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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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!
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.
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.