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Hello! I’m Gretchen Troop, a wedding and portrait photographer living in Boulder, Colorado (about 30 minutes west of Denver). Thanks for checking out some of my work here on my website!

My Photography History:

Photography has been a long and interesting journey for me. I earned a degree in Studio Photography from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. The degree should have lead me to New York City, photographing magazine covers, but instead I ended up in a career as a singer. When I moved to Colorado in 2003 I re-ignited my love of photography and began a career in landscape and music photography. I sold many landscape photos to individuals and businesses and also worked as the primary photographer for a large music festival. A music fan familiar with my photography hired me to photograph his daughter’s wedding in Grand Junction in 2012 and my career in wedding photography began. I had already been photographing musicians for album covers and promotion, but once I started photographing weddings, I began to really dig into off-camera lighting and obtain higher-end equipment to bring my skills to the level necessary to photograph weddings.

Gretchen Troop in Estes Lake
Working IN Estes Lake to get the best shot.

My Photography Style:

I photographed my first wedding in 2012 in Grand Junction, Colorado. My wedding and portrait photography has always been inspired by the surrounding landscape. Some of my favorite places to shoot weddings offer world-class views and are a quick jaunt from my house. My favorite location is Estes Park on the border of Rocky Mountain National Park. During the summer I am there almost every week. Because I have photographed so many weddings, engagements and portraits in Estes and RMNP, there are lots of great locations in my tool belt. Many of my clients come from out-of-town and find my familiarity with the area extremely valuable.

My actual photographic “style” is to deliver photographs that fit you and your style. My editing is true to life (although maybe through some polarized sunglasses). Whether the style you are looking for is elegant and classic, edgy and colorful, soft and feminine, Colorado burnt grass, high-end, luxury, they are all in my palette. Photography is what I love, and my capacity to intuitively understand my clients and their vibe is one of the things I get complimented on the most.

Which leads me to the most important factor in my photography business…. YOU. Customer service is always the top priority when you hire Gretchen Troop Photography. I am a proven professional with all the equipment and skills to create stunning photos. But more importantly, I’m fun to work with! Whether you feel uncomfortable in front of the camera or can nail 20 poses in 2 minutes I can capture the “real you” and have you relaxed in front of the camera. You will enjoy your time getting photos… because it is fun!

There is so much more about my photography that I would love to share but the most important message I can leave you with is this, I got you. If it’s raining, we are going to do some amazing backlit colored rain shots, if you just want candids and don’t want to know I’m even there I got you… well except I’m 6 feet tall, so I am a little harder to hide. Whatever the weather, schedule changes or events happen at your wedding or shoot, I will adapt and mix in seamlessly, and the end results will blow you away. I am here to provide you with your ideal photographs, and for you to have a wonderful time while we create them. Make sure to read the Testimonials on the bottom of the page to hear directly from previous clients.

My Other Arts & Passions:

I’m a multi-discipline artist based in Colorado. After college I worked as a professional lead singer writing and performing original soul~funk music in both New York City and San Francisco. When I gave up on my music career in 2003 to move to Colorado, I surprisingly ended up in two more bands before calling it quits (professionally anyway) in 2018 to fully focus on my photography career.

Gretchen Troop Singing

 

I’m an avid bicyclist, which was one of the larger influences in me moving to Boulder for the town’s outstanding bicycle paths. In 2021 I rode 1,770 miles on mostly dirt (and sometimes snow) paths that wind around the plains. I am also, ironically, the daughter of a race car driver and grew up at sports car tracks in the East Coast. I’ve raced (and photographed) Colorado Rallycross. You can check out some of my car photography here.

Gretchen Troop Bicycling

Outside of photography I also have a business in motion design, edit video and make 3D & 2D animations and create websites.

I live with my brilliant scientist husband who I adore, and a very weird cat named Monk (as in Thelonious). My husband and I kayak on multi-day camping trips down the Colorado River, as well as camp throughout Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, California and Arizona. Our style of camping is walk-in tent glamping. Our relationship is based on our love of nature and traveling and we try to do as much of it as possible since we first met at Conundrum Hot Springs.

Bifford Paddling Down Colorado River

I’m also a music junkie and have been a DJ on KGNU’s Dusty Grooves for over 12 years spinning soul~funk music for the masses.

That’s just a little bit about me, please contact me using this form, or text or call me at 720-765-5551.


From My Clients...

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"Gretchen did a wedding photo shoot for us in Estes Park in 2021. We originally got married in in 2020 but due to the pandemic were not able to have a professional photographer at the time. Gretchen made this experience so much fun and we loved exploring Estes Park with her, it made up for our lack of wedding photos so much! She was very professional and knowledgeable and we would recommend her to anyone! Thanks Gretchen!"
Katie & Jake

Katie & Jake

Estes Park, Colorado

"Gretchen is so incredibly talented!! Her skills with lighting, color, and framing are just breathtaking. She included engagement photos with our wedding photo package, and did an amazing job with both. She has a great familiarity with Rocky Mountain locations, and took us to some stunning spots to take photos. She is full of creative energy and ideas, and not afraid to hike through anything (even in the dark) to get great shots! Plus she has an easy-going friendly personality, and reliable communication. I searched for months to find the best wedding photographer for us, compared against soooo many, and can confidently say we found the perfect choice! Gretchen is the absolute best."
Jamie & Atta Addo

Jamie & Atta Addo

Della Terra, Estes Park, Colorado

"Gretchen is the absolute best! She brought energy and ease to the entire day. From photographing special moments with the groomsmen to an impromptu dance party with the bridal party, Gretchen helped make our intimate mountain wedding truly personal. She listens, encourages, and is there at all the moments you want to remember. Her eye for photography is unmatched. All of our friends and family who see our wedding photos are instantly impressed by the talent of Gretchen’s eye!"
Maggie & Ben

Fraser, Colorado

"We worked with Gretchen for our engagement shoot and our wedding. Not only is she incredibly organized and professional, working with her is downright FUN. She keeps the energy and gives really constructive feedback moment-to-moment about posing, natural lighting, location. We knew each time she flipped the tiny camera screen around to show us that our photos were looking great, but the final edited product is truly art."
Kelsie & Tanner

Boulder, Colorado

"Gretchen is FANTASTIC. She has such an eye for the perfect photo and her mastery of lighting is breathtaking. And it's not just that she's INCREDIBLY talented in her trade, but she is so personable and easy to work with. It felt like we had a friend with us on our wedding day (and engagement shoot!). We will 100% use her for future portraits and would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone looking for STUNNING photos. She is a MASTER at her craft."
Karli & Luke

Breckenridge, Colorado

"Amazing!!! Gretchen was more than we could've asked for. She knew exactly the image of what we wanted, had such a mellow and calming demeanor we really appreciated on a more than normal stressful day, and her pictures are amazing!!"
Meredith & Chad

Testimonial Photo

Elizabeth, Colorado

"Gretchen was absolutely fantastic! She had great ideas for locations and made us feel very comfortable during the portrait session. On the big day she was prompt and professional even when our own schedules inevitably got messed up and things had to be rearranged. She was able to adapt well and got some amazing shots. After the wedding, she got us our photos very quickly and now we can’t stop showing them to anyone and everyone who will let us. If you’re searching for a photographer for a special event, do yourself a favor and hire Gretchen!"
Emily & Darrell

Grand Lake, Colorado

"Gretchen did an amazing job at our wedding! She is not just the ultimate professional regarding wedding photography or any other type of photography but she truly is a talented artist with the camera. Her images capture great moments. They express so much with her wonderful and creative use of composition, light, contrasts, colors, focus and the many other techniques that she and the truly great photographers use."
Uly & Ricardo

Ricardo & Uly's Wedding

Denver, Colorado

"We hired Gretchen for our engagement shoot and wedding. based on reviews and pricing, she was easily the best bang for our buck. Working with her was a breeze. She was very professional yet fun, and not afraid to take charge of the situation on wedding day on our behalf."
Brianna & Ren

Ren & Brianna

Boulder, Colorado

"Gretchen, we cannot express how happy we were with you and how much we appreciate your photography skills and your easy-going personality. You totally ROCKED! You were such a pleasure to work with and made everyone feel at ease and natural. You capture moments we didn’t know existed and appreciate that so much. I would highly recommend you to capture those special moments for anyone looking for a wedding photographer."
Missy & Ryan

Testimonial Pic, Woodlands Park, CO

Woodland Park, Colorado

"Gretchen was professional and extremely fun!"
Kandis & Terryn

Terryn & Kandis Testimonial Pic

Fort Collins, Colorado

"Gretchen was a pleasure to work with! She fit seamlessly into the day and got so many amazing candid shots that would have been impossible to get otherwise.. She seemed to just intuitively understand our vibe and what we were looking for. It's been 7 years since our wedding and I am still in love with our photos. Thank you so much for taking a chance and making our wedding your first."
Alexis & Jake

Jake & Alexis Testimonial Pic

Grand Junction, Colorado

"Gretchen was fantastic to work with! She was very detailed oriented and made sure she got the best shot! A pleasure to work with!"
Lucero & Efren

Testimonial Photograph

Denver, Colorado

"Gretchen was fantastic to work with! She was very detailed oriented and made sure she got the best shot! A pleasure to work with!"
Kylee & Isaac

Denver, Colorado

"Gretchen was amazing. She was calm and organized and helped us get the pictures we wanted despite the chaos going on during our wedding. She went above and beyond in offering her help after our coordinator left, which helped with our stress levels so we could enjoy our day"
Marie & Mathew

Denver, Colorado

"Thank you so much, Gretchen! Photos are perfect and we never expected to get as many photos as we did. You really knew what you were doing and gave direction well. We weren't really sure what to do and you had tons of ideas."
Sara & London

Ft. Collins, Colorado

"Gretchen was amazing! She knew all the perfect shots to get and when to get them! We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer!"
Kaila & Matt

Littleton, Colorado

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