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Colorado Springs Maternity Session | Jess & Bret

Jess & Bret are literally waiting on the arrival of their baby girl as I type this! We just did their maternity shoot on Sunday evening and Jess is only 32 weeks pregnant but because of a variety of factors their little girl is making an early arrival, hopefully today. Gary and I have known these two since our Florida/USF/ROTC days and we have really enjoyed being stationed here in Colorado Springs with them for the past year! Those who know them will I’m sure agree that you won’t meet a sweeter couple – I can’t wait to see them as parents :)

It didn’t seem like we were going to be able to get outside and shoot their session at all because just minutes before our meeting time it began to downpour and continued for almost two hours! Luckily with lots of pretty sunlight to spare the rain clouds continued on their merry way and left us with some lovely (if a bit chilly) weather to shoot in just before the sun set.

If you know Jess & Bret and even if you don’t – I would appreciate you keeping them in your thoughts and prayers today and in the days to come as they navigate through delivery, a NICU stay, and life as a new family. Thank you!

Jess & Bret (and baby), it was so much fun photographing you! Thank you for having me do it. I look forward to meeting your precious little one very soon!

Mary Welfel GreenAugust 3, 2013 - 10:31 PM


Flatirons & University of Colorado Boulder Engagement | Samantha & Alex

It’s been a number of months since I last blogged and for good reason! Gary and I have been getting to know our new baby boy, Bradley, and watching with delight as he continues to grow and change. He is five months old today. I don’t even know how that’s possible! The time has positively flown by. If this continues he’s going to be five years old before we know it. I am so enjoying my new role as a mom, more than I ever expected! I’ve stepped back a bit from business to focus on this precious time with Bradley and will have to do a post just about him soon to share the cuteness :)

This past Sunday I met with Samantha and Alex in Boulder for their engagement session and it felt so good to be back at it! A super sweet couple whose wedding is in 2014, these two are Texas transplants who fell in love with Colorado when Alex decided to venture here for college at the University of Colorado Boulder. Samantha followed and they’ve decided to make their home here!  We began at Chautauqua Park, home of the famous Flatirons. It was my first time there and I was constantly wowed by its beauty and these two in it!

Alex did an impeccable job choosing Sam’s ring, I couldn’t get over it all afternoon!

Notice the little yellow butterfly that joined us in the image below and to the right:

After Chautauqua we moved to UC Boulder:

What a gorgeous school! The ivy, stone, arches . . . I’d like a do-over on university choice, please!

We’ll end with my favorite shot :) Alex and Sam, it was such a fabulous afternoon – thank you for showing me around your new home town! I’m eagerly counting down to your big day next July, it can’t come soon enough!

Jess WithamJuly 21, 2013 - 4:33 PM

Beautiful as always <3.

Amalie OrrangeJuly 21, 2013 - 11:23 PM

Gorgeous Erin Davenport!

A Snowy Granby Ranch Wedding | Sara & Nathan

Sara and Nathan chose January 1st at the charming Granby Ranch in Granby, Colorado to have their wedding celebration. They and their family and friends came all the way from Kansas City for the mountain wedding experience! I was thrilled to be going back to Granby after the summer wedding I was able to shoot there and couldn’t wait to be there for this snowy winter event.

Sara’s beautiful Gavin Michael’s gown was found at Natalie M. in Overland Park, Kansas.

True to snowy-ski-resort-bride style, Sara wore these fun Sorel snow boots for our trip up the mountain.

Her ceremony shoes were a lovely pop of something blue. On the left is the bride and groom’s rings plus a sweet gift for Nathan’s daughter, a ring with her birthstone in the center flanked by Sara and Nathan’s. A symbol of the new union for her to wear.

Nathan’s suit was by Jones New York.

Sara’s gorgeous bouquet was done by Margaret’s Garden. I couldn’t resist bringing it and her gown outside into this perfect snowy scene for a few minutes!

Sara and Nathan got ready at one of Granby’s charming lodges, the plentiful light was wonderful.

We chose to do their first look inside the lodge because it was oh, about zero degrees outside:

Then from the cozy lodge out into the sunny but zero degree day we went!

Granby’s main lift lets off at the top of the mountain where a gorgeous aspen grove, perfect for photos, awaits!

The view on the first day of 2013 looked like something out of a painting. Not a bad tradeoff for such low temperatures :)

They even braved the cold sans outer layers for a few photos!

A “keep me warm!” snuggly set.

I love how you can see Nathan’s breath, that hardly demonstrates just how intense the cold was!

Sara was a stunning classic beauty of a bride – and dedicated to these photos, too! Brr!

Sara and Nathan’s ceremony and dinner took place in the Alpine Club at Granby Ranch where the decor was dreamed up and created by Sara with the help of family and friends.

Beautiful burlap and lace runners topped with baby’s breath, pine cones and pillar candles made for a soft and cozy ambiance.

The ceremony was officiated by Leon Weece, pastor at the church where Sara grew up.

Nathan’s daughter was presented with the triple birthstone ring during the ceremony and she also helped the officiant with the exchange of rings for Nathan and Sara.

A first-of-the-year wedding – it’s a very romantic notion :)

Gary caught the new Mr. & Mrs. in their handshake after signing the marriage license :)

Someone was really enjoying her party dress :)

Rather than a traditional wedding cake the couple chose four cheesecakes from Granby’s own Ian’s Mountain Bakery.

Perfect for a chilly new year’s day, a hot chocolate station! My favorite.

Sara and Nathan, thank you for welcoming Gary and me into your lives and for having us document your new beginning! We so enjoyed our time with you and your families in Granby and wish you nothing but the very best.

Shirley SchumacherFebruary 3, 2013 - 1:43 AM

What a wonderful memory and beautiful wedding in the snowy mountains. Pat your daughter is beautiful and looks a lot like you. Love the boots also :-)

Shirley SchumacherFebruary 12, 2013 - 12:53 PM

What a wonderful memory and beautiful wedding in the snowy mountains. Pat your daughter is beautiful and looks a lot like you. Love the boots also :-)

Earl KlementFebruary 22, 2013 - 3:46 PM

What a beutiful way to start your life together. This will be a day that you will always cherrish.May God lead youin a most loving life togetther.

Teresa HillMarch 7, 2013 - 11:10 PM

Amazing! These pictures are outstanding!

Bev JamesMarch 21, 2013 - 2:19 PM

Loved looking at all the pretty pictures! Lots of creativity going on here. Wishing you many happy years together.

My Own Maternity Session | Waiting for a Child

Today marks 37 weeks and what is considered “full term” in my pregnancy with our baby boy! I can hardly believe how fast the past 8 months have gone, but they were the perfect amount of time to prepare our hearts and home for our new addition – somebody knew what they were doing when they designed this process :) We’re ready! I’ve been putting off for the past few months figuring out what to do about my own maternity photos and the problem was solved yesterday by my wonderful husband. Photos by Gary:

My wedding clients will know that Gary was my second shooter for my 2012 weddings – he’s definitely got an eye and talent for photography – I think he did a pretty great job for his first maternity session :)

We’ve been so lucky to have a nice burst of warmer weather this past week and I’m glad we took advantage while we could – my baby bump has taken this long to look really “legit” and I did not want to have to cover it up with coats and layers if I could avoid it.

I haven’t done much reading up on pregnancy/babies aside from on my favorite iPhone baby apps and a few websites – the one book I have read and enjoyed is Bringing Up Bébé. In it, an American mother who is also a journalist writes about bringing up her children in Paris and how different she notices French parenting to be from the way she sees her American friends doing things. From sleeping through the night quite early to being the opposite of picky eaters, the French have definitely got some things figured out. The first chapter is called “are you waiting for a child?” as it’s more common to hear that question than “are you expecting?” in the writer’s experience of Paris. It’s a phrase that rings truer than ever for me today and until Bradley arrives :)

Gary can almost always make me laugh, one of the many reasons I love him so.

Bradley will be joining us sometime in the next four weeks one way or another – we are so excited to meet him! :) Assuming he doesn’t surprise us and arrive in the next couple of days I’ll be blogging one more special wedding later this week – a beautiful snowy event we shot earlier this month in the mountains.

Thanks for letting me share these special photos with you!

Sarah AddisonJanuary 27, 2013 - 4:23 PM

I love this so much! So happy that Gary was able to take these photos for you. We cherish the maternity shoot that you did for us, and I’m sure you’ll feel the same way about these photos. Especially with it being your first child. It’s so exciting. Cannot wait to meet Bradley. He’s so lucky to have you two as parents!

Myrna KilpatrickJanuary 27, 2013 - 4:34 PM

Beautiful photos!

Lisa HolcombJanuary 27, 2013 - 4:47 PM

Dad and I just viewed these together and while we thought it was impossible, we agree…we’ve never seen you look more beautiful… :’)
Having these images and knowing they are from the eyes, lens and heart of your husband is perfection. (Kudos, Gary ;).
Love you forever, like you for always…
P.S. I’m reading my Grandmother’s Bible and Dobson’s “Bringing Up Boys” these days! Eagerly “waiting for a child” with you, precious daughter.

Britta Willeford EdwardsJanuary 27, 2013 - 4:52 PM

Such beautiful sentiment, Lisa and David. Can hardly wait for you two to be grandparents. Now, I too will look at the pictures.

Erin DavenportJanuary 27, 2013 - 5:21 PM

Aww – love you guys! I agree it’s pretty special having had Gary behind the camera <3

Britta Willeford EdwardsJanuary 27, 2013 - 5:30 PM

Oh…my…Goodness!! Every one of these pictures is just perfect. Gary captured your beauty, sweet nature, happiness, and anticipation! When not being a rocket man, you’ve turned him into a great photographer. Can hardly wait to see pictures of Bradley through the eyes of both of his parents. Love you THREE!

Amanda Forbes PhotogJanuary 27, 2013 - 5:42 PM

Love these so much!! So excited for you guys to meet Bradley! He already has the cutest mommy ever! Love that bump!

Erin DavenportJanuary 27, 2013 - 6:11 PM

Thanks so much Britta <3 He's pretty great, huh? :) Love you!

Erin DavenportJanuary 27, 2013 - 6:12 PM

Thank you Sarah! <3

Erin DavenportJanuary 27, 2013 - 6:12 PM

Aw, thank you :) XOXO

AmyJanuary 27, 2013 - 6:23 PM

I will never forgot our little adventure last summer and how you were just newly pregnant!! I am so excited that your little boy will be here very very soon! You are a beautiful mama!

Laura LynnJanuary 27, 2013 - 8:17 PM

You look lovely. Your husband did a fine job. Can’t wait to see photos of the little one. :)

Jessica BrueggerJanuary 27, 2013 - 9:54 PM

OMG! Love these! You look beautiful as always….You have trained Gary very well! I hope I look half as good as you if I ever take the baby plunge….ps love the darker hair color goes great with your porcelain skin!

Sue BrueggerJanuary 27, 2013 - 9:57 PM


Sam Eslick ShepperdJanuary 28, 2013 - 1:31 AM

These are priceless!

Erin DavenportJanuary 29, 2013 - 8:57 PM

Thank you! XOXO <3

Erin DavenportJanuary 29, 2013 - 8:58 PM

Thank you Laura :)