I am a Colorado Wedding Photographer who has been in Business for 12+ years. I have photographed over
300 weddings and countless engagement sessions.
I specialize in a 'adventure wedding and engagement style'
When I say adventure, I don't mean WHAT YOU DO.
I mean HOW YOU DO IT.
One of my favorite things about my own marriage is that adventurous love my husband and I have for each other. I'm talking about the more trivial stuff like loving exploring and traveling, but I’m also talking about the serious adventure of life. The adventure of being parents, the adventure of being us both small business owners and all the challenges that come with it, the adventure of home improvement projects and daily life together. All of it is our adventure together. So when I say I want to capture your adventure, I’m not trying to cram you into some REI loving, hiking boot wearing, snowboarding category.
I want to invest about your idea adventure, the things you do together, the things that make your day, the things that bring you joy and the things that make you love wildly.
Adventure Photography is different for me.
Being a Colorado Adventure Photographer doesn't mean that I only photograph hiking elopements.
In fact, I photograph all kinds of weddings, all over the world with all kinds of people.
Adventure isn't a specific activity or style.
It's an attitude.
It's the way you approach life.
Adventure Photography is simply an elevated way of capturing TRUE, GENUINE moments because you are doing something that actually brings you JOY.
And isn’t that the goal? To capture you in this stage and season of your life? To remind yourselves of the past chapters of adventure and help you plan for the future ones? To remind yourselves how much you love each other when your season is tough? To show your kids and grandkids what they should look for in their futures? These photos last forever. It’s not something to just “get over with”.... it’s a moment in your life that will forever be preserved. Do it right. Make sure your adventure story is told.
I've been married to my wonderful husband for 10+ years! Together for 15 years. He is also a small business owner and at times you may see him working with me, especially on winter weddings.
We enjoy traveling together, being awesome business teammates and working on our beautiful garden and yard.
My crazy little boy who made me a Mom
7 years ago. Full of spirit, energy and self confidence. We enjoy traveling the world with him. He has visited over 30 countries on 3 continents so far. You can usually find us in the backyard, playing hockey or baseball, on an airplane or in my office where he usually plays legos, fighter jets or outer space while I edit.
I've been in business for 12+ years now.
I've photographed somewhere around 500 weddings & over 1000 portrait sessions. About 4 years into business, I was hired by my first Major League Baseball client & over the last 6+ years I have photographed over 20 MLB Weddings and Sessions. I've had work published all over the world and have won prestigious awards, but I pride myself on my personal relationship with my clients.
Hey guys! My name is Callie Riesling and I hope I can be your photographer. Like I said earlier, this is a very important decision and isn't something to rush. It is important you pick someone who you mesh well with because it truly will determine how much you love your photos.
I have a true passion for loving and serving others. It is a God given quality and I love letting it shine through my work to glorify my creator.
I also am constantly amazed by the world around me. This sense of wonder isn't going anywhere. I have lived in Colorado almost my entire life and still every time I go over one of the passes. I am greatly fueled by the places and people around me and I hope you can see it in my work.
Everything you see here is authentic. These aren't images from models or workshops. This is real love. Authenticity in all it's beauty.
YES. THESE ARE FROM ACTUAL COUPLES.
If you don’t read my whole review just know this, Callie is AMAZING!
She’s the reason our wedding was able to happen, and I do not say that lightly!
We couldn’t have asked for better photos, she captured the moment so perfectly!! Every time I look at our pictures I can feel the emotions and how special each moment was! She knows what she is doing and is worth every penny!! Not only did our wedding pictures come out stunning but Callie is one of the most sweet and caring people I have ever met! She was really flexible on date changes and possible venue changes.
I encourage you to read what I’m about to post because it will give you a great idea of how wonderful she is and how she is so much more than just our photographer. I’m one of many covid brides which was a nightmare in itself but the hurdles that came with it were extra stressful! We were originally supposed to get married in July 2020 but come May we made the decision to postpone to September 2020.
About six weeks before the wedding, we ALMOST postponed to 2021 mainly because our wedding planner was telling me if they saw anything they didn’t like or people breaking the “rules”, I.E people not social distancing or not wearing masks, that they may walk out on us, ON OUR WEDDING DAY. We were told that most of our current vendors at the time would do the same.. even though our wedding was almost entirely outdoors. (PS Callie was NOT one of these vendors)They were not really willing to budge much on anything. As a bride you can imagine that was a nightmare knowing I had a wedding team who could potentially ruin our entire day. Ironically, Callie had reached out to me right after I was told all of this and she came to the rescue. When I spoke to Callie about it she asked how she could help, and we went over options together and after everything said and done she was able to help me gather an entirely new team, 6 weeks out from the wedding, who understood our wants and needs to for the wedding, while still being able to do things responsibly and in a safe way! I told her what type of vendors I needed and she gave the best contacts! I was able to cut ties with several of my original vendors and get all new ones! I ended up with the most amazing wedding team and it was all thanks to Callie.
So when I say she is the reason we were able to get married and have the wedding for our dreams, I mean it. I will forever be grateful for all the hard work she put in for us. She is SO much more than a photographer, she goes above and beyond for her clients in ways she would never be expected to! Obviously, I cannot say enough great things about her!
JARED + STEPHANIE
Callie is beyond incredible! There could not be a more perfect photographer for Colorado couples. When I found her work years ago, I knew one day I would have to hire her for my wedding -- the pictures that drew me to her were an engagement shoot of a couple camping and I loved that the pictures not only highlighted an engagement, but also showcased what the couple really loved to do. My husband and I spend almost all of our free time dirt biking, that's even how we met! We are not the type of couple to pose for fancy photos, and Callie ran with the roots of who we are to take the most EPIC photos ever for our engagement and wedding. She even had us ride a dirt bike in our wedding clothes (seriously, coolest photos ever). On top of taking the best photos EVER, Callie also takes care of you. Throughout our planning process, she was quick to respond to e-mails or even text messages even if they were not photo related (she was the one to help me review my timeline and provide reassurance around COVID). On my wedding day, Callie was on the ground using dryer sheets to get the static out of my dress, she helped my mom bustle my dress, and she checked on me throughout the night to make sure I was ok. She started as a hire photographer and quickly is now a lifelong friend. Seriously, look no further and hire Callie -- I promise, you will love her and her work as much as I (and all of her other clients do). You won't regret it!
CARSON + CORRIE
Callie is truly amazing and the most talented photographer.
Our pictures are better than we could have ever imagined. She captured who we were as a couple with all the beautiful details around us.
Her creativity, artistic spontaneity, and sharp technique are all impressive.
She is a quick thinker and was much more than a person taking photos. She made us laugh and eased the wedding day jitters with her contagious positivity and enthusiasm. She did everything from helping me with putting my veil in to holding my hand
on rocky parts of the walk to offering me a Gatorade when I was feeling dizzy.
We are so grateful for our experience with Callie and highly recommend her to anyone searching for a photographer.
She is the best and you will be so happy with your decision.
RICHARD + STACY
DEAN + DELANEY
Callie had such an impact on our wedding day, far beyond the gift of her beautiful photos.
She acted as a coordinator,
hair stylist, and friend.
We would hire her 1,000 more times!
CHAD + RACHAEL
Callie is simply the best, there are no other words for it! Planning a wedding in the midst of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic was stressful to say the least, and Callie was far and above the most accommodating, selfless vendor that we had. I knew that I could trust her to take care of absolutely everything and it was a weight off my shoulders to have one less thing to worry about. Not to mention, her photos are stunning. I still can't believe how beautiful they turned out; she captured my husband and myself perfectly throughout the entire day. There's no one else I would ever recommend and I can't thank Callie enough for capturing our day so perfectly!
JONATHAN + KRISTI
Callie is so down to earth that she made our engagement and wedding sessions feel so natural and fun. We felt that we not only walked away with one of a kind, beautiful pictures but a new friend!
We may have to do a renewal of vows just to hire you again!!
PHIL + EMILY
Callie’s photos speak for themselves, but what a photo won’t tell you about Callie is that she truly cares about capturing her clients’ special day. When Callie’s flight was canceled due to weather in the Midwest, Callie packed a car and drove the 1,600 miles way to make it in time for our day (bless her heart for not telling me until she made it!!!!!!!). Day of, Callie ran the [photo] show and made things so stress-free for us.
She’ll work around your vision and you will not be disappointed in the photos you get!
SCOTT + ASHLEY
Callie was incredible and so welcoming for our shoot in St.Kitts! Not only did she make us feel so comfortable, we had so much fun! She truly is amazing at what she does!!
CHRIS + JESSICA
Callie was more than our photographer, she was a part of our wedding. She was not just a shadow in the background taking pictures, but someone that truly helped make our special day extra special with her charming personality and willingness to lend a helping hand.
Callie is an extraordinary photographer who pays great attention to detail, makes you feel comfortable and at-ease, and truly embodies the spirit of adventure. From hiking through the mountains for our engagement session, to traveling thousands of miles to photograph our elopement in Ireland, Callie exceeded our expectations.
Callie was our photographer for our engagement photos,
wedding ceremony in 2020, and upcoming wedding reception in 2021, and we could not be more impressed by her talent and professionalism.
Planning and executing a wedding in 2020 during a pandemic was not easy, but
Callie was honestly the bright spot of what was otherwise a stressful and confusing planning period!
She was extremely flexible and understanding, and made navigating the 2020 ceremony/2021 reception seamless and as painless as it could be.
She helped me map out photos I definitely wanted in 2020 versus ones I wanted to do only in 2021 during the reception portion, is an expert on the locations we chose to shoot our photos (both engagement and wedding) in Vail County and Summit County , and is an excellent communicator throughout the planning process. Callie has an intimate knowledge of Colorado and the most beautiful and pristine locations our gorgeous state has to offer.
This is honestly SO valuable! She will provide recommendations, feedback/examples from past locations, and help you pick the perfect spot for your photos. She also will make you and your fiancé/spouse feel so comfortable and beautiful – we honestly had a BLAST during our sessions with Callie and still talk about how much fun we had. I could go on and on about how wonderful Callie is – but you really need to select her and find out for yourself – it will be the best wedding planning decision you make, I promise!
DAVID + KRISTIN
IS ALL MY HYPE FOR REAL?
When you look at Instagram, you see the VERY best of what a photographer has to offer.
When you look at other websites, you may see 5-10 of their favorite images.
I mean, some of those aren't even real weddings - they might be from a styled shoot or workshop
But what about the rest of the wedding day?
Did they get those moments?
Or are they just creative and good at posing?
Did they just stage everything?
Not here guys. Not with me.
That's the reason I have so many (too many) photos in my main slideshow.
My photography is more than just a couple of 'curated' good images.
All these weddings are REAL CLIENTS. No workshops or styled shoots here.
So for the sake of true, honest, transparency...
HERE ARE A FEW REAL, BEGINNING TO END WEDDINGS
This way, you will know what to expect on your wedding day - The full story + what the actual couple had do say about it!