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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August 12, 2014   •   Filed in Engagements, Summer, April's Life

Boulder Engagement Photographer | Eldorado Springs Romantic Portraits

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ou may remember an old post from last December when my little brother in law proposed to his girlfriend Lauren at the Blossoms of Light holiday display at Denver Botanic Gardens. (See the link below to refresh your memory!) They are getting married on Valentine's Day at the Highlands Ranch Mansion and we were finally able to make their engagement photos happen over the weekend. Earlier in the year I discovered a beautiful location just outside of Eldorado Springs called the South Mesa Trail. We decided to go there to get a beautiful view of those Boulder mountains. Brandon and Lauren are such a good looking couple it would have been impossible not to get good photos, but I am still loving how they turned out.  
Event Details
Denver Botanic Gardens
Brandon & Lauren's Proposal Photos December at the Blossoms of Light holiday display
A sweet young couple smile for their engagement photo shoot in front of an apple tree at South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado.
A young couple smile for their engagement session in front of an old historical building along the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado.
A cute young couple pose in a field of tall wild grass at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado.
A romantic photo of a young couple snuggling on a park bench under and apple tree at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado.
A romantic photo of a young engaged couple leaning in for a kiss at the South Mesa Trail during their engagement photo session near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado.
A stylish young couple pose together in front of the Boulder mountains near Eldorado Springs at the South Mesa Trail in Colorado.
A cute young couple hold each other tight in front of an apple tree at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
A romantic portrait of a young engaged couple cuddling in front of an apple tree during their engagement session at the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder Colorado
I love so many of the photos that I don't think I have a favorite this time. But I just love their expressions in this one so I saved it for last:)
A cute young couple laugh as they stroll hand in hand down the South Mesa Trail near Eldorado Springs and Boulder
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August 9, 2014   •   Filed in Summer, Families, Portraits

Steamboat Springs Family Photography | Colorado Family Vacation

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ome of you long time blog readers may recognize these cute faces on the blog today. This is my sister in law's family and I just love them to pieces. Every year we do their family photos in the fall, but this year I insisted that we get them done while we were on family vacation in Steamboat. When you see the photos I think you'll understand why I pushed so hard to do them early.  
 
This year we decided to head out to Steamboat Springs for the Fourth of July holiday. Some of the family golfed, some of us hiked, we all ate a ton, and our hotel had the best view of the fireworks anyone could ask for! Despite a terrible game of Beatles trivial pursuit it was one of our best family vacations ever. I hope we get to do it again next year:)  
 
In the summertime, Steamboat Springs Resort hosts a "Sunset Happy Hour" where you can pay to take the gondola up the mountain around sunset and take in the gorgeous views of the Yampa Valley. We were too busy photographing before the sun set to enjoy any cocktails, but we got super cute photos of their family so I'm ok with that:)  
A view of Steamboat Springs from the top of Mount Werner at the Sunset Happy Hour Gondola Ride in Colorado
Cute young boys are photographed at sunset on top of Mount Werner in Steamboat Springs Colorado Gondola Ride at sunset
A cute family wearing shades of light blue and white are photographed by a rustic wood fence at the top of Mt. Werner with Aspen Trees in the background at sunset in Steamboat Springs, CO
Two brothers laugh with each other at sunset in Steamboat Springs, CO at the top of the gondola on Mt. Werner overlooking the Yampa Valley
A cute family poses for photos at sunset in Steamboat Springs Colorado at the top of Mt. Werner overlooking the Yampa Valley.
Cute family in the Colorado mountains in Steamboat Springs overlooking the Yampa Valley at Sunset.
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August 6, 2014   •   Filed in Mountain Weddings, Summer

Breckenridge Wedding Photographer | Main Street Station & St. Mary's Catholic Church

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tacy & Tony's wedding from mid July in Breckenridge, Colorado is such a treat to share today because Stacy is a photographer herself and made sure to leave plenty of time in the schedule to get beautiful photographs around the town of Breckenridge. The house that she was staying at with her family had a huge field of pretty purple flowers and the house where Tony was getting ready had amazing views from the balcony of the mountain with it's ski runs. Since Tony is from Breckenridge he knew a bunch of great places off the beaten path to go to and it was so much fun to create photos in all of the spectacular locations. They got married in the newer building of St. Mary's since they needed the space for their guests, but they got to ring the old bell and leave out the front entrance of the cute old chapel right next door. And the views of the mountains from Main Street Station where the reception was held were absolutely gorgeous at sunset. It was a super fun day with lots of high jinks from Tony (wait until you see the cake picture!) and I think the two of them are going to have a lot of fun together in their future.
Event Details
Ceremony Venue
Reception Venue
Main Street Station Breckenridge, CO
Stacy's Photography
Stacy Marie Photography Colorado Springs, CO
Sash & Hairpiece
Heavenly Avonlee An Etsy Shop
Wedding Dress Shop
Danelle's Boutique Colorado Springs, CO
Groom's Tux
Hair
Erica Straayer Stacy's Cousin
Make up
Officiant
Deacon Chuck Lamar With St. Mary's Catholic Church
Ceremony Musician
Cake Baker
Blue Moon Bakery Silverthorne, CO
DJ
Florist
A photo collage of a pretty lace dress from Danelle's Bridal in Colorado Springs with fabric floral sash with shades of pink hangs by the front door to a house in Breckenridge, CO.
Groom's band photographed in a dark blue ring box on the front deck of a house in Breckenridge, CO
Bride gets her make up done at a huge house in Breckenridge, CO
Photo collage of a bride getting her make up done by Hair and Weddings by Kylee in Breckenridge, CO
The maid of honor holds her baby boy on her sister's wedding day in Breckenridge, CO
B&W photo of the bride getting her make up done by Kylee of Hair and Makeup by Kylee in Breckenridge, CO
Bride gets help putting her dress on in Breckenridge, Colorado
The bride gets help with her necklace from her mother who has a moment with her on her Breckendridge Colorado wedding day
Bride's sister helps her put her bracelet on in a big house in Breckenridge, CO
The pretty bridesmaids and bride wearing light pink stand in a field of purple flowers on her wedding day in Breckenridge, CO
Bridesmaids wearing long light pink bridesmaids dresses stand in a field of pretty purple wildflowers on a wedding day in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Bride walks down a path in the forest of Breckenridge with wild purple wildflowers growing all around them.
Pretty bride poses in a field of wildflowers on her wedding day in Breckenridge, CO
A detail photo of a light pink peach rose bouttonnierre in Breckenridge, CO
Groom gifts his groomsmen with cufflinks on his wedding day in Breckenridge, CO
A cute puppy hangs out while the groomsmen get ready on a wedding day in Breckenridge, Colorado.
The groom and his pals hang out drinking homebrewed beer on his wedding day in Breckenridge, Colorado
The bride and her dog make their way over to do the first look on a bright sunny summer day in Breckenridge, Colorado
Dramatic B&W photo of kids handing out wedding programs at a wedding ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenridge, Colorado
The bride and her father make their way down the aisle in the newer church at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenridge, Colorado.
A view of the inside of St. Mary's Catholic Church during a wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado.
A photo of the inside of St. Mary's Catholic Church from the doorway area at the back on a summer wedding day in Breckenridge
A view of the altar and guests sitting in pews from the balcony at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenridge, Colorado
The bride and groom exchange rings at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenrige, Colorado
Bride and groom light a unity candle at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenridge, Colorado
First kiss in front of friends and family at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenridge, CO
Bride and groom smile as they walk down the aisle together at the end of their Catholic Wedding Ceremony at St. Mary's in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Hugging friend and family before they leave St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenridge, CO
Bride hugs her parents at the end of her wedding ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenridge, CO
Bride and groom ring the old church bells at the end of their wedding ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenridge, CO
Bride and groom walk out of the old church at St. Mary's in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Bride and groom pose together in front of the ski resort mountain of Breckenridge, Colorado on their bright sunny summer wedding day in July.
A groom poses on some rocks in the rocky mountains of Breckenridge, Colorado.
Bride and groom walk with their wedding party in a field with a view of the blue ski resort mountain behind them in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Bride and groom pose for photos in front of the trees and ski resort mountain of Breckenridge, Colorado in July.
Bride and groom pose next to a rustic wood fence surrounded by Aspens on a trail in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Rustic wedding table centerpiece with flowers wood table numbers and burlap and lace at a wedding at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Custom handmade wedding favors with rustic lace detail at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.
A detail of T + S wood covered vase in Breckenridge, Colorado at Main Street Station.
The bride's flowers at Main Street Station with blue mountains in the background at Breckenridge, Colorado
Bride and groom pose with the mountains behind them at Main Street Station during their wedding reception in Breckenridge, CO
Stacy wanted to incorporate a photo with her grandmother at her wedding. I love this idea.
A bride holds a framed photo of her grandmother at her wedding reception at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, Colorado
The bride's mother laughs and has a good time during the reception at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, CO
The bride's sister gives a toast during the reception at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, CO
B&W photo of the bride and groom dancing their first dance at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Romantic B&W photo of the bride and groom dancing at their wedding reception at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Bride and her dad dance to the father daughter dance at her wedding reception at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, CO
Groom dances with his mother at his wedding reception at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Photo collage of the groom dancing with his mother at his wedding reception at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Detail photo of the pretty white cake with pink roses created by Blue Moon Bakery at a wedding reception at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, Colorado
Detail photo collage of the pretty white cake with pink roses and cupcakes created by Blue Moon Bakery at a wedding reception at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, Colorado
The bride and groom in the cake smash aftermath covered in chocolate cake and white icing at their Main Street Station reception in Breckenridge, Colorado
Groom gives a hug to one of his guests at his reception at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, CO
Photo collage of wedding guests dancing and having a good time at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, Colorado
Photo collage of wedding guests dancing and having a good time at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, Colorado
Photo collage of wedding guests dancing and having a good time at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, Colorado
Bride and groom dance and have a good time at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, Colorado
Definitely one of my favorites:)
Sunset photo of the bride and groom outside on the patio with the blue mountains in the backdrop at their wedding reception at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, Colorado
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