May 27, 2018 • Filed in Events
Brooks and his family just held the most wonderful celebration for his bar mitzvah here in Denver, Colorado. We joked that the Royal Wedding seemed to steal his thunder a little bit by trading our nice, normally sunshine-filled, weather with Great Britain's gloomy rainy weather. But we somehow still managed to do the family portraits outside in a moderately dry area under a tree so it wasn't too difficult and we got nice photos despite the wet weather.
The bar mitzvah ceremony took place at B'Nai Chaim Synagogue in Morrison and Brooks's family came from all over to celebrate with him. His dad is originally from New York while his mom grew up right here in Colorado.
Later on at Coors Field, one of the gentlemen working the party noticed what big Yankees fans this family was (it's pretty obvious once you see the way the party was decorated!) and showed them the place where they keep the Rockies logo wrapped Statue of Liberty gift that the Yankees gave to the team. It was a perfect statue photo opportunity for this Colorado grown family with ties to the Big Apple.
And speaking of New York, the reception party décor was incredible! There were Yankees themed tables named after the greatest players, blue and white stripes everywhere and of course popcorn. My favorite part was the New York Street scene their party planner had set up as a lounge area. Even hosting the party right there at Rockies Coors Field was the perfect venue for a baseball-loving teenager celebrating his bar mitzvah birthday party. Brooks has been playing baseball since he was 5 years old and it was an added perk to see photos of him playing his favorite sport right up on the Rockies marquee lit up over the field.
Brooks did a wonderful job with his candle lighting poem which is always my favorite part of a bar mitzvah since it is a nice sentimental acknowledgement of loved ones. He had everyone laughing and even crying when he gave a special shout out to his cousin who couldn't make it due to serving in the army. The guests spent the rest of the party eating, drinking, and playing all of the fun games set up throughout the huge reception space The batting cage and the air hockey table seemed to be the biggest hits. Eventually everyone made their way over to the dance floor to party down. Us adults laughed when at one point the dance floor evolved into an air guitar rumble with 13 year olds attempting to beat each other with inflatable guitars. It was exactly what you would imagine a party for a 13 year old would look like; super fun and rambunctious!
Mazel Tov, Brooks!
Coors Field Rockies Baseball Stadium in Downtown Denver, Colorado
Congregation B'Nai Chaim Morrison, Colorado
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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.
Ijust photographed the most fabulous bat mitzvah celebration for a family here in Denver, Colorado. Their daughter, Sadie, has been prepping for this big day at Temple Emanuel which is where my husband also celebrated his bar mitzvah (a long time ago! Haha) I just found out Temple Emanuel is the largest congregation in the United States between St. Louis and the West Coast which is pretty neat.
We started off the day photographing some family portraits before the service began in the pretty courtyard covered in green ivy. Since the temple does not allow photos to be taken during the actual ceremony we took some photos of Sadie in her prayer shawl and with the Torah inside the temple and with her rabbi and cantor before the guests arrived for the service. This was followed by a luncheon at the Temple. Later that evening there was a big party held at History Colorado Center on Broadway in the Terrace Room which has a huge outdoor patio with beautiful views looking out across Denver. It was a really cool place to have a party because guests were able to wander around the huge building looking at the exhibitions celebrating the local history during cocktail hour (I particularly think it's cute that they have a little section in the Denver area celebrating Barrel Man, a superfan for the Broncos).
After eating dinner the fun really got started with the games that bar and bat mitzvah parties are known for and are led by the DJ. The kids went all out with the scavenger hunt begging the tables where the grown ups were sitting to donate things like photo IDs, socks, and even button down shirts. After the games, we were all entertained by the professional break dancers who did a special performance and got everyone amped up for the dance floor. One part of the party I haven't seen before was when Sadie thanked all of her guests (through poetry no less!) for traveling near and far to celebrate this special day with her and invited them up to light the candles on her birthday cake. I thought that was a really sweet touch. Overall, it was such a great day and one that I'm sure Sadie will remember for the rest of her life!
Mazel Tov, Sadie!
And one last one of Sadie looking very pretty and grown up in her gorgeous blue dress!
My good friend Shandra asked me to photograph her nephew, Anthony's senior pictures last week while they were on spring break. The yearbook deadline has already passed, but they decided that they wanted to get some professional ones taken for the family anyway. I'm so glad they decided to do them because it was a lot of fun! Anthony is going through a pretty traditional right of passage for a lot of teenagers with the purchase of his first car which the family lovingly calls "Brownie." He's been learning how to take care of her and slowly fixing her up. I love that he wanted to bring her to his session and we scouted out the perfect location with the new Denver city skyline as the backdrop making them look pretty dope if I do say so myself. But before we ended our session at the Diamond Hill area on the west side of Denver we started over in Rino to take advantage of all the great street art in that area. I love all of the color you can find over there and even found a new favorite mural I'd like to visit again due to the sweet neon greens and yellows (I'll point it out below). I also made Anthony pose in front of my classic fave in the area which is the geometric mural by Optimysticism (Gemma Danielle) on the Crema coffee shop's wall. I was a little sad to find the sweet black and white leaves mural on the Imac building has been painted over with something new but that's also kind of the cool thing about the area; it forces you to get comfortable with change. And that leads us back into the whole idea of doing senior pictures to begin with. Senior year is a year all about preparing for big changes in life and I for one think it's a great time to photograph a person at this age. It's a time when they are straddling the fence between being a kid and becoming an adult which is not always an easy ride. But, I can tell that Anthony is going to be just fine. He already made it through this session and politely put up with me trying to make him say and do things that would make him smile! Check out some of my favorite below.
This is my new favorite mural in Rino. I love these colors!
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