Denver Maternity Photographer – Cheeseman Park

Liz & Shaun are expecting a baby in just a few short weeks.  For their pictures they chose Cheeseman Park near downtown Denver.  They used to live near this park so they have a lot of memories from their days walking and exploring its grounds.

Unique Denver Maternity Pictures

Unique Denver Maternity Pictures

The flowers were incredible on the morning of their maternity photo shoot.  Everything was in full bloom, bright, colorful, and gorgeous.  Shaun had mentioned that they had never seen the flower gardens this high and full in all the years they lived in the Cheeseman Park neighborhood.  It must be all this crazy Colorado rain we’ve been getting this summer!

Unique Denver Maternity Pictures

Denver Maternity Photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

don’t ever forget the first time you felt a kick

Even though the sun got extremely bright and harsh while we were taking pictures, it did at least make for some really fun shadows.

Black & White Maternity Pictures at Cheeseman Park

fun with shadows

Cheeseman Park Maternity Pictures

Cheeseman Park Maternity Pictures

Maternity Pictures in Cheeseman Park

Maternity Pictures in Cheeseman Park

Black & White Maternity Pictures at Cheeseman Park

embrace the moment

 

Shaun is also a Denver photographer so he is quite used to being behind the camera, but not in front of it!  It cracked Liz up to see him get giddy and goofy in front of the camera.  Shaun has been documenting Liz’s growing belly during the pregnancy, but  he was very excited to get a chance to be in some of the pictures this time.

Fun Maternity Pictures

Fun Maternity Pictures

Denver Maternity Pictures

Denver Maternity Pictures

 

Cheeseman Park Maternity Pictures

unique trees and colorful gardens

 

Unique Black & White Maternity Pictures

baby’s first photos & a beautiful belly along the CO landscape

 

Congratulations Liz & Shaun on your pregnancy.  I can’t wait to hear if your baby is a boy or a girl…and I’m sure you can’t either!

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Denver Engagement Photographer: Downtown Denver and the Union Station

Lauren & David’s Engagement Pictures – Dodging the Rain & the Crowds 

After about 3 years of being closed off for major renovations, the Denver Union Station is finally back open!  They just had a big Grand Opening ceremony the night before our photo shoot, so we were excited to not only check out the renovations but also to be one of the first photo sessions to take place there.   The renovations are beautiful and so bright and fresh as compared to how dark and run-down it used to be.  Check out my last engagement photo shoot at the Union Station in 2011 to compare.  The Union Station used to be quite and always empty, but now it was full of life (which meant lots of people dodging for our pictures)!  Even at 9am on a Sunday it was full of tourists not only traveling through by train, but just checking out the renovations.  The idea to photograph at the Union Station came as a last minute idea after we experienced crummy weather and lots of rain for Lauren & David’s original session.  We did do a few indoor pictures and thankfully I always carry a large umbrella in my car, so we were able to still get some great shots during their original session.  However, they really wanted some bright sunny pictures, and I did too, so we decided to reschedule for another day.  And we were glad we did, as it allowed us the opportunity to get some fun unique pictures incorporating the newly remodeled Union Station.  Anyway, enough chatting from me, just check out the pictures!  ;-)

Fun Engagement Pictures at the Denver Union Station

Fun Engagement Pictures at the Denver Union Station

Engagement Pictures at the newly remodeled Union Station

Engagement Pictures at the newly remodeled Union Station

 

Engagement Pictures at the newly remodeled Union Station in Denver

Historic Denver Architecture

Engagement Pictures at the newly remodeled Union Station in Denver

Engagement Pictures at the newly remodeled Union Station in Denver

 

Unique Engagement Pictures at the Union Station

Unique Engagement Pictures at the Union Station

Fun Engagement Pictures at the Denver Union Station

Fun Engagement Pictures at the Denver Union Station

 

engagement ring at the Union Station Terminal

engagement ring at the Union Station Terminal

 

Engagement Pictures inside the newly remodeled Union Station in Denver

Engagement Pictures inside the newly remodeled Union Station in Denver

Unique Engagement Pictures at the Union Station

Unique B&W Engagement Pictures at the Union Station

And here are the pictures from their first rainy engagement session.  We hid from the rain inside of R.E.I. and then when the rain lightened up we went outside for some fun ones with an umbrella on the bridge going over the Platte River.  The R.E.I. building also consists of historic Denver architecture that was renovated a few years ago, so it has some really unique spots for pictures when you need to take cover indoors. 

Unique Engagement Pictures  in Downtown Denver

Unique Engagement Pictures in Downtown Denver

Engagement Pictures incorporating Historic Denver Architecture

Engagement Pictures incorporating Historic Denver Architecture

 

Romantic Engagement Photography

Romantic Engagement Photography

Fun Sexy Engagement Photography in the Rain

Fun Sexy Engagement Photography in the Rain

Stealing a Kiss on a Bridge in Downtown Denver

Stealing a Kiss on a Bridge in Downtown Denver

 

Walking in the Rain over the Platte River

Walking in the Rain over the Platte River

Thanks Lauren & David for braving the rain and for dodging the crowds of people at the Union Station. I can’t wait to document your wedding at Pastures of Plenty Farm in Longmont, and crossing my fingers for dry blue skies!

 

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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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