Sisters make the greatest friends | Colorado Child Photography

These dark-eyed beauties (and their beautiful mama!) met up with me for a mini-shoot before the weather here went all crazy. No, that’s not true. It was sort of between crazy weather seasons — from rain to snow. But this day was gorgeous, and these lovely sisters made the day even more beautiful with their sunshine personalities.

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The baby seemed a little apprehensive about my big ole camera in her face, and she was also more interested in watching her big sis than in looking at me.

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Big sister looooooved flowers. I have many of her posing with them. And frankly, she just makes those flowers look even more beautiful, don’t you think?

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Baby girl is just darling, such a sweet girl. You know, just like her sister.

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“A sister is a forever friend.” -Author Unknown

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Oh, and lest I forget, my treasures from the eldest beauty.

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This was one of those quick sessions where you play play play, snap snap snap, and then let the children get on with their day. Keeping it short with small ones often leads to a better outcome overall, and I just loved the time we spent, as well as the end results.

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Joe and Ellen Celebrate 5 Years | Colorado Love Photography

When Ellen first contacted me, we were having some pretty interesting phone issues up here in the mountains due to weather. So I was thrilled when she followed up with an email so we could chat about her interest. I was particularly thrilled to hear from her because, though I adore “word of mouth” and “a friend of” clients, when someone just stumbles onto my work and loves it enough to want to hire me, that is a special kind of joy.

We exchanged emails for a while, working out the details, and then finally, the day arrived and I drove to their beautiful home to photograph their celebration of five years of marriage.

Meet Joe and Ellen –

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Gorgeous, right? Additionally, they are super kind, sweet, and funny! We spent a few hours together and they made my job so easy, welcoming me and making me feel comfortable.

Their affection for each other was heartwarming and very newlywed-like. I love working with couples who are obviously so in love with each other.

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So, early into the session, I ended up telling Ellen I thought she looked like Claire Danes, who I think is quite beautiful, and then Joe teased her by calling her Claire.

I may or may not have accidentally called her Claire a few times after that. “Claire, can you…err…ELLEN, I mean, ELLEN!”

I blame Joe.

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They live in a gorgeous part of Colorado, and we were thrilled to get a warm sunset over the rolling hills that surround them.

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You should know that there was quite a bit of laughing in between all these beautiful moments.

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Seriously? Love it!

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When they came out with their final wardrobe change, I felt like we had stepped into an L.L. Bean advertisement. I’m sorry, but could Ellen BE any more gorgeous? You’re pretty too, Joe.

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I fell in love with the way these two looked at each other. So much heart.

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Family Portrait! The one on the left didn’t really like me very much. Neither did the one on the right. (The puppies, I mean. I’m pretty sure the humans liked me all right.) They might have fussed at me a bit to get off their lawn. Dogs…whatcha gonna do!

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This was one of the most fun sessions I’ve had with a couple, and I am so thankful to have met you both, Joe and Ellen. Keep on looking at each other like that. Please!

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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!

Breathing it in | Angela Giles Klocke - […] Looking back on November […]

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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/

Struggling with the blessings | Angela Giles Klocke - […] year, I will become a mother-in-law and a grandma. This baffles me, and the humor is not lost on me. As I face this mystery of who I am […]

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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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