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Faleena, the Colorado high school senior gal featured in the journal today is actually someone I have photographed before. You might recognize her from her family's snowy winter session at Mount Falcon last November. I am so happy she got in touch with me again to photograph her high school senior photos because she's a natural in front of the camera and also because I loved her idea for where to go for her session. Faleena is a true country girl. She's been working at a huge farm outside of Kiowa in Deer Trail, Colorado for over a year and a half called the "Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary." The organization is an advocate for wild horses and its part of their mission to educate the public about them. Faleena loves her work there and wanted to use the pretty rustic landscape which is full of short scrubby pine trees, a windmill, yucca plants and of course wild horses roaming around on the land. The mustangs out on the range seemed to be camera shy that day but a pretty dark colored horse named Crystal came out to pose in the pictures with Faleena.
Some of the mustangs are able to be broken in but they're wild and it's not easy. Faleena is one tough girl. At the end of her photo session she wanted to see if Crystal would be up for a quick ride but she had only been working on it for about a month. Faleena was a total badass and got up there but Crystal just wasn't having it that evening and she ended up falling pretty hard. I'm happy to report that she is ok now. I'm glad that we were able to photograph her at a place that she knows and loves. Check out the images below!
Wild Mustang Sanctuary
Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary Deer Trail, CO
I think this one might be my favorite. I love all of that green:)
Long before I was a photographer I was going to college and studying art. When I was in school I always did a lot of babysitting on the side to help pay the rent. This gorgeous gal featured in today's blog post was one of the kids that I used to babysit. I'm just going to skip right over how old that makes me feel, haha. Bibi wanted something a little different than the typical all outdoor senior photos. Her aunt owns a house in Denver that is impeccably decorated and she was kind enough to share her home for Bibi's senior photo shoot. We all really loved the pretty gold angel wings hanging on the wall so we made sure to get them in some of the photos. In fact, the blue of that whole little room was gorgeous and some of my favorite shots from the afternoon came from that space. We also got a few outdoor photos in the beautiful backyard garden to round out the session. Bibi is a natural beauty and it was very hard to narrow down the sneak peek since she looked so great in every shot! I think her humorous personality and confidence shines through in each of these. I also think her idea to do them at home really gave these portraits a natural lifestyle kind of feel to them.
I love the dramatic light and beautiful blue color of this photo.
The young lady featured on the journal today is one of the prettiest and sweetest young teenagers I've met in quite some time. She actually reminds me a little bit of myself when I was her age. A little bit shy, enjoys art, and likes wearing black Chuck Taylors;) She and her family live up north and came down to meet me at the Denver Botanic Gardens for her session. It's amazing how many different kinds of plants and settings there are stuffed into a fairly small area at the Denver Botanic Gardens. It's actually one reason why it's perfect for photoshoots. You walk just down the path a little way and you've left a perfectly manicured Japanese garden and stumbled across a wild and untamed Colorado grasslands area. There are pretty waterlily gardens, lovely sculptures, small waterfalls, and of course lots of different kids of colorful flowers. It's impossible to make use of the entire garden in just one session, but I think we came pretty close during our time there. We wandered all over the place and made use of the gorgeous landscaping. And we even discovered an area I hadn't seen before on my previous visits where we found a gorgeous carved door to use as a backdrop (check it out below!). Chandler was the perfect model for her session and we came away with so many great shots of her it was really hard to narrow down just a small handful for the sneak peek.
December 30, 2014 • Filed in Denver Weddings, Mountain Weddings, Engagements, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Families, Babies, Portraits, Seniors
It has been a pretty exciting year for me and my family. My youngest brother (I was 13 when he was born to our big Catholic family) graduated high school and decided to move down to Denver to live with me. My husband started a new job working with his family at their law office, and we surprisingly found our dream home and moved in just a couple of months ago. I am not kidding when I say that I looked at the home search results almost every single day for the past few years for a home that would work for our specific needs. Denver's real estate market has been booming like crazy and I feel incredibly lucky that we were able to get this house. One of the most exciting parts of the new home for me is that I will now have a dedicated client meeting space. I've worked as a photographer in the Denver area for coming up on 10 years now and as much as I love to check out new coffee shops and restaurants when I meet with clients I've wished for a space I could call my own on more than one occasion:) There is some work that needs to be done but I'm looking forward to creating a unique space where I can host better meetings with my clients in 2015.
Although it's fun to think about the surprises that will be in store every time the New Year comes around I have to admit that it always makes me a little bit sad too. I'm definitely one of those people that wishes I could come live my life on this earth 2 or maybe even 3 times. But since that's not possible I just have to live this one I have as best I can. And I just want to thank all of my awesome new clients and repeat clients from this past year for supporting me and allowing me into your world to create beautiful photographic art for you. I hope I get to see you again in 2015!
Happy New Year!
And it's very hard to pick just one favorite, but if I absolutely had to I think this one just might be it for 2014:)