Happy Mother’s Day!
A few of my favs of children and mothers, in celebration of motherhood:
Happy Mother’s Day!
A few of my favs of children and mothers, in celebration of motherhood:
One of the hottest products right now are Wall Collections / Canvas Clusters for your Family Portraits. If you are wondering what that would look like, well you pick your favorite images, and then match them to a particular arrangement that fits your home and your space…and your personality!
Here are 3 different ideas for your Wall Collections/ Canvas Cluster Layouts.
Here is one example. It uses (8) 12 x 18″ canvas prints, and with a 1 inch gap, that’s a total wall space of 63″ x 31″. This one would work great if you have a good mix of horizontal and veritcal images you like. And, if you are someone who likes things all balanced and square. Well, technically “rectangle” in this case. This display has major WOW factor!
In this canvas cluster, there is more variety in each image’s size and the overall layout. This client has their images hanging in their beautifully-lit large foyer, so everyone who enters their home sees it first thing:
Those terms fit this client perfectly. She has a bright, modern house she designed herself. She picked her favorite images, had large canvases made, and they lean on a ledge in her stairway.
This is a great example of how to hang a wall display/cluster over a mantle. It’s balanced left to right, but has some added visual interest due to the different sizes and shapes. I don’t know if you can tell, but she even put the small squares are just a bit outside of the tall solo images of each girl. That gives it a certain “tension” that adds to the overall visual interest.
I help my clients design their wall collections to fit both their personality, their space, and also their favorite images. It’s a blast, and my favorite part is to see them after they have been hung up in their home.
Here is what it looks like when client come in for their viewing session (held 2 weeks after their photo session), and I show them samples of their images in different arrangements. Sometimes the background is photos of their own home, and sometimes we use digital rooms to gets a sense of size and place:
This client wanted to create a collage on a large wall in the master bedroom of their Fraser condo. You can see how the “mock-up” looked in a digital room, and then how the final product looked in their ski home.
A special thanks to my clients who send me photos of their display after it goes up. (In the image first mantle photo, you can see her hammer is even still in the photo! 😉 It makes me sooo happy to see my art of your family up in your home. And, a suggestion to anyone who hires a professional photographer: send them a photo of their pieces up in your wall, or of your family gathered around the album. It will really make their day!
Can I just brag on my clients a bit? They are sooooo sooo interesting. And kind, fun, and insanely photogenic! Northglenn Baby Photography
- Kamala, tell us a little bit about your and your family:
My name is Kamala and I live in Northglenn, Co with my husband and 2 sons, Zane and Xavier. I have a passion for making pottery, mostly functional ware, as well as practicing yoga. I also enjoy going on bike rides with my family and hiking. I love to travel and have been to many countries in the Middle East while teaching abroad in Bahrain. I would love to live in another country again and share that experience with my sons.
- You’ve had several photos sessions with Natascha Lee Studios – tell us about them?
I have had 5 photo sessions with Natascha and have to say that she is amazing; from maternity sessions with both my pregnancies, both of my newborns, and even my pottery. She never tires, goes out of her way to be creative with her shots and has an amazing perspective on possibilities she sees to capture the best moments. She is extremely patient and fun. She adds props and personal sacred/meaningful items to make the photos special.
- Why did you want professional photos of your baby (as opposed to “snapshots” you could take on your own)?
My heart always melts when I see cute newborn photos and I knew I wanted photos of that caliber taken of my own children. The photos I have taken on my own are nothing exciting and I don’t seem to have the “eye” for it. It takes someone special and talented to really be able to give you this gift. Natascha possesses this quality and demonstrates how important it really is to capture quality photos you can cherish forever.
- Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before the session?
I was worried about my babies not doing well or crying the whole time. Natascha has an amazing touch with newborns and knows just what they need to settle and pose : )
5. How did the actual photo session go?
The session went smoothly. I didn’t feel stressed and I felt like she really knew what to do and how to do it. My favorite part was seeing my baby dressed in a crocheted cocoon-like material all curled up and content.
How about the viewing session? – What did you think or feel when you saw your gallery of images?
The viewing sessions are always a tear-jerker. She puts the photos to music and takes you through the captured moments of the session. Viewing my little one like that really opens my heart and I feel the joy of being a mom.
8. Any advice to other families before their photo sessions?
Enjoy it and trust in Natascha to bring you the quality photos you are wanting. Come prepared with some personal items you may want to include in the photos that have meaning to you or baby. This adds special meaning to the portraits.
9.How did you feel about your the final images you selected?
I love looking at them as they remind me of how sweet and little my babies were and the times of having an just infant. This is important because it adds to the memories I have around my home.
BTW…..See that little curly blonde hair boy kissing his new brother? Click here to see a BTS (behind the scenes) image from his newborn shoot! Time flies!
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.
I’m so excited to share these beautiful images with you.
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!
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.
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.
I had seen a marketing brochure for her business, and the photos were absolutely stunning.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Here is one of my favorites from a recent Denver Stylish Family Photography shoot. Well, not super recent, obviously it’s fall, and these photos were taken in August since everything is in bloom…but I gotta say that two months ago still feels recent to me! So I guess not recent at all in internet time where we all post things as they happen. I’ll restart: Here is on of my favorites from a summer Denver Family Portrait shoot. There! All set on the timeline verbiage.
This is my fourth time photographing this fabulous family. I photographed their younger daughter’s modeling portfolio images for a local Denver modeling agency, their family portraits last year (also done @ Washington Park) , their older daughter’s senior portraits (go Cherry Creek!), and their entire family this year, too. It’s an honor to be part of my client’s lives like this!
And, can I just say how much I love Washington Park? It’s like the National Parks (celebrating their 100th anniversary this year). But Wash Park is even older. From Wikipedia:
The park was first developed by Architect Reinhard Scheutze in 1899. Its design was influenced by city planner Kessler, the Olmsted Brothers and the famous philanthropist “The Unsinkable” Molly Brown.
So, thanks to those folks over a century ago, and the people today who tend to it and esp the folks who do the flowers and landscaping – they all bring so much joy to so many people. When I’m meeting Denver friends, one of my favorite things to do is to meet there for a walk, bike ride or picnic.
We met at sunrise for the family portraits. It’s hard to get camera-ready that early in the morning, but it is always worth it!
Winter Park Family Portraits:
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!
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.
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! 😉
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.
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.
I saw your images on your website, and they matched what I had in mind – very natural, and not staged or posed.
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.)
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.
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.
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!
LOVED it. Everyone who sees them says “Wow, you guys look so good.”
Winter Park Family Photographer
Happy Mother’s Day!
In celebration of motherhood:
Deciding how to display your family portraits can be daunting. It’s not only a question of where, but also how. If you have several images that you just love (from the same shoot), I suggest a Canvas Cluster, like the one showcased here:
It’s a great example of a wall display (called a “cluster” display) of my portraits for a local Broomfield Family. The client’s favorite photo anchors the entire grouping – it’s the largest and in the center.
A fun backstory about that center image. I told them, as I tell all my clients, that when I’m photographing a family, “We want each member to be physically touching another member.” Usually this is done by holding hands, or placing your hand on someone else’s shoulder. Well, this family had another idea for it – esp the boys who are pranksters. I rolled with it (I don’t think they realized I was going to photograph their adorable shenanigans) , and we got an image they love that reflects this family’s unique personality.
As the mom said about her experience working with me:
“Natascha is a supremely talented photographer. She captures your family’s true spirit, and crafts artistic portraits that you cherish for a lifetime. I highly recommend her.”
Jennelle Ertl, Broomfield, Colorado
When you get family portraits you love, be sure to order and proudly display BIG wall prints / canvas clusters of your family portraits. It’s one of the best ways to celebrate your family’s love and special connection. Also, I recommend ordering a couple small prints for your children’s rooms, and/or bathrooms. Kids LOVE to have their own personal copy of the family photo.
Here is the lovely Jade next to her large family wall art. I took her family’s portraits last fall, and I recently visited her home for a video shoot/on-camera interview (I’m very honored that a local videographer wanted to create a video featuring me! And grateful that Jade agreed to be part of the project!)
It was a blast to walk around her house and see my portraits of her stunning family throughout the house….She ordered large wall canvases for her front room and hallway, mounted prints for her family room, an heirloom album, and small gift albums for grandparents, etc. I hear the grandparents were over the moon to receive photos of their kids/grandkids for Xmas.
This piece here is a statement piece, and the first thing you see when you enter her beautifully decorated Broomfield home! She’s told me that she receives so many compliments on it. (Guests love seeing family photos when they visit your home. And so does your photographer – ;-))
Be sure to order and proudly display BIG wall prints / canvas of your family portraits, it’s one of the best ways to celebrate your family’s love and special connection.
Happy New Year! 2015 was a great year, and I’m so excited to share the top 215* photos of 2015.
*Well, maybe a few extras, it was so hard to cut them down to just 215!
I’m so excited to share this video with you; it’s from a recent Broomfield family portrait session. One of my favorite sessions of 2015.
Now, usually I don’t share full-family photos between October 1 and Dec 25th. That’s because the families having me take their portraits in the fall are typically looking for photos that they can put on their walls AND use in their Christmas/Holiday cards. many of my clients know each other and/or are just one degree away from each other . Plus, as you know, I’m closed during the month of December. Since many of my clients are friends with each other (word-of-mouth is how most people find me!), and/or they are only separated by 1 degree – I don’t want to “steal anyone’s thunder” or ruin the surprise. So I wait till after Xmas to share those family portraits.
I feel like this is a great place to go off on a tangent, and mention that people still LOVE getting real, physical cards in the mail – esp when they include a recent family photo, (ideally a professionally taken one but really any family photo is great) THAT INCLUDES THE PARENTS! Please, parents, do NOT send cards with only photos of your children. If you are sending cards to YOUR friends then they also want to see YOU! I promise you this. We want to see photos of OUR friends just as much as the photos of our friends’ kids!
So, back to the original topic – this lovely mamma has given me permission to put this video up now, before Xmas. I’m not putting it on FB or IG – just on my blog.
We took her family portraits in late October, and the colors were splendid! Two weeks later we did her viewing session (loads of fun with wine, chocolate snacks and so many laughs!) – and then, the day after their viewing session, she sent me one of the kindest texts ever! It made me so very happy. Have you ever done that, just sent a random gratitude text? What a great way to make someone’s day and to increase the positive energy in the world! I love this gal!
Here is Jade’s Family Portrait video:
I love love love the people I get to meet as a professional photographer. I think it’s fascinating to learn people’s story, little snippets that tell you more about them. For example, I have done modeling headshots and portfolios for over 100 child and teen models this year. Crazy, right? And each one of those 100+ families has their own interesting story. Starting today, I’m so excited to feature a few of my favorite models – not only because they are so photogenic, but because they are such wonderful interesting people.
Take this family here; How many 11 years old dream of riding an elephant, taking a hot air balloon ride, and also dancing in NYC? How many 15 year olds read almost an entire NON-Fiction novel a day? Wow! I barely read a non-fiction novel a year! These girls, Anna Scott and Lila are so interesting. And so is their mother, Liz…..I wish I had a photograph of Liz, the beautiful yogini; when you meet her, she looks like the quintessential yogini – natural, beautiful, strong, graceful, peaceful and happy. See the end for a special illustration I had done of her, as her superhero of choice.
Read on to learn more about these lovely ladies:
Q: Tell us about Lila:
Lila is 15 and loves the arts including playing piano, the guitar, and acting. Musicals are her favorite, both participating and attending! She is on the school’s A-team for Mock Trail and is quite good at debate. Lila also enjoys sports including Field Hockey, skiing, trail running, and tennis. She is an avid reader, downing almost a novel a day – usually non-fiction! Lila gladly welcomes adventure and likes to see the world. She is a Harry Potter fan and movie addict. She studies Spanish and would like her next trip to be to Cuba. But her big dream would take her even further; After seeing The Martian, she wants to go to space!
Q: Tell us about Anna Scott:
Anna Scott is 11. She loves ballet and the highlight of the season is dancing in the Nutcracker at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. She is also an avid sports-girl with a passion for Field Hockey, Lacrosse, tennis, and downhill skiing. She likes to go fast! She is quite artistic and loves to decorate her room, draw, and create fashions. Anna Scott has a big sense of adventure and likes to travel, rock climb, and do ropes courses. She takes French and would like to spend a summer in the country to learn more about the culture. She wants to ride an elephant, take a ride in a hot air balloon, and dance in NYC.
Q: What things do you all do together?
Guy, my husband, is such a hands-on father and really enjoys his time with the girls. We hike together, including tackling a few 14ers…Anna Scott’s first climb, Mt. Bierstadt, was at the age of 6. We love to ski together and travel and play tennis. We tend to be pretty active and love to explore. With the girls’ interest in acting, we frequently hit the theater for both movies and plays. The Kings speech, Unbroken and the Martian would be our top three picks. Guy is the exclusive parent who plays golf and lacrosse with the girls. He is a patient and responsive coach.
Q: Tell us about your yoga practice:
My foundational practice is hot-yoga, which is a routine set of 26 postures and allows for a meditative focus during my time on the mat. I have also been inspired by Para Yoga, Vinyasana, and Ashtanga. I believe variation in everything is important for overall mental and physical strength.
Q: What else do you like to do?
I am quite active in volunteer roles in the community and in particular at the girls’s schools. During my not-so-frequent down time, I enjoy reading, gardening, and doing puzzles like 5 star Suduko, 1000 piece traditional puzzles, etc. I enjoy giving my brain a workout, which is how I discovered yoga. I like to get outside my comfort zone each year and learn something new. Going from the business world of consulting to motherhood and yoga was a huge stretch for me. Now that I am in these roles, I would not change a thing.
Q: What are people surprised to learn about you?
My friends often tell me they are surprised at my sense of humor, quest for fun, and love of a good prank. I can come across as efficient, focused, and driven, so when people get to know the mischievous/playfulness side to me, they are taken off guard. People are also often surprised at the “risks” I take with my girls. Of course, I never would lead them to activities or places that are unsafe, but I do believe exposure to cultures and communities that are different than their own, pushing them outside their perceived physical barriers, and guiding them to experience levels of sacrifice creates an internal strength, empathy, understanding and compassion.
Q: Your children’s interest in modeling has been entirely self-driven. How did it start?
The girls’ interest in modeling was really driven by Lila’s interest in acting. Lila was at a sleep away summer camp in third grade and landed a lead role in The Music Man. From there, she started self-advocating and self-enrolling in various children’s theater programs in Denver. Anna Scott was encouraged to tag along as the little sister, and now has her own self-motivated interest. Starting with America’s Most Wanted, the girls have thoroughly loved every filming experience despite hours in the cold, hours of retakes, and hours waiting for their 1 minute of screen time. The auditioning and filming experiences have truly taught my girls the lessons of hard work, how to deal with disappointment, and how to lean on tenacity and perseverance. They fully appreciate how passion coupled with dedication can lead to open doors.
Q. Why did you pick Natascha Lee Studios for your modeling headshots?
Natascha’s portfolio reflects an ease with the time behind the camera and captures the understated beauty of her subjects. Her sets are minimalistic, modern and edgy. From the onset. Ms. Lee was incredibly accommodating to our girls’s busy sports schedules and exuded a calm in her working style. Ms. Lee was responsive and personal, making our decision for a photographer quit simple.
Q.Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before the session?
Natascha provided a thorough list of clothing items, accessories, and props to support many different looks, and let us know she would have an assistant on hand to help with styling, so we were quite confident in her capability to produce the types of photographs that the entertainment industry expects.
Q. How did the actual photo session go? What was your favorite part of your session?
Natascha made the girls feel very welcome, special, and understood the minute we showed up. She has an artistic eye that brought out the true individual beauty of my girls, nothing was fabricated or false. Natasha let my girls be themselves. She let them have input on their looks based on their interests and personality. Natascha also let me, as a parent, have a say in a picture. She clearly wants to please her clients while capturing the best of her subjects. Our favorite part of the session was when she took my daughter up to the roof top of her building for an urban/warehouse shoot. The colors were amazing and the natural winds and sun enhanced a very unique photo. My daughter’s expression in that photo matched the cool excitement of the setting.
Q.Any advice to other families before their photo sessions?
I absolutely recommend following the guidelines and suggestions Ms. Lee provides. There is no need for extreme make-up hair, etc. Ms. Lee’s professional camera work and use of setting and light best accents the subject.
Also, plan to be a bit early so your child is not nervous or scattered. Take time to plan out the looks you bring and make sure the looks are those that make your child feel comfortable. I could see in my daughter’s eyes when I was forcing a dress on her she did not like or that did not fit. My daughter brought her point shoes that were one size too small, so check the sizes of everything you bring.
Beyond that, just have fun. I felt Natascha is a photographer I could trust to really capture my girls’ personalities.
Q.How did you feel/what did you think when saw your final images?
We were so pleased with the final pictures and edits, and so were my girls, including my teenager! The girls posted their pictures to Instagram, printed them out for grandparents, and I am using them for my holiday cards. Natascha was wonderful about passing on digital files for our personal use and the quality of the digital files is superior.
Q. If you could have any superpower, which one would it be and why?
I would want to be EarthWoman, with the ability to harness clouds to bring water for children who are thirsty and to their crops that need rain. As EarthWoman, I would manipulate all of Earth’s resources to take care of all children’s basic needs for shelter, food, water, and safety, carving homes out of mountains for shelter or using lightning-struck trees in the forest to turn in to safe homes. I would then call in sister superpower EducationGirl to begin that process. Wow.
Super excited to share these stylish urban family portraits with you! Oh, this family was such a joy to photograph! We met at sunrise – that’s one of the two Golden Hours when I shoot outdoor portraits (the other one being sunset.)
Ana did the Premium Session, where they all changed clothes after the first full session, and then we rolled into a new location and did a second full session. (Back to back sessions can work with older kids; it’s pretty hard to ask a young child to cooperate for that long – 2+ hours!)
I already knew I loved Ana when I first met her back when I did the modeling images for her daughter, but when she offered to bring me a Starbucks to her viewing and ordering session, well I knew she was my kinda gal! Oh, and true story – as I was preparing her order with a wall canvas, mounted prints for their home and for gifts, everyone around me kept commenting on how beautiful she (and her daughters) are. I heard alot of “Wow, who is THAT!!!???”
We are a mixed bunch! Two teenage daughters, my little baseball player son and hard working husband. We try and make our family time the most important time.
We felt this is a perfect time in everyone’s life to celebrate with a family photo shoot, and look back at this time with appreciation via the portraits.
It’s always nerve wrecking to be in front of a camera. In the end we found that just being ‘us’ gave the best photographed memories.
It went great. It was a bit of a struggle getting the entire family up at 4:00 am and ready for a golden hour (sunrise) shoot but we made it. Wash Park was a perfect choice, weather couldn’t have better and we had a bit of help in the gardens!
The presentation was amazing and it was so much fun! One of our family members wasn’t able to make it and she missed out on a very special experience.
My daughter Lucia was referred by her modeling agency for model portfolio headshots and I loved how Natascha had such lively and patient interactions with her during the first shoot. I was immediately inspired to have her photograph the entire family!
How much fun it was, how those years shaped all of our lives.. That they remember the special dynamic of our family and see the love we all have for one another.
During the initial viewing and picking of the photos it helps to view them as large as possible to identify any issues you want to have edited/Photoshoped before the image is printed. I didn’t realize how just the tiniest things jump out at you and is distracting from such a beautiful photo.
I was amazed!!! Shocked and so impressed by the professional presentation, quality of work and care that Natascha goes through to see a smile on everyone’s face. Bravo Natascha! We will definitely be back!
I’ve been busy with newborn baby portraits lately. Oh, how I love photographing newborns, and meeting new families.
Those newborns are so sweet and they smell so good, but then I am reminded of something that someecards says best:
image credit: someecards.com
Happy Mother’s Day!
Since I’m spending the day with my children rather than on the computer (but NOT gardening, thank you 4″ of Denver snow), I’m sharing my blog post from a previous Mother’s Day.
The kiddos are already climbing all over me, asking me to go build snowmen in the backyard. With “Real Carrots!”
Q: “What did one snowman say to the other?”
A; “Do you smell carrots?”
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mammas out there!
Hello my Broomfield, Boulder and Denver families. Lots of sunshine today, great day to get outside for that bike ride.
(BTW, in you live North of Denver (like Broomfield, Westminster, Lafayette, Louisville, Northglenn) , check out my “Park Guide” for suggestions on fun new parks to visit with your kiddos.)
How long has it been since you got family portraits done? If it’s been more than a year, and esp. if it’s been more than two, you are due! Your kiddos change so much from year to year! Let’s capture your family’s unique personality and love for each other.
Spring is a great time for Family Photography. The grass has greened up, the leaves are budding out, but there is still enough bare branches to provide a stunning contrast to you and your family. For a great example, see the video below.
This video below is a sample of “Premium” Family Portraits, which include some behind-the-scenes video as well as still portraiture. “Still” images (photographs) are beautiful, and it’s also fun to have video mixed in to give a richer, deeper experience and memory.
Looking for more video samples of portrait sessions? Check them all out on my video page.
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!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mammas out there!
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:
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.
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.
Today I’m sharing ideas on what to wear for a Mother/Daughter custom portrait session.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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:
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!