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Ryan with Elevate Photography was absolutely wonderful to work with for our wedding photos. Right from the start he was incredibly responsive to emails and phone calls, calling within hours of us submitting an email to schedule a time to meet. Before meeting, we were pretty sure about having Elevate do our wedding photography because we loved our friends’ Graham and Stefanie’s wedding photos. Meeting Ryan and seeing his outstanding portfolio solidified this decision.
The day of our wedding, we were impressed when Ryan arrived very early to scope out our mountain venue and find several beautiful backdrops for photos. Throughout the day, he was fun to be around and made us and our entire wedding party feel comfortable. During the ceremony and reception, we barely noticed that Ryan was there, yet it was evident from the photos that he was, as one of our groomsmen put it, “everywhere.” When the reception went longer than expected, he was flexible about staying for more time than originally planned to take more photographs, despite the long, late drive back to Denver from Mount Princeton.
When our photos arrived, we were dazzled! Ryan’s photography captured everything from intimate to humorous to artistic. The photos of the two of us were gorgeous, and we were especially pleased by the photos of the wedding party. Having been an attendant in many weddings before, I’ve had to ask myself a few times if I’d actually been in a wedding or two because there were so few shots of the wedding party. Ryan made our wedding party feel that they were an inextricable part of our day, which is true to our relationship with our friends.
Equally commendable is the turn-around time for wedding photos at Elevate Photography. Our wedding was December 19th, and our photos were posted online by January 7th. We didn’t even have to wait a month for nearly 600 professionally taken and creatively edited photos. I can’t remember ever seeing a friend’s wedding photos posted so quickly. Ryan even put together a short video of our wedding photos set to music for our friends and family to enjoy on Facebook. We recommend Ryan and Elevate Photography without reservation.
We are so pleased with our wedding photographs!
Ryan shot our engagement session, and Ryan and Katie shot our wedding and reception. The photographs reflect our personal style and truly capture the magic of that day.
The Elevate team worked with us to create a package that suited our needs, and were fun, professional, and very talented. I would choose them again in a heartbeat.
If I had to describe Elevate Photography in a single word, it would most definitely be amazing! We started our wedding planning process about a year and a half before our May 2010 wedding. We checked out a handful of photographer referrals that we received from friends, coworkers and frankly anyone with an opinion and quickly switched focus to find a photographer that better suited our style. Elevate popped on our radar after seeing a listing on www.theKnot.com; we checked out their portfolio and the search stopped there. Elevate had everything we were looking for: fun, unique and vibrant photos; something that captured our personalities and truly showed what a fun loving couple we are. Best of all, they fit our budget (because when planning a wedding during a recession, this definitely matters).
All of the photographers at Elevate are amazingly talented. We specifically worked with Ryan, for both our engagement and wedding photos, and truly can’t say enough good things about him. We could tell from that first meeting that Ryan has a passion for both photography and working with people--we knew that we were making the right decision and wouldn’t be disappointed. Ryan without a doubt surpassed all of our expectations; he was incredibly professional, responsive, provided great feedback based on his experience and was flat out a blast to work with.
As for our pictures, they’re just incredible! There’s really no other way to describe them. They’re so far beyond what we were hoping for and it’s completely a result of Ryan’s vision and amazing talent.
If I could give the future brides and grooms any advice in planning their wedding, it would be to: a) book Elevate Photography and b) be open and willing to try anything they suggest. If you follow those two guidelines, you will definitely not be disappointed!
We came across Elevate at the Rocky Mountain Bridal Show last year and after carefully reviewing more than 30 online portfolios we knew Elevate was simply the best. There entire staff is friendly, professional, genuine, and strive for excellence. We hired Katie to be our wedding photographer and could not be happier. From our engagement shoot through the wedding day we knew we made the right choice. She is an incredible photographer and made sure to capture our "must-have photos". Elevate as a studio is second to none. Included in our package was a beautiful album, all our digital photos on a custom engraved flash drive, a day-of slideshow presented during our reception, and a stunning photo display at our reception. They also held 2 photo premiere parties for us to share our photos with out family and friends at their studio. The service and quality of their work is truly astounding and I would highly recommend them to anyone!
From the engagement shoot to the wedding, Katie was amazing and gave us exactly what we wanted for our photos! Very professional and extremely helpful staff all around! Our pictures were absolutely stunning and I could not have asked for a better studio to shoot our wedding!
Elevate was an absolute please to work with. Stephanie is so upbeat and enthusiastic and loves what she does. The preview sessions of your engagement and wedding photos is wonderful! Absolutely wonderful to work with them.
They always tell you that your wedding day is a such a blur so you have to stop and remember to savor the moment. And it's really true... You spend so much time planning all those tiny little details, and it's hard to imagine not being able to remember every single thing. But the trouble is that after time goes on, you really do start to forget a little bit.
Enter Elevate Photography.
When we got engaged two and a half years ago we knew two things: we wanted to get married in the mountains, and we wanted our pictures to be phenomenal. Ryan and his team took our expectations and easily surpassed them! They were extremely professional, nice, fun to work with, and not to mention extraordinary photographers. They exceeded our wildest dreams and perfectly captured the excitement and glory of our wedding day.
Through their eyes and the gorgeous photographs that they captured, I can remember every single moment! I feel like I'm there again, tearing up with the words that I can hear people say, feeling the emotions, and remembering every detail when I see those gorgeous pieces of art that I can now call my wedding photos.
When speaking with guests about the wedding, even now, 4 months later, by far the most common compliment we have received was about how great the photographers were. People particularly loved the slide show of the images from THAT VERY DAY that was displayed during the receptions.
I will cherish these images forever and look forward to working with Ryan and everyone at Elevate Photography many more times, for all of my photography needs! Thank you so much! I don't know what I would have done without you.
My words don't even begin to describe how extremely pleased I am. :)
My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Kate at elevate photography for our engagement, wedding and baby photo's! Kate is an amazing person inside and out! Plus she does an amazing job! My husband and I were a little hard to work with given we had a newborn, we live all the way past Castle Rock and my husband works crazy hours. Kate was more then flexible and willing to work with us. She really listens to what you want (even if your not sure what that is) :)...
All in all, kate did an amazing job I would recommend her to anyone!
I had the pleasure of working with Ryan Erickson and the other talented staff at Elevate Photography for my recent wedding at The Sanctuary in Sedalia, CO. From our engagement photos to the pre-wedding meetings and discussions, they were all kind, professional and on top of their game. On my wedding day, Ryan and his assistants made me and my wedding party feel so at ease and we had so much fun posing for the photos. He knew the perfect spots for pics, resulting in some amazing photos. He even set up a slideshow of ceremony photos (set to music, even) for our guests to enjoy during the reception. What I have seen so far is nothing short of amazing, and I cannot wait to see all of them. If you want breathtaking photos for your wedding, book them!!!
These people KNOW what they are doing. Every experience I had with Elevate was more than I could of asked. From the engagement shoot to the premier party they blew me out of the water with their levels of detail and class! Katie was wonderful and was able to get everything in (even though we were on a very tight schedule). She and her assistants were on time, professional and an absolute delight to have on my special day. My guests were BLOWN AWAY by the 'day of show' and it was so fun to have instant gratification! THESE are your wedding photographers- look no further!
We LOVED our photographer Stephanie at Elevate! Not only did she fly out of state to do our engagement pictures, she even went a little over her alotted time for some special shots that we really wanted! Overall, Elevate was extremely professional - punctual, accomodating, and went out of their way to get shots that we asked for. They are a little pricey as they are a smaller photography studio, but their editing and professionalism really shined through!
We used Elevate Photography for our snowy wedding in March and couldn't have been happier! We 100% recommend them! We had a fall engagement session with Katie, which went so well and got us so excited for her to shoot our wedding. Ryan and Katie both were there on our wedding day, and they caught SO many great moments.
Besides the reception, Elevate was our second highest wedding cost, but I am beyond satisfied with the quality we received for the price. Your wedding photos are something you want to be perfect, because they are what you are going to have for the rest of your lives and so this was a big decision for us!
Katie and Ryan were so easygoing and made us feel at ease while snapping our photos. They were both so efficient that we didn't spend hardly any time being "away" taking photos while the rest of the fun was going on. During dinner, they put together a "day of" slideshow with around 100 (I think) photos of us from the day, and then played it right before all the speeches! Everyone was SO impressed by that, and it was nice to have some instant gratification as well! They also respond to emails quickly and I never felt like they were overwhelmed.
Katie and Ryan had never shot at our venue before, but they took the time to scope it out ahead of time and pick out perfect spots for photos. I was concerned our reception area was too dark for photos (dark wood lodge) but they came up with the perfect solution with lighting, and the photos turned out PERFECT.
We received an engagement shoot, 2 photographers, a day-of slideshow, a lit up portrait (setup on an easel) displayed at our reception, a thumbdrive with all the photos, and will be receiving a really nice personalized album.
One thing that we didn't recognize was that you receive the rights to the photos (up to a certain size). So, if you wanted to blow up a huge photo as a piece of art, that isn't included in the package. That was our mistake though in not reading the fine print of the contract. You can order the print in a larger size from them, but it is pretty expensive. In saying that, they were flexible and worked with us.
Thank you Katie and Ryan!
Elevate is the BEST photography company in Colorado. From the start, we had a positive experience meeting with Ryan to discuss our options for our engagement pictures and wedding photos. We quickly fell in love with elevate and hired Stephanie to be our photographer for this important time in our life. Stephanie was INCREDIBLE! She worked with us to take our engagement pictures at Great Divide, where we met 4 years prior! She was so sweet, and got to know us on such a personal level. Our wedding soon arrived, and I had total confidence in Stephanie. She captured every special moment, and every picture depicted our personality as a couple. I could not recommend a better photography company to have been a part of this exciting chapter in our life. We plan to use them in the future for any special event we have. Thank you Elevate!
The team at Elevate is simply the best vendor we worked with on our wedding day. In the months leading up to the day and all the prep work helped to make the day run smooth. In addition to having the process down pat, they take the most amazing and creative photos. Every single shot has a little something special and this will help us to truly remember everything about our day! Thanks Stephanie and Katie for such a perfect outcome!
Elevate was so much fun to work with! We had Ryan as our photographer and he was professional but fun, and took wonderful pictures! He was on time, and didn't mind spending a little more time with us since the shoot was going so well. He was able to get everyone in place for wedding pics without being bossy. Elevate had some good packages, with amazing albums and other choices.
I am not even sure on where to really begin to express how pleased my husband and I were with Elevate Photography, who took our engagement and wedding pictures. We worked primarily with Katie through this process and had Jo (engagement photos) and Brian (wedding photos) as 2nd shooters. From the second we met Elevate's amazing staff in their studio, we knew they would do an incredible job.
Working with Katie was such a pleasant experience for a few reasons. She has a very talented and creative mind, an extremely positive and upbeat disposition, and is one of the most genuine, down to Earth, good-hearted people I have ever met. Our wedding day went off without a hitch, and a large part was due to her. We never once had a concern about how our photos would turn out. Katie and Elevate truly valued our input and really took pride in their work and final product.
We received SO many compliments about our engagement and wedding photos and are so lucky to have these wonderful memories and photos forever. I cannot stress enough to any couple out there who is getting married and looking for a photographer that deciding to work with Elevate (and Katie) was well worth the money and peace of mind. I highly recommend Elevate Photography to any couple out there! Thanks again so much to Katie and all of the Elevate staff for such a great experience and for making our wedding day so special!
We cannot say enough about how happy we are that Ryan from Elevate Photography was our wedding photographer. We first met Ryan for our engagement session in DC. My husband and I met and live in DC so we wanted to have photos from our time here. Our engagement photos took our breath away. They are gorgeous! On our wedding day Ryan and his team had scouted out locations around our venue that we never knew existed. Again, the photos are simply stunning. We have heard from family and friends that they are suffering "photo envy" after seeing our wedding photos. The colors are bright, photos are crisp and simply beautiful! We recommend Elevate Photography wholeheartedly, and cannot say enough good things about them. Hands down the best wedding photos we have ever seen (and not just because they are ours).
We interviewed several photographers but the staff at Elevate had everything we desired. Capturing the candid moments and detail was very important to us. Katie worked extremely hard during both the engagement and wedding session. She was very fun, outgoing and her artistic imagination was evident through the pictures. We loved the customer service and lifelong keepsakes.
We used Elevate for our engagement photos and our wedding. Stephanie was our main photographer and she also had Jo and another assistant come as well. It was so comfortable working with them. They were very fast with our posed pictures and we didn't even notice them at our reception. We've only seen the sneak peeks so far but we are in love with our photos. Would definitely recommend this photographer!!!!
Ryan and Katie were our photographers for our wedding in September 2012. They did such an amazing job. Not only were the pictures gorgeous but their professionalism was also well received. All of our guests and wedding party told us how comfortable they made them feel in front of the camera. We have received nothing but "wows", "gorgeous" and "amazing" reactions to the pictures from the wedding.
Additionally, Elevate was great to work with up until the wedding. They were always available when needed to discuss the wedding and were great in providing their expertise. They are very professional and lots of fun!
I highly recommend Elevate!!
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Elevate Photography is a team of photographers that love what we do. Capturing life. We love capturing your most important wedding memories, from the first kiss to the party on the dance floor. Based out of a beautiful studio in Denver, we photograph all of Colorado and beyond.
- Starting Price Range: $2,000-$2,999
- Other Styles: Trash the Dress
- Specialty: Photojournalism
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013