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Tips for Planning Your Dream Session from Colorado Wedding Photographer

Inspiration for Colorado Engagement and Wedding Photography

Being a Colorado wedding photographer has been high on my list since I first jumped into weddings, around 15 years ago. I’ve always been such a huge fan of traveling and exploring. To me it doesn’t matter where you’re getting married, I want to be wherever is important to you! And if that means a mountaintop elopement in Colorado or a summertime ski resort wedding or something in-between… I’m so here for it. That’s why I want to share some inspiration and tips for planing a beautiful engagement session or wedding in Colorado. 

Emerald Lake in Colorado photographed by Colorado wedding photographer

Hiking Engagement Session in Colorado

As someone who loves backpacking, I also love a hiking engagement session or a hiking portrait session. Getting to explore different types of terrain and different hiking conditions is so much fun. Plus, I learn something every time. Any excuse to bring out the hiking boots is one I’m all about. When I visited Colorado this spring, my partner and I took a few extra days on our trip for exploring and hiking. It was such an amazing and mind-blowing experience, so different from any hiking on the east coast!  We hit the Emerald Lake Trail {where we got some snowy winter hiking}. We also visited Red Rocks Park {where it poured and looked like the desert}. We ended with Maryland Mountain {which was temperate & spring-like}. Such an amazing variety of hikes! It was a stunning trip and I hope to head back for an elopement or wedding someday.

Maryland Mountain in Colorado photographed by Colorado wedding photographer Red Rocks in Colorado photographed by Colorado wedding photographer married couple looks around mountains inside Golden Gate Canyon State Parkmountain views from Panorama Point at Golden Gate Canyon State ParkMaryland Mountain in Colorado photographed by Colorado wedding photographer Emerald Lake in Colorado photographed by Colorado wedding photographer woman leans into husband sitting on mountainside with white dogcouple stands on trail with white dog during Colorado anniversary portraitscouple hugs looking at mountain views during Colorado anniversary portraitsLocation Permits for Colorado Photos

While I was out in Colorado earlier this year for Sarah & Lucas’s portrait session, I couldn’t help but notice what an amazing wealth of beautiful spaces there are. I know that, with Colorado or any national park specifically, there are special permits and permissions and fees that likely come with shooting or getting married at some of the more popular spots. This is definitely something to research and also discuss with your photographer, who can do the heavy lifting for you here if they’re experienced {and they should be experienced with getting the right permissions!}.

couple hugs looking at mountain views during Colorado anniversary portraitsSince the COVID pandemic, the national parks got hit extra hard with people wanting to find comfort and beauty out in nature, which is completely understandable, but not everyone was getting the right permissions or going through the correct channels, which also means they were less versed in the Leave No Trace principles {a topic for another day, but one I’m passionate about}. Understanding and following LNT is hugely important, and benefits absolutely everyone. There are actually locations in Colorado and elsewhere that are now closed to photographers and weddings because of people not being good stewards of the land. We all benefit when we take care of our planet. 

Either way, Colorado has some truly incredible locations for you to explore. From the beautiful Aspens to the national parks and perfect towns… there’s something for everyone! 

couple stands against railing inside Panorama Point at Golden Gate Canyon State Parkview from Panorama Point inside Golden Gate Canyon State Parkcouple hugs together drinking tea inside Golden Gate Canyon State ParkEven if you’re not looking for an adventure elopement in Colorado or a hiking elopement in Colorado, there are plenty of gorgeous and amazing wedding venues to choose from. Some even feature the amazing views of the Rocky Mountains without having to actually hike them! So you could get the best of both worlds. If you’re dreaming about an escape – or a celebration – in Colorado, reach out today! I LOVE traveling for your portraits and Colorado is definitely a dream-come-true. 

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Raven is an Atlanta Wedding Photographer who captures real people on their totally unique and awesome wedding day, specializing in people who feel awkward in front of the camera. She travels throughout Georgia, including Athens, North Georgia, and beyond.

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