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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I drove up the pass from Denver to spend the night camping in the mountains with friends. We hiked up at midnight, climbed in the light of the full moon, and gathered around the fire to stay warm. We caught up on life, talked about Jesus, and laughed about how strange our paths are weaved into this tapestry of humanity. There are some days that I awake, uncertain of what life may hold for me. I'm extremely thankful for these moments with friends when fear of the unknown is banished and I'm filled with encouragement and love. Nights like these remind you when you're doubting that you matter, especially to Him who keeps the Universe stable.
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.
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!
Back to more Central America photos. On this part of the trip we began to trek inland and ended up on the Pacific side before catching a flight home. The little boy in the photos towards the end was the hostel cooks son in Nicaragua. When we arrived he was sleeping on a yoga mat and as we signed in he began to stir. He started stretching and threw himself into a few yoga poses. We watched him curiously until he stopped and wanted to play. He would walk around, steal our noses, and throw them out into the jungle! We couldn't stop laughing and smiling with him as he played tricks and giggled. More friends, more hostels, more oceans, hope you enjoy!
Elopement at Hanging Lake? Yes, please. Hanging Lake is my all time favorite place to take friends and family who visit. The hike to get to the hidden gem is fairly mild and fun, plus you're surrounded by waterfalls and foliage the entire way up. This area never gets old and I'm always in awe of the beauty surrounding it. I might add that it's also the most perfect setting to get eloped in. This adventurous couple hiked up early, spent time getting ready in the woods, and proclaimed their vows under a waterfall in a secluded nook made from tree roots growing around towering rocks. After the ceremony and with no time constraints we were able to scour the area and take as many photos as we desired. Alli and Sean were up to get creative, even if it meant crossing streams and stepping onto precarious logs that were slick with moss. When we finally came down from the lake we regrouped in Glenwood Springs for an afternoon appetizer and drinks before they were whisked away to a romantic dinner and the end of a beautiful day.
This is one of the first families I met upon my arrival in Colorado. When they asked me to take photos of them when the whole crew was in town I couldn't wait until we got together! We met at the top of Boreas Pass in Breckenridge which closes when the snow begins to fall and was still snowed in when we had our session. The trees line the road and it's one of my favorite places in Breckenridge to photograph.
We barely missed the rain on this shoot! I'm so glad that we caught a break because the cloudy skies made for the most dreamy light. This family worked so easily and quickly with me to capture their photos before the rain came back. One of their older children had been battling cancer and she wanted to snap a few photos without her hair. I was thrilled and in the end I think they are some of the best from this session.
Although the weather turned into blizzard conditions we safely traversed back and forth across the county for this winter wedding. The ceremony was a small one of family and a few close friends and it made for an intimate feel, especially when we returned to the reception site; a cozy cabin home set in the heart of Breckenridge. The bridal party was incredible and not only agreed to it but were also excited to hop into the storm and snag a few snowy photographs. They even started a snowball fight before rushing back into the warmth of the house laughing and brushing off snow. The night ended as family and friends gathered in the cozy log cabin to yummy food, champagne bottles being popped, and a fire crackling in the background. Whenever I left the reception I was welcomed to over 8 inches of snow on the road and light fluffy snowflakes hitting my lashes. I smiled and looked forward to editing the photos from the last few hours. What a lovely wedding.
Prior to their big day, I had been co-workers with Ash and Shea for quite some time. They were consistently a fun, spunky, and adorable couple. I loved hanging out with them and when they told me they were engaged and looking for a photographer, specifically me, I couldn't be more excited! Not only would I get to photograph friends but, I'd also get to photograph a couple that you could literally see the love and happiness emanating from them. Their day was special and unique with lots of little details, friends who traveled across continents, and amazing drinks/eats. Their wedding was held at a location with a restored old barn and dance floor that opened up to the gorgeous mountain background Grandby, Colorado, beholds. Their ceremony was held in front of this lovely backdrop where we also took the majority of their wedding party photos and ended them shortly before a rain shower began. Their reception was filled with delicious food and laughter and they ended the night dancing to the best funky music that their friends got down to. Seriously one of the funnest and easiest weddings I've gotten to be a part of. Brides, get married in this gorgeous state, and ask me to photograph it!