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St Mary’s Glacier Couple Session

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One of the reasons I’m a photographer is because there’s something indistinguishably magical about being able to freeze a moment in time. Watching couples see the images I’ve captured for them and be able to feel what they felt in those moments is like a secret superpower–a gift that I can’t imagine not being able to give. 

And it’s this magic–along with the magic of meeting amazing couples who want to ditch what’s expected and prioritize what’s important to them–that’s what keeps me absolutely over the moon in love with what I do. 

But there’s a truly important distinction I want to get out of the way. 

It’s something I want every couple out there to know. You don’t have to get married or even get engaged to understand and feel this magic. Your love for your partner can be captured and immortalized–and you don’t need a wedding ring or a guest list to do it. 

Yes, of course, on your wedding day or when you get engaged, you’ll want those memories captured, but there are other important and deeply meaningful elements of your relationship that aren’t dictated by those things. And that love–that commitment and adoration you have for each other–deserves to be documented. 

That’s one of the reasons I’m so deeply invested in couples’ photos. 

When Camilla and Brayan reached out to me, they told me they were visiting Colorado from Miami. They were looking for beautiful and authentic photos of themselves in a stunning place–for no reason other than it’s what they wanted. They were seeking a way to document these memories and these moments together forever, and they didn’t need any other driving reason to do it other than it mattered to them.

To me, that’s always something I’m ready and excited to capture. 

We talked about a variety of places to explore (one of the perks of visiting Colorado is there’s no shortage of incredible spots). Eventually, we settled on St. Mary’s Glacier, a stunning hike near Idaho Springs, Colorado. 

St. Mary’s Glacier is beautiful–so beautiful that it’s infamous. The chance of it being crowded was high on a summery, breezy, and beautiful day like the one we met on. But somehow, we lucked out–it was mostly empty, and the weather was gorgeous. 

As we started the trek up, I was immediately impressed with these Floridians from Miami. St. Mary’s Glacier isn’t the most strenuous hike in the world, but it’s no easy feat. At over 11,000 feet of elevation, I expected this Miami couple to take it slow and steady. But they hiked like absolute champs, enjoying every second of it together. 

When we hiked a little closer to the lake, Camilla and Brayan found private spots to change into their desired attire for their couple’s photos. 

First, Camilla donned a light blue dress that moved beautifully with the wind. They explored the August landscape, soaking in the summer moments Colorado offered them. Before they got too deep into their hiking exploration, Camilla changed once more. This time, into the dress she wanted to wear most of all–a deep red gown that fluttered with the wind and danced with her when she walked. 

They spent their time enjoying the trail and soaking in the moments together. When we neared the lake, they braved the icy water to hop up on a rock for a better view of the entire scene. They laughed and held each other close, getting lost in the moments the winds swept up her dress and blustered over them. Sometimes, I felt like I wasn’t even there. 

And to be honest, that’s always what I’m hoping for. I’m always there to guide and offer advice and make sure couples are comfortable, but all I want for them is to authentically explore the area and feel every moment as it’s happening. Camilla and Brayan were the perfect examples of that. 

One of the things I love about capturing photos like these–elopements or not–is how obviously in love every couple is. Sometimes, people think I’ve got some sort of posing or photo magic that makes them look better than they do in reality. 

But the truth is, when you’re in love and comfortable with your partner, that’s where the real magic is. 

All I do is capture what’s right in front of me. 

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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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