Photography Rainbow, Fort Collins, Colorado Photographer

I was honored to be invited to participate in this blog circle for Share Six, with the kick-off theme of GREEN! At the bottom of my post, please follow the link for another amazing photographer’s blog post and work.

Green is my favorite color from an 8-color crayon box, but my husband and I always joke that I have more crayons in my box than he does. In a 64-color box, I’d be torn between turquoise and chartreuse. In any event, I was asked to blog 6 images, in addition to my green image, so naturally I created my own personal theme for this post, incorporating GREEN and that is: RAINBOW! Without further adieu, here is my Ode to Mr. ROY G BIV!

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Red

RED.
I bought my daughter that red jacket at a thrift shop a few years back and she had never worn it. Then one day recently, she put it on and walked out into the snowy landscape. I adore the dramatic contrast between it and the snow. Her little pink bear completes this childhood dream for me.

 

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Sunset Wheelin’

ORANGE.
My family recently went for a quick evening hike-bike-scooter and tree-climbing outing on the trails right by our neighborhood. We scored a rainbow of colors all around us, with pink and purple skies to the Southeast and this blazing Western sky over the Rockies. I shot this just as we exited the trail and headed back to the neighborhood street.

 

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Yellowstone

YELLOW.
While at Yellowstone and parked beside this banana yellow Camaro, the stars aligned when that vintage Yellowstone bus and raven positioned themselves just so. I shot this through the driver side window, from the passenger side, way back in 2010, but I always enjoy coming across it.

 

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Tulip in Snow

GREEN – The moment you’ve all been waiting for! 
This was my first full Colorado Winter and it lasted just a bit too long for my taste, even though we had beautiful days in the mix to help my sanity. The Spring bulbs in our new gardens could not have been more welcome, especially as they peaked out from a blanket of mid-April snow. I particularly enjoyed photographing the tulips, for their gorgeous and varying structures and their sturdy, lovely leaves. (Disclaimer: even though Winter seemed long, many friends from around the country complained of the same, and I wouldn’t trade our Colorado Summers for anything!)

 

Rockabilly
Rockabilly

BLUE.
Rockabilly Bass, Pearl Street. This guy had high energy and belted out the likes of Johnny Cash, while traversing his bass like a small playground. I love the details of his shoes, his cuffs, the tape on the bass, and the bits of orange and green complementing his blues.

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INDIGO.
It was December and had been raining and dreary for days. My kids were very young and I was always right there with them. However, when the rain broke for a few minutes, I took a chance and snuck outside to escape cabin fever and look for beauty to cheer me up. The background color I found for this decorative grass gave the image a boost, and me some joy, despite the weather. This photograph is a personal reminder that beauty can often be found in the most unexpected place and times.

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Cabbage

VIOLET.
Cabbage! Y’all already know how much I adore macro photography. I love putting a spotlight on ordinary, beautiful subjects at this scale. And how about that gorgeous color, the lacy edges, and the textures of the leaves? I display a print of this in a beautiful, shabby chic, lemon yellow frame in my home and it is delicious!

Thank you all so much for checking out my work a bit more. As I noted above, this blog post is part of a circle blog – my first – and it should be lots of fun for everyone who takes the time to follow along! Please link here to check out Sharleen N Stuart Photography’s blog post and show her some love! 

You can find me online in the following places:

Website/Blog: http://rootsandtwigs.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rootsandtwigs
Etsy Fine Art Prints: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RootsAndTwigsPhotos
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rootsandtwigsphotography
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rootsandtwigs

 

 

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Talent Tuesday: Roots and Twigs Photography

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Recent Published, Featured, and Top Honor Images; Fort Collins, Colorado Photographer

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Trail and Open Space Park Family Time, Part 3; Fort Collins, Colorado Documentary and Lifestyle Photographer

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And now… Part 3, the last installment of a recent lovely evening out with my family, documentary style! Please give me a shout if you’d like to capture memories here in Fort Collins, or the surrounding areas of Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming!

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Trail and Open Space Park Family Time, Part 2; Fort Collins, Colorado Documentary and Lifestyle Photographer

As a follow-up to Part 1, here’s Part 2 of a recent lovely evening out with my family, with yet more to come! Please give me a shout if you’d like to capture memories here in Fort Collins, or the surrounding areas of Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming!

The outing lasted only 45 minutes, but there are now 3 blog posts for it, since there were so many images that I loved!

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Trail and Open Space Park Family Time, Part 1; Fort Collins, Colorado Documentary and Lifestyle Photographer

Earlier this week, my daughter and I took off on a trail by our house midday, mostly to climb willow trees and kick a ball. After my son and husband got home that evening, we took off to the same trail for a scooter-biking-hiking outing – and also for the willow trees again! You may notice my daughter’s ill-fitting pants. Sorry-not-sorry! I mean, I did suggest some that don’t fall down, but *this* is childhood, and it’s a beautiful thing. In any event, the sky was amazing as we headed back home. To the West, over the Rocky Mountains, we got a lovely gold-orange-blue mix, and to the South/Southeast, the sky sported brilliant pinks and purples. It was so beautiful all around. Please give me a shout if you’d like to capture memories here in Fort Collins, or the surrounding areas of Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming!

The outing lasted only 45 minutes, but there are now 3 blog posts for it, since there were so many images that I loved!

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February Musings, Fort Collins, Colorado Lifestyle, Documentary, and Fine Art Photographer

The last few months have been a bit of a blur and a bit extraordinary, as our family moves for a second time in less than a year. If you know anyone needing to buy or rent a wonderful (5 br, 3.5 bath, 3800 sf) bungalow in Fort Collins, Colorado, please holla! =)  And don’t worry! We didn’t move far – in fact, less than a mile away. Still loving life in FoCo!

With all the crazy that comes with moving, as well as a pretty cold winter, sessions have been slow, as is typical in winter anyway. That has given me a chance to revisit past work and find new gems. I have also discovered a wonderful and supportive photography community out there and gotten involved, making new friends and connections. And finally, in my ongoing effort to re-establish my business across the country, I have been reaching out and submitting to various photo competitions. You can find specifics on my various honors on my Applause page here on the website. Here are some of the images receiving the most love out there on the internet. Hope you enjoy seeing some existing favorites, and perhaps some new ones, too!

Family Hike, Fort Collins, Colorado Family and Children’s Photographer

I just realized that, while I shared these on Facebook, I never posted these Fall shots on the blog. These are my kids being themselves and Colorado being pretty spectacular, too. This was the second (of only 2 so far) trip I have made to this location and it does not disappoint. That sky is to die for. Also? It just happens to pretty much be the Pantone 2-shade color of the year. A couple of these shots are currently listed in my Etsy shop if anyone is interested, but any of them can be made available.

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2014 Fall Sampling; Fort Collins, CO Family Photographer

For those who have not been following along on Facebook, you might think I have taken some time off. Quite the contrary! I just can’t keep up with blog posts for the all the sessions I have been working on this fall. Thus, I thought I would post just a few here, to give a taste of what I’ve been up to (in addition to weddings that DID get preliminary blog posts), until I get time to prepare some proper posts. Almost all of these are unedited, awaiting client selection, but I still hope you enjoy them! Many thanks to ALL of my fabulous clients for making my first year such a huge success!

 

2014 Sample Summer Shots

I want to share some of the natural beauty of Western North Carolina in this post (with more posts on the same topic to come, pending my available time to pull the images together). During my trip to Asheville and the surrounding area this summer, with my young kids in tow, we spent time in downtown Asheville, Black Mountain, and Hendersonville. We spent a lot MORE time in natural settings such as Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mount Mitchell, Craggy Gardens, Pisgah National Park, DuPont State Forest, and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. I am a mountain girl at heart and one of saddest views I endure is when I look back on the Blue Ridge Mountains in my rear-view mirror.  Alas, as they say, all good things must come to an end. Still, with all the insanity that traveling solo with my kids was, I captured some lovely and fun moments and places. I can’t wait until my next visit, beautiful Asheville and your awesome people! — Hope you enjoy!

PS – Some of these images are currently available for purchase in my Etsy Shop, and others can be made available if there’s interest!

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

 

Ladybug on Dahlia Bud, Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock, NC
Ladybug on Dahlia Bud, Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock, NC

 

After the rain
After the rain

 

Dahlia and hosta, after the rain
Dahlia and hosta, after the rain

 

DuPont State Forest, NC
DuPont State Forest, NC

 

Between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, NC
Between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, NC

 

After the rain
After the rain

 

Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC

 

Bee balm, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
Bee balm, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

 

Craggy Gardens, NC
Craggy Gardens, NC

 

Bee and Coneflower, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
Bee and Coneflower, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

 

Rooster, Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock, NC
Rooster, Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock, NC

2014.07.15 MB’s High School Senior Mini Session

As many of you know, I mostly took the summer off and took a looong (really long!) trip with my kids. I spent almost all of the time in Western North Carolina, in and around Asheville. Since I had no other adult help and it rained a lot, I wasn’t able to do much shooting, but I am going to share a few photos in the coming days. First up: a mini session for a new high school senior! MB’s mom and I have been friends for 25 years, since our days in high school together. Yes, TWENTY-FIVE years. My friend has a high school senior and I have a toddler!!! Anyway… This session was actually in conjunction with one for MB’s best friend, and since we got a late start, we ran well past sunset. That made light a bit challenging, but it also gave us some nice color in the sky on a few shots. MB knew about an abandoned farm property near her home. We parked our cars on the dirt road closest to dilapidated buildings and tromped through the field, with grass and weeds as tall as us. Thankfully, we found no snakes! The longer we were there, the more interesting spots we found to shoot.  All total, we shot for just over an hour and came away very satisfied. I am sharing client selections here, but I may add a few of my favorites later, too. MB is enthusiastic about band and plays both the clarinet and bassoon, both featured in her session.

 

MB's Senior Mini Session, Western NC
MB’s Senior Mini Session, Western NC

 

MB's Senior Mini Session, Western NC
MB’s Senior Mini Session, Western NC

 

MB's Senior Mini Session, Western NC
MB’s Senior Mini Session, Western NC

 

MB's Senior Mini Session, Western NC
MB’s Senior Mini Session, Western NC