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!
Denver Stylish Family Photography
This was shot at one of my special “satellite” photo locations in downtown Denver. It has the most unique urban setting, and fab natural light.
Little back story: I brought my favorite colorful bench as a prop. When I brought it out, this senior gal loved it, her mom was not a big fan. Until she saw how adorable the photos were with her bright, happy daughter and this bright happy bench!
Senior season is winding down, and most senior have yearbook deadlines this month.
It’s been a great year, and now Denver’s family portrait season is heating up! I just love Colorado for the beauty it brings us every day, including for outdoor family portrait season.
Cherry Creek Highschool Senior Photography
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.
I commissioned my favorite Italian Illustrator Electra to draw “EarthWoman” for Liz. Here she is!
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!!!???”
- Ana, tell us a little bit about your family…
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.
- What made you decide this was the time to do a photo session?
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.
- Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before the session?
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.
- How did the actual photo session go?
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!
- What did you think or feel when you saw your final photos at the viewing session?
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.
- What made you choose Natascha Lee Studios?
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!
- What do you hope your children will say/feel/think years down the road when looking at these images?
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.
- Any advice to other families before their photo sessions?
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.
- How did you feel/what did you think when received your order/had your products delivered?
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!
Thanks Ana! I has so much fun getting to know you and your family – I know we are already talking about Spring portraits and I can’t wait! Those kiddos change so quickly! You are wise to capture them regularly!
Denver Photographer for Stylish Urban Families
I’m so excited to share an image of a Broomfield portait client’s final art, hanging in their home.
Last last year, local Broomfield Mamma Jenny bid and won a photo session with me at a local charity auction.
About two weeks after a portrait session, I meet my clients in my North Denver studio to share their final portrait gallery in a lovely movie format, set to music. As you know from my studio tour, I’ve got comfty couches, beer, wine and soda, as well as a playroom if the kiddos come along. This Move Premier lets portrait clients see all their images in their full resolution glory, as well as allows me to assist them in selecting their favorite images for wall art, albums, and gifts for family members.
Jenny and I had set up the viewing appointment for 5:30pm on a weekday, not really thinking about rush hour traffic. We each encountered traffic getting there (note to self: no more appointments during evening rush hour), but we decided that some wine would take care of that…..I even had a really nice bottle of red ready. And then…TRAGIC! I couldn’t find the wine opener anywhere! Argghhh. At least we managed to open the sparkling cider for her girls. And I have since made sure we have two! wine openers in the studio kitchen.
With our non-wine drinks (tragic!), we settle into the couches and chairs and I start their Preview Movie. This super cool and fun Mamma started tearing up at the first image (which is normal – most Mammas tear up when they are seeing portraits of their precious children.) But then her reaction was even better….. by the third image, she leaned forward with this look of..joy and disbelief. It looked like she was in shock at how stunning her girls’ portraits were! I was smiling from ear to ear!
The adorable girls, well they loved being “movie stars” but I think their favorite was the playroom @ my studio with an Xbox, or perhaps it was the Martinellis apple cider they got to sip out of wine glasses.
After much discussion about which images to get for her wall collage, I helped her select her final portraits. And here, without further ado, is the iphone snapshot she sent me of the final wall. Isn’t it wonderful?
Broomfield Family Photography
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.
Natascha Lee Studios – Broomfield Family Photography – Sister’s Mini Session from N Lee on Vimeo.
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