paper posey photography

Four weeks ago we had the privilege of renewing our wedding vows for our 25th anniversary.  We chose to do them in a place in Colorado that has special meaning to us and to have our ceremony performed by a very dear friend.  This was something that we had talked about doing for several years and could not wait for the day to come.

We had only our children present and incorporated them into our ceremony.  It was such a beautiful, memorable day that I will not soon forget.

Several months prior to this day I searched for a photographer in the area.  I had one booked but she had to cancel on me because of a family situation.  She was kind enough to find a photographer friend of hers to take our pictures in her place.  I think it was one of the best things that could have happened.  Not that the other gal wouldn’t have been awesome, but it was even more special having someone shoot our ceremony that shared the same faith as us.  One of the sweetest gals you will ever meet.  She is the owner and photographer at Paper Posey Photography in Salida, Colorado, and did such an excellent job!  It was so nice to not have to take my own family’s pictures for the first time in nine years.  So much easier and much more enjoyable.

Thanks again Avery!  You captured our day perfectly!

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dreamy | lifestyle photographer

My daughter and I went out to shoot one night last week.  It was one of the most beautiful evenings.  There was a slight breeze and the clouds were covering the blaring sun.  Just a couple of nights prior she and I took a drive out on some of the dirt roads in search of a cool barn.  I was in the mood to shoot a barn.  We found none.  But what we did find were some very dreamy locations.  So we returned to those spots on this night.

I am a sucker for fields of yellow wildflowers and forest/wooded areas.  I have to admit, I was a bit jealous that it was my daughter being photographed out in the yellow flowers and not me.  I did tell her that my turn is next.  Hopefully before the flowers die.

The sole purpose of this photo shoot was because E.Beth is very interested in photography and wanted some shots for her website.  I am always so proud when my children have interests in or pursue things that are part of me.  Of course, any excuse for me to take pictures of my babies is a worthy excuse.

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senior prom | documentary photographer

Once again, junior/senior prom has come and gone.  There is always so much hype leading up to this day.  More from my girls than my boys, but still plenty to do in preparation.  Ask the girl. Get fitted for and order the tux.  Order the flowers.  And on my end, make sure I have plenty of space on my SD card and a fully charged battery in my camera.

Just like with anything else in life, you plan and prepare and then it’s done.   And for this particular child of mine, this is it!  But I have pictures!

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twenty one | lifestyle photographer

As far as I am concerned, my children will never be too old to have their annual photo shoot.  Some day it will be with a spouse and hopefully children, but for now, it’s just them.  And as long as they are willing to go along with me and my shenanigans, I’m going to do it.  Actually, even if they aren’t willing to go along, I’m still going to do it.  Cause I’m the mama and I say so.   😉

I can’t believe I am the mother of an actual, for real, adult.  They say you are an adult at 18, but I question that.  Now there is no denying that my first born baby is no longer a baby. But I will always remember the day she was born, and for that reason alone, she will always be my baby.  I remember everything about that day and knew the minute I saw her that she was going to bring us a lifetime of joy.  And she has.  Well, 21 years anyway.  Also, her middle name is Joy so….

So, enJOY (sorry.  I couldn’t help myself) these shots of my sweet girl and her beautiful, infectious smile.

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fifteen | lifestyle photographer

He’s my youngest.  The “baby.”  Sweet, intelligent, quiet, adorable and very silly.  Up until a couple of years ago we really weren’t sure what kind of personality he had.  And then he came out of his shell and shocked us all.  A good shock.  By a sweet little friend of ours, he has been given the name “Silly Dilly.”  And with good reason.  It suits him perfectly and he lights up our lives.  How is it possible that my husband and I could be blessed with four amazing children?  I just don’t know.  Also, how is it possible that number four is fifteen?! Did we do the math wrong?  I’m pretty sure that I just turned 25 on my last birthday.

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nineteen | lifestyle photographer

Happy birthday today to this beauty of mine!

She’s such a silly girl and always up for any of my ideas.  I said I wanted to do balloons for her photo shoot this year.  She said, “okay.  As long as they are white.  I don’t want it to look like a little kids birthday pictures.”  Whatever.  As long as I get the balloons I don’t care what color they are.  Actually, yes I do.  I wouldn’t have liked dark or bright balloons. We were on the same page with that.  Phew!  Dodged that bullet!

And the hat.  I always want to do this type of a photo shoot with myself but I can guarantee you it wouldn’t look as pretty.   She’s young and cute.  I am old after all.  C’est La Vie.  I’ll just pretend these are pictures of me with the hat.  I can do that if I want to.

*side note- when you are a lifeguard, you are always wearing your swimsuit.  even when you’re not.

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