Rachael and Ryan met in high school ceramics class. Years later, they’d reconnect, start dating, and build their life together in the Rocky Mountains. Since their story began with clay, we had to incorporate that into their engagement session. They brought their favorite hand made mugs with hot cocoa and maybe a little something extra to keep them even warmer during the session. I mean, they’re from Minnesota so they know how to stay warm!
Rachael is an incredible ceramic artist. She creates mugs, bowls, and a collection of beautiful pottery. She even makes Christmas ornaments! I have three of her’s that hang on my tree! To check out and purchase some of her custom pieces, go to her facebook page or on Instagram at @rachaelanneceramics.
During their session, we talked about their love story, how it started as friends and as their love grew, it brought them together in the mountains. So that’s why we planned a session with a beautiful, snowy mountain backdrop on the same road they take to work each day. That way, not only would their pictures hanging in their home remind them of their commitment to each other, but the drive to work would too.
Annie and Connor’s engagement session was one I’ll never forget. These two were just so easy going right from the start. I believe it translates through their engagement pictures just how in love and relaxed they were.
Planning is a big part of the prep leading up to any of my sessions. Annie, Connor, and I had been emailing about locations to shoot at around Breckenridge. Annie was interested in engagement shoot with mountains, lakes or rivers, while Connor said a good overlook or rock outcropping would be good. All the planning paid off!! We had a perfectly overcast day to go play atop Loveland Pass. Then we drove back towards Breckenridge, where they were staying, and stopped along Lake Dillon to get the overlook and rock outcropping location that Connor specifically asked for!
Here’s the sweetest and BEST review from Connor and Annie, they voluntarily wrote on Google, that I could ever ask for:
“We were both blown away by the time and effort Andrea put in for our engagement shoot. She scouted out areas ahead of time based on my fiancee and I’s requests in order to find us locations we would love. She was willing to be adventurous and had knowledge of the local area and weather patterns. She immediately made us feel comfortable in front of the camera and genuinely seemed to care about us as people. She got to know us in the short amount of time we were with her and this added to the overall experience of the shoot. Couldn’t say better things about her. Wonderful! Her eye and talent for photography is evident from the start and the unedited sneak peek she gave us was already amazing. Not only do we have great photos, but also a new friend! If you’re looking for a photographer of any sort in the Breckenridge area, she’s definitely the one to go with!”-Annie & Connor
Brenna and Andrew are such a fun couple and I love everything about them, especially their shared love for fly fishing. Andrew proposed to Brenna by hiding the ring in her fly box on one of their many days together on the river. Brenna has done some pretty inspiring things with her love of catching trout. She created Rod’s Reels and Heels, a brand I found on Instagram that I thought filled a void of hard-to-find female angling inspired clothes. She makes super cute shirts and I know I have two coming to me in the mail right now.
I couldn’t leave my fly fishing gear behind for this one, or my favorite fly fishing partner. Tyson and I went earlier in the day to squeeze in some fishing and scout locations at Eleven Mile Canyon before Brenna and Andrew made the drive from Colorado Springs for their session.
Ever since Tyson brought me to fish there last summer, it’s been one of my favorite spots. I could already envision a couple standing in front of the twin tunnels on the canyon road for engagement photos (check out how those came to life in Part I of their blog post). When Brenna text me to schedule her session, this was the first river that popped into my mind. I love how all their photos turned out and finally my vision for a fly fishing engagement session came to life!
Can’t wait to photograph the wedding in September which will have Pike’s Peak as the backdrop!
Wedding season has finally begun and with that engagement portrait sessions! I was so ready for this session with Brenna and Andrew for two reasons. Since I live in Breckenridge, a destination wedding town, I don’t get to shoot as many engagement sessions as I did in Arkansas. Some of my couples already have their engagement session done before the wedding they hire me to shoot. Engagement sessions are one of my favorites though, because I love to get to know the couple through the session and for them to get to know me and my shooting style beforehand.
Most importantly I was so excited for this session since it was with another fly fishing couple. Brenna is blogger and owner of Rods, Reels and Heels and her fiancee Andrew, or “Beard” as I first new him from her blog, share the same love for fly fishing that Tyson and I do. I think all engagement sessions from now on should be with fly fishing couples so we can all wear our waders and get a little fly fishing in during and after the session!
Brenna and I became friends through social media before she contacted me to do her wedding this September. We both agreed from the very first time we talked about the engagement session that fly fishing had to be a part of it since that’s how Andrew proposed. She lives in Colorado Springs so we chose Eleven Mile Canyon as the backdrop for their formal and fly fishing engagement session. You’ll have to come back tomorrow for the fly fishing part of the engagement session, which I promise will be worth it! I feel like I captured the best of what this couple loves to do together the most.
Come back tomorrow to see the creative fly fishing portraits!
I’m so excited to share these pictures with you! Becca and John are so great! I’ve known Becca and John for around 2 years now. Becca came to me right after John proposed and asked me to shoot her engagement photos. I was ecstatic to shoot some of their engagement photos! I went scouting for locations a week before and found some places I thought reflected them as a couple. Not only did I find the perfect locations, but they were perfect with Becca’s idea for her Save the Dates she made from the photos!
Becca is one of the craftiest people I know! I knew going into her session she was going to have the best props and ideas! I’ve got to give John some credit though. He did come up with the concept of one of my favorite images from the session (the one with “Save the Date” and 6.16.12 written on the chalkboards). With Becca and John’s ideas combined, it was a fun and creative engagement session!
What can you say when your clients are also your best friends? I think it’s the biggest honor to have my friends ask me to shoot their wedding…and pay me for it! It’s the best compliment, and to boot, I get to work with my best friends on and leading up to their happiest day!
Amberle & Josh are amazing! I knew them before they knew each other and I can’t believe the amazingness of them finding each other and falling in love. It’s a true love story!
Amberle and I both come from small towns pretty close to each other. We met at church and got closer when we took some English literature classes together. We took African-American Literature together and she was my discussion partner. I’m pretty sure we never really discussed Beloved or Uncle Tom’s Cabin, because I was reading Twilight at the time and that’s all I wanted to talk about. Then, our friendship was taken to a whole different level when we decided to live together! She was the best roommate I could ask for! On Sunday afternoons, when I was working on homework, I would yell out Amber-LEE! What am I doing with my life? She was always there to remind me you’re a photographer, you’re a student, you’re going to be an amazing teacher. She just is the best person to be around and I’m so excited to be apart of Amberle and Josh’s wedding.
Josh handed over the keys (keyboard keys) to me when he left Transfer youth group and worship band. I went with him and some other members of theLink college ministry to Bolivia in 2007. He’s brilliant and creative and someone I never want to get in a debate with when it comes to music or literature. He will win and I know it.
They go perfect together! Hugos in downtown Fayetteville was their very first date. So it’s only appropriate we returned to shoot their engagement session there.
I would always have Amberle check my blogs before I posted. I hope she likes this one!