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Nila and Michael Marry at Grant-Humphreys Mansion

Last night was magical. Nila and Michael were the perfect bride and groom; they were relaxed and so, so joyous with each other.  And even though the sun sets early in February, we managed to get a few photos outside the Grant-Humphreys Mansion before darkness set in. And then we just moved indoors, where the beautiful rooms and decor set the stage for a ceremony that celebrated two cultures. And then the guests celebrated the couple for the rest of the night! Congratulations, Nila and Michael!!


Favorite Places Part Four: Clear Creek History Park

Since most of my photography is taken outdoors, this is normally a very slow time of year for me. But I have five photo shoots coming up in the next five days, so I will be happily photographing and editing for awhile! And one of my sessions will be at the location I am featuring today. I can’t wait to photograph there this Saturday to see how beautiful Clear Creek History Park in Golden still is.  Even though Golden is not exactly near Stapleton (my home), you can see by these photos of four families from the fall why the drive is worth it!! Enjoy!


Favorite Places Part Three: City Park

I love Denver’s City Park. It is great to bike and walk through and has a great playground for kids, not to mention the zoo and museum. But my favorite place to go is the Pavilion area near the lake and gazebo. And it helps that all the people in the photographs below are wonderful to play with! Take a look and you’ll see why this is one of Denver’s best places for photographers!

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Favorite Places Part Two: Stapleton

In my last post I shared how much I love taking photos in my courtyard. But all I have to do is venture out a few feet or a few blocks and there are so many, many cool places all around Stapleton. And what I love is that even in February, I can find a spot with evergreens and cool backdrops. If you live in Stapleton, see how many of these locations you recognize!

 

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Favorite Places Part One: My Courtyard

I have not posted much in the last several months and today figured out why: I’ve been too busy actually photographing people and having a blast doing so! In the fall alone, I’ve done over 40 photo shoots (most on weekends); I wanted to post photos from most of them but needed a way to showcase the amazing families I have been playing with in the last few months.

And then I realized that I have some very special places I love to use for my photo shoots. So instead of posting about individual families, I’m going to show you all my favorite places. And, since the weather will get colder soon and the leaves are almost all gone, none of these places will be photogenic until late spring.

Today’s favorite place? My very own courtyard, which changes dramatically over the fall but is always beautiful.

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Erika & Eric’s Elopement at City Park

I’m not going to lie. I have photographed more weddings than I can ever count, but have never photographed an elopement before this one. And it was fabulous!!!! First, Erika and Eric were the perfect bride and groom: relaxed, happy, and gorgeous. Darling Marlee added just the right touch of humor and joy to the event. And Officiant Darlene Kelly did a great job as well, adding just the right touch of gravitas to the ceremony while keeping everything enjoyable. I am so, so happy for this wonderful couple. Congratulations!!

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Fourth Annual Halloween Photo Booth

I am so excited to be hosting the Fourth Annual Halloween Photo Booth here in Stapleton.  Check out the new backdrop!  Admire the creative costumes! Visit with friends! Make new friends!  And be sure to pose for a photo or two. 🙂

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Love of Family

Those of you who know me, know that this past week has been heart-wrenching, as one of my favorite former students, and my daughter’s dear high school friend, passed away while saving her son’s life in a boating accident. So, in honor of Chelsey and how deeply she loved her children, I have put together a montage of recent photos showcasing families and their love for each other. Please hug your loved ones today and tomorrow and always.

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Photo Class Fun!

Every single time I teach my DSLR photo class I love it more. As any of you who knew me as a yearbook adviser/teacher realize, I tend to add things to my classes and then, somehow, some way—always—those little additions become part of the class forever. And our Head Shot/Family Photos practice we do during the second class has become one of those additions. I love when my students not only get to learn about how to use those DSLR cameras better, but actually get to take home some really great photos.  I have the best life! Just sayin’.

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Marielle in Stapleton

Okay, my grandsons are cute and I love photographing them. But Marielle? She is a dream model!! I am so glad she was in class with a couple of my grandsons so I could meet her and her delightful mom, Sara. And every time I have had the privilege of photographing her, she has owned the camera. That smile. That impishness. That sense of style. (Thanks, Sara, for the adorable outfits!) I so look forward to photographing her again and again. And Sara, you look amazing as well!!

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