No awkward posing or
2 hour long photoshoots

candid, authentic photos

My top priority is ensuring you enjoy your day. With the majority of my wedding coverage being candid, this means you get to just relax and enjoy while I focus on capturing the day how it looks. No 3 hour long posed photo sessions. With me, family photos are done in 15 minutes so you and your guests can actually have fun on your wedding day. 

So many couples tell me "Leah help! We hate getting our photos done." "Leah, we're so awkward in front of the camera!". But have no fear. This is where that 40% posed really comes into play. I will tell you where to put your hands, fix your hair so you feel beautiful. I want you to love your photos– and sometimes you might need a little coaching, long story short. I got you! 

why choose leah goetzel photography?


photos that actually feel like you

I am passionate about learning more about my couples and how they actually interact. Are you fun and goofy? Romantic and intimate? My posing will reflect your personalities, because the most important thing is that your photos actually look like you.

an experience that is tailored & luxurious

I am in your corner for whatever you need. Resources, timeline creation. On wedding day, I know all your important people by name and ensure you and your partner feel comfortable. You are not just booking a wedding photographer– with me, it's a full experience.

more movement, less awkward posing

I love relaxed and natural couples photos. The best images come from when you're just being yourselves. But don't worry, I'll still give you direction. You're not on your own out there!! I just want you to feel comfortable and at ease.

bringing nature into your images

Most folks choosing a Colorado wedding have a connection to the outdoors, whether you're adventurous folks or just want an epic mountain backdrop– I will bring the environment into your images. Not only does it make for gorgeous photos, but it tells the story of your day.

an expert with difficult lighting

When working with me you can be assured that I will confidently and expertly tackle any and every difficult lighting situation. Whether that's utilizing off-camera lighting in a creative way, or flash for an edgy and editorial look– as always, I've got you covered.

your most important people, captured

The story of your wedding day wouldn't be complete without images of your closest people– your parents seeing you for the first time, your best friend spilling her drink on the dance floor, your grandma holding your hand. Those images are precious and I make sure they are captured with care.

details done differently

I will photograph all those special items that you chose for your wedding day, but especially, I want to bring those details to life. So yes, we'll get some safe shots of your details– but I also want them to emote and not just be placed awkwardly on the ground. 

dance floor photos with energy

I THRIVE for a good dancefloor. Let's bring some energy and movement into your reception photos! This isn't your 6th grade dance. I want you to feel like you're back on the dancefloor when you go through your gallery.

don't take my word for it

kind words from past couples

"Leah is the BEST in the business"

Leah is talented beyond belief. There is not a SINGLE PHOTO that we didn't love. NOT A SINGLE ONE. How many brides can say that?? Every photo Leah took captured the very essence of our love. 

Our families cannot look at the photos without crying, and neither can we. I felt like Leah charged us a normal price for a Colorado photographer, but my husband and I both agreed that we would've paid her double what she charged, SHE IS THAT GOOD.

- chloe, married at the manor house in denver

"We feel like we made a friend"

"Leah was the best photographer we could have asked for! She was so fun and easy to work with, and our guests raved about her. She was also very organized, which was great because it helped keep our day running smoothly. She was able to capture so many candid moments. We love that our photos are not just posed shots, but also show us laughing and having fun with our friends and family. 

Leah really takes the time to build a relationship with you and asks all the right questions to make sure you get the photos you’ve always dreamed about. We are so grateful to Leah for everything she did, and we feel like we made a friend through this journey. Thanks Leah!"

- cassidy, married at della terra in estes park

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a reminder that

your experience matters

I want you to have gorgeous photos of your wedding. 

But what might surprise you, is the most important thing to me is making sure you enjoy your day. 

Your wedding day isn't a photoshoot. It's not a time for me to build my portfolio. 

It's about you and your partner and celebrating with your closest people. 

To me, the experience is everything


the leah goetzel photography

You will never feel like you booked me and then I vanished. Making sure I'm present and available for any questions or help you need along the way is huge in the experience I provide. 

consultation calls

It is super important that I get to know all my couples, so I send out a questionnaire after booking and 3 months before wedding day. These help me tailor your day specifically to you and your needs. 


All couples receive a 50% off discount on engagement sessions. Engagement sessions are one of the best ways for us to get to know each other before the wedding day. 

discounted e-sesh

Immediately after booking you'll receive an in-depth wedding or elopement guide. This has tons of information from location ideas to sample timelines.

wedding guide

Heard of the horror stories of couples not seeing a single wedding photo for months? Don't worry about that with me! All couples receive a sneak peek in 24 hours and a full 80 image highlight gallery in just 1 week! 

highlight gallery

i want this!

All couples receive a tailored, custom timeline based on your questionnaire responses. Then we'll schedule a meeting to go over all the details!

timeline prep


Schedule your engagement session 5-6 months before your wedding date. Don't worry about finding a location, I've got you!

engagement session


Pay your retainer and sign a virtual contract and you're officially booked! Immediately receive access to my exclusive wedding guide and location resources.



After filling out my contact form I'll be in touch to schedule a consultation, let's chat about your vision for your wedding!



You'll receive a highlight gallery of 80 images in only 2 weeks! Final, edited images will be delivered in a gorgeous, private online gallery in 6-8 weeks.



the process

my promise to you

I promise to treat your wedding day with the utmost care and attention it deserves. I promise to help you along the way– whether that's with location guides, timeline help– whatever you need. I promise to be your cheerleader, your biggest advocate and your support system. I promise to photograph the big and small moments of your day and ensure that you feel more in love than ever when you look back at your images. 

Photos to Expect


the fridge photos for mom

The classic, smiling at the camera shot. I call em the "boring facebook prof pic" or the "mom shot". They may not be the most creative or the flashiest, but they are some of the most important shots of the day!


candids with your crew 

The pics your bestie wants. Those smiling, totally candid shots of you laughing with your besties.


more movement, less posing

I love relaxed and natural couples photos. The best images come from when you're just being yourselves. Don't worry, I'll still give you direction. You're not on your own out there!! I just want you to feel comfortable and at ease.


the "is that us?!" shot

Let's capture the essence of y'all, but still give you that "holy sh*t we look gooooood" moment. I'm all about finding the good good light and making y'all feel like rockstars in front of the camera.


capturing the in between

Those intimate moments that will have you thinking, "I didn't even realize you captured that!". You might not remember these tiny, little moments– but they're what make your day feel like your day. 


the big 3

The most important shots from the ceremony, I have dubbed, "the big 3". The first look shot, the walking down the aisle shot, and the kiss. This is my "palms are sweaty, moms spaghetti" moment of your wedding day. I can't and won't miss these shots, I know how important they are for you and your family.


details done differently

I want to make sure to photograph all those special items that you chose for your wedding day. That special tie, those shoes, grandma's necklace. I want to bring those details to life. So yes, we'll get some safe shots of your details– but I also want them to emote and not just be placed awkwardly on the ground. 


receptions photos with energy

This isn't your 6th grade dance, let's bring some energy and movement into your reception photos. I want you to feel like you're back on the dancefloor when you go through your gallery.

Yes! I offer Denver based senior/graduation photos and engagement sessions as well as a few limited family sessions. You can find more info on portrait sessions here. 

I have so many that I actually made a blog post specifically for this question, view a few of my favorite Colorado wedding venues here. 

I'd say about 90% of my couples say some variation of this. Firstly, my posing is very natural and organic, with enough direction that you'll know exactly what to do with your hands. But to help my couples feel even more at ease on wedding day I try to learn everything I can about y'all through consultation calls and pre-wedding questionnaires. This way on wedding day I can photograph y'all in an authentic and genuine way. And if you're still feeling nervous, I recommend booking an engagement session so we can have a little practice run!

You'll receive a sneak peek of a few images on social media within 72 hours because I know how eager couples are to see their images! A highlight blog post will go live two weeks after your event. And then your final gorgeous images will be ready in 6-8 weeks, delivered in a private online gallery, available for all your friends and family to view and download.

A great question! There are so many incredibly talented Colorado wedding photographers out there and being forthright, some might be a better fit for you than me. I truly believe that you should not only love a photographers work, but also their personality and experience that they'll give you. Most of my couples are working with me for over a year and then come wedding day, I will probably be the person you see the most! I pride myself on creating the best experience for my couples, I want to be an easy going and fun presence on your wedding day, but also able to keep the day running smoothly and efficiently. I'm able to accomplish this by providing lots of pre-wedding planning and communication. But don't take my word for it, check out some reviews from past clients!

The short answer: I do everything in my power for you to have a fun and stress-free wedding. My two main priorities are 1. a top notch experience and 2. beautiful photos. 

I am located in Denver, Colorado. But I will travel wherever! Travel and lodging fees do apply if your event is further than 150 miles from 80020.

I've been photographing weddings professionally for 6 years now, but picked up my first camera way back in 2009. I started my business in Texas photographing seniors and family sessions. 

My style is a mix of photojournalistic and traditional. I love capturing candid moments, the authentic smiles, the natural tears, the goofy glances— all the things that make your wedding authentically you. But I also want to make sure that you get the shots you've been waiting for. I want you to have the classic images of you and your partner seeing each other for the first time, or your first dance, or just a big family photo that your mom will display in her home.

Yes! Absolutely! Small intimate weddings (less than 20 guests) and elopements (less than 5 guests) are some of my favorite things to photograph! I typically only book these 3 months in advance or on weekdays. 

I will send over a proposal that allows you to choose your perfect wedding package. A $1500 deposit will be due upon booking. You'll then sign a contract and be officially booked!

Yes! In fact, my payment structure is already broken up into installments to make my services more accessible. Your payments will be broken up into 5 payments throughout your journey with me. 

Yes! And I offer a 50% discount on them for wedding clients! Engagement sessions are a great way to see how my couples interact on their wedding day. We can chat about which poses you find most flattering and natural. I can see if you are more touchy and intimate or more reserved and traditional, all which will create a more seamless and streamlined wedding day experience. I only book these sessions on weekdays to save my weekends for weddings or quality time with my husband/friends. 

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