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Documentary Family Photography in Denver

I was very grateful that Jessica, one of my longest-term lifestyle clients, agreed to try a session of documentary family photography in Denver this summer.  One of the biggest challenges I'm facing with transitioning my business into a more documentary style is that my existing clients aren't sure they want to go with me.  Day in the Life photography is relatively new, largely unknown to the general public, and while I get a lot of excitement about the concept, when it comes to committing to a session, it's difficult for them to walk away from more traditional photos. One thing Jessica and I agreed upon was that we would take time to shoot a very short session of traditional posed where kids get dressed up and they get something more typical for their Christmas cards.  I think that makes it an easier decision for her  and I plan to offer that to all my clients.

I still feel strongly about my posed lifestyle photography but I am moving toward documentary work because it feels so much more emotional to me.  I want my clients to be deeply moved when they see their photos, I want them to see sides of themselves, their partners, parents, or children that they don't see all the time.  Documentary family photos are a window into life today that a cute posed photo by a Christmas tree in September will never give you.

A funny side note to this session:  the cat doesn't belong to them.  Both kids, separately, told me the cat was theirs and so I took a number of photographs of him.  Later when I asked mom and dad when they got a cat they said "Cat?  What cat?"  Evidently the cat, Pickles, has been hanging around their house a lot since these photos were taken, so he's included as an honorary family member.

Grandma blowdries her hair while grandaughter watches in mirror
Grandma blowdries her hair while grandaughter watches in mirror
Toddler boy facing off with cat about four feet away.
Toddler boy facing off with cat about four feet away.
Silhouette of kids running out the front door.
Silhouette of kids running out the front door.
Family hanging out on the back porch.
Family hanging out on the back porch.
Over the shoulder photo man playing guitar while family gathers in teh background.
Over the shoulder photo man playing guitar while family gathers in teh background.
Grandpa throws football to little boy and girl.
Grandpa throws football to little boy and girl.
Profile of handsome man playing guitar.
Profile of handsome man playing guitar.
Closeup of little boy on plastic horse drinking a juice box.
Closeup of little boy on plastic horse drinking a juice box.
Little girl wiggles a loose tooth.
Little girl wiggles a loose tooth.
Little boy licking his mom's chin.
Little boy licking his mom's chin.
Kids playing in the yard with a plastic horse on springs and a teepee in the background.
Kids playing in the yard with a plastic horse on springs and a teepee in the background.
Woman hanging out on her porch.
Woman hanging out on her porch.
Little boy holds a football in a doorway.
Little boy holds a football in a doorway.
Grandparents at a picnic table.
Grandparents at a picnic table.
Beautiful woman looking away.
Beautiful woman looking away.
Boy and girl playing under a tent.
Boy and girl playing under a tent.
Four up photo of girl dancing in her living room.
Four up photo of girl dancing in her living room.

I was treated to a fabulous dance performance to the painfully cute French version of The Gummy Bear Song.

I'm anxious to know how John, Jessica, Janine and Jim feel about these photos.

I'm interested to know what you think, too.

Ready to schedule a Documentary Family Photography session?  Contact me!

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!

A Day in the Life of a Daughter

My third installment of the series on Kim Baum A day in the life of a daughter:  Kim's life is an incredible balance between business owner, veterinarian, ranch hand, wife, mother, friend, and daughter.   One of the most important roles she plays is that of primary care-giver to her 85 year old mother.  Kim's mom, Patsy, is a feisty gal who still lives a mostly independent life in a separate house on the Silver Buckle Ranch.  But Patsy has health problems and a touch of dementia and honestly, living single on a ranch is pretty lonesome.  So Kim spends a lot of time with her mom.  Patsy comes over for dinner each night, Kim brings Patsy along on her errands as often as she can, and includes her as much as Patsy is able.  Kim takes care of Patsy's bills, medical appointments, and all her shopping.

Older woman in a kitchen looking bord while women in background cook.
Older woman in a kitchen looking bord while women in background cook.
Older woman looks on as her daughter cooks.
Older woman looks on as her daughter cooks.
Three women hovering by a stove, a short older woman in the back.
Three women hovering by a stove, a short older woman in the back.
People playing cards at a table while an old woman sleeps in the background.
People playing cards at a table while an old woman sleeps in the background.
Women hugging.
Women hugging.
Two women sit on a benh on an ranch in the dirt.
Two women sit on a benh on an ranch in the dirt.
Old woman rubs her nose as another woman does her hair.
Old woman rubs her nose as another woman does her hair.
Woman using a blowdryer on another woman's hair in a bathroom.
Woman using a blowdryer on another woman's hair in a bathroom.
Woman spraying hair of her elderly mom.
Woman spraying hair of her elderly mom.
Women walking away from camera arm in arm on a farm.
Women walking away from camera arm in arm on a farm.
Women hugging, one touches the face of the other.
Women hugging, one touches the face of the other.
Emotional photo of woman hugging her mom.
Emotional photo of woman hugging her mom.

 

Day in the life photography captures your life as it really is right now.  The photos are a record of the ordinary and extrordinary facts of who you are and all you contribute.

Ready to schedule a session?  Contact Me!

Day in the Life Family Photography - Lifestyle Photographer Denver

My heart is warm and I feel like the luckiest person in the world when I think of the half day I spent with the Feast clan.  A family of readers, soccer fans, gardeners, and cooks, they play and love and laugh, and have quiet moments when everyone is reading.  They have piles of books and periodicals on every flat surface and remarkable kids who would rather read a book than do chores play video games.   Everyone helped in the kitchen throughout the day preparing for the evening meal.   The greatest gift of the day -  Quinton decided to have his first shave.  I was so honored to be present and able to photograph that milestone.  What a joy to be a part of their lives for one day.

A few of my favorites from the day.

day in the life family photogrphy - mom makes funny face at daughter
day in the life family photogrphy - mom makes funny face at daughter
day in the life family photogrphy - irl in hammock
day in the life family photogrphy - irl in hammock
day in the life family photogrphy - two girls outdoors
day in the life family photogrphy - two girls outdoors
day in the life family photogrphy - two pair of legs and refrigerator door
day in the life family photogrphy - two pair of legs and refrigerator door
day in the life family photogrphy - window light on girl reading
day in the life family photogrphy - window light on girl reading
day in the life family photogrphy - girl reads while mom works in kitchen
day in the life family photogrphy - girl reads while mom works in kitchen
day in the life family photogrphy - boy watches tv in dark
day in the life family photogrphy - boy watches tv in dark
day in the life family photogrphy - mom and dad kissing while kid looks on
day in the life family photogrphy - mom and dad kissing while kid looks on
day in the life family photogrphy - mom tickles in kitchen
day in the life family photogrphy - mom tickles in kitchen
day in the life family photogrphy - laying in hammon sideways just feet showing
day in the life family photogrphy - laying in hammon sideways just feet showing
day in the life family photogrphy - kids playing basketball
day in the life family photogrphy - kids playing basketball
day in the life family photogrphy - lucia reading
day in the life family photogrphy - lucia reading
day in the life family photography - girl in foreground then rest of family in background
day in the life family photography - girl in foreground then rest of family in background
day in the life family photogrphy - dad holding out razor to boy
day in the life family photogrphy - dad holding out razor to boy
day in the life family photogrphy - boy shaving with dad
day in the life family photogrphy - boy shaving with dad
day in the life family photogrphy - shaving
day in the life family photogrphy - shaving
day in the life family photogrphy - dad watches boy shave
day in the life family photogrphy - dad watches boy shave
day in the life family photogrphy - shaving mom in mirror
day in the life family photogrphy - shaving mom in mirror
day in the life family photogrphy - boy and dad in mirror
day in the life family photogrphy - boy and dad in mirror
day in the life family photogrphy - boy checks his shave
day in the life family photogrphy - boy checks his shave
day in the life family photogrphy - girl in bathroom
day in the life family photogrphy - girl in bathroom
day in the life family photogrphy - girl in bed
day in the life family photogrphy - girl in bed

Nagel Extended Family Photos in Frisco

It was a crummy, snowy day in Denver when I drove to do the Nagel extended family photos in Frisco the day after Christmas.  I was looking forward to an arduous drive but happily discovered just as I reached the foothills that the snow had quit.  Andrew Nagel asked me to photograph their family who were together for the first time in ten years.  They were all staying in a rented house in Frisco and enjoying the snow, skiing, snowboarding, and sledding.  With so many people we only had time for mainly posed group shots but I couldn't resist some fun in the snow with the cousins at the end.  Click here to see more family photos. Extended Family Photos

Denver RiNo Family Photography - Hydle Family

I was very excited about my second family photo shoot with Mary Hydle and her brood for some Denver RiNo family photography.  I'd met baby Quentin and 3 year old Keller last year when I had the honor of shooting Q's newborn photos but it was my first time doing a full family shoot with them this year.  Jeremy and Mary have such expressive faces and beautiful tattoos and the boys are adorable and fun.  They were all game for whatever I wanted to try so we traipsed around a funky old industrial building and later drove to this dead ugly old building that caught my eye.  I was happy to get some positive feedback from Mary and Jessica Brace about my new filter set because I've been nervous about making a change.  Thank you guys for being open to experimentation!  Remember the Gerber baby?  I think Quentin is the Nikon baby.  The rest of the shoot can be seen here. Denver RiNo Family Photography Hydle Collage 1Denver RiNo Family Photography Collage Hydle 1 Denver RiNo Family Photography collage Hydle 3

Samantha's Continuation - Event Photography

I took photos of of our friend Samantha's Continuation from elementary school.  The transition into middle school around here is a big deal.  Maybe it's that way everywhere?  Just wasn't that way when I was in school.  Of course those were the dark ages. There are certificates of completion, cake, flowers, and commendations for all the kids who complete elementary school.  I was impressed to see that the school had a sign language interpreter at the graduation - like the big leagues! The teachers cleverly planned a photo op after the ceremony where all the kids stood on the steps to the school for about five minutes and families could take turns getting a photo of the entire 5th grade together.  Of course the kids weren't all looking in the same direction but you get the idea.  There was a huge party at a student's house afterward, for the entire fifth grade, that I wish I could have attended.  They did a water-gun/water-balloon version of the Hunger Games.  I'm sure it was a riot. 

Congratulations Samantha!  I'm sure you will have a great time at Skinner!

Samanthas Graduation Collage
Samanthas Graduation Collage
Samantha's Graduation Collage #2
Samantha's Graduation Collage #2
Wilkins Family Collage at Drake's Graduation
Wilkins Family Collage at Drake's Graduation