Monthly Archives: December 2010

Palilla Family, DIA

This was my first time using the benefits of the flat layout near Denver Int’l Airport (DIA) to conduct a photo shoot.  If you want to get a great view of the mountains, I highly recommend this area!

My three favorite things about this session:

1.  Aspen still has that soft puppy fur!

2.  I somehow managed to push my own overachieving limits!  While using the camera to take photos, I also balanced the reflector with my opposite hand and shoulder while using my foot to attract the dogs’ attention with a squeaky toy!

3.  The Palillas like to take family photos showing off the gorgeous landscape of their current location, so here, that naturally meant the mountains!


Retouching Challenge: part two

Apparently, I am the go-to-girl for photo fixes.  I don’t mind.  I’m actually quite honored that my friends trust me to take on these big challenges.  Who doesn’t love a challenge, anyway?

My friend Melinda has three children now and only one group photo of the entire family from this year.  She’s getting her holiday card ready to send out so she needs a decent photo.  Enter me!

Here’s before:


And here’s after I’ve been able to work my PhotoShop Magic:

Really quite simple, right?

I swapped out Trevor’s head from another photo at the time where he was looking at the camera.

I removed the burp cloths and comb from the arm of the couch.

I removed the pillow that was growing out of Melinda’s head.

The new crop helped to eliminate much of the clutter, but I also had to “clone” in the wall and carpet to get rid of those distractions and just clean up the appearance all together.

And of course I adjusted the curves, levels, and saturation as well.



My three favorite things about this session:

1.  Garrett was my “Round 2” client.  He wasn’t very comfortable in the studio, so I went over to their house the next day, for some variety.

2.  He is a big bundle of energy!  I wish I still had that in me!

3.  He thinks he’s a dinosaur.  It’s pretty cute that he greeted me with a growl!

O’Dorisio Family, Bass Pro Shop


My three favorite things about this session:

1.  They chose to have their photos taken at Bass Pro Shop!  Let’s give it up for thinking outside the box!  Kuddos!

2.  They were also referred to me by another client!  Bonus!

3.  The teenage boys did a good job of looking happy for their mom.  Love it!

Waters Family


My three favorite things about this session:

1.  It was their first year in their new home, so they wanted to do the photos there, in front of the Christmas tree.

2.  Sadie, the cat, was not excited about being in the group photo, but she did make an appearance!

3.  I love that Sam, the little dog, is wearing a scarf!

Bartlett Family, Wash Park

My three favorite things about this session:

1.  The girls were wearing matching sweaters.  Gotta look close.

2.  The dad was also a photography enthusiast, as he showed up with camera in hand.

3.  They were a client referral!  I love happy clients!

Pollard Family, Red Rocks

My three favorite things about this session:

1.  It was at the gorgeous Red Rocks park in Morrison, CO – home of endless summer concert series, built into the natural architecture.

2.  The two older kids got themselves a little messy while using the rocks as a slide.  I don’t think you can tell from the photos though.

3.  The weather was perfect!  We were originally scheduled to for this session earlier in the week when there was cold weather and snow.  It cleared up in the following days exponentially!