lifestyle engagement session

Erica & Matt's Romantic Engagement Session at Standley Lake

Erica & Matt's Romantic Engagement Session | Standley Lake, Arvada | Colorado Engagement Photography | Adventure Wedding Photographer | Rocky Mountain Photos | Apollo Photojournalism

Erica and Matt had an epic engagement session showered with beautiful golden light.  It was a photographer's dream!  As I was driving to Standley Lake, I could see the sun getting closer to the horizon and I knew we had timed the session perfectly.  We snagged some fun family shots of them with their two children dirt biking, which is one of their favorite things to do together.  The kids had a blast and hammed up the camera, making my job easy as we just hung out together snapping pics.  

I love when my couples bring their kiddos along to engagement sessions!  It makes the kids feel like they are a part of the wedding and they feel like an important part of the family.  Plus, the pics are so cute!  After we did their lifestyle shots, the kids ran around the lake and Erica and Matt changed into their formalwear.  Her red dress was the perfect pop to the dramatic landscape.  

I just adore the emotion and movement in these photos!  I look at their gallery and I feel like I really know who Erica and Matt are just by the love they have for each other, and the sweet way that they play with one another and how happy their kids are.  

We had such a great time enjoying the beautiful views while the sun set, and I got to snap away while Erica and Matt loved up on each other.  I always encourage my couples to take advantage of an engagement session, even if they don't feel like they "need" it, it's a great chance to get in front of my camera and gives them a chance to feel comfortable working with me.  Plus, I think it's actually really fun.  My couples will often tell me before our session how they don't like having their photos taken, or that they feel awkward in front of the camera, or they promise me that they are un-photogenic.  

One of my brides for this season gave me a half-smile and just said, "good luck" to me when she got in front of my camera for her engagement photos.  I love a challenge, so I secretly got really excited when she thought she wouldn't look good in any of her pictures.  My favorite part is delivering the galleries and then getting their feedback.  "Oh my god, I don't know how you did it", she exclaimed!  "I'm speechless".  

Hearing that kind of excitement from clients who don't think they photograph well is what I love so much about my job.  Everyone deserves to have photos that they love and are proud of!  

Colorado Adventure Photography:  Erny Photo CO | Apollo Photo

Location:  Standley Lake | Arvada, CO

Our Engagement Session

Our Engagement Session | Arvada, CO | In-Home Engagement Photos | Apollo Fields Wedding Photographers

Ever since we got engaged, everyone has been asking "who is going to be your photographer!?" And rightfully so... We are lucky to have so many photog friends that this is simultaneously a hard and easy question to answer!  I wanted something more intimate and laid back than traditional engagement photos for us to have so it only felt right to do an in-home session with the lovely and talented Sarah Valencia Photography.  

We met Sarah briefly in Kansas City while visiting friends, and she was coincidentally moving to Denver.  Her style is both engaging and unobtrusive.  We spent most of the time just lounging around and laughing with each other.  We casually made dinner and ate together and Sarah snapped away as we just played games, cuddled with our pups, and cracked a couple beers.  It goes without saying that we highly recommend her for her personality, aesthetic eye, and charming company.  

This type of engagement session felt super personalized and unique, which is why we both really enjoyed taking the pictures.  In every way, it reflected our relationship: cozy, fun, sentimental (I could go on-and-on)!  Without getting too sappy, our everyday life is so good, and these pictures represent all of that for me.  We have this balance that just seems to work.  I'm lucky...

We've also created this home together, and the reality is, we're not going to be here forever.  In fact, if all goes as planned, we'll be moving on sooner-rather-than-later from this little cottage that we have been renting for the last 1.5 years.  We have hopes to purchase our own place and big dreams to fill for our next home.  But in the meantime, this little cottage on Cody Street has become so much our own and I love that these pictures tell our story of us in our home that we have created.  

When we first moved into this house, it was blue.  The window frames were also blue.  And the inside walls?  Bright blue.  We quickly got hold of some paint and rollers and repainted every square inch of the house.  It then began to fill up with quirky second hand pieces of furniture that we renovated.  And then it began to fill up with plants, photographs, memories, and eventually more pets.  

So now what?  We are keeping wedding planning simple, heartfelt, and wholesome.  We aren't cluttering our plans with tons of vendors, unnecessary purchases, or timelines.  We are, however, looking to spend real quality time with the people we love the most.  We want to share adventures and dances with them.  We want to laugh and love alongside our friends and family and can assure you that we will be having fun the whole time. 

Love,
Heather & Terrence