Client Story  – Broomfield Family Portraits – Fabulous Fall Portraiture

Client Story – Broomfield Family Portraits – Fabulous Fall Portraiture

I’m super excited to share this Client Story behind some Broomfield Fall Portraits with you! (Yes, I know it’s well past fall into winter now – but I just didn’t get a chance to share this story or these images before. It’s the December break that gave me time to  pull all this together. Better late than never, right?  😉

Jade is a local Broomfield mother, and the owner and chef behind Jades Kitchen (Delicious food made with love.) It’s such a treat to get to order healthy, delicious homemade food for your family! And of course, it’s a bonus that you get to support a local mother-owned business. Well, perhaps the biggest bonus is that you don’t have to shop or cook or clean – it’s all done for you. LOVE that!

Jade had me do her family portraits and we had so much fun with her sweet calm family. Seriously, the most mellow, calm daughters ever! I wish I could bottle that and release it at my own house from time to time.

BTW, she also had me do Headshots with Personality(sm)  to create an image bank (a full suite of marketing photos) for her business, website and marketing materials (more on that later!)

For today, I’m sharing  her images from her beautiful Premium Family Portrait album, starting with the cover and the back. I think it’s great to see what a finished product looks like. Esp if you aren’t so much the video type, and you prefer to look @ “still images.”

One thing people often notice (and appreciate) is that I take a variety of photos that capture each of the unique relationships within your family: you and your spouse, your spouse and the kids, you and the kids, you and each kid individually, the kids together, the kids alone, etc.

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I’m so excited to share these beautiful images with you.

  1. Tell us a little bit about you and your family?

I love my family. As a family we love the big and little things – taking a road trip to a new part of Colorado that we haven’t seen before, hiking in Boulder, playing board games and UNO, watching movies, eating ice cream at our favorite local spot – Sweet Cow, traveling to new places – two years ago we rented a house at the beach in Oregon (favorite vacation so far), eating dinner at Happy Sumo

For myself, I love to be alone in my free time. It gives me time to think and re-energize. If I feel indulgent, I will curl up on the couch and read my book, or watch a movie. I do love coffee dates with friends, but I always have to make sure I carve out some time just for me.

The one thing I have always dreamed of doing…is an African Safari. It would be spectacular and frightening at the same time to see all those wild animals!

  1. What made you decide this was the time to do a family photo session?

Jillian, my first baby, was starting middle school, and Ella, my second baby, was about to turn 8. It was the perfect time to capture them, ages 7 & 10. I will always remember them in these photos – still believing in Santa Clause and the tooth fairy.

  1.  Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before the session?

I wasn’t worried about a thing! Natascha is so professional and did such a great job at preparing us so we had an idea of what to expect.

  1. What made you choose Natascha Lee Studios?

I had seen a marketing brochure for her business, and the photos were absolutely stunning.

  1. How did the actual  photo session go? What was your favorite part of your session?

The photo session was everything I hoped it would be! She did such an amazing job capturing the girls in the sweetest of moments. I love how authentic our pictures are, even when we are “posing.”

My favorite part of the session was watching Jorin, my husband, with the girls, and the girls tickling him on Natascha’s cue. He loves his girls so much.

  1. How about the viewing session? – What did you think or feel when you saw your gallery of images? What did your husband think?

Oh my goodness! I laughed when she offered me a tissue (Note from Natascha: I often say that “I make moms cry, because a lot of the time a mom will get teary-eyed when viewing her family’s photos for the first time). And then the slide show of my family portraits started, and I started to cry tears of love and joy.

Needless to say, the viewing session was very special. for all of us. Natascha is a true professional, making her clients (including the little ones) feel comfortable, and making the session incredibly special, with lots of laughter in between.

  1. What do you hope your children will say/feel/think years down the road when looking at these images?

That they were little, and sweet, and innocent, and believed in Santa Clause… Most importantly, that we are a close family and we love each other so much.

  1. Any advice to other families before their photo sessions?

I would honestly say to them: “Natascha is so talented, and does an amazing job at capturing the moment. She listens to your vision, and then perfects it on a whole new level. Her attention to detail is represented in her work. You can trust that your pictures will be perfect.”

  1. How did you feel/what did you think when received your final order/had your products delivered?

Absolute amazement. And we received so many compliments!

I especially appreciate all the details – from the pictures being wrapped in beautiful boxes with ribbon, the homemade tray holding our pictures, to the custom wooden USB – the presentation was beautiful.

Thank you Jade! It was my pleasure to create your family portraits!

Broomfield Family Photographer

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Happy Colorado Day!

Happy Colorado Day!

Hey Colorado peeps: Do you have plans for Monday, Aug 1? Did you know it’s “Colorado Day”?

Colorado Day

About Colorado Day

On August 1, 1876, president Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation admitting Colorado as a state. Colorado Day was celebrated as a state holiday on August 1 for many years, and then was moved to the first Monday in August, most likely after the time the U.S. Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill in 1968. The day no longer became a public holiday, but rather an observance, when the state started observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a public holiday in 1985. Source: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/colorado-day

How to celebrate Colorado Day 2016:

The History Colorado Center and Community Museums statewide are celebrating Colorado’s 140th birthday with a Free Day, Monday August 1, 2016!

In addition the History Colorado Center will feature food, music, dancing, and many more activities for everyone. Do not miss this celebration!

Scheduled Activities

Performers

  • 11:30am: Top Hogs, Colorado’s Most Talented Pigs, and the Denver Broncos Junior Cheerleaders Performance
  • 12:30pm: Cherry Creek Dance Performance
  • 1:30pm: Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir

Demonstrators

  • Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave
  • Gold Panning with the Georgetown Loop Railroad National Park Service
  • Bent’s Fort
  • Adobe Brick Making Activity

Exhibitors

  • Alpacas
  • Colorado Proud Booth, Colorado Department of Agriculture
  • Colorado History Day Poster Session Ribbon Winners
  • 1-5pm: Mountain Dairy Goats

Activities

  • Colorado State Flag coloring activity

Free Admission Statewide
The celebration will include History Colorado’s Community Museums for a statewide commemoration of Colorado’s wild, colorful, historical, traditional and modern culture.

Free Admission all day at:

  • Byers-Evans House Museum
  • El Pueblo History Museum
  • Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center
  • Fort Vasquez Museum
  • Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin
  • Trinidad History Museum

For more info, check out: http://www.historycolorado.org/event/colorado-day-2016

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Fraser Winter Park Family Portraits

Fraser Winter Park Family Portraits

Winter Park Family Portraits:

Fraser Family Portraits Outdoors by Natascha Lee Studios

I’m so excited to share these beautiful images with you. They were taken last summer in Fraser near Winter Park, of this fabulous, photogenic and VERY outdoorsy family.  Seriously, who goes CAMPING with a 5 and 2 year old? I’m impressed!

  1. Tell us a little bit about your family?

There are four of us – I’m Sara, and I teach at an arts school. My husband Josh is in technical sales, my daughter Haliey is 5 and my son Sasha is 2.

We love to spend time outside, year round – backpacking, hiking, and skiing. Yes, we really do camp with young children but we have tricks. Like, we hike @ East Meadow in RMNP. My husband goes up to the site with one backpack while I take the kids for ice cream, then he comes back and we all hike in, and he is wearing baby Sasha on the baby backpack.

No, you don’t get a lot of sleep when camping w/young kids, but there are so many other amazing experiences about backpacking.

  1. What made you decide this was the time to do a photo session?

We had just bought our mountain condo, and wanted to mark this special occasion, to memorialize this time in our lives. Also, the kids were just so adorable – I wanted to capture both their adorableness now!

Plus, I wasn’t getting any younger! 😉

  1. You did a “Super Session”, which is offered for families buying images for two or more distinct homes.

Yes, I was excited for the variety that the Super Session offers.

It was intimidating to gather outfits for two different sessions but in the end I loved it. It gave us a variety of images and it really worked well for our young kids because they got a nice break between sessions while they changed clothes, got something to drink etc.

I also liked the different light between the first session when the sun was first coming up around 6am, and the and second session an hour later. Even though the sessions were back to back, there was quite a difference in the light.

  1.  Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before the session?

The kids behavior!  Because my daughter can be difficult and my son, well he is two.

I was also nervous about getting the clothes together.  But Natascha gave me great prep tips, and the “what to wear” links helped.

  1. What made you choose Natascha Lee Studios?

I saw your images on your website, and they matched what I had in mind – very natural, and not staged or posed.

  1. How did the actual  photo session go?

It went great. I loved that Natascha came to us, to my favorite spot in Fraser.

And everyone (even my husband) was engaged the entire time. I think it was Natascha’s enthusiasm that got everyone involved. And she kept things moving – we tried lots of different poses, locations, etc.

I was amazed at how well the kids responded to the bribe of a single Smartie candy – not even the whole roll, just a single candy.

(Photographers note: this is my top secret helper. I never bring it out until I have exhausted all the other options, but it works great and it doesn’t leave any stains on hands or faces or clothes…that way that chocolate might.)

  1. How about the viewing session? – What did you think or feel when you saw your gallery of images? What did your husband think?

It was overwhelming because there were so many great images. It was great to see them all, very professional presented on the large TV. The viewing session experience did justice to the images.

  1. What do you hope your children will say/feel/think years down the road when looking at these images?

These will be great keepsakes. I hope my kids realized remember how cute they were! And I’m excited to give these as Xmas gifts.

  1. Any advice to other families before their photo sessions?

Really follow N’s tip advice. She knew that clothes and kid’s behavior were the two top concerns everyone has. She said to dress Mom first and I didn’t do that – I dressed the kids first. It all worked out, but I wish I had dressed myself first. When selecting for the kids first, that then limited my choices.

Also, be sure to allow 2 hours for your viewing session, so you can take time to select your favorite images.

If you have a location that is special to you, spend the extra money to have your photos taken at that location – you will love the photos that much more.

Get images now, while your kids are still so cute! And while you are the age you are now. As I said before, we aren’t getting any younger!

  1. How did you feel/what did you think when received your final order/had your products delivered? What did your husband think?

LOVED it.  Everyone who sees them says “Wow, you guys look so good.”

 

Winter Park Family Photos Outside by Natascha Lee Studios

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Autumn in Colorado; Changing Aspens in the Rocky Mountains by Natascha Lee

Autumn in Colorado; Changing Aspens in the Rocky Mountains by Natascha Lee

Fall in Colorado, one of the most beautiful seasons. There is a big red oak tree in my neighborhood, and I see people stop their cars just to pull over and take photos of it. Yea, it’s that beautiful.

As beautiful as it is down here, I love getting away up into the mountains to see enormous vistas of changing aspens. These Painted Photos are from one such trip:Fall Apens Changing in Colorado by Natascha Lee StudiosRocky Mountains Colorado Fall Aspens Changing by Natascha Lee

Artistic nature photos by Natascha Lee Studios: Rocky Mountains in Fall

Did you know that in addition to portraits and photography for commercial clients, I also do pottery, watercolor and photo art? (Where I take photos and then digitally alter/paint on them.) Above are two of my recent favorites. If you want to see more of my work, follow me on Instagram – I tend to post there pretty often.

Denver Millennium Bridge Portraits – Urban and Stylish Portraits: Bride, Seniors and Maternity

Denver Millennium Bridge Portraits – Urban and Stylish Portraits: Bride, Seniors and Maternity

Denver Urban Portraits - Millennium Bridge - Bridal, Senior and Bride Photography

Denver Urban Stylish Portraits – Millennium Bridge – Bridal, Senior and Maternity Photography