Denver Engagement Photographer: A Surprise Adventure

Jay & Lee-Ann came to Colorado for a fun romantic vacation.  Little did Lee-Ann know that Jay had much more planned then she expected.  A couple of days into their trip, while on a hike in Steamboat Springs,  Jay proposed to Lee-Ann behind a beautiful waterfall.  She said “Yes” and then he also surprised her with an engagement session adventure around Denver.  Jay and I set everything up and he even added on an extra hour so we they would have time to explore the area and get a wide variety of engagement pictures.   I suggested downtown Denver as well as traveling to Red Rocks, so we could get a unique mix of Colorado landscape and colorful urban scenery.  Neither of them had been to Red Rocks before nor seen much of Denver so it was fun getting to be their tour guide and show them new places.

Love at Red Rocks

Love at Red Rocks

We started out at Red Rocks and they shared their love stories with me.  They used to work together and after a while of flirting they finally set up a date.  They disagreed about who asked whom out, but soon knew after a few dates that they really had something special together.  And  you can certainly tell by how these two lovebirds interact that they were meant for each other.

Romance at Red Rocks

Romance at Red Rocks

Since Jay scheduled a three hour session we had some extra time to play, which inspires me to do something special that I don’t always have the time to do.   Check out these fun unique photo montages below. The first one is an animation, fun to watch but not something that could ever be printed, so its only viewable by digital display.  The second one collages multiple images together into one image, and you could actually print and hang it in your living room.

Unique Engagement pictures at Red Rocks

Unique Engagement Animation

A Fun Engagement Photo Collage

A Fun Engagement Photo Montage

After Red Rocks we drove to downtown Denver for a totally different urban style.  We really lucked out with the weather, especially considering it would have been nearly impossible to reschedule their engagement session since they were flying back to Atlanta the next day!  I was really glad it was warm and comfortable for them, but we also could have had some fun in the snow too.

Engagement Pictures in Downtown Denver

Engagement Pictures in Downtown Denver

This picture below was a total candid that I happened to capture between shots as we were waiting for the crowds to clear on this pedestrian bridge.

Downtown Denver

Downtown Denver

Fun with Downtown Denver Bridges and Architecture

Fun with Downtown Denver Bridges and Architecture

playing around

playing around

urban Engagement pictures in downtown Denver

urban Engagement pictures in downtown Denver

Engagement Pictures in Downtown Denver

Engagement Pictures in Downtown Denver

One of my favorite parts about shooting downtown is all the color and unique lighting you can find.  Even a temporary construction sidewalk can come in handy for pictures.  When I was editing these images for their engagement book I realized I captured the three primary colors – blue, yellow, and red, just a fun coincidence!

Fun with Primary Colors in Downtown Denver

Fun with Primary Colors in Downtown Denver

one hot engagement ring!

one hot engagement ring!

Dramatic Sunset mixed with Urban Lights

Dramatic Sunset mixed with Urban Lights

Thanks Jay & Lee-Ann for letting me be  your tour guide and document this vacation that you will surely never forget!  I can’t wait to hear what you plan for your Atlanta wedding and am so excited that you want me to document your wedding day as well!

 

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Denver Engagement Photographer: Abby & Hannah in Denver

How lucky to have another beautiful warm winter day for engagement pictures in Colorado!  I met up with Abby & Hannah at one of  their favorite neighborhoods around Denver- East Wash Park.  After a beer from the brewery we explored up Gaylord Street, down the alley, and found lots of unique spots with fun colorful textures.  Abby & Hannah met in college and its evident they have a strong true love for each other.  They will be celebrating their love this fall with a same-sex wedding back home in Ohio.

Having fun on Gaylord St. in East Wash Park

Having fun on Gaylord St. in East Wash Park

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A unique spot for an urban picture in the alley

Sometimes the best shots are found in the most unexpected locations.  For this picture above we were walking down the alley and I noticed this random little area with an eclectic mix of brick, metal, and color.  This ended up being the ladies’ favorite image and made into a large metal wall art to hang in their home.  We also found this Caution sign below nearby and had to do a quick fun picture with it too.

Fun engagement pictures around Denver

Fun engagement pictures around Denver

Engagement pictures around East Wash Park

Engagement pictures around East Wash Park

 

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Goofing around on Gaylord St. in East Wash Park

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City Romance

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Fun Denver Urban Engagement Pictures

Fun Unique Engagement Pictures in East Wash Park

Fun Unique Engagement Pictures in East Wash Park neighborhood of Denver

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Love at Sunset

I had a lot of fun photographing these two beautiful ladies and was happy to document their love for each other.  Good luck with your wedding back home in Ohio, can’t wait to see your wedding pictures!

 

 

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Engagement Photographer: Red Rocks & Downtown Morrison

downtown Morrison Engagement Pictures

Downtown Morrison Engagement Pictures

Sarah & Michael are so down to earth and easy to photograph.  They wanted to do their engagement pictures at Red Rocks, which is a popular location request for photo sessions, and also one of my favorite places to photograph.  But to mix it up a bit I suggested we also hit up downtown Morrison for some more unique urban engagement pictures.  I was so glad they were into my idea because I love the variety we captured and I even found some new spots around downtown that I had never seen before.  We did their pictures back in November, hence all the fall leaves, but I’ve been backed up with blog posts, and the holidays, so just getting around to sharing these now, enjoy!

Colorado Engagement Pictures at Red Rocks

Colorado Engagement Pictures at Red Rocks

Fun Engagement Pictures at Red Rocks

Colorado Engagement Pictures at Red Rocks

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Love on a Bridge

 Engagement Pictures by Denver wedding photographer

Goofing around in downtown Morrison

Downtown Morrison Engagement Pictures

Downtown Morrison Engagement Pictures

Downtown Morrison Engagement Pictures

Downtown Morrison Engagement Pictures

Downtown Morrison Engagement Pictures

check out this awesome mural behind them!

Red Rocks Engagement Pictures

Incredible Sunset at Red Rocks

Red Rocks Engagement Pictures

and a romantic dip to end with

I really enjoyed spending this fall evening with Sarah & Michael and can’t wait to photograph their upcoming wedding this summer!  If you’re looking for a “funky, fun, fine art” wedding photographer, please click here for wedding photography information.

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2014 Year in Review- Weddings, Engagements, and Babies

As 2015 quickly jumps out at us, I want to pause and look back at what an amazing year 2014 was by highlighting pictures from some of my photo shoots and personal work from over the past year.  I started off the year as big as a boat (well, I at least felt that way) as I was pregnant with my first child.  I did get to start 2014 off with an amazing “Babymoon” trip, to the warm beach of Miami!  Below is a picture of the start of the 2014 New Year with fireworks on the Biscayne Bay, and me chilling on Miami Beach on January 1st, 2014.

New Years Eve at Midnight and 7 Months Pregnant on Miami Beach January 1st, 2014

New Years Eve at Midnight and 7 Months Pregnant on Miami Beach January 1st, 2014

Unable to spend much time on my feet I was doing very little photography the first few months other then a couple of baby, boudoir, and engagement sessions.   Oh wait, but I did walk on slippery ice (with ice cleats) and lay on the frozen ground for this awesome couple photo shoot below that I could not pass up doing at the ice castles in Breckenridge.  I think someone even applauded at one point after witnessing me laying on my back in the snow to get just the right angle.   It was early January, I may have been 7 months pregnant but I was still mobile, and had to the get the best shot.

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Photography at the Ice Castles in Breckenridge

Another amazing photo shoot I managed to squeeze in before my baby came was photography of performance artists and aerialists at a Valentines party hosted by a local Burning Man camp at The Oriental Theater in Denver.  It was a lot of fun but I do remember being quite exhausted by the end of the night.  Yet I was so thankful that I made it out (past midnight even!) and captured these fun unique pictures.

Aerial Performers at the Orient Theatre in Denver

Aerial Performers at the Orient Theatre in Denver

Unique Urban Engagement Pictures

Unique Urban Engagement Pictures

And then on March 15, 2014 my beautiful baby was born.  My whole world changed and all of a sudden I had my most demanding client ever, haha!  Seriously, this girl was so hard to shoot as a newborn, it took 3 sessions just to get some good pictures.  Definitely not easy as a first time exhausted mother. Next time I’m hiring a newborn photographer to do it for me…while I sleep.  ;)  Here’s my cutie at only 9 days.

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The highlight of my year- Jazlyn Marie Nichols

I took some time off for maternity leave but was really excited when my first wedding of the season came up at the end of May.  Here’s a picture from my first wedding back to work.  Not your traditional wedding picture, but I love how the mothers of the bride and groom are joining hands.  I remember I got a little emotional during this part of the ceremony as I thought back to my own wedding and the importance of joining families, and how I now had a new family member of my own.

Colorado Wedding

Colorado Wedding

OK, and just because this couple was so great to work with here’s another one showing how much fun they had at their reception at Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House.

Wedding at Kevin Taylor

Wedding at Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House

Now that I have a baby it puts a whole different perspective on photographing other people’s babies.  Now I understand how challenging it is to catch that happy time between nap and a feeding.  And now I truly understand how fast those first few months go and how important it is to capture those quickly passing moments!   Below is Shelby, the baby of a couple whom I have been photographing from their engagement, to wedding, maternity, newborn, and now 6 month baby pictures.  And it happened so fast!  And check out this her 1 year pictures at the bottom of this post.

6 month baby pictures

6 month baby pictures

And its also nice to now be able to share birth stories and  pass on advice to other nervous expectant mothers.  Here is a fun picture of a pregnant couple I photographed in Cheeseman Park this summer.

Maternity Pictures at Cheeseman Park

Maternity Pictures at Cheeseman Park

I traveled all over Colorado for engagement pictures this year from Breckenridge to Evergreen, and of course lots in my favorite city of Denver.

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engagement pictures

Unique engagement pictures at Former Future Brewery

Unique engagement pictures at Former Future Brewery

 

Engagement Pictures at the newly remodeled Union Station

Engagement Pictures at the newly remodeled Union Station

 

Romance at Sunset in Evergreen

Romance at Sunset in Evergreen

Stealing a Kiss by the Barn

Stealing a Kiss by the Barn

A few more baby pictures of my sweet angel, taken throughout the summer and fall in Colorado.

Lifestyle Family Portrait

Lifestyle Family Portrait

Spoiled Rotten Baby Pictures

Spoiled Rotten Baby Pictures

Jazlyn Among the Fall Aspen Leaves

Jazlyn Among the Fall Aspen Leaves

For the first time since I started my business six years ago I stopped all paid advertising and passed on bridal shows so I wouldn’t overwhelm myself with too many weddings as a first time mom.  It worked out nicely as the beginning of my summer I was able to take it easy with mostly just portrait and engagement sessions while I adjusted to being a mom.  Yet I still got a lot of bookings through referrals and by August I was extremely busy with weddings.  Thankfully I had found a few good babysitters by then to give myself time to stay on top of all the editing and production.

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Newlyweds Kiss in a Sunflower Field

Memorable Wedding Moments

Priceless Wedding Moments

Wedding Pictures at Blackstone Country Club

Wedding Pictures at Blackstone Country Club

 

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The bride’s dress hangs under the trellis & later the bride and her bouquet

 

A Wedding First Dance at Mile High Station in downtown Denver

A Wedding First Dance at Mile High Station in downtown Denver

A Wedding Kiss at the Robison Mansion in Canon City

A Wedding Kiss at the Robison Mansion in Canon City

I also did a few business portraits, or fun headshots, for some new and returning clients.

Business Portraits

Business Portraits

Denver Musician Portraits in Downtown Denver

Denver Musician Portraits in Downtown Denver

tattoo artist headshots

tattoo artist headshots

Colorado was blessed with a long colorful fall and a mild winter at the end of the year, which allowed me to do a lot more outdoor portrait sessions through December, particularly lots of engagement photo shoots….

Engagement Pictures in Wash Park, Denver

Sunset Engagement Pictures in Wash Park

Engagement Pictures on Broadway in Denver

Engagement Pictures on Broadway in Denver

Engagement Ring

Engagement Ring

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Colorado Engagement Pictures at Red Rocks

Also, with the announcement of Colorado legalizing same sex marriages in October I saw a surge in wedding inquiries from gays and lesbians.  I have always been a firm believer in equal love and equal laws for all, so I was quite excited about this news myself and more then happy to document the engagement of these same sex couples below.

Engagement Pictures with Denver skyline

Engagement Pictures with Denver skyline

Same Sex Couple celebrates their engagement in Wash Park neighborhood

Same Sex Couple Celebrates Their Engagement in Wash Park neighborhood

The end of the year meant it was time for family portraits.   Here is that cutie Shelby again, this time for her 1st birthday picture, now walking with mom and dad.  So crazy to think just a year ago when photographing her as a newborn she couldn’t even roll over, or do anything yet.  For her six month baby pictures she was able to sit-up for pictures, and now just a few months later she was talking (well babbling) and walking with the help of her parents.

1yr. old baby and family in Wash Park

1yr. old baby and almost walking

Family holiday portraits in downtown Denver.

Family Holiday Portraits at the Union Station

Family Holiday Portraits at the Union Station

And a quick picture of my own babies’ 1st Christmas.

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My baby’s 1st Christmas & a family photo on Christmas Day

When the holidays came around we made it back home to New Orleans for lots of family visits, Cajun food, Southern hospitality, and of course a necessary dose of live music.

Live Music in New Orleans

Live Music in New Orleans

And just a fun one to end with…a view from the top of the Denver Clocktower downtown on 16th St. Mall.  This year reminded me of how blessed I am to have my family, especially the newest addition to my family.  And of course I’m also so lucky to live in the amazing city of Denver.  Can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for me next!

Denver Skyline from the Clocktower on 16th St. Mall

Denver Skyline from the Clocktower on 16th St. Mall

 

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Happy Holidays – The Mistletones at Union Station

In the spirit of Christmas, before I shut down my computer for the holidays, I wanted to leave with this blog post of the Mistletones of The Party Singers.  This group of modern Christmas carolers sang their way through Frosty the Snowman and Let it Snow as the Union Station celebrated the lighting of its Christmas tree.  The sunset was stunning, the weather was comfortably brisk, and the sounds and sights of Christmas were all around us.  Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Denver to witness the musicians and the holiday festivities at Denver’s newly remodeled Union Station.  If you haven’t yet checked out the revamped Union Station make it a New Years resolution to do so.  Or better yet, book a train ride for your next trip across the country so you can really make use of Denver’s new train station.  Now turn on some Christmas music and enjoy the pictures as you sip some eggnog over a roaring fire….or just procrastinate wrapping those last presents to put under the tree.  Happy Holidays everyone!

The Mistletones in front of the Union Station

Denver musicians- The Mistletones in front of the Union Station

Denver musicians- The Mistletones perform in front of the Union Station

Denver musicians- The Mistletones perform in front of the Union Station

Denver musicians- The Mistletones perform in front of the Union Station

Denver musicians- The Mistletones perform in front of the Union Station

Denver musicians- The Mistletones perform in front of the Union Station

The Mistletones

The Mistletones perform in front of the Union Station by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

The Mistletones perform inside the Union Station by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

The Mistletones perform inside the Union Station by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

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