In a quarter century living in Colorado Springs, I have never seen the sunflowers as prolific and glorious as they are this year. What a delightful coincidence that last year, Holly said that for our next family session together, she would love to do them in a field of summer sunflowers! We've had an unusually rainy summer here and the flowers have been incredible all summer. The sunflowers usually show up in mid-July, but began to show up in mid-June, and are absolutely filling the meadows. Everything is incredibly green! Holly, along with her husband and two teenage sons, showed up looking absolutely dapper in a lacy white dress, khaki pants, white shirts and suspenders on the boys, and a nice blue polo for dad. Holly is always a genius at styling and hit it out of the park this year with the light neutrals that stood out perfectly against all the colors surrounding them from the sunflower fields and the looming thunderstorm - the light from the setting sun combined with the heavy storm clouds renders the colors of the landscape much richer! As always, I was prepared with my clear umbrellas - I always have them handy just in case of rain, and I confess I'm a little excited I got to use them! The result is always incredible!
I have been blessed to photograph Holly's family for many years, since long before I started this business. All photographers start somewhere. and while I often cringe looking back at where I started, I will forever be grateful for the people who took a chance on me and helped me grow - and Holly not only did that, but has stuck with me for many, many years, and in her own family's photos I can see the story of their growth and change - and mine. Holly's trust in me is something I absolutely treasure and never take for granted. She has trusted me to provide beautiful photos, help choose locations, and document her family's story. That trust has made our photo sessions so much fun!
Holly, thank you for your continued trust over the years. Thank you for being willing to take photos in the rain, drive and hike up to mountain tops and have a dance-off, endure chilly fall mornings, try brand new locations, and so much more. Your family's sense of adventure has meant years of memories you'll always treasure. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives for so many years.