Sunny & Bright Sunrise Flatirons View Session // Boulder, CO


Man picks up woman in front of a large red rock formation in Boulder, CO

When you start your day with champagne popped at sunrise your day can only go up from there. I mean, way to start at an eleven, am I right?


Stephanie and Spencer eloped during the pandemic in 2020 and hired me for an early December photoshoot to celebrate and create announcement photos for family and friends! We chose two locations that would show off Boulder's incredible landscape in the early morning. Having photos to remember their time living here was essential to these two. With Spencer's career in the Air Force leaving their future living arrangements unknown, capturing these moments is really precious. Their assignment near Boulder wouldn't be forever!


When choosing locations, it was important to keep in mind that Stephanie's dog Allie has leg mobility concerns that meant the shorter the trail, the easier it would be for her. She was such a sweet pup and I think you'll agree, at least as photogenic as her parents (if not more). Our second location showed off Colorado's iconic red sandstone rock formations. Most people think of Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison or Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs for red rocks, but I can name you at least three locations in Boulder off the top of my head where you can find red rocks. I mean, how epic do the red rocks in that first photo look in the morning light?


Sunrise isn't as hard as you think, either! In early December sunrise isn't until 7:10am which is nothing like our summertime 5:30am sunrises. (I convince people that this is reasonable all the time ;) Just check out this October sunrise engagement at Chautauqua or this snowy November sunrise engagement at Chautauqua.


View of the moon setting above a spruce tree

Couple hold hands as they walk along the trail in Boulder, CO during sunrise

Man and woman pose in front of pink sunrise and flatirons on the Flatirons Vista Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman smile at each other in front of sunrise on the Flatirons Vista Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman pose in front of the flatirons and pink sunrise on the Flatirons Vista Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman admire the sun rising on the flatirons the Flatirons Vista Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman walk toward the photographer during sunrise engagement session on the Flatirons Vista Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman laugh and hold hands during sunrise engagement on the Flatirons Vista Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman pop champagne in front of the sunrise on the the Flatirons Vista Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman laugh as they pop champagne on the Flatirons Vista Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman laugh as they cheers their champagne bottles on the Flatirons Vista Trail in Boulder, CO

Woman cheers as man pops a bottle of champagne during their sunrise engagement session on the Flatirons Vista Trail in Boulder, CO

Panoramic view of couple kissing in front of the flatirons during sunrise engagement session

Woman and man kiss in front of the flatirons on the Flatirons Vista Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman embrace as they watch the sun rise from the Flatirons Vista Trail in Boulder, CO

Man dips woman as they smile at each other

Man and woman stare lovingly at each other as the sunrises on the Flatirons Vista Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman embrace on a picnic blanket in front of the flatirons during sunrise engagement shoot

Close up of woman's engagement ring as she embraces man

Man and woman smile at each other in front of the flatirons on the Flatirons Vista Trail in Boulder, CO

Man kisses woman on the forehead during sunrise engagement session on the Flatirons Vista Trail

Woman laughs as man nuzzles her neck

Man smiles at the camera as woman wraps her arms around his neck and kisses his head

Man and woman kneel and smile at their black dog on the Flatirons Vista Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman smile with their black dog as they show off their wedding rings

Man and woman hold hands while walking down the Crown Rock Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman look down at their dog stretching on the Crown Rock Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman smile and pose with their black dog on the Crown Rock Trail in Boulder, CO

Woman kneels down and smiles at black dog on the Crown Rock Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman squat down and pose with their black dog on the Crown Rock Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman kiss with their black dog on the Red Rock Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman stare lovingly at each other during sunrise portrait session in Boulder, CO

Man embraces woman from behind on the Red Rock Trail in Boulder, CO

Man and woman hold hands and pose in front of Crown Rock in Boulder, CO

Man and woman take in the view of the flatirons in Boulder, CO

Deer graze on the mountainside in Boulder, CO

Man and woman pose next to large red rock formation in Boulder, CO

Man and woman pose on red boulder as their black dog looks up to them

Man and woman embrace next to large red rock formation in Boulder, CO

Man and woman hold hands walking down the trail in front of the flatirons


A black dog wearing an orange and black bandana poses on the trail

A far away view of a man and woman on a large rock formation in Boulder, CO

Man and woman embrace on a large red rock formation in Boulder, CO

Man and woman pose on the trail wearing masks