Taken at a Mad Hatter Tea Party celebrating a baby shower, I loved the light reflecting off the glass dome making it appear as if the tea cup were trapped inside two domes as gobs of presents loom in the background. Sometimes I feel like that tea cup, set aside sitting beautifully hidden beneath a shell of isolation while looking out on others in celebration.

I love parties and I especially love celebrations. Too often it’s tempting to sweep these moments under the rug and cave into the desire to not make a big deal about them.

Weddings are a big deal and wanting to celebrate with friends and family in adding someone into your life is worth celebrating in whatever way that means something to you. Having a baby and bringing a new life into this world–be it your first child or your fourth–is a big deal and worth celebrating. Graduations are worth celebrating the hard work and transition from one chapter and accomplishment to the next. Birthdays are worth taking a moment and celebrating the number of years being on this earth, be it just one year or sixty-seven.

These moments in life are worth celebrating. Don’t miss them. Don’t pass them up. Don’t stay in a shell. Celebrate when it’s time to celebrate. It’s worth it.

black and white teacup in a glass dome

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Photographer Retreat

Southern Colorado Styled Wedding Shoot

B U I L D   Y O U R   W E D D I N G   P O R T F O L I O
March 17 – 19, 2017

  • Have an interest in shooting weddings?

  • Never shot a wedding and need experience?

  • Need beautiful portfolio pictures to show potential clients your capabilities and style?

    Start here.
    Join  Ashlee Bratton, (daughter of the innkeepers) who has shot over a hundred weddings and elopements at this location and got her start here. The main shooting location will be at the Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast on the River, with an optional secondary shoot on Sunday at the Rio Grand Golf Club or South Fork Chapel. The Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast on the River is a private B&B located 4 hours from Denver and tucked beneath breathtaking cliffs, is located right on the river, and is a photographer’s dream for backdrops that range from mountain elegance to rustic country. Find your style and play with the options this location has to offer.

  • Up to 10 girls max
  • 2 nights at the Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast
    in South Fork, Colorado
  • 2 styled locations to shoot
  • Professional cake & flowers
  • Ring shots
  • Champagne toasts
  • Bridal suite shoot
  • Getting ready shots (mirror, lips, dress, shoes)
  • Rustic barn / 3 firepits / cliff views
  • Fri – Sun, March 17-19, 2017
  • 10 digitals from each photographer to go to vendors
  • $300 (incl 2 nights lodging & 2 breakfasts, models, styling)
  • Optional +$150 for additional guest if sharing a room

Fri – Sun, March 17 – 19, 2017

Friday – arrival and relaxation – optional pm happy hr
Saturday – styled shoot on property
Sunday – optional shoot at Rio Grande Golf Club (think log beams, bar/reception shots, golf carts, and bridge)
Sunday Afternoon – depart!

Styled Shoot Info – PDF Download

Contact Ashlee Bratton for more details on how to register and sign up.