Denver Model Shoot in Downtown Denver

Denver Model Shoot in Downtown Denver

Here’s an image from last nights  Denver model shoot, taken at the Art, a hotel (yes, that’s really the hotel’s name):

Denver Model Headshot Portfolio Images - Downtown Denver, Art Hotel

This gal is so pretty, and she’s great at posing. She comes up with so many different looks and movements, very quickly and easily.  Her  boyfriend is also a model, and he was part of our shoot. I’ll be posting photos with him soon.

And our setting – The Art, a hotel is simply beautiful. Original art, super cool decor. And the rooms are just as cool as the rest of the place. Oh, and get this – the water, the snacks and the drinks in the mini fridge are all included, for free. I love that. Talk about hospitality. If you have guests who want to stay downtown at an interesting, unique hotel – I recommend you check them out.

BTW, did you know that I offer “model sessions” birthday packages for preteen and teen girls who want to have a special birthday experience that they, and their friends will never forget? (Oh boy, that was a very long sentence,e wasn’t it? ) We meet at my super cool Denver studio, and then all the girls get to wear fun clothes that THEY pick out!

Ready to book your own Denver Model Portfolio session, contact me today!

Denver Model Shoot – Behind the Scenes

Denver Model Shoot – Behind the Scenes

Here’s a fun bts (behind-the-scenes) image from a Denver model shoot, taken by by fab assistant:

8.25 bts denver model shoot by Natascha Lee Studios

And here is what the final image looks like:

Sometimes, we walk past the most beautiful lighting just because it’s in the dark hallway, or it’s tucked back into a corner.  The light from that window, combined with the contrast of the big, heavy metal door behind, makes for a lovely image. Oh, yea, and the beautiful young Denver model and her pretty smile…that’s a big part of it, too. 😉

If your pre-teen or teen child is interested in modeling, here are some helpful links:

What to wear for your photo session

Sample Portfolios

3 Top Tips

And here is an interview with the Denver teen/ tween model above, and her mother and Denver Teen model sister.

If you want to book your own Denver Model Portfolio session, contact me today!

Best Unsung Beaches – Bandon, OR (photo by Natascha Lee Studios)

Best Unsung Beaches – Bandon, OR (photo by Natascha Lee Studios)

Bandon Oregon Sunset's Best Beach Towns by Natascha Lee Studios

I love Sunset Magazine’s…well, I was going to say I love their travel articles but actually I love many things about that magazine.  I just saw their article on “14 Best Unsung Beach Towns” and something about the cover photo resonated with me.

Actually, the entire topic is one I am drawn to – small, outt-of-the-way, as-yet undiscovered towns……

Well, I kept thinking I had seen that cover photo location in person. So,  I went back to last year’s photos and it turns out that during our Highway 101 Road trip I stayed in, and photographed their #1 town – Bandon, Oregon.

Above is one of the images I took during sunset, with some painterly magic done to it.

BTW, speaking of magic – that’s a 5″ wide puddle in front of me, reflecting the 50+ foot tall rock in the ocean. I was laying on wet sand, lining my camera just in front of this puddle to get this shot. I didn’t mind getting covered in wet sand; I just wanted to keep Josephine safe from it. The rock reflection is particularly dark in the little puddle as that’s pure water, and then it is lighter beyond since that’s just wet sand which is slightly less reflective.

Here is what Sunset Magazine says about Bandon (their words, not mine):

As any upstanding Oregonian knows, the real old school Oregon coast lies down south, in quintessential Oregon beach towns like Bandon. You expect festivity: seaside carnival barkers, maybe a roller coaster. But actually … nothing is happening in Bandon. Tourists schlump down the street sipping coffee at the mouth of the Coquille River, at the town’s edge. Seagulls squawk on the Boardwalk, and a few sprightly old ladies sample the gratis cranberry candies at the Chamber of Commerce. The world slows down, and you notice things. Like the vibrant green algae growing on the rocks in the tidal flats south of town. Stroll out toward those rocks and look down, for Bandon’s best beachcombing is here. Bandon’s beaches can seem otherworldly, like a backdrop to a Maurice Sendak story. Stairs lead you down to the sand. Here is a little cave that someone has turned into a lean-to, lining thin driftwood logs across the front. Here is a curlicue tree limb, twisted in the surf like a giant elk antler. And here is a 40-foot-long tree trunk, bark and all, that will be swallowed up by the waves. Looming above everything are massive rocks that wade, humanlike, in the water. –Sunset Magazine on Bandon, OR, from “Top 14 Unsung Beach Towns”

So, if you haven’t visited this adorable and photogenic town, I agree with Sunset and I recommend it!

 

What to Wear for Fall Family Portraits : Pumpkin Spice

What to Wear for Fall Family Portraits : Pumpkin Spice

Here is an idea for what to wear for fall portraits. I know fall is a bit off, and perhaps you aren’t yet dreaming of Starbucks PSL. but those fall clothes will hit the stores soon (some may even already be there!). And, your favorite photographer will probably book out her/his fall schedule by mid to late July.  Nothing  wrong with getting a jump on things, right? BTW, I bought a bright orange coat and I just love the pop of color when I wear it with jeans.

Click here to see all my “what to wear” ideas on Pinterest.

Pumpkin Spice

What a deliciously exciting color to spice up your photographs! Done properly, this oh-so-Autumn tone could turn your photographs into something your friends will envy for years to come. Try using this spicy hue as an accent color, or if it’s a main piece like a top or jacket, make sure the rest of what you’re wearing is dark and subtle. The yellow-orange will pop on camera and look amazing.

natascha

Denver Portrait Photographer

40 Ideas for Unique Back To School Photos of your Children (Free Printable)

40 Ideas for Unique Back To School Photos of your Children (Free Printable)

I’m a big fan of traditions, and using photography as one of the way to mark or celebrate them. One of my favorites is back-to school-photos. They can be done professionally, by a friend who likes photography, or even just snapshots you take yourself to mark this point in time. To reflect and celebrate your child as they are today. And, to capture some of that first day of school excitement!

One photo of your kid is great – it’s the cornerstone. But if you are looking to capture and portray a more complete picture of this special time in your children’s life, or if you are looking for some creative ideas, use this free printable as guideline.

Please use this as just an idea-generator. You’ll note that I call it “ideas” not a “checklist”. That’s b/c almost nobody (including me) is going to do all of them. So, don’t look at the list and think that you need to take them all, or take them all on the first day. Pick your 10 favorites and just do those, and spread them out over the first week. Or, do them all at once if that’s more your style. Whatever is helpful and fun for you.

Looking for some great ideas for back to school photos? Here is a free printable:

BTS-40-ideas-Natascha-Lee-Studios

 

Looking to for a black and white version that won’t use much of your printer ink? Here’s another version:

40 ideas for back to school photos - free printableBTW, a while back I wrote an article for  Colorado Parent Magazine  on “Tops Tips for Unique First-Day Back to School Photos of your Kids” You can see that article and my photos here, and check out page 11 to read: “8 Pro Tips for Unique First Day Back to School Photos”.

(Note: This is a repost from 1 year ago. I had a request to share it again, so here it is.)

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