways.  
 
Katie,  
You are a very sweet young lady and it was so much fun to hang out photographing you! I hope you have a super fun senior year and good luck to you with your college plans after that!  
April  
High school senior girl poses for her yearbook picture with the sagebrush and evergreen trees near Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon in Frisco, Colorado
High school senior girl with long light brown hair wearing a coral pink dress poses in the pretty greenery wildflowers and evergreen trees near Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon near Keystone, Colorado
Beautiful high school senior yearbook photo with Buffalo Mountain in the backdrop near Lake Dillon in the Colorado Mountains
Senior Yearbook photo with Buffalo Mountain backdrop near Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon near Frisco Colorado
Classic Colorado outdoor senior photo with bright blue skies and warm sun with columbine flowers in a field near Sapphire Point for a senior photography session in the Colorado Mountains
High school senior girl poses in her coral pink dress with a rustic wood ranch fence and pretty backlit sunlight setting behind the mountains behind her at Lake Dillon in the Colorado Mountains
Simple and classic senior yearbook photo in the Colorado mountains with faint blue wildflowers and wild grass in the backdrop at sunset at Sapphire Point in Colorado
Beautiful sunset senior photo with a beautiful pink and orange cloud backdrop at Sapphire Point near Lake Dillon in Summit County Colorado
High School senior girl with long light brown hair poses near the edge of Lake Dillon with Keystone off in the distance behind her during summer in Summit County Colorado
Colorado Mountain High School Senior yearbook photos with Lake Dillon pond in the backdrop at dusk near Keystone, CO
Beautiful senior girl headshot taken at dusk next to Lake Dillon in Summit County Colorado near Keystone
Buffalo Mountain and Red Peak mountain backdrop at Lake Dillon High School Senior Yearbook photo for a girl with long light brown hair in Summit County Colorado
I think this one is my favorite because of her laugh:) Plus, that view of Ten Mile Peak range in Breckenridge will never get old for me!
Gorgeous high school senior with long brunette hair wearing a cozy cream colored sweater with Ten Mile Peak of Breckenridge in the backdrop Senior Portraits at Sapphire Point in Summit County Colorado
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July 10, 2017   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Winter Park Colorado Mountain Wedding | B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center

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elly and Kael's wedding day was so incredible and pretty much exactly what I wish everyone's wedding day could be like for them that it's hard for me to know where to begin when describing it. I guess I'll start by saying that Kelly's smile was so big and infectious all day long. Her bright attitude and playful nature really set the tone for the day. Kelly and Kael have already been together for 7 years, but that didn't stop them from taking in the enormity of what they were doing and letting the emotion flow. I had to hold myself together when I heard the clang of the autoharp at the beginning of Cat Power's Sea of Love. That's the song I picked to walk down the aisle at my wedding and I have to admit I can't listen to it without tearing up just a little bit. Seeing Kelly and her dad walking down the aisle to that very same song put a lump in my throat and brought back that rush of walking toward Geoff on our wedding day. I can only imagine what Kael must have been feeling seeing the two of them walking toward him. He did manage to make it through his vows despite the intense emotion threatening to rob him of his voice. I really loved that when Kelly said her vows in return she had a special one that was just for him which she whispered into his ear so that no one else could hear.  
 
It was such a perfect day and even the weather seemed to want to do its part to make it special. It had threatened to rain during the preparations but stayed nice and dry and evenly covered with clouds. And after the ceremony was over the sun decided to pop out and light up the cocktail hour and reception with its warmth. There were multiple speeches that were all very well done, not too long or short, funny with just the right amount of sentiment which anyone who has gone to more than a few weddings can tell you is not always the norm, haha. We got to make use of the B Lazy 2 Ranch's incredible setting complete with wildflowers, fields, a super cute barn decorated with a bunch of fun kitsch, and of course lovely mountain views which turned an incredible shade of purple as the sun set. Inside the tent, Kelly and Kael's incredible DIY rose gold painted concrete succulent planters and air plants not only looked hella chic but provided a pretty kick ass party favor for their guests. The little air plants I took home are still going strong! They opted to do a raffle for prizes to places like The Fiddly Fig in Kansas City, a bottle of Tequila, and a gift basket from Second Star to the Right a children's book store that Kael's family owns in the Highlands of Denver. Kelly and Kael are animal lovers so all of the proceeds from their wedding raffle went to Maxfund.  
 
And I still haven't even described what incredible dancers these two are! Usually you might see that one person in a couple is pretty decent but Kelly and Kael are both dance floor demons with moves that I would describe as wildly inventive and creative and also look damn good! I truly hope that someone at their wedding got some good video for them because the pictures absolutely don't do them justice.  
 
Kelly & Kael,  
Congratulations! You two are definitely killing it!  
Xoxo  
April  
Event Details
Venue
Officiant
Julia and Joel Abrenica
Wedding Dress
Cowgirl boots
Statement necklace and earrings
DJ
DJ JayOne Jarrett Quint Vail, CO
Transportation
Pretty pale pink wedding gown with gold detail embroidery from BHLDN collection hangs from picture frame at Founders Pointe in Winter Park Colorado
Bride and her mom hang out in robes while getting ready for her Colorado mountain wedding at Founders Pointe in Winter Park Colorado
Super happy bride getting her hair done at Founders Pointe in Winter Park Colorado
Pretty blue leather boots with floral detail on a Winter Park Colorado Summer Wedding Day in the mountains
Groom checks out his watch present from his bride on their wedding day in Winter Park, Colorado.
Groomsman adjusts his rose gold tie clip present from the groom at a Winter Park Colorado wedding
Groom with glasses adjusts his tie on his Winter Park Colorado wedding day in the Mountains
Groom with his watch present on his wedding day in Winter Park, Colorado
Groom helps his best man adjust his collar on a summer wedding day in the Colorado mountains of Winter Park
DIY wildflower boutonnierres with thistle carnations billy balls and air plants at a Colorado mountain wedding
Mother of the groom waits patiently in a blue dress on her son's Winter Park wedding day in Colorado
Mother of the groom helps him with his air plant and wildflower boutonniere in Winter Park, Colorado
Groom in a blue suit poses next to the Fraser River with a mountain backdrop in Winter Park Colorado
Pretty b&w photo of a bride getting help from her sister and her mom with her BHLDN wedding dress in Winter Park Colorado
Happy Bohemian bride with long blonde hair decorated with aspen leaves gets dressed for her wedding in Winter Park Colorado
Bride puts her earrings on for her summer wedding day in Winter Park Colorado
Beautiful backlit bridal portrait at Founder Pointe in Winter Park Colorado
Beautiful bohemian styled bride with pale pink BHLDN dress with gold embroidery and pretty wildflowers by the Fraser River in Winter Park Colorado
Pretty rustic wood decor and benches with flower vases at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Fraser, Colorado.
Wedding programs passed out for a summer wedding in a mountain meadow at B Lazy 2 Ranch in Winter Park Colorado
Wedding ceremony in a mountain meadow during summer at the B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Fraser Colorado
Guests in floral dresses wait sit on rustic log benches at B Lazy 2 Ranch near Winter Park, Colorado
Wedding guests wait in a grassy mountain meadow in Winter Park Colorado at the B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center
White wood arbor trellis decorated with blue and yellow wildflowers and hanging greenery at B Lazy 2 ranch and event center in Fraser, Colorado.
Groom and his mom wait to walk down the aisle together at his outdoor summer wedding in the Colorado mountains at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center near Winter Park
Groom hugs his mom after they walk down the aisle at his outdoor Colorado mountain wedding at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Winter Park
Best man and maid of honor walk down the aisle at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Fraser Colorado
Groom tears up when he sees his bride walk down the aisle with her father on their wedding day at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Colorado
Father walks his daughter down the aisle at her Outdoor Colorado Mountain Wedding at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center
Focus on the groom as his bride makes her way down the aisle with her dad at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Fraser Colorado
Grandma tears up as her granddaughter walks past her on her summer wedding day in the Colorado Mountains
Bride and her dad have a moment before he hands her off to her groom at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Fraser Colorado
Beautiful outdoor Fraser Colorado mountain meadow wedding at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center
Wedding officiant friends of the bride and groom at Fraser Colorado weddingh ceremony in the mountains
Groom reads his vows to his bride on their pretty Colorado mountain wedding day at the B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center
Mom tears up during her son's wedding ceremony at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Winter Park Colorado
Bride and Groom on the white wood trellis arch at their outdoor mountain meadow wedding ceremony at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Colorado
Happy bride looks out at her guests during her outdoor Colorado mountain wedding ceremony at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center
Bride says a secret vow just for her husband on their wedding day at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Colorado
Best man and maid of honor at an outdoor wedding ceremony at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Colorado
Beautiful outdoor Colorado mountain wedding ceremony in a meadow at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center during summer
Ring exchange at an outdoor summer wedding at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in the Colorado mountains
Wide angle photo of the guests sitting on wood log benches while bride and groom stand under white trellis at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center
The kiss during an outdoor wedding ceremony at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Fraser Colorado
Happy bride and groom walk down the aisle together at the end of their ceremony at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Winter Park Colorado
Beautiful wedding moment of happy bride and groom at the end of their outdoor mountain wedding ceremony in Colorado
Wedding congratulations hug with rustic barn backdrop at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Colorado
Beautiful Colorado wedding at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Winter Park Colorado
Bride and groom laugh with their best friends maid of honor and best man with rustic barn backdrop at B lazy 2 ranch and event center in Colorado
Groom and bride laugh over a
Bride and groom cuddle in front of a rustic wood barn backdrop on their wedding day at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Winter Park Colorado
Horses visit the bride and groom and they feed them grass at the B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Colorado
Beautiful rustic Colorado wedding bride and groom pet and feed a horse at the B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Tabernash Colorado
Bride and groom walk hand in hand through a wildflower field mountain meadow at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Fraser Colorado
Secret handshake photo from a pretty outdoor mountain wedding at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Tabernash Colorado
Gorgeous Colorado wedding with yellow wildflowers at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Winter Park Colorado
Flirtatious wedding photo with bride and groom in front of a rustic wood barn at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Fraser Colorado
Grand County Colorado Summer Wedding with a rustic barn at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Fraser
Cute kitschy barn with twinkle lights on the ceiling at the B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Fraser Colorado
View of guests from the awesome decorated barn at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Grand County Colorado
Haybale seating with quilts inside the rustic barn at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Fraser Colorado
Wedding with dramatic skies at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Grand County Colorado
Wedding guests chat at the cocktailhour on the huge lawn with games and seating at the B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Grand County Colorado
Sweet photo of family laughing together at the B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Grand County Colorado
Beautiful B&W three generation wedding photo with 3 sets of wedding rings at a Colorado mountain wedding
String Lights decorate the huge white tent at the B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Grand County Colorado
Beautiful rose gold painted gray cement planters with air plants and succulents decorate a summer wedding in the mountains of Colorado
Beautiful DIY concrete planters painted with rose gold designs and filled with air plants and succulents centerpiece decor at a pretty Colorado Mountain wedding
Detail photo of the rose gold air plant planters at a summer wedding at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Colorado
Beautiful Rose Gold succulent and air plant decor with blue table runner at a pretty mountain wedding in Colorado
Blue and yellow wildflower wedding bouquets at a B Lazy 2 Ranch wedding in Grand County Colorado
Best man and maid of honor practice their speeches silently at a wedding at the B lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Fraser Colorado
Bride and groom dance into their wedding reception at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Tabernash Colorado
Father of the bride laughs during his speech at the B Lazy 2 Ranch in Grand County Colorado
Wedding speeches at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center wedding reception in white tent in Grand County Colorado
Colorado wedding reception in a huge white tent at B Lazy 2 Ranch in Grand County Colorado
Sister of the groom gives a speech on his wedding day at the B Lazy 2 Ranch in the Colorado Mountains
Best Man speech in a huge white tent at B Lazy 2 Ranch in Grand County Colorado
Bride and Groom laugh during the toasts at their wedding reception in Winter Park Colorado
Mother of the bride at her daughter's wedding reception in Grand County Colorado B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center
Groom speech at his Grand County Colorado wedding at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in the mountains
Mother of the bride and mother of the groom share a sweet moment at their children's summer wedding in the mountains of Colorado
Purple Mountain Majesty in Grand County Colorado at a summer wedding at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center
Beautiful orange purple sunset sky bride and groom portrait at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Colorado
Bride and groom pose for a photo at their wedding reception with the pretty sunset sky in Grand County Colorado at B lazy 2 Ranch
B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center long exposure sunset photo at a summer wedding in Grand County Colorado
Pretty purple pink and blue sunset sky in the Colorado Mountains at the B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center
Beautiful long exposure at sunset at the B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Grand County Colorado
Long Exposure pretty sunset sky with trees at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Grand County Colorado
Gorgeous rose gold wedding rings with the air plant centerpiece decor at a summer mountain wedding in Colorado
Wedding raffle at B Lazy 2 Ranch for Maxfund in Colorado mountains
First Dance in a huge white tent with string lights at the B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Fraser Colorado
Fraser Colorado B Lazy 2 Ranch Father Daughter Dance in big white tent with string light backdrop
Sweet B&W Photo of Groom dancing with his mom in white tent with string lights at the B Lazy 2 Ranch in Fraser Colorado
Admiring the groom's ring at a summer wedding at the B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Colorado
Dance floor Photos in the big white tent with string lights at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Colorado
Bride dance moves at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Grand County Colorado
Colorado wedding photographer inside a big white tent with string lights in Grand County at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center
Wedding Reception Dance floor photos at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Colorado
Wedding Shenanigans at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Grand County Colorado
Fun wedding reception dance floor photo at the B Lazy 2 Ranch and event center in Grand County Colorado
Happy Dance floor at a wedding reception in Grand County Colorado at B Lazy 2 Ranch
Colorado Wedding Reception Photographer big white tent at the B Lazy 2 Ranch in Grand County
Fun dance floor wedding photo Grand County Colorado Wedding at B Lazy 2 Ranch
Wedding reception dancing pictures at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Grand County Colorado
Sweet romantic end of the night dance floor wedding photos at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Colorado
Romantic last dance wedding photo at B Lazy 2 Ranch and Event Center in Colorado
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