Fall is the season of family portraits, and I have had sessions back to back weekend after weekend. It has been so fun and especially because every session is so different and reflective of the special relationships held within a family. This session was very special not only because the Baksts are great friends, near and dear to my heart, but also because I have been photographing them since little Benji was born. There's nothing I love more about my job than watching families grow. So much love!
Congratulations to Liza and Bridge, otherwise known as Briza, for the most amazing Mt. Princeton Hot Springs wedding! These two had somewhat of an elopement, by creating a super private and intimate wedding weekend, with only 30 of their family and friends. I am semi-retired after having photographed weddings of all sizes for about 12 years...so now, I only photograph 1-5 weddings per year. Occasions like this one make me really fall in love with the whole ritual of a wedding. While there is something truly amazing about having all 100-200 people that you love in life surrounding you, there is something quite different about having such an intimate gathering. Every person that was present truly got to know each other, creating a circle around the bride and groom, supporting them in this momentus and beautiful occasion, marking the beginning of their union and journey together. What a joy to photograph this wedding! Congratulations Liza and Bridge!
Happy Birthday to the sweet baby Maylin, her first birthday is today! What a treat to photograph this little cutie. One of the best parts of creating a great photo shoot experience is in the personal details. Maylin's mama Miranda and poppa Brady pulled together some really adorable ideas, from using a quilt that was given to her when she was born, which has individual pieces of fabric from each of the ladies in Miranda's life, Maylin's Great Grandmother's chair, the balloons, ruffled outfits, and of course the sparkle headband and tutu. There were actually a couple unicorns running around too but they requested all the photo attention be directed to the birthday girl ;) Below are some of my favorites...Enjoy!
I love the balancing act of a baby learning to walk...makes me just melt, the arms out, the little feet, and envisioning all the places she will go!
Does it get any cuter? I mean, seriously.
Trying to make a 1 year old smile for a camera really wears them out... if it wears adults out, it must be exhausting for a little mini! There's a moment when Maylin just really let us know that she was done, and when she found the comfort on Dad's shoulders and in Mom's arms, those were some of the most authentic and sweet images of all. I just adore these next two...
Happy Birthday little Maylin and congratulations to Brady and Miranda for your first year of parenthood. So much love to your sweet, sweet family!
SO happy to be photographing the sweet Liza Aslor and Bridge Morgan's wedding in September...which is just around the corner! These two are truly incredible people and their love is so apparent, not only in the expression of their relationship, but the way they live their lives. Both are truly beautiful inside and out, and I am so happy for them to tie the knot!
Their engagement session was so much fun...they had an intimate picnic at sunset hour at one of their favorite parks. Of course I was fluttering around them the whole time, but nonetheless, I got many-a-glimpse of their authenticity, sweetness, character and humor in the way they interacted. And how adorable that their Bella pup is such a part of the family! So happy for you both and can't wait to photograph your wedding...let the countdown begin!
Last month, I was asked by my sweet friend and client, Ashley Curran, to photograph the memorial service and celebration of life of her husband, Kevin Curran. While incredibly honored, humbled and a bit nervous, throughout the service and celebration, I was continually reminded of Kevin's true spirit, through the expression of his family and friends...and so I was repeatedly calmed, grateful to have known him and happy to be documenting such a memorable event.
To circle back to my first post about Kevin, I just want to take another chance to honor an absolutely incredible human being and a large group of people who lost someone they so dearly loved. Through this perspective and heartache, we are constantly reminded to cherish the present, have gratitude for each day we have, especially with those we care about most...and to celebrate our hearts capacity to love!
Kevin's service was bursting with people and energy, which was such a testament to who he was and the kind of relationships he and Ashley nurtured. The speeches were full of joy and laughter, the day was truly beautiful, and everyone truly expressed their greatest memories of Kevin's life. He is truly a cherished soul...his uniqueness, character, dedication, humor, laid back nature, and magnetic personality was shining through the whole evening. It was truly a celebration filled with love, connection, laughter, reflection, emotion and joy for what a life Kevin lived. And I believe whole-heartedly that all of the people in his life, especially his family, Ashley and their 2 gorgeous children, will carry on his spirit forever.
Below are a few images from the evening, and for the guests at the celebration, a link to the photos from the evening. My love continues to go out to you Ashley and to all of Kevin's family and friends...may your hearts heal and be comforted as time passes on. So much love to you all!
One of the most profound things about my job as a photographer is being trusted with people's family memories. It is a true honor to take photos with the hopes of capturing something beautiful, a connection that exists between people, or a memory they can hold on to forever...to remind them of their love and this incredibly powerful and precious life. Many of my clients are either dear friends or have become so...because the nature of photography is that you get the honor of glimpsing into people's family story, documenting their relationships and sharing that beauty with the people they love most.
Two such people are Kevin & Ashley Curran. Ashley and Kevin have known each other since grade school, they were high school sweethearts and married young, clearly an everlasting connection between them...such sweetness in their history! They are truly 2 of the most kind and sweet people I have ever known and their relationship is a testament to true love, always inspiring and so wonderful to be around them, bringing humor and lightness everywhere they go.
On Monday, the devastating news came that Kevin passed away very suddenly. My heart absolutely pours out to Ashley, their 2 beautiful children, Jack and Caroline, Kevin's parents, their entire family and all of their friends. During this emotional time, all I can do is send love and peace their way, and know that Ashley will be completely nurtured and supported by both of their families and the compassionate community that surrounds her. She and Kevin both built an incredibly wonderful circle of love and life around them, just by being who they are, and I trust that will provide her with love, and a sense of peace and comfort along the way. With a compassionate heart, I want to thank Kevin for being a truly wonderful human being and honor him and Ashley with some photos of their beautiful family. His spirit will shine on forever through theirs...
So much love and light to you Ashley, Caroline, Jack, the entire Curran Douglas family, and all the amazing friends out there. Hug each other tight. I am deeply reminded of the value and power of today, of love and of the beauty of relationship. Kevin, you were one of the most kind, funny, grounded, loyal and quality humans I have ever known and I can tell you brought so much joy to the people in your life! I truly wish I had gotten to know you better. Sending you peace and a warm, bright space in your heart, and an eternal spirit...you were clearly loved here and will be forever!
A few things that I love tie this post together: Environmentalism, Beauty & Giving. Aveda, together with their salons, spas, stores, institutes and guests, raises money each year to contribute to environmental causes around the world. "In honor of Earth Day, Aveda has set aside a whole month to love, celebrate and raise funds to protect the earth and its peoples." Since 1999, Aveda has raised over $26 million, $20 million of which goes towards local and international clean water causes.
I was asked to join in their cause this past April for Earth Month, by volunteering my photography to help a local salon, Namaste, who put on a fashion show titled Earth, Wind & Hair. The show highlighted their unique and earthy yet vibrant and edgy aesthetic, which I absolutely love. I didn't photograph the show itself because I was chosen as their "behind the scenes" photographer, which was a complete honor, very fitting and delighted me even more than documenting the show itself. Often times with art, I feel connected to the creative process more than the final product because I love witnessing the decision making, the collaboration and the transformation leading up to an event.
In the end, Namaste raised close to $2000 through this event, which benefited Western Resource Advocates, a Colorado based non-profit geared towards protecting the West's land, air and water. I was honored and happy to donate my time to help with this incredible cause, and super impressed with the hair, make-up and fashion. Below are some of my favorite images from the day. Enjoy!
Yesterday, I had one of those days where I had some around-the-house weekend things I wanted to accomplish... I had plans to have a leisurely Sunday playing music, drinking tea while I do my thing, and enjoying a day of "relaxing" productivity. After yoga class, I stepped outside and felt the heavenly warmth of the sun, and while driving home, saw people outside everywhere...biking, playing on the river, laying in the park, walking, laughing, loving spring and life! All I could think was, "I do not want to be inside today, checking things off my list, at all!" I had the most overwhelming feeling of exit desire, so I decided it was a day to celebrate the Earth and drive to Boulder!
Once I got up there, even though some dark clouds came rolling in, I felt an automatic sense of calm, the cool air and sunshine peeking through here and there...and quiet, no to do lists, just time to be...breathe, listen, move, and take in a little nature. It was a perfect celebration of the Earth.
My dedication today for Earth Day, is huge gratitude for the gifts of nature. In addition to making eco-friendly choices every single day, choosing to increase my awareness of how to make as small of footprint as I can and supporting companies who are earth-do-gooders of local ideals, I also choose to have the utmost gratitude and respect for the gifts, the metaphors, education, creative inspiration & adventures I receive from Mother Earth!
I love the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the Flatirons in particular. They are iconic and memorable, stable, grounding, always there when you need them kind of mountains. They are the Archetype landscape of Boulder, loved by visitors and a symbol of home to residents. They hold so many memories for my college years...curious, playful and sometimes risky adventures, intimate conversations, hysterical laughter, physical challenges, simple joys of getting a little lost in the woods, and and many many photographs. The home of my photography mentor and first photography job was literally across the street from Chatauqua, and so those mountains will forever remind me of the days I fell in love with photography.
I have a total crush on miniature things in nature, like flower buds and berries. I also love the idea of all the teeny tiny creatures running around in their little underground micro-worlds, with all the big humans not knowing they even exist.
The sky is truly one of the most influential descriptors of a day. When you walk outside and say that it's a gorgeous day, you are most likely primarily referring to the sky, and of course the temperature. But the sky sets the mood, every time, and I love every single variation, such direct metaphors for the human range of emotions.
Trees are like friends in the woods. Who doesn't love trees! I dream of doing a project where I go around every corner of the Earth, documenting every kind of tree that exists. Wouldn't that be the most incredible journey? I think so.
And thank goodness for our furry friends who lead us along the paths, take us off the paths, and show us the bounty of excitement that only comes out on a hike out in nature. True harmony.
I love the organic shapes and designs created in nature. There was something so beautiful and illuminated about this reflection in the muddy water, a beautiful metaphor in and of itself. I am also completely obsessed with lichens and moss. "Lichens are composite organisms consisting of a fungus and a photosynthetic partner growing together in a symbiotic relationship." When I think of fungus or algae alone, I think of slimy and gross. But something about how these 2 work together, harvesting light for food, makes them so naturally beautiful.
Heart shaped rocks, rock stacks, and smiling rocks, there's even happiness in the rocks! I hope wherever you are, that spring is welcoming you with beauty and that you can go out to enjoy and be grateful for all the natural goodness there is. Thank you Paige Eden for joining me on the Boulder Journey yesterday!
Happy Earth Day everyone!
Welcome to my new blog! I figured since it's a new website and it feels like 2013 just barely started, I would start with a little dedication to new beginnings. Every January, we all share the turning of a new year, and with all the other Capricorns out there, I also share the turning of a new age. I love having my birthday in January, its a double refresh, double whammi of newness and perspective, and a double dose of sweetness.
I know I am not alone in believing in treating yourself to something uber special on your birthday, something that makes you feel pumped to be alive. Even if it's something simple, we all want to feel the love on the anniversary of our birth, right!? It's not only a day that you are blessed with loving phone calls from your family, birthday songs & facebook posts from all your friends and maybe even some real life written cards in the mail...but it is also the one day of the year that's all about you, and you can celebrate in whatever way you choose. It's a chance to start fresh and create a new palette of ideas and perspective, and create whatever you want! I think we could all agree that everday, but especially on birthdays we should focus on how far we have come, all that we are grateful for, and celebrate the experience of living on this incredible planet during this incredible time, with all the beautiful people in our lives. Yes, getting older brings its fair share of challenges, emotions, pains, losses and difficult transitions. So it's just as important, if not more, for us to stay true to what energizes us, inspires us and makes us happy every day, as it is to work hard and take care of business. It's so easy to slip in to feeling overworked or down and out for whatever reason...this comes in waves. But a birthday is one of the most awesome days to let everything go, take the day (or week) off of work, make something happen that is all about you, focus on all the awesome, positive things about life and start the year off right! Choose your surroundings, choose the characters in your story, choose happiness and create something wonderful as a gift to yourself. A quote I saw on Facebook: "Do Epic Shit! Go forth and be a force of the awesome." Yes, do that.
I am a total seeker of palm trees and sunshine, toes in the sand, desert heat, cocktails by the pool and gourmet food adventures (who isn't?!) This year for my birthday, I went on an adventure to one of my favorite areas of the country...Southern California. 4 of my best friends gathered from Denver, LA, Santa Barbara and Vegas, and we had a super fun road trip adventure...one of the best birthdays yet, and even though sometimes my mind tries to convince me I'm getting old, I didn't feel old for a minute! The journey was Denver > Santa Barbara > LA > Palm Springs > LA > and back home to Denver. Here are some of my favorite pics...enjoy!
Thank you Jenna, Tarissa, Tina & RJ for the best birthday adventure ever!