Daniel + Katie’s Ranch Wedding | Elizabeth, CO

Last Saturday was a dream come true in so many ways! My dear friends, Daniel and Katie, got married at one of the most beautiful places I have ever laid eyes on (and my life plan quickly changed to include building a house on a ranch, lol). Their wedding was a special day not only because I love them but also because I set them up (yes I did, and did you think I would leave that out?), but also because their sole desire for this day was to glorify God and honor His design in the covenant of marriage.

The ranch was stunning in the morning light, and Katie made the most beautiful bride! The guys got Chick-Fil-A for breakfast and the girls got ready in a magazine-worthy sunroom… are you beginning to understand now just how perfect this day was? I hope you get a glimpse of it in these photos!

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Daniel and Katie, love you guys and wish you all the best!

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Colorado Summer Family Session | Littleton, CO

About a year and a half ago, I attended a class with Rebecca and Tim and we happened to sit at the same table. I found out that they are some of the most genuine, loving people and was so happy when they reached out to me to take their family photos last year! And then a couple of weeks ago, they contacted me again as they are moving out of state (sad face) and wanted some photos to commemorate their many special family times along the river in Littleton, Colorado. Of course I was over the moon, and in addition to spending some time with them I got to discover one of the MOST BEAUTIFUL places that I didn’t even know existed! Tim and Rebecca’s four girls are an absolute joy to be around as well, and would you just look at those gorgeous smiles.

Enjoy these photos! And Littleton friends, if you need photos, I know just the spot 😉

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love,

Sarah

7 Tips On What To Wear For Your Family Session (with examples!)

Since we are in the middle of family session time, I thought I would put together a little outfit guide for you all! These are just a few tips and tricks that I have learned along the way and that I pass on to my families or engaged couples before a session, including some examples at the end of outfit ideas for each season!

#1: DRESS TO FEEL GOOD! I always advise my clients to dress comfortably in something they feel good in! We all have thouse outfits that we feel “eh” about, and those other outfits that we know we pull off well. I have found that in my own experience, when I feel good, I’ll like the photos much better than if I’m feeling “eh”! In other words, if the floral shirt goes well with your husband’s outfit but you feel frumpy in it, and you really like the look and feel of the navy dress…well, go for the navy dress and make your husband change. 😉

#2: CHOOSE COLORS CAREFULLY! I also encourage 4-5 colors that compliment one another, including mostly subdued colors with perhaps one accent color (for example: white, navy, light denim, and rose and/or green for accents). If you go too bright, bold and neon, the colors will likely clash with the background and your skin tones.

#3: PRINTS + TEXTURES ARE YOUR FRIENDS! Contrary to popular belief, stripes and florals can go in the same photo together! In fact, I suggest families to have a couple of solid colors and at least two different textures or prints (i.e. florals, stripes, polka dots, hat, jacket, etc etc).

#4: COORDINATE- DON’T MATCH! I feel very passionately about this one- probably because I am one of 7 siblings and expressing individuality is very important to me. 😉 Giving each member of the family a different outfit not only looks better in a photo, but allows the photo to have more depth of expression. Stay away from the classic denim & white and move toward using entire palettes to style your session!

#5: PLAN IN ADVANCE! Nothing is more stressful than going outfit shopping the day of your session. When you book, be thinking of what you want to wear, and if you have questions, you know how to reach me!

#6 CONSIDER YOUR HOME DECOR! These photos will likely (hopefully!) be plastered all over your house…ok, well, some of them will probably be printed and put on display in your house at least. 😉 When you are choosing your outfits, think of the colors of your walls and general decor and how you can use the outfits to further accent your home.

#7 LOCATION + SEASON! The location and season of your session make all the difference in the kind of outfit you should consider! For example, if you are wanting photos in front of a barn, using burgundy as an accent color won’t work too well. If it’s lucious and green in the springtime, stay away from a style that uses too much green.

And finally, as promised, here are some examples of palettes and outfits to consider during different seasons of the year.

SPRING examples:

SUMMER examples:

FALL examples:

WINTER examples:

I hope this was helpful for you all! Leave me a comment with your thoughts or ideas that I might have missed. Happy weekending!

Sarah

 

Lakeside Family Session | The Halseys

I don’t know about you all but it is such a relief that things are finally starting to feel back to normal! I am excited for my summer weddings that I have coming up… because of nursing school I have kept this summer pretty relaxed which I am grateful for! One thing quarantine taught me was that it is not at all bad to have days in a row with nothing planned, and I am finding myself more intentional to be less busy and I am loving it! Anyway, on to the actual reason for this post!

I met Tricia last year when I photographed a business event for her. When she reached out to me a few weeks ago to do family portraits, I was over the moon – as you will see, they are the cutest, most joyful family! I had a delightful evening at Standley Lake photographing these four and as you can see, the light was absolutely dreamy. Enjoy these snapshots!

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Spring Family Session | Westminster, CO

I am loving these spring evenings so much! The light is perfect, the trees are so green, and there’s an extra joy in the air with restrictions being lifted and the ability to enjoy ourselves outside of the home. 😉 The Carnehls are a fun family and you can see their love for each other in these photos! What a fun hour we had together at my favorite little farmhouse in Westminster.

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