Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Cull Family- Denver RiNo Photography

I can't believe that 2016 is over.  It was a great year for me and for LiLo Photography and I can't think of a better session to end 2016 than with this fun family!



Clare is a good friend of one of my good friends.  I love making connections with new people, especially when we have friends in common.  Feels like when we meet we are already friends!  Clare wanted to have a little bit of color in the photos.  Color can be hard to come by in the middle of winter in Colorado.  Either it is white with snow, or brown with dead-looking plants and trees.  So Clare suggested we head downtown and hit the up-and-coming RiNo district.  



This area used to be one of the worst areas in down town with lots of crime and shady areas.  However, the neighborhood is changing and has become an area filled with art, color and sophistication.  I enjoyed walking the streets and finding fun, colorful murals wherever I looked.




Clare and Jim's kids are almost exactly the same ages as my boys so it was easy to relate to them and I enjoyed trying to get them to come out of their shells and capture their unique personalities.





Don't you love all of this color?



The kids enjoyed exploring and they loved finding colors or murals that they liked.  It makes for such an easy session when the kids are invested and when they get to choose the spots for pictures.  Let the kids guide the session and it will make everything easier!




I think this one is my favorite.  Girl picture!



I love the candid, not-perfectly-posed pictures.  It is when the true personality of the kid and/or family comes out.



After the "formal" pictures, we stopped by the car and the girls got their pogo sticks and Peter grabbed his scooter.  I think these pictures are my favorite.  I love the earmuffs, gloves and the playful nature of the pictures.  It perfectly compliments the bright artwork in the back and the kids were totally in their element.










Clare has THE BEST British accent in the world and her son's name is Peter....I felt like I was listening to Moira from the amazing classic movie "Hook".  I LOVE that movie and my kids watched it recently and they have become enamored with it as well.  If you need a good ol' family movie to watch on your next pizza night at home, I highly recommend it.  The food fight scene is the BEST!



Anywho...Clare and Jim, it was lovely to meet you and your fun little family.  I enjoyed every minute of it.  The kids were amazing and so well behaved and I love the way these turned out.




Bring on 2017! 



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Friday, December 30, 2016

I love Christmasy sessions.  Especially when there are two adorable reindeer involved.



I also love big ol' extended family sessions.  Most photographers tend to shy away from them, but I love it.  I love to see the connection between family members and I love that these images will be cherished because I know how much I cherish our big extended family pictures that we had done a few years ago.




I am so glad that Brad's parents were able to come from out East and spend time for the week and also that we were able to do pictures.




These boys are so lucky to have sweet and loving grandmas and grandpas.


This one is one of my favorites! 



I have been taking pictures of both of these boys since they were newborns.  I love being able to watch them grow!




Look at these beautiful women!!


Is there anything cuter than these two all wrapped up in Christmas lights?  Nope.



Brad and Marcie.  You guys are so cute (and a blast to be around.  I love our sessions.)



Father/Daughter and then Mother/Son.  Love it!



Thanks for trusting me with all of your family photos over the last few years.  I love you guys!


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Monday, December 19, 2016

Last Minute Ideas- Christmas is coming!

Hey everyone!  2016 is winding down and it is almost time for Christmas.  Are you a planner-aheader?  Or are you a putter-offer?



I am a type-A personality so I am usually a planner-aheader.  It usually serves me well (unless the kids decide to change what they are going to ask for from Santa at the last minute).

I was pretty on top of it this year and tried really hard to get all of my stuff done ahead of time so that I could really enjoy the season.  I hate rushing around at the last minute and thanks to Amazon Prime, most of my shopping was accomplished online.  It was wonderful!

Are you still looking for a few last minute ideas?  Here are some fun gift ideas for you as you are frantically try to finish up your shopping this week.

Need something small for your co-workers?  Get a cute roll of wrapping paper and attach a brand-new roll of tape and ribbon to it.  Everyone has to wrap packages and therefore this makes a great gift that is very practical.  I did this for my co-workers this year and they loved it.  Easy and cheap.  That is hard to come by.  Target has the cutest wrapping this year for only $2.50!

Need a teacher gift or something small for neighbors or friends?  Did you know that you can buy promo codes for RedBox???  Genius!  You can buy as many codes as you want and have them emailed to you and then you can divide the codes up.   Click here to find their site and then click on "eGifts" and then "buy promo codes".  After you get the codes emailed to you, print out a holiday gift tags (click just above "promo codes" for some really cute ones) and then you can wrap the gift tag around a bag of microwave popcorn and/or candy and then you have a cute and cheap gift for anyone for less than $2.  This is perfect when your kids get into middle and high school and they have 6 teachers.  Now you can get the teachers something they will be able to use to relax with their family over the holiday break without breaking the bank!

Looking for something for grandma?  They love calendars, ornaments, framed photos or anything with pictures of their grandkids.  Shutterfly and Snapfish have so many great, personalized gifts that you can give to your loved ones. 

Cookies- who doesn't love a plate full of home-made goodness?  Each year I bake 2-3 different kinds of cookies and then get together with some family friends and do a cookie exchange.  We spend an hour or so loading plates and plates of cookies for friends, co-workers, mail carriers, trash men, teachers...you name it.  This year we did 77 plates and we each got to take 11 plates home with us.  Everyone LOVES getting them and all it takes is some ingredients and a little love!

Men- are you still looking for something for your wife?  Is she impossible to buy for?  I have a guarantee gift that she will LOVE.  Get her a gift certificate to have your family pictures done.  She will be so happy to have you initiate the process.  I have gift certificates available so let me know if you are interested in making it the best Christmas for your wife.

Anyone else have an easy go-to gift that they want to share??  I would love to hear what you are getting the important people on your list.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

After Shadows Investigators- Littleton Photographer

Mark this down as the most interesting and unusual session I have ever done.
 

This team of investigators are like real life Ghostbusters!  They investigate the paranormal and supernatural realm from a scientific viewpoint. Their goal is to investigate with open hearts but look at the evidence with skeptical minds.  More of science meets spirit but I still like to think of them as Ghostbusters.



They are wanting to ramp up their business and therefore wanted to get their website up to date with professional pictures.



Meet the Team. 


Doug- Psychic (I think he looks like he should be on TV, right??)


Heather- Psychic (It was so interesting to watch her "feel" her way through the cemetery)


Davy- Demonologist (he insisted that he wasn't photogenic, but I seriously beg to differ)


Mieke - Investigator (she had all of the cool equipment)



Diane is their lead and I have been lucky enough to do pictures of her sweet family and their darling little girls.  When she contacted me to do pictures for their team I was excited about the opportunity to do something totally different than my norm.



I have to admit, I am a total scaredy cat when it comes to the paranormal.  My sister, on the other hand, LOVES all things ghosts and loves scary movies.  I probably hate them because she tortured me as a child and LOVED to tell me spooky stories and jump out from around corners to scare me.  When I told her what I was going to do, she asked to tag along.  I always love having her around and she was great about carrying all of my stuff and helping out during the session.  She LOVED it and they even invited her along when they do their next ghost hunt.  She was thrilled!



They wanted to do the session in a cemetery which I was a bit skeptical of.  I tried to do some research of sessions done in cemeteries so I could get some ideas but they were few and far between and most of them were super weird.  SO I went into the session with an open mind and a goal of looking for good lighting and letting the rest fall into place.



I am thrilled with the results.  This team is top notch and I really enjoyed getting to know them.  It was kind of fun wandering through the graves and finding interesting shadows and light.



This is my favorite shot.  This was at the very end as we were all headed back to the cars. I saw the beautiful light coming through the tree and then had them stand in front of it.  Don't you love the long shadows that are cast?



The Littleton Cemetery is home to the remains of the famous Coloradoan, Alfred Packard.  Apparently they had to cement his grave and headstone because people kept digging up the headstone and pranking people by putting it on someone's lawn.  Tacky!!!



We found this freshly dug grave with these beautiful dead flowers.  So sad yet I was drawn to it because it was so beautiful in its own way.



This group recently did some ghost tours at the Melting Pot near Halloween and had some interesting findings.  You can visit their website here to find out more information about them and their findings. And while we didn't see any ghosts (thank goodness for me) they did get a few readings on some of their equipment and they definitely felt some spirits present.  Thanks for a fun and interesting session ASI!



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