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Angie found me through a previous family photography session that I had done quite a few years ago for a family who opted for a Rockabilly theme for their pictures. Her in laws were planning to come through town for a visit and they thought it would be fun to get some vintage 50s styled family photos as well. Since the vintage gas station at the Adams County Museum where I did the previous session wasn't available at the time that we needed we were on the hunt for another location that would work for their pictures. Angie came through big time by finding this incredible gem of a place called Rambler Ranch in the forest of Elizabeth, Colorado. I had no idea it existed and was blown away by how elaborate and full of SO MANY VINTAGE CARS! Like bumper to bumper in gigantic garages full! Terry is the proprietor of this under the radar museum and mentioned that he's been collecting cars and vintage memorabilia for 25 years. Honestly, if you saw the scope of this place you wouldn't believe it's only been 25 years of collecting. It's enormous!
Terry was kind enough to allow us to arrive at the Rambler Ranch closer to golden hour which is important for photos. I arrived a little bit early since I have never been there before to get some ideas for what to do at their session and was overwhelmed by all of the cool cars everywhere you turn. Of course, he keeps the restored vehicles inside of gigantic garages but his forested property has become what we lovingly called a car graveyard with so many interesting specimens dotting the landscape. He even put together and decorated the interior of one of his homes with all vintage 60's memorabilia. It was so cool stepping inside of that building and feeling like we time warped back to 1962. How am I so accurate? That's the date on the calendar that was hanging on the wall). I think one of my favorite things on the property was the 1970s vintage RTD bus which even had mannequin people hanging out on the inside! I will say, I really loved the touch of adding mannequins with their vintage clothing hanging out with the cars, but sometimes when I glanced around the room taking it all in and saw one in the corner of my eye it gave me a little fright, haha.
Angie was really hoping to be able to photograph in front of a vintage gas station and boy did the Rambler Ranch deliver! Terry has a vintage Sinclair gas station, complete with the dinosaur and all working neon lights too! It really looks gorgeous tucked away in the woods like that. We started off there and then let their two year old son, Arlo, run around for the photos for a little bit before walking further into the property. I had so much fun exploring with this family! We walked around trying to color match the cars and Arlo did his best to search for the wild turkey that graced us with his presence briefly. Of course, two year olds can only last so long at the golden hour during spring and summer time so as the light started to fade so did little Arlo (who had been a total sweetheart!) and we called it a night.
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!
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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