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May | 366 days with the Mielkes

May was so much fun around here!  We were finally able to really enjoy being outside!  We started exploring even more.  We found some really fun places to go!  My mom came to visit and we had our first outings to the lake where the girls could actually go swimming!  

May:

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April | 366 days with the Mielkes

April started while we were still in Tucson.  We finished up our trip and headed back to Colorado. Lilian had her Girl Scout Ceremony, her birthday and TONS of birthday visitors from out of state!  April was a pretty wonderful month!  

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March | 366 days with the Mielkes

March was a really fun month.  I think we really started to find our groove here in Colorado.  We really started to make some friends and the weather was nice on some days so we could even leave the house and begin exploring!  Towards the end of the month the girls and I went to Tucson so Lu could spend spring break with her father.  

 

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February | 366 days with the Mielkes

So I am beyond behind in blogging my 366 images!  So here I am playing catch up!  I haven't been posting consistently to my Facebook so here you can see all go my images! Shooting this for myself has been the best thing I have ever done.  It has really opened my eyes and made me change my perspective so I don't have the same image day by day!  Are you working on a 366?  I actually have no plans of ever stopping shooting daily.. I am really excited to see how long I document daily!  

Here is February in pictures!

 

 

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Arizona | Personal Images

I have so many images I want to share from Arizona, I had to collage them all otherwise this blog would take forever to load!  We had an amazing trip and I am definitely missing the Arizona heat here in Colorado!

 

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Theo B. | In Home Newborn Session

I have known this sweet family for over a decade now.  I was beyond thrilled to capture the birth of sweet little Theo, then about a week later I was able to go into their home and photograph for a few hours for his newborn session AND then I was able to do a full family session with them at a local park.  I absolutely love doing in home newborn sessions for my birth story clients.  

If you are interested in adding on an in home newborn session to your birth story collection, connect with me so we can make arrangements.  

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Madison | Pregnancy Announcement in Tucson Arizona

This mama is one of the strongest humans I know.  Her sweet son is battling Langerhans cell histiocytosis She recently found out that she is expecting baby number THREE and although timing isn't perfect (is it ever) this baby is so loved already.  I was able to document the birth of their sweet Norah last year and this mama and I became amazing friends. 

I would be honored to tell your pregnancy story.  If you are currently expecting please contact me so we can chat. 

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Kathryn | Maternity Session in Denver Colorado

Kathryn was such a trooper.  She was my last model during our Maternity Shoot Out in February.  The sun was setting and it was definitely getting a little bit chilly out.  We even had the opportunity to use a smoke bomb.  The more I shoot maternity the more I fall in love with it.  I can't even put it into words how much I love photographing mothers.  I am currently booking births and maternity sessions for 2016.  I would be honored to speak with you about photographing your beautiful story!

 

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Melanie and Alina | Mommy and Me Session in Tucson Arizona

Can you believe this session happened on a WHIM?!?!  I am so glad I was able to talk her into going out into the desert with me for an hour.  It was extremely windy but it was so beautiful out. I am so glad we were able to sneak in this session because she and her family just relocated from the desert to the east coast.  After I delivered her gallery she sent me message after message thanking me for these photos- she didn't have any of just her and sweet Alina.  I can't stress enough how important it is to present in images with your children.  That is something I am personally trying to do better with.   I still have a handful of mommy and me sessions available in the Denver Metro Area in May.  

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Before and After | Preset Collection

As a photographer I LOVE seeing before and after shots.  I figured WHY NOT share some before and afters with my new preset collections!  So I am currently on vacation and my image selection is quite limited because of my laptop so I can't wait to share more.. and SHARE YOUR IMAGES when I get back to Denver.  You can snag my current preset collection HERE while they are currently discounted.  

 

As you can see, there is a preset for every type of mood.  There are some bright and airy ones and of course my trade mark dark and moody presets!  

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Preset Collections

I am so excited to have some new images with my new preset collections to highlight!  I have poured my heart and soul into these presets and sharing them with the world is a HUGE step for me!  I have been using them on my own for months now I can't wait for more artists to submit images so I can feature them on my blog!  If you're using my presets make sure you send me some of your own photos so I can feature your beautiful work right here on my blog and on my facebook! I tried to make them extremely versatile for every type of photographer.  They are great for both indoor and outdoor photography.  I am mostly a documentary and lifestyle photographer but I also shoot some posed and styled work.  I love easy these are to use and I might tweak them a tiny bit to suit my image, but that's what makes them amazing.. you can literally use them for EVERYTHING!!

 

  For those that haven't purchased my new preset collections head over  HERE and snag them while they are discounted!

Preset: AIR

 

Preset: BLOOM

 

Preset: SLATE

Preset: CALM

Preset: DIVINE

 

Preset: FLOAT

Preset: DREAM

Preset: WONDER

Preset: Swell

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For Photographers | Education and Tools

I am so excited to announce the FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS section of my website!  On this part of my website you will find my BRAND NEW Black and White Presets and my BRAND NEW Film Inspired Colored Presets.  They are currently on discounted for ONE week! Click HERE for Lightroom Presets!!

I am also so excited to announce that I am offering two different types of mentoring.  1 hour online mentoring and 3 hour in person mentoring for Denver and Tucson!  Click  HERE for mentoring information!!

 

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Jamie L. | Maternity Session in Denver Colorado

A few weeks ago I was so excited to join several other photographers for a 'Maternity Shoot Out' We had several gorgeous pregnant mamas, and some families there for us to photograph. Each photographer styled their own maternity sessions and we all had about 30 minutes with each beautiful mama/family.  I have never participated in maternity session like this before and to say it was a BLAST would have been an understatement.  I had the opportunity to do a lot of experimenting with these fabulous ladies and I am thrilled with the results.  Here is one of my sessions from that day.. the BEAUTIFUL Jamie who is a fabulous Denver photographer and you can check out her stunning work right HERE

 

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Rowan Elizabeth | Birth Story in Tucson Arizona

I realized last week that I NEVER shared the full birth story of sweet little Rowan. I really love it when mom's write their own birth stories.  I will never forget Rowan's delivery.  Jonea was so strong and even though her birth plan went into the toilet she handled the changes so amazingly.  Sweet Rowan was born with a True Knot in her cord which is extremely rare.  Head over and read Jonea's birth story in her own words.. There is swears and complete honesty :) There is nothing more amazing than being allowed into a woman's birth space.  

 

I am now booking a select number of births in the Denver Metro Area.  My first two births booked, contract signed and deposit paid, are discounted by 400.00. All birth stories include a full maternity session and full birth coverage. I would be honored to tell your birth story and I am so excited to be offering birth stories in Denver Colorado.  

 


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Ramp Family | Your Story Session in Denver Colorado

I had the honor of spending a day with the Ramp Family recently to kick off the launch of my "Your Story" sessions!  These sessions can be partial days or full days but they are always so much fun.  Your ordinary is worth documenting and remembering.  My Your Story sessions are currently discounted for anyone that books in the month of February.  You do not have to have your session in February.  These sessions can take place in Colorado Springs, Denver Metro, and Fort Collins CO. They can also take place when I am in Tucson in March.  

All sessions include your edited digital gallery as well a video slideshow set to music!

 


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Theo B. | Birth in Tucson Arizona

I am honored to finally share the birth of Theodore B.  His birth story is actually one of my favorites because literally the day before he was born, his mama and I were joking around about me being able to attend.  Cierra never officially 'booked' me for her birth, it was more of a "if I can be there, I'll be there"  type situation.  Well Cierra messaged me the NEXT day saying she was heading to the birth center because she wasn't sure if she was in true labor or not.  I was on standby and I got a text not even 2 hours later saying to head on down.  Little did we all know.. Theo would be born shortly after the text.  I arrived right as he was crowning and was able to spend a few hours with them documenting his first few hours earth side. 

I am booking a small amount of births this year here in Denver and I have a few spots still available.  If you're interested in booking your birth story please email me. 

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Theo. T. | NICU Session Tucson Arizona

I have known Ian for many years.  When he told me that he and his girlfriend Katie were expecting, I couldn't be more thrilled.  Ian and Katie found out when she was around 18 weeks and little did they know that they would be meeting little Theo just a few short weeks after finding out.  Theo is considered a Micro Preemie - Born before 26 weeks or weighing less than 1lb 12oz, Theo fit both of those criteria.  He was born at 24 weeks 4 days and weighed 1lb 10oz.  

 

I was able to visit Theo in the NICU with Ian when he was 2 days old.  Let me tell you.. it takes a special kind of person to be a NICU nurse.  I was in awe of everything that was going on around me. I spent about an hour with Ian and Theo before we headed out to visit Katie who was recovering from her emergency C-Section.  I am so honored that they let me into their very personal space during this crazy emotional time. 

Theodore James was born at 24 Weeks 4 days weighing 1lb 10oz.  Today he is 50 days old and weighs 2lbs 14oz.  From all of the updates I have been getting he is such a strong little fighter.  I can't wait to visit him again when I am back in Tucson in March. 

Photo: Art by Jessica offers free NICU sessions for those families currently in the NICU that would like this time in their lives to be documents.  Please email me for more details. 

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Beth, Mark and Skylar | Maternity Session in Tucson

My Cousin Bethany and I have always had this special unspoken bond.  No matter how far apart we are or how long we go without talking, when we finally get together (which unfortunately isn't often enough), she is like my best friend.  I was really honored to be able to photograph her and her husband Mark in anticipation of the arrival of my sweet new cousin Skylar.  This was probably the most nerve wracking session I have ever had, not only did these images need to be perfect for her because she is family, but we were very limited on time and when we fist started out it was so cloudy out.  I was so excited when the sun started to set and started peeking out from under the clouds.  I am so excited for Skylar to make her arrival any day/week now and I can't wait for baby snuggles when I make a trip to Arizona in March. 

I am currently booking Maternity sessions in the Denver Metro area.  I would be honored to photograph this amazing time for you and your family. 

 


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366 | Personal Images

Just a small recap of our year so far.  This month I decided to just blog my favorite images of the month.  I think from here on out though I will be blogging my entire month :)

 


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P. Family | Military Homecoming in Tucson AZ

Being a military spouse, military homecomings are very near and dear to me.  I was really excited when Candi messaged me and asked me to come document her husbands homecoming on the flight line.  The weather was gorgeous for us and her husband arrived right on time... which is unheard of!!  I also love being able to document families reuniting.  I am now available for homecomings in the Denver Metro Area.  

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