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Denver Engagement Photographer: Calie and Aaron’s City Tour

Denver Engagement Photographer: Calie and Aaron are one of my sweet couples getting married over Labor Day weekend this coming August and they were referred to me by their wedding coordinators at Colorado Wedding Company.  I always love working with CWC and they always send me the best couples!!  After the time we spent together for their engagement session, I am even more excited about their wedding!  We had such a great time together and I loved meeting their fur-child as well as  Calie’s mom and sister, who were visiting from out of town and decided to come along for the ride.

Since Calie and Aaron are both came to Denver from Texas, they really wanted to do their engagement photos around the city at some of our more famous landmarks so that their guests (mostly coming from out of town) would be able to see a little more of the city when they sign the engagement signature guest book that I am going to create for them.  We went to the Millennium bridge in River Front Park, & Union Station (although that was a bit of a fail since its surrounded by chain link fences and under construction) first.  Then we cruised up Park Ave to get a great view of the city.  From there we drove into downtown to see the clock tower, the big blue bear at the convention center, and ended our tour up on capital hill near the art museum.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day and it was wonderful to get to know them and not only photograph them, but give them a mini city tour as well.

These two love birds met working for Purple Land Management LLC in Fort Worth shortly after college.  Their romance was sparked, ironically, when they were both assigned to a project in Denver about a year later.  They had their first date at the Brown Palace and just over a year later, Aaron took Calie back there to surprise her with his proposal.  After she said yes, she was further surprised by his parents, her grandparents, mother, and sister, who were all waiting in the lobby with champagne to celebrate!  Good thing she said yes! :-)

Denver Engagement Photography: Kerry & Jamey at Red Rocks

I consider myself fortunate to live in a city (Denver) with so many gorgeous locations for engagement photography nearby.  Red Rocks is just one of the many, but it is also one of my very favorite!  One reason is because it has worked well for me in every season from winter to spring to summer to fall.  Given the stunning backdrops of the massive red rocks to incorporate, it pretty much doesn’t matter what is happening on the ground or with the trees since the focus gets drawn to the magnificence of the rocky location.  Kerry and Jamey are one of my darling wedding couples for 2014 and when they said they wanted to go to Red Rocks for their engagement photos, I was all in!  In fact, I may have even suggested it when I knew we were going to take photos in the winter time so that they could use one of the images for their save the date cards.

Their wedding date is set for September 27th, 2014 with the ceremony to be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and the reception at Sheraton Denver West, both in Lakewood.  They have approximately 300 guests coming to celebrate their marriage and after getting to know them both at our initial consultation as well as the engagement session, I am confident that it is going to be one FUN day!  No only are their personalities sweet and easy to love, but their love for each other is obvious.  I say it often, but I feel like it warrants repeating….I love it when I meet a couple and there is an instant connection like the one I felt with Kerry and Jamey.  Jamey’s only request was that they wear their Bronco gear in a few of the photos.  Not only was I happy to accommodate this request, but the images we took once they changed clothes are some of my favorites…and theirs too!  :-)

Boulder Engagement Photography: Alex and Louis

Boulder is one of my all-time favorite cities for engagement photography in Colorado.  Although Chataqua park might seem like a less than ideal location for this kind of session given it’s popularity with college students and Boulder residents alike pretty much anytime of the day on any given day of the week, I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve to make it seem like there is no one else around.  First of all, I always get off of the beaten path.  At the bottom of the trail head that winds upwards toward the flatirons is a great big field off to the left (if you are facing the mountain) that you can walk a short distance into.  From that vantage point, and using a long telephoto lens, I am generally able to avoid any hikers in the background, while still getting great views of the spectacular flat iron backdrop.  There are also some great fences and large rocks in that same general vicinity that have worked beautifully for my engagement sessions. I also love the long grass that grows everywhere and tend to get low to the ground so that I can shoot through them to create a voyeuristic kind of feel to a few of the images.

Alex and Louis are a darling couple getting married in March of 2015 in Aspen.  Their wedding is going to be a blend of American and Persian traditions and they are going all out!  With a fabulous A-team of Colorado wedding industry professionals (including the Perfect Petal and Calluna Events), it’s going to be one for the record books!  I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Alex’s mother, Susy Shams, and I am thrilled that they have chosen me to document this extraordinary wedding celebration that will last all weekend.  I have never photographed a Persian wedding ceremony before and am beyond excited!  Even though there are still lots of details to be ironed out, one thing I know for sure is that it’s going to be a BLAST.  Is it 2015 yet?  :-)

Denver Engagement Photography: Natalie & Mike

Every once in a while a couple chooses me as their wedding photographer and it just feels overwhelmingly “meant to be.”  When Natalie and Mike and I met several months ago and we started talking about the venue they had chosen, I immediately whipped out an album that I had done for a couple that got married there a couple of years ago.  As soon as Natalie started flipping through it I remember her saying “Omg!  These are the photos that made us choose this venue!  I didn’t even know they were yours!”  And that was pretty much that!   They hired me a couple of days later.  :-)

Besides that, Natalie and I pretty much instantly bonded talking about her life as a professional ballerina.  I was also a fairly serious ballerina from the ages of 7 to 21, so we had lots to chat about and connect on.  I haven’t done ballet in years now, but I can still remember how rigorous and difficult it was like it was yesterday and I have an enormous amount of respect for professional dancers.  Mike was as darling as could be and came with their new puppy in tow which was another instant connector for me.  I am a HUGE dog lover and their puppy had me melting within seconds.

We decided to do a fall engagement session to take advantage of the beautiful fall colors and the gorgeous weather in Colorado that time of year.  They met me at the Standley Lake park in Arvada, CO and we took a little tour around the park looking for the most colorful backdrops.  We had such a great time just talking and shooting that by the end of it I felt like I had known them both for years.  Not to mention the fabulous images we were able to capture!  I am SO excited for their wedding this summer with the wonderful ladies at Cloud 9 that will be taking place at Spruce Mountain Ranch on June 27th.  I know we are going to have a blast together and that their wedding is going to be gorgeous and fun… just like them.  Thank you to Ann and Cortney from Cloud 9 Weddings and Papers for recommending me, and also to Natalie and Mike for selecting me!  I couldn’t be happier about being the lucky photographer chosen for your special day.