Elan Photographie Studio

Claire and Shawn Engaged | Denver, Colorado

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

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Luke + Sevin | Couples Photos Colorado Springs, Co

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!

Flying Horse Ranch Bridal Show | January 13, 2018

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!!

Paige + Cory | Colorado Springs Photography

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

Liles Family | Phoenix Family Photographer

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

Johnson Family | Columbus, Mississippi Family Photography

"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 

Mike + Jennifer | Phoenix, AZ Family Photography

I met this more than precious family, oh three or four years ago! Time flies, I can't be sure... but I know that I adore every-single-member of this family. They're kind hearted, tender spirited and full of joy. 

I was Mike and Jennifer's wedding photographer at their residence just a few blocks from where I grew up and I left feeling like I was part of the family. They've added one little guy on and man, is he just so adorable! I love seeing post updates and getting to hear about what's new when I see them. So thankful for the people that I am lucky enough to meet in this photography journey and even more so when I get to tag along, documenting pieces of their stories. xx- karen

Justin + Brecken | Paradise Valley, AZ, Wedding Photographer

I think I'm in love with their day as much as they're in love with one another.  It was quaint, intentional, full of meaningful conversation, smiles and kindness.  I am delighted to share a snippet of their beautiful day here for you... just to keep you curious. 

Cheers, sweet friends.

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Seth + Lauren | Colorado Springs, CO Engagement Photographer

I met Seth when he was a 15 year-old high school kid. He's my husband's younger brother and he's such a great guy. Although the Mortenson's come from New York, many of the kids have made it out to Colorado. A few years ago, I met Lauren at a photoshoot and we connected on Facebook shortly after that. I like to think I had a little something to do with Seth and Lauren meeting. Somehow they realized through social media that they went to the same high school and were both living in Colorado. They connected and the rest, they say, is history. They'll be getting married back in New York in the spring. I loved getting to spend some time photographing them for their engagement pictures during our recent camping trip in Steamboat Springs. They're a beautiful couple and I'm so grateful I get to call them family.  - Abby

Cody + Kylie | Denver, CO Union Station Engagement Photographer

...Middle school for her, high school for him - this is where they met... End of high school for her and the start of college for him - their paths crossed and things progress.  They're young, in love and ready for the life length of sweet marriage NOW.  These two were a gift to spend time with an so easy to photograph.  Cody is quiet and steady and Kylie is saucy and head over heels.  It's like, they cannot get enough of one another!  Their conversation's are drenched in support and inclusion of one another.  Couples drenched in sweetness are my favorite to catch a glimpse of and spend some quality time with.    

A few shots during a little cocktail hour and I learned that they're off to elope in November.  With a small group of family and a few friends supporting them in Breck, I love that their focused on the sweetness of the vows and the significance that they offer alone.  Honeymoon?  They're jumping on a plane to explore the beauty of Thailand.  So many adventures ahead and I'm anxiously awaiting to see + hear about them. 

Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.
— Franz Schubert