This was my third family portrait session with this Boulder family and as usual, there were lots of laughs, playing and tail wagging. One of the best things about family photography is seeing families time and again and seeing how quickly their children grow. We had a perfect fall day full of colorful leaves to play with and to use for a beautiful background.
Here are a few of my favorite images from a recent family portrait session I did at Davidson Mesa in Louisville, Colorado. If you go up there in the mid to late afternoon, the light from the west is blinding. But wait just a little while, for the sun to tuck behind the mountains and it’s magical! I had such a good time photographing this family and oohing and aahing over the light and colors of the sky. The kids, and the dog, had a great time running around on the path and playing in the tall, dry grasses – and playing with mom and dad while I took lifestyle photos. I liked this photo location so much that I recently took my own family there for our family photos. That’ll be another blog post soon.
These two pups created lots of laughs at their pet portrait session in Louisville. Both are seniors but had plenty of energy running around the yard, jumping for treats and Lady Bug, a Great Dane, especially liked showing off her “baby” stuffie. Boomer is a Beagle and is now 10 1/2 years old!
A few weekends ago I did a portrait session in Boulder with my bestie and her granddaughter. We took a walk in the woods, the tall grasses and hung out in my back yard while they played together. These lifestyle portrait sessions are really fun and I enjoy creating images of kids being kids while also creating some nice portraits.
I had another action packed portrait session with this family recently in Boulder. Their twin boys are now over a year old and their oldest child is just over three. The dog Caribe is now eleven. The kids’ parents and I chased them around the front yard for an hour and a half capturing images of them at play. This was a good combination of a family portrait and a lifestyle session in which you photograph a family doing things together, rather than posing for photographs. I think these make great, memorable images to be enjoyed for years to come. Even if they just remind you of how tired you were after the photo session!
This family and pet portrait session shows that you can’t have too much love in the house! Dixie and Mike are parents to three lovely adult girls and eight dogs of all ages which means lots of dog walking and sloppy kisses. From small to large, shy to outgoing, the personalities among dogs was varied in great ways! I made lots of loud noises while my assistant danced behind me to get everyone’s attention for our group photo. We successfully created a large family portrait to be remembered forever. Note: Sadly, since this session, the two Yorkies, Portia and Lucy passed away. Hopefully the photos will help to bring some comfort.
Jax, a bouncing baby boy, joined his three sisters for the family’s annual photo session in Boulder. The girls had a great time showing off their new baby brother and just being silly for a few of their own portraits. Over the years, each girl has taken turns doing a “tea party” photo using the same tea party table and chairs that their mother was photographed with when she was a girl. I’ve included a couple of these precious images!
On a recent pet portrait session, my goal was to capture the bond between Lyn and her best friend Lizzy and to also create an image in silhouette. The bond was obvious and could not be denied! I was also lucky enough to have an amazing sunset and was able to get a silhouette showing their bond.
First I photographed the engagement session, then I photographed the wedding, and then the pregnancy. And then I photographed Luke as a newborn and again at three months, six months, nine months and at age one – blueberry pie include! (see photo at the end of this post). Now Luke has two beautiful baby brothers who I had a great time photographing as newborns and again at eight months. Newborn photography and children’s photography is always lots of fun, but it is double the fun when I get to photograph them over and over again as they grow. Soon I will post their latest photos, taken recently, now that the twins are over a year old. Which means there was lots of running and chasing going on!
Jackie and Jesse are of course, my favorite pet photography subjects. They are, or were always a little shy in my Boulder studio but they also had fun with the challenge of figuring out what I’m asking them to do while showering them with treats. (Jesse passed away almost two years ago). Then the decision.. color or black and white photos? Why not both?