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Family Snake Photographer Carbondale

black and white photo of a tabby cat.
black and white photo of a tabby cat.

In honor of this, World Snake Day (who knew?), I am sharing these  Throwback Thursday photos of one of my lovely Carbondale families.One of the things you encounter as a family photographer is the family pet.  I try to involve pets in my photos because pets feel like members of our family.  While most people don't bring their cats to a family photo shoot, I always try to include a few pictures of pet cats if I have a chance to visit a client's home.  I really love having the opportunity to photograph families with more unusual pets like chickens, horses, or goats.  Certainly my most unusual family pet experience was with a family who loves snakes.  In addition to their lovely tabby cat, they probably had more than ten different snakes in their home with an entire area dedicated to snake enclosures.

Man kissing a snake
Man kissing a snake
Woman and girl posing together with snakes.
Woman and girl posing together with snakes.
Hands holding snake.
Hands holding snake.
Hand with snake draped over it
Hand with snake draped over it
Man's hand and a snake with tongue poking out.
Man's hand and a snake with tongue poking out.
Hands holding orange, black, and white pet snake.
Hands holding orange, black, and white pet snake.
Artistic photo of snake and hand.
Artistic photo of snake and hand.

I was so excited about the snakes I had to take time to try some artistic photos with a very cooperative fellow (or lady perhaps, I have no idea.)

Family photo with snakes
Family photo with snakes

Willy Wilson is a family photographer serving the Denver metro area and Carbondale, CO.  If you are ready to include your pets in your family photos, Contact Me!

Yoga Photos & the Carpenter Family

I love "my" Carbondale families:  the folks I've gotten to know over the years of shooting up there.  One such family is the Carpenters.   Kallie is a yoga and fitness instructor and she needed some new professional yoga photos so we decided to add on some fun summer family photos while we were there.  We met at the River Valley Ranch pool and made use of their studio for some of Kallie's yoga shots.  One of the big challenges of my style of photography (natural light, on-location) is that you never know what surprises are in store when you arrive for a shoot.  The challenge in this case was mirrors, mirrors everywhere and where there weren't mirrors there were windows.  Windows can be good and bad.  They give us light (yay!) but also give us big rectangles in the background (boo).  I often shoot in front of windows, but particularly for yoga shots, where you want emphasis on body lines, having competing lines in the background can be problematic.  There was wonderful light but also a) light glaring in the mirrors b)  me in the photos and c) limited shooting angles.  As it turned out the light was lovely, the reflected light in the mirrors and floor added softness, and I somehow managed to keep myself (or crop myself!) out of the images.  (You can see some of my other yoga photos here.)  We did some shots of Don playing with Corbin and Quinn in the pool, I was impressed with how high he could throw those kids in the air.   When it started getting dark we decided to play around with sparklers.  Lesson learned:  don't buy the cheap sparklers for photography.  They burned out in 20 seconds.  Fortunately my sister in law must've had a premonition about the sparklers and suggested I take some glow sticks with me.  They worked great!  Three glow sticks and a cell phone later, we got some fun shots in the dark.  Shortly after the shoot I was preparing a flyer for headshot sessions and needed something special.  I trolled Kallie's session and used one of her new headshots before she ever saw her own pictures.  Love you guys, thanks for being so awesome! Update:  Kallie just published her website - check it out!  www.kalliecarpenter.com

Yoga photos - Kallie collage

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