The Despards were looking for outdoor family portraits featuring Colorado fall foliage. With their boisterous young son and their picture-perfect yellow lab, we captured these candid family pictures on their beautiful property in Broomfield Colorado. The warm, sunny weather made my job easy that day – I combined some off-camera flash with the diffused late afternoon light. Aren’t they lovely?
If you too, are in need of some holiday family portraits for Christmas cards, you best contact me pronto! Winter is almost here and I have many dates already scheduled with a ski pass, and a plane ticket to South America on the horizon.
The holidays are approaching and that means that it is family portrait season. This was my second photography session with the Walker family. We began the day by spending some time getting some creative shots in the back yard, as well as a group family portrait with the dogs included. After that, we changed up the outfits and headed out to a field for some scenic images in a nature setting with the mountains in the background. It’s pretty cool to see how much the young ones mature in just a year; I’m already looking forward to next year when I will be taking their high school senior portraits.
Chautauqua Park is certainly the most photographed location in all of Boulder. The beautiful fields of grass and the iconic Flatirons provide a stunning backdrop. The key to creating beautiful portraits here is you have to get up early so that the morning sun provides strong contrast on the unique rock formations. Unfortunately, that same strong sun makes it difficult to get natural light on your subjects. This is why I bring along powerful off camera lighting to highlight my subjects and light their faces evenly. As you can see, this combination creates the ultimate family wall portrait at the quintessential location.
After spending some time on the big scenery, I like to take the kids over to the grassy park and the playground for some candid moments and more importantly some fun. These perfectly imperfect portraits capture the unique personalities of these two girls. Over near the playground, the “dollhouse” is a great spot to capture some of those sparkly eye photos that every mom cherishes. So there you have it, another colorful, energetic and fun family portrait session in the books!
Well, it finally happened. Sooner or later, I knew that some former wedding clients would talk me into shooting their maternity photos. Melissa and Nick are also friends from my Boulder social circle, so I felt comfortable trying out something new with them. Melissa was about two weeks away from the birth of their first child and looked absolutely fabulous with the perfect belly to show for it. We headed out to a sentimental location to shoot the photos – the trails near their home in Table Mesa, and the place where I shot their engagement photos.
We managed to steal two hours of perfect weather in an otherwise rainy week. The natural light is often at it’s best when the clouds have parted after a storm, and the shoot was a perfect example. Melissa looked absolutely radiant in the field of yellow wildflowers. After capturing some soft and natural portraits, we moved on to capture the dramatic clouds and Flatirons scenery with some off camera lighting.
I was happy to help two friends create memories of this special time in their lives. In another few weeks I will moving on to another first … newborn photos!
Happy Monday, and welcome to a standout family portrait shoot from Gunbarrel Colorado. This portrait session was a little different than most, in that the kids were no longer kids. When shooting a group of adults, I do more advanced planning than if I was shooting young children – Nick and Lauren were unlikely to run around playing in the field, after all. I’ve found that props coupled with interesting backdrops provide an engaging blend of extra interest for these types of sessions. In the case of the Stockwells, the fabulous family Fiat was the perfect accessory.
The weather was looking a little marginal in the time leading up to the shoot, which turned out to be a good thing. The rain held out and I got some dramatic clouds over the Continental Divide to work with. The top shot is going to make a fantastic wall portrait for their home. I used high power strobes to light everyone, as well as the 1976 Fiat Spyder in this backlit sunset composition.
After the big scenic shots, we took some natural light portraits of everyone in front of an eclectic old farm building.