denver fitness trainerTARA LAFERRARA

denver fitness trainer, tara laferrara teams up with denver fitness photographer j.mo studio for laughs, lunges, and an unforgettable fitness shoot . . .denver fitness photographer photoall images © j.mo studio 2018 u.o.n. do not use or reproduce without consent.

let’s back IT up . . .

i discovered the firecracker that is TARA in 2015, when our mutual friend chris decided that we should probably meet. (she was not wrong).

we did our first shoot together in february of that year, and i was immediately impressed with tara’s . . . EVERYTHING! her incredibly enviable physique, her contagiously energetic personality, and her MAD hops! this girl can jump people. it’s ridic.

fitness instructor tara laferarra leaps high across black and white striped wallsince then, we’ve enjoyed a few coffee dates, a few BA workouts, and an epic retreat in tulum, (which was a fitness photographer’s dream come true), but i also got to revel in the magic that was BEACH . MOVEMENT . BALANCE it was a rejuvenating experience on ALL levels.

words can’t describe how much i needed (and LOVED) that retreat. and in case you’re wondering, YES! – you can also be a part of this experience in 2018 . . . just click on the BMB link above!! (you’re welcome).

fitness trainer tara laferrara does splits high in the airi have to take a quick second for a shout out to jillian keaveny, who also helped make this retreat so special. if you’ve never experienced a SOUND OFF yoga class with her in denver, you absolutely should!

funny photo of fitness trainer kicking yoga instructor across beachfunny photo of yoga instructor throwing fitness trainer across beachtwo women doing yoga pose together on beach in tulum mexicothese ladies have created something truly magical. if taking care of your head, your heart, and your BODY is on your list for 2018, you should definitely consider this!

ok back to this AWESOME shoot we did . . .

at a smoothie date in early december, tara shared with me a vision she’d had for some time. i was instantly on board. i was so stoked that she basically dictated a vision that i had been imagining since i began my career in photography.

tara described it beautifully in a recent IG post she shared: “every four years ESPN magazine puts out an issue where the olympians are completely naked doing their sport. everyone from gymnasts to basketball players to sumo wrestlers. i’m so fascinated by the human body and how every BODY is so different in their own beautiful way”.

so within weeks, tara “stripped down, trusted myself and (julia), and let the magic happen behind the camera“.

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because tara is a denver fitness trainer . . .

(and lives and breathes fitness), i figured i’d get the inside scoop on some of her favorite sports apparel brands;

i love checking for new gear, clothing and shoes. it’s tough (to choose), but i’d have to say my top 3 are athleta, nike and adidas

when it comes to athleta, i LOVE the way their gear fits. as women, we have such different shapes and sizes which can make finding the right clothes challenging. but with athleta, their clothes fit me so well. their customer service is great and they give an awesome discount to trainers. they also have a really powerful voice to the women in fitness, which i love.

and nike is just one of those brands you just can’t stray away from. i find myself at the nike outlet too often to admit. i go through shoes like they are going out of style. sneaks are the only shoes i wear, so i buy several at a time on the cheap at the outlet and rotate wearing them.

as for adidas, i recently got back from europe and wore my adidas originals 70% of the time i was there. not only were they comfortable, but they are HIP! the originals are making a comeback in a huge way, through influencers and their vintage style. i love it.

speaking of adidas, i don’t think it ever looked so good! 😉

denver fitness trainer tara laferrara poses nude on yellow sofa at fitness shoot with jmostudiodenver fitness trainer tara laferrara poses tastefully nude on stool with adidas hatfitness model tara laferrara poses tastefully nude on stool with adidas hatthese days it’s not hard to find fitness inspiration or #fitspo on instagram. so i had to ask, who do YOU follow?! “hands down @kaisafit – she is absolutely INCREDIBLE. her moves inspire me, her open/realness motivates me, and seems like so much fun. i have a girl crush on her for sure.

denver fitness trainer tara laferrara poses for fitness boudoir shootdenver fitness trainer tara laferrara poses for fitness shoot with jmostudio at denver photo collective in lakewoodtara grew up with three brothers, whom she always wanted to keep up with, so movement came at a young age for her. now she says she is “lucky to call my hobby and passion for fitness my career” as a denver fitness trainer.

fitness model tara laferrara poses in lingerie for boudoir photosince it’s N E W  Y E A R S, i have to end with one inspirational tidbit 😉 so i asked tara what advice she had for someone who’s dying to make a healthy change, but just can’t find the motivation?

ask yourself why you are wanting to make this change, and are you willing to take some other things out of your life in order to make that happen? if you are willing to give up some sleep and wake up an extra hour to workout, then yes. if you are willing to give up happy hour drinks for meal prep, then yes. people motivate me more than ever. i can’t tell you how many times i have seen the twinkle in someone’s eyes when they are really ready to do it. it gives me goosebumps.

so there you go. i wish you all a H A P P Y and healthy start to your new year. and if you find yourself seeking a denver fitness trainer, you know right where to start 🙂

–  j.mo

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colorado weddingASPEN CANYON RANCH

as a colorado wedding photographer, i am spoiled with a lot of exquisitely scenic first looks . . . and kirsten + zac’s first look at aspen canyon ranch was no exception! standing on top of the world, watching these two share this incredibly special moment was absolutely breathtaking. (and much to my delight, zac also offered us all hilarious, nonstop comic relief).

colorado wedding aspen canyon ranchall images © j.mo studio 2017 u.o.n. please do not use or reproduce without consent.

black and white bridal portrait

kirsten, (aka “kirty”), has reached out to me numerous times over the years for various photography sessions, and i have always been so excited to reconnect with her, and her sweet family. it has been such a treat for me to capture the momentous events in their lives, so when she contacted me last year to see if i was available to photograph her WEDDING, i was overjoyed! i knew that no detail would be overlooked, and more importantly, that every person attending would be SO special . . . and i wasn’t wrong.

aspen canyon ranch wedding detailsthe gorgeous florals were arranged by michelle at sweet pea flower company.

kirty got busy getting “fancy” with hair by ivana molet from glam house salon, and makeup by melissa gamboa from mac at nordstrom cherry creek.

her gorgeous pronovias orma dress from maci marie bridal fit her like a glove! meanwhile, zac was starting to look pretty dapper downstairs . . .

(and the colorful, hand made fish-hook boutonnieres added a stunning touch)!

. . . time for the first look!

groom waiting for bride first lookTHIS. this is my favorite first look photo. ever. at first glance, perhaps there are many mixed, confusing emotions . . . but if you recall, i mentioned zac was full of hilarity. so i assure you, this was all in good fun. (and it still makes me crack up every time i see it)!

ok, time to get serious . . .

aspen canyon ranch wedding mountaintop first look nothing short of perfect. so much love, and so much LAUGHTER! now time for a few family formals before they head down to tie the knot.

aspen canyon ranch family wedding portraits wedding portraits aspen canyon ranchthe flower girls were clearly ready to get this party started!

aspen canyon ranch outdoor wedding aspen canyon ranch outdoor wedding aspen canyon ranch outdoor weddingi’m sure it comes as no surprise that their officiant was equally hilarious, and that this was quite literally the funniest wedding ceremony i have ever witnessed. hands down.

aspen canyon ranch wedding receptionaspen canyon ranch outdoor weddingand now . . . time to get the other party started.

and with everyone’s attention front and center . . .

. . . time for a good butt grab!

(or two).

and finally, for the best surprise of the night . . . la hora loca!!!

aspen canyon ranch reception crazy houraspen canyon ranch reception crazy hourtruly, SO. MUCH. FUN.

after a good bride and groom hoist, it was time to throw down some moves.

aspen canyon ranch reception crazy houraspen canyon ranch reception crazy hourkirty showed everyone up with some moves of her own.

and then they lived happily ever after. (trust me).

 

 

julia morgan photographeri figured you were wondering if i got down with my bad self too.

(obviously). thank you zac + kirty for including me in your AMAZING colorado wedding!! wishing you all the best, for always.

xo

j.mo

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colorado fitness photographerALL ABOUT AMY

as a colorado fitness photographer, i get to work with a lot of exceptionally fit humans. but occasionally i meet one that i want to take home…(and be friends with forever). meet amy marolf. one of my new most favorite people 🙂colorado fitness photographerall images © j.mo studio 2017 u.o.n. please do not use or reproduce without consent.

i’m always stoked when i received fitness referrals from other awesome photographers. but i was beyond excited last spring when the referral i received was for this BA lady! i remember landing in an airport in florida, to a voicemail from this adorable, 5′-4″ powerhouse. i could tell right away that we were going to be a perfect fit. and i wasn’t wrong…it definitely took a few minutes for amy to warm up, (as it often does when a client shakes my hand, and immediately proceeds to remove 90% of their clothing). but then it happened. i managed to make her laugh a few times and the rest was history. she ROCKED her shoot, and reminded me exactly why i love what i do!denver fitness photographer j.mo studioamy started her career in fitness over three years ago. i am always so impressed and inspired by other lady bosses, so i was eager to get her story, and find out what inspired her to jump into this field…“after i left my corporate job at the denver broncos, it was important to me to help people and make a difference in their lives! when you’re fit and strong and healthy, it increases your confidence and energy, releases feel-good endorphins, reduces stress and sickness, and improves the quality of your relationships. i want everyone to experience these benefits and feel like a badass! and it’s about BALANCE. you don’t have to just eat chicken and broccoli 5x/day and never drink a sip of alcohol to look and feel good. you really can have your cake (and cocktails) and eat it too!”fitness coach holding barbell at crossfire gym in denveri love this answer. and i think balance is SO important for happiness, so i love that amy puts so much emphasis on this! but i also know it’s not all cake and cocktails…so i had to ask, what keeps you motivated when things get tough? “my passion to inspire others, and to make my son proud”. well this obviously just melted my heart. (and yes, i later got to meet this little stud muffin, when amy hired me later in the year to capture her and her handsome guy getting in the holiday spirit)!! and yes, my heart melted. again.winter eskimo kisses city park denver

amy says the greatest goal she has achieved in her business so far, is being featured in 5280 magazine. um, yes ma’am! i would say that’s an awesome achievement!! so, who has inspired or supported her the most in her career? “carrie okizaki has supported me the most! she is an incredible entrepreneur, attorney, business woman, mother and friend. she started as a client of mine and is now my mentor and pushes me to think bigger. my business wouldn’t be where it is today without her generous support. i’m so grateful for her!!!” i have to say, there are a LOT of incredible women out there that have helped me get where i am today as a colorado fitness photographer, so i loved hearing this from amy!
denver fitness photos by j.mo studio
i didn’t know it at our very first phone interview, but i quickly discovered amy’s alter ego as “fit whiskey girl“, which is so perfectly fitting. (you’ll see why in about five seconds)…
in case i wasn’t already like a thousand percent convinced that amy was one of the most awesome people i’d ever met, i came around the corner at the end of our shoot and was offered a shot of whiskey. yessssssss! 10th mountain whiskey & spirit company FTW!!
ok, we can’t wrap up without getting a few tips from the “fit whiskery girl”, so let’s get down and dirty…what are a few of your go-to snacks to get you through a busy day? RxBars, beef jerky, hard-boiled eggs and Bulletproof coffee“. ok good. i’m winning at life. and what are your favorite exercises to do when you only have 15 minutes or so, and no equipment? “squats, push-ups, lunges, plank-walk-ups, burpees! the list goes on and on :)”.
denver cross fit gym amy marolf medicine ball
ok cool, i’m still sorta winning…last, and probably most important, what is your favorite “fun” activity, when you’re not working? “eating tacos :)”. sweet. i’m definitely winning. 🙂 (and i can see once again amy, by your equally excessive use of emojis, why we were destined to work together)! 😉 hahaha
amy marolf laughing by j.mo studio the end.
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colorado wedding photographerBRUSH CREEK PAVILION WEDDING

as a colorado wedding photographer, you can imagine that i get to bare witness to a LOT of lovely couples tying the knot…but i am not exaggerating when i say that i have never seen a bride and groom more EXCITED, or grateful to be marrying one another. their emotion was palpable, and it completely melted my heart. i can’t count the number of times i got choked up while editing their photos, as i relived the many special moments throughout their day…their love for each other just radiates! and i love that they were all about having fun together 🙂

bride and groom first dance colorado mountain weddingall images © j.mo studio 2016 u.o.n. please do not use or reproduce without consent.

when jarhae contacted me last year to schedule an engagement session, i was SO excited! if you don’t know this girl, she’s an adorably pint-sized sweetheart, with an incredible outlook on life, and an unspoken coolness about her. i soon discovered that her (now husband) scott, is of course an equally sweet, happy, rad, perfect match. not only was i delighted to work with this awesome couple, but also to have the pleasure of meeting both of their incredible families! it was so uplifting to witness the endless love that simply surrounded these two.

bride and groom speeches and toastsbut before i get ahead of myself, let’s start at the beginning of their perfect day…

the bridal party prepared at the westin hotel in avon, which could not have been a more perfect setting. their gorgeous bouquets were prepared by eden an alternative florist.

colorado wedding bridal bouquet bridal portraits getting ready westin hotel eagle colorado bridal portraits getting ready westin hotel eagle coloradothe girls had their hair done by andrea martinez-lyle from studio azul hair, and makeup was done by jacqueline robirds.

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groomsmen getting ready westin hotel eagle colorado wedding groomsmen getting ready westin hotel eagle colorado wedding groomsmen getting ready westin hotel eagle colorado wedding bridal portraits getting ready westin hotel eagle coloradoand just like that, it was time for my favorite part…the first look!!

first look wedding photos westin hotel avon coloradofirst look wedding photos westin hotel avon colorado first look wedding photos westin hotel avon colorado first look wedding photos westin hotel avon colorado first look wedding photos westin hotel avon colorado first look wedding photos westin hotel avon colorado first look wedding photos westin hotel avon coloradoseriously, i can’t even…these two.

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bridal party westin hotel avon colorado first look wedding photos westin hotel avon colorado first look wedding photos westin hotel avon coloradoand then they were off…to be married!

outdoor wedding details brush creek pavilion eagle colorado outdoor wedding details brush creek pavilion eagle colorado the adorable napkins were provided by pear tree rentals, co-owned by jarhae’s college roommate, stacy rozansky.

outdoor wedding details brush creek pavilion eagle coloradowedding details orchestrated by jarhae’s lovely cousins, siena and remi crist.

outdoor wedding details brush creek pavilion eagle colorado(and also some killer vegetarian pulled jackfruit) prepared by allana from FOODsmith.

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sunset bridal portraits brush creek pavilion eagle sunset bridal portraits brush creek pavilion eaglebrush-creek-pavilion-wedding-bride-groomseriously…my favorite.

outdoor wedding details brush creek pavilion eagle colorado outdoor wedding details brush creek pavilion eagle coloradobride groom wedding cake succulentsthese unbelievable cakes were created by jarhae’s aunt, jacqueline crist from the pastry parlor. and the equally tempting cookie bar was prepared by kristy topal.

bride groom wedding cookie barcolorado photo booth vw bus, blue bus boothto add to the entertainment, scott and jarhae had the blue bus booth on site for all kinds of photo booth fun!!

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brush-creek-pavilion-eagle-colorado-wedding-jmostudio whiskey creek band plays brush creek pavilion weddingwouldn’t be a real party without some live music! they had two fantastic bands lined up…first up, (and most adorable), wiskey creek!

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bob masters band plays brush creek pavilion wedding bob masters band plays brush creek pavilion wedding brush creek pavilion wedding reception guests dancingbob masters band plays brush creek pavilion wedding brush creek pavilion wedding reception guests dancing brush creek pavilion wedding reception guests dancing brush creek pavilion wedding reception guests dancing brush creek pavilion wedding reception guests dancing brush creek pavilion wedding reception guests dancing brush creek pavilion wedding reception guests dancingit wouldn’t be a proper send off if the crowd didn’t hoist the groom into the air…

brush creek pavilion wedding reception guests dancing(or single-handedly pick up the bride)! 😉

brush creek pavilion wedding reception guests dancingand there you have it folks. an all time favorite for this colorado wedding photographer, with two of my new all time favorite people. thanks for making me a part of your perfect day scott and jarhae!!!

 

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denver family photographerCAKE SMASH ALREADY?

i am many things to many people; among them, a denver family photographer. and i am so glad for that, because it means i get to witness some incredible families being created, cultivated, and growing…growing…GROWING! and it all happens so quickly. i thought my own boys were growing fast, but when i don’t see my clients’ little ones but a few times a year, it just flies by!

all images © j.mo studio 2016 u.o.n. please do not use or reproduce without consent.outdoor maternity photos at windy saddle, lookout mountainlet’s go back to 1986 for a moment…that’s when i met miss alyssa. on the first day of kindergarten! one of the kindest, smartest, most FUN friends i encountered during my childhood. and we have remained close friends ever since. we’ve shared many memories over the years, and it was such a joy to watch her enter the world of motherhood as a friend, and as a photographer.

outdoor maternity photos at windy saddle, lookout mountainoutdoor maternity photos at windy saddle, lookout mountainoutdoor maternity photos at windy saddle, lookout mountain she was such a trooper when the wind wouldn’t cooperate at her maternity session at windy saddle, on lookout mountain. but we made the most of it!

newborn photos golden coloradoand then she came…sweet elliana! alyssa is like a sister to me, so meeting her beautiful girl for the first time just melted my heart. i never wanted to let her go!

newborn photos golden coloradonewborn photos golden coloradonewborn photos golden coloradonewborn photos golden coloradonewborn photos golden coloradoabout six months later, the holidays rolled around, so of course elliana got dressed in her finest for a holiday mini session with her amazing parents!

holiday family photos at red rocks coloradoholiday family photos at red rocks coloradoholiday family photos at red rocks coloradoholiday family photos at red rocks coloradoand another six short months later, my dear friend spent countless hours preparing for her sweet girl’s one-year cake smash session. no detail was overlooked!

one year old girl cake smash photos(which was maybe the cutest thing i’ve ever seen)…

one year old girl cake smash photosone year old girl cake smash photosone year old girl cake smash photos one year old girl cake smash photosone year old girl cake smash photos one year old girl cake smash photos one year old girl cake smash photos one year old girl cake smash photos one year old girl cake smash photos one year old girl cake smash photos one year old girl cake smash photos one year old girl cake smash photosi rest my case. i have two boys (whom i adore), but there’s a serious shortage of pink in my life…so this was a good day, for so many reasons 😉

 

i am a denver family photographer based out of golden, colorado. visit my website to see more family sessions, more info, or to schedule your own session! www.jmostudio.com

and for more little ones, (and more cake), check out another lifestyle session from another cutie pie turning two! denver lifestyle photographerTWO CANDLES

 

newborn lifestyle photographerAND THEN THERE WERE THREE

oh the pure joy of being a newborn lifestyle photographer. how quickly we forget those tiny noises, those tiny toes, those tiny hearts…that steal ours in an instant.

all images © j.mo studio 2016 u.o.n. please do not use or reproduce without consent.newborn girl laying on bed“words can not express the joy of new life.” hermann hesse

…and so, i take pictures.

i was overjoyed to meet, and hold, and photograph this little pumpkin last week, when i had the opportunity to visit a dear friend from my childhood. it was delightful watching her beautifully transition into the role of motherhood…the abundant love in this little family is the kind that just makes your heart happy.

newborn lifestyle photographer captures mother making baby smile“mothers and their children are in a category all their own. there’s no bond so strong in the entire world. no love so instantaneous and forgiving.” gail tsukiyama

newborn girls sitting up and smilingnewborn girl wearing knit crownnewborn girl feet closeupnewborn lifestyle photographer captures father holding daughternothing like hanging out with daddy. such a sweet bond these two have already!

silhouette of father holding newborn daughter“a baby fills a place in your heart that you never knew was empty.” unknown

new parents smiling at newborn daughteri missed them all the minute i left, but also could not wait to return to my own little ones, who i was reminded are really not so little anymore! it is genuinely astounding at how quickly it all happens; i remember so clearly the day each of them was born, and already they are telling me jokes and picking out backpacks! i have so enjoyed all of the stages of early childhood, and cannot wait to embrace what the next fourteen years have in store…

if you (or someone you know) is expecting, and you’re thinking about booking a newborn lifestyle photographer to document this incredible time, please contact me: julia@jmostudio.com – i’d love to schedule something with you!

to check out more of my work, visit: j.mo studio

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golden colorado lifestyle photographerDECEMBER

december? yeah, i know it’s february. here’s the thing…this golden colorado lifestyle photographer spent the four months leading up to christmas busier than i’ve ever been. with work. with my boys. with life. and against my every impulse, i forced myself to step away for a moment, so i could attempt to be truly present. to shut down my computer, turn off my phone, and witness the joy that is a three and four year old counting down the days to christmas…

all images © j.mo studio 2016 u.o.n. please do not use or reproduce without consent.young brothers huggingas challenging as it was for me to let go of my work, even for a quick minute, it was so unbelievably worth it! i know just how fleeting these moments are, and my resolution this year was to just let go. stop holding myself to such impossible standards, and allow myself to really cherish these moments that will be gone before i know it. i am aware this might sound ludicrous to someone who isn’t a compulsive workaholic building their own business, but such is my plight. and it was no small feat to just…let…go.

so it begins. yes it’s february now, but hopefully you can let go of that, (as i did), and for a few minutes enjoy being transported back to december, when my family had the pleasure of becoming the subjects of a golden colorado lifestyle photographer, for a month-long lifestyle session in full force!colorado winter drive in a '79 scoutearly in december we were delighted to receive an invitation to cut down our very own christmas tree at a friend’s property in the gorgeous, wintery mountains of colorado.little one sleeping on the roadgreat dane watches over her sleeping human babieslittle one wakes up from a car napuncles give the best shoulder rides through the snowpapas give the best shoulder rides through the snowwaiting on the rest of the gang to cut down a christmas treelittle boy is all ready to cut down some christmas treeslittle boy is excited about throwing snowball at his brotherlittle boy throws snowball at his brotherlittle boy blows snowflakes at cameralittle girl with furry hood lays down in the snowthere’s no place like snow!

the guys finally found the perfect christams treelumberjack looks confusedgreat dane watches the snow fall on a colrado winter hikelumberjack is coming up the hill for youlumberjack is coming up the hill for youlumberjack reaches the top of the hilllumberjack acts like a pirateafter hours of fun, trekking through feet of snow, we headed home for some much needed rest…and the next morning, the boys wasted no time getting ready to decorate!

young boy holds stocking in front of his faceyoung boy ready to hang his stockinglittle boy untangles holiday lightsuntangling holiday ornamentswhile the boys wrestled with untangling the christmas lights, my husband, (who is a saint for this), began what turned into a three-day mission to untangle my favorite decoration…

little boy putting present under treelittle boys opening christmas presentschildren topping christmas tree with love birdsthe boys got a lift from papa, to top our sweet little tree with our sweet little love birds.

children topping christmas tree with love birdstiny colorful holiday ornamentsand finally, sweet success! thanks to my husband, my favorite decoration made it’s debut…(and stayed up an extra month just for kicks).

little boy lighting the menorahmy boys have the great fortune, (as did i growing up), to celebrate both christmas and hanukkah. every year they are able to recite more and more of the berakhah, and it warms my heart.

little boy excited for hanukkah presentsbut of course when your three and four, it’s still about the presents!

little boy excited for hanukkahlittle boys preparing to cheerslittle brothers cheers with little mugslittle boys drinking from little mugs(and the egg nog)…bottoms up!

little buddies ready to slednext on the agenda…weekend mountain getaway with our buddies!

little boy laughing while sleddingdad pretends to throw laughing son into snowlittle boy sets of sledding down hilllittle boys is very excited about sleddinglittle boy holding on tight while sleddinglittle boy not too thrilled about sleddingmom preparing for snowball fight with sonlittle boy making snow angellittle boy pretending to sleep in snowlittle boy holding sledyoung boy eating giant marshmallowsmall boy drinking hot chocolatefour little boys dressed as elvesand perhaps my favorite part of the weekend…little elves making holiday cookies!

golden colorado lifestyle photographerlittle boy silhouettemom prepares cookie dough for kidstoy dinosaurs eating sprinklessmall brothers fight with toy dinosaursfour small boys waiting for cookies in ovenlittle boy decorating cookielittle boy licking sprinkles off handlittle hands with holiday cookieyoung boy decorating cookiesmall boy eating holiday cookieyoung boy eating cookiechild decorated holiday cookiesboy chooses cookie to eatafter a fun filled weekend, we returned home to more candy and frosting…

dad helps young son decorate gingerbread housejust in time for the big day!

young brothers opening christmas presentssmall boy using install polaroid camerathis little one received some extra film for his polaroid camera…my little photographer in training 🙂

young boy holding polaroid photoyoung boy is excited about christmas presentthis guy has never been one to contain his excitement…

young boy stands by christmas treeand this guy has never been one to get overly excited.

young brothers huggingbut they are still the BEST little bros in the world. which warms my heart more than anything.

young boy hugging unclegolden colorado lifestyle photographerand finally, on to new years! these guys wanted to be “fancy” for our little party…i think they nailed it.

small boy drinks from cuptwo young boys cheerssmall boy eats lollipop on moms lapthree boys jumping off bedlittle boys jumping off bedyoung boys popping new years confettihappy new year!!!

small boy holds new years confettiand, just like that, december is out.

 

major thanks to each and every client who made 2015 my busiest year yet as a golden colorado lifestyle photographer, and also a huge shout out to everyone who encouraged (and helped) me to slow down, relax, and enjoy the holidays with my family to the fullest. here’s to more slowing down in 2016!!

 

j.mo is a golden colorado lifestyle photographer, serving the denver metro area. to see more of her work, please visit! jmostudio

and to see another fun j.mo studio lifestyle session, click here! two candles

denver portrait photographerHEAD SHOT SWAP

after the countless, (amazing!) shoots that filled up my fall, followed by the immediate hustle and bustle of all that is december, i was so delighted to get an opportunity to slow things down and recharge with some incredible ladies! i jumped at the chance to take part in a “head shot swap” with a handful of unbelievably talented, female photographers last week.

before we dive in, a huge shout out to adena rossiter from blush and tease, who was SO gracious to host us at her fabulous studio in denver! she made it fun and efficient, and took some really great behind the scenes shots…

all images © j.mo studio 2016 u.o.n. please do not use or reproduce without consent.jmostudio.com-5560first up: miss taylor fisher of taylor jones photography. after a much needed dose of CAFFEINE, we jumped right into things and played around with the gorgeous, natural window light that filled adena’s studio.
jmostudio.com-5577jmostudio.com-5591-2next up, this absolutely stunning mama to be! kelly wilkerson of kelly wilkerson photography is one of the sweetest ladies i know, and definitely one of the prettiest pregnant ladies i’ve had the pleasure of photographing 😉jmostudio.com-5668next, the lovely lanelle jones of lanelle jones photography. we had a fun time trying to shoot around “moose”, (our special furry visitor you’ll see up next), who wanted so much to make a cameo in our session!jmostudio.com-5624jmostudio.com-5634and his wish came true! robin’s sweet little “moose” made his debut after all.
jmostudio.com-5659since there were too many beauties to photograph in the time allotted, i did my best to snag a few behind the scenes shots of the ladies i did not have the chance to swap with. below, the beautiful mia harlow of mia harlow photography. she does absolutely stunning fine art portraits! (and she’s pretty cute when she’s primping in the mirror).jmostudio.com-5708my next candid subject: rayna mcginnis of rayna mcginnis photography. she is a fellow fitness junkie, an avid traveler, and shares my love of planning, organization, and numbers! 😉 i love second shooting with her, and trading “fitness” portrait sessions when it’s warm out. incidentally, she recently posted one that i shot of her on her blog, at: http://www.raynamcginnisphotography.com/yoga-boudoir-session-goal/

and yes, she was very successful at “hiding” from me during this shoot out…jmostudio.com-5810jmostudio.com-5812this little lady was another one i was sad to miss pairing up with, but was glad to snag a couple of “action” shots of miss rebecca walsh, of RAW photography. she’s simply adorable, and takes breathtaking, emotional, lifestyle birth photographs.jmostudio.com-5826jmostudio.com-5828this talented mama was a blast to work with. robin johnson of robin’s photography was entertaining to say the least! and i just loved the soft, thoughtful emotion present in her session.jmostudio.com-5745-2last model up, anne miller of perfect shot. we stepped outside of the studio to change things up for this last little session, and she totally rocked the red on red!jmostudio.com-5847and one final behind the scenes with nicole nichols, of nicole nichols photography. couldn’t resist that cute little smile peeking out from that cute little hat!jmostudio.com-5870it was such a joy to work, (and laugh) alongside these fantastic women for an hour, which flew by way too fast. but my post wouldn’t be complete without at least a couple of my favorite shots, taken by some of the lovely ladies above…(believe me, it was so hard to choose)!
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jmostudio.com-18, head-shotphoto credit: taylor jones photography

a HUGE thank you to everyone who showed up, and made this the perfect little head shot swap!jmostudio.com-01photo credit: blush and tease

 

have you been meaning to update your head shots? no time like the present 🙂 give me a shout, let’s schedule something! julia@jmostudio.com and please, check out more of my head shot and portrait work here: j.mo studio

 

check out some more of the amazing work these babes do:

blush and tease

taylor jones photography

kelly wilkerson photography

lanelle jones photography

mia harlow photography

rayna mcginnis photography

RAW photography

robin’s photography

perfect shot

nicole nichols photography

intimate wedding photographerBIG SUR ELOPEMENT

thankful…what am i thankful for? innumerable things. immeasurable things. but today, as i finish up this breathtaking big sur elopement, i am reminded that i am thankful for love, above all else. love for my husband, love for my kiddos, love for all those that have touched my heart, and…love. like. THIS. love that i get the unbelievable honor of witnessing, and sharing with the world. love like carly and andy’s.

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all images © j.mo studio 2015. please do not use or reproduce without consent.

carly and andy were simply made for each other. they complement one another with absolute perfection. and while andy’s new job made it an extreme challenge to follow through on their “plans” for a traditional wedding, (or even a celebration of their union), it didn’t stop them from moving forward with something they both knew they wanted, and were more than ready for…a family. and nothing could have made this postponed elopement more perfect than the sweet, beautiful bump, so perfectly nestled between these two. i’m quite sure i have never seen a more radiant, expectant mama.

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i could probably go on for hours about how incredible they are, as individuals, as a couple, as expectant parents…but often pictures speak louder than words. so i will leave it to you to fall in love with everything about their special day, from start to finish…

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a foggy drive down the coast made for some pretty magical pre-ceremony portraits; we jumped at the chance to take advantage of such a serene, natural setting.

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it is not often that i am brought to tears while editing…as i relived the declaration of such a touching, honest, true kind of love that these two share, i couldn’t contain myself. i could literally feel the connection between these two, and it was like no other.

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you will not find a hundred pictures of “the details”, but you will discover about a hundred pictures of their emotion, their connection, their bond. because that’s exactly what this was about. and i honestly could not have imagined it any other way…

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my “assistant” and i felt so incredibly blessed to be a part of this incredibly intimate ceremony. for all those who wanted so much to take part, and bare witness to the joining of these two perfectly matched souls, i hope with all my heart that i have done their day justice with this depiction, in allowing you to relive their unbelievably touching afternoon…which is truly, just the beginning of their journey together as husband and wife, mother and father, and love birds for the rest of their lives together.

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and now…the “reception” 😉

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j.mo

 

 

 

intimate wedding photographer  big sur elopement

denver lifestyle portrait photographerWHAT TO WEAR

one of the most common questions i get from my clients is: “what to wear?” while i feel this is a strongly personal decision, there are most definitely some guidelines i can offer to help make your outfit selection a little more productive!

let me share a few example photos, to give you some visual context. let’s begin with a few of my own family photos (courtesy of link nelson photography), so i can walk you through my very basic process of selection, based on my own style, (but as you read along, i want you to start thinking about your own style)…

IMG_0441i would say our family dresses comfortably casual 90% of the time, so we don’t tend to stray too far from that in our photos. but i do like to dress things up a bit with some simple accessories…a great pair of boots, a neutral necklace, a few layers, and of course baby suspenders 😉

IMG_0598you’ll see that i chose fairly neutral tones, with just a couple of understated pops of color. notice they don’t match, but they coordinate. that’s my NUMBER ONE tip! don’t set out thinking, “how can we all match?” instead, think of a color palette that makes you happy.

if you were going to print a giant canvas of your family to hang in the living room, is it going to look good in your living room? what color is your sofa? what color are your walls? do you thrive in a surrounding exploding with color, or do you prefer a neutral setting? these are the kinds of things that can help you decide on a color direction.

IMG_1221tip NUMBER TWO: think about your backgrounds. are you shooting a holiday card photo amidst the fall foliage, in a winter wonderland, or are you heading to the city for a colorful urban setting? this should impact the colors you settle on. i don’t want you to blend in with your background, i want you to stand out! here are a few examples of very different backgrounds, where the clients’ attire provides a nice contrast to their setting.

20150517-DSC_2521DSC_221203DSC_0866while i personally do enjoy bold colors, you can still add that little bit of “pop” without going over the top…here are a few more slightly muted palettes, that still offer some nice contrast.

DSC_623405DSC_4217tip NUMBER THREE: when it comes to patterns, don’t go crazy! do your best to stick to solid colors, and if you’re going to throw in a pattern (on a scarf, or on one of your kiddos for instance), try to pick a big, bold pattern! it will be a nice complement to the group if the rest of you wear neutral or solid colors.

14this holds especially true for plaid…i find it is one of the more common choices among men and boys – which is perfectly fine! – but i say the bigger the better! try to choose larger square patterns, or a plaid with stark contrast (as pictured below), otherwise they tend to get washed out or muddled and often look poor in the final photos.

DSC_5929tip NUMBER FOUR: don’t forget your feet! i’d hate for you to spend all that time and energy on your outfit, and then have you throw on a pair of grimy shoes. complete that outfit that you worked so hard to coordinate! and ladies, i know it seems like a great opportunity to bust out those stilettos…but ask yourself this – will you be walking around for an hour or more during your shoot? will you be trekking down trails, through weeds…does that sound like fun? will you still be smiling at the end of your shoot? i (personally) often shoot really tight shots of my clients, so there is a pretty decent chance that your shoes might only end up in just a few photos, will it have been worth it? (if the answer is still yes, that’s ok! just make sure you consider it…or at least bring a pair of comfy shoes to change into).

DSC_0109DSC_0064i hope this post will help you get excited and inspired to pick your photo session wardrobe. if you’re still doubting your decisions, please feel free to run them by me! i’m more than happy to lend an opinion if you shoot me a snapshot of your ideas at julia@jmostudio.com 🙂 i look forward to discovering what you’ve selected for your shoot!

j.mo

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