Highlands Ranch Teen Girl – Dancer Portraits Video

Highlands Ranch Teen Girl – Dancer Portraits Video

Here’s a video from a lovely concept portrait session with tween Caroline from Highlands Ranch. She is an athlete, but more of a swimmer than a dancer.  We still chose to do a dance-themed custom portrait session and had so much fun with the tutus. She loved dressing up! And her mother LOVES these photos.

Parents often have professional photos done of babies, young children, and  Highschool Seniors.  But how about a custom photo session for your Tween or Teen? Something that celebrates who they are right now.

That’s what we did for Caroline, 11 years old. And here is what she and her mother Kristin had to say about the experience (Caroline) and the resulting portraits (Kristin):

“Miss Natascha was so cool. When I worked with her she made me feel pretty. The photoshoot made me feel confident and more brave.”

Caroline, 11 years old in Littleton, Colorado

“Capturing the essence of a child’s personality is a special skill. Natascha’s photography does that but more: she photographs in a truly artistic way. She involves the natural and man-made elements in her surroundings so that every shot is unique. You don’t look at one of her photographs the same way twice.”

Kristin Lamendola, Littleton, Colorado

Highlands Ranch Dance Girl Photo Shoot Natascha Lee Studios from N Lee on Vimeo.


Lord of the Dancer Pose (Natarajasana)  Yoga Photography

Lord of the Dancer Pose (Natarajasana) Yoga Photography

Denver and Boulder are some of the greatest places for yoga! If you haven’t checked out Yoga Rocks the Park, (or “Yoga Rocks the Park Denver” as it is properly called) give it a try! It’s a blast – everyone meets @ Sunken Gardens park in Denver, you bring your yoga mat and you get to do yoga outdoor, on a Sunday morning, with hundreds of other people. A couple of tips: get there early to pick a good spot (shade if you like that, near the live musicians if you like that, near the back if that’s your thing, etc.) It’ll also give a a chance to check out the vendors that have booths there.

In past years, there was one or two free sessions. This year, many of the session are free, including the upcoming one on June 28th, 9am, courstey of Mudra YogaClick here to register  (This link won’t work once the dates have passed.)

And, once the Summer is over, all this yoga goodness goes indoor, and you can check out “Friday Night Yoga.”

I’ve got Denver yoga on my mind today because of the sweetest message I got from a yogini who recently did a custom yoga photo shoot with me:

I absolutely loved my photo shoot with Natascha Lee! She really made me feel comfortable and at ease in front of the camera. We had such a fun time doing this yoga shoot. She is so full of energy and gives great direction! She is extremely talented and her work is beautiful. I’ve really enjoyed viewing and showing off the pictures!
Thank you thank you!    –Crystal

Here a link to another of Crystal’s other images, and below are two of my favorites from her yoga shoot: this lovely headshot and one of her in Lord of the Dance Pose (Natarajasana). I love how they capture both her fun-loving and intense/reflective sides.

Dancer Pose Natarajasana Denver Yoga Photographer

Denver Artistic Portraits for Yoga, Dance and Gymnastics

Denver Dance Kid Dynamo – Dancer and Modeling Portfolio Shots by Natascha Lee Studios

Denver Dance Kid Dynamo – Dancer and Modeling Portfolio Shots by Natascha Lee Studios

Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing Presley’s modeling portfolio images @ my studio just North of Downtown Denver. It’s a real honor to photograph these wonderful children’s modeling portfolio images, and I enjoy making sure each image celebrates not only their external beauty, but even more importantly that it highlights their unique personality and their internal beauty.  Quite a few of my clients are involved in dance, ice skating or gymnastics.

Presley is a dear, so full of external and internal beauty! She currently dances with Starstruck Academy of Dance. She was most recently in the ShowBiz Entertainment dance competition, where she won; 1st in her age division, solo “High Point Title” winner, as well as being named “Ms. ShowBiz”. Congrats Presley! She is also an incredible student, with straight “A’s” even though she dances 5 days a week.

What a little star!

Denver Dance Kid and Model Portfolio Photography

Denver Dance Kid and Dance Mom Photographer

BTS: A little BTS – Behind-The-Scenes story about her pose on the right. As background, I often actually get into the pose I want someone else do, as it’s the quickest way to convey the idea.  I was trying to show Presley how I wanted her to keep her shoulders back she got in the pose. So I grabbed my own foot and got into the pose to show her. Not knowing that I am a former ballet dancer myself, she was quite shocked and as I grabbed my foot and started moving above my head, right there in the middle of the sidewalk – she initially reached out to help me, like she was worried I was falling over.  Then, once I got into the pose (very briefly), she smiled and understood. Still, there was a moment there where she really didn’t know what the heck her crazy photographer was doing and was trying to be helpful. Such a sweetie!