the solheim family's lucky day

I had a beautiful fall session with the sweetest family last week.  I absolutely love that these sisters have made a tradition of having photos done with their families and parents (papa and mimi!).  These will be such treasures for the boys as they grow up.  While most people were heading up into the mountains in search of Colorado's amazing fall colors, we opted to explore beautiful downtown Denver in search of something a little different.  This quickly turned into one of my favorite locations ever!  Orange and red ivy, a quaint old bridge, the light rail and lots of fun urban backdrops made for some pretty amazing images!  I hope they love these images as much as I loved creating them!

xo - kami

kyan's lucky day - sitting up milestone session - Littleton family photographer

I absolutely love sitting up sessions.  This milestone always seems to coincide with lots of personality, big, beautiful smiles, and BONUS: they can't run away from me yet!  Seriously, though, there is such an amazing transformation from newborn to sitting up and it makes me so happy to get to document how much these little ones have grown. 

When I did his big brother's sitting up session Jamie had the cutest little basket to put him in and wanted some of Kyan in a basket too.  How sweet is that?!  I feel so honored that I've been able to document these kids and their beautiful family as they grow! 

xo - kami

violet & lyra's lucky day

I've been photographing this sweet family since Violet and Lyra were growing away inside their mama's tummy.  For this session Katie asked to do something a little different and I'm so happy she did!   We decided to go on an adventure together down south Pearl Street in Denver and see if we could find some fun along the way!  I'm in love with the sweetness I captured on our journey, especially the excitement that the girls had when they met a big doggie, the way Keith looks at Katie like she hung the moon and the beautifully obvious love that they all have for each other.  Documenting afternoons like this for families is such a wonderful way to fill my days.  

xo - kami

kate's lucky day - littleton family photography

This session is going down as one of my all time favorites.  Kate is so down to earth and fun and her love for her kids is obvious.  When she told me that she wanted to make sure we got some shots of her holding her little boy before he was too big for her to pick up and images with his favorite lovey before he outgrew it I actually cried.  That is why I do this.  To document precious little things like that before they pass.   

I'm always so honored when I'm hired to photograph a family but this session had even extra meaning behind it for me.  You see, Kate is also a photographer - and a brilliant one I might add.  Her work is truly emotive, real and simply stunning.  Her trusting me to capture something as special as her with her gorgeous babies for a "mama & me" session is huge.  HUGE. 

Kate, I'm so grateful for your friendship.  You are a beautiful woman inside and out and the perfect example of what being an awesome mom and all around human being looks like.  I hope I did you and your babies love for each other justice.

xo - kami

kelly's lucky day - mama & me sessions - littleton family photographer

I was so thrilled when I found out that Kelly wanted to have a "mama & me" session with her twins!  I did their newborn photos when they were days old and was able to capture their first year with a baby plan.  Watching these little ones grow and being able to document it for them makes me so happy!  It's crazy how they seriously get cuter every time I see them!  They are at such a fun age and we had a blast exploring some heavy machinery and the playground!  I adore that my families come back to me year after year to photograph their babies!!!

michelle's lucky day - mama & me - littleton family photographer

I absolutely loved doing "mama & me" sessions this year!  Us moms tend to be the ones behind the camera and I think it is so important to make sure that we are in the photographs too! 

My session with Michelle and her gorgeous family was amazing!  These will be such treasures for the children when they grow up and I hope that they show Michelle how much her kids adore her!  Being able to document the connections between a mother and her babies is such an honor and this session was extra special because Michelle's mom came to join in too!  

session style - families - denver family photography

Clients often ask me what they should wear for their session.  I think that style is such an important aspect in producing beautiful finished images so today will be the first in a series of "session style" posts to help you plan for your best photo shoot ever.  I'll share some advice and tips that I've picked up over the years so your session style is a success!  First up: family sessions!

  1. Moms - choose your outfit first.  Then coordinate your family around what you are wearing.  Seriously!  I could almost write a book on this.  It is SO much easier to find something that your kids look cute in that goes with what you've chosen then to try to do it the other way around.  Do yourselves a favor and pick out an outfit for yourself that makes you feel beautiful and then move on to the rest of your family! 
  2. Be true to yourself.  If you are a casual family that lives in flip flops - let's document that.  Don't feel like you need to be something you aren't just because you are having professional photos taken!
  3. Be comfortable.  If you aren't it will come across in your images. 
  4. Coordinating = good.  Matching = not so much.  Don't dress everyone in matching black shirts and blue jeans.  Pick a color scheme and build outfits within it.  Your colors could be inspired by the season, your favorite color pallet or chosen to match the room you are planning on hanging your wall art in (don't laugh - I've done this!).  I personally love light, neutral, natural, and timeless colors like greys, creams, light blues and greens for my family.  Bright, fun, energetic colors can also look amazing in photographs though so if that is more your personality then go for it!
  5. Don't be afraid to add some fun, patterned pieces to the mix - especially on the kiddos.
  6. Avoid wearing anything with a logo or words written on it.
  7. Layers and accessories look awesome in photographs.  Scarves, sun hats, vests, you name it.  Not only can they be fun, but using items like this in some of the photos will give your finished gallery more variety.

Here are a few of my favorite images of families who know how to do it right when it comes to style!