Monday, August 31, 2015

High School Senior Pictures in Castle Rock, CO

Ummm… I can not tell you how much I love this picture!
Let's just say that it's ALOT!  It is so moody and gorgeous and awesome and haunting and so on!!
So, last night Melanie and 20 or so of her closest friends and relatives went out and about for Melanie's senior pictures. 20 of her closest friends and relatives AND 3 horses!!!
We had June Bug, Jelly Bean and Vic, those were the horses.
 To say this shoot was fun would be an understatement. 
I was truly taken back, looking thru my lens and seeing such beauty looking back at me. 
 This was the horse Mel rode when she was a little girl… his name is Vic.
I have known Melanie since she was only 6 months old. It's hard to find words...
 Her story is the kind that touches the deepest parts of your soul, terrifying, somewhat shrouded and wonderfully glorious in the picture it paints of God's faithfulness and her perserverance.  The picture below captures the whole of her story for me. 
 It's not my story to tell, it's her's and one day I know that God is going to give her a unique and power platform to share it and then He will take it and use to do a good many things.
Truly beauty from ashes.
 Melanie and her sister, Abby have no idea, how much I care about them and pray for them.
I am not always the soft and fuzziest bear in the bunch, but that doesn't change the reality of my deep love for them both. 
 It has been my privilege to watch them both grow up into amazingly colorful reflections of their masterful Creator in Heaven. 
Oh.. the stories I could tell of her getting up in this tree!!!
 Let's just say it was very and I mean very entertaining. 
 The shoot was followed by a very yummy dinner at Fuzzy's!! 
(Yes… I veered I was feeling verklempt) 
 Melanie, You are beautiful girl.  Your beauty radiates from the inside out and shines brightly all around you.  I truly believe the Lord showed me a glimpse of your future at one point to help your mom make it through those scary days… I pray that you will chase after all He has for you.  That He will be first love and all that you live for.  He has great things in store for you.  An unexpected adventure for you and Him! Lots of love… Cija

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Family Photographer in Castle Rock, CO

Hello! And happy Sunday!

I have just a few minutes before we load up the car and head to Arvada to take Miss Melanie's senior pictures!  So… While Rod watches football and the girls are being quiet upstairs (hmmm…)
 I thought I would take a few minutes to get this sneak peek up on the blog. 
 No better way to spend a beautiful Friday night, than taking pictures of one of my very favorite families. Brock and Beth have been so faithful to me and my business over the past 6 years!
 In fact, my first shoot with them was with Gavin when he was just 3 months old. Now look at him!
And ya wanna know something else… the day we took these pictures was actually his birthday!
 Oh Maddie… such a beauty!
 Ryanne actually got to come with me on this shoot.  We had to switch nights because of bad weather and I didn't realize that Rod had to work, and Melia was baby sitting, so… we divided and conquered.  
Ryanne went with me, and Sabrina went with Rod. 

 Okay, in the photo below… look at Gavin's foot, no shoe!  That little stinker, he kept kicking it off (forward, towards me) and I would tell him to put in back on.  But he is super sneaky!!  I didn't catch it when he slipped it off behind his other foot!!  
 But just look at the smile!!!  He was just grinning, knowing that he was getting away with it!  
Not one photo with his shoe on (of course, that make me love this picture all the more!)
 We found some roses that matched the one in Maddie's hair just perfect!
 Oh, Gavin...
 The one below is my favorite of the two kids together. 
 I love when they just do something all on their own!


 Love! Love! Love!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Portrait Photographer in Castle Rock, CO

Couple of nights ago, I had the privilege of taking photos of one of my very favorite people.
We usually have her greatest fans in tow, but tonight it was all about her and what a fun time we had.
I was a bit frustrated when I got there… the wind was blowing like crazy and we had already rescheduled once because of ran and she had just had her hair done!!
 But we decided to stick with it and that was a good decision.  The wind finally settled and we were able to do the shoot. 
 There is a memorial brick there in memory of someone very special to her so she asked to have a photo taken with it… somehow.  I really love how this turned out. I am glad she pointed it out to me.
 Can I point out that the Queen Ann's lace is almost as tall as she is???  Yes, she is standing!
and can I also point out that I know that is Queen Ann's Lace!!
 Okay, it just so happened that I was walking down the street with a friend today and we saw some, and I was telling her about the tall stuff I saw during this shoot and she told me it was Queen Ann's Lace but still…
 Okay, the one below may be my favorite… I just love it!
 But holy moly, that one below is one pretty thing after another!!!

 She was such a good sport!!
So much fun!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Senior Pictures in Castle Rock, CO

 Dropping in for a quick sneak peek of Patrick!
He is a 2016 Senior of Heritage High School.
Where he is a swimmer, did you know that have a pool right there at the school. 
I can assure you school did not have a pool, we did however, have a pea green rubber gym floor. 
Oh man, you do not want to fall on a rubber floor… oh the rubber burns!
 Did I mention that younger brother, Nicolas came along?
 So Patrick is hoping that he will continue his swimming career in college, which he hopes will be out of state.  I believe he mentioned University of Cincinnati. 
 Well, the fall rush is upon me so, I must be off!