Gleaming under the pale light of the winter sun, blades slice along the smooth surface of Resort Center Ice Skating Rink, sending icy dust spraying in their wake. Surrounded by the quaint, Bavarian-style walls of the Village shopping center, the outdoor oval beckons guests wishing to discover what ice skating was like before indoor rinks confined it and ice sharks rendered neighborhood ponds off-limits. Periodically throughout each public-skate session, a zamboni buffs the subzero sheet to present skaters with a surface as smooth and gentle as the festive tunes filling the air. Guests circle around hand-in-hand, remarking on the surrounding Christmas lights and fir trees while fledgling skaters focus on their footing and grasp complimentary ice-skate trainers for balance.
Between pirouettes or mad dashes across the rink, hands can warm up with steaming mugs of hot chocolate in the skate house.
Photographer Patti Watkins believes that everyone has a story to tell, and strives to elegantly and artfully capture their essence in timeless photographs. Her sessions' low-key vibes put subjects at ease and draw out their personalities, yielding natural-looking individual or group portraits. Patti also snaps images to commemorate significant milestones, such as senior year of high school, baby bumps, and jury-duty reunions. To add pizzazz to prints, she can create stylistic effects. Photos can also be emblazoned across the pages of coffee table books, printed on metal, or crafted into custom invitations and announcements. In addition to photographing families all over Colorado, Patti has captured professional portraits of 2012 Olympic gold medalists Jaime Gray and Kim Rhode, along with portraits of political supporters with 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
With a husband in the Army and two young children, Suzanne Kroner understands the importance of capturing a family's fleeting moments. After spending three years gaining experience in a studio, Suzanne set out on her own, and today she helps memorialize everything from newly engaged couples frolicking in the surf to families showing off their matching T-shirts. She also charms children into smiling, frames newborns' tiny toes, and documents babies' journeys from kicking within their mothers' bellies to snuggling in their crib. After each session, an online gallery lets clients peruse the images, deciding at their leisure which prints to use for wallpapering the dining room.
Alyssa Fortenberry is more than just the person behind the camera, she's a guide. She doesn't want any of her clients to feel stress or frustration when booking photo sessions, so she sees them through the whole process. That process includes tailoring shoots to each family's needs and assisting with wardrobe decisions and choice of location. With all the nuts and bolts in place, the fun ensues. Sessions are available for families, newborns, kids, and couples, but Alyssa does headshots as well.
Photographer Jake and lighting expert Sokol team up to give clients exquisite, detail-oriented photo shoots that capture memories. Those details include everything from time-lapse techniques and color calibration to making sure no one has food stuck in their teeth. Through years of obsessive study and professional experience in Colorado Springs, Jake ensures precise composition and flawless photos with a journalist's perspective. The duo exacts this precision during sessions for families, couples, kids, and individuals. Weddings are also considered a forte, and they cover them with two photographers to guarantee every single meaningful moment is captured in crisp detail.
Cited by Vogue as the mastermind behind the now-iconic “beach hair” look, stylist Kevin Murphy travels the world crafting new hair designs. Despite this, his presence looms like a friendly but no-nonsense ghost at BeauImáge Salon. The salon’s six stylists use his eponymous line of hair products, as well as products from L’Oréal, to style creative cuts, elevate updos, and finish coloring sessions. Their services extend beyond hair, though. Two nail techs brighten digits with acrylic nails or Shellac polish, which refuses to chip even when hands are stuck in the mouth of a hungry pug.