Friday, July 7, 2017

A Good Day: New Citizen Ceremony {Denver Humanitarian Photographer}

Yesterday I attended a New Citizen Ceremony with my sweet friend Rukia. She became a citizen of the United States yesterday, and while that is an easy phrase to say, her journey has been long and difficult. She arrived in the US a handful of years ago, coming from the war torn country of Somalia, enduring refugee camps in Kenya, and seeing more life and death than anyone should ever have to see. Earlier this year, with the changing political climate, she was "so scary" (her way of saying "so scared") that someone was going to come to her house and deport her. She was not sleeping and trying to figure out who would take care of her American born children when she was taken away.

Fast forward to yesterday....when I picked her up she had the biggest smile on her face! She kept saying "no afraid anymore" and "today is a good day!". I just kept thinking, yes, Rukia, my beautiful is a good day!

There were 30+ people from 22 different nations taking the oath of citizenship yesterday. We honored each country of origin, reminded every new citizen that it is within our national interest to tell their stories, and welcomed them to a country that is better when we honor diversity. (And then reminded them that they have a voice and helped them register to vote!!)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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

Some friends of ours came to visit a couple of weekends ago. They were happy to be 60 degrees cooler!! (When they left AZ, the temperature had been 120!!) We ate at an awesome little sandwich shop in Golden, and since I had my camera equipment with me, I figured a few shots of their family might be good! We've known dad here for a LONG time....his beautiful bride for a while too...but it was the first time we'd met that cute little ball of spunk they call Miss A. 

When you live in the desert, dandelions are not super common. Miss A learned quickly what would make the entire production work!!

SO great to see you guys!! We love you! Come escape the heat in Colorado any day!!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Family Minis: The R Family {Denver Family Photographer}

I got to meet and hang out with these two families a handful of days ago! They were here for a BIG family reunion, so I was glad they made time for some family pictures! I already posted one is the next!!

I hope the cousins had the BEST time together at the family reunion!!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Families Who Play: The O'Malley Family {Denver Family Photographer}

Guys! I was so excited when a family I have photographed MANY times in Seattle called and said they were coming to the Denver area! It was great to see them and get a slightly different backdrop for their family pictures this year!!
{And hey! Any other Seattle client-friends who are headed to the Denver, text or email! I'd love to photograph you here!}

Thanks O'Malley family! It was great to see all of you!!