2016 Year in Review

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

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.

New Years in New Orleans, and then back again for a wedding in 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

sunset in Pensacola Beach, FL

our babymoon in Pensacola Beach, FL

3.5 months pregnant- our “babymoon” in Pensacola Beach, FL (photo by my husband)

 

Colorado- family fun on the Breckenridge gondola

back in Colorado-family fun on the Breckenridge gondola, going up to see Michael Franti & Spearhead

landscape in Breckenridge and the riverwalk in Milwaukee, WI

frozen river in Breckenridge and the downtown riverwalk in Milwaukee, WI

Spring snow in Denver

my dog playing in the snow and snow covered flowers in the Spring

Sand Dunes in Colorado

trip to the Sand Dunes in Colorado

2yr birthday portraits at the Sand Dunes in Colorado

2 yr birthday portraits at the Sand Dunes in Colorado

family camping at Apogaea arts festival

family camping at Apogaea arts festival

pregnant in Chicago, self-portait with the "Cloud Gate" sculpture

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

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

two brides, one love. wedding in Estes Park, CO

surrounded by the wedding veil

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

end of the night wedding kiss at Highlands Ranch Mansion

wedding rings

wedding rings

love is equal, gay wedding photography

love is equal

a fun Italian wedding dance

a fun Italian wedding dance

a romantic wedding in Estes Park, Colorado

a romantic wedding in Estes Park, Colorado

romantic wedding portraits at Highlands Ranch Mansion

romantic wedding portraits at Highlands Ranch Mansion

wedding toasts that get everyone laughing

wedding toasts that get everyone laughing

wedding bands

wedding bands

wedding music

wedding music

wedding party fun at Highlands Ranch Mansion

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

unique bridal portraits at Rancho Ricardo, dresses by The Secret Boutique

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

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

fun casual lifestyle headshots

lifestyle headshots with Denver skyline

lifestyle headshots with Denver skyline

environmental headshots of powerful women

environmental headshots of powerful women

headshots in Denver

headshots in Denver

A family I’ve been capturing for years, love this series of their growing family!

family series of engaged couple till married with 2 kids

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

rebeillious boudoir photography in Denver

fun boudoir in Denver

fun boudoir in Denver

beautiful boudoir in Denver

beautiful boudoir in Denver

unique Denver boudoir photography

unique Denver boudoir photography

romantic bridal boudoir portraits in Denver

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

maternity boudoir with the mom-to-be’s wedding veil

maternity pictures in CO

maternity pictures in CO

romantic maternity portraits

romantic maternity portraits

 maternity boudoir self-portraits in Chicago

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

a gorgeous maternity family photo by Sarah & Song Photography

lifestyle family photos at our home by Joy Walz

lifestyle family photos at our home by Joy Walz

my toddler loved to give my belly kisses

my toddler loved to give my belly kisses by Lifestyle by Joy

pregnant at the Denver Underground Music Showcase

almost 9 months pregnant and still rocking at the Denver Underground Music Showcase

my son and I, birth photography by Jessica Mielke

my son and I, birth photography by Jessica Mielke

a baby is born, by Jessica Mielke

a baby is born, by Jessica Mielke

newborn photography by Angela Kleinsasser

my precious newborn by Angela Kleinsasser

a family walk around Evergreen, CO

a family walk around Evergreen, CO

big sis watches over her baby brother

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.

pumpkin hunting

pumpkin hunting

pirates for Halloween

pirates for Halloween

a fall frolic in the woods

we were blessed with a long, warm, and gorgeous fall this year

fall in Breckenridge, CO

fall in Breckenridge, CO

a bright orange drive through Breckenridge, CO in the fall

a drive through Breckenridge, CO in the fall

a joyful Christmas baby

a joyful Christmas baby

toddler and baby sibling love in Christmas outfits

sibling love

Fantastic Hosts holiday party

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

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

holding onto grandpa at the Global Wildlife Center in Louisiana

New Orleans brass band plays on Frenchmen St.

New Orleans brass band plays on Frenchmen St.

toddler with sparkler

Happy New Year 2018! (she may look a little scared here but she was actually thrilled to play with fire)

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