Lillie {Westminster Colorado Family Photographer}

Lillie {Westminster Colorado Family Photographer}

I photographed my first Gus Gift session last month. I can already tell that the greatest blessing to this program is going to be meeting these amazing families, these amazing women who have gone through the unimaginable and stayed strong for their families and who came out of these experiences as stronger people. Meet Lillie, she is about to turn two years old. She was born on October 21, 2017, at only 25 weeks gestation via emergency c section. Her mother, Kelli, had what is known as HELLP syndrome which had caused her organs to begin to shut down.

Choosing clothing for family photos {Denver Family Photographer}

Choosing clothing for family photos {Denver Family Photographer}

Here are some tips for choosing the perfect outfits for the whole family! There is a 99% chance that if you are reading this you are a mom. Normally mom is the one planning family photos and picking clothing for everyone. So, mom let's start in your closet. Let' face it,ladies, if we hate our outfit or the way we look we will not love the portraits and will never hang it on our wall.

Morrison Area Mountain Maternity Session {Golden Co Pregnancy Photographer}

Morrison Area Mountain Maternity Session {Golden Co Pregnancy Photographer}

I was so excited when Rosie contacted me for a maternity shoot last month! After a brief chat with her on the phone to discuss a session I knew that I was going to have so much fun creating the perfect look for her and shooting this session.

Skylynn's Clear Creek Newborn Session {Denver Outdoor Newborn Photographer}

Skylynn's Clear Creek Newborn Session {Denver Outdoor Newborn Photographer}

The thing I have found about outdoor newborn photography since I started offering it is that people either love it or hate it. For my clients who hire me for outdoor newborn sessions it’s the most natural thing in the world. Why is that? Because they love the outdoors, that’s where their family spends their free time exploring all of the beautiful places in Colorado, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine!

North Denver activities, Music with Mar {Denver Brand Photographer}

North Denver activities, Music with Mar {Denver Brand Photographer}

Music with Mar is not quite what you would expect from the typical music class. First its a drop in class which means you don't have to sign up to be there at the same time every week for 6 or 8 weeks, you can drop in on any class Annmarie offers and either pay $12 for the whole family for the single class, or $50 for any 5 classes you want to attend.

How to hang a two bracket portrait or art piece {Northglenn family photographer}

How to hang a two bracket portrait or art piece {Northglenn family photographer}

One of the things I have heard over and over from my clients is that they struggle to get their wall art hung straight, especially pieces with two saw tooth hangers like my canvases, without putting a million holes in the wall. So today I am sharing a quick tutorial on how to get your pieces on the wall without making the wall look like Swiss cheese!

Gross Reservoir Maternity Session {Colorado Mountain Family Photographer}

Gross Reservoir Maternity Session {Colorado Mountain Family Photographer}

Shortly after I first posted a session at this location last fall one of my favorite families asked about the location and told me they would like to do a session up there this spring or summer. When I saw them in December for their daughter’s Christmas photos, they told me there would be a change of plans, the family session we were planning for this location would be a maternity session since they were expecting their second child!

Gus' Story {Boulder Family Photographer}

Gus' Story {Boulder Family Photographer}

Since I launched my new program Gus’ Gift earlier this year I wanted to move over the blog posts about the family that inspired me to create Gus’ Gift. This blog was originally written in Sept. 2016. (Images from their 2016 & 2017 family sessions)

Why choose an outdoor newborn session {Denver Outdoor newborn Photographer}

Why choose an outdoor newborn session {Denver Outdoor newborn Photographer}

There is something about having a sweet new life surrounded by the beauty and majesty of nature that really inspires me. It is almost like taking a newborn on their first little adventure, here are a few reasons you may want to choose them for your summer baby:

Model Squad Highlight baby Ellie {Northglenn CO Children's photographer}

Model Squad Highlight baby Ellie {Northglenn CO Children's photographer}

As a family and children’s photographer in the Denver and Boulder metro area for the last 10 year (12 if you count my time in a children’s portraits studio) I have found one of my very favorite types of sessions are themed children’s sessions. I love creating new sets, planning clothing and props, and bringing a vision to life. It was with that in mind that I created my model squad program, a small group of children ages newborn to 13 years old, who participate in monthly themed shoots for my portfolio and website

Things to do in Denver with your kids | Museums {Denver Family Photographer}

Things to do in Denver with your kids | Museums {Denver Family Photographer}

Going to museums and other educational locations has always been one of my favorite things to do. My mother, who is a teacher, would bring us to places like this all the time as a child and now I still love going with my children. There are many more museums in the Denver metro area than even I realized, however, a few years ago put together this list of every one that I could find and now I would like to share it with all of you. I hope it helps you and your family find some fun educational opportunities this summer!

4 tips for photo shoots with your toddler {Northglenn Colorado photographer}

4 tips for photo shoots with your toddler {Northglenn Colorado photographer}

Your baby is now walking, toddling around getting into everything and destroying your home. If they weren’t SO ADORABLE even when making a huge mess they may not survive their toddler years. I know my kids' cuteness has saved their life many times when I wanted to kill them (kidding of course!)

Denver Area Parks with Splash Pads {Denver Family Photographer}

Denver Area Parks with Splash Pads {Denver Family Photographer}

This is an updated list of all of the splash pads I could find in the area. We personally check out about half of these last year and so I have added some notes on a few of them and will continue to update this post as we check out new ones I would love to hear in the comments which ones you have visited and which are your favorites!  Also did I miss any? Add them to the list by putting them in the comments! Enjoy!

The meeting that indirectly helped launch my business {Northglenn CO Children's Photographer}

The meeting that indirectly helped launch my business {Northglenn CO Children's Photographer}

This meeting helped change a lot of things in my life. After this meeting I starting looking at lot more at the safety of the products I am putting in and on my body, I started a new friendship and became closer to another friend and most importantly I started my first business which gave me many of the foundations for my business today.

How one family changed the way I do business {Boulder Family Photographer}

How one family changed the way I do business {Boulder Family Photographer}

I really discovered how much I was failing my clients and not really serving them about a couple of month after this families first session with me.

A little back story. . .

5 mother's day gifts mom won't want to return {Northglenn CO family photographer}

5 mother's day gifts mom won't want to return {Northglenn CO family photographer}

I’ll admit, gifting is hard. Unless gift-giving is your love language you probably, like me, struggle with it. How do you choose that perfect gift? Mom does not need another nick-knack sitting around the house.

How to coordinate your family for spring portraits {Northglenn CO Family Photographer}

How to coordinate your family for spring portraits {Northglenn CO Family Photographer}

Planning outfits for family session can be one of the hardest parts of planning a family photo session, especially if you don’t know how to properly coordinate so everyone looks great together, while still having their own look and style. Outfits can make or break a photo session which is why I put so much emphasis on helping you choose your outfits and making sure to match the look of your session to your outfits.Here are some of my best tips to get your started.

Help me out by voting! {Denver Photographer}

Help me out by voting! {Denver Photographer}

Why have I decided to apply for a grant?

Some of you who have followed me for a long time may have heard my story. But for those who haven’t let me tell you about the history of my business.

Isaac's newborn session {Broomfield CO newborn photographer}

Isaac's newborn session {Broomfield CO newborn photographer}

After 12 years of photographing newborns you learn all of the tricks to get a newborn to sleep soundly for their session and they all worked on baby Isaac!

Choosing a location for your Colorado winter photo shoot {Boulder Family Photographer}

Choosing a location for your Colorado winter photo shoot {Boulder Family Photographer}

Choosing a great location for your shoot get just a little more challenging as the leaves begin to fall. What was green or gold and beautiful during the summer and fall suddenly becomes brown and lifeless. But no one wants the background of their photos to just be brown and boring! So here are my best tips for choosing a location with color and beautify even during the winter months.