Monthly Archives: February 2014

Kristen + Tyler: Lair O’ the Bear Winter Engagements

We LOVE photographing engagement sessions! And as long as it’s not freezing out, winter can be a beautiful time of year for them. About a week ago we met up with Kristen and Tyler at Lair O’ the Bear in Idledale for their engagement session. This was the first time we’d gotten to photograph at that location in the winter and while it’s already a favorite spot of ours, it’s the perfect place this time of year. The snow along the half frozen river made for the most gorgeous backdrop! It’s pretty in the summer but doesn’t even compare to this! Kristen and Tyler are still in the midst of planning all their wedding details but wanted to start the process with an engagement session. They were referred to us by another local photographer, Kelsey Haffner, who takes the cutest baby & newborn pics 🙂 We are so thankful she sent them our way! Kristen and Tyler were so much fun to work with. They weren’t afraid to climb in a tree or walk on the frozen river (even after Michelle partway broke through the ice). You can tell they have fun together and make a great couple! We got some great pictures of these two and are excited to share them. Kristen and Tyler we’re so happy we got to work with you and wish you guys all the best with your wedding!!

The Jones Family: Winter Family Portraits at Chatfield

2014 will be a year of changes for Volkel Image and we couldn’t be more excited! Over the years we’ve had a lot of fun getting to photograph such a wide variety of events & sessions and we realized how much we love portraits so this year we’ll be focusing a little more on that- family, senior high, engagements etc. And while I’ve been the primary shooter and Michelle has been my assistant for almost every session over the years, another change to this year is that she’s going to be taking on the primary role a little more while I get to have fun playing assistant. Since we rarely have two cameras other than weddings and engagements, Michelle hasn’t really had the opportunity to ever photograph a family session so this was her first time getting to do so. I did take a few images as well but this entire post is just of her images. My buddy Landon and his family were kind enough to be our first test subjects 🙂  I’ve known Landon for several years and we even photographed he and Katy’s wedding back in 2007! They now have two adorable kiddos, Brianna & Rylan, who were so good that afternoon. We could not have had a nicer winter day with temps reaching almost 60 degrees- definitely didn’t feel like the end of January in Colorado. Chatfield Botanic Gardens is always a great location for families with the animals on the property to entertain the kids and it was fun to go back since we hadn’t photographed there in quite some time. We had a great afternoon with these guys and I think Michelle got some pretty good images for her first family session! Here’s some of our favorites from the day.