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Acouple of weeks ago, I met up with my brother and sister in law to get some family photos taken with their sweet baby boy, Benjamin. We tried to do them at Daniels Park down in Highlands Ranch, but it was just too unbearably cold for him that evening. We got a couple of cute shots of them with the pretty sunset mountain backdrop, but I knew we could do better. So we decided to try again with an indoor location since March is a little unpredictable with the weather. This meant we could photograph him earlier in the day after his nap too making it even more likely we could get some good photos of their family enjoying their time together. We reserved the Denver Photo Collective space on West Colfax in Lakewood which has beautiful natural light streaming in through large windows. And they even had some cute colorful couches available to use as well. Brandon, Lauren, and Benny started off in their nice simple cozy sweater clothing and then changed into their adorable bright red Adidas tracksuits for some fun ones to finish off the session. This was the perfect outfit change for their family since both Brandon and Lauren are competitive athletes. Lauren played soccer on a collegiate level both at Eastern Washington University and she also played for Metropolitan State University here in Denver after they moved back to Colorado. (As a fellow Metro State grad, Go Roadrunners!) Brandon played football both for the Eastern Washington Eagles (where he met Lauren!) as well as a brief stint with the NFL and the Australian Rules Football league. So obviously having matching tracksuits for their family photos fits them perfectly! Benny's little now, but surprisingly strong for an 8 month old. It must be in his genes, haha. I can't wait to see what sports he ends up loving. I hope it's curling or jai alai just to keep us on our toes!
The couple featured on the journal this afternoon is the cutest and so photogenic! Ariel got in touch with me to talk about getting some maternity portraits created with her husband, Stephen. She's planning to use the photos for her baby shower invitations which I love and think is an awesome idea. We were originally thinking about heading up to Lost Gulch Overlook in Boulder but we got quite a snowstorm this last week and decided to skip the perilous rocky terrain up there and do City Park instead. These two live in the area and Ariel grew up near there too so it's a pretty special place for them. It also happens to be my favorite park in Denver because the views from the east side of the downtown Denver skyline and the pretty mountains stacked behind it are lovely. Of course, you have to be ok with being surrounded by geese and their incredibly prolific amounts of poo but I just consider it to be part of City Park's charm at this point. During warmer weather I like to work with about an hour for maternity sessions, but because it was pretty chilly I decided to push it to just 45 minutes before sunset so that this poor couple wouldn't have to freeze outdoors for too long. By the end, we had discovered a beautiful glass sculpture on the south side of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science which I thought would look amazing once the sky went blue so we actually pushed the session a little longer past sunset and into twilight. I am so pleased that we did and I can't thank Ariel and Steven enough for putting up with my lies of "Ok, last one!" when really I had more than one more photo to create for them. Pro tip: never trust a photographer when she says "All right, this is the last one!" Truth is, the first time you hear that come out of their mouth you should expect a handful of more photos afterward. It's a disease, we just can't help it! But, wait until you see the gorgeousness of that blue sky paired with Ariel's beautiful blue lace dress and you'll understand why we just keep up those lies!
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!
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