Denver Wedding Photographer | Sugar Skull Makeup

Halloween Bride

I’ve been having fun lately posting images from my “play time” as a photographer, and I thought Halloween would be the perfect time to showcase the work of Kori Schell of AK Studio. Kori is always up to something creative and fun, and I love answering her phone calls. Our conversations go something like… Hey, I’m painting Sugar Skull faces, want to shoot it?

Rarely do I completely understand what she is up to, but it doesn’t matter, it is always a blast to capture Kori’s creative energy. Being involved in artistic projects inspires me. I love exploring with my camera.

Sugar Skull bride, HalloweenWe had a great evening! It is so fun to spend time with creative people

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, we vibed off each other’s energy. As the shoot went on the light just kept getting better. So beautiful! I could have shot for hours!

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Happy Halloween everyone!



Denver Wedding Photographer :: Bride feeling beautiful

A letter to a beautiful bride

Dear Jamie,

As I flipped through your wedding, making final edits and preparing to deliver your images, this photograph got me all teary eyed. I sat back, and thought about the day we met, almost a year ago, the day you ultimately chose to hire me for your wedding. I cried that day too.

You didn’t know it, but at the time I was revamping my business. I had hired a business coach with the premise of discovering why I love photography, and designing my business accordingly. As you talked about your dislike of a recent photograph of yourself, and how you wanted nothing more than look back at images from your day and feel beautiful, I felt so connected to you. We both teared up. In that moment I discovered exactly why I love being a wedding photographer. I LOVE helping women feel beautiful. I believe every bride glows on her wedding day, and nothing makes me happier than to capture that glow for her to share with loved ones for a lifetime. It makes me happy, because I get to feel beautiful right along with her.

I wanted to say thank you for being so vulnerable and sharing your fears. Your courage helped me rediscover my love of photography, define my passion, and find the words to communicate my passion with others.

This is the image that made me cry. The first few moments of a bride in her wedding gown are always my favorite. The “oh, my, I’m a bride” smile washes over her face. The deep, authentic smile that is hard to get rid of, overwhelms her body. And you can feel her joy.

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Jamie, you are a beautiful woman. It was an honor to spend your wedding day with you! Joe is a lucky man. xoxo




Makeup Artist :: Denver Wedding Photographer

Interview with a Makeup Artist

I suggest professional makeup to all my clients. Between sunlight and the camera, your complexion gets washed out.  Professional makeup artists know how to apply product to highlight facial features and hide trouble spots.

I sat down with the lovely ladies of AK Studio, Angie and Kori, to discuss the advantages of bringing professional stylists to your wedding day…and I wanted to share our Top 5.

5. A Cohesive Look.

I think it is a universal desire for the bride’s look to be cohesive, but what about the hair and makeup of the entire bridal party? Of course, we don’t want all of the bridesmaids to look the same, but a well thought out, cohesive look really brings the style of the wedding day together.

4. Proper Color Choices.

Just because tangerine is the wedding color, doesn’t mean makeup has to be tangerine! Finding a color to perfectly compliment your skin tone and bring in the colors of your day is very important. Utilizing professional stylists will help blend everything together, and leave you looking your best! AK Studio offers complimentary trial for all their brides.

3. Your Makeup Lasts the Whole Day.

Weddings are a long day! Many times bridal makeup is done 3+ hours before the ceremony starts. We want your makeup to be fresh from Bridal Portraits to the First Dance. Kori and Angie have the ability to airbrush foundation. I am becoming a big fan of airbrushing, it’s a flawless finish that lasts. AK Studio also provides a touch-up kit, perfect for when you need to reapply lipgloss after your first kiss as husband and wife.

2. Look Like Yourself, Just Upgraded!

If you’ve never had professional makeup done before, it can be a little bit shocking.  We’re all used to seeing ourselves with the makeup we do everyday. Applying makeup for the camera is different than real life. My first suggestion is eyelashes.  Thicker, longer lashes really make your eyes pop! Second, AK Studio will apply highlights and lowlights to contour your facial features. This helps make eyes bigger and brighter, and helps your best features stand out.

1. Relax! It’s your wedding day, enjoy being pampered!

Bridal Makeup, Denver Wedding Photographer






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Denver Wedding Photographer :: Elegant St Johns Cathedral Wedding

Laura + Collin | Married

Sneak Peek!  I love all things grand and sophisticated, so it is no surprise that Laura and Collin’s day was an absolute blast to be a part of.  As Collin put on his suspenders and bow-tie and Laura slipped into her Badgley Mischka shoes, I was in LOVE!

After their St. John’s Cathedral ceremony, I let them have a moment to themselves and they ever so gracefully sat and smiled at eachother.

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Thank you for your elegance, inside and out!


Laura and Collin’s wedding was featured in COUTURE Colorado!

Denver Wedding Photographer | Inspiration Shoot

Peach Wedding Inspiration

There are so many directions you can go with a single color.  Sweet Pea Flowers, Makeup by Sameera, Liz with Salon No Dice, Bella Bridesmaid, Tina with Worthwhile StyleParkside Mansion and AudreyMichel Photography teamed up to explore how differently you could use the color Peach.

As a Wedding Photographer, nothing excites me more than to show up and find a bride with beautiful makeup, hair, flowers.  I know her images are going to sing! Sameera and Liz created very clean, contemporary looks.

Thank you to all the fabulous vendors for a fun, creative day!








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