Kelly & Denver: Nederland Couples Session for the Holidays

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Wow this was one of the most fun couples sessions I’ve ever done! Kelly and Denver had booked me for their late summer engagement photos (see here), but with winter approaching they decided to try something a little different for their 2018 holiday photos. I suggested spending the afternoon in the cute mountain town of Nederland. We started by exploring Barker Reservoir and took some shots out by the water and nestled against the pine needles, then wandered around Ned. My favorite shots from this shoot are Kelly and Denver indulging in fresh donuts and hot cocoa in the train car cafe, giddily riding the Carousel of Happiness, and being stupidly adorable inside the old covered bridge.

Being inventive with shoot locations is one of my favorite parts about portrait photography, so I’m grateful Denver and Kelly were up for an unconventional adventure for their holiday photos.

Megan & Matt: Rocky Mountain Engagement

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What a magical engagement shoot. When I met up with Megan and Matt one chilly October afternoon in Rocky Mountain National Park, and the grey clouds suggested golden hour was not in the forecast. But we got something even better: an empty park to play around in and an unexpected snowfall! Sometimes shooting in cold grey weather actually creates the most moving images, and I’m really pleased how these ones turned out! The colors they picked, Megan’s gorgeous smile, Matt’s red hair, and the camaraderie from running around in the snow and quick car outfit changes made for some of my favorite engagement photos to date. So much fun!

Every time I visit Rocky Mountain National Park for an engagement shoot I learn about great new locations that are private and have amazing views, so let me know if you’re thinking about taking photos in the park! I have tons of great spots in mind for engagement/couples photos. :)

Ruby & Rob: Indian Peaks Engagement

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These two were quite the comedic duo. Within 10 min of picking me up I had already learned each of their first “shat their pants in front of the other” stories and had tears in my eyes from laughter. Wow. Ruby and Rob are made from one another, and it was my absolute pleasure running around in the aspens by Nederland and Brainard Lake to take their engagement photos. Take a spin through the reel of these beauties- Ruby and Rob’s energy is contagious and I even snuck in a hilarious leap frog shot. ;)

Kelly & Denver: Boulder Engagement

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Sometimes you shoot with strangers who become friends. I first met these two for their engagement photos in South Boulder. We ran around the Open Space in search of wild sunflowers, rolling meadows, piney forests, and foothill views. And we found them! Kelly and Denver’s warm hearts are truly infectious and I can’t wait to shoot their family as it grows over time.

Shantell & Tyson: Rocky Mountain Engagement

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Shantell and Ty picked my favorite place in Colorado to shoot engagement photos: Rocky Mountain National Park. We met up for golden hour one warm August evening and shot all along Trail Ridge Road until the light went blue and then dark. These two were absolutely adorable and I loved getting to capture their love. Seriously, not sure I’ve ever met two people as into each other as these two.

Chyna & Greg: Boulder Couples Session

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Chyna and Greg were coming into town for a wedding and reached out to me to capture them all dolled up before the ceremony. They were already married themselves but since they had never been to mountains before, figured it would be fun to do a couples shoot up on Lost Gulch Lookout in Boulder, where you can see the rolling Rockies for miles.

As soon as we arrived, the wind suddenly picked up and gusted violently for our entire shoot, which definitely added an unexpected challenge. What can you do, but embrace it? Lots of giggles were had, hands were gripped for balance, and these two lit up the lookout with their smiles. Soon random onlookers were shouting “congratulations!” since it kind of looked as though these two sweethearts were getting hitched themselves! All in all, despite the crazy wind, we had a great time and I think the photos reflect that!

Emily & Karlek: Trillium Lake Engagement

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Emily and Karlek are an outdoorsy couple who chose to shoot their winter-time engagement at one of Oregon’s most picturesque locations: Trillium Lake. There was one small hitch: when we arrived at the road to the lake, we found it had been recently closed due to a giant dumping of snow. As in, the stop sign was almost completely buried.

Undeterred, we parked and walked the several miles to the lake instead, which actually made the shoot a lot more fun since we were able to experience winter in the Oregon mountains much more intimately.

Weather sometimes causes changes to the plan, but embracing the unexpected keeps things organic and unique.

Irene & Nick: Columbia River Gorge Engagement

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Irene and Nick were my first engagement shoot ever. They are a couple from Texas who wanted to get their photos taken in an environment totally different from home: the lush green rainforest of the Columbia River Gorge outside Portland. I had the best time location scouting for these two, and we wound up choosing a lesser-known, but magical location called Oneonta Gorge, where we shot in an old wooden train tunnel, alongside moss clinging to the steep ravine walls, and even atop wobbly slick logs in the river. These two were the ultimate adventure troopers and we had the best time traipsing around in this gorgeous (and soggy) environment. It was here I realized how much fun it can be to spend time photographing a couple in love.