2017 | Year in Review

I've always believed that photography is about more than just pictures of life's little moments, to be printed, shared, and framed. Photographs give us a chance to relive life's experiences. The joy, the tears, the love, the pleasure, the tastes, the sights, the laughter... it is because of photography that we can relive these moments for years to come.

In a fast-paced world, where life seems to be going by in an instant, I love how photography stops time. Each little fleeting moment can be captured and experienced again and again. And when we reflect on the nostalgia of a year gone by, or a child growing up too fast, or loved ones lost, or that bucket-list place we visited, or concert we attended, we will always have our photographs to bring us back to each of those moments in the past.

So each January, when the days are long and it seems like everyone is reflecting on the year gone by, I like to remind myself that the new year means I have more photographs to share, more memories to reflect on, and more life in my bones.

Nostalgic, sentimental, and cheesy I may be, but this is why I love being a photographer. :)

Don't miss my 2017 Year in Review Slideshow, a must-see! (Link below) But first, here are some highlights from my photography adventure over the past year:

  • Meeting and working alongside so many amazing photographers throughout Colorado
  • Shooting a wedding in a mountaintop barn with wild horses running outside
  • Getting published and seeing my photos on full-page prints in two separate issues of Denver's Reign Magazine
  • Meeting my niece, Adeline Irene, and taking her newborn photos in March
  • Working with UC Health's Cleft Clinic in Fort Collins, photographing a spirited little boy, Daniel, who is a shining example of the incredible work this clinic does
  • Hitting the road to photograph destination weddings in Virginia and Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Supporting Stand for Children Colorado's leadership development program, which empowers parents to make sure their children are on track academically
  • Laughing my way through photo shoots with the silliest and sweetest kids
  • Hiking through Rocky Mountain National Park with an adventurous (& pregnant!) bride & groom after they eloped in the mountains
  • Thanks to Tedeschi Trucks Band for hiring me to photograph the band both nights of their summer run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre!
  • Capturing natural, happy moments for a record number of families and new clients-turned-friends
  • A record summer of music photography, photographing my highest # of concerts in one season at Red Rocks since I started in 2012
  • My most memorable wedding guest ever - a huge moose who showed up minutes before a wedding ceremony at Winding River Ranch in Grand Lake, Colorado
  • Fly-fishing for the first time during a photo shoot at Marabou Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Adventures with my little husky, Lu - we went stand-up paddleboarding at Green Mountain Reservoir, hiked Emerald Peak, camped above 13,000 feet, and went sledding in Winter Park, all during photo shoots. My dog is the coolest assistant ever!

Check out my 2017 Year in Review Slideshow - you may see yourself in it!
Thank you to all of my clients, from the bottom of my heart.

Happy 2018!

 
 
 
 

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The Sifford Family | Kansas City, Missouri | Colorado + Missouri Family Photography

I've been so busy taking Fall Family Portraits that I'm now behind on my blogging! That said, it's super fun to look back at these photos of the wonderful families I worked with months ago and get to re-live the fun all over again!

You may or may not know I grew up in the sweet, wholesome state of Missouri, although I've lived in Colorado for almost a decade. I make my way back to the midwest a few times a year to visit family & friends, and to photograph as many of the wonderful people there I can squeeze into each trip!

This past summer during a visit to Kansas City, I had the privilege of photographing the incredibly FUN family of April + Dave. Here are a handful of my favorites from our photo shoot at KC's Loose Park - I think you'll smile just as big as I did when you see little Will's goofy faces! Both boys, Jack + Will, were full of awesome energy and loved having their pictures taken. And of course, I just had to include the family's goldendoodle Abner in as many photos as possible - he was just as happy as the rest of his family since the whole photo shoot felt like a playdate for him!

I'd love to hear from you in the comments after browsing through the below photos, and don't forget to get in touch with me soon to schedule YOUR family portrait session! October is 100% the best month of the year to get your loved ones together for photos, and just in time for your holiday cards!! :)

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Brothers in Kansas City holding hands at Loose Park during family photo shoot with big smiles
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Man and woman snuggling at Loose Park in Kansas City on a sunny Summer day
Husband and wife laugh while holding each other in a loving embrace during outdoor photo shoot in Kansas City at Loose Park on a Summer morning
Young boy with his goldendoodle family dog at Loose Park in Kansas City playing fetch with ball
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A Kansas City family with two young boys sits in grass relaxing during photo shoot

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The Rhoads Family | Granby, Colorado | Denver Family Photographer

Last week I made the gorgeous drive through the Rocky Mountains, over the winding Berthoud Pass and through Winter Park, where I met the Rhoads family of five (six if we count Tebow, their goldendoodle!) for some family photos at Lake Granby.

A St. Louis family poses for a portrait in the Rocky Mountains near Lake Granby during a session with KellYeah Photography based in Denver, Colorado.

Oh how Mother Nature blessed us!! The rain had been pouring all afternoon and stopped just as we gathered for our photo shoot. I had chosen a special spot I'd recently found while scouting mountain locations. With the incredibly picturesque Lake Granby and stunning mountain peaks as our backdrop, we were full of laughs as I snapped away and captured some beautiful memories of the Rhoads' family vacation.

A young male college student poses near a rock and a lake in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado during an outdoor photo shoot with KellYeah Photography.
A high school senior girl from St. Louis, Missouri gets her photo taken in the Colorado mountains.
A young man from St. Louis, Missouri poses on a rock next to a lake in the mountains of Colorado for a photo shoot with KellYeah Photography.
A beautiful young lady hugs her goldendoodle dog during a family photo shoot in the mountains near Lake Granby, Colorado.
A boy and his dog sit in front of a lake in the mountains of Colorado for a photo session with KellYeah Photography.
A high school boy and his goldendoodle dog take a photo together in the Colorado mountains with KellYeah Photography.
A husband and wife sit on a rock near Lake Granby in the Colorado Rocky Mountains during a family photo shoot with KellYeah Photography.

It was only a week prior that I'd gotten a call from Amy, asking if I'd meet her family in the mountains to take photos during their summer vacation to Colorado. After driving cross-country from St. Louis, Missouri (dog in-tow!), they settled into their cabin and kicked off their trip with a family portrait session.

Siblings gather with their goldendoodle dog for a portrait in the mountains during a Colorado family photo shoot with KellYeah Photography.

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Courage Classic Bicycle Tour | Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation

During training season for the 2017 Courage Classic bicycle tour, which takes place July 22-23, I met up with one of the bike tour's seasoned athletes, Kim, to get some inspiring photos of her on the trails!

An athletic woman in Colorado sits near her bike after a long bicycle ride to soak in the sun and enjoy the scenery of the Rocky Mountains.

Supporting Children's Hospital Colorado patients and their families, the Courage Classic welcomes 2,000 riders every year to bike for two days over Rocky Mountain passes, ending in scenic Copper Mountain.

The adventure starts early for athletes like Kim, who has been training for months in preparation for the high altitude and steep mountain climbs.

An athletic female bike rider in Colorado adjusts her bike as she trains for the Courage Classic bicycle tour in the Rocky Mountains.

I followed Kim into the foothills of the Rockies to get some action shots of her, and boy did we luck out with a warm breeze at sunset and the trails to ourselves. I love seeing athletes like Kim following their passions and inspiring all of us to get outside, do good in the world, and push yourself!

You can follow Kim's cycling team, The Frequent Flyers, on Instagram. As a physician's assistant, Kim and her team are all members of the Children's Hospital Colorado Emergency Medicine staff. They're a group of inspiring women who know how to make dirt & sweat look good!

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