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

HUG BOMB!!!!

My clients are always a little worried about their kids’ behaviour while being photographed. I always tell them:
1. It’s COMPLETELY NORMAL for kids to become wild, crazy and maybe a bit unhinged and to not cooperate for a while. Completely normal. And…

2. There is nothing your kids can do that I haven’t seen before. Really. I have four sons, I photograph kids. There is not a thing your kid can do that’s going to surprise me.

Case in point, I’d like to share some photos. I’d like to preface this by saying that my own children didn’t have to dress in clothes I chose for them, leave the house at an odd time or drive in the car with parents stressed by having their picture taken like your kids do the day of their shoot. No, my kids were on a meandering, fun hike when I asked them to run over near some flowers so I could take their picture. Stress level: zero.

And yet two flat-out refused to go. So all right. I got some great pictures of Simon (11) and Quinn (8).

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Awwwwwww. Aren’t they sweet!?

 

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And then Kieran (6) decides he’s changed his mind and wants in the picture too:

 

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…and we take some cute 3-kid pictures:

 

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During this, off scene left, Beckett (age 4) is losing it. He wants in the picture but he’s mad that he wasn’t there FIRST. He wants everyone else to leave so he isn’t missing out. He wants to go but he’s afraid of snakes. Lots of crying and screaming ensues.

So I put my camera down, pick Beckett up and carry him over to his brothers. But it’s a rare four-year old who changes gears that fast so he stands there and pouts and cries rather than hug his brothers. I think this is funny, so I take pictures:

 

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Don’t you feel so sad for Beckett!? I know he does!

 

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So I shout “HUG BOMB! Everyone hug bomb Beckett!”

Which is a tried and true method of banishing bad moods in our house. It usually works. Simon and Quinn have been the recipients of many happy hug bombs themselves so they gleefully go to hug Beckett.

 

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And heeeeere’s the moment when Beckett puts his face up to bite Quinn:

 

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You can see it register on Quinn’s face here. He’s like “Uhhhhh, this might be funny, but this might really hurt. Mom??”

 

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It hurts. Quinn reacts.

 

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Quinn’s face here is the best. This is the “my brother just BIT me!” face.

 

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I think Quinn is saying an actual swear word – out loud – here.

 

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Checking out the damage.

 

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And now Simon is laughing – not because he’s mean but because Beckett hit Simon in the face with the iPad that very morning and so Simon GETS what a little stinker Beckett is so he is laughing in solidarity. Beckett meanwhile is wiping BROTHER GERMS off his mouth in victory and disgust.

 

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And now it’s officially funny.  Even to Beckett.
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I love this moment when Simon and Quinn are looking at each other and laughing. <3
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And now that it’s funny again, the hug bomb recommences.

 

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The hug bomb is not having the desired effect yet.  Beckett is still MAD!
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So Kieran runs in to help.  You can just see Beckett’s shout of rage while he tries hard not to laugh!
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And with the anger of a thousand pissed off four-year olds Beckett shoves Kieran in the throat!  You can see Kieran’s face go from sheer joy above to complete betrayal below.
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We’re about to have two kids in tears!
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Kieran is a joyful fellow so he just tries to hug bomb from the other side.  Beckett shoots out his ninja stealth arm and get Kie unawares.
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The teeth are out again!
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Now ALL FOUR KIDS are laughing!
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Okay.  Maybe Beckett isn’t totally there yet….

 

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BUT HERE IT IS!!!  Hug Bomb achieved!!!!
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It deserves a black and white as well – ALL FOUR OF MY KIDS LAUGHING IN ONE PICTURE!!!
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And then the moment passes….and Beckett goes in for the bite again.  First we’ll get Simon….
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And then Quinn….
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aaaaaaaand then Kieran……
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Which is why I have so many pictures of my kids from the back.
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And why, really, truly, everything YOUR kid does at your photo session is normal, acceptable and even lovable.  Kids are like this.  It’s even funny when you can let go and let them work it out! Yes, we like to think that pictures of all of our kids cooperating make for beautiful pictures….but the pictures above are of *my kids* and my kids ARE beautiful art to me.

Even when they bite.

Posted in Kids, Life

Butterfly boy (more butterflies!)

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We didn’t go to the Butterfly Pavillion for years because Beckett is truly afraid of bugs. He becomes hysterical when he sees them so I thought the Butterfly Pavillion would be a bad idea. Then we went in February and Beckett LOVED it. Every Monday afternoon when he’s my only boy he asks to go to the “Butterfwy Billion.”

The funny thing is that he’s still afraid of bugs! Even the butterflies terrify him (he tells me that he’s afraid they’re telling him to step on them. I think Freud could have a new career contemplating that one). But he loves them all the same.

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The Pavillion now has these giant moths. They fascinate me. I put Beckett in a picture with one for size comparison (and so you can see how Beckett really feels about giant moths)
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Sparkly boots and a camera? We can stay here all day!
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Posted in Kids, Life

Dirty, dirty boy

Our old cat loved my husband….and guests. And only my husband and guests. Which means that, although I loved him deeply and cared for all his complex medical needs diligently, he snubbed me in that way that only cats can. So when we got a new cat I wanted a cat that liked ME. Our new cat, Nova, likes me fine…but she loooooooooves little boys. If you’re missing the cat look for little boys and you’ll find her.

I finally got pictures of her grooming Simon. He must be a very dirty, very loved boy. 2014-05-19_0025.jpg
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He moved so the claws came out to hold him still. He said he didn’t feel it so she was clearly loving him gently but firmly:

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Posted in Kids, Life

Oh, Spring…..

Now that it has passed I’ll confess: I get through winter with teeth clenched, holding on by my fingernails, until spring arrives. By February I’m pretty sure I’m not going to make it and spring will never come. And then spring comes and bursts forth with life so powerful it’s hard to believe there ever was a winter!

 

Oh, spring! I love you.
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So now that we’ve survived another winter, picture weather is here!!!  In the market for family photos?  Contact me and let’s find an awesome place to show off your family!

Posted in Life

My favorite goofball

When I was taking Quinn’s pictures Beckett begged and begged to have his picture taken too. I held him off long enough to capture Quinn and then popped Bex up on the bed for his turn. I got one serious one….

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…before Beckett completely devolved into this:
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Now, if you recall what Beckett wanted was a picture like Quinn, like this:
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And this is what he was willing to do:
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Ah, this kid is awesome. Apparently he thinks being three is hilarious – and I agree!  I love goofy pictures of my favorite goofy buddies!

Posted in Kids, Life

Quinn’s before and after

Quinn waited longer than Simon did this year to cut his long locks.

Before:
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And after, straight from the salon:
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And after a shower:
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Posted in Kids, Life

Casual headshots

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Posted in head shots

Mountain view engagement pictures!

Hooray!  I can finally share these!

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We gambled on an early spring date to do this lovely couple’s save the date and engagement photos and then held our breaths and crossed our fingers and hoped for good weather. We lucked out! No snow, beautiful sunny morning….but a driving wind on the ridge that made it feel like the Arctic! I’ve got goosebumps just thinking about it. Thank you guys for freezing your noses off to get these pictures!  Are they not just beautiful together!?

 
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Posted in couples, Photography