EST. 2007

The untold want by life and land ne'er granted,
Now, voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find.

EST. 2007

The untold want by life and land ne'er granted,
Now, voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find.










May 17, 2017

Celebrate Marriage: Why Anniversaries Are Important

Today, I spent some time reflecting on the past year. It’s hard to believe that many of my 2016 couples are already coming up on their FIRST YEAR anniversaries.
I also cannot believe that my 2012 couples are coming up on their FIFTH YEAR anniversaries.   And the wildest part, is that I started René Tate Photography in 2007, so those couples… 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARIES.  Wow.  Have I really been in the industry for over a decade?? 
Personally, I know for my husband, John, and I, this third year anniversary (May 25th!) is one worth celebrating. The first year was the toughest for us, but the next two weren’t exactly walks in the park either. :)
Marriage challenges our selfishness in just about every way possible. Learning to lay down your life for another doesn’t happen overnight. But each year that you come out of those peaks and valleys, and didn’t give up, is a year worth celebrating.
I’m passionate about photographing couples and celebrating their marriage, their vow, right alongside them.
When I photograph couples during their engagement or wedding, the images are invariably filled with anticipation and excitement. But as the years go by and I meet my couples again, it is a joy to see the evermore dedicated love that has grown between them. It’s a love that’s seen hardships and failures, triumphs and champagne-popping moments. A love that shows rugged intensity, yet soft comfort.
And it fills my heart each and every time.
Do you know someone celebrating a wedding anniversary? Maybe someone whose wedding you attended, which, in my mind, means you took an unspoken vow to support them through the duration of their marriage?
Perhaps it’s you… yes, you looking at this screen right now, who has victories in your marriage that deserve to be celebrated.
Let’s honor these marriages and vows by documenting them for the here and now, so that we can remember how far we’ve come.  And for future generations, so that they may also have the courage to walk in your path. 
To learn more about what a René Tate Anniversary Experience entails, email me at  We can shoot locally in my two home bases of Colorado or California, or, because we value travel that makes your heat beat, let’s adventure somewhere!
I’d be remiss if I didn’t take this time to share a few favorite anniversary images from recent years…
Celebrating 7 years together, Nicole & Josh in Florence, Italy:
Celebrating 3 years of marriage, Makenzie & Alex in the Rocky Mountains:
Celebrating 3 years of marriage, Megan & Josh in Tasmania, Australia:
Celebrating 4 years of marriage, Alicia & James in Cochem, Germany:
Celebrating 10 years of marriage, Nora & Jason at Dunton Hot Springs:
Celebrating 10 years of marriage, Tiffany & Luke in Venice, Italy:
Celebrating 5 years of marriage, Kristi & Scott in Disneyland:
Celebrating 10 years of marriage, Darla & Jerry at the Broadmoor Hotel:
Celebrating 1 years together, Lu & Ben at the Dead Sea, Israel:
Celebrating 5 years of marriage, Kelsey & Vittorio in Denver, Colorado:
Celebrating 5 years of marriage, Cecily & Dusty in Malibu, California:


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  1. Kelsey Luciano

    May 17th, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Awe! I love these! Tori and I loved our anniversary session with you! We have a whole wall full of your amazing images of our family!

  2. Nicole Lamb

    May 17th, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    The way you describe marriage is so spot on with the ups and downs. It’s crazy that Josh and I have been married for 1 yr and 5 months, not without our struggles. We love each other more everyday though, so it makes the bad worth it and the good that much sweeter! My parents are celebrating 40 years of marriage this year, I strive to be as happy as them at 40 years of marriage!

  3. René

    May 18th, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    @Nicole Thanks for your comment! It’s so hard, but so rewarding, right? Like anything in life! Congratulations to your sweet parents!! Thanks for the comment. :)

  4. René

    May 18th, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    @Kelsey :) :) :) You guys are my stars! I love that whole session of yours!

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