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HI! I'M DAYLENE!

I am wedding and elopement photographer based out of Buena Vista, Colorado! My family and I absolutely love living in the Arkansas River Valley surrounded by the collegiate peaks.

These are a few of my favorite things:

Mountain Biking, Coffee, Travel, Snowboarding, My husband, Sometimes my kids (HA!), Bluegrass, and hanging with good girlfriends.

And now that the small talk is over... let's really get to know me... (I'm horrible at small talk)

Honestly, it’s a little weird to introduce myself to strangers over the internet, but here we are. So.

Hi! I’m Daylene! I feel deeply and love big. I’m opinionated but also free spirited . I love the art and craft of photography and have been shooting weddings for over a decade. I am kind and friendly, but I’m also a straight - shooter who doesn’t take anyone’s shit. How’s that for an intro? Ha!

MY PHILOSOPHY

EXCLUSIVE AND LIMITED

WHY?

I take a very limited number of weddings each year. I am very selective about who my couples will be because I want to make sure we are the very best fit that we can be. I want to be able to give you the best experience possible both before the wedding, during, and after. I will be energized for your wedding, completely focused on you and your day.

With all that said, what really matters is that what you want actually meshes with what I do.

I will be a big part of your day - I’m there for literally all of it , the energy and personalities and priorities and vision and family and friends and schedule an d experience - s o it helps if we are on the same page!

I BELIEVE WEDDING DAYS SHOULD BE ABOUT

GETTING MARRIED

It’s about you, your person, and your loved ones. It’s not about the details or the flowers or the weather. If your goal is to get married to the person you love, and not stress the small stuff, then I’m here for you and I want to be a part of it all.

BEING PRESENT

Soaking it up. Spending the day together with people you love. Enjoying time with your bridesmaids while you get ready. Holding hands with the person you just married. Showing up to cocktail hour. You should remember laughing and dancing and hugging and being there, in it all.

CELEBRATING

This is an amazing, fabulous, incredible, perfect day! It’s a celebration and should feel that way.

THE PHOTOS

I don’t think the photos should be your priority, but they are definitely mine. I understand the importance of these images – they represent one of the biggest days of your life and they will be how you remember it all. When I deliver your gallery, I want to convey the emotion of the day, the candid nature of the events, and the care and attention that went into all of the details.

I BELIEVE WEDDING DAYS SHOULDN'T BE ABOUT

• KEEPING YOUR DRESS CLEAN

Your dress gets one day to live. ONE. Let that girl experience it all. I’ll do my best to carry it, arrange it, love and care for it, and I’ll even clean it off with wet wipes if it gets dirty. But also, let’s not stress about a little dirt!

• PLEASING EVERYONE

It’s your day and I’m here for you. Let’s work together to make it what you want. And if someone is being dramatic or high maintenance, let’s uninvite them. Haha. Just kidding. Sort of. But remember, it’s not your job to make everyone else happy on your wedding day. Let’s make you happy.

• HUGE WEDDING PARTIES

Invite all your friends to the wedding! Maybe don’t invite them all to get ready with you and ride in a limo with you to the ceremony? Do you know what it’s like to get 30 people dressed and ready and out the door and to the church at the same time? Fewer people means less chaos. Trust me.

• PHOTOS, PHOTOS AND MORE PHOTOS

Don’t get me wrong, I love photos! That’s why I’m there! But it’s not the only thing that matters and it’s not the only thing you should remember. Laugh. Enjoy. Hug your guests. Go to cocktail hour (I mention cocktail hour a lot, don’t I?!?!) Dance with your bridesmaids. Kiss your new husband or wife.

Okay. So you think we mesh and might be a great fit.

You’re ready to book because I’m awesome . My “About Me” page had the right amount of friendliness and honesty , you weren’t offended by the word “shit”, and I didn’t make you mad with the “get your dress dirty” advice . Well hot damn!

WILSON OR WILKINS

It's very confusing, I can't even keep it straight. My maiden name is Wilson and I had the business for 7 years before I got married. My married name is Wilkins. Hopefully that clears it up :)

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