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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Another Fave!

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Telluride Winter Weddings

I just love winter weddings here in the San Jaun Mountains.  Whether you’re in Telluride, Ridgway or Ouray, you just can’t go wrong with your back ground!  Telluride winter weddings are something special when planning an event here.  Here are the top 10 reasons to have a Telluride Winter Wedding!  Article by my dear friend Holli Owen, published in the latest issue of Rock Mountain Bride Magazine!

10 reasons to be married in Telluride this winter

For more information about winter weddings in Telluride, Colorado  and photography services please contact me at info@reallifephotographs.com or 970.275.5637.

Telluride Avant Garde

Jarrett and Alline, were married in Telluride, CO in June of this year.  Knowing that we had the avant garde photography session booked for later in the year, we didn’t have to take up too much time on their wedding day.   They were able to spend more of their time with their guests and family.

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Why an Avant Garde Session?

The avant-garde photography session pushes the boundaries of traditional wedding photography. If you love fashion and design editorials, abstract or whimsical artwork, architecture or anything out of the norm, or if you just want more photographs of the two of you– this session is for you!  Avant-garde takes place a couple of days after your wedding – unless you’re jetting off right away for your honeymoon, and if that’s the case we can schedule the session upon your return or in a completely different season for a different look.

The goal? Have fun! And, while we’re at it, create some stunning artwork. There is no timeline and your dress is already dirty. You can do your hair and make up different, bring props, furniture, non-wedding attire, your dogs – or travel to a scenic destination that was different then your wedding day. This is the time to get really creative, relax, and have a great time.

There’s a REASON you and yours chose to get married in the San Juan Mountains, in or near Telluride, Colorado.  Make sure that you allow the time in your wedding day timeline to be able to get creative one-of-a-kind photographs.  It’s very difficult to get stunning shots like in 10 minutes, creativity takes time.  So if you know your wedding day is jammed packed full of family, friends and celebrating make sure you plan ahead for that special photography time on your wedding day otherwise be sure to book the avant garde session!  Why wouldn’t you anyways….Look at what we were able to capture this gorgeous fall day!

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incorporating Jarrett’s Harley into the shoot was a must! We had so much fun capturing these shots!

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Love this bridal portrait in Telluride, CO

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Alline is an incredible make up artist in Telluride, Colorado at Alpine Glow Beauty.

She did her own makeup for this Avant Garde Session in Telluride, Colorado.  Can you say GORGEOUS!  For more information on Alpine Glow’s Services please visit:

http://www.alpenglowbeauty.com/pages/telluride-bride

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Thank you for viewing my avant garde session in Telluride, CO.  I specialize in Wedding Photography in the Telluride, Colorado area in the San Juan Mountains.  Not excluding Ridgway, Ouray or Silverton, Colorado areas.

Although my home is in Ridgway, Colorado- I find that by having a studio in the San Juan Mountains gives me ample opportunity to create one of a kind artwork for your home.  It is an extreme honor to be included in a couple’s wedding day and we at Real Life Photographs pride ourself on our customer experience and our one of a kind high end products and albums.  For more information on Telluride, Colorado Avant Garde sessions,  Telluride Wedding Photography, Wedding Photography Collections or pricing information please contact Kaycee at info@reallifephotographs.com

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Fall Telluride Wedding

Happy Anniversary to Trey and Sara who celebrate their second anniversary this week!  Your Telluride, CO wedding was so incredibly beautiful.   Thank you for allowing Real Life Photographs to be a part of the journey.0346

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I love this ring shot

The wedding and reception was held at Gorrono’s Ranch.

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Telluride Portrait Session

Derek and Kacie one year later 🙂 As well as Dori, Cody and Jia along with new baby sister Cleo.   Enjoy this Telluride Portrait Session from last Thursday!

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One of my favorites from the day!


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Another favorite from the day!

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Their nieces Jia and Cleo mean the world to them as well as their family here!

2014-08-29 12.28.01Again, thank you Dori for capturing me in action!  What a treat!
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Thank you Derek, Kacie, Dori, Cody, Jia and Cleo.  For Such an amazing and fun day!

 

For more information or to bring me along on your next adventure or Telluride portrait session contact Kaycee at info@reallifephotographs.com

 

High School Senior-WA

When I attended the University of Washington from 1996-2001, I landed the coolest job ever!  I was able to nanny for the most amazing family, who is still part of my chosen family to this day!  I was responsible for 2 adorable children, Maggie and Charlie.  When I started Maggie was two and a half and Charlie was 5 months.

This is us in my dorm room at the U, not the best quality photo but you get the point!  Cutest kids ever!

Ahhhh I love how you can see my autographed poster of John Stockton in the background!2014-07-21 13.41.05So this year Charlie graduated from High School and Maggie turned 21! Man, If that doesn’t make you feel older, I don’t know what does!  I was able to photograph Charlie’s senior photographs and then last month, they hired me again to update the artwork on their walls of their family!  More to share on that later! But here’s a great shot of all of us that Maggie’s friend Raquel captured with my camera-  Even Barley too!

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Telluride Proposal

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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!

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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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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!

 

 

 

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It’s a Girl!!

Meet Cleo of Telluride, CO!

My long time friends Dori and Cody gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl this spring!  We were able to photograph Cleo in the first week of her life!  Congratulations!

Most people don’t know this but newborn photographs need to take place in the first 2 weeks of life!  This is how we’re able to get all these snugly, cozy, cute lil’ photographs of them.

Meet Cleo! One of my faves of the day!

Meet Cleo! One of my faves of the day!

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Meet Big Sis- Jia!

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The Crowe Ladies!

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One month later we were able to capture the whole family!  Thank you to my dear dear friends Dori and Cody for allowing me to capture such an amazing time in your lives! I love you all dearly! Love your Kaycee K

 

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My Little Jia June Bug! Love your Kaycee K

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You may not know this but I have had the honor of photographing Dori and Cody’s engagement photographs, their wedding, their first pregnancy, Jia’s newborn photography session, Jia’s first year in portraits, their second pregnancy and Cleo’s newborn photography session all in the beautiful town of Telluride, CO.

Real Life photographs specializes in all of those special moments including: Newborn photography, Kids portraiture, Weddings, Engagements and more.  Please contact me today for more information at info@reallifephotographs.com

 

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!

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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!!

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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,
Brenda
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!!

 

Seattle Family Session

My Clients and Friends- Clay and Myckal, who just moved into their gorgeous new home in Seattle just up from Golden Gardens asked me to come out this spring to photograph their beautiful family!  It was a typical Seattle rainy day so we stayed in doors and had some fun with this Seattle Family Session.

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My favorite of the day!  All snuggled in bed!

My favorite of the day! All snuggled in bed!

Thank you for this amazing honor!  For more information on my next visit to Seattle, WA please email me at info@reallifephotographs.com

It’s looking like May 2015!