One thing that you learn in the business of weddings is that each wedding is truly unique! I know that sounds like a total cliche', but it's so very true! Little did I know that I would be hearing Arrested Development quotes here and there (and even witness a chicken dance), it was quickly revealed that the bridal party was full of entertainment! Not only were they hilarious and fun - but breaking into random quotes and songs was par for the wedding day course! We loved it! Sarah and David were surrounded by emotional and touching moments with their closest friends and family but also great moments of fun and silliness! What more could you ask for on your wedding day? We had a blast! Thanks for having us there!
Meet Lauren and Bret. Lauren sparkles and Bret adores her. Mutual friends set them up and Lauren hilariously recalls "I almost didn't go through with it but my Dad encouraged me to go meet Bret. When Bret opened the door, well - that was the end of that!". Funny how those things happen!
We planned for some amazing portraits at The Country Club at Castle Pines because the views were so stunning. However, on their wedding day, the weather had other ideas. Unfortunately, we had freezing rain and very low temps, but Lauren and Bret were troopers and braved the elements for some stunning portraits!
A beautiful ceremony was officiated by Reverend Cynthia James from Mile Hi Church.
We continued to get lots of photo treats - Bret's groomsmen performed acoustically and received lots of cheers and "bravos" but Lauren brought down the house with her rendition of "At Last" by Etta James! The entire venue roared with applause and too many "bravos" to count! Of course, Bret couldn't take his eyes off of her the entire time!
Cheers (and many BRAVOS) to Lauren and Bret for a happy and everlasting marriage!
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!
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:
Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand - Mark Twain
Meet the wonderful Sarah and Trevor! They planned a fun mountain wedding at the Westin Riverfront Resort in Vail assisted by Taylor of Frosted Pink Weddings. If you know Sarah and Trevor, the day started with casually easing in to the wedding preparation and with lots of laughing! Little did I know what fun lay ahead - that would be part 2 of the wedding, coming up in another post! Enjoy - and keep on laughing!
Meet Laura and la familia, with their newest addition, adorable Mila. Honestly, it did take a few weeks to get on Laura's calendar to do this portrait session. Can you blame her? It's summer time and with 2 kids and a newborn, she certainly has no shortage of activities and things to do! And, to be honest (again), I had met Mila long before - at Laura's maternity session and officially when she was about an hour old! Laura had a really specific vision for this session, mainly "I want the session in our bedroom and I want the kids to do whatever they want". Of course, that entailed jumping on the bed, watching cartoons and lots of laughing and being goofy! I loved how she just wanted to really capture her family just being themselves in their own sanctuary. Reese and Owen are so fun to photograph, both very expressive in their own individual ways. It was also hilarious (says the one who doesn't have kids) to get a shot of Laura just being a Mom, exasperatingly giving up on trying to get a photo of the 3 of them with baby Mila at the top of the stairs. What can you do? As I've learned and witnessed over the many years of being a photographer, when children are involved, you just have to see what you get! I love surprises! And, I love this family to the moon and back! Enjoy!
"Love me and the world is mine." - David Reed
Meet Leslee and Juan. They had a wonderful wedding at Crooked Willow Farms! I loved how fun they were and how Juan calls Leslee "dude"! Their first look was so touching, Leslee just stood there and stared and Juan for a long time. Can't get much cuter! These two were meant to be!
Here's a pretty funny photo from a recent wedding at Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs...too cute!
Sometimes I get requests to do a "jumping" photo, however there always seems to be one person who is slightly off...see what I mean? (Haha).
Meet Sarah and Joey and check out these beautiful views from the Country Club at Castle Pines! It was a perfect Colorado afternoon for this session! We had some great laughs and both Sarah and Joey were so comfortable in front of the camera - can't wait until the wedding day at the amazing Broadmoor!
Meet Erika and Mike. You know when the wedding guests do "the Wave" while waiting for the ceremony to begin - you are in for a fun wedding! Erika and Mike had a perfect wedding: amazing weather, beautiful surroundings, love, laughter, some tears and most of all: a rocking good time surrounded by the people they love! I can't really ever remember a wedding where I wanted to dance along with everyone, it was so much fun to capture! Enjoy!
Wedding Planner: The fabulous Jenifer Hammond of I Do Weddings and Events, Venue: Beano's Cabin in Beaver Creek/Avon
Meet Jennie and Kent! Kent surprised Jennie one night during one of their nightly dog walks at Wash Park. He went to the park earlier in the day with chalk and wrote out their initials and a big heart on a path somewhat secluded from the main road. Jennie was completely surprised to see their initials on the path when they came across it and was thrilled when Kent then went down on bended knee! How romantic!
Enjoy! Can't wait until your wedding in September!
One of the things that I find hugely important in my life as a "creative" is to do personal work. The blog post before this one featured my friend and fellow photographer, Laura. She knew that I'm trying to build my yoga portfolio so she happily offered to do a bit of yoga "posing" for me and this is what came out of it. I'm very happy with what we created!
“A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.” ― Lois Wyse
Meet Laura - I'm sure some of you know of Laura. We are both photographers. We met many years ago and, way back in the day, helped and inspired each other to grow our wedding photography businesses. There were no on-line forums or photography groups that you could learn from like there are today - we just had each other and another dear friend - Jamee. We were the 3 musketeers. We would meet and talk about our businesses - our ups, downs and the challenges we had. Jamee was the first to get married and both Laura and I photographed her wedding. Laura was the second to get married and Jamee photographed her wedding (I was unfortunately working that day). We were close and we still are.
I was pleasantly surprised when Laura told me she was expecting her third child! Wow! How life ebbs and flows! I was fortunate to have photographed her two other pregnancies, so I insisted on this one as well! It's amazing that no matter where the 3 of us are in our lives, we can just pick up right where we left off and not miss a beat.
To my lovely, lovely girlfriends - You are in my hearts, forever. I love you both so dearly, words could never express how much you mean to me!
With Lots of Love!