Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Mama Love: The F Family

Maybe it's because my "baby" girl is going to be going to college {way far away} in the fall...but capturing moments of childhood WITH mamas is one of my favorite sessions to do!  There is nothing like "mama-love" and when it gets captured in images, it creates beautiful art for a lifetime!  The kisses, the hand holding, the snuggling, the sweet gestures are all tiny little moments that adorn the timeline of motherhood.  AND they are moments every mom, when sending her kiddo to college, wants to remember!




{I have a strong affinity for the picture below...both of my kids were thumb suckers and I now wish I had a great picture of them sucking their thumbs!}


Let's not forget how toddlers can change moods faster than anything...







Thanks F Family!  It was an absolute privilege to photograph your love for each other!!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Kiss Me: Kelly and Ben {Denver Wedding Photographer}

It was a typical Denver winter day...60 degrees and sunny during the early part of the day, and then a storm rolling in, dropping the temperature by the moment by that later afternoon!  These two braved dropping temperatures, but it didn't diminish their playfulness or love for each other.  What a place to photograph the beginning of a new life journey - a train station, taking people on wonderful voyages everyday!!  May this engagement be the beginning of so many beautiful adventures together!




{Editorial note....the elevators were HEATED!!  We needed a little reprieve from the chill!!}










May you always know "marriage, like life, is a journey, not a destination and that its treasures are found not just at the end, but all along the way."  Can't wait for June!!!


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Loved



Each year I ask for a word or phrase that will start the trajectory of the coming weeks and months.  I know many people do.  My word came in a conversation the other day....

A friend of mine and I were talking on the phone, and she made a statement about her husband, 
"He's never had the option of not being good".

Her commentary about him meant he's always had to be the "good boy", to do the right thing, to please others, and be a shining display of an exemplary citizen in whatever role he found himself in (child, student, husband, father).  My first thought was, wow! that's a lot of pressure and a tough label to live up to.  My next thought was a sinking one because I too have often felt that crushing, suffocating burden of having to be good

As she and I talked longer, I was reminded of a song...

"You're a good, good Father
It's who you are
It's who you are 
It's who you are
And I'm loved by You
It's who I am 
It's who I am
It's who I am

See, I think the reason "be good" feels like such a weight is because we were never meant to wear it.  Good is who God is....not who I am.  (Even Jesus, when approached by someone calling him "good teacher" responded with, "Why do you call me good?  No one is good - except God alone.)

So, if God owns good (and he doesn't share it), then I can embrace the word "loved".  That is my name - my identity.  I am free to not be good but to be loved.  And I find that very freeing, because "be good" is a trapping corner that holds a pass/fail outcome and judgement (whether from someone else or just the voices in my head!)  But "be loved" is a far more spacious field and full of grace.  (And perhaps, doing good things my be contained in that field, but success or failure at those things are not the terms that define it.)

Be loved.

That is my phrase this year...and my newest adventure.
I hope you'll join me!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Year In Review: 2015 {Denver Photographer}



What a year 2015 has been!!  It is humbling to be invited into a people's lives and get to tell a bit of their story!  This year, I've photographed lots of families, seniors, brides and grooms, as well as been invited to some great events, hung out with the homeless and refugees, and even a trip to Palestine/Israel.

 Here are some of my favorites images from this year!!  (And if we could sit down to have a cup of coffee, I'd tell you the beautiful story behind each one!!!)

Happy New Year!!
May 2016 be equally beautiful and bring great joy to us all!!







Monday, November 30, 2015

Families Who Play: The R Family {Denver Family Photographer}


Once upon a time, there was a very cold day in the Denver area.  Most sane people decided to stay inside where it was nice and warm, but there were family pictures to be taken, so the R Family, in a brave move, headed outside.  That's where I met them!  (And I'm so glad I did...even if my fingers did get a little cold!!!)











I wish you the most joyous holidays, R Family!!!



Saturday, November 7, 2015

Mini, Mini Session Part 2: The S Family {Denver Family Photographer}

I shared a mini, mini session (10 minute max) a couple days ago...here were the following 10 minutes with another one of my favorite families!!








Thanks S Family!!  I love that you are in our lives!!


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Mini, Mini Sessions - The L Family {Denver Family Photographer}

I photographed this sweet family in about 10 minutes the other night!  They are lovely friends of ours - a family full of joy, play, noise and authenticity!!  This was a session for me to get an "ad" for a fundraiser I am donating to...but we packed a bunch of fun into a very short amount of time!











Thanks L Family!  I adore you all!!!