December 17, 2017   •   Filed in Winter, Maternity

Winter Boulder Maternity Photography | Mountain Views at Lost Gulch Overlook

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am so excited to share this absolutely gorgeous couple's maternity session photography on the journal today. Chris and Corissa live in Florida but were here visiting with Chris's family in Colorado where he grew up. They are expecting a baby girl and are planning to name her Winter (Shout out to all the "time of year" names out there!) so I am stoked that we finally got some snow on the ground for their pictures. It's been way too dry here on the Front Range of Colorado for this time of year but we just got a little bit of snow just in time for their maternity session. It has all but disappeared down in Denver where I live, but luckily Lost Gulch is up into the mountains of Boulder on Flagstaff Road so it was still cold and high enough for it to stick around for awhile. It definitely made for a beautiful winter wonderland feel in the pictures but we had to work pretty quickly since it was freezing outside. I wanted to take them down a path that I normally use up at Lost Gulch but discovered that it was just too slippery and snowy to safely get up where the views were. We turned around and used the more popular area at Lost Gulch Overlook as the sun set and the sky changed into a lovely soft pastel colors. Corissa and Chris looked amazing in their maroon red coordinated clothing for the session. I absolutely loved Corissa's long form fitting mermaid dress which showed off her beautiful mama-to-be curves with just enough extra flowy fabric on the end to add some drama. And her gorgeous gold jewelry and bright winning smile was the cherry on top! It was really hard for me to narrow down some favorites from this one, but I managed select the ones shown below. Congratulations to Corissa and Chris expecting their first baby girl!
A beautiful african american couple holding hands in the woods with snow on the ground at sunset during their maternity portraits in Boulder at Lost Gulch Overlook
A good looking couple wearing maroon is photographed with pretty dramatic rocks at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder Colorado for their maternity photography session
A beautiful maternity photography silhouette at Lost Gulch Overlook with the City of Boulder off in the distance behind her during winter
A sweet photo of a young couple laughing together during their maternity photography session at Sunset at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder Colorado
A beautiful couple with a pregnant woman wearing a gorgeous mermaid style maroon dress pose with the rugged mountain scenery at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder Colorado
A sweet maternity photo of husband kissing his wife's hands with a pretty mountain backdrop at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder Colorado
A full length portrait of a stunning mama to be wearing a gorgeous mermaid style form fitting maroon dress with a Colorado mountain backdrop at sunset at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder
A beautiful photo of a close up of a mother to be's pregnant belly during her maternity portraits at sunset at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder Colorado
I can't even pick a favorite from this session, but I'm ending with this one because I love Corissa's beautiful smile and this sweet tender moment between her and Chris!
A beautiful portrait of a husband kissing his wife during their maternity photography session at sunset at Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder Colorado
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December 14, 2017   •   Filed in Winter, Families

Colorado Family Photographer | City Park Denver Family Photos

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he family featured on the journal today contacted me in hopes of getting some updated family photos created while they were visiting from Orlando, Florida. This family has lived in the Denver area for years but one of their daughters moved to Orlando to work for Disney and that's where she met her husband. They try to get back to Colorado every so often for a visit and that's exactly what they were doing this past week. They got to do some fun Christmas-themed activities together like going to the Zoo Lights at the Denver Zoo and making some sugar cookies and decorating them. We were worried about the weather potentially being chilly for their session and started looking at some indoor back up locations just in case, but we got lucky with an unseasonably warm Colorado winter day in December. For my photography sessions I don't mind this nice weather, but I do hope that we get some good snow in time for Christmas!  
 
We ended up going with City Park which is right next door to the zoo for their photography session. About an hour before sunset, we started off near the yellow pavilion in the center of the park to get a little bit of color in their portraits (this time of year can sometimes be a little drab with no snow on the ground). And by the time the sun was getting low in the sky for sunset we moved along to the opposite side of Ferril Lake to capture that beautiful view of the lake, the downtown skyline (with the cash register building of course) and the mountains stacked up behind it. We had a lot of fun playing games and acting a little silly together which allowed us to capture some nice candid photos of the family at play as well as some nice smiling portraits of everyone looking at the camera. Check out a handful of my favorites below!  
An extended family photography session with matching black and white plaid shirts in front of the yellow pavilion at City Park in Denver Colorado
Denver Colorado Family Photography at City Park at Sunset with Yellow Pavilion Archway backdrop
A daughter and her mama pose for a photo with an arch backdrop at Denver City Park yellow pavilion
Mom and Dad hold hands and snuggle in front of a the yellow pavilion at City Park in Denver CO
Denver Colorado Family Photography with warm sunset light at City Park
Family portraits at Sunset with Denver Skyline mountain backdrop at City Park in Colorado
Colorado family photography with geese swimming in Ferril Lake backdrop with Denver City Skyline and mountains at Sunset
Pretty Denver Backdrop of Geese on Ferril Lake at City Park with Denver Skyline and mountain views at Sunset Family Photography
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December 13, 2017   •   Filed in Winter, Families, Babies

Colorado Mountain Family Portraits | White Ranch Park in Golden

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Tis the Season for reconnecting with family and spending quality time together. That's just what we did at this family photography session with this sweet baby girl and her mommy and daddy and her grandparents. They opted to do the session at Grandma and Grandpa's house since they live where there are stunning mountain views near White Ranch Park up in the foothills of Golden, Colorado. When I arrived, I did a walk around their property to see what would look nice for their photos. I loved their beautiful mountain views but we had to wait for the sun to dip down a little lower for it to translate nicely on camera. We opted to use the plentiful pretty fir tree backdrops while we waited for the sun to light the mountain backdrop evenly at sunset.  
 
We worked our booties off trying to get a smile out of this little baby girl. We jangled car keys, made ridiculous noises and flapped our arms around trying to get her attention. And we even played La Bamba over the speakers and I tried to sing The Wheels on the Bus despite my terrible singing voice. She definitely gave us some good ones to work with as you can see below. But, my favorite has to be that hilarious look on her face when I asked her mom and dad to give each other a quick smooch while they hugged her. I can almost hear her thinking "You've got to be kidding me!" when I look at that photo.  
 
I love that photography sessions with families are changing and it's no longer just sitting there grinning at the camera the entire time. Now we play games together and ask silly questions all to get some natural smiles out of everyone. I don't even make everyone look at the camera for every single shot anymore. I think it makes for a much more dynamic experience and is actually pretty fun. Check out the adorable family photos we were able to get during this incredibly nice December weather!  
A smiling happy family photo with evergreen trees in the Colorado Mountains on a warm December day
Adorable baby girl B&W photo with her mom and dad outdoors on a warm December day in the Colorado mountains
Funny cute family portrait of mom and dad kissing while baby gives a face in the Colorado mountains
Sweet baby smile at an outdoor family photography session in the mountains of Colorado
Baby looks up at grandma and grandpa during their family photography session in the Colorado mountains of Golden
Mountain backdrop in Golden Colorado Family photos during December
Family portraits on a warm December day in Colorado with a pretty mountain backdrop at sunset
Sunset Family Photos with Mountain Backdrop near White Ranch Park in Golden Colorado
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December 10, 2017   •   Filed in Winter, Events

Denver Colorado Bar Mitzvah Photography | B’nai Chaim Temple in Lakewood

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round 10 years ago I was toward the beginning of my career as a photographer and I was lucky enough to photograph a family with two incredibly cute young boys near their home on the west side of Denver. Time flies so fast because their oldest son is now 13 and held his Bar Mitzvah celebration over Thanksgiving weekend this year. The ceremony was held at the B'nai Chaim Synagogue in Morrison, Colorado. Saul did a wonderful job with his Hebrew and all eyes were on him throughout the entire ceremony. His family played various roles throughout the ceremony and after it was over they held a short reception with food at B'nai Chaim. We got a few portraits of Saul with his family and friends and reconvened later that afternoon for the more casual party at Dave & Busters in Denver. Guests enjoyed the taco bar, a photobooth, and some great tunes from the DJ there. They even managed to fit all of the guests into one huge circle horah dance and hoisted Saul up onto a chair in the air as is tradition in the Jewish community. Check out some of the highlights from this wonderful day below! And congratulations to Saul on his Bar Mitzvah!
Mom helps her son put on his yarmulke on the day of his bar mitzvah in Denver Colorado
A father helps his son adjust his suit at his Bar Mitzvah at B'nai Chaim in Denver CO
Guests laughing before a Bar Mitzvah at B'nai Chaim synagogue in west Denver Colorado
A boy hugs his guests on the day of his bar mitzvah at B'nai Chaim in Morrison Colorado
Handing out prayer books at a bar mitzvah at B'nai Chaim in west Denver Colorado
A boy holds his custom designed yarmulke for his bar mitzvah at B'nai Chaim in West Denver Colorado
Mom and Dad look on as the torah is brought out from the ark at B'nai Chaim synagogue in West Denver Colorado
Boy puts on his prayer shawl tallit for his bar mitzvah at B'nai Chaim in West Denver Colorado
A boy hugs his grandparents on the day of his Bar Mitzvah at B'nai Chaim in Morrison Colorado
A boy carries the Torah around for guests to touch at his bar mitzvah in Denver Colorado at B'nai Chaim Synagogue
A boy carries the Torah around for guests to touch at his bar mitzvah in Denver Colorado at B'nai Chaim Synagogue
Mom and Dad hug their son on the day of his bar mitzvah at B'nai Chaim Synagogue in West Denver Colorado
B&W photo of a boy reading from the Torah in Hebrew for his Bar Mitzvah at B'nai Chaim in West Denver Colorado
Putting the Kesser on the Torah at a Bar Mitzvah Celebration at B'nai Chaim in West Denver Colorado
B'Nai Chaim Synagogue Bar Mitzvah Celebration in West Denver Colorado
A Bar Mitzvah ceremony at B'nai Chaim in West Denver Colorado
Young man reads in Hebrew at his Bar Mitzvah in Denver Colorado at B'Nai Chaim
Bar Mitzvah Photography with the cantor in West Denver Colorado
Happy bar mitzvah photography at B'nai Chaim in West Denver Colorado
A boy hugs his cantor at his bar mitzvah at B'nai Chaim Synagogue in West Denver Colorado
Passing out the Challah Bread during a Bar Mitzvah at B'nai Chaim Synagogue in Denver Colorado
Passing out the Challah Bread during a Bar Mitzvah at B'nai Chaim Synagogue in Denver Colorado
Greeting guests at a Bar Mitzvah in Denver Colorado
Family portrait in front of the ark at B'nai Chaim in West Denver Colorado
Denver Colorado Bar Mitzvah Photography
Family portrait at a Bar Mitzvah in Colorado
A boy celebrating his Bar Mitzvah poses for a photo with his buddies at B'nai Chaim in Denver Colorado
Celebrating a bar mitzvah at a party at Dave and Busters in Denver Colorado
Bar Mitzvah Party at Denver's Dave and Busters in Colorado
A Colorado boy celebrates his bar mitzvah at a party at Dave & Busters in Denver
A boy and his friends order Shirley Temples at the bar at his Bar Mitzvah party at Dave & Busters in Denver Colorado
Dave & Busters Bar Mitzvah Party Photography in Denver Colorado
Horah Dance Bar Mitzvah boy in a chair at Dave & Busters in Denver Colorado
Dabbing during the horah dance on a chair at Dave & Busters in Denver Colorado
Horah Chair Dance at a bar mitzvah party at Dave & Busters in Denver Colorado
Horah Dance at a Bar Mitzvah at Dave & Busters in Denver Colorado
Congratulations, Saul!
Bar Mitzvah Portrait at B'nai Chaim in Denver Colorado
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