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Mandy + Jack: Picnic Themed Engagement Session

Last Friday we had the pleasure of finally meeting Mandy & Jack for one of the funnest engagement sessions ever! Several years back we started dabbling in model and fashion photography and what we loved most was being able to tell a story and getting to use our creativity with this type of photography. So, when Mandy suggested a themed engagement session we were beyond excited to work out the details with them. Their idea was a Hamptons nautical/picnic theme. Pulling that off meant finding a setting that didn’t scream Colorado but could really be anywhere USA. We found the perfect location right here in Castle Rock that has areas of trees and tall grasses and then really cool sand bars with huge boulders. To say these two were easy to photograph is an understatement! They were so easy going and so much fun! Looking through the photos I don’t think anyone could guess it was Colorado in the middle of winter 🙂 We were hoping for a warm afternoon and fortunately besides the wind that kicked up midway through we lucked out with a really nice day. So excited to share these pics and couldn’t resist posting one of Jack’s awesome jumping skills. Cannot wait for their wedding this May and a big thank you to Cydney at Stiletto Events for recommending us!

Meghan + Kellen: Lair O’ the Bear Engagements

A couple years back I reconnected with Meghan (after we went to high school together several years ago) to take some images of her for her band Murphy and the Claytones. We had so much fun taking those photos and so I was really excited when she contacted me to say she was getting married! When we met up to talk about the wedding details and meet her fiance Kellen I knew instantly we were going to have an awesome time taking photos for these two. Right off the bat it was as if I’d known Kellen for years. He’s hilarious and so easy going- I don’t think you could ever have a dull moment with him around! And he keeps Meghan laughing and smiling which is even cooler! They really wanted a “Colorado outdoors” look for the pictures (without a lot of hiking 😉 ) so Lair O’ the Bear was the perfect choice. The colors and scenery were perfect up there since spring arrived just a bit late. Loved that we didn’t have to deal with any bugs either- although we did find a small gardner snake along the path when walking back from the open field. We had such a great time and could have photographed for hours with these two- so excited for their wedding less than a month away! 

Aubrey + Cameron: Engagements at Chautauqua Park

Sometimes you just have everything fall into place- perfect couple, perfect location, perfect weather and just an overall awesome time. Our session with Aubrey + Cameron was just that! Not only are they the CUTEST couple and super sweet but they ride downhill mountain bikes, Cameron rides dirt bikes, and they are fellow “yeep” (aka Jeep) owners- this was a match made in photographer heaven (in case you didn’t know I also ride mountain bikes, dirt bikes, and we LOVE our Jeep). The day of our session was the first time we had the pleasure of meeting these two but had heard nothing but wonderful things about them from Cydney at Stiletto Events and we knew by our emails back and forth that we were really going to enjoy getting to work with them. I love that they brought along props to really personalize their pics. Of course that had to include Aubrey’s awesome pink bike which made for some really fun photos and the veil and crown was hilarious!! Aubrey + Cameron both went to CU so Boulder was the perfect location for their engagements. It was only the second time we’d been to Chautauqua Park but it was the first time we’d been there in the spring and it was GORGEOUS! We can’t wait for their wedding this August! Thank you Cydney for referring them to us and Heathyrre did a beautiful job (as always) with Aubrey’s makeup. Here’s a sneak peek from our session.

Ashlyn + Tyler: Winter Engagements at Mount Falcon

It’s always interesting to hear couple’s stories of how the met and Ashlyn & Tyler’s connection to Colorado definitely had us wondering. Both are Texas natives, currently living across the country, but are getting married in the Colorado mountains despite family & friends living elsewhere. We were curious why they decided to plan the wedding here (besides the fact that it is a beautiful location to get married) but it made perfect sense seeing as they met here while on a ski trip with friends. Apparently they instantly clicked when they met and that chemistry was definitely obvious throughout our session with them up at Mt Falcon. I almost felt like we should have been paying them for modeling rather than them paying us! It’s plain to see they are a gorgeous couple but they were also so much fun to work with. Most of the snow from our recent storm had melted down here in town so we were expecting nothing more than a little mud and some snow on the grass. We got a bit of a shock to find just how much snow was still up there. I think each of us had at least a handful of close calls almost falling while we slipped through the slushy snow. They were so great about it though and I think in the end the pictures were definitely worth the slushy hike. We can’t wait to photograph their wedding this coming summer especially since Cydney will be planning it- we know it will be awesome!

Makeup: Heathyrre Kautz of Heathyrre Kautz Couture (she did a beautiful job like always with Ashlyn’s makeup for our session)

Downtown Golden Engagements: Jess + Brenden

Last weekend we met up with Jess and Brenden in Downtown Golden for their engagement session. We opted to start the pictures as late as possible that evening due to the heat and even then it was still around 100 degrees by the time we finished at sunset! They were such troopers though and we were able to get some amazing pictures. Brenden is one of my brother’s really good friends and was a groomsmen in his wedding this past fall- now it’s Brenden’s turn and he and Jess are getting married this September. We had such a great time with these two! They were so natural in front of the camera and have such chemistry together that our session ran a little longer than normal because I just couldn’t stop taking pictures- oops 🙂  Although in the end I’m glad we stayed out a little longer than planned which allowed us to get some awesome pictures of the beautiful sunset! We had a tough time deciding which photos to pick from there were so many we liked but here’s a few that we just had to share. This first picture was taken against a building that always reminds me of a setting you’d find in Mexico- I LOVE it! 

Engagements at Lair O’ the Bear: Sarah + Luke

I can’t believe it’s already the middle of June! And if this past week is any indication of the weather to come it looks like it’s going to be a very hot summer. Last weekend we were fortunate to have a little break from the heat for Sarah & Luke’s engagement session up at Lair O’ the Bear in Idledale. This location is one of my new favorite spots and it was the first time we’ve gotten to photograph there this time of the year. We met Luke back in 2009 in Jamaica when we photographed his brother’s wedding (Alyssa & Matt). He’s such a nice guy and we had a great time getting to know him over the few days we spent in Jamaica with their family so when we heard from him last year that he was engaged we already knew we’d like Sarah and really enjoy getting to work with both of them. So of course we had a blast photographing their engagement session! We met up with them during my favorite time of day- a few hours before sunset. The light is just gorgeous this time of day and it was perfect for our session with the two of them. I always like to have a little fun if people are up to it and since I just can’t resist dandelions we had to take a few pics with these giant ones found in the field. These are some of my favorite images from the day- can’t wait for their wedding this August!

Cydney + Kiel: Golden Colorado Engagement Photography

This post has been in the works for over 20 some odd years! I’ve known Cydney before the internet and long before Facebook and now all these years later I can’t believe I’m photographing her wedding and her engagement photos! Cydney and I were next door neighbors as kids and friends for many years and I’m so excited that she has found Kiel to share her life with. Kiel really knows how to make Cydney laugh and makes her happy which you can’t ask for more. We met up with the two of them in Golden and being a wedding planner, Cydney had plenty of ideas for props to bring along for the shoot. We LOVE it when people want to incorporate something fun into the engagement session and balloons, bikes, and super cute puppies are always welcome 🙂 Got to give a little shout out to Cydney’s wedding planning company Stiletto Events. So many people think that hiring a wedding planner just adds to the cost of planning a wedding but a good planner not only can help keep costs down by focusing on the important things (ie. wedding photography) and reducing or cutting out needless expenses but they can also help keep your sanity when trying to plan one of the biggest days of your life! Make sure to check out Stiletto Events– Cydney is awesome!! Anyways, we had a great time in Golden- lots of laughs, a few mosquito bites, and some beautiful pictures! Here’s just a few we’re excited to share with you.