Last month, when I traveled to Salida, CO to visit the stunning Colorado Mountains, I knew I would instantly fall in love. Luckily for me, I had my gorgeous friend Lauren’s family there to stand in front of them (the mountains) and act like the world was just regular and like they weren’t the most beautiful, stunning, ADORABLE FAMILY OF ALL TIME. Spoiler Alert: THEY WERE. IT WAS NOT REGULAR. Every time I pressed the shutter, I fell deeper in love with the sky, the mountains, the grass and these 5 souls. I’m not going to lie to you – not everyone was thrilled to be photographed… no, most everyone was just doing it for Lauren (mom). Our session lasted a good, solid 25 minutes (note to everyone who thinks their full session MUST LAST A FULL 60 MINUTES: I can capture so much with whatever time your kids/husband give me.. they had over 100 images) and we used the time wisely, quickly and even had a chance to capture cute alpaca’s. This session is a mix of film photography and digital photography – I’d love to know if anyone can tell the difference between the images! I started adding analog film photography into my offerings this year and it’s truly made me feel like an artist – like I am creating something that will last much longer than we will. Some clients are confused when I explain that I use film and digital to capture their session but it really doesn’t look any different for you. I’m planning on introducing film on my blog more over the next few weeks, so if you’ve been interested in learning about my WHY or if you’re a photographer who wants to add it into YOUR workflow – stick around! You may learn a thing or two :)
Lauren and her family live in Arkansas and travel to Colorado every summer to escape the hustle and bustle of the regular school year. Their CO home is just 15 minutes from this beautiful location that we found. I owe a huge thank you to Lauren, her husband and her boys for hosting my son, husband and I for a whole week! They brought us to all of the best places and took me out of my comfort zone (read: introvert for life) PLUS gave my 8 year old the best experiences! Guys, he had the chance to hand feed chipmunks and it was SO CUTE. I have so much to share with you from this trip but I really just want to share this beautiful session! Send good vibes to this family as they’ve truly had a trying year and could use your happiness and love. Lauren, I love you and I can’t wait to see you again. Let’s not wait 2-3 years next time.