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Annie & Nick’s Boulder, CO Wedding at St. Julien Hotel & Spa

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There is perhaps an excessive amount of photos in this blog post but Annie & Nick’s wedding at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, CO was brimming over in exquisite details & tender moments. But most importantly, it was drenched in LOVE. Love for each other, their family, each of their guests- and their vendors. Which resulted in piles of stunning images. I have said for years that I have the most wonderful clients in the world, and this couple takes the cake. As an artist & emotional creature it is hard to keep my heart out on the chopping block but Annie & Nick have made it all worth while. I hope they love their images as much as I have adored working with them and their family.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SLIDESHOW OF THIS WEDDING!

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Heather with Calluna Events assembled a fabulous set of wedding professionals to pull off Annie’s dream wedding. Jessica Shineyda with The Face Lab transformed the already adorable Annie & her bridesmaids + mother into works of art. 007-007AnnieNickWED

Had you any idea it was this much fun to work with a bride?? This shot really sums up how all the wedding vendors felt about working with Annie and her mom! Andy with Andres Alfredo styled the girls’ hair. He is as sweet as he is talented!009-024AnnieNickWED 013-039AnnieNickWED
What is the best reason for a June wedding? PEONIES. Thanks to Brighter Day Floral, every corner of Annie’s wedding was dripping in these sublime arrangements.
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Due to rain, the ceremony was moved inside. I have NEVER been happier to shoot an indoor wedding thanks to Denver Design Works!! Can you believe this room?? It took my breath away- all night! We kept commenting that this backdrop, originally intended for outside, would have gotten lost. Sometimes it is for the best our plans get changed. What a treat to work with a team of unbelievably creative professional artists. It made my job so very fun!056AnnieNickWED028-074AnnieNickWED 097AnnieNickWED  051-635AnnieNickWED    069-167AnnieNickWED
I was so relieved Annie & Nick braved the drizzle for a quick photo shoot! Nothing is better than natural rain-cloud-diffused light!!
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Sumptuous cake by non other than the fabulous Tee & Cakes. Do NOT pull up their website if you are on a diet. Within one second of glancing at their blog I promise your mouth will be watering!!
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A very proud father of the bride!
(A guest grabbed me while shooting candids during the cocktail hour and said, “Get a shot of this- he is the bride’s father!!” I thought, “Geeze, it would be pretty sad if I hadn’t figured that out by now!” But I’m glad he grabbed me because this image is so beautiful!)097-257AnnieNickWED 
A shot with the Flatirons completely misted over. So enchanting! 110-303AnnieNickWED
This might be my favorite shot of the day!!!115-312AnnieNickWED 119-324AnnieNickWED 122-338AnnieNickWED 146-413AnnieNickWED
Can you see me in the background wearing my “signature” skirt that I found in a vintage shop in Dublin? I’ve worn in to almost every wedding I’ve shot in the last 8 years! Caroline shot this beautiful image. 144-696AnnieNickWED  151-434AnnieNickWED
Although I haven’t yet seen the video, I can say that it was wonderful working with the Lupher Arts Videography team! And I always love the video light at the reception! 152-435AnnieNickWED 179-180AnnieNickWED-bw
Another seamless & resplendent event by Heather Dwight, the owner of Calluna Events. I have no idea how she pulls off perfection every single time with her gracious & unruffled spirit. Her attention to detail is impeccable and she treats everyone with the utmost respect & kindness. It is always such a dream to work with her. 231AnnieNickWED
It’s not often that a photo of the photographer shows up on the blog! Here I am- Regina Mountjoy of Recherché Photography! My fabulous assistant, Caroline Colvin, took this shot of us as I was saying my goodbyes. It really is a trick to be “unobtrusive” with all that gear I’m packing!! But I’ve got to be ready for anything!! 734AnnieNickWED

View Annie & Nick’s Online Gallery: www.pictage.com/744951

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Sinkey Family Portrait Session at CU Boulder Campus

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Boulder, Colorado is hometown for childhood sweethearts, David & Christy Sinkey, as well as where they both attended college and got married. So it was only natural for us to do a family portrait session on the CU Boulder Campus. I think any photographer will tell you that the best thing about our job is the ongoing relationships we have with our clients. I have had the pleasure of photographing this couple’s wedding, dance recital portraits for Christy’s dance company, Grace Studios, grand opening parties for David’s home building company, Boulder Creek Builders and I documented Georgia Ryleigh’s first moments with her family the morning after she was born. Whoa! That’s a LONG sentence and A LOT of shooting for a family that I totally adore!! 01SinkeyFAM 04SinkeyFAM-2  11SinkeyFAM 15SinkeyFAM-2 22SinkeyFAM 23SinkeyFAM-2 24SinkeyFAM 28SinkeyFAM 30SinkeyFAM 32SinkeyFAM-2 41SinkeyFAM 42SinkeyFAM-2 50SinkeyFAM  54SinkeyFAM-2 55SinkeyFAM-2 49SinkeyFAM-2 74SinkeyFAM 62SinkeyFAM-294SinkeyFAM-2 95SinkeyFAM

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All images from this session are available for viewing & purchase from their Online Gallery: www.pictage.com/875697
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Bliss Family Portraits + A Bit of Artistic Expression

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I think every artist must go through a period of self-doubt. Mine seems to be about every month of two. Every winter I say to Jay, “I’m not sure I want to be a photographer anymore. I’m not sure I’m good enough.” He smiles at me. I get annoyed and insist that I’m serious. He says, “I know you are. Let’s see how you feel in the spring.”

I also think one of the biggest dangers for an artist, and really for us all, is comparison. I recently watched a documentary about Annie Leibovitz and couldn’t help but think, “Wow. Now SHE is a photographer. I just dabble, but she is the real deal.” I look at other people’s photographs and think, “Now that is great photography!! hmm. What am I doing??” Then I run into someone randomly who says, “Regina, I’ve been following your work for years and it is amazing. I can’t tell you how much I love it!” I’m taken aback, flattered, surprised, wonder if she’s really talking to ME. I realize some people look at MY work and think, “Wow, she is the real deal.” But I don’t really FEEL like that.

Almost every edit I do follows the same pattern of mental dialogue. If you must know, it goes something like this…I start by looking through the raw, unedited mass of images: “Oh my gosh, really, Regina, you have GOT to figure out how to focus…maybe I need a new camera, ahhhhhh, what were you doing??! Well, you almost got it but not quite. Ugh, they paid how much for this? Why do you insist and shooting against this window?? blah, blah, blah.” Next phase, I’ve narrowed down 600 images to 180-ish decent images; I know I want to be closer to 50-75 of the very best, most perfect shots so I’m choosing roughly one out of three images. “OK, that’s a good one, this one is better than that one; yes, this is a little blurry but what a fabulous moment! This exact image was worth the entire photo shoot.” I’ve got my final edit and I do my processing/tweaking. Drop them in a slideshow, choose my song, watch the slideshow and get completely choked up. It is beautiful. And real. No one is photoshoped, no one is smiling unnaturally, the kids are just doing whatever it is they do, the interactions and expressions are genuine, and these images will be timeless for this family.

OK, I’m no Annie Leibovitz, or any of the other massively talented photographers, I’m just me and I shoot the way I shoot. People often ask me, “How can I niche myself as a photographer when there are SOOOO many of us??” My response is always, “you just have to stay true to yourself. That’s it. That’s the only way. Don’t try to copy other people’s styles, don’t try to shoot the way you think your clients want you to shoot, do a tight final edit of the images that YOU love best, show only what you love.”

Without further ado (if you’re still even reading this!!) I am so excited to share this set of images with you!

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While new baby Melanie is getting prepped for her shoot, Adeline and I are just hanging out.
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This little buttercup is all of two weeks old! She’s not sure about this business of laying in basins and whatnot, but can’t help but notice the overhead lights.
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I cannot get over how adorable the print is on this blanket- not to mention the baby!! 25BlissFam0509
Adeline is still getting used to the idea of a new kid on the block so we just let her kind of hang out in the background for a while. 26BlissFam0509-2 
Eventually she warmed to the idea (or maybe she was just tired of Melanie occupying the spotlight!) This is the first time she gets to hold her baby sister.36BlissFam0509-2 37BlissFam0509-2
Yeah, the whole family! This is a super tricky set of ages to get in a family shot!! But this whole series just makes me smile.45BlissFam0509-2 46BlissFam0509 48BlissFam0509-2 51BlissFam0509-2 58BlissFam0509-2 59BlissFam0509 60BlissFam0509-2
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We always try to end on a high note so baby portrait sessions only take about 40-60 minutes. While Matt is getting Adeline ready to go I snuck this last shot of Jessie with her newest little one. So pretty.
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Thank you SOOOO much Jessie & Matt for coming in and bringing me your gorgeous girls to photograph! A treat!

The Bliss Family Online Gallery is available here: www.pictage.com/840165

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