Engagement Photography

Capture where it all began with engagement photography to help cherish the moment and feelings of your bridal engagement with pictures and images to last a lifetime.

Boulder Sweethearts: Karensa and Elliott’s Engagement

One of the best things about being a wedding photographer in a city like Denver with a fairly tight knit wedding industry is that (for better or worse) a lot of times your professional reputation can precede you.  In the case of wedding planner, Jessica Adler, of JA Special Events, I have heard nothing but rainbows and roses. I have had lots of industry people tell me fantastic things about her over the past several years, but for one reason or another, our paths never actually crossed in real time.  Then one day several months back I got an email from her out of the blue saying basically the same thing from her to me.  I was thrilled when she told me she was interested in working with me and getting to know me better!  And when I met with her bride, Karensa, I instantly knew that Jessica and I were overdue to get on each other’s professional radars.  I tend to believe that the kinds of brides a planner attracts is indicative of who they are and what they are all about.  It’s certainly not always the case, and their have been some pretty stark exceptions, but generally, I find it to be fairly consistent.

Karensa is exactly the kind of easy-going, sweet & lovely bride that I can instantly relate too.  Within minutes of meeting her it became clear to me that not only was Karensa going to book me as her wedding photographer, but that I was about to have a new client (and friend) for life.  We talked about some of the other kinds of photography I do, including baby and family, and I could tell she liked the fact that my clients, once mine, stick with me.

That being the case, of course I wasn’t shocked to find that her fiance, Elliott, was equally charming and friendly.  The three of us (plus their dapper pooch) had a great time together wandering around the mountains behind his parents home in North Boulder and took advantage of the magic hour of evening light for their engagement session.  And when we were finishing up, Karensa asked if I would take a few photos of Elliot playing piano for her.  Of course I was more than happy to!  Not only is Elliott a warm and wonderful man whose love for Karensa practically vibrates off of his being, but he is an EXTREMELY talented pianist as well!  I just wanted to keep taking photos of them so he wouldn’t stop.  :-)  Karensa and Elliott, thank you again for choosing me and I can’t wait to create beautiful wedding art with you and your families in just a few short months.  Jessica, thank you so much for recommending this darling couple to me and I can’t wait to work with you!

CU Engagement Session: Alyson & Jason (& Frank)

This particular bride had me at hello!  Literally. I remember meeting with her and having a really easy connection right off the bat and how within seconds we were chatting casually about some of the things we have in common…  being CU grads, avid skiers, Colorado lovers in general, and travel junkies in general.  She and her fiance, Jason, met attending CU in Boulder and started dating their senior year in 2008.  Jason proposed in Keystone, CO in 2012 while they were having a romantic ski day together.  I suggested that we do their engagement session in Boulder on the CU campus, where they first met and fell in love, and that was exactly what she had in mind also.  I absolutely LOVE the CU campus.  And it’s not just because I am a biased alumni.  That campus has some of the most beautiful old buildings and bridges and benches and locations to die for everywhere you turn.

When Jason stepped out of the car on the hill across the street from campus holding their new golden retriever puppy, Frank, I was instantly in love…  with ALL of them.  Golden Retrievers are one of my most favorite dog breeds in the whole wide world and Frank was about as cute a puppy as I have ever seen.  Jason was tall and handsome and immediately warm and easy-going.  Alyson was exactly how I remembered her too.  Gorgeous.  Funny.  Sweet.  Like an old friend.  One of my favorite things about my job is working with clients that I almost feel like I have known forever.  It’s a weird fact about my business, but really and truly, it happens a LOT.

Alyson and Jason are getting married in Vail, CO this summer and I absolutely cannot wait to see them again.  I know we are going to have an amazing time taking wedding photos and if their engagement photos are any indication of how beautiful they are going to be…  well…  my portfolio is about to expand in a major way. :-)

Thank you so much for choosing me for your big day!  I sincerely hope to follow you through all the important moments in your life & be your photographer for life.

Fall Engagements in Colorado: Gabby and Mike

Considering we are slinking ever-so-slowly into winter this year, it doesn’t seem so inappropriate to post a few of the fall engagement sessions I photographed this year.  :-)  Eldora is one of my favorite mountain towns in the whole wide world.  Not only do does my family history there go back to the early 1900′s, but I consider myself incredibly lucky to have grown up there, spending thousands of weekends as a child with my parents and sisters.  It’s also where I lived for my last semester at CU, and where my heart immediately goes to whenever I consider spending a weekend “away.”  The fall the colors this year were as spectacular as ever and I invited several couples I will be photographing weddings for next year to meet me there for a session instead of the go-to locations around Denver metro that I usually utilize for engagement sessions.  I had two couples take me up on it and both sessions were incredible!

Gabby and Mike, the first, are getting married in just over a month at the Kevin Taylor Opera House on January 19th, 2013.  Heather Allen from Table 6 Productions will be coordinating and designing the wedding and was also how this couple came to find our about me and my work.  I am so appreciative of the relationships I have with so many outstanding wedding industry professional in Colorado.  A glowing recommendation from many of them is as good as a wedding booked.  Thank you Heather! I can’t wait to work with you.  Thank you also to the darling couple for being so flexible and for making the trek to Eldora to enjoy the beauty of fall in our glorious mountains.  I am so thrilled to start my 2013 wedding season with you.  Photographing your engagement session gave me a great insight into both of your personalities and the easy and sweet love that you have for each other.  I hope to be in your lives capturing all the important times still to come.

Regan & Jack: Beaver Creek Engagement Photography

I am very much a “gut-feeling” kind of girl, and in most cases it is a wonderful sixth sense to have fairly well sharpened.  Especially in my line of work, it is important that there is a connection between myself and the person/people I am photographing.  After about 10 years of photographing couples, I have realized that the connection I am able to feel is the key to it all.  It’s the thing that inspires me to create beautiful images brimming with love and joy, beauty and happiness.  Obviously given a beautiful backdrop, like the top of Beaver Creek Mountain, it’s hard to go wrong, no matter what.  But that said, a beautiful backdrop can’t make up for a missing connection, no matter how spectacular.  Given the glowing energy between Regan and Jack combined with the nearly instant connection I felt with the couple upon meeting them face to face, we were absolutely golden!  The images are to die for…

Also, I am in LOVE with their love story and I already can’t wait for their big day, set to take place on the Beaver Creek Wedding Deck with the reception at Beano’s Cabin; two of my favorite Colorado wedding venues.  Regan and Jack’s parents have been long-time family friends. However, Regan and Jack didn’t meet until Mar’11 when they went to brunch together with their families in NYC.  Regan was living/working there and Jack was in San Diego at the time. They also connected instantly, did the long distance dating for a year and then their love couldn’t keep them apart any longer. Regan moved to San Diego in Jan’12 and says she definitely considers it home now.  Both Regan and Jack are just over the moon about having their wedding in gorgeous Colorado, smack dab in the center of the country, where families & friends from both coasts can meet in the middle to celebrate.

Every time I meet a couple as in love with each other as Regan and Jack are, I know I am on the right track with my photography career.  I can’t imagine a more fulfilling experience for my work than to capture that genuine love, freeze it in time, for beautiful couples to have and look back on f0r a lifetime.  My sixth sense tells me these two are the real deal.  And when I look at the photos today I can already see them together in 50 years and beyond.  That “look” is what I look for at every engagement session and I didn’t have to look far with these two.  Regan and Jack, you are both totally darling and being around you left me with warm fuzzies for the rest of the weekend.  Your wedding is going to be one for the record books and I am honored you have chosen me to document it.  Thank you for the bottom of my heart.