ERIN + SCOTT | ENGAGEMENT {Happy Jack}

Meet Erin & Scott… These two are planning a beautiful wedding in Custer South Dakota later this year. Although they live up North, these two make the trek down to our neck of the wood to take advantage of the beautiful changing colors that Happy Jack had to offer. We spent the afternoon with them amidst the tall grasses, with the gorgeous Wyoming fall scenery as our background. Something about capturing love in the fall. We hiked trails, got lost in the trees and I got to photograph that AMAZING ring of Erin’s! Thank you guys for making the long drive, for loving the same things that we love and for asking us to document your big day this summer. Can’t wait!

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BABY THEO | NEWBORN {Tattered Cover Bookstore}

Rick and I are ALWAYS up for challenge. We absolutely love it when our clients think completely out of the box, personalizing their session locations. So when Kellie & Dustin asked us if we might be interested in shooting their newborn session inside and around the Tattered Cover Bookstore in the heart of Downtown Denver we said YES! We had the pleasure of photographing Kellie & Dustin as they said their I Do’s in Wyoming some time ago. Since then a lot has changed, they both have booming careers, have moved to Colorado and have a beautiful newborn son named Theo.

Ok so most baby’s are adorable. Theo is uber mega adorable. We laughed through the entire session as he gave us his model look, his signature smirk and looked off in the distance for portraits as if he was a Calvin Klein model. This kiddo is a ham for the camera, expect BIG things from him! Kellie & Dustin, congratulations. You will make awesome parents and we cannot wait to see how your little guy grows and the amazing ways that your lives change. Thank you for asking us to capture your world!

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THE MORROWS | FAMILY {Colorado Family Photography}

One of our FAVORITE parts of this job is getting to know the families we work with. They let us into their lives and we get to watch their kiddos grow through our lenses.  Kristen & Brian are fantastic people and even better parents. You will never see either one of them without a smile on their faces. They always welcome us into their home, ask us about our little family and really just make us feel so welcome! It is no surprise that their two boys, Bennett & Noah are some of our happiest sunshine filled clients. These kiddos are always laughing, so playful and honestly make our job  SUPER easy!

Photographing them this time though really holds a special place in my heart. Rick and I are expecting our own little boy very soon. Seeing Noah’s adorable nursery, or witnessing the way that Bennett would just melt into his momma’s arms made us all that more exciting to welcome our own bundle of joy. Morrow Family, we adore getting to work with you. We always leave your session smiling, after a great start to a wonderful day. Thank you for allowing us into your lives and trusting us to document your world. Until next time!

 

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KERENSA + JORDAN | ENGAGEMENT {Snowy Mountain Lodge}

Winter here in WY can be beautiful. It can also be treacherous, windy, freezing cold and definitely be difficult to shoot in! Seems like every year we have one or two couples that end up needing to reschedule, then reschedule, then reschedule lol. Kerensa & Jordan were totally THOSE clients this season;)What we loved about these two however is that although it was disappointing to have to reschedule they really wanted their photos to be AMAZING. They wanted to SEE the rustic bridges in their photos, be able to take advantage of the gorgeous lodge window light that was previously hidden behind 5 feet of snow. They wanted something winter AND fantastic and they were willing to wait for the perfect time.

We headed up to the Snowy Mountains for their session. They did SUCH a great job blocking out the cold and just focusing on each other and being in the moment. Seeing them lost in each other, laughing at the end of our lens was absolutely perfect. We really had a wonderful opportunity to photograph these two as they are: easy going, head over heels in love and marrying their best friends. Kerensa & Jordan, thank you for being ‘all over the calendar’, making that long drive and allowing us to be the ones to capture your engagement! Good luck with the wedding in Tuscon!

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SCAVENGER HUNT | ARDENTOLOGY {11 Concepts of Composition}

This year’s Ardentology class was amazing. We were blessed to have almost 20 students! I remember Rick and I staring at all the empty chairs the morning of, getting ready for our biggest class to date and feeling a little nervous ;/.  What a blessing as God brought us exactly the amount of students we ended up having room for lol.

We started the day with one of our favorite curriculum pieces: 11 Concepts of Composition.  Throughout the class we try to stress taking a photo in the unique way that YOU see it. We urge our students to really THINK about what it is they are wanting to capture/convey and make a DECISION as to how to best accomplish this. Whether it is the placement of the subject in the frame, a simple background, the use of color etc… we want them to be intentional when creating their images. The further encourage people to not just attend our class but also have their cameras in their hands for days after, we created a ‘scavenger hunt’ for them to complete. The rules were they each had to capture a photo for each of the 11 concepts of composition and post them to our groups Facebook Page. Here are the concepts their were striving to capture:

  • Depth of Field
  • Framing
  • Simplicity and Background
  • Perspective
  • Color
  • Rule of Thirds
  • Leading Lines
  • Viewpoint
  • Negative Space
  • Symmetry
  • Depth and Layering

From those who completed the challenge we would then choose a winner who would receive a complimentary one on one hour long mentoring session.  This year we had 4 individuals successfully complete the hunt and we are so happy to be able to share some of our favorite of their images with you all! As the years go on Rick and I always see a direct link between those who challenge themselves to complete the scavenger hunt and the students who seem to improve the most with their photography skills. Learning is ALWAYS important but practice and having your camera in your hand is SUCH an important part of pushing yourself. Big thank you to Elizabeth, Stephanie, Desarae and Lexi for all of your hard work. It definitely shows in the beautiful images you created and we appreciate your dedication to learning! Check out a few of our favorite student shots and be sure to look at the END of this post for the announcement of our winner!

Photo by Elizabeth Ono Rahel – Mariko Design LLC

Photo by Lexi Latham

Photo by Lexi Latham

Photo by Desarae Beery

Photo by Stephanie Fortman

Photo by Lexi Latham

Photo by Desarae Beery

Photo by Lexi Latham

Photo by Stephanie Fortman

Photo by Elizabeth Ono Rahel – Mariko Design LLC

This year’s winner is… drumroll please:

LEXI LATHAM!