This year, I’ve been trying to take professional self portraits of my little family. I actually made it one of my new years resolutions to be in one professional self portrait (meaning I took it with my big girl camera) each month. I failed that goal pretty much immediately. These were the first “pro-selfies” I took of us and they were from Valentine’s Day.
Each Valentine’s Day, our tradition is to plan out a meal and cook it together. We’ve made pizza from scratch a couple times. One time we just made cookies; I guess we got lazy. This year, we decided to make homemade pasta. We had just bought a hand crank pasta maker and found a great mushroom sauce recipe.
It turns out past is pretty easy to make! Our meal was delicious and we had a lovely Valentine’s Day together. I learned a few important lessons from this attempt at self portraiture:
I thought I could use my phone as a trigger but the app kept disconnecting from the camera’s wifi, so I used my wireless trigger instead.
My camera kept turning off so I had to set it to never fall asleep. I thought it would die after being on all night but it hardly drained the battery. Win!
Setting the trigger to 2 second timer mode made for more natural, less posed, and less awkward photos. (Notice us holding the trigger in the header and the first photo as opposed to the last two images.)
All the lights in my apartment flicker ever so slightly and in photos, it drives me totally crazy.
Taking self portraits all night makes everything more annoying but also more fun! And the memories are totally worth it.
Karlyn and I met at the Park Hill Dance Collective photoshoot we did in the spring. She is the artistic director of the company and owner of Park Hill Dance Academy. We were both really excited to make maternity dance portraits so a month or so later, we headed to the beach with her partner, Kevin.
First the two of them did some partner work and even a couple of lifts. I’m pretty sure lifting one person is hard, but lifting one and a half people in sand must be way harder. Then Karlyn braved the water and even rolled around on the shore, because she is one badass mama!
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This TMNT-obsessed, Pokemon loving kid turned 5 years old in June. On the Saturday after his actual birthday, he had an awesome Pokemon themed party with all his family and friends. I was able to come early and capture all the preparations, play time, and a few quiet moments before the party started. Noah’s mom and dad baked a cake and decorated the house, while he helped and played with his TMNT action figures.
When I showed Noah’s mom the photos, we started talking about what an important birthday this is. Five is the age where some of your first memories are made. It’s the age where you start to gain some independence and branch out on your own. Five is when your personality really starts to take shape. I am so glad I was able to capture such a pivotal time for this awesome, little family.
Noah’s mom ordered a beautiful album with a linen cover from this session as well as some gift prints for family.
I’m going on a super fun trip! Over Labor Day weekend, I will be in New Orleans with my best friend and a bunch of other cool people. NOLA has been on my travel wish list since the HBO show Treme came out. I love the richness and uniqueness of the culture there. My aunt once said that New Orleans culture represents what all of America should be. A mix of cultures that keeps the uniqueness of each, while creating a magic all it’s own.
While I’m visiting, I’ll be taking a limited number of dance and storytelling sessions on September 3rd, 4th, and 5th. I am offering in-home family storytelling sessions for all types of families and on-location creative dance sessions for individual dancers and companies, anywhere within the city of New Orleans. It could be years before I am back, so book now to save your spot. Fill out the form below, to book your NOLA session!
Half a year ago, I met Missy at a women’s networking group in Denver. We sat next to each other and were partnered up for some ice breakers. It turned out she was getting married about a month later, and I was able to photograph her winter solstice wedding in Boulder! Then six months later, I got to capture the next part of their ceremony on the summer solstice.
Venue: Lyons Farmette
Meal: Katie Baum with I Cook, You Eat
Dessert: Chef Chris and Chef Alex from Spruce Farm & Fish at the Boulderado
Florist: Helen Skiba
Dress Alterations: Maggie Evans Designs
Bridal Make Up: Sarah Pierce
Bridal Hair: Abby at West End Salon
It was so amazing to see this couple’s wedding ritual come full circle through a six month long journey. For their summer wedding, Missy and Jaice had a few of their closest friends and family members join them in Lyons, where they live. Since they first met over tea, they started their rituals with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Missy and Jaice intentionally spilled the tea when they were pouring it, symbolizing that in life, shit happens and you just have to deal with it and keep going. (I might be paraphrasing a bit!) Then they exchanged rings by the river and celebrated with their loved ones.
Food is very central to Missy and Jaice’s lives together. They had an amazing family style meal, using all local ingredients (some picked right from the Lyons Farmette). Everyone shared food, stories, and laughs around the table as the solstice sun began to set behind the mountains. They ending the evening the way all good evenings should end. With music and dancing under the summer night sky.
Shout out to all the dad’s out there! In just about two weeks, we get to celebrate all the fathers and father figures that make our lives so awesome. I love capturing all the joy and fun and love that dads have for their kids. From the quiet, emotional moments to the funny, ridiculous ones, here are my favorite father photos from the past year.
Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Storytelling sessions make wonderful gifts for all kinds of dads, whether their kids have two, or four legs. When you book your session as a gift, you will get a printable card to give to them on Father’s Day. Plus, book your session before June 19th, and get a complimentary 8×10 framed print of your choice.
It’s almost summer and that means lots of traveling! I travel two different ways. The first is traveling to visit friends or family. The second is traveling to a place where I know no one and exploring on my own. I’ve done plenty of the first kind, but it has been so long since I’ve gone somewhere new and discovered it for myself. This summer, I am going to a bunch of new places and I am so excited.
N’Jelle Gage-Thorne in Rochester, NY
I love traveling! It is so much fun to explore an unfamiliar place, plus, it is a wonderful opportunity to work with people I would not otherwise be able to work with. I will be available for dance photography and storytelling sessions everywhere I am traveling this summer. So, if you live in any of the places below, send me a message and we’ll see what we can get set up!
Places I will be exploring this summer and fall.
May 27nd – 30th: Road Trip to Moab, Durango, Silverton, and everywhere in between
July 8th -10th: Cleveland
August 15th – 22nd: Breckenridge
September 2nd – 5th: New Orleans
The Mason Family in Denver, CO
Places I will probably visit this summer but don’t have planned yet. If you want to book Chicago dance photography or Chicago family photography, let me know and I can plan my visit around it!
Trinity Bobo in Chicago, IL
Upcoming potential trips for the future!
May 2017: Boston
August 2017: North Carolina
Fall 2018: South Africa
The Balansoff Family Reunion in Ohio
Do live in any of these places? I would love to photograph you. Fill out the form below so we can get started!
Think your life is too mundane for a storytelling session? Not sure what you would do during your session? Sometimes, it helps to plan a couple of activities to do during a storytelling session, even if you don’t end up sticking to them. I especially recommend this for families without young kids. Denver family photography is all about capturing the connections between loved ones, whether you’re exploring a new area or cuddling on the couch. Here are a few ideas for any kind of session. (Plus, be sure to read all the way to the end. There is a special offer for you!)
Key: ♥ Good for kids ♥ Good for pets ♥ Good for couples or friends
Snuggle session ♥♥ ♥
Grocery/clothes/hardware/decor shopping trip ♥♥
Antiquing in a small town ♥
Doggy endurance course ♥
Museum or zoo visit ♥♥
Cooking or baking together♥♥♥
Walk through the park ♥ ♥ ♥
Bookstore visit ♥♥
Story time ♥
Pearl St. Mall ♥♥
Thrift store shopping ♥♥
Free, outdoor concert ♥♥♥
First Friday gallery walk ♥♥
Morning routine ♥♥ ♥
Bedtime routine ♥
Micro brewery tour ♥ ♥
Ice cream/coffee/doughnut/cupcake/tea/burrito date ♥♥ ♥
Remember, Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Storytelling sessions make wonderful gifts for all kinds of moms, whether their kids have two, or four legs. When you book your session as a gift, you will get a printable card to give to them on Mother’s Day. Plus, book your session before May 8th, and get a complimentary 8×10 framed print of your choice.
I cannot believe how time flies! I photographed this amazing family almost a year ago as their pregnancy announcement and this week, their youngest is 6 months old. It’s easy to see how much baby C’s family loved her before they even met her. I love being able to capture all that love through family photography.
Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Storytelling sessions make wonderful gifts for all kinds of moms, whether their kids have two, or four legs. When you book your session as a gift, you will get a printable card to give to them on Mother’s Day. Plus, book your session before May 8th, and get a complimentary 8×10 framed print of your choice.
The time my family spends together and our ever-evolving traditions are so important to me, especially now that I live far away from my hometown. Thanksgiving is by far my favorite family holiday. We always have it at my aunt and uncle’s house. We spend two days prepping and cooking. Everyone pitches in to cook and bake and clean. We all cram into the kitchen, trying not to step on the dog or cat. For dinner, we invite friends over from near and far, we eat, drink, and talk (mostly about inappropriate things). After dessert, we belt out old songs and watch terrible movies. It’s chaos, it’s crazy, it’s perfect, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Because these memories are so important to us, I wanted to make sure they were preserved. So, since I’m a family photographer, I photographed my own family during one of my favorite holidays.