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Sparrows; A Fairytale session with Jaime & Gracie

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Sparrows; A Fairytale session with Jaime & Gracie

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As part of my personal work series of mother and child fairytale/spirit animal portraits, I ran a contest teamed up with Ally to offer one fairytale session on the house. The winner was Jaime and she was inspired by sparrows. 

 

I love asking my fairytale clients which animal they feel inspired by because it's SO interesting to hear their responses. Sometimes it seems like you could guess but then they announce a surprise animal and you get all creatively juiced up!  Sparrows were a challenge for Ally & I but we were excited to jump in.  

 

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We decided to go with a Mary Cassatt type feel; motherly and warm with a focus on nesting.  We were thrilled when the weather looked wonderful that afternoon as we got the girls ready in hair and make up.

Of course, by the time we arrived at our location it had literally turned to freezing rain and gusting ICY wind.  We worked only for about 20 minutes before poor little Gracie had had enough and even us grown ups were starting to really feel the pain. 

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Denver child fairytale photography
Denver child fairytale photography

Both Jaime & Gracie were total troopers and their intense connection shone through the crazy weather to make for some truly breathtaking images. 

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2015- In Review

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2015- In Review

This is not an exhaustive or complete review of the nearly 50 some sessions I got the chance to do this year; if it was, well, I'd be here all night telling you about them.

My first session of the year: January 2, 2015 Ruby Blair's newborn

My last session of the year: December 31, 2015 Ruby Blair's one year

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I met some amazing moms, some spectacular fathers and truly wonderful children this year. I saw families grow and change, I saw the wonder of birth and the bittersweet joy of the first birthday. I saw a mom facing a serious illness and I saw a dad meeting his twins in the NICU. I saw dads impossibly, desperately in love with their wives and children and moms who, despite the struggle of exhaustion and the pain of breastfeeding, falling head over heels in love with their babies. 

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The familes that let me into their hearts and showed me their true selves.

The familes that let me into their hearts and showed me their true selves.

The fathers I met; adoring their children, wondering at their fatherhood.

The fathers I met; adoring their children, wondering at their fatherhood.

Motherhood; tremulous,joyful and shockingly wonderful.

Motherhood; tremulous,joyful and shockingly wonderful.

Grandmothering...enough distance to enjoy your motherhood all over again. 

Grandmothering...enough distance to enjoy your motherhood all over again. 

Cousins that I had the pleasure of meeting and seeing their new and growing bonds.

Cousins that I had the pleasure of meeting and seeing their new and growing bonds.

and of course, my personal project the Spirit Animal series. Magic in my heart and magic in the prints. 

and of course, my personal project the Spirit Animal series. Magic in my heart and magic in the prints. 

 

I saw you all and you made my year perfect and whole.

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Thank you.


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Woods Witch; Mother & Daughter

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Woods Witch; Mother & Daughter

Collaboration is the heart of creativity and when I got together with my favorite MUA and starting talking we came up with the idea for our woods witch/spirit animal series. 

We wanted to play with ideas of motherhood as power and strength, women connected to the earth and their children, and of course the pure bond of love. 

Ally bit the bullet and went first; embracing her inner 'raccoon' with her precious little one Ruby. 

 

 

 

We were honored with publication in Beyond the Wanderlust for this series, so you can see more here!

 

I think Ally did an  amazing job of embracing her witchy self and showing off her MaMa-Powers!

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