Yellowstone National Park Photographer
We aren’t sure how it’s happened, but we’ve managed to travel to Yellowstone National Park after almost all of our major life events. For our one year anniversary in February 2013, we headed to Jackson, Wyoming to rent an adorable cabin and snowshoe. The day after Mike asked me to marry him, we packed up my Corolla with the dogs and all of our camping gear and headed north to Yellowstone through Idaho. After shooting Mallory and Steve’s Montana Wedding, wildfires redirected us to the park on our motorcycle during our last couple months of pregnancy (so, our baby moon!) It was actually in Grand Teton National Park that we decided we were going to name our son, “Colter”, after John Colter . Naturally, when the opportunity presented itself in 2018 to return to Yellowstone with our son, we couldn’t pass up a couple free weeks in July to head back to one of our favorite parts of the country!
Camping with a 7 month old has it’s challenges, but we were so proud of our little goober. He slept like a champ, played in and ate so much dirt, and his chill little personality made driving and camping for 10 days so much fun! Honestly, the hardest part was that he was so excited to be sharing a bed with Mom and Dad (and Mason and Copper) that he didn’t want to fall asleep! PARTY TIME started as soon as we all climbed into bed with him in our little camper.
We hope you enjoy some of our favorite shots from our trip of beautiful Wyoming and Montana. The Grand Tetons and Rocky Mountains in this area are so rugged and intimidating, and we hope we captured their essence.
And a couple cell phone shots 🙂
Ouray Colorado Family Photographer
I’m not going to lie, when folks book their photo shoot with me nearly a year out, I get so excited! When Lauren reached out last year to say she and her sister were surprising their dad with a Ouray Colorado Family Photographer session while on vacation, I could not wait to meet them. Lauren, her husband and their two boys, her dad, and her sister, Courtni, and her husband were all traveling to Ouray, Colorado from the midwest for their annual family vacation. When we got to Top of the Pines, Lauren informed me that her fathers house is filled with family photos covering the walls. Nothing warms my heart more than knowing that family photos grace the walls of folks homes. Social media is great and all people, but prints are purely magical. They’re tangible and nostalgic.
Now, I have found that by making farting noises, most boys warm up to me quickly. However, these boys needed a little more persuading for their sweet smiles. So, when all else fails in the fart-noise-making department, letting little boys jump off things is a sure fire way to win their hearts. Within minutes, Lauren’s boys had sticks in their hands and found a big wood pile. With a simple countdown and enthusiastic, “JUMP!” the boys immediately became starry eyed and game for anything we wanted to do for their family photos. And to boot, these two kiddos were some of the most affectionate and loving kids I’ve ever met. Their adoration for both mom, dad, Grandpa, auntie and uncle was so endearing. At any point, you would find one of the boys holding someones hand.
In true Colorado form, we were graced by Mother Natures beautiful lighting with a diffused and golden sunset. I can honestly say that I’m counting down the days when Lauren and Courtni and I can get together again when they’re back in Colorado! Thank you guys so much for having me capture this time for you!
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Sawmill Reservoir | Breckenridge Colorado Family Photographer
I was ecstatic to shoot this family session at Sawmill Reservoir, a hidden gem and easy hike in downtown Breckenridge. Shooting extended family sessions is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. There’s something about the WHOLE family coming together on vacation to have this time documented. Audrey messaged me to say that she, her husband, her parents, two siblings, 3 year old son, 3 nieces, 1 nephew, brother-in-law and sister-in-law were all going to be in Breckenridge for their family vacation. And they wanted this special time, celebrating their parents 50th wedding anniversary, captured! Did I mention she was pregnant with triplet girls at the time, too?
Naturally, most families have a little reservation, nerves, and questions when wrangling 13 people together for an extended family session. But let me tell you, you really can’t not have fun at these sessions! My goal at these sessions if for everyone to have fun. Being from a family of 8 (which is growing yearly), I totally understand the pressure and stress of getting a lot of people together and happy all at the same time. So, trust me, as a mom, daughter, and photographer, I feel you when you’re organizing outfits, food schedules, nap schedules, etc. Once you get everyone to the session, it’s up to me to take over and make it a fun experience and capture those truly candid and hilarious moments. Even if those moments include one little brother spitting at his sister!
What’s more is there’s truly nothing like watching big family dynamics. There’s inside jokes, allies, and love––so much love! When Audrey told me that she was pregnant with triplet girls, her sister, a mother of twin girls, looked at me and said, “Yes…she’s been trying to outdo me her entire life!” I never feel more at home than when I’m with a big family cracking witty jokes at one another. Meeting Audrey and her family, and celebrating her parents 50th wedding anniversary, was truly an honor and I can’t wait to see how this family continues to grow! Thank you so much for having me capture this time for you all!
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Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement
Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement | Adam and Jhori Rippy | Trail Ridge Road Elopement
I’m not going to lie, my photography wanderlust has been driving me to shoot an intimate Rocky Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement for quite some time now. So, when Jhori e-mailed and said that she and fiancé Adam were still working out the details of their intimate Colorado wedding, I was hooked. She let me know that while they didn’t know all of the details just yet, they knew they wanted to work with us. Naturally, my heart fluttered and I melted. We chatted for a couple months about location ideas for them to say their vows. However, without a doubt, these two were set on having their portraits taken on the ever lusted after Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. I would later learn (at 10,00ft) that Jhori has an insane fear of heights. So picture it…a windy, daunting, and intimidating 12,183ft above sea level as a storm rolls in. This isn’t a likely spot for portraits for someone with a fear of heights! Nevertheless, Jhori did say that her friends and family would be so proud of her when they saw the heights she was willing to summit in the name of beautiful portraits! And girl, it totally paid off!
With their three kids and closest family members in tow from Indiana, everyone headed west for Jhori and Adam’s beautiful wedding ceremony. It was truly one of the most magical days I’ve had the honor of being a part of. With close family, raindrops, elk, incredible 14,000ft mountains surrounding them, and in true Colorado form with storm clouds chasing us, could it have been more perfect? I think not! Plus, a bride who wears Birkenstocks under her wedding dress so we can hike, is my kind of gal!
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Rippy! I am so thrilled you invited me to be a part of your incredible and intimate wedding day. We can’t wait to see you again in Colorado!
Highlands Ranch Mansion Wedding
Highlands Ranch Mansion Wedding | Kevin and Katie Lewis
We are so excited to share Katie and Kevin’s Highlands Ranch Mansion Wedding with y’all today! I think if one of our brides was my spirit animal, Katie would be it! In all honesty, we adore this couple from the bottom of our hearts! From the first time we met Katie, her mama, and her best friend/MOH Chelsea, we were totally drawn in. Her energy and zest for life was absolutely contagious. Not to mention, she was excited about everything we talked about: her Pomeranian puppies, she and Kevin’s relationship, our then pregnancy…Katie was truly a special gal, and we were so thrilled for the opportunity to be apart of their story.
Fast forward a couple weeks to when we got to meet Kevin, a start contrast from outgoing Katie. Kevin was quiet, charming, and undeniably adored his adorable bride. Their engagement shoot at our ranch was a whirlwind of excitement, puppies, and laughter between these two. Needless to say, Katie and I developed a friendship that I cherish over the next year as she planned their wedding. The day they said, “We do” was one I shamelessly cried at and felt so much love from everyone there! Mr. & Mrs. Lewis, congratulations you two! We adore you both and are so excited to see where your love takes you!
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Flying Horse Ranch Wedding
Flying Horse Ranch Wedding | Austin and Katelynn Blasi
Mike and Tay
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Denver Botanic Gardens Wedding
Denver Botanic Gardens Wedding | Lukasz and Annie Cerbin
Mike and Tay
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Eden West Ranch Wedding
Leigh and Caty’s Eden West Ranch Wedding
Leigh and Caty’s Eden West Ranch Wedding is one for the books! These two are traveling junkies and live in San Diego, California. When they told us they were planning to have their Colorado wedding in the town of Cotopaxi, we couldn’t help but ask what was leading them to this little town. We soon learned that Caty’s family owns the ranch next to Eden West Ranch, and that it’s been in their family for a long time. It only seemed natural that they celebrate their marriage at this special place. And having never seen the ranch before, Leigh completely agreed with Caty that the Colorado Ranch was where they needed to say their vows.
We’re so excited to share their Eden West Ranch Wedding with y’all and share a little bit of their awesome love story! Enjoy and congratulations you two!
Mike and Tay
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Farmhouse at Breckenridge Brewery Wedding
Farmhouse at Breckenridge Brewery Wedding | Chris and Kristina Yates
We were on our way to Hawaii when we received an excited e-mail from one of the sweetest human beings alive, Kristina. She and Chris were in the midst planning their Farmhouse at Breckenridge Brewery Wedding for the upcoming fall. We were so excited to hear about their intimate wedding day that we took some time from our trip to chat with them over the phone. Immediately…and I totally mean immediately, we hit it off with this awesome duo! Their pure intentions for marriage and a simple wedding day were heart throbbing. We quickly learned that they, like us, met online. This is still somewhat of a taboo subject, so we’re always excited when we can get super excited with another couple about the online dating world!
On their wedding day, Chris and Kristina did it right by leaving nearly four hours open for just photos of the two of them, time to share a couple beers together, and spend some intimate time with family and friends before their ceremony started. It’s honestly some of our favorite time we’ve ever spent with a couple. Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Yates! Thank you so much for inviting us into your lives and for the gift of your friendship. We love you guys!
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Guyton Ranch Wedding
Maggie and Brian’s Guyton Ranch Wedding in Jefferson, Colorado
Truly, I don’t think we can share our love and adoration for this amazing couple and their perfect Guyton Ranch Wedding day in just one blog post. My apologies in advance if this post is all over the place with lists of reasons we love these two! We first chatted with Maggie and Brian over the phone in early 2018. This couple was in for a big year! Not only were they planning their fantastic ranch wedding at Guyton Ranch in Jefferson, Colorado, they were planning a big move across the world to Hong Kong. We immediately knew we wanted to be apart of their special day and our instincts were right. They also met online, which as most of you know, is how Mike and I met, so we have a soft spot for these stories!
From the moment we arrived, the energy and excitement were contagious. Starting off the weekend with a game of kickball during their rehearsal dinner, the following morning was met with a basketball game at the ranch and corn hole. Maggie and Brian spent the day with loved ones and each other. Their first look was on the country front porch of this charming ranch, and was such an intimate moment to be apart of. During the ceremony, there was no music when Maggie came down the aisle…just the sound of laughter and sweet conversation between these two and their loved ones. Truly, the heavens opened up in this majestic place in Colorado as beams of light came down during their vows.
During their reception, we heard one of the most epic best man speeches. Brian’s brothers toast was hilarious, yet sentimental, with the perfect amount of humor added in. Their first dance, they sang to each other and danced the night away, both on the dance floor and out on a dirt road with us. Their dog, Sawyer, has played a huge role in their relationship, so it was wonderful seeing him at the ranch with everyone.
Honestly, we can’t say enough about these two! Maggie and Brian are adventurers at heart and have completely captivated us. Their next adventure is taking them across the world to Hong Kong. Why? No reason, other than they can and couldn’t think of a good enough reason not to take a job at a brewery there. People who don’t take themselves too seriously and grab opportunities as they present themselves inspire us and make us want to be better people. Seriously, can you tell we adore them?! Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Leslie! We are so excited for you and can’t wait to see where your marriage and love take you two. We love you guys!
Mike and Tay