Urban Denver Engagement Pictures around RINO

John, like most men, wasn’t too crazy about having his picture taken.  But after a little persuasion Laura and I convinced him to do an engagement session.  And as you can see from the pictures it was totally worth it…and now I’ve got proof that he even had fun!  Laura & John live in Norway but are coming back to her home of Colorado to get married at the Golden Hotel.  For their engagement session “date” we decided on the upcoming RINO neighborhood of downtown Denver.  The trendy River North Art District is just north of downtown Denver and full of bars, restaurants, and colorful walls that make for a fun evening out exploring among the city streets.

fun carefree candid engagement pictures in RINO of downtown Denver

just chilling

And what better place to start an engagement session then at a Colorado brewery!  I love how the brewery re-purposed these old Colorado licence plates to create beer sampler holders.  After Laura & John had a chance to taste test almost all the beers at Mockery Brewing we started with some fun pictures in their matching Ninja shirts.  Then a couple more beers as we waited for the harsh sun to make way for the more photo friendly golden hour lighting.

engagement ring with a beer sampler

engagement ring with a beer sampler

silly candid engagement pictures with graffiti around downtown Denver

fun and silly pictures at Mockery Brewing

a toast to knocking out some wedding planning

As soon as the light become more favorable, we made our way around the neighborhood finding the best urban art, aka graffiti, to use as backdrops for their pictures.   The graffiti in RINO changes up about every year or so, so its great to always find some new walls to use but thankfully some of my favorite art, such as this black and gold geometric design below, was still around too.  And don’t you just love Laura’s engagement ring?  The blue stones on the side make it a truly unique creation.

carefree candid engagement pictures downtown Denver

carefree candid engagement pictures downtown Denver

silly candid engagement pictures with graffiti around downtown Denver

urban engagement photography by Denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols

carefree candid engagement pictures downtown Denver

carefree candid engagement pictures downtown Denver

silly candid engagement pictures with graffiti around downtown Denver

goofing around in RINO alleys

romantic engagement pictures with graffiti around downtown Denver

Even in October its sometimes difficult to find fall foliage in the middle of the city.  But we found just enough around the alleyways to capture some red and yellow colors.

urban engagement pictures in Denver

a little romance and a little fall foilage

romantic engagement pictures around downtown Denver

finding fall colors in alleyways

There is certainly lots of interesting graffiti surrounding the RINO neighborhood of Denver, gracing the walls of business, the alleyways, and even the food trucks.   We couldn’t resist getting a silly shot with this taco truck below.  As you can see below we definitely had some silly moments…I think I was pretty successful breaking the Brit from his shell…or maybe it was the beers?

silly candid engagement pictures with graffiti around downtown Denver

we just couldn’t resist

urban art and engagement pictures around downtown Denver

urban art isn’t always what it seems

urban engagement pictures in Denver

urban engagement pictures in Denver

fun carefree candid engagement pictures in RINO of downtown Denver

a little game guaranteed to induce laughter

fun carefree candid engagement pictures in RINO of downtown Denver

having some silly fun

I think John’s favorite part of the whole evening was when we found a food truck specializing in pasties, a British pie stuffed with beef and vegetables that fits perfectly in your hand and taste like heaven…or like a meat pie.  John is from England so he was delighted to have a long missed memory of home to bite into.  I didn’t get a chance to try one but they did look really good and even John was impressed, so I certainly won’t pass one up next time I see The Pasty Republic food truck.

carefree candid engagement pictures downtown Denver

a break for some food

carefree candid engagement pictures downtown Denver

the way to a man’s heart…

This painted wall below was by far my favorite find of the day.  You can’t even call a lot of this art “graffiti,” it just doesn’t seem to do it justice.  I can’t even imagine the time and talent it took to create so much of the amazing artwork found around the RINO art district.  This one below is more of an urban masterpiece in my opinion.  I really wish I would have taken a picture of the name of this artist, as she or he is definitely someone I would love to follow.  If you know who the artist is please leave a comment, I would love to know!

urban engagement photography by Denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols

my new favorite graffiti wall

urban engagement photography with graffiti art Denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols

To finish our adventure we took a slightly rebellious detour to a hidden spot across from downtown that with a little fence hopping gives you a perfect view of the Denver skyline.  It was certainly a unique way to end the night and to capture one last picture of this fun free-spirited couple before they are married.  I am however super excited about their wedding coming up really soon!  It’s not only going to be a unique creative wedding but will for sure be a lot of fun!  I would tell you why but then I would ruin the surprises.  So just check back in for a glimpse of their wedding pictures to come!

rebellious adventurous engagement pictures in downtown Denver

the city at night

rebellious adventurous engagement pictures in downtown Denver

one more picture with the Denver skyline

rebellious adventurous engagement pictures in downtown Denver

a little adventure to capture the Denver skyline

 

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Nicole Nichols Photography - Awesome Sonja thanks so much for that info!March 30, 2018 – 8:27 pm

Shea - What a fun couple! It looks like you all had a great time capturing these!March 30, 2018 – 2:35 pm

Sunshine Lump - What a fun session! They look so relaxed and happy. I love the variety of locations too.March 30, 2018 – 10:32 am

Sarah Fosco - What a gorgeous couple! You clearly made them feel at ease and this session looks like a blast. I really love the night ones at the end!March 30, 2018 – 9:19 am

Sonja - Awesome session! You rocked the harsh light, too. You can find almost all of the artists to credit their murals at http://crushwalls.org/2017-artists/ – I believe the one you like at the end is by Clandestinos – @clandestinos – @shalakattack and @brunosmoky. It’s so cool that Denver supports these artists in this way! Love the RiNo! And I love your photography!March 29, 2018 – 9:21 pm

Jackie - So much fun!!! Love these playful shots!March 29, 2018 – 9:14 pm

Kathryn - These are so so fun! I feel I can definitely tell their personalities from the photos- great job!!March 29, 2018 – 3:53 pm

Ginny - I adore their spunk and love the bright and playful vibe!March 29, 2018 – 2:23 pm

Kara Pearson - I really like those last few images with that mural – so cool. Looks like they had a ton of fun and lots of laughs!March 29, 2018 – 2:13 pm

Chelsea Ellingson - What a perfect spot for such a fun couple! You can see their playful nature, you captured their personalities so well! 🙂March 29, 2018 – 2:09 pm

Jennifer K - Eeek! I always love how much variety you can get on a session in this part of town! Beautifully captured photos!!March 29, 2018 – 1:29 pm

Jennie Crate - It does look like they had fun–sassy fun!March 29, 2018 – 12:23 pm

Laura - Such a fun night, Nicole! <3 I'd also like to know the name of that artist – that mural is incredible. Can't wait for the weekend! We're so glad you're a part of it. 🙂March 27, 2018 – 11:42 pm

Intimate Wedding in Estes Park

Black Canyon Inn– Estes Park, CO
Intimate LGBT Wedding

lesbian bridal portraits in Estes Park, CO

Leilani & Janelle have been partners for many years and they felt like now it was finally time to have a wedding ceremony to celebrate their love for each other.   Not only did November make 20 yrs of being together, but with the recent 2015 Supreme Court decision to declare same-sex marriage legal in all states, there was even more reason to celebrate.   The strong love and affection these two ladies hold for each other is so evident just by the endearing way they look at each other.  And they may have been together for 20 yrs, but they still had that newlywed smile upon their faces.  They didn’t want the traditional big wedding, but Leilani did want her white wedding dress and a small intimate ceremony with the gorgeous Rocky Mountains as her backdrop.  With only about 6 wedding guests it was almost more of an elopement, but they did want their immediate family there to celebrate with them.   Janelle opted for the more comfortable but seriously styling black suit with purple tie and converse sneakers.  Leilani & Janelle have 2 daughters and a son, whom all also wore suits, each styled slightly different from the other, but all with the matching purple tie.

Following the short but sweet ceremony we did the traditional family photos followed by a nice long romantic portrait session with just the two brides.  One of my favorite parts of elopements or small intimate weddings is that there is typically no strict timeline or reception to hurry off to, so we have plenty of time to get creative and do some fun relaxing photos.  After about an hour of pictures we did meet back up with their family for a small toast and cake cut ceremony.  Black Canyon Inn provided them with a cake and did their flowers as well which made those details nice and easy for them.  Also, their oldest daughter is a makeup artist so she did Leilani’s makeup, which was a such a sweet mother-daughter moment captured below.

I always feel so special being able to take part in such small private celebrations.  I was truly honored to have been chosen to spend this special time with them and document their long overdue wedding day.  Thanks again Leilani & Janelle for allowing me to capture these special moments and good luck on 20+ more years together.

candids documenting getting ready on the wedding day

candids documenting the day

getting ready for the wedding

getting ready for the wedding

getting ready for the wedding

LGBT wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

LGBT wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

fall wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

fall wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

fall wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

fall wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO

LGBT wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, COclose up of hands and ringsgay wedding ceremony at Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, CO by Denver gay-friendly photographer

fun family photos

fun family photos

lesbian bridal portraits

lesbian bridal portraits in Estes Park, CO

beautiful bride portraits over the lake at Black Canyon Inn

lesbian bridal portraits in Estes Park, CO2 brides toast to happiness

an intimate wedding toast

an intimate wedding toast

sunset silhouette over the mountains

sunset silhouette over the mountains

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Ashley - Love that her daughter was her makeup artist. So special!January 19, 2018 – 3:10 pm

Haley Allen - Nicole this is such a beautiful intimate wedding in Estes Park! Love these smaller ceremonies! Congrats to the happy couple!January 19, 2018 – 3:05 pm

Valeria - Wow, 20 years! How beautiful 🙂 Love those portraits with the sun behind them!January 18, 2018 – 10:45 pm

Kathryn - What a gorgeous ceremony site! This is a lovely intimate wedding and you captured them beautifully!January 18, 2018 – 6:28 pm

ginny - Beautiful couple! That location is epic. I love the shot of the 3 women watching (guessing that one was brides mom). They must be very happy.January 18, 2018 – 3:59 pm

Sarah Fosco - What a lovely couple and photos! I adore how intimate and special this wedding is. The photo of them with the water behind them is pure magic <3January 18, 2018 – 2:49 pm

Ashley L. Hepworth - I just love how intimately you captured this wedding Nicole! These are wonderful!January 18, 2018 – 2:40 pm

January Boudoir Special in time for Valentines

Check out my current boudoir photography special, just in time for a Valentines gift for that special someone…or for yourself!

boudoir photography special for Valentines

Where?  While I love to do boudoir photography in all kinds of unique locations like music venues and rivers, I do recommend for the most personalized and intimate experience doing your session in the comfort and privacy of your own home.  I utilize the natural window light as well as bring in additional lighting to get the best results.  No need to pack a bag or worry about forgetting your wedding ring or favorite stilettos, its all right there.  Make it easy on yourself and let me come to you!  No travel fee for locations within 20 min of Denver metro region, including Golden, Parker, Arvada, Broomfield, etc… If you really don’t want to do your home a boudoir studio in central Denver is available for an additional $100.  Due to the high demand of the studio leading up to Valentines, please inquire asap if you would like to reserve a time slot at the boudoir studio.

When?  I am currently booking sessions on Tuesdays & Thursday between 9:30am-3:30pm, as well on weekends as space is available.  Weekends do book up the fastest, so please email me at nicolenicholsphoto@gmail.com asap if you want to do a weekend time slot.

I don’t have a significant other?  I often have people say that they want to do a boudoir session but don’t have a lover to give the image to.  I say “do it for yourself!”   Having beautiful images of yourself will make you feel good and 20 yrs down the road you will be thanking yourself for doing this.  And who knows how soon you may have someone to show these off too, just because you don’t have someone now is no reason to wait.

Am I too old? You are never too old to feel beautiful!  Age is just a number and if you put this off I promise you in 10 yrs you will be saying “Darn, I should have done boudoir pictures 10 yrs ago!”  (and even if you’re saying that now, then stop putting it off and schedule your boudoir session today!

Am I too big/skinny?  No one is perfect, no one!  Even Angelina Jolie and the Kardashians know how to use the right camera angles and get treated to a little photoshop magic to look magazine perfect.  My job is to disguise those less then perfect areas and flaunt what you (or your partner) love best.  You will feel like you belong in a magazine once you see your pictures!

Do you provide hair & makeup?
Hair and makeup is not included in this boudoir special.  If you would like to get pampered before your session (which is so worth it), there is a fantastic salon nearby that I recommend that typically charges $150 for hair and makeup.

What happens before the photo shoot?  All photo sessions include a Design Consultation which is a brief meeting or phone call with the photographer, myself.  At this time we will decide on a location, date, clothing, and other options that will work best for your photography needs.  I can also do your design consultation complimentary before you even book, that way you can be sure you feel comfortable with me and my services before committing to anything.

And during the photo shoot? For your photo session expect to have fun and feel like a supermodel!  We will meet at the agreed upon time and place.  You are free to bring anything that will help you relax and have fun, whether it’s a glass of wine, your favorite music, or your best friend (but I do not recommend bringing your significant other).   I will provide music to lighten the mood and posing assistance to make sure your best angles are photographed.

And what about after the photo shoot? We will schedule a time for you to do your Image Unveiling either in person or remotely.  At this time I will unveil all your edited images and help you narrow down the best ones for your order and you can let me know of any specific retouching requests.

OK, OK, I’m ready to let my beauty shine!  How do I schedule a session? Click on the “Contact” button in the menu above or you can call Nicole at 720-470-9849 or email nicolenicholsphoto at gmail.com.   We will make sure all your questions and concerns are answered and get you scheduled for your fun & sexy photo shoot!

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Denver Engagement Photographer: Romance at Red Rocks

a little fun and romance

Ann and Matt are huge music fans, Matt even teaches guitar for a living.  So when choosing a location for their engagement pictures it made sense to go to their favorite place to see concerts, Red Rocks.  Not only is Red Rocks the best concert venue in Colorado…or possibly in the world, but it has a stunning landscape perfect for pictures.  We first made a stop in downtown Morrison for some unique pictures in front of the license plate wall and on the bridge shown below.  Ann wanted to capture some portraits with her aging dog so they took him along for a few pictures too.  The weather was so nice that everyone was out hiking and touring around Red Rocks, so we had to dodge a lot of pedestrians and cars, but we still had fun and I can not wait for their wedding this fall!  I love this couple’s romantic free-spirit.  And the fact that she has a non-traditional blue stone for her engagement ring, shows how they are not afraid to be a little rebellious and do something unique and all their own.  And I know from talking to Ann & Matt that their wedding day is going to truly reflect their personality- laid-back, fun, and a little different…with of course lots of music tied into it.

fun engagement pictures on bridge in downtown Morrison

fun engagement pictures on bridge in downtown Morrison

engagement pictures on the license plate wall in downtown Morrison

engagement pictures on the license plate wall in downtown Morrison

Ann & Matt with their beloved dog

Ann & Matt with their beloved dog

engagement pictures at sunset with their dog

engagement pictures at sunset with their dog

denver engagement pictures at Red Rocks in Morrison, by denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

we had to dodge lots of cars for the picture under the tunnel, but it was worth it

unique blue engagement ring

awesome unique blue engagement ring

stunning landscape for pictures

denver engagement pictures at Red Rocks

a little fun and romance

denver engagement pictures at Red Rocks in Morrison, by denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

unique engagement pictures at Red Rock

silly engagement pictures

getting silly

unique engagement pictures at Red Rocks

unique engagement pictures at Red Rocks

romantic silhoutte at sunset

romantic silhoutte at sunset

denver engagement pictures at Red Rocks in Morrison, by denver wedding photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

one last kiss at Red Rocks

 

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Justyna - wow!!! her tattoo!!! Now I would love to see the close up!!!April 21, 2017 – 8:47 am

Suzanne Jakes - What a cute and fun couple! I love how natural they look, and you can tell how much fun this shoot was. Love the blue dress with these rocks, and that ring is gorgeous! Great work!April 21, 2017 – 2:29 am

Katie Warnke - What sweet and fun engagement photos at Red Rocks. Great idea to go to downtown Morrison too for some small town vibe. Nice angles, lighting and expression. You even got the dog in there. Well done.April 20, 2017 – 2:14 pm

Taylor Fisher - Aw, their pup! Her blue dress is amazing, especially up against the red rocks. Great shots!April 20, 2017 – 1:45 pm

Kate Hejde - Love the contrast of her blue against the rocks!!April 20, 2017 – 11:26 am

Julie - High five for finding your couples so many cool and unique spots, love that you included their pup! Beautiful work.April 20, 2017 – 10:37 am

Jess - I love the colors that you captured in these images! Beautiful!April 20, 2017 – 10:25 am

Kristin - Love the sunglasses picture with their dog!April 20, 2017 – 9:58 am

Mackenzie Nemeth-Suko - So how COOL is this couple!? I love how you really get to their personality!April 20, 2017 – 9:49 am

Colorado Engagement Photographer: Snow in Estes Park

 

engagement pictures amongst the aspen trees in Estes Park, CO

nothing but love

Stephanie & Doug love the outdoors and one of their favorite pastimes is hiking around Rocky Mountain National Park.  So for their engagement session we trekked up to RMNP in Estes Park, CO to take a once in a lifetime hike as I documented their love for each other and love for the mountains.   OK so this was really more of a walk with lots of driving, but we had lots of scenic landscapes to get to before the sun set and we lost all our daylight.   The first spot we stopped in the wind was blowing intensely and we were getting pelted with thick wet snow drops…I’m sure there’s a more technical name for that kind of snow but hopefully you get my drift.  It was freezing and it was so cloudy you could barely make out the mountains in the background, so we quickly got a few shots then headed back to the car.  Thankfully the weather in Colorado often changes within minutes.  And thankfully by the time we drove to our next scenic spot the sun came out, the clouds cleared, and it felt like a perfect spring day.  We walked around a lot and goofed around even more.  As we drove to our last stop in Rocky Mountain National Park it started to snow again.  But this time it was that perfect soft powder snowfall that every photographer hopes for when snow is in the forecast.  It only lasted about ten minutes, but we got lucky to actually capture some pictures with beautiful white snow flakes.  It was a moment out of a romance movie, or maybe a comedy, as these two lovebirds goofed around and kissed as snow fell around them.  Doug and Steph are so cute together and have so much fun together that its obvious they are made for each other.  I also love how Doug, who happens to have a design and photography background, designed Stephanie’s engagement ring and found someone to custom make it.  It’s one of the coolest rings I’ve ever seen, scroll down to see a picture of it in the snow.  We had a great time doing their engagement pictures and I can’t wait for their upcoming wedding this fall.

stunning landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park

stunning landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park

engagement pictures in Rocky Mountain National Park

engagement pictures in Rocky Mountain National Park

stunning landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park

stunning landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park

romance in Rocky Mountain National Park

romance in Rocky Mountain National Park

engagement pictures in Estes Park, CO

engagement pictures in Estes Park, CO

unique custom designed engagement ring in the snow

unique custom designed engagement ring

engagement pictures in RMNP in Estes Park, CO by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

romance between the aspen trees

romance between the aspen trees

engagement pictures amongst the aspen trees in Estes Park, CO

engagement pictures amongst the aspen trees

unique engagement pictures

unique engagement pictures

a daring walk on a fallen log on a frozen lake

a daring walk on a fallen log on a frozen lake

engagement pictures in RMNP in Estes Park, CO by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

a romantic moment under the snowfall

engagement pictures in RMNP in Estes Park, CO by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

engagement pictures in RMNP in Estes Park, CO by Denver photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

engagement pictures in Estes Park, CO

engagement pictures in Estes Park, CO

a silhouette under the dusk sky

a silhouette under the dusk sky

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