Milestone Imaging: Blog http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog en-us (C) Milestone Imaging tom@milestone-imaging.com (Milestone Imaging) Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:29:00 GMT Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:29:00 GMT http://www.milestone-imaging.com/img/s/v-5/u983697707-o438767565-50.jpg Milestone Imaging: Blog http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog 120 80 Maura and Andrew Strawberry Creek Ranch Wedding Photography | Colorado Wedding Photographers http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2018/2/strawberry-creek-ranch-wedding-photography-colorado-wedding-photographers When we met Maura and Andrew for their engagement session, they included their dog, Delta, and horse, Rhea.  They had as much fun as we did, as we ventured on trails and in fields near Chatfield State Park. 

It was no surprise that their July 30, 2017 wedding would be a rustic Colorado mountain ranch wedding in all its splendor!  Maura brought her horse to Strawberry Creek Ranch in Granby, Colorado, so we could incorporate their beautiful mare into the couple’s creative photos during their first look.

Because great photography was a priority for Andrew and Maura, they planned for lots of photography time with us beginning before the wedding.  Throughout the day and evening, we were able to take quick breaks with them to grab some shots around various parts of the venue.

If amazing breathtaking Colorado wedding photography is a priority check out Strawberry Creek Ranch!  The staff is friendly and helpful!   Strawberry Creek Ranch is a playground for photography!  It includes a rustic century old barn, an amazing ceremony area and deck, an aspen grove, reflective pond, rolling hills and mountain views.

We can’t thank Maura and Andrew enough for choosing Tom and me for their wedding photography; it was such an honor to spend time with this wonderful couple and their families and friends.  ~Lucy Miles   

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Denver Wedding Photographer | The Colorado Winter Bride at Devil's Thumb Ranch - Stephanie and Chris http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2017/2/denver-wedding-photographer-colorado-winter-bride-at-devils-thumb-ranch As Denver wedding photographers, we get to know many brides.  There is one type of bride in particular whom I (as a warm weather person) find very fascinating. 

Ah yes.....I'm talking about the winter bride....or more specifically the Colorado Winter Bride.  Now she doesn't have to be from Colorado to be a Colorado winter bride; but what makes her one, is that she wants most, if not all of her wedding day photos (ceremony, group shots, first look, creatives) OUTSIDE in winter no matter the weather conditions.  She loves the outdoors and snowy mountains.  She has a warm heart, but typically prefers cold weather to hot.  She prays it will be snowing on her wedding day as she finds it positively romantic!  Everyone will be freezing except for her.  Her family and friends might beg and plead but to no avail.  Bundle up people, we are doing this outside!

Interestingly, Tom and I started and ended our 2016 wedding photography season at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado, photographing the winter bride.  Now, to all the winter brides out there, Devil’s Thumb Ranch is the perfect winter mountain wedding venue not to mention a winter wonderland playground! 

We had the honor of photographing the wedding of Stephanie and Chris on December 3, 2016.  Coming from Minnesota, the Colorado winter was a piece of cake for her and she was the perfect winter bride.  Stephanie was fearless; she loved the outdoors, mountains and horses, and Devil’s Thumb Ranch had it all!  The ceremony would be outside as would the first look and creatives.  Because this was a destination wedding, we had not met Stephanie face to face before her wedding.  As soon as we saw how beautiful she looked and how excited she was, we knew it was going to be a warm day no matter what the temperature.  We got to work knowing we would get epic images of this wonderful couple!      

Stephanie and Chris' wedding was a small intimate destination wedding with 16 people including us.  After photographing Stephanie getting ready in the Bunk House, we headed to the stables for the first look.  After that, all the guests rode in a horse drawn wagon to the ceremony site.  It was was exciting, fun and romantic!!  Everyone was bundled up and cozy; it was an experience that no one will ever forget!  

The intimate outdoor wedding ceremony was like nothing we had ever photographed.  It felt like the rest of the world just slipped away.  Tom and I circled the ceremony site in fresh powder up to our knees; it reminded me of being a child playing in the snow. After the ceremony, the guests piled back into the wagon for the ride back down to the stables.  The driver asked the horses for a trot and the air was filled with happy excitement.  Afterward everyone gathered at The Ranch House to warm up by the fireplace.  Then came a fantastic dinner of Australian Lobster Tail and Petite Filet Mignon in the wine cellar, surrounded by fine wine (literally, bottle after bottle on every wall), great conversation and lots of laughter.  It was the perfect winter wedding and we are so thankful to Stephanie and Chris for choosing us to photograph it.  See for yourself and enjoy!!

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingDevil's Thumb RanchThis is the scene along County Road 83 approaching Devil's Thumb Ranch, Tabernash, Colorado

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingDevil's Thumb Ranch WeddingStephanie's dress, boots, wrap and rings are ready to go.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingDevil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding, Tabernash, ColoradoThree generations together buttoning the dress.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingDevil's Thumb Ranch Winter WeddingChris waits in the lounge at the stables for Stephanie's arrival.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingTabernash Winter WeddingThe final preparations are made.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingColorado Winter WeddingStephanie on the steps of the Bunk House at Devil's Thumb Ranch.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingColorado Winter WeddingStephanie approaches Chris for the first look.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingColorado Mountain WeddingA perfect first look.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingDevil's Thumb Ranch Winter WeddingNotice the frisky horses in the background!

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingThe Stables at Devil's Thumb RanchThis little guy wanted Stephanie's attention.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingColorado Winter WeddingWarming up by the the fire before heading to the ceremony site.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingDevil's Thumb Ranch Winter WeddingA quick hello to the horses.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingColorado Winter WeddingTime to load up the wagon!

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingColorado Mountain Winter WeddingThe private ceremony site awaits.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingColorado Winter WeddingAnd we are off to get married! Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingDevil's Thumb Ranch Winter WeddingThe late day sun on this magical scene.

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Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingColorado Winter WeddingThe exchange of the rings and they are wed!

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Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingDevil's Thumb Ranch Winter WeddingTime for some creatives of Chris and Stephanie following the ceremony.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingColorado Winter WeddingA beautiful winter scene as the light begins to fade.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingDevil's Thumb Ranch WeddingTime to head indoors to warm up and celebrate!

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingDevils' Thumb Ranch Wine CellarDinner was held in the wine cellar.

Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingDevil's Thumb Ranch Winter WeddingToasting to the bride and groom!

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Devil's Thumb Ranch Winter Wedding Photography by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone ImagingDevil's Thumb Ranch Winter WeddingWe end the night with a few more photos outside as the snow begins to fall.

 

After experiencing Stephanie and Chris' wedding day, I encourage brides to think outside the "traditional box".  You can make a wedding budget work in many different ways.  Sometimes brides feel pressured to please everyone but the day really belongs to just two people so look into your hearts and do what will make your wedding day the most memorable to you.  

We'd also like to give a "shout out" to Woodstem Floral & Decor in Winter Park!

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Colorado Wedding Photography | Should A Couple See Each Other Before The Wedding Ceremony? http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2017/1/colorado-wedding-photography-first-look Denver Front Range Wedding Photographers Tom and Lucy Miles, Milestone Imaging - Traditional vs. First Look

So when it comes to planning the timeline and logistics for your wedding day photography, your photographer will ask you if your wedding will be “Traditional” or will you be doing a “First Look”.   Let’s define these options so we are all on the same page:

Traditional – the bride and groom do not see each other until their eyes meet as the bride is walking down the aisle.

Photographed by Denver Colorado wedding photographers Milestone ImagingNana and Jared - Traditional Wedding CeremonyJared sees Nana for the first time on their wedding day. Wedgewood at Ken Caryl, Littleton, Colorado.

The anticipation in both Jared and Nana's faces is genuine and so emotional.  It was an amazing moment!

 

First Look – when the bride and groom are dressed and ready in their full wedding attire, they see each other for the first time before the ceremony and the intimate meeting is photographed.

Wedding photography by Colorado Mountain  wedding photographers Milestone ImagingKirsten and Michael - approaching first lookMichael waits as Kirsten approaches. Breckenridge, Colorado

Photographed by Rocky Mountain wedding photographers Milestone ImagingKirsten and Michael First LookWe like to shoot a first look with the bride approaching the groom from behind. This works best with two photographers. Breckenridge, Colorado

First looks are a cherished moment and images like this end up in the couple's wedding album!

Wedding photography by Colorado Mountain wedding photographers Milestone ImagingMichael sees Kirsten for the first time!Immediately after their first look, Kirsten and Michael exchanged private vows.

After their First Look, Kirsten and Michael exchanged private personal vows to each other.  

 

So let’s dig into the pros and cons:  Traditional

First the pros:

  • Oh my gosh; so romantic!
  • It’s traditional and what most people will expect, such as parents, friends etc.  I have seen some parents really get upset when the B&G decide not to do it this way but remember, the decision is yours!
  • It’s exciting and builds anticipation.
  • It can make the wedding ceremony more emotional and genuine. 
  • As a bride, you will get that photograph of your groom’s face as you walk down the aisle and he sees you for the first time.
  • If you have a venue that does not give you access several hours before the ceremony, it’s the logical choice unless you want to do a first look at a different location. 

Wedding images by Colorado Mountain  wedding photographers Milestone ImagingShanelle and Joey traditional ceremonyJoey is completely focused on Shanelle as she walks down the aisle. Silverthorne, Colorado.

Above, there's no doubt, Shanelle and Joey are completely focused on each other!  And below, the groom's face as the bride walks down he aisle is a must have photograph for the bride during a traditional ceremony.

Wedding photography by Denver wedding photographer Milestone ImagingStacey and Jade traditional ceremony After hours of nervous anticipation, Stacey and Jade see each other for the first time on their wedding day. Baldoria on the Water, Lakewood, Colorado

 

 Now the cons:

  • You will have less photography time of just the two of you (called your “creatives”).  The traditional approach usually leaves one hour or so during cocktails for pictures of your families, bridal party and creatives.

Photographed by Colorado Mountain Wedding Photographers Milestone ImagingMelissa and Dan creativesThese shots of Melissa and Dan were taken after their first look and still a couple of hours before the ceremony. Winding River Ranch, Grand Lake, Colorado

We call the pictures of just the bride and groom their "creatives".

 

  • The risk is higher that you won’t get all the wedding images you are hoping for especially if anything else happens to run late.
  • You may miss the cocktail hour with your guests.
  • Your guests may have to wait longer for dinner if the wedding photos run late.
  • Traveling to another location for your wedding images may not be feasible due to time constraints.
  • If your wedding party is big, you may lose even more time; the bigger the wedding party, the more time is involved in getting the bridal party shots. 

So if you go this route, here are some things that will help you get as much photography time as possible to get epic wedding images. 

  • Consider a later reception start rather than immediately after the ceremony.  Now this will depend on the venue and logistics; but sometimes a wedding ceremony at a church can be at 2:00 pm and the reception starts at 5:00 pm for example.  This gives you worry free photography time and more time with your guests later.

Wedding photography by Denver Wedding Photographer Tom Miles, Milestone ImagingFrank and Jessica with bridal party Jessica and Frank at Union Station, Denver, Colorado with their bridal party.

Because of a gap between the ceremony end time and start of the reception, we were able to go downtown to take Jessica and Frank's bridal party shots and creatives.

  • Get absolutely super organized on your family photos.  Something we see often is the couple doesn’t plan for what family shots they want after the ceremony and people are not ready.  This can waste precious time.  Give your photographer the following two things:
    • A detailed list of who you want in each of the family shots.  List the names of the individuals so they can be called out.
    • A designated “wrangler” (person who can work with your photographer and knows most of the family members and can round up people and call out names using the list).   
  • Give a heads up to the folks who you want to be in the pictures and where they need to be after the ceremony.  Your officiant can help by announcing this after the ceremony.
  • Don’t go overboard.  Do you really need the bride with each sibling separately?  If not, just focus on a great group shot of all the siblings.  Figure out what is important.     

Photographed by Colorado Mountain wedding photographers Milestone Imaging.  Family ShotA cold January wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch, Tabernash, CO.

This photo was taken at 4 degrees below zero at Devil's Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, CO!!  Talk about having to work quickly.  Everyone was ready to go when called.  I had a designated family member acting as a "wrangler" helping to call out names from the shot list.  

 

  • Get the following shots done before the ceremony and it will save a ton of time afterwards.  Make sure you allow at least 30 minutes each for the girls and guys.  Tell everyone involved what time he or she needs to be ready.
    • Details: dress, rings, shoes, flowers etc.
    • Bride’s portrait alone (this will be a must for a well rounded wedding album)
    • Bride with bridesmaids (and groomsmen if you wish), candid shots of course but also formal

Photographed by Denver Wedding photographer Milestone Imaging.Carly and Ryan bridal party bar shots.Bride with Groomsmen and Groom with Bridesmaids taken before the ceremony. Lionsgate Event Center, Lafayette, Colorado.

Carly had a vision for bar shots.  These bridal party images were all taken before the traditional wedding ceremony.

 

  • Bride with each bridesmaid
  • First look with Dad and bride with parents
  • Groom’s portrait alone
  • Groom with groomsmen (and bridesmaids if you wish) candid shots and formal
  • Groom with parents
  • Groom with each groomsman
  • For the bridal party shots, everyone is going to want to get a cocktail once the ceremony is done.  Please tell your bridal party to stay in one designated location until the family shots are done.  If they disperse, it can be like herding cats to regroup.  They are there for you; make sure they give you this courtesy.  

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Photographed by Denver Colorado wedding photographers Milestone Imaging.  Carly and Ryan's large bridal party shot taken during the cocktail hour. Beautiful fall wedding at the Gatehouse at Lionsgate Event Center, Lafayette, Colorado. Make sure the bridal party is standing by and ready to go.  This will save time and stress for the bride and groom.  Communication is key!

  • Think outside the box to get more photography time.  After you and your groom finish eating (which will most likely be before your guests are done) take another 15-20 minutes with your photographer with just the two of you.  This is something Tom and I try to do even it we have taken great pictures during cocktails. 

Wedding photography by Denver Wedding Photographers Milestone ImagingAdditional creatives during dinner, Brookside Gardens Event Center, Berthoud, ColoradoAfter Chuks and McKenzie were finished eating, we went outside for some additional shots as their guests finished dinner.

These images were taken during dinner after the couple had finished but the guests were still eating.

 

  • Do a “no look first look” (see below).   This is Milestone Imaging’s name for a shot of you and your bride/groom unable to see each other but touching hands or exchanging a note.  Get creative with this shot and share your ideas with your photographer beforehand.    You can also talk a bit which can relieve stress (but no peeking).  We guarantee this will be a very special moment!  This image usually turns into a favorite for our couples and ends up in the album or on the wall!

Wedding photography by Denver wedding photographers Milestone ImagingStacey and Jade, no look first lookBaldoria on the Water, Lakewood, Colorado, has amazing light coming in from the windows onto the fireplace wall. Stacey and Jade's officiant prays over them during the no look first look.

Above, as they did their "no look first look" Stacey and Jade's officiant prayed over them.   

Denver Wedding photographer Milestone ImagingKatie and Gabe, no look first lookWe used the door of the bridal suite at The Barn at Raccoon Creek, Littleton, Colorado for Katie and Gabe's no look first look.

Katie and Gabe's "no look first look" followed by the groomsmen version!  

Photographed by Denver Front Range and Mountain Wedding Photographer, Milestone ImagingNo Look First Look - Jill and BradThis is one of our favorite "no look first looks" with Jill and Brad taken at Valley Country Club, Centennial, CO

Get creative with your "no look first look".  Jill and Brad at Valley Country Club in Littleton, CO.  

 

First Look

The pros:

  • You will have a head start and get more planned photos.
  • This keeps dinner on time and you get to attend the cocktail hour and party.  Usually just family photos are left but we have even done those before the ceremony as well.  You also have the option to keep shooting during the cocktail hour.
  • If photography is your priority, this will give you the best chance for more great images.  We have done weddings where we shot for two hours before the ceremony and continued during the cocktail hour.  If you want great photography most of all, build it into the planning timeline.    
  • A first look gives you an opportunity to be alone with your spouse without all the guests around.  You can enjoy a glass of wine and just take it all in.
  • It will make the ceremony more relaxed and you won’t be as nervous. 
  • A first look is very romantic, emotional and is a moment dedicated to the two of you alone.  We have cried at many!!
  • This creates a whole version of shots that you won’t get with a traditional ceremony as you can see below.

Devil's Thumb Ranch wedding photographer Milestone Imaging, Tabernash, ColoradoFirst look, Stephanie and ChrisThe perfect winter first look at the stables at Devil's Thumb Ranch, Tabernash, Colorado

Photographed by Loveland and Front Range wedding photographers, Milestone ImagingEli and Mallory, Ellis Ranch, Loveland, COA great example of the emotion of a "First Look"!!

This First Look was filled with joy!  Don't underestimate how emotional a First Look can be!

Here are some cons:

  • Believe it or not, I have seen this become very tiring for some brides.  If you have planned for a first look followed by 90 minutes of bridal party and creatives, you are in your dress for a long time.  If the weather is hot and you are constantly moving from one place to another, it’s easy to feel like you have run a marathon before the ceremony even begins.    
  • If you want to tackle the bridal party shots before the ceremony, everyone needs to be ready sooner.   This is easier said than done.  If anything runs late which is certainly a possibility, the bridal party shots could be toast.  This has happened to us several times. 
  • Guests may show up while you are out and about taking pictures.  Are you OK with them seeing you before as well?  You will also be a magnet to anyone who sees you, so prepare for hugs and greetings in the middle of pictures. 
  • Be prepared to bustle and un-bustle the dress, as it may be necessary to move around for the creatives.  Also, there could be some wear and tear and a bit of dirt on the dress and shoes.  This will happen eventually but I wanted to mention it for the perfectionists out there.  

Wedding photography by Colorado Mountain wedding photographer Milestone ImagingMelissa and Dan creatives.After the first look we proceeded with this image of Melissa and Dan. Winding River Ranch, Grand Lake, Colorado.

This is a cherished image from Melissa and Dan's wedding taken after the first look.

If you decide on a first look, here are some tips to make it go smoothly:

  • As I mentioned earlier, guests will start to arrive the closer you get to ceremony time.  If possible, plan on stopping photos 30 minutes before the ceremony so you can retreat to the bridal suite and freshen up while the guests arrive. 
  • You don’t need to get all the shots done before the wedding ceremony and you can save the bridal party and family for afterwards if you wish.  Even allowing 30 minutes with just you and your spouse for creatives will give you a big head start and piece of mind that those shots are done. 
  • When it’s time for the first look, politely tell everyone to stay back (or we can).  This is a time for the two of you alone and we will be photographing very important shots.  Bridal party members and family hanging around can be a distraction.

Wedding photography by Rocky Mountain Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingJen and Anthony First LookOutside the Timber House at Devil's Thumb Ranch, Tabernash, Colorado, Jen and Anthony are about to see each other for the first time on their wedding day.

Having bridal party and family members watch from a distance keeps the First Look private and intimate.

 

  • Have a plan B; just in case things fall behind.  Tom or I will usually gently tell a bride how we are doing with the planned timeline and make suggestions if things are running late.  

Remember that there are no right or wrong answers; only what feels right to you.  Set your priorities beforehand and remember that nothing ever goes perfectly so keep a light hearted approach and trust your photographer.  A good professional wedding photographer is going to be able to work quickly, keep things moving and get the shots.

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Colorado Wedding Photography 2016 Year in Review! http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2017/1/colorado-wedding-photography-2016-year-in-review Tom and I are so thankful for 2016.  We met wonderful brides and grooms, engaged couples, families, high school seniors and babies!  It is such an honor to photograph you during the biggest moments of your lives!  Enjoy this recap of our 2016 images!  If you would like to join us in 2017 and want more information, please

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tom@milestone-imaging.com (Milestone Imaging) Denver Colorado Wedding Photographers Denver Engagement Photography Engagement Photos Milestone Imaging Senior Photos http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2017/1/colorado-wedding-photography-2016-year-in-review Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:26:45 GMT
Katie and Gabe's Wedding at The Barn at Raccoon Creek | Denver Wedding Photographers http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2016/12/katie-and-gabes-wedding-at-the-barn-at-raccoon-creek-littleton-colorado Tom and I first met with Katie and Gabe at a Starbucks to discuss their upcoming engagement shoot; they had won a complimentary Milestone Imaging Engagement Session at the Rocky Mountain Bridal Show.  Katie's personality was funny and animated (we think she should become a stand up comedienne!) whereas Gabe's was calm and collected.  They were very different but it was obvious that they absolutely adored and complimented each other perfectly.  

We did their engagement photography session at Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison.  We couldn't help but notice Katie's bright green car and her Kermit the Frog backpack (more evidence of her wonderful yet quirky personality).  After having a great shoot, we hiked back down to the Dinosaur Museum where we parked, only to find the museum parking lot closed and gated... with our cars locked in!  After a few brief moments of panic, we found notes on our windshields telling us the gate was not actually locked.  That became the joke for all of our meetings that followed. 

Fast forward to their October 21, 2016 wedding at The Barn at Raccoon Creek, in Littleton, Colorado.  We had the best Colorado fall weather imaginable.  As soon at I met Katie's family, I could see where she got her amazing wit and sense of humor!  Katie and Gabe's families and friends were warm and welcoming and we had such a great time with this wonderful group of people!  See for yourself in the photos below!   

For brides considering The Barn at Raccoon Creek for their wedding venue, we highly recommend it.  It has a spacious beautifully decorated bridal suite with amazing light, a gorgeous outdoor ceremony site surrounded by the green grass of the golf course and huge trees.  There is also a "signature" hole on the golf course for creative portraits of the bride and groom, and a rustic barn which opens to a beautiful patio area for indoor/outdoor receptions.  We'd like to give a shout out to DJ Connection; as always, they did an amazing job and we always love working with them.  Officiant was Lin Cressey, of Colorado Ceremonies and Celebrations, who was wonderful!  ~ Lucy

Wedding photography by Denver Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingNo Wedding is Complete without Kermit!Kermit showed up to help Katie in the bridal suite at The Barn at Raccoon Creek.

Bride getting ready photographed by Denver Wedding Photographer, Milestone ImagingAlmost Ready!Katie and her mom help each other in the bridal suite.

Wedding photographed by Denver Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingHanging out with the boys!The groom's quarters at The Barn at Raccoon Creek is a great place for the guys to hang out. Wedding photography by Denver Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingHamming It Up with the Girls!Katie entertains her bridesmaids in bridal suite at The Barn at Raccoon Creek.

Bride and Bridesmaids photographed by the Denver Wedding Photographers of Milestone ImagingKatie and her BridesmaidsEveryone is dressed and ready in the bridal suite at The Barn at Raccoon Creek Wedding photography by Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingAnxiously Awaiting Great light is a wedding photographer's dream. Although she is tucked away, Katie can see all of her guests arriving.

A funny moment captured by Denver Wedding Photographer, Milestone ImagingA Great Moment for Mom and Dad!Raising a daughter from and infant to her wedding day is cause for celebration! Littleton Wedding photographed by Denver Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingShowtime!Gabe finally sees Katie for the first time on their wedding day!

Fall wedding photographed by the Denver Wedding Photographers of Milestone ImagingA Sunny CeremonyLate day sun shine on Katie and Gabe's wedding ceremony. So beautiful!

Wedding photography by Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingHappy Wedding VowsWe loved the emotion of this moment! Tears of joy always make for great photos. Fall Wedding photographed by Denver Wedding Photographer, Milestone ImagingFall Wedding Ceremony at Raccoon CreekThe golf course is just beyond the fence from the ceremony site at The Barn at Raccoon Creek. Wedding photographed by Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingView of ceremony and barn beyond.The Barn at Raccoon Creek gives photographers lots of great angles to shoot the ceremony! Wedding photographed by Denver Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingFall Wedding in Littleton ColoradoLate day warm sunshine and great fall color!

Fall Wedding photographed by the Denver Wedding Photographers at Milestone ImagingHappy Newlyweds!The moment when the bride and groom exit the ceremony always makes for a happy and relieved couple at The Barn at Raccoon Creek, in Littleton, Colorado.

Fall wedding photographed by Denver Wedding Photographer, Milestone ImagingNewlyweds at Raccoon Creek!A happy newlywed couple poses next to the water at Raccoon Creek Course, Littleton, Colorado. Thank you Lisa for driving us out there. A happy newlywed couple photographed by the Denver Wedding Photographer at Milestone ImagingReflectionsAlthough some geese just exited the water, we still had a reflection through the ripples; shot after Katie and Gabe's wedding at The Barn at Raccoon Creek, Littleton,Colorado Bridesmaids and Groomsmen photographed by Denver Wedding Photographer, Milestone ImagingFun Bridal PartyThis was quite an animated group at The Barn at Raccoon Creek in Littleton, Colorado.

Bridal party photographed by Denver, Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingFall Bridal Party Along the FenceThe fallen leaves on the ground adds such a cool look! Wedding reception photographed by Denver  Wedding Photographers, Milestone Imaging at The Barn at Raccoon CreekIt's Party TimeLeave it to the bridal party to make cut out faces of the bride and groom!

Wedding reception photographed by Denver Wedding Photographer, Milestone ImagingBride and Groom Share a First DanceThe happy couple celebrate their first dance at The Barn at Raccoon Creek

Father, Daughter Dance photographed by Denver Wedding Photographer, Milestone ImagingThen and Now; Daddy's Little GirlKatie noticed the similarity between an early photo with her dad and the dancing shot we took. Moments like this are why we love what we do!

Wedding reception photographed by Denver Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingParent DancesWe love parent dances, one of the best parts of the day!

Wedding cake and details photographed by Denver Wedding Photographer, Milestone ImagingWedding Cake and Open Bar!Katie and Gabe thought of everything! This sign is awesome! Wedding details photographed by Denver Colorado wedding photographers at Milestone ImagingThe VicunaThe doe-eyed vicuna, described as the Bambi of the camelid family, is a close relative of the llama and alpaca and lives at altitudes of up to 18,000ft.

Wedding reception photographed by Denver Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingVicuna TossAll the single ladies gathered to catch the stuffed "vicuna".

 

Wedding reception photographed by Denver Colorado wedding photographers Milestone ImagingGarter TossPerfect toss of the garter to a lucky single guy. Bubble exit photographed by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer, Milestone ImagingA Bubbly Send OffThe perfect end to a perfect day! The happy newlyweds exit through bubbles at The Barn at Raccoon Creek, Littleton, Colorado

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The time has come!!  You have found the man or woman of your dreams!  You are planning your wedding; you've set the date and have booked the venue.  You have a wedding budget and are trying to stick to it.  Next up is the wedding photographer, you have allocated your budget and want beautiful wedding images to share with future generations to come.

So you get started; internet search, Wedding Wire, referrals, bridal shows; you are rocking but WOW, you soon find out there is a vast difference in photographers, wedding images, price ranges, products, policies, processes and you don’t know how to navigate finding the right photographer to deliver the wedding photos of your dreams.  How do you know the person you choose will not leave you disappointed on the biggest day of your life? 

OK.  Breathe.  There is never a 100% chance that your wedding images will live up to your expectations.  But, there is a way to dramatically increase the chances, and you don’t need to know anything about photography. 

Let’s start with the obvious, looking at the photographer’s portfolio.  They should have one.  If not, it’s best to move to the next contestant.  When you look at the images, either on the photographer’s website, at a bridal show etc. they should invoke an emotional response; like “oh my goodness, I love that, I want that!”  Or “I can’t picture myself in this image”, “These don’t look like my style”, “they look too dark” etc.   What is your gut reaction to the photographer’s style and image quality?  Compare wedding photos from one sight to another.  Pay attention to the light (or lack thereof) in the images.    You will get a feel very quickly for images that are just OK, not so great, really nice, and EPIC.  The photos should resonate with you and show beauty, emotion, vibrancy, romance etc.  When you see the images that give you that “oh my gosh” feeling, you have found your style.  Article continued below pictures!

Wedding photography by Denver Wedding Photographers, Milestone Imaging.No Look First LookStacy and Jade share a moment without seeing each other before their wedding.

Above, Stacey and Jade during a "no look first look".  We recommend this to our couples who do not want to see each other before the ceremony.

 

Mountain wedding photography captured by Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone Imaging Framing by AspensKirsten and Michael's beautiful wedding ceremony, Breckenridge, Colorado

Framing the shot through some aspens at Kirsten and Michael's Breckenridge wedding.

 

Wedding photography by Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingBridesmaids Shout OutAnna shares a happy moment with her bridesmaids before her wedding at Ten Mile Station, Breckenridge, Colorado

Capturing emotion is essential to bring the wedding story to life through pictures!

 

Wedding day captured by Denver Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingA Walk in the MountainsA happy couple walking together after their wedding, Silverthorne, Colorado

You don't always need to see faces...this photo of Shanelle and Joey is a favorite!

 

Photography by Denver Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingI hear you but I can't see you!Jill and Brad did a very cool "no look first look" before their wedding at Valley Country Club, in Centennial, Colorado

Jill described her vision for this picture to Tom and I long before the wedding day.  It's critical for a photographer to connect with a couple so everyone is on the same page.  

 

Bridal portrait captured by Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingStunning Bride Kirsten strikes a pose on her wedding day in Breckenridge, Colorado

Kirsten looking stunning....OMG!  We always get a portrait of the bride alone and the groom alone for the wedding album.

 

So now that you found a few portfolios that give you goose bumps, it’s time to ask some questions.  An email inquiry is a great way to reach out to photographers. Include your wedding date to check availability and request pricing at this point as well.  You may as well know up front where they fall in your budget.  The response should be quick, friendly and informative.  If it’s not, it’s an indication of what kind of customer service you will get later on, and that is critical.  The photographer should also invite you to talk via an in person meeting or by phone.  If the pricing is within your budget, don’t hesitate to accept a meeting.  Tom and I don’t even mention booking at the first meeting unless the couple asks about it.  If you are pressured, that is another red flag that the photographer does not have YOUR best interest at heart, which is finding the right photographer for you.  It’s part of the booking process for photographers to meet with many couples.  Some book and some don’t.  

So you have a few meetings set up.  Here are some questions to ask and how to evaluate some of the responses you will hear. 

  1. How much experience do you have and how many weddings have you shot?

Now you should already have an idea because you looked at the photographer’s website portfolio but if you are not sure, definitely ask.  Some photographers will put only a handful of pictures on the website but have shot a ton of weddings, others only have a handful of images because they only shot one wedding. 

If the photographer does not have more than a few weddings under his/her belt, your risk may be high that you are not going to get the highest quality wedding photography.  This will most likely be a reason for a cheap photographer; everyone has to start somewhere.  The wedding photographer is challenged to work quickly, under a lot of pressure.  He or she has to coordinate and pose not only the couple, but also large groups, families, children, rowdy groomsmen etc.   Small details such as the rings must be captured in perfect focus and light.  You have to know your equipment inside and out and be able to work in all types of light.  Even with all the experience that Tom has, most weddings are very hard work.  There are extreme pressures, time constraints, dealing with nervous couples, people everywhere, family dynamics and so much more.  There are things that can, and do go wrong at every wedding.  Once a photographer has shot a lot of weddings, they usually will no longer be the cheapest out there because they have paid their dues in sweat and realize how much is at stake.

Be wary of a photographer with little wedding experience, even if they have a fancy camera and have experience in other types of photography.  A fancy camera doesn’t make an awesome photographer, any more than a great guitar makes an incredible musician.  Many times when someone wants to be a photographer and is just starting out, they “don’t even know what they don’t know”, and your wedding is not their practice time. 

Rings photographed by Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingEpic Ring ShotRing shots are always a must have for the bride and make a great addition to the wedding album

Ring shots in perfect focus are tough; special equipment, manual focus, a steady hand and lots of experience required.

 

Reception photos by Denver Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingSpecial DanceStacey looks on as Jade dances with her daughter during the reception at Baldoria on the Water, Lakewood, Colorado

Although this dancing shot could have been captured from many angles, seeing Stacy looking on at Jade dancing with her daughter brings this image to the heart.

 

  2.    How will you light my ceremony and reception?

This is the mother load question; lighting can make or break a wedding photograph.  If they say “I’m a natural light photographer” this may translate to “I don’t know how to light”.  Follow up by asking, “what if there is no natural light such as at the reception at 10 pm?”  We love natural light too and jump for joy when we have great outdoor or window light, however, it’s not practical to think you can get the best results without help from lighting.  If the great light is not there, the professional wedding photographer has to create it.  A good photographer should at this point be very clear about how he will light your wedding.  He should talk about on and/or off camera flash, light modifiers, setting up light stands at your reception, being able to overpower the mid-day sun, what he will do if not allowed to use flash in the church etc.  Once a photographer learns how to light, has made the investment in all the equipment involved and knows how to use it, it will make a huge difference in the quality of your images.  When you look at a portfolio and can’t quite figure our why the images look so amazing, it’s most likely the light. 

This is another factor that will separate cheap photographers from ones who charge more and it is well worth the cost.

Wedding reception photographed by Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingBubblesHappy couple gets bubbly send off at Ellis Ranch, Loveland, Colorado

For Mallory and Eli's bubble exit, Tom provided some fill flash from the front and I was holding the light in the back.  This brought the bubbles to life!

 

Wedding day captured by Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingSparkler heartKirsten and Michael's sparkler photo, the last shot of the night. Breckenridge, Colorado

Kirsten and Michael's sparkler heart was captured with a slow shutter speed, and lighting both in front and behind them. 

 

    3.  How much direction will you be giving on my wedding day?

I wanted to bring this up as it pertains to weddings because I have an introverted personality and it’s always a hard part for me (thank goodness Tom is not afraid to take control of a group).  It is practically impossible to be a 100% “photojournalistic fly on the wall” photographer at a wedding.  Grandma is not going to pose herself and the groomsmen are not going to come up with ideas for shots.  Your photographer is going to have to get in there and direct, and sometimes it takes a lot of effort when dealing with large groups (herding cats sometimes comes to mind).  At the same time, they shouldn’t be rude, appear stressed, or be a jerk.  A sense of humor and a positive attitude is vital. 

Your photographer needs to be pleasantly persistent, communicate clearly, and have a plan to get the shots done and keep the day moving.     

  

Wedding party photograph by Denver Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingA Happy Bridal Party in MotionNana and Jared's wedding party walking on the golf course at Wedgewood Ken Caryl, Littleton, Colorado

We love to do walking shots with the bridal party... so much fun!

 

Wedding reception photos by Denver Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingThe Happy Couple and their Guests!All the guests pose for a photo at Nana and Jared's wedding reception, Wedgewood Ken Caryl

Photographing big groups can be a challenge; a loud voice is required.  We often get help from the DJ.

 

 

 

    4.  Will you shoot my wedding personally?  If not, who will? 

There are many photography companies who use a team of photographers or a pool of photographers who are contracted.  This is totally fine but it’s nice to meet the person who will shoot your wedding personally and ask them the same questions as we are discussing here.  You cannot make assumptions.  It’s been several years now but Tom gained a lot of his experience by shooting contract weddings and often did not meet the bride until the actual wedding day.   Most of them turned out great but if you are looking for a more personal touch, this may not be the way to go.  Also keep in mind that this is how many photographers acquire their experience.   Be careful and ask the hard questions.

 

    5.  What about back up plans?

By back up plans, I’m referring to if something goes wrong or unexpected.  Do they have a back up camera if theirs quits working?  What if they get sick?  Do they have liability insurance?  Photographers should have a back up camera, a variety of lenses, extra flashes, memory cards, battery packs etc. so they can keep going in the event of equipment failure.  They also should network with other photographers and second shooters to be able to cover for each other if someone should be unable to fill their commitment.  Tom often says that “the professional should have backups for their backups and for themselves”.  Liability insurance is an absolute necessity if someone trips over a light stand or camera bag and gets hurt.  Some venues require a copy of the photographer’s liability insurance certificate.     

 

    6.  Do you have an assistant or second shooter?

There’s no right or wrong answer to this question but a good assistant and/or second shooter sure makes the day flow easier from a photography perspective.  They can make a big difference in helping the lead photographer to do his best work.  Assistants hold lights, adjust clothing, round up people, carry equipment etc.   A photographer who works with a second shooter will most likely be more efficient overall, and get more images from different angles.  Tom and I have this fine-tuned.  Although I am the second photographer, his shots are the priority as the lead and if he needs help, that is my priority.  We rarely split up on the wedding day but rather work as a team complimenting each other’s shots with different lenses, angles, vantage points etc.  These complimentary shots are essential ingredients for a great wedding album. 

 

Wedding photography by Denver Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingWalking His Daughter Down the AisleThe wedding ceremony is about to start at Wedgewood Ken Caryl, Littleton, Colorado

During the ceremony procession, Tom will shoot from the front and I will hang back with the bride.  Here Nana and her dad are beginning their walk towards the waiting groom and wedding guests.

 

A wedding day captured by Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingReady to Go!Kirsten admires her dad while waiting for their cue, Breckenridge, Colorado

Dad, Perry, and dog, Remington, waiting to walk Kirsten to the ceremony site.

 

Wedding photography by Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingMan's Best FriendWe love it when dogs are part of the wedding day! Breckenridge, Colorado

 

Wedding photography by Denver Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingHere Comes the Bride!Jill walking to her groom and guests for the ceremony. Valley Country Club, Centennial, Colorado

You can see Tom capturing Jill's walk from the front and I am in the back.  What a great moment!!

 

 

    7.  Exactly what is included in your fee? 

Don’t just breeze through the contract and pricing materials.  Everything should be spelled out and if you have any questions get them out on the table.  Make sure you know if digital negatives will be included; how many wedding images will there be; how many pages are in the wedding album; are prints included?  How many hours of coverage are included?  What editing, if any, is done to the images?  Don’t leave anything to chance; find out what you are getting and when you will get it.  A good professional photographer will not just dump images right out of the camera to a flash drive and be done.  You should expect professional products of high quality, exposure and color corrected images, and outstanding customer service.

 

    8.  How long after the wedding should I expect my images?

Get an answer to this and hold them to it.  When the wedding is done, the photographer’s work is just beginning.  Several days are now spent on culling, exposure and color correcting, basic edits, etc., in order to prepare the images for delivery to the client.  Once images are presented to the client, album preparation can take several more days.  One wedding can indeed be a full time job.         

Tom and I go above and beyond for our couples and try to do a lot more than many wedding photographers.   We will get very excited about our client's wedding images!   We will generally share a few of the images within days of the wedding, and have a picture viewing party about one month after the wedding.  This is where we present our couples with a slideshow of our favorite images and deliver the crystal USB drive that we include with our packages.  We will also look at wedding album options, cover materials, etc.  From that meeting we will formulate a plan for the album, and take a look at other products, such as thank you cards, framed artwork, and other print options. 

Every wedding photographer will have his or her own postproduction method.  Make sure your know what to expect, how long the process will take, and how the images will be delivered to you.  If you are given a specific time period, and that has passed, by all means contact your photographer to get a status. 

 

    9.  Take me through the flow of a wedding day from the photography standpoint.

This will get your photographer talking and he should be very specific about how things will go.  Of course you have say in the day but he should be able to explain everything about the flow at a typical wedding.  This should be very detailed because he has done this time and time again and so you can begin to envision how everything will play out.  

Tom and I explain the day while looking through an album because it shows it all in pictures and tells the story of the day and how we work.  We explain this in great detail so that the bride and groom know exactly what to expect and what shots we are going after and when.  We then complete a detailed timeline worksheet approximately 30 days before the wedding so that everyone is on the same page.  Our brides are so well prepared that sometimes they ask us “is it time to go outside and get our backlit shots?” or “just let me know when you are ready for my Dad to come in and see me”.  They know what shots are coming because they saw them in the albums and are excited about getting their own versions of these shots.  Preparation is key!   

 

Happy moment captured by Denver Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingBeautiful Happy Faces!Nana with her flower girl. So cute! Wedgewood Ken Caryl

Beautiful faces!!! 

 

So after you have concluded the meeting and evaluated the answers, there is another critical factor.  Assuming everything is sounding good (you like the wedding photographs you have seen and you like the answers to the questions) ask yourself; do I like this person?  Does he or she mesh with my personality?  Are they excited about shooting my wedding or just kind of “business as usual”.  Your wedding photographer will be in your most intimate space on the biggest day of your life.  You should feel a sense of comfort and trust that you don’t have to worry about your photography; THEY’VE GOT THIS!    

And finally, has what you have seen and heard make you totally excited?  You should be.  If the answer is “YES”, this is a good candidate to shoot your wedding.  But take your time; interview the other photographers you selected so you have some comparison. 

Once you are sure, complete the contract; pay the deposit and BOOK THEM!  Because, like all the other vendors, photographers meet with couples all the time.  It’s “first come first serve” for an available date.  Good luck and enjoy the process!!  

 

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    Mountain wedding ceremony photographed by Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingA Funny Moment!We love it when there is something to crack up about during the ceremony. Anna and Dan at Ten Mile Station, Breckenridge, Colorado

It's always great when something funny is said during the ceremony.

 

Captured by Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingFunny brides are the best.Kirsten was as funny as she is beautiful. Breckenridge, Colorado wedding.

We love funny brides!

Mountain wedding photography by Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingHappy Couple and a Great Car!Shanelle and Joey by her dad's car. So amazing! Silverthorne, Colorado

Mountain wedding photos by Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingDan and Moose!Groom takes a quick break with his dog at Winding River Ranch, Grand Lake, Colorado

Mountain wedding photos by Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingHelp from the Triplets!Anna gets help from some friends on her wedding day at Ten Mile Station, Breckenridge, Colorado

Mountain wedding photos by Denver Colorado Wedding Photographers, Milestone ImagingSunset on Lookout MountainA quick ride from Crystal Rose, this was taken at Lookout Mountain Park, Golden, Colorado

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Great Colorado Front Range Locations for your Engagement Session http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2016/10/great-colorado-front-range-locations-for-your-engagement-session We love engagement shoots!!!

Tom and I are asked all the time by our couples for suggestions on where to photograph their engagement session.  I start by asking if there is a place that is special to them, such as where they met, went for a special date or where he or she proposed.  This has led us to photoshoots on college campuses, outside Mile High Stadium, in an intimate wine bar, in a dugout at Westminster baseball fields, underneath a special tree on Dinosaur Ridge, at the Erie Airport and even on top of a fire truck.  If you and your fiancé have a location with an emotional connection, the images taken there will have a special place in your heart.  It also helps to share your story if you have a wedding website or wish to display some prints at your reception!  Here are images from some recent sessions:

CU, Boulder - Varsity Lake and many old buildings with lots of character.  Can be crowded, so plan for a time when there is less student activity.

Engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingCU Boulder Engagement SessionBeautiful historic buildings and fall colors provide a great location for your engagement photos on the campus of the University of Colorado, in Boulder. Mile High Stadium, Denver - This speaks for itself if you are a Bronco fan!

Engagement Photos at Sports Authority Field by Denver Wedding Photographer, Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingSports Authority Field at Mile High Engagement PhotosBronco fans can find awesome photo opportunities at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. Dugout at Christopher Fields, Westminster City Park - this is the spot where Matt and Kirsten met!

Engagement Photos by Denver Wedding Photographer, Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingWestminster City Park engagement sessionThis couple chose the ball fields for their engagement photos!

Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison - it's a long walk, but well worth it!

Colorado engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer, Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingDinosaur Ridge Engagement PhotosThere are so many beautiful places close to Denver, around the Morrison area, for fantastic engagement photos.

Erie Municipal Airport, Erie - incorporating your hobbies and passions into your engagement session makes it unique and personal.

Colorado engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer, Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingErie Airport Engagement SessionThis couple decided to incorporate their love of aviation into their engagement photos.

And don't forget the dogs!!  

Colorado engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer, Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingEveryone Is Ready To Go!These dogs love to fly with their humans!

Horses?  Yes please!  Chatfield State Park, Littleton

Colorado engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer, Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingHappy Couple, Happy Horse!Dogs aren't the only pets our couples bring to their engagement session!

Another idea is to plan a photoshoot at your venue.  Let’s face it; you most likely paid a lot of money when you booked your venue because it is gorgeous or in a beautiful setting.  Many venues will let you shoot your engagement session there if you choose a date and time that is free of other events.  For Tom and I, this has led to shoots at many venues, including Red Rocks Chapel, Botanic Gardens (Chatfield and Denver), Deer Creek Valley Ranch, Wedgewood Mountain View Ranch and Ellis Ranch.

Wedgwood Mountain View Ranch, Pine

Engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingLower Lake Ranch Engagement PhotosA winter engagement session complimented this couple's summer wedding at Lower Lake Ranch in Pine, Colorado.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, Littleton (fire truck shot was in Strasburg)

Chatfield Botanic Gardens engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingDenver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Engagement PhotosA fire fighter and his fiancee chose to do their engagement photos at their wedding venue, the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.

Deer Creek Valley Ranch, Bailey

Deer Creek Valley Ranch engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingDeer Creek Valley Ranch Engagement SessionDeer Creek Valley Ranch in Bailey Colorado, provides the perfect location for a mountain engagement session.

Boettcher Mansion, Golden, then across the street to Lookout Mountain.

Colorado engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer, Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingHanging Out at the Boettcher Mansion!Historic Boettcher Mansion provided the perfect location for this couple's engagement photos!

Ok, so none of the above?  No worries.  Below are some other places where we have shot to give you some ideas.  One thing we try to do when possible, is go to two locations that are close by.  This gives our couples some variety for their save the dates and/or their signing guestbook.

Remember that some locations require a pass or permit.  Your photographer should be able to verify whether or not a permit is needed and if there are any costs associated with it.  

Also remember this is just the tip of the iceberg.  There are literally hundreds of places to shoot in the Denver area and along the front range.  We are blessed to live in such an amazing state! 

If you have any questions about engagement or wedding photography, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to help! 

 

Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Golden - This hidden gem will knock your socks off in the fall.  Park pass required for each car.

Fall color engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingGolden Gate Canyon State Park Engagement PhotosBreathtaking fall color awaited this happy couple in Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

Downtown Morrison - Cool shops, wall paintings and a bridge. 

Morrison engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingTown of Morrison Engagement PhotosClose to Red Rocks, there are lots of opportunities for beautiful engagement photos in Morrison, Colorado.

Red Rocks, Morrison - Endless epic opportunities and variety, can be a challenge to shoot when crowded, permit required

Red Rocks engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingRed Rocks Engagement SessionsRed Rocks Park offers plenty of opportunities for your fun engagement session!

Daniels Park, Sedalia - Epic overlook, beautiful sunsets, stone structure   

Daniels Park engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingDaniels Park Engagement PhotosStunning vistas await at Daniels Park         

Chautauqua Park, Boulder - Awesome backdrop of the Flat Irons, fields, trails.  Can be crowded and hard to find a parking space. 

Chautauqua Park engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingChautauqua Park Engagement PhotosBoulder, Colorado engagement photos can be taken at Chautauqua Park.

Flagstaff Mountain, Boulder - lots of variety with scenic overlooks, meadows, stone shelter, Sunrise Amphitheater

Colorado engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer, Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingFlagstaff Engagement SessionFlagstaff mountain beauty surrounded this couple in their engagement photos.

Breckenridge - A fun place to be and shoot with tons of variety!  Scenic areas and downtown.

Breckenridge, fall color engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingBreckenridge Engagement SessionFall colors and endless photo opportunities make for beautiful Colorado mountain engagement photos in Breckenridge, Colorado. Georgetown - Lots of variety in a small area, scenic areas and downtown

Georgetown, Colorado engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingGeorgetown Engagement PhotosThe high mountain town of Georgetown, Colorado, provides beautiful scenery for your engagement photos.

Evergreen - Bergen Park, Elk Meadow, Evergreen Lake and downtown.  All locations are along Highway 74.  Bergen Park has some stone structures, and Elk Meadow has great landscape for vast far away shots.

Winter engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingA Wintery Evergreen Engagement SessionEvergreen, Colorado is close enough to Denver for a quick engagement photo shoot in the mountains.

Evergreen, Colorado engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingEvergreen Engagement PhotosBeautiful engagement photos can be easy in the mountain town of Evergreen, Colorado. Colorado engagement photos by Denver Wedding Photographer Tom Miles of Milestone ImagingKittredge Engagement SessionLocated between Evergreen and Denver Colorado, Kittredge offers easy access and scenic opportunities for your engagement photos.

Would you like to learn more or schedule an engagement session?  We would love to hear from you, please 

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Melissa and Dan | Winding River Ranch Wedding | Grand Lake Colorado http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2016/9/melissa-and-dan-/-winding-river-ranch-wedding-/-colorado On July 23, 2016 we were blessed to photograph the wedding of Melissa and Dan at Winding River Ranch in Grand Lake, Colorado!  We spent the day celebrating with their families, friends and even their dog (shout out to Moose!).  Shooting the ceremony in the midst of mountains, fields of grass, wildflowers, and fresh air made for a rustic Colorado wedding.  As is typical on a summer day in the Rockies, there was a brief rainstorm for luck, that ended as fast as it began.  We are so thankful to Melissa and Dan for letting us share in their day.  We wish them joy and happiness in their marriage!  ~  Lucy and Tom

Thank you to our fellow vendors!  Officiant Jessie Rathburn, DJ Mile High Music Patrol, Band Mojo Medicine Show, Caterer Smoking Moes BBQ, Cupcakes Ming Makes Cakes.

 

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tom@milestone-imaging.com (Milestone Imaging) Colorado Wedding Photography Denver Colorado Wedding Photographers Grand Lake Colorado Wedding Photos Milestone Imaging Winding River Ranch Wedding Photos http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2016/9/melissa-and-dan-/-winding-river-ranch-wedding-/-colorado Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:29:02 GMT
Stacey and Jade's Wedding | Baldoria on the Water http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2016/7/stacey-and-jade-wedding-/-baldoria-on-the-water We had met Stacey for the first time at the Rocky Mountain Bridal Show.  The year that followed would be filled with new ideas and new experiences (like... Lucy shot the wedding without Tom... holy moly!), and a great opportunity to get to know two wonderful people, Stacey and Jade.  When we asked where they wanted to do their engagement session, it was a no brainer; Sports Authority Field at Mile High!  Stacey and Jade were both season tickets holders, big Broncos fans!  And as fate would have it, they met at a game.  We did the shoot and designed their Save the Dates for their June 4, 2016 wedding with a Broncos theme.  Next thing you know, the Broncos won the Superbowl!

The wedding was set for 6:04 pm on 06/04, at Baldoria on the Water, in Lakewood.  The venue was like stepping into a vineyard in Tuscany.  It was spacious, had lots windows with beautiful light, and a ceremony site overlooking the water.  Surrounded by loving family and friends, Stacey and Jade's wedding was absolutely beautiful and filled with emotion (which we love)!  A huge congratulations and thank you to Stacey and Jade.  May your marriage be filled with joy, happiness and football!  

A special thanks goes to our wonderful second photographer, Kari Barrios of Captured Time Photography!   

We'd also like to give a shout out to the following vendors who helped make the day unforgettable: The Makery Cake CompanySweet Pea Flowers, and DJ Sammy from DTP Events. ~ Lucy

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tom@milestone-imaging.com (Milestone Imaging) Baldoria on the Water Wedding Photographer Baldoria on the Water Wedding Photos Colorado Wedding Photography Denver Colorado Wedding Photographers Denver Wedding Photography Milestone Imaging http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2016/7/stacey-and-jade-wedding-/-baldoria-on-the-water Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:36:00 GMT
Deer Creek Valley Ranch Wedding | Jessi and Dan | Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2016/7/deer-creek-valley-ranch-wedding-denver-wedding-photographer One of the things that we enjoy the most about working with our couples, is getting to know them and discovering their personalities.  As soon as we shot Jessi and Dan's engagement session, we were delighted to learn they were loving, spontaneous, playful and extremely funny (and big Rockies fans too, with a dog named Helton)!  

Fast forward to their wedding day, June 19, 2015.  It was the first of two weddings in a 3 day period for us at Deer Creek Valley Ranch in Bailey, Colorado.  We always love to shoot there; it's such a beautiful mountain venue!  It turned out to be an amazing Colorado day.  During the reception, their DJ completely put Dan on the spot!  He asked if he had ever sung to Jessi before.  Well of course he had, but little did he know, he was about do it again.  Cue the Righteous Brothers; "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (yes, like the bar scene from Top Gun), and Dan immediately owned it!  That was the most amazing four minutes of any wedding reception we have ever shot.  All of the men backed up Dan and were on their knees singing to Jessi.  Dan is obviously multi talented; he even brewed a very special beer for the occasion called "I Do Brew".  We may have had a sample or two during the evening... :-)   

The pictures from this wedding are a must see!!  So much fun!  Congratulations to Jessi and Dan Moffitt!!  And of course, a big shout out to Deer Creek Valley Ranch, and Event Planner, Emma Shinnick of Glow Wedding and Events. ~Lucy

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tom@milestone-imaging.com (Milestone Imaging) Beautiful Colorado Mountain Wedding Deer Creek Valley Ranch Denver Colorado Wedding Photographer Milestone Imaging Mountain Wedding Photography http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2016/7/deer-creek-valley-ranch-wedding-denver-wedding-photographer Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:01:00 GMT
Denver Botanic Gardens Wedding | Mile High Station | Denver Wedding Photographer http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2015/3/denver-botanic-gardens-wedding-denver-wedding-photographer Sharing a couple's journey through their wedding planning months, the wedding day and afterwards is like reading a favorite book (a book with lots of pictures; we are photographers after all).  There are wonderful characters, love and romance, friends and family, humor and a few tears.  Marcie and Dario's story was beautiful; a long relationship that started in high school was now a seasoned friendship where each partner complimented the other.  These two are SOLID.  They loved their families, knew where they were going and took care of each other.  That was obvious in every interaction Tom and I had with them and made us say "Wow, we love these guys!"

Their September 12, 2014 wedding at Denver Botanic Gardens (during the Chihuli exhibit no less) was stunning!  It was a cool and crisp day filled with warmth.  Good times followed at Mile High Station.  Brittany at BK Event Design did an outstanding job coordinating this wedding.  I love the shoe game....it's so much fun and makes everyone laugh!!  Marcie and Dario's slideshow at the reception reminded everyone how long these two have been together and now they celebrated as husband and wife!! ~Lucy    

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tom@milestone-imaging.com (Milestone Imaging) Denver Botanic Gardens wedding Denver Wedding Photography Mile High Station wedding reception Milestone Imaging http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2015/3/denver-botanic-gardens-wedding-denver-wedding-photographer Sat, 07 Mar 2015 19:38:39 GMT
Engagement Sessions with Dogs - Cuteness Attack! | Denver Wedding Photographer http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2014/12/engagement-sessions-with-dogs---cuteness-attack Tom and I have been blessed to have many of our couples include their dog(s) in their engagements sessions.  Now this is not without a little extra planning and time, mind you, but the results make you say "Awwwwwwww!!"

After doing a few of these "first baby" (aka doggie) shoots, I started to notice what works well and makes for a successful shoot with your canine.  Here are some tips:

  • Pack all the necessities for your dog, such as water, water bowl, leash, favorite bone etc.  Think about the temperature and plan accordingly.
  • Have a third person come along.  Usually only a small part of the shoot will involve the dog.  It is also common that we move fairly far away from where we park our vehicles so putting your puppy in the car is not always convenient or safe.  Have someone there to bring your dog in and out of the scene as needed.
  • Bring treats, treats and more treats; this is the key to getting your dog to look at the camera.
  • Have a clean and color coordinated leash and collar and remove any ID tags, etc. from the collar.  Have a neutral leash like black or tan or have it match the color scheme of your clothes.
  • Plan for a place and time that will keep distractions to a minimum if possible.  Weekdays in the park are quieter than weekends due to the amount of other people (and dogs) around.
  • Does your dog have difficulty standing still?  Let’s plan for motion posing; shooting while walking or playing is great.  
  • Consider a dog park at a time when there are no crowds, or other enclosed area so your dog can run freely around you.  Keep in mind that dog parks are good for action shots, but may not have the best backgrounds. 
  • Consider your own home or yard if your dog is like ours, and has absolutely no manners.  Dogs are much less likely to be difficult to handle in their own environment.  Sitting on your porch or in the yard can produce great images and then we can head to our next location while Fido takes a nap.  
  • If you want to tie a save the date sign around your dog’s neck or use other props, practice in advance.  Don’t wait until the shoot to find out that your dog freaks out with the sign or that your ribbon is not long enough.  Practice a lot and make the prop equal treats!  At the shoot, I will use the treats to focus pup to the camera while the two of you are worry free and having a great time.

Take a look at these photos! ~ Lucy

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tom@milestone-imaging.com (Milestone Imaging) Denver Colorado Wedding Photographers Denver Engagement Photography Engagement Photos with Dogs Milestone Imaging http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2014/12/engagement-sessions-with-dogs---cuteness-attack Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:08:32 GMT
Denver Wedding Photographer | Doug and Joni | Mount Vernon Wedding http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2014/7/denver-wedding-photographer-doug-and-joni-mount-vernon-wedding Since it's the fourth of July, it seems only fitting to share some photos from one of my favorite weddings ever!  Six years ago today, my lifelong buddy and "brother from another mother", married his sweetheart, Joni.  I was honored to be their wedding photographer.  In many ways it was just another opportunity for three of us from high school, Doug, Randy and I, to get to hang out and celebrate the Independence Day holiday, but of course, it was very much more than that. 

As the F-16s passed by in formation, marking the holiday, Doug took credit and joked that "he had to pull some strings to arrange that flyover".  Joni's daughter Dani displayed her remarkable voice; and later in the evening, Doug's brother, Rich, an entertainer in his own right, blew everyone away with his rendition of "Fly Me To The Moon".  The Mount Vernon Country Club provided incredible views of fireworks displays down the valley towards Golden.  It was really a magical day.   

Doug and Joni have had way more than their share of challenges in the six years since their wedding day, but faith, love and friendship stand as a testament to their devotion to each other. 

Happy Anniversary, Doug and Joni!  We love you guys!  

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tom@milestone-imaging.com (Milestone Imaging) Colorado Wedding Photography Denver Colorado Wedding Photographers Milestone Imaging Mount Vernon Country Club http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2014/7/denver-wedding-photographer-doug-and-joni-mount-vernon-wedding Fri, 04 Jul 2014 23:28:53 GMT
Jen and Anthony | Devil's Thumb Ranch Wedding http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2014/5/jen-and-anthony-devils-thumb-wedding After shooting Jen and Anthony's engagement session, Tom and I met them for coffee to hear more about their October 13, 2013 wedding.  We had already hit it off during the engagement shoot and the conversation was filled with excitement as they described their plans.  The venue they had booked was Devil's Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado.  Neither Tom nor I had ever been there, but after looking at Jen's cell phone pictures, we thought "WOW"!  We even got our first look at "Butters", the enormous Brown Swiss cow, who is a favorite at Devil's Thumb Ranch.  Much to our delight, Jen and Anthony booked Milestone Imaging to shoot their magical day.  

In August, we decided we needed a closer look so we headed up to Devil's Thumb Ranch to have lunch.  We sat outside of Heck's overlooking the beautiful meadow and mountains.  The food was amazing!  We met Lindsey, the Devil's Thumb Ranch representative who was working with Jen and Anthony.  She was friendly, down to earth and very welcoming.  The ranch was preparing for a wedding later that day.  We wandered into the Timber House and were blown away by the decor and beauty of that room, as it awaited the festivities to come.  As wedding photographers, it dawned on us that there would be no bad shots here.  Everywhere we looked was natural splendor; this was Colorado at it's finest!  

The big day arrived and it was warm and sunny.  Jen, being a fan of horses, was in her element.  The entire wedding party had enjoyed a trail ride that morning, and there was no better way to get rid of the wedding day jitters!  Their first look was on the deck of the Broad Ax Barn, where the reception would take place.  Jen's mom had prepared the decor in the barn, and it beautifully echoed the the natural feel of the ranch.  Tom shot Jen and Anthony's creatives in the meadow as the horses grazed around us, before the ceremony.  It was so much fun!  A rainbow appeared, right on cue, as we shot their portraits after the ceremony.  It was a perfect wedding day and we are so thrilled that we were part of it!   We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Jen and Anthony and Devil's Thumb Ranch!!  ENJOY! - Lucy                 

 

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tom@milestone-imaging.com (Milestone Imaging) Colorado Mountain Wedding Colorado Wedding Photography Denver Colorado Wedding Photographers Devil's Thumb Ranch Milestone Imaging Tabernash http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2014/5/jen-and-anthony-devils-thumb-wedding Sun, 01 Jun 2014 01:10:28 GMT
Anthony and Jen's Longmont Engagement Shoot | Denver Wedding Photographer http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2014/1/anthony-and-jens-longmont-engagement-shoot-denver-wedding-photographer Engagement shoots are a big part of our wedding photography business.  They give us a chance to develop a relationship with our couples so that they can be comfortable with us and familiar with how we work when their big day finally arrives.  We always seem to find good places to shoot, and by the time we're finished, our couples will have some great engagement images for "save the date" cards, or engagement guestbooks.   

We've managed to build some great friendships during our engagement shoots.  Looking back at 2013, one of our favorite shoots was way back in early March.  Anthony and Jen brought their Golden Retriever, Rylan, and we explored downtown Longmont.  We became good friends during that shoot, and we were blessed to be able to shoot their incredible wedding in October.  We'll share some of their wedding images in the next blog post, but for now, here are some of our favorite engagement images from their shoot.  

 

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tom@milestone-imaging.com (Milestone Imaging) Denver Colorado Wedding Photographers Denver Wedding Photography Engagement Photos Longmont Milestone Imaging http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2014/1/anthony-and-jens-longmont-engagement-shoot-denver-wedding-photographer Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:00:00 GMT
Denver Botanic Gardens | Arrowhead Wedding | Denver Wedding Photographer http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2014/1/denver-botanic-gardens-arrowhead-wedding We're getting ready for the 2014 wedding season, and I decided it's time to take a look back at some of our favorite couples from 2013!

Back in July, I had the opportunity to get to know Megan and Greg.  We had scheduled their engagement shoot on a hot day down at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  If you haven't been there, you definitely should go check it out.  You can spend hours exploring, and that's exactly what we did.  Of course, Megan and Greg brought several different outfits, including Greg's full dress Marine uniform, which would have been comfortable on a 50 degree day; but it was a little toasty on a 90 plus degree day.  We were able to get lots of incredible photos at this beautiful venue!  

They chose Arrowhead Golf Club as the location for their wedding and reception.  I had been looking forward to shooting a wedding there for a long time, and was grateful that they chose me to photograph their wedding.  Their special day finally came in September… at the end of a week which saw historic flooding in Colorado.  They really lucked out with their timing, because other than a few sprinkles during some of the formal photos, their outdoor wedding stayed dry.    

Last week, we were able to show off some of our work at the Rocky Mountain Bridal Show, and the photo of Megan dominating the boys at the bar was a huge hit!  

Here are a few of my favorites from their engagement shoot and their wedding day! 

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tom@milestone-imaging.com (Milestone Imaging) Arrowhead Golf Club wedding Denver Botanic Gardens Denver Colorado Wedding Photographers Denver Wedding Photography Engagement Photography Milestone Imaging Wedding Photography http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2014/1/denver-botanic-gardens-arrowhead-wedding Sun, 26 Jan 2014 21:26:41 GMT
Inverness Wedding | Denver Wedding Photographer http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2013/9/inverness-wedding-denver-wedding I was lucky enough to be chosen by Stephanie and Cory to shoot their wedding a couple of weeks ago!  They chose the Inverness Hotel for all of the day's festivities.  What a fun place for a wedding!  We got some great images, but we had to compete with the annual "Rocky Mountain Showdown" when we shot the bar photo at the end.

All in all, we couldn't have asked for a better day or a more fun group of people to spend it with!  We wish Stephanie and Cory all the best!







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tom@milestone-imaging.com (Milestone Imaging) Colorado Wedding Photography Denver Colorado Wedding Photographers Denver Wedding Photography Inverness Wedding Milestone Imaging http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2013/9/inverness-wedding-denver-wedding Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:17:00 GMT
Kicking off the 2013 Wedding Season http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2013/4/kicking-off-2013-wedding-season Saint Patrick's day always seems to be a fun time for me.  It seems to signal a time when spring is... um springing.  Daylight saving time has started; days are getting longer, and summer is just around the corner.  Green is everywhere, and if you're not careful, you'll get pinched.  Also it gives me an excuse to buy a 12 pack of Guinness and a nice bottle of Jameson!  Yum!

It's a time when things are starting to grow and wouldn't you know, it'd be the perfect day to get married!  That's what Scott and Joyce thought anyway, and their wedding became my first shoot for 2013!

When they booked me, Scott expressed an interest in my ability to capture snowflakes falling during the ceremony.  There would be no snow on this St Paddy's day.  The day was sunny, but breezy and cool. Scott and Joyce got married in Lafayette.  The Dove House at Lionsgate Event Center was fantastic!  I would shoot there again, in a heartbeat.

They were one of the nicest couples, and I wish them a lifetime of happiness!
 















 
 




 
 

 

 
 
 

 


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tom@milestone-imaging.com (Milestone Imaging) Colorado Wedding Photography Denver Wedding Photography Lionsgate Event Center Milestone Imaging The Dove House http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2013/4/kicking-off-2013-wedding-season Wed, 03 Apr 2013 20:17:00 GMT
Colorado Wedding Photographer | Kelly and Dan http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2012/10/colorado-wedding-photographer-kelly-and Fall has to be one of my favorite times of the year.  Sunshine abounds with beautiful, deep blue Colorado skies.  The nights are cooler and perfect for sleeping.  Kids are back in school (woo hoo!).  Leaves crunch underfoot, and pumpkins adorn entryways and paths everywhere.  It reminds me that football season is in full swing, and my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is just around the corner.

So, it stands to reason that I love shooting fall weddings!

I had the privilege of shooting Kelly and Dan's wedding last weekend in Laporte,  just north of Fort Collins.  They chose the historic Victorian Tapestry House as their venue.  I have never shot there, but I quickly found that the photo opportunities are endless.  This has to be one of the most beautiful places to get married in northern Colorado!

It was a morning wedding, and the weather forecast called for clouds and a chance of rain.  We lucked out, because by the time the rain came, the ceremony and outside photos were finished and everyone had moved inside for reception.  I hope to shoot at Tapestry House again.
 

 

My heartfelt congratulations and best wishes go out to Kelly and Dan!
 





















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tom@milestone-imaging.com (Milestone Imaging) Colorado Wedding Photography Denver Colorado Wedding Photographers Fort Collins Wedding Halloween Wedding Milestone Imaging Tapestry House http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2012/10/colorado-wedding-photographer-kelly-and Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:53:00 GMT
Claire and Adam's Aspen Wedding http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2012/10/claire-and-adams-aspen-wedding I had a blast traveling to Aspen to shoot the fall wedding of Claire and Adam.  I was selected as the second shooter for this one, which essentially means I got to have a great time documenting whatever I wanted, while Autumn Lee had all the pressure.  :-)  Autumn does an awesome job though, and I had a great time shooting with her.  You can see more of her work on her website, Dash Photography.   

 
It was a fantastic fall day, and a beautiful drive over from Denver.  We started out at the Sky Hotel, then on to the Aspen Chapel for the ceremony.  Afterwords everyone made their way over to the top floor of the Mountain Chalet, for the reception.  It was a short, sweet trip for me.  I had to come back that night since Lucy was flying out the next morning.  I actually got pulled over by Leadville's finest, for going 32 in a 25, at around 11:30 pm, but he only wanted to know where I was going in "such a hurry".     
 
Got lots of great images, and I wish the best of everything to Adam and Claire!
 

 










 



























 

 

 
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tom@milestone-imaging.com (Milestone Imaging) Aspen Chapel Aspen Wedding Colorado Wedding Photography Denver Wedding Photography Milestone Imaging Mountain Chalet Aspen Sky Hotel Aspen http://www.milestone-imaging.com/blog/2012/10/claire-and-adams-aspen-wedding Sat, 06 Oct 2012 11:57:00 GMT