Yearly Archives: 2011

The Fox Family: Daniels Park Family Portraits

Earlier in the year you may recall we photographed Matt & Kristie while she was pregnant for a couple’s maternity session. Well, their little man entered the world about 6 months ago now and this time we had the chance to photograph the three of them- Matt, Kristie and baby Ethan. He’s adorable!!! We’ve know this awesome couple for a few years now after photographing their wedding and their not just clients but friends. They recently started a fellowship prayer group that we were able to join and are so glad to have them in our lives! Anyway, the first week of November on the first day of the time change we met up at Daniels Park for pictures. I always forget just how fast the sun sets this time of year and especially that first day when we lose an hour of light in the evening. We actually got some pretty awesome backlit images as the sun was going down but it soon got really cold so we cut the session short and headed back to the house for just a few photos of Ethan while we had a little bit of daylight left. We’ll be taking a few more pics since our session got cut short but I loved these ones we got that day. Everyone was troopers with that cold air coming in especially Kristie in a dress! (Michelle was freezing even with gloves and a jacket). Here’s some of my favorites- stay tuned for the rest!

The Kitchens Family: Highlands Ranch Family Pictures

While there may be a few kids who are fairly neutral when it comes to having their picture taken most kids fall into one of two categories- those who hate it and those who could smile all day long posing for the camera. Our little Goddaughter Berlin is definitely the latter. We’ve known the Kitchens family since I started my current “day job” several years back and have been great friends ever since. They moved to Colorado from Texas back then but unfortunately only stayed for a little while before moving back to their home state. We miss having them here but LOVE getting to spend time with them every time they visit Colorado. It’s been amazing to watch their daughter Berlin grow- from a little miracle baby born just a bit over 2 lbs to now a 3 year old full of energy with the biggest smile ever! Back in October they came out to visit for a family vacation and while this wasn’t a planned photo shoot we decided since it was such nice weather that we’d love to take some family pictures for them. I have to smile every time I see that big grin on Berlin’s face. We just love this family and are so blessed to have them in our lives. Love you guys!!

Tarika: Denver Actress Headshots

A few weeks back we met Tarika to take some acting headshots for her portfolio. In addition to acting she works with the Nathan Yip Foundation who we had the pleasure of getting connected with a few years back after a friend and one of our favorite brides (Hanako) introduced us to this wonderful organization. Tarika needed some headshots for her acting portfolio but while we were out taking photos we also took some additional portraits that she could use outside of just her portfolio. She wanted an urban look for the images and the lower Highlands neighborhood of Denver was the perfect location- I think this is one of my favorite places in Denver to shoot!  It was a tad windy and as soon as the sun started setting it went from a pretty nice day to COLD really fast (it was the end of October so I guess we can’t complain too much). We had a great time working with her and found some really cool places we hadn’t photographed before. Tarika was so nice and as the photos show obviously very photogenic! Here’s some of my favorites- enjoy!

Anna Bé: Her Life Magazine October Trendsetter

I know I haven’t posted our September cover yet for Her Life Magazine and usually try to post them in order but since the 2011 wedding season just ended and the start of the 2012 wedding planning is underway I think it’s only appropriate to post our October Trendsetter for Anna Bé first. If you’re planning a 2012 summer wedding and not wanting to purchase a wedding dress “off the rack” now is the time to order your dress so what better time to show some awesome dresses to give you some inspiration. I LOVED the dresses we got to use for this photo shoot! No cliché wedding gowns you’ve seen hundreds of times on bride after bride. The idea behind the shoot was centered around the 1920’s with a modern spin. It was great to get to work with male models as well for this one to change things up. Other than our AWESOME models I have to say this shoot was one of my most challenging to date. I personally am happy with the end result of the images but nothing seemed to go right for this one the day of. You won’t typically hear me complain about photography (other than it is a LOT of work- I LOVE it anyway) but I think sometimes it’s okay to share that not everything goes smoothly every time and like most people’s jobs we have days that it just seems like our boss and the world are against us and this just happened to be one of those days. Everything from being told from the venue midway through the shoot that we weren’t allowed to use the fog machine, accidentally pulling a cord that brought one of my lights crashing down, rushing through the second half of the shoot due to some delays in getting ready, being told to keep my day job (as a firefighter) and some troubles working with the clients were all part of our day. I was definitely ready to hang up the camera for good after this one but I think in the end that the pictures turned out great (even if it’s just my opinion). Here’s some of my favorites- would love some feedback on this one!

Our AMAZING Models: Lauren Cisneros, Alex Emerson, Rachael Brink, & Jonny Blanciak all from Donna Baldwin Talent

Mooney Family Portraits: Littleton, Colorado

We’ve known the Mooney family since the beginning of 2005 when I started my “day job” working with David. In 2006 we had the pleasure of photographing their wedding (with film!) and we’ve had the chance to watch their family grow over the years first with Ethan and then with Makayla (we absolutely adore these kids). We’re very blessed to have this wonderful family in our lives and love getting to photograph them every chance we get. This year we waited until the fall for their family portraits and as anyone living in Colorado can agree this was one of the most beautiful fall’s we’ve had in I can’t remember how long! Of course it had to end with a nice foot of snow to cover what was left of all the seasonal colors but we took these photos a few days before that happened. I think these have to be my favorites we’ve ever taken for the Mooney’s. We met near the South Platte Reservoir for their session the last week of October. We’d been to that location two other times but never this time of year. All the yellows in the trees made the perfect fall backdrop for their pictures. We had such a good time and just love these guys! We could have been out all day taking pictures for them- here’s a glimpse into our day. 

Nami + John: Family Portraits at Cherry Creek North

It’s crazy how fast kids grow! Back in January we met Nami & John, Nami’s mother, and their two adorable little boys, Mason & Tyler at their home for baby pictures of little Mason. Now little Mason is running around everywhere keeping his parents on their feet chasing after him. We were so excited to meet up with this sweet family again for their family pictures at Cherry Creek North. I LOVE photographing at Cherry Creek North and for a family session it was even better. Most of the time we tend to stick to more “Colorado” type locations for family pictures so it’s fun when people choose an area that’s a little different than the norm. Fortunately the weather cooperated right through the end of the month so we had perfect weather for their session right before the snow came in. We had a wonderful time working with all of them and of course what fall session would be complete without letting the kids play in the leaves? Here’s some of our favorites from the day from this beautiful family. Thanks guys for the fun afternoon!

Cydney + Kiel: Wedding at The Manor House

So this post is going to be a bit longer than usual. For one I’ve known Cydney since we were in elementary school and so I couldn’t have been more thrilled to capture this day for her and Kiel. Secondly, this was the last wedding of the year and we had the most beautiful fall day, a beautiful location, and a beautiful couple to photograph.  Lastly, well Cydney is a wedding planner so this wedding had so many gorgeous details that I had to share Cydney’s talents with future brides and can’t stress enough how much we recommend hiring Cydney! Cydney & Kiel were married last Saturday at The Manor House in Ken Caryl Ranch. The Manor House is one of my favorite locations to photograph for obvious reasons. It’s a beautiful location! We were so fortunate to have such awesome weather the day of the wedding. Besides a little wind (okay a LOT of wind) the weather was perfect for the end of October. Despite the wind the girl’s hair stayed in place all day- big props to Samantha Koch! Cydney & Kiel opted to see each other before the wedding for a “first look” session which provided us with the just the right amount of time to get plenty of pictures in the pre sunset warm light. We took so many amazing pictures it was almost impossible to narrow down which ones to post! And we had the coolest bridal party ever (and cutest groomsdog) which just added to more awesomeness! I could go on and on about all the details of their wedding but I’ll just let the pictures do the talking. We couldn’t be happier for Cydney & Kiel- thanks guys for trusting us to capture this wonderful day for you!

***ALL OF THE VENDORS BELOW ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED***

Wedding Planner: Cydney Johnson (Bride)- Stiletto Events

Ceremony & Reception Site: The Manor House

Flowers: Colleen Oakes- Oakes Fields

Dress: Jim Hjelm from d’Anelli Bridal

DJ/Music: Ryan Smith- RAS Entertainment

Cake & Dessert Bar: Kristie’s Cakes & Cookies

Catering: A Perfect Bite

Hair: Samantha Koch- LadyCharm Artistry

Makeup: Heathyrre Kautz- Heathyrre Kautz Couture

Custom Headpiece: Stephanie Fontaine- Clark & Diversey (Etsy)

Videographer: InBloom Pictures

Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse