Denver Photographer- Halloween Wedding at Villa Parker

bride and groom share a kiss outside Villa Parker

bride and groom share a kiss outside Villa Parker

If your favorite holiday is Halloween, why not combine marrying the love of your life with your love for costumes and fun?!  Liz and Tim got married on Halloween day, so now their favorite holiday will also be their wedding anniversary.  Liz had heard through a former client of mine that I was a unique artistic photographer that loved photographing rebellious and alternative weddings that were a little different then the norm, and she couldn’t be more correct!  I’m so glad they found me, their free-spirit and creativity made them so much fun to work with!

Villa Parker  was the perfect venue for their Halloween masquerade wedding.  The Mediterranean style of the villa with its stone walls and outdoor lighting complimented their Halloween theme really well.  The staff at Villa Parker is also great to work with and their large vintage inspired bridal suite is so useful for the girls to get ready in, and also photographs beautifully.  Liz’s stunning red dress was perfect for a Halloween masquerade wedding.  And her red shoes, black sequin mask, and red feathered hair piece were perfect unique accessories.   The groom wore a complimentary black and silver suit with his own matching black mask.  Their wedding day was filled with all kinds of unique details from vintage key bottle openers used as place cards to a champagne toasts complete with chocolate kisses.  And of course since it was Halloween they had a candy bar for dessert, along with their unique bundt wedding cake.  Scroll down and keep on reading to see what other alternative wedding details and fun moments were documented at this masquerade wedding at Villa Parker.

stunning red wedding dress & shoes

stunning red wedding dress & shoes

bride gets ready in Villa Parker

bride gets ready in Villa Parker’s bridal suite

bride

bride’s unique spider wedding jewlery

groom

groom’s custom pocket watch

unique black diamond wedding rings

unique black diamond wedding rings

unique vintage and Halloween inspired wedding invitations and details

unique vintage and Halloween inspired wedding invitations and details

bride walks down the aisle with her brother

bride walks down the aisle with her brother

a fun romantic wedding ceremony

a fun romantic wedding ceremony

a romantic kiss at Villa Parker

a romantic kiss after the ceremony

the Halloween masquerade wedding party

the Halloween masquerade wedding party

the Halloween bride and bridesmaids at Villa Parker

the Halloween bride and bridesmaids at Villa Parker

a free-spirited, romantic, and rebellious wedding

a free-spirited, romantic, and rebellious wedding

a romantic moment

a romantic moment

gorgeous bride in her stunning red wedding dress

gorgeous bride in her stunning red wedding dress

Halloween wedding details included lots of candy and treats

Halloween wedding details included lots of candy and treats

vintage key bottle openers were used as guest place cards

vintage key bottle openers were used as guest place cards

Most of their friends and family showed up in their own Halloween costumes, colorful ballgowns, and Renaissance attire.  And just to make sure everyone could partake in the Halloween spirit, the bride and groom also made sure to have enough masks for each of their guests to wear one.  And the bride and groom took out their own carefully chosen black masks to wear for their wedding reception.

Halloween wedding guests dressed in their masquerade costumes

Halloween wedding guests dressed in their masquerade costumes

a custom wedding drink with a chocolate kiss

a custom wedding drink with a chocolate kiss

time for a toast

time for a toast

sneaking a kiss during dinner

sneaking a kiss during dinner

bride and groom cut their chocolate bundt cake

bride and groom cut their chocolate bundt cake

Why not take a traditional wedding tradition and add your own spit to it?!  For the father-daughter & mother-son dance, Tim danced with Liz’s mother and Liz danced with Tim’s father.

a unique twist on the father and mother dances

a unique twist on the father and mother dances

dancing to The Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show at Villa Parker wedding venue

dancing the night away

gothic chairs complete the Halloween look at Villa Parker

gothic chairs complete the Halloween look at Villa Parker

dancing to The Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show

dancing to The Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show

a masked dance at Villa Parker wedding venue

a masked dance at Villa Parker wedding venue

a free-spirited and rebellious wedding

a free-spirited and rebellious wedding

a trick or a treat? for the garter toss

a trick or a treat? for the garter toss

Villa Parker wedding venue at night

Villa Parker wedding venue at night

bride and groom show off their Halloween masks

bride and groom show off their Halloween masks

a free-spirited, romantic, and rebellious wedding

a free-spirited, romantic, and rebellious wedding

Their wedding was a blast and I’m sure as all their guests would agree, a great unique way to spend Halloween night!  I’m so glad I got to be a part of their fun masquerade wedding, and my assistant photographer and I even got dressed up ourselves in the Halloween spirit.  I’ve never posted from a wedding day a photo of myself, or my assistant, but this was a unique situation with costumes that deserved to be shown off 😉  Happy Halloween!

Halloween wedding photographers

Halloween wedding photographers

Vendors 
Venue: Villa Parker
Wedding Coordinator: Marilee and Grace
Catering: Three Tomatoes
Officiant: Bob Oldfield
Photography: Nicole Nichols Photography
Floral: Robin Tully
DJ:Elite DJ
Cake: The Bundt Shoppe
Hair and Makeup: Hollywood Hair

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Kim M - Wow! What a beautiful wedding! Your shots captured the moments perfectly.November 10, 2016 – 10:07 pm

Nicole Nichols Photography - Thanks Ginny!November 10, 2016 – 9:27 pm

ginny - Umm.. these are AMAZING! How fun and unique! Love the shot of her looking back with her giant train!! Gorg!November 10, 2016 – 8:26 pm

Sarah Goff - Super unique wedding! I love the Halloween decor and vibe! Great use of lighting too.November 10, 2016 – 7:39 pm

Rachel - What a fun couple. Great lighting!November 10, 2016 – 5:38 pm

Katie Merrill - What a fun wedding Nicole! You did an amazing job capturing it all 😀November 10, 2016 – 5:31 pm

Rebecca Walsh - How fun!!! Looks like it was a blast!November 10, 2016 – 4:03 pm

Custom Alternative Wedding Dresses at Rancho Ricardo

Steampunk, Fairytale, and Burning Man Inspired Wedding Gowns by Custom Dress Designer Jade Locke of The Secret Boutique

The group of rebellious alternative models strike a pose in their custom wedding gowns

The group of rebellious alternative models strike a pose in their custom wedding gowns

When local wedding dress designer Jade Locke, owner of The Secret Boutique, reached out to me to do photography of some of her dresses I couldn’t resist once I saw them.  Her historical inspired corset wedding gowns are truly unique works of art.  For the photo shoot we seeked out the perfect location, Rancho Ricardo Gardens, which is a secret all of its own.  Its a new unique wedding venue about one hour northwest of Denver in Berthoud, Colorado that was built in the gorgeous foothills and is filled with amazing sculptures.  There has only been one wedding so far at this venue, so if you are looking for an unknown venue off the beaten path and are intrigued by the creativity of the Rancho Ricardo Gardens, you should definitley seek them out for your wedding or upcoming event.

We had a few other wedding vendors that loved the unique steampunk and alternative wedding style and contributed to the photo shoot.  A Cake Come True created the fun steampunk wedding cake complete with intricate details and the handmade heart topper.  And the unique succulent, metal, and feather bouquets were created by Arranging Dreams Floral Artistry.  Becca Be transformed our models with her amazing hair and makeup styling.  And Donna Beth Creations provided the stunning jewelry and unique hair pieces.

One of Jade’s custom wedding dresses is steampunk inspired with copper color tones and lots of metal latches and hooks.  Perfect for the bride looking for a renaissance yet funky unique style for their wedding day.  It also paired well with her bold blue and purple dress that is just the right fit for a tattooed alternative bride.  And who says you need a groom for a wedding photo shoot?  Its 2016 and there are more same sex weddings taking place in Colorado then ever before!  Personally about 1/5 of the weddings I photograph are same sex couples.  Whether you want to call it a gay, lesbian or just LGBT wedding, it makes me so happy to know that no matter your sexual preference you can now legally get married.  I love documenting love in any shape or form!  These two models weren’t afraid to break the mold and pose romantically without a groom by their side.  Check out the photos below of their amazing dresses, bouquets, and steampunk cake to match.  And they also had a lot of fun posing in this unique metal sculpture for pictures:

steampunk inspired metal and succulent wedding bouquet

steampunk inspired metal and succulent wedding bouquet

alternative wedding bouquet with feathers, succulents, metal and found objects

alternative wedding bouquet with feathers, succulents, metal and found objects

unique metal sculpture makes a fun backdrop forsame sex wedding picture with two brides

unique metal sculpture makes a fun backdrop for romantic, care-free, and rebellious wedding pictures

Here is a great picture of the front of Rancho Ricardo.  And while the horse is not included with the venue rental for weddings, we were lucky enough that a couple of our rebellious models were allowed to take some pictures on top this tall dark and handsome beauty.

Bride wears a unique steampunk wedding dress while riding a horse at Rancho Ricardo wedding venue

Bride wears a unique steampunk wedding dress while riding a horse at Rancho Ricardo wedding venue

Bride wears a unique steampunk wedding dress posing with a brown horse at Rancho Ricardo wedding venue

two brides admire their matching steampunk wedding cake

two brides admire their matching steampunk wedding cake

non-traditional steampunk wedding cake

non-traditional steampunk wedding cake

rebellious, romantic, and free spirited tattoo bride models a bold blue and purple custom wedding dress with a unique metal sculpture

free spirited tattooed bride models a bold blue and purple custom wedding dress and unique hair piece

lesbian brides and blue and steampunk custom alternative wedding gowns, photography by Nicole Nichols Photography

bold blue and steampunk custom alternative wedding gowns

two alternative romantic and rebellious brides share a golden sunset kiss

romantic and rebellious brides share a golden sunset kiss

The numerous metal and copper sculptures around Rancho Ricardo Gardens were a perfect fit for our steampunk bride with her metal and copper dress and bouquet!  I love the brass latches on the front of her wedding dress, and the bold jewelry and hair piece by Donna Beth Creations matched perfectly.   If you are looking for a accessories to match your dream wedding dress, definitely check out Donna Beth Creations in Cherry Creek!

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two gorgeous brides and two incredible custom wedding gowns

two gorgeous brides and two incredible custom wedding gowns

 

This bride modeled a fairytale wedding dress, but with its sheer and blue laced corset its definitely more intended for the rebellious princess then the shy maiden.  Posed with the horse it truly looks like a scene out of a fairytale, and perched from the stone balcony she looks like a princess bride waiting for her lover.

custom fairtytale wedding gown with baby blue detail

custom fairtytale wedding gown with baby blue detail

A fairytale setting for a fairytale wedding

The princess bride and her dark horse.

fairytale setting at new wedding venue, Rancho Ricardo Gardens in Berthoud, CO

fairytale setting at new wedding venue, Rancho Ricardo Gardens in Berthoud, CO

A fairytale setting for a fairytale wedding

A fairytale setting for a fairytale wedding

The cutting edge ultra modern dress below is inspired by the creative costumes found at Burning Man. It would be perfect for a fun hot wedding on the Playa, and if you get married at Burning Man the more rebellious and edgy the dress is the better!  The cut out front of the dress shows off the unique lace leg covers and allows the bride to move more freely and have fun with her dress.  I also love the lace halter of the corset top with its perfectly matching lace headband. Once again the sculptures of Rancho Ricardo fit perfectly with this unique artistic wedding dress.  They remind me a lot of the art sculptures you see on the Playa at Burning Man.

burning man inspired wedding dress for the creative rebellious bride

burning man inspired wedding dress for the creative rebellious bride

 

Ok, you will never see a horse, or even trees, at Burning Man.  But this dress looks incredible draped over the horse and this model certainly knew how to pose it well, even on top of a horse!

Bride wears a unique wedding dress while riding a horse

rebellious, romantic, and free spirited bride models a burning man inspired wedding dress

rebellious, romantic, and free spirited bride models a burning man inspired wedding dress

This was such a fun photo shoot and I’m so glad I got to work with all of these amazing artists.  Here is a list of everyone that helped contribute to this photo shoot:

Photographer:  Nicole Nichols Photography
Dress Designer: The Secret Boutique
Venue: Rancho Ricardo Gardens
Cake: A Cake Come True
Florist: Arranging Dreams Floral Artistry
Hair & Makeup: Becca Be
Jewlery & Hairpieces:  Donna Beth Creations
Models: Molly Tsunami Christopher-Anderson  (alternative tattooed bride)
Alyssa Raker (princess fairy wedding dress)
Amy Cordova (steampunk wedding dress)
Dorotka Modelka (burning man bride)

 

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Cara - Woahhh talk about amazing dresses!! These images capture them so well!August 19, 2016 – 5:16 pm

Sonja - These dresses are incredible! Great job showcasing them! Awesome session!August 19, 2016 – 8:01 am

Ashley Busch - Such a gorgeous venue! Love the unique dresses! Looks like a fun shoot!August 19, 2016 – 6:12 am

Brittany - Beautiful photos!August 18, 2016 – 7:57 pm

Adriana - WooHoo! What a crazy, fun venue! I would wear the burning man inspired dress to Burning Man! 🙂August 18, 2016 – 7:49 pm

Michelle - Wow! Those dresses are gorgeous and unique and that cake! Did you eat it? MmmmmAugust 18, 2016 – 3:46 pm

Denver Wedding Photographer: Highlands Ranch Mansion

Karra & Tyler’s Wedding Picture Preview:

night wedding pictures with a vintage car at the Highlands Ranch Mansion

night wedding pictures with a vintage car at the Highlands Ranch Mansion

When I first met Karra and she told me she was a wedding planner and had just started her own wedding planning company, Cheers Events, I knew her wedding at the Highlands Ranch Mansion was going to be off the hook!  And not only was it full of lots of gorgeous and unique details but of course it was well planned and organized, which always helps make my job just a little smoother and easier.

We were all a little nervous as we arrived at the mansion because dark storm clouds were on the horizon threatening to put a big damper on the outdoor ceremony.  But thankfully the storm steered away and we lucked out with perfect summer weather.  And thank goodness we did, because the elaborate flower arrangements and decorations set up for the ceremony would not have fared well in a storm.   Check out the pictures of her gorgeous ceremony and many other memorable moments from their wedding day below.

bride

bride’s mom helps her into dress

guys chill out before the ceremony

guys chill out before the ceremony

groom getting ready for the ceremony

groom getting ready for the ceremony

bridal portraits around the Highland Ranch Mansion

bridal portraits around the Highland Ranch Mansion

groomsmen looking good

groomsmen looking good

a portrait of the bride in the bridal suite

a portrait of the bride in the bridal suite

bridesmaids having fun

bridesmaids having fun

bride and groom do a first look before the wedding ceremony

bride and groom do a first look before the wedding ceremony

bride and groom do a first look before the wedding ceremony

bride and groom do a first look before the wedding ceremony

bride and groom share a moment before the ceremony

bride and groom share a moment before the ceremony

wedding party having fun for pictures in front of the mansion

wedding party having fun for pictures in front of the mansion

wedding photography at Highlands Ranch Mansion

Putting on the last finishing touch- the veil

the bride

the bride’s beautiful bouquet by Kimball Floral and capturing a kiss on the staircase

ceremony set-up on the front lawn of the mansion

ceremony set-up on the front lawn of the mansion

romantic, classic, and gorgeous pink and gold wedding details

romantic, classic, and gorgeous pink and gold wedding details

ringboy with sign "don

“don’t worry ladies, I’m still single”

the wedding ceremony

the wedding ceremony

bride and groom hand in hand

hand in hand

the ceremony kiss

the ceremony kiss

bride and groom share a rare moment alone

bride and groom share a rare moment walking alone

bride and groom share a moment outside the mansion

a romantic moment outside the mansion

bride and groom share a moment outside the Highlands Ranch Mansion

the historic Highlands Ranch Mansion

bride and groom share a moment outside the Highlands Ranch Mansion

bride and groom share a moment outside the Highlands Ranch Mansion

a candid moment

fun family photos

fun family photos

classic and gorgeous pink and gold wedding details

romantic, classic, and gorgeous pink and gold wedding details

romantic and beautiful table set-up

romantic and beautiful table set-up

bride and groom taking in the toasts

bride and groom taking in the toasts

gorgeous wedding cake

gorgeous wedding cake by The Makery

For their reception Karra & Tyler had custom glow sticks made!  That was definitely a unique wedding detail I had never seen before.   Each extra large glow stick had their name and wedding date on it, and the guests loved dancing with them!

the wedding guests dancing with the glow sticks

the wedding guests dancing with the glow sticks

the wedding guests dancing with the glow sticks

the wedding guests dancing with the glow sticks

wedding rings and succulents

wedding rings and succulents

night wedding pictures at the Highlands Ranch Mansion

enjoying a private little dance outside the Highlands Ranch Mansion

bride and groom hand in hand

hand in hand

night wedding pictures at the Highlands Ranch Mansion

night wedding pictures at the Highlands Ranch Mansion

I always love photographing weddings at the Highlands Ranch Mansion.  The historic vintage mansion has so many gorgeous areas for pictures, and the staff there is always a pleasure to work with.  And of course it also helps to have such a laid back and beautiful couple to work with.  I knew from photographing their engagement session last fall that this couple would be open to creative ideas and fun to work with.  And  sure enough, surrounded by all their family and friends on their wedding day, they certainly knew how to let loose and enjoy themselves.  I have a lot of hilarious bloopers from this wedding too, but I’ll keep those private for them.  Thanks again Karra & Tyler for having me be a part of your wedding day celebrations!

Vendors
Venue: Highlands Ranch Mansion
Wedding Coordinator: Tandem Events
Catering: Rocky Mountain Catering
Rentals and linens: Linen HeroRocky Mountain Catering, & Allwell Rents
Photography: Nicole Nichols Photography
Floral: Kimball Floral
DJ: Dj Manos
Cake: The Makery
Photobooth: Shutterbooth
Videography: Jeff The Video Guy
Transportation: Excursions Limousine
Hair and Makeup: Beauty By Belviso

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Cara - Talk about one epic venue! This wedding is beautiful, and you did a fabulous job capturing their day!August 6, 2016 – 11:28 pm

Larissa - Wow these are beautiful! I love the fun family photo and all those adorable details!!August 6, 2016 – 7:53 am

Shea McGrath - Wow! What a gorgeous reception! I also love the ring bearer’s sign! 😉 Great job capturing their love – and great job on the night shots!August 5, 2016 – 10:09 am

savannah - These are just lovely! And your use of lighting for the reception is KILLER. Love, love, love!!August 4, 2016 – 8:39 pm

Shebli - What a fun wedding! You captured it beautifully!August 4, 2016 – 5:47 pm

Willy Wilson - Wonderful, wonderful! You did that location justice and love that black and white of the couple by the gate. Super fun glow stick shots too!August 4, 2016 – 4:04 pm

Jessica Kornacki - This looks like it was so much fun with amazing people! Great captures!August 4, 2016 – 2:11 pm

Melissa Yocum - Love HRM! These are gorgeous! And looks like it was such a fun day. LOVING all of the flowers!! That arbor, and their reception hall was just stunning! These two are adorable together!August 4, 2016 – 1:41 pm

Justyna - Wow!! What a beautiful couple!!!! And your work is absolutely stunning! The story…the location! Swoon!August 4, 2016 – 1:31 pm

Belinda Bryant - Wonderful beautiful amazingAugust 2, 2016 – 8:52 pm

Denver Bridal Portraits: Downtown and Union Station

Revisiting a Trash the Dress Photo Shoot 8 years later!

Rebellious bride climbs walls in her wedding dress in downtown Denver

Rebellious bride climbs walls in her wedding dress in downtown Denver

Lately I have been working on my portfolio, trying to find more images that fit my “Rebellious” and “Free-Spirited” style when I remembered this Trash the Dress photo shoot I did back in 2008.  It was one of my favorite photo shoots yet I never blogged it before, so why not now?!

This bride had bought this wedding dress for a great deal online but when she tried it on in person she realized it really wasn’t what she wanted for her wedding day.  But she didn’t want the dress to just go to waste, sitting completely unused in her closet.  Even though she didn’t wear it for her wedding she still liked the dress and figured it would be fun to do a “trash the dress” style photo shoot in it.  Trash the Dress photo shoots are nowadays often just referred to as “day after” or “Post-wedding” photo shoots.  They consist of doing a fun unique photo shoot in your wedding dress after your wedding is over, so you don’t have to worry about keeping it clean, or all in one piece.  Of course you don’t have to actually trash it, but some rebellious brides look forward to doing just that.

Molly had so much fun wearing this dress around downtown Denver.  She definitely portrays the rebellious and care-free bride that I love to work with too.  Either running around barefoot or sporting her comfy black combat boots, she certainly wasn’t afraid to get her dress dirty, climb lamp posts, or jump on strangers motorcycles.  And we also had a friend with a wedding dress join in some of the pictures so we could capture some unique shots with two brides.

I also love the architectural history captured in these pictures.  The Union Station looks completely different now then it did back then.  Unfortunately I could never get away with these shots around the Union Station today.  Now that the Union Station has been remodeled and is a high traffic area full of travelers and tourists, there is always a herd of people around the entry way, including security guards that I’m sure would yell at us immediately, and likely fined if they saw a bride climbing up the light posts.  Back in 2008 the Union Station was a ghost town, barely even used for train travel with hardly anyone in sight.  Also back then the train tracks we took pictures on were not being used.  Today the tracks have been revitalized and are fully being used so of course doing the track pictures would not only be impossible now but extremely dangerous.

trash the dress post-wedding photo shoot around downtown denver

trash the dress post-wedding photo shoot around downtown denver

 

fun bridal portraits in downtown Denver

fun bridal portraits in downtown Denver

urban bridal portraits in downtown Denver

urban bridal portraits in downtown Denver

running barefoot in front of the Union Station

climbing light posts and running barefoot in front of the once quite Union Station

fun care-free bridal portraits in downtown Denver

fun care-free bridal portraits in downtown Denver

bride wears combat boots with a wedding dress

combat boots go great with a wedding dress

bride with combat boots and a unique Mardi Gras mask

fun unique details with a Mardi Gras mask and combat boots

care-free bride in downtown Denver

care-free bride in downtown Denver *I do not condone using railroad tracks for pictures, these were not active tracks, see disclaimer below

***DISCLAIMER:   I was very hesitant to post the pictures of the brides on the train tracks.  These were un-used tracks at the time, so I knew we weren’t in any danger sitting on them.  However, we were still illegally trespassing (shhh, don’t tell the city), and I do not recommend or condone ever using live train tracks for pictures, and don’t want anyone coming across these pictures to get the wrong idea.   There have been numerous horrible incidents of people getting killed on railroad tracks, either due to naive photographers not aware of the danger, or even by people doing selfies not aware how fast the trains in the background are coming up behind them.   Despite this I do love how these shots show the original structure of the Union Station behind them and figured I could use the images to help spread the word of the danger of playing on live railroad tracks.

trash the dress bridal portraits by Union Station in downtown Denver

trash the dress bridal portraits by Union Station in downtown Denver *I do not condone using railroad tracks for pictures, these were not active tracks, see disclaimer above

Rebellious brides on train tracks in downtown Denver

Rebellious brides on train tracks in downtown Denver *I do not condone using railroad tracks for pictures, these were not active tracks, see disclaimer above

care-free bride by the old Union Station in downtown Denver 2008

care-free bride by Union Station in downtown Denver

trash the dress post-wedding photo shoot around downtown denver

trash the dress post-wedding photo shoot around downtown denver

 

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Morgan - fun!!! I love the angles you got to capture that beautiful dress and train!April 29, 2016 – 10:40 am

Melissa Johnson - Beautiful!! I love the shots of her on the lamppost. Such a fun session!April 29, 2016 – 10:26 am

Nicole Nichols Photography - Thanks Redden, I appreciate your comments, and yes certainly makes our job more fun to have daring locations and subjects!April 29, 2016 – 10:07 am

Redden Wood - I love how candid your style is! I myself try to do fun, daring locations (like climbing that lightpole!) because that’s what makes being a photographer so fun. Beautiful photos, beautiful model, beautiful shoot!! 🙂 Also that dress.. the train is breathtaking! You captured it wonderfully!April 28, 2016 – 9:14 pm

Haley - Love the swinging from the lamppost photos! Reminds me of singing in the rain!April 28, 2016 – 8:53 pm

Suzanne Jakes - These are awesome! I would love to be the person walking by while these were being taken. Beautiful work!April 28, 2016 – 8:26 pm

Sharon - Awww this looks super fun!!!!April 28, 2016 – 8:03 pm

Jess Kornacki - Well, that looks like a ridiculously fun day! So cool to see these locations change so much since 2008. Great photos!April 28, 2016 – 3:55 pm

Ashley - Dang, now THAT is a dress! That train is amazing!April 28, 2016 – 3:08 pm

Personal Travel Adventures: Family Trip to the Paint Mines

Family Lifestyle Pictures & 2nd Birthday: Colorado Paint Mines

2nd birthday pictures Paint Mines in Colorado

2nd birthday pictures at Paint Mines in Colorado

I just recently learned about the Paint Mines located about 1.5 hrs southeast of Denver and knew I had to check it out!  I figured it would be the perfect fun unique location to take a small family road trip to and get pictures to commemorate my daughter’s 2nd birthday.  Well, with toddlers…nothing really goes as planned.  She had much more fun looking for horses and cows out the window along the drive then she did just walking around the Paint Mines.  I think it would be safe to say that she actually hated the Paint Mines.  It was pretty rough terrain with lots of steep inclines and muddy trails.  So we pretty much had to carry her the entire way.  She didn’t appreciate the beauty in the unique colors and textures of the landscape.  It was a fairly warm sunny day, but the high winds really aggravated her off too.  She whined pretty much the whole time and had no desire to explore the Paint Mines.  I even brought some Minnie Mouse balloons and a couple fun toys to entertain her.  That lasted about 3 minutes.  She looked at us like “what the hell are we doing here?!”   I was pretty certain my photo shoot was ruined.  We soon left and when as we made it back to the car a massive explosion of poopy diapers followed…yuck!  Not that you wanted to know that, but it helped explain her sour attitude.  She was at least happy to be back in the car and out of the wind so there was no way we were going back out there.  When I imported my pictures the next day I was praying for at least one good shot.  I loved her outfit and didn’t want our 3 hours of driving to go to waste.  Plus it would be a while till I had another weekend off to spend the time setting up a photo shoot.  Well, I have to say, considering the circumstances I am beyond pleased with what I was able to capture in such a short amount of time!  The majority of these shots were taken in the first 10 minutes, as you can quickly see her mood turn grumpy towards the end.   I never would have been able to capture these pictures without a super fast camera and lens, and of course fast shooting skills and the balloons helped too!   I even managed to capture a decent selfie…in the reflection of the balloon.   We did just have family photos (with me in them too!) taken in the fall, so don’t worry I’m not always left out of our pictures.   But it is time I start planning our next family photo shoot, hopefully somewhere with much more fun terrain for a toddler…and poopy free!

lifestyle portaits and toddler birthday pictures Paint Mines in Colorado

trying to make it fun with props

2nd birthday pictures Paint Mines in Colorado, pictures by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

2nd birthday pictures at the Paint Mines

 

Paint Mines in Colorado, pictures by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

Paint Mines in Colorado, pictures by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

dad plays with daughter at the Paint Mines in Colorado

dad plays with daughter at the Paint Mines in Colorado

Dad and daughter go for a walk

Dad and daughter go for a walk at the Paint Mines

dad embraces daughter along the Paint Mines

dad embraces daughter along the Paint Mines

family selfie in the reflection of a balloon

family selfie in the reflection of a balloon

a cold toddler is not having fun

a cold toddler is not having fun

 

 

 

 

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