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!
I had a LOT of fun beating the rain with these beauties from Cheyanne Mountain High School. They were so fun to work with and I loved their fashion choices. They pulled off two very trendy looks that are normally both very neutral looks. Somehow they managed to pull in color and lots of different textures as well as tons of accessories! I really hope we get to do it again sometime. Maybe in the snow!!
I can't believe that my youngest got baptized a few weeks ago. Where has the time gone? She has been such a fun kid. She is stubborn and strong willed. She is witty and super goofy. She loves her daddy beyond words. I can't even imagine our family without her!! How boring! Love you, sweet Preslee Pie!
Mary is a gem. She is tall and beautiful. She is kind and smiles all the time. Her shoot was super laid back... until the lightning started. Don't worry, it was off in the distance so we were good to shoot. We did finish her shoot in record time though. Just before the rain began. But, we had sunshine, wind (lots of it!), lightning, beautiful deep skies, and FLOWERS! Our ever elusive flowers in Colorado are hard to nail down. Mary, thank you for letting me be your photographer. Your shoot was uh-mazing!!!
I have gotten to know Allison the last several years through the Pine Creek Cheer shoots. She is am amazing cheerleader but I am super happy for her that she decided to just take it easy and enjoy her senior year sans cheer. (But sad for the cheer team!) Allison is amazing and sweet and loves playing with kiddos. If the future of America is going to fall into anyone's hands, it should be hers!! (Speaking of America, her super cool brother, Jake, is protecting our country by serving in the Marines now! So so so proud of him!)
Victoria is so sweet. She is a quite soul who loves to laugh, spend time with her family, and play tennis. I loved my time with her and her darling little brother and sweet mama. Her brother spent the entire shoot catching grasshoppers. He knows the names of the different kinds. He loves them. He touches them! His mom is a saint for letting them come into her home!!
I have been lucky enough to learn from a LOT of amazing photographers like Heidi Hope, Jean Smith, Spanki Mills, Courtney Dailey, Leah Remillet, and Kelli France. This workshop with Sarah Lane (owner of Studio Twelve) was nothing less than wonderful. It was enlightening and reassuring to know that I am doing what I love. She walked me through some things I struggle with and we ended the day with a shoot with 6 Napa Valley high school seniors from her Class of 2016 Model Team.
Brian's shoot. Oh my gosh. The weather that morning was super heart eyes. Brian was a trooper and changed his clothes several times. It was sweet watching he and Robyn (his darling mama) interact. They obviously get along and she has a lot of respect for him. Plus, we got to see a BEAR!!! That's right! A not super small black bear was running (parallel to us, thank goodness) about 150 yards away. It was a great distance. Pretty sure I would have scaled the nearest tree only to discover that the bear too, could scale said tree, if it had headed our way. That's the first time I have ever seen a bear outside of captivity. So exciting!!
A big thank you to this guy for referring Brian over to me. Thank you, Zach!
Carli was referred to me by a past senior. I love it when I get referrals from past clients because (1) it means they really did love their images and (2) I get to hear silly stories about them... like them doing the worm all the way down their friend's hallway. ha! Carli's shoot was so very beautiful. It was at one of my FAVORITE locations. While I have sat in my car waiting out the rain at countless shoots, I gotta say, this was the first time I have ever sat in my car waiting out the WIND! I thought that poor girl was going to blow away along with her mama who was holding onto Luke (my trusty reflector) for dear life! It finally calmed down and we got some amazing pictures of this stunning blonde.
Maddie. Wow. She is just darling. Kinda quiet. Completely beautiful. Totally sweet. Both of her parents came to her gorgeous early morning session which made it a family affair! We had a lot of fun at a location I found just for her. She wanted water. Check. She wanted fields. Check. She wanted to look beautiful. Check, check, and check. Maddie, thank you for allowing me to get to know your incredible family. You are one seriously loved girl!!
Leah was my first senior for the Class of 2018. Her shoot was so fun! I love it when my girls want to go urban because it only happens about 10% of the time. I also love it when I get to take pictures of a past client's sister. Leah was fun and happy. She was up for anything and we even finished her session at the same place we finished Sophie's! Loved spending time with this fun-loving family again!!
The Pine Creek Cheer team got a new coach this year. (Congratulations to Coach Bonnie who had a bouncing baby boy who she is staying home with!) I had a lot of fun with the new coach, Dana, planning this shoot. Her enthusiasm and apparent love for the girls is sweet to see. I didn't think anyone could compare with Bonnie but she has proven me wrong. We went with a plaid/camping theme and got to shoot at THE most beautiful property of one of the cheerleaders. Seriously. 22 acres. A pond. Endless trees. A Campfire. And GOATS! OMG LOVVVVEEED the goats!
Good luck this year girls! Be kind, be social, and knock 'em dead!
When I decided to do a "Snow Bunnies" theme for my Class of 2017 Spokesmodel shoot this year I knew I would have to do the snow dance. Sure enough, we had a super dry winter! I was freaking out just a little bit... ok, a lot bit. But the week of the shoot we had a monster snow storm that allowed for a snowy backdrop for these cute snow bunnies! They were pretty darn cold by the end of the shoot but we had so much fun and they were super good sports! This shoot is one for the books for sure!
I can't believe their graduation day is a (not so) distant memory! I remember my graduation day like it was yesterday. I would give anything to have some pictures like these in my cap and gown. I love that we were able to incorporate their caps and gowns. I also love that 4 different High Schools were represented! Pine Creek, Palmer Ridge, Air Academy, and Lewis Palmer. I just adore these High School Grads!
Each year I get super excited to see where each and every one of my seniors heads off to college. (I get equally excited for trade schools and gap years!! I mean, come on! A year to recover before you head off on another adventure? Yes please!) This year we had some really cool, random schools I haven't had seniors head to before including University of Chicago and Arkansas! I love to live vicariously through my seniors as they head off to what will hopefully be the funnest four years of their lives. Best of luck to each of you!!
My Class of 2017 Spokesmodels were tough cookies this year! Wearing Sorels and Uggs with their prom dresses and standing in a foot of snow?? I mean, could you be any more awesome!? I loved taking prom pictures in the snow!
My Class of 2017 season ended on a high note with this stunning senior. Alyssa knew she wanted something different. She knew she wanted sometime unique. She knew she wanted something that not all of her friends had. So. That’s what we did. She found a BREATHTAKING, one-of-a-kind location and she did an amazing job making sure the feel of her wardrobe went with the vibe of the location. I couldn’t love this location more and I am REALLY hoping someone from the Class of 2018 wants to use it. Variety is the spice of life and this location doesn’t fall short in the variety department.
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’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. 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.