Great Sand Dunes engagement session

Hello everyone! We shared a little bit about Griffin and Ross in Tuesday’s post from their Breckenridge engagement session, so today we’re going to get right to the adventure of their Great Sand Dunes engagement session! Chris and I had seen some photos of the sand dunes several months ago, and pretty much flipped over how incredible it looked. So when we were planning our trip to Colorado, I mentioned it to Griffin to see if they might be up for the adventure! Lucky for us, they were!

The Sand Dunes are a three hour drive from Colorado Springs, primarily through the middle of nowhere. Seriously. Lots of mountains, and flat fields, and luckily one very tiny town that had a gas station with a bathroom haha. We spent most of the drive trying to guess how in the world giant mountains of sand were going to just appear. Then we went around a curve, and there it was, nestled at the foot of the mountains. There truly are no words to describe the incredible, grand, epic-ness of the Sand Dunes. I don’t think it’s possible to capture the scale in photos. We hiked nearly straight up for an hour, and it was one of the most physically demanding things I have ever done. But the view from the peak we reached was absolutely 100% worth it! The view was incredible from every angle, with storms in the distance, the appearance of a rainbow over the mountains opposite the dunes, the stunning light on the mountains to the right of the dunes, and the beautiful patterns and shadows on the dunes themselves. Literally awe-inspiring, and the kind of thing that makes you feel alive! I absolutely love that Ross and Griffin were totally up for whatever crazy thing we suggested, and I seriously wouldn’t have made it to the top if Griffin hadn’t pulled out her fitness coach ways and encouraged us (as she sprinted up the final slope)!

First, some pictures from the road trip there:

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First view of the dunes!

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Love this guy :)  (Had to get some plastic bags to cover our cameras to try to protect from the wind blowing the sand around!)

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Resting for a minute before the final push to the top!

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 Griffin and Ross–thank you guys for being so awesome, for being up for an adventure, and for driving us all over Colorado! You guys are the best, and we had such a great time with you both! We can’t wait for your wedding!!

Thanks to everyone for stopping by the blog! Have a great rest of the week!


  • July 31, 2014 - 9:53 am

    Emily Powell - Oh my goodness. The epic-ness of this post. Beautiful couple! And these landscapes. May have teared up. Love you guys. Keep up the georgeous work.

best Breckenridge engagement photosIf I’ve ever met two people who believe in adventure and in living an amazing story, it’s Ross and Griffin. These high school sweethearts met through choir in Lexington, KY, went to college in Nashville, and are now preparing to start their life together in Colorado! The way they love each other, support each other, and laugh together is absolutely beautiful. They are both brilliant entrepreneurs, and Griffin is opening a Pure Barre studio in Colorado Springs, and Ross is the creator and CEO of Picture Booth. Their love for life and the way they pursue their dreams is truly inspiring! When we were discussing their wedding, Griffin mentioned that she had always wanted to have engagement photos done in a ski town, and we told her we would love to make that happen! So we packed up and headed west, never dreaming of the adventures we would find. We started off in Denver, for a few photos in one of their favorite neighborhoods, then headed for the mountains. Chris spotted a lake on the way to Breckenridge that is probably now on my list of top favorite spots ever! Then we continued on for some Breckenridge engagement photos before heading up Boreas Pass to explore (thanks to our friend Chris Scott for the recommendation!!).

Here are a few (ok, a lot ;-)) of our favorites from day one’s adventures!

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But seriously. This view <3

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Funny story. Chris took this picture, and got really excited. Then I had a very under-whelming response, which gave everyone a good laugh, and proceeded to take what I thought would be a better picture. Nope, Chris’s was definitely more awesome!

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So sweet.

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I love this one!

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Self timer for the win!

Beautiful sunset as we headed back down to Breckenridge from Boreas Pass

Shortly before our trip, I read the book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. Once I started writing down favorite quotes, I practically transcribed the whole book haha. But one of my favorite favorites was “The mountains themselves call us to better stories.” Ross and Griffin, thanks for inviting us to the mountains, going on adventures with us, allowing us to create for you, and for setting an example of living an incredible story! You two are awesome:)

Check back on Thursday, when we’ll share part two of our adventures, which took place in one of the most epic and incredible locations I’ve ever seen with my own eyes! We’d also love to have you join us on Facebook and Instagram (@jencreed and @chriscreed)! Thanks for stopping by, and we hope you’re all having a great week!


  • July 30, 2014 - 4:38 pm

    Chris - Absolutely. Stunning. I think maybe you guys just belong out here. Just sayin’.

Hello all!

Chris and I are currently in Colorado for an engagement session, but we wanted to share a few of our favorite images from our portrait session with Hallie last week in Kentucky! Hallie is going to be a senior at TCCHS, and is so sweet. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for her!

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Hope you all are having a great week! We can’t wait to share some photos of our Colorado adventures:)Thanks for stopping by the blog!


It’s really such an honor when people invite us into their homes to document what life looks like for them! We had such an amazing time this week hanging out with the Gordon family, their four kids, and their rescue pup Otis! They are such a sweet family, who value adventure, learning, music, and of course, each other, among many other things! Suzanna clearly so loves being a mom, and taking care of her family (and makes some of the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had!). Jonathan is always right there to cheer everyone on in their various sports and activities, and is also involved with Boy Scouts with the boys (and is just recently home from a canoe trip)! They are together raising truly awesome kids, and we are excited to share a few of our favorite images from the session!


Blanket fort? Awesome.

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The boys also built a pretty sweet tree fort out in the back yard!

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So sweet :)

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All three boys also play lacrosse!

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Thinking about sneaking a cookie ;-)

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The chair where Suzanna starts every morning with her Bible. Love this!

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Gordon Family–thank you so much for hanging out with us, and for sharing your cookies and granola! You all are awesome, and we had such a great time!

Thanks everyone for stopping by the blog! Hope you’re having a great week!