Events and Personal Photography

This is where I will include photographs from various events and photojournalism entries about events in my own life as a wedding photographer in Denver, Colorado and destination photographer around the world.

Bridal Fashion Photography in Denver: Calluna Events 10 Year Anniversary Party!

Bridal Fashion Photography Denver:  Last week Calluna Events hosted one of the most fabulous parties I have had the honor of being involved in-their 10 year anniversary party!  I had eye candy to photograph for miles- including a perfect venue, amazing decor, beautiful and artistic flowers, delicious sweets, AND, of course, gorgeous models. It was a wildly successful event on every level!  When they asked me to photograph the “style shoot” portion of the event, I was immediately on board.  I truly love bridal fashion photography and given the A-team of vendors involved, I knew that it would be off the charts.  I wasn’t wrong.   I had such a blast and was so incredibly inspired to do what I love doing.  The images speak for themselves!

The theme of the party was Marie-Antoinette inspired and can I just mention the lovely bride’s hair for a second?  She had actual miniature pineapples in it!  I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.  WOW.  And since the “bride and groom” are a real life married couple, their energy together was natural and the perfect combination of easy and honest.  I was in heaven.

Thank you to Heather and Jolene and the entire Calluna team.  And a huge thank you to all of the vendors involved that made the styled-shoot and party everything that it was–absolutely AMAZING!

VENUE:: blanc Denver,

FLORAL DESIGN:: Perfect Petal

STYLED SHOOT PHOTOGRAPHY:: Frances Photography

CUSTOM GOWNS :: Maggie Evans Designs

INVITATIONS + PRINTED MATERIALS :: SWEET Letterpress

CUSTOM ILLUSTRATION FOR INVITATION LINER :: Lana’s Shop

CALLIGRAPHY FOR INVITATIONS + PRINTED MATERIAL :: designsgirl

CAKES + SWEET TREATS :: Lucky’s Bakehouse

BARTENDING + MIXOLOGY :: Peak Beverage

CANDY BAR:: Sugarlicious

LIGHTING & AV:: LMD Productions

DECOR + FURNITURE :: By Design Event Decor

FURNITURE + CEREMONY CHAIRS :: Chairished Vintage

CATERING :: Catering By Design

LINEN :: La Tavola Fine Linen

MUSIC :: DJ Jahsonic

HAIR :: the Bridal Goddess

HAIR :: Liz (of Goldie & Bob)

MAKE UP :: Alchemy Mineral Blends

RENTALS :: Event Rents

FLORAL ART INSTALLATION : Kristen Hatgi

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY :: Ashley Sawtelle Photography

CINEMATOGRAPHY :: KHodge Films

SHAWLS, PARASOLS + FANS :: Splendor for your Guests

JEWELRY FOR STYLED SHOOT AND CALLUNA STAFF :: Todd Reed

CUSTOM BOUND BOOKS FOR STYLED SHOOT :: Juniper Books

3 month Vivi Marcum: Denver Baby Photographer

To all of my fabulous portrait clients:  if you think I’m just not featuring your family or your baby’s photoshoot, please forgive me!  This year was a real doozie and I wasn’t able to keep up on my blog posts like I normally do.  Between 24 weddings, 100+ portrait sessions, a personal trip to Peru, and a creative photography workshop in Italy, I think I overestimated the number of hours in the year.  However, that said, I have made my list, checked it twice, and I have asked Santa for plenty of interrupted time this winter to give every last one of you some big love.

Before 2013 is gone and behind us, I have a few more babies to gush about.  Unfortunately you are going to be able to see how far behind I actually am on my posts with the starter photo of this darling baby girl & her Halloween pumpkins!  Ha!  Vivi’s mama must have known something I didn’t, because we also did a bunch of photos of Vivi in her Christmas outfit, which technically makes this post perfect with Christmas being in two days.

Julie and Michael, Vivi’s parents, hired me for their wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch in July of 2012 and I remember being instantly captivated with them.  They both wore their hearts on their sleeves and it felt like I could see their love for each other coming out of their eyes like a bight shining light.  It was magical.  Of course I was thrilled when they asked me to capture the first born daughter, Vivienne Belle  (Isn’t her name just fabulous?!?!).

The three month baby stage is one of my favorites!  Generally speaking, they aren’t sitting up on their own yet, but can be “propped” up.  They are squishable and kissable in every way.  They are interested and inquisitive and a lot of times the camera in their face is something they are mighty serious about.  No matter, the good news is that they (and Vivi is certainly no exception!) are pretty darned adorable no matter what look they are wearing on their tiny little faces.  Vivi’s eyes are an amazing shade of blue and she melts my heart every time I see her.  Julie and Micheal continue to be more and more in love with each other and their darling baby girl every time I see them and I honestly can’t get enough of this family.  Thank goodness I have at least 3 more sessions with them before Vivi is one.

Daddy is for sure the entertainer of the family and it didn’t take much from him to get Vivi smiling.  The only thing she didn’t love was when we tried to prop her on her tummy with the Christmas ornaments…  but even that shot is one of my favorites!  She is too funny!

Merry Christmas Julie, Micheal, Vivi, and Jackson (can’t forget the family doggie!) and I look forward to seeing you all again early next year!  XOX

Secret Italy 2013: Creative Photography Workshop with Kevin & Clare Kubota

Secret Italy 2013: Where to begin??  I have had a very full and  busy year with lots of ups and downs, the roller-coaster of my life…  I am grateful for all of the business I have had this year and I truly love my clients and my business.  You (my beautiful clients) and it (my business) are a part of who I am at the depths of my core and I would never trade you/it for any other existence.  But, at the same time,  it’s hard to stay in tune with myself, with my creativity, with my desires for my own life, and with the things that bring me joy when I focus so much of my energy outwards. I have been accused of being too much of a “giver” and that is probably not far off the mark.  It’s how I was raised.  It’s how I have evolved through love and loss, loss and love.  But sometimes things happen that remind me to stay true to myself and to my own heart.

This opportunity came to me at the perfect time, and it has been something that I have wanted to do for years.  It was a little scary to take a journey like this… right near the end of my 2013 wedding season with so much work to do not only leading up to, but also directly following the time I would be away.  But, I decided to take a leap of faith and go anyway.  It has been a long time coming, and it was just TIME.  I packed my bags and ventured out to meet a group of almost all total strangers to journey around the northern region of Italy in an attempt to recapture the foundation of my love for photography.  I became a photographer for a reason-because I LOVE photography!  And it’s not that I don’t anymore (obviously), but I haven’t picked up a camera for myself just to “play” in far too long.  I needed to find a new lens though which to see life & the beauty that surrounds us all on a daily basis.  I needed to find that little piece of myself that has been vacant (in hiding).

The truth of the matter is that there are angels everywhere.  They appear at just the right time, and in just the right way.  I can happily say that I now have a whole new family of people that I will be forever grateful for…for the love, for the honesty, for the friendship, for the soul-matedness (is that a word? It is now!) that can come in when your heart is open.  I fell in love with Italy in a way that I cannot describe.  I fell in love with new friends on a level that helps me understand what we are here to do… LIVE! LOVE! LAUGH! SMILE! And, to take whatever it is that the universe hands us on a day to day basis with an open mind, an open heart, and with an attitude of gratitude.  Life doesn’t always work out like we think it will.  But there is a reason for everything.  While patience isn’t necessarily my strongest suite, I am continually learning to accept what is and am willing to wait for the answers to come.  In time, they always do.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Kevin and Clare Kubota, to Max Brunelli and Crisitana Chiacchierini, and to all of the people in our perfectly crazy group.  Here’s to you my new friends, & my new soul-sisters (you know who you are!).  My life will be forever richer because of you all. Grazie!  And finally, to Italy: Ciao bella Italia! il mio cuore è pieno fino all’orlo di strati e strati di gioia e amore che sono stati intessuti profondamente nel tessuto della mia anima.

Baby Photography Denver: Madylin Woodward, 9 months

Stephanie and Mike Woodward have done what many of my former wedding clients are doing these days, that is, booking my “babies first year” collection for their first born child.  The Woodwards and I have been together now for over 5 years and we have been capturing  images that will be a part of their family history for generations to come.  I have been able to watch sweet Madilyn mature from a mere bump in her momma’s belly, into a rolly-polly bundle of cuteness, into the now maturing beautiful little girl she that she is at 9 months.  Looking into Madilyn’s sparkling blue eyes now brings me right back to Stephanie and Mikes’ wedding day and the bright blue eyes of one of the most gorgeous brides I have ever been privileged to photograph.  It has been such a joy watching this wonderful family grow and I look forward to many, many more photo shoots with the Woodward family in the years to come.

For Madilyn’s 9 month photos, Stephanie wanted to find an outdoor location that had more of a Colorado “country” feel with old barns and wagon wheels to use as backdrops.  After a little research she came to me with a place she had found in Golden called “Clear Creek History Park” at 11th and Arapahoe in Golden that turned out to be a  perfect spot. In fact, I liked it so much that I have added it to my list of possible locations to take engagement and family portraits at well.  There were neat old buildings with places to sit all along the creek that runs through Golden and it had that cool country feel we were looking for.  It was a beautiful sunny day and besides the fact that Madylin was just about to cut her first tooth and feeling a little subdued (as compared to other sessions), we had a wonderful time together and got some adorable photos.  My favorites are the ones we did at the end with her daddy in their cowboy hats.  Thank you again to Stephanie and Mike for being such loyal clients.  I can’t wait for Madilyn’s 1 year photo shoot!  I hope you have a fabulous summer!