Look who’s standing like a big kid! And boy, did we experience a range of emotions at the pumpkin patch with Calvin. Haha! One thing that brought him all the smiles…this pint-sized Radio Flyer wagon. I’ve never laughed so hard. Calvin’s Mom and Dad are still amazed at his affinity for this little wagon. I don’t think you’ll notice his sheer joy. [insert laughing with tears emoji]
At the end of this summer my main squeeze and I made our first trip down to New Mexico. I LOVED it. We only went for the weekend but I’m dying to get back there for a longer stay. We stopped in Taos and Santa Fe. Taos was my favorite. But, shhhh, don’t tell anyone. I want it to stay just like it was when I left it. I had to share some photos though. So lovely.
The way the light falls on objects, especially stucco, in NM is really dreamy. I 100% understood Georgia O’Keeffe’s migration to this land during her career. We got to go to her museum. It was pretty awesome.
These two are tying the knot in November at Chatfield Farms! I’m almost as excited as they are! I’ve already been hearing how yummy the food is going to be and how there’s going to be an entire table of Polish desserts! I have no idea what that means but you better believe you’ll find me at that table. Often. Andy and Andrea have even encouraged it. As if they hadn’t already won me over they’re also new rescue kitty parents! Andy drives cross-country on a regular basis and found two kitty siblings he couldn’t leave in Georgia. I’m also the mom of a rescue kitty…sometimes I want to remind him he was a rescue.
But these two kitty parents…we had a great time walking through the Aspens at Kenosha Pass. It was just lovely. Lovely.
I had THE BEST time with this family at Kenosha Pass! You’ll recognize half of this group if you’ve been on my blog anytime this year. Calvin is back again. ;-) His hair is even better than it was two months ago! And this time his Nana, Dood and Uncle Logan joined the party. I wouldn’t hate an invite to family dinners. Just saying.
The light was perfect, the aspens…well, you see, and the heat didn’t set in until it was time to go! They even directed us to a super awesome campsite that the hubs and I pitched our tent on after their session! It was a win for all of us…at least I think so. ;-)
This little man. He was happy, hungry then asleep within 45 minutes time. Pretty much how all adults are we just don’t usually have the option to act on the tiredness like Theo did. Cracked us up. You never really know how family photos with littles are going to go but I’m glad this Mom and Dad smiled through all the emotions and silliness.
Note to all you readers with littles: smile through your little ones’ emotions and desires to run the opposite direction. It all works out in the end and sometimes you need to remember those seasons in life. With, you know, pictures to prove it.
Theo got to play in downtown Denver and even rock-climb before falling asleep. I think he’s joining a climbing gym soon.
This girlie and all her smiles!! We had the best time at the Denver Botanic Gardens! It was in full bloom to say the least!
This was our second session with this little nugget this year and I'm looking forward to the next! Talks of Fall and Winter and deciding where to go...makes me so excited! I LOVE the changing of the seasons. There's something so refreshing about it to me...well, except when summer comes along...then it's mostly sweat not so much refreshment in my opinion. Then again, without that summer heat these awesome sunflowers wouldn't come to be. Anyway...this girl gave us all the smiles thanks to her super fun parents.
Every once in a while I get to explore beautiful homes that are on the market for a lucky family to scoop up. This month it was a home in the Historic Highlands neighborhood near downtown Denver. This house goes on for days! As does the beauty and historic charm! Pineapple Interiors staged it beautifully. I was certainly ready to move in. Well, still am...ha!
There are three lovely, light-filled bedrooms upstairs with huge closets (this comes from someone who has predominately lived in homes well over 75 years old most of her adult life)...a claw-foot tub that is to die for...a side-yard perfect for entertaining the way it should be done in CO (indoor-outdoor)...oh, and a basement with an office/bonus room and tons of storage! I'm pretty sure you can see the mountains from the second story window but with all the lingering smoke from fires lately there was no chance of seeing it with my own eyes. There is definitely information online but I'm sure Frank Cefaratti would be happy to help you get more info on this beauty.
I wish I would have gotten to know these two even more after learning bits and pieces about them at our pre-wedding meeting and their wedding. The sweet stories of family traditions, the obviously deep-rooted friendships, the devoted family who traveled across borders to celebrate with them, the loving family who helped create and organize details from hundreds of miles away.... Allyson and James are two very kind, passionate and driven people who gave me the opportunity to have fun on the job. Not to mention...us Ali/Allysons gotta stick together! No matter the spelling we're instant friends.
I really didn't want to leave their Longmont venue. Maybe it was the lovely views, maybe it was the stunning garden or the chickens that kept the bugs away...I didn't want to leave. I hope to be back again Lone Hawk Farm!
This little cutie had his third session of the year last week! He kills me. There were bubbles, dogs, and lots of grass eating...well, maybe not lots. I think his momma got most of it out of his mouth before getting her finger chomped. This amazing lady loves you big time little man. And I had the best time rolling around in the grass with you! There was only one struggle with this session...choosing the photos to share with you guys! I can't pick a favorite. Goes to show you how a really simple session can still produce tons of beautiful moments to remember forever. Just a mom and her kiddo enjoying the mid-day sun.
Those baby blues!! Double meaning there. Man, I'm good.
Calvin and his parentals made a little dream of mine come true this month. When we moved here I dreamt of walking from our apartment over to the Denver Botanic Garden to meet a client for a session. I got to do that with this sweet boy!! It was so much fun! Having clients that want to go on little adventures with me is THE BEST! I'm so thankful for this sweet family and the rest of the year we have together!
This little lady is no stranger to my camera either. I got to spend the first year of her life with her and her family. She's always been very chill during our sessions. I mean, she's just so stinking cute! And she's always worn my favorite little outfits! This one was another fav of mine.
Anywho...I'm so glad we got to catch up on my recent Knoxville visit! And I know this little cutie will put a smile on your face today.
1. I love going back to visit my sweet Tennessee and Knoxville community. 2. I LOVE watching my little client-babies grow!
This little man was a lot littler the last time I saw him in our home in Knoxville. Now he's growing and moving all over the place! This sweet family is the best. I'm so glad we got to catch up a little during my visit in May. Looking forward to watching this little man grow for many years to come! Pretty bummed I have to do it from so far away.
Accidental images are usually the best. I'm trying to learn how to keep the shutter button going during the in-between moments of a day. I have no doubt that Allyse was looking into the wind in this image to try and get her hair out of her face...We almost blew off of Lookout Mountain in Golden last month. (Literally had to brace myself on my step-ladder at one point.) We laughed (A LOT) and we cried some (sweet tears and dirt-filled tears) and these two got married!
I'm loving these firsts. Boettcher Mansion in Golden is such a lovely spot! I'm so glad Jake and Allyse had me up to spend the afternoon with them! I was cracking up at these two...especially Allyse. Her family values never taking yourself too seriously and having fun at all times. I've got quite a few family photos of everyone making ridiculous faces. Might have included one or two goofy ones in this post. Just so you get a true sense for their beautiful day. ;-)
This kiddo...She was on one the day we met for our session. We we're all chasing after her during our session. haha! No little redhead I'd rather chase more. She and her parents are some of the best neighbors we've ever had. During our renovation projects on our house in Knoxville they were always there to help. Need a drill last minute? They've got us. Need a bathroom at all hours of the day because the bathroom tile took wayyyyy longer than we thought? They've got us. Need a place to stay when I go back for work? They've got me. That's just scratching the surface.
This kiddo just welcomed a little sister into the world in the last couple of days!
You guys remember these cuties?! Remember their gorgeous Fall engagement session? I guess we should have known that rain would be a part of their wedding story as it rained the day of their engagement session....We got a little damp in Palisade on their wedding day too. But it was so beautiful and the sweetest little cherry grove at The Wedding House gave everything and everyone the right amount of shelter during the evening's events. I couldn't be more in love with a venue and the surrounding landscape. I DID NOT want to come back to Denver.
So, the venue is surrounded by a vineyard and peach orchard. And I already mentioned the cherry grove. We were all eating cherries during the festivities. Right off the tree! I could get used to that. Pre-rec for every wedding I shoot from here on out. Just FYI. Ok, back to this beautiful day. The love birds met for the first time that day in the peach orchard. It was the cutest. Thing. Ever.
So let's hit a reset button on the day...back to the start.
Venue & Florals: The Wedding House at Palisade | Cake (Gluten free & Gluten filled): Camille's Cake Cottage | Bridal Gown: Demetrios Bridal From: Brides of San Diego| Tux/Suit: Mens Wearhouse | Maid dresses: Weddington Way | Wedding rings: Jared | Hair/Makeup: All About Looks Image (Sherronna Bishop) | Jewelry & Hair piece: USA Bride | Rentals: Grand Rentals | Cufflinks: SouthernBelleOOAK | Getting Ready Robes: SS Weddings
This little man. And his furry friend. Just my favorite.
Funny little insight into my world...I had not met Calvin nor his sweet parents before rolling up to their home for their session. Not smart. The night before our meeting I kept kicking myself for picking their home as our first meeting place. You know...single female going to a stranger's home. My main squeeze was on call. I pulled up and it was a cute house...I knocked on the door and Calvin's dad and fur-brother answered (it's fine, he's a nice enough looking guy. Super sweet dog I thought.)...I walked in and their place was beautiful and cleaner than my house will ever be...Calvin and his momma walked in the room and I quickly knew I was going to be just fine. I sent the 'I'm fine' text and we got the formalities out of the way so we could capture some moments of this sweet boy's life. :-)
Moral of the story, meet your clients before you go to their home or trust your gut. haha!
I'm super pumped to say that I'll get to know these guys much better over the course of a year!
These two. One of the calmest, most fun couples I've worked with. They may have had a little pressure arise here and there as it does on any wedding day but when they were together none of it mattered.
They started their wedding day off as any other couple does...with a bike ride around Cade's Cove in the Smoky Mountain National Park of course. Then went their separate ways to get ready for their equally unconventional festivities. Leah isn't one of those brides who was looking to have all eyes on her. Chance felt the same. So, to take some of the pressure off and to be able to see their out of town guests longer than most couples are able they inverted their day. Photos followed by cocktail hour (which they attended), followed by dinner, followed by the ceremony and the usual crepe cake and dancing after that.
The location and food couldn't have been more perfect. The Dancing Bear Lodge pulled out all the stops. I was homesick for Appalachian Tennessee all over again thanks to this perfect wedding. Chef Shelley Cooper did not disappoint. From a signature cocktail to the candy bacon everyone was gushing about to the melt-in-your-mouth fried chicken...man, I was so lucky to be able to enjoy a taste of the food! Oh, and The French Market's crepe cake also did not disappoint.
So back to the love birds. Chance is from East Tennessee and Leah from Colorado. I met the two of them just after I moved to Denver last year, in Denver. Now, now they live in Knoxville. You know, the city we moved from? Still blows my mind. We reunited at their Smoky Mountain Wedding because, well, that is where they fell in love. At the most beautiful KOA you've ever seen just up the street from Dancing Bear.
Her dress: Encore Bridal Ft Collins (altered by White Lace and Promises Knoxville) | His suit (chance): Brooks Brothers Sevierville | His ring : Fagen Jewelers Knoxville Her Ring: Blue Nile | His watch: Mistura Timepieces | Florals: Flowers & Such Maryville | Hair/Make-up: Tatyana Wilcox Maryville | Pies: Art of Cakes Bakery Maryville | Dulcimer player: Tim Simek
I'm so ready to bypass the crazy real estate market in Denver and just let these two creative masterminds make us a beautiful home on wheels. I mean...don't you just want to jump right in this bed?! I certainly did during our shoot. And now any of us can sleep in one of Colorado Caravan's creations thanks to Amigo Motor Lodge in Salida, CO. They've recently purchased two to be a part of their accommodations. (I think two.) Not only have I been dying to check out Amigo but now I could even stay in a Colorado Caravan?! It's too much.
Obviously I didn't like this session at all. I hope I get to see many more Caravan's in the future! You've got to take a closer look...the details on this traveling home are just beautiful. And all custom to this beauty.
P.S. Be sure to check out their new online shop to snag some of the cute decor featured in this shoot!
Eek!! I'm so excited to spend the next year documenting the fresh life of this little girl. Have I mentioned how much I love the For Every Season package?! I LOVE getting to watch these sweet nuggets grow while getting to know their parents. They grow up so fast! (Insert grandmotherly southern drawl.)
For our first session I met Claire and her folks at their home in Golden. Her momma loves bright colors and I loved the art on their living room wall so we used that as a backdrop for a few. This first photo...perfection. Enjoy meeting this fam! It won't be the last time you see them.
My interest in Paris came at about 13. I had to do a report about the Eiffel Tower. In high school, not sure what caused it, I really wanted to see this city. During college I was able to go to Europe twice but neither time included a stop in Paris. A number of years ago a friend of mine from college/childhood friend of my main squeeze/the one responsible for my main squeeze and I ever meeting -- and his wife moved to Paris. We've wanted to visit them since they moved. Then Byron went to grad school. Twice kind of. But earlier this year we checked flight prices and they were so cheap! Our friends had some free time and we pulled the trigger!
You guys, it was a dream. Truly. Every photo you've ever seen of Paris and the beautiful buildings...that was every street we walked down. Spring in Paris was glorious. The blooming trees were definitely peaking and the tulips were excited to see us. Just magic. We also made it to the South of France. Marseille was our home-base but we traveled to Cassis and along the coast one day. Coming home to familiar things is always nice but I would go back in a heartbeat. We definitely didn't get to do all the typical touristy things in Paris but I'm totally happy with that. Because of it we found the sweetest park and a number of more lovely local spots. And, we can always go back. I've heard Fall in Paris is pretty magical too. ;-)