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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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Hey World… Let me introduce you to these two amazing kick ass humans, Jen & Alex.

Jen and I have known each other for what feels like forever and she is one of my closest and dearest friends. I think were going on 14 years now? So when she contacted me to take photos of her and Alex I was beyond excited.

You know,  the best sort of relationships are those that stem from an absolutely amazing friendship. Like a best friends through thick and thin kind of thing. That is Jen and Alex. They’ve known each other and have been such good friends for years. Always having each others backs no matter what. Not to mention they are just equal amounts of funny and weird and I absolutely love it haha. They are so entirely perfect for each other and its adorable. There aren’t too many couples that I can say just seem like they were absolutely, positively, made for each other.. but I can say that about Jen and Alex.

This morning we met up at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, explored creek beds and hiking trails, and took some pretty rad photos. Even in the crazy hot Texas summer heat and humidity, we managed to get some amazing captures of the two of them. Check out the awesomeness y’all.. Its pretty great.pinimage

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  • June 22, 2017 - 5:09 pm

    Tabitha Jackson - These are so stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2017 - 5:58 pm

    Sunshine Lump - OMG!! These photos are gorgeous and they just look so happy!ReplyCancel

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    mackenzie nemeth-suko - What a cute couple, love how well you captured them!ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2017 - 7:00 pm

    Tiara Wilson - Oh Cara, this is such a sweet session. I am loving how you captured the love between these two. They’re so intimate and so beautiful. You captured their laughter & their love so beautifully. <3ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2017 - 8:01 pm

    Rachel Kemble - Gorgeous!! Also, love how she showed off that sleeve!ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2017 - 8:09 pm

    Whitney Milton Films - Your colors are so stunning! As always love your edits and poses. And the couple seem so full of love and joy!!ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2017 - 8:38 pm

    Kristin - Love the colors and tones of this session.ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2017 - 10:53 pm

    Monet - Goodness, what a gorgeous session! I love their choice of black, simple clothes…especially with her gorgeous tattoos. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • June 23, 2017 - 4:56 am

    Kristina - You’re so crazy talented girlfriend! Love these!ReplyCancel

  • June 23, 2017 - 9:29 pm

    Bridget - Beautiful location for a photo session! I love their expressions!ReplyCancel

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You’re in full swing of wedding planning and its come time to find the perfect photographer. This is where things get fun but can also be stressful. What do you look for in a photographer? So many brides get to this part of the planning process and just have NO idea where to start or what to look for. As a photographer myself, I wanted to share my thoughts and advice for you to help you find the best photographer out there and to help make this process a smooth one.

Photography, to me, is one of the most important vendors you can invest in on your wedding day. (ok so I may be a little biased on this one, but for good reasoning). Read up, take some notes on this one Y’all! Everything I discuss will help you in picking that perfect photographer that suits your wants and needs.

Why is a photographer so important to get right?
You see, there isn’t just one quick answer for this. But my best answer for you is the fact that they are the ones responsible for capturing your memories and putting them onto paper, or film, or your wedding album. These images are the one thing you will have at the end of it all to look back on and remember your wedding day. To relive all of the amazing moments that come with it. This is one important job if you ask me.
So lets get started…

1. Do Your Research and Check out Different Photographers Work.

pinimageI urge everyone to start their search for their photographer by doing a few searches online to get a vibe of who is available in your area. And do this early!! Many photographers will book up sometimes up to a year and a half in advanced. Figure out the style of photography that you like. There are so many different styles to this industry. Theres that super filmy, light and airy, delicate look. Theres also darker and moodier looks (this one is kind of my forte). There are photographers who shoot in a fine art and classy type style and look like a work of art, and some that shoot in a more documentary style (again, my type of work) that take you through the day and make you feel as if you’re there with them when you look at their images. When you come across a photographers website who’s work really speaks to you and you just fall in love with their style.. Favorite their page.

Another great resource for finding someone who’s work you love is to refer back to your friends. Did anyone get married recently who’s photos you just thought were amazing? Talk with them and ask them questions about who their photographer was, what they liked and/or didn’t like about them, etc. Having someone else tell you first hand what their experience was like with their photographer can really help you to decide what you want your experience to be like and how to find that.

2. Meet Your Prospects.

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Your photographer is going to with you every moment of your day. You will probably be with them more so than you will be with your own maid of honor or best man. Since you have to spend the entirety of your day together, pick someone who you can see as being your best friend for your day of. I feel meeting with your potential photographer is so helpful in doing this. Finding someone who you mesh well with, and have similar vibes with is super important. Also, make your first impression count! Yes when you meet your potential photographer it can kind of feel like your conducting a job interview, but remember its kind of the same for us. We are also reading you as you are for us getting to know you the best we can. We want to work with clients who we get along with and feel our approach to wedding photography will fit well with. Make sure that connection is there and you feel comfortable with your photographer. And, don’t be afraid to say no when things seem like its not a good fit. Even if their work is absolutely amazing, if you aren’t really feeling the vibes that this is a good match, I would say its time to pass and go to the next.

Are you doing a destination wedding or bringing in a photographer from out of town and cant meet in person? Have a skype or facetime session to replace an in person meeting!

3. Have A Set Budget. But Be Realistic And Know That Good Photography Is An Investment.

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The budget. This is one of the biggest things that I see people having problems with when it comes to planning their wedding and possibly having incorrect expectations. Many people when looking for a photographer look at price before looking at the rest of the big picture. Cheap should not be on your mind for this vendor if you’re looking for someone with a distinct style, skill level, and an amazing experience. First things first, when it comes to setting aside a budget for photography you really have to ask yourself this question.. “How much do these photos really mean to me?”. If you are looking to get some absolutely amazing images and a great experience with someone who knows exactly what they are doing, it’s going to cost you. In most major cities (Dallas, Austin, And Denver for sure) you can look to spend about $3,000-$6,000 on average for a professional photographer for your wedding day depending on what all is included. That can even be low in cost for some. I would say next to your venue, your photographer is probably your most expensive vendor. You’re not just paying for amazing images with these photographers, your paying for an entire experience with them, their skill level, and their specialty and expertise.

If photos aren’t really something you care to much about, then you will probably be ok hiring the photographer who gives you the most bang for your buck. There is a photographer for everyone, no matter what your budget is. It just might not be the person you had in mind. I do recommend not trying to negotiate with the photographers who are out of your price range, as more often than not they won’t budge. All photographers are businesses and have to make sure that they are able to put food on the table and pay their bills just like any other business owner. There are however larger photography companies out there who have a myriad of professional photographers that work under them at lower costs to the client. This is a great option for those who are looking for longer coverage at a lesser cost. Granted, the experience will not be the same as hiring a single person company who specializes, and you may not even meet your photographer until the day of your wedding or really know what their background is, but you will be able to get the coverage you want for the price you want.

Another option for those who are ballin’ on a budget, is to contact local colleges who may have photography students that are trying to break into the field of weddings. They will often charge you next to nothing to get the experience. No they wont have experience with weddings, and they may not know the ins and outs of a wedding day, but if its something you’re ok with in order to save money, it is definitely an option. I personally don’t recommend that option too much. If you can, my advice is to give yourself plenty of time to save for someone who has a little bit more experience and will give you the best client service on the day of.

4. Think about the light.

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And by this, I mean think about the lighting situation for your wedding day. Is your wedding going to be outdoors? In direct sunlight or in shade? Is it indoors in a super dark church or in a barn with little windows? This may not be something that is thought about often when hiring a photographer but it is so so important. You want to be sure and choose a photographer who is skilled in working with these lighting situations. Dark venues and direct light can be an extremely difficult situations to make work if you don’t have the skill or equipment to allow you to work through it. Or if your wedding is in a dark church, there may be rules against using flash photography during the ceremony. You want someone who is ok with this and knows how to handle any difficult lighting situation with ease.

Also, pay attention to how they photograph after dark. Is your reception outside at night? Are they using off camera flash set ups to compensate? Are they using direct flash? Or maybe no flash? There are different styles that different photographers use in these situations, so make sure the photographer you choose has a style and skill for this that you like.

5. Make Sure Your Photographer Runs Their Business Professionally.

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There are a few things that any photography business should have when you hire them. A strong contract that goes into detail about their policies, and they should be an insured business. A contract is extremely important. Not only is this contract there to protect us photographers, but it is also there to protect YOU! This is where the photographer will go over their policies such as how payments are done, what will happen in the event they get sick or cant make it due to an unforeseeable reason, what their turn around time is for image delivery, how they handle copyrights and personal rights to the images, and much much more.

Liability insurance is typically a requirement by many venues, and its just a good thing to know that the company you are hiring has this for many different circumstances. Check with the photographers you are speaking to about what liability insurance they hold if any.

Another thing to consider will depend on where you live. Some states (like Texas) will require the photographer to charge sales tax on all of their services. This is something to ask if you will be charged sales tax on top of your wedding collections and to not be surprised if this is something that comes up, or to think that they are wrong in doing so. Seeing them do this and follow the rules of the state is a great thing, and helps you to be reassured that they are indeed a professional business.

6. Read The Fine Print.

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Know exactly what you are getting. Ask about what is included with their collections and know every detail about what your are signing, buying, and receiving. I have heard horrible stories from brides who hired a photographer and yet they wouldn’t give them their images unless they paid them another two thousand dollars. Or the photographer only included very low resolution images with the collections and since no one asked, the bride and groom didn’t realize they wouldn’t be able to print from the files, and would have to order prints only through the photographer, costing them more in the long run. Make sure that you know everything that you will be getting and that you are ok with that.

7. Back Up Equipment.

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This is a big one. Any photographer you hire should have back up equipment. Two Camera Bodies, Multiple lenses, Tons of Memory Cards or film. Talk to your potential photographer about what they will do in a situation if one of their cameras stops working or if their memory card becomes corrupt. Hopefully this is something no one ever has to deal with. But its an important topic to cover. I have a backup camera body and a few extra lenses in case something breaks. And I personally always write to two memory cards at a time for back up. If one of the cards fails, I still have a backup of all your images on hand. You want someone who has the proper equipment to take on a job as important as photographing someones wedding.

8. Read Reviews

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Make sure that when you are conducting your search that you check the photographers reviews. Go on their Facebook page or Instagram and see what kind of feedback they have. Is it positive? Negative? Look them up on places like Wedding Wire or The Knot to see if there are more reviews you can read up on for their company. Seeing first hand from their clients on how their experience was with them will help when it comes to finding the person right for you.

9.  Give all the Details!

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When you do send that email out to those oh so perfect for you photographers, make sure you are providing them with enough detail about your wedding day so they can give you the most information back to you. You want to essentially speed up the meet and greet process as soon as possible. If the photographer has a contact form on their website, some of this stuff might already be included and required when filling it out. But if they don’t, or if you are emailing them directly, here is some info that is greatly appreciated if you can give it to us up front:
– You and Your Fiancés name
– Your wedding date
– The Venue or Location(s)
– The amount of coverage you are looking for (ie. All day, 3-4 Hours, etc)
– Your Wedding Photography Budget
– If someone referred you or not (we love knowing that some of our past clients wanted to pass on our name)
– And your email or phone number
When we know what your budget is from the get go, it can definitely save you and us time in this process. If we fit in your budget we can set up a time to meet and if we don’t, we can refer you to some amazing photographers who do. If you give us your date and venue, we can let you know if were available or if we have shot there before and send you a gallery from that wedding if so. There are many advantages to giving us the most information possible.  Its better to be able to tell you up front if we are a good fit, rather than wait a few weeks, meet, love each other, and then realize we are out of your budget or not available for the date.

10. Trust in Us.

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During this search and getting to know your potential photographer, I want to give you all some words of wisdom to finish up this post. Trust in us to do our job. If you have chosen your photographer based on their experience and expertise and the fact that they are just down right awesome and you get along perfectly. Then let us curate your story to the best of our ability.
You will find that there are many websites out there with photo shot lists (like those ones you see on pinterests) to give to your photographer on the day of the wedding. But the truth is, we don’t need it. We know all the classic shots that should be covered and strive to capture every detail of your day exactly as it should be.

The only shot list I will recommend you give to your photographer is an exact family shot list of each photo you want with your immediate family (ie. Photo 1: Mom, dad, bride groom, etc.) Except you will actually use their names. Many of us photographers will give you a wedding photography questionnaire for you to fill out which tells us all about your day, who will be there, what to expect, who your other vendors are, what shots are most important to you, etc. We are there to make your day go as smoothly as possible.

So find someone you can have full trust in. Let them be your best friend on the day of your wedding. Let them tell your story and create an amazing experience for you. And make sure that if you have questions, ask them! Lastly, and most importantly, have fun with this process, and don’t stress too much. Your wedding day is meant to be remembered beautifully. Having trust in your photographer will help to do just that.

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  • June 8, 2017 - 3:38 pm

    Sarah G. - Excellent article Cara! Great points regarding budget, trust, and considerations. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2017 - 7:13 pm

    Linda Murri - Great tips!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2017 - 7:44 pm

    Jamie Kraus - Great tip! Photography is an important part of a wedding!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2017 - 8:09 pm

    Ashley Hepworth - These are some great tips Cara! BIG YES on the reviews!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2017 - 9:10 pm

    Jennifer Morgan - So many good tips on here!! I totally need to do something like this myself, but really I couldn’t say anything that you haven’t already said. Great advice for any couple who doesn’t themselves know the ins and outs of the industry! <3ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2017 - 9:11 pm

    Kathryn - These are such great tips for a bride! Very valuable info!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2017 - 9:30 pm

    Haley Allen - Awesome & thorough advice here Cara! Totally helps our brides-to-be. And as usual gorgeous work to accompany 😀ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2017 - 3:01 am

    Allie Moore - These are some terrific tips. I’m especially glad to hear you talk about hiring the right photographer for your lighting situation! A 5PM New Year’s Eve wedding is going to require totally different skillset than a daytime summer wedding!ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2017 - 3:18 am

    Suzanne Jakes - Great tips, Cara! I couldn’t have said it better myself. This is a concise yet detailed list that every bride should read! Love all the photos as well!ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2017 - 2:51 pm

    Bianca - That’s some great advice Cara…what an awesome resource for brides and grooms. Loooove all the images. You’re so talented!!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2017 - 6:19 am

    Laura kinser - Beautiful pics and great info!ReplyCancel

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Oh how I have been waiting for months for yesterday to happen. Since December, I have been planning my workshop and anxiously waiting for this day. And it was absolutely amazing.

I’m not going to lie, there were some brief moments of panic over the past few weeks when keeping up with the weather. This time of year you just really never know what you’re going to get. Two weeks ago the weather stated that the 24th of May would be filled with thunderstorms. But as it neared, the predictions changed to a day full of sunshine and barely any cloud coverage. Seeing as today, and the rest of this weekend, it will be raining… I would say we got pretty lucky.

Now, let me introduce you to Sarah Evans. She is an AMAZING wedding planner who is based here in Colorado.  She came to speak at my workshop that I put on yesterday. Let me tell you… she is a wizard when it comes to gaining leads through social media, so I was beyond happy she could come tell everyone the ins and outs of utilizing social media to gain more clients. If you are a self employed creative wedding professional, I highly recommend purchasing her video course, Social Leads. It is worth every penny.

Ok, so aside from being a killer wedding planner, Sarah is also a pretty damn good model. I decided a few months ago that I wanted to add another couple onto my models list. So when I reached out to Sarah about talking to my attendees I asked if she and her husband would be interested in modeling for us. She informed me that her man was not available but she was and that she would be more than happy