Engagements and Couples

Aspen Colorado Engagement Photographer | Brad + Annie

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!

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Now Scheduling Fall Portrait Sessions!

It's that time of year again!

The colorful Colorado fall leaves will soon be transforming and now is the time to schedule your family portrait session for late September through October!

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6 tips to Dress for photo success!

One of the toughest decisions to make when it comes to photo shoots with groups is what to wear for your family photo session and how to coordinate colors and patterns in your wardrobe. Maybe your family was the one that always opted for the same color polos, so veering away seems challenging! It’s actually very simple to get a group coordinated.

Here are 6 simple tips to help you get started.

1. Pick a color palette, not a single color. For example, a blue/orange palette: blues (dark, light) oranges or coral, and some denim look well together in this grouping. Not every family member has to have all of the colors in their outfits, but make sure everyone blends with each other slightly so everything pulls together.

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2.  Don’t have too many patterns. One or two in the group is fine, like stripes on a skirt, or something simple like that, but the more patterns, the less put together you look! Too many patterns can also distract from the people.

3.  Try and have similar styles. Either choose a nicer, button-up classy look, or maybe have everyone in a more relaxed t-shirt and jeans style, but try to keep consistent.

4.  If you are still having trouble choosing a color scheme, look around your house at the décor. When you hang the picture of your family on your wall, what are the colors in that room? Choose colors that coordinate with the surroundings / décor around your house.

5.  Pinterest is a great way to get ideas and see how others have coordinated their looks. You can even look up outfit ideas by color.  Check out my what to wear pinterest board here for inspiration!

6.  Mom should ALWAYS plan her outfit first and build the rest of the family's wardrobe around what she has selected.  Remember, if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!

Seth + Kelsey | Hotchkiss Colorado Engagement Photographer


Kelsey and Seth are engaged and getting married May 1st, 2015 in Silverthorne Colorado!  I'm sure this will be a celebration that their friends and family won't want to miss!

Over 4th of July weekend I traveled to Hotchkiss, Colorado to the childhood home of Seth for the couple's engagement session.  We had so much fun and couldn't have picked a more beautiful evening for a shoot.  Thanks to the owners of Kuntz Ranch for the use of their property and their vintage Chevy!  It was the perfect touch to an intimate setting.

Congratulations Seth and Kelsey!  Let the wedding planning begin!




Chantel + Cody | Western Colorado Engagement Photographer

SAVE THE DATE!  Cody and Chantel will be getting hitched October 4th, 2014!

That's about all the details I have for now but I'm sure to bet that this will be a wedding you won't want to miss, if you're invited that is.  I'm disappointed that I won't be able to shoot their special day due to already being booked but I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to work with this cute couple anyhow.  Oh and their smart little red healer, Roxie, who has just as much bubbly personality as her owners!

Congratulations Cody & Chantel!



DeAna + Qionn | Grand Junction Engagement Photographer

Downtown Grand Junction is the perfect setting for any photo session if you appreciate the urban feel.  Especially when the weather is chilly and the trees haven't quite begun to show signs that spring has sprung.  That's where I took these two love birds on a brisk February afternoon.  This is DeAna and Qionn.  A newly engaged couple who has proved to me that long distance relationships can and really do work.  Qionn is a Sailor stationed in Japan while his beautiful bride to be is a student at CMU.  Both are from the Front Range so you can imagine how tickled I was to photograph an out of town couple!


Congratulations DeAna & Qionn!



Jenna + Shelby | Engagements | Grand Junction Colorado

Jenna and Shelby:  The Proposal

March 31st, 2013

I copied this straight from their website where you can read their entire story and get details about their wedding at http://shelbyandjenna.ourwedding.com

March 31, 2013 happened to be Easter Sunday.  Shelby and I got up a little earlier than normal so we could go to my sister Nicole's house and watch my nieces and nephew look for Easter eggs.  After wandering the yard for a bit I looked at Shelby from across the yard and noticed he had an Easter basket in his hands.  As I got closer I noticed several colorful plastic eggs in the basket.  He gave me the basket and told me they were mine, and that the Easter bunny brought it for me.  I looked closer at the eggs and noticed they had numbers on them, numbered 1-4.  It was then that I realized what he was doing.  I opened up the first egg and a piece of paper along with a chocolate kiss was inside.  The paper read "Will."  I immediately started shaking and a huge smile was planted on my face.  I proceeded to open the other 3 each one had a chocolate kiss and a slip of paper, the others reading "You", "Marry", "Me".  I looked up from the basket and saw him down on one knee in front of me.  The moment was all too fast but I heard him say "Jenna, will you marry me?"  Of course I said yes and gave him a huge hug and kiss.  I looked around the yard forgetting for a moment that we were still in the middle of our Easter egg hunt and noticed my family clapping and congratulating us.  My mom was snapping pictures and trying her best not to cry.  I was one of the most special moments to date and am so excited to start my life with Shelby.heart




Congratulations Jenna and Shelby!



Keira + Troy | Engagements | Palisade Colorado

Troy and Keira:  The Beginning

Troy and Keira met one evening through mutual friends but it wasn't until a few weeks later when Troy friended Keira on Facebook and a friendship began.  They started hanging out and after a few months things escalated into something much more.  Troy proposed to Keira on may 6th, 2013 which happened to be their 3rd anniversary. He told her that he had something for her to look at in his taxidermy shop and when she entered the shop she saw a bouquet of roses on the counter.  When she got closer she found her ring in the middle of a rose. When she turned around to look at him he popped the question!

The wedding is set for June 7th, 2014!




Congratulations Keira & Troy!