Okay ya’ll. It has been one HECK of an amazing year. Let’s look at the year end totals!
-6 flights and 4 states photographed this year – Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts and New York. Less than last year but in 2020 I’m headed to Hawaii – details here!
-7 Albums created
-12 Sunrise shoots
-18 Weddings, 4 Elopements, 23 Engagements, 2 Proposals photographed!
-92 Instagram posts
-257 Hours spent shooting on 59 days
-2572.5 miles driven for sessions
-And a whopping 36,349 aggregate images delivered to all clients in 2019.
This year was a year of amazing places – I got to shoot special occasions seemingly everywhere, from sea level to 13,000 feet. On a battleship, in a firehouse, in a dinosaur museum, in snowstorms and windstorms and fog and sunshine, on waterfall hikes, epic vistas, alpine lakes, mountain passes, on red rocks and vibrant street corners. In Colorado alone, my work took me to Boulder, Estes Park, Frisco, Breckenridge, Dillon, Silverthorne, Granby, Loveland Pass, Crested Butte, Golden, Sterling, Denver, Thornton, Allenspark, Copper, Vail, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Loveland, Calhan, Keystone, Guanella Pass, and Mt. Evans. We also outfitted the back of an old beater SUV with a bed, and my new husband and I have loved getting to see more of our state while taking short and long camping trips in “The Exploder”. This has allowed us to access more remote areas of Colorado for sunrise shoots, and to scout for and shoot intimate elopements happening off the beaten path while saving our clients money by not having to charge them for hotel accommodation.
Personally it was also a wonderful year, though we started on rough footing. In December of 2018, our condo flooded from above and had to be completely reconstructed, and while we were very grateful we didn’t lose any personal belongings, it was a very stressful time with lots of setbacks. We were living in our friend’s basement until April of this year, when we purchased a single family home in Lakewood, and we’ve spent much of this year de-uglifying it. In June, I joined the married club by marrying my dreamboat (and longtime assistant 😉 Steven in Longmont, CO. Planning my own wedding was very fun and fulfilling but I was also shocked by how much time I got back once the wedding was over. It was like having a second job!! Mad respect to everyone planning a wedding of ANY size and navigating all the trappings that come with it. We had a staycation honeymoon in our pajamas and we ate a lot of leftover cheesecake (oh no, we ordered too much…). We ADORE our wedding photos, by my former mentor, Rob Spring Photography. I was Rob’s assistant from 2012-2015, when I was even gawkier and dorkier than I am now, and he taught me that weddings are fun and that our job is the best in the world. I knew Rob would one day photograph my wedding and we were so lucky to have him.
The view from our front yard:
Colorado Winter Wedding Photos – 2019 Highlights
To kick off the new year I flew to Boston right away for Erica & Megan’s same sex wedding at a historic Inn. There was a LOT of rainbow glam spice action! The very next week I was back in Colorado for back to back snowy weddings, first at the Boettcher Mansion and then a quintessentially Boulder wedding with Jennie & Alexis. I finished off the winter wedding season after getting to shoot a stunning engagement at the Ice Castles, and a wedding at The Grant Humphreys Mansion.
Colorado Spring Wedding Photos – 2019 Highlights
After Natosha said YES to Joel at the most beautiful sunrise lost gulch proposal, Spring was officially in full swing. Jessica & Levi chose a starry night theme for their spring garden wedding, and Cat & Derek’s Wild Basin Lodge wedding in May was a big highlight- we even hiked to Copeland Falls after their first look! I kept my spring schedule light as preparations ramped up to my own wedding in early June, and that meant turning away a ton of amazing inquiries. Husband, you’re welcome.
Colorado Summer Wedding Photos – 2019 Highlights
3 days after I got married, I shot Janessa & Scott’s wedding in Golden – I definitely wouldn’t have taken them on as clients if they were anything less than supremely awesome people – and they delivered with a rocking party that felt like our own epic reception! The next week we were off to Sterling, CO for Nicole & Tim’s wedding at their alma mater, with a sprinkling of rain to cap off the day. July brought us an incredible 3-day Keystone Ranch Wedding with Deb & Matt, who came with a family that I’ll never forget. I’m looking forward to shooting Deb’s brother’s wedding in May of 2020 🙂 I shot nice people all over the place, from a Clear Creek Engagement in Golden; a Dream lake engagement in Rocky Mountain National Park, an elopement and engagement at Garden Of The Gods, then I flew out for Meredith & Jeff’s destination engagement shoot on an actual restored battleship. Sarah & Chris delivered an epic Ten Peaks Crested Butte Wedding, complete with their best dog Fritz, smoke bombs, and a whole lotta shenanigans. Cherie & Bryan’s Copper Mountain Wedding at Yoko’s hut was another favorite – from taking the lift up to the panoramic vista and all the amazing photo spots along the way.
Colorado Fall Wedding Photos – 2019 Highlights
In September I hit the ground running, returning to Colorado Springs for a Garden of the Gods wedding with an epic sunset. Erin & Alex’s elopement at the Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park was overrun with dinosaurs, but nobody seemed to mind. The aspen colors were late this year, leaving this Granby Ranch wedding looking and feeling more like summer. Then we had a whopper weekend with Ruth & Will’s intimate wedding ceremony day, and larger reception day, and Athena & Andrew’s sunrise elopement ceremony close on it’s heels – and I mean so close that there was only 6 hours between one event finishing and the next one starting. We hopped on the stoke boat for Jamie & Kelley’s Dinosaur museum engagement shoot, shot Brooke & Josh’s sunrise engagement in the mountains, and then another montage weekend with 5 shoots in four days. One of my favorite engagements of the year was Kiah & Nate at Guanella Pass, when the alpineglow crept down the peaks it was like the world had been dipped in golden lava. Staying in the mountains overnight, we shot Kim & Gus in Frisco with a hefty breeze and fall colors to die for – then it was another early morning for the coldest shoot of the year as we joined Yezi & Daniel at Summit lake on Mt Evans to say their vows. I could have stopped there, but we shot two more engagements that weekend, at a pumpkin patch with Maren & Braden, and with Yvonne & Natalie’s fresh funky style in RiNo, Denver. Finally, it was time for Brittany & Keith’s wedding, which was about as much fun as you could possibly have ever. I even wore my purple velvet onesie to shoot the wedding.. because that’s what Brittany was wearing! It’s been a montage of engagements from then on, starting with The Paint Mines, The Flatirons, Rocky Mountain National Park, Sapphire Point, Sprague Lake, Lost Gulch (at night!) and finally Lake Dillon.
Behind The Scenes 2019
And now the behind the scenes ridiculosity that you’ve all come for. First, The Steven and his ridiculous faces and antics – featuring pouty faces, gardening at 12,000 feet, tasting wedding treats, his signature Lunge.
This outtake is subtle, but if you look at the shadow Steven was casting on the right side.. you’ll see why I couldn’t include it in the client gallery. And no, it’s NOT what it looks like!! It’s a bag. I swear.
What better way to start off my outtakes section than with this Gif of me gardening before the first look. Thanks to Sarah for taking these frames!
Here’s what it looks like behind the scenes to grab the falling rings shot.
And here I am bawling at the kindness of women.
I feel like I get snagged on some nature at every single wedding and shoot. Luckily Shea grabbed this shot of me squawking at 10/10 dork levels.
Behind the scenes making this shot work with two dogs!
And I really relate to this sign at a buffet. Please, food. PLEASE FOOD!
Client outtakes: funnies and bunnies!
Brittany & Keith could have an outtakes gallery all by themselves. Or really just Keith. 😉
Carl took his impromptu assisting job so seriously.. werk it, Carl.
Wind was a major factor this year and most everyone embraced the hair-in-face and veil in face results.
And check this amazing tumbler that my 2016 wedding clients gave me at their anniversary session this summer – check out Arbor & Hive for yours!
Looking ahead to 2020, I’m stoked to be 80% booked already. I have just one wedding opening each in May, June, July, September and October, and May is pending a booking already. I can probably fit in one elopement each month from May – October as well, but please get in touch soon so I don’t break both our hearts when I’m booked up! And definitely let me shoot you in Hawaii or 2021!