Summer’s last hurrah [Louisville, Colorado Underwater Photography]

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It’s crazy to be sitting here writing this while the temperatures are in the 40’s and it’s misting enthusiastically outside, with the promise of snow overnight. Summer, what happened to you!?

This Sunday was the last day our pool was open for the season. My husband was out of town so the kids and I decided to celebrate summer’s last hurrah by jumping in the pool until we turned blue (the water was COLD!). Ah, this is my favorite part of summer. I’ll miss it!
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Ever wonder what you look like right when you jump in the pool!?
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Just the feet!
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Until next year, pool!

Posted in Kids, Life

Beautiful Eyes – I Heart Faces entry

This month’s theme at I Heart Faces is “beautiful eyes.”  These goggled eyes are my entry!

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You can head over to I Heart Faces to enter and to see the rest of the entries!

Photo Challenge Submission

Posted in Life

Celebrate your Family and make the world a better place for children!!

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Celebrate Your Family . . . and Make the World a Better Place for Children

As a PPA affiliated photographer I am proud to be participating in Family Portrait Month!

During Family Portrait Month — September 2014 (book by October 10th) — we’ll donate $1oo of your $225 session fee to PPA Charities to benefit Dando Amor, a non-profit charity founded by photographers and dedicated to improving the lives of orphans living in deplorable conditions in the developing world.

Dando Amor means “giving love.” Give love to the orphans that Dando Amor serves in Ecuador, Africa and Haiti, and show how much you love your family by reserving your Family Portrait Month session now!

As an additional incentive to book now we will be offering $200 off the price of all packages for sessions booked before October 10th.

Family Portrait Month is a great time to get a jump on Christmas gifts and Christmas card photos. Reduce last-minute holiday stress by getting your family photos done now!

Sessions are limited, so don’t be disappointed. Contact me to book your session now.

Posted in family portraits, Photography

Pinkle Toes Workshop Review – Austin, TX

Michele Anderson of Pinkle Toes Photography has long been my photography crush.  While stalking her (aptly named) blog last year I realized she offered workshops.  At the time I inquired and it was just not in the stars for me to attend so I put it on the back burner.  This year as soon as her workshop announcement email hit my inbox I started pricing plane tickets to each location and dreaming, hard, about attending one.  As my husband walked in from work in the wee hours of the morning one day (night?) I confronted him with the workshop list and all my pent up dreams of going.  Honestly, I was expecting him to list the reasons I couldn’t or shouldn’t go so when he said “so sign up and make it happen” I just about fell out of my chair.

Which is how I found myself in a beautiful field of sunflowers outside a Walmart parking lot in Austin, in July watching my favorite photographer work.
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It’s hard for me to concisely sum up what this workshop meant to me.  I went planning on having it be that final push for me to really take off with my business.  That it was, but it was so much more.  I left feeling inspired, confident and about two feet taller than when I arrived.  But I also left having met people like me.  It was a revelation to be in the same room with people I really got.  I feel like I found something I’ve been seeking and didn’t even know I’d lost.  I feel like I made life-long friends.

And I also learned a lot.  We got to watch Michele work with a family with a newborn, in their home:
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We watched Michele work her magic with a darling family with a little girl who flew instead of walked:
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And we got to test our creativity at Michele’s greenhouse with an absolutely gorgeous couple expecting their second child:

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I know when I was trying to make my decision about whether or not to attend this workshop I did my share of Googling.  So if you Googled the workshop and found this post, just do it.  Seriously.  I’d do it again tomorrow in a heartbeat (actually, can I?  Tomorrow?).

Thank you, Michele, for being you and sharing you.  And thank you to my new friends as well for the same.  Speaking of new friends, follow the blog circle to see what Michele with Pinkle Toes Photography – Austin’s Family Lifestyle Photographer experienced at this workshop.

Posted in Life, Photography

What a difference 18 months makes

The last time we took the kids to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo 18 months ago Beckett was terrorized by the giraffes (see his reaction here) so I held my breath as a giraffe arched over Beckett’s head.  This time he was all grins!  Giraffes are finally funny!  YES!

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A few other scenes from our visit, including my niece trying on my glasses:
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Posted in Kids, Life

Brand New William

Remember tiny Asher? He’s a big brother!  Baby William joined this beautiful family in July and they couldn’t be more pleased to be a party of 4!
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(see this gorgeous moment in color here)

Is he not completely gorgeous!?  I can’t wait to watch William grow!  Be sure to check out one of my favorites from the session on Facebook here.

Posted in family portraits, Lifestyle, Newborn

Tilt

This year a pinball arcade called “Tilt” opened downtown.  My husband has been wanting to take the kids since he first read about it and Sunday was the day!  We all had a blast!  The kids’ favorite was air hockey (which we have in our basement….) and the “driving game.”  The kids discovered the enormous Connect 4 game as we were leaving and played a few rousing matches.   What an unexpectedly fun afternoon!
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Be sure to check out another one of my favorite on Facebook

Posted in Kids, Life

Fly.

Last weekend I dropped my kids off with me sister while took a call for the organization I volunteer for.  I felt like doing something life affirming and adventurous instead of going straight home, so we headed to Denver.  We spent an hour in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

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Then headed outside to play in the fountains:
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(Be sure to check out both these pictures on Facebook, as part of my photo a day project, here and here)

After a while the fountains became too wet for my kids so we meandered over to a playground, where one kid had an accident in his pants and another got stuck in a baby swing.   But we’ll gloss over that part.  While the rest of the brothers played on the equipment like normal kids Quinn gravitated to the bike racks where he climbed and jumped.  Quinn has been climbing like a monkey since he could walk – at nine months – and finally this year I decided to embrace it and enrolled him in parkour camp.  And Quinn took off – figuratively and literally.  So while the other kids played on the equipment, Quinn flew:

 

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…and flew…

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…and flew…

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…and flew…

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…and flew…

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Simon (also a parkour camp graduate) joined in the fun as well:

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And my favorite:

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Which reminds me: boys are awesome. And when given a choice? Just fly.

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Posted in Kids, Life

More adventure than we’d bargained for!

At least once a year I try to take my kids on a bus ride into Boulder.  My husband and I met on a bus to work and I didn’t own a car until I was 23 so I rode local busses everywhere and I want to share this part of my past with my kids.  So last week we hopped on the bus, rode to Boulder, walked to Dad’s work to meet him and have a picnic lunch!

The kids thought the bus was SO COOL!  Beckett (4) told me that if the bus was in a race it would win because it was the fastest thing on the road!

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After lunch we played on a playground (and climbed stuff.  Which is what my boys do best)
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And then we walked back down the Creek path to catch the bus, playing along the way.

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(to reference The Talking Heads:

And you may ask yourself
How do I work this?
And you may ask yourself
Where is that large automobile?
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful house!
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful wife!
Letting the days go by/let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by/water flowing underground
Into the blue again/after the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime/water flowing underground.)

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As we made our way down the path thunder started rolling and I kept reminding the kids that rain was coming.  Just as we made it to the bus shelter the skies opened up and rain and hail poured down on us.  We got soaked just running from the shelter to the bus!  It was quite a storm!  More adventure than we’d bargained for, indeed!

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Be sure to check out my favorite from the day on Facebook here.  And follow me on Facebook to see my photo a day/365 project!

I think the locations on the Creek path above would be a GREAT location for a family photo session for families with kids over the age of 4.  Interested in booking a session with me!? Email me!

Posted in Boulder Creek Path, Kids, Life

ONEderful Alba

Wow!  This year flew by and Alba is already ONE!  It’s amazing the changes that take place in that first year!  Watch Alba grow:  “before,” hospital pictures and at 11 days old.  Sweet Alba was trying valiantly to grow her first teeth the day we took her pictures and you could tell that they were bothering her.  Cake fixed everything though (doesn’t cake always!?).
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Be sure to check out this soulful picture on Facebook.  I could get lost in those eyes!

Posted in Kids