Family with Dogs Portraits! – Fort Collins and Boulder Family Photographer

I looooove working with families with dogs! They inject so many more opportunities for candid moments than many sessions offer. Plus, I am just a dog person. =) We got such beautiful light for this session, another golden hour one. Thank you so much for a fun and beautiful session, guys!


Family Portraits – Fort Collins and Boulder Family Photographer

I just realized that, while I shared photos from several of my last sessions, I never blogged them, so watch me go add them! I met this fun and easy-going family during the golden hour for a park session. I love it when the parents are happy to let the kids be themselves and express their true personalities in photos. The son, especially, did this in front of my lens. Thank you so much, for such a great time, guys!

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

Back in February, I published a blog post including some of my recently published images, and here is the next installment! For more information about these and other published images, please visit Industry Honors, here on my website, or my related Facebook Album. Thank you so much for your interest in my work!

Life, Just As It Is; Fort Collins, Colorado Documentary Photography

Lately, as you may have noticed, I have been making more of a point to take real life shots of my home life. These moments will be behind us all too soon. No matter the ages and stages, I encourage you to do the same. One of the biggest reasons I do what I do is because everything can change in an instant, and one day, memories and photos are among the only things we’ll have left. Personally, I have virtually no photos of my childhood, and the same is true of photos of my relatives from my youth and before. I was over 30 years old when I first saw a photo of my grandfather as an adult, and had only seen one at all, prior to that. He passed away before I was born, so those photos are absolutely priceless to me. My other grandfather and my own father passed away before my children were born, and I am so glad I am able to share stories and photos of them with my kids. So without further adieu, here are some of my family favorites from the first half of March, that aren’t already blogged separately. I hope you enjoy them and that they get you thinking about the everyday moments you might like to document of – and for – your own loved ones.

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Extended Family Portraits – Fort Collins and Boulder Family Photographer

I have met most of this family at least a time or two during the past decade, and you may recognize the toddler girl and her parents from an earlier maternity session I shot in Denver. Now, welcome baby brother for this session! Lovely family all around, and lots of fun to work with. Thanks so much, y’all! Previews for now, and lots more later, once the family chooses their favorites!

Extended Family Lifestyle and Portraits – Fort Collins, Colorado Family Photographer

OK, I actually know these folks pretty well. My husband’s parents were able to take a highly anticipated trip out to visit us form the East Coast earlier this Fall and I managed to drag them out to the park one afternoon to snap some quick shots. They aren’t super keen about being photography subjects, but they were very gracious in allowing me this opportunity. Since we are now living so far apart, it’s even more important now than before to make sure we capture memories and special moments that they all have together.

Family Maternity Session in Denver – Fort Collins, Colorado Photographer

Rebooting my business in Colorado has been one of the bigger challenges we’ve faced related to our recent move, but it’s been made quite a bit sweeter to have the opportunity to work with old friends and neighbors. In this case, these now-parents were our next-door neighbors for six years in Washington, DC! We told them about our first pregnancy while attending their wedding. This Dad was our first and only visitor at the hospital when I gave birth to my first child and his wife rushed over to our home, bearing food, as soon as she returned from an out-of-town trip. They were wonderful neighbors and just as fun and caring to our oldest child as they could possibly be. Alas, just before I became pregnant with my second child, they packed up and moved to Colorado. What were we to do, but follow them!? In truth, it had been a long-term plan of ours, dating back long before we knew them. Still, it is wonderful to remain in touch and to be able to share in this beautiful journey of theirs.

We held the session near the clients’ home, about 90 minutes from me. Thus, the clients did a little reconnaissance work to share the place and sunrise light with me. When they visited, the wildflowers and grass were high and lovely. Just a couple of days later, when we went for the session, the grass had been mowed and was wet, sticky, and the biggest mess I have ever tried to shoot in. The adults were wet to their shins and the child to her knees. We worked hard to fight the mess, and couldn’t try a number of shots we wanted, as they would have gotten terribly dirty. Still, all in all, I think their love and happiness shines through and they have some beautiful memories to look back on for a lifetime.

I will be adding more photos to this gallery in the coming days, but wanted to go ahead and post some now. Guys, many thanks for choosing me to capture this precious time in your lives, and I wish you the very best with birth and the transition to two children!

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

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Spring Family Session in the Park – Fort Collins Family Portrait / Lifestyle Photographer

This Mom and I were next-door neighbors and friends throughout our childhoods in rural North Carolina. Because it’s a small world, after all, we now both live in the same Colorado city, albeit 3 miles apart. Our parents, however, are still neighbors.

When “Mom” told me she was expecting her third child, we started talking casually about a baby session, but timing didn’t pan out until this May, with her youngest almost 11 months old. It was my great joy to work with her entire family and capture cherished memories that will last them a lifetime.

Side note: The last two images are simply two versions of the same shot. I cannot decide whether I love the black and white or the color version more, so I am sharing both! Enjoy!

Family in the Park, Autumn 2014

Could they be any more adorable?! I love Mom’s red hair and boots, and the balance of their wardrobe choices – absolutely perfect for the autumn colors and light, while hitting all the right notes for a casual outdoor session! I am posting only the client’s selections here for now, but there are more personal favorites I will add if I get time. This family was generous and warm. Loved working with you!

Extended Family in the Park, Thanksgiving 2014

I shot my first two extended family sessions ever on the same day. They were both on the day after Thanksgiving 2014, one with 10 family members, and the other with 11, and both with family members stretching from the East to the West Coasts. Many thanks to R for setting this session up months in advance, and to all for a great session!

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Extended Family, Thanksgiving Session

It was my honor to photograph this relaxed and friendly, extended family the day after Thanksgiving. The family is spread from California to Maryland, so it was a special time for them to get together. We scheduled on very short notice and kept the session low impact by shooting in the family’s back yard (OK, and their neighbor’s yard, too!).

Autumn Family Session in the Park

This beautiful family contacted me to book a session just as I landed on a trip to Montana. We schedule the session in mid-November and we got chilly temperatures, as the sun set. The payoff, as planned, was gorgeous light on the city’s last beautiful fall leaves as we wrapped up. The kids were troopers as it got colder, but the daughter hung in there, and even perked up a bit with the promise of a warm bath and cold ice cream once they got home. =) Relaxed and warm family. Thank you very much for trusting me with your photos and I hope your photo gifts were received very well and bring joy for many years to come!

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