I'm a fine art wedding and portrait photographer — creating a space that welcomes creativity and inspiration. Based in Colorado, my work has taken me across the globe.


Charming Colorado Engagement | Chelsea + Conor


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Golden Aspen Groves

Chelsea and Conor’s charming Colorado engagement session overlooked much of the Vail Valley, and I just couldn’t help but share it. It makes it easy when you’re working with beautiful people, and can we talk about how perfect Chelsea’s dress is for this shoot?! This specific location was up Tigwon Road in Minturn, CO. The views from the top of the 4×4 road are beautiful and overlook golden aspen groves. This area has loads of trails for hiking, biking, trail runs, and other outdoor activities. We had a blast together, and they even brought a bottle of champagne to pop for some pretty sweet photos!

A Love Story Told in Black + White

For this particular session, I had to share more black-and-white images than normal because they truly tell a story of Chelsea + Conor’s love. They have to be some of my favorite B+W photos. Photo shoots can be daunting to some for multiple reasons, one of them being outfits and the possibility of feeling too simplistic, but I feel like this session was so simple but so perfect at the same time. These two really made my job easy because their love is deep and I truly felt as if I were capturing them in their normal everyday life. The black and white moments just emphasize the emotion and how much love Chelsea + Conor have for each other and I’m glad I got to be there.

Your Engagement Session Is so Much More

I know couples look forward to their engagement sessions, but I also look forward to it! In a way, it’s like prep for your wedding day. This allows the chance to get to know each other better, that way we can get into a groove when your special day rolls around. That’s exactly what we did this day. Chelsea + Conor are getting married in September of 2023 at Beano’s Cabin on Beaver Creek Mountain. The luxury resort is nestled in the White River National Forest and I am so excited to capture their day. Follow along here so you don’t miss a thing.

Colorado Elopement Photographer | Whitney Rae Photography

Take an adventure with me through the rest of these charming Colorado engagement photos! Ready to plan your Colorado elopement or engagement session? Let’s connect! Head over to my contact form and let’s get planning.

Call it authentic, candid or genuine. Whatever the adjective, I want to create a wedding celebration that resembles you, from the big celebrations and the in-between moments to the images I deliver that help you relive the day for years to come. When it comes to your wedding day, the moments you want to remember aren't always perfect, staged or scripted, they are uncut, raw and true to you.


I believe in

Dorothea Lange

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still”

Words I Live by

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Hello! I feel beyond honored that you've made your way here! In order to give you the best representation of who you'll be spending your wedding day (one of the best days you'll live) with, here's a brief run down!

First and foremost, I'm a mountain gal through and through. I was born and raised in Vail, Colorado and unless it's another mountain town, my husband and I will always call this home. It's the tightly knit community, the fresh air (but really, it hits different here), the scenery and most importantly for us, the recreation + lifestyle. This is something that will always come through in my work, and what I believe sets me just a little bit apart - I am, and will forever be, inspired by the poetry of love in landscapes. 

I have a deep desire to be on the move, to see everything before I don't have the opportunity to, and are therefore happiest when traveling and exploring new places (which I feel so lucky is a part of my work!) 


Spending quality time hiking/biking/skiing/camping with my husband and our two border collies, clocking in some R&R at home or catching up with a friend over a glass of wine/craft beer are things that always sit at the top of the priority list.

If you're in to it- I'm a Libra, A Manifesting Generator (6-2) and an Enneagram 7 Wing 6/8. In short, I'm a people person, an optimist, and for lack of better terms- like to get shit done and make things happen. I'm a feeler, with a strong sense of empathy and sense of what people are experiencing, both when it comes to myself and others. I'm a bit of a goof, a tiny little thing packed with some sass, and ultimately just want to live a fun and adventurous life that's packed with new experiences and people. 

..I guess that's why I do what I do. I feel so grateful to be on this journey of having my own business where I have freedom to curate the life I want to live, where I get to connect with truly so many amazing humans, travel to some really beautiful places, and document that as a whole, as creatively and beautifully as I can for you.

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