January Chautauqua Park Engagement // Boulder, CO


Couple hug with Flatirons in background in Boulder, CO

When Charlotte and Keath first contacted me, I did a double take reading her last name. Where did I know it from? Why was it so familiar?


Then I scrolled down further and read her message. "You shot my brother and sister-in-laws wedding in 2017 (Nic and Amanda) and I loved how the photos turned out!"


Ya'll. Five years ago. First thought? Time has seriously flown. Second thought? I think I remember these two, who were already dating at the time of the wedding. Third thought? How lucky am I? It makes me want to cry, photographing legacies like this. Sometimes it's two siblings from the same family like Charlotte and Nic, or Nicole and Bridget. Sometimes it's a couple who I've seen for engagement photos, wedding photos, anniversary photos, pregnancy announcements, and family portraits (hi, Ashley + Ryan!). The continuity is so wonderful. I have the privilege of watching their growth as a couple as they watch my professional growth as a photographer.


Charlotte and Keath met me at Chautauqua Park on an overcast January day for their engagement photo shoot. After tossing back shots of fireball to stave off the chill of winter, we walked onto the icy trail with their Rhodesian ridgeback Zin. We started early, a few hours before sunset, because at Chautauqua the sun disappears behind the mountains well before 'sunset' actually happens. In this case we met at 3:30pm when sunset wasn't until 5:15pm in Boulder according to Google. By 4:15pm, the sun had disappeared behind the mountains and we wrapped the first part of the shoot.


Our second location was truly unexpected - it's nothing more than a roadside pullout on highway 93. You've probably driven by it dozens of times if you live in Boulder. For us, we wanted epic views without too much of a hike and with a short amount of time to get it done. Hence, this secret spot! As we arrived the sun came out and was still well above mountains, as you can see from their photos. Chasing sunlight is a big part of photography, and we totally lucked out with the warmth and golden glow of the sun at location #2.


This August at the Lyons Farmette I will get to photograph Charlotte, Keath, and their dog Zin walking down the aisle... as well as Nic and Amanda's beautiful baby flower girl! I cannot wait to reconnect with a wedding couple of mine, and capture all of the memorable moments for Charlotte and Keath. Life is pretty sweet. :)


Couple pose in the snow at Chautauqua in Boulder, CO

Couple and dog pose in the snow at Chautauqua in Boulder, CO

Dog kisses couple during engagement session at Chautauqua in Boulder, CO

Couple laugh at dog during engagement session at Chautauqua in Boulder, CO



Couple look at dog during engagement session at Chautauqua in Boulder, CO

Woman hugs fiancé during engagement session at Chautauqua in Boulder, CO

Couple hug during snowy engagement session at Chautauqua in Boulder, CO

Couple kiss in the snow at Chautauqua in Boulder, CO

Couple hold wedding date sign with foothills in background in Boulder, CO

Couple holds wedding date sign during engagement session in Boulder, CO

Couple jumps in the snow during engagement session in Boulder, CO

Couple plays in the snow during engagement session in Boulder, CO

Couple pose in front of foothills during engagement session Boulder, CO

Panoramic view of Flatirons during engagement session at Chautauqua in Boulder, CO

Couple look upon the Flatirons at Chautauqua in Boulder, CO

Couple kiss during engagement session at Chautauqua in Boulder, CO

Couple pose with Flatirons in Boulder, CO during engagement session

Couple pose at Chautauqua in Boulder, CO during engagement session

Panoramic view of the Flatirons in Boulder, CO

Couple pose in front of foothills during Boulder, CO engagement session

Couple smile at each other during Boulder, CO engagement session

Couple pose in front of Flatirons during Boulder, CO engagement session

Couple look upon the Flatirons during sunset engagement session

Couple kiss in front of Flatirons during Boulder, CO engagement session

Couple and dog pose in front of Flatirons during engagement session in Boulder, CO

Woman gives man a piggy back ride during engagement session in Boulder, CO

Woman gives man a piggy back ride during engagement session in Boulder, CO

Man holds woman during Boulder, CO engagement session

Man holds woman in front of Flatirons in Boulder, CO

Couple kiss in front of mountains in Boulder, CO

Couple laugh in front of mountains in Boulder, CO during engagement session

Couple laugh in front of Flatirons during Boulder, CO engagement session

Man holds woman in front of Boulder flatirons during engagement session

Couple pose in Boulder, CO during engagement session

Couple kiss in Boulder, CO during engagement session

Couple smile at each other during Boulder, CO engagement session

Couple laugh in front of Boulder foothills during engagement session

Couple smile at each other during sunset Boulder, CO engagement session

Couple stare at Boulder foothills during engagement session