{BLUE} Artists Inspired Blog Circle Contribution, Fort Collins, Colorado Photographer

A wonderfully talented and diverse group of online photographer friends and peers has come together to begin a new blog circle. I am terrible about blogging regularly, so I pounced on the opportunity to embrace the structure and community this new project offers. Our first theme is BLUE. As my family heads out on vacation for the first time in nearly 5 years, summer’s end looms in the not-so-distant future, and back to school shopping commences, I find myself with limited time to create a gallery of new images. Once we get into the swing of the new school year, you can look forward to fresh images each month, probably often alongside some old favorites. For now, I hope you enjoy these, some of my favorite BLUE images to date.

Blue Ridge Mountains, NC
Blue Ridge Mountains, NC

I have always been a mountain girl at heart, and these particular mountains, well I think of them as “home.” They were never truly my home, but I did grow up just beyond their shadows. They are even more beautiful in person, and I feel pretty fortunate to have spent many a long weekend – and even a solid five week spell – right there among them, breathing in their clean air, admiring wildflowers and wildlife, and making memories. In nearby Asheville, I ate at the best restaurants on the planet as far as I know, danced to the music offered by amazing buskers, and felt one with the area. I remember far too well the sadness that washed over me as I looked at these mountains in my rear-view mirror the last time I visited, knowing it would be a long while before I returned, as my family planned our cross-country move.

Santorini Ironwork
Santorini Ironwork

Santorini, Greece is a series of living postcards. I took this photograph on film in September 2003. I have included it as a simple nod to my passions of international travel, photography, and architectural elements.

National Mall Independence Day Fireworks
National Mall Independence Day Fireworks

From the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I moved to Washington, DC for well over a decade. It was an incredible place to live for a while, first as a single person, and later, with my husband. Although we never wanted to raise kids there, we loved our neighborhood, the diverse food options, public transit, and museums while we were there. And, of course, Independence Day Fireworks on The National Mall were an annual tradition and highlight. I took this image by the base of The Washington Monument while we awaited them in 2014.

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Rockabilly

My husband and I chose Fort Collins, Colorado as the town we wanted to raise our kids in way back in 2001, before we were even married. Life happened and the move was substantially delayed. In any event, we spent some time in Colorado in July 2013, in part to simply enjoy it, but also a bit in part to make sure we still wanted to make the move. I took this photograph during that blissful trip.

Night Sky, Bozeman, Montana

Bozeman! Bozeman gave Fort Collins a run for its money in becoming our forever hometown, when it came time to actually pack our bags. We all loved Bozeman and look forward to visiting as often as possible. One night while we were there in November 2014, the sun was setting and the sky was dark, except a band of light near the horizon. It was sleeting and we didn’t know our way around well, but we found this nice clear view of the sky and water right by a dumpster behind the mall. Who would have guessed?!

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Since moving to Colorado, I have really been taken by the beauty of the prairies, often with a mountain backdrop. That was the setting when I photographed this. However, for this capture, I wanted to focus on that warm, late afternoon light and deep blue sky, each punctuating the beauty of spent blossoms.

 

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A few times along the way, I picked up a number of antique, blue, Ball Mason jars, and a few other brands, as well. I love the unique, apparently-hand-lettered nature of the jars. No two appear identical, and if you look at the jars in the image, you can see what I am referring to. When we moved into our new house, I put this handful of my jars on the (very high) window sill mostly just to get them off of the floor. One early morning, as I walked into the kitchen for coffee, this beautiful blue scene caught my eye, so I snapped it, of course. They make me feel nostalgic for simpler times, and they are simply lovely, too.

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So I said above I am a mountain girl, but I am also very drawn to water, which is a bit harder to find here in Colorado, compared to my East Coast roots. I love this tranquil sunset scene and that still reflection on the water.

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This photograph of my daughter, on the first – and actually last – day of using our kiddie pool this summer was taken as sort of a mindful documentary shot. I had ideas about finished images in my head before I ever picked up my camera, but it is authentic to her actions. I didn’t plan for her sunglasses to match the pool side, so that part was a welcome gift of chance!

I hope you have enjoyed this random collection of some favorite BLUE images, and learned a few interesting things, as well. I look forward to blogging future months featuring my new work, as well!

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The Artists Inspired Blog Circle is made up of an exceptionally talented group of photographers from all walks of life, from all over the world. They are wives, mothers, friends, daughters and visual storytellers who draw from their own experiences to create art that is inspiring, unique, beautiful and thought-provoking.

Please continue your journey around our blog circle by visiting our next talent, Sharleen of Sharleen Stuart Photography at this link!

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.

After the rain

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.

Cabbage
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

 

 

Week 16 | RED; Fort Collins, Colorado Fine Art Photographer

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Thanks so much for the feature, Life’s Experience p52! ~ Tori

Psst! Do you know what my favorite color is? Yup, you guessed it; RED! I just cannot begin to tell you how my heart delighted in viewing all of this past week’s submissions! There is just som…

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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!

Weekly ‘Real Life’ Featured Photographer Roots and Twigs Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado

Prairie dog in snow, Niwot, Colorado

bio (Who is Tori?) Following years of dreaming and scheming, my family moved from a lifetime on the East Coast to Fort Collins, Colorado just over a year ago. About 2 years ago, while on hiatus fro…

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Emerging Artist of the Month: Roots and Twigs Photography

The Emerging Artist features are among our favorite at By He{Art}. We believe the is so much insane talent out there that just needs to be introduced to the world. And any way we can help do that m…

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An Interview with Tori of Roots and Twigs Photography

Tori of Roots and Twigs Photography was our March choice for the image of the month, and she is featured here as our webpage banner and also on the Facebook page banner. So who is Tori?  This…

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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 Sessions Sale!

Book Now for a portrait session on September 6th, 7th, 13th, or 14th and save 15% off regular prices. Session must be booked, and non-refundable retainer fee (regular amount applies) must be paid, by July 31st to qualify for the discount. Mention “July 15%” when booking to get sale rate. Sale pricing:

  • 30 Minute Session: $170 ($75 non-refundable retainer fee)
  • 60 Minute Session: $255 ($100 non-refundable retainer fee)
  • 90 Minute Session: $340 ($150 non-refundable retainer fee)

Note: “The Total Package” sessions are excluded from this offer.

New Page Collection of Sample Past Sessions

Introducing... a page where you can find links to a collection of sample past sessions. I hope you find this helpful when considering Roots and Twigs for your upcoming lifestyle photography needs!
Introducing… a page where you can find links to a collection of sample past sessions. I hope you find this helpful when considering Roots and Twigs for your upcoming lifestyle photography needs! PS – In the future, you can find this page under “Sessions and Pricing” above.

 

New Etsy Shop + Dusting off My Old Macro Lens

It has always been my goal to shoot lifestyle photography alongside my own photographic journeys, such as travel and nature photography. Inspired by a recent request to provide macro photography for several gallery canvases, I dusted off my old, failing macro lens and started playing a little with it on Friday, for the first time in years. My husband surprised me with the macro lens and a used Nikon FM2 camera, to pair with the Nikon FM camera I already had. Having both accomplished my goal and need of having color film in one camera and black and white in the other. When he bought the lens for me, some 10-15 years ago, unbeknownst to him, it was wrecked. Still, with some patience, I can pull some lovely images out of it. See below and let me know what you think. Click the “detail” images (square) for a much larger version of those. I took a number of shots over the weekend and will be adding more to my brand new Etsy shop soon! So if you are interested in viewing or purchasing my fine art prints, please click on over to my RootsAndTwigs Etsy Shop or contact me directly! Thanks!

 

Dandelion
Dandelion

 

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Dandelion Detail

 

Echinacea
Echinacea

 

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Echinacea Detail

 

Echinops
Echinops

 

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Echinops Detail

2014 Dads and Grads Gift Certificates + Freebies!

2014 Dads and Grads Promo
2014 Dads and Grads Promo