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!
- 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.
- 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! 😉
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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 Photographer
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.
Broomfield Family Photographer
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.
Broomfield Family Photographer
Happy New Year! 2015 was a great year, and I’m so excited to share the top 215* photos of 2015.
Natascha Lee Studios: Top 215 Portrait Images of 2015 (In 3 Minutes) from N Lee on Vimeo.
*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:
Natascha Lee Studios Denver Family Photographer – Jade 1080 from N Lee on Vimeo.
Broomfield Family Photographer