Taylor’s shoot. Oh my goodness. Where do I even start?! She flew in from sunny California to have her pictures taken in a very “Colorado” environment. And wow! Did we deliver! We went up to Hoosier Pass for the first half of the shoot where we were not only met by her kind hearted Daddy yielding her horse AND her dog, but we were shooting in FEET of snow! I’m not kidding. This California girl learned really quickly how chilly we keep things in Colorado in the winter time. From there we headed into beautiful Breckenridge for some pictures down on Main Street. Taylor was dang near an icicle by the time we finished. So proud of her for toughing out our crazy winter weather. And totally worth it because her pictures are UH.MAZING.
Professional make-up is vitally important. Day-to-day make-up is very different than “picture” make-up. I always say that the camera eats make-up for lunch so you need to have on extra. As part of your session, I provide you with a $50 gift card towards make-up and a professional make-up artist. If you go for a morning shoot you'll have the make-up artist come to your home in lei of getting the gift card. It's first class treatment! Either way, she will know where to apply extra make-up to show that beautiful, natural glow. Don’t normally wear make-up? No problem. I will make sure your make-up artist knows this so she can just enhance that natural beauty.
One more thing to keep in mind: False eye lashes only enhance those beautiful eyes. You don't need to go crazy with the lashes. A more natural look is great but you should at least put some on... or rather, have a professional make-up artist put them on you. You won't regret it! Promise!
Looking for more killer make-up tips? Go find them HERE.
Getting your hair professionally done is always a good idea! A professional cosmetologist knows how tight to make the curls or how much extra hair spray is necessary when you are going to be out in the natural elements for several hours. That is why I provide a professional cosmetologist as part of your session.
If you would like to have your hair done in a few different styles for your Senior Session, that can be done as well. My cosmetologist is great at this! We will start with your hair up and take it down later in the shoot.
I had the wonderful privilege of taking Kyle and Kaitlyn's engagement pictures. I did Kyle's senior pictures a few years ago and his younger brother, Jason's senior pictures last year. We were blessed with a beautiful day so we were only chilly, rather than freezing. I adore engagements because it's them against the world. They are ready for anything. They are optimistic. And they normally LITERALLY have hearts in their eyes. ;) These two were no exception!
Melissa asked me to take some heads shots of her for her business. She was just as excited as all of my seniors! We were lucky enough to have a beautiful day and shot right in the middle of the afternoon! I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it when women take the time to have current head shots of themselves. They are beautiful and deserve to feel that way. Melissa is no exception!
I loved working with Sara. She is HILARIOUS. I feel like I can be totally sarcastic wit her and she gets it. We absolutely have the same sense of humor. Sara brought two of her best friends along with her to her shoot. They were so great to help her see her outward beauty. Too often, seniors have a hard time seeing how stunning they actually are! She wore her amazingly fabulous hair long and straight. It was absolutely stunning! She went very natural with her make-up which I adored. And she had us in stitches from the time we got to her senior session until the time we left! She was an absolute blast!
Lauryn is an incredible girl. She plays the piano like a literal angel would. So beautifully that people stopped us at the Broadmoor. She also plays the clarinet for her high school in Parker. She knew EXACTLY what she wanted for her senior pictures and we pulled every string to make that happen! I loved shooting at this amazing hotel… even if it was FREEEZING cold!
Hailey has a really cool story. She started school a year early. (Different deadline where she was living at the time.) A few months ago when she was finishing up her sophomore year she decided to graduate a year early. So this girl, while only technically graduating one year early, is kinda graduating two years early! She will be 16 ½ years old on graduation day! Plus, she’s totally beautiful and very sweet! I loved getting to know her and her mama… AND shooting with her Dad’s vintage car as a backdrop!
I was watching the weather SUUUUUPER closely leading up to Sierra’s shoot. There was an 80% chance of rain… not a number I like to see. We decided to go for it anyway (and the percentage seemed to go down a little bit as the day progressed). It. Was. BEAUTIFUL! Amazing sun the entire time where we were shooting… but yucky in a lot of the city. My afternoon with Sierra was so wonderful. She is an amazing girl inside and out. Plus, those dimples?! I mean, come on!
I hope your Christmas (or the holiday you choose to celebrate this time of year) is filled with family, good food, and happy memories!
I LOVE taking pictures of my kids... normally. They last for about 3.5467 minutes and then they are over it. While we were in San Diego for Thanksgiving we took pictures of all of the cousins in Christmas jammies for my mom's Christmas card. They turned out really cute despite me breaking into a cold sweat and needing a bottle of Excedrin after corralling 10 kids and 2 dogs for about an hour (felt like 10!). It was a good refresher on why I do NOT take pictures of families. I'm not brave enough! I so admire photographers who do, though!
P.S. One of these kiddos had BRRRRIGHT purple hair for the picture and I changed it! Can you guess who it was???
When I put on social media that I wanted to do a few shoots at the Colorado State Fair Sarah contacted me immediately. Now that I know her better I can see what a natural fit that was. She is full of personality and laughter. The best words I can think of to describe her personality are bright and infectious. I truly fell in love with this girl and her family.
Anja is a Senior at Cheyenne Mountain High School. She is so beautiful and has a really fun-loving personality. She has grown up with both parents in the military and so well adjusted and really resilient because of it. I love getting to know seniors who have grown up military because they have been to so many cool places and are normally more mature than their peers. Anja, I loved your locations and how your pictures turned out. They’re just stunning! As are you!
I loved every last bit of Regan's shoot. She is super laid back, organic, and natural and wanted to go to the Paint Mines which is THE coolest and most unique location ever! Plus, her mama is my hubby's cousin so that was an added bonus. And the icing on the cake is that when I was editing her pictures I noticed that she and my husband have the same color eyes. They are oh-so-beautiful! Regan, you are one of a kind and I absolutely ADORE you!!
For Ki's shoot we went to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. It was soooo much fun! It was also soooo hot! She was a champ with the heat and the chaos which is the fair. Her shoot was colorful and vibrant.
I loved getting to know Ki. Her future is undoubtedly bright. She is heading off to Seton Hill University to play softball next year. Softball is definitely her passion and seeing all of her jerseys since we was a little 4 year old was such a fun, creative way to pull her life-long love of softball into her session.
That moment when you're standing there taking someone's senior pictures and you have a flashback to when you use to change their diapers... and it feels like yesterday! haha! Jay is the son of my super sweet cousin. I also grew up with his Dad's younger brother. We were great friends all through high school. Doing his older sister's senior pictures last year was the icing on the cake. Jay was lucky enough to head back to Parker to finish up high school with all of his old friends. It's been so fun to watch him grow up. He's a lot taller than me and has a big deep voice. When did he get so old?! When did I get so old?!?!?!?
When Nick's mom first contacted me one of the first things she asked me was, "What do I have him wear? I don't remember the last time I saw him in anything aside from baseball clothes!" haha!! Now that's passion! I think Nick cleans up real nice. I love his hair... reminds me of my son's hair. He was so social and super chatty during his shoot. He didn't even seem to mind having two cameras shoved in his face for an hour! Plus, we saw nice, fresh bear tracks! Yay...?
Bri is so so fun! She was the missing piece to the puzzle! I met her parents and their younger sister at her older sister's photoshoot a few years ago. Bri knew she wanted something different. And we gave her just that! She may have been a little cold at her shoot but she was a trooper. I have loved learning all about her and her adventures. Seriously, this girl has been a full on globe trotter! I think maybe next time she needs to bring me along to take pictures of her at all of these killer locations! ;)
Boy, did we get the run around from the weather. Ava wanted so badly to have the beautiful sun in her pictures and the chance of rain was getting higher and higher the closer we got to the shoot. So last minute we switched it to the morning (and when I say morning, I mean people are showing up at your home at 4:50am to start beautifying you!). I'm SOOOO happy we did. We have a ton of sunshine with spots of cloudy weather, which was just perfect! Her pictures turned out so so beautiful and I just can't say it enough... morning shoots equal sunshine! Afternoon shoots equal lots of finger crossing! ;)
I woke up at 3:45am the morning of Preston's shoot (which started bright and early at 6:30!!) to the pitter patter of rain on my window. Normally this would be a lovely, comforting sound... but not when I'm going out for a session in a few hours! Shortly after we got to Preston's first location the weather cleared up and we had THE most amazingly beautiful morning involving city scape, graffiti walls, metal stairs, open roads, water, old bridges... it was such a cool shoot!