I'm Avery Bechtel.

I have a love for photography that has been so fun to nurture & explore over the years. It's really special to be behind the camera & able to capture the essence of my incredible clients. Weddings are my very favorite thing to photograph. I just can't help but envision each & every couple in years to come looking back on the images from one of the loveliest days of their lives together. It feels like such an honor to have a hand in preserving those memories for years & generations to come. My ultimate goal is that I can provide a beautiful & authentic glance back in time so that they are able to remember the love & support they were surrounded by on such an instrumental day of their lives together. Regardless of how cliche it sounds, I truly feel that life is way too short & should be lived with the utmost intention, love, & kindness.

I am so honored to have been voted 'Best Photographer' in The Moutain Mail's Best of Salida Awards for five years in a row - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016! I consider myself one of the luckiest to have such amazing clients, family, friends & love in my life.

My husband, Josh, & I love the outdoor lifestyle & our sweet Colorado mountain town Salida. In November 2015, we welcomed the sweetest, most thoughtful little lady, Parker Reese, into this great big world & she forever changed our lives. Being a mom has changed me in some of the most unexpected & lovely ways. Don't worry, I haven't 'lost myself' in motherhood but it certainly has created in me an even deeper, more loving self who appreciates life's most mundane of moments that much more. Who knew a 4lb 15oz teeny tiny little love could do such big things? If I'm not behind a lens, you can usually find me hanging with Parker & Josh, traveling, running, biking, hiking, skiing, or on the river in some form. I have two dog loves, Waylon (chocolate lab/chesapeake bay retriever) & June (golden retriever). If you hang around me long enough you're likely to hear about them in some fashion.

What about you? I would absolutely love to sit down with you over a cup of coffee to hear about YOU & chat about my photography style/approach & about what you're envisioning for your wedding &/or session. Thanks for stopping by!

Planning a destination wedding? I LOVE traveling internationally so please email or call me for more information on destination weddings!