Thanksgiving Baby!

I must say smash cake sessions are one of the cutest things ever! A baby who gets a cake all to themselves! All the different emotions that show in this type of session are really just the best.

It always starts with a bit of confusion. The child usually isn't sure if this is a trick, and they will be scolded if they attack the cake full force or if it's for real and they can dig in and eat the whole cake and it is what they are suppose to actually be doing. I love it because a baby's face doesn`'t lie. You can see the confusion set in as they try to comprehend the situation and what is really happening.

Then they taste it. Still unsure what is going on, they go in for a taste and start to pick at it. Waiting to see what happens next.

Then without hesitation, they dive in. It's everywhere. It's like the cake just exploded. It's in their hair, they have fists fulls of cake, icing smeared all over themselves and could not be any more excited. Smiles galore. Complete and utter satisfaction.

Then comes the crash. It doesn't take long to get here. They realize they are full of cake and kind of tired all of sudden. I'm mean really, who doesn't feel like that after they just ate fists full of cake.

This little turkey though happens to be one of my favorites. I mean seriously can she get any cuter!!!????

 

As promised Day 2 - Lifestyle Maternity Session

When I met Becky for the first time at her home for her maternity session I just knew that I was going to love photographing her and her family. She and her family are just the sweetest people!

It was colder outside the day of their session, so we did an indoor shoot at their home, which actually turned out to be one of my favorite session. There is just something about lifestyle maternity sessions that really gives it an amazing feeling of getting ready to welcome this little life into your home. It's almost like mom is more comfy and just patiently waiting to meet her newest little love.

Becky was just glowing the day of our session. I wish pregnancy looked half as good on myself as it does on her. Not only was she stunning, but she also had the CUTEST home ever (not to mention she has amazing interior design instincts)! Seriously though, they have the cutest house layout. I'm in love with older homes because they have this sort of vibe that a cookie cutter house just doesn't give you. It's just so full of life, and it totally fits them as a family.

My favorite part was when they starting reading the book "Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here! A Word from your Baby-in-Waiting" to their daughter Daphne (who by the way is the cutest, sweetest little girl, she is going to make an amazing big sister). I've never seen an almost 2 year old so into (and excited) about a story. It really just pulled at my heart strings!

Their sweet baby girl is due anytime now and I can't wait to meet her!





Getting my blog together!

If it wasn't known before, it'll be known now....I'm a terrible blogger. I mean just horrible! It is really a goal of mine to step it up this year (I really don't think I'm doing too well at that so far but as of now I am going to step it up). This week I will blog everyday. It may be a personal blog, it may be of a recent session or a session I never blogged from months ago. Either way it will be a week full of blogging! So get ready!

I really am stoked it is getting warmer outside. My girls love to play outside. They would live outside if I let them. It's important to me that I remember to capture these moments in my own life, because as we all know our littles grow up too fast. So fast, at times you sit back and wonder if you missed out on how little they were the day before. Their personalities shines through a little more each day, Today I am really thankful for a good friend of mine, and fellow photographer Lexi Green (Ninja + Sox Photography check her out she is sweet as pie and puts these awesome projects together). We are in a group with several other photographers doing a 7 for 7 challenge. 7 photographs a day for 7 days. It's really nice because on top of work it pushes me to go the extra mile and after Im done working for the day I work on my own personal project. I love it because not only do I get to take pictures of my littles and their everyday life, but I get to practice my creative side and find more ways I can use my new found creativity each day in my work for my clients. So here is day 1. My little loves rocking their outside life!

It's a Boy!

What's the best surprise you will ever? It is welcoming your baby into the world and not knowing if it going to be a handsome little boy, and sweet baby girl. Lisa and her family did just that.

I can say from first hand experience that this honestly is the best surprise! With our second child we did not find out the gender, and it was such an amazing experience. There really are not enough words to describe the excitement of waiting to meet your baby and find out that day if you will be the parents to a new baby boy orgirl!

In December, the Myers welcomed their second son into the world! He is just a dream! He slept the WHOLE TIME during his session.

I now have baby fever!

Kenzie is ONE

Oh Miss Kenzie! She was such a good sport for us on this warmish day in November! If any one remembers sweet Kaylynn who turned two a few months back, this is her amazing little sister! I love this family! They are all so much fun every time we have a photo shoot!

Kenzie is such a sweet, fun, adventurous one year old! She loves dirt, the water (when it isn't freezing cold) and her adorable little purse she brought with to her session as well. It got a little chilly in the water but oh we had a blast! Happy first birthday Kenzie (late because I am so behind on my blogging)!

Bring Back Fall!

Since I am again realizing I have several amazing session I NEVER BLOGGED, I'll be doing that now!

I met Bridget and her daughter a few months before this when I took nursing pictures of the two of them. She contacted me a few months later for family pictures, especially some with their amazing family dog. They recently found out that their family dog was sick and the vet had estimated she had 5 months left. They really wanted to have some pictures done of them all. Bridget and her family are one of my favorite families to photograph. They are so natural in front of the camera and their love for each other really shines bright.  I am so happy I was able to capture some amazing moments for them to hold onto forever! 

 

 

Backyard Snow Adventure

What do you do on a Friday when you are stuck at home and should probably be cleaning or doing other household chores....You trade that silly adutling stuff in and get your coat and snow boots on and then head outside!!

Maddie is our sweet, loving flower child. She has such a kind, free soul. She spent most of her time making snow angels and making foot prints in the snow.

Our oh so cute adorable Husky spent her time chasing the kids and playing fetch with her KONG.

and May.

May has never played in the snow until this afternoon. She had a blast, mostly eating snow, but she enjoyed every second of it! She is our hard headed, go getter kid. She is sassy, knows what she wants, and won't stop until she gets it. She was the most devastated when it was time to go inside (even though her little nose was red and her little hands were getting cold).

If I could spend every afternoon outside in the snow with these kids, I would. On the agenda for tomorrow is to build a snowman!! What will your Saturday consist of?

Stay warm! From Colorado with love!

Toddlers

On most days the one word I hear repeatedly is "no".  Are you ready for breakfast? "No". Would you like blueberries? " No". Are you finished? "no". It is a very common word for my 15 month old. I've tried to teach her "yes" and when the word "yes" should be used, but she just replies with "no". Regardless of her 15 month old vocabulary, this is one of my favorite ages. They are learning to talk, and communicate and even when they are being "sassy" they are just testing the waters with words and their meanings at this age. My 15 month old is spunky, sassy, lovable, funny, sensitive, and a mama's girl. So it is really special to capture moments like the one below. She loves him, and they have the cutest bond in the world. Even though she is sassy and tells us "no" a lot, you can't hold it against her with a smile like that!

Goodbye 2015.....Hello 2016

As this year quickly drew to an end I realized there were so many things I wanted to do differently in the new year. This year was a great year for myself, my family, and my growing business.
In 2015 we bought our first home, the girls turned 1 and 3, our oldest started preschool, my husband took a new job, I made some amazing new friends while even catching up with a few old ones, and my business really blossomed. 2015 was filled with MANY great things!

One thing I really noticed that I missed too often in 2015 is..... I didn't take enough photographs of my own family. Yes, we had our family pictures done, but I am referring more to just capturing those special moments when we are sitting home on a lazy Friday, doing crafts and catching up on house work together, while singing mother goose songs all morning.

So today I did just that.

Our day started off by sleeping in late (it is winter break and all). After breakfast, Maddie decided she wanted to write a letter to her BFF who moved to FL a few months back. She asked for a card (sorry all I have are birthday cards), an envelope and a stamp. She was so excited to try and write his name and drew a picture of the two of them! She was so excited she had to bring it to the mail box ASAP!

After we played with some play-doh. We play this game where we pick a color, and then we try and guess what the other person made (it has to be some thing that is he same color as the play-doh you have). After, we just combine all the colors and make a big ball of all the colors!!

2016 I want to get more personal. I want my clients to not just be clients, but friends. It's important, because I want you all to feel comfortable around me, and that means knowing more about me! If you don't already know, my girls are co-sleepers (so it was huge this year when my three year old asked for her own bed for her room from Santa). Nap time (if it happens while we aren't in the car) usually involves a nap for Baby May and some Mommy/Maddie time!

Another thing that I realized today was that I wasn't taking pictures because of silly things like there was a mess, or folded laundry on the stairs, or thanks to my one year old, the daily trail of toilet paper trailing down the stairs. Then it dawned on me, I am out numbered during the day, and to me personally, a trail of toilet paper and a happy toddler wasn't the worst thing that was going to happen to me. I pick my battles, and that isn't one of them, and that's OKAY! So this year, I'm going to learn to EMBRACE the mess, the laughter, and the happiness of my children. Soon they will be grown and I won't have laundry folded on my stairs or dirty laundry piling up down stairs. So it's okay to capture stuff I still have to do, while still capturing my kids being kids, because in 15 years I won't be looking at the bin of Christmas decorations that need to be put away in the background, Ill be looking at the happiness in my children's faces while they stack their magna tiles to the ceiling and then knock them down in a crazy, silly rampage. That will be the memory I am really looking back on.

So this year, you'll learn more about me. Maybe you'll find you have something in common with me that you didn't know before. Maybe you won't. Either way you will get to know me, as a photographer, and a friend. I'll be blogging more, about a lot of things, not just work. To me that is important. I am more then just a photographer, I am a mother, a wife, and a friend. So keep up with me this year, see what new adventure come along, what amazing people I meet and work with, and what I do on a normal day to day basis. This year for me, is a year of documenting everything!

Today, as I said, was crazy (after nap especially). It was filled with crafts, smiles, tears, and cuddles. Each day will be different and I don't want to miss the every day moments, because honestly those are the best.

Hi, I'm Candice, a wife, a mother, a friend, and a photographer. Bring it on 2016!

Turning Two

Meet the cutest two year old ever, Kaylynn! She was just the SWEETEST two year old to photograph. There is nothing I love more, then a kid on an adventure during our session. Photographing this age is one of my favorites. They explore, they don't hold back, are fun, silly, and truly themselves! It's really amazing to look back at photos of our kids and remember exactly how they were just by being able to capture these photographs of them in their element just being themselves, and asking questions and exploring their surroundings. Thank you Kaylynn for being an awesome, fun, energetic two year old!

I'm back!

It has been WAY too long since the last time I blogged and I need to catch up like crazy!!!!!

This little man is a couple months old now, but he was such a sweet, sweet newborn to photograph. His mama is part of this amazing moms group in Highlands Ranch, CO. She is one of several ladies I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with through this awesome group! His mother is from Germany and his little brother put on his Lederhosen to be photographed with his new baby brother! I love incorporating a family's heritage into their session. It really shows where they come from and not to mention, big brother ROCKED them!! I love meeting amazing families through my work, such as this one! Enjoy all the cuteness below!

A Bitter Sweet Goodbye

CThis is one of those bitter sweet stories! I met this beautiful family when my oldest started her big girl gymnastics class (the one where she doesn't need me in there anymore). Every Tuesday morning all us moms would show up, coffee in hand, and see our older kids off to class while we waited with our younger children outside that glass window. After several mornings of talking, Tuesday become more then just gymnastics, it became an hour I got to hang out with some awesome moms! Briauna was one those moms! We really just hit it off, and our girls loved each other! Sadly after we began to get close, Briauna got amazing news (for her) that they would be relocating to SCOTLAND! How exciting! We were all thrilled for her, but saddened that we would be loosing an awesome friend. Though we were only able to hang out a few times before they left, they were fun times! I was extremely touched when she asked me to take their extended family pictures before they headed off on their new adventure in life. I'm glad I was able to catch some amazing photographs for them to take with them, and for their family here to have as well. Briauna, we all miss you and the girls so much! Hope you are settling in great over there! XoXo

The Childers Family

I met this sweet family one year ago when they welcomed this beautiful little girl into this world!  Miss Kennedy wouldn't sleep for me as a newborn and just wanted to stay awake and watch everything! One year later, she is that same sweet girl who doesn't want to miss a thing. She has two of the most loving parents who just adore her, and let her be that little explorer that she is. I love getting to meet such amazing families!

Badass Breastfeeders of Denver

Meet the Badass Breastfeeders of Denver!

This is truly an amazing, supportive group of mothers from all over the Denver area. Darby, Kobie and Amany are the three incredible admins who, in their free time, choose to run this group, and do a fantastic job at that!

I was contacted by these three wonderful ladies to take a group photo of their growing group of ladies. In the past year this group has grown from 10 mamas to over 1000! It is really just an amazing group filled with so much support and so many answers to questions that some may have never thought to ask! If you having trouble breastfeeding, don't know which pump to purchase, need a place to donate milk, need milk donated to you, extended breastfeeding questions, bottle feeding and the best bottles, even weaning,  these are just as few topics touched on in this group! If you haven't heard of them go check them out!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/685826011447771/

As a first time mother who did not have much breastfeeding support with my first child and stopped nursing at 3 months, so with my second daughter it has meant a lot to me to recently hit our 1 year goal of nursing. This group has really offered the support and answers that would have really helped me as a first time mom. 

I am glad I was able to meet all of these beautiful ladies and even was able to capture some individual moments for them as well. Thank you Darby, Kobie, and Amany for starting such a wonderful group for all these Denver mamas!

Baby Jackson

I've been so busy I have been forgetting to blog!! So I'll be playing catch up these next few weeks!!

This beautiful family welcomed their first child into the world this summer. Meet baby Jackson. He is just the sweetest thing. Jackson was born via c-section a little early and had to spend sometime in the NICU (which I know first hand is heartbreaking for every mother). Heather couldn’t see her son right away, so Dad spent every moment in the NICU with him until mom could go see him. Dad and Jackson really bonded over one particular song that seemed to really calm him down while in NICU. That song was Darius Rucker’s, Wagon Wheel. They put it on when we were in the middle of their session. Dad held him and sang him this song. I’ve never seen a father and son bond like I did that day. It just melted my heart.

This amazing session was just published in an amazing blog. In case you missed it, check it out here: http://blmommy.com/baby-jacksons-sweet-newborn-photos/

I loved every moment of this session and this family. The love they had for each other is just indescribable!

Baby Aubrey

Meet Miss Aubrey! She is just the sweetest thing. My dearest friend Emily, her husband Chris and adorable son Adam welcomed little miss Aubrey into the world this past June. For Emily, this pregnancy was a breeze! Aubrey is just the most content baby I have ever met. She sleeps for a few hours at a time and rarely fusses! What a blessing this little girl is. She is the spitting image of her mother. Congratulations you guys. She is just perfect.

A Farewell to Colorado

I met Crystal about 2.5 years ago. Our family was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado and I had the pleasure to meet an AMAZING group of moms whom I have built some great friendships with. When you are a military family, these friends are not just friends, they become your family. Crystal happened to be one of those awesome moms! When I met her, she only had her oldest, Ben. Ben is such a smart, sweet, boy! I remember we were at a BBQ when Crystal said she was pregnant, and that there was a really good chance she could have twins, and oh boy was she correct!  Then there came Alexander and Zoe! Sweet, spunky, energetic twins! I photographed their first family session as a new family, and then the twins smash cake for their first birthday, and even Ben's 3rd birthday! I feel so honored they chose me to capture all of these important moments for their family! Hope you are settling in back home. Colorado misses you!

Three going on sixteen...

Yesterday was my oldest daughters birthday. She turned three. What an age! It is filled with lots of laughs. giggles and funny sayings. I really have the best conversations with my three year old, and they never get old! She is really set on "turning 16" so that she can drive our car. Right now, that is her biggest goal and I love that, because one day her biggest "goal" won't be so easy to fulfill. She's growing so fast. I feel like it was just yesterday that we were in the hospital and I was holding her in my arms for the first time. It's so crazy that she is now this little person with opinions, stories and fun silly ideas. I know our cuddling days are becoming more limited. I know she won't always be so eager to tell me everything that has happened. Though I hope she will always come to me for advice, I know that sometimes, she may not, and I hope the advice she is given is good advice. As they grow older, the world becomes harsher, no matter how much we try and shield them and try our hardest to keep the world a positive place. I know she is only three but I'm dreading the day where she is sent out into the real world and I can't be with her every second (even watching from afar). It's an exciting, yet frightening moment when you realize your baby is growing up so quickly. Have fun, hold them close and love like there is no tomorrow! This is for you Maddie.

Dream big, follow those dreams and love with all your heart!

Happy 3rd Birthday sweetheart.

 

Half Birthday!

Oh my! The cuteness you are about to see is just indescribable! Little Miss Kendall was just a riot. She was all smiles and had such fun at our session. Looking through her pictures, her facial expressions are just about the cutest thing I have ever seen! Lucky for us and our crazy Colorado weather, we beat out the rain on this day. We had amazing light and mom and dad even got in on some pictures (I love when they do)! Happy half birthday miss Kendall!

Denver Tula Mamas Baby wearing Mini Session!

The one thing I love just as much as Photography, is Baby wearing. I teamed up with a local baby wearing moms group, Denver Tula Mamas, to offer an exclusive mini session just for baby wearing moms! It has to be one of my favorite sessions that I've ever done.

As I am looking though and editing pictures, I am taken back by all the love each of these gorgeous mamas show for their little one in every picture. There is something about the love between mother and child that just naturally shows through. No posing, just pure baby wearing love. Every mama kissed their baby and hugged them on their own. I was able to capture these raw, emotion filled moments between mother and child, and the love they share with one another. I feel so honored to be able to capture these important moments in each of these mama's lives, because baby wearing does not last as long as we'd like. They grow so quickly that it is important to enjoy those cuddles and when they ask for "ups". Snuggle them, kiss them and hold them close.

It doesn't matter what carrier you have, just wear your little one! It is such an amazing opportunity for both mom and baby. I mean who doesn't want to be close to their baby and kiss them every chance you have.

I really have no idea how I made it without baby wearing my first child, because I would not know what to do if I didn't have a way to carry my second. I probably would be always working one handed and pretty slowly at that.

Thank you mamas for allowing me to capture these special moments for you. Carrier those babies as long as they let you. We are so lucky to live in such a wonderful state with an awesome group of mamas who support and encourage baby wearing!