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Destination Lifestyle Photographer for Families, Babies, Children and Newborns.
2013 Year in Review
” Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.”
We don’t even know where to begin to describe 2013. This was such an emotional year in our personal and work lives. For the work portion of our lives, we met a lot of truly beautiful people, reconnected with many people we have photographed over the years and watch grow and we also witnessed a LOT of love being exchanged from them all. It was a beautiful thing for sure. Our love for documenting weddings was further developed in 2013 as our brides & grooms let us photograph them the way we see things through our lenses. The trust they put in us was amazing and we have been humbled by the love they showed. And each year families grow up in front of our lenses which makes our hearts overflow with happiness. We are forever grateful for our clients.
In our personal lives, we watched our daughters grow up even more and it makes us want to slow down time. The days go by too quickly. We want our girls to not only see the love we witness all the time, but feel it, as that is what is most important in life: true love and real relationships. They always ask to see the photographs when we are back from wedding or family sessions. We are sure to foster their love for weddings and photography…and probably for wedding dresses too. They see that we love what we do and feel the connection we make with people. We want them to take this knowledge and use it in their lives to grow and thrive in life and love. We also had a couple of beautiful souls that we had the utmost pleasure and honor of knowing and photographing pass away. They touched our lives and we are blessed to have known them and know they are watching over their loved ones. They were incredible women. We have so much gratitude for everyone we meet, hold close to us and cross paths with. Thank you so much to all our family, friends and clients that believe in us, our work and feel a connection with us and our work to want to be a part of our lives. It means the world to us.
We hope that 2014 sparkles as much as 2013 did. From what we know so far, it is shaping up to be just that. And for that our heart overflows. We look forward to the moments in 2014 that will continue to take our breath away and inspire us to be better and fill our lives with love and joy.
The video is of our amazing clients (with a few of our daughters sprinkled in there too) and art from weddings, street photography, new babies, children and families. These are just some of our favorite photographs from clients that have allowed us to share the images in our body of work from this past year. We have not had a chance to blog a lot of these images, so more from those sessions will be coming up on the blogs soon.
With love and gratitude~ heidi & daniel
We are destination wedding photographers serving clients around the world for engagements, weddings, lifestyle and family photo sessions from Aspen, Boulder, Denver, Telluride, Santa Fe, and Denver to Houston, Dallas, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, Tucson, Scottsdale and the the rest of the world.
We had an absolutely wonderful time as a family enjoying a small town celebration on the 4th of July in Durango, Colorado. There was so much going on that day throughout the town that we could hardly decide what to do. We finally went out to eat, watched the parade, went to the street dance and listened to music, then watched fireworks from downtown. It was definitely a spectacular fireworks display too. By far the best Durango has put on…ever. Nice job Durango! We were very impressed.
FOR THE FULL POST ON OUR TIME ON THE 4TH, GO HERE.
Daniel documented our day of fun as a family.
♥ heidi & daniel
While I catch up on blog posts from family sessions from last year through now, I will also be posting snippets of recent sessions and our life.
Over Memorial weekend, Durango is in full swing with the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic along with loads of fun things to do for families.
We decided to take the girls to the carnival and it was a blast.
We had so much fun and Daniel documented the girls and I having fun.
All images by Daniel Chowen.
A Durango Colorado family photographer.
Durango Colorado based Photographer
“Take more chances. Dance more dances.” ~unknown
More from the fabulous Durango Dance Spring 2013 recital coming soon.
I had the privilege of being able to document some fun photographs of the lovely production and sweet dancers that graced the stage at Fort Lewis Concert Hall.
Our daughters are students at Durango Dance and we highly recommend their dance studio. It is all about the LOVE of dance and inspiring their students. How can you not love that!?!
Here are just a few images from the recital with more coming soon!
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Yay! I am finally getting back to catching up on the blog from where I left off last Summer! I have a lot to catch you up on to say the least.
We have a new logo and wedding website and the wedding season has started along with everything turning green outside! I love it!
I wanted to start by saying hi and how I am excited to make the time to post sessions on here again.
As an artist, I also wanted to express my feelings on how I document families to ensure that all my future clients know what they are getting into with me with real expectations on photographing their family. I want nothing more than to photograph people and the love they share and that want me to capture their real interactions. That is what makes me love this job so much. I want clients I connect with that get what I do for them. I have to say that I do have the absolute BEST clients and am so incredibly grateful for all my past clients. Without them, this journey would not be possible. These images would not be possible. I am still always in awe that families let me come into their lives and document them. It is a huge huge honor. The time I spend with them all will be with my always and a part of my life as well. That is truly special to me.
In this world of fast and mass communication and everyone wanting things now and not fully taking the time to read or grasp what is in front of them, I feel some things get lost in translation. I wanted to explain a little of what I do to capture images for clients based on what I do as an artist. I often get asked by a potential client “I want the feel of that image you took” or “I want what they have in that image or session you took of that family, can you do that with my family?” and I tell them that I don’t create the love that is behind the images I capture. I don’t create the sweet and tender moments that take place between a family or that loving moment when the mom and dad kiss each other or hug their kids and have the best emotion on their faces or when siblings hug, love and play together; my clients do all that themselves. I can nudge or say to do something, like kiss or hug, but if there is not a piece of real raw emotion or a wanting to show it, I cannot capture it. I don’t make those emotions suddenly appear in someone or a family. I CAPTURE it and PHOTOGRAPH the love and raw emotion a family already has and expresses in front of my lens. I cannot make the love, touch or caress that a person gives come off as real and full of emotion if it is given in its truest form. It has to be raw and in the moment for me to document it. Yes, I assist in creating a game plan for what to do in terms of the session and I can tell you to kiss one another or to jump for joy, but I cannot make a family show love, joy, happiness and meaningful glances if they are not expressed in a real manner. Those feelings are created by the clients I am photographing and caught by me through the photographs I take. I cannot express how much a client should want to be photographed and want me to document their life in an honest and emotional manner so that I can fully do my job. My clients are just amazing people that want to be photographed. I love that my clients are real families. The ones where not everything is perfect. Not everything goes as planned. Kids get cranky or weather is not up to par so we wing it. Not everything is posed perfectly. But real life. I want to capture the real touches, glances, hugs, laughter, crying and, of course, fun. I want to capture the real hugs, the long glances, the sweet kisses and the way you would truly hold, talk to and interact with your loved ones. Otherwise I would just get a fake version of the real you and that does not make for real images for you or me. Real moments have stories behind them and that is what I capture in a photograph.
So, come to the session ready to show who your family is and the love, life and fun you have together!! I look forward to all the meaningful moments you want me to document of your family.
Colorado family photographer.
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DURANGO COLORADO BASED FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER