Wow, good morning, blog world. I’ve been home from Paris & Israel for about a week now, trying to process everything my eyes saw! People keep asking me about my favorite part of Israel. Hard to say.
Prior to going, Israel was a far off place to me. Aside from the words “Bible” and “war” coming to mind, Israel was kind of an afterthought, admittedly.
After a good ten days in that beautiful country, I can passionately say that everyone needs to visit the Holy Land. Even if you’re not religious. And here’s a couple reasons why.
First: learning that Israel is ALIVE and well. A throbbing country full of commerce, democracy, entrepreneurship, innovation, amazing food, perseverance, resiliency, a little arrogance, and rich history, Israel is booming. After touring Israel, my Bible reading has been transformed. Every time I open it, old or new testament, things really click in a way they never before have.
Second: I enjoyed making sense of the aftermath of those events in my Bible… the conflict that’s sprung from a piece of soil the size of New Jersey. I feel like in America, we’re born into the world where it’s the norm: the middle east has problems. But none of us really know exactly why or how. By visiting Israel (and Palestine), and having real talk with locals, I feel like I’ve gained a decent foundation and empathy.
Lastly: the sunrises! And adventurous couples who share them with me, such as Lisha & Slater. :-)
These two sweet souls are celebrating nearly a decade together. They’re inquisitive, kind & tender with one another, and have a thirst for adventure and seeing new places. We met up for the most vibrant sunrise that came up over the walled city of Old Jerusalem. While it was a little chilly, these two made the most of it as the cuddled, laughed, and savored the views.
Slater & Lisha, I am so grateful for the opportunity to share this little slice of your story with you. Thank you for letting me be the one to photograph you! Looking forward to watching your adventures unfold as you continue to do life together.
It is Friday night… and I just finished working on one of my favorite engagement shoots of the year. And I simply cannot wait until Monday morning to to share it with the world! So tonight, to end your week, is the most pretty fall engagement session you ever did see!
Christy & Josh, have just GOT IT. Did you ever meet those people who fall together so perfectly and so effortlessly, that you can’t imagine the two ever being apart? Josh & Christy are that to me. Their love for one another feels calm and stable and deeply rooted. These two get each other. You can tell their teammates. Partners. Each other’s biggest cheerleaders.
These two wanted fall colors. I’ve come to learn Colorado’s fall foliage’s like the back of my hand. Basically, the high country starts to change about a week after Labor Day. You start there as an engagement photographer. As the weeks progress, you work further and further south and lower in elevation. And if we don’t get a crazy frost, I can get prime fall colors all the way into late November. These images were made mid-October and prime fall colors were happening in South-central Colorado. So alas, they made the trek to Colorado Springs where we met up for a few drinks and then played. Lately, I’ve been challenging myself to shoot in new places, and in ten years of shooting in Colorado Springs, I had never been to Bear Creek Regional Park. So it was there we began and got all warmed up. Then we ventured to the Garden of the Gods overlook. And the sweetest part of it all? We were joined by the happiest labradoodle, Oliver. *all the heart eyes!*
Oh yeah, I’d be remiss to if I failed to mention that we just photographed Josh’s sister, Sarah’s wedding this summer. I love this family so so much and am thrilled to work with them again! Cannot wait to get to know Christy’s clan at their Steamboat Springs wedding this summer. <3
Christy & Josh, love you guys. I so enjoyed our time together, getting to know your hearts. I love that you love the simple life. We are kindred spirits for sure. I cannot wait to see where life takes you and in the meantime, your wedding is going to be epic and I am absolutely thrilled to be there!
It’s a new week with much to share. This shoot is very near & dear to my heart. These PEOPLE are near & dear to my heart! Part of the reason I love this shoot so much is because it takes me back to my original stomping grounds, where René Tate Photography was born: Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. I have developed quite the range of a network and it seems my job takes me everywhere but HOME. So this Colorado Springs shoot was an absolute delight!
I am so excited to introduce to you Ashley & Jim. Together they are happiness. Together they are tenderness. They are love. They are JOY. Together these two are laughter & adventure.
I adored our time together. It’s incredibly special to do this job among friends. Ashley has been an RTP fan for so long and has become a dear friend over the years. She’s been an RTP bridesmaid at Lindsay & Riley’s wedding and finally she is an RTP bride herself! I’m so thrilled to have gotten to know Jim better, and to know these two as a couple. After our shoot, we went to my new favorite place in Colorado Springs, the Cowboy Star, for an amazing meal & conversation.
Jim & Ashley, gosh… I am SO excited for you. THANK YOU for sharing your story with me. Love you guys…
Oh my heart… this wedding is so special to me. It’s been ten years in the making… I first met Ashley ten years ago as my college dorm R.A. Who would’ve thought I’d be photographing her wedding someday? I am so honored to have been a part of Ashley & Drew’s wedding and their families.
These two were married on the perfect Colorado fall day, in the heart of Denver. Surrounded by a small wedding party, lots of family, and the prettiest golden trees, these two said yes to forever. It was a flawless filled with elegance and grace. We were ahead of schedule, nearly fifteen to thirty minutes, throughout the entire day. And the light… oh the light was so fabulous.
Ashley & Drew, I want to do it again! We had such a terrific time with you and your families. Thank you for taking SUCH amazing care of us. You guys are a dream couple. Thank you for letting us be a part of this intimate day!