Tyson + Jordan’s Wedding | Northern Colorado Wedding Photographer

Tyson + Jordan

7.15.2017

One of the perks of my job is that I get great relationship advice every weekend when I am shooting weddings. At Tyson and Jordan’s wedding I got some more advice that was explained in a way I hadn’t heard before. Relationships are about balance. I loved that about Tyson + Jordan’s ceremony. The pastor told them that their marriage is going to be a balancing act. It’s not about giving and taking, but about balancing out the other. It’s about the differences that help make you equal.

I was so happy when Tyson and Jordan asked me to photograph their wedding. I got to be a big part of one of my friends big day and got to document the whirlwind of a day for them.

Every couple I talk to after their wedding day says “It was all a blur” and in the end your photographs are part of what helps you remember all the minor details of that day, even if it is the funny fact that your groomsmen’s suits didn’t fit or that you spilled spaghetti on your wedding dress. It’s the unexpected moments that make the best memories.

Shannon + Michael’s Wedding | Northern Colorado Wedding Photographer

Shannon + Michael

07.08.2017

There are three words that you should say to one another when starting your marriage. I know, you’re thinking it is “I love you”, and during Shannon + Michael’s ceremony I thought those were the three words the pastor was going to say, but I was wrong.

“I choose you”

I know, my heart just melted too. Marriage is about choosing who you are going to spend the rest of your life with. For Shannon and Michael it’s about who to go on adventures with and who to love for the rest of your life. Who to grow old with. Who to love forever.

“I choose you”

Shannon + Michael are starting off their marriage with a big leap and moving overseas to follow their dreams of teaching abroad, and I couldn’t me more excited for them!

Best of luck to you two! I can’t wait to see where life takes you!!

Megan + Norm Wedding | Fort Collins Wedding Photographer

Megan + Norman

06.24.2017

As I am nearing 100 weddings I think about all of the things I have seen at weddings, and surprisingly, Megan + Norm were a first for me on many different levels. They were the first wedding I photographed without a wedding party. Megan is the oldest of 5 and Norm is one of 4 boys and their siblings all played a big part in their wedding without the title of “wedding party”. I love seeing all the family members involved in their wedding!

This was my first wedding in the town of Holyoke, Colorado, which is surprising since I grew up close to that area and know many people in the community! It was also the first time I had seen that started with a German style wedding march. It was so awesome to see ALL their guests participating in the march and then surrounding them as they shared their first dance together.

Their wedding may have had a lot of firsts for me, but it also just the beginning of many firsts for Megan + Norm. This is just the beginning of your lives together! The first step of many as husband and wife!

Thank you again SO much for the honor of documenting your big day!

Jade + Jake Wedding | Fort Collins Wedding Photographer

Jake + Jade

07.01.2017

There is something about riding on a party bus with the wedding party and taking pictures in a field of wheat that takes me home. To some, that wouldn’t be a very exciting part of your wedding, but for those of us that grew up in the country, nothing beats a country road and a wheat field at the end of the day.

One of my [many] favorite parts of wedding is watching all the couples dancing and seeing how there are so many different kinds of love, and love is for all ages. At Jade + Jake’s wedding I watched them dance alongside their parents and in the background was their grandparents dancing with each other. It makes me so happy to see these couples as role models for our generation. Jade + Jake really have some great examples of love in their family and I am so happy to see them walk in those footsteps!

Jade + Jake, thank you so much for selecting me to document your big day! It was so great to meet you guys and I am excited to see where life takes you!

The First Year is Complete | Fort Collins Photographer

Eight years ago, almost to the date, I began the process of starting my own business. I had just graduated high school and had been photographing “professionally” for about 3 years at that point. I knew from that moment that I wanted to be a photographer and nothing else. I was set to go to University of Northern Colorado in the fall and begin the adventures to get my degree in photography and graphic design. Now fast forward 8 years and here I am; living my dream.

July 1, 2016 will always hold a spot near and dear to my heart. That was my first day as a full time, self-employed photographer. I had been doing photography on the side for years and in July of 2015 I cut my hours at my “real” job and built my business part time. July 1st 2016 was the first day I got to make my own schedule and control what I did. Along with the freedom came the lack of benefits, the inconsistency of paychecks, and many MANY stressful days and sleepless nights. I knew those would come, but there are a few things I wish people would have warned me (or maybe, things I should have let sink in a little more) before I took the jump..

1) You’re going to cry. A LOT. Probably more than you’ve cried over any boy in the past 15 years. And eventually you’ll just get used to it.

2) As one of my mentors, Jay, says, “You’re not going to win them all, and that’s OK. There are plenty of clients to go around, you just have to find the ones that are right for you.” (except he probably says it with a few more tasteful words)

3) Giving up coffee during your first 6 months is NOT the best idea…

4) Sometimes things aren’t going to go the way you’d like and you have to accept that and change your plan to keep things rolling.

5) No matter what happens, you will always have your family and friends there to support you. Sometimes that means more than any “bottom line” ever could.

I could NEVER be where I am without the support of my family, friends, and faithful clients. It has been a long, scary, and stressful year, but if I could talk to the 18 year old writing a business plan for the 4-H project, I would tell her to never give up on her dreams, because even though it’s been tough, it’s been worth every one of the 31,536,000 seconds.

So here is a thank you to you, whether you have supported me as a client, a family member encouraging me to follow my dreams, or a friend listening to my struggles or, sometimes, still loving me even in my silence as I think of what I’m going to do next.

I can’t wait to see what the next 365 days bring for me and my business and I hope you stick with me through the journey!

How to Pick Out Your Photoshoot Outfit | Fort Collins Photographer

I often get texts from my clients that go a little like this, "WHAT ON EARTH SHOULD WE WEAR??"

Don't worry, you're not alone! I had to get some new headshots a while back and spent HOURS trying to figure out what to wear for my shoot, and that was just me! I didn't have to worry about coordinating with other people!

In my family of five, two of us are photographers. So when everyone was home for Christmas a few years ago we decided that we need to take an updated family photo. Since everyone in our family always complains that they don't have anything to wear, my sister (the other photographer of the family) and I decided to do a "Plaid Family Photo" since everyone in our family owned plaid. I will be the first to admit that, as photographers, we are not the best example of what to wear. So, when it comes time for your family photos my first suggestion is that you should NOT all wear plaid!

1- Avoid mixing a lot of patterns. 

Patterns are great, but when you mix plaid and stripes and spots things get a little too busy and takes away from the most important part of the photo: you. If someone is going to wear plaid then have another person wear a solid color that may be in that plaid shirt. Or if you are going to wear stripes try toning it down a bit by adding a solid colored scarf or over shirt.

2- Don't be afraid to add a pop of color

 Your outfits don't have to be boring, muted colors, but just be conscious of what bright colors you add. I love wearing the color peach, but I have a shirt that is a little too far towards the neon scale, and it tends to reflect on my arms and other people when I stand out in the sunlight.  That is something that we don't want in a photo. 

In this photo, "Mackers" is wearing a pink shirt and headband which ads some color, while the rest of the family is in darker colors. It's the perfect pop without being over the top.

3- Be Comfortable

This is BY FAR the most important advice I can give you when it comes to picking out your outfits for your photoshoot. When we are comfortable in what we are wearing we are confident, and confidence is something that shows in photos. If you are worried about your bra straps falling down or your pants getting saggy or popping a button on your shirt you are not going to be comfortable. 

I'll be honest about some of my weaknesses when it comes to photos. There are 3 main things I am concerned about in my photos. 1) Is my muffin top obvious? 2) Am I showing too much cleavage? 3) Do my arms look too big?

So when it comes to choosing an outfit for me those are a few of the things that I focus on minimizing. If you find the "perfect" outfit but it still requires some pinning and pulling then maybe that's not the best. Dress in something that makes you comfortable and the confidence will follow.