Durango, Colorado Engagement Photographer // Alan & Alex

There's something so sweet about engagement sessions. It's such a unique and special time in a couple's life ... full of hope, possibility, and tenderness. That's why I was honored to go adventure in the mountains with these two lovebirds last week and capture some of these special moments. 

Alan & Alex ~ I'm so excited for all that's ahead for you both! Let your love be a safe place to always come home to. I hope that these photos are a treasure for years to come. 

xo, 

Vanessa 

Telluride Ski Resort Wedding // Featured on Rocky Mountain Bride

I'm delighted to announce that Erin & Elias' stunning Telluride wedding is featured today on Rocky Mountain Bride! Not only was their day well-planned, thoughtful, and gorgeous down to every detail, but at the center of it, were two people so filled with love, generosity, and joy that it radiated through every person who had the privilege of being a part of it.

 I'm so honored to be featured today on Rocky Mountain Bride's blog here, or you can take a little peek below. 

Elias & Erin ~

Marriage is an adventure. One filled with mountain top joys and low valley challenges. And you two have what it takes for the journey. You are building your love on a deep heritage of love, passed down from your parents. May your roots go even deeper and stronger. May your love be a beacon that always guides you home. 

Maternity & Newborn Session

Having kids totally changed my life. You are no longer responsible for just yourself and suddenly have another person who is totally and utterly dependent on you ~ which is the most exhilarating and terrifying thing in the world. 

My kids have changed me in ways I never imagined ~ and looking back over the last several years, I'm so grateful for the ways that they have. They have taught me to see the world through their eyes, forced me to become more selfless and generous, showed me how to slow down, revealed my shortcomings and the way I desperately need Jesus, demonstrated faith in ways only a child can, shown me how to give and receive unconditional love, and taught me how to live in the moment. It's more challenging than anything I've ever done, but also more rewarding than anything I've ever known. 

So when my friends Adam & Lexis told me they were pregnant and asked me to capture their maternity and newborn photos, I was so excited. Excited to capture this important milestone and transition in life ... a change that is so big that it goes much beyond photos. But I hope these pictures serve as a reminder to them of a beautiful season - a season of change, growth, dependence, exhaustion, delight, and beyond all else - a season where their hearts grew bigger than they could have ever imagined. 

2016 Favorites

I feel so honored and grateful to have captured so many incredible people this year. Honestly, I'm humbled by my role ... I feel like I get to sneak into some of the most joyful moments of people's lives, and photograph a memory to be captured in time forever. 

From truly amazing people and talented vendors, to some of the most spectacular views this side of the San Juan mountains, through snow, rain, & sunshine, I wielded my camera into some breathtaking places - and want to say a huge thank you to every client that I had the joy of photographing this year. Thank you for inviting me into your lives. It's such a gift. 

Looking forward to another incredible year filled with love, memories, and great adventures! Here are a few of my favorites from 2016.