Childhood is Magic: Documentary in the Fall

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Childhood is Magic: Documentary in the Fall

I have this problem.  I see certain situations and the details and light will be so inspiring that I MUST take photos.  We were spending a nice fall evening at my sister in law's house, with all the cousins playing in the backyard.

The sun was setting with warm colors.  

The leaves were bouncing with their little feet on the trampoline.

The laughter was filling the air and the joy was contagious.

"Carter?" I said. "Can I run and get my camera???"

He just pointed to the door.  I literally RAN home, got my camera, and RAN back before that magic sun went down too much.  And I started clicking away.

You see, this is why I love documentary photography.  There is the unexpected and you are watching things happen and thinking about how you can capture it in a far from ordinary way.  Because you want the happiness and laughter and magic of the evening to somehow translate through a few still images.  You look for the different angle or the hidden moments.  And then you get home, load all of those images onto your computer and relive it all over again.  Adjusting the colors or lighting to make it just how you remember in your memory.

So here is our magical night.  

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A Morning with Daddy: Documentary Video

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A Morning with Daddy: Documentary Video

Documenting life through still images is something that makes my creative heart sing.  It also makes this mamma heart feel extremely grateful.  My boys love to pile up in my lap and relive memories from our time in Colorado.

Would they remember these little things without the help of an image to trigger their memory?  Would I?  

And then you add video into the mix!  Now I can remember the sounds of their tiny voices as they played, the funny things daddy said ("Whiny boys don't get cheesy eggs"), the amount of rough and tumble that went on in our household on a regular basis (the pinching and tickling and twisting of faces).  

This is a small window into a crazy, chaotic morning in our Colorado home.  Now that we are in Texas, I stumbled upon these video clips and thought, I HAVE to do something with this.  I want to remember this always.

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Cherry Creek State Park Family Session

This family is near and dear to my heart.  We got this session in right as we were in the middle of a move back to Texas, and they were waiting on the word to move to Hawaii.

I love family sessions because I love capturing connections.  Then you throw in some gorgeous light and beautiful scenery and it's just plain magic.

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Downtown Denver Engagement

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Downtown Denver Engagement

I love my job.

One of the reasons, besides the actual taking of the pictures, is meeting new people.  Matt and Amanda were such a fun couple to work with and we had a blast at their engagement session!

It started with a proposal...then a few celebratory drinks...then exploring downtown Denver finding the best photo spots.  Union Station was the perfect backdrop for their images, especially when coupled with Amanda's smokin hot dress!

I can't WAIT for your wedding this September!!  Thanks for being so much fun...and super photogenic. ;)

Outfit change!!  I love that the valet guy was willing to go run to their car to get the tutu!  Hopefully he didn't feel too strange running around Union Station carrying a quick change of attire.

And we wrapped up the evening with some epic shots at Larimer Square.  It was pretty crowded and every time we ran out in the middle of the road for the photos, everyone cheered.  It was worth it.

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Big City Adventures in Denver

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Big City Adventures in Denver

We love Denver.

The weather.  The mountains.  The hiking.  The endless adventure opportunities.

We also love the city.  And we love to go on "big city adventures" as a family, which basically means walking around downtown looking at stuff and getting a treat.

The kids always get super pumped about a big city adventure.  So much so, the excitement wears them out about 5 minutes into our drive.  It's inevitable.

But they love everything about the city:  the tall buildings, the lights, the horses pulling carriages, skateboarders, the bridges to cross and escalators to ride (over...and over...and over...).  Take a peak at our latest adventure.

 

I also took some video footage and made this film/photo montage which I love!  The boys love watching it too and reliving the memories.

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Family Video: Take One!

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Family Video: Take One!

BIG NEWS!

This year I'm going to be incorporating fusion videos into my business (think DVD with video clips and edited still images all mixed up with some sentiment and love)

Now, today while the boys played in the snow, I grabbed my camera that was on 10% power and did some video clips and took a few photos.  Keep in mind that this is my FIRST video...be kind. :)

So stay tuned!  Improved videos are on the horizon.

But here's a sample of what I've got going on now.  I still love it, and my boys love watching themselves on the big screen. (Surprise, surprise)

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Adventures of Catboy and Gecko

Adventures of Catboy and Gecko

It's in the little things where life is hidden.

I document life.  That's kind of my thing.  

I do it for my job, and I do it in my everyday life.  Why?  Simple.

I WANT TO REMEMBER.

Since having kids, I feel like my memory went to crap.  My planner and lists and client database and all of those amazing tools are my lifeline to functioning as an adult.  They keep me on track with all of those things in life that I need to remember:  bills, appointments, schedules, to-do lists, etc.

But what about those things that I don't necessarily NEED to remember but that I WANT to remember?  A picture tells a thousand words, and in this case, a picture helps boost that poor memory of mine so that these "not-so-important" important things don't get lost in mix.

A bond like no other - brothers.

Did I mention that I FREAKED out when I found out I was pregnant with my second child???  I was barely making it in motherhood with my, at the time, 6 month old who gifted me with little sleep and lots of crying (YAY colic).  Adding another baby seemed both overwhelming and terrifying.  But there he came...our sweet Tanner boy.

Fast forward 3 years (has it really been that long??) and I'm beyond thankful not only for this precious gift of a child, but the closeness of my two boys.

Not even 16 months apart, they drive each other crazy, but they also stick up for each other and truly enjoy each other's company.  So while they play dress up and get fully into their new identities, I click away with my camera, making a mental note to go along with each image.

I want to remember...

How feisty my oldest is.  Who knew that colicky baby just had a lot of spirit and didn't want to be tamed?

How Jace loves to take the lead in all things.

How Tanner often is timid, wanting reassurance or guidance.

But how every now and then he goes rogue and we wonder, where has THIS kid been??  He's definitely still his own person.

How the boys can transform our ordinary living room into the headquarters of a kid-superhero-duo and be intensely on mission to save the world.

How for as many times as they can't stand each other (as I type this, I hear Jace telling Tanner in the other room, "I really need some alone time!), they always come back to each other.

And, of course, how the little brother always gets the worst jobs!  But hey, he's just happy to be in the game.

Have you ever considered a documentary style session?  There is so much value in capturing our unglamorous life - the backyard playing, the bribery to eat your veggies, the baseball games, the cookouts, the riding bikes in the driveway, the playing dress up, the magic of childhood.

Don't let it slip through your fingers without a tangible way to remember these things for generations.

Mother Daughter Session | Fort Worth Family Photographer

Mother Daughter Session | Fort Worth Family Photographer

That magical, golden hour.

I love shooting during the last hour before sunset.  The light is stunning and can transform the most boring setting into something magical.  This particular park had some great features:  a tree-lined dirt road, tall grass, and big trees to let the sunlight filter through.  

If you love this look, definitely schedule an evening session!  The soft light is also really flattering for skin tones and doesn't give the subject harsh shadows.

The mother/daughter connection.

I'm a family photographer because I love capturing connections between people.  I want someone to look at a photo and feel the love between family members, and in this case, a mother and daughter.  

Such a special bond, now preserved in print.

Bridge Fellowship Student Takeover Weekend

Bridge Fellowship Student Takeover Weekend

I love it when passions collide.

In this case, I was able to spend a weekend with some of my FAVORITE people in Houston, Texas while photographing their huge student event at their church.  And it was my birthday.  And I got to eat at Chuy's.

A weekend full of fun, that's for sure!  Here are some of the highlights of the Bridge Fellowship Student Takeover.

Mud Football + Dodgeball

These kids held nothing back.  I thoroughly enjoyed photographing people sloshing around in the mud while I stayed nice and clean. :)  And a good game of dodgeball is always fun to watch.

Worship

Photographing in dark spaces isn't always ideal, but with the stage lighting it was a fun challenge to get some interesting shots.  I loved capturing the intensity of the band, plus the authentic emotion of the students while worshipping.  My favorite parts of the weekend!

Oh, and that handsome guitar player doing a herkie?  That would be my baby daddy.

Did I mention there was a dance party...on my birthday?!  Perfect.

Icy Waters: An Evening at Cherry Creek State Park

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Icy Waters: An Evening at Cherry Creek State Park

I can't believe I have lived in Colorado for the last 2 years, barely five minutes away from Cherry Creek State Park, and have never been there until tonight.  Not once.

sunset by the lake

I finally charged my camera battery today and have been itching to take some photos, so when the hubs suggested we grill out by the water for dinner (it was an exceptionally warm February day), I was pumped!  We loaded up a cooler and drove on out, packed with essentials for hamburgers and s'mores.

cooking out

Aside from the quickly dropping temps and numb fingers, it was everything I hoped it would be.  The huge chunks of ice on the water were something straight out of Titanic, and the reflection of the setting sun behind the mountains...DREAMY!  The boys loved exploring, and great news:  I discovered that you can replace graham crackers with the new thin Oreos to make s'mores.

I mean, I kind of made it up.  And it was amazing.

I can't wait to do a family session at this location!  The rich colors, light hitting the water...it would make for some stunning images.  I'm definitely adding this to my location list!

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