Caution: Falling Ice

As I’ve been updating my site, one thing came to mind: I have so many backstories on so many of my photos and yet none of them have been shared!

So I thought I’d take the time to do that for some of my favorite images…. If there’s an image you’re interested in learning more about, let me know which one!

First up, I have Caution: Falling Ice…. And for those of you that have been to CB in the winter – or live here year round – know that this is no joke! The roof above here is quite steep and likes to hold onto the snow and ice – until it doesn’t anymore. And when that happens, watch out!

As I saw in my gallery, when I first moved here, this building fascinated me. The color, the textures, the windows and most of all, the old, hand made signs. It transported me back to many hears before when I could imaging the slow, lazy, dirt streets of Crested Butte turning into a muddy mess in the spring. A time when clearing out the snow and making a path must have been infinitely harder. A time when the only option was to hand letter signs and hope no one got crushed under the weight of the snow and ice – and that no cars ended up with long term damage.

Caution: Falling Ice
Caution: Falling Ice (Click the image to see it in my gallery.)

Although this building is still the same color and much of the charm is still there, this sign has since been replaced – as have most of the broken windows… It still holds a special place in my heart!

Caution: Falling Ice

Dina and Ryan

Dina is one of my most dear friends and as many times as I’ve had the pleasure to do shoots with her, I never tire of it. She is beautiful, relaxed, easy to photograph and a delight to be around. And her son, Ryan, was just a wonderful! It was such a treat to finally meet him… (How did that take so long?!?)

I truly hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Thank you so much, Dina and Ryan! I had such a wonderful time – as always…  (And thank you, Ralph, for choosing this for Dina’s Mother’s Day gift! What a sweet thing to do…)

Dina and Ryan

I don’t do weddings…..

Unless I adore the bride. And her family. And her fiancé. And I’m begged just a little bit. And the photography lasts less than 4 hours. And the wedding is small…. Okay, so I have a a lot of caveats. And those are just a few.

When Celene asked me to be her wedding photographer, I was pretty reluctant. While I’ve always loved all the brides, grooms and their families (and I already knew I adored Celene and her family), I typically don’t love the length of time a wedding takes.

But as she told me what she was looking for, I slowly warmed to the idea.

And I can’t tell you just how grateful I am that I chose to do it! I fell in love with her fiancé (now husband) just a little bit – what a wonderful man… And it’s so obvious how much they love each other. (Just scroll down to see just how sweet they are together!)

Roy and Celene, thank you SO much for inviting me to be a part of your special day and making me feel so welcome. It was truly an exceptional experience…

And here is where I overwhelm everyone with too many photos…. it was too amazing not to share all these!

Look very closely at the next picture – or click to make it bigger. Roy and Celene put their fingerprints onto each others wedding rings. How amazing is that? (And Celene’s father made the ring box especially for their beautiful rings…)

Celene’s mother also made that beautiful urn for the water portion of their ceremony. Beautiful!

I feel I should explain the next photo…. I’m taking photos of Roy’s wonderful family when I hear a commotion behind me.

“She has a snake!”

And that’s when I knew my daughter had found one of her beloved animals… Yes, Ellie found a beautiful bull snake and everyone was fascinated by it! Not the least of all Celene. I just love this shot and how wonderful she was about it! And it turns out that finding a snake at your wedding is a good omen…

After the rehearsal dinner, I was driving to my hotel and saw this tree below… I was immediately enamored and texted a photo to Celene to see if she and Roy would consider a photo here. When I talked to her the next day, it turns out that she’d been photographing (yes, she’s an amazing photographer) this tree for many, many years… When I heard that, I literally got the chills. And when the timing the next day was this perfect, I was almost speechless when I saw the shot on the back of my camera. One of my favorite photos ever….

Celene and Roy, thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your day. It really was one of the most beautiful and magical weddings I’ve ever attended.

Thank you.

I don’t do weddings…..

Just a little horse riding at the Lacy Ranch with Delaney and Bailey

As I promised, some really fun shots of the Josephs girls riding horses and learning some new tricks with Nathan Lacy at the Lacy Ranch.

After getting used to their horses, they headed outside for some herding… When the cows decided it wasn’t time to go home yet, they went back into the arena to help train the horses using a flag… (And for those of you horse lovers that would like to correct my terminology, please feel free to! I am a bit of a newbie here…) Charlie, the proud dad, and I loved seeing Delaney and Bailey’s eyes light up while learning so much!

So much fun! Such a gorgeous day and beautiful arena!

Charlie & KK, thank you so much for asking me to be part of such a fun experience! And Del and Bailey – I really appreciate all you taught me (that I mostly forgot) while we were there… I have a new appreciation for horseback riding for sure!

Just a little horse riding at the Lacy Ranch with Delaney and Bailey

Caroline, Catherine, Shelley and Jason

I swear I didn’t hire these girls…. But you might think so with just how adorable they are! Carson and her sister Caroline were just as sweet and fun as it looks in these photos. And it was obviously because of their incredibly kind, fun parents.

Practically inseparable and so much fun to work with, I’m so glad I got the time to photograph them…

I’m going to just let this family enchant you with their sweetness! Aren’t they the wonderful?

And finally, as many kiddos, these girls wanted to get their silly faces recorded for history. I tell you, they were professional funny face makers! So much fun! (And they held each funny face for a record 3-4 shots – so what you’re seeing is the best of several photos that were all almost identical! I loved it…)

Admit it… they stole your heart didn’t they?

Jason and Shelley, thank you so much for choosing me as your photographer! Needless to say, I had a fabulous time with you and your girls!

Caroline, Catherine, Shelley and Jason

K, P, M and little Z

Pick just a small number of photos for a blog post? Hmmmm…. Somehow, that is so incredibly hard from this beautiful, fun and photogenic family! They are definitely not ones for your traditional “stand this way, pose here and smile” type of photography… In other words, some of my favorite clients! (Although, that’s really hard to say with all the amazing clients I’ve had recently…

Enough chat…. Let’s see how I end up whittling down the dozen+ photos I singled out for this post!

I absolutely love photographing this family every year… Thank you so much for allowing me into your lives once again!

K, P, M and little Z

More Rugs in Julie’s Gorgeous House

My first real installation shoot for Artisan Rug Gallery was really inspiring! Julie did all the interior design and I was blown away by how beautiful, simple and inviting it was… Here are a few shots from her wonderful home….

I love to let the photos speak for themselves, but man, I am in LOVE with this rug below! How amazing, right?

Julie, it was a delight to meet you and a pleasure getting to photograph your home!

And Jeff and Tiffany, I can’t wait to see more of your rug installations if this is just my first view of one! Thanks again for choosing me to do your photos.

(And for those of you in Denver or CB or visiting either place, I highly recommend checking out their amazing selection. Such wonderful people, too, so don’t hesitate!)

More Rugs in Julie’s Gorgeous House