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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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.
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.
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.
Hayley has been one of my best friends since High School. We met on a mission trip to Germany and returned the next year as room mates for the whole summer. She's someone who will tell you what needs to change straight up and will hold you to your word. The moment I caught wind of this tall man named Luke I couldn't wait to meet him. Unfortunately that didn't happen until the week of the wedding because Hayley and I live across the country from one another. After meeting him I'm able to say that Luke matches her perfectly and takes extremely good care of my best friend. Their actual wedding day photos were taken by another photographer more local to the area but Hayley had asked me to take several photos of them together, prior to the wedding. We wrapped a bandana around Luke's eyes while Hayley prepared for their first look. We were fairly close to the highway at a turnout to a field that has a view of the blue ridge mountains. A few people honked as they passed and Luke took it upon himself to begin blindly waving and saying hello to those driving by. He gave us all a laugh and the photoshoot began.
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.
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!