Jessi + Rickie - Engagement Session at Green Mountain Falls

"I swear I couldn't love you more than I do right now,

and yet I know I will tomorrow." 

— Leo Christopher


There is so much I loved about photographing this beautiful couple - of course, the brightly colored hair, the cowboy hat, the fact that they could not stop showing how much they loved each other.  An engagement session is all about expression and showing off the love you have for your fiancé.  These photographs are the beginning of a story waiting to be told and I am ready to capture the beginning chapters.  

Green Mountain Falls, Colorado has a ton of unique spots for photographs, whether it is the vintage car (see above) outside of a restaurant or the circular sculpture below - this town was made for photography.  

And can we talk about how much Rickie reminds me of Kenny Chesney???  His outfit was complete with cowboy boots and southern charm.  He was such a gentleman and had a "go with the flow" attitude that made photographing this couple easy as pecan pie.

Jessi's red hair was a huge inspiration for this session, but I didn't want it to overpower the photos.  It was so important to find a place that would highlight the hair color while also highlighting their love for one another.  The unique, but small town of Green Mountain Falls was perfect.

I used these dandelions to add some texture to these photographs and even asked my assistant to blow the petals directly in front of my lens.  Nothing like a few wishes to add a bit more romance to their session.  

Every photo from this session was magical and its easy to see this couple has a beautiful relationship.  I changed the location of the session at the last minute and I am so glad that I did!  Matching up a couple with their perfect location is what I aspire to do with each and every session.  Location is so much about bringing out the best in your subject - here it has brought out the love Jessi + Rickie have for one another.

Don't forget the details during these engagement sessions.  Focus on the way they hold hands.  I offered to drive them back to their car at the end of the session, and they both responded "No, its beautiful here, we will walk."  They strolled along the path, hand in hand.  

Down the road a bit from Green Mountain Falls is Chipita Park (walking distance).  There are a few bridges and a quiet stream, but the real beauty in this location is the stick sculpture "Footprint in Green" by Patrick Dougherty.  It was an awesome backdrop for some unique photographs.  

Just a simple touch of the chin is the sweetest gesture.  Who doesn't want love like this?

They completely nailed every pose throughout their session.  Whether it was a romantic glance, snuggling (not too tightly), or just being comfortable in each other's arms.  They made the magic and I photographed it.  

"At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet." 

― Plato

Annie + Leah - Spruce Mountain

"If anybody can find someone to love them through this difficult thing that we call life, I support that in any shape or form."

 - Will Smith

This entire session was not only about creating something beautiful, but about creating an environment where two people would feel that magical feeling of LOVE!  Between the perfect chair from A Love Tale, a bit of thrift store shopping (of course), and their perfectly styled outfits (styled by themselves) - love was in the air!  It was romantic, it was simple, it was a bot of boho chic with a mountain vibe and all together we created something absolutely stunning.  

When photographing couples, I want them to feel comfortable with me as a photographer, but these photographs are about them and who they are.  I have them whisper in each other's ear something they love about each other (and these two had a very long list) and I also ask them to make their partner laugh.  Tell them something funny - and I don't need to hear any of this.  THAT is where the love shows!

If you can't see how in love these two are by the above photos, I don't know what else to say.  They lay together comfortably and smiling because it is home, it is where they belong.  

Annie + Leah both have the most beautiful smiles, but their smiles light up even more when they are looking at each other.  

And if there was a part of the day that I absolutely loved the most, it was all of the laughter!  There are many times when I have to ask people to do a fake laugh, but during this session - allllll the laughter was genuine.  As you will see in some of the other photos, the harder part of the day was trying to be serious.  

True romance here with these two!  And I could not have created these images without the perfect prop from A Love Tale.  If you are looking to build a portfolio of the perfect images, express your creativity, or plan a styled shoot - they literally have everything!  Moving to Colorado has forced me to improve my photography and my images in many different ways (which is AWESOME) and knowing there are resources here to help me do this, has been so wonderful.  

That glance!!!! These details!  I will be starting weddings in a week and I wanted to start practicing photographing the details, because let's face it, the details add everything to the big picture of an image, a setting, or a wedding.  How can I photograph a moment and emotion through details?  

And this is where we tried to be serious.  Apparently, this is Leah's serious face - Leah is on the right.  

Seriously beautiful eyes - both of them!  I would normally say "if looks could kill"  but I think the more appropriate term would be "if looks could love."  

We finally nailed that serious moment, and I love this because they are some amazingly strong women, who love each other deeply, are proud of who they are, and live here in the mountains!

"If I know what love is, it is because of you."

 - Herman Hesse