Speaking of mini sessions….[Arvada Family Portrait Photography]

Speaking of mini sessions, every year I give my dad a card to give out for Christmas with pictures of all his grandkids on it (pictures coming after Grandpa gets his card!!).  This year my siblings and I met in a park to get a picture of all the kids together and while we were there we did a quick mini session with each family so they had family pictures for Christmas.  I think my sister wants to wait to share until after she’s sent her card, but my sister-in-law kindly allowed me to share her photos.  Aren’t my niece’s pigtails to die for!?


Arvada family photographer
Arvada family photographer
Arvada family photographer
Arvada family photographer
Arvada family photographer
Arvada family photographer
Arvada family photographer
Arvada family photographer
Arvada family photographer

If you’re interested in a mini session to get some quick Christmas card photo, check out my Create-Your-Own Mini session special, running now.

Posted in family portraits, mini sessions!

Announcing create-your-own mini sessions! [Louisville, CO Holiday family photos]



Just in time for holiday cards and easy Christmas gifts, I’m announcing a new promotion!  Create-your-own Mini sessions!!

How they work:  Gather your family or a group of families to get family pictures taken.  $500 secures your mini session ($500 for your family, $250 each for 2 families…find 4 families and pay only $125 per family!).  Each family receives a 10-30 minute session (dependent on the number of families participating) and one free digital file.  Organizer/host receives 5 digital files.  So even if it’s just your family $500 secures you a quick and dirty family photoshoot and 5 digital files!

Where to hold them: Wherever you like!  Your house, a park, your holiday party, your front porch…in front of an evergreen tree.  We can work together to find a location that makes this easiest and most attractive for you.

Who this is great for: Great for people who aren’t ready to invest in a full photographic experience right now and/or who just want basic family pictures for holiday cards and gifts.

So gather your friends and loved ones and create a picture you’re proud to send out on your holiday cards AND have Christmas gifts made at the same time!

Session must be held by December 6, 2014. All families participating will receive up to 10 photos in a private online gallery so they can select their free digital file.  Additional digital files will be available for purchase for $75 each or $250 for all.  Contact me to create your mini session!


Posted in family portraits, mini sessions!

Senseless acts of beauty: Summer camping edition


It’s been a long time since I shared some senseless acts of beauty! I realized I never shared any summer camping pictures. We’ve had a beautiful, warm fall here in Colorado but tomorrow will bring arctic cold (no!) so today seems like a good day to remember summer!

We went on two camping trips this summer. The first was with my in-laws to the Great Sand Dunes. One of my favorite places on earth!

Our second day there we decided to hike to the tallest dune. There were 60mph winds that day, a condition miserable on most days but 60mph blowing sand is just miserable. We ended up crawling the last bit but we made it to the top of the world. Exhilarating!!



The best family selfie we could get in the driving wind, on top of the world:

It was a wonderful trip!

The second trip was with my family to Eleven Mile State Park. Which was a much further drive but so, so much more beautiful than we’d anticipated. 2014-11-09_0011.jpg

The point of the trip was fishing. The fish weren’t biting but we (I) caught lots and lots of crawdads with our bare hands! 2014-11-09_0008.jpg

This picture of Simon makes me laugh every time I see it.

I hope you have a beautiful day.

Posted in Kids, Landscape, Macro, Senseless Acts of Beauty

Adorable family in Purple Park [Superior, CO Family Photography]

I realized when I launched Family Portrait Month (a huge thank you to all who participated!) that I never shared this family from way back in May!  These kids are at sich great ages and are just crtazy about each other.  Can you tell!?


Posted in family portraits

Corporate headshots [Louisville, CO headshot photographer]

This client needed something more formal to use in his online business presence.  We tried more formal (with a tie) and more casual for a variety of looks.  The end result?  Handsome!

Boulder County headshots photographer
Boulder County headshots photographer
Boulder County headshots photographer
Boulder County headshots photographer
Boulder County headshots photographer
Boulder County headshots photographer

Posted in head shots

It was a good day

‘Tis the season for hours upon hours of soccer practices. If we’re tired or sick (or sick and tired) or the weather is bad this season of our life is pure torture. But some days are just bliss. Beautiful light, fluttering leaves in the trees, indian summer. Bliss. This day was one of the good ones.

Ready for me to capture your beautiful day so you can hold on to it forever!?  Contact me!  I’m booking Family Portrait Month sessions (book during October, hold your session when the time is right for you!) so now is a great time to schedule your session!

Posted in Life, Photography

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


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!

Ever wonder what you look like right when you jump in the pool!?











Just the feet!




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!!


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.

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:

We watched Michele work her magic with a darling family with a little girl who flew instead of walked:


And we got to test our creativity at Michele’s greenhouse with an absolutely gorgeous couple expecting their second child:


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