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Ijust had the pleasure of photographing this good looking family up in Granby Colorado a few days ago. They traveled out to Colorado from Louisiana to enjoy a nice family ski trip to the snowy mountains of Granby Ranch. I begged Geoff to come join me to make wrangling my light easier in the snow and we headed up and over Berthoud Pass. We arrived early and scoped out the ranch. We even climbed a big hill to see if it might be worth making the family hike up there for a shot, but decided the views weren't remarkably better than they were near the parking area (luckily for them!) We even headed down near the golf course club house to see what the views might look like over there before deciding last minute that we wanted to take them to Lake Granby for the second half of the session. I'm so glad we did because the sunset and mountain views over there were stunning. We tried to pick the nicest day that week that they would be here but it still ended up pretty chilly while we were photographing. It's probably because I'm always dead set on photographing near sunset which means a pretty big temperature drop during winter. But, as you can see from the pictures, there is a pretty good reason why I time family photos the way that I do. I just love the color and the pretty warm light at the end of the day. It really makes a snowy winter wonderland even more magical. I am such a spoiled photographer though because this family was incredibly good sports about hanging outside together and answering all of my questions about their family and making them do silly stuff as they attempted to stay warm. I think it was worth the hour of being a little bit chilly, just look at how awesome they look in their pictures together!
Ihad the pleasure of photographing my good friend Beth's extended family over the weekend. Turns out her brother was going to be in town so they decided it would be a good opportunity to get a family portrait while they were all together. It can be so hard for the whole family to get a chance to all be in one place after the kids are grown so I was glad they were able to make this happen for Beth's mom and dad. Originally we were planning to head up to the Sunrise Amphitheater area in Boulder but there was some sort of accident and the road leading up to our meeting spot was blocked off. I haven't been to South Mesa in a really long time due to some construction work the City of Boulder was doing on the trails there this past summer and fall but I figured it might be a good back up location for us. I'm so glad we ended up going here because the rugged mountain backdrop looked so great in their family photos! Sometimes for winter sessions I really want to have snow on the ground to help make it look like a gorgeous winter wonderland. But even though we didn't get lucky with some pretty snowy backdrops, the landscape still looked gorgeous because of those lovely blue mountains. The weather ended up being a lot colder than we were expecting too. I tried to work as quickly as I could and got lots of different family combinations before we had to call it a night. I'm really pleased with what we were able to get despite the chilly wind blowing our hair around and the poor little ones freezing their little booties off. They were all really good at making it seem like they were totally warm in their pictures! I've selected a bunch of favorites from the session to share below. Enjoy!
Igot an email from this nice couple, Lisa and Brad, earlier this week saying they were looking to get a handful of engagement portraits created for their save the dates/wedding invitations. The wedding celebration is coming up this June in Oregon where Lisa is from so we needed to get right on it. They spend a lot of time at Sloan's Lake Park on the northwest side of Denver so we set up their session to take place about 45 min before sunset. We started off over on the west side of the park so we could get the Denver city skyline in the backdrop and we got lucky with one of our photos when the geese flew right across the backdrop making it perfectly Denver. (Those geese are definitely a neighborhood fixture at Sloan's Lake. Just the other day when I was heading to the King Soopers across the street for grocery shopping a whole gaggle of them were politely using the crosswalk which totally made me laugh!) We also made use of the notably bouncy bridge before we headed over to the other side of the park right as sunset was happening. I am in love with what we were able to get despite it being the middle of winter with zero snow on the ground. Sometimes when there are limited options due to a dead winter environment you have to really make sure to photograph at the right time of day to bring out the beauty of a place. Luckily for us, the park streetlights were hitting the frozen Sloan Lake creating a beautiful pinkish orange glow. This beautiful warm colored reflection paired with the dark icy blue of the lake blended into a beautiful purple color making for a surprisingly gorgeous backdrop after the sun set. And of course, the lake paired with the mountains always looks fantastic in photos. And it definitely helps that Brad and Lisa were such good sports and went along with all of my dumb photographer prompts and attempts to get them to laugh. I think their session turned out beautifully. Check out some of my favorites below!
I have to say it was hard to pick a favorite from this session, but it's hard to beat a solid nice photo with a mountain backdrop!
I've got a great family featured on the journal today. They hail from Texas and the mama of the family contacted me because they've been bringing their family to Colorado for winter ski trips since their boys were little. This year is special though because their oldest son, Jacob, is a high school senior now. She mentioned that it's the last year he'll be required to join them on the annual family trip to Colorado but something tells me he'll still want to join them even after he's gone off to college. Still, just in case he's not able to, she thought it might be a good opportunity to get some professional photos created while they're out here. She mentioned wanting to get some individuals of him for his senior photos so we made sure to do that in addition to the family pictures. And they brought their super sweet golden retriever with a jaunty lil' scarf tied around her neck to complete their picture perfect family unit. They mentioned that they really like Aspen trees so I suggested we head over to the Lilypad Lake trailhead area to begin and end with the beautiful mountain views at Sapphire Point. Thankfully we were both driving SUV's that could handle the deeper snow along the dirt road to Lilypad Lake because we saw a visitor get stuck in his smaller car that didn't have 4 wheel drive. (I'm definitely keeping this in mind next time I want to visit that location during winter!). I was able to get a nice aspen tree grove backdrop for them with the Frisco mountains at the Lilypad Lake Trailhead location. This poor family was starting to freeze so we warmed up in our cars on the way over to Sapphire Point. Due to the chilly temperatures, we wrapped up our session at sunset pretty quickly with the gorgeous blue Breckenridge mountain backdrop at Sapphire Point. Check out my favorites below!
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