Meet Rayna

My name is Rayna and I’m a Colorado Wedding Photographer.

I’m also a rock climber, a writer and a smart ass.

I specialize in small, intimate weddings and elopements for active couples. Why, you ask? Because they’re awesome. And because I love working with like minded people who see the world the same way that I do.

One of my favorite clients described me as the most unenchanted wedding photographer ever, because while I love small, intimate weddings, elopements and the idea of marriage, I think most weddings suck.

Wait! Before you run off, you should at least hear my side of the story.


I believe that *most* weddings are designed around the guest, parental expectations and what people “think they should do”.

I think that’s total crap. I believe a wedding is about the couple and should be celebrated the way the couple truly wants it to be. In most cases, that’s eloping, or a small, intimate wedding with your closest friends and family members. It means scrapping the dance floor if you don’t like dancing, or hiring a live band if you do. It means hiking to the top of a mountain and saying I do, because you feel most at home when you’re on top of the world. It’s means celebrating who you are on a day that’s suppose to be about exactly that. 

There’s just something about capturing the love of two people who are in their element that leaves me teary eyed and smiling behind the camera.

I live on a wild life preserve in Denver with my husband, Christian, the best dog in the world, Savannah, and my four awesome kitties. Okay, it’s not really a wild life preserve, but if my husband wasn’t so unreasonable, it would be.

As I mentioned, I’m a rock climber, and Christian, Savannah and I spend pretty much all of our free time road tripping out of the back of our mini van, and exploring the world around us. It’s also not unusual to find us rescuing a stray animal, out hiking for the day, or drinking wine under the string lights on our back patio. 

I’m also a huge fan of space heaters, bright colors and living life in the moment.

As a wedding photographer, I’ve photographed over 100 weddings. This includes everything from alpine lake elopements in the Colorado mountains, to intimate garden weddings around Denver, to adventurous rock climbing weddings hanging off the edge of a rock face. I love it all.

My goal as a wedding photographer is to capture your day as it actually happens. For your ceremony and reception, I stay back and photograph the raw emotion and events as they unfold. Even during couples photo, I am very “anti-posing”. Instead, I give you cues and encourage you to play, flirt and interact naturally. Then I just wait for the sparks to fly. 

My active lifestyle, love for adventure and years of wedding experience give me a unique point of view with wedding photography. My couples value experiences, so my photography style focuses on capturing authentic images and the connection between you and those around you.

I also understand that the last thing you want to do is give up a weekend of mountain biking, climbing or playing to plan your wedding. This is why I do everything I can to provide a stress free experience that allows you to spend less time wedding planning and more time playing outside.

My weddings have been featured on TheKnot, Rocky Mountain Bride, Colorado Weddings Magazine, Fab You Bliss and Mountainside Bride. I’ve also received awards such as the Denver A List, Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award and the Two Bright Lights Editor’s Choice Award three years in a row.

Click here to see what my past clients have to say. 

If you’re planning a small, intimate wedding or elopement, I’d love to chat with you. Contact me here to see if I’m available!










Rayna McGinnis Photography offers Colorado Wedding + Elopement Photography, as well as Destination Wedding Photography throughout the United States and Worldwide.

Click on any of our collections below for pricing + details!

My Colorado Wedding Photography packages are designed for small, intimate weddings of 20 guests or more. Packages begin at $950 for two hours and end at $2750 for 6 hours.

All of my Colorado Wedding Photography packages include two photographers, an online gallery of your images, a digital download of the high resolution files in both color + black and white, and a print + reproduction release. 

My Colorado Elopement Photography Collections are designed for the traditional elopement or wedding of 20 guests or less. They begin at $575 for one hour and end at $1775 for five hours.

All of my Colorado Elopement Collections include one photographer, an online gallery of your images, a digital download of the high resolution files in both color + black and white, and a print + reproduction release. 

To say I LOVE to travel is an understatement. I spend every possible moment exploring new places, whether it be climbing, hiking or just taking in the views. I have a passport, I know how to use it and I’d love to be considered for your destination wedding.

Because I love to travel, I make my destination wedding packages easy for you.

No Travel Fee Destinations:

Colorado Wedding Photography

Naples, FL Wedding Photography

Pittsburgh, PA Wedding Photography

Moab, UT Wedding Photography

Jackson, WY Wedding Photography

Spearfish, SD Wedding Photography

Joshua Tree, California Wedding Photography

Most Climbing Destinations Throughout the U.S.

My travel fees for everywhere else:

WY, NM, UT | $325

United States | $500

International | Varies by location

  • 12×12 Leather Album | $525 
  • Engagement Session | $400
  • 16×20 Matted Signing Print| $45
  • USB Drive + 25 4×6 prints | $125
  • Additional Photographer | $100/hr
Family sessions are a mix of classic portraiture and active portraits that capture the more playful side of your family.
Rayna McGinnis Photography offers a limited number of Family Sessions throughout the year. 
Family sessions are a mix of classic portraiture and active portraits that capture the more playful side of your family.
Family + Fido sessions are are just like the Denver Family Photography sessions but they also include your furry children.
These sessions are on location sessions that capture the unique personality of your furry friend. And of course, we’ll throw in a few of the two of you together, just because.

Sessions are typically scheduled 1-2 hours before sunset in the Denver, Boulder or Golden area.

If that all sounds good the next step is verifying my availability and setting up a quick call so that I can answer any questions that you have. Just fill out this form and I’ll be in touch shortly!

You’ll Love Me If…

► You believe that life is about experiences and that being in the moment creates happiness

► You enjoy drinking red wine or dark beer, while sitting around a campfire enjoying good conversation with great friends.

► You spend most of your free time in the great outdoors. 

► You have nice clothes, but only wear your active clothes unless you’re going somewhere “really important”.

► You believe that rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and/or kayaking is the perfect way to spend your honeymoon.


  • My husband and I were extremely happy with our wedding photos! All of our family and friends loved them. We talked to several other photographers before choosing Rayna. Rayna provided us with an estimate that reflected how much time she would actually need to document our special day. She was spot on! Since we had a very small wedding, we were pleased that we didn’t have to pay for unnecessary extra time. Even after we received our photos from her, she was prompt and responsive to any questions I had.

    06.01.16 | Richard Harts Estate

    Sandy + Matt
  • Rayna is such an incredible talent, we were so lucky to have her for our big day! From the beginning she was extremely responsive and helpful recommending a few other vendors. Her adventurous nature was exactly what we needed, and her prices were well within our budget. Thank you so much Rayna!

    04.24.16 | Lookout Mountain Elopement

    Kate + Scott
  • Loved Rayna and her professionalism! She did a great job taking our pictures and i was very pleased with the outcome! We had our pictures within a month after our renewal. I would recommend her services to anyone I know! Thanks Rayna!

    09.05.15 | Hudson Gardens

    Nancy + Brad
  • Rayna is a fantastic photographer and a great friend.

    We have known her for many years as a fellow Pittsburgh-based climber before she went off to Colorado, and she was the only person invited twice to our wedding: once as a guest and once as a photographer.

    She managed both duties flawlessly: she made sure to get all the key wedding shots, and was of course great fun as a guest.She’s a very professional photographer: she was excellent with the family session mayhem, had tons of ideas for cool shots (and made sure we got ours as well), and was willing to work with what we were comfortable with.

    The best part was the day after our celebration; my wife and I went rock climbing in our wedding attire and Rayna took some of the coolest photos of us out there.

    Since she’s an excellent climber as well as photographer we knew she could take care of herself while getting some really memorable shots from hard-to-reach places.

    The final photos came out perfectly and we couldn’t be happier.

    07.11.15 | New River Gorge Wedding, WV

    Erica + Felix
  • If I could recommend Rayna with an even higher status, I would. She was EXCELLENT from start to finish. I was nervous about hiring an out of state photographer for a number of reasons. I found her studio online and was immediately impressed with her style and her eye. I completed the online questionnaire and explained that we just wanted our ceremony captured and a handful of photos of us and our family afterward (we’re pretty simplistic and easy going). I spoke to Rayna a few times on the phone and she eased my nerves about her plans and told me all about the location (I hadn’t been there yet either . . . we did everything online). Once I met her (at the ceremony), she walked us through the plan for her and her partner, gave us some brief instructions, and then she disappeared behind the lens. The pictures they captured absolutely blew us away. Everyone we have shown them too agree and often compliment that they’re they most beautiful wedding photos they’ve ever seen. After the wedding, Rayna uploaded some sneak peek photos to her blog super quickly which was exciting. We had our edited link and flash drive faster than initially promised. It has been wonderful to work with Rayna and I would recommend her to everyone. She is amazing and passionate at what she does and is easy to work with – the perfect combination. She definitely captured our wedding day perfectly! So HAPPY!

    06.13.15 | Sapphire Point

    Jen + Dan
  • Rayna was the perfect choice for our engagement session and wedding day! She and her assistant have great, easy-going personalities and the ability to make camera shy future husbands feel at ease. She has that special “artistic eye” I was looking for to be able to capture those perfect shots. When I look back at my wedding photos, I can see pure bliss and joy and am so glad she never missed a beat.

    08.31.14 | Mount Vernon Country Club

    Angila + Ron
  • Rayna and her second photographer worked seamlessly throughout our wedding ceremony and reception and managed to capture moments we didn’t even get to experience that day. They were extremely professional and fun, and the photos turned out even better than we could have imagined! I highly recommend Rayna McGinnis for wedding photography

    08.30.14 | Meadows at Marshdale

    Annika + Mark
  • Rayna is by far the best photographer and we absolutely loved all of the photos, every one of them felt so natural and we loved that we weren’t forced into painfully awkward wedding poses for an hour! Rayna and her second photographer teamed up to get all of the shots from every angle to make sure that every moment was captured and not a thing was missed! We were blown away when we saw the pictures from our wedding and couldn’t have asked for anything more amazing!

    08.22.14 | Hudson Gardens Wedding

    Megan + DJ
  • It was an absolute pleasure working with Rayna and her second photographer! Our special day was so enjoyable and fun and we will always be able to remember it every time we look at our pictures.

    07.07.14 | Lake Dillon Wedding

    Sarah + Almir
  • Rayna was extremely easy to work with and provided wonderful pictures for a great value. I was a little nervous because she had never shot a wedding at our venue, but our photos are beautiful and I received several compliments from wedding guests on the quality of the shots.

    06.30.14 | The Manor House

    Kim + Barry
  • Rayna was amazing! The photos she took of our wedding were gorgeous and really captured the mood. Not only were the photos beautiful, but Rayna is so nice and super fun to work with. I could not be more happy with our photos or our experience with Rayna!!

    06.13.14 | Lionsgate Event Center

    Stephanie + Cassell
  • Rayna was amazing! We loved our pictures and will recommend her to anyone! She is so creative and has such a unique way of taking photos! I cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed having her take photos at our wedding!

    04.26.14 | Evergreen Lake House

    Mindi + Kyle
  • Rayna is a great photographer who is passionate about her work, very talented at what she does, an excellent communicator and someone who is friendly and very easy to work with! She did an amazing job on both my and my husband’s engagement and wedding photos. She only provides the best quality of her work possible which is something we really appreciated. And the photos she takes are beyond stunning! She’s really good at capturing personalities and picking scenery that brings a lot of life to each picture taken. She did a great job making us comfortable and helping us have fun while taking pictures. Another thing I really appreciated is how often she kept in touch with me especially before the wedding, asking how things were going and helping me get things settled for the big day. That made things much less stressful for me. Finally I appreciated her getting both the engagement and wedding photos to my husband and I in a timely manner. The wedding photos DVD she gave us was beyond stunning! I loved how she had both the case and disc decorated with some of our photos. I highly recommend Rayna McGinnis Wedding Photography not only for engagement sessions and/or weddings but for any kind of portrait session! My husband and I are truly thankful we chose her to be our photographer, it was the perfect choice! Her prices are reasonable, she’s fun and easy to work with, and the quality of her work is in my opinion the best out there.

    10.11.13 | The Chapel at Red Rocks

    Lauren + Joe
  • We are very pleased with the wedding pictures and how they turned out. Rayna really takes the time to get to know you; everyone at the wedding party was very impressed with her professionalism. Plus we were so surprised with how quickly we received the wedding pictures.

    09.21.13 | Wellshire Inn

    Sarah + Ryan
  • My wife and I cannot say enough about Rayna McGinnis’ work. She is extremely talented and professional. We’ve received several compliments on our wedding pictures and was even asked to have them published on a local wedding blog; all of this is due to Rayna’s efforts. If you are looking to hire a professional photographer, make Rayna your first call.

    09.02.13 | Hudson Gardens

    Jessica + Jason

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