Coal Ridge Senior | Amethyst

The time has come to give a shout out to the Coal Ridge Seniors as Graduation day is quickly approaching!  I have had the pleasure of getting to know this girl right here and I have to tell you she is beautiful, sweet and so thoughtful.  She has had an incredible Senior year which included a trip to state with one of the top cheerleading teams on the Western Slope!  Props to Amethyst as she is headed to AZ this fall to attend the American Institute of Interior Design!  Woah!  Congrats, girlie!!  

Best of luck to you, Amethyst! 

~xo

Carrie

Dirty Laundry | Roaring Fork Senior Photographer

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?

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Glenwood Springs Wedding Photographer | Matt + Amy

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

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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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Colorado Wedding Photographer | Adrian + Brandi

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

 

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Coal Ridge Class of 2017 | Christian

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.

Congratulations, Christian!!

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Central High School Class of 2017 | Reilly

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!

Congratulations!!

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"The Best is yet to come"

xo,

Carrie

Central High School | Briana

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!

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