{The Lennox Family} Colorado Springs Family Lifestyle Photographer

I love that this family wanted an urban session...a little mix up from the typical rural session. They chose to meet me down at Colorado College Campus, which is always a good choice in my opinion. This campus is filled with great architecture, unique wood doors, light strolled sidewalks, etc. I'm always anxious to see what sweet little Jane is going to show up in. On this fun fall morning she surprised me with the cutest darn cowboy boots...oh my stars!!! Love all her 2yr. old energy. Take a peek at our morning together...

{McKenzie's 9 month} Colorado Springs Children's Portrait Photographer

McKenzie's Mom contacted me when McKenzie was a baby & asked if I offered bundle packages from birth to 1yr. old. I do in fact. I will custom create packages to watch your baby grow through the big milestones. Contact me if you're interested. This is such a fun way to capture them at 3, 6, 9 months & the big 1yr. I thoroughly enjoyed watching little Miss McKenzie grow & change. But 9 months was by far my favorite. =) We met at Dirty Woman Creek Park in Monument on a crisp fall morning & it was perfect. She always shows up with an entourage & this day was no different...with grandparents visiting, mom & dad, etc. We placed her near the creek, splashed a bit in the creek & sat in her great, great grandfather's rocking chair...the cutest. Take a peek...

{The Dixon Family} Colorado Springs Family Lifestyle Photographer

Fall is one of my favorite seasons to shoot & definitely amongst the most popular with my clients. In fact, if you are stalking my blog for ideas & thinking about booking me for a Fall session, you might want to make sure you schedule at least 2 months out from the date you want. Think of me like a hairdresser.;) This location became one of my most requested throughout Fall especially with my military families or families who happen to be moving away. Of course, I can clearly understand why...it has amazing front range views of the mountains, pikes peak as well as Garden of the Gods. What's not to love? This family were new clients to me & though we had just met; I felt as though I had known them forever. So great to work with, personable, easy to talk to & their boys were darling and sweet. Mom nailed everyone's wardrobe...colors were on point. We played games, jumped on crunchy leaves, laughed and made magic that evening on the hillside. Take a peek...

{The Herman Family} Colorado Springs Lifestyle Family Photographer

Recognize this family? You should. I post them every year & have been for 9 years. They were my original paying clients. Love this family. I used to attend MOPS with Suzy & happen to know she's a fabulous wife & mom to these 3 boys (yes, her two sons & her hubby.;)) This session she toughed it out with me as I required her to climb to the top of Pulpit Rock & she did it in a dress ya'll. She's amazing; I'm telling you firsthand!!! Her hubby was smart enough to tell her to bring her tennis shoes for the hike up at least. Phew!;) It was a beautiful fall evening & we were blessed with the most amazing sunset too. Lucky us! I have loved capturing this family and watching her boys grow taller year after year. Pretty sure her oldest is gonna pass her up in the next session..or is pretty close at least.;) Where does time go? Here's a peek at their fabulous session...

 

*You should also take note (if you scroll through the entire session...towards the bottom) there is a traditional picture that is always requested by dad. He lifts both boys off the ground (1 in each arm) to which I start busting up laughing because each year these boys get bigger & heavier. One of these days, this request will get forgotten.;) (intentionally no doubt). Ha-ha-ha!!!

{The Johnson Family} Colorado Springs Lifestyle Family Photographer

So I may have ooohed & aaahed over Lisa (aka: Mom's) dress when she got out of her car. Literally. I loved it & then as her family began to disembark...I was freaking out...everyone looked AMAZING!!! Like spot on! I get sooo excited about fashion & when I family shows up so well put together, I MIGHT make a big deal out of it.;) This evening was memorable for several reasons. 1.) We just covered it.;) 2.) Their was a planned proposal at the Nature & Discovery Center the night we shot their session. I remember because their were two other photogs trying to capture it secretly for this young man & it just so happen to be sooooo very busy, that the soon to be fiance' was irritated they couldn't find a spot to be "alone." LOL!!! We tried to stay out of the way as much as possible, but there are only so many places to go (if you've ever been here, you'll know what I mean). Anyway...he was eventually able to pop the question because we saw them again on the way out & his fiance' was beaming ear to ear and looking at her ring!!! I have such a fun job...I get to witness all kinds of craziness out and about in this world.

BUT...back to the Johnson Family. They rocked their session from start to finish. Check it out...

{Abigail: Palmer Ridge High School Senior} Colorado Springs Senior Photographer

If I haven't said it before, I'll say it again...I LOVE working with High School Seniors!!! I love watching them start out timid, shy, uncertain & then over the course of two hours with me...come of their shell, see their personality, and literally SHINE!!! One of the reasons I love my job is because I love people. I think God gave me the natural gift of making others comfortable to be themselves. I come in...judgement free, an open book & ready to capture YOU just as you are. I will guide you & direct you with ideas & poses along the way. I'll talk to you and find out your passions, dreams, college/career plans, whether your single or dating, how many kids you want. Ok, I might be kidding about the last one. Ha! But truly...I love learning about and getting to know my clients. I don't ask for any other reason than that I actually care. I get invested because that's who I am. I want to do the best I can to genuinely capture who you really are.

This is a huge milestone; your Senior session. This is heading into your last year of High School. Your year where you really learn about yourself, grow, mature, experience and then you spread your wings & learn to fly all on your own. I know it may sound cheesy, but it is SO TRUE!!! 

{The Frith Family} Colorado Springs Lifestyle Family Photographer

Rebecca, Grant & Ally have been loyal clients of mine for as long as I can remember. Every year we rack our brains for something new, exciting & lifestyle. This session we both decided the Paint Mines out east was the perfect spot. Unfortunately, the first time around didn't work out so well. We totally got rained out!!! =( So, we rescheduled & the second time was the charm. It was a perfect September evening, perfect temperature, perfect amount of light & did I mention perfect wardrobe!?! Rebecca always does an amazing job picking out everyone's outfits for their sessions. They coordinated & complimented the hues/shades of the Paint Mines just beautifully. We had a blast hiking the rocks...way up high, way down low & way deep into some of the cool caves to be discovered. Though it was busy, we were able to weave in/out of other visitors & I was able to capture their adventures, connections & personalities. If you want to shoot your family at this fabulous location, JUST ASK. It's a little bit of a drive, but I promise you, IT IS WORTH IT (especially if you've never been). Such a cool place not many know about!!! Take a peek...

{The Crutchley Family} Colorado Springs Lifestyle Family Photographer

This little red-headed family hold a special place in my heart. I look forward to working with them every Fall. They are so easy to work with & so darn photogenic. I always try & mix up the location for them. This year, (or rather last...b/c I'm behind on blogging) we ended up at Mnt. Herman Dog Pond. Love this spot...it's so unique &  has that Colorado feel to it...with the white giant sandstone rock, tall pines, mountain backdrop & dog pond. I love that they chose dark green for their colors; it was such a good contrast against the light sandstone rock. Fall will be here again before we know it. If we can just get out of yucky SPRING first.;) Enjoy a peek at our amazing session together...

{The Hayman Family} Colorado Springs Lifestyle Family Photographer

Yep...my blogging is all out of order these days, cause when you get as far behind as I have...you just do your best to catch up with some of your favorite sessions! =) This family session is by far no exception. I loved working with the adorable, carefree & beautiful Hayman Family. They brought so much sunshine & smiles to their session I cannot even begin to tell you. This was late last September & it was a gorgeous Colorado evening. We met at one of my favorite spots that really shows off GOTG & the entire front range quite well...in fact, it's become a very requested spot (in part due to this session). I'm gonna let the pictures speak for themselves here...no need to ramble on with silly facts. Enjoy a peek...

{Sadie Noel--Greenhouse/Urban Session}: Colorado Springs Teen Photographer

Is it fun having a daughter that I can use as my guinea pig for new locations? Absolutely!!! We've already covered the fact that I bribe her with things. Ha! This little session required extra begging & bartering, but in the end she was really glad she did (like always...she's fine once we start; it's the getting her to say yes part that's a struggle! LOL!!!) 

I have been wanting to shoot in a greenhouse for several years now & sometimes you just have to wake up & say..."Today is the day." So, that's what I did. I had a few outfit ideas in mind for her, which may or may not have required a quick pit stop at Kohl's on the way.;) This mom likes fashion. Ha! It worked out to her benefit because she can use this dress to her 8th grade Continuation next month too! #winwin

Like I mentioned earlier, the ladies that work at Sunset Greenhouse are amazing. So friendly, so welcoming. I had called about a month prior for permission, but due to the outdoor weather conditions, there were no other shoppers in sight, so we had the place to ourselves. They said the place will be blooming even more in a few weeks. I may have to go back. If anyone has a daughter who wants floral pics done, let me know (I doubt I can get Sadie to go back AGAIN).

Finally, as we were driving out of the parking lot, we were nearby another spot I've always wanted to shoot...the funky/urban/gated bridge close to our friend's home. I asked Sadie..."You up for it?" She said..."sure, why not?" I love these shots JUST AS MUCH!!! We had fun  with the crazy high winds, honking cars & bicyclers in the area. 

I always love the outcome of our sessions & our time spent together. Thankful she's a trooper & hopeful for many more years to come with my sweet guinea pig. ;)

Enjoy a peek at some of our faves...

{Max: Palmer Ridge High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer

Max is the youngest of three & ironically, I had the honor of taking both of his older sibling's Senior pictures too. Max is seriously one of the sweetest, nicest young men I have ever worked with & that's saying a lot, because in 9 years time, I've worked with my fair-share of Seniors.;) We decided upon downtown Palmer Lake & the lake itself because let's face it...pictures probably weren't the first thing on his agenda & I KNOW he'd probably rather have been doing other things. LOL! This is when I remind boys that these pics are for their Ma-Ma's.;) This always produces a smile. I love that Max put up with my crazy antics & that he is confident in his masculinity to wear PINK. Yay! I love a man that can wear pink. 

{Anna: Lewis Palmer High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer

Anna's Session was so unique to her...she had a specific vision in mind & thanks to her persistence in finding EXACTLY the location she wanted, her pictures turned out STUNNING! Almost as stunning as she looked. I loved her wardrobe choices & her lipstick accompaniment.;) I know sounds funny to say, but I love a dark red lip & Anna rocked it like nobody I know! We decided on Starsmore Discovery Nature Center because she wanted water & not just any water, but a bridge. Well, her opening shot (literally first frame out of the camera) barefoot on the rock was practically historical ( I have been asked by so many people, where this shot was taken it's laughable). Way to make yourself & your spot famous, Anna!!! I agree, she makes it look just gorgeous. I went back several other times throughout Senior Season & each time it had a different feel, but I happen to love how lush & green & full it was during your session girly! Take a peek at her gorgeous pictures on an unbelievably perfect evening.

{The McWilliams Family} Colorado Springs Lifestyle Family Photographer

This session was a bit of challenge for so many reasons, but you would NEVER know it looking at the photos. We were dealing with crazy amounts of wind, a spunky & strong-willed toddler & busy biking trails. All I could do was laugh it off & keep clicking. I was thankful for a beautiful sunset, relaxed clients & my trigger-happy finger.;) I love this family & they've loyally been using me as their family photographer since Kylie (their youngest was less than a year old). Needless to say, I'm thankful they're patient and understanding. Palmer Park is a fabulous location as far as mountain views, but I always try & warn everyone in advance about the crazy amounts of cactus & yucca plants. OUCH!!! Where tennis shoes or don't move.;) Ha! Enjoy a peek at a whirlwind session...literally.

{Faith: CSCS High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer

I remember Faith so well...she was a girl after my own heart...lover of fashion & shoes. Oh yes...she showed up with the cutest wardrobe & accessories to boot! Pretty sure we connected immediately over the fashion & the rest was history.;) It was a chilly, overcast day, but she ROCKED her session regardless. She started out quiet & timid, but ended strong & confident. I love your sweet smile & disposition Faith & I know God has BIG plans for you!!! One more thing...she attends CSCS, where I went to High School, so we obviously connected over that too. Pretty cool. =)

{Nate: Palmer Ridge High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer

I have known Nate & his family since my kiddos were itty-bitty! His mom was my kid's Sunday School Teacher at Vanguard Church many years ago & next year she'll by my daughter's High School counselor at Palmer Ridge. Small World Connections. I could tell you so many great things about Nathan...he's incredibly smart, incredibly polite, incredibly sweet, incredibly athletic, but instead I'm going to tell you how incredibly photogenic he is & let the pictures speak for themselves.;) Take a peek... & P.S. Fall is the BEST!!!

{Noah: High School Senior: Twin Cities, MN} Traveling Photographer

Yep...I did this handsome young High School Senior's Photos in the Twin Cities, MN while I was out there shooting a wedding. What a FUN session!!! Talk about urban landscape...couldn't get much cooler than these spots in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Loved every moment with this sweet kiddo too! So polite, so up for anything & a natural in front of the camera. Check out his awesome shots & if you're interested in booking your High School Senior pics in your city & can finagle 4-5 other dudes {or dudettes for that matter) ...I'm IN!!! I love traveling & I'm always inspired by new locations. Feel free to contact me on my website or by e-mail. 

Jillian: Liberty High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Senior Photographer

Jillian attends Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, she'll be graduating this Spring, 2018. She loves the great outdoors, hiking, nature, yoga & plans to study Political Science & or Law hopefully at The University of Alabama in the Fall. She has the most adorable personality & those dimples...oh my!!! This girl has her head on straight & I remember how proud her Ma-Ma was during the course of her Senior Session. I would be too! Way to go Jillian...I wish you nothing but the best & I see a bright future ahead. =) Keep on smiling...

{Gage: Lewis Palmer High School Senior} Colorado Springs High School Photographer

 

Gage...a real cutie! I think I've been saying that about this young man since I first met him 5 or so years ago. His family are our friends & my husband's co-worker. My daughter may have had a crush on him at one time (shhhhh....). I knew working with Gage would be cake-walk. He's a natural & has one of those contagious smiles that light up a room. Now...getting him to smile was going to be a little trickier. I know I've probably mentioned before, but guys don't LOVE having their photos taken. BIG SUPRISE!!! So it's my job to figure out what it's going to take to make them feel comfortable, natural & laugh. What's funny? I am. In all seriousness though...God uses me to make a complete butt out of myself to make others laugh. This is true. Not intentionally. I just happen to be super clumsy while shooting...mainly because I'm looking through the lens of the camera & not paying attention to what's going on around me. LOL!!! But because of these unplanned happenings, I typically can make just about anyone laugh, let alone smile. So...I just have to be quick with the camera during those moments of tripping, getting stung by a bee, falling in a cactus or losing a shoe in a lake. YEP...these are all true stories of events that have actually happened to me while shooting during sessions. No lie!!!

I should probably also note, I don't ALWAYS want a smile...in fact, with Senior guys *unless a smile is true to their personality* I will take a lot of serious/macho/masculine looks...because they ALL like that. Ok, well most of them.!;) More on Gage...here's a peek at his unique downtown CS Senior Session...