Steamboat Springs Fall Wedding {Marquette + Will}

I had the honor and pleasure of assisting Stevie Ferreira of Stevie Ferreira Photography at this beautiful Steamboat Springs fall wedding last year. There really are few things greater than fall in the Rocky Mountains. The sun shines bright, the temperature is just right, and the fall colors are always on point. 

Will and Marquette were joined together at Holy Name Catholic Church, followed by an amazing reception at Aurum Food and Wine

I hope you enjoy this small compilation of my favorites from their wedding day! 

Fly'n B Park Highlands Ranch Colorado {Miss E}

Oh what fun it is to be FOUR! Miss E and her mom joined me for a girls only photo shoot at Fly'n B Park in Highlands Ranch. I love this location for sessions because there is a variety of backdrops all nicely shaded from the bright sun. 

This little lady is full of personality, and I am so grateful she let it all shine on this day. From her sweet smiles to her outbursts of joy, she is the sweetest girl and I have loved watching her grow. 

Spruce Mountain Ranch Colorado Wedding {Taylor + Reid}

I am over-the-moon excited to share this wedding with you today! Mr. and Mrs. Rhinehart were married a little over a month ago on a beautiful Colorado summer day at the unbelievable Spruce Mountain Ranch in Larkspur. The meticulously manicured grounds and 360* views were the perfect backdrop for this fun-loving, charismatic duo.

As first demonstrated in their engagement session, (if you missed their engagement session, stop and go now!), the love and affection Taylor + Reid share for one another is undeniable. Sometimes, wedding days can be a flurry of activity and you can often get lost in the hustle. But Taylor + Reid really took time to reflect and soak in the meaning of this day. 

From their intimate ceremony to some hilarious toasts and jam-packed dance floor, Taylor + Reid sure know how to have the wedding of the year! 

Congratulations to the new Mr. + Mrs. Rhinehart! Wishing you a lifetime of health, wealth, and most of all happiness!

Vendor Resources

Venue: Spruce Mountain Ranch // Caterer: Occasions Catering // Entertainment: DJ Connection // Bridal Gown: Luv Bridal // Bridesmaids Attire: David's Bridal // Mens Attire: Express 

The Ridge at Castle Pines Colorado Wedding {Mike + Sarah}

Where oh where to begin. I have known Mr. Mike for many years now; first as a training partner, then TRX trainer, and then Fascia Stretch Therapy (FST) extraordinaire. He has always been in incredible physical fitness - and while I won't reveal his age, let's just say we have to do A LOT of birthday burpees every year. ;) 

Mike practically lives on the golf course. And he finally met and ultimately fell in love with a woman that lives for golf like he does. Sarah is just the sweetest. She has a larger than life smile, and has a cheerful, infectious laugh. I absolutely adore the way she loves him - it makes my heart so happy! 

It really is no surprise that these two chose to tie the knot at The Ridge at Castle Pines - their favorite course. Their day was complete with a round of 18, a beautiful ceremony that was forced inside due to weather,  a rocking cocktail hour on the patio as the sun shone bright after the storm, a delicious dinner, and a night full of conversation and fun among family and friends. 

Thank you Mike and Sarah for allowing me the pleasure to capture your special moment. Here's to the best years ahead!

{personal} Film Photography

I have a couple Pentax K1000 camera bodies and lenses my aunt gave me. The school she teaches at used them as decor and at the end of the school year they were just going to throw them away. She saved them, and rightfully so as the Pentax K1000 is a hoss. Purely manual with a metal body, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the functionality of the camera. It would have been sad to see them end their life in the landfill.

So a few years back when she gave them to me, I invested in some film and set out to practice film in my husbands home town of Lamar.  However, being that I had started my career with digital, it was really hard for me to shoot film. You see, with digital, the safety net of being able to look at the image on screen and compensate your settings for any exposure errors correlates to me shooting at will - no holds. Well with film, that isn't there. So I found myself timid. Afraid to take a bad shot because I was limited to only 36 frames to begin with and I had no way to see if my settings were correct for the shot because the light meter wasn't real trustworthy.... Needless to say, that roll sat in that camera for many months until it was eventually forgotten about.

About a year or so passed and I had forgotten about film. That is, until a friend of mine posted some photos from a roadtrip she had taken. I am already quite infatuated with her photography, but these images were some of my favorite. Come to find out - they were all taken on film. I reached out to her to ask what camera body she used, what film, and what she thought about it overall. In an effort to give film another shot, I rented a Canon Elan IIE film body from a local camera store, bought another roll of film, and set out again. I thought that maybe with a more sophisticated camera (sorry Penny, you were just too manual for me right now) I might be able to get more out of my film experience. So I took it with me to Vail, and used the whole roll on a hike with my family. Out of the 36 frames, I think I got about 5 that I loved. Not great....but also not bad! But because I had only rented that camera, I shelved film photography yet again.

Well fast forward another year (to now) and I received an email from Mastin Labs about film photography. In this email, Kirk Mastin explains he was going to be holding free weekly lessons regarding film photography. So, I dig up the old messages from my friend and per her advice I go for it; I drop a whopping $30 on  Ebay for a Canon Rebel 2000 and another $12 on some Kodak Ektar 100 film.  

First lesson was to shoot a whole roll of film - preferably in one sitting. My anxiety kind of kicked in just thinking about having to shoot a whole roll of film at once and not being able to see if they were going to be good - especially since it was for a lesson. But once I started shooting, my anxiety turned to excitement. Not knowing if a frame was going to be perfect was oddly liberating. (Maybe it was because my subject was extra adorable, I knew that even an imperfect photo would still be perfect!)

Every film session has yielded better results thus far and I am really excited to see what the next roll holds! 

Pentax K1000 / Denver Pro Photo scans / 2014

Canon Elan IIE / Denver Pro Photo scan / 2016

Canon Rebel 2000 / Kodak Ektar 100 / The Find Lab scans / 2017