1. Peace | Estes Park, CO Photographer

    There is a quote I recently discovered that really stirred something in me.

    It read simply,

    “The one thing in life you have to do. Be the lighthouse. -Yogi Bajan

    It resonated because as much as I love photography- I could easily do that for myself. I would be content to simply photograph my family all the live long day. Going out and photographing for others, that is a labor of love. It takes guts.

    It isn’t that you don’t find inspiration in others. No, there is something inspiring in documenting all things and all people. You can make a beautiful photo out of just about anything with the right vision. Opening up to strangers and trying to authentically capture moments however, that makes you vulnerable. You are putting these raw pieces of yourself out there every single time you click that shutter. We are bearing witness to the beauty in others and then in turn trying to show them just how special they are. I throw it all out there with every session. I am in the trenches with my families. I know there are countless talks on balance and the art of saying “no.” I subscribe to that to some extent and as a people loving introvert have to retreat at times to make sure there is enough of me for my own people. But being there well beyond what’s maybe expected– being a safe harbor and a light to others. It’s in turn a gift to ourselves as well. Many occupations are disguise for a more important purpose. When I decided to become a professional photographer, I didn’t realize what a special opportunity I had in being able to be present for others. Art just transcends beyond it’s physical properties.

    Every family I photograph has a story all their own. Like each one of us, the commonality is that even though it isn’t always happy or easy or uncomplicated, they are beautiful. Our stories are all worth telling. In fact I feel most of our stories carry weight, they are messy and we can be broken while still finding strength and inner peace deep rooted in the best parts of us. Grief is part of the human condition too. It makes us both softer and harder. It is restorative in the way of tearing down our walls… even if we aren’t ready for them to come down.

    When I met this amazing Mama and we started planning her session, I was in awe of her heart for life and her pride for her family. She sent me the sweetest photos of her precious little red headed boy. I fell in love right off.. with her and her family. Many of the families that do book me let me into their lives and embrace me in a dynamic that goes well beyond a photographer-client relationship. I am there with them. I enjoy watching their children grow, when they pop in and say hello and more than anything getting to hug them again when they come back (because I feel incredibly fortunate that even if it is years later, they do.)

    And then this Mama lost her sister months before we were supposed to meet for her session, and my heart shattered for her. The truth is, her story isn’t mine to tell. Maybe she will be comfortable in sharing all the pieces and details– but she showed up with a beautiful smile and a vulnerability that just shone through. It was so prevalent in our day and imprinted on her images. The change of scenery and the fresh mountain air has special healing powers, I am convinced of it. To say that I was in awe of her bravery and coming despite all that she had faced in that moment, that would be a huge understatement. In all of this I have witnessed her really find her way back to the light, even if slowly. I am so proud of her.

     

     

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  2. motherhood mini sessions part two | book here

    My Sweet Mama Friends.

    I am happy to share I am going to bring back our Indoor Motherhood Mini Session event for another round this Spring. After this event, I will be booking outdoor Mama and Me sessions for May– so if you are hoping to have one of these very special and vintage style Motherhood Mini sessions now is the perfect time.

    So, how do these mini sessions work?

    We strip it down. Bare beautiful walls, light all around… and you and your child(children.) Each session will be unique to you and your own family. These sessions are completely emotion and moment based. There are no expectations from you other than for you to be present and love on your children only as you can. Cuddle, tickle, play, snuggle, sing to, dance with, embrace, or even read to your child. I will be there merely as creative witness. I am there to document you and your family just as you are in that moment. The environment is relaxed and special.

    Who are these sessions perfect for?

    Any Mama and her child (children.)

    Expectant Mamas– I am also happy to photograph you and your beautiful belly with or without children. I have gorgeous maternity gowns on lend, so you only need to come! We will go over some of the dress options I have before time.

     

    Where is our session held?

    Sessions are hosted in Fort Collins, CO in a gorgeous vintage building in Old Town Fort Collins, CO. Full details are sent upon booking automatically to help you prepare, but I am here if you need absolutely anything.

    There will be vintage quilts and afghans to snuggle up in if you so choose to include those. There is a stunning vintage bed as well that you can snuggle up with your littles on.  This is a unique and gorgeous building and the light is divine so it is the perfect place to capture the love you have for your children in the most beautiful of ways.

    When is this session event?

    TWO Left!

    Saturday April 29th

    2:00 //2:30 //3:00//3:30

    Sunday April 30th

    2:00 //2:30 //3:00//

    These are mini sessions so please plan to arrive early. Time slots are first come/first serve and I can not make any more time due to the multiple families coming in. Being prompt is of the upmost importance.

    Each session is exactly 20 minutes long.

    Investment and Package Information:

    $325.00

    Early Bird Rate if you purchase within the next 48 hours.

    $295.00

    This session must be purchased in full at booking due to the very discounted nature. I host these at this rate because I believe wholeheartedly Mama’s need images like these. All dates and times are first come/first serve.

    Package Info:

    Included is//

    -At least twelve full resolution beautifully edited images provided in an online gallery within 4 weeks of our session together. These are yours to print at your leisure.

    -A gorgeous + unique location. It is set on top of an antique store in Old Town Fort Collins.

    -Web resolution copies of each image presented in your gallery for your to use online for social media (facebook/email/instagram.)

    The option to wear a GORGEOUS gown from Leah Maria Couture. You can see her work here.

    *These gowns are on loan to me. Images will be provided once final selections are made. Details on how to use one of these gowns in the e-mail sent after purchase.

    Purchase here:

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    I hope to love on you soon!!

    Things to Note:

     

    These sessions are completely Non Refundable.

    All of the details to help you prepare for our time together is sent immediately upon purchase from my shopping cart system. If you do not see it, please check your Spam box. E-mail me or message me on the fan page as soon as you purchase so you are more likely to get your preferred time and date.

    Thanks again Lovelies.

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