Moon Shadow

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I took a break from portrait photography this weekend to go camping in Sunrise, WY to witness the solar eclipse.

Words cannot describe how amazing it is to experience a solar eclipse in its totality. Day gives way to night as the moon’s shadow rushes towards you like a massive dust storm at nearly 2,000 miles an hour.   Soon after, the horizon lights up in shades of pink, orange, and purple – a virtual 360 degree sunset.  Gazing upward you witness the sun’s corona emitting the purest, most electric white light you’ve ever seen, glowing in a surreal dance around the outline of the moon.  

All at once you feel infinitely small, and at the same time connected with everything else in the universe.  Like a tiny little piece of a very large puzzle.

I had wondered before the experience if it would be better to witness the eclipse alone, or with a group of people.  Hands-down I think we made the right choice by joining in with hundreds of others for the event.  The best way to describe the crowd’s reaction to the eclipse was ‘primal’.  Whoooping and hollering, and cheers of excitement – everyone united in one collective gasp of awe.

Powerful stuff.

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Sneak Peek :: Smith Family

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Allow me to introduce Jessie Lynn, the newest addition to the Smith family.  Shannon, Mike and big sister Finley welcomed this little bundle of joy into the world on August 3rd and together they make the sweetest little family.  It was such a pleasure to capture Jessie during these first precious weeks and to share in the yummy warmth and love that only a newborn baby can bring.

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Sneak Peek :: Bryant Investment Group

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It was a pleasure to work with The Bryant Investment Group once again!  This RBC Wealth Management team of financial advisors recently added some new team members, so it was the perfect time to update their website with new profile pictures.  I love how the use of natural light gives these headshots a fresh, approachable look –  Perfect for today’s high-tech, high touch business environment!

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Sneak Peek :: Harper

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Allow me to introduce Harper from Arapahoe High School!  This vivacious and fun-loving senior is president of student council and actively involved in AHS’s theater program, both as a member of their elite acting ensemble and having held leading roles in past performances.  For her senior portraits, we wanted to highlight Harper’s theatrical side and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts was the perfect backdrop.

Such a doll – Keep an eye out for this rising star!

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Sneak Peek :: Taylor

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Such a beautiful session with Taylor of Arapahoe High School this week! We enjoyed a beautiful late afternoon along the South Platte River, complete with a little sun, some afternoon clouds, a bit of thunder, and even a surprise snake – EEEK!! That last one certainly spooked the daylights out of mom & me (he was BIG!), but Taylor remained cool as a cucumber despite our reptilian encounter.

Grace under pressure for sure!

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Sneak Peek :: Smith Family

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It was great to photograph the Smith family this week! We were able to schedule their session immediately after Peyton’s senior portraits, which was super convenient for this busy family’s schedule. Not only did we capture some great images of this fun crew, but word has it Dad treated everyone to breakfast at the Waffle House afterwards. Sounds like a perfect morning to me!!

Sneak Peek :: Peyton

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Allow me to introduce Peyton Smith of Arapahoe High School! In addition to being V.P. of Student Council, Peyton is an accomplished cellist and avid reader. It was so fun to showcase these diverse interests during her senior session this week! Once again I’d like to tip my hat to Marilin Stull of Pretty Neat for her help in styling Peyton’s spunky personality!

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Sneak Peek :: Isabelle

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Another great senior session this past week – this time with Isabelle Jones of Arapahoe High School! I just love Isabelle’s carefree style & easy going personality. The open meadows and flower fields at Hudson Gardens were the perfect backdrop for this natural beauty.

So fabulous!!

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Sneak Peek :: Hannah

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It was a great kick off to the senior portrait season this week with this beauty from Heritage High School!   This girl is such a sweetie & managed to look fresh and lovely throughout the session despite the sizzling hot temps we were dealing with.  Maybe it’s her experience as a varsity cheerleader that gives her such grace under pressure!

Isn’t she lovely?

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Mazel Tov!

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It was such an honor to be the photographer for Emmett’s Bar Mitzvah a few weeks ago.  I have known Emmett since the day he was born, and have watched with sheer admiration as he’s grown into the wonderful person he is today. His Bar Mitzvah celebration, held in a three story loft in downtown Denver, was as unique as Emmett himself and was filled with love, family, & even a little magic.   Mazel Tov Emmett!

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