Britt + Jimmy · Engagement Session · Rifle & New Castle, Colorado

Okay I told y'all I was on a roll! This is my third blog post today and the 5th one this week, I think? If I don't play catch up now, I'll never get all the sessions uploaded that I want to share so I'm just hammering them out and sending out galleries while I'm writing the posts! I love checking off my to-do lists, haha.

So, this shoot is the engagement session of my friends Britt and Jimmy. I absolutely adore their fierce and wild love, and after you look through these photos I think that you will too.
I had been wanting to shoot an engagement session at Rifle Mountain Park in the ice caves for a long time, and who better to photograph there than a pair of ice climbers? Yes, ice climbers. These two are badass climbers no matter the season, I tried to go with them on a simple bouldering excursion once and I ended up getting a grade 3 sprain and tearing all the tendons in my ankle. So, I'm not a badass (no surprise here haha) but it makes me feel like one when I get to capture the love and adventures of these two.
After we wandered around Rifle Mountain Park a bit, we went back to New Castle for some golden hour photos. This session encapsulates the dynamic personality of our beautiful Roaring Fork Valley and Colorado in general. These two locations are only 30/40 minutes from each other and SO drastically different from the foliage to the landscape to the amount of snow.

I'm so appreciative of the couples who are willing to go out and shoot in the wintery conditions because these photos are MAGICAL!
So thank you to Britt and Jimmy for letting me capture your love, being so in love with each other, being such a fun couple to photograph, and for being unapologetically yourselves. I am thrilled to be shooting your wedding this July and to be celebrating your love through captured memories.


Scott + Kerri · Aspen & Basalt Colorado · Engagement Photographer

I'm on a roll right now with my blog posts! I want to make all of my shoots more accessible to my potential clients so that they can see what my work looks like as a whole instead of my favorites that I choose to put in my photography galleries. I just feel like there's a whole lot of value in doing blog posts by showing what an entire session with me looks like. So, I hope that y'all are enjoying seeing these!
Today I'm sharing engagement photos of Kerri and Scott that I took last month!
I met Kerri at an open mic poetry night at the A&M Theater back home in Florida about 6 or 7 years ago. My friends owned the venue at the time and I loved attending all the events and snapping lots of photos. I ended up taking some of Kerri, getting her info and tagging her on Facebook. We've remained friends online ever since and we both ended up moving to Colorado. When she and Scott got engaged she reached out to me about shooting their wedding! It warms my heart that she thought of me and I'm soooo incredibly excited to shoot this precious couple's wedding in October!

So for this session I met Kerri and Scott at the John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen to start. We walked around, took advantage of all the pretty trees, bridges, and pathways. They giggled their way through the beginning of the session and let me tell you, these two are the sweetest little lovebirds. I had a blast!
We had some daylight left once we finished up in Aspen so we headed down valley to Basalt and drove up the snowy road toward Mount Sopris. And I have to commend them for putting up with this overcast, evening chill air because it was pretty dang cold but totally worth it. I looooove the way these turned out with the views of the valley and Sopris towering in the background of some shots.
Hope that y'all love these like I do!


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Ashley & Kyle · Santa Rosa Beach, Florida · Portrait Photographer

I'm excited to finally share these! I took these photos of my friends Ashley and Kyle back in November when I was home visiting for Thanksgiving.
This session was all shot at Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach right off of highway 30A, which is such a gorgeous state park right on the water with a path through the dunes, trees, and foliage. With a dune lake on one side and the ocean on the other, it's absolutely dreamy! I actually do a shoot here probably once each time I'm home because I love it so much.
If you take my recommendation and go there, just please respect the nature of the area, the dunes are fragile and the dune lakes are a very delicate ecosystem. Don't go tromping around in either and stay on the path. Save the tromping around for the sand on the beach :)

Be nice to nature and nature will be nice to you!

Anyway, this was Ashley and Kyle's first photo shoot and I just have to say they absolutely rocked it. We had a blast walking around, laughing, exploring and admiring the beauty during the overcast golden hour.
Hope y'all enjoy the photos!


Leigh + Kate · New Orleans, Louisiana · Wedding Photographer

Ahhh, I've been wanting to post this one all summer since I shot it! And I am beyond excited to share this with you all because this wedding is near and dear to my heart. In fact, I cry almost every time I'm going through the ceremony images. No joke. I'm an emotional person and if I'm shooting your wedding, I'm probably shooting through tears, haha. The love always hits me right in the feels.

So, some backstory for this one. I never had cousins growing up, I never had anyone in my family who was my age. Everyone was so much older than me. This is because my mom, being the oldest of her siblings and cousins, had me young and therefore I was the only child in the family for at least a decade, if not more. Well, when my grandfather married his wife, my wonderful step-grandmother Anne, I finally got some cousins who were at the very least, somewhat close to my age. And I thought they were the bees knees, especially Leigh. This is because she was the closest in age to me, and the fact that she was slightly older just made me want to do everything she did. Y'all, I thought she was the freakin' coolest girl. But, like most kids that have an annoying younger child practically stepping on their heels, the feeling was not mutual. To be fair, I totally needed someone to pick on me, being the only child of a whole family for a long time, that was one part of growing up that just never happened to me until I met Leigh.

Lets fast forward to the present. Leigh has grown up to be this incredible woman who still inspires me. And even though I'm not physically stepping on her heels trying to follow her around at family functions, I follow her on social media and I'm just constantly amazed at her beautiful writing, her ability to connect with others and tell stories, and her infinitely intriguing adventures. On top of this, she is hilarious... I mean like, really really hilarious. Contagious laugh and all, she had me laughing this whole weekend that I spent in New Orleans.

Basically, she's still the freakin' coolest girl.

Now on to the next chapter of this story. We get out of life and love what we put in to it, right? Right. And that's why Leigh has Kate. Leigh is incredible, so Kate is incredible. Simple as that. I met Kate for the first time when Leigh brought her to the beach to visit my parents and I a while back. You know those people who, upon first meeting, give you the feeling that you can be comfortable and you just feel welcomed? Like, you just stepped into your grandmothers house and she's made you this warm cooked meal and you just feel right at home, because you are? Yeah, Kate is one of those people. She is warm, kind, genuine, and all around the sweetest.

I am so grateful to have been there to capture their celebration of love and commitment to one another. My step dad, Mark, was the officiant of this gorgeous and intimate ceremony in New Orleans City Park, and he is an absolutely incredible speaker, I wish y'all could hear what he wrote. It was so very beautiful, and I hope that you can feel the emotions through these images.

Doing wedding photography never ceases to be an unforgettable experience. Each wedding is so unique and extraordinarily special, every time I leave from shooting a wedding I just feel like I'm glowing from the inside out. Feeling the love exchanged between the bride and bride, the family, and friends is pretty indescribable. I feel so blessed for the people that put their trust in me as their photographer.

 


Shay + Mitch · New Castle, Colorado · Roaring Fork Valley Portrait Photographer

Unless I'm shooting an event or a wedding, I typically don't shoot in the middle of the day. I, like most natural-light-loving portrait photographers out there, chase the golden hour. I yearn for that beauty in all of my shoots.. and I mean allllllll of them. If you schedule a portrait session with me, we are going to be out there chasing that beautiful light in the evening. It makes for the most gorgeous skin tones, atmospheric quality, and overall peacefulness that I aim to create in my work. I mean, how relaxing is watching a sunset? And I love for my clients to feel relaxed and at ease.

Anyhow, I'm sort of rambling here. But my point is, it's the best time of day to shoot, and some of you probably already realize this. And if you're going through my work, hopefully you've noticed some consistency of warm tones and beautiful light coming into the frame of the photo because thats something I want to achieve with most, if not all, of my photo shoots. At least in some point throughout the day!

So, here's some of Shay and Mitch at sunset! These are from a few months back. And I believe I'm shooting with them again soon, so this won't be the last you see of this couple!

 


Caitlin - Maternity · 30A Santa Rosa Beach, Florida · Family Portrait Photographer

Hey y'all! As always, I'm bad about keeping up on the blog but I really am doing better. I think this is my 4th post this summer compared the very few I've done for the last few years. Although I'm actively shooting, my website doesn't reflect that. And thats definitely a huge goal of mine right now. I'm actually going to try to do a few posts today and tomorrow because I have so many from this summer I want to share!!
So this first one is from May, my friend Caitlin saw I was visiting Florida and hit me up to schedule a shoot with her and her cute little family.
Caitlin's boyfriend Cody and their daughter Corinne (C, C & C, the cutest! and their new little one is Clover) joined us for a cute maternity shoot, starting at Eden State Gardens and then we moved down to the beach to finish up... because if you know anything about northwest Florida in May, you know what yellow flies and mosquitos do toward the end of the day and we just couldn't handle being at the gardens for too long.
Aaaaaand here is where I say, yay! I live in Colorado and don't have to deal with that on a daily basis, hahah. Shameless Colorado promotion here, folks. Don't get me wrong though, I love Florida. I love the foliage, the wacky people, the beach, the salty wind, the food... it's always going to be my home.

Anyway, thats enough of me rambling.. catch more of my rambling on my next post! Now, to share some of my favorites from my shoot with this precious family.

 

 

 


Keegan + Will · 30a, Grayton Beach, Florida · Wedding Photographer

Hi there! Once again I have put off posting on the blog for a long time. This wedding is from the end of 2014, and was just absolutely beautiful.

Better to share photos late than never at all, right? Haha!

 


Solomon Family Portraits {August 2013} | Santa Rosa Beach Photographer

Behind on my blog posts so it's time to catch up!

Here are some photos from my family session with the Solomon family at the end of August.


Rebecca and Murray's Wedding {Grayt Grounds at Monet Monet} || Grayton Beach, Florida || 30a Wedding Photographer

I'm a little slow on the blog posts this year, but I'll get better, I promise!

When I was asked to shoot a Rebecca and Murray's wedding, I was so so excited! They've been family friends for years now, and I'm so happy to have seen them tie the knot....but this was no ordinary wedding, it was a surprise wedding! Nearly everyone who was invited thought they were going to be attending Rebecca's birthday party, but as the guests arrived they quickly realized they walked into a wedding and it was so fun to see the reactions.

The wedding took place at Grayt Grounds at Monet Monet which is an absolutely beautiful coffee house with a huge garden in the back for events. The backdrop is absolutely stunning, it really is a perfect location for a wedding.

Rebecca and Murray's wedding was fun and perfect! I'm so incredibly happy for them and their two beautiful children.