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We are Colin & Wendy
Husband & wife photography team based in Wisconsin. Please enjoy browsing through our latest work and taking a peek inside our life together!

Oh friends!  You are in for a treat today!  Karly and Andrew’s fall engagement session in Madison, Wisconsin is beyond amazing! We literally can’t stop looking through all of these photos.  We knew fall in Wisconsin would be breathtaking, but WOW!  God brought the fall splendor to a peak just in time for their engagement […]

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We are convinced the Wisconsin weather has it in for us during every fall family session!  So far we are 2 for 2 for rainy fall days.  And, so far, we are 2 for 2 for awesome families whose joy and smiles can cut through even the gloomiest of days!

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This mid-October family session just outside of Madison, Wisconsin was on the verge of cancellation because the weather was a huge question mark.  But … what do midwesterners do when the weather goes from not so great to full on snow?  They roll with it of course! We met Kristin shortly after moving to Wisconsin.  […]

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Everyone associates photos with memories, and feelings behind those memories.  Let’s take a trip down memory lane for a minute … maybe you have a picture of you and your family on a camping trip when you were little.  You love that picture because you remember going to the same spot every year when you […]

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The days of jeans and matching t-shirts are LONG gone (thankfully).  But the question of what to wear to your portrait session still remains.  Enter Pinterest!  Now, all you have to do is scroll.  And scroll … and scroll, and then scroll some more.  Ok, we love Pinterest as much as the next guy but […]

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Ashley and Ben’s Wisconsin engagement session was our first since moving to Wisconsin and ohhhh man! do they have a fun story to share! The Proposal “OH MY GOSH!!!  Someone is proposing to their girlfriend!”  Ashley’s attention was on the screen where the sign was displayed, “Will you marry me?”.  It wasn’t until Ben tapped […]

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We are so excited to share Maddie and Alex’s Madison Wisconsin Wedding with you today!  Not only was this our very first wedding since moving to Wisconsin at the beginning of the year … but with bright shades of coral and pink, and more joy than we could put into words, it was definitely one […]

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The Wynhoff family session in downtown Madison at the capital building was a truly awesome session!  The family was great!  And the kids… hilarious!

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“We want an epic backdrop!”  This was the main criteria for Kristina and Kevin’s Colorado anniversary session.  Which is definitely fitting since they are such an adventurous couple! We met Kristina and Kevin about 3 years ago at church.  Right away we discovered how much they love adventure … and food!  We have decided that […]

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Everyone has a story.  Some are pretty average and some are captivating and extraordinary.  Mine falls into the “pretty average” category.  But, even in my simple little life, extraordinary faith, hope, and love have made me who I am today.  My name is Wendy, and this is my testimony. Foundation My story begins like many […]

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May 31, 2014.  What a great day! Walking down the aisle, holding hands and saying, “forever” … it’s a day we will never forget! Fast forward to 2019 and here we are, celebrating five years together!  Happy anniversary to us! One of our bucket list vacations is a wine tour through France, Italy and Spain.  […]

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When they came walking into Olbrich Gardens, we knew we were going to have a problem!  Not all engagement sessions go like this!  Maddie and Alex had perfectly coordinated neutral color outfits, a classy look, and an obvious love between them.  Paired with the quintessential engagement session backdrop of the Gardens … we knew we […]

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It all started when I (Wendy) saw a photo of a bride walking through a field holding an American flag.  Right then I knew we had to create an elegant editorial shoot around that single image!  After several weeks of Pinterest scrolling the idea turned into a theme … Life Liberty and the Pursuit of […]

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You’ve probably heard the old saying since you were five … Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.  The saying itself is nearly 200 years old.  The old new borrowed and blue items for the bride to wear or carry on her wedding day were intended to be good luck charms for her future […]

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It began like any good fairytale does… Once upon a time, not so very long ago, a beautiful princess worked at the bakery in an Arizona Target.  Nearby, in the deli of the same Target, worked a handsome prince.  He took on the perilous journey of crossing the children’s toy aisle, and the dangers of […]

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When the opportunity presented itself to meet up with a group of local Wisconsin photographers for a photo shoot, we jumped at the chance to participate!  In the spirit of community over competition, Kate, owner of Eloise and Peas, graciously offered to open up her home studio to a handful of us last weekend.  Not […]

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Today marks exactly four and a half weeks since we moved to Wisconsin.  And we are happy to say that midwest hospitality is alive and well!  After Colin accepted the job at Vortex Optics and we knew for sure we would be moving, I, Wendy, decided to reach out to one of the Facebook photographer […]

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Though it has only been a couple of months, November seems like sooo long ago!  It was the month when we made the biggest decision of our lives. The decision to pack up everything we own, say goodbye to everything and everyone we have ever known and move to Wisconsin. This decision did not come […]

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Welcoming in 2019! As we welcome in 2019, we find ourselves in our new home state of Wisconsin, in a Hyatt Place hotel.  The room smells of our dogs, and is littered with the dog kennels, several suitcases, and even some boxes as we wait to get into our rental cabin tomorrow.  Not exactly how […]

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“This job sounds awesome!  I’ll just put my resumé in to get in the mode of looking for a new job, but I’m sure I won’t even get a call back.” The Job As many of you know, photography is a side business for Wendy and me (Colin).  I have had a full time job, […]

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We are wrapping up the year with our annual Six Arrow Photography behind the scenes post!  Not only is this one of our favorite posts but it is also one of our most popular, and we can’t think of a better way to wrap up 2018! Through all of the hustle and bustle, we always […]

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Part two of our 2018 recap is here!  We had so many favorites this year that we decided to separate our year end post into two different posts!  Part one of our year end recap shares some of our favorite wedding and engagement images along with some big milestones!  You can catch up on that […]

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Welcome to our 2018 recap! At the end of the year we love going back through all of our images to pick some of our favorites.  It definitely takes some time to sift through thousands of photos.  However, it is so much fun to look back through all of them and reflect on everything the […]

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What better time to schedule a family shoot than when the ENTIRE family is in town?  With twelve extended family members, six of them under the age of 12, in for Thanksgiving, we knew this shoot was going to be a really fun challenge! The shoot was scheduled for Black Friday and, adding to the […]

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Sharing the Walker’s family session means so much to us! This is the second time we have had the opportunity to serve this sweet family and we enjoyed every second! Clients Become Friends After just over a year in business, we are finally at the point that we are getting repeat business!  Reaching this point, […]

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Before we got to Max’s senior session in Fort Collins, the car was absolutely what we were most excited about!  When Diane sent us an email asking about taking senior portraits for her son Max with the family’s 1954 Chevy Bel Air Power Glide, we were so excited!  Our response might as well have been […]

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The big question … is hiring a professional photographer really worth it?  You may think that we are going to answer this question with a great big YES because we are photographers.  But you would be wrong.  Well, half wrong anyway.  We are photographers but that’s not why our answer is a great big yes.  […]

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Our hearts skipped a beat as we stepped into the historic 1882 Fleming Mansion in Denver for Brittany’s bridal shower.  We were welcomed with beautiful tables adorned with crisp white linens, French blue vintage china and blue goblets.  Carefully arranged blue and white vintage vases held gorgeous hydrangeas and white roses.  A charming sweets table and […]

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We are celebrating our Six Arrow Photography’s first year!  As in our first year of marriage, in our first year of business we have learned A LOT!  Not only have we learned about the exciting stuff like small business law, tax submission requirements and website design; we have learned about how we work together.  We […]

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Taking a deep breath of the crisp mountain air, we stepped out of our tent.  As the sun began to brighten the landscape the chill of predawn gave way to the warmth of the morning. This is our Colorado!  And this is our 2018 mountain getaway!

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“She already has a better shoe collection than me!” Brittney laughed, as she held up a tiny pair of Converse All Stars.  Surrounded by friends and family, Brittney carefully opened each baby shower gift, smiled, and held it up for everyone to see.  From adorable tutu onesies to ultra soft blankets Brittney and her fiancé, […]

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Ahhhhh Venice. Queue the Italian background music. The romance of stone foot bridges over a maze of meandering canals. Quaint cafés with red and white tablecloths. And charming street markets dotted along cobblestone walks. Venice was on our “must see” list when we began planning our one year anniversary trip to Italy.  Wendy is big […]

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The moment just felt right!  They strolled through immaculate gardens after a romantic dinner and came upon the resort’s terrace overlooking the ocean.  The salty sea breeze gently graced the shoreline.  Adding to the romance of the evening, Maya and Patrick had the entire terrace all to themselves.  What a night, what a view … […]

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If you’re anything like us, you always want photos of all of the amazing people and places around you!  With that in mind, wouldn’t it be nice if you could take a professional photographer with you everywhere you go?  You could have perfectly captured memories from the summit of your first 14er, your island honeymoon […]

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They were just as in love as any newlywed couple.  They laughed, smiled, and exuded joy at the event to come just as much as any twenty-something bride and groom.  What made Martha and Randy stand out is that they were celebrating their 50th anniversary! Can you believe it? 50 years of marriage!  50 years… […]

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Traditionally, there are specific gifts for celebrating anniversaries.  You may be familiar with the 25 year “silver anniversary” or the 50 year “gold anniversary” … well, we aren’t there quite yet.  But today we are celebrating our 4 year anniversary! Yay!!! So I (Wendy) thought we would look up the traditional gifts given to celebrate […]

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He snarled and lunged at the trainer as he walked by; he growled at some of the younger pups when they would innocently approach him to sniff him.  It took a lot of my (Colin) strength to hold him back when he would lunge at the people and dogs at the North American Versatile Hunting […]

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Choosing a photographer for your wedding is a BIG deal!  Today we are sharing our own wedding experience to help you avoid falling into the same situation. After she finished photographing the details she came into the house and asked where she should put the bouquet.  Colin’s mom politely asked her to take it to […]

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It was one of those defining moments in my life.  The ones that sting when they happen but stick with you forever … She was young, stylish, classy and smart.  Exactly the kind of savvy businesswoman I (Wendy) wanted to look up to.  Growing up I always admired the businesswomen in movies wearing their pencil […]

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This is it! Our final post from our 2018 Spring Styled Shoot Series … the grand finalé! “A rising tide lifts all boats.” The idea promotes community over competition in business and in life. We embraced this idea from the first time we heard of it and fully believe in running our business with it […]

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Part 5 of our Spring 2018 Styled Shoot series brings us to the crescendo.  This is the day we have been waiting for! For us the thought of a Rocky Mountain Summer means green mountain sides covered in wildflowers and aspen trees drenched in the Colorado sun.  This was the inspiration for our very first […]

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When Janelle and Brittany asked us for a graduation session at CSU we jumped at the chance.  It’s Colin’s alma matter!  And what better way to celebrate graduation than with a friend who has been through college life’s ups and downs with you. The Story These are the kind of friends that support each other […]

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Keith and Kyle’s 25th anniversary hits home for us because they are family!  And, it was to be a surprise for the bride … The Plan The text came from my brother Keith to the whole family weeks ago. “Be at Santeramo’s Pizza House in Greeley by 6:45.  We’ll be showing up at 7:00.  This […]

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Brides … how do you choose THE dress??? Seriously! There are so many beautiful wedding gowns out there its hard to know where to even begin! And trying to understand all of the designers, styles and fabric and lace options … it is literally like learning another language! When I (Wendy) walked in to Blushing […]

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Two gazebos, a pond, beach (yes beach), waterfall, covered bridge, mature trees, flower gardens and vineyards? As it states on their website, The Preserve at Bingham Hill is like, “the wine country of Northern California but with our own Colorado twist.” This venue is fantastic! And the views? Wow! Just like planning a wedding, booking […]

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I (Wendy) was starting to get a little nervous. The florist I spoke with was very sweet and I was so excited to work with her. She sounded excited about working with us too and said she would put together a price quote for our styled shoot. And then … nothing. I sent her a […]

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I (Wendy) barely knew how to use a professional camera six months ago. I knew how to compose great shots and that the big round button on top of the camera activated the shutter and that’s about it. But, having faith in my ability, Colin suggested that we open a photography business. After prayerful consideration, […]

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Maternity sessions are so special to us because they represent such a sweet season in life.  Children truly are a blessing and we love celebrating along side families as they prepare to welcome a new life into the world! The Shoot It was a warm late winter Colorado afternoon.  The trails at Devil’s Backbone Open […]

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We weren’t planning on a mid-February bridal shoot but sometimes things just fall into place!   “It’s such a beautiful night…  Isn’t it a beautiful night?  Wow, it’s such a nice night,” he just kept saying it over and over again.  Brennen seemed nervous the whole night, and Lauren knew something was going on. It […]

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If you have ever attended a pie competition at a local church you know it is serious business!  And, if you have ever visited our about us page, you know that Colin loves to bake. His mom taught him how, and he has many wonderful memories of being in the kitchen side-by-side with her.  So, […]

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February 2, 2014, Broncos VS Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII.  Nearly the entire state of Colorado was wearing orange and blue that day as Super Bowl buzz was in full swing.  There were touchdowns to celebrate, referees to yell at, snacks to be devoured and commercials to be judged.  We were all set to go cheer […]

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He was 96 years old.  Every day he would rise early in the morning to make sure his clothes were neatly pressed before slowly shuffling his way to the Alzheimer’s wing of the nursing home to meet his bride of nearly 70 years for breakfast.  Faces, names and memories escaped her failing mind, but never […]

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The hospital floor was cold and hard as we sat waiting. The hallways were nearly empty except for a few nurses checking on patients. We had been there for about an hour. And then, we heard it… the cry of a newborn baby.  It seemed like only a few minutes later and my oldest brother […]

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You have been dreaming of this moment your entire life. Perhaps it was well-planned romantic dinner, 0r while hiking your first Colorado 14er together. Maybe it was even broadcast on the big screen at a Rockies game. Regardless, the question was popped, the ring was presented, and the “YES!” came through a stream of joyful […]

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“I’m going to be a doctor…” She said. “… a neonatologist.” When we heard the words come out of this 14-year-old’s mouth, we could hardly believe it! When we asked her where she hopes to go to college, she said very matter-of-factly she was going to Stanford. She told us her plans with such conviction, like […]

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Hello! We are Colin and Wendy Hornback, husband and wife photography team based in Northern Colorado. We are mountain lovers, suburban homesteaders, do-it-yourselfers, from scratch chefs, novice wine connoisseurs, hunters, hikers, campers, travelers and entrepreneurs. But, you can learn all of that on the About Us page of our website. You can also learn a few fun […]

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