{Sadie Noel--Greenhouse/Urban Session}: Colorado Springs Teen Photographer

Is it fun having a daughter that I can use as my guinea pig for new locations? Absolutely!!! We've already covered the fact that I bribe her with things. Ha! This little session required extra begging & bartering, but in the end she was really glad she did (like always...she's fine once we start; it's the getting her to say yes part that's a struggle! LOL!!!) 

I have been wanting to shoot in a greenhouse for several years now & sometimes you just have to wake up & say..."Today is the day." So, that's what I did. I had a few outfit ideas in mind for her, which may or may not have required a quick pit stop at Kohl's on the way.;) This mom likes fashion. Ha! It worked out to her benefit because she can use this dress to her 8th grade Continuation next month too! #winwin

Like I mentioned earlier, the ladies that work at Sunset Greenhouse are amazing. So friendly, so welcoming. I had called about a month prior for permission, but due to the outdoor weather conditions, there were no other shoppers in sight, so we had the place to ourselves. They said the place will be blooming even more in a few weeks. I may have to go back. If anyone has a daughter who wants floral pics done, let me know (I doubt I can get Sadie to go back AGAIN).

Finally, as we were driving out of the parking lot, we were nearby another spot I've always wanted to shoot...the funky/urban/gated bridge close to our friend's home. I asked Sadie..."You up for it?" She said..."sure, why not?" I love these shots JUST AS MUCH!!! We had fun  with the crazy high winds, honking cars & bicyclers in the area. 

I always love the outcome of our sessions & our time spent together. Thankful she's a trooper & hopeful for many more years to come with my sweet guinea pig. ;)

Enjoy a peek at some of our faves...


While most of you know, I don't LOVE the snow, I will say...it's beautiful in that it brings this blanket of soft silence, peacefulness & a calm that is hard to explain, but you can feel it all around. I love that it feels new, pure, clean & like a fresh start. I also love that a good pop of red is a perfect contrast to it. I had this vision (I even created a Pinterest Board on Winter Photography Inspiration) a while back that if we ever got dumped on or at least a pretty snowfall, I would drag Sadie outside wearing RED to capture some beautiful contrasted images. So, TODAY, that's exactly what I did. 

I of course had MY vision & she of course had HERS. LOL!!! We were clearly NOT on the same page, but with a little begging & pleading...I won!;) I knew with this 14 year old teenager, I wouldn't have very much time. Boy, was I right. I literally nailed the 2 shots plus 2 frames in under 3 minutes. YEP!!! 3 minutes was all I got. She was cold, it was windy & she HATED what I asked her to wear. But darn it...I told her she'll love what I got and yep; she did!!! Mom's are always right! Ha! 

Win-Win all around. I simply wanted 1 close-up with a furry hood, because who doesn't love a furry hood wintery close-up that shows off your eyes. Plus her eyes look especially green with the pines behind her. I also wanted 1 pull-back shot showing off the pop of red against the blowing white snow & pines. The other two were the extra freebies...one she was actually smiling in because she was ditching me; the other cranky from the wind/cold. Ha! I still like them both!

Stay warm. Enjoy the view. Feel the peace.

{My 14yr. old...say what???} Colorado Springs Teen Portrait Photographer

Where do I begin??? It's a NEW YEAR & my head always spins with new ideas, inspiration, getting organized, staying motivated, etc. Who's with me???

For starters...I always make it a point to catch up on my blogging that I get about 6 months behind on every year.;) But before I get back to blogging my clients, I wanted to share a personal post.

During my slow season, I have to be more intentional about picking up my camera. Fortunately, with some good bribery, I can usually get my daughter, Sadie, in front of the lens. Still working on my son, Sawyer. He's not a huge fan of pictures like his daddy.;) I took these series of shots of Sadie late December after we received just a dusting of snow in our backyard Open Space. (Yes, it's become one of my favorite places to shoot year round...so thankful for this space). She was thrilled it snowed (despite the measly amount). I, on the other hand, could care less if it ever snows again!;) LOL!!! I took a few blanket scarves from my closet, my favorite go-to portrait lens & within about 10 minutes time, I had her laughing (it was a Christmas Miracle).;) Just kidding!!! But when I say bribery...I really mean it. Ha! She clearly does her own thing & takes little direction from me (because DUH...I'm MOM). But that's ok, cause I'm fairly certain this girl knows a thing or two about how to work the camera! Ugh...Jori & I are in trouble. Yep, she's only 14 but looks/acts like she's going on 20.

I'm currently in the stage of life where I am trying to embrace every single day/moment/memory because time is literally flying by!!! She signs up for High School classes next month & that has me FREAKING OUT!!! I know I have a bad memory, but it literally feels like yesterday when she had ringlet curls, a baby-doll voice & requested McDonald's Ice-Cream for breakfast. Ugh...it's so hard to watch them grow up!!! It is also very rewarding. I am proud of the human being she is. I could go on & on, but I just remembered there are pictures to post...hence the reason most of you are on here!!!! So...here is a peek at our wintery backyard mini-session...