Family Photography Lookout Mountain Golden

Family Photography Lookout Mountain Golden

I haven’t posted in awhile … the holiday season always keeps me so busy with both photography and personal things, but I’m back at it with a new blog post about this recent family session on Lookout Mountain in Golden! These five are such a sweet, fun family and Lookout Mountain is the perfect location for mountain views and Colorado scenery. This family is from Hawaii and was traveling through town for a short time around the holidays. They wanted snow in their photos and as you can see we caught a tiny little bit hanging out in the shadows on Lookout Mountain but mother nature didn’t cooperate with fresh powder for us. No matter, we got some great images and we were treated to a bit of wildlife viewing along the road on the drive out! My teenage son actually snapped that photo, he is starting to come along on the occasional job with Paul and me and is turning out to be a good photo assistant!

 

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Family Pictures Mount Falcon

Family Pictures Mount Falcon

I have been photographing at Red Rocks for over twenty years and in that time I’ve seen more and more areas closed off to the public, most notably in the last five years or so. While Red Rocks is still a free and much loved portrait location my “go to” spots with easy parking are harder and harder to access . Lately I find the sweeping vistas of Red Rocks at Mount Falcon Park easier and just as stunning – plus there is no having to check the concert calendar for scheduling.  In my last blog post I featured a family session on the West side of Mount Falcon with mountain views and pine trees not to be confused with the Red Rocks look seen here on the East side of the park. This family was a delight to work with and it’s been fun to see this little guy grow over the last few years!

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“Do you Think you Need Stitches?”

“Do you think you need stitches?”, I just don’t expect to hear those words from a client on one of my photo shoots. I haven’t heard those words in the twenty-four years that I’ve been working with families, so yeah, I’m kind of  “safety girl” that way – until now, that is.

I’ve been photographing the Snyder family for years (love you guys!) and we decided to try a new location in Boulder for this session. We liked this rustic barn on Open Space land.  I’ve never been to this location but love trying out new places so I arrived a little early to scout it out. Discovering there was no clear path to the barn – you have to cross a field of brambles and milkweed, and uneven terrain to get there  – I thought, “Oh well”, as I made my way across the field, “no big deal”. Soon I’m hearing the skittering of little critters everywhere I walk. Not sure what KIND of critters but I was definitely not alone.  Ewww! Anyway, I get to the barn and it’s AMAZING with a beautiful brownish, red patina and falling down fences and views of the flatirons. So cool!Rustic Barn Boulder

I texted my clients to let them know the scoop on the barn location and I get this bit of news!

text messageI really do LOVE owls and there he was right out in the open at three in the afternoon. So this confirms there were definitely little critters skittering in that field. Owls know where to find an easy meal. Here is the one photo I managed to get of him before he flew away. Such a beautiful bird!

Great Horned OwlSo I’m feeling like this session has some extra good mojo now and we start shooting. I set up the family for a portrait with the mountains in the background but I see a tall weed in the foreground that bugs me. I pull it and as I yank hard to rip the top off it sliced through my finger. Whaaat? It must be some kind of super mountain RAZOR weed.  I get little cuts and scrapes all the time but noticed this one was fairly deep. Not spurting or anything but a notable amount of blood. ” I cut myself on that weed”, I said and Karen came over, “Oh wow, do you think you need stitches?”, she asked because at this point the blood is running down my arm and it’s on my jeans and camera bag and well, pretty much everywhere. Now here is where her awesome mom gene kicks in because she says she had band-aids in the car and did I want one? I told her I didn’t want her to have to bushwhack all the way back to the car in the middle of her family photos but she ignored me and did it anyway. I’m so thankful! I’ve always been what you might call, “unprepared” mom and have never had band-aids in my car. Or purse. Or sometimes even in the medicine cabinet at home. Ha! Definitely not in my camera bag.  Thank you, Karen! I kept photographing the kids while she was gone  (her daughter said to me , “Oh that looks bad, maybe put some leaves on it – so sweet) and when she got back and I got bandaged up we continued as normal.

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Now here is the thing about this family, they photograph soooo beautifully. I mean, they SHINE in camera. SO. PHOTOGENIC. The whole family! I don’t know, their pictures simply have a great energy about them every year.  See for yourself!

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