Jessica & Aaron

I already know this session will forever be one of my all-time favorite engagements for years to come! I met Jessica and Aaron up at Mt. Falcon Park, which overlooks some beautiful hills and even the Red Rocks Amphitheater not too far away.

These two lovebirds were absolutely adorable, and had me laughing several times throughout the session. Even Aaron couldn’t keep a straight face for long, which didn’t bother me at all! Their love (as seen in these images below) is so genuine and I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to capture their engagement photos for them before they head off to Greece in a few weeks for an intimate ceremony — just the two of them!

We were even so lucky enough to have a stunning sunset and a perfect little rainbow to add a little drama to the session. To top it off, Jessica’s ring is to die for, with a beautiful vintage setting and a diamond that radiated everywhere I placed it for a close-up photo! I also loved hearing about their proposal, which happened during a surprise trip to Hawaii! Aaron planned every detail months in advance and proposed in Waipi’o Valley on the steepest road in the world, overlooking the ocean.

Jessica and Aaron met online on Match.com, and their first date involved dinner and margaritas at the Rio Grande in downtown Denver (I knew I liked them for a reason! 😉 ). It’s been a little over two years since then, and they’ve come to love one another for unique and valuable characteristics. Jessica loves Aaron for his sense of humor, hardworking mindset, his heart and honesty — and that he cooks her breakfast on the weekend! And his favorite things about her include her loyalty, her quirky personality, her passion about helping other people, and that she’s not afraid to be silly.
I hope you enjoy glancing through these engagement photos as much as I do! And join me in wishing them an absolutely amazing time on their wedding trip to Santorini! <3

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Kaitlyn at Katogenic Photography is a portrait, underwater and wedding photographer based in Golden, Colorado. However, she still loves to visit her hometown of St. Petersburg, FL for weddings and other photography sessions throughout the year! Whether you’re looking for a creative set of engagement portraits, an adventurous wedding photographer, or a fun bridal/trash-the-dress session, contact Katogenic Photography for your photography needs!

Micayla

I have another gorgeous woman on the blog this week! Meet Micayla, a 22-year-old CNA/Nursing student from Denver. We had a blast taking her portraits up on Mount Evans, and she brought the most stunning dress for the session!

We first started near the uniquely twisted trees in the Mount Goliath Natural Area, and then drove up the mountain towards Summit Lake. Aside from the cold wind, the evening was beautiful, and offered us a perfect sunset over the valleys below.

Micayla is currently working at Denver Health, while she pursues her nursing degree. She loves hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with those she loves. After she graduates, she hopes to travel the world and help make a difference in other people’s lives.

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Kaitlyn at Katogenic Photography is a portrait, underwater and wedding photographer based in Golden, Colorado. However, she still loves to visit her hometown of St. Petersburg, FL for weddings and other photography sessions throughout the year! Whether you’re looking for a creative set of portraits, a fun underwater session, or an adventurous wedding photographer, contact Katogenic Photography for your photography needs!

Lindsay & William

I am over-the-moon about this styled elopement up on Mt. Evans! Lindsay and William are an extremely sweet and adorable couple who were absolutely perfect for a mountainside photography session.

We started out taking photos among the trees at the Mount Goliath Natural Area, and finished up with some stunning snow backdrops farther up the mountain at Summit Lake. To top it off, Lindsay even brought her very own handmade flower crown and bouquet filled with soft pink roses! And both of the dresses she wore for this styled session were made by her friend Chelsy (you can find more of Chelsy’s dresses and other fashion work online).

Lindsay and William met in high school, and although they were both extremely shy while running track together, William asked her to the prom! They’ve been together ever since, and their 3rd wedding anniversary is coming up in August.

When asked what their favorite things were about one another, they had the sweetest answers: William said Lindsay’s compassion and heart; Lindsay said his faith, creative abilities and his ability to support her while she aims to achieve her dreams. Together, they have one fur baby named Loki and they love to travel, camp, and hike in their spare time.

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do! 

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Kaitlyn at Katogenic Photography is a portrait, underwater and wedding photographer based in Golden, Colorado. However, she still loves to visit her hometown of St. Petersburg, FL for weddings and other photography sessions throughout the year! Whether you’re looking for a creative set of engagement portraits, an adventurous wedding photographer, or a fun bridal/trash-the-dress session, contact Katogenic Photography for your photography needs!

Alexa

This week I’m excited to share with you a few of my favorite portraits from Alexa’s session at Cheesman Park in Denver.

She is a sweet 17-year-old woman with some of the most adorable facial freckles I’ve ever seen — which look perfect with her short pixie hair cut! She just graduated this past spring, and loved studying theatre and psychology in school. Now she’s working while taking a year to pursue modeling before going back for a college degree.

We had fun taking a nice mix of portraits, from bright and colorful to a few darker and moodier images. We also dipped our feet into the fountains to capture a few in the water, which was our favorite part of the whole session!

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Wendy

In this blog post I’d love to celebrate Wendy and Kevin’s upcoming wedding anniversary by sharing the gorgeous bride’s trash the dress session at Redington Beach’s fishing pier.

This fun, loving couple are always full of laughs each and every time I see them. And I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to capture their wedding — my first time photographing a wedding (back in 2013!).

Although it’s been a few years since this session, it’s still a gorgeous location and Wendy still tells me how gorgeous she felt during her bridal portraits on the beach. Here are some of my favorites I hope you’ll enjoy!

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Engaged? Recently Married? Contact Katogenic Photography!

Kaitlyn at Katogenic Photography is a portrait, underwater and wedding photographer based in Golden, Colorado. Whether you’re looking for a creative set of engagement portraits, an adventurous wedding photographer, or a fun bridal/trash-the-dress session, contact Katogenic Photography for your photography needs!

Want a Non-Traditional Wedding? Elope Instead!

Whether you just got engaged or you’ve been with a partner for several years and are ready to tie the knot, there are a few important things to consider during the first steps of planning a wedding. Are you hoping to go all out for the big day? Or do you both prefer to have a smaller ceremony without all the bells and whistles?

If you and your soon-to-be spouse aren’t entirely sure you want a traditional ceremony and reception, consider eloping with them instead! Discover some of the fun reasons to take this non-traditional route below.

1. You won’t have to wait 6 months, 9 months, or 1 year.

Bigger weddings often require a lot more time, money and planning. Many venues and wedding vendors are booked at least a few months to one year in advance, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you don’t mind waiting. If you’ve found the perfect venue but the next available date from now is in 9 months, maybe you should take it!

However, if you’d prefer to say your vows and seal them with a kiss within the next couple of months, eloping might be the perfect option for you! Many couples who choose to elope prefer to find a local or regional scenic spot, such as a state or national park. Looking for some examples? Check out this list of best places to elope in Colorado!

2. The focus remains solely about the two of you.

That’s right: no family member or friend can steal the spotlight or stress you out on your special day if you elope. Well, that is if you choose not to invite anyone to tag along!

One of my favorite things about elopements is that it is centered around your love for one another and the commitment you are making — nothing (and no one) else. Some people may decide to bring along one or two others to witness it, but many couples keep it just between the two of them! And in states like Colorado, couples can self-solemnize without an officiant even present.

3. You’ll have hundreds of stunning locations to choose from.

Considering the fact that many couples spend over $30,000 for a wedding nowadays, think of how much less you could spend if you elope — even to another state or country if you wish!

And since you won’t have to consider where you’re guests will be visiting from, the options are endless if you want them to be. Italy, France, Hawaii? Why not!

Cherish the Moment Forever with Katogenic’s Elopement Photography Services

I believe every wedding deserves to be photographed in a beautiful, artistic and memorable way. No matter where you choose to go, from the courthouse to the mountaintops, your ceremony is something that ought to be captured in a way that brings you back to that moment in time for years to come.

This is why I’ve created an elopement photography package specifically tailored to those who want a more intimate ceremony captured on camera. Reach out to tell me about your love story or to ask about availability. I look forward to meeting you!

Lauren

On the blog this week is a gorgeous underwater session — with a ballet/dancer theme!

Lauren Skeoch is a 20-year-old model who also is a full-time manager at a retail company and a full-time student! She’s been modeling for most of her life, but if this career were to fall short, she would love to become a teacher.

These images highlight Lauren’s ability to make photographs seem almost dreamlike. Although this was her first time doing portraits underwater, she pulled it off so well!

I hope you enjoy these photos from Lauren’s session! And if you love what you see, head on over to check out my underwater portfolio!

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Kaitlyn at Katogenic Photography is a portrait, underwater and wedding photographer based in Golden, Colorado. Whether you’re looking for a creative set of portraits or an adventurous wedding photographer, contact Katogenic Photography for your photography needs!

Kayla

I’ve known Kayla for a few years and we’ve always talked about taking photos of each other for fun. With my move to Colorado creeping up on us, we finally decided to hit up downtown St. Petersburg for some portraits at a few locations I’ve been wanting to try for a while now.

One of the things I love most about my hometown of St. Petersburg is that there are countless backdrops to use. Nearly every street has a variety of nooks to pause by and take a few artistic portraits.

I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from our downtown session!

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Looking for a Portrait Photographer? Contact Katogenic Photography!

Kaitlyn at Katogenic Photography is a portrait, underwater and wedding photographer based in Golden, Colorado. However, she still loves to visit her hometown of St. Petersburg, FL for weddings and other photography sessions throughout the year! Whether you’re looking for a creative set of portraits, a fun underwater session, or an adventurous wedding photographer, contact Katogenic Photography for your photography needs!

Mila

For the last five years in a row, I’ve been lucky enough to capture Mila’s birthday portraits!

She’s turned into quite the young lady, mixed with a little bit of wildness and sass that I absolutely love. We had a blast taking some photos in downtown St. Petersburg between the Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater.

Then we drove over to the climbing tree next to the Museum of Fine Arts, and finished off with some ice cream at the Cassis Bakery.

Here are some of my favorites from Mila’s super sweet and fun 5th birthday session!

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Marina & Roman

Marina and Roman’s wedding on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island was one of the most unique weddings I’ve ever experienced. These two lovebirds were sweet, truly smitten and glowing with happiness nearly every minute, day and night.

Their bridal party was also a blast to work with. Marina’s bridesmaids were fun — and simply stunning! Just wait until you see the photos we took in the limo ride to the ceremony location! And the silly bunch of groomsmen had me laughing at least a couple dozen times. They couldn’t even stay serious for too long during the group shots!

This wedding was a great combination of abundant love, traditions and out-of-the-box characteristics. From the friend they had sing and play a song on a ukulele to a couple of guests who performed a ballroom dance, all the way to a sparkler exit, I enjoyed capturing such a unique and fun wedding.

Florist: The Flower Centre of St. Petersburg

Caterer: Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Wedding Cake: Cakes by Nomeda

DJ: Robb Smith Productions

Hair & Makeup: Fabulous Hair by Egla

Wedding Dress: The Dressing Room, St. Petersburg

Getting Ready Location: Residence Inn, Treasure Island

Ceremony & Reception Location: St. Petersburg Lions Club Beach House

Getting Ready & Pre-Ceremony

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The Wedding Details

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The Ceremony

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Bride & Groom

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Bridal Party

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The Reception

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The Sparkler Exit

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Engaged? Recently Married? Contact Katogenic Photography!

Kaitlyn at Katogenic Photography is a portrait, underwater and wedding photographer based in Golden, Colorado. However, she still loves to visit her hometown of St. Petersburg, FL for weddings and other photography sessions throughout the year! Whether you’re looking for a creative set of engagement portraits, an adventurous wedding photographer, or a fun bridal/trash-the-dress session, contact Katogenic Photography for your photography needs!