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- An intimate wedding at Sapphire Point, Colorado
I had an absolute blast photographing Leslie and Tucker's wedding. Leslie wanted a winter wedding and she got exactly what she asked for. 💖 The snow started falling just as the ceremony began and we captured some sweet, fun moments as we celebrated their union. It was an honor meeting their families and friends, who had driven their way up from Texas for the ceremony. You could feel how much they love the couple, all the way from the decorative details to the homemade lasagna and spaghetti. Ending the day with them at their Airbnb was icing on top of the cake. Thank you for choosing Swenten Photo Video and letting me be part of your special day 😻 Eloping or thinking of a wedding at Sapphire Point, Colorado? Inquire with me today for free photo or video service quote. About Sapphire Point Overlook: About a two-hour drive from Boulder, CO, Sapphire Point Overlook is an intimate and scenic spot popular for picnics and weddings. The observation point is located on the top of Swan Mountain Road and has a small clearing that features a picturesque scene of a reservoir, surrounded by forested mountain views. Size? Small to medium, around 35 people Permit needed? Yes - $110 per day (click here for official information on how to book)
- Top 5 Photography Spots in Colorado
With its proximity to the majestic Rocky Mountains, the state of Colorado is full to the brim with beautiful and scenic locations like none other in the world! Trust me, I've lived in the mountains for a couple of years and can attest that there is no place like the flat irons of the mile high state. Of course, with jaw-dropping places like Rocky Mountain National Park, Lily Lake, the Lost Gulch, and Chautauqua Park, its no wonder locals and tourists alike hire professional photographers to capture them in magazine-worthy locations. With my short experience, here are my five top favorite photo locations in Colorado (for now): 1. Rocky Mountain National Park ⛰️ I'd have to admit I am biased towards RMNP because I lived so close to it for a couple of years. I fell asleep to the waves of the aspen trees in the forests and saw moose, foxes, coyotes and bears leave evidence of their silent visits. 💩 The Rockies will always hold a special place in my heart, which is why it is the number one place I love to take photos at in Colorado. You are just so immersed in the mountains, there is literally no way to take a bad photo. The view while you're up there ain't bad, either. 😉 One of my favorite sessions was when Makeyla and I grabbed some neat portrait photos with Longs Peak beautifully cascaded behind her. Check out the rest of these mountain-esque portrait photos in Rocky Mountain National Park on my Pixieset gallery here. 2. The Great Sand Dunes National Park ⌛ I had mixed reactions to rating this so high up but I just had to. This was a 💭 dream venue and no where on earth does it compare to any other location I've ever photographed. The sunrise colors of the sky made the sand dunes pop and proved to be worthy of a 4 hour trip for Carley & Harrison's Engagement photos. The trip and hike up to the highest peak was, of course, more than worth it. The rolling sand dunes, its scenic mounds and the couple's energy together really created some ✨ magic ✨. I've can't wait for the next opportunity to photograph there again. I've always thought of hosting a styled shoot there one day but we will see! See more Adventure Engagement photos at the Great Sand Dunes National Park here. 3. Lily Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park 🚣♀ Just before you head into Estes Park, you'll come across Lily Lake and be convinced to stop. This beautiful lake is surrounded by hiking trails galore and numerous spots for activities and my favorite, photos 😍 One of my favorite sessions in Lily Lake was photographing Tarah and Dustin's elopement and being able to witness love blossom at one of the world's most beautiful lakes. Whether you want portrait, engagement, wedding or elopement photos, you can never go wrong here 🌲. See more elopement and wedding photos in Lily Lake, RMNP here. 4. The Lost Gulch, Boulder 🌳 Easily one of my go-to places in Boulder to photograph, the Lost Gulch is a photographer-favorite and features a high overlook view over the front range. The overlook itself is not a very large area, but does have numerous private spots for a special conversation *ahem* that might involve someone getting down on one knee 💍🧐. Which is exactly what I got to photography at Danny's proposal to Ili at the Lost Gulch Overlook. From planning a back story and playing an acting role, we worked together to successfully surprise her (spoiler: she said yes!). Even though the weather was cloudy ☁️ and a photographer's nightmare, we captured some of my favorite pictures for these out-of-state lovers. Ahh, memories. See more of this Colorado Proposal photo session here. 5. Chautauqua Park, Boulder 🏞️ Last, but certainly not least, Chautauqua Park in Boulder is another one of my go-to locations for just about anything. With the iconic flat irons beautifully featured in the background of your photos, you can't go wrong with a quick 10 minute walk to gorgeous mountain views and scenery. Whether you are taking photos for an announcement, an engagement or just for fun, grab your partner, your best friend or your fur-child and enjoy one of the most iconic places to visit in Colorado! This list doesn't scratch the surface of all the best photo locations Colorado has to offer. Grab your hiking shoes, head on out and explore them all! Just remember as you scout perfect locations for your photos, check for permit requirements and keep Aliyyah Eniath's quote below in mind. Happy photographing! “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.” Looking for a photographer for one of these locations in Colorado? Inquire today to check date availability or book your session with Swenten Photo Video. I would be more than happy to help you create some of your favorite photos at some of my favorite locations. 🥰 I photograph couples, seniors, professionals and more so get started with me today!
- Engagement photos at the Great Sand Dunes, CO
Have you ever made something so perfect that you're afraid you'll never do anything better? I have. I've been protested and demonstrated agai-- oh, wrong song. No seriously, this is how I feel about my engagement shoot at the Great Sand Dunes National Park with the most electric couple, Carley and Harrison, and their fur-baby, Lady. I met them at the visitor parking of the national park's parking lot just 30 minutes before sunrise. We almost missed sunrise hiking towards the high dune, but we stopped for a second just to grab that early morning sunrise photo. We stopped at various points on our journey to the high dune, and in total, I think we took a solid 2 hours to get to the top. It was not a joke lol and severely reminded me to get back into the gym... But the views were worth it. I wish I could put into words how I felt through the heaving and sweating, but it was just so cathartic to be surrounded by giant dunes as far as the eye could see. Carley and Harrison were so natural in front of the camera and exuded chemistry from the first time I met them. I had so many poses planned but they fell into them fluidly and almost forgot I was there at some point... If you're thinking of taking photos and the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Mosca, CO, do it. It really is one of those "check off your bucket list" things to do. The park is beautiful and you just feel in awe at how big it really is. Not going to lie, it was a little bit of a challenge to get there by sunrise, but it was worth it. There were no large crowds of people to shuffle away from (or edit out) and the views were breath-taking. The next time I photograph there I'll do some at sunset and get some beautiful golden hour colors! :D People do camp out here as well, so if you're the adventurous type, well there you go! It is also a great way to bond with your photographer! Be warned, it is a sand dune so I would not recommend bringing anything you wouldn't want to be buried in sand at some point. A backpack with water is a must and any hats or face coverings to shield your face from the sun is nice. I believe now you have to wear a mask on the trail. If you're looking to have some fun, you can always bring a sand sled (are those even real things) or rent one closeby and sled your way down! If you're a photographer yourself, I would highly recommend putting protective gear over your camera body and using filters to make sure sand does not get into the cracks of your lenses/body. Be careful when switching out lenses and do so with your back against the wind. Location Rating: 8.5/10 (-1.5 bc I still have sand in my pockets) Permits: Yes for commercial photography & videography Cost: $200 photo permit fee, $50 location fee Where to get permits: https://www.nps.gov/grsa/planyourvisit/special-use-permits.htm Interested in booking a session? Take an adventure with me and get photos just like these for your home.
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- Colorado Wedding & Elopement Photographer | Swenten Photo Video
Wedding Pricing: Text Wedding Pricing: Services Timeless keepsakes with stunning mountain or cityscape backdrops Weddings, Elopements, Vow Renewals and more All packages include free consultation on locations, best times, day/weather recommendations. With years of experience posing individuals and groups of people, rest assured your photos will look natural, genuine and true to you. A non-refundable retainer fee of 25% is due upon booking. Remainder is due one (1) week prior to day of event. All images are delivered via an online gallery and will remain available for download up to one (1) calendar year. Images are delivered at a maximum of ~2 weeks following day of event. Total cost may change according to appropriate taxes and fess related to the state of Colorado. Travel is charged at a rate of $0.50 per mile from Aurora, CO . The Elopement Starting at $25 0 plus tax Up to 6 0 minutes 50-75 edited images Unlimited full resolution edited images Unlimited printing rights Book The Micro Wedding Experience peace of mind, knowing your moment will be captured forever, beautifully and in top-notch quality. Starting at $4 0 0 Up to 2 hours 100-125 edited images Unlimited full resolution edited images Unlimited printing rights Book The Half Wedding Catered for couples looking for a photographer for a 4-hour wedding, this package is equipped with all you'll need for photos. Starting at $80 0 Up to 4 hours 200-225 edited images Free 30-minute Engagement Session** Unlimited full resolution edited images Unlimited printing rights Book The Full Wedding This full wedding package includes everything you'll need to ensure your wedding is covered from head to toe! Starting at 1,6 0 0 Up to 8 hours 400-425 edited images Free 60-minute Engagement Session** Unlimited full resolution edited images Unlimited printing rights Book **Limited to selected locations approved by photographer; or locations within 5 miles of Aurora, CO.
- Colorado Engagement & Portrait Photographer | Swenten Photo Video
Beautiful in-studio or outdoor assets for your portfolio or business Portraits, Engagements, Graduation, Business and more All packages include free consultation on locations, best times, day/weather recommendations. With years of experience posing individuals and groups of people, rest assured your photos will look natural, genuine and true to you. A non-refundable retainer fee of 25% is due upon booking. Remainder is due one (1) week prior to day of event. All images are delivered via an online gallery and will remain available for download up to one (1) calendar year. Images are delivered at a maximum of ~2 weeks following day of event. Total cost may change according to appropriate taxes and fess related to the state of Colorado. Travel is charged at a rate of $0.50 per mile from Aurora, CO . The Portrait Starting at $20 0 plus tax 1 person Up to 6 0 minutes 40 edited & re-touched images Unlimited full resolution edited images Unlimited printing rights Up to 1 location & 2 outfits Book The Portrait Plus One Starting at $300 p lus tax 1-2 people Up to 90 minutes 60 edited & re-touched images Unlimited full resolution edited images Unlimited printing rights Up to 2 locat ions * & 2 outfits Book The Family Starting at $ 375 3+ people Up to 9 0 m inutes 60 edited & re-touched images Unlimited full resolution edited images Unlimited printing rights Up to 2 locations* & 2 outfits Book Additional info: Total cost may change according to appropriate taxes and fess related to the state of Colorado. *Locations must be within 5 minutes drive of each other
- Colorado Portrait, Engagement & Wedding Photographer
Swenten Photo Video Book Pricing Portrait & Engagements Wedding Pricing Portfolio Portraits Engagements Weddings Video Professional More About Su Ann Blog Reviews FAQ Search Welcome Swenten Photo Video is a photo or video service that strives to capture the beauty of each moment in a unique way. My style is moody and cinematic, and I am always looking for new ways to capture the emotion and essence of each shoot. Take a look at some of my offerings below, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Su-Ann Owner | Photographer | Videographer WEDDINGS Remember the intimate moments on your special day. From getting ready and first-looks to the ceremony and reception, look for wedding packages to fit your every need. See pricing | Wedding portfolio ENGAGEMENTS Whether its a cozy backyard shoot at home or an adventure to an epic location, your engagement is worth celebrating. See pricing | Engagement Portfolio PORTRAITS Freshen up photos for your website, submit an editorial commission, get sleek, modern senior portrait photos, or simply have a fun time with you and a best friend. See pricing | Portrait portfolio Get started on your dream photos __ Take this next step with me in your photography journey. Rest assured your photo album will be one that you adore and will be proud to share with others! Mark as Starred Mark as Starred Mark as Starred Mark as Starred Mark as Starred "An amazing experience" "An absolute joy to work with!" "On time, friendly, creative and so much more!" SEE REVIEWS