Here is a sample of our one of our 2014 Canvas Clusters: “Stretch” fits nicely over a long couch.
Canvas Clusters are wall art for your home, made from your custom family portraits:
Today was such a pleasure, and a reminder that spring is just around the corner for Broomfield! At Natasha Lee Studios we are very much looking forward to doing many family, newborn and children sessions outside with our Broomfield Spring sessions starting to book now! While we all have a little cabin fever this week, let’s take a look at Game Only Sports. It’s the perfect spot to be active regardless of weather -which can be a challenge in our beautiful Colorado with the weather changing so much daily! Read on for the fourth installment in our Community Spotlight series.
Game Only Sports, located in Broomfield, Colorado is truly a one-of-a-kind place for children, parents, groups and parties to have an exciting and positive experience playing soccer and volleyball without any pressure. Taking practice and pressure out of the equation you are able to come together to play pick-up games- where the focus is having fun!
Q: How did you decide to open Game Only Sports? –Any inspirations?
A: I was providing traditional training sessions for kids from the time I was 13 years old. In March of 2010, I finished my last game of the winter with a deep breath. I pledged to never run another drill. I was sick of seeing kids get better, but see the body language screaming to me that they were going to be “burnt out” at way too young of an age. My mom asked me, if you don’t do traditional sessions, what would you do? The answer was simple. I would give the kids a chance to play! I wanted to give the kids a chance to scrimmage. That is what they wanted to do anyway. What was wrong with letting the kids enjoy playing the game in a controlled environment? We spent a couple months preparing to organize the logistics for the Perfect Pick Up Game.
Q: What is the most challenging thing about owning/running Game Only Sports?
A: The most challenging part about owning and running Game Only Sports is helping our customers understand why we do things in our unique manner. We are different from the norm since we don’t allow any coaching. It can be hard for parents to watch their kids make their own decisions. It is common for parents to want to prevent their kids from failing, but we create an environment where the kids can play without the fear of failure.
Q: What is the mission of Game Only Sports?
A: Game Only Sports is creating a new way to play sports. We give players the chance to play for FUN!
Q: What makes Game Only Sports standout?
A: Game Only Sports stands out because there are no other places in the country that does what we do. There are pick up games, but when you combine our flexible scheduling with our positive environment, we are truly one of a kind. We give our players a chance to play games when they want to without the big commitments and we put a staff member on the field to run the game from a player’s perspective.
Q: Who can participate in Game Only Sports? Do you need to be a skilled player?
A: We believe it is important to have three characteristics to achieve our mission of FUN – Inclusiveness, empowerment and healthy competition. To achieve inclusion, we want to give anyone the chance to play sports. No skills or experience is necessary. We have the ability to make this happen because we pick the teams. Even though there will be players of different levels, we get to spread them out into relatively even teams. We have all ages and levels from Age 6-7 to Adults.
How fun would it be to participate in these pick-up games, host a party or a team-building event? Such a perfect place for an active and fun birthday party for your sports lover!
Q: Who is your average participant? Do they compete in sports outside of GO?
A: Our average participant is a soccer player with some experience coming from outside training like a local soccer club. However, we are looking for more players who don’t have that experience. We are the perfect environment and format for kids that play other sports or even no organized sports! We truly believe in our mission to give everyone a chance to have fun playing sports.
GO also has an awesome mentoring program for kids 10 and over to take on and help a younger players by motivating them and supporting them in their playing!
Q: How does Game Only Sports positively affect the community?
A: Game Only Sports has a GO Give Back Program. The goal of this program is to give back to the community in any way we can. We have a program to give any player a chance to play, regardless of their ability to pay. We also participate in a variety of community service projects, including adopt-an-area and helping a variety of non-profit organizations.
Do you have or know any small businesses that would like to be featured here? Email us at CommunitySpotlight @ NataschaLeeStudios.comWe offer newborn, children and family photography to families in Lafayette, Westminster, Highland, Denver, Golden, Louisville, Broomfield, and Boulder.
Great new tumblr (blog) “Where I See Fashion” pairs high fashion images with lovely images of what could have been the inspiration. Brilliant!
“She’s A Rainbow” editorial for Harper’s Bazaar Australia December 2013 by Simon Lekias | Raspberry Coconut Ice by Ana Maria Ciolacu
I can’t help it – this snow makes me think of Christmas and this adorable Cherry Creek baby portrait with a custom Santa Hat.
Brittany here with the third installment of Community Spotlight, brought to you by Natascha Lee Studios.
We are having a great time interviewing local businesses (Broomfield, Boulder, Lousiville, Lafayette) who offer wonderful products and services for local parents and their families. We have so many more great local Boulder County companies that we can’t wait to introduce you to – we’ll plan/hope/try ;-) to publish a new one each Monday. If you or someone you know runs a local business that would like to be featured, have them contact us today!
Today we will be chatting with Jessica Wurtsbaurg who owns Legacy for Health in Broomfield, Colorado.
Jessica, who was driven to provide the safest and healthiest environment for her family, started Legacy for Health featuring Shaklee products. Shaklee is most known for their natural and chemical free cleaning supplies; they also offerthe #1 Natural Nutrition Products in the nation.
Did you know Opera uses Shaklee products? They are actually on of Oprah’s favorite things. Shaklee is also used in the White House. And…if Oprah and White House endorsements aren’t enough ;-), here @ Natascha Lee Studios, we use their cleaning products in our studio. So your newborns aren’t exposed to harsh chemicals during their portrait session.
Q: Jessica, tell us about Legacy for Health?
A: We are a health and wellness business, from top to bottom! We love to help families learn how to live in toxin-free homes, achieve a healthy weight in a healthy way, help others build a solid path to a healthier life with nutrition!
Q. Tell us a little about yourself?
I was a stay at home mom with a medical background who wanted to talk with adults! I LOVE being home and involved with my kids in their schools and other activities. I love to bake, cook and garden! I would say that soups are my specialty!
Q: How does your Legacy for Health and Shaklee positively affect the community?
A: In many ways! We help support Bal-Swan Children’s Center each and every month by giving back to them a percentage of their sales and by offering a toxin-free environment for the students! We help remove toxins from every home within the community that uses Shaklee products. We donated close to $100,000 worth of cleaning and nutritional products to flood victims in Boulder, Estes Park and their surrounding areas. The company that we partner with has a commitment to being 100% carbon neutral – so they are helping to protect the planet in which our community thrives! These are just a few!
Can’t wait to share all these beautiful portraits of these beautiful babies with their Mommy and Daddy tomorrow @ their viewing session:
Hello there! This is Brittany, Natascha’s assistant.
Another cold and chilly day in Boulder County! We are editing some lovely newborn portraits from a recent baby photography session, and will share them soon. Little newborn toes and fingers – can it get any cuter?
For now, we are bringing you the second installment of our Community Spotlight Series . Today we will be shining the light on Eats and Sweets owned by Bobby Pangilinan and his wife Gretchen, located in Ole Town Lafayette.
Q: Bobby, tell us about your business?
A: Eats & Sweets is a local mom & pop sandwich/ice cream/dessert shop, I guess you can call it somewhat of a cafe. We have big, awesome sandwiches and salads, homemade soups and quiche. We bake all our desserts in house and offer gluten free options as well. We proudly serve all natural Boulder Ice Cream and we are the home of the Banana Bread Ice Cream Sandwich, and the Best Cheesecake. We always use fresh produce and use local/organic ingredients whenever possible.
When baking our delicious desserts we use unbleached flour and organic cane sugar. Our little shop has been merited with multiple awards, such as Best Sandwich, desserts, Best Bakery by Boulder Weekly in 2013, and most recently Cheap Eats. We make quality food and serve it with a smile at a fair price!
Q: How did you decide to get into your business? – Any inspirations?
A: I have been in the business my whole life and my wife was an art therapist. We found a great location and opened on a whim- thank God we are still around! My wife is now a dessert therapist. (Note from Brittany: How cool would that be! A Dessert Therapist!)
Q: Were you prepared to take on the challenge of owning a small business?
A: I’d like to say yes, but there are new challenges every day that you are not prepared for. But we were prepared to take a chance!
Q: How does Eats and Sweets positively affect the community?
A: We try to do as much possible for the community. We give the local elementary school students a birthday cone, and offer the parents a great place to eat with their children where they know the products are fresh.
In the summer we host a few free events that include our annual ice cream eating contest, called the Quick Lick and we also host Festival Flicks which is an outdoor cinema at Festival Plaza. We try to do our part to make Old Town Lafayette a fun place to live and/or visit.
Q: In 2014, where do you see Eats and Sweets heading?
A: Hopefully upwards! We have internal opportunities that will make our business run more efficiently. We plan to introduce some new products as well! With Old Town Lafayette starting to pick up, we hope that we do to.
Q: What makes Eats and Sweets unique?
A: Our people make our business unique. We all try our best to give the community what it needs with a smile, and we hope that creates a reciprocating cycle.
Stop in and check out their menu ! Be sure to try Natascha’s Favorite, their Best Cheesecake and their 20 rotating flavors of Boulder Ice Cream! Check out these cute local children and their ‘Sweet Faces’.
Do you have or know any small businesses that would like to be featured here? Email us at CommunitySpotlight @ NataschaLeeStudios.comWe offer newborn, children and family photography to families in Lafayette, Westminster, Highland, Denver, Golden, Louisville, Broomfield, and Boulder.
While the snow piles high in Westminster, Broomfield and the rest of Boulder County, it’s a perfect time to catch up on posting some wonderful family portraits from the end of last year.
Usually I prefer vibrant, colorful photography for children’s portraits, but I just love high-key Classic Black and White for newborn family portraits.
For you exotic plant lovers, perhaps those missing the warm Summer weather as we are enjoying winter here in Broomfield, here’s a beautiful succulent to remind you of summer. This is a Echevaria Gibbiflora or Blue Wave.
Wow! I’m booking Denver baby, children and family portraits into June and January isn’t even over yet!
So excited to meet all these new families!
One of the first questions I get is “What should we wear?”
Here’s the first of a few ideas on what to wear for your family portrait session.
I recently had a viewing session with a super fun family from Denver – I did their 3 generation family portraits (Grandpa, Grandma, Mom, Dad and twin tween Brother/Sister) and the images are just amazing!
BTW, all my clients get a personalized preview/viewing session where I show you your lovely family portraits in person, and help you select your favorites for wall art and albums. It can be overwhelming to try to select your favorites, and it is very helpful to have an expert help guide you through the process.
Back to my family from Denver and their Fabulous Family Portraits – their challenge was limited wall space, and they found this tool (below) useful to visualize different combinations for prints for their hallways.
I don’t recommend these small sizes for large rooms, but they work well in hallways, offices, and other small wall spaces.
This concept can also work well for things other than portraits, such as your children’s art, your favorite calendar images, etc. Using the same frame will unify the overall theme, and the different sizes and orientations will give you variety.
And a big advantage of the shelf approach (lower right) is that you can easily swap out or rotate the images to keep it all fresh.
These Lafayette high school girls are so lovely – their smiles are just beautiful.
For senior portraits, I suggest bringing along your sister or best friend! We’ll be sure to get some great portraits with them, also.
Hello! This is Brittany, Natascha’s assistant, and we are so excited to introduce Broomfield Community Spotlight, a new series showcasing small, local businesses in our Broomfield, Colorado community.
Driven by passion, small business owners fearlessly take on the risks associated with working for themselves. In this series we’ll take an intimate look into the lives of these small business owners to see why they are doing what they are – and the impact that they hope to have (and have already had) on our local Broomfield community.
We are thrilled to introduce Lost Lagoon Books, owned by Gail Sawchuk in Broomfield.
Lost Lagoon Books is based out of Broomfield, CO and specializes in selling Usborne Publishing Books. Usborne’s are known for their ability to both educate and entertain young readers- winning the Children’s Publisher of the Year 2012-2013. Usborne has a strong mission of providing education to our children, while embracing family values to have a positive impact on their lives. As an advocate for childhood literacy, Gail started a non-profit, Heroes and Dragon Slayers. Heroes and Dragon Slayers partners with many local community agencies to provide free books and literacy training to those who are at-risk to encourage a love of reading and education at an early age.
“Lost Lagoon is dedicated to providing books, tools and resources to parents, teachers, schools, nonprofits, mentors, counselors etc. It is our goal that all children develop into resilient and independent adults with strong characters”
A: I sell children’s books and promote literacy as an independent consultant with a publishing company called Usborne Books & More.
A: I was looking for an opportunity where I could be my own boss. Set my own hours so I could spend time with my boys who are 5 ½ and 4. Make my own decisions and be able to be creative. All of my career has been focused on children and families. I know how vital it is for children to learn to read so they can be successful in school and life but unfortunately, too many do not. Plus, I love children’s books and find so much value in the time I spend reading with my children. Usborne provides a connection of all of this for me.
A: The flexibility and creativity. I love being able to schedule my time so that I can be with my kids. I enjoy exploring all the possibilities and finding the ones that best meet my skills and passions.
A: Prior to this, I was Executive Director of a non-profit called Parenting Place. That experience provided me with a lot of the skills I needed. However, there I had an amazing staff to help run the day to day operations and programs. Doing this on my own does present challenges. I think the most important lessons I have learned is to start simple with what has been proven to work for others and then when those pieces are working smoothly you can add some creativity and personal flair. It is a constant evaluation of what is working and finding ways to build confidence rather than be discouraged by setbacks.
A: Illiteracy is a huge problem in our country. Nearly 2/3 of fourth graders cannot read at grade level. By providing free books to schools and children I am providing access to books they may not have had.
The books are interactive and educational. They inspire a love of reading and learning and give parents tools to engage with their children in that process. Through Home Shows I can talk with parents about the importance of reading to their children and share some of the ways they can get involved with fighting illiteracy with their own children and in the community.
A: I see my business growing. I am looking for enthusiastic people to join my team. There are so many things I want to do bring more books to the schools and children who need them the most but I can only do so much on my own. One piece I plan to focus on more is partnering with local businesses to support their community schools. I would also like to work with local literacy programs to support the amazing work they are doing.
Contact Gail via: Lost Lagoon website, or Facebook or her blog with tips and tricks for nurturing a love of books in your family! Every online order helps to support and provide books to a young mothers club in Longmont to spread the knowledge of the importance of reading to children and the impact of literacy can have on children’s futures.
Do you have or know any small businesses that would like to be featured here?
Email us at CommunitySpotlight @ NataschaLeeStudios.com
This is the sweetest newborn baby girl. Her mother and I have been talking about this particular Sock Monkey portrait for a couple of years and I was THRILLED to be able to do it for her and her husband. I got the wonderful sock monkey hat by this talented local artist and found the sock monkey lovey at Dillard’s.
Sweet baby girl is a twin and I’ll post some of the photos with her twin newborn brother and parents soon!
Super excited to unveil my new portrait gallery landing page - one easy place to view my Galleries for Fun, Unique and Vibrant portraits: Baby, Children / Kids, Family, Mommy Love, Daddy Love, Corporate & Actor or Dancer Headshots, Highschool Seniors, Fine Art , and of course Portrait Videos.
Thanks to my wonderful web firm, Lovebugs, for designing this and getting it up over the holidays! If you are an artist, designer or musician – they specialize in “Everything web for creative types.”
January and February give us portrait photographers a chance to catch up with blogging all our wonderful sessions from last year.
Here is one of my favorites from my Fabulous Fall Family Sessions.
I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season.
Natascha Lee Studios is open again (I take December off to be with family), accepting bookings for Unique, Vibrant and Fun Family Portraits, and we are already booked through March!
Happy New Year to all my wonderful clients, partners, friends and vendors.
Thank you for a wonderful 2013! May 2014 be filled with all that you wish for.
Want to see my 213 favorite images of 2013, in 2 (about) minutes?
Just check out the video below….the best baby, newborn, children and family portraits of 2013.
I would like to wish all my wonderful clients Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2014!
Thank you for the honor of photographing you and your families!
Hi, I’m Brittany and I am one of Natascha’s Assistants. I’m pretty sure I’m her favorite assistant, actually.
Natascha takes every December off to spend time with her family, so I’ll be handling the blog and Facebook for the next month or so. We have great shots we never got around to sharing and I hope to change that by sharing them with you.
Loved photographing this family from Denver – the sassy, competitive skiing twins who knew just out to make each other laugh, and their super-intelligent parents AND their elegant grandparents.
I* LOVE* three generation portraits as it really speaks to my passion for artistically preserving your family’s unique love and connection. Got some great Grandpa-Daddy-Grandson and Grandma-Mom-Granddaughter portraits among the amazing colors of Colorado’s Fall. Just posting one image for now as I have a slew of recent portrait sessions to work on. I’ll post more later – honestly, probably in January when things slow down.
Speaking of the end-of-the year rush, after the wonderful swirl of crafting and delivering Fun, Vibrant and Joyful family portraits in time for the holidays, I take *all of* December off to focus on my family. So if you are interested in portraits for early next year (I’m already booking into March and April), then please contact me ASAP.
Second in the series:
I love Fall esp Colorado Indian Summer. In addition to family portraits, I get to capture our stunning landscape.
Here is the first in my Fall 2013 series:
Fall is here in Broomfield and the leaf colors are STILL stunning. It’s wonderful to have Autumn’s yellows and even green grass(!) in November for Family Portraits.
Jennelle is one of those Wonderful Women with the Magic Three: Brains, Beauty and a Kind Heart. Her son is sweet and super smart. Her daughter is a joy, so full of smiles and silliness (and check out the red tutu and cowboy boots!). And her little baby is just so beautiful and happy. Daddy had me laughing the entire time. You’ll see in the video some of the hilarious antics he pulled, and his son is def. his “partner in crime”! Of course, I photographed all the goofy times also, as that’s the true, fun-loving spirit of this family.
For families looking for the most Deluxe Portrait Experience I offer, this is it! My Premium Storybook Session with Video.*
We did a location scouting visit a few weeks beforehand (such a cool barn!), I assisted with custom crafting of portrait style (clothes, props, etc.), super-size photo shooting session and gallery proofs, video fusion, and then this amazing final video. Enjoy!
*I’m booked for the rest of 2013, but please contact me to reserve your session for 2014!
One more from my Dancers, Dreamers and Make-Believers Series:
This handsome young man has a sweet younger brother and newborn Triplet Baby Sisters! What a lucky guy!
These sisters have a great bond, and they had so much fun together. Lovely girls.
Taken @ the Lone Tree Country Club.
Like many photographers, this is my busy busy season. And I love it!
It also means I’ve been too busy creating vibrant, fun family portraits in and around Broomfield, to update this blog or even my FB page, but I just *had* to post this one.
I told this lovely family that I wanted each of them to stand in front of that super cool barn, get close, and be touching some part of each other for the family portrait.
Mom, Baby and Sister got right into the pose…then Dad and Brother came along…..
This is what I got:
One of the things I specialize in is capturing your child’s true spirit and personality during portrait sessions.
This isn’t easy, as they are usually meeting me for a the first time, probably at a new location, I’m a stranger behind big black camera, and we are asking them to do things they don’t usually do.
But, as you’ll see from my images and these kind words from super-happy portrait families, capturing stunning images of your children’s true spirit is one of the unique things I deliver to clients.
While I focus (pun intended!) locally (Broomfield, Westminster, Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette, Golden, Highland, Aravda, Denver, Cherry Hills) on baby, children and family portraits, these tips will apply to anyone, anywhere planning a professional portrait session with their children.
Here are my top 5 tips for parents looking to have authentic images of your child:
Tip 1) Select the right photographer. Look at their portfolio, and see if their style is what you are looking for. Do you prefer posed images? Or more lifestyle images, where people are relaxed and not looking at the camera? Do you prefer indoor images shot in a studio, or perhaps in your house? Or outdoor images with nature as your backdrop, or perhaps in urban settings? An experienced photographer will have galleries for each of the types of images they shoot, and should have enough images to give you a good idea of their style.
Tip 2) Budget accordingly. Expect to spend money on the right photographer, since talented photographers are in-demand and appropriately compensated for their work. Something to consider: of all the “optional” things you will spend money on this year (restaurants, movies and concerts, new clothes, spa and hair services), professional portraits will be one of the most long-lasting purchases, giving you and others the most joy for years to come.
Two Key Tasks: Find a photographer whose style you love and budget appropriately.
Tip 3) Share advance intel. Tell the photographer a few things about your child(ren) in advance – things they like to watch, read, do. That will help create a quick connection and conversation starting point. Similarly, tell your child about the exciting event you are going to do together. Build it up as something special and fun. With your child, visit the photographer’s About Me section of their website – show your children the photographer’s photo, and a bit about them. This will make your child more comfortable with the photographer.
Two Key Tasks: Tell the photographer two things your kid likes, and visit the photographer’s About Me page with your child.
Tip 4) Follow the photographer’s preparation suggestions. A experienced photographer will send you detailed instructions on how to prepare, which go beyond just selecting cute clothes for everyone. Invest time in reading them and doing all the ones that make sense for you and your family. As I tell my clients, proper preparations can take your photos from Amazing to Mind-Blowing.
Key Tasks: If all else fails, make sure your kids are well rested, super clean (noses, eyes, face, fingernails, etc.) and select clothes your kids are comfortable in.
Tip 5) Relax. Once you have done all your preparation work, let the photographer do their job. I know it’s tempting to step in and tell you kid what to do/not to do, but that usually creates a less cooperative kid, not a more cooperative one. Professional Photographers have plenty of tricks up their sleeve, and sometimes even a roll of SmartiesTM.
Two Key Tasks: Show your child you are relaxed and having fun, and trust the photographer to get amazing images (Because you did follow tip #1, right?)
Below is a sneak peek from a recent portrait session held for a Littleton family. (Backstory: This little boy is impishly looking at the water’s edge, eying the old pieces of wood just begging to be tossed into the lake. ) This is a perfect example of capturing a child’s true personality, and I suspect it will end up being one of his mother’s favorites!
I just love doing mother-daughter portraits.
These three lovely ladies from Lafayette, Colorado had such a wonderful connection, and as you can see, both girls were lucky to inherit their mother’s beauty.
BTW, speaking of Lafayette, if you haven’t checked out Eats & Sweets – you are missing out They have something called the “World’s Best Cheesecake”…which of course made me quite skeptical. After just two bites I realized it is, indeed, the best cheesecake I’ve ever had. They are on S Public road in the heart of Lafayette.
This sweet little Broomfield girl is as beautiful inside as she on the outside. And she is silly, goofy and fun! When she sees me, she gives me “Squeezy Hugs.”
This one of of our more quiet poses from my recent Ballet Art Portrait Series…but soon I’ll post another one of the final selections by her parents, which will show her other side (the crazy goofy side!).
If you want to make your photographer (really *anyone* who is providing a service) happy, tell them in writing how much your portraits mean to them. And if you want to make them super happy, tell them more than once. Here is a recent string of messages from a wonderful client. Absolutely made my day…three times!!!!
Here is the first one she sent, after the session:
I was so pleased with the photo session this morning. You certainly have a way with newborns and their families. I can not wait to see the photos, I know you got some good ones. Thank you again for working with our short notice.
A few days later, after I posted the sneak peak. She is referring to seeing the entire gallery: (This is my favorite!)
I can’t wait to see the rest, I have gotten so much joy out of the sneak preview, I hope my heart can stand all your glorious work at once.
And once she saw her final gallery:
They are marvelous photos, job well done. I love your work.
Oh Caroline, thank you so much for your wonderful words. So many people don’t take the time to share their kind words with others! Thank YOU for sharing.
This is a sneak peek of a recent portrait session with a wonderful family from Lafayette, Colorado.
I love doing concept/storybook portrait sessions. Much more creative freedom, and we get such fun shots!
Here is another from my Ballet Art Series:
Here are some sneak peeks from a recent Ballet Art Shoot in Broomfield.
Some of the girls were “real” ballet dancers, others just loved to dance, and all of them loved to play dress up and model for the day.
Thanks to Colorado Conservatory of Dance for letting me use their lovely space. They have a wonderful dance program serving the Broomfield, Colorado community and beyond – and they truly believe that “Dance is for Everyone.”
I would also like to thank some of the wonderful & talented folks who supplied clothing for the shoot including the parents themselves, Tutu Du Monde, and Etsy Artists Jill of JillyBeanTutus, Deepado, and Candice of TrendiBambini.
At the risk of sounding all acadamy-awardy, I also want to give a shout-out to my amazing assistants Michelle, Brittany and Jennifer.
If your little one likes to dress up and play, please contact me to arrange your own StoryBook Session today.
Love this shoot from a recent high school senior session. This gal’s dress is so stylish, and I love how it goes with her boots and hairstyle.
As of this year, client image galleries are presented via a custom made video of their final portraits.
These fun videos have become a client favorite and I’m thrilled to share some of them with you via my new video page.
It’s even been coded to work on ipads and iphones (and hopefully any mobile device)!
You’ll see actual client videos, as well as some behind the scenes footage (it’s always fun to see what a fool photographers are willing to make of ourselves), and even some testimonials from clients regarding their custom portrait experience!
I love the tender emotion in this image.
Sneak peek from a recent newborn session. Grandma called me from Golden, Colorado, looking for “artistic Black and White Portraits” for her son, daughter-in-law and her brand-new very first grandchild. I was thrilled to oblige as I love crafting heirloom portraits for new families. And all that newborn baby goodness!
It was kismet; Grandma called me the day before this session as she was just about to leave town; I’ve never booked a portrait session just 24 hours in advance, but our scheduled matched up (despite this being the start of a super busy season for professional photographers), and I just love the images we got. Baby S was so handsome, despite a definite aversion to falling asleep.
Even more special: black and white portraits are a family tradition, with Baby S being the fourth! 4th! generation to be photographed in black and white.
As you can see below, he is lucky to inherit some very good-looking genes from Mommy and Daddy.
Hey High School Seniors (and parents thereof) :
Your Yearbook Photo is due soon – make sure you book your Senior Portraits Session ASAP!
Here’s a fun idea for a Mother’s Night Out or a romantic date night: Bottle & Bottega in Denver.
I recently went there and had a blast. As they say, they will inspire the inner artist in everyone.
I love how they partner with local wineries so we get to support two local businesses at once!
From the fabulous owner, Ginger (yep, this is a woman-owned businesses!):
Bottle & Bottega is a guided art & wine event business which prides itself on offering a classy experience to it’s guests. A stroke of artistic genius paints a totally new picture of what is possible when friends, couples or colleagues get together for a Bottle & Bottega art party — an experience unlike any other.
One part artistic adventure and one part cocktail party, Bottle & Bottega inspires the inner artist in everyone regardless of skill or practice, through a blend of hands-on art sessions, on-site professional instruction and, of course, a glass of your favorite wine.
If you are looking for a fun night out with your fellow moms or your honey, check them out.
I’ve had a slew of 2 and 3 month olds recently, doing their first portrait ever.
Today I’m sharing ideas on what to wear for a Mother/Daughter custom portrait session.
I love incorporating nature into artistic, outdoors children and family portraits.
Hard to believe, but here we are in the middle of Summer and it’s already time to book your Fall Custom Family Photography sessions, as well as think about what to wear.
I have so many bookings for late Aug, Sept and even October, that I figured it’s time to share some What To Wear suggestions. The below image features just Baby and Toddler clothes, but you can use the color and texture to influence your clothing choices for the entire family. I love it when families wear clothes that work well together, without being too matchy-matchy. See here and here or view my Fall and Winter Custom Portrait Videos here for some examples.
If you are in Colorado (Broomfield, Golden, Boulder, Lafayette, Louisville, Denver, etc.) and want photos this fall for Christmas cards, Holiday gifts, etc. – please contact me ASAP to book your Fall Session. I only have a few weekend openings left!
If you are outside of Colorado (and I know from my Google Analytics that I get quite a few out-of-state visitors), be sure to contact your favorite family photographer soon! She or he is probably booking up quickly, as late Summer to Fall is our busy time.
I’m so honored when friends get together and give my Baby Plan as a Baby Shower Gift to a new Mom-to-Be.
The start of your baby’s journey! We suggest maternity sessions take place around 28-35 weeks and are usually held outdoors. Maternity sessions capture and convey the joy and excitement you and your partner have for your baby.
Your baby has become so alert, pushing up on his or her tummy and giving social smiles and even laughs! And those sweet little rolls on their legs! These sessions can be held outdoors if the weather is nice, or at our studio, or even sometimes at our client’s home.
Your baby can now sit up on his or her own and turns to follow you where ever you are. And you know the special noises that elicit great belly laughs. We’ll capture their personality, be it outgoing and vivacious or sweet, shy and reserved.
Your baby can now crawl, and maybe even stand up with assistance. S/he may even be cruising by holding onto something. We’ll capture your child’s curiosity, smiles and mobility.
Wow! Your baby is about to leave babyland for toddlerhood. We’ll celebrate their 1st birthday, include some of their favorite toys, have you read their favorite book to them. We can even do a cake smash session.
At the end, you have lovely custom portraits to celebrate and document their first year of life, and to preserve (and display) those memories forever!
Let’s see here: Adorable Happy Baby – Check. Irresistible Smile – Check. Bright outfit that EVEN MATCHES my logo – Check.
When you are one of my close friends and you show up for a playdate with your kiddo looking THIS cute, and your kiddo is like the second happiest baby I have ever met, and the light happens to be just PERFECT, this just might happen:
I even have a twin photography and a triplet!!! portrait session coming up soon. Bring on the baby photography for multiples!
Joyful, Vibrant and Fun!
Just realized..this baby is ALSO featured in one of my Custom Videos (last one on the page, at the bottom).
If you have ever wondered what a session with Natascha Lee Studios is like, check out that page.
I just love this one:
A sneak peak from yesterday’s session. I love doing corporate headshots for people with style and tons of personality!
When I receive a client testimonial like this, and it puts me on Cloud 9 for the entire day. Thank you for making my day, Ashleigh!
I loved having Natascha take my maternity pictures! She was very easy to work with, listened to what we wanted and was able to deliver fantastic photographs! Throughout the whole process I felt important, listened to and (most importantly) beautiful! Natascha was able to capture my husband’s excitement over the pregnancy and some very special moments between the two of us! I can’t wait for my daughter to see these pictures someday and understand how beautiful pregnancy can be! Thank you Natascha!
-Ashleigh, Broomfield Colorado
And here is one of my favorites from her Broomfield, Colorado Maternity session:
I love baby toes! Even have a Pinterest board for them.
Wow! Temps in Broomfield are crazy high. Good thing I already hold almost all my Broomfield Family Photography sessions early morning or in the evening.
Plus we have lots of lovely outdoor (and indoor) swimming pools in Broomfield and Westminster to cool off in!
For those who love Carnivals, the Orchard Town Center in Broomfield, Colorado (near 144th & Zuni) has one each year.
Here are a few sneak peeks from a super fun custom portrait session I did there with three stunning and sweet sisters.
These images epitomize my tagline: Vibrant, Joyful & Fun Portraits!
I’m thrilled to announce that I am now lucky enough to be a volunteer photographer with Gold Hope Project – a group of international photographers that have come together to photograph families completely free, with the hopes of bringing about awareness of and raise funds for Pediatric Oncology Research and treatment.
To learn more about their organization, click on their logo or click here.
A few more recent photos of these super talented kids, Alice in Wonderland concept shoot:
Natascha Lee Studios provides modern, fresh, and fun lifestyle photography for families, newborns, babies, and children in Broomfield, Colorado and surrounding areas including Westminster, Lafayette, Lousiville, Denver, Golden, Arvada, Thornton and Highlands.
What a lovely day. I get these kind words from a client & I smile ear to ear.
Read below for their testimonials, and then check out the video from their AMAZING session with their GORGEOUS kids!
First up, here is what their Mamma had to say:
We had an amazing experience being photographed by Natascha at Natascha Lee Studios. My daughter was a little nervous going into the shoot, but Natascha made her feel beautiful and she ended up having a wonderful time. Natascha has a true gift and fantastic eye for taking the perfect picture. The end result exceeded our expectations and we are so thrilled to have these memories that will last us a lifetime. Thank you again Natascha for the beautiful pictures!
- Jenny, Broomfield, Colorado
And from their Daddy:
Natascha has a wonderful eye for capturing that “just right” photo. She makes the whole photography experience fun and does it in a very relaxed, low stress way. Thanks for the wonderful photos of our children!
-David, Broomfield, Colorado
And now check out their beautiful images from their custom children’s session:
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with, donate to and volunteer for some wonderful charities and development organizations!
See my Giving Back page for more information.
Please contact me if you are working with a local charity that would like pottery or photography donated for an upcoming fundraiser.
And if you have limited time and are looking for a wonderful organization to get involved with yourself, I propose Kiva.org.
They facilitate micro loans to women in developing countries who are working to improve the lives of themselves and their families, especially their children.
You can learn more about them here: http://www.kiva.org/lender/nataschalee
I’m thrilled to announce my July 4th Special: A regular session, plus your four favorite images in 11×14 wall art AND high resolution digital negatives at a $444 savings! There are only 4 slots available for this special – contact me to book your session.
This beautiful mamma-to-be had her baby last month.
I had been meaning to post this image from her maternity session we held in Westminster, Colorado two months ago!!!, and I just now got around to it. Enjoy!
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
What you have captured is forever…it remembers little things,
Long after you have forgotten everything.
Natascha Lee Studios provides modern, fresh, and fun lifestyle photography for families, newborns, babies, and children in Broomfield, Colorado and surrounding areas including Westminster, Lafayette, Lousiville, Denver, Golden, Arvada, Thornton and Highlands.
Natascha Lee Studios provides modern, fresh, and fun lifestyle photography for families, newborns, babies, and children in Broomfield, Colorado and surrounding areas including Westminster, Lafayette, Lousiville, Denver, Golden, Arvada, Thornton and Highlands.
Wow! I’m so honored that Adorama (one of the major suppliers to professional photographers) has featured my Daddy + Kids photography in their blog for Father’s Day, and they even asked me to write a guest post. Can I just share what they wrote about me?:
Natascha Lee of Natascha Lee Studios (Baby and Family Photography in Broomfield, Colorado), creates vibrant, natural images of families having fun, especially her photos of Fathers playing with their children. So in honor of Father’s Day (June 16th), Natascha shares her top 5 tips for photographing Dads.
You can view the entire posting here.
You can also see more of my Daddy Love portraits here.
Diane and her lovely daughter won my “Mother-In-The-Picture Mini-Session Give-Away.”
Here is a sneak peek from their session:
I’m thrilled to announce the latest Studio Magazine, Volume 3 by Natascha Lee Studios.
You’ll find tips and tricks helpful for anyone planning a baby, newborn, children, or family photo session – not just for those in Broomfield, Colorado and surrounding areas, but for anyone looking to have a professional portrait session.
It also includes what to bring, ideas on what to wear, checklists, some of my favorite recent portrait sessions, etc. – it’s all there.
My new About the Artist Page is up!
Thanks to Kim with BrinkStreet Photography for the lovely portrait of me!
It’s Summer!I just love Summer Photo Sessions! And Broomfield, Westminster and Louisville are so so green and pretty right now.
Here’s a sneak peek of the cover of my new Studio Magazine, Volume 3, which I’m just now finishing up with my very talented designer. (Happy to pass on their contact info if you need a magazine designer.)
Super excited to unveil it!
Just a quick posting today – if you or your company are looking for business headshots with *personality*, please contact me for group rates.
This was such a lovely maternity session and check out those blue eyes on Mamma, Pappa and Baby Girl.
My favorite image is the first one. It’s one of my favorite maternity images ever!
I love Daddy’s hands on Mommy’s belly, and the expression on Big Sister To Be as she gazes up at her Mamma. When I took this image, she had just finished kissing her baby sibling-to-be.
One of the things I focus on is capturing the special relationship within each family. Look at the tender expression on Daddy’s face as he hugs his little girl.
And the joy on her face as she runs through the park.
I just loved this session.
Oh, and the family was awesome – they were willing to meet me at 6 am!!!! for a sunrise session.
I love shooting during sunrise and sunset. Sunset is more convenient, because you don’t have to wake up early. BUT..sunrise is also awesome because you just get more and more light, and you don’t have to stop once it gets dark.
I feel so passionately that portraits should always include at least a few images of the children with their parent(s).
Just this morning, I had a new client request “just images of their child.” I gently suggested we take at least a few of them with their child – as *those* will be the images that are valued for several generations.
Congrats to Diane of Boulder, Colorado who won the Mother’s Day Mini Session Give-Away.
I’ll be photographing her and her lovely daughter soon!
A quick image to share how lovely our gift certificates look!
The perfect gift for mothers and mothers-to-be: custom portrait photography from Natascha Lee Studios.
Comes fully framed and ready to gift! (Flowers not included.
This little girl is sooo excited to be a big sister. Here is a sneak peek of the maternity portrait session I did for her mamma (a fellow photographer!).
I’m thrilled to have so many maternity sessions right around Mother’s Day.
Speaking of, a photography session makes a GREAT gift to request (or give) for Mother’s Day!
I’ve had a slew of maternity sessions recently. Seems so appropriate with Mother’s Day coming up.
I promised this lovely couple a sneak peek, and here it is.
For those who haven’t worked with me before, I post a “sneak peek” image or two before your viewing session.
The viewing session is where I share your image gallery with you, typically around 30 images.
I just love seeing the reaction on my clients faces when they see their *Stunning* images for the first time.
Are you expecting, or know someone who is? A Maternity + Newborn session is a wonderful baby shower gift.
In Celebration of Mothers
Those who have spoken with me know that I am pretty passionate about photographing mothers and fathers with their children; not just the children alone, but children with their parents as well! How else can you truly capture the love and special connection of a family?
When I get push back on this (“Oh, no I don’t want to be in the photos – just the kids!”), I ask:
What is *your* most cherished childhood photo?
Is it the one of you smiling big on your first day of school? The one where you are holding up a Christmas gift? One where you are sleeping on the beach? Or is it one that includes your parents, playing with you, holding you, just being themselves?
For most of us, our most cherished images include our parents, and show the love we felt for each other. They might not be technially perfect, they probably aren’t cheesy posed images; they are real and they are precious.
I worry that mothers are taking hundreds (thousands?) of images of their kids, and not including themselves in hardly any of them! I want to encourage all those moms who take tons of snapshots of their kids, to make sure that they themselves are in at least some of them.
It’s not hard, I promise! Have your spouse take a turn with the camera/phone, ask another parent to snap a few, hold the camera or phone out the way you do when you take pix with your bestie, or even give the camera to your kiddo and ask them to take your photo. (Just make sure you position your kiddo or yourself so they aren’t shooting up your nostrils. )
That photo where your hair wasn’t perfect but you were having a snow fight with your kids? Or the one where your smile is a little lopsided and you are still in your PJs? Or the one where you looked tired from being up half the night with the baby but you are lovely gazing down at your todder? That’ll probably be their favorite.
To sweeten the deal and hopefully encourage you more, share your mommy-included-photo (MIP) with me and win a mini photo session! Post it on my FB page, or tag me in it, or email to me, or even just message me that you did it; no need to share the image if you don’t want to.
I’ll enter you into a drawing for a free mini-session with digital negatives (value $500.)
I’ll end with a sneak peek of a maternity session I did last night.
I can’t wait to see them again in a month to meet her baby girl and do her newborn pix!
Check out this lovely project called “You are my Wild” by a group of photographer parents who wanted to put down their camera phones, and capture artistic, authentic images of their kids using their “real” cameras.
It takes more time and effort, but the results are lovely.
This one below is one of my favs from the project:
Loving Spring! Spring flower portrait sessions for children and families start soon. Can’t wait!
I’m so excited about this lovely weather we are having in Colorado. Broomfield has been sunny and hot and wonderful!
I’m sure/I hope we get at least one more snowstorm, though.
This is a quick post about two new newborn props I’m super excited about. Hungry Caterpillar and Sock Monkey!
These are what they look like while they are patiently waiting for adorable newborns to come wear them!
I think they look at little…lonley, don’t you?
I have about 50 different newborn props, and parents love looking through them all, to select their favorite.
I hope one of my wonderful parents will select them soon.
Baby toes, Baby toes…I love me some Baby Toes!
Cocoon by the very talented Amy of ZaneyBaby on Etsy.
Joy! Joy! Joy! A gorgeous day in Broomfield, Colorado; sunny, warm, just perfect. AND, I get an email like this. (I love my clients and their amazing children.)
Here is one of my favorite images from this newborn session, and here is what the mamma wrote me today.Thank you Kamala, for this lovely testimonial. You are such a beautiful soul! I loved our Maternity + Newborn sessions!
I am so happy we had a photo session of our baby boy, Zane, with Natascha of Natascha Lee Studios. We are thrilled with the results. After many attempts, my husband and I were unable to take photo of our newborn we were satisfied with, even with our new camera. When Natascha showed me the slideshow of the photos she took, I got so emotional I cried! Our son is growing and changing so fast, I look at these photos and my heart opens and remembers those first weeks we shared together. Only a professional can truly share this experience with us new moms and dads. I am so grateful of Natascha’s talent and artistic eye that captured those precious moments.
If you are in the Broomfield or surrounding areas (Westminster, Highland, Denver, Golden, Louisville, Lafayette, Boulder) – give me a call if you would like a Maternity + Newborn session combo.
The last of three handy-dandy guides for styling for children’s sessions. Don’t forget that these ideas can easily be adapted to older children, too.
I would LOVE to do the “Little Gardener” theme session.
Special note to KS, mother of the penguin-loving beautiful boy A,: are you game? We can include the old fashioned bike!
This is the second of three posts with handy-dandy guides and suggestions. I love the theme ideas here.
These pages are actually sneak peeks from my upcoming magazine, Studio: Volume 3.
I’m constantly impressed by how my clients style themselves (and their family) for their portrait sessions. For those who are not familiar with “styling” for a photography session, it involves selecting the clothes and props to use during a session. I recomend avoiding logos or letters, but beyond that, wear whatever you love and feel good in. If you pick a color for your entire family to wear, I suggest selecting one item of clothing for each person to wear, so that it’s not too matchy-matchy.
Some of my clients even do Pinterest boards as inspiration for our photo sessions. My only challenge with Pinterest is that I get sucked in, and end up spending waaaay too much time there. So, if you are a client and you would like send me your currated Pinterest board, go for it! But please don’t send it to me in the morning or my whole day will be shot! ;-)
This is the first of three posts with handy-dandy guides and suggestions. I think I”m partial to this particular style guide because it matches the colors in my logo!For more suggestions, check back in a few days and/or see my previous post here.
Today I’m highlighting a really fun idea for Mother’s Night out: Group Art Evening.
If you live down South (Littleton, Centennial, etc.), one really fun option is The Art Connection in Littleton, Colorado.
From Birgit, one of the owners:
Book your mother’s night out with The Art Connection. Get 8-10 mothers and book our studio for a fun night out. Bring your own wine (that’s right! You don’t have to buy wine from us – you can bring your own!) and food and enjoy the company of each other while creating a masterpiece. We will bring the artist our within each of you. You will create a 16X20 canvas with multi media materials. Each piece will be your own vision and inspiration on canvas, none will be the same. You’ll leave with wonderful memories and a great piece of art!
Just a quick post today, with a photo I took last Fall near Maroon Bells, Aspen.
Isn’t Colorado just stunning?
I’m far behind with blogging portraits, but hope to post some new portrait images soon…
Client testimonials rock my world! Here’s a lovely one from one of my Fabulous Fall in Colorado portrait sessions:
Natascha is a great photographer to work with! I have been fortunate enough to partner with her for product shots for my business, as well as family photos. She is wonderful with children and can get my usually challenging toddler to smile and engage with her! Thank you Natascha for all of your hard work and wonderful photographs!
By the way, Amy is a fabulous crochet artist with wonderful items for sale on Etsy. I am lucky enough to have an extensive selection of her her lovely props and use at least one of them in each of my my newborn sessions.
Below is one of my favorite images from their Fabulous Fall Portrait Session held in Westminster, Colorado – just look at the sunlight filtering through the changing Aspen and Cottonwood leaves..
I esp. love the look on their little boy as he gazes down at Mommy and Daddy kissing!
Oh, what a lovely project this was. Newborn Baby Goodness!
I had the very fun project of pulling together a sample newborn portrait session video for Natascha Lee Studios. I love, just love photographing newborn babies, and I love revisiting those portrait sessions.
So, I reviewed all my newborn sessions from 2012, to select the very best “quintessential” newborn shoot. This particular baby was one of my favorites from last year. Flawless skin, slept the entire time. Doesn’t hurt that both he and his parents are gorgeous!
Without further ado, here is a great video to see what a newborn session is like with Natascha Lee Studios:
Now that Denver is about to be under several inches of snow ;-), I’m finally posting my Summer Video.
This completes my “Four Seasons of Custom Family Portraits for Colorado Families” video series, which you can view here.
The summer one below was a concept session rather than a regular portrait session. Concept sessions are far more complex since they involve props, storyline, etc…., but they are also also tons and tons of fun.
This particular one was done over two successive evenings, and it even involved two assistants!
I think the results are spectacular, and it was even featured on InspireMeBaby.
I opened my mailbox today to find this lovely, lovely testimonial:
Thank you so much, Brenda, your words made my day even brighter!
And if you haven’t had the chance to check out Rejuvanest (winner of Westword Best Of, and 5280 Magazine Top of the Town),
I highly recommend you go check out her lovely store.
I was drawn to the fabulous baby gifts, including the stylish owl pictured here.
A collaborative opportunity allowed me to work with Natascha. How lucky am I to have had her grace my boutique, Rejuvanest. I love how she captured the essence of the nest. She was here, then there… so quick to snap a shot that enabled a viewer to see a panoramic view, which isn’t easy to do. She took adorable photos for mom and baby as well as lingerie and jewelry. And this is the best part: she took photos of me that I couldn’t resist, and that is the rare bird that can do that. Hats off to Natascha!
2011 & 2009 Westword Best Of Winner
2011 5280 TOP OF THE TOWN
www.rejuvanest.com - apparel, jewelry, baby and delights for the home!
It’s another beautiful day in Broomfield, Colorado.
While I’m about to go outside and enjoy the sun with my family, I just had to quickly post one of the fun, personality-filled and unique portraits from a recent corporate headshots photoshoot.
This team was so fun, and outgoing. I’m thrilled to be able to share my photography talents with them.
Speaking of business portraits and headshots, I’m doing a slew of corporate sessions this first quarter of the year.
If you have a team of at least 5 people who need headshots, fill out my contact form and we’ll set something up!
Like many photographers, I am just now getting around to blogging some of the wonderful sessions done last Fall.
Our Fall is typically so busy with clients looking to create family portraits to give as gifts, family portraits to use as holiday cards, and often, as in this case, those who just happen to be 8 months pregnant and want some artistic, amazing memory photos.
BTW, if you have a friend or family member who is pregnant, a Maternity + Newborn session is a FABULOUS idea as a baby shower gift.
Here is one of my favorites of this yoga / yogini mama. Just look at the pure, unadulterated joy on her face. Love it!
Yay! Another gorgeous day in Broomfield, Colorado. I’m “stuck” in my office, editing some wonderful maternity, newborn and headshot portraits I’ve done recently. Still, it’s lovely to peek outside and see that warm sunshine. Horray Colorado!
Speaking of things I am grateful for….one of them is Houzz.com.
For those who don’t know about Houzz.com, it’s almost as addicting as Pinterest! Stunning images of interior and landscape design abound. I can’t decide if I need to thank or curse my gardener for introducing me to the highly addictive site.
Hopefully, you will love the site and not curse me for telling you about it. Below is an excellent article from Houzz.com about how to brighten and refresh design in your house. See #3: New Artwork. A family portrait is a fabulous way to brighten and update a room, as well as a great way to celebrate the love of family.
Here’s a linkto the article:
Just a quick post of a recent infant newborn shoot.
Baby Z is two weeks old and was an angel for our shoot.
More pix to come soon.
We are off to drive around Broomfield and Westminster to look at the Holiday Lights.
There are some amazing homes around Broomfield and Westminster; I’m so grateful to the homeowners who put so much effort into making their house festive and lovely.
Hot Chocolate from Starbucks, 3 generations of family members, a large car, and Holiday music…we are set!
As you do your gift shopping, don’t forget that a photo session makes a GREAT holiday gift.
And, I offer LOVELY framed certificates to present the gift.
A little secret: Grandparents LOVE getting photos of their grandkids, and if you give them the certificate for Christmas, they’ll know that lovely portraits will be coming soon. Plus of course you’ll get images for your own family as well. Yes! A 2 -in-1!
Anyway, I’m working hard on getting my client’s Holiday orders ready (you know the saying how when it rains, it pours?),
but I’m also also feeling bad about neglecting blog posting.
So, here are few of my favorite images from 2012, in no particular order.
BTW, is anyone else having a hard time feeling the Christmas Spirit with this crazy warm Colorado weather?
All I want to do is be outside hiking, biking, playing tennis and running!
Great news! I’ve partnered with the super-stylish, award-winning boutqiue Rejuvanest on a special December promotion for our valued customers.
Enter to win a free Mini Portrait Session in January 2013 (worth $400!) by leaving a comment on *both* Facebook pages by December 15.
Natascha Lee Studios: www.facebook.com/NataschaLeeStudios
BTW, if you have not checked out this lovely Denver store, I highly recommend it for unique gifts for yourself and all your female friends.
I especially love their bird-themed jewelry and the adorable gifts for children.
Learn more about the promotion, and see more photos of Rejuvanest by clicking here.
I just love photographing fathers playing with their kiddos.
Here is a quick sneak peek at a recent family session I did in Westminster/Broomfield, Colorado.
Can you believe the yellow leaves are still out in November? Amazing.
This little boy was one of my toughest, with very few smiles for Josephine* that day. But here is his happiness on full display, while playing with Daddy.
I’ll post a few more pix from this session later, but for now I just knew that Mamma is excited to see at least one.
And, Mamma runs a super cool company on etsy that I’ll tell you about next time I post.
*Yes, my camera is named Josephine. I got the idea from Lucille.
I’m honored to be part of a joint show this month at Bittersweet Cafe in Louisville: Persephone Re-imagined.
Swing by and check out the stunning images by a group of 7 local photographers, that re-tell the story of Persephone and Hades.
The show opening was Friday and the place was packed!
I keep this blog about 95% photography related, so today is about the other 5%.
Like many mothers, I am addicted to Pinterest and find so many cool projects I want to do.
Of course, I don’t always have the supplies nor the time, but here is one that was fun, easy, yummy and healthy:
Frozen Yogurt Dots. Mix food coloring into yogurt, squeeze out onto a cookie sheet in little dots, freeze, and eat!
For recipe and photos, go here.
Fall is here in Broomfield, Colorado, and the colors are so beautiful.
The leaves are stunning but the grass is still green.
I’ve been doing some fun projects recently, among them a series of Black and White studies. I love the emotion in this one:
I’ve been shooting tons of baby, child and family portraits around Broomfield and Westminster, but, like most photographers, I get behind in blog postings this time of year. I hope to catch up in the month of November.
This precious 3 month old baby is so photogenic.
I’m so excited that fall is coming here in Broomfield, Colorado and the trees are sporting their yellow, orange and reds.
This is my favorite time, since they still have all their leaves, albeit in fabulous fall colors.
I’m so excited about all the fall portrait sessions that I get to do next month!
When the weather is flirting with rain and the sky is turning gray, like it is right now in Broomfield, I crave bright colors.
Along those same lines, I just love this color guide for portrait clothes from Lina Jarmond. (Thanks to Lina for letting me re-post it here.)
I am almost all booked for my fall sessions , and one of the first questions people ask is, “What should I wear?”
See the nifty image below for ideas (each color palette has a Mommy, Daddy and Kiddos suggestions), and/or check out page 26 in my Summer Studio Magazine.
Another hot beautiful summer day in Broomfield, Colorado. While I do almost exclusively fun, fresh and fabulous outdoor portraits for newborns, infants, children, and families, I find that hot days mean we need to start even earlier or shoot later. Speaking of later, did you see the amazing sunset in Broomfield tonight? The wind kicked up dust into the air and that’s what gave us such magnificent colors. I captured many photos of the stunning sky.
If you haven’t checked out my session videos, click here to see them all.
I just added the Spring Video. Yes, I’m that far behind in posting sessions. And now it’s the middle of Summer. Perhaps I’ll have the Summer Video up in time for Fall.
Such a beautiful day in Broomfield today. We checked out a couple local parks, made ice cream, and cooled off in the pool. A perfect Broomfield Summer Day!
It’s also one of his parents favorites, as it is one of the ones they ordered at their viewing session two weeks ago. We call this one the “kitten.”
Then I got to see this precious baby boy again last week; he is now six weeks old
(Yes, for those doing the math, that means I got to see him 3 times in six weeks! I love my job and I’m soo soo lucky!)
As a professional artist, you get to do that AND have a career.
How awesome is THAT!?!?
And, you are also surrounded by other wonderful artists of many mediums, people you can share with and learn from and be inspired by.
Here are a couple of my favorite photographers; they create work I am always excited to see:
(Beautiful, Evocative Images of Africa, People and Animals in Spiritual Harmony)
(She describes her style as “happy, spontaneous, energetic, and whimsical”. And I love it because my style is similar: Vibrant, Joyful, Natural and Fun. She is a commercial photographer in California, (meaning she shoots for advertising and editorial) and if you get Parents Magazine, you will often see her work. Oh, and her website has this super cool home page where all her images fly in one at a time, like snapshots being tossed onto a table.)
And, since I can’t imagine doing a post without an image, here is one of mine that I think does a good job of portraying Vibrant, Joyful, Natural and Fun:
Happy July 4th 2012 from Natascha Lee Studios.
Thank you so much to Elizabeth for her kind words regarding the STUNNING images from her family photography session. I so enjoyed creating custom portraits of her beautiful, smart and sassy daughter. We did these as part of my Westminster Summer Flower Series:
Natascha is a wonderful photographer! She was able to bring out a true smile to my daughters face which is very hard to do with a tween. I am so tired of my child’s pictures not coming out well at school or a photo center at the mall and just wasting money. Natascha’s photo shoot was fun! I can not wait to share these lovely photos with my friends & family. Thank you again Natascha.
- Elizabeth from Westminster, CO
Thank YOU Elizabeth and Miss S, I can’t wait to include these images in my next Studio Magazine!
This Broomfield children’s photography session was SO MUCH FUN! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these kid’s expressions!
The idea was to tell a story; Boy rides up on his “wheels” (tricycle), shares some stories, laughs and watermelon with girl, and then they ride off together. I actually shot this twice, the first time is below and the second time was for July 4th and those images will be posted next week.
That said, I lean towards simple props, ones that just help the portraits rather than overtake them.
I want the kids, their interactions, expressions and connection to be the focus of my photographic art. Because as mothers, that’s what we most cherish and want to remember forever. Enjoy!
PS – I’m even entering these images in a photography contest of sorts. Wish me luck!
I love the imagination and playfulness of children. We put the wings on her and off she went like a fairy princess butterfly.
(If you have young daughters, you know what I’m talking about with that trio name there.)
BTW, This portrait was taken a few months ago at one of my favorite local Broomfield parks, but I’m a bit behind in blogging.
Cute Cute Cute! I’m so crazy about the overwhelming adorableness of Baby Feet that I even have an entire Pinterest board devoted to them.
I love the little toes, the wrinkled skin, the sweet little feet that grow so much in the first year.
I am constantly impressed and amazed by the wonderful clothes my family photography clients pull together for their portrait session. It can’t be easy to pull all that together, but it must be fun! For those who like to start with a little inspiration, here is an idea board with some great, vibrant colors for Summer Sessions. I have to admit that I love the “Mommy” outfit below, because the colors are my two favorites, plus they match my branding and logo!
Oh, and if you have a Pinterest board you think would be great for portrait style inspiration, just let me know. I’m happy to link to it and feature it here.
I love sunny days like this. The light coming into my studio is perfect for newborn portraits! (I shoot most of my family photography sessions outside, usually at my favorite Broomfield or Westminster nature locations, but for newborns I almost always shoot inside – at my studio or on location.)
Speaking of babies and perfect light, this Broomfield Baby loved the pink roses at our Spring Flower Session. And check out the smile!
Unfortunately, the roses are gone (this image below is one of my portraits from May, and I’ve got many more May sessions to blog) and the Spring Photography sessions are over for 2012, but I’m booking Summer Sessions and even Fall Sessions already.
It’s a beautiful Summer day in Broomfield and I’ll be taking the family to the pool later, but for now I feel like writing a “photography love letter”….
As any artist, my website is one of the most important aspects of my marketing. It needs to convey my brand (Vibrant, Joyful, Natural and Fun Family Portraits), to accommodate ever-changing images, be user-friendly and SEO-compliant, and highlight many new portrait photography features such as Studio Magazine, Session Videos, and FAQs, etc.
I’ve had several fellow mothers and business owners ask me who did my website (and thank you for the implied compliment!), so here is her information..I feel a little like I’m broadcasting the name and number of my favorite babysitter….please don’t give her so much work that she doesn’t have time for me anymore!
Anyway, here goes:
I tried several different design firms before I found Heather Frackiewicz of Love Bug Photography Designs.
Heather is the most AMAZING website designer and I LOVE LOVE LOVE working with her.
From her website:
We build easy-to use sites using wordpress, but we also provide services such as custom facebook pages, photocart sites, splash pages and more!
A bit of background: After working with Heather on my first website, I was so delighted with the service and expertise she provided, that I offered to write a testimonial for her website.
Anyway, most of the vendors I work with don’t even have a testimonial page and I’m often the first person to offer one. Well Heather already had one. Does she ever. Click here to see all the photogaphers and other creative types who rave about Lovebugs Design.
You can also check out some of the websites she’s done.
A little known fact about Heather, (until you see her FB wall, which is a alter to the Pheonix Coyotes), she is a Hockey Fan and Player:
And, I just had to end this post with her favorite team:
Thank you Heather, for your amazing help with all things website-related.
So, it’s supposed to get up to 100 degrees today here in Broomfield. A friend said this morning, “Hey, I didn’t sign up to live in Phoenix!”
I know what she means – we did our gardening last night at 9pm, with headlamps, just to avoid the heat that lasted long after sunset.
And we were going to start our Broomfield Park Project today, but it’s just too hot!
Fortunately, viewing sessions (where you get to see all your amazing portraits from our session, and select your favorites) are held indoors, with air conditioning and usually with a nice latte or chai tea.
So, to help you visualize the various sizes in whatever space you intend to put your art, here is a size guide, courtesy of ReverieMine:
(Keep in mind this works for any sort of art, portraits, etc.)
One more of my favorites of kids playing with their Daddy.
I often suggest that parents bring their child’s favorite book to our portrait session; it relaxes the child, gives them something to play with and it also creates a lovely memory.
In this case, adorable 2-year old “T” was reading to her Daddy.
Wow, what a beautiful day in Broomfield: summer flowers, blue sky, and sunshine. Time to head to the outdoor pools and soak up some fabulous Colorado Summertime!
I’m so excited to continue my celebration of Fathers; I’ve even created a gallery of Daddy portraits, called “Daddy Love.” It seems I may have stumbled into special niche market as I’ve had a slew of inquiries from Single Dads recently, asking about family portraits for them and their children. I love taking photos of all families; one parent, two-parent, multi-generational, foster, adopted, blended. Custom portraiture is one of the best ways to celebrate the love of family and I am so honored I get to be part of that.
Continuing this week’s theme, because they loved my Daddy images, Adorama (major supplier to professional photographers) asked me to write an article on taking photos of Fathers and their children. Click here to read it over on Adorama’s website.
Since Father’s Day is this Sunday, a gift certificate for family portraits would make a GREAT gift! I can provide you a lovely custom-printed certificate, wrapped with a big fancy bow, and you can book the session at your convenience. And if you don’t live in the area, please consider finding a professional photographer in your area whose photo style you love, and who could offer you the same.
I’ll leave you with another of my favorite portraits of Daddy playing with his kiddos. Isn’t this image so sweet, the adorable little kiss they are sharing? It melts my heart:
BTW, if you are in the Broomfield or Westminster area, and you have young kids, ping me! I’m starting a new series on the best parks for parents with young children and would love to have several other parents’ input. Email me if you would like to participate and/or nominate your favorite parks!
This super sweet baby boy was a dream for our session. He slept the entire time (largely helped by the fact that Mommy and Daddy followed all the suggestions in the Newborn Tips and Tricks in my Studio Magazine and in the Client-Exclusive section of my website.)
These images really capture my photography style which is: Vibrant, Joyful, Natural and Fun!
It is such, such an honor to get to come in to my clients’ home a few days after their precious infant is born, and get to witness that overwhelming, caught-you-off-guard, brand new parent love. Even more of an honor to get to capture it with my artistic vision, and to provide them artistic images they will cherish forever.
I look at my own children’s newborn images and I sigh with joy as I am instantly transported back to the magic and wonder of those early new mommy days.
This Summer Issue has tons of tips and tricks for anyone looking to have custom, professional photos done, it talks about the Creative Process for Custom Photography, features a fall family photo session (it’s not too early to start booking your fall sessions!) and it also features an interview with AMAZING Boulder Jewelry Artist J. Albrecht.
By the way, I’m starting on Volume 3 now.
If you are a local business and would like to be featured in my next Studio magazine, please contact me.
I’m especially interested in business that appeal to my readers, which are (mostly) stylish mothers in the Boulder, Broomfield, Westminster, Lousiville, Lafayette, and Metro Denver areas.
And if you have ideas on articles you would like to see included in the next issue, I would love to hear about them .
I’ve been asked by Adorama to do a Father’s Day Blog Posting.
They contacted me because they love my photos of Daddys playing with their Children. What an honor!
Speaking of honor, in honor of Father’s Day next week, I’m going to be featuring some of my favorite Daddy photos of the last six months or so. I ALWAYS capture some “Daddy playing with the kids” photos in my family photos sessions, so it’s a great gift for Father’s Day.
Contact me if you would like a gift certificate to give Daddy next Sunday. (Father’s Day is Sunday the 17th of June.)
All of these were taken in Colorful Colorado: Broomfield, Boulder, Golden, Lafayette and Lousiville.
Here is image #1:
I’m just posting one quick image from this amazing baby Spring Flower Session from two weeks ago. (More to come later.)
Next week will probably be the last week for Spring Flower Sessions in Broomfield and Westminster, Colorado.
Then it’ll be Summer Session Time! Green grass, blue sky, vibrant flowers. Perfect!
Summer is a such wonderful time for baby or family photography.
And things are hoping at Natascha Lee Studios.
I’ve got tons of recent sessions to edit and post.
I just photographed the most handsome baby boy this morning; he slept for 2 hours straight and was a dream.
Can’t wait to post those images.
And, my new Studio Magazine is coming out later this week. Can’t wait to share that with you.
I just love capturing these tender moments between mother and baby.
This photo was actually taken during my Spring Flower Sessions last year, but I never got a chance to post it.
I’ve got some amazing newborn photos to put up next, from a Spring Flower Session held last week.
Oh Miss S and her mother are going to be SO excited to see these beautiful images.
Miss S is a lovely 10 year old. She’s smart and funny and loves books and horses.
We had so much fun at our session. She made me laugh again and again.
Pre-teen is another of my favorite ages to shoot. They are still your little girl (or boy), but you see glimpses of the person they are becoming!
You can see that metamorphosis in images below; she looks like a child in one image, and then like a young adult in the next.
Spring Flower Sessions, which celebrate our natural outdoor Colorado beauty, are only available for a few more weeks.
They are especially beautiful for babies (see post coming tomorrow) and young girls.
Contact me if you would like to book one!
Love, love baby toes!
I’ve got a slew of newborn photo shoots in June.
It’s such an honor to be part of this special time for new parents.
Do you know someone due in June or July?
Contact me to learn more.
This adorable little baby is 7 months old, and I’m so glad we got this image before the crawling started.
I’m getting lots of calls about maternity photos. Which I love to do!
As mentioned in my new Studio Magazine, the best time to book your maternity session is during your 7th month, between 28 – 32 weeks.
I’m also doing a slew of baby photography sessions for new parents from Morrison to Denver to Broomfield.
So excited to meet these new bundles of joy!
Miss S is pretty as a picture, and so fun to photograph. I’ll post more of this session another day.
For today, I just know that her Momma can’t wait to see at least one of the LOVELY photos we got.
Especially because the day AFTER her photo shoot, Miss S lost a tooth and also got a big bruise on her forehead.
The sweetest family with the cutest kids, just adorable!
This photo was taken a few weeks ago, as part of a maternity and family photo session, with mamma about 37 weeks pregnant.
They just welcomed baby #4. Congrats!
BTW, I have had great feedback on my new Studio Magazine Volume 1.
Thank you to everyone who has let me know that they enjoyed it!
Watch here for Volume 2, coming soon.
I’m sooooo excited to unveil my new Studio Magazine, Volume 1 – Spring 2012 for Natascha Lee Studios.
Click here to check it out on issuu.com.
It’s chock-full of information for anyone interested in custom photography for their baby, children or family.
It includes advice on when to schedule your session, Top 10 Tips for Newborn Sessions,
Style Guide/Where to Shop and it features an interview with amazing local jewelery artist Caroline Loewengart of Ruby Loves.
I’m already working on Volume 2 – Summer 2012, and I can’t wait to share that one, too.
Ever wondered what a custom photography session with Natascha Lee Studios is like?
Check out my latest Winter video (below) to give you an idea. Or you can view my Fall video featuring the Loewengart family, here.
If YOU would like your kids to star in my Spring video, let me know: we’ll be shooting it this month!
Dads, family photography session with Natascha Lee Studios makes a GREAT Mother’s Day gift (and Grandmother’s gift, also!).
I offer lovely gift certificates you can use to present this gift,wrapped and all, and then we can schedule the session when it’s convenient.
I want to share this powerful film clip, and powerful, radical idea. Let’s all take a media break on May 13th, and join in solidarity.
Every Mother Counts is an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction globally.
Every Mother Counts seeks to engage new audiences to better understand the challenges and the solutions while encouraging them to take action to improve the lives of girls and women worldwide.
Every Mother Counts was founded by Christy Turlington Burns after the completion of her documentary debut, “No Woman, No Cry” which tells the personal stories of pregnant women and their caregivers in four countries as they try to avoid adding to these troubling statistics.
One more image from that great Mother-Daughter Session a week ago.
Little Miss K has the most lovely smile!
Mother/Daughter or Family Sessions are a GREAT gift for Mother’s Day.
Oh my, this little girl is lucky to have such a beautiful, smart momma!
Oh my, this momma is lucky to have such a pretty, sweet little girl.
They are so lucky to have each other!
Little Miss K kept telling me she was four years old, even though she is three.
She bravely put up with the cold and flashed me some lovely smiles.
Five Days New!
Little Lioness Taking a Cat Nap.
Spring is here and it’s a great time for family portraits. So many of the trees have lovely little blooms on them.
Let’s celebrate this spectacular time in Colorado!
Contact me to book your Spring Photography Session with Natascha Lee Studios today!
I was asked to pick 5 things all my friends would know about me. Here they are:
5 Fun, Well-Known Facts About Me:
Here’s a photo that combines several of my loves:
Traveling through Egypt, we stopped at a small cafe. The tables and chairs were rickety and old, the walls were peeling, and the air redolent with foreign perfumes and tobacco. And above us was this stunning light fixure. I first saw it reflected in my coffee cup:
Oh that face!
Such a lovely baby girl.
This is so exciting!
I’m a big Kiva.org fan, joined them early on, and have now down over 100 loans to women in developing countries. Microfinance allows people to help themselves, investing in their own businesses and future. Their tag line is “Loans that Change Lives.”
Super smart philanthropist Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn & co-author of recently released The Startup of You, just donated $1,000,000 so that folks can try out Kiva.org for free. He will cover the cost of your first loan. They are hoping that, like most of us, you will so enjoy the experience of helping others help themselves that you will continue to loan.
Since I just can’t do a post without a photo, here are a couple of adorable kids I met in a small Mexican village:
Big Baby Yawn!
Makes Me Yawn, Too
Just Looking At This Precious Newborn.
Precious Baby Photography Courstey of Natascha Lee Studios
Lovely Yawn Courtsey of Mamma’s Milk and Warm Sunlight.
Remember the last post from Birgit? I’m thrilled to share the equally nice things her husband has to say:
I was initially hesitant to do a family photo session, especially a custom photography session which I know is considered the “Ritz Carlton” of family photography. When my wife showed me your website, I was duly impressed by the images featured there. However, I thought surely those were just the cream of the crop, the best images from your best sessions.
I’m pleased to say that the images you took of our family are equally outstanding. You somehow put my entire family at ease, you brought out the silly side in all of us, captured the deep love I have for my wife, the beauty of my daughter (and wife!), and the strong family ties we have for each other.
Frankly, I was amazed at what an artist you are with your camera and I recommend Natascha Lee Studios enthusiastically.
Robin W. Littleton, Colorado
Want to read more from my delighted customers? You can see all my recent testimonials here.
Interested in booking your own family photo session for Fresh, Modern and Fun Lifestyle Family Portraits? Contact me!
This email put a big smile on my face:
Natascha, we are beyond thrilled with the family photos you took of us. As an artist myself, I knew that I wanted something special and unique for our family photos and you delivered.
You were were so much fun to work with, and you really captured our family’s personality.
When I saw the photos, I was just blown away.
These are images that I will cherish for my lifetime, and I can’t even tell you how much it means to me, to be able to have these gorgeous, artistic images for my daughter (and hopefully my grandchildren) to cherish as well.
Birgit W, Littleton, Colorado
Here is a photo from her family photo session held in Broomfield, Colorado. Next, I’ll post her husband’s email!
Sweet little one with so much hair!
And so many lovely clothes just waiting for her to get big enough to wear them.
I’m in Las Vegas for WPPI, the largest annual professional photographer’s conference. Everyone I meet shares the same passion for creating lasting memories for their clients, to capture a moment in time and preserve it for generations to come. Time and time, I hear the same thing:
Of all the things you buy this year, your family photos are one of the few things that will last the longest and give you and others (grandparents, your children, etc.) the most joy.
This photo reminds me of Las Vegas, something blooming in an unexpected place:
I’m in Las Vegas at the WPPI Professional Photographers Conference.
It’s exciting and humbling to learn from the luminaries of the photography world.
Yes, he took the photo of Tebow that appears on the cover of the book. Great backstory: Turns out Jeremy took it back when Tim played college ball, in just a quick 5 minute photo session Jeremy did pro bono for the gym in exchange for free workouts. Fast forward a few years and it’s on the cover of Tim Tebow’s book. You never know how precious your photos will be while they are being taken.
Jeremy also founded Help-Portrait, a wonderful organization of volunteer photographers donating their time and talents to worthy causes.
For those of you with kids still in diapers, have you seen the new fabric designs at AmyMichelle bags?
I just got the Lotus in “moroccan with sea foam lining”. I’m crazy about that sea foam color!
My favorite thing? That the bag easily converts into a regular Mommy Purse when diapers are done!
And, since I can’t imagine doing a post without a photo, here is with an adorable hat in that same sea foam color:
Hat by ZaneyBaby on Etsy.
It just makes my day to hear from delighted customers!
Remember those kind words from the mama of a senior boy, the one who was thrilled with the photos I took of her grown kids?
Here are the kind things her son, the senior boy, said about that same Boulder, Colorado senior photography session:
Working with Natascha was nothing short of spectacular. The life of a High School Senior is so incredibly stressful, and even the “fun” sounding task of taking a senior picture can be overwhelmingly. However, that was not the case with Mrs. Lee. Natasha provided a free and collaborative environment between photographer and model that made the experience both fun and relaxing. My time spent with her was a refreshing change of pace from college applications, projects and term papers. Her quality of work was astounding.Daniel Herman, Boulder, Colorado
If you are looking for natural, outdoor senior Boulder, Colorado photography, please let me know.
Brand new baby boy A
When awake, he had much to say!
When falling asleep he curled and stretched his toes,
Wiggled his button nose.
If you are looking for artistic Denver, Colorado baby photography,
please drop me a line!
It brings joy to my little photographer’s heart,
to receive emails like this:
“I can’t express how thrilled I am to have discovered Natasha. My kids are older, 18 and 26 and I thought I was pretty much done with the need for professional photography but then my son needed Senior HS portraits. His Senior portraits/portfolio are a big deal because he attends a renowned performing Arts Academy in Michigan. Natasha did the most amazing job of capturing his essence in the most realistic, stunning and artistic manner. Over the years my family has moved frequently and I have had experience with some of the “best” photographers in LA, Santa Barbara and Boston. Natasha really “gets it.” From start to finish she treats you like a unique individual and delivers a product that is just as unique and wonderful.
Lyla H., Boulder, Colorado
Is an Owl Cutie?
This Broomfield, Colorado Baby Girl
Was all smiles for our photo session:
Custom hat by Etsy Artist ZaneyBaby
Oh what a blast
New baby and first-time mommy
What an honor
to do their first baby photography session
More Happy Words from Wonderful & Delighted Clients
Joy! Joy! Joy!
“We had such a great time taking pictures with Natascha. She kept it fun, especially for Sophia, our almost-4 year old. Before our session with Natascha, we had never done a custom photography session. All we had done were school photos, and I was worried that Sophia would have those same forced smiles I see in the school photos. Not so! Our photos turned out so amazing. Natascha engaged with Sofia, got her to be herself and that’s what I love about these photos. I see my daughter’s true personality. NOW I understand what custom photography is about, and how it is well worth every penny. If anyone is thinking about having family photos done, I highly recommend her !!!!”
Sam S., Thornton, Colorado
More Client Raves Here.
Music to My Ears:
“Natascha is a joy to work with! She really captured the essence of our family. Wow! We not only came away with many amazing photographs, but we had a lot of fun in the process.”
- Caroline L, Louisville, Colorado
And Mamma is a very talented jewelry artist.
You can see all of their session here.
See more happy customer words here.
Easy going guy.
Slept the entire time.
Mom and Dad:
a lovey swirl of pride, shell-shock, excitement and joy.
What a lucky boy.
Angelic sleeping baby,
Rocking the 20′s style hat:
I’ll still be responding to emails and voicemail over the break, so feel free to call or email anytime.
Have you ever wondered what a custom photo session is like? Well, wonder no more!
Watch this 3-minute video to see what a custom family photo session is like with Natascha Lee Studios, including behind-the-scenes footage, the final images, and what Mommy & Daddy thought about the photo session and their custom photos!
Yesterday’s post was about a grownup boy with his older sister.
I just had to follow it up with this adorable shot of a baby brother with his older sister.
They were such a dynamic duo.
I was only supposed to take photos of him,
But I convinced her to join for a few frames.
Their Mom is going to LOVE these:
Such a Beautiful, Smart Mommy
Three Golden Haired Lovelies.
These Custom Portraits Make Me Wish I Was Little
Just to Get to Wear Those Holiday Dresses!
One of my favorite recent images from one of my favorite photo shoots ever,
I just recently chatted with these beautiful childrens’ gorgeous parents, and they loved this image also.
Coming soon, a video of their session with behind-the-scenes footage and even testimonials from the parents!
I’m SO excited about that.
Baby boy, playing peacefly
Digging in the dirt blissfully
Until he turned around and realized how far away his family was
Then, it was all frowns and tears
Little Lady Bug
Sleeping on a Leaf
Cute As a Bug
Wait a minute…..
Adorable Ladybug Set from the very talented Amy on Etsy.
A client asked me the other day if I thought she was a Mellennial or a GenXer.
That got us talking about where the cut-off is. I didn’t want to ask her if she was older or younger than 30, so instead I told her I would post the generally-accepted ages for the 3 “Generations”. I’m not sure what the kids under 13 are called….Generation “Z”?
Millennials/Generation Y (13 – 29 yrs old in 2011)
Gen Xers (30 – 42 yrs old in 2011)
Boomers (43 – 61 yrs old in 2011)
And, since I just can’t do a post without a photo, here is a super cute one of a GenXer spinning his younger-than-Millennial daughter:
Today I’m participating the film project One Day On Earth, an exciting endeavor to document and convey the human experience all over the world. My focus is going to be on connections and emotions as told by our hands. I’ll be filming inter-generational hands holding, brushing hair, baking, working the earth, driving, etc. If you are in the neighborhood and would like to participate, LMK. The more hands the merrier, and the richer the resulting film.
From their website:
On November 11th, 11.11.11, across the planet, documentary filmmakers, students, and other inspired citizens will record the human experience over a 24-hour period and contribute their voice to the second annual global day of media creation called One Day on Earth. Together, we will create a shared archive and a film.
Founded in 2008, One Day on Earth’s first media creation event occurred on 10.10.10. The collaboration was the first ever simultaneous filming event occuring in every country of the world. It created a unique geo-tagged video archive as well as an upcoming feature film.
Together, we are showcasing the amazing diversity, conflict, tragedy, and triumph that occurs in one day. We invite you to join our international community of thousands of filmmakers, hundreds of schools, and dozens of non-profits, and contribute to this unique global mosaic. One Day on Earth is a community that not only watches, but participates.
Two of my favorite recent hand images:
I love Kiva.Org! They use microfinance loans to help people in developing countries help themselves.
I had set a goal to make 100 loans by the end of the year, and I’m thrilled to say that I made it!
I even decided to “amplify” my impact by doing a photosession give-away for folks who made their first Kiva loan in August 2011. (Congrats to Sam & Andre who won.)
Someone asked me how I got involved in microfinance to developing countries. Well, if you have read the “Giving Back” section of my website, you know that I actually grew up in developing countries like Jamaica and El Salvador. There, I saw the difference that a small helping hand can make to someone struggling with poverty.
I also had the good fortune to volunteer and work with Water For People. I traveled with them to Guatemala, and got to see first hand the kind of impact that empowering, accountable assistance can provide. This means loans and learning rather than handouts and charity.
And, because a photographer just can’t make a post without a few photos, here are some pix from my Guatemala trip:
Twice As Nice?
One Thing I Know:
My Son Loves Seeing Them….
Loves Their Mamma Even More!
Cheek to Cheek
Hand in Hand
Heart to Heart
We Should All Be Lucky Enough
To Have a Sister
Great Idea for Sharing Books
Expanding the Library Concept
Into Your Own Neighborhood
Even Your Own Front Yard
Kind words from a favorite client
Bring a smile to my face
A smile so big it crinkles the corners of my eyes
Just have to share it with you:
“Natascha the boys and I LOVED our photo shoot! You kept them engaged, playful and most importantly, themselves. I got chills when I saw the fall colors in the artistic proofs. Thank you for creating this memorable experience and the images we will cherish forever.”
Even Daddy, who wasn’t able to join the shoot
Had nice things to say:
“Natascha, thank you for the amazing photos you took of our family. The photos are wonderful and everybody had a fun time at the shoot! You are a very talented artist and we are looking forward to next years photos! Yes, we plan to make this a yearly event. Custom Photography by Natascha Lee Studios – the best investment we’ll make this year.”
Dark Eyes, Chubby Arms, Great Hair
Loved It When I Spoke To Him With An Italian Accent
Always Smiled At the Sound of Mamma’s Voice
Raven haired imp with her lovely big eyes
Mischievous older brother, rarely stands still
Pappa, calm and strong
Stunning, stylish Mamma
And TWO dogs to keep track of
I almost made off with the quiet one
Sister and Brother
Silly and Serious
Sweet and Playful
Bilingual: Russian and English
CU Fans, the Entire Family
Remember when your parents used to tickle you and you would laugh like this? Ah, good times.
Fall colors are fading – if you were hoping for a session with the gorgeous fall colors as your background, let me know. We probably have one more good week to do the shoot.
Here’s a sneak peek of one of my recent mini sessions. The fall colors are spectacular and this family is so lively and fun!
I think I’ve got kitten fever. The adorable kitten in this stunning family photo, then the kitten I saw at the tennis courts today, then the one my friend just adopted….they seem to be everywhere. And they are so sweet and adorable. I better stay away from the rescue shelters for the next few days, until this feeling subsides.
Baby R is one of the most photogenic babies I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Look at her stunning blue eyes! She was a little tiger, never staying still for long.
Today’s guest blogger for Natascha Lee Studios is Sara Lenssen with “Ask 5 for 5″, a drive to alleviate child hunger:
Thank you Natascha Lee of Natascha Lee Studios and nearly 150 other bloggers from around the world for allowing me to share a story with you today, during Social Media Week.
A hungry child in East Africa can’t wait. Her hunger consumes her while we decide if we’ll respond and save her life. In Somalia, children are stumbling along for days, even weeks, on dangerous roads and with empty stomachs in search of food and water. Their crops failed for the third year in a row. All their animals died. They lost everything. Thousands are dying along the road before they find help in refugee camps.
At my house, when my three children are hungry, they wait minutes for food, maybe an hour if dinner is approaching. Children affected by the food crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia aren’t so lucky. Did you know that the worst drought in 60 years is ravaging whole countries right now, as you read this? Famine, a term not used lightly, has been declared in Somalia. This is the world’s first famine in 20 years.12.4 million people are in need of emergency assistance and over 29,000 children have died in the last three months alone. A child is dying every 5 minutes. It it estimated that 750,000 people could die before this famine is over. Take a moment and let that settle in.
The media plays a major role in disasters. They have the power to draw the attention of society to respond–or not. Unfortunately, this horrific disaster has become merely a footnote in most national media outlets. News of the U.S. national debt squabble and the latest celebrity’s baby bump dominate headlines. That is why I am thrilled that nearly 150 bloggers from all over the world are joining together today to use the power of social media to make their own headlines; to share the urgent need of the almost forgotten with their blog readers. Humans have the capacity to care deeply for those who are suffering, but in a situation like this when the numbers are too huge to grasp and the people so far away, we often feel like the little we can do will be a drop in the ocean, and don’t do anything at all.
When news of the famine first hit the news in late July, I selfishly avoided it. I didn’t want to read about it or hear about it because I knew I would feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable. I wanted to protect myself. I knew I would need to do something if I knew what was really happening. You see, this food crisis is personal. I have a 4-year-old son and a 1 yr-old daughter who were adopted from Ethiopia and born in regions now affected by the drought. If my children still lived in their home villages, they would be two of the 12.4 million. My children: extremely hungry and malnourished? Gulp. I think any one of us would do anything we could for our hungry child. But would you do something for another mother’s hungry child?
My friend and World Vision staffer, Jon Warren, was recently in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya–the largest refugee camp in the world with over 400,000 people. He told me the story of Isnino Siyat, 22, a mother who walked for 10 days and nights with her husband, 1 yr-old-baby, Suleiman, and 4 yr.-old son Adan Hussein, fleeing the drought in Somalia. When she arrived at Dadaab, she built the family a shelter with borrowed materials while carrying her baby on her back. Even her dress is borrowed. As she sat in the shelter on her second night in camp she told Jon, “I left because of hunger. It is a very horrible drought which finished both our livestock and our farm.” The family lost their 5 cows and 10 goats one by one over 3 months, as grazing lands dried up. “We don’t have enough food now…our food is finished. I am really worried about the future of my children and myself if the situation continues.”
Will you help a child like Baby Suleiman? Ask5for5 is a dream built upon the belief that you will.
That something I knew I would need to do became a campaign called #Ask5for5 to raise awareness and funds for famine and drought victims. The concept is simple, give $5 and ask five of your friends to give $5, and then they each ask five of their friends to give $5 and so on–in nine generations of 5x5x5…we could raise $2.4 Million! In one month, over 750 people have donated over $25,000! I set up a fundraiser at See Your Impact and 100% of the funds will go to World Vision, an organization that has been fighting hunger in the Horn of Africa for decades and will continue long after this famine has ended. Donations can multiply up to 5 times in impact by government grants to
help provide emergency food, clean water, agricultural support,
healthcare, and other vital assistance to children and families suffering in the Horn.
I need you to help me save lives. It’s so so simple; here’s what you need to do:
I’m looking for another 100 bloggers to share this post on their blogs throughout Social Media Week. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in participating this week.
A hungry child doesn’t wait. She doesn’t wait for us to finish the other things on our to-do list, or get to it next month when we might have a little more money to give. She doesn’t wait for us to decide if she’s important enough to deserve a response. She will only wait as long as her weakened little body will hold on…please respond now and help save her life. Ask 5 for 5.
Thank you on behalf of all of those who will be helped–you are saving lives and changing history.
p.s. Please don’t move on to the next website before you donate and email your friends right now. It only takes 5 minutes and just $5, and if you’re life is busy like mine, you probably won’t get back to it later. Let’s not be a generation that ignores hundreds of thousands of starving people, instead let’s leave a legacy of compassion. You have the opportunity to save a life today!
Congratulations to Sam of Thornton, Colorado – Winner of our Family Photo Session.
Sam made her first Kiva loan, and was entered in Natascha Lee Studio’s “September Kiva 1st Loan” give-away. She won a free family photo session with a full set of digital files (priced at $645). I’m so excited to photograph her family including her Preschooler and her baby!
Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.
I have been active on Kiva for several years, and I am two loans away from my 100-loan goal. You can check out my loan portfolio here: http://www.kiva.org/lender/NataschaLee
You can make your own loans here: http://www.kiva.org/
Just wanted to get at least one image up from this super fun shoot in Boulder. The sun was out, the rain came to play now and then, and all the while I kept shooting.
I’ll put up more pix later, but for now…
This pretty little gal “L” gave me a lovely, subtle smile. I think it’s a great example of how a natural, nuanced expression can be so beautiful. I didn’t even try to get a big toothy grin out of her, and instead let her be herself and show me whatever she wanted to. Anyway, I think she was eager to get back to the serious business of playing!
I was so thrilled to open my email and find this message from Mercy. She is such a special mamma and does so many wonderful things for mothers in the Broomfield area, I was honored to photograph her kiddos. Her older son was a joy to work with, and her newborn baby boy has the COOLEST natural mohawk.
Little secret: Her older son was hesitant about having photos taken, so I asked him to be my “assistant” for the shoot. He was very helpful and took his temporary assignment seriously. If it wasn’t for child labor laws, I might have kept him as my official Natascha Lee Studios Broomfield Baby Photographer Assistant.
“Thank you Natascha for the wonderful photo shoot! Not only did I enjoy it but my son had a fantastic time having his picture taken and assisting you with the photo shoot of his new baby brother. The pictures are beautiful and we will certainly treasure them for many years to come. You captured the spirit of both of our boys and we will gladly recommend you to family and friends!”
Just look at those eyes! That hair! This is one seriously handsome boy. I don’t know if he was making a kissy face or if he was making a fishy face, but either way, I’m so glad my camera and I got to capture this image for his parents.
To go with yesterday’s rain (which I LOVE, BTW), I’m posting a couple in black and white. Baby girl is only a week old and Mamma looked AMAZING, considering she had just given birth a week earlier. Big brother is 18 months old and he was proud, curious, and loved hearing the “Ride a Horsie” song.
I’ve been trying out new locations in preparation for the fall Mini sessions next month. Here’s one with lovely side/back lighting.
I love this video, it does just what it is supposed to…make you want to travel, see the world, experience new places.
Done by STA Travel Australia:
I’m a huge fan of microfinance and love Kiva.org. Here is a wonderful video that shows the path the loans and repayments take:
This boy is such a sweetheart and his mother is very active in supporting local families. He is a new big brother and I think the pride shows in his face!
This little gal reminds me of a classic Greek or Italian Beauty. That’s her favorite red “party dress” she is wearing.
It’s a great time to visit farmer’s markets and harvest festivals to gather props for your fall photography. I’ll be doing mini sessions in October, email me for details.
I’m so honored to be welcomed into my clients lives, to capture memories forever like this one of a mother bonding with her new baby.
This lovely brother and sister had their portraits taken poolside. I loved how her fuchia top matched the flowers. We started with her arms around him, but they were joking that the lovely-dovey pose just “wasn’t them.” In the end, this image was one of the favorites.
I love hearing from happy clients. In this case, Mommy was working so Daddy brought 3 month old Baby N for his photoshoot. It was wonderful to see how bonded baby and father are, and how much fun it was to joke and laugh with Daddy. I was thrilled he remembered to wear a black long sleeve tshirt with no lettering or logos, so that he could be a backdrop in some of the photos. Baby N was a super happy baby, very generous with his smiles. Here is what Mommy said about their experience with Natascha Lee Studios:
“My husband took our 3-1/2 month old to the shoot and he said Natascha did great making both of them feel comfortable. I was very pleased with the pictures she took of our baby. These turned out so much better than the usual pictures we have taken at a chain store at the mall. I am looking forward to having her do a photo session with the entire family this fall!”
Carrie G, Colorado
The very lovely Kamala stopped by. She is a yoga teacher, a pottery teacher, a Spanish teacher, and currently living in the Middle East, teaching all three things there (pottery, yoga, Spanish). Oh, and she is also a massage therapist. She rocks!
Thanks so much to Cristina for her recent testimonial:
“Natascha sincerely shared in the joy of our new arrival, and it really translated in her photos . . . sensitive, warm, and filled with the delight only a new baby can bring. Her easy-going style made it easy to enjoy the portrait session.”
Cristina R, Colorado
Thanks so much to Katherine for this new testimonial:
We enjoyed our newborn session with Natasha so much, we came back at one year to do it again. My original plan was to capture only the baby, however, Natasha was able to charm my 3 year old into joining in (a feat not easy to achieve as my 3 year old is going through a “don’t take my picture” phase). I am so pleased she was able to get beautiful images of my girls together. I can easily see this becoming an annual tradition as Natasha has proven to be the perfect artist to capture my family’s growth. Thanks again Natasha!”
Here is Baby N, 3 months old and the sweetest little guy. Daddy brought him for his baby photo shoot and we had a great time. He was super alert and awake and full of smiles. (Little secret: my son has a crush on his big sister. He said, quote” I like her eyes and her hair and her tummy.”)
Here a a couple of pictures I took last year when I had the honor of traveling to Guatemala for Water For People. The school children were thrilled to see us, and buzzed around us happily, playing, chatting, chanting.
This shoot was so much fun. Baby Boy was two weeks old and just loved relaxing in Mamma’s arms. His little newborn skin was so pretty and pink, almost luminous. Plus, I adore that mohawk he is sporting and stylin’.
Do you have any idea how hard it is to get a two year old to stay still for a candlelight portrait? Well, I can tell you that bribery was def. involved. But I think a photo like this is worth a lollipop!