Mr. & Mrs. Dixon | Country Colorado Wedding

Oh my soul, the things I have to say about this absolutely dreamy, romantic, country wedding! When I called Cami a few hours before her wedding, she answered with, “Hello sunshine!” Not at all what I expected to hear from a bride who had to last minute change her wedding venue, change the flower delivery time, and couldn’t get a hold of some of the days stars! However, Cami was just a gem all day long! While walking back from her portrait shoot, she said, “I just want to make sure everyone has fun today!” Now, talk about a selfless bride/woman/human being! Cami and her new husband Mike were captivating not only on the outside, but the inside as well.

When Cami told me that the wedding was about as DIY and country as they come, I was THRILLED to have the opportunity and blessing to be a part of their day. Everything from Grandma’s Homemade Apple Butter as guest favors, to the barbed wire cake topper made by the father of the bride was homemade and down right country! The party took place at D-Barn in Longmont, Colorado and it was an absolutely stunning venue with the snowcapped Rockies and open fields surrounding the property. Cami wore her brand new cowgirl boots while the men wore their personal choice of foot attire and fitted jeans.

I am SO thankful that I had the privilege of meeting Cami and Mike and to be apart of their big day! It was such a fun and relaxing day which is a big accomplishment for any wedding! CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. & MRS. DIXON!!!DixonFrame6 DixonFrame7 DixonFrame8 DixonFrame9 DixonFrame10 DixonFrame11 DixonFrame12 DixonFrame13 DixonFrame14 DixonFrame15 DixonFrame16 DixonFrame17 DixonFrame18 DixonFrame19 DixonFrame20 DixonFrame21 DixonFrame22 DixonFrame23 DixonFrame24 DixonFrame25 DixonFrame26 DixonFrame27 DixonFrame28 DixonFrame29 DixonFrame30 DixonFrame31 DixonFrame32 DixonFrame33 DixonFrame34 DixonFrame35 DixonFrame36 DixonFrame37 DixonFrame38 DixonFrame39 DixonFrame40 DixonFrame41 DixonFrame42 DixonFrame43 DixonFrame44 DixonFrame45 DixonFrame46 DixonFrame47 DixonFrame48 DixonFrame49 DixonFrame50 DixonFrame51 DixonFrame52 DixonFrame53 DixonFrame54 DixonFrame55 DixonFrame1 DixonFrame4 DixonFrame3 DixonFrame2 DixonFrame5

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The Ellis Family | Pine, CO

If I had to award parents that had their color coordinating on lockdown, Kristen and Kyle would be the winners! I like to tell the people I work with to choose 3 colors and a {WOW} pop of color to wear in family shoots. However, without any advice, Kristen and Kyle nailed it with dark blue, light blue, brown, and {YELLOW}!

Mike and I had such a fun time with the Ellis’. We showed up with a PEZ as our ammunition to get some smiles from three year old Ethan. After a five minute debate between Woody, Superman, and a dumptruck (seriously, a five minute debate…) we chose Woody and were relieved when we showed up to find Ethan in his cowboy boots! Even though we brought sugar loaded candy, I’m not by any means going to take credit for the smiles on this boys face the entire shoot! Despite the 30-degree weather and snow flakes, both Ethan and his six month old brother, Everett were all smiles, hugs, and rainbows the whole time! I can honestly say, through my 13 years of nannying, 8 years of photography, and being the oldest of six kids, I have never seen such genuinely happy kids! Hardly any ultimatums or candy bartering were made until the last five minutes. I coin that a successful shoot!

From the time we were welcomed into their home, to precious American Bulldog Jade begging for some pets and attention, to Ethan handing us our bags on our way out the door, we had such a great and relaxing time with the Ellis family. I absolutely love my job and families like them make me feel so thankful that I get to do what I love and meet awesome people along the way!

Cheers!
Tay
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Sarah & Scott | Say “We Do”!

I can’t even begin to express my excitement for this wonderful wedding! Sarah and Scott were some of the first people I met when I moved to Colorado and I had an immediate connection to them. They were the first people to welcome me into their home in Buena Vista, Colorado, invited me to their frisbee golf games, and pulled up their garden so that I could have a fresh supply of basil and arugula. To me, they were God sends during a time when I needed friends the most.

After spending my first hour with the two of them at the frisbee golf course in Chaffee County, I could see the unconditional love they had for each other. Scott’s complete hopeless adoration for Sarah was unmatched and Sarah’s sweet and peaceful demeanor around Scott was incredibly endearing. When Sarah told me Scott had proposed I almost lost my mind! I was completely ecstatic and was even more elated when she asked me to be at the wedding! The genuine love they share is completely intoxicating and I knew their wedding would be nothing short of amazing.

April 6 came and was absolutely romantic. Sarah was one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen and Scott was one of the proudest grooms in the world! Both of them were beaming after they said “I do”. I am SO overjoyed for the new Mr. & Mrs. Reece and for the wonderful life they have ahead of them!

Cheers!
Tay
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Venue  |  Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort,Buena Vista, CO
Hair & Makeup  |  Momma and Bride
Flowers  |  Rancho Verde Flowers, Nathrop, CO

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The Rogers’ Family | Bedroom Style

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When Ashley called me and said that her and husband Kyle had just had their second child, and asked if I’d be able to shoot portraits in their bedroom, I was thrilled! Believe it or not, having never met someone and being asked to come into their bedroom in the first few minutes is kind of a big deal. Bedrooms are sanctuaries, and I was honored to be welcomed into theirs so quickly.

I wanted to capture the essence of photos that I had gathered inspiration from in the past. Photos that looked peaceful and heavenly. Babies were quietly sleeping, carefree and hangnail-free. Moms and dads look as if they had just woken up from a full 8 hours of uninterrupted beauty sleep and toddlers cooperated patiently with smiles and joyous cheers for “just one more photo.”

I’ve spent my fair share of years with newborns and two year olds and knew that if my photos were going to portray a heavenly, well rested family, I’d have to bring ammunition. So M&M’s I did bring for little precious Bode.

When we got to Ashely and Kyle’s home, Mike and I were immediately welcomed with smiles, warm hellos and a topless two year old. I was relaxed and felt at home. The photo shoot went wonderfully! There was baby spit, hustling and bustling, and (completely my fault) a dreamy eyed toddler wired for sound and staining his white tee with M&M’s. This was one of the best and most fun I have EVER had at a photo shoot! Ashley and Kyle rolled with the punches and when Bode got antsy (as most kids do when you tell them to sit still for 2 hours) we’d let him run a few laps around the house and he’d be back to smile his big cheese.

However, despite the busy nature of the shoot, after I looked through the photos I said to Mike, “We did it! We made it look heavenly and chaos free!” Maybe people will believe it, maybe they won’t.

Nevertheless, this is my favorite part of my passion and my career is sharing the stories of the wonderful people I meet and the exciting obstacles that happen, inevitably, at nearly every photo shoot! Be it a sleepy toddler coming down from a sugar high, a shy teenager who has their mom telling them to “smile bigger,” or a tense couple that has just had a fight prior to their engagement shoot, being a photographer allows you to capture beyond all of that. I feel if I am able to share intimacy, unconditional love, and laughter through my photos during typically chaotic and uncomfortable situations, I have done my job.

Thank you SO much to Ashley, Kyle, Bode, and Barrett for welcoming me and Mike into your home and being so giving and fun! You make me love my job even more than I already do!

Cheers!
Taylor
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Moab, Utah

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That’s me up there in the corner!! This pano shot of me taking a pano shot was taken by Mike from his iPhone.

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If you’ve ever been to Moab, Utah, then you’ve in essence been to Mars. With it’s red terrain, constant dust trail, and insane, mind-blowing rock formations, Moab closely resembles another planet.

When we left for our trip I knew I just HAD to have a breathtaking sunrise shot somewhere in Moab. We spent the weekend hiking in Hunter Canyon, riding ATV’s at Chicken Corners, Hurrah Pass, Gold Bar Rim, and Gemini Bridges. We also ate some pretty killer meals (note the photo of salmon and corn on the cob over the fire) and roasted s’mores!

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Our last morning consisted of Mike telling me I needed to come up with better excuses of why I wasn’t going to get out of our tent to go get this shot I so looked forward to capturing. “It’s too cold”, “The sun isn’t even up”, and “We lost an hour of sleep last night”, evidently weren’t convincing enough. Nevertheless, we crawled our cold, tired, and quite smelly selves out of our cozy sleeping bag and headed out for sunrise.

Our initial plan was to go to Arches National Park for sunrise but last minute we decided to book it to Dead Horse Point. Luckily, we didn’t get caught driving 80 MPH in a 25 MPH zone, literally racing the sun. When we got to our spot we had just a few minutes to hike a bit to the edge of a cliff and set up the camera. When the sun started peaking it’s little head up over the bright red cliffs, I knew we had nailed it!

If you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll notice that you don’t always nail it and follow the shot with a high-five. More often than not, you fail it. The lighting isn’t right, the timing isn’t right, the shot, camera, or attitude just aren’t there. However, on this particular morning, we definitely high-fived and drove home feeling totally and utterly satisfied for our sunrise shot at Dead Horse Point!

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Cheers!
Tay
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Grand Teton National Park

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Last week was our one year anniversary! So, naturally, to escape the cold and snow of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, we went to Jackson, WY (clearly, less snow there…).  Prior to the 9 hour drive up north, we bought some snowshoes and made a late night trip to REI to get our gear for an incredible hike to John Moulton’s barn. (Note: this typically isn’t a hike. However, since we chose to go during the dead of winter, there are only like, 2 roads open in Jackson.)

It was 6:00 A.M., 10 degrees wind chill, and not one freaking peak to be seen! We went out for a “totally awesome sunrise photo that we can print and gawk over” shot. However, we failed to check the weather that morning before hiking out. Not only was the sun completely covered by thick snow clouds, the Grand Teton peaks we so desperately wanted hanging in our new living room were also hiding. Needless to say, we were a little discouraged.

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But if there’s anything I despise more than mayonnaise, it’s replicating a photo that someone else has already done. Not only has this photo already been taken by someone, it’s been captured by HUNDREDS of photographers, cell phones, and probably a couple middle school kids. Having no sunlight, no majestic mountains, and a slowly cruising snow storm, we had to get creative!

I was secretly hoping to see a wolf, a bear, or even an elk to put into the photo but alas, even they weren’t up in this wind and cold. Nevertheless, we captured our own winter wonderland photos of the infamous Moulton barn! We haven’t decided which to print and put in our new home so your suggestions are highly valued!

Cheers,
Tay
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Loving Greater than Gatsby!

I just stumbled upon www.greaterthangatsby.com and am loving what I’m seeing and learning! I decided to play around with one of my favorite photos of one of my favorite people! Naomi, you can blush! 😀 I LOVE seeing before and after photos!

I played around with some new things I have never bothered incorporating into my photo editing (skin tone, shine, etc.) onto her skin and wanted her eyes to really POP! I created a filter over her eyes to bring out the brown tones as well as laying an overall yellow glow onto the photo to add a mystical and antique glow.

I LOVE learning these new things and being humbled by blogging about it.

Cheers!
Tay

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RAW vs JPG

There has been and always will be this infamous debate with photographers. Do I shoot in RAW or JPG? For each photographer, it’s just a personal preference. I’ve recently started doing all my photo shoots in RAW format and LOVE it! Granted, I’ve had to buy a few more (and bigger!) cards to hold the sizes of the RAW files, but dang, is it worth it!

Shooting RAW allows the post-processing of the photos to be more personalized and true to their initial presentation (lighting, shadows, colors, etc.) Below, I have edited two photos of my yummy hazelnut Florentine: one is RAW and the other JPG. I PROMISE, I did the same amount of editing on both photos but I think how they turned out is insanely different! For me, I will continue shooting in RAW format to allow me to get that color and style I am looking for. I absolutely love the post-processing portion of my job! Therefore, RAW files allow me to have more fun and less irritation during the perfection period, as I like to call it.

RAW: Essentially, an uncompressed file of your photo; allows easy manipulation of the color, white balance, and overexposure of your photo; decreases your frustration in post-processing; takes up a significant amount of space on your camera’s card (VERY large files); GREAT for portrait photography.

JPG: A compressed file of your photo; loss of information; more post-processing work if photo needs to be “saved”; takes up very little space on your camera’s card; recommended for situations such as weddings and sporting events where timing and lots of space for photos are more critical than the post-processing (I personally shoot RAW at weddings)

Cheers!
Taylor

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My Favorite 2012 “Ah-ha!” Photos

At least once at every photo shoot, I’ll capture a moment and think, “I cannot wait to get home to see that!” I immediately feel excited and am reminded why I do what I do. I have made a medley, if you will, of my “AH-HA!” Photo Moments of 2012! These photos were typically the first ones I looked at after I ran home and uploaded all of the images to the computer screen (the most exciting part, to me!) I am so thankful that I am so blessed to do what I do and work with the lovely people that I do. I am absolutely THRILLED for 2013 and all the excitement and unknown discoveries it has to offer! HAPPY NEW YEAR and a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who have supported me and encouraged me in my passion! I adore you all!

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Photography | Practicing on Yourself

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It’s freezing outside. No sun out. On my shoulders I’m carrying two camera bags, lighting equipment, a tripod, and in my left hand I have my teal chair (recognize it?!). So, there I stand alone in the middle of this field right next to the highway while people walk in and out of the ice skating rink looking at me like a moron. I’m ready to shoot some photos!

I’ve read a couple blogs of photographers saying that THEY ARE THEIR BEST MODEL. I thought to myself, “That’s ridiculous, and weird.” However, after doing a lot of research on new techniques I want to use I realized that I, in fact, might just be my best model. Now please, don’t think that I have a huge head! I am actually quite modest when it comes to taking photos of myself. Nevertheless, I have been taking notes of new ideas, props, shooting and lighting techniques, etc. I kept hitting a wall though! I’d think, “Ok, I have all day today to take photos of someone. Dang it. Everyone is either at work, school, or busy!” Also, asking a friend to dress up, do their make up, and drive to meet me is a bit irrational and unlikely to happen in a timely manner. Therefore, I used myself!

I’ve been wanting to use my new chair and briefcase. I’ve also been wanting to do a photo shoot in a huge field and practice working with RAW files. I’ve used JPEG up until this point and after this shoot doing all RAW, I’m in LOVE! I spent some quality time with my Nikkor 18-200mm 1.3 lens and some serious time practicing shooting the right angle, composition, and pose.

Hope you enjoy!
 Cheers,

Taylor

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