Looking back on November

A few things I learned –

Sometimes you will have to tell a friend no, and then that friendship might end, and you just have to be OK with it and move on.

But speaking of friends, an hour-and-a-half drive is really a very silly reason not to see a friend in way too long.

You never, ever, ever look ridiculous when you play with a child. If you’re holding back, stop it.

When something catches your eye and you want to photograph it, stop and do so. It’s worth the few seconds to have the memory.

Joining in on a challenge and not finishing doesn’t make you a loser. Any time you put down the foundation on a project, it’s a good thing. Wonderful things grow from small seeds, even slowly.

Snapshots of the month –

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In November, I wrote the following at MiddlePlaces.com

Did anything amazing, exciting, or beautiful happen for you in November?

Dana Mo Joy Portwood - ooooo – gosh I love this concept.
and the pics
and the lessons
and
well
you.

Dottie Leavy Van Deventer - I love reading your writings! And knowledge and ummm you!

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Excludes Combination Sessions (example: family AND senior session at one time), Weddings, and Maternity/Newborn Combo Sessions (you may purchase for maternity OR newborn, but cannot be used in place of the Maternity/Newborn session package). Cannot be used in 2013.

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Little Man Fynn {Colorado Newborn & Family Photography}

I got to meet this little one when he was two weeks old, the same age his big sister was when I first met (and photographed) her. We had a couple of false starts due to timing, something his mommy and I joked about (how it wouldn’t be a session with her family if we didn’t have to reschedule it at least once!), so it was kind of a fun deal to meet him with the same kind of timing as their first child.

To say he is adorable is a bit of an understatement, and to say he might not be adored by his big sis would be a flatout lie!

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Still, Lia is used to being the One and Only, so like most new big sisters and brothers, she was torn between wanting the attention for herself and wanting to show off her brother. Here, when attempting a sweet moment with Mom and Fynn, she very effectively (she’s got skillz!) photo-bombed me!

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So then Dad stepped in to help, and walla! Two pictures for the price of one!

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Lia gave us a few family shots and then quickly left the scene. Toddlers are like that – tiny little divas! But that’s OK, because it gave us time to capture these moments.

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Since we were in the same location as Lia’s newborn pictures, we knew we had to recreate a few shots. Mainly, the doll pictures. However, that proved to be slightly more challenging this time around, given we now had a toddler on the scene. She bounced around, wiggled every half a second, and decided at one point to trade dolls with her little brother. Except, Little Man was still tucked into the crook of Raggedy Andy’s arm. And that’s why Moms and Dads are always right out of the frame, just in case ANYTHING happens!

We did get a couple of good ones, though.

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And seriously, Lia loves Fynn like nobody’s business! It’s going to be so awesome watching them grow up together.

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Here we wanted to recreate one from Lia’s session but it just so happens, Lia wasn’t very interested. You see? She literally bounced between excitement and boredom, from spotlight to hiding.

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I love me some baby feet. I especially love baby feet when they aren’t kicking so I can actually get those tiny toesies in focus!

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Little Fynn was rather calm throughout his whole session, but he did stir up a little adorable cry for me (adorable, obviously, because I don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to that cry, amiright?).

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But Mom has the magic touch. Seriously beautiful…

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In every session, I only like to attempt a few posey, cutesy-type photos, using whatever may be in the home or props that I brought. I’m more into natural newborn and family poses in general, but I also like to be (safely!) creative at least once. When I saw this chair, I knew I’d want to do something cute. Something old, something new — that kind of thing. And notice in the second image down how big sister is keeping a close eye on her brother as I work with him. She’s going to be an amazing big sister, that’s for sure!

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Finally, I decided it was time to wrap things up while Fynn was still snoozing. Better to leave parents with a calm, sleeping baby than a crying one, I always say. (Well, I just started saying it this year. But I think it’s a good idea!)

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If you missed the Aga Family Maternity session, please don’t miss it! (And in case you missed the links in this post to Lia’s newborn session, click here!)

Autumn Champlin - Awww! Too sweet! Beautiful lil family :-)

Regina Gayle Trainor - Love this lil family!

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Scott and Kara Are Getting Married! {Colorado Engagement Photography}

Some many months ago, I shared some pictures that were NOT engagement pictures. At the time, they were actually engaged but we hadn’t gone out to do official engagement pictures yet. We were going to get to it ANY day! But a series of scheduling issues (he’s a new police officer, so his schedule has been full) led to the whole summer passing into fall, and when we finally had a day where all three of us were available, it rained. Of course.

Still, we made the best of it and trekked the backcountry to get to Crested Butte, where Scott initially took Kara to propose. Car sickness and rain (and my son’s extreme fatigue from not getting much sleep) aside, we laughed and talked and plotted and planned, making the best of it.

Upon arriving, the rain actually stopped, for which we were thankful, but we were greeted by loud bellows from lots and lots and lots of cows!

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They made for some fun pictures and all, and I have a video that I’m willing to sell to the highest bidder, but there were landmines, if you know what I mean, which made the hike in slightly challenging, given the already soggy grounds. Still, we decided we were on their land, so we made the best of it. Notice how even the cow was grossed out enough to walk away?

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Anyway, so we were headed to Judd Falls. It was quite chilly, wet, and dark with the cloud cover, not exactly ideal photography weather, but we were determined all the same.

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Scott decided to reenact the proposal.

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I’m rather hopeful that he didn’t crack up laughing during the real question-popping moment.

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I decided to then give them a second or two alone to remember that special day. What I really meant is, I’ll be taking a picture of the waterfall and kind of spying on you. For the record, I make a terrible spy.

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These were supposed to make up their Save the Date announcements. Only thing is, in the end, they changed the date. Of course.

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Both these two and the scenery were just gorgeous. Even the cows were lovely against the soggy greens. (The cows are part of the story that day. That’s why they are here. Also, cows — yay!)

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A little silliness — (Truth: Their whole session is more “outtake” like this than serious, but that’s just who they are!)

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Everyone say goodbye to the cows, because they did NOT seem happy to have us there.

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Scott and Kara will be married in January, and we couldn’t be happier to have Kara joining our family. And to answer the big question: No, no I will not be photographing the wedding. I will be experiencing their amazing day, not documenting it. Sometimes you have to put the camera down and live your beautiful everyday life.

PS: I wrote a little bit about their engagement at MiddlePlaces.com — http://middleplaces.com/2013/07/08/in-the-middle-of-ring-shopping/

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The Lovely Little Lady S {Colorado Springs Newborn Photography}

So, this happened!

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I’m sure you remember when this beauty was still a baby bump? Yeah, well, she’s been here for a little while and now I’m able to share her newborn pictures with you. Like many of the special babies born this year, this darling one also holds a special place in my heart. Being able to go from engagement to wedding, rock the dress to BABY, well, that’s pretty big for me as a photographer, and this year has been slap full of these special photographic (and heart) moments.

This has been the Year of the Baby, so when it was time for this one, I was on pins and needles, waiting, praying, and so excited. I got to meet her one week later.

(I sort of had to stand on tiptoe to get this mirror shot. I have no idea how Baby Girl is supposed to be able to look at herself and then pull the mirror off the wall and break it. But maybe that’s the point…)

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By the way, in case you don’t know this about me, I’m the Baby Whisperer. Babies from all over smile when I ask them to so that I can take their picture. It’s true. Ask anyone! (Don’t, however, ask if they ever cry around me, because then those parents are just lying. Like, seriously.)

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I knew as soon as I saw pictures of the nursery that I would somehow get a photo with this tree. I am in love!

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As babies are often wont to do, this dear one see-sawed between sleep and being alert, and we loved — and photographed — her all the same.

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Oh, hello gorgeous mama! Like mother, like daughter. Autumn is, as you may have learned already, one of my favorite people. She is gentle and kind and compassionate, and even if she weren’t so beautiful on the outside, she would still be beautiful on the outside. Because that is how wonderful she is. And watching her as a mother, well, my heart just grew three sizes bigger.

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Jake is pretty too. (I wouldn’t want him to feel left out.) But honestly? The baby just brings his whole look together, amiright?

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I just don’t tire of looking at these baby faces, and this tiny one just steals my heart.

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Lest you think Jake has gotten too serious since becoming a dad… (Can’t you almost hear her saying, “Daaaaaad!”?)

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And lastly, well, she IS her father’s child.

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A little behind-the-scenes shot of Uncle Nic capturing a precious moment with his big brother and beautiful niece.

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There will be more of this little one in the coming months. And her gorgeous best friend. (Oh yes, she already has a best friend!)

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Looking back on October

A few things I learned –

I can push myself in healthy ways. During this last month, I walked and ran a lot. I pushed to my farthest walk/run at 6.26. I’m proud of that. I might not do that every day, but I know it’s in me.

It’s silly to lie awake at night trying to figure out how everything will get done the next day. The truth is, it will all get done or it won’t. And life will go on either way.

Don’t be nervous when meeting old/new friends (old as in you know them online, but new as in you’re just now meeting them in person). People are people, and you ALREADY like each other. It’s all good.

Babies will be born on the one day you gave yourself off, and you won’t mind one bit.

Sometimes the world tries to tell you to stop giving, and then you have to tell that part of the world that it is a liar. Give more, not less. Time, gifts, food, whatever.

Other times, the world tells you to give up. Never, ever, ever give up.

Snapshots of the month –

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In October, I wrote the following at MiddlePlaces.com

I also reinstated my personal blog, and The Tiara Project changed to Scars and Tiaras.

Did anything amazing, exciting, or beautiful happen for you in October?

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All dressed up for the ball

Air Force Ball 2013
Air Force Ball 2013
Air Force Ball 2013

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