Meet Laura and la familia, with their newest addition, adorable Mila. Honestly, it did take a few weeks to get on Laura's calendar to do this portrait session. Can you blame her? It's summer time and with 2 kids and a newborn, she certainly has no shortage of activities and things to do! And, to be honest (again), I had met Mila long before - at Laura's maternity session and officially when she was about an hour old! Laura had a really specific vision for this session, mainly "I want the session in our bedroom and I want the kids to do whatever they want". Of course, that entailed jumping on the bed, watching cartoons and lots of laughing and being goofy! I loved how she just wanted to really capture her family just being themselves in their own sanctuary. Reese and Owen are so fun to photograph, both very expressive in their own individual ways. It was also hilarious (says the one who doesn't have kids) to get a shot of Laura just being a Mom, exasperatingly giving up on trying to get a photo of the 3 of them with baby Mila at the top of the stairs. What can you do? As I've learned and witnessed over the many years of being a photographer, when children are involved, you just have to see what you get! I love surprises! And, I love this family to the moon and back! Enjoy!
“A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.” ― Lois Wyse
Meet Laura - I'm sure some of you know of Laura. We are both photographers. We met many years ago and, way back in the day, helped and inspired each other to grow our wedding photography businesses. There were no on-line forums or photography groups that you could learn from like there are today - we just had each other and another dear friend - Jamee. We were the 3 musketeers. We would meet and talk about our businesses - our ups, downs and the challenges we had. Jamee was the first to get married and both Laura and I photographed her wedding. Laura was the second to get married and Jamee photographed her wedding (I was unfortunately working that day). We were close and we still are.
I was pleasantly surprised when Laura told me she was expecting her third child! Wow! How life ebbs and flows! I was fortunate to have photographed her two other pregnancies, so I insisted on this one as well! It's amazing that no matter where the 3 of us are in our lives, we can just pick up right where we left off and not miss a beat.
To my lovely, lovely girlfriends - You are in my hearts, forever. I love you both so dearly, words could never express how much you mean to me!
With Lots of Love!
It's only appropriate to post some photos of a great family session from summer while there is snow on the ground! Okay, reality is that I just got back from traveling to Southeast Asia and I'm very behind in updating my blog!
Meet Lisa, Bill and little Blake. We had the most fun during this session running around and Blake was so curious about the tall grasses, tree bark and cozy stream. Enjoy!
One of our favorite wedding blogs, Couture Colorado, has expanded their blogging goodness! We are thrilled to have our work featured on Couture Colorado Baby! One of my all-time favorite coordinators, Ashley Summers, entrusted me with photographing her newborn baby girl, Storey. To view the photos, click on this link A Styled Shoot for Storey. My favorite part of the shoot was, of course, Storey! She was a pro and slept through most of the shoot. The frame was actually a mirror that I found at a thrift store for $12. I may have 7 years of bad luck by breaking the mirror, but I made some beautiful memories for Ashley, Phil and Storey! Enjoy!
I don't know how my love for photography started. I was a nerdy kid. I liked looking at pictures in National Geographic more than I liked playing. I loved reading. I guess I just liked knowing that there were exotic places, people and animals "out there".....somewhere.
The more that I photograph, the more I learn about how meaningful it is - to myself and to others. Weddings are special - no two are alike, just like every one of us. But the significance of having all of the people who love you together in the same place for just that one day, never knowing when everyone will be together again - well, that is pretty darn meaningful. When my Grandfather passed away, I was so thankful for the photographs - all of them. The cheesy ones, the ones of just his hands, old and wise with the ring he never took off, the ones of him with his family looking so proud, the ones of him with this great grand nephews sticking their tongues out. All of them became instantly irreplaceable, like crown jewels. Recently when I knew it was time to let go of my beloved doggie Quinn, everything I took of him became a memory that I could actually see right away and remember all the good times that we had together. And, as my former clients send me notes or I read posts on Facebook about the passing of their parents or grandparents and read about how they love that photo that I took of them dancing with their Mom or the portrait I made or the candid snapshot I took without them knowing and how this person would treasure that photo forever, deeply touches me. It lets me know I'm doing something meaningful. It's just not wedding photography, it's something more.
Thank you for listening.
Below, my Grandpa's hands - I look at this photo fondly and remember how he used to put on my shoes (he owned a shoe store).
And below that, my beloved Quinn, asleep with his tongue out.
Well, I can definitely tell it's wedding season! My poor blog has been neglected! The good news is that I have a lot of really fun images to share with you, the bad news is that it seems like there is not enough time in the day to set aside for blogging! I will do my best!
This is Meagan and Ian - their wedding took place in September, 2005! Yes, 2005! I have loved this image ever since their wedding and have used it extensively for my marketing and have even tried to replicate it, but failed! The image was taken at the Denver Botanical Gardens and they have gone under major art installations and renovations since then, so this area looks drastically different!
I am honored that they chose me to photograph their wedding and continue to be thankful that they not only entrusted me with their wedding day, but I am also documenting their growing family!
Meet Melissa - it's really funny because she's a photographer and it seems like I know (and hang out with) a lot of photographers! There is nothing more flattering and also nerve-racking than taking another photographer's portrait. No pressure! We laughed and had a good time! And, most importantly, she's happy with the photos (big sigh of relief!).
We love these! Handmade with love by the artisans at Cypress Albums, these are elegant and modern! Perfect for a window, office desk or bedroom - fill with family or children portraits, weddings or whatever strikes your fancy!
Meet Jamee, she is a dear friend of mine and a fellow photographer. We've known each other for a very long time - we've both been sounding boards for ideas and creative processes and the challenges that come along with being business owners and artists! I have been honored by our friendship photographing Jamee's wedding back in the day (film!!) along with fellow photographer Laura Esmond and also documented Jamee's first pregnancy with Frankie. Now, she and Joe have #2, Max - due to enter this world any day now! Jamee sent me the most heartfelt message after viewing the photos, which honestly made me feel so very grateful! A few of her words: "Wow, you have such a gift, thank you for letting me see me. I have never felt so beautiful." Enjoy!
When I travel, I'm always on the lookout for something special to bring back with me that will remind me of my trip. It can be as simple as a bag of sand from the beach, or something unique that I find along the way. A year ago I went to New Orleans and it was love at first sight! I immediately felt so at home and loved the history, culture, architecture, lively atmosphere and of course, the food! On our last day there, as we were walking down Bourbon Street, I spied this piece of brick and grabbed a plastic bag and wrapped it up. I barely made it through security (those TSA agents were really shaking their heads after they screened my bag 3 times)....but, hey - I now have a little slice of NOLA in my home. You know what they say, one man's junk is another man's treasure!
Enjoy! (Doesn't it look like a piece of raw meat or something?..... or at the very least a little bit radioactive?)....
After the tragic passing of Steve Jobs, I've read many articles on this incredible man. One paragraph, quoted below, will sit with me for a very long time: "1990.......About this time, Jobs meets Laurene Powell, when he speaks at a class at Stanford business school. They exchange numbers. Jobs had a business dinner that night. ''I was in the parking lot, with the key in the car, and I thought to myself, If this is my last night on earth, would I rather spend it at a business meeting or with this woman? I ran across the parking lot, asked her if she'd have dinner with me. She said yes, we walked into town and we've been together ever since."
Leave those dishes right there....
Don't fold the laundry right now....
The mail can wait....
Plan that trip you've been putting off....Just go for it!
Hold your child close, kiss your husband with your all your being, tell your wife she looks beautiful, have that dinner with a friend you haven't seen in a while, call your parents and catch up.
"time is the only true currency in life".....
self portrait in Bimini:
Today, I proudly walked beside my sister in the Race for the Cure. It's quite fitting that we took a new portrait of her today, with her short, sassy hair do. Honestly, I took 2 photos of her and we were done but, she's quite possibly the most photogenic person on the planet! Breast cancer touches everyone in some way - we must fight this disease with everything that we have! I urge you to donate what you can to the Race for the Cure or just make a lifestyle change for yourself in some way! Eat organic whenever possible, skip fast food and processed food, exercise - do something in order to prolong your life!
Lynne's new photo: