a photo recap of the past 365 days

Hey friends, it’s me, Rachel.

I’m logging back on to pull together a blog post of some of my favorite just-for-fun photos from the year. Hopefully, these pictures will give you — our dedicated blog readers — a little look at what’s been happening in the wildly glamorous life of yours truly.

Well, here goes nothin’.



Thanks for tuning in, people. I’ll be back soon with some of my Wood Box Studios session favorites.

Cheers to 2018, my friends! It’s going to be incredible.

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Emily and Jake – Mary’s Lake Lodge Fall Wedding

We loooove to visit the mountains in fall and take in our state’s beautiful aspen leaves. For the past few years, we haven’t made it up during the short Rocky Mountain fall, so we are extra grateful that we got to spend last weekend celebrating with a great couple’s new marriage in Estes Park, basking in Colorado fall and the Joy of Emily and Jake’s wedding at Mary’s Lake Lodge. 

We knew it was going to be a great day because these two are lots of fun.  Emily was a bridesmaid at our mutual friends’ wedding that we photographed in 2014, and between partying with Emily and Jake at that wedding and spending a whole afternoon laughing with them on Kenosha pass when we took their engagement photos, we were pretty sure that their wedding was going to be a truly joyful celebration.  And we weren’t disappointed!   

 Among Emily and Jake’s best qualities is how incredibly hospitable they are.  They hired Jay and I to photograph their rehearsal and rehearsal dinner as well as their wedding, and I felt immediately welcome from the moment I showed up at the rehearsal.  This couple had family and friends come from every corner of the country to celebrate their wedding, so we knew that the warm welcome Emily and Jake give to us as new friends was a glimpse into the kind of strong bonds they make with people from all different parts of their lives.  I hope you can feel a little bit of the warmth and joy Emily and Jake share with each other and with their community in these photos.

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Meet Winny and Marty, extra special wedding-party members.
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This dance party was amazing from start to finish, Leonard from Colorado Sound played a perfect playlist.

Emily and Jake – we are so glad to have met you! Wishing you the very best in your new marriage!

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Laura & Jesse at the Lakewood Country Club

The Wood Box team had an incredible weekend.  While Rachel and Anna were in Durango for a wedding, Jay and I celebrated at the Lakewood Country Club with this beautiful couple.

You might remember Laura and Jesse’s engagement photos–you won’t regret clicking that link, there’s a great dane and giant balloons.  We’d been looking forward to this wedding for a long time.  I met Laura in law school, where I seriously admired her deep commitment to justice and her sense of humor (comic relief in law school is always welcome!).   I knew that their celebration was going to be incredible, both because these two have impeccable taste and because I was promised a rowdy, heartfelt party.  And all my expectations were thoroughly exceeded!

I mean, just look at Laura’s ensemble and the coordinating bridesmaid shirts.  You know you’re in for a beautiful wedding.

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Jesse’s tux was pretty dang sharp, too!

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Here was one of Laura’s only requests — the look on Jesse’s face as she walked down the aisle.
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Unfortunately, a number of people important to Laura and Jesse couldn’t make it to their wedding because of hurricanes, including their officiant.  Another of our law school classmates stepped in at the last minute and did a beautiful job.  

Lakewood Country Club, your ceremony location is perfection.
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How about that hand-lettering on acrylic?? So classy.  Beautiful work by Pen & Paper By Abigail 

Great toasts by all! The crowd was both laughing heartily and wiping away tears during these terrific speeches.

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The best part of this reception was absolutely La Hora Loca — a Latin tradition that Laura’s friends and family from the Dominican Republic led.  It’s been a while since we’ve seen people having this much fun on a dance floor.

Laura and Jesse, we are so happy for you! Heartfelt thanks for including us in your celebration.  It was such an honor to spend the day with your incredible community.  P.S. that tres leches cake from Azucar Bakery was DELICIOUS.

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presenting 2017 Fall Mini Sessions

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It’s back to school time already!?! I’m not quite sure how August snuck up on us so quickly this year.  We’re still in full summer mode at least until September hits, but it’s time for us to start fall scheduling.  October tends to be one of our most-difficult-to-book months, so this year we’re offering mini sessions October 21 in Belleview Park, and October 29 in Hildebrand Ranch Park.  You can choose from a 15 minute, $150 session, or a 40 minute, $250 session.

Here’s the details for each of the two price points for clients to choose from:

$250 – 40 minutes – 30 images

  • Work with one Wood Box Studios Photographer (Allie, Jay, or Rachel) for 40 minutes.
  • Minimum of 30 images delivered via web gallery no more than three weeks following your session.
  • All images delivered in color and black and white.

This option gets you pretty close to a full family session, at a discounted rate.  We’ll deliver a good selection of candid and posed images of your family hanging out in the fall foliage.

$150 – 15 minutes – 5 images

  • Work with one Wood Box Studios Photographer (Allie, Jay, or Rachel) for 15 minutes.
  • Minimum of 5 images delivered via web gallery no more than three weeks following your session.
  • All images delivered in color and black and white.

This super quick photo session is best for the family that just wants to nail one picture for the holiday card.  We’ll get you a great background and one lovely picture of the whole family, and a few other shots.  Because shooting time is limited to 15 minutes, we recommend this session for individuals, couples, families with only one child, or families with older children who take direction well–we need more than 15 minutes to nail that holiday card photo for families with multiple young children.

And here’s the highlights of each of our two locations (with sample photos, of course!)

Belleview Park – October 21

We love shooting at Belleview Park because it has a variety of backgrounds and great spots for kids to play.  We like to take pictures near its beautiful rustic train trestles, playground, cottonwood grove, or red barn with white picket fence.

Belleview Park is near Broadway and Belleview, about a 15 minute drive from central Denver.

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Hildebrand Ranch Park – October 29

Hildebrand Ranch is a perfect fall backdrop, with the yellows and oranges our clients love for their fall photos.  There’s long grass, an old barn structure, a wooden fence, and beautiful open fields.

Hildebrand Ranch Park is in the southwest metro area, located  near Chatfield State Park, about a 30 minute drive from central Denver.

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For booking, email inquiries@woodboxstudios.com.  Based on our usual turnout, we expect to book these dates fully.  So shoot us an email as soon as you’re ready for best availability.  Appointments will be available between 8:00AM and 5:00PM.

Other 2017 Portrait Opportunities

Lookout for our Winter Lifestyle Session special — November 24 and 25 we’ll offer in-home sessions for $250.  At these sessions we love working with families who are trimming their trees, baking together, or enjoying a craft or other activity.

And, as always, full-price portrait sessions are also available. $400 at a variety of locations in the Denver metro area and in Fort Collins.

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Ashley & Zach’s backyard mountain love-fest

You know I love a good cry.  And let me tell you, there were plenty of good happy crys to be had during Zach and Ashley’s wedding weekend.  There were so many moments where eyes all around were full of joyful tears, and I’ve never felt a closeness and a warmth in a big crowd of guests like I felt in Zach’s parents’ backyard when Zash tied the knot.  Ashley is one of my best friends from law school.  She has a kind and genuine heart that’s one-of-a-kind, and she married a wonderful person who is just as heartfelt and graceful as she is.

Because I knew we’d be celebrating hard, we brought the full team.  Jay, Rachel, and our wonderfully talented second shooter Anna Pritchard made sure we had plenty of photos but also plenty of time to soak in the day.  We hope you enjoy the photos we made!  Maybe you’ll feel a little bit of the amazing joy that we felt being there.

I’ll kick things off with the ring shot — Zach designed Ashley’s wedding band, with all kinds of perfect-for-her colors and shapes.

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And that’s Zach’s cousin doing Ashley’s hair.  Friends and family made just about every aspect of the celebration possible and it was awesome to be a part of that.

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Makeup talent brought to you by Ashley’s sister, Sky.denver wedding photojournalismdenver wedding photojournalist photographercolorado wedding photojournalismcolorado experienced wedding photographercolorado sentimental wedding photographer

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Lauren, talented floral designer at Project Floral, wonderful person to spend a wedding weekend with, and Ashley’s childhood friend.
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Zach’s sporting a handmade bolo tie that Ashley put together for him.

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He got ready in his childhood home, an amazing house outside of Steamboat Springs that Zach’s parents built with their own hands.

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And the chuppah? Also handmade, the incredible work of Zach and his dad.

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Oh hey! It’s me, sharing one of Ashley and Zach’s wedding readings.  They picked a passage that Jay and I shared at our own wedding.  I cried when I read it–this whole ceremony space was full of happy tears, I’m telling you.

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Zach’s neighbors are talented musicians and they played the ceremony processional.  Another of our law school friends, Mandi, sang Ashley and Zach’s recessional song, which turned into a community sing along.  Perfect.

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Up next are our bride & groom portraits and because I played no part in taking them–I hung back at the ceremony site and let the other members of the photo team go for it–I’m not ashamed to say they’re pretty beautiful.

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Cakes! Made with love by Melisa Moore, aka Wood Box team mom.
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Ashley’s family friends emceed and deejayed the reception and it was incredible from start to finish.  We’re working on putting together a wedding video, as well. Fingers crossed we captured a little bit of the spirit of that dance floor!
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And here’s a few pictures of the Wood Box Studios team, having the best night ever.

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