Archive | June, 2016

Every Year Except One

Why Have Portraits Made? Part 1

Why should I have professional family portrait taken and how often?

hamster family tradition

This is a common question for my studio. Generally I suggest a portrait session every year. Yearly portrait sessions are especially important if you have a puppy or small children because they do grow and change so quickly. Most common is for people that have a portrait session every year so they can add those photos to their Christmas cards or Mother’s Day presents are birthday presents and be and have the record of their family every single year.

One family I photograph every year has a very special story.

They purchased a portrait session gift certificate at a Boy Scout auction. there previous photographer had moved away or gone out of business and they always had family portrait taken.

When they hired me they showed me all their family pictures from every one of the last 14 years leading up there stairway and through their upstairs hall. Except for one year. A family of four, the children were in elementary school when mom was diagnosed with cancer.  

Summer of 2014 we chose a local park for the portrait session. The family even brought the dog and the hamster! Although the mosquitoes were out in force we all had fun posing in the flowers.

Spring of 2015 this family won the Boy Scout auction once again and I waited for the call to set up their session. By the end of October I haven’t heard from them so I reached out to schedule before the snow and the busy holidays started. 

The email I got back from Dad brought me to tears. Mom’s cancer has come back and they were spending the month at a hospital in Denver.  I offered to come to Denver and photograph the family at a garden near the hospital. But Dad relayed that Mom just wasn’t comfortable having to wear a hat and not feeling well in her family portrait. Of course I completely understood. I offered to help in any way I could and let him know that I would touch base again in a few weeks.

By the end of December I heard again from Dad. Maybe we could do our family portraits inside in our home and our Christmas tree? Of course I said yes and we set a date just before Christmas.

Once again the family of four gathered with the dog and hamster and we enjoyed portraits around the Christmas tree and in front of the fireplace in the comfort of their home.

This year I saw the family again at the Boy Scout dinner. Dad was busy coordinating the huge dinner. Mom looked great and was back to work. The kids were working hard at middle school and high school.

Yes, they won the auction again. This summer we will meet again, laugh at the silly hamster, try new hats for Mom, and make another family portrait to display forever with all the previous years. Many thanks to this family for treasuring their family with a professional portrait every year.

(They are a very private family and asked me to keep them anonymous when telling their story.)


Custom Portraits- Artwork Bound to Your Heart

Bound to my Heart

“This is a piece of artwork bound to my heart forever.” Gary’s reaction to his portraits. (See full video with Gary Calderone on YouTube here.)

I love personally guiding you through your portrait session, getting to know you and getting to know your fur babies. In this video Gary talks about his special session with his dog Maya. He touches a little on each step of my process and you get to see his reaction to seeing his printed portraits for the first time.

I want to be sure that I fulfill your portrait Vision.

With your custom portrait session we start off with a planning meeting. This meeting I get to know you and your pets and we plan your session. We’ll talk about location; whether you want to have a session outside or in your home or if you want me to bring my full studio set-up. We’ll talk about what to wear, colors and decor that are your favorite.

The day of your session It’s all about fun. Everyone has their favorite outfit on, we’re at a comfortable location and I brought special t-r-e-a-t-s for the furbabies. Because we’re so organized we only need about an hour for the session which is perfect amount of time for your pets and really for people too.

Give me a few days to edit all of your images and we meet again at your home or a favorite coffee shop to review all the images together. If you have a special place in your home you want to display your portraits send me a snapshot and my professional software will show you your images to scale in your space.

Once your order is placed you will only have to wait a week to two weeks for your order to arrive. I personally deliver your portrait order to you. It’s always so much fun to unbox everything with you and see all the smiles from that happy day.

Call email or text today if you have any questions, want to set up your free planning meeting or just want to chat about pets. I look forward to talking with you!



CaPAWtal City Petfest 2016

CaPAWtal City Petfest June 11, 2016

capawtal city petfest

Join me Saturday, June 11, 2016 For the CaPAWtal City Pet Fest in Cheyenne Wyoming. Hosted by Black Dog Animal Rescue and the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.

Register for the Dog Jog and explore the Petfest!

Stop by my booth at the Petfest for a chance to win a full portrait session with me and a $50 to do credit to use towards your portrait order. You will also meet my dog Kaylee, my hubby Michael and my daughter Crystal.

The festival will feature:

  • Vendor Expo/Petfest (which is where you’ll find me)
  • A 1-mile fun walk Around Sloan’s Lake
  • Dog kissing booth
  • Adoptable pets
  • Food vendors
  • Kids activities
  • Chances to win prizes
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • And more!

Located at Lions Park Amphitheater – 4603 Lion Park Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82001.  9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 11th.

Black Dog animal rescue is one of the few rescues that took in the South Korean Dog Meat Farm dogs this spring. Read all about that story on their webpage at