Officially a Colorado native

Yesterday, I had the wonderful privilege of FINALLY meeting young William Taylor. Finally.

William is one of the newest members of the Taylor family and I have waited almost a year to see him.

Kristi and I have know each other for a long time. Back to the days of early photoJ class. She then later became one of my right-hand people when she joined me on the PhotoDesk at the Metropolitan, Metro State University of Denver’s school paper. We further bonded when we both were dating the men of the Sport’s desk at the newspaper. All of us had adventure’s to Pueblo for regional basketball tournaments and there was even a memory of locking key’s in my boyfriend’s car that all three of us took up to Evergreen for an assignment for class.

Kristi was one of my first wedding’s that I shot as an official business. She and her husband Zac gave me the chance to work on my wedding portfolio and the opportunity to capture a day, year’s in the making that would start them on their next big adventure. And these two have encountered all sorts of adventures. After their apartment building caught fire in Fort Collins three years ago, they decided to pack up their Jeep Cherokee and head South, not really sure where they were going to end up.

They ended up eventually in Athens, Georgia. Amazingly enough at the exact same time I flew there on a whim, and got stuck in the snow storm of the decade. I shot some photos fro Kristi’s literary business on the trip down there and because I am her seceret-keeper, she let on a little whisper that she was pregnant. Keeping THAT seceret in is pretty difficult, but I was able to handle it until they publicly announced it.

I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph both Kristi’s baby shower for William AND her maternity portraits. But since little (he is tiny) William was born last August, I just did not have the chance to go out and meet him or see him on a few of Kristi’s whirl-wind visits to Colorado. So, this week they are out and I was not about to loose the chance of seeing him. I booked a day early on. And though William probably won’t remember meeting me, it is documented that it was Epic.

Since William was “officially” born in Georgia, we had to do something to make him a native, and what easier way to do so than take his little but to Casa Bonita!

I truly am grateful for all the Taylor’s have done to support me in my business, from wedding(S) I’ve shot to baby showers – and family portraits, the entire clan has truly become part of my family as well and I absolutely love the fact that I can watch and document as their families grow and progress through life.

Kristi is the proud owner of her social media business, she knows all! And Zac is the sports editor at the Gainesville Times, where he has grown and thrived, living his dream of being a sports reporter. 🙂

Here’s to continuing the adventure with the next generation.

He is sleeping.

 

Tiny toes.

 

 

Baby on the move.

 

William’s first taste of sopapilla.

 

We all agreed he liked it. ALOT.

 

William LOVED the waterfall (but then again, who doesn’t?)

 

This was as long as the hat stayed on his head. He is not a hat guy apparently.

 

William was fearless through Black Bart’s cave! He was so ready to head in he didn’t want to pose for the picture.

 

Even trucked me around while we were hanging out. (photo by Kristi Taylor)

 

He is a happy little waddler! (photo by Kristi Taylor).

 

Getting his first character sketch.

 

Waiting patiently for his artwork to be done.

 

Hanging in the stroller at Little Man Ice Cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cup Cakes, Mountains and Sunshine

Today is Meghan and Alex’s one year anniversary! I can’t believe how fast this last year has flown! Megan and Alex had such a fun wedding, not to mention a spectacular bridal party! It was such a pleasure to photograph all these wonderful people.

There are some memories from this wedding that will stick with me forever, including after the reception when I was going to take the bridal couple photos with Megan and Alex because the day was so packed. Megan and I had gone to her room to do some portraits and we can’t find Alex anywhere. Austin (Maid of Honor) and Ryan (Best Man) had a hard time locating him.

Finally Meghan get’s a hold of him. She says “Where are you?” Then she says, “Why! We still have to take our photos!” and through the phone, (the entire room hears) “Oh Crap!”

Yup, after 8 hour’s in his suit, Alex was read to get on the comfy clothes. But, the girls prevailed and in 5 minutes Alex was back in his suit ready to go for the photos.

Congratulations you two! Happy Anniversary!

Photo by Heather Smith

Photo by Heather Smith

Black and White with a pop!

Prom time is here again and this was the last year I got to photograph my brother and Alyssa getting ready! They were quite the stunning couple this year. What a fun day, and it didn’t SNOW! CRAZY!!!!!

Photo by Isaac Small


Photo by Isaac Small

Photo by Isaac Small

Photo by Isaac Small

Photo by Isaac Small

Photo by Isaac Small

Photo by Isaac Small

Photo by Isaac Small

Who needs a hat? Its Georgia

For the past few weeks I’ve been in Georgia and Alabama visiting friends and family. I left Colorado looking forward to the “warmer” temperatures and not having to worry about snow. I grabbed a sweater and a sweatshirt thinking I’d be fine. January 9th, the night I was supposed to return to Denver a massive snowstorm decided to hit both Denver and Atlanta. Instead of worrying about being stranded in the Atlanta airport for 3 days I changed my flight to come home the next Sunday. And I am so glad I did! It has been a blast covering this major snow storm in the south.

Ok. Yes. It is a major storm. No, I’m not being a sissy. I’m a Colorado-grown mountain girl. I’ve been in plenty of blizzards, I’ve had to drive to school in a 12″ of snow because they didn’t call a snow day. in the winter, 20 degrees is considered warm.

But it is different in the South. They are not at all equipped to handle snow. Let alone almost nine inches. Nine inches of wet snow. That has two inches of ice on top of it.

Here are just a few photos from the storm. Check out the online gallery at the Athens Banner-Hearld for some more images from the storm coverage.

Welcome Little Ella Lorraine!

I just received word that  a new member of the O’Brian family arrived last night! I have known the family for years and I am so happy they asked me to shoot their maternity photos. Kelli just let me go for whatever I wanted and so we went to The Botanic Gardens at Chatfield to their pumpkin patch. And since Ella was born on the 29th of October, I think that was quite fitting. Here are some of the photos from the shoot!

Congratulations to Kelli, AJ and Sam – the new big sister!

Its the little things

Fall is here. It came over-night – a very windy overnight. I like autumn (at least the early phases where it is still warm). My season is quickly coming to a close but I still enjoy the latter phases of the season as well. Crunching leaves is, to me one of the most satisfying things to do. There is just something that gives you that gratifying tingle as you hear and feel that crisp crackling sound under your feet. I remember going down to a local park with my mom and we would rake up huge piles (well to me they seemed huge) of leaves and jump in them. That has always been one of my favorite memories. So last night I got home late and happened to walk through a big pile of leaves. What did I do this morning? Got up and went and crunched in them again. I am so glad they were still there because my apartment complex is very efficient at keeping the grounds spick and span! I am crossing my fingers there are still a few more days of crunching left before they clean them up.

I notice that I take more walks during the fall, and those walks tend to zig-zag to where ever the leaves are lying.

Here is to another fall of crispy leaves and spastic walking!

 

Local World Champ

I am just now back into the swing of things since returning home from South Africa. It has been nice to be home, and I was thrown back into the working world as soon as I touched down …. Lets not dwell on the fact that I slept through Wednesday – when I actually was supposed to be working at Stems. I crashed out on Tuesday around 3 pm, woke back up at 3 am and fell asleep again at 6am and did not get up till about 11. Thank goodness I have an amazing boss who was understanding and covered for me on her day off. oi! Jet lag was not good to me on the way back. Took me till Saturday to finally get back to an almost normal schedule.

I have a lot of photos. And when I say a lot, I mean A. L.O.T. Everyone I’ve seen has asked how many. So I’ve totaled it up. Keep in mind that I was shooting BMX at least 4 of the days, and on those days I shot at least 1,200 photos – at least. My grand total of 13 days of travel is:

17,310 images.

A. L.O.T.

I am working on sorting through them all. For those that are not photographers, not ALL of them are top quality. I have a lot of animal butts, quite a few “o, I just took a photo” and several that are – wow, his head is cut off – (most of those are found in the BMX shots). But I am slowly making some progress. I have had one person who has kept me motivated to get some images processed. That is my new friend Collin Hudson. I had heard of Collin before actually meeting him. My Uncle and my Brother both know him and have ridden with him in the states. Collin is 13 and has been racing bikes for ever it seems. This guy has passion! He and his family live in Longmont and therefore we hung out quite a bit in Africa during what little downtime there was.

Collin is now a uci World Champion in the 20″ 13 and under class – and it did not come with out problems. The first time I met them at the hotel, they were bagless. The airlines had lost ALL their luggage – 2 bikes included. Fortunately, two of their bags came in later that day, but a pair of wheels for Collin’s cruzer bike never showed up, so he had to borrow wheels from two different riders.

The Times Call ran a story about Collin today and I thought you would like to read a little more about him since he is a really great guy. There is a photo with the story that I took, but I thought you might like some other shots as well. Congrats to Collin the newest world champ!

Longmont Times Call Article

And what did he do the weekend he got back? Went to Keystone for some Downhill (mountain bike races).

The worst part about my trip is that I needed to clone myself. The day that Collin raced his 20″ and won world Champ, I was in the mountains of Lesotho taking photos of the local village. I have never been faced with that dilemma. I am in one place where two once in a life time events are occurring – AT THE SAME TIME. So I did not get Collin at the podium with his trophy, but hey, I got the after shots, my own personal photo session with Collin!

Hanging out in the International Terminal at Johannesburg on the way home.

BMX World Champion

I must apologize for not updating as much as I could. Believe me, I have gotten several comments from my family members wanting more photo posts. This trip has been great and I am shocked that it is coming to an end so quickly. Though I will be glad to get home and see everyone. That is the hardest thing about being away from home. If I could fly you all out here, I really would not mind staying for another few weeks. But I am that type of person. I never really want to go home because I love all the adventures.

Now, on to the main event of the post! I have been shooting my frist BMX event ever – hey, if you are going to jump in, why not jump in at the biggest event (aside the Olympics). I am in a sea of cultures. I eat breakfast with people from France, Germany and New Zealand – I tell ya, the Croissants go fast! It really is a mini Olympics. There are over 30 countries here competing in the different age levels and different bike classes. Today (Saturday) is the “elite” class. These are the Pros. And WOW. We watched their warm-ups yesterday and I was blown away. I’ve been at the practices for the Challenge level (the amateur class) and even those guys are amazing in their talents.

Here are just a few of the shots that I’ve been getting!

Jesse

Jesse, Eric and I ventured out last Friday despite the crazy temperatures. We had a blast! Went to the Tattered Cover, around 16th st and to Auraria Campus. Jesse was so beautiful in 
front of the lens, she just had this fun presence about her, and you can totally see it in her smile. I have a lot of favorites, and I will hopefully get some up on my site soon, but here is a sneak peek!

An Engagement worth celebrating

Now here is a couple that knows how to have fun! One of my longest friendships (we are talking 21 years here) And I have the awesome job of taking his engagement photos! This was a beautiful shoot, and though it was about 98 degrees outside, we wound up surviving!

Congrats to the fabulous couple!