THE FOSBURGH FAMILY

OH MY WORD you guys. This family. They mean so much to me! Emmie and I have been friends for over 10 years, and her friendship and role in my life is one I am beyond grateful for. When I got to visit them this fall to meet the famous Tilly Lou, Emmie and I were determined to make a family portrait session happen. I am SO glad we did! I'm not even sorry about the amount of photos I'm going to share - I mean look at them! They are seriously the cutest and most generous people ever, and the hour we spent running around on a golden evening in Georgia is one I will always remember. The girls got to be themselves and we had a blast. Love you Fosburgh Fam!

THE SCHELL FAMILY

Pam and I have been friends for a few years now, so when she welcomed me into her home and document her family, I was so excited. There's something so fun about photographing people you know well, the walls seem to come down and things get honest faster, and there's always tons of laughter. Her son Reed is now going to be an older brother, and I can't wait to photograph their growing family again! For now enjoy this in-home summer session. 

THE WELLS FAMILY

Abby, Josh, and their son Ezra live in Virginia, and they recently came out to Colorado for a visit! We had a little adventure together near Golden, and I got to document the this family of three. Ezra happened to be exactly 6 months old the day of their session. They are some of the sweetest people, and it was such a joy to capture them in this season of being new parents! Of course we got some photos Abby and Josh alone too. It was fun to give them some alone time and capture their connection. I can't get enough of this family!

FAVORITES FROM 2017

What a year it's been! I am truly filled to the brim with gratitude writing this. I still am in awe of all the good that happened this year, all the crisp evenings, adventures, new experiences, warm traditions. Looking back at all that happened in 2017 has been insane! I cannot believe how much I've grown and failed and overcome and lived. This year has been full of new places and new people, I travelled all over the country documenting wedding days, couples, and families. I celebrated 4 years of marriage with my husband by road tripping around Ireland. I got to spend so much time with my nearest and dearest people. This year has held so many incredible and tangible moments. Of course we've had our share of difficulty. Loss, unexpected health issues, seasons of endurance rather than reaping... It's interesting taking the good with the bad, trying to remember both sides of the days and months. Each year I feel like I am getting to know myself more, I have a better grasp on who I am. I'm learning what I can offer the world as not only as a person but as an artist. It's really been a year of introspection and finding my voice even more. There are things coming I cannot wait to explore, and I'm so excited to be announcing some changes in my business soon. 

To all my wonderful couples of 2017, I cannot thank you enough. I am so grateful to all of you for following along with me, for supporting me and for trusting me to document your beautiful, wonderful lives! 

 

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MY GOALS FOR 2018:

(because writing them down makes them real, right?)

 

SAY YES LESS

Anyone else feel me on this one? While 2017 was incredible, it also involved a lot of sacrifice with my personal health, family time, and other values. I want "less is more" to be my theme this year. I want to sincerely get to know each and every client of mine so I can tell their stories better than ever. I am thrilled to be seeing this theme more and more with my creative peers, and I think it takes guts to say it out loud! I've been really honing-in on what I feel I'm best at, and how I can best serve my current and future clients. Part of this transition means I'll be limiting the number of full weddings I'll be booking in 2018. I'm only a few away from my max for the year! I'm SO looking forward to focusing on the quality of each wedding day, rather than the quantity I shoot in a year. I cannot wait to celebrate with all of my brides and grooms next year - WOOT WOOT! This shift will also open me up to offer even more adventure sessions, and a few new services I'll be announcing soon! 

 

GET OUTSIDE MORE

Ok, this is so ironic, right? I mean 95% of the photos below were taken by me, somewhere outside and breathtaking. The thing is, I spend so much of my time in front of the computer and doing the behind the scenes of running my business, wishing I could teleport into the photos I'm editing, that I often forget to get outside for just myself! A common goal for my husband and I this year is to go hiking and camping MUCH more than last year, and really take advantage of the beautiful places we live so close to. I'm looking forward to more exploring, and days and nights away from all the screens!

 

CONTINUE TO LEARN + GROW

This one seems obvious, but I just have to write it down. Every New Year when I look back at who I was a year ago, I'm blown away! This is my reminder to give myself grace in failure, and that every day can be used to learn something new and improve. This of course applies to my business and being an artist, but I'm also striving for it my spiritual and personal life.

 

COMPARE LESS + SUPPORT MORE

Another common theme, and one I know we all struggle with on some level. This is such a hard one, but I feel like it's getting easier and easier the more it's talked about! Even from the beginning of this year I've been able to own my craft and my voice even more, and I see where I've grown in being confident in what I have to offer. There is no such thing as too much beauty in the world. Celebrating each other's victories and supporting each other in our wins and loses needs to be a part of the equation. 

 

MAKE TIME FOR PERSONAL WORK

I have some ideas that have been burning in my chest for awhile, and I just haven't made the time to make them happen. A goal for me this year is to set aside time and creative space for at least 1 thing that is just for me, just for the sake of creating. I think it's so important as artists to have this type of outlet - to have the space to make things with no real agenda, no fee, and no pressure.

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING!

 

I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW:

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR 2018? 

Leave me a comment below! I hope you enjoy.

 

JESSICA + DANIEL | RUSTIC SOUTHERN WEDDING IN NORTH CAROLINA

Where do I even begin. Since the very beginning, Jessica and Daniel have been nothing but generous and genuine to me. These two truly live their lives for those around them, they serve their people well. Their day really reflected this, and you could just feel how everyone who came to watch them say their vows had been loved well in some way by these two. What an honor it was to document this day. They said their vows under a large beautiful tree in a field in North Carolina. They were surrounded by their closest family and friends. They took a moment alone together right before their first kiss, to walk into the field and pray together. It was their intentional first act as husband and wife, and there was not a dry eye in the crowd. Once they were announced as husband and wife, they literally skipped down the isle, with the biggest smiles on their faces. I don't think I've ever started running backwards so fast! Every moment of their day was filled to the brim with deep, teary eyed love, belly laughter, and prayer. My associate photographer and I truly felt like we were a part of the family, and I have never cried so many times during a wedding day. This is definitely a long blog post, but I promise it's worth it! I wanted to share the story of the whole day, and each moment was so special. Jessica and Daniel's love is absolutely beautiful, and it was an honor to be a part of the day they became husband and wife. Enjoy!

 

Venue: Red Barn Events

Dress: Maggie Sottero

Rings: J. Jones

Bracelets: Deb Besaw (Mother of the Bride)

Hair and Makeup: Grit & Grace - Megan Frasier and Sarah Graddy

Grooms and Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse

Invitations: Deb Besaw (Mother of the Bride)

Catering: Community Culinary School of Charlotte

Doughnuts: MJ's Donuts

DJ: Mahlon Hearne

 

 

COURTNEY + JAMIE | MODERN SUMMER WEDDING IN VAIL

This wedding was unlike any that I've photographed! Courtney is from the US, and Jamie is from England. They met in Vail, Colorado, and they share tons of adventures together and love all thing outdoors. Their love for fun and their families made the day so special. There were so many English traditions brought in from Jamie's side of the family, and it all blended perfectly to create an energy filled and beautiful day. My second photographer and I were offered breakfast by 4 different family members within a few minutes of arriving, which just shows the kindness and hospitality of everyone there. Courtney was given a locket with a photo of Jamie as a young boy, and Jamie's mom was wearing her locket with a photo of her husband as a boy, given to her on her wedding day too. Their ceremony was in a park in Vail, surrounded by slack-liners and people playing frisbee. Everyone gathered and stood as they said their vows. 

Their officiant and close friend Kevin asked them what they loved most about each other. He shared their answers during the ceremony. They have given me permission to share their answers:

Jamie's Response:

"She is Smart, motivated, has a great sense of humor, a strong sense of morals, her best feature is her big brown eyes. She keeps me in line, and we bring out the best in each other…we are a good counter balance.  Life is just easier with her. I can't imagine life without her."

Courtney's Response:

"What I love about Jamie is his boss ambition and drive.  I love his goals for us in life. I also love that he is always there for me.  I just feel like I can completely depend on him and love the security he provides for me. I love having him to come home to and to talk things through with. I wish I could find a better way to put this because I feel like this sounds so cliche'.  I just feel like I can tackle the world because of his support. I also love how special he makes me feel. I feel treasured by him and like I am just the right girl for him. I can’t imagine life without him."

They also had a close friend read this poem:

"Fate
Two shall be born the whole world wide apart,
And speak in different tongues, and pay their debts
In different kinds of coin; and give no heed
Each to the other’s being. And know not
That each might suit the other to a T,
If they were but correctly introduced.
And these, unconsciously, shall bend their steps,
Escaping Spaniards and defying war,
Unerringly toward the same trysting-place,
Albeit they know it not. Until at last
They enter the same door, and suddenly
They meet. And ere they’ve seen each other’s face
They fall into each other’s arms, upon
The Broadway cable car – and this is Fate!"
—Carolyn Wells

The speeches were a big deal at the reception, and there must have been over 10 times when everyone in the venue stood up and held their glasses in the air to cheers the newly wed couple. Guests traveled from Scotland and England, and were elegantly dressed and told stories together.  Everyone was so warm and friendly, and it seemed like it was already one big family reunion the way everyone got along. It was a beautiful day!

 

Venue: Brush Creek Pavilion

Dress: a&bé Bridal

Flowers: DIY

Catering: Moe's Barbeque


 

Jessica + Daniel | Adventure Engagement Session in Rocky Mountain National Park

In the wedding photography industry our clients often end up becoming our friends. As wedding photographers we walk alongside our couples from the beginning stages of planning to the moment they exit their wedding day. Over all that time we really get to know each other! Since I am with my couples the entire day of their wedding it's so important that we not only get along, but that we understand each other and have some sort of relationship. This is something I will always strive for with my clients, because it makes all the difference in how comfortable and supported they feel the day of their wedding, and it helps me better serve them throughout every step of the process.

Their wedding day hasn't happened yet, but Jessica and Daniel have already become like close friends. These two have been completely wonderful and generous from the very beginning. They are from another state so our first meeting was over Skype instead of face to face. We talked for awhile and laughed a lot. I learned later that they chose me to be their wedding photographer mainly because when they got off of that first Skype call, they felt like they had just caught up with an old friend. I felt the exact same way! We all felt connected and relaxed around each other and it made their adventure engagement session that much sweeter. 

These two are so kind and sweet to each other. As we walked through snow banks and over rocks, Daniel would always be offering his hand to Jessica, helping her down or offering for her to lean on him. They ended up wearing Toms shoes, even in the snow, and they just ran with it, laughing the whole way. The evening ended watching the sunset behind the high alpine mountains. It was breathtaking, freezing cold, and made for lots of cuddles.