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Rex, Ryan & Rebecca

I am so excited to share these photos of Rex and his parents, Ryan and Rebecca. Their joy with their darling son is so evident that it was hard to stop taking photos. And Rex, bless his heart, managed to stay awake throughout almost the entire two hour session! Normally, I love to photograph sleeping newborns (with some awake shots as well), but Rex was so alert and delightful that he nailed all his poses!  I especially love the one of him and Maeve’s bear. Thank you, Ryan and Rebecca, for the privilege of photographing you all.

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It’s All About the Light

I love natural light. I love the way diffused light falls in the early morning. I love the effect of the “Golden Hour” (that hour right before sunset when the rays turn warm and flattering). I love backlighting. I love direct sunlight (sometimes). I love using the light to highlight and flatter my subjects. I’ll use flash if I can’t get the light the way I want it naturally, but only if it makes my subject look better or the sun doesn’t want to cooperate.

Light is so important that I spend a huge amount of time teaching about it in my DSLR class (DSLR Classes) and I actually scout locations at various times of day so I can find the best spots and times for photo shoots.

And while it is hard to get the right exposure when working with challenging light situations (harsh contrast, for example), it is such a reward when the photos show the subject in the best possible light. (I couldn’t resist that one!)

Following are examples of how capturing natural light makes a photo better. Some are in bright sunlight, others take advantage of clouds or backlighting. And for several, I just turned the model around to show you the difference that makes. But each photo is taken without the use of any flash.  And if you would like to learn how to use light more effectively while photographing, I’d love to teach you!

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Three Generations in Aurora

When Jan and Floyd’s children decided to give them a family photo session for their Christmas present, I was all for it! Especially because daughter Kristen chose me to document their family. 🙂 At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I am so lucky that Kristen has stayed in touch with me over the years (mostly through Facebook) after being one of my favorite students back in the day. I love that she pursued journalism as her career and love even more seeing her with her darling boys and husband, David. And the rest of the family was equally welcoming and warm. It was the perfect way to end my photo sessions for 2015!!

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Perfect Day for the Halloween Photo Booth

Okay, I realize that Thanksgiving just ended and I haven’t posted my Halloween photos yet, so here goes! Mostly I wanted to show off the fun backdrop my daughter Janet helped me set up so I could photograph so many adorable kids and families. And I want to give a huge thank you to my friend Genie (who flew all the way from Portland, Oregon, just to take my photo class) for being my assistant photographer!  I can’t choose a favorite–although the one of Dorothy crying because she doesn’t want to sit next to her Cowardly Lion cousin is right up there!  Enjoy!

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Audrey, AJ, Adam & Elisabeth at McKay Lake

Where to begin? That this family was so much fun and contributed so many great ideas? That Audrey is truly the toughest five year old in Colorado? (Story to follow.) That AJ knew exactly how to own the camera and make each shot special? Or that I found a really cool new place for photos if I’m in the Westminster area?

I better start with Audrey. She not only decided to photobomb her brother within minutes of us starting  (see first photo), but somehow fell while getting off that log. And hurt her arm in the process. And then calmed down and was fabulous during the entire rest of the photo shoot. And then later that night went to the hospital to get her fractured arm splinted (with a cast put on the next week). And LOOK AT HER. She played; she smiled; she came up with ideas. She matched her older brother (whose hockey and martial arts moves impressed me just as much!) in making every shot fun.

Adam and Elisabeth: you are amazing parents raising wonderful kids. While I hope no one ever gets injured again (what am I saying? AJ plays HOCKEY!), I do hope our paths cross again. Thank you!

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Third Annual Halloween Photo Booth in Stapleton

I am so excited for our Third Annual Photo Booth! I can’t wait to see you there from 3:00 until 5:30!

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Sydney Turns One!!

Confession: I thought I had already blogged about darling Sydney and her wonderful parents, Danny and Annie. Until I realized that I hadn’t. So that error is now corrected. I had so much fun at this photo shoot at City Park in Denver (my new favorite location!) that (as Willie Loman’s wife declared in Death of a Salesman) “Attention must be paid.” Because, seriously. How can we not pay attention to this darling little girl?? She just keeps getting cuter and cuter!!!!

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Newborn Juliet & Big Brother William

What a beautiful baby Juliet is! And her big brother William and parents, Anne and Mike, take such delight in her that photographing the family was a joy. It certainly helped that Juliet slept through most of session, so we were able to try out different poses and props. But the absolute best part of our time were the unposed “lifestyle” photos that I so love to photograph. Thank you, Anne and Mike, for the privilege of capturing your growing family!!
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Emmett in Denver

Oh, baby! I love this face! When Molly and Billy contacted me to photograph Emmett’s six month milestone, I was thrilled, as I had had so much fun photographing their wedding a few years ago. And Emmett made this session delightful. After capturing a few photos of Emmett in his room, we headed to the green space near their home. I love Denver’s pocket parks and strips of trees and grass. And I loved photographing this family; thank you, Molly and Billy!

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Lexi & Family at Silo Park

I’ve been meaning to blog about this darling girl and her equally adorable sisters for awhile now. Lexi and her sisters and mom and dad, the wonderful Tonya and Josh, got together with Josh’s side of the family for some pictures recently (okay, in April!) and I had so much fun just watching little Lexi as her personality shone through. And, while I love her older sisters, Emma, Kaylee and Mallory, this was my chance to photograph Lexi. All by herself.  Okay, by herself until she was joined by her sisters. And parents. And cousins. And grandparents. And aunt and uncle. Lexi is truly blessed. As am I for being able to photograph them all. (And that last photo is her grandfather getting a little quiet time amid the grandkids!)

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