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Ihad a super fun time photographing the family featured on the journal today. I met up with them at the gigantic parking area at the entrance of highway 6 in Golden which was already full of cars. We decided to drive up together in the same car just in case there wasn't much parking up at the trailhead we were going to which was a good idea since it was pretty packed. We made our way up to the Clear Creek Greenway Trail where we walked along the path and found incredibly pretty scenery to use for their family photos. Also, can we talk about how well put together their outfits were? I love the purple and green together! This family was super funny and totally game for all of my silly prompts and games that I like to do to try and get natural reactions out of them. They even ended up deciding to get their feet wet and splash around in the frigid Clear Creek mountain water for a little bit too! I loved that they were willing to open up a little bit and let me get to know them as a family. I think that their willingness to let me in and play along with my questions and games really translated into beautiful photographs. I love that there is a mix of nice traditional portraits with everyone smiling and looking at the camera. But I also love that there are the natural moments filled with laughter mixed in there too. I hope that years from now when they look at these pictures they remember what a fun evening they had spending time together in the beauty of Colorado!
This one is probably my favorite!
Around 4 years ago I had the pleasure of photographing this family up near Boulder at one of the trails with views of the rugged mountains in the backdrop. I was so happy they got back in touch to talk about getting some updated family pictures since some of the family had moved out to Michigan and they were planning to come back to Denver for a visit. Of course I said yes to that! Last time I photographed them, they had a newborn baby girl and this time they are bring another new baby (but not a newborn this time). Our summer start times are so late that they were concerned she would be too cranky if we started the session as late as I usually like to. So we compromised by picking a shady location with lots of trees that we could use to help block out the sun a little bit since we would be photographing in the afternoon which is typically bright and sunny here in Colorado. One of the families lives near Stapleton so we decided to try Bluff Lake Park which is a really huge open space with lots of shady trees. I've never photographed there before and wasn't sure what to expect, but it ended up being the perfect location for us. There was a really fun big tree log teepee style structure that the kids went crazy for. Apparently it's the talk of Stapleton as a fun kids' hangout space. I really love that the family got to use their family portraits as an excuse to hang out with each other in nature while playing games, answering silly questions, and just spending quality time as a family. It's one of the best things about being an on-location photographer here in Colorado!
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.
Acouple of weeks ago, I met up with my brother and sister in law to get some family photos taken with their sweet baby boy, Benjamin. We tried to do them at Daniels Park down in Highlands Ranch, but it was just too unbearably cold for him that evening. We got a couple of cute shots of them with the pretty sunset mountain backdrop, but I knew we could do better. So we decided to try again with an indoor location since March is a little unpredictable with the weather. This meant we could photograph him earlier in the day after his nap too making it even more likely we could get some good photos of their family enjoying their time together. We reserved the Denver Photo Collective space on West Colfax in Lakewood which has beautiful natural light streaming in through large windows. And they even had some cute colorful couches available to use as well. Brandon, Lauren, and Benny started off in their nice simple cozy sweater clothing and then changed into their adorable bright red Adidas tracksuits for some fun ones to finish off the session. This was the perfect outfit change for their family since both Brandon and Lauren are competitive athletes. Lauren played soccer on a collegiate level both at Eastern Washington University and she also played for Metropolitan State University here in Denver after they moved back to Colorado. (As a fellow Metro State grad, Go Roadrunners!) Brandon played football both for the Eastern Washington Eagles (where he met Lauren!) as well as a brief stint with the NFL and the Australian Rules Football league. So obviously having matching tracksuits for their family photos fits them perfectly! Benny's little now, but surprisingly strong for an 8 month old. It must be in his genes, haha. I can't wait to see what sports he ends up loving. I hope it's curling or jai alai just to keep us on our toes!
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