Update on Denver fall sessions

Update on Denver Fall Sessions

Hi There! I just wanted to give a quick update on denver fall sessions. I am excited to be offering mini sessions this year and they are filling up fast.
Currently, two out of the three dates for my Denver mini sessions are booked.  However, that doesn’t mean you are out of luck. I have two spots for the September 24th date available.

Are you wondering what a mini session looks like? It will be brief, but fun! A mini session will be fast-paced- perfect for families who have kids older than toddle age. And a mini session with me is a bit silly. I will likely tell a few jokes or make a fool out of myself. It is ideal for a family looking for a few images to update their archives or for a holiday card.

Structure for your mini session

We will have had a chance to speak on the phone prior to our meeting. This allows us to get right down to business. We will together find a great spot that fits your needs. Our time together will allow plenty of shots together of the family. I will direct a bit with posing, but will keep it light. If time allows, I also like to take photos of children individually then together with their siblings. And just like that- our session is over.

When to book your session

Now! The prime fall spots fill up fast! Email me at molly@mollygargphotography.com

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Denver fall mini sessions

Though I am really sad summer is coming to an end, I am looking forward to fall. Especially now that I will be offering Denver fall mini sessions. Fall mini sessions are perfect if you need few images to update your wall gallery or for holiday cards. The fall mini sessions are also shorter on time which perfect for kids that get tired of me following them around. But don’t worry, we will still have plenty of wonderful shots of your family snuggling, giggling and loving on each other. I have learned over the past few years how to work efficiently and to work with clients to put them at ease relatively quickly. I’m looking forward to seeing my old clients as well as a few new families.

The sessions are (hopefully) during the fall time in which the leaves will be changing colors. I have a few great spots in mind, but the location will be decided as it gets closer. I expect these to sell out quickly so please reach out if you have any interest in booking.  Please note your first and second choice when emailing me and I will do my best to fit you in.


 

Fall sessions are ideal for:

  • immediate families looking to update their family photos

 

  • families that have children over the age of 6 months

 

  • families that have a relaxed attitude and up for a little fun

Each session is a bit different. Below are some photos from last year during the fall season to give you an idea of what you can expect at your session.

Posted in Denver Family photography, Family, Stapleton, Wash Park

Our Maui favorites

sunset on maui
Our Maui Favorites:

When our family plans any trip, we have just a few basic rules. Keep it simple. Allow plenty of time for relaxing. Hit a few sites we are genuinely interested in.
In keeping with this theme, I put together a few of our Maui favorites. (We did also visit Oahu but only were at the resort, so there’s not much to report on that front.)
My starting point for planning what to do was this really helpful post by super talented photographer Dana Pugh. Her post has so many great nuggets and includes a few things that would be great for older kids.

favorite food

Our Maui hotel did not have an in-room kitchen BUT our fabulous travel agent was able to hook us up with breakfast every day so that was taken care of.
We typically would have a light lunch then venture off the resort for a little exploring and dinner. Here are a few of our favorites:

Coconuts: This was recommended on Facebook and we double checked reviews in our guidebook .  It did not disappoint. The location is in a strip mall and not uncommon for a great, authentic meal on the island. The restaurant is small, but we typically eat on the early side and had no problem finding a seat. We ending up with fish tacos, poke and shrimp — all delicious. Bonus: the surfing channel kept the kids busy while we were waiting for our food (15 minutes tops).

Paia Fish Market: My husband and I agreed that this was our favorite meal on the island. We visited the Kihei location which is located in a fun outdoor mall area- and like Coconuts, you order at the counter. Our fish meal was generous in size and was AMAZING! The location also provided a little after dinner entertainment as we walked around to scope out souvenirs while munching on shaved ice. We went early but also caught an amazing sunset just after dinner.

MonkeyPod: This was a great spot that definitely lived up to the hype. We visited here on two occasions (menus vary depending on location). Super family friendly + great food (the cream pies are AMAZING).

Mama’s fish house: at least 20 people recommended this to us when I posted a note on Facebook so I made a reservation right away. The restaurant is located on the beach and is HUGE. All the tables were filled when we arrived at 5 and clearly this is an institution on the island.  We don’t mind spending money on a restaurant that provides good food and good service, but neither stood out to us here. The kids’ meals were priced at $25-$34(!!!!). Granted my 5 year old was able to enjoy lobster BUT I think there are so many other great gems on Maui to spend your money.

favorite fun

Prior to arriving, we had two big excursions planned: a snorkel trip and a helicopter tour.

We originally booked a snorkel trip BUT shortly after arriving, realized there was so much right off our beach (we were staying in Wailea). Luckily, the snorkel company had a 24 hour refund policy and we enjoyed some pretty amazing sites just off the beach of our hotel. 

We did the Blue Hawaiian helicopter tour of West Maui. The views were literally breathtaking. Unfortunately, we realized my youngest and myself aren’t built to fly and I wish I had taken dramamine beforehand.

I can’t believe I was able to give a hint of a smile…next time, dramamine! 

Our favorite excursion was not planned. On the way to Mama’s Fish House, we stopped at a place on the beach to watch the surfers (Hookipa Park). We looked down and saw what looked like huge black rocks with a crowd gathered nearby. We got a bit closer and realized those “rocks” were turtles! We went down to the beach and though I’m not sure if there is some predicability in when they will be there, there was a rope and sign (we were there in late afternoon around 4pm).

 

Another favorite day trip was snorkeling at Honolua Bay. The snorkeling was good, but we didn’t see any sea turtles that day. What was really neat though was the gorgeous forest we had to walk through to get to the water. There were some great roadside stands selling local fare but sadly we both forgot our wallets– it would have been really fun to grab some snacks there.

 


We also made a pit stop to the blowhole (Nakaele Point). It was an impressive sight and is worth the stop for the view alone. The terrain was pretty rough and since we were just in our beach attire, we didn’t climb too close. There were people getting close but you would have to have substantial shoes to do so. 

A few notes:

These photos were taken with my DSLR (land) or a go pro (underwater). I highly recommend purchasing a go pro if you plan on doing a lot of water activities. It is so compact and easy to use. I took it almost everywhere. 

We did take our own snorkel gear. We pack pretty light so had room. Some hotels include it but it was nice just having ours, knowing it fit and was already adjusted to our size.

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Newborn in Wash Park

Newborn in Wash Park:  When mom asked me to take photos of their newborn in Wash Park, I was thrilled! newborns are my favorite to photograph but first borns hold a special place in my heart. I enjoy seeing the new parents tend to their little one. Many times, mom and dad don’t stop staring–it’s really sweet. What really struck me while spending time with this family was how confident and comfortable mom and dad were with their little one. It took me back when I was a new mom- very nervous and anxious.

A sweet family brings home their newborn in Wash Park:

Mom mentioned she wasn’t sure about the lighting in their home. However, with my camera gear that is sensitive to light, it was not a problem at all. Like many sessions, I enjoy shooting all over the house- we spent time in the living area and nursery.

Since Blakely was 2 weeks old when I photographed her.  I had a hunch she would be a bit more alert than most. I love when babies are awake so we can capture their sweet, bright eyes!

 

 

Pepper is a huge part of their family so we made sure to get some photos of Blakely with her fur-sister 🙂

Mom mentioned that Blakely always does this little thing with her pinky finger. She sure does! How cute is this?!

When the baby sleeps it is a great chance to use my macro (close up) filters to get those shots that focus on the tiniest details.

Though I do photograph a lot of newborn babies, not all sessions are the same. And isn’t that wonderful! Each baby and family is different as well as the home setting. The above images are a great example of what you can expect from a newborn session in your home.  Please reach out with any questions molly@mollygargphotography.com

Posted in baby, denver newborn photography, dogs, Family, Newborn

Denver Child Photography (Beauty Revived edition)

You may have seen that I was selected as a Beauty Revived Photographer in the early part of the year.  That was a wonderful experience that I enjoyed so much that I applied for and was accepted to photograph for the next edition: 50 Beautiful Children.  I put a call out for children who are inspirational, kind and giving. I was overwhelmed with the response and it was extremely hard choosing the winner.

When I first met Aslyn, she was a bit shy about all she does for others. Thankfully, her family was more than willing to share her accomplishments.

Ashlyn is passionate about animals. So much so, she volunteers at her local Humane Society, attends camp there during her summer break and even asks for donations instead of birthday gifts. Aslyn is such a kind, sweet young lady, it was such a pleasure spending time with her. Oh and she even brought her fun-loving and goofy dog Brighton with her to our photo session. How cute are they together? It is so apparent that Aslyn has such a bond with Brighton and all animals. She is such a gift to our community. I look forward to seeing all that she does in the future. It is no surprise that she wants to be veterinarian.

Though the 50 Beautiful Children magazine won’t be published until August, I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos here.

Introducing Brighton

denver child photography

Oh and in case you are wondering, I LOVE when families bring their pets along to be photographed. I just ask that you bring a leash and it a helper so that we can also get some shots without the family pet. So feel free to bring those dogs, cats, and hamsters along next time we are working together.  I hope you enjoyed this example of my Denver Child Photography!

Posted in Child, Denver Family photography, Giving Back, headshot