My girl || 21 Months

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Children/Babies, Little Ones | 0 comments

Hey mama. I’m 21 months old now.

Did you know that?

Thank you for bringing me to this field with beautiful scenery and beautiful light.

I see that you brought your camera.

But I’m not gonna look at you, if that’s okay. And I’m not gonna stand in the pretty light.

Do you know what I will do? I’ll explore this whole place. The.Whole.Thing. And I’ll run farther away than you are comfortable with. And I’ll touch everything.

You know what else I want to do? I want to look at the water in the ditch. Yeah, that ugly ditch.

I want to watch the water move and sparkle and wrinkle. And I want to throw leaves in that ditch and watch them float away.

And at the end of this adventure – the one you brought me on so that you could take photos of me – you’re going to end up with one, and only one, photo of me looking at the camera.

But I promise to bring you two handfuls of treasures and I’ll want you to line them upon the curb and get a good photo of them. Okay?

And mama, I’m really sorry that I don’t want to look at you’re camera. But besides those two handfuls of treasures, do you know what else you’ll have at the end of this adventure?

You’re gonna have a whole lot of photos of me being me.

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Hillside Gardens Wedding || Heather & Ryan

Posted by on Oct 8, 2016 in Engagement/Couples, Weddings | 0 comments

This past summer, July 4th brought us classic Colorado weather. The day dawned sunny, warm and clear – and was the perfect day for Heather and Ryan’s Hillside Gardens wedding.

Heather told me that she chose Hillside Gardens for her big day because she loved the beauty of the flowers and the romance of the garden. Boy was she right! The garden was in full bloom and provided such a beautiful backdrop for this simple and elegant wedding.

Surrounded by a small group of family and friends, Heather and Ryan beamed all morning long. When I took Heather and Ryan’s engagement photos, I remember how completely at ease they were with one another. And on their wedding day they treated each other with the same sweetness and tender affection – truly focusing on their love for one another and what the day meant for their relationship and future.

As always, it was an honor to have a front row seat to witness the beginning of this marriage. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness and love, Mr. & Mrs. Oliver!
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Colorado Springs Family Photographer || The Cutter Family

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Families, Family Photos | 0 comments

Here’s the thing about being a Colorado Springs family photographer; there is no shortage of beautiful locations to shoot in. No matter the time of day or year, I can always find a lovely surrounding for any family session. BUT, when a family comes to me and says, “Our backyard is really amazing, would you mind shooting us there?” I always, ALWAYS take them up on that!

When the Cutter family got together in July, they offered me this amazing opportunity of capturing them all in their gorgeous backyard. I loved the way the surroundings personalized the shoot and gave the kids so much freedom to play and roam and get comfortable. Of top of that, grandma bought bubble wands, hola hoops, and funny faces AND the adults got to enjoy a little beer in between shots. When all of this came together, it just made for a generally good time.

Thank you, Cutter family, for inviting me to capture you all once again. It blessed me to see how much your kiddos had grown and to see all of the cousins having such a good time together! Can’t wait to do it again sometime! Colorado Springs Family Photographer large family photoColorado Springs Family photographer CousinsColorado Springs family of five Colorado springs family photographerlaughing and hugging couplehappy family of six four young siblingscolorado springs family photographer mother hugging teen sonfamily of four colorado springs family photographer couple hugging joyful mom and dad colorado springs family photographer mother hugging two sons grandma and grandpagrandpa kissing grandmalittle girl blowing bubblesColorado Springs Family photographer little boy blowing bubblesgrandma with granddaughters little girl with funny facefunny face kidslittle boy with funny facefunny face kids

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Colorado Springs Lifestyle Newborn Session || The Osburn Family

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Children/Babies, Families, Family Photos, Little Ones | 0 comments

It is truly amazing to be given the honor of capturing a family as they grow and change. This year, I got to capture the Osburn family while they anticipated their little one’s arrival, as they welcomed Evangeline into the world, and then finally during a lifestyle newborn session when sweet Evan was just three weeks old.

There’s nothing like a household that has just welcomed a new baby. The changing and feeding and crying is all a part of the day-to-day – and so is the snuggling and kissing and shushing. Add in two very excited older siblings and, well, there’s just a lot of energy in the house.

That sweet newborn phase – it’s hard and overwhelming and wonderful all at once. And it’s so, so brief. Thank you, John and Emily, for allowing me into your home to capture just a little bit of this precious and fleeting time in the story of your family. I love you all!
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Colorado Springs Family Photos || The Tharp Family

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Families, Family Photos | 0 comments

Last month, the Tharp family said good-bye to Colorado Springs and moved across the country to a new adventure. But, before they did, they wanted to do a set of classic Colorado Springs family photos one last time.

Because of it’s scenery and proximity to some of our city’s most beautiful features, we thought that the entrance to Garden of the Gods would be the best backdrop for them. However, smoke from a forest fire filled the sky on the day of their shoot and the mountains were nowhere to be seen. We went ahead with the shoot and I’m so glad we did. We had some AMAZING light to work with and I loved the results.

Doug and Nicole did agree to meet up with me a couple of weeks later for another brief session to capture the scenery they were looking for. Sometimes you’ve got to just be flexible and keep trying until you capture it all!

Doug and Nicole, thank you for allowing me to capture a piece of this life transition for you. May you be blessed in your new city and home!
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Colorado Engagement Photos || Heather & Ryan

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 in Engagement/Couples | 0 comments

I cannot wait to show you the images from Heather & Ryan’s beautiful wedding day. However, it just seems right that their classic Colorado engagement photos should come first. Right? For their engagement session Heather & Ryan chose the rustic – and beautiful – red barn at the open space just south of Castle Rock. We met up on a cloudy day and had just enough time to complete their session before the rain really started to come down.

If you’ve ever been one of my wedding couples, then you know that I LOVE engagement sessions. It’s during engagement sessions that I get to hear a couples’ love story and get to listen to their dreams and plans for their upcoming wedding. Wedding days are wonderful, but it’s during engagement sessions that I get to slow down with my couples and really get to know them.

Thank you, Heather & Ryan, for spending some time with me before your big day. I hope that you will look back on these photos with fondness for the love and anticipation that filled your relationship in the months leading up to your wedding!
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Colorado Springs Family Photos || The Purvis Family

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Families, Family Photos | 0 comments

For their Colorado Springs family photos, the Purvis family wanted COLOR – and lots of it! From their outfits, to their location choices, to their fun personalities, I loved everything about this session.

When we began our session it was a cloudy – but warm – day. However, about 15 minutes after we began shooting, the sky let loose with a giant downpour. Knowing that we were going to have to reschedule to complete the rest of the session, I asked if they would mind playing in the rain for just a bit. What resulted was pure magic. In fact, I just might start praying for rain to interrupt every single one of my sessions!

We did meet up again, at a different Colorado Springs location, a week later to finish the rest of the session. I suppose the drier weather is nice too. I loved spending two afternoons with the Purvis family!
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