Modern Portrait Photography

Archive for December, 2012

Mayte and Trino’s Wedding { Rifle, CO Photographer }

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Coal Ridge High School Seniors {Silt, CO Photographer}

I was able to photograph this group of Coal High School seniors. Don’t forget that sharing your photo session with a friend is a fun way to do your senior portraits. These are all Coal Ridge High School soccer girls! Check them out- beautiful girls!

We’ve got Ashley…

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And Becca…

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The Gilstrap’s { Rifle, CO Photographer }

This family- from Battlement Mesa- has the cutest kids! I loved all their coordinated outfits! Here are a few of my favorites from their portrait session (pictured in some of the products they ordered) taken here in Rifle, CO. The Gilstrap’s. Click the link to see a slideshow of their full family portrait session.
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7x5 Promo Card

Their cute Christmas cards! The front is pictured above and the back of the card is below.7x5 Promo Cardbackb1bOne of my favorite ways to display photos! You can’t always hang every favorite photo from your photo session on your wall… so put it in a book! This is a sample of a custom designed Photo Pano Book. Each page is a thick photographic paper bound to lay flat and display all your favorite photographs from your portrait session._DSC1117-Edit copy_DSC1135-Edit copy
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Grand River Hospital Christmas Party { Rifle, CO Photographer }

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Had a fun time at the hospital’s Christmas party in Rifle, CO. I printed hundreds of photos that night for all the many guests. Here’s just a couple samples of the photos took that night.

The Thompson Girl’s {Rifle, CO Photographer}

These two girls are the cutest girls! Their mom does the best job at making sure they always look good! They have the cutest clothes, accessories and hair! We did something a little fun for their Christmas cards as well- check it out!

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This was the front of their Christmas card- except it had a cute scalloped cut to it. Such a fun photo! These girls were such troopers! It rained their entire portrait session and they were a bit chilly… we tried our best to get it done quickly and keep them sheltered.

Cajun Lemon Chicken Pasta Recipe { Rifle, CO Photographer }

This is another one of our favorite recipes. We were first introduced to this meal by my good friend Kim and I had to get the recipe.  What I love to do, as I do with most of my meals, is make a ton and freeze some for later. With this meal I freeze the chicken in the marinade and then all I have to do is cook it and add a few fresh ingredients when I am ready next time. And I’m sorry I don’t have the original source… maybe Kim can remind me!

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Here’s the recipe:

Lemon Cajun Chicken Pasta


½ cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 Tbl Cajun seasoning

Juice of one lemon

2 Tbl minced fresh parsley

2 Tbl brown sugar

2 Tbl soy sauce

2 chicken breasts, sliced

1 lb linguini

2 Tbl olive oil

Zest from 1 lemon

Juice from one lemon

3 green onions, chopped

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

Salt and pepper freshly ground

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

Combine the marinade ingredients in a bowl and whisk lightly before pouring into a Ziploc plastic bag. Pat chicken dry and toss in with marinade. Refrigerate 3-12 hours. (I freeze extra bags at this point). When ready to cook, preheat skillet over medium heat and pour contents of plastic bag into the skillet. Sauté over medium-high heat until chicken is cooked. Combine juice of one lemon, lemon zest, olive oil, green onions and fresh parsley together in a small bowl. Set aside. While the chicken is sautéing, cook linguine in boiling salted water until done; drain and return to warm pot. Pour lemon juice/olive oil/green onion mixture over pasta and mix lightly. When chicken is finished cooking, add hot pasta to the skillet with the chicken and toss well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and toss in parmesan cheese. (We do dairy-free in our house and it still tastes great without the cheese). Serve warm. Give it a try and enjoy!

Fire Monthly Theme!


This was from back in September… I was starting to get pretty busy with my photography and being out of town- so this month’s theme was slightly abbreviated. I didn’t get a fire themed playdate together but I am counting the one I did for Beckett’s birthday a month or 2 earlier! And October was totally forgotten… I was planning a cute Monster theme and a Halloween playdate that never came to pass… maybe next year! Anyways! My little boys loves fire! He is always talking about fires and firefighters! Maybe it’s because of this past hot summer and all the fires we had here! Most of these pics are from my cell phone. The best camera is the one you have with you! And I didn’t really take any photos from Beckett’s fireman birthday party… so here’s what I could dig up. The main event was a fireman wet obstacle course it included:

a balance beam

a tunnel to crawl through

things to weave in and out of

they had to carry a cup of water on their head as they walked over pool noodles

there was a swimming pool filled with soapy water and little toy lizards (I looked for people or animals… but I could only find those)

They had to save a lizard from all the “smoke” that they couldn’t see through.

They had to put the “fire” (chalk drawing on sidewalk) out by squirting with a squirt gun

They then had to hop over the toy fire truck a few times

They had to do a mini bucket brigade and fill up a bucket by ringing out a wet sponge

And of course a slip n’slide

The grand finale of a water fight with water balloons and squirt guns

A few other ideas I was planning on doing but forgot or ran out of time were:

A hula hoop ring of fire (with streamers) that they had to go through

A table with a ton of balloons taped/tied under it so it’s like a thick tunnel of smoke they have to crawl through

Stop drop and roll… have fake flames on their clothes that they have to roll off

And many others…

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For the food I just had a fire theme where it was red, orange and yellow food… with a fire cake. So I had layered red, orange and yellow jello, chips and salsa and queso, peppers, tomatoes, fruit kababs all in red, orange and yellow of course! I also had made these pretzel matches but this is a snapshot of them after they had been sitting in the sun for a few hours!

IMG_20120721_123116So for our monthly theme I found a few free preschool fireman learning packs online that I did with Beckett. They have all sorts of different learning activities in them. You can find one of the packs at

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One of the art projects I did with Beckett was I gave him cups of watered down red, yellow, and orange paint, as well as a syringe. He would then suck up the paint and squirt it on the watercolor paper… creating the appearance of flames. For another project we then painted tissue paper and tore it into pieces and glued it into a flame collage.
_DSC5387-Edit_DSC5384-Edit_DSC5390-EditOur edible firetrucks were made out of graham crackers, pretztels, and oreos.

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We also read lots of books on firemen and did a large floor firetruck puzzle.IMG_20121114_143440

Of course it is always fun to dress up and role play! And it was perfect timing because the local fire station was holding their annual open house/ touch a truck event. So we definitely hit that up! Beckett was in heaven he still talks about it  every time we drive past the fire station. His favorite part was watching real fires and real firemen putting them out! Can’t really get cooler than that!IMG_20120930_113630