Lindsay Hiatt Photography: Blog http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Lindsay Hiatt Photography lindsayhiatt@gmail.com (Lindsay Hiatt Photography) Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:57:00 GMT Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:57:00 GMT http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u224492191-o498590570-50.jpg Lindsay Hiatt Photography: Blog http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog 120 120 Home on the Front Range: Grow & Gather Design http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2018/4/homeonthefrontrange Grow & Gather DesignA landscape design project near Boulder, Colorado

Beyond the flowing waters of the St. Vrain in the town of Lyons, Colorado lies a house. Yes a home on the range...the Front Range. Here, where bears and mountain lions play and laughter and music float down the river all summer long. A house whose front yard has undergone a metamorphosis. Once it was merely a patch to walk by but now, it is a setting to pause at. It has changed my perception as to what a front yard could be. This space has transformed into a natural playground where the entire family can play and garden. For a hobby that can often be wild and unwieldy, now the garden has order, space and beauty. Thanks to the expert landscape design of Becca Robinson with Grow & Gather Design, it is now a place for kiddos to grow and gather their own bounty, and a spot where chickens can roam freely (as long as the mountain lions and critters aren't too near).

Becca has a passion, the knowledge, and ability to help you transform your yard or public spaces of all sizes into a place filled with joy and life. By using science as well as artistic design, she creates an oasis of nature and beauty. Form AND function from concept to natural wonder. After seeing her transformation in person I was enchanted...and immediately began dreaming of a transformation for my own yard. Her landscape designs have captivated cities and private homeowners from Kitchener, Ontario (where Grow & Gather Design resides) to the foothills of Boulder County, Colorado.

As I wandered around the circular centerpiece, I noticed so much life around me. The flowers were abuzz with bees; the children were busy watering and searching for frogs and the vines climbed high towards the summer sunshine. As the breeze shook petals and chickens strolled, I thought of how beautiful it all was and what a stunning backdrop it made for photos of chickens... and a family growing and gathering out in their own spot of nature together.

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The Sunshine State- Central Florida Travel Photography http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2018/4/sunshine-state

Florida. Stepping onto the jetway I felt it immediately envelop me. It wasn't quite like a tackle from a four year-old when you are finishing that last sentence of an email and his patience has subsided. Specifically, it was my teenage nemesis. The one that thwarted every effort I put forth, hopelessly clinging to my dreams of slick, straight hair while living in Central Florida as an adolescent. Yes, humidity. But this humidity was different. It was almost imperceptible to anyone not coming from the dry air of Colorado but just enough to make me breathe deeper. I knew at that moment I had at most 48hrs before my hair realized where it was and I was determined to make the most of it. I was also thrilled for my dry, cracked hands that are a constant for me in Colorado as soon the air would surely give way to hands that would soak in the sun and any small amount of humidity with joy.

Azaleas in bloom, Winter Park, FL

Everyone knows for thrills in Central Florida, the theme parks are where the magic happens. But if you slow down and step away from the crowds you can find a different type of treasure in Florida. The magic that is the flora and fauna of an ecosystem unlike any other in the US. Black bears hide under palmetto ferns and armadillos scurry across the dirt roads. If you are lucky enough a Florida panther just might leap past you silently late at night when you are out too late down by the dock shining for gators. To me, no time is Florida more charming than when "winter" fades and spring blooms. The love bug season has not begun and the palmetto bugs seem as though perhaps they are on holiday. The azaleas have begun to show off and the breeze turns warm. I LOVE this time of year in Florida and getting to experience it once again after a much too long hiatus made me giddy.

My time here would be brief but I would make the most of it. I attended the wedding of one of my best friends from high school and saw friends I hadn't seen in many, many moons (somehow none of them aged even a minute). And if I planned well, I would have a bit of extra time to spend out in nature, enjoying Florida in a way I just couldn't when I was a teen.

Taking one afternoon to visit Winter Park was like dipping my toe back into a pool of time. I'd lived nearby before and always loved the town with it's beautiful homes, cordial attitude, incredible museums and endless places to eat, drink, and explore. But I never paused before to take in the beauty of the lakes, the way the moss swayed in the springtime breeze, or listen to the egrets building rookeries among the thick branches of cypress trees. As I sat among the southern giants in grass that seemed impossibly green, sand filled the spaces between my toes and I walked along in sandals smiling at the sunshine and the Sunshine State.

 

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Stella by Starlight: Boulder Fresh 48 Session http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2018/3/stella-by-starlight  

Stella was born by starlight in the early hours of what was to be a warm and bright, sun-drenched day. Being able to photograph this spectacular family getting to know one another a mere six hours from when she was welcomed into the world was a gift. It was a day that will always bring joy and warmth to my heart.

Walking up the very steps that I had taken four years ago (but in a very different way) was familiar. My son was born here and to be back seeing the newborn experience through a different lens was thrilling. Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville, Colorado gives new mamas and their families such a supportive and welcoming space that it was hard not to tear up remembering my experience while thinking of the excitement for this new little one (okay...I definitely did tear up).

Stella's family isn't just any family. I honestly think of them as extended family (without the actual family connection). I've been honored to photograph this family for previous sessions, including their older daughter's adorable 1st birthday session. I was over the moon to be asked to photograph them all at the hospital on the day Baby Stella was born. There was so much love emanating from everyone that it was not surprising to see how calm and peaceful Stella was. She knew her family rocked from the moment they held her in their arms. Stella's mama was so strong, beautiful and welcoming that more than once the thought popped into my mind: How in the world did she literally JUST have a baby? And Stella's dad was just as full of love and admiration for his newest, littlest love. Stella has a good thing going on with her family and she seemed to know it. Photographing a NEW newborn is literally a once-in-a-lifetime experience. That morning, Stella saw her parents for the first time, met her mama's mama and fell in love with her forever best friend and older sister Lilah. That newness and everything about it may fade but hopefully these photographs will keep those memories of the first few hours of her life warm in the family's hearts and minds. Thank you, THANK YOU for welcoming me and allowing me to capture Stella on the day she was born.

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We Are Family http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2018/2/wearefamily Mommy & Me Photo Boulder, Colorado

Photographing families is a joy. Photographing families and including their extended families is an even greater gift. Half of these family members traveled from across the country and multiple time zones just to hike around in the mountains and foothills of the Colorado Rockies. Actually, they were also visiting and celebrating their adorable grandchildren, which means it made the experience 1,000 times greater.

It didn't take long into our session before something struck me. It wasn't a golden aspen leaf or a rock splashing into the chilly Coal Creek waters, it was how much this family loved being together in the moment and sharing the experience together; with their grandchildren. There was so much joy and love between the kiddos and everyone that it made the light that much brighter, set the cottonwoods and aspen trees aglow and the downslope breeze just a wee bit warmer.

We found many gems that day on one of my favorite trails, but what I still remember is how much those little boys lit up when they captured a glimpse of their parents and grandparents. Thank you to the families to bringing me along to capture such love and joy and put a little Sister Sledge in my head on repeat.

 

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Fairy Tales & Boulder Family Photography http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2018/1/fairytalesboulderphotography Boulder Family Photography with TeenagersA family with teenagers for a portrait session in Boulder, Colorado

It is always the wind. More than the sun or snow; it is the wind. That almost ever-present force of nature. Giving me beautiful shapes and movement to capture. The wind is not a wild horse. It cannot be tamed or trained. It is unruly, beautiful, powerful and sudden. Much like humans and some may say much like children even as those children get closer to adults and far, seemingly lightning years away from that newborn stage.

I remember being a teenager, it wasn't that far, far away. It was just last century. What I remember most was how visceral everything was. Not just for me but for everyone in my world. I cannot imagine what it is like today with social media. I do know that teens in this century must navigate the storms and sunshine with much more intelligence and forethought than we did and for that they have my admiration.

As I met this family of four on that windy and crisp November afternoon, the first thing that I remember was how excited I was that they met me here. Here, up on a beautiful mesa with the Colorado Rockies not too far away. Many families make sure that those first years are documented but as kiddos and responsibilities grow, it gets harder to capture these moments in front of a camera (that isn't immediately on Instagram). I love this family and I love that they let me peek into the awesomeness that is them.

 
In fairy tales there are stories to tell and in real life too. I hope in these photos you can see the twins, together as sisters and with their unique personalities. They are intelligent, and radiate both inner and outer beauty. I hope you see their Mama, so wise, patient, kind and full of gifts. And their dad, who has a wonderful and hilarious presence and had a great attitude about everything during the session.
 
They could all be in a fairy tale. Each one is beautiful, funny and capable of the extraordinary on an ordinary day. But thankfully for us, they are real and as their stories continue to unfold these next few years, I hope I can capture them again for a few moments on a not quite so windy but just as beautiful day.
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Rainbows, Camping & Bears Oh My http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2017/12/yellowstonetetons Grand Teton National Park There is a fork in the road and a certain Robert Frost poem in my mind. Instantly I choose the road less traveled but for different reasons. There are two options for our campsite this evening, one filled with views and one with quiet (or a bit more quiet as it is a site in a campground). Usually we choose spots more dispersed but because of the active grizzly cubs and mamas around the area, camping in an actual campground is perfectly peachy to me. In an act of not-so-bold reasoning, I figure the more popular site with the views is already full so down the road we go.

To our amazement there are multiple sites still available. We are obviously not in Colorado anymore and are cheering our Wyoming good-fortune. Feeling brazen we decide to head back up to the second campground for maybe our luck will continue to grow.

I am not a gambler. Okay I'm a gambler with a $1 betting limit (as in total amount I will play) in Vegas. But feeling confident that there are still many options available even if the other campground is full we head onward and upward. I'm driving the truck and feel excited and nervous but not nauseous (I get car sick very easily as a passenger on curvy roads). Luckily our kids seem to have inherited my husband's stomach of steel in addition to his handsome good looks and exceptional logical mind. We drive up the dirt road higher and closer to beautiful towering pinnacles and hopefully the site where we will pitch our tent and rest our heads tonight.

There are 12 sites and four are still available. "Luck be a campsite tonight!" I sing in a voice more distant from Sinatra than he could have ever dreamed. The sun is shining and the magpies are squawking as we pull into our site. It is THE ONE. No one else is around or at least visible. The boys bound out of the truck happily ready to explore. I crack open the celebratory sunscreen tube for everyone. We are a jolly bunch. Soon, however, things becomes eerily quiet when we realize that while we have enough food, blankets and clothing to appease even the finicky kiddos, we have neglected to bring one important piece of camping equipment. The tent. When we announce to the boys that unfortunately we will not be spending the evening at this spot, one of them suggests that all is well and we can just go home and get it. After applauding his problem-solving skills I remind him that home is about 10hrs away. The nearest "real" town is Jackson which is about 2hrs away.

Immediately I'm quite conscious and hear the universe exclaiming, "TEACHABLE MOMENT!" So with more cheer than Santa I announce that we are having an adventure already and how exciting it is! After some dazed and confused looks from the boys, we hop back into the truck and head west. Where will we sleep tonight? I don't know but it is going to be so exciting to figure it out! It will be somewhere new and west of here! Yee-haw I (almost) yell.

Thinking and driving, driving and thinking we head towards Grand Teton National Park in hopes of eventual cell service and a plan. Finally a bar pops up on my phone and I call the lodging reservation desk for the national park. Everything has been booked months in advance but I'm hoping they can at least tell us where other lodging areas (that don't require a tent) may be scored for the evening. After being placed on a long hold a cheerful voice announces that minutes ago a cabin in Colter Bay had a cancellation. Would we like it for the night? Yeeessssss! I have no idea where Colter Bay is but we are going there now! It turned out to be an absolutely wonderful experience in the Grand Tetons. There was a fox den with baby foxes nearby, grizzlies had walked by the cabin earlier that morning and we ended up with a cabin AND a bathroom. No need to ever test my luck in Vegas again, we struck gold. It was the beginning of a road trip with more adventures than we anticipated and memories we won't forget.

As we headed north through Yellowstone, we saw wolves. Then, there was that bear...a wee bit too close to our new tent (acquired at a K-Mart the next day), rainbows dropping into a lake and more rainbows on the ground as the magical geysers and springs sprung steam and scents skyward. We finished off in Montana and a trek back to a place my family used to call home. So thankful that forgetting an integral part of camping equipment let to adventures we couldn't have planned.

 

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Earth, Wind, & Sky Fire (Boulder Family Photography) http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2017/10/earthwindfire

Once upon a time not too long ago, the wind whipped down over the mountains, and the sun shone brightly as it danced between the clouds. The light beams jumped in on the game and changed colors, as if to say it could be a rainbow without the rain or bow. And the Earth had so much energy, movement, and life that you could feel it. You could feel it so much that it ALMOST knocked you over. And it did pop that giant balloon and it did blow a bit too much life into our hair at times, but it felt great! Through it all, a little gal walked and laughed and looked at sunflowers with the inquisitive nature that only a one year-old can have. All of these things put together with two of the most loving, and wonderful, parents I've ever known resulted in a photo session that I will remember and cherish for a long, long time.

 

Little Liliana had just turned one and seemed to know it. Even though the wind was too strong at times for the nearby wind turbines to run, she took control of the evening, exploring and adventuring in the wind like and old pro of perhaps age 4. Whether she was sitting in her grandma's chair among the native Colorado grasses or flying in between her parents, she was living in the moment and I was loving it. The way her mama and dad could make her giggle with delight made my heart melt even as the sun dipped lower behind the Rocky Mountains.

Liliana is a lady on a mission and knows what she wants. And this is AWESOME. Although she had only recently taken her first steps, the 30-40mph winds were simply an accessory to work with and she turned into wind to walk closer to a flower that had captured her attention. She is beyond adorable and loved so very much, not just by her incredible parents but by her incredible extended family as well. With love on her side, and passion in her heart, this little one WILL go places in life. A huge thank you to her parents, who not only braved a late evening to capture the sunset, but for also braving the elements and going along for the ride the wind took us on. When you mix a magically wonderful family with sublime light, you get one enchanted evening.

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Dancing at Davidson Mesa http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2017/9/dancingcoloradomesa Davidson Mesa Louisville, Colorado Family Photography

If I were to walk out to the middle of a mesa in Colorado and start dancing, a few things might occur. In addition to frightening any small critters due to my lack of rhythm, the flowers might strain to look away while nearby humans would surely give puzzled stares. Similarly, if I made airplane wings with my arms and began to launch myself in a spiral as I head off on a mission, I can say with great confidence that the responses from the flora and fauna would be comparable. This, my friends, is the magic that is being a young child. You can do these things and SO much more! And, not only are you probably going to get some praise for it, you will look adorable while doing so.

Dancing on Davidson Mesa, family photography near Boulder, CO

 

Young kiddos truly understand what is important (snacks, exploring, and experiencing the present) and these two were no exception. I love how excited they were about TALL GRASSES! RUNNING! (to and away from their parents) and finding adventures in the Colorado outdoors. I'm not sure what it is about Colorado families, but somehow I luck out every single time! I could not have wished for a more fun and relaxed afternoon. This family had such an easy way about them and it made everything even more enjoyable than I had even hoped for.

Earlier in the afternoon, as the clouds formed above the foothills, the possibility of storms threatened. But true to form, the dark skies dissipated and golden light beamed from just beyond the flatirons. As we walked along the trail and said hi to the puppies frolicking at the nearby dog park, I had butterflies in my stomach. No, I did not capture one accidentally while my mouth was agape because it was SO beautiful out and this family was SO incredible to work with, but because I knew I had the opportunity to capture some magic. 

Unicorns, chocolate fountains, and fairies have nothing on this family. Thank you for being fabulous and allowing me to capture some moments for you on that enchanting summer afternoon by the foothills.

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Colorado Newborn & Family Photography: Denver Sounds Good http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2017/7/denver-family-photography  

I was determined to follow, yet be unseen. To have a mythical creature appear that was unexpectedly exhilarating. I calculated a safe distance of approximately 20 feet, but when the others began to swoop in I realized my calculations had been incorrect. Slowly I crept closer. I'd never really thought I'd be here. Well okay, I knew exactly where I was. It was another raucous (just kidding) Friday night at the Belle Meade Kroger in Nashville, TN. While the city was hopping with live music EVERYWHERE I was perusing the shelves for my weekly staples. But since this was Nashville, the fact that one of my all-time favorite artists was standing feet from me should not have been surprising. While I checked off my grocery list, Garth Brooks had come in to buy ice cream for his brother's birthday party (I know because I heard him say so to others that were too excited to not bother him on his mission). I was in a conundrum. Once, I had driven over a thousand miles to see him perform as a tiny speck on a stage so far away from my seat that I cursed that binoculars did not come with it. But I never thought he would be standing in the checkout line one lane over from me on a Friday night. Should I approach and swoop in? My manners told me no, but I also just couldn't walk away. So I stood there with my receipt in hand dumbstruck and silent. I was frozen long before Disney thought of it. Luckily, Garth was obviously used to this behavior and he walked up and asked me if I would like his autograph. I nodded quickly, handed over the back of my grocery receipt, and hoped that the ink wouldn't smudge. This was Nashville, the place where anything wonderful can and does happen--even on a Friday night at the local Kroger's. When a family that had just relocated to the Denver area from Nashville contacted me, this was what flooded my mind, along with so many other wonderful memories of a very special town that holds a truly unique place in my heart.

Nashville was the first place where I gave serious thought about actually being a professional photographer. In a town like that, I saw daily the struggles from some world-class musicians who kept at their craft despite the odds and learned the meaning of keep on keepin' on. It was a town where my then-boyfriend, now husband's family treated me as though I'd always been a part of theirs, and where I learned so much about myself and my aspirations into the world of photography.

When I heard that this Denver via Nashville family was expecting their third child and interested in capturing her first days at home, my excitement was palpable. Not only would I be meeting their sweet baby girl shortly after her birth, but the entire family who had just moved from a place I used to call home. AND their family included a very fluffy furball named Grizzly. Hooray! Triple-score! I knew I was going to love meeting and photographing this family and I was not disappointed. In addition to their new baby girl, they have another sweet and beautiful gal who loves dragons and a little boy who was charming, adorable, and always with a ball in his hand (one can never have an appreciation for sports too early).

After baby girl had arrived, we promptly scheduled our photo session. As a mama myself I know very well the fog, haze, and exhaustion that arrives along with the fullest heart and happiest of highs you could ever imagine when your kiddo is born. I arrived anticipating a family that may be slightly overwhelmed (after all they had just moved into their new home, just had a baby, and just so happened to be more than a thousand miles from their old stomping grounds). Instead I was welcomed with SO much kindness, joy, and happiness. The entire family allowed me to spend an afternoon with them and I felt like we had been friends for years, instead of minutes. That is what happens when your clients happen to be one of the most incredible families I've ever met. Throughout it all, I kept thinking of how lucky I was to have met them and how lucky their little girl is to join such a loving and fun family.

As the photo session came to an end, I knew that just like those years ago in Nashville, I had been so lucky to be at such a place for a magical moment in time. People often think that superheros have superpowers and wear capes. Well if this is true than Mama Rebecca 100% qualifies as a superhero (no cape necessary). Her calmness, kindness, and warm heart just days after welcoming her third kiddo were nothing short of enchanting. I'm now convinced that a cape is absolutely unnecessary.

I moved to Nashville toward the end of my college career to complete an internship and decided not to leave once it was over. It was a large town that felt small, and the uniqueness of it stuck to me like my hair to my forehead in 90% humidity. It is a town I have to thank for a lot of things in my life, and one I will always have wonderful memories of. A new product of Nashville that I'm thankful for was the opportunity to meet and photograph the McHugh family. Thank you for bringing such a fantastic family to Denver and for welcoming me into your home with my camera. I cannot wait to hear what wonderful adventures await you all in the years ahead.

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Boulder Foothills and Fancy-Free http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2017/6/boulder-foothills-fancyfree That low, quiet sound. At first I couldn't place it. It appeared to be emanating from the mountains but it couldn't be...right? Once more I scanned the east face of the Rockies and squinted against the sun. Was it coming from the meadowlarks standing stately on reeds or was it some unseen creature emerging from its winter slumber? As I walked along the dirt trail and followed the tune I determined that it sounded more like a drum than beast. Finally I saw it. There among the tall spring grasses was a young woman grabbing a musical instrument while her partner played a small drum. Yes, it was the beginning of a drum circle in the mountains, and I happily knew at once that spring had arrived in Boulder. This obviously would be a wonderful spot for a family photo session...once the drums had left.

Spring here brings the red-wing blackbirds back to dive bomb you if you get close to their nest, along with chorus frogs impatiently belting out nature's song. Like every other season here, you get all types of weather imaginable, except at the end of it we have lovely green grasses and mountains for a brief time. I had eagerly been waiting for the weather to clear a bit more impatiently than the frogs. I've photographed this lovely family before, in a very different season, but this would be the first time that I would get to capture baby Cordelia as part of the household. After we were forced to reschedule our photography session twice (once for 60mph winds and once for snow), I knew certainly the third time would be the charm (or at least I was praying to the happy weather gods that it would be)

Since having children, I notice things a lot more. I notice that there seems to be a perpetual, yet hidden, magical something every time I walk into our bathroom and find it dirty mere minutes after I just cleaned. I also notice and remember the magic of the seasons in a way I hadn't since Prince's 1999 song seemed so futuristic. It is these unexpected benefits of having my little ones in the house and why I feel it is so important and photograph families in their many different seasons.

This Colorado family is busy. They are often busy working to conserve our nation's wildlands or running more than 100 miles across the West (in one day...I know...crazy, huh?). At times, Cordelia may be blissfully watching her older brother as he bikes around Boulder County or plays with something really, really exciting, like Paw Patrol characters. This Colorado crew is active, forward-thinking, always striving to help others and really, REALLY fun to hang around with. I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend the afternoon.

Baby Cordelia was so eager to join her fabulous family, that she joined them slightly before everyone else was ready. Already an over-achiever and eager to get moving, nothing could stop her from making her entrance into the world when she was ready. Despite her early arrival, she is healthy, happy, and absolutely adorable. Things are already looking sunny for Cordelia, and with her family by her side, her world is even brighter.

Indeed, the third time to schedule the photography session was the charm. Hooray! On an enchantingly sunny and warm spring day, we decided to meet in North Boulder. There were wide-open spaces and a nearby playground for big brother Finley to explore. As we hiked along a trail, I saw a perfect spot for a family photo. As everyone was heading over, I joked about how I always find snakes on hikes with my boys. I assured them that my snake charming abilities do not extend to hikes without my family, and big brother Finley looked a tad disappointed. No more than eight seconds later, Adam nonchalantly informs me that a snake just slithered past him. Now please do not blame me nor send me photos for snake identification (it's probably a rattler, garter or bull snake so just pick one and go with it), as we were after all in the foothills among the tall spring grasses. In other words we were in their habitat and we knew that, which is why we were extra careful about where we stepped. I'm pretty sure the snake was just giving us a springtime hello and perhaps wanted to be photographed as well. But we let the reptile be and he/she continued on to greener pastures.

It was apparent from the instant we started how much this family adores their kiddos, and the way both kids looked so happy with their parents would make even a snake's heart melt. Alison and Adam are both wonderful examples of positivity and encouragement, and I'm excited for their children to grow up learning from that and adding this mindset to our world.

The rest of the photo session was free from unexpected surprises and drum circles and the light continued to become even more captivating as the afternoon waned. I could not have asked for a more lovely family on a perfectly lovely afternoon. Next time Adam, I promise no snakes (but we may need to meet inside your house just in case).

 

 

 

 

 

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Under the Live Oaks: Travel Photography Session in Charleston, SC http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2017/4/under-live-oaks I stepped off the plane and braced for it. Anticipating that hug that envelops you entirely and takes your breath away...not in the Top Gun kind of way but in the literal sense. Of course I'm talking about none other than the humidity in the South. While it was still early in the season I know from a minute or two spent in a sauna that: (1) I am a wimp with humidity, (2) I enjoy breathing in arid Western climates, (3) I have not experienced humidity above probably 20% in a great while, and (4) Did I mention I'm a wimp when it comes to humidity?

I've lived in the South numerous times over the years and know that I'd have to step up my A game here if I had any chance of making it through a lovely family photo shoot without asking for oxygen. Hiking at 10,000ft? No problem. Walking at sea level in the South Carolina heat? Not a chance.

As I ambled briskly in the direction of a sign that absolutely did not lead me to the car rental counter, I went over a list in my head. I'm a big fan of preparation and lists. As a photographer I do a lot of mental prep before each shoot and review it all on the way to a session. Some things that occupied my mind at this moment (other than the fact that the place that said ask for help here had no one near it and I still had no idea where I was going) included that I needed to practice breathing, remember that my tolerance for sweet tea was now nonexistent and that I couldn't wait to photograph Payton, Taylor and their family again.

The last time I was able to get this gorgeous and fun family in front of my lens, they were living in Phoenix. Now they had moved east in search of the beach and a different style of life. I couldn't help but notice how different it was from the desert. The green was still arriving but had already surpassed that of Arizona (except for the artificial grass lawns) and the trees were abundant. Most notably of all, while I had left Colorado and 77 degrees in March, here it was not humid at all and actually a chilly 49 degrees. I could see that springtime in the South would be a bit different than I had imagined.

After navigating through one Carolina and across the next, I met up with the dynamic family of four in Charleston, SC. I knew that the girls would be older and taller but I wondered if they would be the same. Upon seeing them within the first minute I knew I had struck gold once more. The girls were undeniably themselves. This is what I LOVE to see. One of my favorite things about photographing little ones is their authenticity. They don't dwell on who they should be, what they might grow up to become or how they need to be. They are as authentic as it gets and I love to capture that.

There was so much fun to be had that others wanted to join us. Unfortunately they came and surprised us when we were not ready. One of the South's residents that I wouldn't mind never seeing again are fire ants. They seemed to be particularly interested in joining the party but we will not be inviting them back again. They definitely brought the family together in an attempt to fling them to the edge of the universe. Luckily all recovered quickly from the encounter but we will definitely tread lightly in the future.

I must admit I was a bit giddy about getting to photograph the entire family under stately live oaks. The girls were confident, genuine, silly, fun, and energetic. Their mother is stunningly beautiful and their father handsome. But most of all, they are so in love with their little girls and it shows. It shows in Payton and Taylor's confidence and freedom to be themselves as well as the way they look to their mama and daddy in awe. This is what happens when you raise your kiddos to be as they are and not just as they should be. Payton and Taylor, I hope that whatever you grow up to be that you remember that who you are is more important than what you do. Stay true to yourselves and you will continue to be amazing people just like your parents. I can't wait to see where we meet up next time. Hopefully it will be just as fun but with a lot less fire ants.

 

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lindsayhiatt@gmail.com (Lindsay Hiatt Photography) Charleston Charleston Family Photography Charleston, SC Charleston, South Carolina Photography Family photography Kids photographer Outdoor lifestyle photography Travel Photography live oaks http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2017/4/under-live-oaks Wed, 05 Apr 2017 21:25:33 GMT
Climbing Towards the Moon at Chautauqua (Boulder Family Photography) http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2017/3/climbingchautauqua Kids are humbling. From the first moment they arrive, they are in charge. They command your presence and melt your heart even at 3:23am...and 4:15am...and 4:56am. You become a more accepting human because of your kids. After all, they have peed on you (many times), unabashedly give you their opinion of your cooking, and simultaneously perplex and stupefy you with questions at age 3 that you cannot answer without Googling. They are loving, exhausting, incredible and every emotion you can think of often at the exact same time. How cool is that!

I've had the honor of photographing this gorgeous family 3 times now and am always impressed with how marvelous they are. The fact that they've let me into their lives to document a moment in time with my camera multiple times is really a gift. To say that Magnus and Alma are smart kiddos is an understatement. I fully expect both of them to cure a communicable disease or be the first astronauts to travel to Mars well before they are 10. I'm not kidding.

But what I really love about them and their family is how honest, thoughtful and curious they are...not to mention adorable! We climbed and played on every rock we could find, ran through the meadow, and even paused momentarily for a few photos. I love how excited they were to explore everything and how encouraging, loving and spectacular their parents are. Their mama is as wise and patient as she is beautiful. And their dad was great at not only corralling the kiddos but playing with them and keeping them engaged. They are so lucky to have such fabulous parents. As a huge bonus, some of the grandparents were able to join in the fun for an afternoon I won't forget. It was great to see all three generations bring a part of themselves to the shoot as well as the family together. Watch out world, Magnus and Alma are already making an impact on everyone around them and it won't be long before the they get to the moon...or beyond.

Family Photography at Chautauqua Park in Boulder

Boulder Family Photography at Chautauqua

 

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Red Red Rocks- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2017/1/red-red-rocks Wait a second...Yes, I've been on this trail before. Wait! No, I haven't. I turn around and look at the map again. This is an actual map, not an app on my phone. There is something about holding a map, book or compass. Maybe it is the way it feels, the familiarity of it, but I think it is more getting to hold an actual something, not just an image of that something that I love. In the same way that I had a hard time switching to digital from film photography, I've held on to things that may be considered "old school" by some, yet they are my favorites. Print your photos all of us photographers say and we mean it. There is something about holding an actual photograph that gives depth and meaning you can't get in another format.

Taking road trips years back meant breaking out the NEW and IMPROVED Rand McNally Atlas and pouring over it with excitement. Which towns would we go through and could I calculate exactly how long it would take us to get there? I love the process of discovering new stops I would not have found if I hadn't seen it on the map: The Corn Palace! It's just up the road! Let's do it. It would let me plan/beg others to stop unnecessarily, know when and where we might finally find some national forest areas to camp and discover the topography before our tires did. And while your cell phone might not get coverage (gasp!) or the batteries might not keep their charge, your map is always with you...as long as your three year old doesn't get a hold of it.

So as our tires now head west up the canyon from Las Vegas, I'm excited to go to a place so unexpected and refreshing in the Nevada desert. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is only 17 miles from the strip but a world away. I've been here a few times but upon returning, I discover something completely new. I fall in love with a colorful variation of sandstone, desert plants, spy a desert cottontail and watch the sun paint the landscape differently every 15 minutes. It is known as one of the crown jewels of the BLM and the moment you turn into the area, you understand why. There are wild horses and burros, unique plants and animals found only in the Mojave Desert and so much geological diversity that it will make any geologist swoon.

The next time you mosey on over to Vegas, take a jaunt up the canyon. You'll have your breath taken away for an entirely different reason.

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Sunshine and Sunflowers (Boulder Family Photography) http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2016/10/sunshine-and-sunflowers Zipping and spinning; twirling and charging faster than a 3 year-old. This was the light I found on a warm summer evening. Obviously it was a PERFECT light to capture three generations of awesomeness. I've been thinking for a while about how to describe these lovely folks. Should I speak of the pure love and happiness that shines through their eyes when they are chasing each other down the trail? Should I mention how my heart melted seeing two generations of sisters play and laugh together? What about how the light frolicked across the sky starting out as strong as a July morning and dipping behind the mountains like a raindrop? I think Emeryn summed it up pretty well herself when she said to her mama, "I want to stay out here forever." That, my friend, is the greatest compliment I can think of during a photoshoot: A five year-old who doesn't want it to end.

One of my favorite parts of photographing extended families is the fact that so many personalities and experiences are coming together for a moment in time and I am lucky enough to be there and preserve those memories. It's hard some days just to get your family in one spot in a reasonable amount of time (ahem...getting in the car with kiddos in the morning.) I loved seeing the how much the girls not only adore their mama and dad but their aunt and grandparents too. The light was bright and strong and made for a great challenge. We were able to get different angles and backdrops all in one spot in the matter of minutes; sort of like going to get ice cream and then realizing you can choose three flavors instead of settling on just one. 

Thank you to this incredible family for letting me capture their togetherness on a lovely evening on a mesa.

 

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Holding Hands. Grandparent and grandchildren photography

Silhouette against the rocky mountains. Boulder family photography.

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Boulder Chautauqua Family Photography: Lilah Turns 1 http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2016/8/BoulderLilah Boom, whoosh, drip, whirl. Boom, whoosh, drip, whirl. The soundscape was melodic and hypnotic. I watched well-dressed and impossibly fit hikers sporting prAna, Pearl Izumi and Patagonia scamper across the meadow. As these active and outdoorsy folks dashed for the trailhead and their vehicles I became acutely aware of a few things: 1. Yet again a storm was threatening to derail a photo shoot this time with a lovely family and an absolutely adorable little gal who was turning one. 2. The parking lot would surely empty out soon. 3. If we can wait it out a bit, the storm just may blow through leaving an excellent possibility for the kind of light this photographer dreams of.

If you live in Colorado you know the weather changes ALL-THE-TIME. Especially in or near the mountains. I checked my gear once more to get my initial settings and prime lens configured. I greatly enjoy the endless surprises that come with photographing energetic families and equally energetic weather. However there is no way we are going to photograph little Lilah in a thunderstorm. I text back and forth with my clients on my "retro" flip phone (please send texts without emoticons so my phone can read it!) and go over the shot list once again. Almost every single photo session I've had has dealt with sketchy weather leading up to our scheduled time. And it is absolutely OK. It is all part of the ever-changing landscape for an outdoor lifestyle photographer in Colorado and I adore this. Often, the weather breaks and we end up with incredible and varied light conditions but occasionally, we need to reschedule. It's part of the package and I try to convey this to my clients. Luckily these are INCREDIBLE clients who have a great sense of humor, a solid understanding of the unpredictability of nature in Colorado and patience. We decide to give it 15 more minutes and I continue to wait, prepare and perhaps hold my breath...

15 minutes pass. Then the light changes. It begins to break through the grey sky and I am giddy with what's before me. I send a quick text letting this fabulous family know that I think the storm has moved on toward the eastern plains. We are ALL excited. They hop in their car with their little gal and head to Chautauqua in Boulder where they easily find parking on a weekend afternoon (no joke!) Thank you rain! We are golden.

When I asked Lilah's parents what she loves and her mother said, "honestly, us." I knew I was lucky to get to spend a summer afternoon playing and photographing this family. True to her mama's words, Lilah absolutely adores her parents. She already is an excellent judge of character. Both mama and dad were fabulous to work with too. They were all animated and joyful. These are my kind of clients! Even though she is learning to walk, Lilah is already an adventurous gal who loves to explore and was a joy to photograph. She is sweet and happy, beautiful and lovely. A big thank you to the entire family for waiting out the storm, playing among the Flatirons with me and reminding me how much I love to work with incredible families in Colorado. I cannot wait to see what the years bring for the three of them.

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There Must Be Something in the Sandstone http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2016/6/sandstone It tickles...sort of. No it isn't that. It's metallic tasting, in the back of your throat, way in the back. It cannot be scratched, nor overlooked. As I take a lukewarm swig from my scuffed up Nalgene, I satiate my thirst. But as reliable as the sun in the desert, it returns minutes later along with that stinging sensation in my eyes. It's hot. Not summertime hot but 20 degrees warmer than the cloudy, cool temperatures we left that morning in Colorado. Being a bit (or actually quite) temperature sensitive, I always marvel at how people a century before me survived in this landscape. Most if not all of their lives were spent outside (and without any air conditioning). I start to feel big and proud of myself for "roughing it" in a tent, a good couple of hours away from a proper toilet and potable water. Then that voice in my head reminds me that not so long ago Native Americans and later on settlers lived here without any modern amenities and definitely not a sweet tent with an incredibly useful vestibule.

It's springtime in the American West which means a lot of predictably and incalculable surprises. And I love it all. At night we watch the cumulonimbus clouds swell and fly by. I squint my eyes trying to determine whether they will pass by or charge toward us. I smile at the light show and marvel at how the landscape changes colors in a flash: red, blue, orange, white. After determining that we will indeed miss the rainfall I head for the tent to rest in the quiet that is nighttime on the Colorado Plateau. I wake up at exactly midnight to hear that my prediction (as usual) was completely incorrect. Heavy drops of water pelt our rainfly and a melodic smack, smack, of the northwest corner of our tent lashes out at us like a finger wagging not so subtly right at me. It reminds me that the wind doesn't care how good you thought your tent stakes were hammered into the ground. And I love it. I love how in Utah and all across the West nature showers you in it's beauty and power. I roll over in my cozy sleeping bag and check to make sure my camera equipment is safe from any water that may seep underneath our tent, before returning to my not-so-quiet slumber.

It's been a while since I've gotten to take some time to explore Utah and as always it surprises me. When we crossed the state line a sign announced that we were leaving Colorful Colorado and had now entered a place where you live Life Elevated. I think about how both signs are true for both states and know that it really isn't so much a competition but instead a statement. There is so much to love in Utah from the mountains to the desert and I'm excited to have my camera to see what we can find this go-around.

What to do was a taxing decision. Because of the sheer volume of opportunities, we focused mostly on the southeast corner for the trip (which means more to explore in other areas next time). There are FIVE national parks in Utah and each offer a very unique experience. Of course there were the iconic rock formations everywhere as well as a glimpse into history through petroglyphs and pictographs carved and painted onto the rock face. There was trail running, biking along the slickrock and the Colorado River, hiking through cowboy camps, ruins, and seeing actual dinosaur tracks. Not last on my mind but first in my stomach was some of the incredible food. We indulged in the best quesadillas I've ever eaten at Quesadilla Mobilla in Moab. Absolutely memorable.

After exploring Arches, Moab, the Needles district of Canyonlands all the while using copious amounts of sunscreen, I think about something that ties all of the West together. It's grit. It's the grit you feel in the back of your throat and the grit of the people who live here. It's the red sandstone that now permeates the bed of your truck even a month after returning home. And yes, it's the grit that you bring back with you and find in the most startling places from inside your ear canal to inside your mind. It permeates everything out here. There are two things that always happen after a trip to Utah: 1. I always wonder if I have enough sand and dirt to fill a sandbox. 2. I'm already itching to go back.

Arches National Park

Utah desert flowers in springtime.

Biking along the Colorado River outside Moab, Utah. Biking along the Colorado River outside Moab, Utah. Entering the Needles District in Canyonlands National Park

The Six Shooters outside the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. BLM land outside the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

 

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Innovators: VSI Parylene {Colorado Commercial Photography} http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2016/3/parylene Dynamic. Over and over this word seeped into my mind. Everywhere I explored, I met talented people who love to innovate. One just couldn't help but feel the energy and verve at VSI Parylene. Having the chance to photograph a company that truly pioneers and thrives on developing solutions was such a unique opportunity.

What exactly DO you do? I asked this question and expected a canned response. Instead eyes lit up as Steve explained to me their processes, functionality and future endeavors. It was easy to see the art in the science and I tried my best to convey their passion and expertise photographically. In case like me you too are wondering what the heck is parylene and why is it amazing here is what I gathered: VSI Parylene protects valuable parts. We're talking biomedical devices, microelectronics, automotive, aerospace projects and many other applications. How? They apply parylene using a special vaporization process. Pretty amazing, right?!

I cannot say enough about how fabulous this company was to work with. They exemplify a welcoming and dynamic culture that is lacking in many other organizations and it shows in their dedication to precision and product. Thanks for letting me capture your incredible company through my lens.

Innovating your unique product with paryleneVSI Parylene technicians working in the lab.

Lab technician working on specialized parts.

Specialized processes used to coat and protect medical devices, microelectronics and more.

Parylene used as a protective coating.

Highly trained employees inspect and care for each individual part from lab to coating.

 

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Land of Enchantment- New Mexico Landscape Photography http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2016/2/land-of-enchantment Sniff the air. You know, the way a puppy does immediately after you open the car window? An earnest plunge nose first into the fresh breeze. My head was not projecting out of a car for I was already standing firmly in the dirt. But, the scent filled up my mind with such power that instinctively, again, I filled my lungs. Pungent, earth, cows, rocks and curiously damp. Then earth once more.

Everything is different here. Go northward one hour up the road that weaves along with the landscape and there is part of the West I am so familiar with. Here...here it is undoubtedly new. This Land of Enchantment is still geographically part of the same region and the mountains are the southern tip of MY mountains back home. Yet here I notice that everything seems news. The light is BEAUTIFUL. I worry my camera and abilities can never fully capture it. It envelops everything like color wrapping around a canvas. It feels like you are living in a painting. The flow of the light waxes and wanes throughout the day and people here follow its rhythm. The bright bursts of ochre and vermilion in the morning and just before twilight bring an energy to me. And when the sun blazes hot, so HOT at times directly upon my sunscreened skin, it implores me to rest. But in this moment I know what is rolling in over the mountain peaks. A summer storm with nature's light show and sound so powerful my 1 year old asks again and again, "Is that thunder?" Yes, I reply.

We were here before. Years ago but in a different world. The same truck rolled along the dirt and through the land but this time our passenger is different. Years ago, we had spent a few days hiking and photographing the adobe, churches, and land with our impossibly energetic Ridgeback but today the back seat holds two impossibly energetic little boys. It strikes me odd how I feel the same connection to a place at two very different points of my life. My first trip in New Mexico I was so excited to capture it all on slide film with a somewhat reluctant canine model in the foreground. I remember not developing the film before our big move; my mind occupied with seemingly endless tasks and lists. And I had a few frames left on that last roll. Everyone knows with film you never waste a shot. Then, with a pair of bolt cutters one night, hundreds of miles from our old home and hundreds of miles from our new one, those photographs disappeared along with my camera and all my equipment. I imagined the people who grabbed it from the back of our U-Haul seeing my Nikon and realizing that there was still film in the back, took it to be developed to marvel at their find. Of course I logically know it was most likely hastily ripped out or not even thought about before being dumped at a Pawn Shop but the beauty of dreams is that I can imagine it as I want to, not as it was.

So here we are again, and this time I am determined to capture a different piece of this beautiful landscape. This time, I will have the photos to see on my computer. My little ones sleep soundly while rain drops play a tune on the windshield.

Summer Storm approaching the desert in the Land of Enchantment.

Desert landscape outside Taos, NM

Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument

 

Sunset along the red cliffs of New Mexico's Rio Grande.

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Spring Gulch Jamboree http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2015/11/spring-gulch-jamboree When I was contacted about doing family photos for this lovely bunch I didn't hesitate with my response: YES! Do you realize there will be eight adults and six children under five? I was assured by Kate that after this session I'd race to my computer and write a blog entitled, "Why I no longer shoot family portraits." But alas, this was not to be. You see, when you start with an incredible family, you can't help but love the images and experience.

As a photographer there is only so much one can do. You can take a photograph and edit it to adjust the colors, saturation, light and shadows but the essence of what you capture in that moment greatly depends on the subject. The subjects I met at a mountain hideaway nestled between boulder outcroppings and prime mountain lion habitat, were perfect. Perfect in that they were joyful, energetic, kind and loud...and then there were their children too. This was my kind of extended family. The light outside was warm and bright but the light in everyone's spirit was enchanting.

I first met some of the older kiddos (by older I mean speaking in complete paragraphs but not yet ready for formal education) and we looked at some of the rocks around the land. I picked up one to share and excitedly told them to check out this lovely, shiny one. That's quartz the four year-old told me in a matter-of-fact and informing way like the scientist she is already. Intelligent doesn't even begin to describe all of these kids. I promise, in a few years when they all get together for a holiday, I'm going to get a call indicating they have come up with solutions to issues such as climate change and creating world peace.

Then there were the parents and grandparents— talent oozing from their pores. Each of them involved in businesses and issues that are helping make the world and everyone in it better. They did a smashing job of wrangling kiddos, keeping composure and somehow convincing them that it was okay to let this strange woman with a camera follow them around.

As if their personalities weren't all fabulous enough, every single one of them was photogenic. These are not tall tales I tell. I quickly realized that I had hit the mother lode for family photography: a stunning multi-generational family, glorious light, bang-up personalities, and a locale in the mountains of Colorado. As with any shoot there were variables. There was loudness and laughter, hiking, jumping, chaos, and so much love between all of them. I am truly thankful to have been there to capture for a moment in time, a lovely family being extraordinarly themselves. 

 

 

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Plant Power (Colorado adventure photographer/ Colorado running photographer) http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2015/7/plant-power He buzzed by me so quickly I almost dropped my camera. After a few seconds, he circled round and once again I felt the breeze. Thankfully I brought my fastest lenses with me. I checked my camera, and was elated to see I had captured this herbivore at lightening speed. Was I hidden between the sandstone and the sage hoping to photograph a pronghorn? Well that would be a welcome scene...but no, this wasn't any of Colorado's wild beasts. I was crouched amongst the arnica and aster to capture someone who truly thrives in and with nature.

When I first learned about Aaron Stuber I was impressed. This guy's goal is to help all of us live better. He is one of the rare breed that wants to genuinely make the world (and specifically you) better and healthier. His background is based on science but his passion is all heart. As a cardiovascular nurse he sees daily, the impact of choices and habits on one's health. It wasn't long before Aaron saw how our current healthcare system is broken in terms of prevention and treatment of chronic disease. Being the stellar guy that he is, instead of lamenting this issue he decided to become a part of the solution. Aaron is the founder of the Plant-Based RN, a health coaching and consulting business focusing on plant-based nutrition, exercise and stress reduction to help people live free of disabling chronic illness and dependence on medication. When I originally spoke with Aaron I asked him what he really hopes to achieve and he said he hopes to guide his clients so that they can THRIVE. Pretty phenomenal idea. He is knowledgeable and supportive and would be a great coach for anyone wanting to finally make those lifestyle changes that will positively impact your health and wellness.

As we all know change within isn't something that occurs instantaneously so he is available to assist and support clients as long as needed. I've heard it said that Rome wasn't built in a day and neither are lifestyle changes. One thing that really struck me was how Aaron realizes that one of the ways you can really achieve success is by focusing on the why and the psychology of why we make our current choices and behaviors. If you know the true meaning behind what you currently do and how to move forward from the inside out, you are much more apt to achieve your goals. Holistic is whole and Aaron really focuses on this.

When Aaron isn't running around Boulder Community Hospital as a cardiovascular nurse and running his business, you can find him in the backcountry and trails of Boulder County training. As a competitive ultra runner he voluntarily, yes voluntarily runs 25, 30+ miles AT ONE TIME! He is currently sponsored by both Beyond Meat and Skoop. Recently, Aaron completed his first 50 miler while injured and placed 17th overall. I have been a runner for two decades now yet I promise you there is no way I could run or walk 50 miles, let alone with an Achilles injury. His race through Bryce Canyon was absolutely epic and I encourage anyone who wants to know what it's like to complete an ultra to read his fabulous race report.

It's hard to not be inspired in the mountains for they don't need to shout out "Hey look at me! I'm a mountain! I've been here for thousands of years! Aren't I amazing?" It just is and you know it. Anytime I get the opportunity to photograph in our beautiful state I am thankful and renewed. And when I get to share that experience with others who are out there wanting to help us all, it makes the time beneath the Colorado blue skies even sweeter.

After some shots amid the pines and aspen, we headed to the Boulder Farmers' Market where I had to remind myself on numerous occasions that I was there to photograph, not eat buy all of the amazing offerings. Here Aaron and a client met to learn more about what greens and vegetables available locally will help sustain you and pack a nutritional punch. It was such a great experience to see and I learned a lot in between shutter clicks.

Aaron and his beautiful wife Allison are currently awaiting the arrival of their first baby any day now. I expect to see this new little one out on the trails, thriving very soon. Best of luck to the entire family!

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lindsayhiatt@gmail.com (Lindsay Hiatt Photography) . Aaron Stuber Boulder County Photographer Boulder, Colorado Colorado Adventure Photographer Colorado Outdoor Lifestyle Photographer Colorado Running Photographer Colorado health coach Colorado ultra runner Plant-based power Vegan Runner http://www.lindsayhiattphotography.com/blog/2015/7/plant-power Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:30:00 GMT