Vail Engagement Photographer | Jena and Taylor | Vail Wildflower Engagement

Jena and Taylor | Vail Engagement




Savannah Chandler Photography | Vail Wedding Photographer


For their engagement session, Jena and Taylor wanted to fly into Colorado from Texas and capture the feel of the mountains.  We planned for a weekend in early June, however, this year has been absolutely nuts with the amount of snow still up on our mountains.  Once we looked up the road conditions for our original spot of Shrine Pass and saw that there was still nearly FIVE FEET of snow, we postponed until mind July.  Fast forward roughly 6 weeks – we looked up the road to Shrine Pass to photograph on July 13… it was still closed.  Washout.  All the snow we got is wrecking havoc on our high mountain roads.  Doing what I love to do – I got in my car and went around scouting for a fantastic mountain location.  Boy oh boy am I glad that Shrine was closed ;).  Just outside of Vail, I found this amazing trail that overlooks the entire Gore mountain range, and was covered in wildflowers.  Flowers taller than me.  Fields of columbines.  Lupines knee high.  The snow had also brought about amazing flowers after the massive melt.


On the evening of our session, I met Jena and Taylor up at the trailhead to start hiking for our session.  We hiked up for roughly a mile, and tried to duck in and out of the trees for the oncoming rain and storms.   The weather report looked somewhat iffy, but not awful.  You could clearly see in the sky that somewhere to the West, the rain was pouring down.  Just our luck, we were right on the outskirts of the storm and only experienced tiny stints of rain on and off.


We began up on the mountain, looking to the Gore Mountain range with flowers lining the trail.  There was no bad view in any direction – we made our way down the mountain photographing as we went.  I knew there was a field of tall wildflowers (which I can NOT seem to find the name of, let me know if you can identify them!), we stopped in the field before heading fully down the mountain for “sunset”.  They skies were still mostly dark, but I knew I still wanted to capture what little color was in the sky in the sweeping field near the base of the trail.  I brought my dad to act as a “voice activated lightstand”, allowing me to light Jena and Taylor against the dark skies and booming mountains.

I believe that I have now found what is a new favorite photo location.  I’m super excited to go back in the fall as well to see all the aspens and ground foliage line the mountains with gold.

Thank you Jena and Taylor for adventuring with me – even if we had to be super spontaneous and we had to change outfits 3 times 😉


Seventy Image Pano Stitch!! <3.  Takes forever, but I absolutely love it.




Savannah Chandler Photography | Vail Engagement Photographer
Based in Denver, CO | Available for Travel Worldwide
Photographing in the Rocky Mountains and Beyond
Vail | Breckenridge | Keystone | Crested Butte | Telluride | Ouray | Estes Park | Winter Park | Loveland | Silverthorne | Buena Vista

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Colorado – my home for the past 34 years and counting.  My family were Pioneers from Norway and Germany to Colorado in the 1880’s.  I think it’s pretty amazing that our family has always had an interest in photography and capturing moments.  Growing up seeing photographs of our family in covered wagons on their way to Colorado is one of my fondest memories.
  Truly, I love Colorado and the amazing mountain ranges throughout.  I grew up heading into the Mountains on weekends to hike in the summer, and to snowboard in the winter.  I’m hapy to say that not much has changed, I’ve just added a husband and child into my adventerous outdoor mix.  My husband and I now take our little man out into the wilderness that Colorado has to offer, hoping to fill his young life with amazing memories and experiences.
I hosted my wedding in Evergreen, Colorado in May of 2011 at the Evergreen Lake House  .  After our wedding day,  I knew that I wanted to be a Colorado Wedding Photographer.  I was attending Metropolotian State University of Denver for fine art photography at the time, and the transition into a Wedding Photographer was fairly seamless.
I love adventuring to new places for weddings and elopements!  I hike regularly, and love showing couples my favorite spots.  There are amazing places in every corner and in every season.  Snowboarding is also a passion of mine, and I LOVE to capture couples shredding Pow Pow down the mountain.  Interested in a Colorado Hiking or Adventure Elopement?  Contact us on the form below!  Every year I have a list of locations that have special prices for couples wanting to hike, I’d love to chat about my current list!


Awesome Colorado Wedding Vendors

One of the great things about being based here in Colorado is getting to work with some of the best wedding vendors! Here are some of my very favorite places and people to work with. They're all awesome. Almost as awesome as the views we have here across the continental divide... almost.

Venues: Strawberry Creek Ranch in Granby, Colorado
               TimberRidge and Alpenglow Stube in Keystone, Colorado
               Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, Colorado
               SkyView at Fall River Village in Estes Park, Colorado 
Planners: Sweetly Paired
Videographers: Whitney Milton
Florists:  Olive and Poppy

Review from Jenna and Chris

"Savannah is the most AMAZING photographer!!! I would recommend her a thousand times over again. I would plan another event just to use her again! She is incredibly professional and incredibly talented!!! Best vendor/photographer/professional I have ever worked with."

Check out Jenna and Chris' Estes Park, Wedding Day HERE

Review from Ashley and Aaron

"Savannah is an amazing person and photographer! She captured our wedding in every way we could imagaine. Looking back on the pictures she took makes us remember and feel those special moments. Savannah is very professional but at the same time will help load up carseats and offer a helping hand wherever she can. She is very knowledgeable from locations to take pictures to making us feel comfortable in directions to pose. We have nothing but good things to say. We definitely reccomend Savannah Chandler!"

Click HERE to see Ashley and Aaron's Estes Park, Colorado Wedding Day!

Review from Katie and Brad

Savannah was so great and managed to make us (two awkward people) feel super comfortable and thrilled about wedding photos. :) She saved our day with her flexibility and the pictures were better than we could've ever hoped for! Highly recommend!

Check out Katie and Brad's Boulder, Colorado Wedding Day HERE

Savannah Chandler Photography | Colorado Wedding Photographer | Colorado Mountain Wedding Photographer

Photographing in the Rocky Mountain Region, Including: Keystone, Aspen, Breckenridge, Estes Park, Twin Lakes, Leadville, Silverton, Telluride, Durango, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Larkspur, Steamboat, San Luis, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Winter Park, Granby, and the Spanish Peaks.