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My good friend Shandra asked me to photograph her nephew, Anthony's senior pictures last week while they were on spring break. The yearbook deadline has already passed, but they decided that they wanted to get some professional ones taken for the family anyway. I'm so glad they decided to do them because it was a lot of fun! Anthony is going through a pretty traditional right of passage for a lot of teenagers with the purchase of his first car which the family lovingly calls "Brownie." He's been learning how to take care of her and slowly fixing her up. I love that he wanted to bring her to his session and we scouted out the perfect location with the new Denver city skyline as the backdrop making them look pretty dope if I do say so myself. But before we ended our session at the Diamond Hill area on the west side of Denver we started over in Rino to take advantage of all the great street art in that area. I love all of the color you can find over there and even found a new favorite mural I'd like to visit again due to the sweet neon greens and yellows (I'll point it out below). I also made Anthony pose in front of my classic fave in the area which is the geometric mural by Optimysticism (Gemma Danielle) on the Crema coffee shop's wall. I was a little sad to find the sweet black and white leaves mural on the Imac building has been painted over with something new but that's also kind of the cool thing about the area; it forces you to get comfortable with change. And that leads us back into the whole idea of doing senior pictures to begin with. Senior year is a year all about preparing for big changes in life and I for one think it's a great time to photograph a person at this age. It's a time when they are straddling the fence between being a kid and becoming an adult which is not always an easy ride. But, I can tell that Anthony is going to be just fine. He already made it through this session and politely put up with me trying to make him say and do things that would make him smile! Check out some of my favorite below.
This is my new favorite mural in Rino. I love these colors!
Today on the journal I get to share a wedding for a derby friend of mine at the Denver County Courthouse. In derby life I know her as Tator, as in Devastator and she lives up to her name in the footwork and agility of her jammer skills. Many a time I thought for sure I had hit her out of bounds only to find that her Super Mario Brothers Luigi-style crazy fast tiptoe feet had miraculously saved her leaving me in the dust! But before I wander off into a derby related wormhole I should get back to the subject at hand, Tator's wedding to her awesome partner Michael! From here on out I'm going to call her by her government name (Ashley) to go with her sweet government wedding ceremony also known as a civil ceremony or a courthouse wedding. There was a little mix up about which courthouse to meet at, but I'm glad for her that it ended up being the one right next to Civic Center Park that they dress up for the holidays since its pretty there. In addition to their closest family and friends they brought their adorable German Shepherd/Corgi mix, Barney, as Denver's cutest ring bearer. After they went inside to discuss bringing the wedding outdoors with the judge, I realized that I would get to have the power of choosing exactly where everyone would get to stand during the short ceremony. I have to make a point of mentioning just how awesome this was. During most wedding celebrations the bride and groom are standing with their backs (or their sides mostly) to the crowd with the officiant facing everyone. I made a snap decision to put the officiant's back to the onlookers so that I could see Michael and Ashley with their family's faces as their backdrop in the photos and I really love how it turned out. How often to do you get to see your loved ones mugs during the ceremony as you exchange rings and seal it with a kiss? Maybe it's not the most ideal set up for say a mountain wedding with epic views in the backdrop but I loved it for this beautiful little intimate courthouse celebration!
After the short and sweet ceremony we walked across the street to use the Greek Ampitheater only to find that the city has blocked off my favorite areas for reconstruction. No matter, we just photographed there using other angles and I love how they turned out. Michael and Ashley are such an easy going, low key couple that they were really fun to photograph and were up for my suggestion to walk by the cute red British style phone booth outside of Pints Pub on our way over to our parked cars. We got some adorable shots there before heading over to The Rio where they were planning to celebrate their nuptials with yummy Mexican food and margaritas. Across the street from The Rio there was a super cute painted door which made for a lovely backdrop as well. I have seen some blogs calling these kinds if weddings "tiny weddings" or "microweddings" in addition to the more well known language of "elopement wedding." But whatever you want to call it, it was in my eyes a perfect wedding!
Congratulations, Tator and Mike!
December 30, 2017 • Filed in Denver Weddings, Mountain Weddings, Engagements, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Families, Babies, Maternity, Portraits, Seniors, April's Life
Icannot believe it's already that time of the year when I sort through all of my favorite photos taken throughout the previous wedding and portrait season to curate my absolute favorite shots from each session and wedding. It's usually not too difficult to narrow it down to a handful of favorites from each photography shoot since that's what I do for all of them for the sneak peek blog posts. But only getting to choose 1 out of all of them? That's not easy at all! But I like the challenge and it's so cool to look back and see all of the great people I got to meet and the ones that I have developed relationships with and see how much they've changed throughout the years. I also love creating this year in review journal entry since the photos help me relive all of the happy memories that were created with all of them. In 2017 I found myself driving up from Denver to the beautiful mountains of Colorado more than ever to photograph all of the families on vacation in this gorgeous state. This year I continued to mix in various headshot sessions of the lifestyle variety meaning on location and showcasing a more environmental approach to the traditional business headshots normally seen. I find that my high school senior work is also along this same vein mixing the traditional headshot type of photography with photos that are more environmental. One of the best new places I discovered for this type of work is in the Rino/North Denver area but I also enjoyed photographing more seniors in the high country this season. I also greatly enjoyed reconnecting with couples whose weddings I photographed years ago who are now growing their family. And speaking of photographing weddings, I had so many kick-ass couples this year that I definitely feel spoiled! I photographed my first wedding in Crested Butte which I have somehow never had the chance to visit before despite growing up here in Colorado and it was incredible! I returned to some of my favorite places like the Wedgewood on Boulder Creek, Arrowhead Golf Course, Denver Botanic Gardens and I even got to photograph another family wedding on the same private property in Buffalo Creek. I was also privileged enough to photographed some new beautiful venues like Church Ranch Event Center here in the metro area, Della Terra Chateaux in Estes Park, and a lovely little ranch called B Lazy 2 Ranch in Fraser, Colorado. I was also so excited that I finally had the opportunity to photograph the Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park which I've always wanted to do and it was a derby girl wedding no less so that made it even more fun for me to do. There are plenty more exciting opportunities I was lucky enough to cover this past year but in the interest of getting to the good stuff (the photos!) I'll end here.
Thank you SO MUCH to all of my marvelous clients who made 2017 such a beautiful year for me. I can't express my appreciation to all of you enough! I hope that I get to reconnect with many of you in 2018.
Enjoy the 2017 best of the best photos below!
I'll end with my favorite vacation photo from 2017:) I wish you all a very happy new year! Best wishes for 2018!
In August of this year it'll be 2 years since I photographed Matt and Michaela at their wedding at Chatfield Farms (which was called Chatfield Botanic Gardens back then). I was pleased to get an email from Michaela recently asking if I could photograph the family together again over Mother's Day weekend. I said yes of course and we decided to meet at the Clear Creek History Park in Golden where I was hoping there might still be some spring blossoms in full swing. We did get lucky with one tree that had blossoms but they were mostly gone by the time we met in mid-May. Still it was a really nice hot spring day and we walked around capturing their family together. It was pretty great to catch up and hear all about the adventures they've been on since the wedding too. What a sweet mother's day gift this was. Spending time together and getting photos is a great way to celebrate Mothers Day! Here's a small peek at what we created that day.
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