Chad + Bridget | Durango, Colorado

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I first met Chad and Bridget when I flew out to Durango, Colorado to photograph their engagement portraits in a converted school bus they temporarily called home for a while. We spent the weekend getting to know each other, and putting the pieces of their story together to create this set of photos. I tried to notice everything I could about them; the details around their home, how they interacted with each other and their beloved dogs and cat, hearing about how they met and fell in love, and listening to the stories and adventures they’d been on in their lives before and after knowing each other.

There were more glances than words between them. More smiles than hugs. They didn’t need the whole world to know they were in love, kissing and touching for everyone to see. You could feel the admiration in their loving gazes at one another. Even more so when one was unaware they were being admired by the other.

My favorite moment from our time together was when Chad held Bridget tightly while they danced inside their school bus home. It took everything in me not to cry, it was that beautiful of a moment. And I’ll never forget how it felt to be a part of that.

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I’m so grateful to Chad and Bridget for hosting me, and showing me around the beautiful town of Durango. I photographed their wedding in Rose City, Michigan a few months later and cannot wait to share the images from that incredible weekend. Lastly, I want to take a moment to honor Morton, their cat, who sadly passed away shortly after their wedding. He had the most loving parents in Chad and Bridget and I was lucky to get to know him during my time there. RIP, Morton.


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    I love how this is quite a big, beautiful step beyond your standard engagement session. It’s a genuine and lovely look into their lives together.

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Kiki + Cosmin // Day in the Life

I first met Cosmin at Dennis & Patricia’s wedding I shot around four years ago. I remember seeing a gorgeous painting inspired by one of my engagement photos and being speechless by its beauty. I later found out it was Cosmin’s and just had to shake his hand.

Fast forward four years. I was so honored that Kiki and Cosmin asked me to photograph them. I met up with them at his hip apartment near the city, and was greeted by the cutest French bulldog puppy I have ever seen. Cece likes to nibble on pretty much anything; including, but not limited to, pant cuffs, buttons, and paper towels. Kiki loves to laugh at Cosmin who apparently likes to laugh at his own jokes. She also loves doing laundry and walking around inside greenhouses. Cosmin spends most of his free time painting, playing video games, and taking care of his salt-water fish tank. Take a minute to see his work HERE. It’s pretty dang brilliant.

I will be posting photos from their summer Chicago wedding as well, but for now, enjoy this set of images from an ordinary day in their life.

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    so so good caroline! absolutely love this “day in the life” approach. what wonderful memories for them! and of course that last frame… wow!

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    Wonderful, you know how to use light so so well! Love the shot in the building and the series of the couple together that follows, epic!

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    I loooooove your “a day in the life” portraits. The first few shots with the dog are so fun, and your last image is stunning! The whole set gives such a good feel for the couple!

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