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Yoga for Retired Folks by Photographers in Durango CO

The National Education Association publishes  a magazine for retired teachers called NEA Today. They publish articles that help older folks stay active and healthy after retirement.

They wanted to do an article on a yoga studio right here in Durango CO where most of the students are retired teachers. Sandy Bielenberg runs the studio and is a retired teacher herself – she teaches four classes a week.

Yoga is great for keeping seniors looking and feeling young. It helps with brain health, maintaining muscles, and reduces stress. Many of these seniors also do other exercise such as running, biking, swimming, power walking, paddle boarding, and yes even gardening. They may be 60, 70, or 80 yrs old, but they believe themselves to be 40.  I’m right there with them – my age is 60, but my mind says I’m 30.

Keep it rockin ladies and gents.

Enjoy!

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Yoga students doing balancing exercises

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A little ab work

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Warriors

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Helping each other out

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Twist and Stretch

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Stretching those hip flexors

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Luv, Karen

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This Senior Girl loves her horses and Cello by Photographers in Durango CO

Jenna is a senior this year at Durango High School in Durango CO.  She’s one of the smartest young women I’ve ever met.  She is in many AP Classes in school and spent part of the year going to school in Germany as an exchange student.  She speaks several languages including German and French (and, of course, English).

She has two horses, Sebastian and Romeo, which she rides and takes care of, as well as rides in equestrian events here in Durango and around the country.  She will be attending the University of Aberdeen in Scotland where she will also ride on their equestrian team.  She’s going to study English Literature and Creative Writing.  Her dream is to become a writer, which she loves to do as well as reading.  I’ve read some of her work, and it’s outstanding.  I should have had her write this blog post:-}

She also loves to play the cello as you can see from a couple of her photographs.  She’s my best friend’s daughter and I can’t wait to see how far she goes in life – which I’m sure will be very very far.

Enjoy!

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Senior Girl on White Horse

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Jenna playing the cello

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Jenna with my homemade Senior sign

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Jenna with her horse

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With her cello in a field

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Showing her Sass

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Sitting on a rock by the Animas River

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Sitting in their barn

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The eyes have it

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Luv, Karen

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A Wedding at Vallecito by Durango Wedding Photographers

Lauren and Brenden live in the state of Kansas.  Brenden grew up in Bayfield CO (which is near Vallecito), but Lauren had never been here.  Naturally she wants to move here some day because as we all know, CO is much prettier than KS (sorry Kansas).

Their wedding took place at the Vallecito Recreation Center, which is just outside of Durango CO.  It was a little windy that day and the wooden arch behind them blew over.  We had to find some big rocks to hold it down, which worked.  We sure didn’t want that falling over on them during the ceremony.  Tedda Bachman was the wonderful minister who presided over the wedding ceremony.

As you can see from the images, Lauren is expecting her 3rd child.  The tiniest flower girl and the young bridesmaid belong to them – I don’t know if she’s having another girl or a boy this time.  I doubt they care either way.

We did a First Look session with Lauren and her dad.  While I was standing outside with her dad waiting for Lauren, he got a little teary and was telling me that he is just so happy to be able to see his daughter get married.  He had recently had a heart attack and they didn’t expect him to make it.  Then I got teary and am doing it again while I write this story.  It’s hard to take photographs when your eyes are watery.

I designed a beautiful album that contained all of their wedding images and Lauren wrote to me that she had received the album and was beyond happy.  They now have a gorgeous Wedding Story Album to relive their time here in Colorado and it’s also a family heirloom.

Enjoy!

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Bride and her daughter’s boots

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Bridesmaids helping Bride with dress

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Bride and Dad’s First Look

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Three little flower girls

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Ring Bearer with Bride Sign

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Wedding Ceremony at Vallecito

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The whole family

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Bride with Parents

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Bridesmaids loving on baby bump

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Groom and Groomsmen

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Bride and Groom Portrait

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First Dance

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They Came, They Eloped, They Left (by Durango Photographers)

It was just the two of them , they came from Oklahoma, and were married in the quaint little church in Pagosa Springs CO called Immaculate Church of Mary.  The church was built around 1948 and it’s just beautiful.

Kori and Brian met at the University of Oklahoma and at the time they were married they had been together for around 18 months.  Ken and I had a lot of fun photographing their elopement and after the service we went to a few different places around town to capture some magical moments.

They loved their images and will remember their wedding day through those images forever.

Enjoy!

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The First Look

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Walking Down the Aisle

The Wedding Ceremony

The Wedding Ceremony

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Bride smiling at Groom

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The Wedding Ring

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Laughing at the minister’s joke

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Kissing in the doorway of the old school house

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In Front of an Old Building

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The Old Pagosa Springs Wagon

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Bride and Groom snuggle

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Here’s Lookin At You

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Wedding in the Cool of Fall by Durango Photographers

Katie and Steven both work in the restaurant business in Denver CO.  They met several years ago through that connection and have a 2 yr old son who never stopped moving.  There were around 15 guests consisting of friends and family who all came to Durango CO to enjoy the wedding and the beautiful scenery.

The setting at Antler’s On The Creek B&B is just gorgeous and they do a hopping wedding business as well as having guests who come just to spend a few days or a week in Durango.  The food is yummy yummy and the service is amazing.

The bouquet was by April’s Garden and Flower Shop,  Lemon Head Salon did the bride’s hair and makeup, and Chessa Gill was the minister.

These are some of their wedding images.  Enjoy!

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Bridal Bouquet

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Bride and Dad walking down the aisle

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The Wedding Ceremony with their little boy

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Huggin and a Kissin

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Cuddling on a Rock

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Walking Hand in Hand

Thank you for taking a look, Luv Karen

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Winter Wedding in Durango CO by Photographers in Durango

Mandy and Jason, who live in Dallas TX, met while working together at the same company.  Jason worked at the company for 14 yrs, and then Mandy joined around 3 yrs ago, which is when they started dating.  They picked out Durango CO as the place to have their elopement, and had their ceremony at Blue Lake Ranch.

She loves to ride horses, he loves to work on his jeep, and they both like to take long drives down country roads.

Mandy has a son from a previous marriage but I would have never guessed that he wasn’t Jason’s son as they get along so well.  There’s a lot of love in this little family and I do believe there will be a new addition soon.  Yes, Mandy is expecting – she even had to purchase a new dress because the one she was originally going to wear for the wedding no longer fit.

Enjoy their wedding images.

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Bride getting hair and makeup done

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The Wedding Ceremony on the balcony

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Superman!

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Wedding Sign held by the boy

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Red Lips on the Forehead

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Kissing in the tall grass

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Bride and Groom Silhouette

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Luv, Karen

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Wedding Elopement at Antlers on the Creek by Durango Photographers

Karen and Fernando, who live in the Denver area, came to Durango CO to elope.  None of their family knew about the wedding until afterwards.  I had made a chalk board sign with their names, wedding date, and the location.  This photo is what they used to announce their marriage.  You can even see some rain drops on the sign as we ran for the indoors.

Thunderstorms threatened during the entire ceremony and the storm landed just as we were doing the couple’s portraits, so we didn’t get as many as we wanted, but finished up a few inside the bed and breakfast.

They’ve actually been together for 14 yrs and both have children from other marriages.

They were so happy with their Wedding Album and I do hope they come back to visit.

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Ceremony through the leaves

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Wedding Ceremony Reflection

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Bride smiles at Groom

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Groom smiles at Bride

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Bride and Groom on the rock

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Bride and Groom by the white fence

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By the old green wagon

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Chalk Board Sign

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Luv, Karen

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