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  • Welcome to my blog!

    i am your photographer.

    ~i specialize in high school senior portraits, families, births and day-in-the-life photography

    ~i make you shine because..you do.

    ~i believe in life and the magic of ordinary days-your ordinary days. and i believe they need to be captured and properly and saved. to be enjoyed and relived forever.

    ~i live artistically-noticing the beauty in you and the magic that surrounds your life. (it exists in the simple things we often take for granted but love to look back and reflect on). i believe i have the unique ability to see and photographically compose these extraordinarily simple and magical moments: a smile, two hands linked together only by the pinkies, a smile mixed with a glance toward your future, the power of youth and your connections in life.

    ~i believe in the pure magic of natural light within natural settings as it allows me to capture sweet moments that make up your today.

    ~i believe we can be friends. and that i will treat you accordingly by offering the highest work ethic and customer service: quick responses and honest products and pricing.

    ~i believe in NOW. not minus-50 pounds-from-NOW now or i-can-only-book-a-photo-shoot-for-when-we-are-wearing-matching-outfits-NOW or when-the kids-are-perfectly-behaved-NOW.

    ~i believe nothing is greater that today.

    ~i believe there are no dress rehearsals.

    ~i believe in photography.

Soulmates in the Sun… {Denver Wedding Photographer}

the skies were threatening most of the afternoon leading up to the wedding…but i knew in my heart that the rain wouldn’t make it to the ground.  and despite the fair warning they gave, the skies cooperated.  but in the end it was soft and sweet light that hovered over the outdoor ceremony last month for these two SOULMATES.

“a soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks.  when we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be.  each unveils the best part of the other.  no matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise.  our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction.  when we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person.  our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life.”  -richard bach

 

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(and HERE is a link to the blog about our engagement shoot.)

i loved that this wedding venue had a wall of locks to represent those who had gotten married there.  it was perfect for these two.

B thank you for your service to our country as a US Marine, and M I’m looking forward to hearing about all the lives you make a difference with in your career as a nurse. thank you both for allowing me to capture your special day and to be part of the festivities.  wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

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AJ - July 14, 2016 - 10:09 am

Oh those blossoms in the photos are incredible! Great framing! Beautiful couple!

Julie - July 14, 2016 - 10:10 am

Love the framing of the portraits and the personality of the couple that you captured!!

Jessica Kornacki - July 14, 2016 - 11:49 am

I love that quote. These images are great! They look like they had a lot of fun.

Larissa - July 14, 2016 - 2:16 pm

I love all the important little details you captured! Those shoes! :) beautiful!

{US} time in Wyoming…

we hiked to quite a few mountain lakes during our days there but this one took our breath away.

we hiked to quite a few mountain lakes during our days there but this one took our breath away.

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Rebecca Cillo - July 11, 2016 - 4:08 pm

Love seeing all the beauty and you all enjoying it. the boys are growing up. Happy and sad? love to all. Always wanted to see Wyoming and Montana, don’t see it ever happening so appreciate your insight. Love aunt rebecca

Lily - July 11, 2016 - 11:16 pm

Stunning. So wonderful to glimpse and remember your spirit and sense of adventure your family shares, through these images. Thank you for sharing!!

All in the family… {Littleton family photography}

Setting up a family photography session is no doubt stressful.  Setting up a multi family photography session is multi stressful.  Coordinating everyone to gather at a time convenient to them (and the kids) at a location that works for everyone is just about impossible.  Handling the stress of what to wear and what to do…and dealing with those family members who, well, just HATE having their photo taken also can cause frustration.   Does all of this sound familiar?  Hell yeah it does.  (Even for me…every year I hire a photographer to do our family and I am the most stressed out of anyone…ironic isn’t it?).

i get it.

you get it.

but it in the end…the work is ALWAYS worth the effort.  when we gather it is a series of beautiful moments.  and it is always worthy of a professional photographer to handle the crowd and to let you relax and enjoy being part of your family.  my job is the make everyone at ease and feel comfortable (with me pointing a several cameras at them).  and i like to think i do it well.

this family was so fun to boss around (and i did).  they loved that they were all together in one state at their mom’s house in colorado. they also loved that we were able to get the session done quickly (rain was on the horizon).  and well–ok there was some red wine involved but hey nothing wrong with that!

i love these images.  and i love that the family trusted me to capture them all together.  the session was purchased as a gift certificate a few months ago as a birthday gift for mom.  the gift of timeless portraits….i can’t think of anything more valuable.

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corporate soul photoshoot…{denver corporate photography}

corporate headshots=the new handshake where business is concerned. and linkedin is the corporate social media place to be these days!

biz cards seem to be trending out…and cool photo sessions like these are taking their place.

here’s some advice when behind the camera:

show you personality and your smile.

show your confidence.

showcase your personal style.

be willing to step outside of the studio for something different and more approachable.

have fun during your session (which you will always do with me!)

update your headshot regularly–once per year as a rule of thumb or for a career change.

let’s set up a session.  we can even do a happy hour session where your group gets to have a drink (to two) and we have a mini photo session in between sips!

what an honor and a blast it was working with these two!  thanks for trusting me to capture your “corporate souls”!

 

XOXO

MB

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Ben and Megan…{Denver engagement photography}

these two are so sweet and so in love.  i really enjoyed bopping around downtown for a few hours to get some great shots!  they were up for anything!  (and i was lucky to have help from my talented fellow photographer…Kristina as well!)

we even got some shots at a not-yet-open-for-business bar and incorporated their love of reading to one another with some shots at the tattered cover in lodo.  we finished just as the storm moved into the city.  it was absolutely perfect!

i.

can’t.

wait.

for.

the wedding next month.

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