Family

Field Family Fall Session- 2018

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree.” – Emily Bronte

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Meet Rory, Brianna, Amelia, Paisley and Daphne (Great Dane puppy). Fall is my absolute favorite season…pumpkin everything, crunching of the leaves beneath your feet, scarves, but most of all the colors! Colorado is a beautiful place during all of its seasons but I find that Fall is the prettiest.

 

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This year fall came really fast, and is going to be gone before we know it, so I was sure happy that the timing worked out just right to do the perfect fall session with this amazing family. I have had this family session booked for a while but we wanted to wait until the leaves changed! Winter is fast approaching, and it’s gonna be a crazy one! I was so happy that the weather was gorgeous for us!

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Okay, so these shirts were hand knitted by a mutual friend of Brianna and mine, Denise! SAY WHAT??? Yeah, we have super talented friends. There was, however, an outfit disaster. When Brianna went to Denise’s house the day of the shoot, before lunch, they realized that one of the shirts was WAY too big…not like we can clothespin it too big, but like swimming in it too big. So Denise sayss ” Well I have a few hours so let me make a new one,” and whips it out in 5 hours!!! WHAT??? They are awesome, and looked absolutely adorable on the girls!

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It took a little bit for the girls to warm up to me and trust me, but once they did they were a bunch of hams, and were all about the pictures!! I let them run around and asked  where they wanted to shoot so it made it more fun for them, as opposed to me telling them what to do! I was able to get some fun pictures without them looking stiff 🙂 They both were an absolute blast to work with! When they were together they would pose like they were best friends! Nothing is better than having a sister…especially so close in age!

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Amelia is 6, making her the oldest of the two. She tried showing me a little attitude but it was all show. She was a great listener! When I gave her the option of where to go next or what to do, she began to trust me a little more, and was having a blast by the end of the shoot!

 

This is little Paisley and she is 4. Oh man, this one is adorable and she knows it! She has this thing where she thinks its funny/cute to stick out her tongue…I found myself saying “Paisley put your tongue back in your mouth,” quite a bit, but then again, all kids have little things that they love to do like that. At the end of the shoot I had her give me a fun picture with her tongue out and she loved it, and so did mom!

 

Rory and Brianna have been married for 8 years…I always smile when I hear of couples who are still together after so many years because marriage is hard, but these two are still happy and in love! Through having two kiddos, and everyday life they make it work, better than most! I loved watching them interact with each other, and the girls during the shoot. They are a true inspiration!

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I LOVE meeting new people, and having the opportunity to capture special moments in their lives. This family is special and I can’t wait for our next shoot together!

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Thank you for taking the time to read about the newest family to get in front of my camera! They were such a blast! I hope, some day, to capture your family as well! Hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!

Love,

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Tyrer Family

“A cousin is a ready made friend for life.”

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Meet Adrianna, Scarlett, Gavin, and Jordan. I always feel pretty good about getting the kids to look at me, but these goobers were just having way too much fun 🙂 Here are a few of my favorite pics of the kids…they will make an awesome canvas don’t you think?

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The boys are just as handsome as ever…they both were quiet, but super smiley for me. I made sure to get a few different combinations, both with and without the girls, and a few alone.

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I have taken pictures of these girls before so they gave me all the goofiness!

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Umm…not sure if you can see but this family was and is always adorable.

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Travis and Kristina own a boutique (Bella Marie- check it out online) out of their home, so the clothes she and the girls wear are always fashion approved!

Travis and Kristina have the cutest girls, don’t you think? I did a mini session with just the girls back in July but was super happy when Kristina reached out to me to do pictures for their mom of their girls and nephews. The shoot started with  just the kids and then we did the family pictures of Travis, Kristina, Adrianna and Scarlett.

These photos sum up Scarletts personality…cutest thing ever right?

Throughout the shoot I would show the girls the pictures and it kept them occupied between shots. At the end I had the camera around my neck and let both the girls take a picture, and they did a great job…photography experts already!!

Thank you so much for all your continued love and support and for taking the time out of your day to read about these cute kids and gorgeous family! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Love,

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Family

Surprises all around…

“Family, like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain the same. ” -Unknown

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Meet Rhonda, Mike, Tyler, Justin, Brandon, Jessica, Jena, Nora, Lizzie and Madeleine!

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This family was so much fun because the shoot was full of surprises for the beautiful Rhonda.

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Jena, one of Rhondas daughters, reached out to me a few months ago, and told me she and her family were throwing a surprise party for their mom Rhonda. Since everyone was going to be in town they wanted to get some family pictures done! So Rhonda had NO idea that everyone was coming…it made me so happy to see the happiness on her face when the guys (Tyler and Justin) walked up while I was snapping pictures.

We met at the beautiful Mesa Overlook to start and then drove over to Garden of the Gods since the sun was sooo bright. The weather was a little chilly…we actually changed the time of the shoot from Sunday since the crazy Colorado weather was supposed to be below freezing, and the cold would not have been fun with three little girls.

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Mike is Rhonda’s husband, and they are the proud parents of these three amazing girls…Jena, Jessica and Tyler. They make up a beautiful family, don’t you think?

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This is Jenna, Brandon and little Madeleine. Madeleine was so adorable…she had boots on and enjoyed kicking them off throughout the shoot.

This is Justin, Jessica, Nora and Lizzie. The girls were so good and gave me some super awesome smiles.

This is one of my favorite images of these cuties.

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Uncle Tyler and the girls! How cute!!

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Little Madeleine was such a trooper and was full of smiles 🙂

Meeting new people and seeing different family dynamics is only only one thing I love about my job!

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Thank you so much for reading about this fun and exciting shoot with this family! Stay tuned for more from me this week 🙂

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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!

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Love,

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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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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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