May 27, 2018   •   Filed in Events

Yankees Baseball Themed Bar Mitzvah Celebration | Rockies Coors Field in Denver Colorado

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rooks 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 d├ęcor 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!  
Event Details
Venue
Coors Field Rockies Baseball Stadium in Downtown Denver, Colorado
Synagogue
Congregation B'Nai Chaim Morrison, Colorado
Florist and Event Styling
The Perfect Petal Luc Hughart
A family poses for pictures at their son's bar mitzvah on a rainy spring day at B'Nai Chaim in Morrison, Colorado
Brother pose for a portrait at Denver Colorado Bar Mitzvah at B'Nai Chaim
Extended family group photo on a rainy spring day at B'Nai Chaim bar mitzvah in Denver Colorado
Baseball themed bar mitzvah on a rainy spring day in Denver Colorado Baseball printed Yarmulke
Mom helps her son with his yarmulke at his bar mitzvah at B'Nai Chaim in Denver CO
Dad helps his son with the torah cover at his bar mitzvah at B'Nai Chaim Temple in Denver CO
Bar Mitzvah Photography in Denver Colorado B'Nai Chaim
Family photo with their bar mitzvah son and the Torah in Denver Colorado
Denver Colorado Bar Mitzvah Photographer
Happy bar mitzvah celebration in Denver CO
Bar Mitzvah Photography at B'Nai Chaim in Denver Colorado
Colorado Bar Mitzvah Photographer B'Nai Chaim
Family together at a Bar Mtizvah in West Denver Colorado B'Nai Chaim
Dad gives his son words of wisdom on his bar mitzvah day at B'Nai Chaim in Denver Colorado
Bar Mitzvah reading from the Torah at B'Nai Chaim Denver Colorado
Brothers embrace on bar mitzvah day at B'Nai Chaim Denver Colorado
Challah bread and wine at Bar Mitzvah Ceremony at B'Nai Chaim in Morrison CO
Family portrait outside of Coors Field Rockies Stadium at their son's bar mitzvah party in Denver Colorado
Denver Colorado Family Portrait at Home Plate at Coors Field at a Bar Mitzvah Party in Denver Colorado
Yankees Baseball Themed Bar Mitzvah in Denver Colorado at Coors Field Rockies Stadium
Baseball themed bar mitzvah family photo at Coors Field in Denver Colorado
Mom and Dad photo at their son's bar mitzvah party at Rockies Stadium Coors Field in Denver Colorado
Brothers playing in the stands at Coors Field Rockies Stadium in Denver Colorado at Bar Mitzvah party
Family Portrait with baseball field backdrop at Coors Field at their son's bar mitzvah party in Denver Colorado
Baseball themed bar mitzvah family photo in the stands at Coors Field Denver Colorado
Bar mitzvah boy at Coors Field Rockies Stadium for his baseball themed party in Denver Colorado
Happy 13 year old Bar mitzvah boy at his baseball themed bar mitzvah party at Coors Field in Denver Colorado
Yankees Baseball themed Bar mitzvah party at Coors Field in Denver Colorado
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Yankees Baseball themed bar mitzvah decor at Coors Field Rockies stadium in Denver Colorado
New York Yankees Baseball themed bar mitzvah party decor at Coors Field in Denver Colorado
Baseball themed Yankees Bar Mitzvah party in Denver Colorado at Coors Field
New York Yankees Themed Baseball Bar Mitzvah Party Decor at Coors Field in Denver Colorado
New York Yankees Baseball themed Bar Mitzvah Party at Coors Field in Denver Colorado
Popcorn Baseball Decor for a bar mitzvah at Rockies Stadium Coors Field in Denver Colorado
Blue and White Yankees Baseball Decorating Scheme for a bar mitzvah party at Coors Field in Denver Colorado
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Fun sports games at a bar mitzvah party at Coors Field in Denver CO
Batting Cages for a Bar Mitzvah Party at Coors Field in Denver Colorado
Playing games at a Bar Mitzvah Party at Coors Field Denver Colorado
Air Hockey at Coors Field Rockies Stadium Baseball Themed Bar Mitzvah Party in Denver
Basketball game at Coors Field Bar Mitzvah Party in Denver Colorado
Bar Mitzvah Party Games Air Hockey at Rockies Stadium Coors Field in Denver Colorado
Kids pose for a picture in the stands on a rainy spring baseball themed bar mitzvah party day at Coors Field in Denver Colorado
Pretty white cake with Star of David and Tallit on it for a baseball themed bar mitzvah party at Coors Field in Denver Colorado
Candle Lighting ceremony at Coors Field Baseball Bar Mitzvah Party in Denver Colorado
Sentimental Candle Lighting Ceremony at Coors Field Baseball Themed Bar Mitzvah Party in Denver Colorado
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Baseball Themed Bar Mitzvah Party at Coors Field in Denver Colorado
Laughing during Candle Lighting Ceremony at Coors Field Baseball Themed Bar Mitzvah in Denver Colorado
Mom and Dad light the candle during Bar Mitzvah Party at Coors Field in Denver Colorado
Dad with his son on his bar mitzvah day at Coors Field in Denver Colorado
Hora Chair Dance at a Baseball themed bar mitzvah party at Coors Field in Denver Colorado
Happy bar mitzvah party hora chair dance at Coors Field in Denver Colorado
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Spring lilac portrait of a young man on the day of his bar mitzvah at B'Nai Chaim in Morrison, Colorado
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May 10, 2018   •   Filed in Spring, Families

Colorado Rockabilly Family Photography | Rambler Ranch

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ngie 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.  
 
 
Cute Rockabilly Styled Family Photo in front of the Vintage Sinclair Gas Station at Rambler Ranch in Elizabeth Colorado
Rockabilly Styled Family Photography in Colorado with Vintage Gas Station at Rambler Ranch
Rockabilly Styled Family photography session at Rambler Ranch in Elizabeth Colorado
Grandparents have some fun with the vintage car and gas station at Rambler Ranch in Elizabeth Colorado
Cute family portrait inside of the impeccably styled 60's house at Rambler Ranch in Elizabeth Colorado
Grandparents pose for a photo with their grandson in front of a vintage blue mercedes in the car graveyard in the forest at Rambler Ranch in Colorado
Colorado family pictures with yellow taxi cab at Rambler Ranch in Elizabeth Colorado
Rockabilly family portraits with vintage Sinclair gas station in the forests of Elizabeth Colorado at Rambler Ranch
Adorable 2 year old boy poses with an old vintage car at his family photography session at Rambler Ranch in Colorado
Colorado family portraits Rockabilly style with vintage cards at Rambler Ranch
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April 25, 2018   •   Filed in Spring, Events

Denver Bat Mitzvah Photographer | Temple Emanuel & History Colorado Center

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just 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!  
A beautiful portrait of a bat mitzvah girl celebrating at Temple Emanuel wearing her tallit prayer shawl in Denver Colorado
Family portraits in the courtyard of Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado for a bat mitzvah celebration
Bat Mitzvah celebration family portrait at Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado
Brother and sister family photo on a bat mitzvah day in the courtyard of Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado
Bat mitzvah family photo at Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado
A family laughs together at Temple Emanuel on the day of their daughter's bat mitzvah in Denver Colorado
A father helps his daughter put on her prayer shawl which has been in their family for generations at Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado
A Denver Colorado Bat Mitzvah Photo with the Torah
Bat mitzvah girl reads from the Torah at Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado
A bat mitzvah girl and her rabbi prepare for her bat mitzvah at Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado
Bat Mitzvah Celebration with the Rabbi and the Cantor at Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado
A bat mitzvah girl signs the contract at Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado
A bat mitzvah girl speaking hebrew on the day of her bat mitzvah as she prepares to put on her tallit at Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado
A mom and her daughter have a moment before her bat mitzvah service begins at Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado
A young boy helps pass out books at his cousin's bat mitzvah at Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado
A bat mitzvah service is about to begin at Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado
A candid photo of the cousins all together at a Bat mitzvah kiddish luncheon at Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado
Denver Colorado Bat Mitzvah Luncheon Portraits at Temple Emanuel
A bat mitzvah girl introduces her grandpa to all of her friends at her bat mitzvah at Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado
A bat mitzvah girl poses for a photo with her school friends at Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado
A spring floral bouquet and hand painted chalkboard sign outside of the Terrace Room at History Colorado Center Bat Mitzvah Party in Denver
The Colorado History Museum Terrace Room set up for a purple and teal bat mitzvah party in Denver
Pretty white floral table centerpieces for a bat mitzvah at History Colorado Center in Denver
Purple and teal bat mitzvah party decor with white floral centerpieces at History Colorado Museum Terrace Room in Denver
Beautiful white floral centerpieces decorate a bat mitzvah party at History Colorado Center in Denver Colorado
Beautiful white floral centerpieces with Teal and Purple decor a bat mitzvah party at History Colorado Center in Denver Colorado
A young boy dresses up as Barrel Man at History Colorado museum in Denver Colorado
Having fun in the exhibits at the History Colorado Museum at a bat mitzvah party in Denver
Beautiful view of Denver Colorado from the Terrace room at History Colorado Center
A bat mitzvah girl poses for a photo with the city of Denver as the backdrop on the terrace at History Colorado Center
A Jewish family poses for a candid photo together at sunset on the terrace of the History Colorado Center at their daughter's bat mitzvah
Mom and Dad get a nice photo together on the terrace at the History Colorado Museum in Denver
A beautiful photo of a bat mitzvah girl in front of the mountain view on the terrace at her bat mitzvah party at History Colorado Center in Denver
View from the Terrace looking toward downtown Denver from the Terrace Balcony at History Colorado Museum
Kids table eating dinner at a Denver Colorado Bat Mitzvah at History Colorado Center
Party games at a Denver Colorado Bat Mitzvah Party at History Center Colorado
Having fun with a scavenger hunt game at a bat mitzvah party in Denver Colorado at the history museum
Kids having fun with party games at History Colorado Museum at a Denver Bat Mitzvah party
Kids race to win the scavenger hunt at History Colorado Center bat mitzvah party in Denver
Horah circle dance at a bat mitzvah party in Denver at the Colorado History Museum
Family has fun lifting each other in a chair for the horah dance at a bat mitzvah party at the Colorado History Museum
Bat mitzvah party dance floor photography at Colorado History Center
Having fun at a dance party for a bat mitzvah at the Colorado History Museum in Denver
Bat mitzvah girl lights her birthday cake with her school friends at her bat mitzvah party at History Center Colorado
A girl celebrates her bat mitzvah with family at the Colorado History Center in Denver
A big brother gives his little sister a hug on the day of her bat mitzvah at the Colorado History Center in Denver
A Denver Bat mitzvah party at Colorado History Center Mom and Dad help light candles on the birthday cake
A bat mitzvah girl blows out the candles on her birthday cake at Colorado History Center in Denver
Bat Mitzvah guests party on the dance floor at Colorado History Center in Denver
Bat Mitzvah guests party on the dance floor at Colorado History Center in Denver
Crazy dance floor antics at a Denver Bat Mitzvah at Colorado History Museum
Dad has some fun at his daughter's Bat Mitzvah party at Colorado History Center in Denver
And one last one of Sadie looking very pretty and grown up in her gorgeous blue dress!
A young bat mitzvah girl wearing a pretty classic blue dress at Temple Emanuel in Denver Colorado
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March 26, 2018   •   Filed in Spring, Seniors

Colorado High School Senior Photography | Urban Color in the Rino District of Denver

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y 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.
Colorful senior photography with street art mural backdrop at Central Market in Rino District of Denver Colorado
High School Senior Boy Photography with Colorful Street Art Murals in Rino Denver Colorado
Awesome B&W Photo of a Senior Guy in front of Optimysticism's geometric Black and Gold design at Crema Coffee Shop in Rino District of Denver Colorado
High School Senior Photography with Black and Gold street art mural by Gemma Danielle aka Optimysticism in Rino Art District of Denver Colorado
High School Senior Photography with Colorful Street art in an alley in Rino Art District of Denver Colorado
This is my new favorite mural in Rino. I love these colors!
Colorful Colorado High School Senior Portraits in Rino Arts District of Denver
High School Senior with his first car posing in front of the Denver Skyline at Diamond Hill on the west side of Denver Colorado
High School Senior Photography in Denver Colorado with the Speer Bridge and Cash Register Building in the skyline backdrop at sunset in Denver Colorado
Denver Colorado High School Senior Photography with the Denver Skyline as a backdrop at Sunset
Denver Colorado High School Senior Photographer with Male Senior at Sunset
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