Durango Photographers capture Goodin Family Portraits

The Goodin Family includes mom Anna, dad Robert, 3 yr old Catherine, and 8 month old Eliza, along with their two dogs who are elderly, but still getting around good. They won the gift certificate provided by Durango Photographers to the Garden Project of the Southwest for their silent auction.

Anna, is a lawyer, but is currently writing children’s books. Robert loves to ski in our great Durango Colorado area. Catherine loves Frozen and Moana movies and little Eliza is teething (poor baby). They all like to go hiking together and play with their dogs.

The day we did their family portraits turned out to be cold and windy, but they persevered and we got some great images for them (had to do some head swapping because hair was blowing into Catherine’s face in some of them). The two little girls are wearing dresses made by their great grandmother, so even though they were chilly, they did a marvelous job of looking like they were happy about doing the family photos – haha.

I hope you enjoy their portraits. Thanks for taking a look.

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Family sitting on rocks by the river

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Family walking across the bride swinging Catherine

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Catherine sitting on a rocking chair

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Catherine and Eliza snuggling in the leaves

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Family with their fur babies

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The family sitting on window frame above Durango

If you need family portraits taken, have a wedding coming up, or a high school senior graduating, get in touch with us to have those memories captured for you.

Thanks, Karen

Karen Skelly Photography

Durango Photographers

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karen@karenskellyphoto.com

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Mattie and Jason’s Wedding by Photographers in Durango CO

Mattie and Jason live in Bayfield CO which is near where we live. We call ourselves Weddings by Photographers in Durango CO because Bayfield is a very small town and more people look in Durango for photographers. They both love horses and worked at Parelli Natural Horsemanship. Jason is an IT expert and Mattie worked on the professional administrative team.

The Wedding Day

They were married at Lemon Lake Lodge on a rainy day. The ceremony was supposed to be outside, but luckily they had a tent and that’s where they were married. The rain stopped right after the ceremony, so we were able to get all of the family, wedding party, and couple’s photos outdoors. This area is in a severe drought and there was very little water left in Lemon Lake. They are actually standing in the lake where there used to be water. I love the stormy looking sky and the colors in the images.

They got engaged on Thanksgiving day in 2017 after having been together for a year. There first date lasted 37 hours and was life changing for both of them. Mattie had actually given her two weeks notice at her job and was planning to move to Florida. After that date, she decided to stay and they are happily still living in Colorado.

This is how Mattie described the proposal:

“It was after dinner, Jason had planned it with our pastor (and friend) to do it then. He had even arranged for my parents to be there. We went around the table telling everyone what we were thankful for. Jason went last and made a little speech about how blessed he was to have me in this life. He ended with asking me to spend every Thanksgiving for the rest of our lives together while he slid the ring in front of me. By that point, we were both crying, so I think I croaked out ‘of course, yes!’.

Morgan is 12 yrs old and is Jason’s daughter. She was a bridesmaid for Mattie and you can tell they love each other just like mother and daughter. They are so happy to be celebrating their lives together.

Mattie and Jason both love to hike, fish, and explore the outdoors together. They love the towns of Durango, Salida, and Silverton. I can’t blame them (I’ve only been to Salida once a long time ago) – but I do love Durango and Silverton.

Enjoy their beautiful wedding day images.

 

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Bride and Dad walking to the tent in the rain

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The ceremony inside the tent

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Mattie, Jason, and their family and friends

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Mattie, Jason, and Morgan

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Portrait of Mattie

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Jason and Mattie walking in the field

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The big dip

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Jason and Mattie kissing at sunset

Thank you, Karen

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Durango Photographers with wedding at Strater Hotel

Georgia and Brooks currently live in Texas, but chose to get married in Durango CO because the weather is cooler and we have mountains. Durango Photographers all love people from other states who enjoy our scenery.

Georgia is from China so unfortunately her family wasn’t able to attend the wedding, but Brooks’ family became hers and you could tell that she loves all of them as well. Brooks was visiting his cousin in China who teaches English there, and Georgia was a good friend of his cousin. They met, dated, fell in love, and Brooks proposed. This is how he described the proposal – so sweet:

“Georgia was helping me pack up my old apartment so I could move closer to where she went to school. I mentioned I wanted to leave this stage of our relationship with this apartment and proposed”.

Georgia is currently a grad student and is studying to be a teacher. Brooks is a cyber security startup founder. They would both love to live in Durango, but obligations keep them in Texas. As Durango Photographers we would love to have them move here – we need teachers and computer geeks:)

Georgia and Brooks had their wedding ceremony at the Lions Den which is near Ft Lewis College and overlooks Durango. They held their reception at Strater Hotel. The Strater Hotel event coordinator, Emily, sets up both the ceremony and reception for the couple. She does an amazing job making sure everything runs smoothly and the couple has no stress on their happy day. The Strater Hotel is a beautiful place that was built in the late 1800s and embodies the old western style with some Victorian touches.  Many famous people have stayed at the Strater Hotel and it has been renovated many times over the years.

After the wedding ceremony, Georgia changed into a traditional Chinese dress. Durango Photographers love having variety with beautiful people and beautiful dresses. Georgia speaks perfect English and was funny and sweet.

Enjoy the photos:

 

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The Wedding Ceremony at Lions Den

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I told them to pretend I wasn’t there. They did a fabulous job of that.

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Standing in front of the Strater Hotel

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Bride’s sparkly shoes with wedding rings

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On the roof of the Strater Hotel

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Groom carrying the bride over the threshold into honeymoon suite at Strater Hotel

Thank you for reading this post,

Karen

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Rachel’s Senior Portraits by Durango Photographers

Rachel is an outgoing, fun, beautiful girl who will be graduating from high school next spring and plans to study engineering in her home state of Missouri. Her and her family love to visit southwest Colorado to do some 4-wheeling and site seeing. Durango and Silverton are two of their favorite places, so they searched for Durango Photographers and hired us to take their daughter’s portraits. I always feel honored when they choose me and my husband. My husband, Ken, loves to go 4-wheeling also, so him and Rachel’s dad (also named Ken) had lots to talk about.

Right now she attends Festus Senior High, and plays volleyball and runs on the track team. She’s in the National Honor Society and the Book Club. So she’s not only beautiful, but smart as well. Her hobbies include snowboarding, art, tubing, and jeeping. Backpacking across Europe is on her bucket list. She’s very fond of chai tea (as am I), hence the photo of her reading and drinking tea. Two of my favorite things!

Her biggest accomplishment so far is Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program). I had never heard of this, but it’s a program for gifted students who are then provided with advanced educational opportunities. This girl is going to go far in life (of course, she also wants to travel).

Thanks for taking a look at her senior portraits.

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Close up of Rachel’s lovely face

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Reflecting on her future

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Reading and drinking tea are two of her favorite things

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She’s ready to travel (although not hitchhiking in the real world)

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This was an outtake showing how really windy it was that day

Luv, Karen

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Animas High School Graduation by Durango Photographers

I’ve been photographing the Animas High School Graduation in Durango CO for quite a few years now and it’s always a fun and exciting day. My husband and I are Durango Photographers, and he helps me get all of the graduating seniors in the right positions and then holds one of the flashes with umbrella. I have a teacher hold the other one because I need two to light the faces of all of these students.

We photograph the large group in the morning, then do a practice run for the actual graduation ceremony at the Ft Lewis College auditorium.  Then we come back in the evening to photograph each student with their diploma. I also do some candid photos during the ceremony, and finish off with the kids throwing their caps in the air.

This year was a smaller class than usual. In past years there have been 50-60 students and this year there was around 40. They expect next year to be back up to 60 kids. We offer the parents many options to purchase memories of their senior’s portraits. The most popular item is called a Memory Mate. It includes a photo of the class group taken in the morning, a inset of the student holding their diploma, along with their name and year of graduation. The Animas High School logo is also included. I’ve posted a sample of this Memory Mate below. They can also purchase prints of just their son or daughter in several different sizes.

We also give the school an 8×10 print of the class group which they frame and hang on the wall in the hallway near the principal’s office. They’re probably going to run out of room on that wall in a few years – haha.

Please enjoy these photos.

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AHS Graduating Class throwing their caps in the air

We also photograph high school senior portraits, weddings, family portraits, and boudoir. Give us a call at 970.884.5292 to set up a session.

Thanks, Karen

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Tiffany’s senior portraits by Photographers in Durango CO

Tiffany and her mom came all the way from Odessa Texas to have her senior portraits taken by Photographers in Durango CO.  Tiffany’s aunt lives in Cortez so it was a good excuse for them to visit this beautiful area.  They didn’t want her senior portraits taken in TX where there are no mountains and other gorgeous scenery.  They had a great time here and really enjoyed the hours we spent together to capture these amazing images of a beautiful girl. As with most of my clients, we went to three different locations so they would have lots of variety for these portraits.

They ordered some great items to remember her Senior year – an image box with 13 mounted images, a 20×24 canvas to hang on their wall, many prints, and 3 magnetized accordion albums.  I’ve had many clients from Texas and they all really value these photographic memories.

I just love her outfits, especially the white summer dress. The black skirt and jacket look so cool with the antique police car and motorcycle. She’s a glam cowgirl – haha.

If you have a boy or girl who will be a senior in high school this coming year, get in touch with me. Now is the time to do their senior portraits before school starts. Everybody gets so busy and it gets harder to schedule a session.

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Dalton Ranch Wedding by Photographers in Durango CO

My husband and I are photographers in Durango CO. We love to photograph the wedding days of our clients and are so grateful that they chose us.

Erika and Devin were married at Dalton Ranch Golf Course which is located in Durango CO and is an awesome venue for a wedding. Check out their website at www.DaltonRanch.com.

Erika and Devin both work for a natural gas company, but not in the same departments so they never actually crossed paths. They met at a friend’s barbeque party after a mutual friend talked to each of them separately and told them they would be a perfect match. So they finally met and have been together for 7.5 yrs.  They were engaged on August 12, 2017. While watching the sunset on top of Stoney Pass near Silverton CO, Devin got down on one knee and asked Erika to be his wife. It was a classic proposal which never gets old.

We did a First Look with the Bride and her Father, which is always emotional. It’s the first time he gets to see his daughter all dressed up on her wedding day.

There was so much love at this wedding with both of their families attending and many friends. One of their friends had the list of family portraits they wanted taken, so she just called each person into the photo and told others it was okay to leave. I would love to hire her for all my weddings – that was such a huge help.

As you scroll through the beautiful wedding images of Erika and Devin, I hope you feel like you know this couple a little bit and can share their joy and happiness. It was an honor and a privilege to be their wedding photographers.

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Groom Dipping the Bride

Luv, Karen

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Intimate Wedding by Photographers in Durango CO

My husband and I are photographers in Durango CO. We love to photograph weddings all over the Southwestern Colorado and New Mexico area.

Liz and Jimmy were the sweetest couple and you would never know by looking at them, but they are grand parents. They have 3 adult children between them (from different marriages), and the flower girl is one of their grand children. Even though Caylee, the flower girl, is related to Jimmy, Liz loves her like one of her own. They go shopping and do lots of things together.

Liz, her mom, the flower girl, and her maid of honor all got their hair and makeup done at Nearly Famous Salon in Farmington NM. The ceremony and reception were held at Lakeshore Reception Center in Flora Vista NM. Liz and Jimmy met at her friend’s birthday party and they’ve actually been together for 11 years. About time they got married, right!  They became engaged on Christmas Day 2017. Liz describes the proposal as Awkward – haha.

Liz is an avid horse woman (hence the cake topper). She loves to go horse camping and trail riding with her friends. Jimmy loves to cruise on his Harley ultra limited bike. They both work for the oil fields in New Mexico.

As you scroll through their beautiful wedding day, I hope you enjoy this couple as much as we did. Being a part of their wedding was such a special honor for us. We are hoping to do some more photos of them with her horse and his sports car.

 

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Bride and Groom holding hands before lighting the Unity Candle

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Winter Wedding in the Snow by Durango CO Photographers

My husband and I are Durango CO Photographers and we’re the best team around!

Jessi and Nate were married on Lime Creek Road on a February day with snow falling on and off all day. Luckily, they love the snow and love Colorado. Jessi is an avid skier and her favorite place to ski is Purgatory Ski Resort in Durango. Lime Creek Road is the old main road that used to run from Durango to Silverton. It’s now just a dirt road that leads to some hiking trails, a few homes, and some gorgeous views.

Jessi’s parents have a cabin not too far from their ceremony site and that’s where we met up with the couple and their families. It was a very small wedding with just the couple’s parents, Nate’s sister, and Jessi’s best friend who was the officiant at the ceremony. They had already planned their trip to Durango to ski and enjoy the snow and just decided on 1/12/18 to throw in an elopement. They ordered an 8×8 hard paged album and she let me know when they received it and that they both love it so much.

Jessi and Nate have been together for 8 yrs and live with their 7 animals in Texas. Jessi’s best friend (Alma) was the person who introduced them, so it’s the best thing ever that she was the one who married them. Nate is a chef, so I foresee Jessi having some great meals. She also likes to cook, so they’ll probably spend some great quality time in the kitchen.

As you scroll through the images (I know I put a lot of them in here), I hope you feel their love as much as we did. We got along so well with everyone that we started to feel like part of the family, which is the biggest compliment clients can give to us.

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Bride and Groom cut the wedding cake

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Wedding Photographers in Durango CO love a good trail wedding

Ken, my husband, and I are wedding photographers in Durango CO. Chavis and Regan live in Oregon, but love Colorado for it’s beauty, mountains, streams, and hiking trails.

Regan used to live in Durango and worked at the Animas Museum and Steamworks Brewing Company. Then she moved to Oregon to attend the University of Oregon. She also went to Viña del Mar University to study Spanish. She studied history at the University of Oregon and a university in Oklahoma. She will be a teacher soon. I’m friends with Regan on facebook so I know what she’s been up to, but Chavis isn’t on facebook so I can’t tell you much about him, except that he’s very much in love with Regan.

That’s why they chose to get married on the Colorado Trail, which runs from Durango to Golden CO for a total of around 500 miles. Yes, they hiked the entire length of the trail FOR THEIR HONEYMOON!

If you missed the first post from this wedding on the Colorado Trail, here’s the link https://karenskellyphoto.com/blog/durango-co-wedding-photographers-do-a-fun-trail-wedding/.  After the ceremony, they had to change their clothes, and yes there were other people on the trail hiking, biking, and running who were not part of the wedding.  Regan’s mom brought a sheet which they tied between two trees so they could get out of their wedding clothes and into their hiking duds.

They brought champagne in a picnic basket and everyone had a great time toasting the couple after the ceremony. I asked if they would like to have some photos in the water and they were more than happy to  jump into the creek for a couple of photographs.

I love that their fur baby was the ring bearer during the ceremony, and even had his own pack for the hike.

Enjoy!

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Bride, Groom, and Dog heading out to hike their honeymoon

Thank you for taking a look,

Luv, Karen

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