So lots of people talk very negatively of 2016. But other then the election drama it was a great year for me! The highlight of my year was giving birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy. As a full time mommy I continued working only part-time hours for the 3rd year in a row, yet I’ve continued to receive more referrals and praise from my clients then ever before. I also rediscovered my love for boudoir photography, artistically capturing the beauty of women of all sizes and ages. And with a new side job as a boudoir photographer for a national company I was able to travel to different cities around the country photographing more women then I ever have before. OK, so I may not have climbed any mountains or traveled to any exotic destinations this year, but surviving 9 months of pregnancy with a wild and stubborn toddler was far more challenging. I debated for a few days whether or not to even do a “Year in Review” for 2016 since I had such fewer photo shoots then normal due to the birth of my second child, and since the majority of boudoir photo shoots I was doing unfortunately can’t be shared publicly (but to see those brave beauties that did let me share their pictures scroll down). But then I realized this “year in review” has become an annual journal for me. It’s typically the only time I share any personal pictures on my blog (including the not so great cell phone shots below). And as much as I sincerely love getting personal updates from my clients, I hope they appreciate me sharing my life with them as well. So thanks for reading this far, and keep on reading through my comments below for more details, or just scroll through the pictures if that’s more your thing. 😉
sailing in peace on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans
2016 started and ended in my hometown of New Orleans. Its hard for us to miss being home with our family for the holidays, so for the past few years we’ve made sure to be home for Christmas and often for New Years as well. And of course we need to get our fixin of cajun food, live music, and the French Quarter.
Starting the New Years in New Orleans, and then back again in February for a wedding in the French Quarter
sunset in Pensacola Beach, FL
3.5 months pregnant- our “babymoon” in Pensacola Beach, FL (photo by my husband)
back in Colorado-family fun on the Breckenridge gondola, going up to see Michael Franti & Spearhead
frozen river in Breckenridge and the downtown riverwalk in Milwaukee, WI
my dog playing in the snow and snow covered flowers in the Spring
trip to the Sand Dunes in Colorado
2 yr birthday portraits at the Sand Dunes in Colorado
family camping at Apogaea arts festival
pregnant and working in Chicago, self-portrait with the “Cloud Gate” sculpture
while working on assignment in Chicago I made sure to enjoy the architecture
When wedding season started in May I got busy fast documenting weddings. However with an August due date I only booked weddings through June to make sure I was physically capable of the long hours and ninja moves needed to capture a wedding. That didn’t give me much time to do many weddings this year but I couldn’t be more excited with the ones I was able to do. All fun laid-back couples full of love and romance. I did find it interesting that half of my weddings this year happened to be same sex couples. But it does make sense to see a rise in same sex weddings since the Supreme Court just passed a law permitting same sex marriages in June of 2015. Not that there are more gay couples, but a lot of lesbian and gay couples that have been together for a long time are so excited by the new law that they are finally having their formal weddings in celebration, and hopefully those laws will stay that way.
two brides, one love. wedding in Estes Park, CO
romance surrounded by the wedding veil
One of my favorite wedding venues in Colorado- Highlands Ranch Mansion
end of the night wedding kiss at Highlands Ranch Mansion
love is equal
a fun Italian wedding dance
a romantic wedding in Estes Park, Colorado
romantic wedding portraits at Highlands Ranch Mansion
wedding toasts that get everyone laughing
wedding party fun at Highlands Ranch Mansion
I also got the opportunity to do a photo shoot this year with the amazing dress designer Jade Locke of The Secret Boutique. She found me online and thought my style of photography matched her custom rebellious dresses. And when I saw her dresses I couldn’t agree more. Jade and all her bride models below were great to work with, and fit perfectly with the unique sculptures of Rancho Ricardo Gardens.
unique bridal portraits at Rancho Ricardo, dresses by The Secret Boutique
2 brides and an amazing sculpture in Colorado
unique bridal portraits at Rancho Ricardo, dresses by The Secret Boutique
I also photographed a good bit of headshots in 2016. Headshots are always a challenge since most people don’t tend to like pictures of themselves. Yet its so important to have a good professional photo of yourself that can be used for your business or even just your social media profile.
fun casual lifestyle headshots
lifestyle headshots with Denver skyline
environmental headshots of powerful women
headshots in Denver
A family I’ve been capturing for years, love this series of their growing family!
I’ve been photographing this family since they were just an engaged couple till married with 2 kids
One thing I did a lot more of this year was boudoir photography. I first started doing boudoir back in New Orleans over a decade ago. But when I came to Denver I fell in love with weddings and focused my business around them. I still always did boudoir photography here and there, mostly for my brides to be as surprise gifts for their husbands, or for anniversary gifts years after their wedding. But this past year I did more portraits of women then I ever have before. And its been so amazing to work with so many women, each beautiful in her own way, and to see their reaction to these daring photos of themselves. They are almost always shy and nervous at first, but they always greatly appreciate the beauty I help them find in themselves. And many women for personal or professional reasons don’t want images of themselves shared online, which is totally understandable and their choice. But I do applaud and greatly thank each of these brave woman below for allowing me to show off these gorgeous works of art that you helped me create.
rebeillious boudoir photography in Denver
fun boudoir in Denver
beautiful boudoir in Denver
unique Denver boudoir photography
romantic bridal boudoir portraits
I had a couple maternity sessions this year, which I always love to do as well. One of them was a former bride of mine and we did a maternity boudoir session and incorporated her wedding veil. The other mom-to-be was a rebellious free-spirit that was excited to document her beautiful pregnant body outdoors, during this rare time in her life. And since these brave women bared it all, its only fair that I also share some pretty revealing self-portraits of myself that I took while on a photo assignment in Chicago.
maternity boudoir with the mom-to-be’s wedding veil
maternity pictures in CO
romantic maternity portraits
getting a little rebellious with maternity boudoir self-portraits while on assignment in Chicago
And then of course, I had to have someone do my own maternity pictures. I’m very fortunate as a photographer to also know a lot of other photographers. And I certainly appreciate professional pictures of myself and my own family. So I had a few different photographers capture my pregnancy and the first few days of life with my newborn. I love both the candid lifestyle approach as well as the posed portraits, so I found photographers that could give me a mix of styles.
a gorgeous maternity family photo by Sarah & Song Photography
lifestyle family photos at our home by Joy Walz
my toddler loved to give my belly kisses by Lifestyle by Joy
almost 9 months pregnant and still rocking at the Denver Underground Music Showcase
my son and I, birth photography by Jessica Mielke
a baby is born, by Jessica Mielke
my precious newborn by Angela Kleinsasser
a family walk around Evergreen, CO
big sis watches over her baby brother
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing up in costume and the beautiful colors of fall. And thankfully I was able to get the whole family on board to be a pirate family.
pirates for Halloween
we were blessed with a long, warm, and gorgeous fall this year
fall in Breckenridge, CO
a drive through Breckenridge, CO in the fall
a joyful Christmas baby
taking a break from being mom to enjoy a holiday party with a friend
And now its Christmas which means back to New Orleans where the year began. We got to spend lots of time with our family and friends, and of course eat a ton of good food and even catch some live music on Frenchmen St. Its definitely more challenging to travel now with 4 of us, but it was so worth the trip and hopefully we can get back to New Orleans soon.
daddy and son among the oak trees in Audubon Park & hanging with the cousins at the zoo
holding onto grandpa at the Global Wildlife Center in Louisiana
New Orleans brass band plays on Frenchmen St.
Happy New Year 2018! (she may look a little scared here but she was actually thrilled to play with fire)