Elements Dance Center Portraits – Fort Collins, Colorado Dance Photographer

It was an honor and a joy to shoot Elements Dance Center’s individual and group portraits this weekend. I am still working my way through images, but wanted to go ahead and share some. If you need dance, sports, school, head shots, wedding, high school senior, family, maternity, or most any other kind of photography – including on-location, in my studio, in natural light, or with artificial light, I can help you out. Please contact me with your needs and I will be happy to meet for coffee or work up terms or a quote for the work. As always, thank you for your interest in Roots and Twigs Photography!


The Nutcracker by Contemporary Dance Academy, 2017 – Fort Collins Fine Art and Dance Photographer

I had the honor and pleasure of photographing Contemporary Dance Academy’s performance and warm-up classes for their ballet performance of Clara and The Nutcracker, both at The Lincoln Center, here in Fort Collins, Colorado, in December 2017. It will take a while to go through the performance photos, but I wanted to share two early favorites, with many more to come!

Roots and Twigs Photography’s Birthday Sale!


Many of you know I have a whole other professional career, which I am very proud of, and passionate about. However, my serious work in – and love affair with – photography pre-dates that career, and working as a professional photographer was my dream for decades. It wasn’t until I had children and chose to stay at home with them during their ongoing early years that I had to cut way back in my other career, and was able to carve out smaller chunks of time for photography projects. Four years ago today, I officially launched Roots and Twigs Photography. Long before my first “birthday”, I was booked solid with weddings, events, and family sessions, week after week. Soon after, I moved across the country and had to start all over again, which is no joke. Re-building has been harder and slower than I ever imagined, but momentum is building. Just this week, in a twenty-four hour period, I booked a local wedding and finalized plans to be flown back to shoot three big sessions back in my previous market. I am looking forward to busier times ahead!

As an incentive to bring more new clients in, I am offering 50% off all print packages for every session booked through the end of November. Session must take place by the end of 2017 to take advantage of this offer.

Professional Print Packages, Available only at time of booking

Aspen Print Package: $100  $50 >>   Includes (1) 11×14, (3) 8×10, and (25) 4×6 or 5×7 Prints;
Spruce Print Package: $75 $37.50  >>   Includes (2) 8×10 and (15) 4×6 or 5×7 Prints;
Pine Print Package: $50 $25  >>   Includes (1) 8×10 and (5) 4×6 or 5×7 Prints

Many of you will want photos for holiday cards, or just some updated family shots. I also want to make you aware that I am available to shoot throughout the Thanksgiving holidays, so if you have extended family gathering, there’s no better time to capture some memories of your time together! I hope to hear from you soon!


Former President Bill Clinton at New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins, CO, November 4th, 2016; Roots and Twigs Photography

Friday, November 4th, I awoke to a Facebook post indicating former President Bill Clinton would be speaking on behalf of Hillary Clinton at New Belgium Brewing here in town that afternoon. Whaaaat? I hadn’t heard anything about it earlier, but I couldn’t *not* go if there was any way. The first Presidential election in which I voted was 1991, and Clinton took office in 1992. I lived in Washington, DC for 11.5 years, during terms of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. I have attended Inaugurations, seen a couple of Presidents from afar, stood aside for countless motorcades, etc. When Clinton was President, I worked at 16th and K Streets NW, just North of the White House. Clinton occasionally dined at the restaurant right outside my office window, and I watched the preparations, including setting up large entry tents to prevent views as the motorcade unloaded and rooftop snipers, all in place for his presence. Now in Colorado, politics are a much, MUCH smaller part of my life. In many ways I am grateful for that, but I got a bit of an adrenaline rush thinking about seeing Clinton in my new city. Long story short, not only did I make it, but so did my young children – AND – we were front row,  shook his hand, spoke with him, and got our photo with him. It was all pretty exciting for what I expected to be an ordinary, busy Friday afternoon.

Dads and Grads (and anyone else!) Photography Session Gift Certificates – Fort Collins Family and Child Photographer

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Photos with Santa Claus to Benefit the OTBA, Saturday, December 6th at the Nature Lab, Takoma Park, MD

I am excited to announce that Roots and Twigs will spend Saturday, December 6th with Santa Claus’ local stand-in, Takoma Park Mayor Bruce Williams, and all of you who come out to support the event! This is a drop-in event, running from 2-5pm, at the NatureLab, 7003 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD. Please stop by for holiday fun and photos by yours truly. Photo pricing: $20 for a 5×7 print or $30 for a high resolution JPG, plus 6% sales tax. Event is a fundraiser for the Old Takoma Business Association, Your Main Street Takoma.

Come prepared with the following payment information.

Payment Options:

Cash (exact amount would be super helpful – see below);
PayPal (send to tori@rootsandtwigs.com day of, before photos are taken, with a note indicating your name and email address used for the event);
Credit card (Mastercard and Visa, others TBD);
Checks will also be accepted, but must clear before product delivery

Payment Totals, including Sales Tax:

$31.80 for High Resolution JPG file, digital delivery
$21.20 for (1) 5×7 print

In addition to photos with Santa, Roots and Twigs will offer fine art photography for sale. Please come enjoy the event and support our community!

2014.10.25 Wedding Preview, Washington DC Wedding Photographer, Roman Catholic Ceremony

I will post more from this wedding once edits are done, but I want to share some previews now, as selections then image edits may be 6 or more weeks away. There are some fun stories about how this couple came to be, and the First Dance shot with the umbrella alludes to some of that. Think “Bus Stop” by The Hollies.


2014.10.12 Wedding Preview, Washington DC Wedding Photographer, Greek + Russian Orthodox Ceremony

I shot my first professional wedding! I wasn’t pursuing weddings, but it happened anyway. My second wedding is in just over a week, before my one year business anniversary. It’s been quite the year! I will certainly prepare a more formal, extensive post for this fabulous affair, once I go through everything and work with the clients to choose images for retouching, but I just can’t wait to share some here. This wedding was a Greek and Russian Orthodox traditions mashup, which kept things lively and fun all day. I hope you enjoy!

2014.07.04 Takoma Park Independence Day Parade!

It’s one of my favorite days and events of the year! As always, my family and I walked across the line into Maryland this morning to enjoy the delightful and slightly offbeat 125th annual Takoma Park Fourth of July Parade! We sat with many of our wonderful neighbors, caught up, and soaked in the perfect weather. For my part, I also got to give – not one, not two – but THREE new lenses their first test at the parade. So, enjoy the photos for what they are – off-duty, friends and family time, while experimenting with new gear. And HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!