The fire in Black Forest, Colorado was absolutely devastating ten years ago. Bittersweetly, though, it left new open spaces with gorgeous view of Pikes Peak - a real treat for locals hosting photo sessions on their home properties!
The Carters' home stands on beautiful Black Forest land that was once heavily wooded. I remember driving by their street frequently on my way to church or friends' houses in high school. The area is unrecognizable now from that time, thanks to the horrific fire that at the time caused the heaviest property losses in recorded state history and claimed the lives of two people - parents of a young man I knew from band class in high school. Black Forest is once again a beautiful, peaceful place, although scars of the fire remain and will for many years to come. The Carters are relatively new to Black Forest, and are so in love with their home and the breathtaking views they have of the forest and Pikes Peak. Their cozy home sits on a large acreage for this part of the forest - the perfect setting for Katie's lifelong dream to finally come true of raising her girls in the country with animals!
Katie knew without a doubt that she wanted to do her family photo session on their property and include some of their growing menagerie of animals - this time, their horse Poppy and pony Teddy! Katie's young daughters were also excited to show off their new baby sister! Everyone was dolled up for photos, including the horses who had fresh baths and their manes and tails attended to! Although we lightheartedly encouraged the girls to not act TOO crazy in their dresses, I was happy to see them running around in the woods and wildflowers, riding on and petting their beloved horses, energetically swinging from their playground set, and playing games in the tall grasses with me as the moon began to rise in the east. What a blessing for these three little ladies to start their lives so closely connected to nature!
Katie, I'm truly honored that I got to document this precious chapter in your family's story and get to know your entire family! Thank you for choosing me to capture these sweet memories. I'm so happy for you to see your dreams coming true and can't wait to see your lives continue to unfold in your beautiful forested paradise!