I heard about this young woman, Savannah, before she was even born…and evidently I knew her mom, Jessie, before I was born! Jessie and my mom were both pregnant at the same time and new to Colorado as their husbands were to be playing for the Denver Broncos in the fall of 1977. Long short, Jessie and I spent our early years together but after a few moves and life changes, we didn’t see one another until we were in our late twenties. That’s when destiny brought us back together and I heard Savannah was on her way!
I’ve been blessed to watch Savannah grow up (and get taller too) over the last twelve years and be a part of Jessie’s heart expanding even more as her daughter gets older. They met me in north Parker on a strip of the Cherry Creek Trail and we strolled around finding soft sun and yellow flowers. I enjoyed the mother-daughter moments through the lens and also taking Savannah’s hand down into the flower beds for some off-trail adventures. She did great and we managed to get a good number of giggles out of the almost-teenager.
Seven days in a week. Seven continents. Seven wonders of the world. Seven colors of the rainbow.
Seven subjects. Seven wonderful years catching smiles and laughter with the Tiefenbacher family.
The way this session came about, the soft sunlight, the bright green scenery and fields covered in rainbows of flowers – all together made for one amazing afternoon, for Kate and for me. I met Kate’s family over 8 years ago when I decided to start a photography business. Her family was one of my first official family portrait sessions. Kate must have been ten or eleven. I had talked *hopefully* over the years of doing her senior portraits when it came time, but there’s always so many turns in life, you just never know.
Earlier this summer I came across one of my old postcard ads with a photo of Kate’s younger sister. It prompted me to reach out to Kate’s mom and say hello. Within a couple hours she wrote me back – her and Kate had just been discussing senior photo options and packages. They knew I moved to Atlanta…but they didn’t know I was headed back for some time up at my cabin. Long –> short, they had about a 10 day window for her portraits, and I had booked my cabin stay over the same time. We discussed a few details and fate sealed the deal.
Some moments (and some photographs) are simply meant to be.
…Kate, hoping you’ll smile wide over the last photos on this post. I sure did – we’ve both grown!
Alison called me to redeem a certificate she won at a silent auction for a family portrait session. After we chatted, we decided to go big and schedule the session Colorado-style, up in the Rockies a little before sunset. She loaded the family up, including their dog, and we met near my childhood cabin. We trekked around some trails, founds some open meadows and even a swing for Quinn. The weather was perfect and lil’ Bridger held out until the very last photo 🙂