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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!
December 30, 2017 • Filed in Denver Weddings, Mountain Weddings, Engagements, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Families, Babies, Maternity, Portraits, Seniors, April's Life
Icannot believe it's already that time of the year when I sort through all of my favorite photos taken throughout the previous wedding and portrait season to curate my absolute favorite shots from each session and wedding. It's usually not too difficult to narrow it down to a handful of favorites from each photography shoot since that's what I do for all of them for the sneak peek blog posts. But only getting to choose 1 out of all of them? That's not easy at all! But I like the challenge and it's so cool to look back and see all of the great people I got to meet and the ones that I have developed relationships with and see how much they've changed throughout the years. I also love creating this year in review journal entry since the photos help me relive all of the happy memories that were created with all of them. In 2017 I found myself driving up from Denver to the beautiful mountains of Colorado more than ever to photograph all of the families on vacation in this gorgeous state. This year I continued to mix in various headshot sessions of the lifestyle variety meaning on location and showcasing a more environmental approach to the traditional business headshots normally seen. I find that my high school senior work is also along this same vein mixing the traditional headshot type of photography with photos that are more environmental. One of the best new places I discovered for this type of work is in the Rino/North Denver area but I also enjoyed photographing more seniors in the high country this season. I also greatly enjoyed reconnecting with couples whose weddings I photographed years ago who are now growing their family. And speaking of photographing weddings, I had so many kick-ass couples this year that I definitely feel spoiled! I photographed my first wedding in Crested Butte which I have somehow never had the chance to visit before despite growing up here in Colorado and it was incredible! I returned to some of my favorite places like the Wedgewood on Boulder Creek, Arrowhead Golf Course, Denver Botanic Gardens and I even got to photograph another family wedding on the same private property in Buffalo Creek. I was also privileged enough to photographed some new beautiful venues like Church Ranch Event Center here in the metro area, Della Terra Chateaux in Estes Park, and a lovely little ranch called B Lazy 2 Ranch in Fraser, Colorado. I was also so excited that I finally had the opportunity to photograph the Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park which I've always wanted to do and it was a derby girl wedding no less so that made it even more fun for me to do. There are plenty more exciting opportunities I was lucky enough to cover this past year but in the interest of getting to the good stuff (the photos!) I'll end here.
Thank you SO MUCH to all of my marvelous clients who made 2017 such a beautiful year for me. I can't express my appreciation to all of you enough! I hope that I get to reconnect with many of you in 2018.
Enjoy the 2017 best of the best photos below!
I'll end with my favorite vacation photo from 2017:) I wish you all a very happy new year! Best wishes for 2018!
Ifirst met Claire when I photographed her family last November when they were staying in Summit County for a ski trip over Thanksgiving break. Unfortunately, the weather last year was not very cooperative and there was hardly any snow. Still, it was kind of nice not freezing too badly while photographing them outside at Sapphire Point at Lake Dillon. Now Claire is a senior in high school down in Georgia and it's time for her to get her high school senior yearbook photo taken care of. Her family has been visiting Colorado for a long time and she loves it here. She's even considering becoming a CU Buff next year. So she combined a campus visit with an excursion to the Vail and Summit County area to find some fall color for her pictures. I thought that the gorgeous Gore range mountain views at Shrine Pass would be pretty awesome but it was too high up and too late in the season for any fall color there. In fact, there was already snow covering the ground with most of the shrubbery color faded away. We decided to head back down in elevation and found some really great color near the trailhead for Lilypad Lake in Frisco, Colorado. I had actually had this place in the back of my mind as a potential fall color photoshoot location for a few years but hadn't had the chance to use it until now. There were a ton of Aspens that had managed to keep some of their color and we got some nice bright yellows and orange in the photos. The light was fading fast and we managed to get lots of good variety in this one location as well as a couple of pretty sunset sky pictures too. It was really hard for me to narrow these down since Claire is a beautiful girl in a pretty location but here is a selection of my favorites!
It's hard to pick a favorite, but this one is up there for me!
Last week I got to head up I-70 to meet with a Georgia family who are friends with another family that I had the pleasure of photographing when they were out visiting the Colorado mountain scenery last fall over Thanksgiving break. Their daughters are friendly and this time it was Kaitie's turn to be photographed. She's going to be a senior this year and it's time for her senior photos. She decided it would be fun to get them done out here in the gorgeous mountain scenery of Colorado. Her grandma has a house out here in the mountains so their whole family has been coming to Colorado for years and it's like a 2nd home to them. We decided to use the Sapphire Point area and a new little spot I found near there as well as heading down closer to Lake Dillon toward the end. Kaitie is a cheerleader and she has the most wonderful and warm smile. She also has gorgeous silky long hair which looked particularly awesome when we did a photo by the lake at the end and a breeze picked up just enough to show off those locks of hers! I also loved her outfit changes and thought all three were perfect on her. She wore a cute flirty styled coral pink colored dress which was her favorite and then added in a cozy sweater outfit which looked great with the mountain backdrop and also a lovely casual outfit at the end with a nice green top and layered lariat necklace that looked fantastic on her! I love the way senior photo sessions allow the senior to show off their style in so many ways.
You are a very sweet young lady and it was so much fun to hang out photographing you! I hope you have a super fun senior year and good luck to you with your college plans after that!
I think this one is my favorite because of her laugh:) Plus, that view of Ten Mile Peak range in Breckenridge will never get old for me!
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