The Art of Photographing Children

If there is anything I learned in all these years working with children, as a teacher and a photographer, it is that kids don’t like sitting still and following orders. They don’t. Children in general do not enjoy being told what to do… and if you really think about it, neither do adults. 

An ideal session for me is one where they kids are just allowed to be kids. I like to encourage them to joke with their parents and siblings, I like when they take turns directing the session, I like when they come up with weird shot ideas, and I absolutely love that when you listen to children, they listen to you. 

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Fun Family Photography in Red Rock Canyon, Colorado Springs

I met up with them on a chilly December afternoon at Red Rock Canyon Open Space and though it was a bit cold, that didn’t stop these fun kids from running around and being as silly as possible. It was the great energy and attitude of this family that made this shoot such a success. It was easy to tell that they really enjoy spending time together. It also helped that they were prepared for the weather! Dawn brought a beautiful wagon with snacks and a blanket! Talk about being prepared! Great job mom!

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Romantic Maternity session in Fountain Creek Nature Center, Colorado

I was so excited to meet up with Kerriann and Elijah at Fountain Creek Nature Center for a stunning – and terribly sweet – maternity session. At the time, Kerriann was already in her third trimester. That is the ideal time for photography because at 30 weeks her belly looked amazing, but she still felt comfortable while we were roaming around finding the best spots to shoot!

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Creative Portraits - From Boring to Awesome in 4 easy steps!

As a portrait photographer, I do tend to get a little bored about photographing people in a traditional way. I love my clients, I want to give them portraits that capture them and reflect my style, but my work tends to get a little repetitive sometimes. So, there are a couple of things I do to keep things interesting… but mostly to keep me sane and to stop my creative side from starvation!

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WHY I TAKE PHOTOS & WHY YOU SHOULD TOO!

We all take pictures of our own loved ones, but some of us, are lucky enough to be invited to be a part of other people's extraordinary moments, and that is what makes my job so special. Every photo I take is a story, it may be a routine pregnancy photo session for me, but for the person in front of my camera it is a monumental reminder of a miracle that is happening to her, something unique, beautiful, and life changing. 

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How to have a relaxed family photo session

Having your photo taken can be stressful. Trust me, I know. I have been a portrait photographer for long enough to know that my camera is a pretty terrifying thing to many people, including myself. I don’t enjoy having my photo taken so I completely understand when a client feels the same way.

Since August 15th is National Relaxation Day, I figured it would be great to put together a couple of tips and tricks I have learnt throughout my years as a family photographer that will help you relax before and during your family session.

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