I'm not gonna sugar coat it: 2017 started off a little rocky. I had thoroughly exhausted my self in 2016 so I made the decision to cut back on advertising and not push my self so hard on social media. The consequence of that decision meant I had a slower season than expected. My initial thought was "this is great, I'll have time to devote to each client and maybe some time to start some projects!"
Well, I started lots of projects that I didn't quite finish by the end of 2017. I had big ideas. And a vision that I still hold for 2018. And even though my vision is sometimes a little bigger than my means, I am so thankful for the support from my friends and family to help me work on these projects. Not to mention the constant encouragement from my **new husband**. That's right, we tied the not at the end of the wedding season <3
But I definitely got to spend more time with clients this year. I ate dinner with clients. Our phone conversations were less business and more conversation. I really felt like I got to know them. I got to know their real desires for their wedding plans. I learned how photos fit into those goals and how I could contribute to what were great memories. Read More
My one hour sessions turned into two hour sessions. My workflow during portraits slowed down and I was able to be more conscious and controlled with each click of the shutter. I took less photos, as a result. I also got to spend more time playing around with Gifs. Since I had stepped back from social media, I would capture them and fail to show them off. So I decided to show off 2017 with all of the Gifs I captured through out the year. I hope you enjoy this slightly long video and the favorite portraits of 2017 to follow.
I was very honored to follow Brittany and Ben around the beautiful Rockies. They got an airbnb outside Boulder, with a view of mountains (and Denver.) Their puppy, Sally, came along for the ride. The morning of the wedding was rainy and quietly energized. Brittany and Ben spent the morning apart and had an intimate first look outside their airbnb after donning on their wedding attire.
Piled in a car, we started out along Trail Ridge Road. When we came over a peak, we knew exactly where their ceremony would be. The mountain range being them offered the perfect backdrop to tearful vows, and a long kiss. My boyfriend Josh, officiated the ceremony and played soft acoustic tunes during the ceremony and we took some portraits afterwards. We drove around during the last bit of daylight and captured some mountain reflections on a lakeside and enjoyed a tasty sandwich on an outdoor patio with Sally in Boulder. Read More
The day was unpredictable, the weather forecast warned of rain and flash thunderstorms, but we only saw sunshine, fluffy clouds, chilly winds and a soft sunset. All together, a smashing success. Congratulations Ben & Brittany, you nailed it.
April & Matt had a hotel room full of kiddos, loved ones and all the dressings for a wedding planned in Gratz Park. And then the rain came. Lucky for the guests, Matt had a back up plan and 21c Museum Hotel Staff came to the rescue with a beautiful ceremony in the hotel. April looked stunning in her classy, open backed dress and feathered hat. Matt looked dashing in his blue suit. They then celebrated their big day with an intimate dinner at National Provisions, surrounded by what I can only describe as the neatest and coolest space. Just check out the photos. You'll find love, and laughter and lots of perfect little details. Read More
One of the things Katy told me, was she was most concerned with photos of her friends together. Guests had come from all of the US to meet for the first time in Kentucky to celebrate Katy & Matt. Some would never be in the same room again. She mentioned she did make the felt flower decorations and bouquets her self. Little did we know, this day would so packed with the most personal, sweet little details, and nothing but love and happiness. They walked down the aisle together to get married. They chose the most rock and roll song to do so. They then snuck out after the ceremony to take some even more rock and roll photos at sunset and spend the rest of the night dancing with their guests. Read More
Katie & Sam had the most moving ceremony. First off, the groomsmen played guitar along side Sam while Katie walked down the aisle. They then joined in a touching worship service, with their congregation from Chicago. They took a big group picture outside the church just to have a photo of everyone.
The reception was a blast as we got to witness a traditional Dabke Dance and hear about how talented these two were both instrumentally and vocally. Their guests' favors were a recording of the two performing together... <3 <3 <3 Read More