Happy Holidays from Natascha Lee Studios

Happy Holidays 2014 from Natascha Lee Studios! I hope this season is full of grace, gratitude and fun times with those you love.

As a reminder, we shut down every December to focus on family and loved ones over the holidays.

See you January 1, 2015!

Happy-Holidays-2014-sfw from Natascha Lee StudiosPhoto Credit: Brooke Trexler (Thanks Brooke!)

Boulder Baby Portraits – Holiday and Santa Claus | Natascha Lee Studios

 With the holidays upon us, I just have to repost one of my favorite baby Christmas images. This sweet little one with a Santa Hat on.

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 Boulder Baby Photography – Holiday and Christmas Portraits

 (Santa hat from ZaneyBaby on Etsy!)

What does Cheese say when taking portraits? (A little laugh for today)

As a professional photographer, I’m a sucker for photography jokes.

Here’s a cute one:

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Source: Fun Elf

Broomfield Children’s Portraits Mini Session Movie (Lovely Sisters) (By Broomfield Photography Natascha Lee Studios)

I’m wrapping up client orders, preparing for my month off in December. I love getting to relax and focus on family over the holidays!

Here’s a video of a recent mini session, taken in Broomfield before we lost most of the leaves. They included their dog, who was a sweetheart but very spirited.

Video Previews are a special service I offer all clients – an in-person preview session, which is held in my studio a couple of weeks after your custom portrait session.

Your “preview video”  includes your final portrait images set to music and with special video effects. Fancy!

This one is short because it was a mini session, most portrait sessions result in 30-40 images. To see what a typical session video look like, click here.

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Broomfield Family Photography

BTW, Here is the absolute sweetest recommendation that their daughter wrote for me on my Facebook Page:

Hi! This is Lauren. Miss Natascha took pictures of my sister Katelyn and I a few weeks ago. We saw this crazy black cat that I named Halloween by the lake. My dog Sully really wanted to eat Halloween the whole time, so we didn’t think we would get any good pictures with our dog. When we looked at our pictures in Miss Natascha’s studio we were so surprised to see the really cool pictures of our dog and us. My mom couldn’t make up her mind about which pictures were her favorites, so she ordered a bunch. I love the pictures with my dog the most!! - Lauren

Denver Baby Photography – Holiday Portrait Sessions – “Behind the Scenes” with Natascha Lee Studios

A word of advice for my fellow Denver parents – get your grocery shopping done today! Tomorrow and Wed are going to be crazy crazy @ the grocery stores.

I went yesterday during the Denver Broncos game (yay Peyton! 39-36 over Miami), which is usually a quiet time to go, but it was packed!

Ok, my PSA for Denver parents is done, and now on to my posting:

I love this detail/behind the scenes shot from my recent Holiday Mini Sessions for kids.

That’s me in the center, reflected in the holiday ornament.

Any of my fellow photogs laugh when they happen to catch a photo or a reflection of what they look like while shooting? I am always amazed at how much I bend down, lean over, etc. No wonder my back hurts after a few hours. Esp if I’m using Thor (my 2.8 70-200)

Anyway, I just love all the sparkly silver in this scene! One of my very favorite clients commented over on my FB page that this will be a fun photo to look back on once I have retired.

I responded, “Didn’t you know? Photographers never retire, they just loose their focus.” ;-)

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Denver Family Photography

Broomfield Headshots with Personality(sm) – Top 3 Tips for Great Headshots (by Natascha Lee Studios)

I love doing team headshots for local organizations. Headshots with personality(sm) will help your images and your organization stand out and get noticed. And, your employees will appreciate having flattering, unique images of themselves.

 When I do business headshots, I’ll typically work with someone in Marketing or HR beforehand, and then come in for a morning and take amazing, personality-filled portraits of all your executives, staff, or employees, etc.

Are you thinking of having headshots taken of your team in Denver, Boulder, Broomfield, or anywhere in between? If so, here are three key steps for making sure you get amazing headshots.

(Really, these are three key steps for any time you are working with a professional photographer).

Top 3 Tips for Great Headshots

Step 1)  Select the correct photographer.

Ask for recommendations, Google local photographers, and check out their galleries to see their style.

Step 2)  Communicate what you are looking for and how you plan to use the photos.

Are you looking for casual? Professional? Trustworthy? Fun?

Do you need them for your website bios? For huge conference signage? For brochures? Will you be providing copies to your employees as an employee bonus? All these are important things to cover with your photographer.

Step 3)  Invest in the preparation steps your photographer provides you.

This includes how to communicate “photoshoot day” to your team, what sort of support or space your photographer will need, and recommended prep tips for those getting photographed. If your photographer doesn’t provide you with any preparation tips, you may need to go revisit step #1.

If you have a team of 5 or more employees, and you would like to schedule on-site or studio headshots, please contact me!

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Broomfield Headshots Photographer for Executives, Business People, Not For Profit Staff, and Educators

New England Lighthouse: Portland Head Light (Art Series by Natascha Lee Studios)

Portland Head Light

Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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Broomfield Portrait Artist – Fine Art & Photography

Senior Portraits: Artistic & Unique Photography for Highschool Seniors by Natascha Lee Studios

Hi Broomfield, Westminster and Lafayette / Louisville (and of course my followers/fans/friends in other cities…hi Mom!) It’s great to be up to double digit temperatures finally!

I opened my email to find this lovely note from Jessie, one of my models for my Mermaid Art Series:

I had a wonderful experience modeling for Natascha. Working perfectly with angles and lighting was something that came naturally to her, and every final image was beautiful and unlike any I had ever seen before. Equally as important, Natascha incorporated her own humor and excitement into the photography process, making it a very fun experience for me and all the other models. She also was very kind and made me feel comfortable being myself on and off of the camera. I would recommend Natascha Lee for any of your photography needs!

-Jessie Davis

Jessie, thank you so much for your kind words! Here’s one of my favorite images of the stunningly beautiful Jessie, taken during my second Mermaid Art Shoot.  To see my other favorite of Jessie, click here.

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Broomfield Senior and Family Portraits

 

Amazing Illustration by Burcu & Geoffrey

Have you seen the animations by

This is the most recent one, and it’s simply amazing. Beautiful, mysterious, unique.

 This link below goes to the trailer/preview on their Vimeo channel, and it’s about 40 seconds long.

The actual animation will be 3 minutes and I can’t wait to watch it and share it with my children. And my children’s friends.

It has the same sort of dreamy feel and environmental message as the Lorax, but with a unique artistic vibe all their own.

Tant de Forêts – trailer from Burcu & Geoffrey on Vimeo.

You can learn more about this talented duo here.

Denver Children’s Photography (Sneak Peek) – Holiday Family Portraits with Natascha Lee Studios

Here’s another of my favorites from my recent Holiday Mini Sessions for kids.

This little girl likes trucks, her favorite color is blue and she has a smile that will met your heart!

She also recently became a big sister – I think that’s pride I see in her eyes!

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Denver Children’s Portrait Photography

Boulder Baby Photography – Holiday Family Portraits with Natascha Lee Studios

Boulder and Broomfield have a nice dusting of snow today. Perfect weather to share this lovely holiday portrait of the most beautiful little baby girl.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, we created a variety of sets for this year’s Holiday Mini Sessions for kids.

Here’s a photo from one the mini sessions, on the set that ended up being the most popular.

Doesn’t this little girl have the most lovely eyes?

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Boulder Baby Photography

Denver Family Photography – Holiday Family Sessions – “Behind the Scenes” with Natascha Lee Studios

At  my North Denver Studio, we created a variety of sets for this year’s Holiday Mini Sessions for kids.

This was one of our most popular sets or scenes specifically created with our “Clean and Classic Style, Anne-Taylor” loving clients in mind.

Tomorrow I’ll post a image of how adorable this looks once we have a sweet little kiddo in it.

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Westminster Family Photography – Fine (and Fun) Family Portraiture in Black and White – by Natascha Lee Studios

Yesterdays family portrait mini sessions were a smashing success! We had so much fun, and got amazing photos of all the kiddos that participated!

Here is one of my favs. Love this family.

I love the strong horizontal angle to the image, the unconventional pose, authentic expressions, the smiles, the energy…just everything!

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Westminster Family Portraits

Cherry Hills Village Family Photography & Headshots with Personality by Natascha Lee Studios

If you are having family portraits taken, be sure to have your photographer take headshots of just you alone.

You’ll be so happy to have artistic headshots with personality for your FB profile, LinkedIn profile, etc.
And even if you already have a decent, recent professional headshot, one taken by a family photographer will likely offer a different side of you – more casual, relaxed.

And possibly in a very different, artistic background. Like this one:

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Boulder Headshots for Executives, Artists, and Professional Performers

Boulder and Broomfield Maternity Photography – Fine Family Portraiture in Black and White – by Natascha Lee Studios

Here is day two of the Black and White Family Photography Challenge:

I love the little girl’s expression as she gazes up at pregnant Mamma, and Daddy’s hands on Mamma’s bare belly:

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Boulder Maternity Portraits

Boulder Photography – Fine Children’s Portraiture in Black and White – by Natascha Lee Studios

Friend and fellow Broomfield/Boulder photographer Matt invited me to a 5-day black and white photography challenge.

Of course, he did it during our absolutely busiest time of year (Fall family portraits – esp for children and family photographers like myself that shoot mostly outside.)

But it’s hard to resist a fun challenge, so I’m in.

Here’s one of my favorites of this adorable little girl with her most cherished stuffed animal:

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Boulder Fine Children’s Portraiture

Broomfield Family Photography – Near Red Rocks (by Natascha Lee Studios in Broomfield, Colorado)

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Broomfield Family Photographer

Broomfield Children’s Portraits Sneak Peek – Lovely Sisters (By Broomfield Photography Natascha Lee Studios)

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Broomfield Family Photography

 

 

How Much Fun Do We Have? Broomfield Family Photography – More “Behind the Scenes” with Natascha Lee Studios

Exactly how much fun do we have with Family Portraits?

Exactly how silly do kids find me?

How stinkin’ cute are my clients’ kids?

This much:

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Broomfield Newborn, Children and Family Photography

Boulder Headshots – Artistic Black & White by Natascha Lee Studios

Broomfield Headshots - Artistic Images in Black and White by Natascha Lee Studios

Boulder Headshots for Executives, Artists, and Professional Performers

Broomfield Family Portraits – Behind the scenes with Natascha Lee Studios

Glorious fall is here in Broomfield, the busiest time for family portraits. And, IMHO the most beautiful.

I’ve been quite busy, sometimes even doing multiple sessions in one day. I LOVE it! Love meeting all these wonderful new families, love photographing families I have photographed in years past.

Since I mostly shoot outdoors, you never know what will happen.  This Broomfield family brought their very sweet but hyper dog. I love including pets in family portraits, because they are, after all, part of the family. However, it’s important to bring a handler for your pets, someone who is NOT actually in the portrait.

Since this was a “just the kids” shoot, Mom was the dog handler. And everything would have  been fine…except for this cat….

This spunky little black cat would NOT leave us alone. We were in a local open space in North Broomfield, and this black cat followed us everywhere! We kept trying to move to different areas, but it followed…. drove the poor dog crazy!

And then, the kitty also drove the Mommy crazy b/c her daughters desperately wanted to take the kitty home. (Honestly, we did try to catch it but it was too skittish to let us.)

With winter coming, I hope someone owns/feeds this skinny little young kitty.

Anyway, we decided to call her Halloween, since it’s so close to Halloween and the kitty is black.

Here is Halloween’s first professional portrait:

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Broomfield Newborn, Children and Family Photography

Broomfield Family Photography – Fall Portraits – 1 Year Ago (Natascha Lee Studios)

Thinking back to one year ago today and these stunning family Fall Portraits:

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  Broomfield Family Photography – Fall Portraits

Unique Holiday and Client Gift Idea: Kiva – Microlending to help people help themselves

Are you looking for a creative, unique and giving-type of gift for this holiday season?

Maybe you want to send your clients something beyond a fruit basket?

Or looking to teach your kids about giving back, along with some geography, small business principles and/or understanding how different people live?

Meet Kiva! Microlending for people in developing countries, people who are working to help themselves out of poverty – to make their lives and their kids’ lives better.

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I’ve been an enthusiast lender on Kiva.org for a while.  (Click here to see the loans I’ve done.) I often do the loans along with my children, and they help me select which loans to fund.

It’s a thrill to know you are helping someone else, halfway around the world!

Here’s a great, short video to explain how Kiva works:

BTW, Kiva has Charity Navigator’s Highest Award.

If you do a loan on Kiva, or give a gift card – drop me a line and let me know!

 

 

Broomfield Family Photography – Red Rocks (by Natascha Lee Studios in Broomfield, Colorado)

Broomfield trees are turning colors, the weather getting colder, and the days are getting shorter.

Yay! Fall is here! Fall Family Portraits are the best!

And I’m having a blast photographing the most wonderful families.

This time of the year, we don’t have much time for posting sneak peeks, but I just had to share this one.

You know when your child makes you laugh so hard that you smile goes from ear to ear and your eyes shut with joy?

Yea – like that.  ;-)

Which do you prefer – Black and White or Color, and why? (Vote/comment on FB, if you like.)

I usually prefer color, esp for the majesty of Red Rocks.

But in this case, something about the black and white focuses our eyes on their wonderful expressions. And the mothers beautiful face in that joyous smile.

Of course, you already know about about her beauty from her image in my mermaid series:

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Here they are side-by-side, if that makes it easier to compare:

Broomfield Family Photography Red Rocks Portraits

Broomfield Family Photographer

Broomfield Baby and Newborn Photography – Baby Toes (Natascha Lee Studios)

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Broomfield Baby Photography

Broomfield Family Photographer – Photos in the Rain!

I did a children’s portrait session tonight in the overcast, cold, rain, at a local Broomfield park.  It was a blast. One person over me holding an umbrella over me/my camera (I told them the top prioirty was to make sure my camera as covered, not me!)  and another person 5 feet away holding an umbrella over my off camera flash. I can’t share the images b/c they are for a not-for-profit that works with children, but I can say that I’m so happy to be able to share my talents this way.
And so I’ll share a photo of myself, taking a break during the shoot.
Broomfield Family Photography in the Rain and Nature

 

Broomfield Newborn Baby Photography – Behind the Scenes (Natascha Lee Studios)

It’s fall in Broomfield, and the temperatures are getting a bit chilly!

I just came across this behind the scenes image from a newborn session. I love photographing newborns!

You’ll see that we are using natural light from that big window, and that Mamma is right there with her hands on baby Z!

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Here’s what the final image looks like:

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Dancers, Dreamers and Make Believers : Photo show (Broomfield Family Photography)

I had so much fun @ my photo show last night.

Thank you to all my models, friends and clients (many of whom are both friends and clients) who helped me celebrate my

Dancers, Dreamers and Make Believers  Series last night.

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Here are some snapshots (behind the scenes) of the event, I’m sharing them here for those who couldn’t make it:

 We used this fun little Fuji Camera to do Polaroids of some of the guests:

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Here’s the business card table. Guests had fun looking for their own portraits on the back of my business cards:

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There’s a video of my Mermaids Series playing in the Preview Room – that’s why it’s at standing room only.

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Here is Jessica, one of my lovely models. Her father is dancing in Broomfield Dancing with the Stars next week!

Westminster Family and Highschool Senior Photographer

Even the littlest guests had fun, thanks to lots of different  types of cookies! I photographed this sweet baby at 5 months old and he just keeps getting cuter!

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And the kiddos boogied in the kid’s playroom. (Did I mention that my studio has a playroom for the kids?)

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Thanks again! I’m looking forward to the next one!

Lafayette Sisters – One of my favorites – from my new photos show (NataschaLeeStudios)

These stunning sisters were so sweet, and fun to photograph!

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Flower Power in Chautauqua – Boulder Art & Family Photography

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Boulder Art & Family Photography