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Denver Engagement Session

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Something I truly love about my job is that I’m capturing moments in time for two people wholly in love–but no one (I mean not even me!) should have to wait for their elopement day to have those moments captured forever. I’m a big (like really big) fan of couples booking sessions for a ton of reasons other than just their elopement.

Don’t get me wrong–elopements are obviously my jam (it’s my entire job, after all), but what it really boils down to is that love deserves to be captured, no matter where you are on your journey. And that, of course, includes engagement photos. 

Hayley and Ethan are an adorable and sweet couple who wanted to make sure they had a few special memories sealed into their minds forever from the time they were engaged. To me, that’s the perfect reason to opt for engagement photos, even if you’re not planning a proposal for that specific moment.

Hayley and Ethan were already engaged and knew they wanted a few special captures to savor those sweet moments in this phase before they said their vows. And, of course, I was so ready to work with this adventurous and fun couple. 

I met up with Hayley and Ethan on a fun little trail near Denver–they weren’t looking for the most challenging or epic hike, just something beautiful they could appreciate and enjoy together. These two were so comfortable with each other and in their love, but they told me straight away that they were a little nervous about being on that side of the camera. 

As a quick aside, I want every couple out there to know that it’s totally normal to be a little nervous about having someone capture photos of you and your partner. That’s a human thing–you know, to be a little anxious about getting pictures taken. 

Maybe you’ll feel a little nervous, maybe a little self-conscious, maybe even afraid you won’t like the photos. But you know what? Once you get in front of the camera and relax and focus on your partner and the love you share, all of that melts away. 

Hayley and Ethan were no exception. These two beautiful people started out just a touch shy about all the photos at first, but a few minutes in, they were laughing and smiling ear to ear. When I look at their album, I barely remember that they started out nervous. Every photo is an echo of something beautiful, hilarious, or meaningful. 

And that’s what couples remember, too. When they look at photos of themselves from their engagement sessions or their elopement days, it’s just the memory of feeling that love. 

Their engagement session was all about sharing time together in a place they thought was beautiful–so the views were important to them. The trail didn’t disappoint, the vistas didn’t disappoint, and of course, the time they shared together soaking it all in didn’t disappoint, either. 

These two were hoping for a classic and breathtaking sunset for their engagement photos, but Colorado had her own plans–as she usually does. 

It was a little cloudy around the time the sun started to set. While we were slightly disappointed to know we might not get the light show they’d been dreaming of, something else amazing was unfolding in front of our eyes–a gloriously moody display of Fall colors. 

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Alex, Coastal Elopement

"We loved our experience having Marcela as our elopement day photographer.

What was even more special about our experience was her ability to set us at ease months before our day. Through constant communication leading up to, and during, the day we got eloped. Her personality is that, in just four days time, we felt as if we've known her for years. 

Ah, but you're wondering about her photos. We loved every thing about them especially the raw emotion captured in many of the shots."

Caitlin, Alpine Lake Elopement

"My husband and I have been trying to put into words how simply amazing working with Marcela was.

From the start we could tell she truly cared about us, our relationship, and our story. She asked us so many questions, valued what we wanted, and kept up with the ever changing plans that came along with planning a wedding.

She made us feel so comfortable, made us laugh till we cried, and captured our true wholesome love for each other."

"We loved every moment of the day she helped create. Marcela was the perfect photographer for our adventure elopement! She worked tirelessly to make our adventure into marriage happen after our first options were snowed in! Great Sand Dunes felt like the perfect unique place for two Floridians who met in the mountains.

She made us comfortable to be ourselves throughout the whole day while making her job look effortless and fun. Our cheeks hurt from smiling, laughing and a few tears.

Marcela captured every precious moment! Her photography is absolutely stunning every way! I highly recommend Marcela for your elopement or wedding!"

Lauren, Sand Dunes Elopement

Amy, Forest Elopement

"Instead of telling us how to pose or interact with each other, Marcela gave us prompts that seemed simple but made a huge difference.

She asked us to talk about our first date. We discussed the weirdest things we loved about each other (which made us laugh) and how we could fulfill each other’s love languages. Amy and I played games with each other and Marcela captured the energy that happened naturally between us.

I love this shoot because it perfectly captures the love we share. It’s incredible to see that love and admiration encapsulated in a photo! Thank you for this!"

Chris, Anniversary Session

"The photos we just got back from Marcela are giving me CHILLS!! They are absolutely stunning!!!

She did SO MUCH more than just photograph us — she created special moments that I’ll cherish forever. She encouraged Con & I to genuinely interact & share intimate moments together. She prompted us to tell each other things that we love about one other, ways that the other person inspires us, & how being together has positively changed us.

It was more than just a beach shoot. We ended up giving each other precious, heart melting encouragement & that makes these photos all the more treasured to me."

Andrea, Red Rocks Elopement

"We had a pre-meet with her before the big day which definitely helped me feel more relaxed going into the wedding day. She gave us great suggestions and things to think about to be ready with on the wedding. On the day of she showed up early to help scope out the venue. She was creative to try and pull extra joy into our photographs.

When I look at these photos I see more than just beautiful images. I feel the moments that Marcela helped us experience and the connection we had.

I can't thank Marcela enough! We will treasure these moments forever!"

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