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.










February 27, 2017

Colorado Mountaintop Anniversary: Makenzie & Alex

Good morning! HAPPY Monday! What a weekend!  We officially launched, not only this fancy new blog & web site that you’re looking at right now, but more importantly, we launched a NEW BRAND.  And in the coming days, we’ll be blogging what exactly the means!

But for now I am soooo thrilled to initiate this new blog with its first shoot recap!  Today, we share a *stunning*, if I do say so myself, anniversary session with one of my favorite René Tate Couples: Makenzie & Alex! These two had just celebrated their three-year anniversary, and to continue the celebration they joined me on top of Guanella Pass, just outside Georgetown, Colorado, and donned their suit and wedding dress, for a super fun shoot, that included a first look!  What a great idea for Alex to see Kenz in her wedding dress again three years later, albeit the addition of her fur bolero & Badly Mischka belt made for a sweet fresh look.  His reaction was priceless. :)

We think anniversary sessions are such a terrific way to honor you marriage and celebrate, especially after that first year of marriage which can often be the most difficult.  So grateful for the hearts of these two who celebrate marriage. In Makenzie & Alex’s words:

Celebrating our anniversary in this way felt like an opportunity to mark the ways we had grown deeper together and more intertwined in the first three years of marriage. How two had become more and more “one,” leaning on one another in trials, celebrating joys, and believing in the goodness of who the Lord created us to be individually, but more powerfully, united together. It was a stake in the ground for remembering that being “better together” was not just some nice phrase, but a truth we had come to know in reality, a truth we want to remember as we walk into the future, whatever it holds.

Lastly, we have to give credit to the three amazing ladies that helped make this session possible. Amber Mustain Floral Design created Makenzie’s bouquet & Alex’s boutonnière, and Lindsey of Beauty by Belviso was the artist behind Makenzie’s hair and makeup.  WHICH I have to say, wind gusts were a good 50mph, and Makenzie’s hair stayed put.  JUST SAYIN.  These ladies nailed our vision and are some of the *best* in the wedding industry. And lastly to my sweet friend, Cassie who is a photographer herself who assisted!


comments so far, leave yours

  1. Meghan

    February 27th, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    The light on the mountain tops! Wow!

  2. Nick Carestia

    February 27th, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Great job Rene!

  3. Carlee

    February 27th, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    What I love most about these pictures is how reflective they are of my two friends and their sweet love. The way Alex looks at her, approaching him on a mountaintop like this crazy beautiful goddess creature outta no where – he looks at her that same way when she’s pouring a cup of coffee. You capture love and light so well, Rene! <3

  4. Nicole Lamb

    February 27th, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    They look so in love! The way they look at each other makes my heart happy!

  5. Brooke

    February 27th, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    You’re work is always so stunning and your couples look amazing happy in every shot you share. I love them :)

  6. Katie

    February 27th, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Always love when you mix elegance with nature. So much fun seeing amazing photos like these out in nature! Speak to my heart.

  7. Mallory Madden

    February 27th, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    You always do such a wonderful job of catching emotion. Stunning!

  8. Jesie McElroy

    February 27th, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Ohhh! I remember their stunning wedding day, but these! The light, the colors, the accessories…and that hairstyle *heart eyes*

  9. Melissa

    February 27th, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    That setting is just BREATHTAKING! And had you not of mentioned 50mph winds, I wouldn’t have known it from looking at them. I love, love!

  10. Kelley Johns

    February 27th, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Yay! We love A & K! So excited for your new adventure Rene!

  11. Michele

    February 27th, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    My friends are smokin hot!! And their marriage declares the lord’s glory. Rene, you are a gift!

  12. Ashley Athey

    February 27th, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    How gorgeous is this shoot?! What a beautiful setting!

  13. Camille J

    February 27th, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Beautiful as always Rene! Love it

  14. Shannon Stimack

    February 27th, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Rene, you always seem to capture the true romance of the moment. Nothing rehearsed. Love the blog! Congrats!

  15. Frank Mbanusi

    February 27th, 2017 at 3:03 pm


  16. Melissa Freeman

    February 27th, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    You are the most talented photographer I know, I am blessed to have your beautiful work and friendship ❤️❤️

  17. Michelle

    February 27th, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Kenz and alex remind me that the journey matters. That being secure in love amidst the storm is possible. That God makes Beauty from ashes. That sometimes just staying together and continuing to love, come hell or high water,is worth celebrating. Kenz and Alex, you are easy to love & I am nothing short of Honored to have had a front row seat to your story.

  18. Ashley

    February 27th, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Beautiful! I love how well this couple’s joy, love and excitement is captured in picture after picture. What a great set of memories. Fabulous work Rene!

  19. René

    February 27th, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    @Michelle – I couldn’t have said it better!! YES!

  20. Nikki A

    February 27th, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Absolutely stunning!!

  21. Nicole

    February 27th, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!! Love they way that you are able to capture our friends love for each other! This meant so much to them and is a glorious reminder to the rest of us!

  22. Jim Leaser

    February 27th, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    WOW! Can’t wait for you to shoot Nancy and I on Wednesday! Amazing pics!

  23. Kami

    February 27th, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    That dress twirl!!!

  24. Jessica Miller

    February 27th, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Gorgeous wedding dress! My favorite is the wine picture. The colors work so well with each other.

  25. Jessica Miller

    February 27th, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Holding the wine bottle that is ^^

  26. Baylee

    February 27th, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    You never disappoint my friend! Beautiful

  27. Patricia Brown

    February 27th, 2017 at 10:58 pm


  28. Jennifer

    February 27th, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Stunning shoot, as always!!

  29. Rebecca

    February 28th, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Pink Champagne & donning of a to die for dress!? With Rene behind the camera you are sure to have beautiful memories to cherish for a lifetime. #thatlightthough

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