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Julie and Nate: The Engagement Session
Julie and Nate: The Engagement Session

I met Julie and Nate for the first time squeezed between trips to visit hospital interviews for their residencies.  They were full of energy despite having barely been home in recent memory.  And they talked to me about their dreams of their life.  About their love of the caring for others.  About their love of […]

Quinn Family
Quinn Family

I had the pleasure of photographing Ms. Amy, one of my daughter’s preschool teachers, and those nearest and dearest to her on the property she shares with her partner.  Ms. Amy is amazing, wonderful, patient, extremely compassionate, and seems to posses infinite patience.  I loved meeting the whole family, the animals, and experiencing the place […]

River and Ansel: February 2017
River and Ansel: February 2017
Graham: Senior Photos
Graham: Senior Photos

Graham is an poised, thoughtful, and technically creative young man.  We had a wonderful time capturing his personality for senior portraits. Graham’s dad and I used to share an office and I’ve known him since he would come in to his dad’s work for a visit occasionally.  I remember the first time he ran the […]

River and Ansel: September 2016
River and Ansel: September 2016

I just love these photos of my daughter. Most of the time these days that I pull out my camera (or my phone camera) I’m getting her posed smile.  But on this day in these pictures I got lucky.  I captured the spirit inside.

Shannon and Chris: The Wedding
Shannon and Chris: The Wedding

Shannon and Chris were married at the historic Fleming Mansion in Denver on a beautiful and hot August day.  The day was very laid-back and full of time with family and friends.  And included one dressed-up dog ring bearer who did a very good job. Congratulations!  

Shannon and Chris: The Engagement Session
Shannon and Chris: The Engagement Session

Shannon and Chris met in a record store in Cambridge, MA one very lucky day.  Chris was just in town helping one of his brothers get settled from a move so the likelihood of these two ever meeting was pretty small.  But it did and they kept in contact, eventually got the chance to live […]

Bruce Family: Welcome Baby Reid
Bruce Family: Welcome Baby Reid

Kristy and I went to graduate school together what seems like a lifetime ago.  We re-met when our eldest kids were about 1.5 years old and we found we were living in the same town.  Since then we’ve experienced the joy of parenthood together and helped each other enjoy it a bit more.  When River […]

MacFarland Family
MacFarland Family

Milo and River met at the playground when River was about 18 months old.  River had a dump truck and Milo helped her load it with pinecones.  Throughout the years they’ve remained friends and it’s been fun to see how Milo along with his sister, Althea, have grown.  When we first met Althea she was […]

Sarah and Dave: The Wedding
Sarah and Dave: The Wedding

Sarah and Dave had a wonderfully personal and intimate wedding that expressed who they were as a couple perfectly.  Dave proposed to Sarah at a bench in the Botanic Gardens so the location just felt right.  Initially they were to marry in June in a large ceremony at a very well known Boulder landmark that […]

Michael and Katie: Wedding Preview
Michael and Katie: Wedding Preview

The touch that says I love you.  The look the says I love you always.  The moment fleeting but the sentiment always present. Congratulations Michael and Katie!

Sarah and Dave: The Engagement Session
Sarah and Dave: The Engagement Session

Sarah is immensely sweet, sensitive, and a yellow class Wellesley alum (which I am too, just four years apart).  Dave is charmingly geeky, quiet, and extremely in love with Sarah.  And together they work beautifully. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know these two as the seasons here have changed from chilly to very […]

Emily and Noah: The Wedding
Emily and Noah: The Wedding

This wedding sounded beautiful.  It was filled with music enveloping the marriage and the wedding in love.  Not just love for Emily and Noah, the two getting married.  But love of lives well lived.  Love between parents.  Love between a couple married sixty three wonderful years.  Music infused with experience and with a message that […]

Mariam and Mike: The Wedding
Mariam and Mike: The Wedding

This was the third wedding for Mariam and Mike.  The first, a drive-through Vegas wedding.  The second, a traditional Muslim ceremony with Mariam’s family.  The third, this one, a true Seattle wedding with all their family and friends. It was filled with magical moments dancing on the beach.  With family dancing in circles waving handkerchiefs. […]

Elizabeth and Evan: The Wedding
Elizabeth and Evan: The Wedding

The last wedding I photographed was three weeks before my daughter, River, was born.  Seven months later I had a smiling wrigly baby.  Leading up to this wedding I knew it would be tough to be away from River but I knew once I was in the middle of photographing a wedding again I would […]

River: Fourteen Months
River: Fourteen Months

Dearest River, It’s amazing how much you’ve changed since I last wrote.  Back when you turned a year you were just starting to take steps.  You’d managed to piece together several steps but only did so inside and so we didn’t consider you a walker.  Now you run.  It’s the cutest run with a little […]

Kate, Jeffrey, and Pups
Kate, Jeffrey, and Pups

Recently before the arctic air decided to park over Colorado I had the pleasure of photographing Kate, Jeffrey, and their two adoring pups.  Jeffrey’s pocket was perpetually full of treats during the session and the dogs thought taking photos was the best thing ever because it meant treat after treat. Happy Holidays to the four […]

Auggie: Six Months
Auggie: Six Months

Auggie and River have known each other since birth.  Well really before that as Auggie kicked River at Thanksgiving last year when he was still in Amy’s tummy.  And now they’re growing up so very fast.  Auggie has a wonderful joyful personality and the sweetest laugh (and one little tooth but that’s changed since these […]

River: Ten Months
River: Ten Months

Dearest little River, My goodness are you growing up! It’s incredible to think of how much you’ve grown and changed over these last ten months and even more recently these last few weeks.  Gone are the days of the toothless grin and the contentedly sitting baby. At the moment I could probably best describe you […]

Wedding Preview: Emily and Noah
Wedding Preview: Emily and Noah

For a few moments before their ceremony, Emily and Noah took time to check in with each other.  To tell each other how wonderful they looked.  How much they were loved.  And just how much they were looking forward to being married (because like everyone else, they were nervous about the actual ceremony but looking […]

Pierce: Seven Months
Pierce: Seven Months

Pierce was born three weeks before my River and his momma was pregnant with him last summer at Jess and Gabe’s wedding.  Because of these two things I was excited to get a chance to meet him and see what he was like. He’s a true joy and probably the mellowest baby I’ve met.  Seriously. […]

River: Seven Months
River: Seven Months

Dear River, This past month has been a blur.  You’ve changed so much so quickly that we can hardly keep up.* Right after you turned six months we started introducing you to solid foods.  At first you had a few favorites and weren’t so sure of the rest.  The first food to make it to […]

Elizabeth and Evan: Wedding Preview
Elizabeth and Evan: Wedding Preview

May your marriage be as full of laughter, love, and wonderful family as your wedding day. All our love to both of you!!

River: Six Months
River: Six Months

Dear River, This month the hands have really started grabbing.   Grabbing mommy’s hair.  Grabbing our fingers.  Grabbing toys.  Grabbing plates.  Grabbing toes.  All with one objective, to get it in your mouth, whatever it is.  You’re exploring your world with the help of mouth and hands.  When we lay you down to change a […]