Meet Tiffany and Kevin! They had a gorgeous Colorado wedding at one of my favorite venues, Crooked Willow Farms.
The weather wasn't cooperating that day, so unfortunately the wedding ceremony had to be moved into Lola's Loft, which made a beautiful setting for a wedding ceremony! After a typical Colorado afternoon shower passed by, we were outside again enjoying the lovely surroundings!
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What an amazing and insightful year 2012 was! Here are a few images from the year - so many photos taken and so many beautiful weddings, brides, grooms and families that we were lucky to meet this year! It was hard to choose these images just in the fact that there are so many wonderful parts to a wedding - the families and friends who gather to celebrate, sometimes from thousands of miles away - the beloveds that we give our hearts, our minds and our commitments to, and let's not forget the dancing and the food and the love! Weddings are truly amazing!
I haven't gotten to blog about half of my weddings from this year - stay tuned, enjoy and there is more to come!
Whew! I can't believe it - but I am done for the year! All my wonderful clients have come through before deadlines and all wedding albums have been ordered, photo shoots delivered and every wedding backed up! I recently delivered this gorgeous wedding album and it was fun to see the pure joy on my client's face when she looked through it, reliving and relishing those moments from her wedding day. It really is an honor to become a witness and official "recordkeeper" of these amazing days in people's lives. The experience of coming full circle - from planning months in advance, to photographing the wedding day, editing and post-production and then starting a whole entirely different creative experience to delivery of a keepsake that will be loved for generations to come is nothing short of amazing.
After she went home and showed her husband their wedding album, I received a text saying "Thank you for meeting today! I LOVE our wedding book! You're so incredibly talented...thank you so much for sharing your magic with us". I'm the lucky one.
Here is a recent image from a wedding at one of my favorite venues, Crooked Willow Farms. We stole a few moments away from the reception while guests were enjoying their meal to capture some really beautiful shots at sunset. Crooked Willow Farms is a perfect venue for a wedding - offering that rustic charm, lots of space and privacy and tons of different locations for photos! Enjoy!
It doesn't look 25 degrees in this photo, does it? On October 6th we had a deep freeze! I can't remember the last time I photographed in freezing rain! Anyway, Lauren and Bret were complete and total troopers!!! The lighting was amazing and they braved the cold to do photos of their "first look" outside. I am forever grateful - this image (one of many) was simply divine!
Meet Sarah and Jimmer. There is so much to like about these two! We originally met while I was photographing another wedding and I have to say, we clicked right away (pun intended)....!!! I so enjoyed photographing their wedding - there were a lot of fun and hilarious moments (see some of Sarah's expressions) and very tender and emotional moments (see Jimmer as Sarah walked down the aisle). A little rain didn't dampen the celebration and the Father-Daughter dance was one-of-a-kind. Enjoy!
Meet Sarah and Brendan! We got right down to some fun starting at Commons Park and continuing on walking and exploring different parts of the Platte River and surrounding areas. I loved Sarah's bright dress and knew we should head over by Elitches to check out the murals under Speer Boulevard. I was quite happy and they were quite playful!! Both Sarah and Brendan were into having fun and being spontaneous and, honestly - that's when the best photos happen - unplanned and relaxed!
Meet Patterson and Patrick! They had a stunning wedding at Grace St. Stephens Church and a beautiful reception at Broadmoor's Cheyenne Lodge. In addition to Patterson and Patrick being so kind, fun and gracious, there were so many things I loved about this wedding! Their first look was so emotional - I don't even think they were prepared for the tears as no one (not even us) had anything handy to dry the tears that flowed! Patrick and his niece Izzy had the cutest matching dimples!! And, I loved how close Patterson was to all of her girlfriends! The handkerchief had each of her girlfriend's initials and wedding date embroidered on it - accompanying each new bride/friend down the aisle on each of their own wedding days!
I recently saw a post in one of the photography forums asking the question "what is the number one draw for inspiration in your work?". I had to sit there and think and, to be honest, got a little irritated with myself because I could think of a few things, but not just one. I moved on to other posts on Facebook and promptly forgot about this one.
While editing recently, I came across this really special moment. And then I knew. I knew what my #1 inspiration in my own work was: connection. I love being connected to my clients, their families and friends. I love witnessing their connections with each other. I love how they trust me with these tender moments and let me into their lives to witness and record one of the most sacred things between a couple: the forming of a new family. They let me see them at some of their more vulnerable moments - crying with happiness (and sadness), laughing, dancing, drinking, elation and, at times, frustration. In these moments, memories are made and I'm ever so grateful to be witnessing and recording them!