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!

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." 

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The Evans' Fall Family Session // Fort Collins Family Photographer // Northern Colorado

So thankful for this family -- old college friends and cute kiddos :). Little B is such a fun little guy. I love that he always has his hat on. Cheers to the beautiful Fall, dear friends!

Happy 4th of July From The Meier Girls // Fort Collins Family Photogapher

Happy 4th of July from the Meier girls! Freedom is why we are celebrating today. So wear your red, white and blue and don't forget to say thank you to all of those who have sacrificed for our country. 

<3 Ashley

Baby June Is One Month Old + This Is Our Life // Fort Collins Baby Photographer

Welcome to 2017! I have so much to blog from this summer and fall, but we have been a little bit busy as of late. In December, we welcomed our 2nd daughter to the world. June Dorothy has captured our hearts and our sleep since then :). I have been a little MIA this winter because I was waiting for this wonderful gift of a baby and relishing those first moments with her without worrying too much about my business. It was also a special time to spend with our oldest and focus on family and the holidays. I am ready to get ramped up though and have SOOOO much to share from this past year, so be on the lookout very soon because we had a super busy 2016.

I always try to capture pictures of my family every 1-2 months. Small outings, in the house, and more. It doesn't have to be picture perfect to capture, but somehow it comes out that way because THIS IS US. The point is, I LOVE lifestyle sessions and the documentary style. I like to shoot my own family this way so I can show you what we can capture with yours (plus I want to make sure I have enough photos of my kids). To tell you the truth, I had this great idea in my head for taking photos of the girls in our room. But, this ended up being a rushed 10 minute session where Eleanor wasn't really into it, June was fussy and I was just tired and impatient. I thought to myself, there is no way these photos turned out. Low and behold though, I opened them up, edited them and now they tell a beautiful story even though it didn't feel so beautiful in the moment. Getting pictures of your family taken is hard, and the sessions don't usually go as expected with young kids. However, something better happens -- your REAL LIFE is captured, and someday you're going to miss that toddler sass, baby cries and tired mornings -- Cheers to 2017!

<3 Ashley

P.S. Loving our Dockatot!!! We never thought we would co-sleep but that thing is amazing and has saved our sanity :).