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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 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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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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Central America Part 2

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!

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Central America Part 1

This last spring I had the opportunity to go sailing from Mexico to Guatemala with two of my cousins and a friend. When I arrived they revealed that they had had a terrible trip sailing in from Cuba and that they wouldn't be moving from Isla Mujeres, Mexico, for three solid weeks. With only a month and a half to travel my cousins and I spent the next two days trying to make a decision. On the third day we took off to backpack, ride chicken busses, stay in hostels, and take advice from locals and other travelers. What a fun and crazy trip that ensued. After all was said and done we had traveled through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, skipped El Salvador and Honduras via an extremely long bus ride, spent some time in Nicaragua, and finished our trek in Costa Rica. We met amazing characters from all parts of the globe, ate the most amazing food, swam in the bluest of oceans, slacklined across beaches, rode bikes to cenotes, and even crashed a birthday party on the beach. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip. To be continued in a second post.

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Hayley & Luke

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.

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Alli & Sean

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.

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Vail Pass

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.

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