A Wedding at the Garden of the Gods Club, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Meet Kate and Joe!  One of the first things I recall about meeting Kate was thinking "wow, we are going to be good friends".  Kate was kind, funny and very relaxed about her wedding.  In fact, so relaxed and fun that I noticed everyone that she came into contact with said the same thing about Kate - that they considered her not only a client, but a friend. Kate loved the movie Mama Mia and so she brought in many accents from the movie to her wedding day including some yummy Limoncello at her reception.  They wanted their guests to see all the beauty that Colorado had to offer, so choosing the Garden of the Gods Club was an easy choice.  Deer frequently walk thru the property and you can't beat the view.

Enjoy!

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Wedding Planning and Coordination:  The amazing Stephany with SK Events

Florals by Twigs and Posies

 

2013 - A Year in Review, Sort Of - Denver, Colorado Photographer

2013 was an incredible year in many ways.  We are fortunate to have been in business since 2001 and continue to love what we do!  I could list the many weddings and events that we've done this year, but I also feel it's important to share personal work as well.  In the off season, I continue my education and dedication to being the best that I can be and I feel it's also important to take the time to recharge my creative batteries!   Going to new places and seeing new things help to recharge my creative batteries, which leads me to travel photography. Travel photography is quite challenging.  You don't really know what you will be capturing.  Sure, you can document surroundings but will the people you encounter want their photo taken?  Am I being respectful of where I am in this moment?  By having my camera, will I take myself out of the experience to photograph what is happening?  Those are some questions I ask myself when I'm out and about.  Not only do I recharge myself by seeing new and different things, but I also feel that my photography skill only improves with these experiences.

I will continue to blog the many heartfelt weddings and family sessions that we have done this past year, but for now I'd like to share with you some images from my travels from early last year.  There were no solid plans that were followed, everything you see here (with the exception of a couple of photos of myself), was every day life unfolding.  The sights, smells, colors, people and experiences will stay with me for a long time.  The countries represented in this photo montage are:  Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.

I could go on and on about my business achievements for the year, but for this one post, in the early "new" year, I'd like to share with you these images that are responsible for recharging my batteries, making me a more authentic and aware photographer!

Best Wishes for another amazing and creative year - Happy 2014!

Enjoy!

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A Clear Creek History Park Wedding - Golden, Colorado

First, a poem!  I am always collecting words that inspire me and also make my heart feel full.  I love this one:

“In this world there is always one person waiting for another, be it in the middle of a desert or in the middle of a big city.

And when those people pass each other and their eyes meet, past and future lose all importance, and the only thing that exists is that moment and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun

was written by the same Hand, the Hand that awakens Love, and that makes a twin soul for everyone who works, rests and seeks treasure under the sun.

Without this our human dreams would make no sense.”

I first met Erin in Costa Rica!  She was my roommate when I went to Costa Rica to get my yoga certification.  We became quick pals and learned that we both collected heart rocks and had small collections from around the globe.  She talked a lot about her boyfriend, Chris and she was so excited because he was coming out to Costa Rica to meet up with her after the 30 day training ended.  We shared a few hilarious times together - briefly:  our other roommate who talked, laughed and yelled in her sleep (LOVE YOU, Francine!), being awoken at 2am by a huge hissing cockroach that somehow got inside her mosquito net, while using the bathroom, having a giant lizard fall from the ceiling almost on top of her head, and while walking back to our bungalow after dinner in the jungle (in pitch black darkness with only our headlamps) screaming at the top of our lungs when the property's dogs came trampling through the forest (and, on another walk home, screaming again when a horse appeared).  I could go on and on!  It was one of the best trips of my life and I was so fortunate to share it with Erin!

During the yoga training, Erin showed me a photo of Chris.  It was on her phone, so it was kinda small, but I could see he was a tall white guy with brown hair.  Fast forward to the day after yoga graduation.  We were leaving our jungle sanctuary to go into the nearest town to stay in a hostel for a few days and we were craving some major necessities:  namely chocolate, wine, sushi, french fries and beer (not necessarily in that order).  Erin was staying with us and was looking forward to having Chris meet us in town - a mere 5 hour bus ride from San Jose.  Unfortunately, Chris' flight was cancelled, which meant he also missed his connection.  Erin was frantically trying to reach him and get information but because he was trying to find other ways to get to Costa Rica, the communication between them was hit or miss.  Erin was so sad - she just wanted to see Chris so badly!  The day after he was set to arrive, she was hoping that he would magically show up.  It had been 24 hours since Chris was to have arrived in Costa Rica.  We spent the day at the beach, hoping that she would hear something soon!  Francine and I decided to go back to the hotel and on the way, passed a nearby bus stop.  There was this tall guy with brown hair kind of wandering aimlessly and I was thinking "I think that's Erin's boyfriend"...So, I said to Francine kind of loudly "Hey, doesn't that guy look like Erin's boyfriend?" and he heard me and ran over and said "Yes, I'm Erin's boyfriend - I haven't had any sleep yet and I went to the hostel and she isn't there - do you know where she is?".  I couldn't believe our luck!  I was so happy and especially so excited to see their reunion!  So, we led Chris to Erin on the beach and Erin ran up to him and jumped on him!

Okay, fast forward another 2 days and we saw Chris and Erin a few times, but they were doing their own thing.  And then...on the day that I left, I saw Erin and she said that Chris proposed!!

And here we are:

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Featured on Couture Colorado Baby - A Colorado Style Blog

One of our favorite wedding blogs, Couture Colorado, has expanded their blogging goodness!  We are thrilled to have our work featured on Couture Colorado Baby!  One of my all-time favorite coordinators, Ashley Summers, entrusted me with photographing her newborn baby girl, Storey.  To view the photos, click on this link A Styled Shoot for Storey.  My favorite part of the shoot was, of course, Storey!  She was a pro and slept through most of the shoot.  The frame was actually a mirror that I found at a thrift store for $12.  I may have 7 years of bad luck by breaking the mirror, but I made some beautiful memories for Ashley, Phil and Storey!  Enjoy!

Destination Wedding - Crystal Springs Golf Resort, New Jersey

One of the most fun things to do is to get on a plane with all your gear, fly to another state and shoot with another photographer at venue you've never been to before.  I'm telling you - THAT IS FUN!  Here is an image that I got while shooting with Kevin at Crystal Springs Golf Resort in New Jersey.

 

A Wedding at Cheyenne Mountain Resort - Colorado Springs, Colorado

  Meet Amy and David!  They recently had their wedding at the lovely Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs.  They both had such a great sense of humor and had us laughing all day long!

Enjoy!

 

The Broadmoor Magazine

  The Broadmoor has decided to feature Lindsey and Michael's wedding in their "in house" magazine that they leave in every guest room!  We are super excited!

Enjoy!

 

A Tropical Wedding - O'ahu, Hawaii

Natalie and Ben got married at the Sheraton Waikiki, which is conveniently next door to one of the oldest (and most romantic) hotels in Honolulu, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.  We did the majority of the photos before the wedding at the Royal Hawaiian and then straight into the reception where we feasted on some of the tastiest food and wine and talked story with family and friends - Natalie and Ben then did a hilarious money dance, of which I've never seen (though I doubt they've seen a chicken dance, come to think of it) and called it a night. I've had the honor of knowing Natalie for over 25 years and I'm incredibly humbled and grateful for her having me photograph her wedding!  Her family and friends became my family and friends and I will always treasure these memories for the rest of my life!

To Natalie and Ben:  Kampai, Mabuhay and Cheers!  May you have a blessed marriage full of happiness and love!

Enjoy!

 

Traveling to Costa Rica - A Yoga Adventure.....continues

  When we weren't doing yoga, we would go into town - Puerto Viejo was just a short 15 minute drive away.  Puerto Viejo was an adorable surf town - right on the beach and a visual feast for me!  We had dinner one night in a restaurant and apparently every evening at the same time, a sloth would appear and cross a beam in the restaurant.  It was quite a sight!

Enjoy!

Traveling to Costa Rica - A Yoga Adventure...continues

  The wildlife in Costa Rica was unreal!  Snakes, howling monkeys, humming birds, toucans, parrots, scorpions, lizards, sloths - you name it!  If you just stood still, the jungle would just move!  It was both amazing and a bit unnerving at the same time!  On my third night there, a scorpion fell from the ceiling on to my bed - after that, I had a mosquito net!  Most favorite: waking up at 5:30am to howling monkeys.  Least favorite:  the cockroaches as big as a taco tortilla.  Enjoy!

 

The Most Sacred Place in Hawai'i

  Here are some photos that are way overdue from my trip back home to O'ahu in November!

Welcome to the most sacred place in Hawaii.  This is Kukaniloko, known as the royal birthing stones.  This site was one of two sites set aside for the birth of royalty in Hawai'i.  There are 36 stones stones here, 18 on the left and 18 on the right.  The Ali'i (royalty) wanted their children born here for its spiritual power and only the Ali'i were allowed to set foot upon this ground.  The Hawaiians believed that the gods recognized a child born here.

I have to say when I went here, it was so peaceful.  You can *feel* this place.  The area is surrounded by tall eucalyptus trees and a sugar cane field.  It's only about 5 minutes off a main highway and it's not really marked.  It's so sacred that many people leave leis and other offerings.  When I was there, someone had left a wedding bouquet and lei - so amazing!

Enjoy!

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Happy New Year!

All that we behold is full of blessings.  ~William Wordsworth

Lindsey and Michael's Wedding at the Broadmoor (Part 1)

  I'm often asked what is my favorite part of the wedding day to photograph, which is a really hard question to answer!  But, I'd have to say that when a bride is getting ready for her wedding, that is one of my favorite times of the day.  There is so much excitement and anticipation happening.  After all, all the dreams, decisions and planning are all coming together!

Lindsey getting ready at the Broadmoor:

 

Thank You Cards

I'm about to blog one of my favorite weddings from the year - but I thought I'd start by going backwards with Lindsey's Thank You card.  We incorporated colors from the wedding and I really love the brown toned photos!

From top to bottom - the front, inside and back of the card.....

Enjoy!

 

 

Wedding Rings.....

  "embody a continuous flow of love, a circle that symbolizes eternity where there is no beginning and no end."

Enjoy!

 

A Little Wedding Humor Today....

Off Topic But Worth the Read...(oh, and make sure you watch the video)

My brother-in-law is one kick ass guy! One day he shared with me his strategies on goal setting and REACHING.  He sent me his top six steps for setting and achieving your goals:

1)  Put it to paper. It doesn’t matter how lofty your goals seem, just write them down. Be sure to set goals that add balance to your life. Set goals for every area of your life.

2)  Only set goals that excite you. You’ll need the fuel of enthusiasm to propel you toward your target.

3)  Prioritize. What do you want to tackle first? Put your goals in numerical order, from your first priority to the last.

4)  Chunk it down. Break down each goal into bite-size pieces. What do you need to DO to achieve your outcome? Be specific.

5)  Start the clock. Set deadlines for your main goals and also for the incremental pieces you identified in step three. A goal without a deadline is just wishful thinking.

And finally, take action. This is the most important component of goal achievement. You must DO something every day that moves you closer to your goal.  Remember, desire is no substitute for action. Only actions produce results.

 

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Inspirational...

After the tragic passing of Steve Jobs, I've read many articles on this incredible man.  One paragraph, quoted below, will sit with me for a very long time: "1990.......About this time, Jobs meets Laurene Powell, when he speaks at a class at Stanford business school. They exchange numbers. Jobs had a business dinner that night. ''I was in the parking lot, with the key in the car, and I thought to myself, If this is my last night on earth, would I rather spend it at a business meeting or with this woman? I ran across the parking lot, asked her if she'd have dinner with me. She said yes, we walked into town and we've been together ever since."

Leave those dishes right there....

Don't fold the laundry right now....

The mail can wait....

Plan that trip you've been putting off....Just go for it!

Hold your child close, kiss your husband with your all your being, tell your wife she looks beautiful, have that dinner with a friend you haven't seen in a while, call your parents and catch up.

"time is the only true currency in life".....

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A Simple Bow....

Can be so breathtaking.  This photo is inspired by one of my most favorite photographers on earth:  Elizabeth Messina.  I'm always so inspired by her work!