Kourtney Aylor and Daniel Lee Engagement Photography at Colorado Sand Dunes National Park by Karen Mitchell at the Élan Photographie Studio.Read More
Come Cinco De Mayo, these two are starting the rest of their lives together in a whole new way. I'll get to be there with Steph to document the whole thing. I met Claire almost three years ago at her best friends wedding. Such a dream. She stood out to me in the midst of the bridal party. She was quiet with the sweetest spirit surrounding her. She was methodical and careful in her attentiveness for her sweet best friend who was marrying that day. I didn't hear her say much but was so drawn to her. When I heard that she was engaged and would possibly be reaching out to me?! Butterflies!
Meeting Shawn at this shoot a few weeks ago was so much fun. He's funny, carefree and talkative.. I asked them to go further down the road while we were in the Red Rocks and he grabbed Claire's hand and started running, so eagerly. It felt like I was photographing school kids, smiles, laughter, tickles, kisses and chasing one another. The way Claire adoringly gazes at Shawn and how he totally soaks it up is my favorite. I cannot wait for their Manor House wedding just around the corner. xx- km
Steph Pollock joins Elan Photographie Studio in Colorado Springs.Read More
Downtown Colorado Springs rentable photography Studio, the EPS Studio.Read More
Luke is my handsome cousin and Sevin is his sweetheart of a girlfriend. I love + feel so special when family and friends ask me to photograph them. It means that I get to spend a little extra time with them and when I go to their homes in years to come I often get to be reminded of our time by seeing all of their cutie faces printed and hung on the walls.
We didn't get to spend a ton of time together during this session because it was literally just an hour and a half before we had to be to the airport but that's okay, it was freezing. Lukie has these sweet expressions that make me think of him as just a little guy and Sevin adores him.. You can see it in the way she looks at him, regards him, talks to him. They're loving one another well and in relationship, that's all you can ask for. I'm so thankful for these two getting to do some of life together... I look forward to seeing what unfolds for them.
Love you two!
“The Blades had their first Christmas as a family of three and they couldn’t have appeared more excited! Even though we got there at the crack of dawn the amount of joy, laughter and love was abundant! Watching these two light up over their little one made it even better!” -SG
Happy New Years, Friends. The holiday season often brings in so many exciting engagements along with and if you're recently engaged or in the midst of planning your wedding, we'd love to be a part of your sweet day. Lucky for you there are a few incredible venues hosting bridal shows this month. We couldn't help ourselves and we're jumping in on the wedding planning fun!
On January 14th we'll be participating in Flying Horse Ranch's Bridal show, and we'd love to see you! Katie Rae Bode and Sean Godfrey are also primary shooters at our studio and fortunately, Sean gets to attend! Katie Rae has prior engagements out of state but I'll be happy to answer any questions about her and her incredible photography skills on her behalf! All event details can be found in the link below. There will be SO many awesome vendors and yummy treats to snack while you're shopping around. Feel free to reach out with any questions before or after. Hope to see you there!
Want to attend? Click here to register: https://flyinghorseranch.com/bridal-show/
Stay tuned for next show's details too!!
The Skinners are expecting their first babe and Gwen is glowing with every bit of pregnancy glow as you could imagine. Between all of her sweet smiles at her belly, the love between mom and dad, and the beautiful lighting that day, the shoot truly was dreamy. I had so much fun with these two and how easy they made taking their photos, even when a lab who wasn't theirs came and joined their shoot determined to be adopted by their family. I am so thankful for my time with the Skinners and so excited for this new addition to their family. - Katie Rae
I won't share too many because I don't want to spoil all of the holiday card fun but they're just too stinkin' cute to skip over. Paige and Cory spent the last few years calling Colorado Springs home and while I only met Paige at the very end of their stay here it didn't take long to figure out that she is just sweet as pie. They get to call Fort Collins home now and then they'll be off to the next place when Cory's work calls him elsewhere. It never siezes to amaze me how families who serve in the military choose over and over again to be playable, make new friends, call new cities home and love each other so much that their people truly are their one constant home. I respect it, love it and learn a little something each time I get to be around people with hearts like that. So thankful for the choices this couple makes in order to help our families live the way we live. Paige and Cory + Breck, I loved my afternoon with you! You're so joyful and refreshing. I hope this isn't the last time that I get to photograph your lives. xx- karen
Never thought I'd see the day... ok jk jk. This one means a lot to my husband, Justin, and me. Tom is one of his longest friends and one of our best. He's also one of the most loyal, genuine, loving and fun friends that we share. Shortly after I started dating Justin, he and Tom became roommates which then turned into common law marriage (sans romance, mostly) and somewhere in the midst of that time line those two let me into their little friendship. I've spent hours laughing, angry cleaning, possibly crying a little bit with this guy; we've about a thousand little debbie treats between the two of us and the three of us have watched way too much t.v. together over the years. I've been around for a lot of things and heard even more stories- oh my gosh, hours of stories. And so when I heard Tom was dating someone seemingly serious after I took a short hiatus from CO, I was anxious to meet this girl! Enter Skyler. She is a GEM. An absolute sweetheart who loves dancing, hiking, their puppy and literally knows every word to every song. I've never met a lyrical genius like this girl. She's intelligent, beautiful and adores our Tom. They are so lucky to have found each other...
We (J + I) love the two of you so much and we can't wait for July to arrive so that we can marry Tom off. Olive Juice! -km
On Sunday, we had fun. Our spot may have been invaded by six other photographers (dang it) but also, great minds think alike and great locations are easy to swarm. This day was packed with some of my all-time faves and longest clients. I'm pumped to have Sean photographing for ÉPS and Sunday was the perfect kick-off to an exciting year with him as part of the studio. Coffmans, Noonans, Arnolds and Sawyers... you are beautiful humans with lots of joyful moments, things and loved ones to be thankful for and I'm so thankful that you let us capture a few quick moments with your most cherished people. Love you! xx- Karen + Sean
Mini-sessions are usually just 20 minutes which with a family sounds like it might be stressful but this last Saturday turned out to be anything but. I spent the day with six amazing families who were filled with so much joy, that they made our short time together so fun. From capturing to the edit, this experience of my Fall mini-sessions has been a gift and I am so thankful to share these beautiful families with the world. Enjoy these photos and if you are lucky enough to know one of these special families, consider yourself blessed! -Katie Rae
When you run a home with four boys, well five, life is busy the volume is turned up, laughter runs rampant and oh man is it fun?! Fallon is one of those who I knew of for years and had met several times at this or that but we never made the time to be intentional with one on one time. That being said, she is also one of those that I get super excited to see each time I know we're going to be at the same function. She's always smiling, she's not afraid of being honest and she's a blast- especially after a drink or two. This girl and her handsome guy, Chris are raising these boys to be all of that. Fun and boisterous but also totally having one anothers backs. In our 45 mintues together I saw the boys laugh, tease, poke and prod as they should and comfort one another. Where there is a bouncing boy who is compassionate and loving there are two parents earning an extra special spot in heaven one day. Thanks so much for letting me take these photos this year. Love you guys! xx-karen
Jenni Kain is one of those people that blesses everyone she meets. From her kindness, she shows to a stranger to her love for her family and her husband’s future. She is a servant, a true friend, and just a fun addition to anyone’s season of life.
I am so thankful to not only document their family at the infamous Mississippi cotton fields but to have gotten to grow in friendship with this sweet family before they move across the country.
I loved every bit of this shoot, from seeing her kids sassy personalities come out to then editing them and recreating those moments for the Kains to cherish forever. So thankful for this family and the honor to document their time spent in the south. xx- Katie Rae
If you've followed my work for any length of time, you've seen the sweet faces of these little guys before. Their kind spirits shine through their eyes and the way they so deeply care for one another is beyond their years. They're loved for well and have a full life and the interactions make me feel like a special part of their lives, in order to be asked to document their growth year after year. I cannot believe it's been four years since I photographed Mike + Jennifer's backyard wedding. Happy Anniversary you two and thank you so much for giving in to my desert backdrop dreams. xo - karen
The afternoon was stormy and sprinkling before and after our time playing in Red Rocks Park but it sure made for a beautiful sky and some dreamy light. Grace + Logan. If you know them, you love them. They're so cute. She was so full of laughter during the entire shoot and he's doing nothing short of pursuing her sweetly by continuing to give her reasons to laugh. It's not because he can't do what I'm saying or take this picture taking business seriously but it's because if he pretends otherwise her smile reaches all of the way across. her pretty face. Thanks for letting me take these photos for you... Life is so full right now with work, drinks, friends, family- the list goes on. Sometimes it's healthy to take a few minutes with the one we love most and let it create pause. xx- karen
Smitten: Google it, Webster it, any way you look at it - you'll see Anna's photo. She is filled with love for her guy. Her giggles, full face smiles and confidence with her man by her side shows how much she cares for him. In the time I spent with these two sweet humans I was over joyed for the love that they share. Warren finds happiness in making Anna smile and Anna can't wait to laugh again. It feels a little like a 50's based movie when the new crush is turning in to something more... Except these two are so much more vested than that and are starting the newest chapter of their lives on this Saturday. I'm SO pumped to see the ways they love on their family and friends if this is how they love one another.
Things I'm looking forward to on Saturday...1) Photographing Anna's beautiful freckles. 2) A Fall wedding. 3) Their first look and 4) Documenting everyone being smothered in love. Get ready to have your pictures taken friends...
Okay so every once in a while I start following someone on social media and it's like, "hey, this person feels like the coolest." Meet, Steph Pollock. I stumbled upon her feed one day while pregnant, huge, tired and procrastinating work at 9am while still in bed and thought to myself, "how have I not met this girl?" So I proceeded to text 3 of my go-to girlfriends in town and asked, "hey do you know this Steph girl on Insta?" "Nope" x3 guys! They either followed her feed or had seen her but didn't know her... So rare in this little town we call home. So anyway, the time came for babe Amos to arrive and I decided to jump on board with the mama's who have it documented and based on her affinity for all things crunchy, ALL of the photos I'd seen of her little and well the cool factor, I connected with Steph. We decided that photography trade was the best option and while I haven't shared many (only one) of the photos she took of Justin, Amos + I, I get to share so many more of her and the sweet family she's calls her own.
Steph, Austin and Olive are so cute. Olive runs the show but with healthy boundaries as boss. This sweet little sis of hers is going to be smothered in all of the love. Olive lifts mama's dress to "see" baby sister, Mama adores this wildly passionate little love that is her first born and Olive's papa doesn't let their bond get in the way of his share of snuggles, smiles and kisses. Their dynamic feels warm and sincere and they kind of make you feel like you want them to have five kids just cause they're so dang good at loving one another. So heres to instagram followings that allow for friendships and shoots that allow for documenting laughter and lots of snuggles. xx- karen
P.S. my husband bought a new mower and mowed 3/4 of our field after having promised tall grass and while flowers without knowing about my landscape commitments.. so cheers to crop circles and patient husbands too. ha!
"Getting to witness a family that is filled with joy and friendship is such an honor - and the Johnson family is just that. Upon meeting this family, a few short months ago, I was immediately drawn to Andie and Dan's kindness and just pure fun that makes you want to surround yourself with them. And their daughter Lily has a sassy nature and sweet stare that draws a crowd. I was thrilled when they asked me to capture this all and tell the story of their sweet family.
So, on a dusky Saturday night in Mississippi, I captured the authentic love wrapped in these three. With only one slight setback of a snake on the Johnson's porch (a serious problem in MS), the night really was perfect. Lily ate tootsie rolls in between shots as we all enjoyed the golden hour of the humid south. With Lily just turning two and new adventures in Mississippi to remember, these photo serve as a sweet reminder of the seasons that come. Enjoy." -Katie Rae
I GUSH for these three.... soon to be four. Oh my! If you took a peek at their engagement session a several posts back you're familiar with my affinity for them.
I was so honored to document their day. I've looked forward to this wedding (secretly) for years. I only hoped that they'd ask me to and when they did? LEAPS for joy! And it didn't disappoint. Their day was filled with calm and readiness. Every detail was so intentional and every person that attended was overflowing with love, support and goodness for this couple. I hope these images spark all of romantic feels in you.
Jess, Jeff and Colton... I hope that when you dig through these images you're reminded of the sweet moments that filled the day.. I hope you're reminded that it was all worth waiting for and I hope that Colton looks back and thinks about how wonderful his parent's sweet wedding day was. That it was as much about him as it was the two of you. The love the three of you share is unique and will be increased so beautifully by that baby girl you're growing. Love to you! xx- karen