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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.

Denver Engagement Photography: Tara & Jared

Oh boy, oh boy! The New Year is officially upon us and I am already excited about the amazing weddings I have on my calendar for 2014.  I thought I would start this year with an engagement feature as I know the Holidays are always a season for lots of proposals.  I generally do most of my heavy booking in January and February of each year for that summer and fall, so if you are newly engaged and looking for your photographer, the time do so is NOW!

Tara and Jared are getting married at The Holy Ghost with a black-tie reception at the Brown Palace this coming August 2014.  They wanted to get their engagement photos done at a time when they could take advantage of the gorgeous fall colors in Colorado so we chose on of my favorite locations, Standley Lake, in Arvada near my home and once again, it did not disappoint!  It was an absolutely gorgeous day and the colors were a-blazin’!  But the backdrop aside, this couple is to-die-for, all on their own!  Their energy and love for each other is so obvious, I can’t help but smile every time I look at these images of them.

Tara and Jared met 13 years ago when Tara went to middle school with Jared’s twin brothers and Jared went to high school with Tara’s sister.  They re-united as adults in 2011 when Jared moved back from Las Vegas and Tara moved back from CA.  The saw each other out and about downtown, went on couple of dates, and have been together ever since!  Jared proposed to Tara at the top of the Empire State building and they both agree that was the most exciting time in either of their lives thus far.  I can’t wait to capture this gorgeous couple on what is sure to be a wedding day of their dreams!  Thank you to Tara and Jared for choosing me.  We are going to have a blast and together!!

Boulder Engagement Photography: Rachel and Tommy

Rachel found me via a web search while she was looking for a photographer to take engagement photos for her ‘save the dates’ for her July 2014 wedding in Telluride, CO.  We had a great connection right away and by the time the session was over I was totally bummed that I would not get to photograph their wedding as well!  They had already hired someone locally for the wedding before they found out about me.  Rachel and Tommy met each other while they were both attending CU in 2007 at the St. Julien Hotel.  It was only fitting that we took their engagement photos on the CU campus and finished up with a few shots at the St. Julien, also where Tommy proposed to Rachel.

I just loved working with this couple and we had so much fun walking around the beautiful CU campus and then ending at a place that holds a special place in their hearts.  They are both Colorado lovers, avid skiers, hikers, and outdoor sports kind of people in general.  Tommy is obsessed with the Broncos and we even had to have a quick intermission during our session so he could check out the game at the St. Julien.

To Rachel and Tommy, THANK YOU for choosing me to capture some special engagement portraits for you!  I wish you all the luck in the world as you move into your lives as a married couple.  I know your wedding will be absolutely gorgeous and I wish I could be there to capture it for you.  Please keep in touch as your family grows….  I would love to work with you again anytime!

An Italian inspired wedding in California wine country: Kajsa & Taylor Swallow

Oct. 31, 2013-Nov. 2, 2013

One of my very favorite things about my profession is that I get to travel to new and beautiful locations to capture destination wedding celebrations all over the country.  In this particular case, I got to spend a weekend at one of the most gorgeous villas I have ever laid eyes (or lens) on; Villa Montebella in Glen Ellen, CA on the edge of Sonoma county.  It seemed very fitting that this wedding was directly following my own personal first time adventure to Italy, as I had just recently come to appreciate Italian culture including the leisurely (& delicious!) meals, the amazing wine, and the breathtaking landscapes & countrysides all along the northern region of Italian wine country.  Kajsa and Taylor were beyond amazing to work with, top to bottom, left to right and 360 degrees around.  Their warm and welcoming personalities were contagious…not to mention the insane backdrops I had to work with for their outdoor ceremony, their romantic couples portraits around the property, and for the intimate reception/dinner in the wine cave.  Mmmmm….  the wine cave and the hundreds of candles that lit it up were unlike ANYTHING I have ever seen at any wedding, anywhere, ever.  And as if all of that wasn’t enough, their love for each other and all of the special people that graced their union was oozing out of them like light energy.  My trigger finger literally couldn’t keep up with my eye, but I shot my heart out to it’s absolute content with a feeling of joy and satisfaction and absolute connection for two straight days.

Kajsa and Taylor came to me by way of their wedding coordinator, Paige Reberry of Colorado Wedding Company.  Taylor is a long time friend of Paige’s and based on her glowing recommendation and my online portfolio, they hired me sight unseen.  I knew I would love them (because Paige said so!), but I had no idea just how far I would fall in love with two total strangers over the course of two days.  This is yet another thing I love about what I do and something that has enriched my life in countless ways over the last ten years.  When I spend time with couples, documenting their love as a celebration, clients cross over into the realm of friends more often than not, and in this case, they made the leap within milliseconds of my welcome and instantaneous observation of their warm spirits and beautiful relationship.  Nothing gives me more satisfaction than giving what I know how to do best to people that appreciate the power of imagery and artistry that is, in my mind, what wedding photography is all about.

When I get a letter like this, I know I have done something special… “Oh my Gawd!  They are absolutely amazing, from the portraits to the candid shots, we just can’t believe how amazing the photos turned out. The poses/moments, you were able to capture on film are nothing short of amazing. And to top it off, you also had gorgeous artistic shots utilizing the light/angle/subject… we are over the top thrilled and can’t wait to share them with friends and family. Thank you does not convey the gratitude we have for you agreeing to fly to California and spend the weekend with us. You are amazing!  We absolutely love them all and are having trouble even trying to narrow them down for cards and framing. :) Now that’s a great “problem” to have, right?   We must find a date to meet up, raise a glass to all the effort that went into this amazing weekend and the new found friendships that emerged!  XOXO  Kajsa & Taylor”

To Kajsa and Taylor, I look forward to a beautiful and long lasting friendship with you both!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for including me in such a special time in your lives.  It was an honor and a gift.  To Paige Rebbery, thank you a million times over for connecting me to this amazing wedding!  You are simply the best & I love you!  To Kelsy Albright, your execution of this weekend was flawless on every level.  Thank you so much for all of your hard work!! And finally, to Alex Rubin, my CA local associate photographer, thank you for capturing the garden party day for me so that I could red-eye it back to Denver for my last wedding of the season.  Your images are a perfect fit and I truly appreciate your efforts and talents!