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December 30, 2017   •   Filed in Denver Weddings, Mountain Weddings, Engagements, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Families, Babies, Maternity, Portraits, Seniors, April's Life

Year in Review 2017 | Best Colorado Weddings and Portraits of the Year

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cannot 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!  
A collage of the best wedding and family portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
A collage of the best wedding, family, and senior portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
A collage of the best wedding and family portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
Beautiful portrait photography work in collage form from various Colorado locales from Denver's Best Family photographer
A collage of the best wedding and family portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
A collage of the best photos from a wedding, portrait, and headshot photographer in Colorado
A collage of the best wedding and family portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
A collage of the best wedding and family portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
A collage of the best wedding and family portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
A collage of the best wedding and family portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
Beautiful collage of various weddings and family portraits for a 2017 year in review best of the best for Colorado photography
Best Colorado Photographer shares her favorite photos from the 2017 season in collage format
A collage of the best portraits and wedding photography from the previous year for a local Denver Colorado Wedding photographer
A collage of the best wedding and family portrait photography from 2017 in Colorado
I'll end with my favorite vacation photo from 2017:) I wish you all a very happy new year! Best wishes for 2018!
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December 21, 2017   •   Filed in Fall

Colorado Fall Wedding at Greenbriar Inn Restaurant in Boulder

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oday on the blog I'm featuring the last wedding I photographed for the 2017 wedding season. Showcased in this post is Scott and Lisa and their beautiful lilac colored wedding from late fall at the Greenbriar Inn restaurant in North Boulder. The Greenbriar Inn is a famously delicious restaurant that makes for a gorgeous setting for a wedding as well as serving up some of the best food I've ever had in all of Boulder. With pretty views of the Boulder foothills from the property as well as the cozy romantic feel inside the restaurant it's easy to see why Scott and Lisa chose this venue to host their nuptials on the last weekend of October. Late October is traditionally a pretty chilly weekend here in Colorado with outdoor ceremonies not being a guarantee. Lisa and Scott prepped for a potentially cold wedding ceremony with custom wrapped soft blankets for guests to cuddle under during their ceremony. But luckily for the couple and guests it ended up being quite a gorgeous autumn day. I loved the way that they incorporated their children into the festivities by having them help light unity candles during the ceremony and by having a special dance with the whole family at their end of their first dance with each other. You can tell both parents love their kids enormously and the feelings are mutual. They timed their ceremony to take place toward the end of the day when the sun was getting low in the sky and we used the last bit of light afterwards to incorporate the beautiful country inn setting of the Greenbriar for their wedding portraits. The reception was a perfect, laid-back affair with lots of good one on one time with their guests. And the DJ had everyone on the dance floor inside the Greenbriar's atrium for most of the night. I am so happy for Scott and Lisa that they found each other. Congratulations to the sweet couple!
Event Details
Venue
Greenbriar Inn Boulder, CO
Florist
Sturtz & Copeland Boulder, CO
DJ + Ceremony Musicians
Officiant
Jennifer Ross Friend of the Bride & Groom
Bride's Daughter Helps her with her make up on her wedding day in Boulder Colorado
Daughter of the bride does her make up in front of a bright window in a hotel in Boulder Colorado
Dark blue suede shoes for something blue on a fall wedding day in Boulder Colorado at Greenbriar Inn restaurant
Sturtz & Copeland Boulder Florist Lilac Bridal Bouquet at Greenbriar Inn Fall Wedding in Colorado
Long sleeved lace wedding gown detail photos from dark bridal room at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Daughter helps her mom with her lace wedding dress on her Boulder fall wedding day at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in the foothills of Colorado
Bride gets help with her long sleeved lace wedding gown at the Greenbriar Inn in Boulder Colorado
Bride gets dressed in the small dim bridal room at Greenbriar Inn in Boulder Colorado
B&W Bridal Photo at Greenbriar Inn bridal room at a Boulder Colorado wedding
Bride with her pearl comb and simple veil at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Happy bride with finishing touch bridal veil on her wedding day at Greenbriar Inn restaurant at a fall wedding in Boulder Colorado
Bride helps her daughter bridesmaid with her pretty lilac sparkly gown at the Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Beautiful bridal portrait with mountain backdrop and waterfall pond at Greenbriar Inn wedding during fall
Autumn wedding at Greenbriar Inn restaurant family portraits with pond and mountain backdrop in Boulder Colorado
Colorado family photography with pretty mountain backdrop in Boulder Colorado at Greenbriar Inn restaurant
Boulder Colorado groom portrait with pond backdrop and mountains during fall at Greenbriar Inn
Sturtz and Copeland pretty purple aisle floral decor for outdoor fall wedding at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder
Colorado fall outdoor wedding with blankets for guests on a sunny Boulder day at Greenbriar Inn
Lilac Purple Floral Arch by Sturtz & Copeland at outdoor Boulder wedding at Greenbriar inn restaurant in Colorado
Close up Detail photo of the pretty lilac purple floral design on a wedding arch for outdoor fall wedding at Greenbriar Inn in Boulder Colorado
Bridesmaid wearing pretty lilac sparkle dress walks down the aisle at outdoor wedding ceremony at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder CO
Boulder Bride walks down the aisle with her son at her outdoor Colorado wedding in Greenbriar Inn
Son walks his mother down the aisle at her outdoor sunny Colorado wedding day at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder
Fall wedding on the lawn at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
A reading under the pretty lilac purple arch at Greenbriar Inn Wedding in fall in Boulder CO
Lighting the Unity Candle at an outdoor fall wedding day in Boulder Colorado at Greenbriar Inn
Pretty outdoor wedding at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Bridesmaid hands ring to her mother on her wedding day at Greenbriar inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Ring Exchange mountain backdrop at Greenbriar Inn Boulder Colorado during fall
Bride and Groom exchange rings on their autumn wedding day outside under a pretty floral arch at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Wedding kiss under a lilac colored floral arch by Sturtz & Copeland on the lawn at Greenbriar Inn Boulder Colorado
Boulder Colorado wedding photographer confetti toss outdoor wedding ceremony at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Groom picks confetti out of his bride's hair on their gorgeous fall wedding day at Greenbriar Inn in Boulder Colorado
Boulder Colorado wedding couple signing the marriage license at Greenbriar Inn restaurant
Bride and Groom kiss while holding their champagne glasses at Greenbriar inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Happy family portrait with bride and groom at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Formal wedding portrait with bride and groom under the floral arch as sun sets at Greenbriar Inn in Boulder Colorado
Boulder Colorado Family Photos at an outdoor fall wedding at Greenbriar Inn restaurant
Wedding portraits with floral arch at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Family portraits with floral arch mountain backdrop on an autumn day at Greenbriar Inn in Boulder Colorado
Brothers pose for a portrait under the purple floral arch at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Wedding day family portraits with mountain backdrop at Greenbriar Inn Boulder Colorado
Sweet kiss from groom to bride with pond waterfall backdrop during fall at Greenbriar Inn in Boulder Colorado
Bride and groom walk hand in hand down a path with mountain backdrop at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Beautiful sunset wedding portraits with waterfall pond backdrop at Greenbriar Inn Boulder Colorado
Bride and groom dance outdoors with a beautiful purple mountain backdrop during autumn at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Boulder Colorado Greenbriar Inn restaurant wedding photo during autumn
Bride and groom individual portraits at Greenbriar Inn restaurant during fall in Boulder Colorado
Sweet portrait of a bride with her groom at Greenbriar Inn in Boulder Colorado
Pretty chair decor with twinkle light backdrop at Greenbriar Inn in Boulder Colorado
Ring detail photo with pretty string light bokeh and purple floral decor by Sturtz & Copeland at Greenbriar Inn restaurant
White lantern with purple florals at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Gorgeous floral decor by Sturtz & Copeland with mini white lanterns wedding favors at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Mother of the bride gives a speech at her Greenbriar Inn restaurant wedding reception in Boulder Colorado
Groom's Son gives a speech on his father's wedding day at Greenbriar Inn in Boulder Colorado
Boulder Colorado fall wedding reception at cozy Greenbriar Inn restaurant
Twinkle light backdrop inside the Greenbriar Inn restaurant wedding reception for a fall wedding in Colorado
Cute two tiered white cake with lilac colored florals by Sturtz & Copeland at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Bride and groom cut their wedding cake at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Sweet romantic B&W portrait of a bride and groom's first dance in the atrium at Greenbriar Inn in Boulder Colorado
Romantic first dance wedding photography with twinkle light backdrop at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Boulder bride dances with her daughter at Greenbriar Inn restaurant wedding reception in Colorado
Dance floor shenanigans at Boulder's Greenbriar Inn restaurant in the foothills of Colorado
Colorado wedding couple dancing on their wedding day at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder
Boulder wedding photographer dance floor photo at a Greenbriar Inn wedding reception in Colorado
B&W dance floor photos at Greenbriar Inn in Boulder Colorado
Bride hugs her sister on her wedding day at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
B&W photo of groom hugging his mother in law at his wedding reception at Greenbriar Inn in Boulder Colorado
Beautiful colorful dance floor wedding photography at Greenbriar Inn fall wedding reception in Colorado
Guests hug the bride on her wedding day at Greenbriar Inn wedding reception in Boulder Colorado
Dancing at a wedding reception in the atrium at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Dancing at a wedding reception in the atrium at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
Hugs all around at a Boulder Colorado wedding reception at Greenbriar Inn
Happy couple dance with each other on their wedding day at Greenbriar Inn in Boulder Colorado
Dancing at a wedding reception in the atrium at Greenbriar Inn restaurant in Boulder Colorado
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November 25, 2017   •   Filed in Fall, Families

Colorado Family Photography | Thanksgiving week portraits at Denver City Park

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hanksgiving is a wonderful time of year with quality time spent with your family taking a greater precedence in life. It's a very popular time of the year to get updated family photos too since it's often the only time the entire family is able to get together. I photograph lots of extended families both during the week of Thanksgiving and again during the December holiday season. Grandma and Grandpa were visiting this Denver family from Arizona and they took it upon themselves to organize a family portrait session. The family lives near City Park so we opted to go there to keep it easy on them. This made it so they could bring their huge, super strong dog named Franz, who they adopted from the Denver Dumb Friends League. I'll give a quick shout out to that awesome organization, since that's where I adopted two of my furry feline buddies! These past few years have been quite warm here in Denver compared to the chilly temperatures and often snow-filled days that I remember from my childhood Thanksgiving feasts. I hate to complain about a lack of snow since it certainly makes it a little easier to photograph the extended families outdoors. A quick rainstorm passed through right before our session began which gave us some pretty incredible stormy skies for the photos. I love the way the yellow boathouse pavilion looks against the dark blue sky in these family photos. Check out the pictures below!
A Colorado family portrait created on a stormy afternoon during late fall the day after Thanksgiving with the yellow pavilion at City Park in the backdrop
Grandma and grandpa get a portrait taken with the stormy skies as a backdrop at their City Park Denver Colorado family photography session during Thanksgiving week.
A brother and his sister hug their cute mixed breed dog from the Denver Dumb Friends League at City Park in Denver during late fall
A cute photo of a couple laughing together on a stormy afternoon at Denver's City Park during late fall in Colorado
Catching the last bit of fall color with red leaves at Denver's City Park during late fall at an extended family photo session in Colorado
Sweet couple laugh together with pretty red leaf fall color backdrop at City Park in Denver Colorado
An extended family portrait with grandma and grandpa with the yellow boathouse pavilion backdrop at City Park in Denver Colorado
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November 22, 2017   •   Filed in Engagements, Fall

Colorado Engagement Photos at Lost Gulch Overlook | Chautauqua Park in Boulder

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aaaaaah, I am super excited to share the gorgeous photos of my friend and former roller derby teammate, Major Lil Pain (I guess I'll be boring and call her by her government name, Michelle, to keep things simple from here on out) and her fiancé, Jeff. We did these at the tail end of October up in Boulder when most of the fall color had disappeared. We did find a few little snippets of color but with the mountain views at Lost Gulch Overlook and the famous Flatiron Mountains of Chautauqua it really didn't matter that we had missed the autumn color. We made sure to time our session so that we'd be overlooking the city of Boulder right at dusk when the pretty light makes the sky turn a beautiful shade of purple and pink. And a big shout out to Michelle's mom, Karen, for tagging along to play pet-sitter when Jeff and Michelle's dog, Rudy, wasn't required for a photo. We started off at Chautauqua walking around the adorable neighborhood behind the Chautauqua Dining Hall and made sure to grab a handful of photos in front of the iconic Flatirons. We spent the majority of our session up at Lost Gulch scrambling around on the rocks and huge boulders over there to get the perfect mountain backdrops. You see, Michelle and Jeff are moving to Richmond for a career opportunity, so I wanted to make sure they get some awesome mountain pictures to help them remember the place they called home together during the first years of their relationship. Michelle is actually an Aurora native so it's going to be a big change for her going down to the South. I know they're both really excited for the big changes this next year will bring for them and I wish them nothing but the best!
Beautiful fall berries backdrop Engagement photo at Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado
Colorado Engagement Photography walking an australian Shepherd along a trail at Chautauqua Park in Boulder
Beautiful classic engagement photo of a couple in front of the Flatiron Mountains at Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado
Boulder Colorado Mountain View Engagement Photo with Aussie Shepherd dog in late fall at Lost Gulch Overlook
Romantic B&W engagment photo with mountain backdrop at Lost Gulch Overlook up Flagstaff Road in Boulder Colorado
Beautiful colorful engagement photo with mountain backdrop at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder Colorado
Gorgeous mountain view backdrop B&W engagement photo at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder Colorado
City of Boulder lit up at dusk backdrop at Lost Gulch Overlook Engagement Photography session in Colorado
Engagement photos at dusk at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder Colorado
Mountain backdrop at Sunset romantic engagement photography at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder
Usually I really love the dramatic scenery photos the best, but I really love the happy expressions in this one:)
Happy couple snuggles at their fall engagement photography session at Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado
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