Families

Large Group Family Photos Denver

My mom comes from a large family. She is one of seven kids and her father was one of eight. I remember her telling me that holidays were an absolute riot of fun with so many aunts and uncles and cousins together.   I loved to hear her stories of things they did together, all the different kids and cousins, all the fun of growing up with so many people to love. The funny thing is, though, I have never seen any photos of those gatherings. I can’t count all the cousins or see the chaos that must have reigned. It gets me thinking about the importance of getting good photos when family and friends gather for the holidays. The stories are so important, but so is being able to show, not just tell, your loved ones about days gone by. We all change, homes, relationships, the color on the dining room wall, your favorite china, the pets in our lives. Photographing those times is a terrific way to preserve your memories, remember who was there and who felt like being a grouch that day.

Large group family photos denver
Family walks up a hill away fro the camera.
Extended family group posing in front of a mountain.
Smaller group photo of just the adults and one dog.
Father and son talking
Family unit photo
Dad takes a cell phone photo in the distance.
All the kids, one grouch.

The way I like to photograph large groups (also knows as extended family photography) is to see if we can get a little energy into the images. Obviously we do try to get as much of an “ordinary” group photo as possible, but I do think that eventually the photos we will really treasure are the ones that show a bit more personality.

Typical large group family portrait in Denver
The goofy large group family portrait
Standard posed family portrat.
Posed family photo in the snow

Depending on the size of the group, I like to spend between 1-2 hours with the group. This allows me time to create the overall typical group portrait, get some more fun portraits of the group, and then break into smaller groups with grandparents alone, grandkids alone, grandparents and grandkids together, family units together, each generation together. In between, I try to capture moments that are unposed, so my clients have a bit of the overarching story to share as well.

Posed group family photo with dogs.
Group photo in the snow with dog photobomb.
Family gest ready or their photo, two dogs in ront.
family playing in tehs now with a dog
After the snowball fight.
Family unit portrait
Cousins getting goofy
Fun black and white moment photos
All the men in black and white
All the women in maatching red sweaters
Silly photo of man listening to his pregnant wife's belly
Family playing air shuffleboard
Two girls taking a selfie.

If the family has the time, we can do a longer session that includes more lifestyle photos of their day, perhaps their meal, or a family activity. That gives context and a lot more fascinating story to share with future generations.   Families can also schedule a Day in the Life Session with me for a true documentary experience. Learn more about Thanksgiving Documentary Family Photo Sessions here.

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Senior Family Photos Park Hill

I had a really moving experience with a client this fall.  They are a family with three sons, one of whom is 17 and was headed to college out of state, and two much younger boys.  It was important to the parents to get senior family photos before their oldest flew the coop.  I think we all understand that once a kid leaves for college, family photos will be few and far between. I have a personal understanding of where this family was coming from - my own oldest son flew the coop over a year ago.  While you feel somewhat liberated by having one less person to feed or clean up after, the reality is that there is a hole in your home and it feels very strange when your child is absent.  With this personal knowledge and comprehension of what this family was going through, I felt like I knew the type of story I wanted to tell with their photos.  Of course we got the typical, and ordinary pretty Christmas card shot, but we also worked on showing their uniqueness as a family, and their beautiful relationships.

After starting our session with some traditional (by my standards) beautiful group photos, I then concentrated on trying to show the connections in the family.  I asked mom and dad to talk to their oldest son and tell him how much they love him, tell him how wonderful he is and what he means to their family.  I couldn't hear what was being said, but I could see the emotions on their faces.  And then it happened.  Mom cried.  Oopsies.  It was happy crying, sad looking-to-the-future-with-your-son-in-another-state crying, beautiful I love you so much crying.  But crying nonetheless.  Fortunately, the crying then led to everyone laughing and relaxing and remembering that this story is about so much more than what outfit someone was wearing or whether or not one of the boys felt like smiling for the camera.

Each person had their own story and their own journey that day.  I think we made some remarkable photos together.senior family photos park hill Three boys walking away down a lane older brother walking with two younger boys senior family photos park hill family photo with mom and oldest son crying father looks down at his family father and son connecting on the beach father and oldest son connect while younger sons run wild in the background senior-family-photos-park-hill-13 senior-family-photos-park-hill-15 senior boy looks on at his family in the distance mom and oldest son talking in the sun father and son talking senior-family-photos-park-hill-20 goofy unique family photo connection between the two youngest sons family photos denver beach family photos mom poses like Shiva with younger sons making arms behind her senior-family-photos-park-hill-26 senior-family-photos-park-hill-30 sexy husband and wife photo

 

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Home Newborn Photos Denver

There is something special about in-home newborn photos.  The hospital photos, if that is where you choose to have your birth, are special because they are that moment when your life has changed, and when this baby looks most as he or she did in utero. But the in-home newborn photos capture more of what you and your child will really want to remember – what your home and your life was like in those first precious weeks and months. The new parents, outside the confines of hospital walls and the knowledge there is a nurse just feet away, show their newfound confidence in caring for their child and creating their own system and own way of childcare. Once home, parents become the experts on their child and lovingly adjust their lives around their new master (ha ha). Yet in all seriousness, once baby is home, so much of life is different, you suddenly have baby blankets and pacifiers and nursing pillows and bottles and swings and bouncers and and and and a whole universe of baby taking over the home. It’s fun to recognize the change and show your pride and commitment to a new way of life. I photographed this family in their home approximately a week after their son was born. Mom and dad had a chance to chill and relax into their roles as parents. They looked like absolute pros. It was also wonderful to see the Harry Potter themed room based on the books that both parents absolutely adore.

photo of harry potter themed newborn infant bedroom nursery
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woman holds her tiny baby while he grasps toward her
color photo of mother and child connecting
woman kissing fingers of her infant baby
artistic photo of a mother nursing her child
parents holding their newborn in the nursery
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closeup photos of a newborn baby's face
perspective photo though the crib of a mother holding her newborn child
black and white photograph of mother connecting with her newborn
in-home newborn photos denver mother in her harry potter themed nursery
parents connecting with their newborn in home
new mother in a quiet moment in her home
funny portrait of parents and newborn under wall art that says "i solemly swear that I'm up to no good"
family with newborn and their dogs
newborn baby fingers and toes closeup photos
wall art from Harry Potter that says "I solemly swear that I'm up to no good"

Fall Family Photos in Carbondale

I met this family when their middle child was a newborn!  I love catching up with the kids for their fall family photos every year and seeing how everyone has grown.   While I am primarily a Denver family photographer, I work up in Carbondale several times a year and look forward to connecting with new families in that area whenever I visit. We had fun on this photo shoot, the older two played while mom and dad finished getting ready and then we set off on a walk around their beautiful neighborhood.  Just a block or two away we found a field of grass and grabbed fun group shots with the family and even a couple with the somewhat uncooperative dog.   At one point we lost a family member to a severe case of needing a snack, and decided to just forge ahead because...well...kids.

These shots were taken the first week of October, and initially, we were concerned that date would be too late for fall foliage.  As you can see, we were just on the cusp for some trees, too early for some,just in time for those gorgeous red leaves.   We all agreed that they were having a late fall, who knows what will happen this year.  I think the full bloom of summer or as the leaves yellow all look beautiful in family photos.

Two ids playing outside Boy pulls his sister on a scooter board. Kids playing on a path surrounded by fall trees. Fall family photos in Carbondale grass

Black and white photo of family with their dog

Family photo with dog blocking the kids.

Photo of mom and dad in fall grass. Black and white fall family photos in Carbondale mom with three kids. Laughing fall family photo Cute little girl in purple dress in fall grass. Kids playing with their datd. Lifestyle fall family photos in Carbondale family playing in the grass. Adorable little boy Boy and his father. Dog running in the grass with tongue haging out. family dog runs! Dad and his youngest child having a quiet moment. Father with his two daughters. Back of a boy who was having an unhappy moment. Black and white photo of a family dismounting huge rock. Family having a snack in the kitche. Three kids sitting on a fence. Dad with his two oldest kids. Family on a fence in their new backyard.

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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!

Day in the Life Photography - The Beauty of Being

A common theme I hear about Day in the Life Photography is that people think themselves boring.  "We just don't do anything that interesting", they say.  "I can't imagine what we would do for all that time", when I explain a Day in the Life Session could run half the day.  Until you've looked at a lot of DITL photos and understood the context in which they were taken, it's difficult to appreciate that the photos are beautiful because people are beautiful, not because they were doing the most perfect thing in the most perfect location. Day in the Life sessions are about the small spaces in your life, not just the big moments.  We tend to remember our lives through our photographs, we share our family history with our friends and progeny by looking at photos.  I wish I had photos of what my room looked like when I was seven and I had built a castle of cardboard boxes for my stuffed animals.  I wish there were photos of when my mom decided to make marzipan and we spent an afternoon making little candy fruits and shapes.   I wish there were photos of my mom's art studio when we lived on Washington Island.  It's hard to share my childhood stories because there is no visual representation of any of those moments.  Day in the Life Photography helps you capture the beauty of being alive, of being you.

Boy eating steaming noodles.
Boy eating steaming noodles.
Men drinking beer, hanging out with dogs.
Men drinking beer, hanging out with dogs.
Girl drawing at the table.
Girl drawing at the table.
Man sitting in a chair next to a lamp.
Man sitting in a chair next to a lamp.
Man cooking breakfast.
Man cooking breakfast.
Family in their car with the dog in the center.
Family in their car with the dog in the center.
Black and white of a group with birthday candles
Black and white of a group with birthday candles

What part of your life today goes undocumented but will probably be the source of some of your favorite memories?

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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!

Celebrating Dad in Photos

I have some awesome dads to celebrate for Father's Day: My friends with whom we spend most Father's Days together for countless years.  The guys going to Dave and Leona's house to listen to punk records and drink beer, and the more recent tradition of them coming back to my house to then feast on backyard picnic foods (and drink more beer).

Black and white photo of famly of three all of them making silly faces. Side view of a man laughing.

David - whom I met Freshman year in the dorms, we have been friends ever since.  He's a rock climber, hiker, outdoors-man, loves to cook and eat, and is making sure that his children know the important cultural facts like the Bad Brains are the best punk rock band ever.  (Although I am also informed that the kids also like Depeche Mode - clearly discernment is a skill developed later in life.) Black and white photo of man holding infant.

John -  I met him in my sophomore year in college when he was my next door neighbor in a crappy apartment in Boulder.  He was a sushi chef at Zanmai and I was a death rock girl wearing lots of black eyeliner.  John recently took my youngest son to Japan on their family vacation.  John's a giver of gifts, drinker of beer, lover  of good old fashioned rock and roll.  He is also John Bole named after (and descended from) THE John A. Bole of the USS John Bole, US Navy destroyer ship named for John's great-uncle.  (Useless but kind of cool factoid, right?)

Smiling man in a Christmas gnome ugly sweater.

My husband, Jeff -  my best friend, my boyfriend, and my partner.  He holds my heart, he is funny and brilliant and possesses a wealth of useless facts.  He knows way too much about beer.  He can almost always tell you the name of director of any random film you can think of, who wrote some obscure piece of Russian underground literature, or the history of the world.  He cannot, however, abide crowds (unless at a punk show), malls (WTH?), or the color yellow.Man in a cowboy hat with a Landseer Newfoundland dog on a desert hill.Man jumping above a hay bale.

My stepdad, Shannon, who has been a part of my family since I was 11 years old.  He's a rock hound, artist, general jack of all trades, and builds handmade black powder rifles.  He doesn't like cheese (????!!!????), he has an entrepreneurial spirit, and he is wonderful with kids.Celebrating Dad Photos man and two women posing for a picture.Man loading a black powder rifle with a teen boy.

My brother-in-law Craig - artist, designer, business owner, bike-rider, ping-pong player, possessed of droll and sarcastic wit.  He does domestic brilliantly and is dedicated to his family.  He is handsome and funny and I can never tell if he's just tolerating me or if he really likes me.Family strikes a pose in a beautiful field with their dog.

Uncle George - hunter, fisherman, family chef, smoker of salmon, world traveler, lover of dogs, Cubs fan, a good sport and generally fun to be around.  Adult man grimacing kissing teen son on cheek.

My Dad, Jack, lover of the family hike (aka death march), finder of arrowheads, collector of records, reader of science fiction, player of darts, and eater of the most unbelievably unhealthy lunches you can imagine.  Dad is deeply loyal to his family, loves his children and grandchildren, can't boil water, is extremely artistic and clever, and plays a mean guitar.Plate holding a huge pile of cheetoes and four pieces of black licorice. Man wearing baseball cap and backpack in the trees.Sheltie with man and woman in background.

 

Photo of Dad at Cherry Creek Reservoir

Silhouette on a beach of man catching a bubble and his daughter in the foreground.
Silhouette on a beach of man catching a bubble and his daughter in the foreground.

Father's Day is this weekend.  I feel so grateful that I am in a profession that honors the people who are raising the next generation of our society.  We can show them with cheese faces and a paper background, or I can make an image that says something about a family.   Here's a dad who seems to be showing the wonder of bubbles.  He's joyously capturing the magic of a bubble to hand it to his daughter who is running toward him.  This is the kind of family photo I think everyone should have.

My Photo Editing Soundtrack

I have to listen to music when I am editing photos.  I need something to separate me from distractions; music helps center me and even helps with pacing my workload.  My photo editing soundtrack typically involves a Pandora station that suits the type of shoot I am editing.  After I pick the music, I set a timer for an hour (which is about how long I can edit without a break) and turn up the volume. Since all the music I listen to while editing is protected under copyright law, I'm not able to show a video with examples.  However, it's kind of fun to open one of the music clips and look at the photos.  Well...I think it's fun.

When I edit, I try to think of what kind of feelings I want for the shoot and play music that helps get me there. For example, when I am editing high school seniors I often listen to Alex Clare Radio. I like both the energy and drama of the music which feels like high school kids to me.  I listen to songs from Alex Clare (obviously), AWOLNATION, Florence and the Machine, and even some dubstep.

Black and white of teen girl running down the street looking over her shoulder laughing. Black and white of teen boy against window reflecting the clouds.

For me, the music selection when editing isn’t about what the people themselves listen to, it’s what helps me be in the right frame of mind for editing their shoot. If I’m editing a high-energy session, I don’t want to be listening to yoga music.

One of my more literal musical choices recently is listening to The Album Leaf’s A Day in the Life when I edit Day in the Life sessions. I love the spirit and atmosphere (if you can apply that term to music) of that song and the other music I get from Pandora in that vein.

Girl seen outside dancing through the front door. Natural looking photo of boy in car putting on his seatbelt. Black and white photo of famlly in their car through the front window. From the backseat, mom, dad, and small dog. Famlly dog in outside car window with wind blowing in his hair.

Lately, I’ve been editing some commercial work- lifestyle photography for a real estate company and I found Lunz Radio to really works for me. No particular message, just nice neutral background music.

Stapleton downtown photo. Stapleton Bluff Lake view of mountains.

For editing my own family, we are pretty eclectic. I like to listen to the Queens of the Stone Age, Detroit CobrasBig Star, and the Dirtbombs to edit my clan. My sons are both guitar players and write most of their own music.  I feel like the decade doesn’t matter much as long as it has guitars.

Boy eating steaming noodles. Man in the kitchen reading something on his ipad.Self portrait of woman and camera in mirror. Documentary photo of young man eating and watching TV

Finally, when I edit my own work for my website, I almost always listen to the Kinks.  (Isn't it funny how we often wind up adopting the music of our parents' generation?)  The song Victoria "sounds" like my photos.  I love the lyrics of People Take Pictures of Each Other and Picture Book. Wouldn't it be cool to license the Kinks for one's little photography business?

Mom blowing on girl's cheek while son blow's on mom's.Family on the beach in silhouette.Tatooed dad handing baby to beautiful mom Man in woods holding son and looking away from camera.Touching photo of woman huggin and older woman.

What is your family or business theme song?

Life Unstill shoots Day in the Life sessions in Denver, CO and beyond.  Contact Willy to schedule a session and find out your soundtrack.

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

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

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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

The Howe Family Singers - Family Photos in Golden

Family photos in Golden, CO.  I love photographing the Howe family, not just because they have the cutest girls I've ever seen but because Nicole really knows how to style a photo shoot.  They're easy to shoot, cooperative, fun, and everyone always looks fantastic.  If you want an example of how to dress for family photos, look no further.  We decided to shoot early at Red Rocks.  We hadn't anticipated that even on a weekday the amphitheater would be brimming with people - working out.  We quickly decided to abandon the amphitheater and head into the rocks where we got some neat cave-like shots and then a very tiny "hike" along a trail.  The girls were a bit bored with all this but easily bribed into cooperation with some of my Melaleuca candy.  heh heh.  Of course then you get candy face photos.  Oh well, life of a photographer.  Big thanks for Nicole and Bryan for letting me play around with my new Lensbaby on their photos.  Got some great shots look like an early 70's folk album:  "The Howe Family Singers".  The rest of the images can be seen here. Family Photos in Golden - Howe Collage 1 Family Photos in Golden - Howe Collage 2 Family Photos in Golden - Howe Collage

Anniversary Party - Ray and Claudette's 50th

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anniversary photos Bedingfield collage 15
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anniversary photos Bedingfield collage 8
anniversary photos Bedingfield collage 9
anniversary photos Bedingfield collage 9
anniversary photos Bedingfield collage 10
anniversary photos Bedingfield collage 10
anniversary photos Bedingfield collage 11
anniversary photos Bedingfield collage 11
anniversary photos Bedingfield collage 12
anniversary photos Bedingfield collage 12
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anniversary photos Bedingfield collage 13
anniversary photos Bedingfield collage 14
anniversary photos Bedingfield collage 14

I helped celebrate Ray and Claudette Bedingfield's 50th wedding anniversary party with event photos.  Their marvelously talented daughter Laurel designed and made all of the decorations including headbands adorned with pictures of the couple or the number "50".  As a surprise she encouraged everyone to wear gold (for the Golden Anniversary) and it was fun to see how each person interpreted the request.  Kenny managed to find a golden Elvis jacket in the back of a closet.  Friends and family mingled on the porch while caterers served sangria, beer, and hors d'oeuvres.  Claudette's brother Danny, who acted as the Officiant for the evening, donned a religious-looking costume for most of the night and had many guests perplexed as he is a Unitarian minister (the robe was a joke).  When Ray and Claudette renewed their vows there was some ad libbing by Claudette who announced that after 50 years of marriage she vows to stop nagging.  Ray immediately said "I do" before she could change her mind.  Later a quartet of Laurel, Nathan, Logan, and Danny performed an Elvis song.  When they began to struggle with the words, Claudette joined them to finish it off.  A wonderful time was had by all.   Happy Anniversary to a truly beautiful couple.  Hope to see you at the 75th.

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