olivia

A few years ago I met Olivia’s older sister, Helena, and was lucky enough to take her senior pictures.  She even introduced me to what is now one of my favorite locations.  Olivia is just as wonderful and darling as her big sis, but, like most sisters, they couldn’t be more different.  Olivia’s sarcasm and fun personality is a breath of fresh air.  She kept us giggling as we ran from the clouds and played with balloons.  Olivia, I am SO glad you allowed me to be your senior photographer! 

sophie

Sophie’s senior pictures ended up stunning… but they came with their hair share of weather-stress. ;)  When we got to the location they had damned the water so there was no waterfall.  (what the what?!?)  We found water a little ways up…. And then MORE, unwanted water falling from the sky.  I was NOT entertained.  We finally headed to a new (non-rainy) location and had a blast.  I love it when I can surprise (“utter shock” might be more accurate) my clients.  I’m thrilled with her session and so were she and her mama! 

sadie

Sadie.  Where do I begin?  Her amazing hair?  Her killer fashion sense?  Her hilarious older sister that I got to photography not once, but twice?!  Her urban shoot was so fun.  We found some amazing walls to use as backdrops.  She changed her hair THREE times.  She was down with whatever idea I threw out there.  I just loved taking pictures of her and being able to get to know yet another amazing person from her family.  Her family is one of those that has a mansion in heaven just waiting there for them.  What amazing people.  So happy I can call them friends. 

kristen

I LOVED getting to know Kristen and her mom at her session.  Her senior session was full of highs and lows…. Starting with the POURING rain.  Guys.  Not kidding.  We ended up in South Denver before we finally escaped it.  And even when we did the wind was a little…. well, windy.  Kristen brought these super cool balloons with her to her sessions.  They were HUGE gold numbers.  2, 0, 1, and 7.  We got them out of the car to try to take a windy picture with them and before we walked 10 feet from the car off flies the 7… into the heavens.   I thought Kristen would burst into tears but instead she burst out laughing… which is what the rest of us did.  We decided to move forward with the rest of the balloons and just use them as a backdrop when off goes the 2!  It. Was. Crazy.  Despite the… we’ll call them “setbacks”, Kristen’s pictures turned out beautiful and you can’t tell we had that nutso weather.  So so grateful for girls like her who just roll with the punches.

kylie

I love it when my senior girls want to hire me as a photographer because they love my work… I mean, I know I can win over most girls but Kylie loved my photography.  And she’s an amazing artist so I take her admiration as a huge compliment!   She paid for the entire sitting fee on her own. 

After her session she would babysit for me from time to time (before my kids were old enough to stay home alone… holla!!!!) and she honestly became a friend.  I can’t wait to see what she does with her life… after she’s done kicking some serious trash at Northern Arizona University on their soccer team!  Go NAU!

elly

Last year when I did Morgan’s pictures, Elly came along for the rainy ride.   I knew right then I really wanted to take her senior pictures.  I just love doing pictures for kind people.  Elly is the oldest of a large mixed brood and she pulls it off well.  She is a fabulous golfer who is committed to Santa Barbara City College.  There’s not a doubt in my mind that Elly will do some amazingly awesome things with her life.  Plus, she’s easy on the eyes… that never hurt anyone!  ;)

carmen

You guys.  This location was INSANE!!!  I COULD.NOT get over the flowers.  Carmen found this amazing place while on a motorcycle drive with her daddy-o one Sunday afternoon.  I went on complete faith that she knew a good location when she saw it. Gotta be honest, I peed a little when we pulled up.  Then I wanted to hide it from the world so it wouldn’t get trampled by people wanting to snap a picture with an Iphone.  (We were CRAZY careful when shooting in the flowers.)  I can’t wait to head back there this summer… to the place I will forever call “Carmen’s flower field.”

alysa

If I had a dime for each time I heard sweet Alysa giggle during her photoshoot I would be a rich mama!  Her sweet, loving personality shined at her session… as did that awesome dimple!  Alysa is a natural girl who doesn’t wear a lot of make-up on the daily, so I wanted to make sure we dolled her up just a TINY bit, while keeping her natural look being the driving force in the pictures.  I will admit though, getting ONE serious picture from her pretty little face was a challenge.  And it ended up being one of her favorites!  Jen for the win!! 

cheyenne

Cheyenne is so so SO darling. She is incredibly kind.  She’s crazy smart.  She’s super hard working… And she was also trying not to puke through the entire session!!  She is very natural in front of the camera, despite not feeling 100%... or even 50% for that matter.  I have kept in touch with her throughout her senior year and am so happy for her that she is feeling so well now (it was a long, mysterious sickness!) and hope that she will enjoy her last semester of high school.  Cheyenne, you and your hair are a 10 out of 10 and I just adore your guts!!

taylor

Taylor's shoot was urban and nature.  We finished her super cute city looks and as we were walking back to the car the rain came in full force.  It was crazy!  It poured the entire way to our next location and as we got there, the rain stopped and the sun came out!  It was perfect timing!  Did I mention that Taylor has been accepted to college?!  What a smarty! So proud of this girl!

kierlyn and ryden

This brother sister combo was awesome.  They got along but had that cute bother/sister feistiness.  While Mom didn't find it quite as funny as Tara and I did, those two kept us in stitches!  I absolutely LOVED my time with them AND, as we were finishing up the shoot I put together that her sister in law is one of my all time favorite co-workers from back in my teaching days!  What a small world!!

miss washington

No, but really.  She was Miss Washington.  I was lucky enough to learn from (and become friends with!) the uber talented Spanki Mills while I was in Seattle for the Chic Retreat a while back. She had this beautiful model for us to shoot.  It wasn't until later that I saw her business card and realized that she is currently serving as Miss Washington.  She was humble, cooperative, and so super sweet.  

class of 2016 spokesmodels

I can’t believe my next spokesmodel shoot is just around the corner.  My Class of 2016 Spokesmodels were off the charts fabulous,  They were funny, goofy, beautiful, and so sweet.  I have loved watching each of them grow this year on college… and have a fair bit of fun.  Each one of these girls individually helped my business grow and changed me as a person.  Plus, our shoot was SOOOOO much fun!  We had fruit, giggles, cake, soda, laughs, music, smores, teasing… it was perfection.  And the friendships made I hope will last a lifetime. 

Kianna

Kianna's session turned out beautiful.  I could see the stress in her face as the rain was pouring down around us.  BUT, I build in time for rain because good old Colorado Springs is full of surprises!  We found the most amazing little field with flowers and the most beautiful soft light.  It was perfect!  I can't thank Kianna enough for rolling with the punches. We found the coolest little boutique for a portion of Kianna's shoot.

Look at this amazing sun light!  So beautiful!!