by Leah Goetzel Photography
I'm so excited and humbled that you're interested in having me document your wedding. I know that choosing a wedding photographer is a big commitment so I'm honored that you're here!
As a Colorado wedding photographer, I believe wedding photography should be fun and authentic. I want your wedding photos to be a snapshot of how your day was. I want you to be able to look back in 20 years and remember your dad's face as he saw you for the first time, I want you to remember your bridesmaid going ham on the dancefloor and spilling her drink all over her dress, I want you to remember that exact moment your fiance looked up at you and realized that y'all were no longer fiance's but about to be partners for life.
I spend a lot of time with couples on their wedding day, sometimes more than they do with each other. So it's super important to me that we get along great! I only take on a limited number of weddings each year to guarantee I can put all my time and effort into my couples, which is why it's important for me to make sure we're the right fit!
If you have any questions along the way, don't hesitate to send me a message! I know the journey of planning a wedding can be a stressful one- that's why I want to do everything in my power to make this experience easy and fun!
it's not just beautiful photos, it's a stellar
Colorado Weddings - $4200-$7025
Colorado Elopements - starting at $2500
Domestic Weddings - starting at $5500
Destination Weddings - starting at $7700
Since every wedding is a unique experience, I provide customizable, à la carte pricing. Payment plans are available!
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kind words from past clients
"WE CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT LEAH!"
"I feel like Leah is my photographer-turned-best-friend! Leah is such a genuine person and actually tries to get to know you and your partner. She wants to learn your personalities so its reflected in the pictures. Leah's now photographed our engagement session, our mini Covid wedding, and will photograph our full wedding next year. I wish we lived closer to each other (I'm now in Seattle, she will be in Denver) because I want her to capture ALL of our moments in the future, too! Book Leah today - you are doing yourself a disservice if you don't!"
"leah is my photographer turned best friend"
"She took the time to plan out a detailed wedding day schedule with us and to get to know our preferences for photos, so she could be sure to capture the moments that were most important to us. On the wedding day, Leah kept to the schedule and made taking photos so fun! Many of our family members commented on how efficient the family portraits were. We were able to get all the photos we wanted and more! We are so happy with all the wonderful photos we received from Leah. We highly recommend Leah Goetzel Photography!"
"The kindest soul you'll ever meet."
"She truly puts her clients first and will go through great measures to make sure they are comfortable and happy with their photos. I was on a budget for photos and I do not exaggerate when I say that she is the most talented photographer I know. In my opinion she's the best of the best and for a great price. I could not recommend her enough I'm so happy to of met such a wonderful person!"
"you need leah!"
"Leah was incredibly professional and so fun to work with. There are inevitably things in the wedding planning process that can be higher stress and I can say that not only working with Leah with photography was not stressful, her and her team made other aspects easier. And we love the photos! She has a very smooth photography planning workstream and was such a treat to work with. You need Leah!"
"We will cherish your work forever!"
"Leah was absolutely amazing! She captured the story and feeling of our intimate wedding so perfectly in her pictures! She did an amazing job at balancing being a fly on the wall while grabbing those candid moments and also keeping us moving in the right direction and giving cues for those posed picture. She has a great eye for what to capture and her editing was beautiful and very timely! You will not regret booking her, I can't think of anything more I'd want from such wonderful pictures! Thanks again Leah!
"I highly recommend her"
"Leah is fabulous!! She made us feel like models in front of the camera, when we both don't enjoy getting our photos taken. She was super professional and got the job done when we were in a bit of a time crunch. Leah took time to get to know us as a couple and took that into consideration when photographing us. We are so happy that Leah photographed our engagement and wedding photos. I highly recommend her for your photography needs!"
"leah is the type of person you never forget"
"Leah was such an absolute joy to work with!! Her positive and reassuring attitude throughout the day kept such a calm and fun atmosphere present. We did experience some rain on our day which I thought might ruin some of our special shots we were trying to capture, but Leah delivered beautifully and worked with the elements to create photos that we will cherish for a lifetime. Not only is she great at what she does but she is also a wonderful person and you will leave your session feeling like she is someone you could be best friends with."
"simply, working with leah was a dream"
"Our wedding celebration had to be postponed due to COVID. However, she was able to capture both our original wedding day in March as well as our newly scheduled wedding celebration in July. Leah was always professional while also managing to seem like someone you've known for years. She's a calming force during a hectic & chaotic time. On top of her reassuring demeanor, she captured both days perfectly. Her positivity carried us through the uncertainty of both days and working with her was an absolute joy."
"leah made our day so special"
" Leah helped make the day run smoothly and held our hands through the scheduling process. She also has a great "bride guide" on her website to help her clients know what to expect on their big day as well as tips leading up to it. Leah was respectful and polite but stern and took charge when necessary to keep the day running smoothly and include all of the memories in the photos. I actually cried when we got our sneak peek gallery because of how well they turned out and how they brought me back to the day, all of the emotions and love."
"you'd be crazy not to book leah!"
"From the engagement shoot to the bridal portraits and the wedding she went out of her way to make everything perfect! Her kind heart and outstanding professionalism made working with her so easy. Leah isn’t there to just capture pictures, she is there to capture moments and emotions that will last a lifetime. If you are looking for a photographer, your search is over. Don’t pass this girl up!"
let's work together!
I'm so excited to hear more about your vision! Send me a message and I'll get back to you within 24-48 hours!
DISCOUNTED ENGAGEMENT SESSION
I offer discounted engagement sessions because I love them so much and highly recommend them for all my couples. It's a great way to work with my couples before their wedding. It's like a practice run, before the big day!
From small elopements, to long events partying until 1am, I've got you covered!
EXCLUSIVE WEDDING GUIDE
My wedding guide is full of valuable information including sample timelines, day of checklists, and more!
I create a custom timeline for all my couples because I know it's something that can cause a lot of stress. I've been to so many weddings, take advantage of the knowledge and let me help you plan the perfect day.
PRIVATE ONLINE GALLERY
All of your high resolution images are delivered in an easy to use, online gallery (even grandma will be able to easily download your wedding photos!) Purchase prints and canvases directly and seamlessly.
I'd love if you printed your images with me, but if you choose to print elsewhere you are more than welcome!
Bridal sessions, day after sessions, fine art albums and canvases, rehearsal coverage, and additionals photographers are all available to add on to any collection!
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.
Click on each photo to learn more about what you can expect when working with me!
the leah goetzel photography
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! So you can start printing and sharing photos from your best day ever, right away!
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. All couples can have at least two consultations with me throughout the process to go over details, ask questions and just generally get to know each other.
It is super important that I get to know all my couples, so I send out a questionnaire 3 months before wedding day. This helps me tailor your day specifically to you and your needs. It goes over things like: music you'd like to listen to during your portrait session, any sensitive family situations I should know about and any must have photos.
planning & Scouting
Creating a timeline is one of the most stressful things for couples– so let me do it for you! And if you're eloping, forget the stress of searching for the perfection location, all couples receive my exclusive location guide full of hidden gems all across Colorado!
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. And after your session you'll be feeling like a rockstar in front of the camera come wedding day!
Immediately after booking you'll receive an in-depth wedding or elopement guide. This has tons of information from location ideas to sample timelines to suggestions for what to do when it rains. It has taken me years to perfect this guide and it's something all my clients rave about!
What to Expect
the fridge photos your mom wants
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" for the gram
The pics your bestie wants. Those smiling, totally "candid" shots of you laughing with your crew.
more movement, less awkward 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.
WHAT IS A FIRST LOOK? SHOULD I HAVE ONE?
A first look is when the couple sees each other before the ceremony. These moments are usually quite intimate with only the couple and the photographer. As a photographer I love first looks for a few reasons. Firstly it really is an emotional moment, I've found that grooms feel like they can be more emotional since it's so private. And also it allows for so many more photos! After the first look we can do couples photos before the ceremony. Without a first look everyone typically hides out in their getting ready location so they aren't seen beforehand.
That being said, it's totally a personal decision! Seeing each other at the ceremony is definitely more traditional, so if that's what you've envisioned your whole life, do it!
WHEN AND HOW ARE OUR PHOTOS DELIVERED?
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 gallery will be ready in 6-8 weeks.
There is no cap on images I deliver for a wedding. The amount of images you receives varies from event to event, if you have more portrait time or lots of open dance floor dancing you'll have lots more images! But typically you'll receive 60-100 images per hour.
WHAT IF I DON'T WANT TO USE MY ALBUM CREDIT, CAN IT BE SUBBED?
Album credits are gifted onto all weddings booked after January 2022. This credit is simply a gift and has no real monetary value. I feel super passionately about my couples having an album, which is why I've offered this credit. The credit cannot be used or subbed for any other product or service.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? DO YOU TRAVEL?
I am located in Denver, Colorado. But I will travel wherever! Travel and lodging fees do apply. I offer discounted rates for certain "bucket list" wedding locations.
WHAT IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?
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.
DO YOU OFFER SMALL WEDDINGS & ELOPEMENTS?
Yes! Absolutely! Small intimate weddings (less than 25 guests) and elopements are some of my favorite things to photograph! I typically only book these 4 months in advance or on weekdays.
HOW DO WE BOOK?
I will send over a proposal that allows you to choose your perfect wedding package. A $1000 deposit will be due upon booking, this retainer is non-refundable and reserves your date. You'll then sign a contract and be officially booked!
DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?
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.
CAN YOU HOLD OUR DATE?
To be fair to everyone I can't hold dates without a signed contract and retainer.
DO YOU OFFER ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS?
Yes! And I offer a 50% discount on them for wedding clients! Engagement shoots 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.
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