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It's a busy time of year here in the mountains of Colorado. The week of Christmas through New Years Day has to be one of the busiest times all year for visitors to the state. Families flock to the winter wonderland of our Rocky Mountains to spend quality time with each other both in nature and in the cozy cabins that they rent out for the holidays. Last week I photographed this adorable family who were doing just that at the C Lazy U Ranch up in Granby, Colorado. Colorado is home to many beautiful all inclusive resorts where you and your family can settle in for a week, kick back and enjoy all of the activities, food, and fun without having to coordinate the logistics yourself. And C Lazy U Ranch is one of the best places in the whole state for this. They've been in operation as a guest ranch since 1919. The family featured on the journal today flew in to Denver and was able to take the train from Union Station up to Granby so they didn't even need to worry about driving themselves up I-70 during the peak ski season. The ranch picked them up from the station and they spent a week getting to do tons of fun activities together like horseback riding, sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, cuddling by the fire and more! They traveled here from Louisiana which is gorgeous in its own right but does not have the mountain views that we have here in Colorado. That's why they decided they'd brave the cold for a little bit to capture their family with the lovely scenery around the ranch. I admit that I am a bit of a baby when it comes to cold weather and prefer the summer season in Colorado. But, even I have to admit that there is nothing prettier than a snow covered mountain. Check out the views of Indian Peaks Wilderness mountain backdrop we were able to get for this family!
C Lazy U Ranch All inclusive real ranch resort in Granby, CO
My favorite of the whole family together!
Had to catch one last shot as we left for the evening!
December 30, 2017 • Filed in Denver Weddings, Mountain Weddings, Engagements, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Families, Babies, Maternity, Portraits, Seniors, April's Life
Icannot believe it's already that time of the year when I sort through all of my favorite photos taken throughout the previous wedding and portrait season to curate my absolute favorite shots from each session and wedding. It's usually not too difficult to narrow it down to a handful of favorites from each photography shoot since that's what I do for all of them for the sneak peek blog posts. But only getting to choose 1 out of all of them? That's not easy at all! But I like the challenge and it's so cool to look back and see all of the great people I got to meet and the ones that I have developed relationships with and see how much they've changed throughout the years. I also love creating this year in review journal entry since the photos help me relive all of the happy memories that were created with all of them. In 2017 I found myself driving up from Denver to the beautiful mountains of Colorado more than ever to photograph all of the families on vacation in this gorgeous state. This year I continued to mix in various headshot sessions of the lifestyle variety meaning on location and showcasing a more environmental approach to the traditional business headshots normally seen. I find that my high school senior work is also along this same vein mixing the traditional headshot type of photography with photos that are more environmental. One of the best new places I discovered for this type of work is in the Rino/North Denver area but I also enjoyed photographing more seniors in the high country this season. I also greatly enjoyed reconnecting with couples whose weddings I photographed years ago who are now growing their family. And speaking of photographing weddings, I had so many kick-ass couples this year that I definitely feel spoiled! I photographed my first wedding in Crested Butte which I have somehow never had the chance to visit before despite growing up here in Colorado and it was incredible! I returned to some of my favorite places like the Wedgewood on Boulder Creek, Arrowhead Golf Course, Denver Botanic Gardens and I even got to photograph another family wedding on the same private property in Buffalo Creek. I was also privileged enough to photographed some new beautiful venues like Church Ranch Event Center here in the metro area, Della Terra Chateaux in Estes Park, and a lovely little ranch called B Lazy 2 Ranch in Fraser, Colorado. I was also so excited that I finally had the opportunity to photograph the Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park which I've always wanted to do and it was a derby girl wedding no less so that made it even more fun for me to do. There are plenty more exciting opportunities I was lucky enough to cover this past year but in the interest of getting to the good stuff (the photos!) I'll end here.
Thank you SO MUCH to all of my marvelous clients who made 2017 such a beautiful year for me. I can't express my appreciation to all of you enough! I hope that I get to reconnect with many of you in 2018.
Enjoy the 2017 best of the best photos below!
I'll end with my favorite vacation photo from 2017:) I wish you all a very happy new year! Best wishes for 2018!
The 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!
'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!