Ouray Colorado Engagement

Ouray Colorado Engagement!

What a blast I had photographing this Ouray, Colorado Engagement session.  Kevin and Natasha have been dating for over 9 years and I’ve had the honor of knowing them for about 8 of them.  Lucky me!  I am so excited that they will be married next summer in Ouray, Colorado.

Here is a few of my favorites from this Ouray, Colorado Engagement session.

One of my faves 🙂


It is always an honor to be considered to photograph someone’s love.  Whether it’s for an engagement session or for someone’s wedding day, It is such an amazing compliment and honor.  For more information on Ouray wedding photography, Ouray engagement sessions, Telluride, Colorado or anywhere in the world, please contact Kaycee Joubert at kaycee@reallifephotographs.com or visit me online at www.reallifephotographs.com

Thank you for stopping by! Kaycee

Top 3 Tips for the best Engagement Photographs

Awe, Engagement Photographs!  Having just photographed a beautiful engagement photography session in Telluride, Colorado a few days ago, I had this thought on my drive home.  How can I help my friends and others get the best wedding and engagement photographs?

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First, Make sure that you connect with your photographer.  As corny as this sounds connection is so important!  When looking for a photographer, be sure to have contact with them. Email, phone calls and an in person consultation come highly recommended.  Make sure that your personalities mesh well and ask what to expect from your engagement session.  Utilize this engagement session as a test run for your wedding.  The more trust you build, the better the end result.  Plus, it’s very important for your photographer to see what makes the two of you tick as a couple.  Are you silly, romantic, fun-loving, energetic, introvert…the list goes on and on.  You want your photographer to capture YOU and however YOU define your relationship!

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Second, spontaneity in a photograph is your friend!  Trust that your photographer will choose a beautiful back ground, make sure the lighting is perfect etc, when they’re ready to start photographing, play to the unexpected of your beloved.  Whisper something playful, beautiful or crazy in their ear, the emotion it evokes is “real”.

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Kiss when YOU want to kiss!  When this comes from you, again, it’s real and more natural then when your photographer asks for it. Be playful with your kisses!

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Running brings out the inner child in EVERYONE.

Give a twirl, have a dance.

Third.  The most common question that I get asked is what to wear in your engagement photographs?  Honestly, as long as you stay away from loud prints, large company logos, thick stripes and just wear clothes that are comfortable!  If you don’t where khaki’s in real life then don’t where them to your engagement session.  Don’t feel the need to be matchy matchy, just let your individual personalities shine!

For more information on an engagement photographs and/or Wedding photography please contact Real Life Photographs at info@reallifephotographs.com



New Years Eve Telluride Elopement

I met Rebecca and Jeff on New Year’s Eve in Telluride, Co.  This was their first time in Telluride and man, did they go through the ringer to get here!  They were to fly in to Montrose, CO on the 30th of December.  They were going to stay the night and drive to Telluride, CO in the morning of New Year’s Eve so they could obtain their marriage license by 1pm in Telluride!  They were to elope in Telluride the following day!

Well, weather got in the way! The airlines cancelled their flight from Denver to Montrose.  Determined to get their marriage license by 1pm in Telluride the following day so they could get married on New Year’s Day, they rented a car and drove ALL NIGHT!!!  They made it to the courthouse with no time to spare!  All things considered, they were determined to have these portraits taken on December 31, 2014.

Dressed, weary eyed, up for 35 hours by the time I hugged them for the first time–they were still all laughs, smiles, giggles and very much in love!  I felt such honor to be able to capture this moment in time for them.  It truly filled my heart with such joy.   We laughed and had the best time together.  I knew the following day, photographing their Telluride elopement, was a dream come true!

Man, I love what I do!

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One of my favorites of the day.

One of my favorites of the day.

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Telluride Proposal

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Derek and Kacie

Almost one year ago, I was asked to come along on a family hike with my camera by my friend Derek (Cody’s brother).  He was planning on asking his long time girlfriend Kacie to marry him and he wanted to document his Telluride Proposal on film.  Yikes! What a moment to be able to capture.  I had never photographed a proposal but had ALWAYS wanted to.  So…We set out that brisk fall morning to hike Hope Lake near Telluride, Colorado.telluride_proposal Dori, Cody and Jia joined along with friend Liz.telluride_proposal (1) telluride_proposal (5) telluride_proposal (6) telluride_proposal (7) telluride_proposal (35)

To everyone else on the hike it wasn’t out of the ordinary that I hike with my camera since it’s always attached at my hip.  I was able to capture some of my favorite places and people while I was at it!

Plus, I was able to bring my dog Ruger along on the hike!  My little buddy came to work with me!07

Once we got to the lake, Derek was to whisk Kacie away to a private local where he would drop down to one knee.  Although we talked about how it would go down. I don’t think I put much thought into how I was going to be stealthy with a big ol’camera and the fact that near tree line, there isn’t a whole lot of things to hide behind!   Insert giggles here.   I kind of felt like Elmer Fudd, “huntin’ rabbits” trying to sneak along behind them.  I positioned myself behind the only little tree I could find.

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The beautiful setting where he asker her to marry him.

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Love this image.

My obsession with reflections lives on….telluride_proposal (31) telluride_proposal (32) telluride_proposal (33) telluride_proposal (36)It was such a beautiful day! Thank you so much for having me document such an amazing time in your lives! I feel truly blessed to have been a part of it! Thank you!

And thank you also for giving me the opportunity to photograph my first Telluride, CO proposal!  It will always hold a special place in my heart!




Telluride Engagement Session

Meet my new friends Carrie and Brenda!  I had the pleasure of meeting them last spring during a trip to Denver, CO.  We met at one of their favorite restaurants in Denver to discuss their wedding in Telluride 2015.  We shared our love of our pups, music and the beautiful outdoors….oh and of course what they were thinking of their wedding for the following summer!  In short, we had a ball!

Meet Brenda and Carrie!

Meet Brenda and Carrie!

Carrie, Brenda and they’re adorable pup Jack came out to Telluride last month to do some site tours so they could decide where they wanted to get married, so while they were here we photographed their awesome engagement photographs!  Check em’ out! We had so much fun!

Meet Jack!

Meet Jack!


One of my faves!

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So at the end of the session, Carrie and Brenda had this fabulous idea of playing with colored corn starch……Here’s what happened!!

look at those looks!!

Look at those looks!! So loving where this is about to go!


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To schedule your engagement session, please call or email me at info@reallifephotographs.com

Here’s what Brenda and Carrie said about their images:

Hi Kaycee!

Wow, I am over the moon with these photos!!

Not only did you showcase what I love most about Telluride but you managed to capture “us” in ways I never thought possible.  You were able to bring our emotion, goofiness and love to life.  I looked at these pictures and I said to myself, “she really gets us.” It is such a gift to have you share this moment with us. We thought we were coming into this adventure securing a fantastic photographer (which we did) but we more importantly, have gained a friend. Thank you for pouring your heart into these pictures – it really shows.  You can really see the great energy all three of us have working together.  Carrie and I have already shared the slideshow with our bridal parties and aside from making them laugh, cry and swoon they cannot say enough about how good you are and how good we look!  🙂  Bravo!
These photos make me even more excited for the wedding day!  Thank you for your hard work.
Your rad friend,
Hey Kaycee,
Ditto everything Brenda said 🙂 BOTH of our maid of honors said they cried while looking through the pictures so we took that as a good sign. Bonus points for the music selection. We both LOVED Wild Cub. I’m huge on music so your rad factor just got bumped up a couple notches 😉 Oh yeah, and way to get some great pictures of Jack! He’s always so sly about avoiding the camera and he looked so handsome. Good thing we got some pictures in before the cops came!

Cheers Friend!!


Nicole + Robert to be married in Telluride, CO 2015

I was headed up to go camping for the night when my phone rang and it was Nicole!  I pulled over to the side of the road to chat.  We ended up talking for 45 minutes about how they were coming out to spend the week in Telluride, CO with family.  We talked about how they were looking to get married in Telluride, CO June of 2015.  We chatted about our love for the outdoors, mountain biking, camping, gardening, how we’re huggers( Yes, I’m a hugger:) and our aussie, cattle dog kiddos.

It was as if I was talking to one of my long time girl friends.

After their family time they were planning on sticking around just the 2 of them to camp, hike and mountain bike in the lovely San Juan Mountains.  So we planned to meet up to discuss the details of their wedding ……at their campsite! Plus an engagement session! How awesome is that? I got to have a wedding consultation at camp.  I was in heaven!

I knew it right there that we were going to be great friends!  Although it was too warm for a fire, we sat at the picnic table sharing photographs of our furry friends, music (a lot of common music interests), looked at my custom albums and how they saw their wedding in Telluride for next summer!

After 2 hours flew by we decided to meet up the following evening for their engagement photographs on Wilson Mesa.  Here are some of my favorites from the evening!

I’m so honored to be a part of your wedding celebration next summer in Telluride, CO! Hugs

Michelle and Troy’s Engagement Session

Michelle and Troy

Michelle and Troy

So much fun spending this gorgeous morning at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison Colorado, just outside of Denver!  Michelle and Troy along with daughter Alina, are to be wed in Telluride, CO on July 5, 2014 at the Peaks Resort and Spa!

Thank you for this amazing day! Much love and happiness – Kaycee


Another Fave!!


One of my faves from the day!

One of my faves from the day!

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Miss Alina!

Miss Alina!

LOVE this image!

LOVE this image!

Family Love

Family Love