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How did they get so lucky?

Molly and Carl have a lot going for them, a beautiful couple, a wonderful family, great friends but most of all, TIMING. How in the world do you pick a wedding date in Vail, Colorado where the Aspens are at their peak and there is snow on the Gore Range??












Let’s back up a bit – Carl got his first look at his beautiful bride Molly on the covered bridge in the Betty Ford Gardens in Vail, Colorado. I think he was impressed!











The ceremony was held outside on a gorgeous Fall day with golden Aspens and a snow-capped Gore Range mountains as the backdrop at Larkspur Restaurant in Vail. Must say, it was a photographer’s dream day.

What a gentleman! And he didn’t even drop her in the creek! Probably because everyone was watching…

There is something magical about the Fall Aspen leaves when paired with the lovely wedding rings they chose.

Looks like they are in for the ride of their life!

What a great day for everyone! Choosing Vail, Colorado in the Fall and celebrating with a reception at Larkspur Restaurant is truly a fairytale wedding!

Photographing Maggie & Nick at their Vail, Colorado Wedding

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This wedding portrait is one of my favorites!

Maggie made such a beautiful bride and the Vail, Colorado creek setting topped it off!

Don’t worry; My assistant made sure she didn’t fall in the water!

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Toast to the bride & groom!

The groom, Nick, is a recent West Point Graduate, and the reception was held at Allies Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado.


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The wedding was held at the Beaver Creek Chapel in a beautiful venue at the base of the ski mountain.

And from the looks of it, everyone was having a blast!

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This captures exactly what the wedding was all about: LOVE!


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There’s no better weather than July in the Rocky Mountains for a wedding.

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Another successful wedding photography event!


Vail Valley Engagement Photographer with Lynnie and Jared

I met with Lynnie and Jared for their Engagement Photos. It was the perfect day in Mountain Star. The snow was white and the light was perfect.













All they needed to bring was their smiles and love. That was apparent once we said hello.

We discussed what we wanted to do and we concluded that we didn’t want to do anything out of the ordinary. I just wanted them to walk and talk. It’s great to watch two people in love just enjoying themselves together.


























I’m not sure which sparkled more, Lynnie’s smile or her beautiful ring.












From Mountain Star in Avon you could see Beaver Creek from the distance. What a wonderful and serene setting. Perfect for Lynnie and Jared’s engagement photos.
















The moment wouldn’t be complete without the parents. Lynnie and Jared were definitely the stars of the show but mom and dad shared in their happiness. It’s great to photograph a happy family.















You’ve heard it from me before but I have to say it again. No matter what season: winter, spring, summer and fall, the Vail Valley is the best place to photograph your special event. I think you can tell by these photos that Lynnie and Jared would agree.


























All I asked when we set up the photoshoot is that the happy couple bring their smiles and enjoy the moment. Lynnie and Jared did that and more. This was a very enjoyable photoshoot. I love nothing more than to be a part of something special and it was special for all of us.

If you are interested in talking and setting up a photoshoot for your special occasion, please email or call me at 970-376-1230.

Thank you for reading this and please continue to have a great day.
~ Mort













As the Thanksgiving week comes to a close I wanted to share what I am truly thankful for.

I am thankful for my wonderful wife Deborah.

My perfect dog Hogan.

Living in this beautiful place, the Vail Valley.

I am thankful for being able to make my living as a Wedding & Portrait Photographer.

I am thankful that so many people trust me to take their photos.

I am also very thankful that you read my posts and share my thoughts.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends and family. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season.

~ Mort

5 Tips to photograph Fall leaves in the Vail Valley

I could say that the 5 best tips for photographing your family portrait, wedding, high school senior photo or even your pet portrait is LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION and LOCATION. But that would be to easy.


























So from my lips to your ears here is Mort Mulliken’s top 5 most important tips to shoot your fall photos.


1. Timing is everything. Plan to take your photos when the leaves are spectacular. The sea of golden yellow will mesmerize you and will create memorable family photos for years to come.













2. Choose the right setting. When in the Vail Valley you want to utilize colored leaves. Aspen Trees are the guilty pleasure for colorful leaves in Colorado. Rivers, creeks and other bodies of water are a plus. Combine the two and you will be happy with your senior portrait.


























3. Props and Clothing. Choose the right clothes to compliment the colorful leaves and setting. If you are wearing gold you may blend into the background. Bright whites and dark colors will make you pop off the photos.


























4. The right attitude and a smile. Bring your smile and enjoy the day. You are taking valuable time out of your day so that you can have photos to last a lifetime. Enjoy it!


























5. Location. Yes, I said it, again. In the Vail Valley there are so many spectacular settings to shoot in the fall. From East Vail to Gypsum. You can find what you are looking for Rivers, Aspen Trees, Lakes and of course mountains. If you have a favorite spot in Aspen or Denver, I’m happy to meet you there as well.














If you would like to schedule your fall photoshoot, call me at 970-376-1230. I’m happy to help you plan your colorful Colorado fall photo.

And remember to continue to have a great day.

A beautiful wedding in Vail

Another beautiful day in paradise. Vail has so much to offer as far as beautiful settings. Susan Walker and her husband found this out firsthand as it was a lush, green beautiful day. They were married in Lionshead in Vail. How fitting to be married creekside as she was a varsity swimmer at the University of Nebraska.













The wedding was intimate and the bride was beaming as she ought to be.


























The family support shined through as her father proudly walked Susan down the grassy isle.


























The happy couple made their way around the room to celebrate with their closest friends and family. Everyone truly was proud of this couple and now it was time to party.













…and that’s what they did. The celebration continued late into the night and fun was had by everyone. It was a special night to remember. Especially for the bride and groom.


Wedding season is just around the corner. I have been talking with anxious brides and answering as many questions as I can to help find the best location for their engagement photos. The summer in the Vail Valley is better than no other place in the world. I am envious of the young love that get to begin their lives together in this very place. Good luck to all those entering the wedding class of 2015 and please email or call me if you have any questions. 970-376-1230


Engagement Portraits – Lynnie & Jared

I met with Lynnie and Jared on a perfect winter day. Here is a little tip. Do not, I repeat do not get worried about a cloudy day when your photo session is scheduled. This actually is a perfect time to take your special photos. The cloud coverage brings a beautiful soft light that will magically create an amazing photo.


























So back to Lynnie and Jared’s Engagement Portraits. I get to see many smiling and happy faces as a photographer. Lynnie is no doubt one of the best smiles that I have been fortunate enough in my years of photographing engagements and wedding photos to see. And Jared is no slouch.













I know where Lynnie gets her warm smile. Her parents, Scott and Christie Somes are very supportive people that opened their home in Mountain Star for this wonderful engagement photoshoot.













I love the way the light shines on Lynnie’s face and her sparkly ring.













Now back to the happy couple. I can’t wait to get together on their big day and photograph their wedding. But for now, this is my favorite photo of the happy bride and groom to be.

It looks like the spring is upon us already. If you are looking to photograph a special day, wedding, family portrait, high school senior photo or any other event please let me know. Email me at or call me at 970-376-1230


Intimate Weddings and the Scott family

I love being a part of intimate weddings. There is something special and actually peaceful about photographing a small intimate wedding. In this case Amy and David invited me to photograph their wedding. It was at the Beaver Creek Chapel and only Amy, David, Amy’s daughter, Avery, their puppy Gracie, the minister and myself were in attendance. It was romantic, beautiful and everyone was happy!


























It was a very nice day. The snow was melting and Beaver Creek was starting to show the spring runoff. As you can see, they make a beautiful family.


























The Beaver Creek Chapel shinned with all of its glory. The trees were getting ready to come alive for the upcoming spring and summer. It was a peaceful day as opposed to the crowds that typically flock Beaver Creek during the winter ski season.


























As the sun shined down on Amy, her eyes and smile told a story of the happiness for that day and the future Mrs. Scott.



























Avery and Gracie enjoyed the moment. They were the two special guests in attendance.














Every bride will tell you. This day is about them. And Amy looked beautiful on her day. As did her family.














Weddings are a beautiful event that I am blessed to be apart of. Especially a wedding like Amy and Scott’s, where it is an intimate, small setting. If you are planning your wedding, big or small and would like to chat about weddings in the Vail Valley, please email or call me 970-376-1230.

Have a Great Day!

Stephanie Gorrell Bridal Photos

Stephanie Gorrell and Chris Walker got married on a beautiful summer day. Prior to the wedding I got together with Stephanie and we photographed her infectious smile in her brilliant wedding gown.


























We had the opportunity to photograph Stephanie at her husband to be grandparent’s home at the top of Arrowhead at Cresta. Joe and Mary Moeller were gracious hosts and we took advantage of their beautiful home and gardens.


























Stephanie’s husband to be, Chris is a lucky man. Maybe you can tell by the photos but Stephanie is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.


























One of the fun things about Stephanie is that she did not stop smiling during our photoshoot. Honestly, most brides have that permagrin on their face so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. But it was a very fun day nonetheless.





















Another fun thing about Stephanie is that she has this small four leaf clover on her left foot. Do you know what it signifies? I do. Let’s just say…Go Fighting Irish.


























The backdrop in not only the Vail Valley but specifically Arrowhead is spectacular. I couldn’t image a better place to photograph a bride and her wedding.

It is that time of year. I am booking up for the summer and still have some space available. If you would like to chat and talk about your special day and how I can help you please email or call me. I would love to be apart of your special wedding day. 970-376-1230 or


Happy New Year’s from Mort Mulliken Photography

If you know me, I’m a man of little words. Ok, well not exactly the case. I wanted to wish you and your family a Happy New Year from Mort Mulliken Photography, Deb, Mort and our entire family.

2014 has been a wonderful year. I have been blessed to live in a beautiful place. I am surrounded with so many wonderful and supportive people. And I am married to the best woman a man could ask for. Life is good. And man, am I excited to see what 2015 brings.













Now I was going to give you a list of my New Years Resolutions but I thought about it and I would rather have a slide show of the wonderful people that I photographed over this past year and prior years. Kind of a look back at some great moments in Mort Mulliken Photography history.

I took some fun senior portraits as you can see



























































































Then of course I love getting together with families and seeing what transforms through my lens.













































Now weddings are a special time. The bride, groom and the family that surrounds them are all so wonderful and full of love.
















































































There are so many more images that I could post but I just wanted to say thank you to everyone and I wish you a Happy New Year!

Mort & Deb