Maternity to First Year Portraits

Baby’s 1st year…starting with pregnancy

I first documented Sarah & Michael’s life together with engagement pictures at Red Rocks, followed by their gorgeous wedding at Church Ranch Event Center.

So of course I was excited when they asked me to document the next chapter in their lives, the new addition to their family! We started with maternity portraits at Standley Lake.   We had a gorgeous sunset over the lake which made for some incredible pictures.  Maternity pictures are some of my favorite to do.  It’s a celebration of the life to come, and the amazing ability of the female body to carry this human being into the world.

Then about 6-7 months later we met again for pictures at their home with their baby boy.  I always recommend doing baby pictures in the comfort of your own home so you have all the necessities, diapers, milk, etc…easily on hand.  There’s usually less posing and more playing which helps create more natural images to capture the memories of these first few months together.  I refer to these as lifestyle sessions because they make for a more personal story of your lives together.  We still do some posed family portraits together, but capturing the candid moments of the family connecting together is priceless.  I was able to get some pictures of their dog interacting with the baby, pictures in his adorable superhero baby room, and we could take the time for him to play with his favorite toys and for daddy to read him his favorite chemistry book.

Then before we knew it, a year had gone by and we were meeting again for his 1st year pictures.  This time they wanted to meet in downtown Denver for portraits with a fun urban style, which are some of my favorite to do as well!  There are so many unique spots around the city for pictures, from the industrial bridges to the Union Station, and even the alleyways in between!  Scroll down to see pictures from their first year together as a family of 3.

artistic maternity portraits against a sunset

maternity portraits against a sunset

maternity portraits with their dog

maternity portraits with their dog

maternity portraits with their dog

maternity portraits with their dog

maternity portraits in Denver

maternity portraits in Denver

bronco

cutest bronco’s baby jersey

bronco

a Broncos fan before he’s born

dramatic lighting with maternity portraits

I loved the dramatic lighting in these pictures

black and white maternity portraits

it’s amazing what the female body is capable of during pregnancy

maternity silhouettes against a sunset

maternity silhouettes against a sunset

artistic maternity portraits

artistic maternity portraits

 

6 Month Lifestyle Baby Pictures
And after just a few challenging, exhausting, yet incredible few months later we did his 6 month pictures.  I met the family at their home and even though he may have not been having the happiest of days (you can never quite predict those baby emotions) we still managed to get some adorable and memorable pictures to capture this time in his life.

family photos black and white

6 month old family pictures

fun lifestyle family photos

family photography at home

family photos black and white

all hands on deck

baby superhero room

his superhero room

baby tears

even the cries are cute

baby boy and his dog

baby’s best friend

fun lifestyle family photos

fun lifestyle family photos

family photography at home

such a cutie

baby reading chemistry book with dad

like father like son

 

1 Year Baby Pictures – he’s walking!!
This little guy was anxious to get around on his own and started walking around 11 months!  You can tell he is curious by nature and will be off running before you know it, watch out Mommy and Daddy!  The day after this photo shoot he celebrated his 1st birthday with friends and family.

baby walking with mom and dad

walking with mom and dad

family cuddles

family cuddles

unique family portraits

unique family portraits

unique family portraits in downtown Denver

unique family portraits in downtown Denver

family fun around downtown Denver

family fun around downtown Denver

baby and mommy

baby and mommy

mommy love

urban family pictures around downtown Denver

urban family pictures around downtown Denver

fun family pictures downtown Denver

so much personality!

fun family pictures downtown Denver

fun family pictures downtown Denver

cute baby walking

not only is he cute, he’s walking before his 1st birthday!

a family stroll through downtown Denver

a stroll through downtown Denver

having fun in front of the Union Station

having fun in front of the Union Station

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Haley E Allen - That is so awesome you got to be a part of all these important events in their lives – and you nailed this one! Beautiful maternity & first year portraits of this family. I know they are thrilled!October 8, 2018 – 2:13 pm

Jamie Kraus - Aww, it’s so amazing to see what a difference a year (and a little bit) makes. What a fun family!October 8, 2018 – 11:27 am

Carrie - I love the progression and growth all in one blog post. Great images and catching the little ones personality!October 7, 2018 – 9:43 pm

Ginny - Its so fun to see how time passes in sessions like these!!!October 4, 2018 – 8:47 pm

Savannah - I love that you included images from all of their sessions! It’s so fun to watch the little guy get bigger in each series <3October 4, 2018 – 3:53 pm

Donna - How fun to watch this family grow! And what a cutie!October 4, 2018 – 2:51 pm

Suzanne lopez - What a great blog post and I can see why this beautiful family has chosen you to document their journey through life! You do beautiful work that captures true emotion!!!October 4, 2018 – 2:08 pm

Kathryn Kim - Awww precious family! I love seeing the progression all the way from maternity to one year old! He is a handsome little fella, and they are such an adorable family! Love all of these especially the downtown Denver sesh!October 4, 2018 – 1:28 pm

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