One of my favorites from my child model shoots. I love her smile and how her eyes just sparkle!
One of my favorites from my child model shoots. I love her smile and how her eyes just sparkle!
This gal is so pretty, and she’s great at posing. She comes up with so many different looks and movements, very quickly and easily. Her boyfriend is also a model, and he was part of our shoot. I’ll be posting photos with him soon.
And our setting – The Art, a hotel is simply beautiful. Original art, super cool decor. And the rooms are just as cool as the rest of the place. Oh, and get this – the water, the snacks and the drinks in the mini fridge are all included, for free. I love that. Talk about hospitality. If you have guests who want to stay downtown at an interesting, unique hotel – I recommend you check them out.
BTW, did you know that I offer “model sessions” birthday packages for preteen and teen girls who want to have a special birthday experience that they, and their friends will never forget? (Oh boy, that was a very long sentence,e wasn’t it? ) We meet at my super cool Denver studio, and then all the girls get to wear fun clothes that THEY pick out!
Here’s a fun bts (behind-the-scenes) image from a Denver model shoot, taken by by fab assistant:
And here is what the final image looks like:
Sometimes, we walk past the most beautiful lighting just because it’s in the dark hallway, or it’s tucked back into a corner. The light from that window, combined with the contrast of the big, heavy metal door behind, makes for a lovely image. Oh, yea, and the beautiful young Denver model and her pretty smile…that’s a big part of it, too. 😉
If your pre-teen or teen child is interested in modeling, here are some helpful links:
And here is an interview with the Denver teen/ tween model above, and her mother and Denver Teen model sister.
These photos were taking almost exactly a year apart. PS – For our last “1 year apart” image, click here.
I highly recommend annual photo sessions WITH your kids. It’s so fun to see how they grow from year to year.
As I tell all my client, friends, family (anyone who will listen, really) – investing in quality family portraits is one of the best choices you can make this year.
Long after the spontaneous Target or Costco shopping spree is spent (been there, done that), or the stylish purse, the on-trend shoes, the expertly applied streaky hair highlights (or purple hair tips) are gone, long after the fancy meals are eaten, the fine wine is drunk and forgotten, long after the pretty new couch looks worn and old – these images are what will last forever and bring you joy several generations.
Here is a recent BTS (behind the scenes) photo taken during a teen model photos session. Mom is so cute and stylish! And she is holding the reflector for when her daughter turns around and faces the other way (not for this particular shot.)
This was a super fun session we did Sunday afternoon @ my studio. Her daughter is into competitive cheer and is, as you can see, crazy flexible. They brought tons of cute clothes and we had a blast picking our favorite 3 outfits for the modeling session.
If you are looking for a great gift to give your teenage daughter, give her a modeling photos session! Even if she doesn’t want to pursue modeling, it will be an amazing experience and she’ll have some fab photos to share on IG or Snapchat. Plus, you’ll have great photos that celebrate who she is today, in all her lovely teenage glory.
Many of my Denver child and teen modeling clients have not done this before, and I provide plenty of tips on how to prepare, what to bring, clothing advice, etc.
Most importantly, your teenage will feel on cloud 9 after the experience. B/c it’s always about the journey as well as the destination, right? So the actual session is a blast, and then you get photos that Wow you in the end. Win/win! 😉
BTW, this gal’s mom was super smart – she was close by, but she never made suggestions on what her daughter should do during the shoot. That’s a tip I share with parents – teenagers are their own person, and they would rather not have their parents directing them during the shoot. (That’s what I’m there for!) Even when you are picking out clothes, bring some outfits that you like and some that they like. You’ll end up with a great mix of photos that you love, and also photos that reflect their true personality.
Brrr. It’s cold in Denver today. And tomorrow’s Denver forecast says a high of 2 degrees. When it’s this cold, I like to huddle inside with the dog, coffee, the fire going, and catch up on sharing some recent work. How about a little Denver Urban Photography Studio Tour?
I’ll let you in on a little secret – often, I get a question like, “I would like my model portfolio done by you. Do you have any places you shoot with red brick walls, kinda distressed?” And that will become an inspiration to do a blog posting….I can answer that photography client’s specific question with images, and then I have it available anyone in the future who asks.
Today, I’m sharing a few iphone videos taken this Fall @ one of my satellite studio locations. This isn’t far from my Denver Studio, but it’s a totally different Urban space and feel. For one thing, it’s mostly outdoors – so not so great on sub-freezing days. But the variety of background make for fab photos. I did a senior shoot here in the fall, and the space helped us get truly unique photos to celebrate Bella, the Cherry Creek Highschool (CCHS) senior during this special time in her life.
First up is this great red brick barn, with sliding doors on one side and it is just flooded with natural light from the sliding doors:
This one shows the barn and the outside:
Then there’s this great corner with lots of plants including grape vines climbing an arbor, a super cool metal table, vines climbing the walls, and yummy light:
We can do photos like this:
Finally, the part that is probably my favorite – the huge sliding doors.
And we can use those doors, and the diffused light as a background to make photos like this. I just love, love, love this image:
So that’s the tour. This space is a special place, and available as an upgrade option to your photo session!
Finally, I’ll include some photos I used in a previous post. I was going to link to them, but I might as well just include them here:
Wouldn’t this be a great place for your child’s Highschool Senior Photos? Or a Modeling Portfolio? Or for family portraits for an urban feel? Let’s do it – Contact me today!
Happy Earth Day! This #EarthMother image is one I commissioned as a gift for a super fun portrait client from Cherry Creek! I did modeling headshots/ portfolios for both of her beautiful daughters. When I interviewed them, she said if she could have any superpower, it would be EarthMother, so I had an EarthMother drawn for her.
BTW, the insanely talented artist who did this is Electra from Italy. I am so lucky to be able to work with people like her. Every time I get a piece of art from her, it makes me smile all day. Do you have anyone like that you work with? Every time they deliver their creativity to you, it delights you so much that you smile all day?
Happy New Year from your Denver Yoga Photographer! I can still say that even tho’ it’s already Jan 25th, right?
January has started with plenty of Denver Yoga Photography and here is one of my favs: I’m thrilled to introduce you to Macy of Hungry Yoga, a local Denver Yoga Teacher and Small Business Owner. Macy was so so cute. A little backstory – I usually have people give me two or three levels of smiles when I do then portraits- small smile, medium smile and big smile. That’s because it’s hard to keep a big (real) smile on your face for an entire photo session. And also because it’s interesting to have a variety of expressions. Miss Macy is so darn happy that she told me “I just can’t smile small.” I love it! Big heart, big smile.
Here is a bit more about her, her Denver business, and what it was like to have a Yoga portrait session with Natascha Lee Studios:
1. Macy, tell us about yourself and your business:
Hey There ; ) My name is Macy Migchelbrink and I love teaching yoga, eating psychology, and lifestyle design. My personal business is Hungry YOGA, where I coach specifically women who emotionally eat or binge eat, develop a positive relationship with food and body through mindful movement, healthy thought patterns, and lifestyle changes. I also teach private therapeutic yoga at Ascent Therapy Clinic, employee wellness yoga at the City of Lakewood, chair yoga at Concordia Assisted Living, and Teen Yoga at Maha Soul Yoga Studio.
I believe that every BODY can do yoga, a person just has to find the right teacher and class that works best for them, at that stage in life.
2. What do you love the most about your job?
I love helping people feel better in the present moment. Seeing instant relief without giving a person anything outside of themselves; just their breath and body, is super powerful. I’m grateful that I get to work in so many different places around the beautiful city of Denver. I have students as young as 14 and as old as 93. Working in a physical therapy clinic allows me to take a more therapeutic and medical approach, and teaching teen yoga allows me to be more fun and playful. My biggest passion is helping women develop a positive body image and learn how to love food again!
3. What is your favorite style of yoga and why? Are there certain yoga teachers that you love and/or influence you?
My training at Yoga Garden SF empowered me to teach my own style of yoga. Their alignment-based hatha yoga teacher training originates from the teachings of Krishnamacharya, the teacher of B.K.S. Iyengar (Iyengar yoga), Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga yoga) and T.V.K. Desikachar (viniyoga). This gave me a solid foundation of technical excellence combined with philosophical depth, enabling me to teach from my heart center.
Kathryn Budig has always been a powerhouse inspiration to me “aiming true” to my highest self, and I’ve attended many of her classes and workshops the last couple years at Yoga Journal LIVE in Estes Park, CO and whenever she’s in the Denver area I’m sure to support her.
Lastly, one of Denver’s finest teachers Lindsey Gonzales and her business Breathe on Board is someone who I have started to follow, like, and take her classes. She’s a teacher and trainer at Kindness Yoga, my home studio.
4. During the session, what was your experience like?
Natascha was awesome! She made me feel super comfortable in front of the camera, and told me exactly how to prepare properly for the shoot. She is very down to earth, and amazing at what she does. I loved the fact that she wanted to take some selfies with me too! I will recommend her to anyone that need professional photography done for their business or family.
5. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would teleport back to the 70s. Yep. Because it was an era full of love, groovy music, and straight hair : )
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 the news that I have a new shooting space option for those looking for something between the pure nature of my outdoor family and kid portrait sessions, and the indoor/urban look of my newborn, modeling portfolio and Headshots with Personality(sm). As a bit of background, I shoot family and kid portraits mostly in Broomfield/Westminster, although I also shoot in Boulder, Red Rocks, Washington Park, etc. – anyplace that is meaningful to my clients. The latter I shoot mostly at my N. Denver Studio – you can click here to get a full tour of my studio. I love this space!
But today I’m talking about a new option my clients have – it’s this beautiful indoor/outdoor space with a crazy array of different shooting options and spaces, all just a mile from my studio.
This place has it all. We get to close the gates, so the entire space is ours – no worrying about other people getting in the photos. It has amazing light all day. There is a heated barn with beautiful brick walls and lots of natural light. A lovey ivy-covered wall (well, except in winter ;-). Trees, a vine-covered pergola, benches, cool glass barn doors.
All images ©2015 Natascha Lee Studios
Wouldn’t this be a great place for a Modeling Portfolio? Or for family portraits for an urban feel? Let’s do it – Contact me today!
All images ©2015 Natascha Lee Studios.
As a photographer, I have the honor to create amazing images for my clients – families, models, executives, business owners, etc. And I love getting to know them. Recently I did one of my Headshots with Personality(sm) Sessions for a wonderful, kind woman, Juliana Vergaray. Here is a bit more about her, her business, and what it was like to have her session done by Natascha Lee Studios:
I have been practicing social work for 10 years with an emphasis on the children and teen population. My specialty is in trauma (an event that has impacted you on a level where you felt your life was threatened in any shape or form). I decided to focus on that because of the need: There are long waits at clinics and it’s important to provide treatment quickly after trauma. (The earlier you provide treatment, the more coping skills you can give them.) This can increase their resiliency.
I love being able to support people. To be a witness for them when they are at their lowest point in life, and then to work with them, seeing them when they are done with treatment and in a healthier place – This is all an honor for me.
I’ve reached a point in my career where I wanted photos that accurately represented me and what I offer. Since I am more advanced in my career, I needed professional photos taken by a talented photographer.
I started on Google and looked at many different photographers’ websites. There was a realness to Natascha Lee Studio’s photos. I could tell that she brought out the uniqueness in each person, and captured their essence. They were not heavily photoshopped.
And while I wasn’t looking for kid portraits, her children’s photography is part of what convinced me – her photos of children capture their angelic essence. I thought, “Well, if she can do that with kids, I’m sure she can get authentic photos of me.”
As second aspect was her professionalism – from all the photographers who I contacted, she was one of only two who responded within 24 hours.
Not many, but I was wondering what to wear. Natascha helped me with that via our phone conversations. It wasn’t time consuming to follow her lead and prep tips, but it sure was helpful. She gave me enough info that I felt confident coming in that morning.
She also helped me think through my vision. Initially I wanted to use some clients as models, and Natascha’s experience and advice helped me avoid certain legal and logistical issues. I was able to make a more informed decision how to use a model. (I ended up using a good friend as a model instead of an actual client.)
It was amazing. I just expected to get my photos taken but it was so much more than that. Natascha made me feel felt special and appreciated. In my line of business, I am always the support for others. But this shoot felt like a treat to myself, like I was the one being taken care of and supported. Natascha is full of positive energy, but still very professional in her approach. It was a self esteem boost in a healthy way.
I was surprised as how quick the session lasted (just one hour), but we got a lot done – lots of poses and locations and even three different outfits.
Natascha gave directions, but not in a way that made me feel uncomfortable. It felt like she was trying to get my most authentic reactions and smiles.
I thought “Wow!” I love them, because they are exactly what I was looking for, something unique and very professional. They are warm and convey my brand well. I was thrilled; I still am.
I would say look at different websites to find someone whose style matches yours, who has photos that somehow resonate with you. And don’t make your decisions based solely on what you see online. Talk to the photographer to make sure you would be comfortable working with them – look for a connection with them.
It’s not just Family Portrait Season! It’s also Headshots and Marketing Photos for Small Business Owner Season!
We all need headshots at some point, and headshots that are professional (and of course flattering) are crucial! Just as I do for my family portraits, I specialize in creating headshots and marketing photos that convey your unique personality. That’s why I call them Headshots with Personality(SM). There are four types of headshot services that I offer:
1) Team Headshots where I come to your location, or you come to my studio and I photograph all members of your management or executive team individually and/or as a team. These are for 4 or more people, where you want the images to have a cohesive look to them.
2) Marketing Session for Small Business Owners where I do a variety of images of you in different poses, different expressions, different backgrounds. These are great because just one headshot is never quite enough; it will rarely meet all the needs you have as a business owner. Sometimes you are presenting at a serious conference and you want a conservative, semi-traditional image. Other times, you may be participating in a charity and want a more light-hearted fun headshot. Or you may be trying to reach a new customer group and you want an image that is more edgy and creative. The Headshot Marketing Session gives you several different images to meet these needs, and keep your website/social media/marketing materials fresh and interesting. The photos at the bottom of this post are from a Marketing Session.
3) Model Portfolio Sessions for child, teen and adult models, actors, dancers and performers. These are held @ my Studio and include three outfits, a headshot, 3/4 length and full body in each outfit, and printable files that you can give your agency.
4) Marketing Session + Product/Service Images, which are ideal for small business owners delivering a service in person (like financial service or therapy) or who deliver something tangible (like jewelry, cookies or food.) These include the marketing session (#2 above) as well as photos of you delivering your service or photos of your actual product. The Marketing + Product/Service Session creates a full suite of images for you to use for all your marketing needs.
I recently did a Marketing Session (type #2 above) for a local small business owner, Juliana Vergaray. Juliana is a therapist specializing in helping children with trauma. She wanted some photos that reflected her yoga/breathing/meditation part of her practice, and some that reflected the “meeting with you in my office” part, and also some edgy, outdoor images for when she is working with teens (we shot those on the rooftop of my studio.) She wanted her images to have a variety of feelings (quite, meditative, inquisitive, fun, happy, etc.) – but always warm and caring.
I am in LOVE with how her images turned out (and so is she!) Check out her amazing images below, and then read her interview tomorrow.
Happy Tuesday! I had an exciting weekend with several photo shoots – corporate headshots for a local Cherry Creek Bank, a slew of models, and a family session – 15 people in all! While I don’t have images (sneek peaks) ready for those yet, I do want to share another behind the scenes (“bts”) image from a recent Denver Photoshoot for Child Models (click here to see my last “bts” image, of a sweet little baby out in a nature setting).
You’ll see from the “bts” image above that we are actually in an urban setting, but using the foliage and a DOF (depth of field) setting that blurs the background, we put all the focus on her lovely face.
This gal is a local Denver child model, and this was her first photo shoot (as a model). She was such a natural! And her mom was super nice, too.
Check out that headband! Looks like something you can find on etsy.com, doesn’t it?
What a lovely image of this precious newborn baby (who is already so much bigger than when this photo was taken!)
Oh what a difference a year makes! The photos of this adorable toddler girl below were taken 1 year apart – the first one by her mother and the second one by me. (I was so excited when her mother found this one from a year earlier, with a similar pose.)
Look how much this sweet little girl has grown in a year! They grow up so so very fast.
I recommend *At Least* half-yearly portraits until your child is two, and then annual until five years old. They will change so much every few months and high quality custom portraits are one of the very best ways to celebrate your child’s unique personality! One of the things that girl’s mother and aunt said again and again (during our viewing session of their images), “I love these! You absolutely captured her personality!”
For more images of this sweet girl, visit here.
And, little Miss P was a typical toddler, and would not sit still for portraits. She loved jumping on the bed in my “Jump Room” @ my N. Denver Studio, and she loved collecting rocks on the roof (yes! We even do roof sessions sometimes – very cool!) And any time I sat on the ground (which I do often when photographing children), she walked right over to me and sat in my lap! Love her!