When you’ve known each other since kindergarten and went to prom together, there’s a certain type of connection you have with one another. I was so excited to finally meet Kristin and David last weekend when they came back to Colorado from California for their fall engagement shoot! The connection and love these two share is incomparable. Their shoot was full of giggling, playing in the river, and their fun personalities coming out! I absolutely cannot wait for their big day in 2016!
When we first met Kristin and Clay through a mutual friend, we knew they were a special couple. Their adoration for each other and the way they interact is nothing short of endearing and absolutely adorable. We are so excited for their Rocky Mountain wedding in Telluride next summer! Congratulations, Kristin and Clay! Thank you so much for having us be a part of your incredible engagement and wedding season!
Taylor and Mike
Andi and Cory’s stunning Breckenridge wedding has us so giddy and excited! All of their wonderful DIY projects tied into their mountain wedding that was truly them. From having their fur-baby Oscar present for the whole day, to Andi’s cupcakes that she handmade for their big day, to their centerpieces that were memories of their Colorado hikes, and the gondola ride to their first look spot, everything truly shouted “MR. & MRS. GRAVES!” We are so honored we go to be a part of their wedding day and have developed a great friendship with them! Thank you two for having us be there with you as you said, “We do!”
Mike and Tay
Melissa and Scott have to be one of the most adorable couples on the face of the earth. Not only is their heigh difference absolutely endearing (so much so that they brought books for Melissa to stand on), but the way that they look at each other and interact is priceless and wonderful to witness. We’re so excited for their big day in 2016! Congratulations, Melissa and Scott! Thank you so much for having us be a part of this wonderful time with you.
Mike and Tay
When Cale called me a couple months ago to tell me he and his girlfriend, Kristin, were coming to Colorado and that he was planning to propose to her, I squealed as soon as we got off the phone. I could tell he had been planning this for quite some time, but he was missing something: an army of people. Over the weeks, Cale and I would chat a couple times a week and he told me of the people who were involved in the proposal. Quickly, his army of loved ones grew from Kristin’s mom, best friends, church small group members, florist, and family and friends in Colorado who were in on it and elated for these two! After Cale proposed, he went through the list of their closest friends and family who knew he was asking for her hand in marriage and she was floored!
We are so incredibly honored to have been a part of this magical and intimate moment between the future Mr. & Mrs. Spratt! Congratulations, you two! We’re so excited for your engagement season and journey through marriage!
Mike and Tay
When Carrie told me she wanted to do a bridal shoot for her and her husbands 8 year anniversary, I was so thrilled! Seeing a wife, mom, and friend in her wedding dress again is a surreal moment. Carrie and I chatted about how much life has changed in the last 8 years that she and Andy have been married. She’s now a mother of two amazing boys, Jack and Brooks, a runner, and a wonderful friend. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to spend the morning with this lovely lady!
So many times throughout your wedding day, you’ll stop for a second and recognize what’s going on around you and the vows you had just made. For Jeremy and Leslie, their wedding day was a union of families, two children, and moments of incredible emotion. We loved being a part of every second of their amazing and intimate wedding day in Pine, Colorado. Thank you two for having us be there with you two!
Mike and Tay
Things We Love :: Leslie wore her father’s wedding band the entire wedding day. • The union of families as Leslie became a mother to Alyson and Ethan. • Jeremy’s unstoppable joking and humor all day long. • Their daughter playing her cello during the ceremony. • The apple pie and ice cream, obviously.
One of the first books I ever read about starting a photography business was Fast Track Photographer by Dane Sanders. One of the stats that he presented shook me and stung: “In the 1st year, 60% of photographers give up their business. Of that remaining 40%, another 25% will fail within the 2nd year. The ones that make it are the remaining 15% who endure through the 3rd year.” I knew statistically there was a 15% chance of my succeeding as a full time professional photographer. However, in my heart of hearts, I knew there was no other option for me and I had to dedicate myself to make it past that 3 year mark with 100% certainty that I would be able to live my dream. Today, 1,097 days later, I made it.
August 29, 2015, three years ago, seemed like forever away, but was a day I was going to look forward to or be terrified of. In my fear-stricken mind, there were numerous and unsurmountable obstacles that I was going to face that would cause me to be part of the 85% of new business failures. On Saturday, something popped up in my newsfeed. It’s the middle of year three wedding season, and I don’t have much time to be on Facebook, but occasionally, I will be alerted of something I posted years back. Normally it’s monumental, like when Mike and I got engaged and when we bought our house. However, this status that had only received twenty-some-odd “Like’s” and maybe 2 comments, popped up in my newsfeed:
“Finally.” That day 3 years ago had been one of the scariest days in my life. I had just walked out of my corporate office job and went right to the bookstore to get all the business, marketing, and photography books I could find. I was sick, physically and emotionally a train wreck. Giving up a steady income with health insurance and travel benefits was sickening. Mike and I had only been dating for about 6 months when I called him and said, “I just quit. Can you come get me?” Mike and I had just spent the weekend prior camping and chatting about our future around the campfire. When the topic of pursuing photography full time came up, Mike asked what I was waiting for? I didn’t have a good reason. “I’m scared…? I won’t succeed…? People won’t like me or my work…?” I didn’t have a solid reason for why I was in a job I didn’t like merely lusting over the idea of running my own business.
The day I walked out of my comfort zone, we packed up our car and headed to Ouray and Telluride to business plan, logo design, and begin this awesome journey. The whole weekend was a whirlwind of excitement and terror and I didn’t sleep for more than 3 hours the whole weekend. Fear crept into my heart and I wasn’t sure that I had made the right decision. Was I being foolish? I had no income now. No health insurance. No security. And the worst part, no one knew about me or my business. I was TERRIFIED. Two days after I started the Facebook page, we hit 100 likes and I nearly cried. I just stared at the likes. 100 people thought my works was something noteworthy and believed in me.
Today, 3 years later, I couldn’t be more stunned and amazed by the fact that I get to live my dream of being a Rocky Mountain photographer in Colorado. In 3 years, we’ve shot nearly 75 weddings and have played one of the most intimate roles on couples wedding days. We’ve been there to witness new little additions as families grow, meet new parents who want their most sacred moments with their children cherished, and have watch our couples say their vows and promise themselves to each other. I can’t express how emotional and deeply honored and humbled I have been in the last 1,097 days. Thank you to all the people who have been a part of this journey with me! I love you all!
Meeting awesome couples is one of the best parts of our job as wedding photographers, and Lisa and Tyler certainly set the bar for awesomeness! Their love and truly fun personalities shined on their beautiful wedding day as they were surrounded by their closest friends and family members at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. Every part of their day was given such thought and care. We are truly blessed to have spent their amazing evening celebrating with them! Thank you so much for having us be a part of your wedding day!
Taylor + Mike
Venue :: Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Brides Dress :: d’Anelli Bridal
Hair :: Clementine’s – Sarah Lee Graham
Make up:: Bride
Flowers :: Prive Events Design
Wedding Plannin & Design :: Prive Events Design
Catering + Cake :: Relish Catering and Events
What started out as a joke about what we wanted for Christmas soon became one of our most memorable adventures. Mike and I love to travel and Iceland had always seemed like an appealing but unobtainable destination. However, after a little research and a lot of planning, we decided to book our plane tickets as our Christmas gift to each other! We went in May 2015 and experienced some of the most incredible terrain on the planet, some of the harshest weather conditions, and some of the best moments of our marriage on this trip. We’re so excited to finally share photos (both camera and iPhone) of our excursions in our tent, on the Arctic ocean, whale watching, and cafe hopping (my personal favorite thing to do in new countries).
Mike + Tay
Mike setting up his shot at Jokulsarlon Glacier.