Wasps and Cell Phones and Horses, Oh My!

One of my favorite families just had a session with me like none other! Here’s how it went down last Saturday morning … I normally arrive a bit early to scout locations and assess lighting and I keep my phone close in case a client needs to get a hold of me – you know, sometimes they are running late or can’t find the location.  As I was packing up that morning I had decided to bring a small bench to get a cool, “couch in the middle of the woods” look for the girls. So, I had set up the bench in a spot I liked, my client arrived and we were all ready for a fun filled family photo session. Next thing I know Dad is getting stung by Wasps! Apparently, I set up the bench right next to a Wasp nest. For a photo shoot with small children. Obviously, unintentionally but, OMG! Then all of the sudden my phone starts ringing like crazy. I had forgotten to turn it off. Usually, not a big deal but I got a couple calls right in a row so I’m digging in my camera bag to turn it off when I’d rather be focused on the kids because children have a notoriously small window of opportunity for being happy and ready for posed portraits. So, okay minor distraction with the phone taken care of and we are moving on and then I am not kidding you,  a spirited Arabian horse and rider come through right where we are shooting. Wow, who can compete with a beautiful horse for little girls attention? But you know what? It was all fine! My sweet family handled it with aplomb and I kept shooting and oh my gosh, these images…. I love them!

 

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Ralston Valley Senior Photographer

Ralston Valley Senior Photographer

You probably already know I love photographing Senior Pictures at Clear Creek History Park in Golden. The barns and historic buildings, the gardens, mountain views and the river all make for great backgrounds. Easy and free access is a plus, too! Here are a few favorites from Danielle’s Senior Session.

 

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Family Photography Flatirons Mountains CO

We decided to feature the Flatiron Mountains in these portraits and I think it was the perfect backdrop for this sweet family session! The kids loved running through the tall grasses and the late afternoon light was gorgeous. There is just something about being outdoors  in late spring with views of the mountains and the birds singing and wildflowers in bloom. It puts everyone in a good mood and that’s what you want for a relaxed, easy going family portrait. Congrats to mom and dad who are celebrating a decade of marriage this week! I think those wildflowers they are holding look just like the number 10, don’t you?

Family Photography Flatirons Mountains CO

 

 

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Arvada CO Senior Pictures

Arvada CO Senior Pictures

Hi, guys! I know it’s early in the summer and you think you have loads of time to nail down your senior pictures but here’s the thing, you will save money if you schedule them now! Senior photographers usually offer discounts to get you in the door early and that’s exactly what I’m doing! June appointments get $50 OFF their session fee and July appointments get $25 OFF sessions! This is a win/win situation. I spread out my sessions so that they aren’t all stacked in late summer or early fall and you get a discounted rate and don’t have to stress when yearbook deadlines hit first thing after school starts back up.

Bonus – these early months of summer are perfect for outdoor looks!!! I love working in the later afternoon or early evening which is considered “the golden hour” or “sweet light”. That gives your images the warm, sun drenched look seen below. If you prefer a more neutral, yet colorful look we would schedule late morning or mid afternoon for the best light.

Contact me soon to get your Senior Pictures Scheduled!

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