> Backyard Wedding in Dillon

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These two did it right. A quick ceremony by the lake, followed by an awesome tented reception in their own backyard. More to come, but for now here’s a sneak peek at some of my absolute favorites from Saturday evening!

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> A Ghost Town and a Hike

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Road trips are great. And it’s easy to find some awesome places around Colorado without traveling too far. This weekend was proof that sometimes it is worth pulling off to see what that “Point of Interest” sign is all about. Exploring the remains of Independence, CO circa 1879 is by far one of the coolest side trips we discovered. So many questions, so much wonder created by this once thriving site. And, of course, some awesome images, too!

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After a couple more stops along the road we made it to the Hanging Lake trail in Glenwood Springs. I gladly welcomed the motivation from strangers on the way up as they were coming back down: “You’re almost there” and “It’s worth it!!” A rough hike up, but it truly was worth it, and then some. Beautiful turquoise water, gorgeous afternoon light in the canyon, not to mention that small sense of accomplishment for simply placing one foot in front of the other and climbing up the pile of rocks!

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Here’s to the next adventure!

 

> Southern Kentucky Wedding

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Stunning: the only word I can come up with to describe Megan & Ryan’s Big Day last weekend. Gorgeous weather, amazing couple, beautiful family and friends… I must’ve done something right to deserve a week like this one. This Kentucky wedding had me like a kid in a candy store – so many photos and things to shoot! Lots of shots to sift through, but this one really says it all!

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> A Mountain Engagement Shoot

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The countdown has begun – these two will be newlyweds by tomorrow!! I feel so blessed to be a part of this awesome week, and can’t wait to start shooting tomorrow!

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> Pearls, pedals & boat shoes. And two dogs. And an awesome rustic cabin with amazing wildflowers. AND a soft-lit, rainy day… In other words, Megan & Ryan had the perfect setting for their engagement photo shoot in Frisco, Colorado this Fall.

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> A Snowy Breckenridge Engagement

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Alison & Mike seriously impressed me today. It didn’t just snow, it dumped. All morning long. And these two made the best of it, dancing and kissing and frankly being just so darn cute throughout the whole shoot. I have the best clients. Ever. And can NOT wait for their A-Basin wedding this September!

 

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> Daily Gratitudes

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Last week I came across another great post from JessLively.com. She touched on how to strengthen Presence, along with six other intangible “muscles” we have. I think we all have aspects we could work on making stronger, and I decided to start a small new journey into a gratitude journal.

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I journal now and then, when I can’t sleep and there’s too much going on inside my head. Most of the time it ends up being more negative and worrisome notes, which is fine still – once they’re on paper and no longer swimming around in my mind, I can focus on all of the positive things and leave everything else behind.

But I decided I wanted to start something that will cross-train my other “muscles,” like Gratitude, Creativity and Presence. So I picked up a little pocket journal, and though it’s been a struggle to remember some days, I have been pleasantly surprised (and sometimes surprisingly amused!) with what I write down. Five Gratitude notes a day, at this point in the year, will give me 1,440 total notes by the end of the year!

Some of my favorites so far this past week:

Home-cooked family dinners
Daffodils on my desk

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White Cheddar Cheese Popcorn
My awesome little Nephew
Allowing myself the time for yoga classes
Chocolate martinis. After yoga class…
Warm, sunny spring days in the mountains

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My amazing relationship with my sister
Laughing until my ribs hurt

You get the picture. It’s not that hard to find five things to be grateful for each day, if not more. It’s just doing it – consistently – that has already been a fun challenge and great new habit!