About Colorful Colorado Collective

Colorful Colorado Collective is a community that encourages all photographers (Amateur, Professional and anywhere in between) to share their perspective of our beautiful state through their own lens. We also showcase the best photos on our Feature Pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Our main goal is to promote photographers/artists, their work and to help people connect with likeminded individuals.

We look forward to seeing the beauty of Colorful Colorado through your lens!

Please consider giving us a follow on our social media channels.

Thanks a ton! 💙🤍❤️💛

Candayce Abney

Salida, Colorado, USA

Candayce Abney is a Landscape Photographer based in Salida, Colorado. She specializes in Astrophotography, Landscape and Wildlife Photography. She absolutely LOVES photography! She finds it very enjoyable and quite addicting. Photography is not her hobby, It’s her passion!

Candayce was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2007. She relocated to Salida, Colorado in August 2021. She has much love and respect for this beautiful state. She enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, traveling, seeing beautiful things, and of course taking photos to share with her family, friends and followers. Colorado is her playground!

Candayce is extremely active in the photography community on Facebook as she is a moderator and admin for several groups. It is very important to her to promote other photographers/artists, their work and to help people connect with likeminded individuals. Which is why she decided to create her own community/feature page called, Colorful Colorado Collective, founded on October 30, 2020. She organizes this group with many other talented local photographers and she’s also proud to call them her friends.


Lars Leber

Salida, Colorado, USA

Lars Leber was born and raised in Wuppertal, Germany. Since moving to Colorado, he has spent a lot of his time in the outdoors to pursue hiking, backpacking, and fishing. Lars is extremely passionate about photography and always comes up with new exciting landscape photographs to share with his followers.

Lars’ main goal simply is to “take interesting photos”. He is mostly known for his landscapes but also takes portraits, does commercial photography, and offers workshops/lessons. He has won the Gazette’s “Best of the Springs” Fine Art Photography Award in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

In August 2021, Lars moved from Colorado Springs to Salida. He is enjoying finding new photo and fishing spots in the area. Lars won “Best of Salida” in 2022 and 2023.

Lars has been a photography workshop instructor since 2015.


Jay Briggs

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Jay Briggs is a wedding filmmaker and photographer with a passion for all things nature and landscape photography. He was born in Texas, moved around a bit and landed in Colorado with his family in 1998. He always says he, “shoots anything and everything with a camera”. He has been hired on shoots from the east coast all the way west to Hawaii and down to Mexico. From filming High Octane races in Mexico to filming the most intimate weddings in Colorado and beyond. Filming and photographing anything he can with a vision to create and capture the beauty and awesomeness of the moment.

Jay thoroughly enjoys capturing nature, weddings, family portraits, and everything on the spectrum! He has been doing photography and videography for almost a decade now and is loving every minute of it. The reason he does it, simple, to make people happy. He thrives in creating special moments that happen on camera. You will find him behind the lens of his camera most days! 

Benjamin Burke

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Benjamin is a landscape photographer and videographer who finds therapy in capturing special moments through the lens. Originally from Wisconsin, he found love and passion in the mountains of Colorado. While nature is his main focus, Benjamin has grown to love capturing engagements, maternity shoots as well as wedding ceremonies!

Benjamin loves the peace and mindfulness when he’s capturing photos or videos. When he’s not behind a lens, Benjamin is skateboarding, snowboarding, spending quality time with friends and family, motorcycle riding or reading. He also finds peace in camping, hiking, and adventuring new places. If you see Benjamin on the slopes or in the mountains, ask for a photo! You won’t be disappointed!

Robert Massey

Parker, Colorado, USA

Robert Massey is a landscape and wildlife photographer based in Parker, Colorado. His photography adventures have taken him to areas within Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.

Robert was born and raised near Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He spent much of his childhood exploring the San Juan Mountains in the southwestern part of Colorado and areas near Moab, Utah. His favorite activities include photography, cycling, camping, hiking, and 4wheeling with his wife and dogs.

Robert developed an attraction to photography at a young age, since his mother and grandfather are both photographers! His photography journey began with a 35mm film camera and then later transitioned into a digital camera.

Robert enjoys being an admin for Colorful Colorado Collective, Colorful Colorado Creatives, and Visual Wanderlust Collective FB photography groups.