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T-5 Days

I met Nicholas while hitch hiking across the country with my friend Cassandra. Having mutual friends in Virginia, he bought me a chocolate milk and handed me his knife. "You need this more than I do, just in case, you know." Though no situations arose allowing use of it I was grateful and at the end of our adventure he drove across country to visit; not once, but twice. We became close friends during these times and found that we shared a love for all things outdoors, Jesus, and good fellowship. During one of our cross country convos Nick made mention that he had begun pursuing a very special lady. I was a little wary at first but as time went on it because obvious that they were good, and I mean, really good for one another. I finally met this gorgeous ball of joy when she drove to Colorado with Nick on his third trip West. She has the most beautiful smile and the sweetest heart; she is lovely and the perfect height for my handsome brother. She's a coffee lover and an impactful and intentional friend. I decided pretty quickly that I liked her a lot. Nick had just asked her to marry him before their trip and I was honored to capture a few engagement photos while they were in town. Before leaving they asked me to come back East and photograph their wedding. Umm, yea, guys I'm ALWAYS down to travel! The countdown is almost over now and I'm so excited. I've just arrived in Virginia and already my trip has involved fantastic food, good coffee, intriguing conversations, and warm hugs. These wonderful things still haven't made up for the 1am flight Nick put me on but none of that will matter when these two say I do this Saturday evening. Enjoy browsing through this cheeky chilly engagement session!


 

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A Girl and Her Cats

 

Moving out is never easy. Theres's so much to be done, to be packed, to be thrown away. The worst part is leaving and saying goodbye to a season of good family style meals, late night talks, and living room yoga sessions with the room mates you called friends. We didn't know one another before moving in but that quickly changed as we settled into our poorly lit basement space beneath the mountains. With our room mate Ashley and our love for color the three of us turned it into a cozy, warm, and welcoming home. Her two cats and the plethora of couch surfers we allowed made our home full, and at times a bit frenzied. That didn't seem to stop us from housing 12 people plus us around Christmas and I wouldn't change the way we all slept wherever space was found. I've never lived in a house since that made my heart and life so full. Through fun adventures to disagreements and even that one time we didn't speak to one another, our friendship and care has remained. This is my friend miss Twyla Jericho aka Kayla Hall featuring Bing Bong the black cat and the other one, the cat who wouldn't stay out of my room.

 

 

 

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A Sunset/Campfire Engagement

Dinah was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Colorado. She's a lovely spirit and a fellow photographer. I've always enjoyed our conversations and inspiring ideas for new art. Dinah is someone who needs a partner who encourages that artistic flow and supports her passion for photography as well as painting. Steve entered her world. You could tell from the way her eyes lit up that he was quite a catch. Steve seems to bring Dinah a little closer to the ground and she lights up his life with her beautiful energy. We began our session at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, CO for sunset and later headed to their house for steaks and smores. The stars were so pretty and we played around with the fire to capture a few nighttime shots. The evening ended with warm drinks, hugs, and smiles. I loved getting to work with these friends and capture their personality together. Please enjoy looking through their photos!

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2016 Weddings

New year, new couples, new adventures! This is a shot from my first wedding of the season where these two tied the knot amongst the mountains in Breckenridge, CO. We started our day at Good Times Adventures where guests loaded onto sleighs driven by horses. Family and friends warmed up with hot cocoa and blankets as we caravanned through the woods for the ceremony. The sweethearts joined shortly after in a personal sleigh and we all gathered in the snow to watch them vow their hearts and lives to one another. The sun began setting and made for the most dreamy light that dimmed out over the mountainside. It was short, sweet, and absolutely perfect.

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New Year

This last year was a year of growth, many trials, smiles, and changes. I decided in January 15' to set down my camera more often, to try and take in the views with my eyes vs my lens, and to enjoy the moment without any clicks separating each breath I took. The moments I did pick up my camera I tried to create something worthwhile and when I chose not to I sought to imprint the beautiful moments of life on my heart and mind vs. a digital file or social media. This was one of 5 photos I took in Moab, Utah during the GGBY Festival in November and it is my favorite from the trip. This year I'll be bringing my camera along more often, I hope it's a year of more growth and that it's filled with new inspiration, opportunities, and creativity.

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The Dog Yard

Every so often I volunteer up at The Dog Yard in Breckenridge, CO, otherwise known as Snowcaps Dog Sledding. I love helping out in any way that I can but most often I end up snuggling all the little guys that aren't old enough to run yet. This means puppies, yep, the cutest fluffballs you've ever seen romping through snow. There are around 160 gorgeous Siberian Huskies that live at The Dog Yard. Each year the crew retires a few, adopting the older guys out and introducing a new group of pups to the team. This Spring the crew had prepped a group of ladies in heat but it ended with them all not pregnant. They tried again in the Fall, this time successful, or shall I say too successful? They ended up with 24 new pups as one girl, Drea, ran loose and got a little frisky out in the yard. This meant extra puppies and all the more kisses and licks to go around. On one of my free days I made the drive up to play, cuddle, and snap a few photos of yard friends and fluffy faces.

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October Baby

When Hayley jokingly sent me the text, "You should fly to Virginia for two weeks around my due date and take photos of my birth!" I surprised her with an enthusiastic, "YES!" I've never photographed a birth before and was as excited as I was nervous. I was scheduled to arrive September 23rd and depart October 6th. Hayley's due date was September 30th. With fingers crossed we hoped my trip from Colorado was timed correctly. Several days passed by with Hayley and I taking walks, preparing meals, painting nails, cuddling/watching Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood with her 2 year old North, and eating varieties of cookies with milk. After the second day in Virginia it began to rain. And rain, and rain, and rain. No more walks could be had outside so we resorted to the mall. Luke her husband entertained North while Hayley and I made our rounds power-walking through TJ Maxx and catching wary glances. Walking alone wasn't cutting it so we spent each day finding new ways to get the baby moving. Clarity sage oils, pregnancy tea, warm baths, foot rubs, more cookies. Her due date came and went. Then, the morning of October 1st she started experiencing contractions. When they increased to 10 minutes apart we decided to pack up and head to the hospital. We arrived around 11:30 with Hayley's contractions only picking up slightly. She was hooked up to several monitors to check that all was stabilized and the baby was doing well. At 12:30 they chose to go ahead and break her water and we began walking once more. 20 minutes went by as her contractions increased in strength. Luke was so sweet, holding her hand as she walked, pulling her hair back and soothing her as she gripped the railings during the height of her contractions. Around 1:20 pm Hayley had retreated to her room and yelled for the nurse that she had to start pushing. And push she did. For 10, maybe 15 minutes at the most. It was unreal how fast she gave birth to that little girl. Even the nurses were surprised. Luke gave us all a laugh saying "I'm pretty sure the women in her family are professional breeders." Afton Noel was placed in Hayley's arms and her and Luke couldn't stop smiling. Per their request I won't be revealing photos of the labor and birth to the public yet but enjoy the photos I took of Hayley before labor, and Afton after birth.

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Ropeswings and Highlines

Moab, Utah, this place never ceases to amaze me. Every so often I travel West to play in the desert with  some wonderful people and I always find myself on adventures like the ones you'll see below. The Monkey's were the ones who introduced me to Highlining, Basejumping, Climbing, Insane Ropeswinging, and more. The activities each are involved in are so complex and diverse, the list seems to go on and on. One fact remains the same though and that is that each desert dwelling friend absolutely loves living life. These pictures were from one of those trips West of the Rockies where we spent the day in the sun laughing, rigging, walking lines, scaring ourselves by jumping off of 400 foot cliffs, and hugging one another as the sun set low on the horizon.

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Celynn & Ryan

Celynn and Ryan had a small wedding planned at Sapphire Point near Breckenridge, CO. Family and a few friends had made the trek to watch these two incredibly loving people vow their lives to one another. It had been warm the entire week and thankfully we were blessed with another incredible bluebird sky and sunny afternoon. The ceremony was short and sweet and we were able to take our time with photos on the beautiful trails running around the mountain overlook.

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Hanging Lake

This is a continuation post from my instagram account @micahemily on which I posted a 3 part photo series of @caleb_the_human and I's wintery hike at Hanging Lake in Western Colorado. These are the full frame photos whereas the instagram account shows a preview of them cropped. I've added a few fun photos as well as some landscape to this post because I can't get enough of this gorgeous hike and I think you'll enjoy them too!

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