Shannon + Shani | Married | Garden of the Gods

Shannon and Shani are a laid back, charming and kind couple from Texas.  They knew each other in high school and were reunited a few years ago and their happily ever after journey as a couple began.  I was thrilled when a former photo client/friend referred me to her brother for this photo opportunity.  Shannon and Shani had planned an intimate, small, destination wedding here in Colorado at the gorgeous National Natural Landmark park site Garden of the Gods, in Colorado Springs.  We had a lovely casual photo shoot, my first solo wedding session as lead photographer, just before they said their vows and I-do's under a red rock pavilion with a few of their family and friends there to witness and their good friend officiating.  A fun experience and appreciated low-stress short & sweet photo opportunity for me.  With a bit of a rustic vibe, framed by the backdrop of nature & sandstone rock formations, I captured some special photos to highlight this Texas duo's happiest day!  Wishing Shannon and Shani a blissful future as husband and wife!  Cheers!

you belong among the wildflowers
you belong somewhere you feel free
— Tom Petty

Wedding | 9.24.2016

I got some wedding photo session practice in this weekend when I had the opportunity to shadow a lovely and much more experienced photographer while on location for a beautiful Denver wedding.  My sister-in-law Jenny is also a photographer in training and she's been interning this summer with photographer, Jay of, and she invited me along to shadow them for the day.  I picked up some great photography tips, learned some new things about how difficult shooting weddings can be, but also how fun and enjoyable a wedding shoot can be as well.  I snapped some shots during the day that I was convinced would be amazing, only to get home and be disappointed with the quality of a lot of them.  You live and learn.  Practice makes progress!
I commend Jay on his patience and ability to stay focused, be efficient, friendly and really great at helping his clients pose in lots of different ways for some fantastic results!  Here are a few of my favorite captures from my first wedding shoot shadow day with Jay.