A drive to Romance

When I first met up Jen and Matt I knew on the spot that I wanted to capture their wedding. They had such a fun idea! They had a Rolls Royce pick them up from the Ritz-Carlton downtown and we drove up to Flagstaff mountain where a Justice of the Peace met them and conducted the ceremony.

It was an adrenaline rush for sure. Chasing a Rolls-Royce up the mountain? Thank goodness I had my trusty Second-Shooter/Stunt Driver Isaac Small there to help! Jen and Matt left the next day for Mexico!

Photo by Isaac Small

Photo By Isaac Small

Photo by Isaac Small

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And the Thunder Rolled

Tara and Paul recently had their one year wedding anniversary! Congratulations to these two! Now. Their wedding was quite memorable as it started out like any June day in Colorado. It was beautiful and sunny. They had their wedding at the Crystal Rose venue in Highlands Ranch. We went outside to have group photos before hand and everything was going just to plan. Paul and his boy’s were having a blast jumping over fences, and the girls were all chatting in the dressing room.

5 minutes before the ceremony was going to start (Bridal party was getting lined up to go out side) and a HUGE – I’m talking HUGE clap of thunder erupts overhead. And then the power went out. (Like I said, typical June day in Colorado). But the generators kicked in and the staff at the Crystal Rose did a speedy turn-around and in less than 10 minutes we were ready for the ceremony – now inside. It was great, and as always, the storm passed and we were able to do more portraits outside right after the ceremony, with the beautiful “after-the-rain light.”

The night continued with an awesome  slide show of embarrassing photos, cake cutting, and some crazy dancing. What a fun time that night was! Truly an unforgettable event! Congrats you two on a year of marriage!

Photo by Heather Smith

Photo by Heather Smith

 

Photo by Heather Smith

Rain is good luck and great lighting!

Adam and Lily had a romantic, rainy day in Evergreen for their wedding. These two are too much fun! – Seriously, when you get the whole Bridal Party out on a deck in the rain running in circles, how can you not love them?

I met these two back in March when we had their engagement session. And from the second we started shooting, I could hardly wait for their big day. These two are so comfortable together. They have amazing chemistry between them and I am so excited I got to capture that! The rain did not dampen their spirits at all, if anything, it only added to their personalities.

Congratulations you two on your marriage!

Photo By Isaac Small

 

Photo by Isaac Small

Photo by Isaac Small

Three Things Thursday

THREE THINGS THURSDAY

Three things about… Your Favorite Season

 

This is difficult. I love all seasons for different reasons. But Honestly, my favorite thing about the seasons is when it changes. It’s so exciting and new. Each season brings a new phase.

But my favorite season would have to be Spring.

1. Spring brings the promise of life. It brings flowers. That first glimpse of green, poking out from the once cold, frozen earth is the best feeling in the world. The Earth awakes from its long winter nap and we get to experience the beauty of it. And I tell ya, the Earth sure is a morning person! I must also say, that my favorite place to be during springtime is not the mountains. When I moved to Denver for school I remember being in complete awe of the trees on campus that actually bloomed! Trees that bloom are truly one of the most beautiful things.

2. Spring brings warmth. Once spring hits, you can feel the warmth in the air. A slight taste of the summer to come. Though it is still chilly, it is a different feel than that of the raw autumn chill. I love warmth, and just that slight change makes me smile.

3. Spring has the most amazing smells. It has the smell of freshly tilled soil, where seeds were just planted. It has the amazing, sweet smell of bearded iris as you stroll down the street. Spring brings the smell of rain (and yes most of the time snow as well). It has the scent of hope, of love, of beauty.

 

Three Things Thursday

I missed last week. It was a bit busy for me. Funny how it relates to Amie’s topic this week.

 

THREE THINGS THURSDAY

Three things about… Your Work

 

There is a lot that I love about my work. Way more than just 3 things. And, I have more than one job (as many people do). The difference? I love all my jobs. Everyone of them. There is never a day that I don’t want to go to whatever job I am going to (ok, some mornings I’d just like to stay under the blankets, but can you blame me?).

1. I love life. I love creating. I love making people’s day. Its what I do. So where do I work? A flower shop of course! Its funny, no one is ever shocked I work at a place that is full of life and happy people. Haha! I guess it just fits. Stems a Flower Shop has been a part of me since high school. My first official job and I still have it. Most people can’t say that. The first time I went in to order a boutonniere for my boy friend I didn’t know more than the standard rose, tulip and iris. Seven years later? … Well I won’t bore you with all the info. Whats another fun thing? I actually have had two weddings this year where I’ve gotten to create the brides bouquet AND take her wedding photos. Networking – its a good thing! Hahaha! I love my job. The only bad thing about it? Rotten flower water. Its is the WORST SMELL in the world. People, change your flower water cuz it is nasty.

 

A sweet arrangement for fall!

 

 

2. My other love (and job) is capturing life. I hope that if you are a regular reader that you already know I’m a photographer, but if you didn’t know SURPRISE! I’m a photographer! 🙂 I own my own business. That is a full-time job. I am still up editing photos right now as a matter-a-fact. But I love taking one faction of a second that tells the story of that day. I love the art of photography but in all honesty, I love the people I work and the stories I am able to tell more. I have made so many new friends and they have let me document some of their most important moments. That is the highest honor for me. I love light. I love shadows. I love everything about photography, but it is the concept of if that I am most passionate about.

 

Working away at the game reserve in Durban South Africa. Photo Courtesy of Roy Kemp

 

 

3. I am so lucky to love my jobs. I know too many people that don’t love what they do. Is it hard? O yeah. Loving your job does not make the labor less. Sometimes it makes it more just because you pour your heart and soul into it all. But that is how you know you love it. I have many other jobs, though most of those are volunteer and very random. They are anything from baby-sitter, to guidance councilor, to wedding planner, to a model, to an errand runner. I love teaching others. My most rewarding job? The photo editor of the Metropolitan. There are so many people I helped and now they are out in the world working for newspapers themselves. I feel like a proud mom! 🙂

 

Weekly Fotog meeting. Photo Courtesy of Leah Millis

 

 

I love my work. I love my life. I love all the people I get to work with. I could not ask for anything better. I am truly lucky to have the opportunities I’ve had in my life.

Prom Time!

This past weekend was Prom for both Evergreen and Conifer High Schools. Working at Stems, I spent 3 days of making boutonnieres for both the schools. I also got to photograph my Brother’s senior prom photos. Alyssa was such a sport while I was in her face as she was putting make-up on. They both are pretty used to it by now. Hope you enjoy the photos. I must say that my high school prom also had about 5 inches of snow as well, but is sure does make for pretty photos! My props to all the girls that wore strapless dresses and fancy shoes that expose the toes!

The Final Photo before they head down to Red Rocks!

Last minute is BEST!

I am so excited! I love last-minute, play-it-by-ear gigs! Friday night I received a phone call from my fellow Iris member Heather Longway. She needed someone to shoot her engagement photos so they could send out their “save the date” cards ASAP. I was glad to do it! I have known Heather since I started at the Metropolitan. She graduated and Amie and I took over the photo desk for her and Jenn LeBlanc – another good friend and Iris member.

We planned for Saturday during the golden hour and all was well until it became overcast and rainy. I love rain photos too, you can do really cute things with umbrellas, but we were able to push the shoot to Sunday so we did. The day was gorgeous and we had such a fun time! The hardest thing for me is to stop shooing. I could shoot all night, but after 2 hours Heather and her fiance David insisted that they had to let me go home (which was good since I had company waiting for dinner). But I could have shot with those two all night!

What a cute pair they make! They are so perfect for each other, and this was my first time even meeting David. I wish them my best, and we are all looking forward to having a closer friendship as we live all but 5 minutes from each other.

I don’t want to spoil them all before the Save the Date cards come out, so here is just a taste of the terrific Heather and David!