Family

Maruska Family

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”

– Desmond Tutu

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Meet the Maruskas…Silas, Allison, Joe and Nathan (left to right) I have known this family for quite some time. We met at church a long time ago and have stayed in contact ever since!

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Silas was a silly boy and we had some good laughs! He is a HUGE fan of comedy! He quoted a lot of Bill Engvall, and I actually knew some of the references! He warmed up right away and was super sweet the whole time.

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Nathan was a little more reserved than his brother, but what do you expect from a teenager. Despite his best effort to not enjoy the shoot, I had him laughing and cracking jokes by the end of it! Nathan is also very sweet and very well mannered!

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What two fantastic boys you have raised Joe and Allison!

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Joe and Allison have been married for 15 years and are just so cute! You can tell they have the marriage thing down. We all know marriages aren’t perfect, but these two compliment each other and have learned how to communicate over the years! It made for a super easy shoot with them. PROM POSE,  because why not!! 😉

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For those who do not know, Allison is an author! If you are a reader at all you should check it out! At the shoot we threw in a few headshots for her book that is in the works! Her book info is here: https://allisonmaruska.com/my-books

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I had so much fun, and fox run park is always an amazing place to shoot at! There are so many options, and the sun always gives me great lighting, even through the hundreds of trees and amazing scenery!

maruska family-1Thank you so much for taking the time to read about this sweet family and for joining with me on my journey! I appreciate your constant love and recommendations! You are all the reason I get to do what I LOVE!

Love,

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Family

Cowan Family Session

“Family is not defined by our genes, it is built and maintained through love”

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Meet John and Kelly Cowan. They live in a beautiful neighborhood northwest of Castle Rock and the scenery was so pretty we just used it as the backdrop!!!

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Next up are Steve and Jozie! Their daughter Stephanie and son, Richie, were there and as you will soon find out Sean and Stephanie are the reason these two families came into each others lives!

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This is Richie and Emily! They couldn’t stay long, but we made sure to get all the pictures we could before they headed out! They are an adorable couple aren’t they?

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Kelly reached out to me and asked about family sessions so we scheduled a date! Lucky for them, there daughter in laws’ parents were able to be there with their other son so we got them all done at once! Talk about killing two birds with one stone (maybe not the best analogy but the only one I can think of right now LOL)

John and Kelly have two kids and two grandkids! Their oldest is Sean who is married to Stephanie and they have two kids, Cooper and Ryan. Ashley is the youngest and is an absolutely amazing woman. She was so sweet and is a lot like her mom!

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AHHHH…the grandparents with their pride and joy, Cooper and Ryan!

This is Cooper and Ryan. Like almost all kids, they were not happy about having to sit still and take pictures, however with the help of grandpa and the rest of this crazy bunch we got some really adorable pictures!

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Of course we can’t forget about the dogs! They were all so sweet and once the treats were pulled out they were picture perfect! 😉

 

Thank you for taking the time to read about these two families loving life along side each other! Thank you for the opportunity to photograph your families John, Kelly, Steve and Jozie! It was truly a pleasure!

Love,

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Family

Maybury Family

“Find your tribe, love them hard”

maybury family (12 of 75)This family is truly one in a million! Meet Vickie (middle), Becky and Paddy! Then meet Marley, Emmy, Harmony, Matty and Riley. (left to right) We will get to know the dogs a little better later in the blog, don’t worry 🙂

maybury family (27 of 75)This family was so much fun and with the help of an assistant, I got some great shots of them looking at the camera! Squeaky toys and treats came in VERY handy for this shoot!

 

Vickie is a highly dynamic and talented MASTER DIRECTOR of Skyline Chorus! Skyline is a part of Sweet Adelines International! Sweet Adelines is made up of hundreds of choruses throughout the world. They do a lot of educational programs and some of the choruses compete in contests through out the year. The ladies of Skyline enjoy a love of singing and an enthusiasm for sharing the joy of music. The chorus is the 2016 4th Place International medalist, and sport a repertoire that includes gospel, pop, show tunes, old ballads that tug at your heartstrings and of course traditional barbershop melodies. I am super lucky to be a part of Skyline! We will be competing in the October 2018 International competition in St. Louis! We are truly blessed to have such an amazing and loving leader to take us there.

 

Becky is Vickie’s oldest and is a social worker. On top of ALL the work she does at her date job, she is a HUGE part of the chorus, and has been since she was in her mamas’ belly 🙂 Becky is the assistant director for Skyline Chorus, in Denver, along side her mom. She also does learning tracks for the chorus and she sings lead in Vintage, a fantastic quartet that is making their way to international along with Skyline this year. If you want to check out more about what Becky does, check my blog about her amazing quartet, Vintage, here: https://mandypennphotography.com/2018/07/31/vintage-quartet/

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Paddy, like his mom and sister, is also extremely talented and sings as well. He sings with Sound of the Rockies, a mens barbershop chorus in Denver. Paddy has a great sense of humor and is really down to earth. He is currently Becky’s roommate, so Matty, Marley and Riley get to be together 😉  Riley and him are best buds!

maybury family (52 of 75)This is Matty, at 13, she is the oldest of the dogs. If you cant tell, she is an Australian Shepherd and is SUPER soft! Becky actually got her when she was in her undergrad program.

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Marley is almost 18 months old. She is one month younger than Harmony. Becky says, “I got her because I was afraid I wouldn’t get another dog after Matty.”

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This gorgeous gal is Emmy, and she is a 12 year old Springer Spaniel. She is Vickies dog and helps keep Harmony in line, which takes a lot of work! Emmy is always so sweet and loving..because she is a little older she is pretty calm so that helped for pictures 😉

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Speaking of Harmony…she is 18 months old and is also a Springer Spaniel like Emmy! She is so full of energy and just LOVES everyone! Vickie actually flew to Nevada to pick her up and she knew right then that she was the perfect puppy for her!

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This is Riley and he is 9 years old. He is a heeler mix and was the best behaved out of all the pups! Paddy was pretty good also!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read about this amazing family and their pups! Stay tuned for the next blog coming tomorrow! Till next time…

Love,

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Family

Peart Family Session

“Family- where life begins, and love never ends”

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This family was a TON of fun.

Cherry Creek Village is a gorgeous neighborhood and luckily for Christine and Dave, their landscape was absolutely gorgeous so we didn’t have to go anywhere to get absolutely stunning backgrounds for their family pictures!

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Dave was so funny and made jokes that I laughed super hard at…I think after a while you get used to them when its your husband or your dad…I just roll my eyes now when my dad or Caleb make a joke because its the same thing LOL. Dave was a lot of fun and was super excited about the shoot…he loved all the backgrounds, the poses, and was a blast to work with.

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Dave and Christine are pretty cute…they were super sweet and you can tell that they love each other very much. They have been married for 20 years and have two beautiful boys, 2 dogs, 1 cat and a gorgeous home to show for it. I love talking to couples who are older then me, and have been together a long time. They always have a lot of insight into life that sometimes you never thought about.

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Christine reached out to me to do senior pictures for her oldest son, Carson, and then realized they hadn’t had family pictures done for a while. Since I was there we did both shoots! I was there longer then usual, but it was less travel time for me, and we got two shoots done at one time! 🙂

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Ethan was mister personality and full of energy! He was silly but a blast to work with. He is your typical teenage boy with a slice of attitude 😉

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Carson was super sweet! I did a senior session with him before the family shoot so he was already warmed up for these pictures!

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Meet Dempsey.  I made sure to take a few pictures of him alone since he has been a part of the family for so long.

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This is Bella..like most dachshund’s, her tongue is SOOO long…she obviously LOVES Dave! This photo just proves that.

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I was so lucky to be able to capture your super adorable and fun family! Thank you Dave and Christine! You are both truly blessed!

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Thanks for taking the time to check out this awesome family. Make sure to stay tuned for the next blog in a few days! Till next time…

Love,

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Engagement, Family

Kim + Jeremy

“To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to be loved by the person you love is everything.“

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BEST PICTURE EVER!!!! This has got to be one of the best ones yet…these kids were rockstars when I asked them to show me how they feel about their parents kissing!!! LOL

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Meet Kim and Jeremy! Kim found me on WeddingWire. I gave her a call and it was like talking to a friend. Those consults always are my favorite…where you end up talking about everything under the sun for two hours! I was so happy when Kim sent me her deposit and booked me for her and Jeremy’s wedding, December 31st! Yup! New Year’s Eve…but it’s a day wedding so there will be plenty of time for partying afterwards!

kim and jeremy engagement-family (12 of 57)Since their wedding is coming up fast we hopped right into things, and I squeezed her into my schedule to get the engagement session done.

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Most engagement sessions are just the bride and groom but my heart jumped when he wanted to include their kids also! I asked her is she wanted a bunch of the kids or just a few and her response was, “well we are all going into this marriage and they are a huge part of that.” I loved that and their kids were so much fun!

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Dom is the oldest boy and was so sweet and such a good listener! He helped keep the little ones happy and was so nice!

kim and jeremy engagement-family (3 of 57)Natalie is the oldest girl and she is gorgeous with her dark hair and her freckles! She looked like an American girl doll! She was super sweet and very willing to help! 

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JJ stands for Jeremiah Jackson! How cute is that name? I’m obsessed! Luckily I’m not having anymore kids ;). He had so much energy along with his sister Madilynn! Madilynn is absolutely beautiful and super goofy!

kim and jeremy engagement-family (57 of 57)This family was so much fun to work with and you can see all the love they have for one another. I am truly blessed with this job to be able to meet such great people who are living life and doing it together!

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Thanks for taking the time to read about this adorable family! Till next time!

Love,

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Family

Balcerovich/Merritt Family Session

“Time spent with family, is worth every second.”

This family is near and dear to my heart!

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I have known Kim since high school, which means I have known her family for quite some time! Jim and Connie got married when we were seniors and they are super cute together! Jim is such a jokester, and always lightens the mood! I could never be upset around him because he would always say something funny and it would immediately make me laugh. As long as I have known Kim, Jim has always treated me like a daughter! Unlike Jim, I have only recently gotten to know Connie as well. She has seen my kiddos grow up occasionally at different events. She is so kind and loving…Jim is a lucky man!

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Travis is Connie’s brother and is extremely nice! He made some super fun facial expressions and has the heart of a child. He is truly one in a million.

 

This cute little family has done lots of moving and is on their way back to Okinawa for another year. After that we will see where the military sends them next!

 

Kim and Jonny started dating when we were in highs school, and have now been together for 13 years! I have had the privilege to not only see them grow as a couple, but to see their little family grow as well!

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Grace is just adorable and has so much sass. She was awesome at helping me pick locations, when I would ask, and when I asked her what she wanted to do she always had the answer! She was like my little assistant. I might have to hire her to go on shoots with me!

 

This is one of my favorite pictures of the shoot! Grace was hiding her face, and counting in the background when I asked Jonny to kiss Kim… Grace is so adorable! Normally I will stage this but this was all Grace…it worked out perfectly, don’t you think?

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Grace loves her grandpa so much…its a shame they don’t more fun together!

 

Grace and her mama! Kim is so involved with Grace. Since she runs her own business and is a stay at home mom, it allows her to do some really awesome things with her. Grace is always experiencing new things and spends lots of time with her mama!

 

Jonny and Grace have such a great relationship and he loves her so much…Im worried for when she starts having crushes!!! Watch out…this military dad won’t put up with any heart breaks for his little girl!

 

Thank you for allowing me to capture these moments and interactions between your beautiful family…so happy you all are doing so well… keep loving and enjoying life!

Balcerovich-Merritt Family 2018 (107 of 123)Thank you to everyone who took the time out of their day to read about this family, who keeps it together through everything…just like you! Have a great day!

Love,

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Family, First Birthday, twins

Happy 1st B-Day Sawyer and Raylan

“Double the giggles, double the grins, double the trouble, when you’re blessed with twins”

Twin are in deed lots of trouble. They get into mischief, they push each others buttons, but they also challenge each other. Twins are truly amazing. They know just how to love each other and are best friends.

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I met Sara when a mutual friend reached out to me and informed me that Sara and Ronnie had just had their twins (boy/girl) at 29 weeks and 6 days. That was the exact time my kiddos came into the world…and at the same hospital no less. I reached out to Sara and scheduled a time to go see her, even though I hadn’t met her yet. Having a child that early let alone two is scary…no matter how healthy they might be. I stayed for about an hour and told them my kids’ story and what may or may not be in their future. Every child and circumstance is different.

 

Sawyer has had some issues with reflux, which is hard for Babros because it can result in either a lot of spitting up or a lot of pain, and in dashers case it is both. Did you know that Bananas have a lot of acid in them? I would have never known that! She is getting better day by day though. Raylan had issues with back strength for crawling but with therapy he overcame that obstacle! He is not as interested in solid food yet which will come with time. Despite the obstacles, these little ones overcame in the NICU they are so trough and are thriving!! 

Miss Sawyer was one of the happiest little girls in the world the day of the shoot. She would smile almost every time I talked to her. She got tired towards the end but just got super lovey and quiet. She was a little sassy for not even one. I can only imagine how that sass will get her in trouble when she gets older 😉 lol. Sara told me that she calls Sawyer soy sauce because she can be salty…cutest thing ever!!!

Mr. Raylan was a little harder to get to cooperate. He is a lot like my son, in that they are not happy if they are tired or hungry! You could tell that he was having a hard day, but despite the tears and sad faces the pictures still caught his little personality. You can see his tear filled eyes in some of the pictures and it just breaks your heart. Yes kids cry, but he was not happy that I wanted to take pictures of him! He is so handsome though don’t you think?

I have loved watching them grow and strive despite the difficulties they have had to endure over the past year! A lot of people don’t ever experience the NICU but it is a place that can be sad and lonely if you let it consume you. If you focus on the positives and small steps your children are making than you get through it much easier. This is, of course, easier said then done. The staff at St. Francis is phenomenal though, and they continue to love and care for premie babies…some of the same nurses that took care of my boy/girl 29 and 6 day twins are the same nurses that took care of Sara’s boy/girl 29 and 6 day twins. What a small world!

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Ronnie got a job in Texas so we made time before they left to get some birthday and family pictures. We had the shoot scheduled at Rock Ledge Ranch and at one point we walked over to the field for some more pictures of just the kids and there were sheep in the field grazing, it was so cool! You can barely make them out in the background…I wish we could have gotten closer but I was not about to scare them OR the babies!

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Look at that face! O.M.G. What a cutie patootie!

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Thank you Sara and Ronnie for allowing me to capture these pictures…your children are truly amazing and I can see how much love you both have for them. They will only continue to grow and thrive in the environment you have provided them. You should be very proud of the parents you have become.

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Happy 1st Birthday to Sawyer and Raylan! I only pray you continue to grow strong and become loving, compassionate kids.

Thank you as always for taking the time out of your busy day to read more about this amazing family and where life is taking them!

Love Always,

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