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Giving Back – Girls on the Run in Denver

This Mother’s Day weekend, I volunteered at the Girls On the Run 5K event that had more than 1,000 girls participating.  Girls on the Run is a community organization that helps girls from 3rd-8th grade with empowerment, self-esteem, and camaraderie by getting them involved in an after school running program.  The Community Outreach Committee on which I serve for the…

Special Mother’s Day Gift That Will Make Mom Cry

Want to give your mom (or your wife or yourSELF) the best Mother’s Day gift ever?  Give her a something unique and unforgettable.  As mothers, we make time for annual or semi-annual family portraits, we make time to plan milestone photos of our children, but women rarely make time to get portraits of ourselves with our kids, or with our own moms.  When was the last time you had a portrait with YOUR mother or mother-in-law?  Can you imagine someday  how you will view portraits of generations of women and kids together?

Gift for Mom - photo of woman with her mother in law

Mother's Day Photo Sessions Denver grandmother hugging her granddaughterThese Mother’s Day photo sessions are intended to be a gift.  The beautiful gift certificate comes in a gorgeous box with some fun little surprises she can open on Mother’s Day.The actual session is on Saturday, May 27th,  two weeks after Mother’s Day at our studio in Denver.  That gives every mom time to pick out clothing and get her roots done.

mother's day gift - gift certificate and gift box

The day of the session I will be serving mimosas for moms and orange bubble drink for the kids and have a fun playlist going in the studio.  We will take photos and goof around for 20 minutes. This special event is going to be a fun experience for mom!

Unique gift for mom - grandmother with her grandkids

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This is an exclusive, once-a-year event, for moms and their kids of all ages.  Reservations are $275 and include the special gift box, a 20 minute studio portrait session for mom and her kids (of all ages), online access to a private gallery, three digital files, and a framed gift print.

Best mother's day gift - woman with her teen daughter

Show mom how much she means to you.  Register now.



Community Outreach Through Photography in Denver

A big part of my life over the last twelve years has been involvement with kids in our community.  It started with being on the PTA at my kids’ schools.  My involvement grew into running fundraisers and eventually as PTA president. That evolved into my involvement with Colorado Youth At Risk.  Over the last couple years I have enjoyed working with the Alliance of Professional Women on the Community Outreach Committee. Our committee is focused on serving women and children within the community doing things like providing and serving meals for a local women’s shelter, supplying holiday gifts for women and children in need, and helping kids in the foster care system.

Recently, my committee did a Senior Photo Extravaganza for students at New Legacy Charter School. The school provides high school education AND childcare for pregnant or parenting teens, most of whom live below the poverty level. This year the school has nearly 30 students graduating and I, with a group of six other photographers and a half dozen volunteers, created senior photos for about 16 of those soon-to-be-grads. It was a fun afternoon with a bunch of really wonderful people.

Now I realize lack of senior photos is a pretty first world problem to have. Please don’t misunderstand – APW does many other projects for kids and the community at large. We have helped with baby clothes and college buses for the school in the past. But the school’s director knew me as a photographer, and mentioned that the kids would really love to do senior photos. As a business owner, I first looked at this and wondered if I could do a special rate for the kids at the school. However I decided it was unfair to the people who pay full price for my work to offer something so drastically different to these students. But it continued to bother me that there was something these kids wanted, that I could provide, and it was so far out of their reach. And then I had the idea to offer it for free.

I approached the APW Outreach Committee and suggested we put on a senior photo shoot for these kids. Get photographers to volunteer to photograph, edit, and deliver digital files. Get volunteers to assist the photographers and coordinate all the people. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science donated tickets for all the students, photographers, volunteers, and some of the students’ families, so we could use the museum as a photo backdrop in case the weather was bad. We had the beautiful grounds of City Park. And APW Outreach Committee would provide a printed photo of each student as a keepsake.

Having your senior portrait made is a pretty normal thing for most American kids to do, and kids who have children in their teens are not living a typical senior experience. They are dealing with the world as adults, ready or not. As photographers, there aren’t tons of ways that we can give back to the community through our actual services. However this little project, providing this fun, old-fashioned, youth-focused, all-about-you experience was something we could give these kids and provide our services in a way that we hope will give them joy and happy memories they can keep for a lifetime.

Senior Photo at DMNS in Denver Senior Photos of young womanSenior Photo at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Senior Photos at City Park A volunteer and a senior behind the scenes

And a really terrific side benefit of this event was the reinforcement of my love of the photography community here in Denver.  Six women, besides myself, volunteered to donate their time and talent to this event.  What a joy to be part of a community that wants to give back and who are more focused on how we can help others than worrying about competition or compensation.  Thank you so much to Lisa Turner Photography, Amy Wiles Photography, Jamie Kraus Photography, Highway 4 Photography, Keiko Matsuno Photography, and Cooper’s Creek Photography for all your time and effort and flexibility around this project.

Group photo of volunteers Volunteer photographers and students

We had a great time with the students at NLCS, I may expand this project to other schools next year. Let me know if you are interested in participating or know of a school or organization that could use our support.

Want to see more photos?  Check out some other senior photos here.

Have questions about senior photos? Contact me!

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Denver Family Photography Year in Review 2016

I saw so many wonderful faces in 2016.  I love to look back through my work for the previous year and pick my favorites.  If I showed you all my favorites this video would be  20 minutes long!   What joy I feel when I sort through all your faces.  Each person I photograph owns a little piece of me,…

Christmas Card Studio Sessions in Denver

This year we are doing something new and exciting:  Christmas Card Studio Sessions in Denver!

two boys in silly hats christmas card studio session girl in hat nd scarf

These sessions are awesome winter-themed pictures on a white set with twinkle lights and a tinsel tree in the background.  Bring kids in their Christmas finery or your favorite fun hats and scarves.  These unique sessions are for your kids only (furry kids are welcome).

The session fee is $175 and includes three digital files that you can use to make your fabulous Christmas cards.  Upgrades will be available if you would like to purchase custom Christmas cards or additional files.

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If you only have furry (or feathery or scaly) children, you are welcome to do a photo with you and your pet!
christmas card studio session man and his newfoundland dog christmas theme teen boy holding a cat
Children must be able to sit up on their own.

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Please email me  to secure your time. Or signup online here.

Want to see more photos from my Christmas set?  Check out my Facebook Page where I will be sharing more photos from my Christmas Card session styling.

Still want your family photos?  Please contact me directly to schedule a family photo session.