Friday, January 13, 2017

Baby Photographer in Castle Rock, CO

Samuel is already 3  months old!  How is that possible!?!?
 Remember when he looked like this?
Oh boy, his mom was really cracking him up!  She's so funny!
He needs to recreate this photo when he does his senior photos!
Oh my gosh that would be so funny!
 Smiles are rare at the 3 month shoots, but this sure is a sweet one!
Deep in thought, contemplating the meaning of life. 
 I always love some fingers and toes!!
Sometimes life is just better when you are with your mom. That is so true!
 One last outfit and then...
You know the shoot is officially over! LOVE!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Lifestyle Photographer in Castle Rock, CO

This past weekend I had the privilege of working with this precious family.  
We decided that a more lifestyle approach would suit this busy family of four.
I first met Jarod and Jennifer when she was pregnant with her oldest boy, Jacob.  
We met up for a second shoot with Jacob was turning ONE and younger brother, Joshua was on the way. 
 This shoot gave me my first opportunity to photograph the whole family!
 I really love when parents welcome their kiddo's favorite plushies in the photos.   It is so fun to look back, years later and see them toting their childhood companion, some of my all time favorite photos are of kids and the buddies. (Maybe I will show you a few before I sign off, including my favorite of my own daughter, Melia).
I also love seeing kids and their different personalities.  Joshua was so curious and busy drinking in his surroundings and fearless!!  He would run with full abandon, which sometimes ended with a fall, but he would just hop back up completely unphased and ready to resume his adventure. 
 Jacob seemed to enjoy a slower paced survey, perfectly content to just be. Every time, I glanced his way he always had a sweet smile on his face. 
Fun shoot!  Thanks, Jarod and Jennifer for inviting me into your world for a few minutes!
You have a beautiful family.
 As promised!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Newborn Photographer in Parker, CO

I got to meet another fabulous newborn last Friday.  This handsome fella is Hudson.
Doesn't he look like a strapping big boy!
He was a pretty sweet boy too!
Look at those hands! I say, wide receiver!
 However, he is not a fan of laying on his tummy!
 Oh my goodness, he is just so cuddly!

 He also has a big brother, named Preston. 
And some pretty awesome parents too! 
Its good to be the center of attention!

 Congratulations to you all!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Photographer in Castle Rock, CO

Happy New Year!  Wait, are we over that already?! Well, you know me, I like to milk a holiday for all it is worth.  First shoot of the new year was with the wonderfully fabulous Sim family. 
 Ya know... looking at these pictures you can't really tell how cold it was.  But it was cold and I had to ask them to hold their breath while I was actually shooting so they weren't covered in breath fog!

 Looky there!  I even got some snow!! It may have been blowing off the trees from earlier in the day, I can't be sure, but either way it was beautiful!
 I was really crossing my fingers, hoping we would have lots of the fluffy white stuff but you can't help loving this sunshine. 
Love this family! Thanks guys!!
 Before I go... I have to share a story.  Something that happened earlier in the day before my shoot.
 I am a firm believer of writing things down, so I don't forget and I know some of you ask me to "write more" personal stuff in my blog so this is for you...
Yesterday morning I was praying about what book of the Bible the girls and I should tackle next.  Immediately the book of Ezra popped in my head, to which thought “Umm… no, I couldn’t have heard that right.  Maybe the Gospel of John?”
“Why do I keep thinking that?  We could just do 2 Corinthians since we just finished 1 Corinthians.”
“Maybe we should tackle an OT book, maybe Esther.”
“Seriously!?! Ezra?!?  Okay.  We will do Ezra.”
I did some background study, and dug into the first chapter.  An hour or so later I was ready to go through it with the girls.  We talked about some pretty amazing things. Including the prophecy in Isaiah that names King Cyrus by name 150 years before he is born! Minds blown! We also talked about how not all the Jews returned to Jerusalem, just those who's hearts God moved.  Great conversation and Bible Study.  As we wrapped up, I encourage the girls to take a few minutes and journal some application, what were they taking with them?  Explaining that we don’t want just head knowledge but heart knowledge… relationship.  

The night prior, I got a text from a girlfriend who travels to Nicaragua every summer.  Seven or so months ago I asked if this trip might be something Melia could tag along on.  Melia had expressed an interest in going on a Compassion International trip, and I thought this might be a nice alternative with someone we know and trust.  She was texting to let me know it is time to decide and put down a deposit if Melia was still interested in going.  I wasn’t sure if Melia would still be on board, I felt like the trip might have been when she was thinking about a career in the medical field and she talked about serving as a doctor/nurse in a 3rd world country. Her career aspirations have since changed so I just wasn’t sure.   So Rod and I talk to her, told her to be praying about it and to put herself in a place where she would most likely hear His answer… in the Word. Rod also asked her to be thinking about how she could raise the money to go. 

After our morning study, I was putting the last of the dishes in the dishwasher when Melia came up and said, “I going to Nicaragua.” When asked for further explanation she said that the Lord spoke to her through our morning study.  Was she going to be like the few that returned to Jerusalem to do the hard work of rebuilding the temple or be like the many that stayed in Babylon because they are comfortable where they were? She didn’t want to let fear keep her home. As for the money she would need to raise?  If the Lord moved the hearts of the Babylonians (unbelievers) to give the returning Jews gold and silver to rebuild the temple then she could trust that the Lord would move in hearts of people to help her as well. 

I know that the Lord is amazing and that the Word is equally amazing but I am always blown away with how He works to answer our pleas for direction. I am writing this down, so that when I start freaking out about my 14 year daughter getting on a plane and flying out of the country to a strange land I can come back and read this and know that the Lord is in it and I’m not going to stand in His way. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Newborn Photographer in Castle Rock, CO

This fun newborn shoot is my final shoot for 2016.  
What a great way to end the year! Morgan was pretty awesome, he was quite content to be wide awake for the whole of our shoot! And WOW! what amazing eye contact!

Morgan without question is the strongest newborn I have ever met! He held is head up like this forever!
Since 2011, I have had the privilege of photographing not only Morgan but his two sisters and brother when they were born as well.  So... I thought it might be fun to take a look back at all 4!
and of course, Morgan.
What a beautiful family!