2017 Year in Review

Cailey : January 2, 2018 12:56 pm : blog, Photos

2017 was a great year for Phreckles! I made many new friends, danced to music, celebrated love (near and far), and documented cherished memories. Here are just a few of my favorite photos and moments from the past year – there were HUNDREDS. Thanks for your support! See you in 2018!!

Much love,
Cailey “Phreckles” McDermott
Salida Family Photographer TJ Hittle Phreckles Photo

Phreckles Photography Wedding Dance Party

Colorado Gay Wedding Boden Model Phreckles

Salida Last Waltz Salida Last Waltz Phrekcles

Wedding Guests Phreckles Wedding Photo by Phreckles

Salida Wedding Party Chaffee County Photographers

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Cobb_421b Mount Princeton Weddings

Chalk Cliff Wedding Mt Princeton Dance

Colorado Wedding Phreckles Same Sex Wedding

Mount Princeton Wedding Colorado Wedding Decor

Horse Drawn Wedding Cowboy Wedding

Poncha Springs Wedding Colorado Wedding

Winter Wedding Ouray Colorado

New England Wedding Photo Edible Wedding Cake Phreckles

New Hampshire Wedding Phreckles Wedding Photo

Destination Wedding Photographer Flower Girl Phreckles Photo

New Hampshire Wedding Chaffee County Sunset

Salida Family Photographer Salida Engagement Photographer

Family Photography Phreckles Praying Mantis_3

Salida Family Photographer Ferraro_29

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Ferraro_4 Phreckles Photo Salida

Chaffee County Farm Phreckles Photo Colorado

Coaldale Photography Kian Puddle

Colorado Newborn Newborn Photographer

Newborn Photo Phreckles Blue Mesa Phreckles Photo

Family Photographer Del Norte Photography

Alyssa_45 Senior Photos Salida Alyssa_43

South Fork Photographer Chaffee County Seniors

Trout Steak BV Phreckles Vino Salida Stomp

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Otis Taylor Buena Vista The Lariat BV

Downtown Salida Colorado Soul Rebels Salida CO

Salida Market Phreckles Bike Jump Fail Salida

Salida Market CRM_5 Farmers Market Web

Snake Earth Day Band of Heathens Phreckles

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Boys and Girls Club Phreckles Photo Denver March_18

Phreckles Photo Denver March_20 Phreckles Photo Denver March_17

Phreckles Photo Colorado Senior Photo Phreckles

Senior Photos Salida Family Salida Photographer

Christmas Mountain Salida

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Backyard Wedding Love

Cailey : May 3, 2017 10:12 am : blog, Photos

Deb and Ryan worked for months on their backyard, because that’s where they held their intimate wedding ceremony. The Salida couple kept it simple, sweet and sincere. It was a perfect day for a backyard wedding.

After the ceremony, more friends were invited to partake in the reception – which was in the front yard and the street. They got a street closure from the city for a few hours. Friends showed up on bikes, ate food, and danced the evening away. It was one of the easiest weddings I’ve done in some time. Everyone was so relaxed, there was very little formality or traditionally involved. I loved it.

Thanks for letting me in, friends!

Catering: Kalamatapit Catering
Ceremony Music: Matthew and Andrea Coen (members of Big Meadow)

Cake: Sarah Gartzman (Sweetie’s Sandwich Shop)


Salida Wedding Photography

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Salida Backyard Wedding Backyard Colorado Wedding Colorado Wedding Photographer Backyard Wedding Venue

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Faces of Salida Phreckles Faces of Salida Crested Butte Weddings

Salida Wedding Photography Salida Wedding Photography

Phreckles Photography

Faces of Salida Phreckles Faces of Salida Phreckles Phreckles Photography

Glowing Bride Phreckles Colorado Bride Phreckles

Colorado Wedding Photographer

Salida Backyard Wedding Wedding Photos by Phreckles

Crested Butte Weddings Del Norte Weddings

Salida Wedding Photography Phreckles

Colorado Wedding Photography Colorado Wedding Rings

Crested Butte Weddings Dogs at Colorado Weddings

Colorado Backyard Wedding

Phreckles Photography Salida Salida Wedding Photography

Phreckles Photography Salida Salida Wedding Photographer

Colorado Wedding Photographer Colorado Family Photographer
Del Norte Wedding Photographer

Salida Street Wedding Wedding Treats Salida
Phreckles Photography Salida
Wild Salida Weddings Salida Family Photographer

Phreckles Photography Funny Salida Phreckles Photography  Salida Wedding Photo Faces of Salida Phreckles

Wedding Photography Colorado Wedding Photography
South Fork Weddings

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Gay Wedding Weekend!

Cailey : March 10, 2017 2:13 pm : blog, Photos

Scott and Brian exchanged vows at their family cabin in Nathrop, CO. They planned a full weekend of events for their visiting friends and family. They even handed out a “Gay Wedding Survival Pack” to everyone. They clearly have a great sense of humor. Their friend and chef, Biju, of Buji’s Little Cury Shop in Denver, cooked all the meals for the weekend – including the fantastic wedding dinner.

The fabulous team at Align Lifestyle Management planned the entire weekend – with a little insider help from yours truly.
Flowers: Rancho Verde Flowers, Nathrop.
White chairs, farm tables and barrels: Settings Event Rental, Salida.
Cake: Family member
Food: Buji – Buji’s Little Curry Shop

Thanks for looking and enjoy!

Rancho Verde Flowers Phreckles Photo Colorado Wedding Photographer

Chaffee County Wedding Chaffee County Weddings

Wedding Flowers  Rancho Verde Flowers Phreckles

Colorado Mountain Weddings

Colorado Weddings Phreckles Colorado Gay Weddings Phreckles

Pagosa Springs Wedding Photo Summit County Weddings

Salida Wedding Photography Destination Wedding

Gay Colorado Wedding Freckles

Colorado Mountain Wedding Gay Wedding Colorado

Same-Sex Wedding Colorado

Colorado Wedding Photography Wedding Dancing Colorado

Same Sex Marriage Freckles

Riverside Colorado Weddings Chalk Cliff Creek Phreckles

Colorado Wedding Photography Salida Wedding Photography

Summit County Weddings

Gay Wedding Weekend Pagosa Springs Wedding Photos

Colorado Mountain Weddings

Destination Wedding Freckles Chef Bijou Wedding Phreckles

Colorado Wedding Photography

Wedding Cake Decorating Colorado Wedding Cakes

Colorado Wedding Cakes Colorado Wedding Cakes Phreckles

Chaffee County Weddings Del Norte Family Photographer

Chaffee County Wedding Phreckles Pagosa Springs Wedding

Colorado Wedding Photo

Breckenridge Photographer Portrait Photographer Phreckles

Wedding Photography Freckles Grooms Wedding Phreckles

Farm Tables Freckles Chaffee County Weddings

Backyard Colorado Wedding Wedding Menu Phreckles

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Candid Photography Phreckles Lyneshard_121

Chaffee County Weddings Same Sex Wedding Same Sex Love Phreckles

Wedding Guests Phreckles Candid Wedding Photography

Colorado Wedding Campfire

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River Wedding!

Cailey : March 3, 2017 9:45 am : blog, Photos

Jodi and Claude are the ultimate adventure couple. They participate (and excel) in every outdoor recreation imaginable. For example, I once ran into Jodi at the top of the Monarch Crest Trail. Once she got on her bike, I never saw her again. Jodi and Claude live in Salida and are always down for a mountain bike, whitewater trip, hike or a climb. Their wedding was no exception.

They invited all their friends to raft down Browns Canyon to their wedding reception. But first, a pit-stop at Jump Rock to change, say their vows and “take the plunge.” Jodi went through the whitewater section on a standup paddle board. #beastmode. After Jump Rock, Jodi SUP’d in her long “river dress.” She’s really impressive.

Once the entire caravan of SUPs, kayaks and rafts made it to the reception spot, Hecla Junction, there was a quick change, (a longer change for the bride) and then the ceremony took place. The entire day was perfectly organized chaos. The weather was fantastic, the company splendid and the moods jolly. Definitely one of the most memorable weddings I’ve witnessed.

Planning a non-traditional wedding? Let’s grab a drink and chat. Out-of-the-box ideas are my favorite.



Groom Phreckles Photography Salida Wedding Photographer Salida Wedding Photography

Salida Wedding Photographer
Chaffee County Wedding Phreckles Campground Wedding Phreckles
Phreckles Photography Salida Wedding Flowers Phreckles Portrait Photographer Phreckles Salida Wedding Photography

Buena Vista Wedding Photographer South Fork Wedding Phreckles
Summit Photographer Phreckles Family Photographer Phreckles Crested Butte Weddings
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Salida Photography Phreckles
Gunnison Wedding Photography Crested Butte Wedding
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Elopement at Mt. Princeton!

Cailey : February 26, 2017 3:17 pm : blog, Photos

Maggie and Zach eloped to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs and Resort. They had a short and sweet ceremony, and then we took some pictures around the resort. The couple planned on soaking a bit, then going jeeping and having a bit of a holiday while in Chaffee County. They said their elopement was perfect. I think Maggie’s shoes were perfect. That pop of color! I really dig it.

The newlyweds had a reception back East when they returned home.

Planning an elopement? Let’s grab a drink and chat.
Breckenridge Photographer Blue Heels Wedding Phreckles

Chaffee County Brides

Mt Princeton Weddings Wedding Photography Phreckles

South Fork Weddings Mt Princeton Wedding Phreckles

Blue Heels Mt Princeton Phreckles

Pagosa Springs Photographer  Wedding Photography Phreckles

Nathrop Wedding Photographer

Wedding Veil and Mountains Phreckles


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Jamaican Vows

Cailey : December 7, 2016 5:24 pm : blog, Photos


I dream of wedding destinations. I’ve done several, but in Jamaica a wedding gig took me all the way to Negril, Jamaica. It was my first time in the country. I absolutely loved the scenery and the people. Sadly, I didn’t leave myself enough time to explore outside of the Negril resort area. However, some of the crafters I met on the beach were extremely friendly and forward. (My kind of people.) I made fast friends with a man named Whitey and another who went by Captain Ganja.

Mike and Janine were married at the Sandals Resort in Negril. It’s a beautiful resort with a larger campus than I was able to explore in my 4-short days. The happy couple planned an entire weekend of events for their guests, and it was fun to get to know everyone a bit before the wedding.

Minus one rain shower, the weather was perfect the entire weekend. Congrats again to Mike and Janine! Thank you for including me in your destination wedding! I hope to return soon.

Are you planning a destination wedding? Because I am always willing. Have camera, will travel!

Thanks for looking and enjoy!


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Salida Wedding Photos Pagosa Springs Weddings


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Del Norte Weddings Colorado Phreckles

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Phreckles Salida

Rio Grande Weddings Phreckles Photo Jamaica

Breckenridge Phreckles Photo

Destination weddings Phreckles
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international wedding photographer

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Cailey : January 26, 2016 2:20 pm : blog, Photos

Since September I’ve had the great privilege and honor to travel with The Colorado Health Foundation on their statewide listening tour. I’ve accompanied them on 5 tours, meeting people from roughly 40 Colorado counties. In two weeks, the tours pick up again, and we’ll head to the Plains. I’ve learned a lot about this great state I live in. About the geography, the struggles, the assets and most importantly the passion found in every town – regardless of size. I can’t wait to get back on the road and meet more people committed to promoting health in their communities! The goal of the Foundation is to be the healthiest state in the country – who wouldn’t want that?!

Thanks for looking!

All my best,


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Newborn Photography

Cailey : January 19, 2016 12:41 pm : blog, Photos

My approach to newborn photography is a little different than the thousands of images you’d see on Pinterest. I do not prop babies up in unnatural positions. Nor do I use an excessive amount of props.

I photograph the baby, and parents, in their home. With a beloved stuffed animal, a handmade quilt and the crib passed down through generations.

While it’s not everyones’ cup of tea, the brave are rewarded for skipping the studio and artificiality that comes with it.

Please enjoy the images, and feel free to contact me for more information!

All my best,

Newborn Photography Salida Colorado Newborn Photography Phreckles

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Phreckles Photography Family Photo Family Photographer Salida

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Newborn Photography by Phreckles Beya_9b

Del Norte Photographer Phreckles Salida Newborn Photographer Phreckles
Pagosa Springs Photographer Phreckles

Summit County Family Photographer
Jackson_17b Newborn Photographer in the San Luis Valley

Newborn Photography in Breckenridge CO
Phreckles Photography in Salida CO Jackson_40

Newborn Photography in Salida CO



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Christmastime Proposal!

Cailey : January 11, 2016 2:52 pm : blog, Photos

Three weeks ago I had the great privilege to document a live proposal in Riverside Park, Salida! It was quite cold and dark. I waited around the park for 30 minutes, photographing Christmas trees in Holiday Park until I spied the couple. I had never met them, but I was sent a photo of the two from earlier in the day, so I knew what they were wearing.

Michelle and Matt, Texas college students, dated throughout high school. Michelles’ mom said, “I couldn’t have written a better man for my daughter.”

After Matt dropped to one knee, and Michelle gave a teary “yes,” I revealed myself from my hiding locale.

I snapped a few photos, with the flash on, then we went to the Boathouse Cantina for the receiving line of friends and family who were waiting to see the happy couple.

After a few photos with the family, we went back outside for more photos – without tears.

It was a lovely event, and I was extremely proud to be allowed present at such an important juncture in their lives!

Congrats again to Michelle and Matt!!

Thanks for looking, enjoy!

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Mr. & Mrs. Winkler!

Cailey : January 11, 2016 11:39 am : blog, Photos

Texan couple Misty and Dustin decided on a Salida ceremony, next to the Arkansas River. They wanted it brief before they eloped to enjoy the mountains.

The always eccentric Forrest Whitman with Weddings Your Way performed the ceremony. Misty and Dustin had two friends, and their two children as witnesses.

It was a simple, beautiful ceremony. Everything they needed – nothing they did not.

The marriage license was signed at the nearby River’s Edge Restaurant.

Thanks for looking, and enjoy!

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