WITH HONORS

WITH HONORS

Even though I’ve only been in Denver a little less than a year, I am so lucky to have already made incredible friends. I was so beyond honored when one of these dear friends, fellow documentary family photographer Lori McCurdy, asked me to photograph the high school graduation of her oldest child. Lori has four children (FOUR!) so as you can imagine, having the first one getting ready to leave the nest was a super big deal.

Tears were shed, friends.

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MINI ADVENTURE - IN MEMORIAM

MINI ADVENTURE - IN MEMORIAM

“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera” – Lewis Hine 

Every time I sit down to write a blog, this is how I feel. It takes me eons to figure out how to put into words what it is I’m trying to express and most of the time what I come up with fails to truly capture it. At no time has this been more the case than in this particular blog. There is no way that what I’m about to write will do any kind of justice to what Nicole and her family are going through or to what this photoshoot surely meant to them. I just hope that the photos I captured suffice to fill in where my words fail.

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NOT THE LAST SYRAH

NOT THE LAST SYRAH

The Autism Society of Colorado can’t stop won’t stop finding the most fun ways imaginable to raise money for their cause. This time they asked their supporters, “Hey, wanna drink a bunch of wine to help raise money for autism?” Who’s gonna say no to that? Not this gal.

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MADE WITH LOVE

MADE WITH LOVE

Alexandra Bagley knows how to party. If I were to ask you to list all of the items that should ideally be present at a 5-year-old kid’s birthday party, I guarantee you that Alex made sure they were present for her son’s celebration (and half of it she made by hand!) Lego-man shaped crayons: check. Party blowers: check. Homemade piñata: check. A trillion balloons, all of which the children dragged into the birthday boy’s room and freaked out about, causing a beautiful chaos that most photographers only dream of: check and check, my friends. 

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PAS DE CHAT

PAS DE CHAT

How is Emmy a documentary photographer’s dream? Let me count the ways. A ballerina through and through, Emmy doesn’t walk, she leaps and pirouettes through her day, her every movement a photo just waiting to be captured. She radiates 100% confidence and personality and is a nonstop source of hilarious faces… 

...oh, and also she thinks she’s a cat.   

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AIN'T NO PARTY LIKE AN ASC PARTY

AIN'T NO PARTY LIKE AN ASC PARTY

There are two great reasons to attend an Autism Society of Colorado fundraising event: the first being that it’s an incredible non-profit that makes a huge impact in the autism community by providing services and support to individuals and families affected by autism as well as education and advocacy to providers, caregivers, educators, and businesses. They truly make a difference.

And the second reason to attend an ASC fundraiser? They are SO. SUPER. LIT.

 

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ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

At the end of a fun-filled day in San Francisco – frolicking on the beach as the Golden Gate Bridge loomed bright and bold in the background, visiting “Smitten”, where the liquid nitrogen they use to make their famous ice cream sinks eerily underneath the glass partition and bellows out like a ghost – I asked my client’s 8-year-old son Donovan, “What was your favorite part of the day?” His answer: “Being with you.”

And then my heart exploded.

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NAKED BAYKID TIME!

NAKED BAYKID TIME!

Even before what turned out to be my very favorite part of the Ryan’s mini documentary photography session in Denver, I’d already captured so many wonderful, beautiful moments that I knew the family (and I!) would love. So when they told me it was naked baykid jump on the bed time? Well that was just the cherry on top.   

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THINGS TO DO DURING A DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION

THINGS TO DO DURING A DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION

When I tell people that my photo sessions are neither posed nor directed, the first thing they ask is: "Okay, then what should we do?" The short answer is: whatever you want! The goal of my photography is to capture your family being themselves, no matter where you are or what you're doing. What we do is up to you!

So here are some ideas about what to do during a documentary family photography session.

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PARTY ON

PARTY ON

I have begun a partnership with Family Connections Kid’s Gym to be their on-call photographer for events!

Book your child's birthday party or other event at Family Connections Thera-Play kids' gym and you’ll receive special pricing on my documentary photography event session fees as well as the full resolution digital files at no additional cost! 

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SPECTRUM YOGA

SPECTRUM YOGA

When I first met Christine Devereaux while documenting her healthy cooking workshop, one of many classes she offers to individuals with autism, I was immediately struck by her patience and calming presence.

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"L" IS FOR...

"L" IS FOR...

When I started trying to write this blog about the Robbie family I couldn’t figure out how to put into words how beautiful the quiet connection between them all is.

And then I realized that I don’t need to - it comes through loud and clear.

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

I was so excited to get the opportunity to shoot Sidharth and Arhaan's first birthday party at the Denver Aquarium. I just knew that the photos would be amazing, and they were – but not for the reason I thought they would be.

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