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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. 

Denver child fairytale photography
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. 

Denver child fairytale photography

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What exactly IS Lifestyle Photography?

Lifestyle Photography.   What does it even mean?

 

Lifestyle is a type of photography that is a blend between documentary photography and studio portraiture. We get beautiful natural looking images but with all the thought and preparedness of portraiture.  

There's no family in a row and CHEESE! There's no; ok let's try that again. and there's definitely no, Alright, 1,2,3 SMILE!

 

Really great lifestyle can look like the most amazing snapshot you've ever seen. In some ways,  it is. It's a snapshot of daily life; the love, the interactions, the tears and hugs. It is defined largely by the skill of the photographer to be able to capture the  right light, the right pose, the right frame and still make it look effortless.   

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Lifestyle photography is for you if you want images that reflect how you are really living your life; you want the fleeting moments of childhood caught in a frame on your wall to look back on. You want all those moments of toe-kissing and chubby cheeks, first bike rides and 3rd birthdays, blowing bubbles in the summer heat and eating popsicles on the back steps. You want to see those perfect memories of your life with your children in an album as well as in your mind because we know memories can fade and eventually we will be gone and our children will look at our photos and smile to see how much we loved them.

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One of the best things a client ever said to me came from a mom who was struggling to balance her work-life with her motherhood.  It was her first child and she was desperately in love but also felt that somehow she wasn't cutting it.  We spent several hours together; just hanging out and making photographs. It was a few hours of books, lunch, playtime, giggles and of course a few tears.  When we went through the images later, the mom cried and told me " These show me as a mother. I can see what kind of mother I am!"  


It was a profound moment for me and it sealed in my mind the true power of lifestyle photography.

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