Tega Photography

Free-Spirited Wedding and Lifestyle Photography

Haley & Layne // anniversary // Denver, CO

Haley & Layne are awesome.

Like, make-each-other-laugh-hysterically, pick-up-strange-cats (Haley is a brave woman and pets random cats), have-amazing-tattoos-im-jealous-of kind of awesome.

The best part is the 90% of these photos were in some sort of alley. The kind you might be skeptical to walk down. But not them, and not that day, and I'm glad because I think the results are pretty great :)

On My Speakers: Woo and I are getting our nerd on and watching this documentary about climbing K2. It's cray.

Ashton & Leah // hitched // Lodi, Wisconsin

It's like they knew.

Seriously. It's like they KNEW they'd have the best weather you could ask for on a January day in Wisconsin. That Friday and Sunday both had highs of -2. But the Saturday Ashton and Leah got married, it warmed up to about 30, and they got the winter wedding they were hoping for.

It was my first time in Wisconsin, and despite the cold, the charm and quiet of this place got me good.

I still feel flattered (and lucky) that I got to hang out with Ashton and Leah all day. A couple who loves photography like they love each other. First at her grandparents house and then in a forest nearby. Nothing was rushed and everything was right. Great light. Awesome people.

 Ashton and Leah are a husband & wife photography duo in the Denver area - you can check out their work here.

On My Speakers: Stay With You - John Legend

Lars & Ally // Denver, CO Engagement Photographer

Ally and Lars's engagement session was pretty much a downtown adventure. We shot at like 5 different spots, had two outfit changes, i tried out a new technique, and we STILL had time to spare. I think we killed it, personally, but I'll let y'all decide for yourselves ;)

On My Speakers (but mostly in my head): The Girl - The City and The Colour

Goodbye 2013 // Hello 2014

2013, you were good to me.

I started the year our terrified that I might have taken the wrong path in life. That I'd made a huge mistake...that maybe I shouldn't have dropped everything else to pursue my dreams. Money issues, not making my family proud, not making Woody proud, fear of failure - everything kept me up at night. It's an awful feeling, not knowing how things are going to turn out. I honestly didn't know what to think, except that I had to try.

But 2013, you proved me wrong. And man, did I grow.

I was published 5 times. I shot over 30 weddings. I shot different events for the MS Society, and learned so much about the disease and why it's important we eradicate it. I spent most of my summer in the mountains. We traveled to Florida, Utah, Nevada, California, Illinois, and Texas. I got to go to Cuba after 10 years of not seeing my family. I went on my first ever road trip. I broke some gear, bought new gear, sold whatever gear I outgrew. My best friend asked me to marry him. I spent my first Christmas away from home with my new family. And I met so many amazing people, who I'm proud to call friends, and strengthened ties with old ones.

I feel so, so incredibly grateful.

Is there room for improvement?

Yes. Hell yes. Of course. Plenty of room. And I'm more then happy to make more room, and to soak in every little bit of knowledge until I think I know everything, and then learn some more. 

I looked at my shutter counts, and it was at a little over 55,000 for the year. Below is just a tiny, tiny fraction of that. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Thanks again, 2013. 2014, you have some big shoes to fill.

On My Speakers: To Be With You Again - The Steeldrivers

Ashton & Leah // engaged // Vail, Colorado.

hi there.

I have three days until I go to Chicago for Christmas with the future in-laws. Time to buckle down before some much needed r&r and get ish done 'round here.

But first -

Man OH man, do I love fall. Almost as much as I love the ocean.  Fall in Vail + love + tea party in the woods = happy me.

Ashton & Leah's wedding is in Wisconsin this January. I've never been to Wisconsin, and I'm so thankful that we get to go capture some priceless moments there. I know, it's silly - but I can't freakin' wait.

On My Speakers: That's What's Up - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Greg & Claudia // sneak peek // Miami, FL

Here is a very small part of Claudia & Greg's big day. They are two dear friends of mine, and I can't wait to share the rest with them.

Side note: Vizcaya Gardens is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever shot at. 

Second side note: I'm obsessed with Greg's cuff links (Go NOLES).

On My Speakers: Dexter on Netflix. Love it.

Alex & Malcolm // sneak peek // Woodland Park, CO

I love fall. Everything about it.

I have yet to jump in a pile of leaves though, which I feel is a staple if you grew up in a town with seasons.

It's definitely on the to do list, and if you want to join, the more the merrier :)

On My Speakers: Yo No Se Mañana - Luis Enrique

Chris & Zahra // engaged // Heritage Square & Red Rocks

I FINALLY get to blog about this.

I look at all my work from last year, and compare it to this year, and am so proud of how far I have come.  

But yet there is one thing I would change: I'd get an assistant. Or learn to manage my time better. Or both.  

Because along with learning to be a better photographer, I've had to learn to be a successful business owner, a financial advisor (to myself), a secretary, and a computer tech all in one. 

And man oh man, have I worked my butt off.

Completely worth every drop of sweat.

Here are Zahra & Chris, definitely one of my favorite couples ever. I can't wait for their wedding next year :)

 

On My Speakers:  Hurricane - MS MR

Andy & Joy // hitched // Fort Collins, CO.

I almost always have fun while shooting a wedding. 

But this bunch was especially fun. I love it when families can let their guards down and just completely be themselves with one another. 

When they can let loose and just have a blast with each other.

I have so much more to share with Andy and Joy, but for now I'll leave them with my favorite moments of the day.

On My Speakers: Royal - Lorde

Colton & Grace // hitched // Denver, CO

These two have quite a story. She lived in Colorado, he lived in Florida. Their relationship was a long distance one.

The entire time.  

It's rare to find a love that strong. It's a thing of the past really. That love that exists in words and phone calls. In love notes and surprise visits. These days, it's hard to find, but not impossible.

So when you meet someone who does, it's wonderful.  

On My Speakers: ESPN. Tis the season! 

Cody & Mallory // hitched // Morrison, CO

Weddings at Red Rocks are the best.

Especially when it happens to be the night the Colorado Symphony & Devotchka are playing, and their sound check can be heard everywhere all afternoon. Sort of like having a personal soundtrack.

Except it's your wedding day. And it's one of the only things you didn't pay an arm and a leg for. 

It's the little things, you know?

Add the color teal, a candy bar, and choreographed father daughter dance, and you got yourself a hell of a party.  

 

On My Speakers: Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones

Bryan & Ashley // hitched // Lafayette, CO

Two things in life I really love are cold beer and yard games. 

Ashley and Bryan's wedding had both. And it took every little bit of me to not grab a good beer and challenge someone to corn hole. or Jenga. or both. 

It was a perfect Saturday afternoon.  

On My Speakers: Orange is the New Black. I'm marathoning through, and I can't help it!

Sam & Sarah // hitched // Denver, CO

So if any of you know me well (and by know me well I mean love me despite that I can't cook, make awkward jokes and know that I have an insatiable love for candy), then you know that I recently took a trip to Cuba. 

And while it was one of the hardest weeks of my life (seriously, it took me the better part of two days to just GET into the damn country), it was also one of the most fulfilling.

And while it was extremely fulfilling, it also put me very behind. EXTREMELY behind. 

So hello again. I'm back. And I've got lots of lovin' to share, so brace yourselves.

Here are Sarah & Sam. First time I've shot a wedding that had a band. Woody and I danced like we were guests. If you live in the Denver area and are on the fence about a DJ, hire "That 80's Band" (and actually, they play way more then just music from the 80's).  

They were amazing. Phenomenal. And so was this wedding. 

 

On My Speakers: A 90's playlist on Spotify. So far I've listened to blink-182, Alanis Morissette, and Salt n Peppa. I can't complain!