2017 Year in Review | Jennie Crate, Photographer

2017 Year in Review

Perhaps this is a sign of getting older, but I honestly have no idea how it is 2018 already.  2017 flew by, speeding through spring, summer, and fall so fast they feel like a blur.  Now that its January and the holidays are over I finally have a few minutes to sit back and reflect on all that life threw at me in 2017, the good and the bad (though mostly good). Some of these moments have photographic evidence, others are just blips in time that will forever be engrained in my memory.

To all of my clients who have opened your lives to me and allowed your moments to become some of mine, I am forever thankful for your openness and your trust.

Memorable moments from 2017

Taking Easton on his first snowshoe trip in the brilliant, snowy mountains of Tabernash

Traipsing through the snowy evergreens with Jamie and Chesley after their intimate fireside wedding

Riding gondolas down countless mountains at the end of the wedding day, taking in the darkness and the quietness alone

Buying AND selling a house

Squeezing every ounce of light out of a San Francisco sunset with Tríona and Oisin

Eating thai food and wandering the aisles of Target on a perfect date night with Heather

Driving miles through the winding roads among soaring redwoods of Northern California with Erin

Walking thousands of steps around Amsterdam exploring canals and historical sites, before grabbing simple food from the local grocery store and chilling on the couch

Savoring the best apple pie I’ve ever had from Winkle43

Walking through fields of tulips with Stephanie and Jayson

Sharing a pan of homemade cinnamon rolls with my family and watching them devour them in delicious silence

Capturing the joy of Chris’ parents walking him down the aisle

Waking up at 4:00am to catch the sunrise on Maroon Bells with Sarah and Tim

Watching Jessica get ready with her mom and sister on her low-key mountain wedding day

Fracturing my ankle and spending 6 weeks on crutches

Witnessing Elaine and John share ceremonial tea with their families

Hiking to Dream Lake with Taylor and Cat on a perfectly crisp and sunny fall day

Devouring the best bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich I’ve ever had from a local restaurant in San Anselmo

Tearing up as Ellen and John exchanged vows at sunset on the top of Mt. Evans

Sharing Harry Potter spells with a close-knit bridal party

Seeing Jessica show off her new wedding ring to her grandmother via FaceTime

Taking in the quiet stillness of sunrise with Lydia and Emily

Eating my first Ethiopian food at a hole in the wall restaurant in San Francisco with Shelli and Shannon

Celebrating Easton’s first birthday and surviving his bout of hand, foot, and mouth

Opening our home to a foster baby in the midst of the most hectic week of the summer

Getting soaked by rain and snow as Robert and Thomas self-solemnized their ceremony in Rocky Mountain National Park

Driving through rain, snow, fog, and sun to get to the best wedding locations Colorado has to offer


Memorable Images from 2017

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek wedding photokeystone resort summer wedding photocolorado mountain winter wedding photobride in floral robe photobride and groom ride gondola photoLost Gulch Overlook Proposal Photodog with flower crown wedding photoexchanging vows under umbrella photoDenver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Summer Wedding photocozy colorado winter wedding photodogs with flower collars in wedding photoEldorado Private Property wedding photogrooms eloping in Rocky Mountain National ParkTrail-Ridge Road Same-sex Elopement photoEmotional vows at the top of Mt. Evans elopement photobride and bridesmaids in flower robes phototwo grooms rainy day mountain elopement photobride zipping lace dress wedding photobridesmaids in teal bridesmaids dresses Beaver Creek wedding photoDenver Public Library same-sex engagement photointimate engagement photobride and groom elope in Colorado Rocky Mountains photointimate first dance at Maroon Bells photoSummit Lake Elopement photoemotional groom toasts California weddingVail Wedding Deck July Wedding photoChinese tea ceremony at Colorado wedding photoRocky Mountain National Park elopement photowedding photo in lavender photosunset wedding vail mountainlarge dutch tulips photointimate San Francisco engagement sessionbride getting ready vail wedding photoSan Francisco sunset engagement photoKeystone Resort Mountain Wedding photoSan Francisco engagement photoMaroon Bells Elopement photoBolinas California wedding photorecessional California wedding photobride putting on earrings and shoes colorado wedding photofarm wedding with chickens photobride getting ready in Bolinas California photoblack and white engagement photoColorado and Destination Wedding PhotographerKeukenhof Gardens Headshot photolaughing piggy back engagement photoFlowers on Medium Format Film photobride in lace wedding dress grass fields photowedding photo in Amsterdam tulip garden photointimate California wedding photoJordaan Amsterdam Anniversary session by the canalsMaroon Bells Fall Elopement photoexchanging rings Mt. Evans elopementintimate bridal portrait colorado photoChautauqua Park Boulder engagement photoKeukenhoff Gardens Wedding Session photo


  1. Gorgeous work, I love seeing all the different couples you worked with through the year! 2017 went by sooo fast! Cheers to 2018!

  2. UGH! All of these are SO AMAZING! I had all the feels, both reading about your year, and then getting to see these images. And ending with that tulip one! YES! You are so talented – cheers to a beautiful 2017, and an even better 2018!! 

  3. You had such an amazing year Jennie! Love all these bold & beautiful colors and awesome couples! Especially love your tulip field shot here at the end!

  4. Wow. You have some true talent! These are all stunning. I am a bit obsessed with the dog who had florals around his neck. 

  5. Looks like you had an amazing 2017, both in Colorado and even Abroad!  So many great moments, photo bombs (love the skiier!), and lots and lots of love.  Cheers to 2018!!

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