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How to Find the Perfect Golden Aspens

Who doesn't love a perfect Golden Aspen Grove mid-fall? It's an idyllic time to have professional photos taken—family photos, maternity, wedding, newborns, even headshots!

But I'll be honest, it's a bit daunting as a photographer sometimes. The window is short, and often the most popular, well-known spots for great Aspen groves are milling with tourists making fine-art style images and portraits a bit harder to capture (or requires a lot of photo shop.)

The only way I know how to get these great shots, is to give yourself lots of time to drive around, be patient, and if you see something that looks good, just pull over and go-for it! (Safely, of course.)

When Christine and Nate wanted some Aspen-dawned maternity photos, I definitely under-promised and over-delivered here.

Without giving away our secret spots (email me if you really must know where we went), these photos certainly show that we blew normal autumn-themed photos out of the park! I actually had to lower the saturation on some of these images simply because it looked unrealistic with how yellow and orange they were! The nearing-sunset lighting also helped make the colors pop.

This first spot was a "Quick, Pull over there!" moment. Shortly after getting started, another photographer came to take some family photos, so clearly it was a good one.

We then took a dirt road that I vaguely know (it gets adventurous when you don't have any cell service!), and came across this haven of aspen! It felt like a little orange garden we climbed inside. Such a unique spot! I'll definitely aim to catch it when it turns again next year.

And to make the photoshoot even better, as we left our aspen haven, we ran into both a bull and cow moose munching on some turning leaves! Unfortunately I didn't have my zoom lens on when he strolled by, but this zoomed in photo shows the moment.

The father-to-be also happens to love photography, so he helped seek out some great lighting poking through some more gold at this probably private property.

Another semi-secret look-out location (keep Colorado wild, folks!) that I think carries the equivalent to a Boulder, County Lost Gulch Lookout without the crowds, was how we ended our session, right as the sun put on a glorious performance over the continental divide.

I'm so grateful Nate & Christine chose me to help them capture the beginning of their journey as parents. Super looking forward to meeting the little bean in a few weeks for newborn pictures!

Much love,


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