Gagne Wedding at Brainard Lake, Colorado

By September 28, 2016 blog, Colorado, Photography, Portfolio, Weddings
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My dear friend recently got married to her one and only. Friends since high school, and sweethearts for the most recent years, Danielle and Zach have made their home Denver. They tied the knot at the gorgeous Brainard Lake in Ward, Colorado. Complete with alpine flowers, handmade signs, and one hell of a meal at Oak in Boulder.

Zach named her his back in the day, saying to the best man “One day I’ll marry Danielle, and you’ll marry Brenda”. Their love is pure adventurous and I couldn’t have had more fun with them on their special day.

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Cheers to many more happy years for these two!

Josie

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Soundscape Vinyasa yoga with Steph Winsor and Arli Liberman

By August 10, 2016 blog, Events/ Portraits, Photography, Yoga
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Last Friday I got the opportunity to photograph an amazing yoga practice with teacher Steph Winsor and musician Arli Liberman. Arli uses the guitar, effects pedals and looping techniques to create a soundscapes that entrance and center the listener. Arli has toured with the Wanderlust festival, accompanying many a meditation and yoga practice. Check out his work on spotify, and learn more about him from his website here: http://www.arliliberman.com

His sound is truly unique, and a blessing to hear.

 

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The class was led by teacher and amazing human Steph Winsor. Steph’s teaching style is best described by her own bio:

Steph’s vinyasa flow is inspired by beats and bliss; she weds power, passion and inner peace through fluid movements, strong sequences and deep releases. From her love of biology and soulful experiences her authentic voice floats between sharing bodily knowledge & encouraging intuitive experiences that let moving meditation come to life throughout class in the sweetest of ways. A ski addict + guide, yoga + spin instructor, optimist, entrepreneur, adventurer, music junkie, storyteller & soul sister.

Check out Steph’s classes at Kindness, the River and Rhythm Revolution in Denver, and be on the lookout for when she one day has her own talk show.

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The workshop took place at the south Broadway location of Kindness yoga in Denver. Kindness has several different locations in the Denver area and offers tons of different style classes, workshops, etc. Check out their website here http://www.kindnesscollective.com

 

I loved being a part of this event, and can’t wait to work with other amazing people on different projects this year. There is nothing more inspiring than working with other passionate people to turn projects into reality. If you’re doing something you need captured in the Denver area please contact me! I hope to have an abundance of connections and collaborations in the near future.

in love and light,

Josie

 

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Yoga on the Rocks: Week 3

By June 20, 2016 blog, Events/ Portraits, Photography, Yoga
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Another awesome Yoga on the Rocks took place last Saturday hosted by the River yoga studio, and taught by Jennifer Jarrett. The class was accompanied by music from DJ Rico Sol.

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Theres no place like Red Rocks!

 

with love,

Josie

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Yoga on the Rocks: Weeks 1 & 2 (June 2016)

By June 15, 2016 blog, Events/ Portraits, Photography, Portfolio, Yoga
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One of the best parts about living in Colorado is access to the amazing Red Rocks Amphitheater. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the formation of Red Rocks, well the formation of the amphitheater amongst these rock structures. The naturally formed amphitheater boasts some of the best acoustics, and unique events. Along with concerts, Red Rocks hosts Yoga on the Rocks in the summer months. Theses photos are from the first two weeks of Yoga on the Rocks this year. The month of June is put on by the local yoga studio the River.

Week one was taught by Sara Rice and accompanied by DJillE.

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Week Two was taught by Christa Schwind and Katy Rowe and accompanied by DJ Artisan Jones.

 

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It is awe-inspiring to practice amongst 2,500 yogis, in a location like Red Rocks. Situated right at the foothills, Red Rocks offers a view of the entire city of Denver, as well as, the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. There is truly no place like this to practice yoga. To take an hour to practice outdoors with so many people. amongst all the fear in this world, is to take an hour to remind oneself of the love and peace that is achievable with mankind.

I highly recommend checking out Yoga on the Rocks. The remaining dates for this year are sold out… so make sure to watch for this opportunity next year.

 

namaste,

Josie

 

 

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Shelby Portraits

By April 20, 2016 Events/ Portraits, Photography
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Portraits taken of Shelby during a photography class with Rick Cummings in Boulder. Rick Cummings Photography

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She’s gorgeous right?

So fun working with a wonderful model and different lighting effects.

Hope you enjoy,

Josie

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Mirna Portraits

By April 20, 2016 Events/ Portraits, Photography
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Day 2 of a portrait photography class by Body Form Workshop with the talented model Mirna.

 

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Banff National Park

By February 24, 2016 blog, Hiking, landscapes, Photography, Travel
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So it has once again been a while since I have written. Still can’t believe how slack I have been about getting these pictures posted. Trying to turn a new leaf here and get the rest of them up, so we can move on to my awesome new home in Denver, CO. After driving through the Icefields parkway I landed in Banff National Park, specifically Lake Louise. I had booked my campsite at Lake Louise almost 5 months in advance. Unfortunately it rained almost the entire time I was there, leaving my birthday week in a misty haze.

Lake Louise is one of the most photographed spots in the world, especially with the rise of Instagram. The water here is riddled with glacier rock deposits, giving it the amazing teal color. The color on these pictures has hardly been edited, the water is just that stunning.

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Me on my 25th birthday! One fourth of a century old. Took a hike to the tea houses around Lake Louise in the pouring down rain.

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There are two tea houses that you are able to hike to from the base of Lake Louise. Once again I think I did the trail backwards, completing the “Tea House Challenge” hiking to both tea houses around the lake in one day. I reached the Plain of Six Glaciers tea house first, and unfortunately realized I needed to have cash on me to purchase anything. I sat for a minute and then headed to Lake Agnes Tea House. The pretty open hike left me soaking wet, I took my time sitting underneath the wooden beams, relishing in my birthday and being alone. As someone who has always had massive parties and tons of people around for my birthday’s this was quite a change. A subtle days passing with no crazy fan fare. However while I sat at the tea house and ate cake (which was awesome for being four miles out), I happened to mention to a family who sat near that it was my birthday, hence the cake. Like most of the wonderful Canadians I met, they were overly friendly and doted on me like I was part of their family, even going so far as to sing me Happy Birthday.

 

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One of the women who ran the Tea House, heard of my trip and said “I love it, a woman of the 21st century with mass independence.” Im not sure there was a nicer thing said on the whole trip. I still think about those words and know that I am able to accomplish anything. Happy 25th to me.

Right outside of the town of Banff is Vermillion Lakes, which offer up these amazing views seen in the next couple pictures. The Canadian Rockies may not be as high in altitude as the Colorado Rockies, but their verticality is like none other. It seems these mountains shoot straight up out of the earth.

 

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And then of course located right beside Lake Louise is Moraine Lake, another stunning drop of sheer rock faces into stunning blue-green waters. Both lakes are known for their picturesque brightly colored canoes that create the color contrast of a photographer’s dreams.

 

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A semi-sunny Lake Louise

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Everywhere you drive around Banff offers another view and another jaw dropping moment. This next picture was just taken alongside of the highway. It is a hard place to keep your eyes on the road.

 

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Even the decay creates stunning color palettes.

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One morning I was tempted to drive back up part of the parkway. Along the way I ran into this wonderful still lake, just waking up to the morning sun.

 

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Moraine Lake is a place you can’t just go to once. Unfortunately during the summer there are hiking restrictions due to bear activity. You must hike in groups of at least two, recommended four people to help produce noise so the bears are aware of your presence. This was one of the only bummers about being by myself.

 

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Its been six months, I would like to go back now.

in love,

Josie

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Icefields Parkway Part II

By January 9, 2016 blog, Hiking, landscapes, Photography, Travel
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As I continued down the Icefields Parkway I was astonished at the continuous beauty that unfolded before me. These next few are of the Columbia Icefield. These are the largest glacier fields south of the arctic circle. As you can see when I arrived in late July the glaciers were down to the smallest they have been ever. While it was July and these were the smallest they would be all year, this was also the first time I could physically see the effects of global warming. What used to stretch all the way down to the road, and across the mountains had shrunk to a fraction of its original size.

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All the water in this area really is that beautiful bright teal color. This comes from being glacier water, the glacier will pull rock salt down with it and creates this sediment in the water. It may be my favorite natural effect on water.

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It was hard to drive along this parkway, every second there was a new breathtaking a natural feature.  Along the road are several lakes and vantage spots that one should take advantage of. The first being Peyto Lake. This viewpoint is easy to access and only a short walk from a parking lot. While overlooking the lake you can easily see how the valley was formed by glaciers, reminiscent of a very ancient time.

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Peyto Lake feeds into Bow lake, pictured below.

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Out of all of the roads traveled this summer, the Icefields Parkway was by far the most beautiful. I hope to come back someday and see it in the different seasons. While the Canadian Rockies actually reach much smaller altitudes than the Colorado Rockies, their steep verticality makes them seem much more massive.

 

Heres to one day going back!

Josie

 

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Jasper and the Icefields Parkway

By December 31, 2015 blog, landscapes, Photography, Travel, Uncategorized
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From Vancouver I drove north to Whistler for a quick second to take in a music festival in Pemberton, B.C.. The festival was phenomenal, the Canadians really know how to host a party.

From Pemberton I drove East for the first time to Jasper National Park. I passed through some of the most gorgeous country, rolling mountains paired with glacier waters, and thick pine trees. This was one of my longer drives in the trip, totaling eight hours. I arrived into the edges of Jasper National Park around sunset and the lighting was stunning. The shadows stretching across jagged rock faces, paired with low-hanging rolling clouds and shaded with mystically changing colors, almost brought tears to my eyes.

These next few photographs are from the next evening in Jasper.

 

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– The trusty steed…

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These next couple shots are of Pyramid Lake, right beside Patricia Lake in Jasper. I got up early one morning and found this lake at the perfect time. These next few photos are my favorite ones from the whole trip. The reflection and color of the water epitomize the feeling of the Canadian Rockies. Apologizes for posting  a lot of similar pictures, but really, who can get enough of this shot?

 

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If you’ve got the funds there is a resort right by this lake with wonderful, colorful boats and canoes to take out and explore the teal water.

From Jasper I headed down the Icefields Parkway, the stunning road leading from Jasper to Banff National Park. This is perhaps the most stunning road in the world. The full parkway stretches 144 miles, but the route from Jasper to Banff is only 111 miles total. I had to look up this figure, and to be honest I never would’ve guessed that it was this long in total. The scenery makes you forget you’re even in a car.

 

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Here you start to see why it is called the Icefields Parkway, with glacier after glacier. However, these glaciers are not what they once were, and possibly won’t exist in a short period of time.

 

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There is a chain of hostels that runs along the parkway, mainly I think for the numerous amount of people who bike the road. The hostels, most run by HI (Hosteling International), have little internet access, or in some cases running water. I stayed at the one in Jasper, which did in fact have all the normal amenities. I also stayed at HI- Beauty Creek, which resides directly in the middle of the parkway, and the view from which is seen below. Beauty Creek has no showers or running water, but what it lacks in amenities it makes up for in serenity.

 

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And just a few more of this view because why not…

 

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That wraps up the first half of the parkway.  More to come with the southern half next.

Can’t believe its the last day of 2015 and I have not even finished documenting the rest of my travels. Hope your 2015 was as amazing as mine and that you at least saw something incredible!

with love,

Josie

 

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Victoria and Vancouver, B.C.

By November 25, 2015 blog, Travel
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Next stop: Canada

After Washington I headed north into British Columbia, Canada. I thought this trip would be the perfect opportunity to see a little of our northern neighbor. These shots are all from Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia.

To get to Victoria you have to take a ferry from Vancouver to Vancouver Island. The ferry ride is gorgeous, coursing over cool waters that house whales and tiny dots of islands.

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Victoria is a small, beachy town with gorgeous architecture.

 

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Vancouver, B.C.

(the most fun, seriously)

I hardly have pictures from Vancouver because I was too busy partying with my new Irish friends. Who I met at Samesun Hostel, which I highly recommend for anyone in Vancouver, granted you want to meet new people and have a good time. Located on Granville Street the party never stops at Samesun.

Besides the partying Vancouver is also an amazing city with tons to offer, and I hope to return in the near future.

 

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