René Tate Photography

Dead Sea, Israel: Lu & Ben

12.12.16 by René anniversaries, destination

Oh happy Monday!

Today I’m so so thrilled to share with you my second shoot that I was blessed enough to do while in Israel a couple of weeks ago!

I really feel like the luckiest to have worked with Lu & Ben.  These guys are SO kind, SO fun-loving, SO sweet with one another.  Their love is only about a year old, but as they approach this milestone, they decided it as a perfect excuse to get some professional portraits done while traveling in Israel.

We met at sunrise for the most gorgeous sunrise over the hills of Jordan and the Dead Sea.  Seriously, the sunrises in Israel have been knocking my socks off.  I’m so in love with how these images turned out, the class that is Lu & Ben, and am so elated to have new friends in them.

You guys, THANK YOU for letting me do this!  Happiness is what comes to mind when I think of you two; I really hope to spend more time with you soon!

I wish you SO much love & joy as your story unfolds over the years to come!

Shalom (Peace!),
René

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Jerusalem, Israel: Lisha & Slater

12.08.16 by René anniversaries, destination

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.

With love, joy, and shalom,
René

 

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  1. Ashley Athe said

    SO PRETTY! The people and that backdrop! Oh my goodness. Love these!



Colorado Springs Engagement Photos: Christy & Josh

11.04.16 by René engagements

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!

So much love & joy to you!
René

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  1. Christina Brandsma said

    These are stunning Rene!

  2. Danielle said

    These are just gorgeous!!!! Love them all! Next time you are here, I’m to have to have you take photos of the family! Xoxo



Garden of the Gods Engagement Photos: Ashley & Jim

10.31.16 by René engagements

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…

With joy,
René

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  1. Ashley said

    Thank you for spending time with us + sharing in our special moments as an engaged couple. I know I have said this many times over but I want you to always be reminded how talented you are and how authentic and pure your heart is. We are so incredibly overwhelmed with joy in these photographs. We love you! – Ash + Jim