Chapel of our Savior Wedding || Cathy & Dele

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in Weddings | 0 comments

Last May, I was honored to assist Jen with Cathy & Dele’s Chapel of our Savior wedding. SO MUCH about this day was perfect and beautifully planned – the weather, the venue, the decor, the BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES!!

However, there was a heartfelt tenderness that was threaded in and out of the whole day that really caught my attention.

Like when Dele took a quiet moment on the porch to write a litter to his bride – or when Dele presented her with the letter and a pair of sapphire earnings during their first look. Or the fact that guests traveled from across the whole country to celebrate this day. And the toasts – oh the toasts – so meaningful, honest, and full of love for the bride and groom. And finally, there was the fact that the whole thing was planned in Colorado Springs so that Cathy’s grandmother could be there to witness it all. The joy on Grandma’s face while she watched Cathy & Dele cut the cake is something that I’ll not soon forget.

Many blessings to you, Cathy & Dele, in your first year of marriage. Thank you for letting me witness your amazing wedding day!
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Winter Family Photos || The Lessard Family

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Families | 0 comments

One thing I love about living in Colorado is that we experience four distinct seasons here. When it’s summer, you know it. And when it’s winter, there’s plenty of cold and snow to remind you of that too.

And with the changing weather comes a constantly changing landscape. As a photographer, this can be wonderfully exciting. For example, I can use the same location several times a year and get completely different results each time. But these four seasons can also be a bit tricky too – a location that was beautiful and blossoming two weeks ago, might be dead and bare today.

Last year with the Lessard family, I discovered that this little field in Monument Valley Park is the perfect spot for winter family photos. The curvy branches and grass covered ground provided lovely surroundings during a time when much of Colorado Springs’ scenery seemed a bit dreary and desolate.

We met up early to take advantage of the great cloud cover. And, as you’ll see, the chilly temperatures made for great family hugs and cuddles! What more could I ask for?
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Family Photos in Colorado Springs || The Leong Family

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Families, Family Photos | 0 comments

The thing about taking family photos in Colorado Springs {in the winter} is that you never, ever know what you’re going to get when it comes to the weather. It could be raining, snowing, windy, and blowing sleet. OR, it could be 55 degrees and sunny. So you schedule the shoot and pray for good weather.

Unfortunately, in this case, we did not have any hint of sun or warmth. You know it’s chilly when the session ends with the boys trying to make a boy scout style campfire right at your feet!

I am,so thankful that the Leong family braved the cold and still chose to meet up with me for their portrait session. As always, Bear Creek Park did not disappoint with it’s mountain views and grassy fields. And as for the cold, well it probably made for a few extra hugs that were fun to capture. Family Photos in Colorado SpringsFamily Photos in Colorado SpringsFamily of 8 portrait mother and daughtersbig sister and little sisterportrait of six siblingsColorado Springs Family photographerColorado springs senior photographerColorado Springs portraitsColorado Springs Senior photosColorado Springs Family photographerFamily photos at bear creek parkfamily photos in colorado springscolorado springs family photographerboys building campfire out of sticks

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Family Photos at Rock Ledge Ranch || The Tang Family

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in Families, Family Photos | 0 comments

Last year, Heather chose to take her family photos at Rock Ledge ranch. As you can see, most of the leaves had fallen and the grass had already browned. However, Rock Ledge Ranch still had much beauty and many views to offer as a back drop. It’s that amazing Colorado beauty. It just never stops, does it?

I have a great admiration for large families and photographing this family of seven was a pure joy. I loved their bantering and playfulness with one another throughout the shoot. And I truly appreciate the amount of time it takes to get seven people dressed, groomed, and in the same place at the same time. Heather, I truly hope you found that all of your hard work was worth it once you saw your photos.

Thank you, thank you for giving me this amazing honor of capturing you all! I had a great time!

Family Photos at Rock Ledge Ranch

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My girl || 21 Months

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Children/Babies, Little Ones | 0 comments

Hey mama. I’m 21 months old now.

Did you know that?

Thank you for bringing me to this field with beautiful scenery and beautiful light.

I see that you brought your camera.

But I’m not gonna look at you, if that’s okay. And I’m not gonna stand in the pretty light.

Do you know what I will do? I’ll explore this whole place. The.Whole.Thing. And I’ll run farther away than you are comfortable with. And I’ll touch everything.

You know what else I want to do? I want to look at the water in the ditch. Yeah, that ugly ditch.

I want to watch the water move and sparkle and wrinkle. And I want to throw leaves in that ditch and watch them float away.

And at the end of this adventure – the one you brought me on so that you could take photos of me – you’re going to end up with one, and only one, photo of me looking at the camera.

But I promise to bring you two handfuls of treasures and I’ll want you to line them upon the curb and get a good photo of them. Okay?

And mama, I’m really sorry that I don’t want to look at you’re camera. But besides those two handfuls of treasures, do you know what else you’ll have at the end of this adventure?

You’re gonna have a whole lot of photos of me being me.

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Hillside Gardens Wedding || Heather & Ryan

Posted by on Oct 8, 2016 in Engagement/Couples, Weddings | 0 comments

This past summer, July 4th brought us classic Colorado weather. The day dawned sunny, warm and clear – and was the perfect day for Heather and Ryan’s Hillside Gardens wedding.

Heather told me that she chose Hillside Gardens for her big day because she loved the beauty of the flowers and the romance of the garden. Boy was she right! The garden was in full bloom and provided such a beautiful backdrop for this simple and elegant wedding.

Surrounded by a small group of family and friends, Heather and Ryan beamed all morning long. When I took Heather and Ryan’s engagement photos, I remember how completely at ease they were with one another. And on their wedding day they treated each other with the same sweetness and tender affection – truly focusing on their love for one another and what the day meant for their relationship and future.

As always, it was an honor to have a front row seat to witness the beginning of this marriage. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness and love, Mr. & Mrs. Oliver!
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Colorado Springs Family Photographer || The Cutter Family

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Families, Family Photos | 0 comments

Here’s the thing about being a Colorado Springs family photographer; there is no shortage of beautiful locations to shoot in. No matter the time of day or year, I can always find a lovely surrounding for any family session. BUT, when a family comes to me and says, “Our backyard is really amazing, would you mind shooting us there?” I always, ALWAYS take them up on that!

When the Cutter family got together in July, they offered me this amazing opportunity of capturing them all in their gorgeous backyard. I loved the way the surroundings personalized the shoot and gave the kids so much freedom to play and roam and get comfortable. Of top of that, grandma bought bubble wands, hola hoops, and funny faces AND the adults got to enjoy a little beer in between shots. When all of this came together, it just made for a generally good time.

Thank you, Cutter family, for inviting me to capture you all once again. It blessed me to see how much your kiddos had grown and to see all of the cousins having such a good time together! Can’t wait to do it again sometime! Colorado Springs Family Photographer large family photoColorado Springs Family photographer CousinsColorado Springs family of five Colorado springs family photographerlaughing and hugging couplehappy family of six four young siblingscolorado springs family photographer mother hugging teen sonfamily of four colorado springs family photographer couple hugging joyful mom and dad colorado springs family photographer mother hugging two sons grandma and grandpagrandpa kissing grandmalittle girl blowing bubblesColorado Springs Family photographer little boy blowing bubblesgrandma with granddaughters little girl with funny facefunny face kidslittle boy with funny facefunny face kids

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