Vallera Family Colorado Memories

If you are ever traveling to, vacationing at, or even just passing through Colorado, you should DEFINITELY consider capturing your sweet family against the glorious Rocky Mountains. 

I adore this gorgeous State I am blessed to call home, and am passionate about sharing my joy with you during your session.  We will go on a short nature walk, twirl in the fields and of course, snuggle with your loves. <3 What an amazing way to spend the early evening and, in my opinion, the best souvenir you can all enjoy for...well forever! 

The Valleras were traveling for work and I so enjoyed my time with them. Life is crazy busy with two twin boys and I am happy we were able to document some of that chaos in their session. One thing for sure, there is lots of love and patience in this sweet family. I saw it in the little things...the way dad kept looking at his wife, with a sparkle in his eye and she at him with so much adoration. Their patience with their boys,  embracing them for who they are today.  They are twins, but you can see each ones unique role in the family and how perfectly they all just mesh together. Without any expectation, they were able to relax and fully enjoy each other's company.

A photographer's dream they were <3

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My morning with the LaCroix Family

What I love about this sweet family is that they are down to earth and are morning people like me.  This is their second family session with me and both times we soaked in the morning light and enjoyed the park all to ourselves. 

I just love reconnecting with my families year after year. Kids change so much and I just love to hear the new classes they started or new crushes (always makes them smile).  Miss. C just started gymnastics so she was eager to show me all her new moves. My clients become my friends and I look forward to seeing them and loving on them with a fun experience and beautiful photos. 

Rock Ledge Ranch is one of my favorite spots, especially in the Fall. I don't photographer here frequently because, by evening, it's usually packed with people.  I was thrilled that we got to enjoy the serenity it provides in the morning. 

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Party of 5 - The Hoag Family

A lovely afternoon with the Hoags playing in the Fall Colorado breeze! (and yes, I am just a tad behind in blogging my sessions!)

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Welcoming Henry

Lifestyle newborn sessions are my favorite! I am passionate about capturing families in the comfort of their homes, surrounded by those that love them and things that are meaningful to them. I love how a house feels with a new baby and the relaxed environment it provides for portraits. They are the best type of sessions if you already have little ones and want to capture connection between the older kiddos with their new sibling. 

There is so much love in the Pearson home.  Many times when I photograph newborns in the home, I also have the opportunity to photograph the grandparents who are often visiting to help during the first few weeks. And as you may already know, grandparents are my favorite people. There is nothing more important to me than capturing connection between grandma and her grand babies so I was so happy to do that while I was there. 

Mom and Dad have put so much love into their home. The nursery and the kitchen were my favorite places to shoot. I love the mountain background in the nursery and the bright and airy kitchen. Both were such fun backdrops that added a personal touch to their portraits. I also like to ask my clients to buy some fresh flowers to add a bit of a color pop to the photos.  Allowing them to pick the flowers they love and shooting in their home allows for their session to be unique to them. 

Welcome to the world sweet Henry - I hope you are able to look back at these pictures and feel all the love!  

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Pictures in your home.

Who was the photographer in your family growing up? Do you have a lot of pictures of your childhood? Do you remember your picture being taken? Looking back at your old family albums, which pictures standout most to you. Why do they? 

My dad was our family photographer. We don't have many photos of our childhood, but all the photos we have when we were little, he took. There are not many photos of my younger years and I don't have any memories of my photos being taken. I do remember us having a dark room and cherish the few black and white images that we do have. I recently looked through our old family photos and this photo stands out to me. This one was taken before I was born, and was taken in Russia of my brother and my mom. This little picture means so much to me! But, at the time, my mom remembers being annoyed of my dad randomly taking pictures. She did not understand why this moment of her taking a second to relax was so important that it needed capturing. Today, 30 some years later, it is this photo that she also loves. Something about the wall paper (which I btw am in love with and want in my house!), the lamp shade, and the imperfectness of the moment. My mom, a busy pediatrician finally having a second to herself to read, while my brother, a typical boy, making all the noise he can to distract her. Thirty years later, I relate to her in this photo. The desperate NEED for "me time" and little demanding bodies that refuse to give it to you. But also, how fleeting this time is. Now, us kids are grown, with families of our own, and this photo, nothing but a memory. I am so happy my dad chose to capture it. 

This photo takes me right to that moment. I love it more than all the other "sit and smile" photos my dad took. This little photo reminds me of the significance of what I do, and where I want to go with my photography. I want to document my clients in this way. Often times my clients are concerned about what their house looks like, and do not see the importance of lifestyle/documentary sessions in their home, WITH their children. Yet it is these photos that I believe will matter most and that will stand out amongst the perfect posed family portraits that you think are the ones you will cherish.

I want to capture families in this way. In their home, with people, pets and things that are important to them. It seems that this life will last forever as we are today, but we know that it will not. The "ordinary" of today will be nothing but a memory of the past. Allow me to capture it. Your children will thank you.