Denver Photographer: Recreated Engagement Pictures with Baby Shelby

One of the best parts of my job is forming lasting relationships with my clients that often start with their engagement pictures and then continue on to their wedding and baby pictures.  The first time I photographed Tosha & Jason was for their engagement session a couple of years ago around Lakewood Heritage Center in Belmar Park.  So for fun we decided to recreate some of these pictures with the addition of their beautiful 6 month old baby girl Shelby.

Engagement & Baby Pictures in Denver

Engagement & Baby Pictures in Denver

Here are a few of their pictures we recreated.  Not only did we have a third person to add in, but it was quite a different look all around as last time we photographed here it was a snowy January, and now we were photographing on a hot summer June day.

Engagement & Baby Pictures in Denver

Then & Now

 

Engagement & Baby Pictures

Engagement & Baby Pictures

Engagement & Baby Pictures

Engagement & Baby Pictures

 

Engagement & Baby Pictures in Denver

Then & Now

We also did a picture of Shelby in Tosha’s wedding shoes.  Here is baby Shelby below trying to fit into the shoes along with a picture taken on the wedding day.

baby in wedding shoes

Shelby trying to fit into mom’s wedding shoes & a picture of the shoes on the wedding day

 

And just because I couldn’t resist sharing more pictures of this beautiful baby, here are a few more picture taken of Shelby and her family.

6 month Baby Pictures in Denver

6 month Baby Pictures

6 month Baby Pictures in Denver

A Baby and Her Pearls

unique 6 month Baby Pictures in Denver

Give me that camera!

 

6 month Baby Pictures in Denver

Mom & Dad with baby Shelby

 

6 month Baby Pictures in Denver

Cry Baby

 

 

 

 

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Colorado Wedding at Manor House & Kevin Taylor’s Opera House

Amy & Greg’s Wedding Picture Preview

Romantic Creative Wedding PIctures at the Manor House

Romantic Creative Wedding PIctures at the Manor House

Over Memorial Day weekend Amy & Greg hosted a grand wedding for hundreds of guests from as far as California and South Florida.  The day started at the historic Manor House in Littleton.  While the wedding party got dressed the guests were treated to mimosas and hor d’oeuvres.  This is such a great idea to have guests arrive well before the ceremony, as they get a chance to mingle and explore the mansion before they have to take their seats.

Historic Manor House in Littleton, Colorado

Historic Manor House in Littleton, Colorado

Amy

Amy’s Bridesmaids are thrilled to see her in her wedding dress

Lace with a little bling! The sparkly shoes and delicate handmade garter.

Lace with a little bling! The sparkly shoes and delicate handmade garter.

Amy looked absolutely stunning in her Leila Rose wedding dress that she found at the local bridal boutique, Anna Be Bridal.  A delicate lace gown and garter with sparkly accessories were a perfect match.  And the groom had a unique wedding style of his own with a grey suit, fun bow tie, suspenders, and a colorful handkerchief, thanks to designer Hugo Boss.

Bride & Groom wedding portraits

Bride & Groom wedding portraits

A special moment is captured below when the father of the bride sees his daughter all dressed up in her wedding gown for the first time just moments before the ceremony begins. 

Bride

Bride’ & father moments before the cereemony

The ceremony was personal & memorable, as Amy wrote most of it herself.  Pastor Keith Horstman did a wonderful job officiating their ceremony, and many heartfelt moments were shared, particularly when Amy & Greg read their vows to each other and exchanged rings.

Admiring her wedding ring

Admiring her wedding ring

The mother of the bride and groom link hands for a special prayer during the wedding ceremony.

Wedding at Manor House

Linking Hands for Prayer during the Wedding Ceremony

One last kiss for the ceremony, but just one of many more to come.

Wedding Ceremony Kiss at the Manor House

Wedding Ceremony Kiss at the Manor House

We rushed to get some romantic portraits of the bride and groom done outside before the storm approached.

Unique Wedding PIctures at the Manor House

Unique Wedding PIctures at the Manor House

With high winds and rain we had to finish up family & wedding party portraits inside, but thankfully the Manor House has a beautiful interior room for pictures.  I love this shot below of the joy on everyone’s faces.

Fun family photos at the Manor House

Fun family photos at the Manor House

And now its time for the wedding reception in downtown Denver.  The wedding party makes their way to Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House.

Wedding party downtown headed back to Kevin Taylor

Wedding party downtown headed back to Kevin Taylor’s Opera House

A fun unique picture of the bride and groom and their wedding party at the Opera House.

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Wedding Party & Bride and Groom Portraits around the Opera House in downtown Denver

Kevin Taylor’s Opera House located in the Denver Performing Art Center is one of the most unique indoor wedding venues in Colorado.

Wedding at Kevin Taylor

Ready for a Wedding Reception at Kevin Taylor’s Opera House

Beautiful overflowing centerpieces and bouquets were created by Denver’s unique flower boutique Babylon.

Table centerpieces and design at Kevin Taylor

Table centerpieces and design at Kevin Taylor’s Opera House

The fun and entertaining wedding band, Soul School, quickly had everyone on the dance floor.  This was one of the best wedding bands I’ve seen in a while, with multiple singers rotating between old school classics, to rock and rap, and a ton of energy to keep the party going all night.

Their wedding band Soul School rocks the house!

Their wedding band Soul School rocks the house!

There was no doubt that with a fun photo booth and a lively band that everyone was having fun at the reception.  At one point in the night a game of limbo even broke out on the dance floor.

Limbo breaks out on the dance floor

Limbo breaks out on the dance floor

Amy & Greg having fun on the dance floor

Amy & Greg having fun on the dance floor

A lot of their reception decor had a Colorado mountain theme tied in such as aspen bark used to decorate their unity candle, (as can be seen in the photo below).  Their wedding cake, created by Kelley Kakes, was also decorated to resemble aspen.  And dessert lovers were in heaven as not only did they have a delicious cake to try, but a wide variety of desserts such as pecan pie, chocolate covered strawberries, and so much more, yum!

Bride & Groom cutting their aspen themed wedding cake.

Bride & Groom cutting their aspen themed wedding cake.

With so much entertainment and two beautiful Colorado venues, this will certainly be a wedding to remember.  I was honored to be a part of Amy & Greg’s special day and as I’m sure their friends and family can attest to, there’s no doubt that they will live Happily Ever After.

Unique Wedding PIctures at the Manor House

Unique Wedding PIctures at the Manor House

 

Wedding Professionals:
Photography & Photo Booth: Nicole Nichols Photography
Ceremony Site: Manor House
Reception Venue: Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House
Officiate: Pastor Keith Horstman
Caterer: Linda Shotton (ceremony); Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group (reception)
Band: Soul School
Flowers: Babylon
Cake: Kelley Prather of Kelley Kakes
Bride’s Dress: Leila Rose (Anna Be Bridal)
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: J. Crew
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Hair  & MU: Fleur Salon
Stationary: Bella Figura
Transportation: Arrow Stage Line (buses)

 

 

 

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Denver Engagement Photographer: R.E.I. & Platte River

Caitlin & Patrick’s Engagement Picture Preview:

engagement pictures

engagement pictures

One of my favorite spots to meet for photo shoots is at the R.E.I. along the Platte River by Confluence Park in downtown Denver.  The R.E.I. was built with a stunning architectural design and its surrounded by lots of cool photo spots such as the river, bridges, and even railroad tracks.

romantic engagement pictures

romantic engagement pictures

At sunset the sun hits the Denver skyline perfectly, illuminating all the skyrises and buildings in the background, as seen below.

funky, fun, fine art photography

funky, fun, fine art photography

Even though I have photographed here quite a few times I always discover something new, such as a different perspective or backdrop that I’ve never photographed before.  I had a few new firsts this photo shoot, such as the columns in front of R.E.I, as well as shooting up from under this bridge below:

romantic engagement pictures

romantic engagement pictures

funky, fun, fine art photography

funky, fun, fine art photography

And there are always those spots everyone loves that I make sure to get every time, such as along the river:

engagement pictures along Platte River

engagement pictures along Platte River

engagement pictures along Platte River

engagement pictures along Platte River

 

sexy & romantic engagement pictures

sexy & romantic engagement pictures

 

funky, fun, fine art photography

funky, fun, fine art photography

engagement pictures along Platte River

engagement pictures along Platte River

We  had fun walking around the area and I’m super excited to be photographing Caitlin & Patrick’s wedding this fall at one of my favorite wedding venues, Blackstone Country Club.

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Jazlyn Has Arrived! My Birth Story

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Play the slideshow below for the photo documentation of Jazlyn’s birth and first few days (thanks to our doula for taking the pictures with my husband & I).

My Birth Story

On March 15th, 2014 my life changed forever when my baby girl Jazlyn was born. It had been a long nine months of watching everything I ate, mentally and physically preparing myself for an experience I was once terrified of, and on top of that, the longest I had been sober since high school. I was huge, I was uncomfortable, I was finally ready to be done with pregnancy and meet my baby.  My husband and I prepared the best we could for an all natural birth, but unfortunately our baby had other plans. Labor started off with mild cramping around 3pm on Thursday the 13th. It took a few hours for me to realize these were more than just pregnancy cramps, but I stayed calm, took my dog for a walk, baked some brownies, and even waited till my husband got home from his racquetball game around 8pm before I told him my suspicions. It was then that we both got really excited but we took it easy and tried to enjoy our last night alone together. When I realized I was not going to be able to get any sleep that night we called our doula to come over around 1 a.m. to help us get through the  labor process. Around 4am when my contractions got much closer, about 2 minutes apart, we decided it was time to head to the hospital. Something must have been in the air that night because the hospital was full of deliveries.  When I first arrived they checked my dilation and I was at 4 centimeters and then one hour later I was at 5.  My labor kept progressing well through the morning. I spent most of the time relaxing in my hospital room’s jacuzzi tub which was lined with LED candles and with my favorite music playing in the background. My husband was absolutely amazing as he was right by my side massaging my back through every contraction, and when I needed a break from the water we would slow dance or just laugh together, it truly was magical. It was also great to have our doula, Carolyn of Doulawise, there through the whole process. She provided confidence, support, and gave my husband much needed breaks.  And the midwives and nurses at Denver Health Hospital were so accommodating and supportive that at times I felt like I was getting royal treatment at a spa.

I was as relaxed as could be considering the contractions were greatly intensifying as I got further along. And then after about 16 hours or so of waiting to push at 8cm, everything began to change. We realized that my body had stopped progressing, the contractions and exhaustion were starting to become unbearable, and my baby had turned into an unfavorable face-up position.  She wasn’t going to come out on her own. We tried a number of natural induction techniques from breaking my water, aromatherapy oils, and even the use of a breast pump before I finally gave in to an Epidural and Pitocin to try to chemically induce dilation.  I only had 2 more centimeters to go, but after trying everything, nothing was working.  Then I had one of the strongest intuitions I ever felt, that a C-section would be necessary.  It was the last thing I wanted, but I knew at this point it was the best and possibly the only option left.  Thankfully my husband, doula, and the medical staff all agreed and before I knew it I was whisked away to the operating room.  I began to cry for the first time, and then started shaking uncontrollably.  The doctors told me the shaking was normal, due to the hormones, drugs, and anxiety.  But even so, it was scary being strapped down in a crucifix position, almost completely naked, under the bright lights, and surrounded by a room full of strangers covered in gowns and face masks.  I asked the anesthesiologist if I could have some music to calm my nerves and thankfully he agreed and grabbed his personal MP3 player and played Bob Marley over the speaker for me.  I instantly stopped shaking, at least for a few tracks.  When they finally let my husband in I barely recognized him in the face mask and scrubs.  It was far from the intimate experience I was hoping for, but when I saw my baby’s face for the first time I knew it was all worth it.  She was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen.

People immediately feel sorry for me when they hear how long I labored for.  But honestly you could have told me I was in labor for 10 hours and I would have believed you. I was in another world where time moved fast and getting my baby out safely was all I could focus on.  However I certainly couldn’t have done it without my husband, doula, the jacuzzi tub, and the wonderful staff of Denver Health.  And if I have another baby one day, I would certainly attempt another all natural vaginal birth again.  I’m thankful for (most of) the experience, and of course thankful to now have a happy, healthy, beautiful baby girl.

newborn pictures

newborn pictures

Cute and funny baby pictures

Cute and funny baby pictures

 

newborn pictures

newborn pictures

Baby Jazlyn

Baby Jazlyn

 

Baby Jazlyn

Baby Jazlyn

 

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Colorado Engagement Photographer – Ice Castles of Breckenridge

I first discovered these amazing Ice Castles in Colorado a couple of years ago and knew I had to come back one day for a unique photo shoot.  Well, when I had family come in town recently for a ski trip in Breckenridge…and knowing I would be the only one unable to do any skiing due to being pregnant, I figured it was the perfect time to set up an ice castle photo shoot.  While everyone was enjoying themselves on the slopes I was having fun taking pictures of the beautiful Vannoy and handsome Turner in the stunning Ice Castles of Breckenridge.  

unique engagement pictures at Ice Castles in Breckenridge

unique engagement pictures at Ice Castles in Breckenridge

 engagement pictures at Ice Castles in Breckenridge

engagement pictures at Ice Castles in Breckenridge

 We started their photo shoot right before sunset to take advantage of the colorful sky as well as the colored lights lit up in the ice.  And apparently that is when everyone else wants to come too, because the ice castles were packed with people.  We had to wait patiently for just the right moment to capture these shots without crowds of people getting in the way. 

unique engagement pictures at Colorado Ice Castles

unique engagement pictures at Colorado Ice Castles

keeping warm at the Ice Castles

keeping warm at the Ice Castles

 

engagement pictures at Ice Castles in Breckenridge

engagement pictures at Ice Castles in Breckenridge

unique winter pictures

unique winter pictures by Nicole Nichols Photography

 

Love & Ice

Love & Ice

getting sexy at the Ice Castles

getting sexy at the Ice Castles

winter engagement pictures at Ice Castles

winter engagement pictures at Ice Castles

fun creative pictures at the Ice Castles by Nicole Nichols Photography

fun creative pictures at the Ice Castles by Nicole Nichols Photography

Vannoy & Turner are inspiring models so they really knew how to work it behind the camera.  And talk about troopers on this freezing cold day! They did have big coats they would warm up with between shots, but when it was time for a picture they were great at hiding their chills and frozen hands.  But it was all worth it for these amazing pictures.  Thanks so much guys for being such great models and for being into this creative yet very cold idea of mine!

 

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