We had an amazing summer vacation this year and I haven’t even come close to blogging about it or even being able to go through what I photographed along the way except for this. Our last stop this summer was to visit my husband’s family in Colorado. We don’t get to see them as much as we like but we always have a great time. Our nephew Taylor will be graduating this year and I was happy that I had the chance to photograph him. We had a great time as we explored the different landscapes of Colorado . But the last pictures were taken at the family cattle ranch which just went up for sale. The Great Aunt who owned the property passed away a couple of weeks before we arrived and this was our last chance to visit the land. (More to come on that part of the trip it was an amazing day). So, I couldn’t think of a better place to do at least one of Taylor’s photos. What was great is it was a place Taylor’s Grandpa and dad and his uncle (my hubby) have great memories of. I’m so glad I was able to create a keepsake of another generation at “the farm”.
Yes, I do senior photos I just don’t get the opportunity much. Back in Michigan Senior pictures are really important and most think about it for months. Here in California most just go to the photographer under contract with the school, get the tux or drape and their done. I hope to change that because honestly how often do you see a teenager in a black wrap or tux except for prom? I love capturing who they really are, what they really wear, and recording such an important milestone in their lives. Adam was so fun to work with and as you can tell he’s a happy young man. We had a great time laughing, talking, and we didn’t even do any trespassing. When I was just about his age I was a bridesmaid in his parents wedding and I was so honored to photograph him. He’s a great kid and I can’t wait to see what he does in this world.
Each year nearly 200,000 children are born with severe cleft conditions-often making them unable to eat, speak, socialize, or smile. In some places they are even shunned and rejected. Life is hard enough as a child when you look normal. Maybe kids mad fun of your hair, freckles, braces, glasses, or weight. Whatever the case can you imagine how it hard it would be with a facial deformity? It breaks my heart and if your a parent how would you feel if you never saw your child smile. A smile from my kids can make my whole day. You might be asking How can I help? You can help a child with their smile by commissioning me to capture the smile of your child. In September a proceed from each sitting will be donated to Operation Smile, two smiles for the price of one. Since 1982 Operation Smile is a great organization that helps heal thousands of children each year with facial deformities. These medical professionals donate their time in over 50 countries world wide. Many parents can’t afford to pay for the surgery themselves and that is where this organization is in much need. Because of the dedicated medical teams free surgeries have been supplied so that children can live a better quality of life. To find out more about Operation Smile click here and see what your donation can do to help these kids. You don’t have a child you want photographed that’s ok. You can donate to Operation Smile by clicking here.
At the end of March and beginning of April we had so much rain that I thought I would try and just do something fun in it. Angie was a trooper and was all for it. It was a pretty cold shoot but I believe we got some really fun stuff. I just love the colors from this session. These boots were the inspiration for the whole thing.