Dani and Nick

I feel like I never know what to say in these blogs so I’m just going to talk about my experience with this family.  First of all, Dani, the bride.  I loved that when I got her shot list she asked for just a few photos of herself.  I get that, who wants to pose for photos.  But the minute I saw her in her dress I became obsessed with her.  She has a certain shyness or quietness about her that is very sweet.  But the minute my obsession began I couldn’t stop telling her how beautiful she was to me.  I watched her show up for that and it was really a beautiful thing.  I think  a lot of us do not see our own beauty so to have it pointed out over and over, and believe me I could not quit pointing it out, we start to show up, fully in our beauty.  I got to watch this happen with Dani and I’m so glad.  I find it so interesting to watch who people are through the lens of my camera.  I absolutely love it.  All the things we think we are hiding from everyone, yet we can’t really because they are so a part of who we are.  In fact it is what I believe endears us to those who love us.  Dani, you are beautiful.  Thank you for showing up for me.

Nick the groom was a complete other sort.  He was so full of confidence in himself.  I guess that comes with the territory of being a world class sky diver.  I’m assuming you have to have ass kicking confidence to do that.  What I loved about him was that he was just who he was.  No two ways about it.  And I loved during the toasts when one of Dani’s sisters said how he can never take his eyes off her when she walks away.  Perfection.

Another thing that touched me was when Dani’s father was giving the toast and he acknowledged how much her mother had done to raise those kids.  He was a big traveler and she did all the heavy family stuff. And he so appreciated her for that.  How beautiful is that to be appreciated for what you have done for your family.

So all these beautiful things, in one event, I am a lucky lucky woman.

I would also like to mention the other vendors.  Leanne Jewell from jewelleventdesign.com was amazing.  There was not one rough spot in the whole wedding.   I do not believe I have ever worked such a large wedding that went without flaws.  If you want your wedding to be easy I would call her for sure.  Also the staff at the St. Julien Hotel, the band, the DJ you name it everyone did their particular jobs amazingly well. Oh and lest I forget Design works kicked butt with the room. Take a look below.  Blew me away.

Shayna and Nate Hollman

I have known Shayna for probably 15 years.  Her mom is my book keeper and she has had me shoot all their life events.  I was so honored to photograph Nate and Shayna’s wedding.  We flew to NYC to shoot their engagement session and that was amazing shooting and spending time with them.  They are so sweet with one another and have so much love and support around them.  I know they will be happy in their marriage.  I also love how much their entire family has welcomed  me as a family member.  So much love.  Shayna’s mom did all the flowers and everyone pitched in on all the details of the wedding including the food and you can tell how much love was put forth for them. Here is to a very successful marriage.

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A few of my favorites from beautiful Cuba.

Flagstaff Amphitheater Wedding

Loved this wedding and all the sweetness about it.  Truly remarkable human beings.  I kept watching the groom and watched him hug and kiss his friends and family.  It was so beautiful to see him express himself that way.  When it came to his wife, it truly was true love.  The way they looked at each other, held each other and loved each other.  So so beautiful.  Inspirational to say the least.

I was second shooting for Tim Reese photography and could not have been happier to be doing exactly that.

Stephanie and Carl got married.

This sweet couple are getting married in Mexico but wanted to make it legal before they left.  Such a sweet ceremony with their aunt officiating the ceremony.

Can’t get any cuter than these two.

Editors’ Choice Award and Best Wedding Photographer Award.

I am honored to be featured as one of the 20 Best Boulder Photographers for 2016!

Beth Photography in Boulder takes a styled narrative approach to wedding and engagement photography. The company also offers family and high school senior portraits, sessions are informal and capture a client’s “authenticity.” Beth Photography is the winner of Two Bright Lights’ 2016 Editors’ Choice Award and Expertise’s Best Wedding Photographers in Denver Award.

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Courtney and Scott Engagement Photos

Begin the New Year with a New Family Portrait

What better way to usher in a New Year than with a new family portrait? These annual get-togethers are a time capsule in visual form that chronicles the lives of your family members. Each year shows how the children have grown and changed. You do not have to pull out old photographs, videos or film. Every visitor to your home can see the progression for themselves, and if you keep a smaller copy on your desk at work, you can see it as often as you like.

To maximize the time you have allotted for your new family portrait, here are five tips that will help you get the most for your time and money.

  1. Schedule a time when you know there is no competition. This means there cannot be a football game at Noon and your appointment is at 4:00 pm. Your young player may look too tired in the photo.
  2. Plan the color scheme of the clothing everyone is going to wear. This doesn’t mean everyone has to dress like the church choir. However, you may choose for everyone to wear shades of blue. Planning makes the difference.
  3. Have everyone’s clothes laid out and pressed ahead of time. This way no one is running around saying they can’t find this or that and one or more people in the portrait appear frantic.
  4. Meet with your photographer ahead of time and go over any idiosyncrasies with the professional. Tell him your husband is balding on top and he is very embarrassed. Or perhaps your mother-in-law will be in the group shot and has had a stroke. She may need a chair and may also need to be shot from a certain angle so her smile appears even. A professional portrait photographer will be able to frame each person to play up the positives and play down the negatives.
  5. If you are including the family dog in the shot, make sure he has been to the groomer, especially if he is long-haired like a Golden Retriever. Also, take him on a short walk before the process begins. Everyone will be much happier.

 

 

 

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Jeni and Ethan

It was a magical night for Jeni and Ethan, a New Year’s eve elopement. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my New Year’s eve than with them. They are an amazing couple who have such a great connection and are such sweet people. 

I feel so lucky to have this job that let’s me be among people like these.

Their families were also amazing. I think the most magical part, for me, was their first dance, under the street light, on the pearl street mall, while their wonderful friend Chris played a magical song. I wish you two the very best, and I don’t think I will ever forget this very cold, wonderful New Year’s eve.

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