August 29, 2014   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Colorado Wedding Photographer | Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark

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asmine and Nathan recently wed at Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, Colorado. Even though I grew up pretty close to that area I think that this was my first time getting out to Allenspark. Wild Basin Lodge is a really great venue and perfect for a rustic wedding. You have the option of walking down to the meadow and hosting your wedding with a view of the mountains behind you. Or if you think it's too much of a hike for your guests the folks at Wild Basin Lodge have done a beautiful job setting up an amphitheatre style seating area right next to the main building in front of the St. Vrain Creek. This is where Jasmine and Nathan opted to host their ceremony to make it easier for their guests. It was a beautiful day with excellent food, lots of sunshine, and relaxing banter with their friends and family. They had the whole place to themselves and with two full levels and decks and balconies everywhere you turned, you could really stop and enjoy the nature there. It was a day wedding so I stayed until the very end so that I could get some romantic portraits of Jasmine & Nathan before the sun set on their wedding day. I love what we got! The really neat part of this venue is that Jasmine & Nathan got to stay in a room upstairs after it was all over.
Event Details
Venue
Wild Basin Lodge Located in Allenspark, Colorado
Wedding Dress Designer
Wedding Dress Shop
Bridesmaids dresses
Tuxedos
Jim's Formal Wear Ordered through and altered by Boulder Bridal
Bride's Necklace
Wedding Rings
Caterer
Chef Nick Fuster Wild Basin Lodge
Officiant
Robert Bobalik Bride's friend
Coordinator
Kala Montoya
Baker
Cocktail Musician
DJ
Beggar's Tunes Dave Kreider
Silk Flowers
Silk Flower Factory Designed by the bride
Florist
Floral Design of Europe Brigitte did the boutonnières, cake, tossing bouquet etc...
It's hard to pick a favorite, but I just love how all of the colors look in this one:)
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August 25, 2014   •   Filed in Summer, Families

Colorado Family Portraits | Evergreen Lake House Family Photographer

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he family on today's blog post are one of the cutest little families I've had the pleasure of photographing in awhile. They drove all the way out to Evergreen, Colorado so that we could get some pretty mountain scenery in the photos and as usual, the Evergreen lake house was totally worth the drive. I love their casual clothing that their mom picked out too. The colors look great together while not being too perfectly matched up. And even though the boys were all pretty young they were so good in front of the camera! They took direction so well and we came away with a ton of nice photos for them. Here is just a little sneak peek of what we got:)
A cute family wearing shades of tangerine orange, blue, and yellow pose together for their family portraits on the wooden boardwalk at Evergreen Lake House in the mountains of Colorado.
A Dad and his son wearing shades of tangerine orange, blue, and yellow pose together against a fence with the blue mountains in the background for their family portraits near the wooden boardwalk at Evergreen Lake House in the mountains of Colorado.
Mom is an avid photographer herself and dad wanted me to make sure to get her alone since she's always the one taking the photos in their family:)
A gorgeous mom poses by herself on the wooden boardwalk at her family's Evergreen Lake House family photos in the mountains of Colorado.
A young boy poses by himself in front of the river at his family's Evergreen Lake House family photos in the mountains of Colorado.
A young boy wearing a striped shirt poses by himself in front of the river at his family's Evergreen Lake House family photos in the mountains of Colorado.
A young baby boy wearing a blue jean shirt sits in the wild grass with purple thistles at his family's Evergreen Lake House family photos in the mountains of Colorado.
A young mom wearing a cute navy blue maxi dress and grey cardigan sweater poses in the tall green grass at her family's Evergreen Lake House family photos in the mountains of Colorado
A cute family wearing shades of tangerine orange, blue, and yellow sit together in the green grass with tall cattail plants behind them near the wooden boardwalk at Evergreen Lake House in the mountains of Colorado.
A mom and her sons wearing shades of tangerine orange, blue, and yellow pose together in the green grass for their family portraits near the wooden boardwalk at Evergreen Lake House in the mountains of Colorado.
It's so nice when mom and dad make sure to get a nice updated photo of themselves alone too.
A cute married couple wearing shades of tangerine orange, blue, and yellow sit together on a gray log in the green grass near the wooden boardwalk at Evergreen Lake House in the mountains of Colorado.
I love this one:)
A cute young family wearing shades of tangerine orange, blue, and yellow pose together in the green grass for their family portraits near the wooden boardwalk with the blue mountains behind them at Evergreen Lake House in the mountains of Colorado.
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August 20, 2014   •   Filed in Summer, Seniors

Colorado High School Senior Photographer | South Mesa Trail Boulder

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've been filling up my evenings lately with photographing teenagers who are going to be high school seniors this coming school year. It is such a nice change of pace to get to focus on just one subject at a very exciting time in their life. And it's been fun brainstorming some beautiful places to go to. Colorado is filled with gorgeous locations and the South Mesa Trail next to Eldorado Springs (and just a little bit south of Boulder) is quickly turning into one of my new favorite areas. Kelly is a Colorado girl through and through. She enjoys hiking and outdoor activities and has climbed a ton of 14ers so I thought that this rustic location would be perfect for her.  
 
I love that there is tall wild straw like grass, apple trees, a nice mountain stream, purple mountain majesties, and even an abandoned historic building. I met with Kelly and her mom who made the trip up from Castle Rock at the South Mesa Trail last week. We had already postponed the session due to rain and it was threatening to do the same on our rescheduled date. This time we decided to go for it and hope for the best and it ended up being a lovely evening. I had a really hard time narrowing down the sneak peek photos so I decided to just share a bunch this time:)  
 
If you're looking to get high school senior yearbook photos created, contact me soon. (april@apriloharephotography.com or 720-771-7314) There are a handful of dates left in August and September is already filling quickly too. In Colorado, most schools require the yearbook photo to be turned in by the end of October and you don't want to run out of time!  
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a turquoise tank top and jean shorts with lace stands in the wild grass at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a turquoise tank top, jean shorts with lace, and brown cowboy boots stands in front of the old historic building at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a turquoise tank top, jean shorts with lace, and gold sandals sits in the wild grass at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a turquoise tank top and jean shorts with lace stands in the wild grass at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a striped red and blue tshirt and jeans poses for her yearbook photo near a green apple tree at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a striped red and blue tshirt and jeans poses for her yearbook photo in front of the South Boulder Creek at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a striped red and blue tshirt and jeans poses for her yearbook photo in front of two big green apple trees at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a striped red and blue tshirt and jeans poses on an old gray log for her yearbook photo in a field of tall wild straw colored grass at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Spr
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wears a striped red and blue tshirt poses for her yearbook photo in front of a red apple tree at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wearing a cute neon orange
I saved this one for last because I just love that scenery!
A pretty Colorado high school senior girl with long wavy brunette hair wearing a red and blue striped tshirt and a blue jeweled necklace stands in the tall grass and other wild plants in front of the blue and purple flatiron mountains in the backgrou
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August 18, 2014   •   Filed in Summer, Seniors

Colorado High School Senior Photographer | Clear Creek History Park in Golden

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t's senior photo season which I love because it's really fun to photograph teenagers as they embark on their final year of living at home and move on to the next phase in their life. They're not children anymore, but essentially it's the last professional photoshoot they'll have from their "childhood." And I find it to be such an honor to photograph them for their yearbook photo. It's the image that people will look back on years later to remember them by and I want them to look good!  
 
I'm lucky because this year a lot of my roller derby friends have kids who are seniors. Today on the blog I'm featuring Tony who is my friend Beth's son. She actually had the adventure of a lifetime when she starred in the Amazing Race (she went all the way to 3rd place on season 22!) but it really seems that her adventure back here at home still keeps her incredibly busy. She has a cute blog I linked to below where she cracks jokes about her life as a mom, a roller derby skater, and a "Z" list celebrity (her words, not mine!) that I hope she starts updating again soon:)  
 
Soon her oldest will be leaving the nest and to commemorate his last year of high school we met up at the Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado to create some portraits of him. He is a great baseball player and pitches for his high school and for non-school leagues. We made sure to get a few baseball themed shots but I know my favorites are in the plaid shirt. Check them out below!  
Event Details
Beth's Blog Musings on motherhood, roller derby, and Amazing Race!
A high school senior guy wearing a blue tshirt crouches in a garden for his senior photo session at Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado
A high school senior boy wearing a blue and white baseball tshirt and a mitt poses for his baseball senior yearbook photo in front of a red barn at Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado
A rustic high school senior boy yearbook photo at a horse corral fence along Clear Creek History Park in Golden, Colorado
A high school senior boy wearing a blue and white baseball tshirt laughs and poses in Clear Creek river in downtown Golden Colorado
A high school senior boy yearbook photo taken in a field of purple flowers in Golden Colorado
A high school boy yearbook photoshoot at Clear Creek History Park in Golden Colorado
My favorite:)
A classic photo of a high school senior boy taken by the root cellar at Clear Creek History Park in Golden, Colorado
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