-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.
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.
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!