Your Baby's One Year Photo Shoot // Northern Colorado Family Photographer

Doing a photo shoot with your one year old baby is a milestone to say the least! As stressful as you feel it may be, it is such a fun time as well! Photographing a child at one year's of age is a beautiful time because they are just beginning to walk and their personality is starting to blossom. Some of the most stressful things about baby photo shoots are things like planning out locations, outfits, and wondering how your little bundle of joy is going to stay still for all those pictures. Well, don't worry; if this is something that you've been worried about I have plenty of tips for you!

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Location, Location, Location

Picking a perfect location to capture images of your child and your family can be difficult. One of the most common places for a one-year shoot would be in the family home. One of the advantages of shooting in your own home is that your baby is familiar and comfortable with the location. Shooting at home can also make things easier on both your baby and yourself. There is less traveling involved and your child has everything he or she may need right in their home. With that being said, one of the perks of living in Northern Colorado is that we have a beautiful environment around us that we should take advantage of and capture in our photographs! An open field is always an ideal location for a one year photo shoot. This makes for a calm background which can work as a nice contrast for your baby's attention span! Another idea would be to shoot in a place that your baby is comfortable with or enjoys going to; such as a park. Picking a location where your child is familiar with might make for more natural pictures. Here are some pictures of one year old's in different locations throughout Northern Colorado. 

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What to Wear

Picking out the perfect outfit for you and your family members can be chaotic! One thing to keep in mind is that outfits don't need to be extravagant. You want to dress nice enough that you feel proud of what you are wearing, but not too fancy to where you don't feel comfortable in what you're wearing. I feel that this is easier for a baby than an adult. Picking an outfit for your little one that shows their personality or highlights some of their features will work the best. Here are some pictures of some adorable little outfits. 

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How to Pose

I find that one of the things that parents are most concerned about when getting photos taken of their young child, is that they're afraid they won't stay still for very long. This is a legit concern because anyone with children knows that they are always on the move! Luckily, when taking photos, kids don't always have to be still! Some of the best pictures are candid and come from when a child is running, laughing, or just exploring the world around them. So, don't stress out about your child not sitting still- you'll find that some of the best pictures are shot while on the move. 

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In conclusion, your baby's one year photo shoot is really nothing to stress out about. Just give yourself enough time to plan out your vision for the shoot and then just relax. Hopefully these tips gave you a better idea about what to plan out and what to expect during this type of photo shoot. I'm confident that your pictures will turn out amazing!

Meet Baby Carson // Fort Collins Newborn Photographer // Fort Collins Photographer

I am so pleased to share these photos of Baby Carson!! I have known this family for several years now, and did photos of their oldest. It is so fun to see how quickly my client's families grow. I love having siblings involved in the newborn shoots and really just capturing the reality of this new and crazy life with two kiddos. 

Carson is seriously just perfect. He has the cutest little smile and you can tell he already looks up to his big brother, Lucas. You can see it in his eyes -- it reminds me of my two kids and their sibling bond. Lucas decided he wanted to be a baby too for part of the shoot, so we had to swaddle him. He had a blast jumping around while Carson just hung out as amused as ever. 

There is always so much to say about how blessed I am to be a Northern Colorado & Fort Collins Photographer, but seriously seeing these families during these exciting times just always makes me smile <3. Congratulations Tyler, Lauren and Lucas on your growing family!

P.S. If you need an electrician, Tyler, at Heggie Electric is awesome :). 

Looking for a Loveland or Fort Collins Photographer? We would love to work with you! Our season is filling extremely fast and spots are already starting to become limited for the summer and fall 2018 season. Fill out our contact form to get on our calendar asap! 

A Senior Rep Christmas With Operation Christmas Child // Fort Collins Senior Photographers

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!

WE WILL BE MOVING ALL SENIOR STUFF TO ashmeier.com in the next week or so! Yup, our senior clients get a site solely devoted to them and our awesome SENIOR REP PROGRAM!! You can pre-apply NOW for our senior rep program which will Be announced in the next couple of weeks!. 

If you know one of our current senior reps, ask them for a special VIP INVITATION CODE ;). This entitles you to extra sign-up goodies throughout 2018!!



How lucky am I to work with these girls? They are out to change the world and have the biggest hearts. I love seeing their compassion and it's so exciting to see them passionate about this world and all that is happening in it. One of the things I really wanted to focus on this year with my reps was to have fun and do something to serve someone else. I felt that Christmas was the perfect occasion for this. I had them pick the idea for our Christmas party (Crazy, Quirky Christmas) and pick what they wanted to do for charity --  So what did they choose? Operation Christmas Child!

Operation Christmas Child is part of Samaritan's Purse - An international relief NGO. Every year, people all over the nation pack shoeboxes with gifts for children of all ages which are delivered to over 100 countries worldwide. We filled EIGHT boxes for girls between the ages of 10-14. From dresses, to backpacks, stuffed animals, toothbrushes and more -- eight of these boxes were filled to the brim with goodies and love. All of my girls personally donated these gifts too, which is seriously so generous and just reinforces how much they want to make a difference in the world. We also signed cards and put a group picture in the shoeboxes so the young girls receiving the boxes will get to see the faces of all of the ladies who packed them. I dropped the boxes off at their drop-off site in Denver and it was SO COOL to see how many volunteers were running this thing in the big warehouse. I felt like I was in Santa's workshop, busy with elves and Christmas cheer. I checked the tracking information recently and it looks like our boxes were shipped to Mexico. I am so excited about that; it makes me think back to the mission trips I took to Mexico when I was in high school.

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Of course we had a little bit of a party that night too. The girls came to my cozy little home, hung out with my 3 year old for a bit, and enjoyed candy canes, cookies, popcorn and marshmallow filled hot chocolate with their very own sweater mugs. We had a quick little photoshoot using some studio lighting -- and they cozied up to my fireplace, sat in my big blue chair and laughed and giggled throughout the rest of the night. 

It has been such a blessing to work with these ladies this year. I am so thankful to have such a wonderful team -- I have just as much fun as them :). 

Interested in being a 2019 senior rep? Pre-apply here today!!  Official applications will be coming out in the coming weeks -- get an exclusive VIP invitation code from one of our current reps to receive some legit sign-up goodies. We do so many fun things throughout the year and I would love to have you as part of our #2019BlueCrew! We will change the world, laugh, form new friendships and get freaking awesome pictures. It's a great program to be a part of, and I can't wait to meet you! 

β€œHappy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Interested in being a 2019 senior rep? Pre-apply here today!!  Official applications will be coming out in the coming weeks -- get an exclusive VIP invitation code from one of our current reps to receive some legit sign-up goodies. We do so many fun things throughout the year and I would love to have you as part of our #2019BlueCrew! We will change the world, laugh, form new friendships and get freaking awesome pictures. It's a great program to be a part of, and I can't wait to meet you! 

Melissa + Tom // Moody Fall Mountain Fort Collins Family Shoot // Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins Photographers

Such a fun late afternoon in November close to Horsetooth Reservoir. I just love it when the moodiness of the sky and weather takes over a shoot. It adds so much depth to the photos. Plus, Melissa and Tom were great and super playful. I loved getting to know them a little bit better and enjoyed working with them throughout the planning process. They are going home with a beautiful canvas for their home, as well as prints for their family and some digital products for archival and printing purposes. This is why I love what I do <3. 

Fall 2017 With The Meiers // Pumpkin Patch + Halloween // Fort Collins Family Photographer

Every few months I try and blog about my own family because 1. It forces me to take pictures and document, 2. This time is so precious and 3. This is how I like to shoot and is also similar to how I would document your family :). Fall in Fort Collins is the best -- and every year I am so thankful for the beautiful weather and fun activities we have the option of doing. 

This Fall was extremely busy for me as it is every year. It's such a sought after season and for good reason (maybe I should make a little song about this??). But really, September and October are filled with so many fun shoots from seniors to families to newborns. I love the warm tones and the colorful surroundings on top of the super fun activities, all picture perfect. So how did we spend our Fall you may ask? Well this year I didn't get to do much locally because I was so busy, but we did make it to the pumpkin patch, get outside for some trick or treating and I snuck in a 10 day trip to Germany with my 11 month old. That's probably why we didn't do as much as we normally do :). Every year is a little bit different but it's so fun that being a parent opens you up to so many new activities. 

Little E was sick on Halloween day. She was running a fever so we missed out on a party, but she rallied for a quick evening trick or treat session so she didn't completely miss out. I was thankful she didn't share her new learned phrase when she was ringing doorbells (i.e. "Trick or treat, smell my feet..."). She picked out her Belle dress from Beauty and The Beast a few days earlier; it was a must-have. Junebug also got to celebrate her very first Halloween as a little lamb (a repeat costume from Little E because mama didn't have time to be very creative this year). It was still a great day though. 

All of these photos are just some quick snaps. My 3 year old will not smile at the camera or even look at me when I actually ask her to -- the "threenager" is strong in that one. Junie tries, but is normally occupied by her sister smothering her with love. Totally our life with this rad little family. 

Enjoy our quick little Fall adventures :). 

Oh, and let's not forget that Eleanor HATES pants right now -- so she always rolls them up so she can wear "shorts." 

Pumpkin Patch: The Bartels Farm

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Pumpkin Patch Senior Rep Shoot // Something From The Farm // Fort Collins Senior Pictures

Loved spending the afternoon with these ladies! It is SO SO fun to go out and do activity based shoots with my senior reps. I am excited to announce that you will be seeing many more of these fun shoots, and that our senior rep program has expanded to basically a year round thing! What's up next?? Christmas!! 

Thank you Something From The Farm for allowing us to come take pictures at your pumpkin patch. The girls and I loved it! The pumpkins are adorable -- so if you haven't been out there yet this is the perfect little afternoon activity for all families and friends. Shop Local ;).