The.Willer.Women - Fort Collins Portrait Photographer

I had to stop shooting several times during this shoot because these girls were making me laugh so much.  Since I'm also a mom to three girls, I loved listening to them banter back and forth and good-naturedly tease each other ... just like any good sisters should.  Thank you for a very fun afternoon, ladies!!

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she.inspires.me - fort collins portrait photographer

{portrait of me by Kiera Eve Photography; 3200 ISO film}

I can always count on her to invite me into
a place of discomfort ... a place where I don't know what I'm doing.
I'm uncertain about the outcome and I'm unsure of myself.

This also happens to be a place where growth happens.
A place where surprising and wonderful things
about art and life reveal themselves.
A place where I'm reminded why I love
the practice of photographic expression so much.

A gift of a place from this gift of a friend.

Thank you, Kiera, for always encouraging me to go someplace new.

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my.dearest.dad - fort collins portrait photographer

{my sweet Dad with his 10th and newest grandchild}

In case you're wondering, yes, it's true ... I won the 'Dad Lottery'.  If you knew my Dad, you would know that he is a man of exceptional resilience and perseverance.  A man of unparalleled integrity and honesty.  A generously big-hearted, baby-loving, sweet-to-the-core kind of man.  Not really sure how I got so lucky, but I hope to grow into his big shoes someday.

Also? Happy Father's Day to this cutie of a father ... I happen to know he's one of the best, too. :-)

{image credit:  jonathan canlas}

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sweet.carter.boy - Fort Collins Portrait Photographer

{Kodak Portra VC 120 film}

These are but two of the many faces of Carter.
This boy??  He's mischievous, clever and sweet in the very best of ways.
If you knew him?  Trust me, you'd love him to pieces, too.

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she.loves.babies - fort collins portrait photographer

{Kodak Portra 120 VC film}

She loves babies and toddlers.
All things in miniature really.
Can you tell??

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ballerina.part.three.of.three - fort collins portrait photographer

{Nikon N70 & Ilford 400 B&W film}

As I've mentioned before, I rarely convert my digital images to B&W so I really stepped out of my box to shoot a whole roll of this B&W film {look out, people - I'm a wild and craaaazy gal!}.  I chose this particular film with the 'eenie meenie minie mo' method {very scientific!} so I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  The unretouched images really lacked contrast so I added a healthy dose of it in Photoshop.  If one of the benefits of using film is the time you save in post-processing, then this film failed that test for me.  Boo, Ilford 400 - you're outta here!  I'm in the market for some new B&W film so if you have a favorite that you like to use, 
I would love to hear what it is and why you love it!

P.S.  This beauty of a ballerina is celebrating a big birthday next week {in San Francisco, no less!}  Who me, jealous?!  In a word ... yessss.  Big, fat birthday wishes to you, Kaya Summer!!

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ballerina.part.two.of.three - fort collins portrait photographer

{Nikon N70 & Kodak Portra 400 film}

I took ballet lessons for years when I was younger and for most of my growing up years, I had big pie-in-the-sky dreams of being a ballerina.  Maybe, just maybe, I was a little obsessed with the whole idea.  However, I can assure you that even after years of training I was never even half as graceful as this beautiful girl so I had to come up with Plan B.  What's Plan B, you ask??  Well, let's just say that it consists entirely of this one idea:  I plan on being this graceful in my next life.

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