Documenting History

This one’s a bit belated, but back in March I was asked to help document the Feed & Grain building machinery for a piece in the opening of the Meantime Gallery and now that I’ve had a little time wandering around in that beautiful, cavernous factory I’m convinced that I have to go back and do a series of images featuring the building as a backdrop. That place is inspiring with a capital “I”.

Paging Dr. Lillis

20130121 SmartCPA LakeLovelandDerm-60_WEBAs my second shoot for Mueller & Associates the tight-quartered and professional location of a doctor’s office was quite a shift from the large and informal studio location I had enjoyed with the previous week’s Colorado Ice football shoot. That’s the fun of being an on-site photographer though!

Professional game-face on, and an amazingly detailed shoot manager at my side, I met with dermatologist Dr. Lillis of Lake Loveland Dermatology to take a few images for the Mueller’s advert campaign testimonials. My biggest takeaway from this shoot was that you can’t possibly know what people are thinking, and you simply must do your job to the best of your ability and try not to let your worries get in the way.

Because I misread his calm, even-keel persona I was concerned that the good doctor figured I was some young photographer who didn’t know what she was doing and took longer to wrap up the shoot than necessary, but as it turns out he reported back to my client that he was pleased with my professionalism and ability. Whew. Silly girl, way to project your fears of being perceived as a novice onto others.

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Behrens Wedding

No better way to celebrate the coming of a new year than a late December Rocky Mountain wedding! My cousin Lindsey and her now hubby Justin decided to make their way out West from Minnesota to tie the knot at Mary’s Lake Lodge in Estes Park.

The day was fast paced, fun and beautiful. Lindsey was an absolute trooper as she hiked through the snow in her gorgeous red heels while we took photos. The bridal party was one of the most entertaining groups of people I have ever had the honor of shooting, and since half of the guests were family (by the end of the night we were all family!) it was a hoot and a half shooting them too. It’s amazing how much more nervous I was shooting for family than if I was shooting for total strangers. I wouldn’t have guessed it would effect me so much.

As full of stories as the day was, the most memorable moment for me was when I drove down the mountain after a 12 hour day (exhausted, cold and pining for my bed, an hour away) I decided to pull over and take one last photo of the lodge from the bottom of the hill. The stars were gleaming, the moon was lighting up the snow, there was a beautiful herd of elk quietly crossing the field, and the lodge was lit up in holiday lights… it was gorgeous! As I pulled over on what looked like a flat, snow covered dirt shoulder my 4runner dove sideways into a 3 foot deep snow ditch and creaked up onto the two right wheels before dropping back down on all fours (barely!). I don’t think I have ever felt so hopeless and far from my bed as I did at that moment. Not to mention the hot knot of embarrassment I felt because, you see, I’ve always been the tomboy who can 4wheel like a champ and had never done something so silly…. and I had just driven into a stupid ditch and now had to go back up to the lodge to ask for help from the remaining reception guests. Though none of us were able to drive it back out since it was so dangerously close to tipping over, my dad and a few other guys were thankfully able to borrow a truck to tow my poor baby back out of the ditch.

By the next morning the folks who had stayed at the lodge said there was absolutely no sign of where I had been the night before – the wind had blown the snow flat again over my pretty little 4runner snow angel. Because of this, I’ve decided the mountain is a prankster and thought it was hilarious to build a trap right where unsuspecting tourists would think they could pull over to take photos of the lodge on the hill.

And I’m sure the mountain found my plight to be one of the best jokes ever because after all that nonsense…. I never did get that photo I pulled over for. 😉



Seth Riley turns 30?!?

How can this be? My big brother Seth turned 30 back in November (yes, I’m that behind with my blogging) …and if he’s that old already that means this year I will be turning…. oh, dear.

Seth is a special man. He has Down Syndrome and is the most wonderful brother a sassy little firecracker of a girl could ask for. He has always been a spunky guy who kept up with me pretty well but a few years back he unfortunately had a rough stay in a bad group home which rendered him practically mute, among other unfortunate regressions, so now he’s living back home with my mom and our family has been working hard to bring our old Seth back. He used to love burritos, was a jokester, an artist, an animal-lover, and a smarty-pants. He’s slowly coming back out of his silent shell again, and we’re hoping for even more progress by his 31st birthday. Here are a few snapshots from his party:

Autumn Princess

Not only was today’s shoot a momentous occasion since it was my first one with my new pro grade lens (yay!), I was also able to step back for a second and realize just how cool my job is. I mean, today my “ToDo” list for work included giggling and playing in the falling autumn leaves with a 5 year old princess.   …I tell ya, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

What a joy miss Eva is – and need I say anything about that beautiful hair?!  Since we were this close to Halloween we just had to bust out her princess costume and add a dash of extra fairytale awesomeness. Thank you, Steph and princess Eva, for such a free-spirited afternoon.

To book a whimsical autumn shoot of your own, call 970.744.5563 or email me at

Mini Sessions: Bang for your Buck

Mini-sessions are sometimes all you need to get a handful of images you will absolutely love.

Last week I got to hang out with high school senior, Lorell Stuht, for a 30 minute mini-session and we got some really fun shots out at Osborn Farm in Loveland.

If you’re looking for business or acting headshots, last minute senior photos, holiday photos (or even some “just because” photos!) a 30 minute mini-session may be all the more you need. For $75 you get 30 minutes of photography time at the location of your choice as well as an online gallery of all your images where you can shop for prints and share your photos with friends and family.

To book a mini-session this fall, call 970.744.5563

Stay warm out there!


Swing! …and a miss.

I absolutely LOVE taking photos of the Statter family. There is never a dull moment with these kiddos and I usually require a margarita and a good long nap after one of our shoots.

I laughed out loud as I sorted through the images from our morning at the park, and I had to line up this panel of near misses (frame #4 is my fave!).

I actually really wish I had a series of photos like this of our rambunctious family sessions from when I was a kid… I would love to look back on that now!

Pastels on 5th

Pastels on 5th is an art fundraiser for the local charity, Alternatives To Violence.  These folks are amazing.  This was the 2nd annual Pastels event and they more than doubled the funds raised from last year.

I am so proud to have been included in this event.  I even got to sponsor an artist square which ended up in this article in the Reporter Herald.  A big thank-you to Sidney Kress for doing such a great job with the square!

This was one of the most challenging and absolutely fun events I’ve shot to date.  It was just shy of a 12 hour day with 80 artists in action, a mile long walk-a-thon with men in high heels, and hundreds of attendees to capture.  …it was exhausting, and I enjoyed every single minute of it!

Here are a few highlights:

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For the full day’s gallery with almost 500 images, visit us here.