Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Still here!

It's been awhile since I've checked in here. But although I've been silent, that doesn't mean I haven't been working my tail off in one way or another.

God has blessed me with some special clients - both in photography and in design. I've done editing for my Real Estate Agent, taken pictures for some great families, couples and even done a few special events (although my photography has taken a bit of a back seat over the past year), and designed bulletins, programs, business cards, letterheads, posters, and logos to name just a few. 

I would love to do more, but alas, I am just one person with so many dreams and responsibilities. And at this stage of my life, family comes first. But I sure do enjoy my time in front of the computer screen playing with lines and colors and snag as much time as I can.

From a personal perspective, we're still living out of boxes. Still stepping over each other at every turn. Still looking for a place to call our own. We have a new little one who's now on the move. School has started, well sorta, and it's taken a big part of our mornings to get motivated. We've been creative on exerting our energy indoors during the cold months and been loving the totally abnormal warmer weather the past couple weeks. Gotta love that fresh air and 60 degree weather in the middle of February!

I've been itch'n for more design time, so hopefully I'll be able to find a few more clients and get into a groove again soon. I'll try to post more here as projects come up. We'll see. :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Robert & Helen - A 60th Anniversary Photo Session

A few months ago I took pictures of a sweet little lady in honor of her first birthday. A few weeks ago, I received a call from her great grandparents looking to get pictures of them in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary coming up. Even though my specialty may be the first years - newborn, milestone sessions and of course the most enjoyable cake smash! - I do enjoy other life milestones, including but not limited to family, couples, weddings, etc.

So I was excited about the opportunity of capturing the love between a couple who have many years behind them, and who can laugh with each other and share their experiences and advice with those around them. I can't wait to celebrate this milestone with my own hubby down the road.

And I hope we can look as young and happy as these two!

Here are a couple images from their session:

"it just gets better with age"
If you would like to see more of their session, click here.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Emma - A 1st Birthday and Smash Cake

This little cutie pie recently turned one and what better way to celebrate this milestone than to do a cake smash! Emma was an active little lady and was a joy to photograph. We took some frameable photos of her as well as a few fun pics with the balloons outside. At one point though the wind picked up and almost blew her away! Some cute family pics were also necessary before letting the little lady get messy. Here are some from the shoot:


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Owens Family at the Denver Zoo

A few weekends ago I met up with this awesome family for a photo shoot at the Denver Zoo. The kids had just recently had their birthdays, so it was a mix of family pictures and birthday celebration pictures. It was a pretty warm day for April, which made for a long walk through the park. But we got some great pictures of everyone enjoying the animals and some great family photos too!

Here are just a few of them:


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Real Estate Editing

One thing that I've been doing for the past couple of years has been editing real estate photos. Ya know, when you go online to search for a house (because you are actually looking for a new place to move to or you want to see what's available in your area or you simply like to look at other people's homes) and the listings have photos that pull you into that home and make you want to know more of what that home has to offer... Yes, those incredibly important photos. They really are what will make or break the listing.

I started this service originally by going out to the actual homes going up for sale and physically taking photos of the outside, the rooms, the layout, and any other images that might promote the property. I love looking at listings myself and know the importance of having beautiful, grabbing images to pull you in.

This became a little tougher to do after I had my daughter as then I had to find someone to watch her, usually at a moment's notice, and then spend an hour (or three) at the property taking photos.

But it wasn't just as simple as going in and snapping a couple pictures. Many times the listing agent and myself had to walk through and mop floors, hide clutter, straighten the towels and close closet doors. This may be above and beyond what many real estate photographers do, but it was important to me to provide appealing images of the property and paying attention to those little details really can dramatically improve how a house looks.

Kinda makes me realize how cluttered and "lived in" my own house looks 99% of the time. Oh the desire to have a pinterest worthy home all of the time. Real life alert - It's not possible! (especially when you have toddlers) But I digress...

Thus my services changed from providing the whole package to simply editing photos that the listing agents take themselves. With the smartphone capabilities nowadays and the fact that these images will be shown online (no huge poster-sized prints where resolution and crisp focus are essential), there really isn't a huge reason to bring out the big equipment - cameras and special lenses and lighting and tripods. The 'photographer' (home owner, seller, listing agent, etc) still needs to have a vision of what type of photos are needed and know what angles are best, but the rest of the process is what I am here for.

I take those images and edit the exposure and colors and tones to get a cohesive look through the house. I remove the orangey color casts from indoor lighting and add true-to-life color back into the floors and cabinets*. I work to remove arms and legs from mirrors or odd connections from when several images are seamed together to create a panoramic of the room or yard. And I brighten the color of the grass and sky and bring out the beauty of nature in the outdoor photos. It's important though to not be fake and edit too drastically that the images appear edited. A little goes a long way and too much can ruin the listing and cause doubt and distrust in the viewer's mind.

 While this is just one small service I provide, it is something that can be extremely powerful for a Real Estate business and getting buyers interested in properties listed for sale. This is also something that I enjoy and that I can do during naptimes or after the kids are in bed. It's a win-win for all! :)

*this is the goal of my editing processes. It isn't always possible in every situation and every photograph. Some challenges do come up when working with other people's photos, but I edit to the best of my ability and time constraints.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Calvary Projects

Here are some of the design projects I've been working on the past couple months for Calvary Community Baptist Church in Northglenn.

Friday, March 20, 2015

It's Officially Spring!

Spring officially started today and what a beautiful day it is! The kids are outside playing and allowing me some time to get a little bit of work done, which includes catching up on some very belated blog posting...and billing (ya know, the important part of running a business).

Most of my time as of late has been caring for snotty noses and sleepless toddlers. It's made the nights long and the days longer, but we're surviving and extremely happy for some warmer weather to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. I know that we have a couple more months of winter left here in Colorado... our snowiest months are usually March and April...but we are enjoying the "spring" weather while it is here.

It's exciting to see how God is providing for us lately. He's brought a few new clients my way in the past couple of weeks and my calendar is already filling up with both photography sessions and design jobs. Spring is an exciting time of the year!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

9 Month Session - Sweet Little Alaya

I'm excited about these kids. They were smiley, rambunctious and so much fun to capture! I drove out to their home and we cleared a space in the dining room for a 9 month photo session for this little sweet pea.

Look at that gorgeous little leg chub. Swoon!

Her brother got in on some photos too.

 Although it did take a little coaxing and me getting on the floor to roll cars back and forth for a few minutes to get him comfortable enough with me to smile for the camera. :)
Even though all of the images turned out so cute, these are by far my favorite of the entire session!

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Cake

So...the cake. Basically, it fell apart when I tried getting it out of the pan. I was able to piece it together to make a short stack, but it was very very rough looking. A couple hour stay in the freezer made it secure enough to accept frosting without it falling to pieces again.

If only the frosting worked out! Grr. For some reason, the frosting tasted HORRIBLE! I followed the directions but I'm not sure what happened. So, I dumped that and was going to make a grocery run first thing the next morning for the nasty pre-made, full-of-junk frosting tub.

Now, I have nothing against store bought frosting. It actually is pretty tasty sometimes and I am not one to say no to anything sweet. Plus, trying to get the color right myself was a bit tricky. Yes, I did use food coloring, although I did buy some berries and such to try it out naturally. I just didn't get the time to try with all the hassles with the first batch tasting horrible. But mostly I wanted to make my own frosting because I haven't given the kid much junky foods. He had a dairy insensitivity for most of his infant life - which meant I've been dairy-free for most of his infant life - and I've been hesitant to add much of that in, especially all at once. Plus, who wants a serious allergic reaction right before his birthday party?! So anyway, think about that if you are planning a cake smash session with me or with your photographer. Safety first!

Back to the cake...

It was bothering me so bad that night that I didn't have the cake ready for my morning cake smash session that instead of going to bed like a normal person, I made another batch of frosting using whatever ingredients I could find in my fridge and cupboards. :) This time it tasted pretty good and actually was a good enough consistency to use.

I had meant to do one large circle eye in white and black frosting on the front, but with all the frosting issues and my lack of time since it was now 11:30 at night, I figured out some different eyes to use. Thanks to sister's craft project pom pom balls and cake pop sticks. :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Annual Report - Global Connection International

The staff at Global Connection International were so pleased with our last project (the Xtreme Truth Mailer) that they contacted me again for help designing their Annual Report! I was happy to oblige of course.

I love doing Annual Reports! They are a mixture of creativity, stories, facts and financials all combined into one large, or small, piece. It takes a lot of thought and structure to get all this into one booklet and keep it all looking cohesive. And on top of that, the company's branding needs to be maintained.

Maybe it's because life in general tends to be complicated. There's always so many parts and pieces in our lives - work, home, social, kids, friends, church, etc. I think this allows me to take a bit of that complicated mess and make it seem so beautifully simplistic. :)

We got the report put together and finalized, then came back a few weeks later and created individual pages that GCI could email out through a series of enewsletters.