Garden of the Gods Club wedding :: Anna + Jonathan

I have been dying to share the pictures from this beautiful Garden of the Gods Club wedding! Anna and Jon, along with their families and closest friends, traveled all the way from Chicago and parts beyond to celebrate their union at the beautiful Garden of the Gods Club. Anna was so giddy and animated, it was a joy to capture her happiness, and as for Jon, he just couldn’t stop smiling!

Springtime weather in the Rockies is, as you know, a little fickle! Our day started out with sunshine, and the mild weather held up nicely throughout the pre-ceremony portraits. But half an hour before the outdoor ceremony was to begin, the skies suddenly darkened, the temperature plummeted and rain started to come down. Plan B was put into action! All the chairs were moved from the lawn to the covered patio, the heaters were turned on, and the fire pits were lit. Then suddenly, just as the processional was about to commence, the rain stopped and the sun burst through the clouds, bathing the entire ceremony in a golden glow. Mother Nature really put on a gorgeous show for us. It was fantastic!

The reception was a ton of fun. Jonathan’s family is Jewish, so the highlight of the night for me was the hora. It’s always such a blast! Even Jon’s four year old niece and septuagenarian grandma got a ride in the chair. Talk about a fun party!

I love any opportunity to document a Garden of the Gods Club wedding, and this one was extra special. I had the best time! Congratulations to you, Anna and Jon! Happy honeymoon!

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Garden of the Gods Club wedding

Senior Portraits on the Beach :: Lucas

Colorado Springs senior photos

I don’t do that many seniors, which I think is a good thing because when I do get the privilege, I’m more creative with my ideas. I did these fun senior portraits of Lucas several months ago (I know, I’m just a little behind on blogging) in La Jolla, California. Yes, California! Far from Colorado Springs, indeed! His mother commissioned me to do family portraits at La Jolla Cove, and on the same day do Lucas’s senior portraits. What a great location! They actually live in Phoenix, so this was a change of scenery for all of us, and we had a really fun time. Lucas is a stylish guy, so I wasn’t at all surprised that he got duded up in a really nice suit and then changed into a pink sweatshirt. He’s a guy who can pull that kind of thing off without blinking —  a true fashion maverick! I love it when teenagers aren’t afraid to be a little different.  And I love that he brought his long board all the way from Phoenix just so he could use it in his senior portraits. He looks so cool! Oh and that camera isn’t a prop. Lucas is a great photographer and he prefers to shoot film instead of digital. You should see his work. It’s fantastic!

This is all a little bit bittersweet for me, because I’ve known Lucas for a long time. He’s about to graduate from high school, but I’ve been photographing him since he was a little guy. In fact, I did his first photo shoot when he was less than a year old. He was so cute! And how he’s so tall, I feel like a such a shortie when I stand next to him! It was a great pleasure to be able to make these special portraits for him and his mom. Go Lucas! You’re going to do great things!

Another Sweet Colorado Springs Elopement!

Colorado elopement pictures

The bride wore white — a white sweater and jeans, that is! Courtney and Tyler got married their way, in jeans on a beautiful Colorado Springs mountainside, with no witnesses but me and my trusty assistant Joy. Have I mentioned that I love doing elopement photography? As you can imagine, it’s different from documenting a regular wedding, because it’s just me and the couple, there aren’t any wedding details or family portraits or traditions like cutting the cake or throwing the bouquet. This elopement was even more casual than most, though, as you can see! We hiked up to the perfect spot on the Section 16 trail, chatting about this and that as we went. Here’s a fun coincidence: when I asked Courtney where she was from, she told me that she was from Dayton, Ohio. I mentioned that I went to junior high and my first year of high school there, and we discovered that she and I actually went to the same school! What a small world!

After a little over a mile of hiking, we came to the spot that Tyler had picked out just days before, and with a gorgeous, expansive view behind them they said their heartfelt vows, exchanged rings, and sealed it all with a passionate kiss. It was so romantic! Then we wandered around a bit to take some romantic portraits, as the snow began drifting down. It was just wonderful and I enjoyed every minute! Congratulations and all the best, Tyler and Courtney!

Colorado elopement pictures

Colorado elopement pictures

Colorado elopement pictures

Colorado elopement pictures

Colorado elopement pictures

Colorado elopement pictures

Colorado elopement pictures

K’s Boudoir Session in the Studio

boudoir photography Colorado Springs

I did these gorgeous, classic intimate portraits of K at my boudoir studio in Colorado Springs a couple of weeks ago. She did this photo shoot as a surprise birthday gift for her boyfriend, E. (Shhhh! Don’t spill!) I think K is such a stunner! When she first showed up for her portraits, like so many of my clients she was a little hesitant at the outset, but once we picked out the right outfits and started shooting, she relaxed and really got into it. As you can see, K is fabulous, fierce and photogenic! I love bringing out the hidden sexy vixen in my clients, it’s so much fun! At the reveal a few days later, when K saw her how magnificent she looked in her photos, she was so happy! It was really an emotional moment for her. She told me that she never thought of herself as beautiful, but these pictures made her realize what we can all plainly see:  she is truly dazzling. Her boyfriend is going to be so happy when he gets his birthday present! Rawr!

Colorado Springs boudoir studio

Colorado Springs boudoir photography

sexy photography Colorado Springs

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sexy photography Colorado Springs

boudoir photographer Colorado Springs