Lorrrdddyyy 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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Ok, 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!
Venue & Lodging: Red Rocks Ranch
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
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..
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.
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.