Senior

William- 2019 Senior

“This is the beginning of anything you can dream up.”

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Most shoots take a while to get going, but William was on a mission and I was not about to hold him back! He followed all my cues and we got his session done in a decent amount of time so he could go up to Estes to meet some friends for the rest of the weekend! Claudia and William Session (37 of 91)William was so nice! Even though he wanted to get going he was very sweet and never made me feel like I had to rush. The scenery is some of my favorite! We found a few different backgrounds in the front of Castlewood Canyon State Park that I hadn’t really seen before…who knew? lolClaudia and William Session (26 of 91)

Williams family was also there, along with his twin sister, Claudia, so we obviously had them jump in a few photos as well! These are my favorites:

 

 

Good luck on this new path you are about to head out on and always remember to be you and never stop believing that your dreams are worth fighting for. Congrats again William!Claudia and William Session (35 of 91)

Thanks again for taking the time out of your busy day to read a little more about this sweet young man!!

Love,

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Senior

Claudia- 2019 Senior

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”

-Elenor Roosevelt

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Meet Claudia!!!

Claudia and William Session (91 of 91)This past weekend I had the pleasure of capturing some pretty amazing photos of this beautiful girl (inside and out). We went to Castlewood Canyon State Park, and had so much fun! This place has become one of my absolute favorite spots to shoot at because of all the different back grounds it offers.

It’s always a little weird at the beginning of a shoot, especially if you have never met the person taking your photos, but after we started chatting and getting to know each other it went so smooth. Claudia loosened up quickly, whiched allowed us to laugh about things, and we ended up having a blast! Claudia and William Session (34 of 91)

Claudia is in an exciting time of her life! I wish her the best of luck as she finishes out her senior year of high school and moves onto college and beyond. Thank you for allowing me to take your photos!!Claudia and William Session (63 of 91)

During this session I was able to get a few picture of her with her family as well! Here are a few of those…if you can’t tell, her brother is actually her twin! Congrats both of you and good luck!

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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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Anniversary, Family, Personal, Wedding

The Truth about Marriage…

The TRUTH about marriage:

You know the magazines you got as a kid and you would have to spot the differences between two pictures? Let’s take you back a little bit…What differences do you see between the picture on the left and the picture on the right below?

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The majority of people would obviously see that the hair is not exactly the same, the colors are different, they look like they would be carded in the left picture and maybe not so much in the right. There may be some grey in the guy’s hair, and the picture on the right is obviously better;) lol jk but the real differences are not what you can see but what is on the inside of this couples’ relationship. I look at these pictures side by side, and on the left I see two young kids, naive enough to think that marriage is about being happy all the time and sunshine and rainbows. That the breakfast in bed and flowers every day will continue during the whole marriage. The things that happen while dating, and even engaged will eventually fade and be replaced with fighting and compromising.  If you can learn how to get through the trials then those things will be replaced with that look he gives you when you do something silly or the times he actually puts his clothes in the hamper (this is a rarity ladies) but these small things down the road are still the same love, just in a different form. (The picture above on the left is from the day we got married and the one on the right is from today…10 years later.)

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Caleb and I have been married for 10 years today and our relationship now is a thousand times different than it was July 26, 2008. We were both 22 and both thought we knew what we were getting into. We were getting married because we thought we couldn’t live without each other but in fact that is not the case. I’m not saying that I wish I would have married someone else, it’s actually the complete opposite. I don’t think anyone would have put up with the crap I tried to pull the first few years of our marriage and visa versa. We both had insecurities, and instead of seeking help from each other, we would go to our friends or family for advice. It wasn’t until I realized that he needed to be my person that our marriage started to thrive instead of barely survive.

Caleb IS my person, the person I want to come home and talk to about things because he is a realist but also a dreamer. He makes me a better person and I want to be that for not only myself but for him, and now our kids. Having our kids only made us closer. Our marriage has seen ups and downs and if it weren’t for both of our stubbornness and our willingness to change and grow together, we wouldn’t have lasted. I used to go straight to my girlfriends or my mom when I needed advice and even thought I valued their opinions, Caleb’s is the one that I value the most. His opinion means the most to me, HE means the most to me. I went into my marriage thinking this was true, but soon came to the realization I was still running to my mom and my friends with my problems instead of this amazing and loving husband I had vowed to share everything with.

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After ten years of marriage, here are just a few things to think about as you start or continue yours.

    1. Always communicate and constantly ask questions. This one is a big one. They say communication is key, and this is nothing short of being correct. When Caleb and I put aside our fear and our pride and discussed what was upsetting us without letting it eat away at us could we properly fight. Now, our fights last a totally of maybe ten minutes because as soon as something creeps up that had upset me or made me think something; I confront him with it…not with accusations or passive aggressiveness but with love and compassion. If you can’t give your significant other the benefit of the doubt, it is hard for them to return that favor.
    2. Don’t only communicate but learn to listen. Listen and try to understand each other’s feelings. You both grew up differently and respond to things differently. You will not be an effective listener until you can predict how they are going to respond to a certain situation, given their background.
    3. Never stop dating each other. Ugh, we hear this all the time and it is so true. Continue to ask questions and be interested in your spouse. Do things your spouse doesn’t like to do…like sort the socks she has piled up from the last month that she continually refuses to sort 😉 lol yeah that is me! Or pick up the laundry he has laying directly by the hamper even though you know it would have only taken him a little longer to put it in there. Let the little things go and learn to live their imperfections. This is when you can truly love someone for who they are and NOT who you want them to be
    4. Pick your timing wisely and don’t push your significant other’s buttons on purpose. This sounds pretty easy but when a conversation becomes heated, you get defensive and upset and can let your temper take over and you say things you can’t take back. Ask yourself: Is this really the most constructive setting for my partner to hear what I need to say?

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Caleb, I could not imagine my life without you and you are truly the love of my life. Our children are growing up to be compassionate, respectful, loving and hard-working because of the role model you are. I strive to be a better person because you constantly tell me how amazing I am when I am not confident enough to see it myself. You push me to be a better me and I would not be the person I am without you! I cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives continuing to grow together and make the lives we only dreamed of when we were first married.

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Love Always,

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Family

Shaw Family Portraits

“Kids are such great imitators, so give them something great to imitate”

This quote resonates with me when I think of Brian and Aasta Shaw. I was lucky enough to have a session with this gorgeous family at Garden of the Gods this past Sunday. Aasta knew she wanted to have pictures there and I was totally on board! Garden of the Gods is nothing short of gorgeous and when you add a beautiful family to that you get perfection 🙂

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Brian and Aasta are pros at getting their kids, 5 under the age of 5, together and wrangled up. Aasta and Brian both go to the gym often with all the kids in tow, and do it while looking fantastic! When I first had my twins you were lucky to see me with my hair down and not up in a messy bun, but Aasta does that and more with her twins and her three older kids. CRAZY!!! She is a true inspiration. shaw family 2018 (34 of 89)

Dakari is 5 years old and is the oldest of the kids. He started the session very shy and quiet but once I took him by himself, his little personality shined through. He is so sweet and very soft spoken. This little boy is so intelligent, empathetic, passionate, and a little bit of a perfectionist (which is never a bad thing).

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Kalani is wild and free, a leader, spirited and independent. At times it was hard to get him to look at the camera but when he did, wow! His little smile could brighten up the saddest of people. His curly hair is absolutely awesome and I hope it stays like that forever. At one point, he fell and scraped his knee a bit but after the tears subsided I got some pictures by the fence that are some of my favorite!

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Atreo was in THE BEST MOOD and was all about helping with the twins. He is so loving, and when Brian would give him a chance to love or hold them, his eyes lit up like a kid at Christmas, and he jumped at the opportunity. Atreo is so nurturing, caring and thoughtful. You could tell by the way he wanted to help with his baby brother and sister. He was so curious, energetic, and listened so well when I told him to look at the camera. His little personality just came out in every picture I took!

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These twins are some of the cutest I have ever seen. Allyanna (Ally) is inquisitive, quiet, perceptive, smart, and sweet. Berrick (Bear) is outgoing, talkative, social, and happy go lucky. They both have such different personalities and I could not help but want to snuggle them both. They hardly fussed at all and when they did, Brian and Aasta could calm them down in a matter of seconds. With having twins, after three boys, you can imagine the stress and anxiety that parents can have, but Brian and Aasta handle it like champs. (Just for reference I do NOT call myself a baby photographer and newborns are not my specialty…I have a girl I refer to for that because it is a hard job, but I had to get at least one with just the two of them)

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This is what love looks like. Take notes 🙂

Daddy loves his twinkies!

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Brian and Aasta both show amazing amounts of patience, and love to not only each other but their kids. I could think of nothing better to teach your kids than how to love each other unconditionally. Good job Brian and Aasta for starting to raise such sweet and loving children.

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P.S. Thanks so much to my amazing assistant, Paige McCarthy, who helped hold babies and carry all the things! Couldn’t have done it without you. Although, she probably didn’t mind the baby snuggles!

Thanks for taking the time to read about hit family and stay tuned for more!

Love Always,

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