Friday, May 23, 2014


I love it when photography turns into a relationship.  It is like finding a really good hair stylist.  You love them, you trust them and it is a joy to see them a couple of times a year.  I have never really had a good hair stylist until a few years ago.  I would just go to a cheap place and get the pot-luck of whoever was available at the time.  Not a good idea.  Then a few years ago a friend was going on and on about her stylist.  She was expensive, but worth it.  So I decided to try her out.  I loved her.  She was so personable and we had a lot of mutual acquaintances.  However, she was a bit out of my price range.  She knew that might be the case and at the end of our time, she recommended another stylist (who was more in my price range) who worked at the salon-how cool is that?  So the next time I needed a cut, I booked with her.  And I fell in love.  She knows me and my hair (she is still plenty pricey- but worth every penny especially if you only get your hair cut every 6 months).  You have heard of a Bro-mance?  I might have a Hair-mance.  I just saw her again yesterday and she worked her magic.  With anyone else I might freak out when they literally thin out half of my hair on the underside.  But not with Heidi.  I trust her to make me look and feel good and I love that she knows that I have A TON of hair and she always makes my appointment 15 minutes longer than her usual appointments.  I have even spied notecards where she makes notations about techniques she used that worked well and notes about families and interests so that she can keep up to date.  It isn't just about cutting hair and that is what keeps me coming back.

I want to be that in the photography world.  I don't want it to just be about the pictures.  I want to be about the relationship.  I want people to come back again and again because I remember their names and their kid's interests (Not to freak out past clients, but I have a spread sheet on all of my clients so that I can remember names, dates and places we have gone-thanks to Dad for the spreadsheet part of my brain and Mom for the creative side).  I want to be able to capture those precious moments because you (and your family) feel comfortable with me.  I want to see your kids grow and mark the important milestones in your life.  I want to be your Photo-mance.

This family might not have a Photo-mance with me....but I have one with them.  I started taking pictures of them when their first baby was born.  Now he is two and they have another one on the way.  I have grown with them, taking pictures every 6 months or so for the last two years.  Because I know them, I think that my pictures of them are getting better and better.

When I was downloading the images from this session I was practically squealing.  They are some of my favorites.

Isn't Becky so beautiful?

Aidan, you were a little trickier as you are two and constantly in motion.  But I could drown in those big brown eyes.

I am so glad that we got to sneak in some maternity pictures and I can't wait to meet #2 in September.  This image is seriously one of my favs of all time.
Sigh.  I love my job.
More constant motion.
Hello Colorado Blue Sky.  How I love you.
I chose this spot because it has this cute, old house with weathered white wood and a big porch.  Imagine my horror when I pulled up and it was...under construction.  Nightmare for photographer.  I had all of these images and backgrounds in mind and then, poof, all gone.  However, brillance comes in times of pressure and I got the idea for this one.
Fitting especially because they are having another boy.

It also pushed me to find other spots and then this happened.  The lighting was magical and beauty abounded.
 Brian, your relaxed and easy smile in these pictures made them even more magical!

Thanks for believing in me and letting me document your lives.  It has been a privilege and I can't wait to meet the next McKelvey.

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