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.
Seriously, are these two not the cutest couple ever? I can’t believe we get to shoot their wedding in October! Thunder clouds and rain couldn’t keep us a part though 😉 On my way to Kylie and Jason’s engagement shoot, we chatted on the phone as thunder clouds rolled in through the mountains and rain came down. However, we weren’t about to let that stop us from such an incredible shoot, and we’re sure glad we didn’t! Amazing clouds and rain gave us the perfect rainbow and incredible views, all to ourselves at Maxwell Falls in Conifer. We are SO excited for their big day this fall and can’t wait to shoot this adorable couple again!
These two are just simply two peas in a pod! From the first time we met them for beers, we could see the excitement they shared for this incredible time of their lives. Beth and Trevor were engaged in Las Vegas and had wonderful photos to share with us. As they met up with friends, they patiently waited for someone to notice the newest addition to Beth’s finger. While waiting, they couldn’t hold together their laughter and pure bliss until they finally exploded! During their engagement shoot in Boulder, their laughter and love carried through into their photos. We are so excited to be a part of their wedding in the mountains this coming summer! Thank you two so much for having us be a part of such an fun time in your lives with you!
Mike and Tay
Seeing a couple turn into a family is truly an amazing thing. When we first met John and Jenny, they were about seven months pregnant at the Miller’s wedding. Jenny, in all her maternity glow, had made all the cupcakes for her dear friends big day. When we got the opportunity to meet Sir Axton (not his real name, but that cheeky grin is inspired by calling him “Sir”!) we couldn’t wait to see them again! Thank you so much, Mears family, for welcoming us into your lives and sharing a little piece of your family with us. We can’t wait to see you again and watch your little man grow up!
Mike + Tay
A relaxing Sunday afternoon wedding next to the Colorado River surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and close friends and family is a recipe for an incredible wedding! I’m not going to lie, Mike and I were so excited to return to the Double A Barn in Grand Lake for such an awesome couples big day! Abby and Daniel were surrounded by family and friends as they said “We do!” and started their journey through marriage. We are absolutely thrilled for the two of you and are so thankful we got to spend your amazing wedding day with you and your loved ones. We can’t wait to see where marriage takes you!
Tay + Mike