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A year in Portraits : Mavis Rae | Denver Childhood Photography

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A year in Portraits : Mavis Rae | Denver Childhood Photography

Last year, I ran a short lived (and ill thought out) Group On campaign. I didn't really do much advertising at the time and thought, this will be great! It turned out to be great for one reason: meeting Mavis, Neon & Connor.  This little family has been a muse for my year, a joy to work with and a wonderful light in my business. 

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The joy and love in this little family of three has been contagious. Mom, Neon, always takes care with every session to dress everyone in the perfect not-matching-but-coordinating outfits. Dad, Connor, is always full of hugs, laughs and jokes and of course little Mavis is busy being her hilarious and adorable self. 

When Neon first came in for her consult, she was planning on the Group On deal: a family session with 2 prints. We hit it right off and knew we had to do a First Year plan. Unfortunately for me, Mavis was already 3 months old when we met, so I didn't get the joy of her newborn session. I did, however, get 5 sessions over the course of the next 9 months since mom wisely took advantage of the 50$ minis ( a special bonus for being in the first year plan). Watching Mavis grow this year is truly beautiful to me. I'm genuinely sad that I won't see her every few months, I'm going to miss them. 

 

Mavis is getting her ABC book soon ( in print as I write this) and it's TOO DARLING.

Another beautiful and unique perk of the First Year plan for me is watching parents growing into their parenthood. Dads becoming confident and bold with their little babies, relaxing into tossing them high and roughly snuggling them after trembling during the newborn session while just holding that precious bundle. Moms embracing the struggle and joy of being the source for their little one; the well of comfort, food, rest and reassurance. Women becoming the mothers they couldn't imagine while holding a screaming infant for the 4th hour in row.

Thank you Neon, Connor and Mavis for giving my a corner in your first year, for sharing the joy, the milestones, the love with me.  

 

 

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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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My Zeiss, my teens, my love of film

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My Zeiss, my teens, my love of film

As I prepare my house to go up for sale, I clean through boxes and BOXES of stuff that we've moved house to house without ever opening.  I have found some little treasures and A LOT of stuff I cannot believe I have been carting around for this long. 

 

I pulled out my negative files that stretch all the way back to my first few rolls of film...wow. THere's a lot of awful in there but there's also the beginnings of what I love in my current work. 

 

I miss shooting manual focus and film. I have been toying around with the idea of getting my old Zeiss repaired and bringing it along to shoots. 

Anyways, there aren't many images and they are degraded and just scanned in directly ( nothing fancy here ) but they certainly do make my heart smile.

I think it's funny how even in the baby steps of photography, I knew I loved working with children and their special brand of joy and luck. One of the things that has carried over to know (18 years later!!!!) is the way I like to just play with a child and get to know them and then capture who they actually are. Each little person is so unique and I adore meeting so many awesome little dudes and dudettes ( does anyone say that anymore?)

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