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“OHHHHMYYYGAHHHHHH, You’re a wizard I swear”, were the exact words that came out of Katie’s mouth when she first looked at some of these images.

I must say that makes me feel pretty damn amazing!

But she is completely right. These photos are absolutely magical. Adventuring to a gorgeous park complete with waterfalls, caves, and castles?! Come on.. thats pretty amazing in itself. Turner Falls Park in Davis, OK made for the perfect location for our session.

We opted for a mid day session as there were some horrible storms heading our way and would be arriving right around sunset time. Being my last day in TX before flying back to Colorado, there were no second chances if we couldn’t make it happen. So, we pushed the session to earlier in the day and just missed the rain. Literally, I drove home as tornado warnings were surfacing all over the map. Let me tell you.. This session was completely and utterly worth getting up early for.

Check out just how perfectly magical this day was…

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  • March 30, 2017 - 4:57 pm

    Linda - very pretty! I think Turner Falls is so pretty–wish we had a place like that here!ReplyCancel

  • March 30, 2017 - 5:15 pm

    Stevie - You’re a wizard, Cara (sorry.. HP reference haha)These are so beautiful!!! The movement in her dress, the colors, everything makes them all so magical. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!ReplyCancel

  • March 30, 2017 - 5:40 pm

    Rachel Kemble - Her dress is so fun for this!! And he wore a fantastic color for the locations!ReplyCancel

  • March 30, 2017 - 8:16 pm

    Taylor Fisher - Holy cannoli! I LOVE this shoot! I just love when the wind meets her hair and dress and how perfectly you captured their connection. Beautiful job!ReplyCancel

  • March 31, 2017 - 2:20 am

    Allie - woah! everything about these images is beautiful. this couple, her dress, this location. . .amazing work!ReplyCancel

  • March 31, 2017 - 2:47 am

    Deziree Dufresne - You are a wizard! These are stunning!! And I wish I could shoot there every day, what an awesome location!ReplyCancel

  • March 31, 2017 - 2:37 pm

    Adena - Woah. I have so much I could say that I love about this session! The wind added so much to the life of the shoot, their outfits are so relaxed and perfect but GIRL you killed it! So much emotion and variety and perfect colors. And that location! Ok I’ll shut up but really…I’m in awe!ReplyCancel

  • March 31, 2017 - 4:18 pm

    Brittany slaughter - CARA!!! These are freaking STUNNING!! The beautiful couple, this epic location and you just working your magic!! So gooooodReplyCancel

  • April 1, 2017 - 4:13 am

    Andrea - So beautiful, love all the earthy tones and textures- some gorgeous spots in Texas!ReplyCancel

  • April 1, 2017 - 9:18 pm

    Jamie Kraus - Wow, This place is totally magical! I love the realness of this session. They look so natural and relaxed in every photo.ReplyCancel

pinimageLorrrdddyyy was this one of my favorite engagement sessions ever. Not just because Andrea and Chris are two super great friends of mine, but it was seriously just killer. You go into sessions sometimes and everything just falls together perfectly. It was one of those days.

Oh and It was beyond beautiful outside. A wonderful 70 degree Texas February day. I totally miss Texas sometimes for this crazy warm weather it gets in the winter. Like.. can i just fill up my winter season with Texas shoots? Even their rainy muggy “cold” days are beautiful in the winter.

Now, enough about the weather… lets talk about the couple. Just look at them!! They’re so perfect for each other! I have to say that the love between these two is freeking magical. Like, head in the clouds magical. I have known Andrea for a little over 4 years and Chris for just under 3. I find it enlightening to photography my friends in love. Its a process that I have gotten to witness since they got together so capturing it through my camera is pretty awesome. I am SO beyond excited to shoot their wedding in November.

I look at the photos from this and cant stop thinking how much sessions like this very one make me all sorts of happy. Urban, full of color. They’re totally up my alley, and I rarely get to shoot like this back in Colorado so I have to make sure to rock it when I can. We also had a little bit of an advantage. The downtown McKinney Square is typically full with tons of people on beautiful weekend days, but I swear it being a few hours prior to the Super Bowl starting, there were barely any people out on the streets. It made for the perfect shooting day.

We walked around for maybe an hour and a half and just explored what McKinney had to offer. Its full of the coolest spots around. I swear I could spend all day shooting there. Bad ass alley ways to junked up abandoned buildings and fun little boutiques. We also found this kick ass store called The Groovy Coop… Full of fun t shirts, vinyls, random retro inspired get up, and they were nice enough to let us take a few photos inside… it was pretty phenomenal. And I am totally sad I don’t live nearby because I swear I would be there on a daily basis.

Okay here are the photos…
Just look at these & soak in all the awesomeness. Pure Happiness in a blog post.

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  • February 9, 2017 - 7:11 pm

    Sarah G. - I love everything about this. The tones / colors, their outfits, the setting. Great work!ReplyCancel

  • February 9, 2017 - 7:12 pm

    Rosie - These images are so fun! This couple looks like a blast to be around. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • February 9, 2017 - 7:16 pm

    Ashley Busch - What a stunning couple!! Such a fun shoot and lucky they have a great friend that takes amazing photos:)ReplyCancel

  • February 9, 2017 - 8:23 pm

    Ashleigh - So fun! I really like the ones on the yellow wall! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • February 9, 2017 - 8:58 pm

    kathryn - beautiful job! i love the yellow wall the best, but the locations are all so fun and unique!ReplyCancel

  • February 9, 2017 - 10:09 pm

    Laura Kinser - I love the colors and what a fun couple!ReplyCancel

  • February 9, 2017 - 11:44 pm

    Elizabeth Weitz - That last shot just wins at life. These are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • February 10, 2017 - 12:46 am

    Mackenzie - Amazing locations!ReplyCancel

  • February 10, 2017 - 1:08 am

    Jess - Wow, you are so good at posing! These are great!ReplyCancel

  • February 10, 2017 - 3:47 am

    Ashley McKenzie, Colorado Wedding Photographer - I am totally digging the record headswap photo at the end! Great session Cara!ReplyCancel

  • February 10, 2017 - 4:33 am

    Allie - every backdrop here is more awesome than the one before! what a great session.ReplyCancel

  • February 10, 2017 - 5:11 am

    Erica Swantek - What a fun urban session! ! I especially love the ones in the recor store!ReplyCancel

  • February 10, 2017 - 5:29 am

    Tegan Keller - Oh wow! You found so many sweet little spots. And they look so Teresa together. Just super happy and comfy being in front of the lens. You did a great job getting a big variety and great moments Cara!ReplyCancel

  • February 10, 2017 - 2:56 pm

    Whitney - I love these. Especially the yellow background and the one with them embracing each other so tight!! So beautiful!!ReplyCancel

meganericengaged-7813pinimageColorado in the winter time. Its freeking magical. Megan and Eric wanted some snowy engagement photos and thats exactly what they got. We originally had planned to do the session in December but on the day of the session it just so happened to also be the day we got hit with a blizzard. So we decided to push it to January. I am so beyond happy that we did. It snowed for 3 days straight a few days before the session, so we were blessed with about a foot of snow throughout the canyon on Saturday. We drove through to the back of the park and found an awesome hiking trail and just explored for a few hours. It was beyond cold. I am talking like… can’t move your fingers cold. But I will say it was completely and utterly worth every frozen finger and toe to capture these beautiful images. I am shooting these two wonderful human’s wedding come August in Estes park and I couldn’t be more e

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  • January 26, 2017 - 8:19 pm

    Sarah Lee Welch - Oh my these are incredible hun!! LOVE them!! Totally agree Colorado in winter, anytime I think, is freeking magical lol! These are great 🙂ReplyCancel

  • January 26, 2017 - 8:42 pm

    Deziree Dufresne - Those views!! This whole session is just drop dead gorgeous! I seriously am in love with your style!ReplyCancel

  • January 26, 2017 - 9:22 pm

    Valeria - Your work is so beautiful! <3 I love this session!ReplyCancel

  • January 26, 2017 - 10:14 pm

    Kathryn - These are fabulous Cara! Doesn’t get better than a snowy engagement session!ReplyCancel

  • January 26, 2017 - 10:45 pm

    Jennie - Beautiful snowy session! And her mittens are the best!ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2017 - 4:17 am

    Stevie - What a beautiful session!!! I love all of them!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2017 - 4:22 am

    Erica - These are absolutely gorgeous! I love the winter white with the pop of red. You have a great way of showing connection with your couples.ReplyCancel

Today I look back on this past year, and I just can not believe that 2016 is already over.
Seriously, where did the time go?!

2016 was my first full year running my business in Colorado, and it was one seriously great year.
I have met some absolutely kick ass people this year. From other photographers who have literally welcomed me to Colorado with open arms, to the couples I photographed who have shown me how beautiful love is time and time again.

I spent some time over the past few weeks rummaging though my external drives and pulling images for this post and it dawned on me… I really freaking love doing what I do. Photographing epic love stories. Photographing the things that I love. The places that I love.
Ok, so I have always known I have loved taking photos.. but this year really just put it into perspective.

The adventures of this past year have been nothing short of amazing. Filled with people who are nothing short of amazing. Now its time to soak it all in. 2016 blessed me in more ways than I could have imagined.

Here’s to 2017 bringing just as many amazing couples my way, and blessing me yet again with some epic adventures with the ones I love the most.

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  • January 2, 2017 - 2:38 pm

    Emilyanne - Wow Cara beautiful work all the way! From the details to the emotional connections your art is simply timeless. Best wishes to you in 2017!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2017 - 5:50 pm

    Redden Wood - Cara your year has been so wonderful!!! These images are breathtaking, I can’t wait to see what you do in 2017!!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2017 - 10:21 pm

    Allie - You are so talented! These photos are all stunning, but man I just love that comic book action shot 🙂ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2017 - 1:54 pm

    Kate - You have such talent!! I love the motion and candidness of your work ❤ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2017 - 4:02 pm

    Bianca - Stunning work Cara!! Really enjoyed looking at all your beautiful pictures.ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2017 - 4:19 pm

    Taylor Fisher - Oh, Cara. This is simply amazing. I love your work and am so glad you’re in Colorado! Now, let’s meet up and shoot together!!ReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2017 - 4:07 am

      admin - Yes please!!! I am always down for hanging and taking photos! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2017 - 8:35 pm

    Andrea Burolla Photography - Looks like you had a wonderful year. Your images really seem to focus on the connection between people- not just couples but mothers and kids, grandparents, and sometimes just the subject with their self. Great shots!ReplyCancel

bloglostgulchcouplessessionpinimageSometimes us photographers love to get a group of awesome couples together and take as many gorgeous photos as possible. This was one of those times. We decided to grab some gorgeous humans who are madly in love and go to the top of flagstaff mountain and shoot on what felt like the edge of the world. The views were spectacular. There is something about being on a mountain top that is so liberating. Everything about it makes my heart happy. This spot has to be one of my favorite locations to shoot at. Its absolutely beautiful. We got extremely lucky when we first arrived to be the only people on the lookout, not to mention for today to have the most perfect weather ever. Total win-win. If anyone is looking to have some epic mountain-top photos taken, feel free to hit me up! I’m your girl! 😉

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  • November 17, 2016 - 8:26 pm

    Michele with one L - Oh my word. These are stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2016 - 8:31 pm

    savannah - I love these – especially the image where her dress is slightly blowing in the breeze. Boulder is so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2016 - 8:35 pm

    Janessa - This is kind of epic, love it!ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2016 - 10:14 pm

    Katie - That view is insane Cara! What a gorgeous session!ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2016 - 11:12 pm

    Valeria - Wow! Gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • November 18, 2016 - 12:35 am

    Bridget Dvorak - Such gorgeous work. Beautiful locationReplyCancel

  • November 18, 2016 - 2:18 am

    ginny - That location is amazing! Love her dress choices!ReplyCancel

  • November 18, 2016 - 4:10 am

    Amanda - What a cool spot! I gotta go here sometime. Super sexy these folks are!ReplyCancel

  • November 18, 2016 - 7:33 pm

    Willy - So beautiful. Great engagement photos!ReplyCancel

  • November 18, 2016 - 9:48 pm

    Melissa Trout - These just slay me! They’re perfect!ReplyCancel

  • November 19, 2016 - 8:02 am

    Suzanne Jakes - These are definitely EPIC! This is such an amazing location! I especially love the ones with the sun peeking out just behind the mountain behind them. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

denverartgallerywedding-9896pinimageSeriously, I am such a sucker for these urban city weddings!! Living in Colorado, I really don’t get to shoot many of these as the majority of my couples opt for a mountain wedding. Not that there is anything wrong with the mountains because as we all know, they are completely epic. But there is just something about the urban setting that is so beautiful to me. I have to say this Denver Arts District wedding suited Nick and Christy perfectly. Their personalities just radiate throughout their wedding day. They chose to hold their wedding at The Point Gallery which is located in the Arts District off Sante Fe St. Talk about the coolest spot ever! The art that surrounded the area was just phenomenal. Not to mention the artist who’s work was up in the Gallery at the time of the wedding, Jennifer Davey, was absolutely stunning. This gallery gave just enough of an industrial vibe to their city wedding while still keeping it classy and elegant. When I first met Christy I knew right off the bat that this was going to be an amazing wedding with an amazing couple. We discussed all the details over a glass of wine or two and it quickly became evident that their wedding day was going to kick ass. And that it did!

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Dress: A & Be Bridal
Shoes: Sargasso + Grey
Makeup: Kristin Gonzalez
Hair: El Salon Denver
Suits: Hugo Boss 
Coordinator: Kimberly Miller Events
Flowers: Petals and Pours by Signe Jones
Catering: Katie Quinn with Toni Rossaci’s

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  • October 5, 2016 - 1:16 pm

    Christy Gullikson - The officiant for the ceremony, Rev. Scott Awbrey, also did an amazing job!
    http://www.revscottawbrey.com/ReplyCancel

    • October 5, 2016 - 5:50 pm

      admin - Yes he did a phenomenal job, so happy you commented with his info for me as I would highly recommend him to future brides 🙂 Thanks Christy and Nick for letting me capture your amazing day!ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2016 - 3:19 am

    Rachel Hicks - YES. To every aspect of this wedding. You did an incredible job!!ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2016 - 7:53 pm

    Ashley Busch - That dress! And those flowers! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2016 - 8:13 pm

    Amy - Oh my gosh, I LOVE this wedding! Everything so so beautiful, all the details, the emotion, and of course the happy couple. My favorite is that awesome alley shot! Gorgeous work!ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2016 - 8:47 pm

    Mary - Love the gallery setting and the simplicity of her dress. What a great urban wedding!ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2016 - 9:26 pm

    Abigail O - What a neat venue! These two look like fun, and you captured this whole day beautifully Cara!ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2016 - 11:14 pm

    Melissa Trout - That wedding outfit!!! LOVE! And those couples shot right after the ceremony are fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2016 - 11:22 pm

    Taylor Fisher - Oh my goodness, how fun is this wedding?! First, her dress is amazing. Second, the way you incorporated the venue and all the scenery around them is flawless. Beautiful wedding and beautiful images!ReplyCancel

    • October 7, 2016 - 12:23 am

      admin - Thank you!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2016 - 12:01 am

    Valeria - This is so good! You captured the environment perfectly. I LOVE those alley photos!ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2016 - 1:33 am

    Kelsey Booth - Oh my goodness! Girl you always have the most beautiful weddings and clients. This is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • October 12, 2016 - 3:47 am

    Monica Schlegel - I would like to put a Heart on each and every picture! You are a beautiful bride, Christy! Congratulations & Best Wishes to you and your young man for a long and happy life together. Love, All the Schlegel’s!ReplyCancel

  • November 14, 2016 - 7:23 pm

    Jessica Alventosa - These photos are beautiful! I love all the different colors and contexts you can photograph your coupe in inside an urban setting as opposed to the mountains, I like to switch it up too! It keeps my work fresh 🙂 Great work!ReplyCancel

  • November 14, 2016 - 10:54 pm

    Aubrey - Gorgeous wedding, beautiful work!ReplyCancel

danimattengaged-9185pinimageI don’t even know where to begin other than this was one of the most epic sessions I have ever photographed at Garden of the Gods. It was windy, it was pouring rain off in the distance (and slightly on us), and it was full of romance. It was beyond magical. The rain was perfect. The clouds were perfect. It was as if the rain followed us around the park at just the right moments. And let me tell you, Dani and Matt looked stunning and were absolutely killing it all evening! They are one amazing couple.

I have known Dani since high school so this was a very fun session for me to be a part of. When she told me she wanted to come to Colorado Springs from Dallas to do their engagement session at Garden of the Gods and asked me to shoot it I was beyond happy. We all know this is my favorite shooting location in town. Her and Matt are considering having their wedding here in Colorado as well and spent their weekend traveling around looking at possible venues. I could not be more excited for the two of them. Take a look at all the amazing captures from our evening.

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  • October 6, 2016 - 5:19 pm

    Sarah G. - Her dress. WOW. Such a romantic session.ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2016 - 5:20 pm

    tess - Ahhh! So pretty and they look so effortless. Gorgeous work!ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2016 - 5:31 pm

    Melissa Trout - These are absolutely magical.ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2016 - 5:33 pm

    Michele with one L - Absolutely stunning. The location. Her dress. The wind and the rain. EVERYTHING about this session is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2016 - 6:36 pm

    Melissa - Magical is right! The colors, the wind, the backdrop… so perfect!ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2016 - 6:55 pm

    Taylor Fisher - Holy cannoli, these are flipping amazing! I love the shot with her barefoot <3 Amazing images, I can't even believe how perfect they are…every element!ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2016 - 6:59 pm

    Jill - Oh cara. THESE! Are amazing!ReplyCancel

    • October 7, 2016 - 12:24 am

      admin - Thanks Jill!!!ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2016 - 7:59 pm

    Ashley Busch - WOW! Just wow! So amazing! Gorgeous couple and stunning photos!ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2016 - 12:08 am

    Valeria - I love your work! These are absolutely gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • October 7, 2016 - 12:23 am

      admin - Thanks so much Valeria!!!ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2016 - 2:36 am

    Christina Gonzales - Stunning! Oh my goodness! These are just perfect and I bet they are over the moon about them!!!ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2016 - 3:51 am

    Bex - Whaaaaaaat…? These are incredible! Those colors! Beautiful work.ReplyCancel

paige+louis-7961pinimageWhere do I even begin?! These two are just a ridiculously beautiful couple. And that dress… Holy heck, it’s beyond stunning. You might recognize them from their amazing engagement session I shot back in October of last year.  It is always fun to be able to capture two of your good friend’s photos. I have known Louis since we were in grade school and Paige since high school. These two have been together since 2009! I have watched them go from friends, to dating, to madly in love and I must say it is completely inspiring to see a couple who is so head over heels in love with each other for so many years. They just recently eloped on an absolutely stunning beach on the Island of Kauai in the Hawaiian chains back on June 5th, and then had their reception to follow in Dallas this weekend with all of their closest friends and family. Paige, Louis,  I am so happy & thankful that you chose me to shoot your reception here in Dallas and I wish you two all the happiness in the world. <3

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Dress: Katie May
Shoes: Steve Madden
Flowers: Whole Foods/Trader Joes
Catering & Bartending: Five Star Concierge
Cake: Pryce Kanady (The Brides Sister)
Donuts: Max’s Donuts
Papers: Minted

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  • June 16, 2016 - 4:12 pm

    Melanie Graham - Wow, stunning bride and what a fantastic reception!! I even share an anniversary date lol (6/5/10)ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2016 - 4:20 pm

    Jill - Wonderful as always. 😉 Beautiful details, colors and wonderful moments captured at this wedding! Love the bouquet toss!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2016 - 4:24 pm

    Sarah Goff - I LOVE your muted tones. And those flowers?! HOLY YES! Her crown is amazing. Beautiful wedding photos!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2016 - 4:40 pm

    Emilyanne Hardy - Oh my Cara – these are outstanding! I love your style, and your photojournalistic approach is amazing.ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2016 - 4:48 pm

    Melissa Johnson - WOW!! Seriously wow, these are stunning!! Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2016 - 4:48 pm

    Brittany Slaughter - well everything about this whole day is perfect. all the heart eyes <3ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2016 - 4:53 pm

    Jennie - Beautiful reception coverage! I love the photos during the toasts–such great emotion!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2016 - 7:14 pm

    Elizabeth Weitz - WOw! This is such an amazing wedding reception! Absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2016 - 9:30 pm

    Sarah - Beautiful couple and beautiful photos! Your photography style really matched well with their personal style.ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2016 - 1:21 am

    Kelly Tasker - Gorgeous Cara! I especially love the reception photos and how much fun everyone is havingReplyCancel

  • June 18, 2016 - 12:03 am

    Kristina Lynn - WOWZA what a gorgeous couple! I love your post processing style too. <3ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2016 - 9:50 pm

    Rachel Audette - Omg, this reception looks like SO MUCH FUN!!! You truly captured the spirit of the party, and the joy! What a fabulous way to celebrate!ReplyCancel

  • June 23, 2016 - 12:35 am

    Jamie Kraus - How do you always get the most amazing, gorgeous weddings! You are so talented, I love these photos so much!ReplyCancel

carolyn+gary-5112pinimageOk, so I have to brag on this wedding just a bit. The couple was totally adorable (as all of my couples are), the details were amazing, the weather on this day was just absolutely perfect (which if any of you know Colorado, this can be completely hit or miss.) Everything went according to plan, and the wedding ended with a killer sunset. We couldn’t have asked for this day to be more perfect. Not to mention, my good friend Autumn came along to second shoot for me and she is such an amazing second! Carolyn and Gary are the bees knees. They are so perfect together it is unreal. Not to mention they are one beautiful couple with an epic sense of style. Carolyn got her dress from Anna Be, who custom added the lace sleeves from leftover lace of the dress. I was completely obsessed with it. But I mean, look at that dress! Who wouldn’t be obsessed with it?! Lets be real, I was obsessed with every aspect of their wedding. They tied the knot at Red Rocks Ranch in Westcliffe, CO. Such a beautiful spot to host a wedding. I think I probably could have spent hours with them shooting just their portraits had we had the time, the views were absolutely insane. The property had different areas that they used specifically for different parts of their wedding. The ladies got ready in the most adorable cottage I have ever seen. The guys got ready in this awesome pool room at the back of the main house. The ceremony was atop a hill with a gorgeous view of the Wet Mountain Range in the background. And the reception consisted of an outdoor lounge area at the main house, dinner on the porch of the cottage, and a pavilion to enjoy dancing and drinks at. It was quite perfect. Carolyn & Gary, Thank you two so much for letting me document your incredible day!

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Wedding Coordinator:  Audri Griffin
Dress: Claudette by Carolina Herrera, Anna Be
Suits: Mens Warehouse
Jewelry: Brides Personal Jewelry
HMU: Hair & Makeup in Motion – Jaray (MU) & Maria (H)
Flowers: Daisy Dukes Floral
Cake & Catering: Cravings Catering
Chalkboards: Loren Klein
Bartenders: Provided by Caterer
Invitations : Created by Audri Griffin

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  • June 10, 2016 - 1:12 am

    Lindy - Man, this looks like such a GORGEOUS wedding and you captured it so so beautifully. The couples photos are just perfection.ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2016 - 1:27 am

    Kate - What a beautiful wedding! I love how you’ve captured the details and emotions. The color palette is gorgeous too!ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2016 - 1:52 am

    Brittany - Daaaaaaaamn girl. This is perfectionReplyCancel

    • June 10, 2016 - 1:58 pm

      admin - hahaha I <3 u!!! Thanks Brit! <3ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2016 - 4:12 am

    Emilyanne Hardy - Cara, I LOVE everything about your style and your photojournalistic approach! I love it. Bravo!ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2016 - 1:19 pm

    julia morgan - wow! you so beautifully captured every little, perfect detail! love the close up hanging dress photo…(and just about every other photo) 😉 nice job!ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2016 - 5:46 pm

    Melissa Johnson - Beautiful!! Those sunset shots at the end are amazing and your detail shots are incredible!ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2016 - 6:09 pm

    Brittany Bay - CARA!!
    ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? THESE ARE AMAZINNNGGGGGGG!!!!ReplyCancel

    • June 11, 2016 - 4:02 pm

      admin - Lol thanks B Bay!!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2016 - 8:05 pm

    Tegan Keller | Colorful Love Studios - You weren’t kidding, this location IS amazing!! Wow. And her dress hanging in the desert at the beginning…. sooooo gorgeous! Makes me want to just get married over and over every year just so I can have weddings in different places like this 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2016 - 8:36 pm

    Sonja - Um, I, too, am obsessed with everything about this wedding! lol! Are those mountains FOR REAL?! But seriously- you did an amazing job! I love all the details you show between the candid moments- it really brings a sense of realness to these images – it makes me feel like I was actually there! Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2016 - 6:32 pm

    Amanda Tipton - These are just stunning! I love all the little details that tell the story!ReplyCancel

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Seriously, I have never met a couple that is so fun loving together. Not to mention they’re just as cute as can be. Hannah works in the service industry, I swear this is why she is such a people person, and Zack is a fire fighter for Security, CO. He was telling me about all the crazy stories and adventures his job takes him on. House fires, car accidents, and I think the scariest of all things, forest fires. For real… God bless the fire fighters! Their job is scary as heck, ‘fun and exciting’ as Zack puts it, but scary. It takes a very brave soul to do that job.
On the day of their session we decided we wanted to go somewhere that one… I had never shot at before, and two… that they had never been to before, so the Paint Mines in Calhan seemed like the perfect spot for their couples session. It is such an epic place to take photos at. You have to be careful, as so many of those rocky formations (even just leaning on them) can be so brittle and break and be semi dangerous if trying to move around them. The colors. Oh the colors are beautiful. So many different shades of white, pink, purples, and even some orange, yellow, and blue. The sunlight would hit them just right and they would literally sparkle, which made for some amazing shots. It was also the perfect location for me to pull out my prism and get creative. If you are unfamiliar with prisming, its where you take a 3 sided prism and hold it in front of your lens so you get some really awesome effects by breaking and bending the sunlight and reflecting the objects that are around you at the time.
I would say all together, we were pretty dang successful at obtaining some amazing images and having a kick ass time..

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  • March 17, 2016 - 8:23 pm

    susannah - LOVE your work. These are just stunning!! Make me want to take a trip there now 🙂ReplyCancel

    • March 18, 2016 - 5:54 am

      admin - Thanks so much! Do it girlfriend! It’s an amazing location!ReplyCancel

  • March 17, 2016 - 11:10 pm

    Amanda Tipton - Great session! I love how they laugh together!ReplyCancel

    • March 18, 2016 - 5:54 am

      admin - Thanks so much Amanda! They’re the cutest!ReplyCancel

  • March 18, 2016 - 2:47 am

    Katie Green - It’s so bad that I lived in Calhan for like 5 years and never took clients out there 🙂 lol I have to change that. You did a FANTASTIC job capturing these two. So comfortable and natural. LovelyReplyCancel

    • March 18, 2016 - 5:55 am

      admin - Katie thanks so so much! That means a ton! I really try to capture the more natural candid images over anything, I am glad that is something that’s noticed. <3ReplyCancel

  • March 18, 2016 - 4:13 am

    Taylor Fisher - These are AMAZING! Oh my goodness, incredible job capturing the incredible landscape and their sweet personalities! In love with this shoot.ReplyCancel

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      admin - Thanks so much Taylor!ReplyCancel

  • March 18, 2016 - 2:17 pm

    Julie - You have such an incredible eye for light and composition, after I submit this comment, I am going to have to spend more time on your website looking at your gorgeous art.ReplyCancel

    • March 18, 2016 - 7:46 pm

      admin - Oh my gosh thank you so much Julie!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

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Meet Caroline + Jeremy. They are one amazing couple. When I first met the two of them, I could tell they were my kind of couple. Super down to earth, completely in love… oh.. and Caroline loves Moscow mules, she was at that point my new best friend.
Their wedding took place in Austin at The Vineyards at Chappel Lodge. Absolutely stunning venue. It is completely covered in live oaks which give the perfect backdrop for any ceremony. I don’t think they could have chosen a better location to have their wedding. From the moment the wedding started to their exit at the end of the night, there wasn’t a moment that wasn’t beautiful.

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  • October 13, 2016 - 4:40 pm

    Brooke - Hill country weddings!! Be still my heart 🙂 gorgeous, gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2016 - 4:48 pm

    Moriah Riona - These images are stunning. Wonderful work.ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2016 - 4:49 pm

    Erin Witt - THESE ARE SO GOOD!!!! My jaw dropped when I saw that long exposure with the stars…omg! And the one from below with them kissing and the tree branches. Girl, you’re killing it!ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2016 - 5:06 pm

    Michele with one L - Such a beautiful couple, and you captured their day so well! That shooting star image is perfection!ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2016 - 5:08 pm

    Jill - Cara these are so good! The details, the fun dancing shots. Love the warm tones!ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2016 - 5:11 pm

    Elizabeth Weitz - These are amazing! What gorgeous first dances…that first black and white image with him kissing her forehead….so beautiful. Gorgeous work woman!ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2016 - 6:38 pm

    Lindsay Hiatt - SO BEAUTIFUL! I love how you captured the changing light and emotions throughout the day. Absolutely beautiful colors and tones.ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2016 - 9:01 pm

    Ali - As always, gorgeous work. Take me to this beautiful laceReplyCancel

  • October 14, 2016 - 1:33 am

    Keziah Kelsey - So much joy here! so much love, lovely work!ReplyCancel

  • October 15, 2016 - 4:03 pm

    Amanda - What exquisite light! I feel like I was there. Beautiful gallery of images. Her tattoos are so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • October 16, 2016 - 5:52 am

    Flor - Cara! These are absolutely amazing! I don’t even know where to start, the details, that shot with the shoes and the shadows, OMG! And the night shot! and the details, and the portraits, and the trees, I am so in love with this whole wedding! Beautiful job!ReplyCancel

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Ok so I am really big on my engagement sessions telling my couples stories as authentically as possible. I think this session with Rabecca and Zac is probably my favorite story I have told in a while. They are quite the couple. Super country, super sweet, super fun… simply awesome. They are originally from Dallas, so of course they are HUGE Dallas cowboys fans. We definitely had to incorporate the Dallas cowboys into their session somehow so they put their favorite jerseys on and we got to shooting. We decided to do the shoot on Rabecca’s dad’s land about 45 minutes from the heart of Austin. It was pretty awesome having so much space and such a variety of areas to work with. Rabecca then decided to get a little more girly and put on a super cute white dress (I love when the ladies in my engagement sessions wear white dresses) and Zac threw on a classic button up to give a little style to their shoot. We moved around to some open field areas and Zac mentioned that his old truck he use to drive in high school was on the property. This was the same vehicle he took Rabecca out in on their first date. It was a no brainer that we had to use the truck in the shoot. Granted, the truck didn’t run, so we had to work around where it was located. It just so happened to be parked in just the right spot to get some amazing effects with my prism from the sun and some beautiful light. The coolest part of her dad’s land is we took this little golf cart looking thing and got to explore in an area we probably wouldn’t have been able to walk to without getting covered in burrs and ankle deep in mud. They have a small pond on the property with some incredibly lush greenery surrounding it so we drove over to that area. It was almost like that 5 minute golf cart ride brought us to an entirely different location. Zac and Rabecca came up with the idea of getting in the water with their waders on. It was fabulous, and truly brought out their personality to finish off their session with. These two are so amazing to work with and I absolutely can’t wait to shoot their wedding in April!

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  • August 4, 2016 - 4:50 pm

    Monet Moutrie - What a fun and adventurous engagement session! Loved these images Cara!ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2016 - 4:52 pm

    Jill - Cara you are so freaking good at what you do! I LOVE the part in the water. Those tones are so goooood!ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2016 - 5:05 pm

    Jennie - Beautiful wide field shots!ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2016 - 5:09 pm

    Maria Brock Hanson - Cara, you have this amazing way of storytelling through your work. I love these so much!ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2016 - 5:12 pm

    Elizabeth - Ohhh adorable fur baby! This is such a fun session!ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2016 - 5:19 pm

    Sharee Davenport - what a fun session! can’t beat that evening light!ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2016 - 6:01 pm

    Redden Wood - Cara!! I am so impressed by these! I love the variety of locations you chose; how fitting they are to the shoot and the couple, and how well you captured them!! These are so beautiful!!! I love how they totally emulate Texas, too. You’re amazing!ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2016 - 7:14 pm

    Adena - I’m in love with these! Their love seems so effortless and you really captured them naturally! Gorgeous field shots too! What a fun spot to shoot!ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2016 - 9:57 pm

    michelle - I love it! They brought who they are and incorporated that into memories they will cherish forever!ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2016 - 11:18 pm

    Brittany Slaughter - I love everything about this session! The couple, the light your tones and the fact that they’re just chilling in a swamp, best ever!ReplyCancel

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This has been by far one of my favorite engagement sessions to date. We wanted to go to a place where we thought no one else would be, or at least not many people, and where their puppies could run free. The first place I thought of was behind these office buildings in town off exchange pkwy. There is this creek that runs down by them with what looks like is some sort of a dam. You are able to walk across it in multiple areas, with a little bit of a hike involved. It really made for a great location as the dogs didn’t have to be on a leash for most of their shoot. I am a huge fan of my couples bringing their animals along for their session. Katie and Alex decided to bring all 5 of their pups (trust me, this made for a super interesting session lol) and I was ecstatic. It was truly an adventure. We really got to capture some stinkin adorable images, and some just down right funny, of them with their beloved puppies. Photo sessions that are personal really make my heart sing. Engagement sessions really should capture the essence of the couple, tell their story and who they are as people, and who they are as a couple. I always encourage those that I photograph to bring things with them that might be sentimental to them or represents them and who they are. And I am huge animal lover so I highly encourage my couples to bring their fur babies along with them to the sessions. It just makes it that much better of an experience. The puppies weren’t the only thing though that made this photo session personal. Katie is four months pregnant so technically their soon to be son, Memphis James, is also a part of their engagement session. It made this photoshoot so much more special to know that their entire family (even though one member hasn’t quite been born yet) had an impact on these memories they will have to look back on for years to come. Here are a few of the images from their creekside engagement session.

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Do it yourself weddings that have a lot of thought put into them, really are some of my favorite weddings to shoot. Aryelle and Josh’s absolutely stunning Austin hill country summer wedding was completely a DIY wedding put together by the bride and groom themselves, with the help of their closest friends and family. This house belonged to a close friend of the families, and it was such a perfect setting for this beautiful hill country wedding. All of the decor and floral arrangements were done by the brides mom and grandma, and everything was set up by the bridal party before getting ready for the wedding. Austin (and much of central Texas) is known for their beautiful trees, and this wedding took full advantage of their beauty. The ceremony took place under two beautiful oak trees next to a pond that was on the property. Their reception was just as beautiful with the house as the back drop on one side, and a beautiful field and tree line as the backdrop just opposite of the house. They couldn’t have picked a more beautiful day to have their wedding either. Although it just might have been hotter than hades that day, it was an absolutely beautiful day. When it started to get dark, the subtle string lights that were hung gave a perfect romantic touch. Here are a few of my favorite images from the Jenkinson Wedding.

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Talk about an epic engagement session, where do I even begin?  Ashleigh and Marsalis flew out here from Chicago to visit their two friends Brigette and Rita (You may remember them from their amazing Mercury Cafe wedding I had the pleasure of shooting last year), and decided to try and meet up and do their engagement session while out here in Colorado. They will be doing a destination wedding in Austin, TX next year and I am SO stoked to be shooting their big day. We all know how much I love Austin. But when they told me that they were coming out here also and wanted to do some amazing mountain session for their engagements I was beyond excited.

We had been talking for a few weeks about where to do their session, and with the way the weather looked a few days ago, afternoon storms seemed to be in the mix. So we decided going somewhere at sunrise would be the best option so we could avoid the afternoon rains. When i first introduced the idea, I either thought they would be really excited, or they would think I was batshit crazy. You see, the location we decided on was about a 2 hour drive away, and a good 30 minute hike up to the lake. So in order to make it there by sunrise we needed to leave no later than 3:30 in the morning. Ashleigh responded to the email saying they were down for the challenge, and that she never dreamed they would get to take engagement photos in Colorado and was so excited about it now she’d probably be willing to drag Marsalis through 3 feet of mud at 5am if it meant she’d have some badass photos. It seriously made my day.

We arrived just as the alpenglow was beginning to form on the peak. It was absolutely stunning. By the time we started shooting it had turned into this amazing golden glow on the mountain. It made for the perfect backdrop and start to our session. And let me tell you, these two are a serious power couple. I loved watching them interact together today and just feed off of each others love for one another. It was so beautiful. Every second of this morning was perfect. Totally and utterly worth waking up at 2:00AM to make it happen.

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