Beautiful friends, can we talk about how it is 2 degrees. I repeat. 2 degrees in Denver. EEEEK! I am itching for spring engagements, summer elopements and all sorts of anniversary sessions. Traveling out to Lake Powell with these two was easily a favorite shoot of this past year. So my adventurous friends, where you at? I'm ready to pack some bags.
It's been longer than I can believe since my last post... which is mostly a good thing. Mostly because It means I've been super busy capturing lifestyle family sessions and mountain weddings... but not all good because I want to keep you guys in the loop and I have more shoots than I can count to share. EEK! But as the saying goes... start where you are. So here are some sweet pics of one of my favorite families. Taken at the always gorgeous, Denver Photo Collective.
Bed jumping, laughs, tears, twirling, little dolls, lazy cats and a seriously beautiful baby bump. May we never lose our wonder. It’s all here, right now. Shooting families helps remind me that it’s all important and simultaneously very small. It's comical, dramatic, wonderful and all very sacred. I am always grateful for glimpses into this most intimate world.
There is a phrase in photographer land... "put out what you want to get back." For me, that is exactly what this shoot is. It was full of the best people, vendors, models and an insanely beautiful location. Below is a more formal blurb about the inspiration behind this shoot...it was recently featured on Rocky Mountain Bride. Wooohooo- Praise Hands!!
This shoot was birthed out of my love for the rugged pasturelands of Colorado. So many of these beautiful fields are often only seen by the animals that call them home, yet they offer some of the most prized views in the state. This barren beauty partnered with the adventuresome bohemian spirit of so many brides today was the motivation behind this shoot.
The location was on a cattle farm in Nathrop, Colorado. A quiet ranching town located in-between Salida and Buena Vista. I drove past this property months before the shoot and knew I wanted to gain access to this land. I went knocking from stranger's door to stranger's door in hopes of finding the owner and asking permission... and to my delight (and surprise) I found it! The unique backdrop of the Collegiate Peaks along with all those cows makes for something pretty special.
I need to start by saying this shoot was freezing. Seriously cold... like 10 degrees cold and it was early. Cold and early too things that I sometimes... hmm, often, struggle with. BUT Margo and Peter reminded me of why I love doing this job. They laughed, leaped, skipped, shivered, snuggled and gave me every warm feeling possible. They are as thoughtful as they are creative and I can not begin to express how lovely these two souls are. I'm thrilled to be attending their wedding as a guest but you better believe I'm going to be sneaking some pics of their celebration. If you are looking to learn about bee-keeping, throwing pots, wood-working, coffee roasting or mainly just loving people well.... these are your people. Peter has an incredible coffee shop over in Aurora called Jubilee, you need to check it out!
It never ceases to amaze me that little babes, stretch, grow and become little humans and then... big humans. It's especially wild when that wee one is yours, or in this case my little niece and nephew. Everett my prayer for you is that as you grow you would be known for your compassion, humility and courage. You will never remember the day these photos were taken, but you are a treasure and I will remember this day for years to come. Brooklyn, you are wild in all the best ways. May you always be quick to celebrate the goodness in the world and in those around you and never run dry in joy or kindness. Love you little nuggets.
Katie and Ben have a vibe about them where you instantly feel at ease. The kind of impression I hope to give to the couples I work with, they gave to me. Laid back, friendly and so willing to laugh. They were up for anything and their adorable Golden Retriever Jax, made it that much better. Enjoy!
Welp, it doesn't get much better than these two. Stephanie and Devon were a dream to work with. I couldn't stop smiling as I watched them just being in love. It was kinda like I wasn't there... which is literally every photographers dream. Not to mention the belly laughs, perfect light and a whole lot of aspens. Can't wait for their wedding in September!
Friends that become clients and/or volunteers are the best kind of friends. I mean look at them... and that view... how could we not?! It was so sweet watching these two frolic about. Not to mention they have an Ewok for a dog, seriously cute! Lots of tender & playful love with this session!
These lovely souls are getting married this coming May and I feel like I have won the familial jackpot. Yay for "little" brother's whom you adore and dear friends that become sisters! Seriously the best. Rachel is passionate and bold and Robert is laid back with lots of goofy jokes. My favorite thing might be how tender they both are. I'm already hoarding tissues for their wedding in May (for them and for me)! These two are so good for my heart and my favorite thing about living in Colorado. Now the trick is getting them to stay here!
Black Mountain, NC | June, 21st 2016
I am in in love with where I grew up, maybe obsessively so. Every visit to Western North Carolina sends me spiraling through the throws of nostalgia. Certainly living there is romanticized in my mind, but I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. My husband might say otherwise… ;)
On my last visit home I did a family session with my brother and sister-in-law. We chose the location of Dairy King, an iconic Black Mountain staple affectionately known as "The Blue Cone." Mecca of all things summer, sticky and wonderful. It even has railroad tracks practically running through the backyard. We’re talking quintessential hometown vibes. Not only is it a stellar location, but I got to hang with some of my favorites. Growing up as the only girl of four, Matt was my go to protector and cheerleader. It has been so sweet to see him become this and so much more to his family. He is fire and passion and Kelly is like gentle rain, artsy and free. They are a beautiful compliment and have made some super cute kids too. Here’s to many more family shoots to come. Enjoy!