As you may have noticed, I love to travel whenever I can! Going for a drive through the mountains is so peaceful to me, I’m so blessed that my job allows me to work in so many places.
Here is my favorite photo from the Monte Vista Crane Festival this year.
I have photographed and filmed weddings all over the mountains of Colorado, from Grand Lake to Breckenridge way down to Telluride and everywhere in between. When you book with me you not only get my photography expertise but my extensive area knowledge as well. My time in the mountains means I know where to go (and when to go) to get that epic photograph you want. I have been exploring the back roads of Colorado all my life and every time I find something cool I mark it on my map. I know, a paper map, but where I go, there is no internet and gps units are not reliable.
If you are looking for a location with an old cabin and a lake, I know just the spot. If you are looking for rocky cliff with beautiful views, I know just the spot. If you are looking to a view of Crested Butte Mountain because you might be moving away in a year and you want to remember your adventures there, I know just the spot to go.
It can be hard to get a picture of Mt Crested Butte Ski area without a ton of houses in it, but for this adventure portrait photography session we wanted 360 degree views, so we hiked up by the new Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks (just opened in the summer of 2015) by the mountain wedding site to get this great angle. In the summer you can make a short hike from a parking area on the side of the mountain. In the winter, simply take the Painter Boy Lift (once stood a small cabin) and look for the retractable roof. Depending on the weather, the umbrella over the bar will either be up or retracted. They are open daily and serve European-style sandwiches, brats, wraps, and other snacks like hot paninis, fondue and cheese platters, as well as a full bar. It’s a great place to hang out on the mountain any time of the year summer, fall, winter or spring!
With over 300 days of sunshine a year Colorado is a great place to celebrate your epic love story!
After photographing a wide variety of weddings in my first few years of business as a wedding photographer I decided to specialize in my true calling, outdoor mountain weddings. In 2010 I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Outdoor Leadership, combining my love of the mountains and outdoor adventure with my business to help adventurous couples plan their outdoor mountain weddings and provide a one of a kind mountain wedding experience. From small adventurous destination elopements to grand mountainside ceremonies I am confident I can help any rocky mountain bride’s entire wedding experience become a much more enjoyable one! From small details like bringing hand warmers along for winter weddings, to big things like providing tons of mountain wedding planning resources for my couples I am here to help make your mountain wedding a success.
I have been exploring the mountains of Colorado since I was a child and I still feel that same sense of excitement when I find new buildings or alpine lakes. When I spotted this old cabin on the hill I got really excited, I knew it would be a great place to take in the amazing views from. If I had only known that the hike there included a walk through herd of horses I might have started screaming like a crazy person.
Adventure awaits for those who seek it and Anita & Matt definitely seek it! The day before these photos they climbed South Maroon Peak and next weekend they are climbing Mt. Elbert. This hard core adventurous couple is far from lazy, they are living the lifestyle Colorado is known for every day.
Guffey Gorge or as it is better known as, Paradise Cove in the south east corner of Park County, outside of Florissant Colorado offers a fun little punch bowl to cool off at in the summer. It is a super fun spot on a non summer week day. After several articles were published in the Gazette about Paradise Cove, it has become quite popular now.
Here are a couple write ups about it:
And more recently today: http://gazette.com/blm-wants-to-turn-scenic-swimming-hole-outside-of-colorado-springs-into-true-attraction/article/1575376
If you visit, please jump from low spots into the center of the pool only and always clean up yourselves, and please pack out some extra trash left by other visitors to keep this place free.
A girl jumps into punch bowl at Guffey’s Paradise Cove.
One of my greatest gifts to my couples is being able to provide a wide variety of portraits in a short time.
Here is an example from the Bloch’s Wedding Photography at Shining Mountain Golf Club in Woodland Park, Colorado…
To see the rest of the Bloch Wedding Photographs, check out my next post: Bloch Wedding Reception Photos
Every once in a while I like to share something personal on my blog and I know all of you outdoorsy couples love seeing my epic mountain photos, so here is a little about what I do on the weekends when I’m not booked for a wedding…
Climbing fourteeners has always been a passion of mine and it is one of my all time favorite summer activities! My first ascent was with my father during high school, Mt Democrat, a pretty easy hike out of Alma, Colorado. What was your first 14er climb?
My toughest climb was Crestone Needle, near Westcliffe, Colorado – that one is for the true adrenaline junkies, ropes are recommended and the summit, yikes, there isn’t much room up there! My all time favorite fourteener was definitely Mt. Elbert, located near Leadville, Colorado. A very long, but very rewarding and gorgeous hike! I highly recommend it!
I just love this view of the Sawatch Range; Simply Stunning!! Here is a picture of my group at 14,440ft on the tallest peak in Colorado. By the way, in case you were wondering – Mt. Elbert is the second-highest summit in the contiguous United States, less than 100ft shorter than Mount Whitney in California.
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” John Muir
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