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🧜‍♀️the Hiking MERMAID  Professional photographer 📸 and TOUR GUIDE! Getting people into the wild and outa their comfort zones! Owner @estesparkphotographer @estesparkcolorado

Never did I even imagine that INSTAGRAM could bring so many new friends into my life! AND we have so many things in common BEFORE we meet! So meeting isn’t awkward because we have many things to talk about! 🙌💜🧜‍♀️🌌📸
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This morning I made new friends and grew closer with old friends! We all met at the Sprague Lake parking lot at 4:15am and headed to the back of the lake!!! That’s where the good stuff is 😉 blue hour was creeping in on this shot forcing me to hurry hurry hurry!! Excited though because it paid off!!! We made some magic happen this morning out at Sprague Lake!!! Mother Nature also did her thang as you can see🙌🙏💜 grateful for moments like these! What an incredibly nice and fun group of down cats I tell you!!!!!! 😸 @b.happycamper @workcamperninja @coloradomtnmomma @isislanigan @my_anh.tran .
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Sprague Lake 5:11am
Nikon D5, 14mm 2.8f
ISO 2000, 25 sec.
Hand lit with a flashlight .
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Excited for TONIGHT!!!!!!!!! I’m headed out to here (Sprague lake) again, but to shoot some ladies in the dark!!!!🙌❤️ .
This is from when @rm_digitalpro , @bendriver , and @imagesofestespark got together at 4am to shoot some Milky Way and sunrise stuff! We didn’t luck out with the stars, too much moonlight that night. But she got one heck of a beautiful sunrise over the continental divide!!!!!
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Spent the ENTIRE day yesterday romping around the park with 4 lovely ladies!!!!! We were blessed with deer, ELK, sun, clouds, and of course it’s not Estes without the WINDS!! 💨 For SEVEN hours we laughed and hiked and photographed just about everything we saw as well as some cool stuff from @spirithoods and @adventuristbackpacks!!!!! At times it was almost like we were in our own hilarity bubble. The entire day was beyond needed and I’m grateful for the laughs shared with @thetravelingstoner_ @edenvidal27 @morgan.wandering and @akaleancakes .
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How was your weekend?! Did you get out somewhere you really enjoyed?! Where was it????
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Saturday wasn’t only a big day for me, but an even bigger day for these two!!! We met at 4:45am this time since the sun keeps creeping up earlier and earlier 🙌☀️ and off to the trailhead we went!
The winds weren’t tooooo bad but it was probably 15mph out. That’s good for Estes so we will take it!!! We made it to nymph lake and blue hour began! A little ahead of schedule so we walked around the lake playing around. When we arrived at the overlook above nymph lake there were just a couple colors out but the clouds were just hogging all the light and color. So we trekked I’m ahead! Almost to dream lake the nerves were setting in I’m sure! She had no idea but he was completely aware of the events to unfold! We got to the lake and of course it’s the worst. The lake always has the worst winds :( so we didn’t wanna stay long. We walked out to the middle and I posed them around a bit. Then it was time. I put them back to back took a couple shots then I tell her to step forward a bit, point to him to get down, and then I have her turn around. The process is priceless every time!!! The reactions are all so genuine my heart just melts!!!!! Words lasted long here allowing time for me to move around and get different shots! I was stoked! She said yes with a gleeful laugh and they both rejoiced in the moment!!!! It’s always so beautiful and I can’t believe I get to experience this over and over!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️ what a wonderful life this is!❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Many thanks again to my wonderful assistant @focusinwithmolly 📸❤️📸💪
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Looking for a photographer to capture your unique experience.... IM YOUR MERMAID!!!🧜‍♀️📸💜
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Oh! The other SUPER EXCITING thing that happened to me Saturday..... I AM NOW WILDERNESS AND REMOTE FIRST AID AND CPR CERTIFIED!!!!🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 baby steps to bigger things!!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️🧜‍♀️
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Wicked windy but drop bead gorgeous day!!!!! Dream lake in all its frozen beauty!!!! .
Scoping out the trail for my sunrise proposal hike to dream lake tomorrow!!!!!!
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Got @focusinwithmolly assisting me again!!!!!!🙏❤️
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Even though we arrived at 3am the sights were still breathtaking! The canyon engulfed us and we slept soooo peacefully!!!!!
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"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."~ John Muir .
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A new mountain range for my eyeballs!!!!! I've NEVER SEEN THESE BEAUTIES BEFORE!!!!! And check out how incredibly different the landscape is here from one place to the next!!!!!!!!! So much to be seen!!
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These scenes when I find them in real life, they give me LIFE, and INSPIRATION!! And feeling of purpose! I feel like all old forgotten houses have a story to tell and just want to be heard!!! When I capture the home I feel the LIFE that it used to hold!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️
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I decided a solo adventure was in order, so I chose a couple locations that i wanted to see, and hanging lake has been on the top of that list for a while now. I couldn't have picked a better time and day! The icicles barely hanging on from the frost of the 14 degree cold night before was absolutely beautiful!!!! I had no idea there was a giant waterfall behind hanging lake that was more beautiful than my pictures could describe! This is a place you MUST SEE WITH YOUR OWN EYES! But beware! There's heavy traffic almost always, so go early or late and right now there's a lot of ice so I'd bring yaktraks or microspikes! And PLEASE, for MOTHER NATURES SAKE, STAY ON THE DAMN TRAIL!!! Don't be an asshat and stand on the log or anywhere else the signs tell you NOT TO
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Here it is, I finally made it, and it took my breath away!!!!! Even after the hundreds of images I've seen of this place, in PERSON, it's truly just a natural beauty!!! That being said, there's tons of heavy traffic that comes here so PLEASE FOR MOTHER NATURES SAKE PLEASE LISTEN TO THE SIGNS! Stay OFF THE LOG and EVERYWHERE ELSE THEY ASK YOU TOO!!! It's not hard to follow simple rules! You can still enjoy every aspect of the pace just listen to the rules! The real reason I wanted to visit as soon as I could, was because I won't be surprised when they close this place down and sell it to someone to conserve the amazing place! It's happened to places in Texas, I'm waiting for it to start happening here. Or they will install a lottery, and then who knows when I’ll get to go back!!! .
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Quick snap from my sunrise proposal hike with the girls!
Sometimes it’s hard for me because while I’m shooting portraits during that amazing golden hour I just wanna run off and find that EPIC landscape shot! Generally there’s zero time for that so I snapped one as I could along the way! .
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Sooooo I got to partake in someone’s incredibly special day again! To get picked to be involved with these kinds of things make my heart so damn happy!!!!!!!! It’s somebody’s once in a lifetime and I get to be there to not only share it but to capture it for them to cherish for the rest of their lives!!!!! (No pressure right?!🙈) .
For these two ladies it again like Estes Park normal, was windy and blowing fresh snow around🤷‍♀️ we went anyways!!! We met at 5:00am just so we could wake up with the world and say hello to the sun! Early times payoff! We didn’t get the vivid colors we were hoping for but we got a BEAUTIFUL sunrise anyways!!!!! We made it to dream lake and the plan was for the big question to happen at Dream lake, but if you know RMNP, the lakes and the parking lots are the worst when it comes to wind💨 ! The whole hike in the middle is blocked with trees but once you get to the lake, if you had crazy winds in the parking lot expect them to be a little crazier at the lake! Since we made it there we shot some portraits, but Katie decided we should go back to the lookout above nymph lake because it was a LOT LESS insane there! GREAT IDEA on her part! I fly with the flow no matter what so I was game! When we got there it was perfect! The sky was golden and the time was right! Katie dropped to a knee and I had Kendra turn around! It was perfect!!!!!! Katie asked the question and Kendra said YES, tears were shed, kisses were shared and we all cheered with excitement!!!! Another beautiful proposal down in the books for me!!!!🧜‍♀️📸💜 GOD I LOVE MY JOB!
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Thanks @focusinwithmolly for being a great assistant!!!!!!
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