Friday, February 3, 2012

Red Dress Details

I've had a lot of people ask for details about the red dress project. I wanted to explain a few things.

1) you need to have your own dress/outfit. You are responsible for those expenses. I have had two people offer to assist with alterations or re-creating something for you from a dress that has already been made but you have to have the bones already and if you want something extravagant added to the dress you will need to be prepared to pay for whatever it is. These designers have graciously donated their time, but they are not expected to donate their pocket books as well. Additional fabric, bows, etc are on your dime.

Look at thrift stores. Most have formal dresses for sale. Also Ebay. And Amazon. Also check out the Traveling Red Dress FB page as several are up for grabs on there as well. If you just want to do something simple like a tulle bottom (tutu esque), that is easily done and I'm sure any of the people who have donated their services would be able to quickly make something like that. Think outside the box! And please ask if you have questions or need direction!

2) I need your story. My vision for these shoots is to express the woman in the dress. The strength, beauty, vulnerability. I want to be able to express your journey. I would love to know a bit more about you so we can plan the session together and make it as much you as possible. What is your vision when you think of yourself in a powerful dress? What would you like to get from it?  If you are uncomfortable with sharing your story with others at this point, that is fine, but I have to have it so I can brainstorm with you about your session.

3) Be aware that this is a time consuming project on all sides and you will be asked to work the session into your schedule based on my schedule and what we have planned for your session.

I'm so excited about all of the awesome emails I'm receiving and the wonderful help people are offering. I cannot wait to get some of these planned and on the calendar!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Red Dress Project

"I want, just once, to wear a bright red, strapless ball gown with no apologies. I want to be shocking, and vivid and wear a dress as intensely amazing as the person I so want to be. And the more I thought about it the more I realized how often we deny ourselves that red dress and all the other capricious, ridiculous, overindulgent and silly things that we desperately want but never let ourselves have because they are simply “not sensible”. Things like flying lessons, and ballet shoes, and breaking into spontaneous song, and building a train set, and crawling onto the roof just to see the stars better. Things like cartwheels and learning how to box and painting encouraging words on your body to remind yourself that you’re worth it.
And I am worth it."

The above is from The Bloggess. From her entry that started The Traveling Red Dress.

But here’s the thing…you are worth it too. Which is why this week the red dress will begin a journey, traveling from city to city so that other people can wear it and love it and feel as special and vivid and dynamic as they already are. Because sometimes we all need a little red dress to remind us of that. So today, think about what it is you need and were too embarrassed to ask for. And then go fucking do it. Wear a ball gown to the grocery store. Invite the neighbors to have a picnic on the front lawn. Get that novel out of your sock drawer and publish it yourself. Stand on a bus stop bench and belt out a song for the waiting strangers. Find a playground swing and remember how it felt to fly. Find your red dress. And wear the hell out of it."

My best friend came to me and said she wanted to do this. Wear a big beautiful gown just for the hell of it. Because she could. Because she is beautiful, insecure, strong, vulnerable, afraid, happy, loving, and she is Enough. She is worth it. She has a story to tell and she wants this to be a part of it.

So, being her bestie, and having been involved in her journey for the past year and knowing all the work she has done on herself, I said HELL YEAH! And we started planning.

The idea has been floating around in my mind for awhile. I have been contemplating offering these sessions for awhile but this week I formally announced it. And the response has been pretty dang incredible. I had some good friends email me about it, then some strangers. Then people who were offering their assistance. And then the first story came into my inbox and I found myself sitting at my desk weeping about the strength and vulnerability this wonderful woman was giving me in sharing her story.

And I thought, "I can't do this without sharing what this means to me." I am not going to share the most intimate details of my story here, but will share a part of it.

I was the girl who couldn't see her future, couldn't see her beauty, couldn't see her worth. Because of that, I was often angry, depressed, even suicidal at points in my life. I found my strength and beauty through a camera. I found my passion through my camera. I found the beauty of the world through my camera. I could show myself parts of who I was that I couldn't see in the mirror.

Over the past few years I have grown my love for photography, but more importantly, my love for myself. My own journey is being documented in my personal blog.  I am proud to say that I can now look in the mirror and say I am beautiful and mean it.

To me, my red dress moment, is being able to photograph women who have found or are finding their strength through their own stories. To see the brightness in their eyes when they stop caring about how their hair looks and start feeling that moment in its entirety. This is what I hope to get out of this project. Real women showing their real selves, their real emotions, their real strength. I hope to be able to find women who are willing to share their joy in who they are. I am looking for women who want to show that they are worth it.

I am so excited about this project and so thankful to everyone who is sharing their story with me. Even if you do not want to participate in the photography part of things, I would still love to share your story, and if you'd like to share it with more than just me, I would love to share it here in my blog as well (with your permission!). Your story may very well be the inspiration and motivation that another person needs to find their own worth.

Thank you so much.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Drawing winners!

The winner of the Newbie Contest is: Tamara Hamill! Congratulations! I will send you an email shortly!

And the winner of the Appreciation contest is: Shiloh Jones! Congratulations! I will also send you an email shortly!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Photo session contest

Okay, I've decided to do TWO contests. Facebook has changed rules on contests so I will not be able to hold voting contests like I have in the past. Instead, the winner of these contests will be picked through

First of all, I want to thank my clients! So I am going to offer a free child session with 20 edited images in your private online gallery to whoever wins the "Appreciation Contest". If you have had a sesssion with me in the past, you can submit your name to enter the contest. You must email me at with "appreciation contest" in the subject line with your name in the body of the email to enter. I will then use to pick a winner of the session.

Secondly, I will run a contest for anyone who has not had a session with me. The winner of the "Newbie Contest" will receive a 45 minute child session for $45 at a location of my choice (in the metro area). You will receive 15 edited images from the session in your private online gallery. To enter the contest, you must email me at with "newbie contest" as your subject line and your name in the body of the email. I will then use to pick a winner of the session.

You can only enter yourself, not others. One entry per person. Contestants must be in the Denver metro area or willing to drive to a location in the Denver area for the session.

You will have until January 2nd to enter. I will hold the drawing on January 3rd and announce the winner on this blog as well as Facebook.

Good luck and thank you all for such an amazing year!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A day with the nieces

My nieces came by today and we ventured out to a pumpkin patch and a river for some Halloween/Fall fun! Here are some sneak peeks!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Popov wedding

I shot a BEAUTIFUL wedding today for Kirstin and Zlatko. I'm not kidding... the looks they gave each other... would make the most hateful person in the world believe and actually feel love. It was lovely to witness.

Congratulations you two! Thank you for letting me be a part of your big day!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Miss Dallis

I did some photos for this adorable little one a few weekends ago. She is tough to get smiles out of when the camera is in my hands but when she does... She can sure bright up a room! Loved getting to see her again and capture her just before her 1 yr birthday! Happy birthday little miss Dallis!

 I absolutely love this shot with her little puppy dog eyes are your little giraffe that she loved to chew on. What a sweetheart!