I had an absolute blast shooting Emily & Tim's engagement photos on Berthoud Pass. We went out in mid september and caught the aspens as they were first starting to turn gold. Will and I are excited to shoot their wedding next september at the insanely beautiful Devil's Thumb Ranch.
I first met Joni on my only trip to Colorado in college. I had no idea that less than two years later, I’d be living here myself. Joni is the younger sister of one of my good friends from college whose family graciously hosted upwards of 8 nerdy coeds over a decade ago. I owe Joni and her family of Italian geniuses a lot for that trip, namely an understanding of the proper way to eat marinara sauce, My first experience with “The Godfather” movies (including some impromptu translations by her Sicilian grandparents), and my first somewhat shocking experience with the Colorado Springs Incline (It’s a mile of stairs leading up to Pike’s Peak that this former flatlander was altogether unprepared for).
I was so thrilled when Joni’s sister asked if I could possibly shoot her wedding, not only to see my friend again (who now lives across the country), but also because I’d have the chance to photograph my first Orthodox wedding (and as you can see, their churches are GORGEOUS).
Best email of my career to date came from Blaise while we were planning his and Cassie's engagement session. I'm paraphrasing here but it went something like this: "We want timeless, classic, original photos that are difficult to replicate and we encourage you to let your artistic freedom run wild with us...also I'm bringing a crapload of confetti."
UM OKAY! This is the best possible thing anyone could ever say. Artistic freedom? Make something new rather going for the known quantity of an existing good image? DEAL! All in all, I think we spent over three hours shooting that morning...we went from Union Station, to a random colorful alley in LoDo, and then drove all the way out to Red Rocks as a thunderstorm was rolling in (we finished right as we heard the first clap of thunder). We tried random things, we talked about locations and light, Blaise and Cassie were game for anything and it was AMAZING! I've probably never had more fun collaborating in my life. Thanks you two! I can't wait for your wedding next summer.
I met Anne and (Mi-)Shell last year when Anne called me out of the blue from her and Shell's home in Des Moines looking for exactly the right wedding photographer for their dream Colorado wedding. Anne and Shell LOVE Colorado and were looking for someone whose worked they loved, and also who they could be sure would be LGBT friendly. To me, the thought that they would even have to ask this question spoke to the incredible lame-ness of our country at the time. Thankfully the Obergefell decision came down not long after that--not that everything is perfect now, but it's an important step in the right direction.
It took about .004 seconds for Anne and I to hit it off. Not long after that I got to know Michelle and I adore her just as much. Let me tell you--the way these two laugh and have adventures together is downright inspiring. I pretty much love everything about them and wish they would move to Colorado. (HINT) Leading up to the wedding there were a handful of facetime calls, usually with wine and side-discussions of our mutual love of the outdoors. (Anne and Shell went on an epic western camping trip for their honeymoon).
I hope that we can all work together to build a world where no-one has to wonder if a photographer, or any other near stranger is going to give them grief or be unsupportive because of an irrelevant thing like the gender of the person they love.
Check out their gorgeous engagement photos (that you may have seen all over the place...like on popSugar a few months ago) at: http://libbynederweddings.com/blog/2015/7/8/anne-michelle-boulder-colorado-engagement-photography
Venue: Wedgewood on Boulder Creek | Favorite beer of the brides: Dry Dock Apricot Blonde