Yearbook photos have been turned in and this Roaring Fork Senior Photographer is celebrating another successfully busy season! Thank you to all of the High School Seniors who have chosen CJP to create some totally rad images to document this important milestone! What do I do now that the season has ended? Well, I get to catch up on all the adult tasks that come with owning a business like taxes and the not so fun stuff that these seniors will soon get to complain about as well. But, during the midst of adulthood I enjoy getting to spend every chance I get with these young people before they embark on their new adventures. It's a time for me to be creative, play, and shoot without pressure. That's exactly what we did here in our local laundromat! Enough with the cold winter months, let's do something indoors. So I called up these two awesome gals and said "hey, find some retro"ish" outfits and let's go play in the Laundromat (because I had been there not long ago and the light was amazing!). We did and we had a blast! Although, the Laundromat was quite busy - who knew?
Another GORGEOUS wedding has taken place this summer and this time we traveled lengths of the Roaring Fork Valley. Matt and Amy were wed at the beautiful St. Stephen Catholic Church in Glenwood Springs, Colorado with the reception held at the lovely Redstone Inn. The church in Glenwood is stunning! If you haven't been, I suggest you put it on your list of places to visit. It's truly incredible! Following the ceremony the bridal party hopped into a party bus provided by Charm Chauffeurs and traveled to Redstone, CO for the reception. We made stops in Carbondale for photo opps with the Majestic Mt. Sopris and then proceeded to venture past Redstone for photos near Marble. It was quite the day and so many amazing photos for the new couple to enjoy for eternity! Take a look and be sure to check out the vendors for all of your wedding planning needs!
Vendors for the day included: Ceremony: Father Bert Chilson, St. Stephen Catholic Church \\ Reception venue and Catering: Redstone Inn \\ Bridal Gown: Victoria Rose Bridal \\ Bridal Makeup: Gaby Bello \\ Bridal Jewelry: Ashley Jammaron & Jean Schnoes \\ Floral Design: Susan's Flowers \\ Music: DJ Benny \\ Cake: Melissa Miller \\ Desserts: Caitlin Causey, Becky Mathiowetz, Heather Marine, Gluten Free Momma \\ Hair: Fiore Salon \\ Bridesmaids Attire: Azazie & Valerie's Bridal \\ Groomsmen Attire: Treadz \\ Photography: Carrie Johnson Photography
As an Aspen Colorado engagement photographer I get to explore some of the most amazingly beautiful destinations with my couples! Colorado never seems to disappoint! Recently I got to venture up Independence Pass to an old Ghost Town with Brad, Annie and their dog Emma. The scenery, views and cool mountain air was the perfect escape to a hot summer day. Together we had a lot of fun playing and exploring and Brad and Annie were totally in their element. I'm looking forward to their wedding this fall where they will tie the knot at another great mountain destination - Bair Ranch in the Glenwood Canyon!
Be sure to follow me on Instagram @carriejohnsonphotography for a peek into all the glorious destinations we are venturing to! Next stop, The Great Sand Dunes National Park!
As a Colorado Wedding Photographer I get to travel to some of the most amazing places in the state! Recently, I visited Coulter Lake Guest Ranch for the wedding of Adrian and Brandi. I had no idea this place even existed here in the mountains of Western Colorado! The views were absolutely breath taking! Brandi and Adrian, with the help of their beloved family and friends put together the most beautiful DIY decor I have ever seen! There were decorations and details in every corner of the ranch. Check it out for yourself in the photos below!
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Coulter!
Special thanks to the following vendors, family and friends:
Venue: Coulter Lake Guest Ranch // Catering: Rib City Grill (Rifle) // Music & Photo Booth: DJ Ryan Griz & 970 Photo Booth // Cake: Janice Banister (Brandi's Mother) // Decorations: Janice Banister, Michelle Phillips, Mikah Phillips, Kahla Keeney, and Brandi // Hair: Blush Salon and Kaylee Pixler // Bridal Gown: Maggie Sotero // Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff Petal Pink // Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse // Photography: Carrie Johnson Photography & Assistant Kelsey Hoisington
Today is the day that the Coal Ridge Class of 2017 will walk together and say their goodbyes one last time. Among those students is Christian whom I've gotten to know over the past year and I can tell you he is one funny guy! Christian is headed to Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah this fall. There he will earn his Bachelors in Biology.
They are graduating faster than I can produce the blog posts! I couldn't forget Miss Reilly who walked with Central High School's Class of 2017 yesterday morning! I've said it before but I'll say it again, I am so lucky to get to work with such a great group of Seniors year after year. Reilly has really been one of my favorites this season because she is such a hard worker and an inspiration to her peers. She has already turned her tassel and tossed her cap in the air and this fall she is headed to Colorado Mesa University to study Psychology. She is excited for her college adventures but she is going to miss her friends and the nights spent in the student section at the volleyball and basketball games! She even admits that she will miss the teachers that she grew close to during her 4 years of high school. Awwwww, Reilly girl, you are such a sweetheart! I can't wait to see and hear about all the fun you are going to have at CMU!
"The Best is yet to come"
I'm not sure if she tossed that beautifully decorated hat into the air but this girl graduated earlier today from Central High School! Briana is so amazing! Seriously, I can't think of a better word to describe her! I have gotten to know Briana over the past year as a member of my model team and she is so sweet I wish I could keep her around forever! She has worked so hard to get where she's going and this fall she is headed to the University of Colorado Boulder to study Chemical Engineering. She earned a plethora of scholarships to help her fulfill her dreams including the University of Colorado Boulder Outstanding Student Award, the Grand Valley Power Scholarship and the CMU Distinguished scholars award... just to name a few.
When I asked Briana if there was anything I should share with the world on her behalf, she wanted to send a HUGE thank you to her parents for supporting her throughout the years and helping her to become the person she is today! She even thanked ME, oh my gosh what a doll she is! Thanks Briana!! You are the greatest!!
I wish you all the best and I can't wait to follow your journey!
The Class of 2017 from Palisade High School will walk across the stage one last time today and among those turning their tassels is the lovely Destinee. Destinee has been an awesome member of my street team throughout her senior year and I have really enjoyed getting to know her! Later this fall she will attend Regis University in Denver, CO to study chemistry and she even received an annual scholarship to do so!
Way to go, girl! I am so excited for where life's journey will take you and I have no doubts that you will be incredibly successful!!
Caleb is another Graduate coming out of Grand Junction and he will soon earn his diploma from Valley West High School. Caleb is an incredibly talented dancer and has been a member of the Absolute Dance Studio in GJ for quite some time. He has been dancing since he was 9 years old and recently received a full tuition scholarship to The Kansas City Ballet summer intensive where he will be heading for 5 weeks this summer! Caleb plans to take a gap year before heading off to college and soaking in as much dance as he can.
Be on the lookout for Caleb this fall when Absolute Dance hosts the ballet show, Snow White!
I wish you all the best on your new adventures!
The Coal Ridge Class of 2017 is about to set free another incredible student! Allow me to introduce to you Miss Madison! Madie will graduate with her class mates on May 21st and this fall she is headed to Colorado Mesa University to obtain her Nursing degree! Family and friends are so proud her and she's definitely earned all of the good fortune headed her way. Madie has received a handful of scholarships to help her on her journey to success and among those scholarships awarded are: CMU Distinguished Scholars (Full tuition), CMU First Generation, and the Glenwood Hot Springs Higher Education Scholarship.
I thoroughly enjoyed having Madie on my Team this year. The very first time we met I was blown away by her infectious smile! Seriously, this girl has a smile that you remember and it's so contagious. Madie has held the position of Senior Class president throughout her final year as a Titan and one of the things she will miss the most is being able to coordinate all of the class and school events. She will also greatly miss her peers and classmates. (I'm going to miss you too, girl!)
Palisade HS Class of 2017 is full of incredible students! Among those students who will soon flip her tassel and toss her hat in the air is Miss Ivy. This girl right here has been so much fun to watch and work with over the past year! She has a heart of gold and a personality that instantly makes you want to be her best friend! Ivy will walk across the stage on May 15th and this fall she is headed to Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She's got her eye on some pretty outstanding degrees including a Bachelor's in Psychology/Criminal Justice and then she wants to pursue her master's in Forensic Psychology. You go girl!
Ivy tells me that she will miss her friends and the thousands of adventures! She will miss the family-like atmosphere of her high school classes and more specifically her IB peers. Late night football games were some of her favorite times and the late night dinners with besties. Don't worry, Ivy girl, college life won't disappoint. I promise!
Ivy has been a wonderful addition to my Class of 2017 Street Team!
I can't wait to see all you do in life!
The end is near! Well, the end of High School anyway. Over the next couple of weeks I will be showcasing the 2017 graduates that I had the pleasure of working with over the past year.
Meet Kylie! Kylie will soon graduate from Coal Ridge High School in Silt/New Castle, Colorado. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Kylie quite well over the past few years, she even babysits for us on occasion. She is the sweetest thing and I know that her future holds great things for her!
Kylie will graduate on May 21st and this fall she is headed to The University of Northern Colorado to study criminology and criminal justice. She has been an active member of the Coal Ridge Cheer Team throughout high school and plans to continue that path through college by participating in the dance club.
Miss Kylie has the most incredible parents a kid could dream of being raised by and they are the one thing she will miss the most when she embarks on this new adventure.
To all upcoming Seniors, Kylie wants to leave you with a little advice:
"High School goes by too fast. Don't take it for granted. Enjoy it to the very fullest!"
Congratulations, Kylie! We are all so excited to see you off on this wonderful journey!
Record snowfall on the Grand Mesa made for an Epic Snowy Colorado Wedding for Taylor and Thomas! The canyon like paths that led to the cabins and through the trees were so amazing to see. I honestly don't think I've seen that much snow in my entire life living in Colorado! Thomas and Taylor embraced the beauty as they said I do and wish to give thanks to their many friends and family who helped lend a hand to see that their day went off without a hitch! The day was stunningly beautiful, see for yourself...
Vendors for the day included:
Venue and Catering: Mesa Lakes Resort || Wedding Cake: Simply Cakes by Camberly || Floral Design: Country Elegance Florist || Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal || Men's Attire: Boot Barn || Bride and Groom Rings: Kay Jewelers || Photography: Carrie Johnson Photography
2016 is going out with a BANG! Last year I gave away a free family photo session by yours truly and I'd like to do it again! This time around there will be 2 Winners! You have a choice of a Family session or a High School Senior Session.
The contest is simple and will run from Dec. 23 through Dec. 31st @ 11:59 pm. Winners will be announced on January 1st, 2017
Fall is the perfect time for a wedding especially in the glorious Roaring Fork Valley! It has some of the most amazing venues and landscapes to escape for a Mountain Wedding! Braulio and Keli chose the Redstone Inn for their October 1st wedding and it was incredible!
Vendors for the day included:
Venue, lodging & catering: Redstone Inn \\ Cake: Sunshine & Moons \\ Hair Design: Hairbrainz \\ Entertainment: DJ Naka G \\ Bridal Gown: Victoria Rose (Lillian West Design) \\ Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulus.com \\ Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse \\ Photography: Carrie Johnson Photography & Assistant Kelsey Hoisington
Have you ever been to a wedding where the couple has a jackpot goat roping instead of the traditional money dance? I have! Branden and Tia tied the knot at a beautiful ranch in Buford, CO on September 3rd. The southwest theme was incredible and these two went over the top! AMAZING is the only word that can describe their special day.
Along with the tremendous help of family and friends, the list of vendors for the day included:
Rehearsal dinner: Ma Famiglia (Meeker, CO) \\ Desserts, appetizers, Cake: Kate Simms \\ DJ: Merik Music \\ Bridal Gown: Victoria Rose \\ Photography: Carrie Johnson Photography & Assistant Kelsey Hoisington
A gorgeous Roaring Fork Wedding nestled in the valley of Carbondale, CO with breathtaking views of Mt. Sopris was the perfect ending to summer. Dusty and Caitlin said their I Do's on August 27th at the Gianinetti Spring Creek Ranch and the details were incredible!
Vendors for the day included:
Bridal Gown: Victoria Rose Bridal // Veil: Julia Belles Veils // Bridal Jewelry: The Exquisite Bride & Be Yourself Jewelry // Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal // Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse & Boot Barn // Floral Design: Caitlynn // Cake & Desserts: Afternoon Delight Bakery // Cake Topper: McLaserPro // Rentals: Premier Party Rentals // Linens: CV Linens // DJ: Merik Music // Caterer: Slow Groovin' BBQ // Day of Lunch provided by: Heidi's Brooklyn Deli // Photography: Carrie Johnson Photography & Assistant Kelsey Hoisington Photography
Dusty & Caitlin!
xo - Carrie
Caity Grace, Plateau Valley Class of 2017, is the first Senior to make the blog this season! Caity is a Cowboy! I don't mean a boot wearing, country singing, cow wrangling kinda cowboy - she is a Plateau Valley Cowboy (KAC!)! She is an amazing young woman, so sweet and down to earth who has future plans to play college basketball after she turns her tassel in the spring. Caity came over the hill to hang out with me in Silt for her Senior Photo Session which was nothing short of AMAZING! See for yourself...
What's a nerdy, science themed wedding without an actual chemical reaction?! Alex and Britt recently tied the knot at Pioneer Town in Cedaredge, CO and let me tell you their wedding was EPIC! Every last detail of their big day has a story behind it, all the way down to the cat litter buckets used to display flowers at the greeting table. I will give you the specifics in a later post once I've finished editing this amazing wedding. For now, please enjoy these few sneak peeks of the nerdiest wedding I've ever photographed!
Thanks, Britt and Alex!
As a Colorado Wedding Photographer I have the privilege of photographing some of the most gorgeous weddings! Christian and Amber's June 25th wedding was one for the books! I'm almost certain that the entire town of Collbran and perhaps a good portion of Mesa attended their celebration at the Feller Ranch on the Grand Mesa. The couple's wedding was almost entirely DIY with family from all over pitching in to see that the day went off with out a hitch. Take a look at their sneak peeks here and stay tuned for more from this grand wedding!