This Holiday season I FINALLY had a finished studio to shoot at! As much as I love sessions out in the winter light, it's a rare kiddo that will tolerate our Colorado weather for long this time of year. These three little girls were just a bundle of giggles at my studio- they were all super excited to play dress up for an afternoon and take some beautiful holiday photos! I had the best time creating these classic portraits of these beauties- and we only made a moderate disaster of my studio in the process haha...which is par for the course in my studio sessions and completely worth it ^_^
I'm a bit behind on blogging- and I figured everyone could use some colorful garden beauty as we approach the first official day of winter ^_^
This sweet soul was such a delight to work with. One thing I love about being a children's photographer is watching an imagination spark up and start to create its own magic- once that happens my job is always easy. We spent an amazing few hours wandering the Denver Botanic Gardens playing and laughing and of course- shooting!
I do love my warm beautiful winter light- but when spring comes 'round again I'll definitely be ready to head out with some more little fairies!
All styling and wardrobe for this session were provided by yours truly =)
Purple Dress: Tutu Du Monde
Wings: Hello Faerie
Rhinestone Crown: Joyfolie
Flower Crown: Handmade Botanicals
These two kiddos were such a dream to photograph. This little man was so suave, and his big sister was ALL personality. I love these winter days that are JUST warm enough to head out in and shoot- we get THE most beautiful light in the winter afternoons! I love getting a chance to take holiday portraits for children- this time of year is so magical when you're little and that magic always seems to come through my lens! Plus it gives me an excuse to add beautiful holiday items to my client wardrobe- like this beautiful berry crown I got last year and the adorable plaid shirt princess J is wearing...I do love an excuse to shop =P
Available in my Client Wardrobe:
Prince G's shirt: Old Navy size 18-24m
Plaid Shirt: Old Navy size M
Flower Crown: Handmade Botanicals
Dress: Tutu Du Monde size 6-7
Everyone has a "why" or two for why they do what they do. For me one of my big why's is my dad. This guy was behind a camera all the time growing up...and he always had the newest camera tech. He always had a laugh and a helping hand ready for his friends and family. November 30, 2001 was the last day I ever spoke to my dad, he passed unexpectedly the next day. Suddenly all I had of my dad were the memories of an adolescent girl, and the pictures he left behind. Those pictures are some the most precious thing in the world to me. Just looking at his face helps me hear his voice in my memory clearer, and looking at the pictures he took of me reminds me just how much he loved me. I communicate my love to my daughter in the same way even now- she and I have an awesome time playing dress up and doing photoshoots together.
So that's one of my big "why's." Because life is short, and we're not guaranteed tomorrow, and because every time I pick up my camera I'm reminded of my dad's prolific collection of cameras that were always pointed at me. Providing people with images of their favorite humans that will hang on their walls for years to come is something that is very meaningful to me. I know just how important a single picture can be to a person, and I consider it an honor and a great responsibility to create those special images of your most important people <3
Where on earth is this year going?! I can't believe Thanksgiving has passed (hope everyone had a good one!) and that we're creeping up on Xmas fast! And this sweet little fairy princess just welcomed a shiny new baby brother a couple weeks ago!!
This session was so much fun- we caught the very tail end of the warm weather and were able to do her fairy photos outdoors at the Denver Botanic Gardens! It got a little chilly as the sun went down- and I spotted some goosebumps on her little arms when I was editing- but man she was a little modeling champ! I love the personality that always comes out once you get a little girl all dressed up- I have yet to have one not warm up to the camera once their imagination starts to take over...it's a process that never stops being fun to watch - and man does this little one have the best personality...and her curls are just perfection <3
This sweet girl was outfitted from my client wardrobe and styled by yours truly- something I include in all of my sessions!
Off shoulder dress: Luna Luna Perlina Pearl Tulle Dress
Shoulder cut out dress: Nellystella Vanessa Dress
Fairy wings: Hello Faerie
'Tis the season to shoot indoors...(fa la lala laaa lala la la) Now that our temperatures are dropping (and oh man are they...maybe we'll have a real winter this year?) most of my work moves indoors...something about goosebumps and blue lips just isn't cute in portraits haha!
My studio had a full renovation over the summer (I'll have a future post dedicated to it!) and it's all ready to make some magic this season. I have a pile of holiday crowns, an assortment of beautiful shawls, boleros and capelets, and fistfuls of glitter all waiting to make some timeless holiday portraits of your littles! These images make great gifts for grandparents (and moms! ...I see you guy whose wife forwarded this post haha!)
Through December 31 I will be running my studio holiday sessions for $175 which includes 5 images from your session, access to my client wardrobe, and full styling!
Get in touch asap to reserve your spot- and I can't wait to see you all of your beautiful babies over the coming months!
This little bright eyed sweetheart is the daughter of another talented photographer- Kenesha Facello. After a bit of a long day of assisting for me, and some extremely uncooperative weather, we got her little princess in for some fairy shots.
This little girl is the pinnacle of why I love photographing toddlers- their natural curiosity and easy joy always make for a fun session (as long as we can keep away from a meltdown haha!) Every smile in this session is genuine, and mostly aimed at her mama- which to me always makes the sweetest smiles.
Thanks for the assist friend! Can't wait to get your little munchkin in front of my glass again!
I love it when I get an opportunity to take a session to a full on fairy tale place- having free reign really lets my creativity flow. This little girl's mama always sets me loose with her- and after 3.5 years working with her we have a pretty good flow together! We started first in the studio with some slightly more standard photos- which you will have to wait for, then headed out to an area I knew would translate beautifully into a fairy wonderland. My little nymph and I left her mama in the parking lot with her new baby brother and made some magic together.
Her beautiful pink dress was created by CoralieBeatrix - it moved so beautifully, I'm so glad I could add it to my collection!
It's no secret that I loooove my photoshop...it's like having real magic at my fingertips. Compositing (combining multiple images into a single image) is one of my favorite things to play with in photoshop. It takes a long time to become skilled at compositing as it requires many components to make an image believable, and it's definitely a skill I'm still practicing- but I thought it would be fun to show off some of my favorites today! The final image on this post took me about 14 hours to complete...but I mean- what else are you gonna do when Game of Thrones takes off two years?
Oh sweet niece of mine- it feels like only a week ago that I held your newborn cousin in my arms while anxiously awaiting news of your arrival, and only yesterday the two of you were sharing a bathtub and running around in diapers. You made a rough entrance, but man you've taken the world on full force ever since. Happy Birthday sweet princess <3