August 2017: Collections at Share Six | Fort Collins, Colorado Lifestyle and Fine Art Photographer

The August blog circle theme at Share Six is COLLECTIONS. I hope you’ll take the time to link around the full blog circle (next link at the bottom), and then submit to the Share Six Facebook and/or Instagram pages for a chance to be featured.

I struggled with this theme. The biggest reason was that I simply have way too much on my plate lately, and haven’t had time to plan and shoot for it. I pondered recycling some old images that might pass for the theme, but eventually settled on sharing images from my family’s recent trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We only spent 2.5 days there, along with another 12.5 days in the state, but it was just the second time my kids have been to the ocean, and they were too young the first time to enjoy or remember it. We covered many of the typical tourist sites (Currituck, Bodie Island, and Hatteras Lighthouses; Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum; Wright Brothers Memorial; and a brief stop at the Elizabeth II ship) – and hiked the dunes until we found wild horses in Corolla. Still, the best memories will probably be the simple ones at the beach. I am a lifelong mountain girl, but the beauty, serenity, and joy we shared there on this trip has me re-thinking my status! My take on COLLECTIONS is the collection of MEMORIES we created on this trip and – for the first time ever – I am not sharing  six, but ten. Sorry?! As I write this, I haven’t even viewed all of my trip photos, yet I am packing to leave for another trip, so I decided not to agonize on the culling process. Cheers!

 

I sincerely appreciate you dropping by to check out my take on COLLECTIONS. Next in the blog circle is the wonderfully talented Ceri Herd Photography! Please link over and see the post Ceri has generated for the theme. For a chance to be featured at Share Six, please submit your COLLECTIONS images to the Share Six Facebook and/or Instagram pages (tag #sharesix and #sharesix_collections) by Septemeber 5th.

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2014.07.15 M’s High School Senior Mini Session

Here’s another High School Senior Mini Session I shot in Western NC in July. This Senior is involved in color guard and band, playing clarinet. I really loved this old, abandoned farm as a location.

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

 

And here are best friends, after we wrapped up the individual shots:

 

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

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

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2014.04.17 Asheville, NC Family Session

I traveled to beautiful Asheville, NC, one of my all-time favorite cities, for this session. I have known and adored the wife and mother for 25 years, but had never met the rest of her crew. You will simply never meet a nicer or more down-to-earth family than this one. There are two pairs of two different personalities in the family, which was a fun  challenge to work with. My favorite of the photos is, without question, the one of the vibrant and beautiful mom with her usually-reserved younger daughter, mouth agape with joy in her eyes. That photo is from very late in the session and I almost didn’t get a big smile from her, but that’s the money shot! THANK you to the whole B family for a wonderful visit and session!

2014.04.17 Asheville, NC High School Senior Mini Session

I recently traveled to fabulous Asheville, NC for a family session, but I needed child care. The clients brought this lovely young lady and her mother along to help me out. In exchange for child care while I shot the other session, I provided her with a quick high school senior session of her own. My kids LOVED her and her mom, and I know why. They were both wonderful to work with and we got some lovely shots in the short time we had to work. The light was nice, her smile was bright, and her attitude was perfect. I think it was a win all around. Thank you so much, L and S. And, of course, huge thanks to the B family for connecting us!!!

Please send more fabulous  seniors and prom-goers my way! So without further ado… Here is the lovely Miss L!

 

L's Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L’s Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L's Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L’s Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L's Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L’s Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L's Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L’s Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L's Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L’s Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L's Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L’s Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L's Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L’s Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L's Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L’s Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L's Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L’s Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L's Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC
L’s Micro Senior Session, Asheville, NC

April is Busy!

April is heavily booked and personal travel has made things just a bit busier. I’ve uploaded a number of proofs from recent sessions on Facebook, but I’m also posting many here in a quick slideshow until I get more time for final edits and proper posts. Hope you enjoy and please get in touch to schedule your own session!

 

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