Sunday, January 04, 2015

Photos of the Year 2014 - Blog Post 1 of 3

Each year I try to do a summary of my favorite photos of the year... but it is always a challenge to question my art and my opinions and why I like some photos better than others. This year brings a new class of photos - my iPhone photos! Often I take them in a square format, to share on Instagram, and use some filters and frames so they look a bit different than the other photos. 2014 brought on some new challenges both personally and professionally, but I got a lot of travel time in and even did some portraits along the way! I saw so many new places in 2014 and had so much fun photographing them that I have another whole post on Travel below!

Favorite 2014 Portraits

Favorite 2014 Travel and Nature photos

Personally one of those most meaningful encounters I had in 2014 was meeting and photographing a group of traveling Tibetan Monks in Boulder and Denver. They are visiting the US and Canada during 2014 and 2015 from the Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastary and are traveling to share their culture, practices and paths to inner peace and compassion. One of the monks still emails and is a Facebook friend. I jump up and down every time I receive an email from LG! And so of course my favorite photos of the year involve monks and especially kids and monks!

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Boulder Traveling Monks

Boulder Traveling Monks

As a baby photographer I had the opportunity to photograph many sets of twins this year - some were easier than others, some were younger or older, but it's hard enough to photograph one baby, and that much harder to photograph two! But I love these opportunities, we just have to schedule more time for the sessions!

Boulder Baby Photographer

Boulder Baby Photographer

Boulder Baby Photographer

Boulder Baby Photographer

Boulder Baby Photographer

Boulder Baby Photographer

so many travel and nature photos this year we've made a separate post:

Favorite 2014 Travel and Nature photos

but this is my all-time favorite - a Boulder County morning at ten degrees below zero about 6:50am just a mile from our house... but amazingly beautiful and peaceful!

Boulder Colorado Snow

The year 2014 was an amazing year of ups and downs, breaths in and out, gains and losses, and some really difficult personal times. But through everything I have learned a whole lot more about life and believe even more that we must be present in every moment and accept every human being as ourselves. Our equals - we are one. This I truly believe.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Oregon Family Portraits - The Smith Family Moves to Oregon!

I have photographed this little family since the birth of their twin boys three years ago, and they have always been great subjects! I was sad to see that they were moving from Colorado to Oregon, but when I scheduled a PureBaby Newborn Workshop in Salem, Oregon, I was just down the street from their new home! One friend said, "I didn't know that Beaton Photography did house calls!" Maybe that will be our new tagline! And their backyard was perfect for these photos!

The Smith Family slideshow is online here...

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and one of my favorite photos of all time... when the twins were one and Lily was three - the twins weren't having anything to do with this photographer! Although I know the photo makes it look like Lily is the culprit - she was honestly just trying to be sweet and comfort them!

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and another fun story from Salem - my first few hours in town I stopped at the grocery store and I got a hundred dollar bill from the good samaritan Benny! I immediately payed it forward, but feel fortunate to have felt and shared some Benny love! More info about Benny can be found on this Oprah website link: Be Like Benny!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Boulder Baby Photographer - Meet Newborn Baby Mabel!

I had the pleasure of photographing newborn Baby Mabel a few weeks ago - just as I photographed her Big Sister Alice as a newborn! Both are absolutely adorable - and they look so different as newborns! I love this family! Isn't Mabel's hair just precious?

Mabel's slideshow online here...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Summit Senior Portraits - Genna Class of 2015

I've known Genna since she was a baby - I can remember being at her first birthday party and have taken many photos of her over the years. So blessed to be able to take her senior portraits also - she is a beautiful young woman inside and out! Best of luck with everything Genna!

Genna's slideshow is online here...

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Lake Dillon Morning Fog

I'm in Summit County photographing high school senior portraits for a few days, and ventured out at sunrise this morning to the Frisco Marina. And I was not disappointed! The fog, the sailboats, and folks skulling, the geese, everything seemed to be at peace and amazingly beautiful!

Would love some feedback on the first 3 photos - which do you like best and why? I was walking out the docks with my long 70-200mm lens, and the scene changed a little with the arrangement of boats and backdrops and I can't figure out which I like best! Need some critiques! Just leave a comment below...

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The deadline for senior portraits to be turned in at Summit High School is October 8th this year, but school starts on Monday and most of my weekend appointments are booked between now and October 8th! Some seniors can take a weekday afternoon for portraits, but hurry if you're interested in senior portraits!

Friday, August 08, 2014

Boulder Baby Photographer - Baby Mackenzie 11 days old!

Baby Mackenzie was just 11 days old when I had the privilege of photographing her. And her sisters and some extended family... it is always such an amazing miracle to be in the presence of a newborn. That's why I love this job! Blessings Mackenzie and family! It may seem crazy right now with lots of diapers and very little sleep, but before you know it she'll be going to prom! Thanks for letting me document this little miracle!

Slideshow online at this link....

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