When Dr. Angie asked if we could do a family photo shoot with their horses and adorable pug on a farm in Boulder County, how else could I react? You mean I get to smell horses, hay and dirt? Yes, please! As a child I loved finding excuses for hanging around a barn. As one may or may not know, the easiest way to get to be around horses...is to learn how to clean a stall. And the best way to clean a stall? However the barn manager wants it done. I was so excited at the thought of returning to a place where I spent many an hour as a child. And yes, I really do LOVE the smells of a barn, wandering through a paddock trying to catch your horse and getting your boots muddy. Well this day we had all of those things plus a fabulous family to photograph. I'm not exaggerating when I say it was a fantastic morning.
Dr. Angie's family not only consists of some big and small furry friends but her husband and adorable daughter little M too. I kept thinking during the session of how lucky little M is to grow up with such a great family and around such a fun place. When you meet her, you can see what a wise spirit she has. I was constantly surprised at how she was taking it all in and going with the flow. Anyone with a toddler will know that this is truly a remarkable talent.
In addition to having a beautiful and fabulous family, Dr. Angie is (yup you guessed it) a doctor! Not just any doctor, but a veterinarian who also has specialized training in veterinary acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She has a special interest in sports medicine and is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. In other words, she really understands and treats companion animals on a holisitc level. We originally crossed paths when our beloved dog (a Ridgeless Rhodesian Ridgeback named Buckley) began having difficulty walking. Dr. Angie was able to relieve a lot of the discomfort he was feeling through acupuncture. I know this because not only was Buckley more cheerful after a treatment but when she came back to our house for a second round of acupuncture, Buckley immediately relaxed and was calm. If you knew Buckley, you know relaxing and calmness were not two of his favorite traits so to see this, I knew that he was happy she could help him. I am so grateful for the care Dr. Angie provided Buckley during a really challenging time and HIGHLY recommend anyone who is thinking about rehab therapy, acupuncture, herbs and holistic veterinary care in your own home, to check her out. Here's more information on her facebook page: Dr. Angie Krause
The photo session definitely had some typical Colorado flair. The morning was foggy and cold and did not look like the type of day one would hope for when taking photos. However, the weather report insisted there was a forecast of sunny skies and warm breezes to appear at 10am. Here on the Front Range, it is pretty typical to see at least two, if not all four seasons on any given day. That is one of the things I love most about the West. We started the shoot and sure enough, about 45 minutes in, the clouds began to lift and you could just begin to see the Flatirons off in the distance. The ground which had been muddy and cold minutes before, almost instantly dried out as the sunshine poured through the barn, the fields and the Russian Olive trees.
I'm so happy that I was able to spend a beautiful morning with such a fun and adventurous family. Little M is absolutely adorable, wise and very gracious to allow me to photograph her and her family. I can't wait to go back to the farm sometime. Remember, I can clean stalls!