Rocky Mountain National Park Day 1

I finally finished up the editing of all the pictures from my camping trip to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) that I went on at the beginning of August, so now it is time to share. I decided the best way to do so would be to have a separate post for each day, so get ready for five long posts with lots of pictures. Hopefully you all enjoy them!

Our first full day in RMNP was close to perfect. Since it was our first day in the high elevation we went on a nice starter hike to get acclimated. An easy starter hike for my family isn’t exactly the typical easy hike though. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the trail that we took, I just know that we went past Cub Lake and hiked past Big Thompson Falls, which I thought was appropriate.

We turned back a little earlier than planned because the afternoon storm was moving in quick, and it looked like a bad one. But I have to say I enjoyed these afternoon storms, because they created some awesome cloud conditions.

That evening while we were hanging out at our campsite we got a little bit of rain, but it was completely sunny throughout the entire thing. It was absolutely beautiful, but unfortunately my photographs didn’t come close to showing just how stunning it really was.



101/365 – Floating Fall

Fall just kind of fell on us here in Kentucky. There was certainly no easing in to it; 100 degrees, sunny, and humid one day, and 60 degrees and rainy the next. We have had three straight days of darkness, cool temperatures, and rain. I kind of enjoy it though because it means I get to wear my favorite pair of shoes (well, boots), and drink lots of tea.

100/365 – Giant

This is not what I would have liked for my 100th shot of this project. I was in the studio tonight to try to get some shots for my new series that I am starting up for the semester, and was planning on using something from that. However, between not being able to find equipment, and finding broken piece after broken piece, nothing worked. I got home close to midnight, without a shot, and when I opened my back door to take the trash out I was greeted by this big guy. All I can say is that I am extremely glad he was outside. I can’t even stand to look at this picture for very long.

Ben + Molly

This post is long overdue, but things kept coming up that prevented me from being able to edit all of the pictures. It was torture because I was so excited about them! But I finally had a chance the past two days to sit down and get through it all, so without further ado, meet the wonderful Ben and Molly!

Ben has been a good friend of mine since high school, and so I was incredibly excited when he asked me to shoot his wedding. It was such a perfect day for their wedding; we had wonderful weather, and I don’t think things could have gone more smoothly.

We started off the day with just the girls at Molly’s apartment. The atmosphere that morning was so incredibly laid-back and relaxed, it was such a good start to the day.

Could her eyes be any more stunning!

Her dress was gorgeous as well. It was so simple and elegant.

Her shoes were also absolutely amazing. If you haven’t heard of Toms before they are definitely worth checking out. Basically for every pair of shoes that is purchased they donate a pair to someone in need. The fact that she had these shoes on her wedding day shows a quick glimpse to where Molly’s heart is; I just love it.

You can order shoes that are just a plain canvas so that they can be painted any way you want. Molly had one of her good friends paint her shoes just for the wedding day, which I thought was such a sweet idea!

Molly’s bouquet had her grandfather’s rosary wrapped around it, I loved that little touch.

The wedding (and most of our pictures that day) was at the chapel of St. Thomas University, the school that Molly and Ben attended. It is such a beautiful campus, and we didn’t have to go far from the chapel for some really beautiful colors and light.

The inside of the chapel was just as beautiful as the outside, and there was a perfect balcony for me to get some shots of the entire scene.

This bridal party included some of the funniest people I have ever known. They always kept me on my toes and kept me laughing. I loved these shots of the bride and groom with their siblings. We of course had some more formal ones, but these ones just give a window into how they interact constantly.

After getting some group shots right on campus we headed to a little park that overlooked part of the city and took some more pictures there.

And now for some of my favorite pictures of the day. The reception was held at a beautiful country club, so Molly, Ben and I wandered on the golf course for a little bit before the reception started. I absolutely loved working with these two. You could tell immediately how much they adore each other. I don’t think any of us stopped smiling the entire time.

The reception was beautiful. Fresh flowers from the farmers market that morning were on every table, as well as beautiful jars of various candies.

I loved the idea the couple had that replaced the traditional clanging on glasses to get the newlyweds to kiss. If guests wanted a kiss, they had to go put a donation in a jar that was in front of the bride and groom. The donations were going to a charity that was through the school that both Molly and Ben will be at this fall. It was just another example of how incredibly giving and kind-hearted these two are.

It was so very clear that people were having a blast at the reception. The dance floor was absolutely packed for most of the night. There was even still a large crowd dancing when I left after midnight.

So once again, congratulations to you Ben and Molly!