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! (Click video at right!) And here are some of my favorite memories from my photography adventure over the past year:

  • Another year of meeting and working alongside so many amazing photographers throughout Colorado
  • Meeting my niece, Adeline Irene, and taking her newborn photos in March!
  • Getting to shoot a wedding in a mountaintop barn with wild horses running outside
  • A record summer of music photography, photographing my highest # of concerts in one season at Red Rocks since I started in 2012. And a HUGE thanks to Tedeschi Trucks Band for hiring me to photograph the band during both nights of their summer run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre!
  • 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
  • Getting published! - So exciting to see my photos on full-page prints in two separate issues of Denver's Reign Magazine
  • Hiking through Rocky Mountain National Park with an adventurous (& pregnant!) bride & groom after they eloped in the mountains
  • Capturing natural, happy moments for a record number of families and new clients-turned-friends
  • 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!

Be sure & watch my 2017 Year in Review Slideshow - you may see yourself in it!
Thank you to ALL of you, 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!! :)

Brothers in Kansas City holding hands at Loose Park during family photo shoot with big smiles
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
A Kansas City family with two young boys sits in grass relaxing during photo shoot

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National Pet Day | Denver Colorado Pet Portrait Photographer

Yesterday was National Pet Day! As a dog lover and dog mom of little husky Lu, I always get excited when my clients invite their pets to our photo shoots. If you're considering bringing a pet into your family, please consider rescuing! I rescued Lu when she was already full-grown and she could have been overlooked as people are more interested in puppies. Bringing her home was the best thing that ever happened to me! Here are some ways to keep animals top-of-mind throughout the year, and below are a couple photos of my furry best friend. :)

1. Adopt a pet from your local shelter or purebred rescue organization.

2. Volunteer at your local shelter.

3. Donate blankets, food and toys to a favorite animal welfare organization.

4. Organize a peaceful demonstration in front of your community pet store that sells pets from puppy or kitten mills.

5. Host a pet-friendly BBQ this spring.

6. Assist an ill, elderly or a financially struggling neighbor or friend by purchasing pet food, hay or needed items for their pets.

7. Buy your pet a fun new toy....or two...or five.

8. Hire KellYeah Photography for a fun pet-friendly photo shoot!