Washington Park Denver Engagement Photos: Amanda and Michael

There’s always something in the air this time of the year. Even after experiencing a mostly mild winter in our small metropolis, when we welcomed Spring last month, I’m fairly certain we all did some sort of personal salutation to the sun as we shed our heavier coats and prepared to embrace the forthcoming warmer and longer Colorado days. Or maybe that was just me; I can be a little goofy that way.

With this fine weather, and the promise of a world almost set to bloom, comes prime engagement photo season, and we have a rather Colorado-themed session to share with you today. Amanda and Michael came to us with the idea of starting off their engagement session at their favorite, neighborhood brewery (yes, please); get a few urban/city photos on South Broadway in Denver (which is one of our favorite stretches in the city); and then pop over to Washington Park to take a handful of photos with their sweet dog and enjoy some of the natural marvels Colorado so generously offers us. A couple of pints, an adorable dog, and two people ready to adventure, if that’s not a genius plan, I don’t know what is. We always love to see the creativity a couple brings to an engagement session that really speaks to their personal joys and tastes, and after hearing their suggestions, Dan and I knew these two were bound to be kindred spirits.

Thanks for spending a Sunday afternoon with us, Amanda and Michael! You were quick to laugh, generous with your time and excitement, and a delight to photograph. We are so looking forward to photographing your wedding this fall!

Now, if you’ll permit me, here is a brief note to other couples planning their own engagement photos: One size absolutely does not fit all. Make your engagement session about what you and your beloved love to do together, and/or stage the photos wherever you love to spend time together, and those preferences will make the session even more special, memorable and striking. I have much more to say on this, so stay tuned for a future blog post. High fives to all!

Our favorite wedding photos in 2016

  1. This is it, friends. We made it. We have arrived at the end of 2016. It’s been a year for the history books in so many different ways. On a personal level, we have seen a lot of growth in our photography and our dreams for this business, and it’s making us excited to launch into 2017 refreshed and ready to explore something new. Before we get there, though, we wanted to put together a recap of some of our favorite wedding photos from this past season.

I have to start with a disclaimer that this is certainly not every favorite photo we shot this year. To include all of them in one place would be something of an opus and would require us to have an intermission and hand out refreshments to all you fine people. But what you will find here is a collection of moments that touched us, thrilled us, showed love, joy and happy reflection. It has been an honor to share and document these moments with you, our dear brides and grooms of 2016. You have shown us such kindness in welcoming us in to capture your wedding days, and as always we wish you every happiness in all of the seasons ahead of you.

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Grant-Humphreys Mansion Wedding: Jordan and John

Newsroom romances hold a special place in my heart. Dan and I met in The Denver Post newsroom in 2009, when he was an intern, and I was beginning my career as a newsroom assistant. Around that same time, and in the same place, Jordan and John were also meeting, and in October we were thrilled to celebrate their beautiful wedding.

They chose the Grant-Humphreys Mansion in Denver for their ceremony and reception, a venue that offered a distinct and charming setup for each element of the day. Grandeur, intimacy, history, a canopy of trees, and a perfect dance hall in the basement to party well into the night. The mansion was thoughtful, fun, and a great setting for Jordan and John to say their “I dos.”

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Denver Botanic Gardens Wedding: Christina and Steve

December is peering at us from around the final page of the calendar on Monday morning. Blustery winds are providing a nice soundtrack to my typing and snow is preparing to descend on our dear Rocky Mountains. All these signs of impending winter storms make me feel like sharing some photos from Christina and Steve’s warm summer wedding at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

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One giant leap for A&D

It’s a big day in the personal news department. After seven years at The Denver Post, I have made the leap into running A&D Photography full-time. Cue the cocktail of excitement, nostalgia, glee and a healthy dose of jitters.

Five years ago, Dan and I started A&D as a wedding photography studio. At the time, we anticipated I would take over the day-to-day operations shortly thereafter. But before such a move could happen, I had a wonderful opportunity come along to be a staff photographer for YourHub, the local section at the Post newspaper. It was an unexpected career move, but one at which I eagerly took on.

I had the honor of photographing a diverse number of stories while there, from non-profits fighting every day to serve their communities, to kids raising their cows and sheep for auction at the county fair, to firefighters training to save lives, to professional Wild West re-enactors. I wandered through artists’ studios, rode along with policemen on patrol, saw the city from the air aboard a helicopter, visited dozens of local businesses.

It is humbling to consider all the lives I’ve briefly run alongside. It’s the best part of being a journalist, bearing witness to many variations of humanity.

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