Milestone Session {Lincoln is 6 months!}

Milestone Session {Lincoln is 6 months!}

For real, this sitter stage is one of my very favorites! I miss the days when I could put my little baby on a blanket with some toys and they’d sit and explore with their hands and put every little thing in their mouth. Before mobility got them excited about bigger and better things and moving all over the house.  These milestone sessions are always some of the sweetest as you catch all of those little sides of their personality before they can run away. Not too long after this session, Lincoln was crawling all over and then suddenly walking!

6 month sitter session milestone studio photography loveland coloradoThis was Lincoln’s second session in the studio with me! Of course, I get to watch him grow anyway as he’s my nephew but it’s a special thing to have him in front of my camera.

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I love styling these sessions to be classic and timeless. When your little one is a brother, baby #2 can have a matching session and still be in style!  The studio has a good selection of wardrobe options for boys and girls in muted and neutral colors. Including special props like Lincoln’s favorite little elephant lovey make these pictures even more special.

If the little person in your life is about to reach a new milestone, you know it will be short-lived before the stage breezes in and takes you by surprise! Contact me at to schedule your studio session today <3



Sarah Thompson
Sacred Vessel Acupuncture & Doula

Phone Number: (970) 631-8119

I had the pleasure of seeing Sarah with my second pregnancy for accupuncture. It was near the end of my pregnancy and even with a fear of needles, Sarah helped put me at ease! She has a very calming presence and the accupture procedure also helped me let go of some of my fear surrounding labor and delivery. Here’s a little more about Sarah in her own words:

Why did you become a doula?
Oh, it is such a long story… I have been an Acupuncturist for over 12 years. I started my practice in Pain Management and Sports Medicine. About 3 years into my practice, I found out I was pregnant. It was an entirely different world, and I was completely blown away by the modern view of birth. I believe very strongly in health and the body’s natural abilities. I began my search for practitioners that would be able to provide the services I needed at the time. Being an Acupuncturist first and foremost, I was looking for an Acupuncturist that would be able to provide full pregnancy/birth/postpartum support. There wasn’t anyone! I knew right then that I needed to fill that void. After the birth of my first child, I began pursuing the avenue of becoming a Doula so that I could provide not only prenatal care but also bring my Acupuncture/Herbal and Nutritional services to birth as well.

What areas do you serve?
I work the northern front range and up into southern Wyoming…including Cheyenne, Laramie, Greeley, Loveland and Fort Collins. I work in most hospitals including Cheyenne Regional, PVH, MCR, and the Banner System. I also love homebirths.

How many births have you attended? Is there a special story of a birth you’d like to share?
I honestly haven’t kept track! But it is somewhere over 75 at this point. I have so many amazing birth stories! One of my favorites I actually missed! This was a repeat Doula client. I was called in as a backup doula with her first pregnancy. It was a very long and trying homebirth that lasted several days (started on a Friday and went into the following Monday). I was asked to join in on Sunday to provide back up doula services as well as Acupuncture to help speed things along. When I arrived she was laboring HARD and was progressing very slowly. After an Acupuncture session, she had progressed to near complete…and began some mild pushing. She, unfortunately, developed some cervical swelling and made the decision to transfer to the hospital for an epidural. With her second pregnancy, we began working nutrition and acupuncture early on (at the beginning of pregnancy). She also hired me to be her doula for her second birth. We assumed that her second birth would be long, but our goal would be to make it a normally long birth (more like 12-24 hours, not 4 days). I met with her in the office on a Friday well before her due date. She showed very little sign of being close to labor. I touched base and went to a family holiday party. I got a call from her husband later that evening saying things had really changed and they were headed to the hospital. I gathered my stuff and started to head that way. I called as I entered the parking lot, and the husband told me that I had missed it…baby was already there. To my great surprise, she had a very quick, natural, and healthy birth. It makes me so happy to see that big change from her first to second with proper prenatal care.

Are you certified? What’s your education?
I am not certified as a Doula, for my own personal reasons. I have an extensive education that is accredited, as well as state and nationally board certified. For me, certification did not make sense. The Doula profession is not regulated by a standardized board, and thus all certifications are different and do not encompass the same parameters. For me, it did not make my training better. My Current Education: Bachelor’s Degree Nutrition and Health Sciences Master’s Degree Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine State Licensed Acupuncturist Board Certified Acupuncturist-Herbalist-Nutritionist ToLabor Trained Doula Certification in Functional Medicine to be completed 2018

Do you have a backup doula? How did you choose them?
I have several Doulas that I work with. I am a unique niche in the doula field, and it is very hard to find a back up that can offer all the same services that I provide. I do, however, have an Acupuncturist-Doula that I use as my primary back up. The women I choose as backup are those that I personally know and trust.

How many clients do you take a month?
I have taken up to 5 clients a month in the past, but have found that for me to provide the best care to my client and not have it interfere too much with my Acupuncture practice, that the maximum clients that I can take per month is 2. I do, however, take many more prenatal and nutrition clients.

How would you describe your doula “style”?
I like to explain to potential clients that this is their experiences, not mine. My goal is to give them the experience that they are hoping for and to educate and guide them through it. I use to joke that I don’t have a photo of me being a doula because it isn’t my experience. I am often in the background, giving advice, guidance, and encouragement to the couple. helping them to achieve this goal together. That being said, I do not have any problems jumping in and getting hands on, but in the end, the goal is to build the relationship with the couple, not me and the mother. I am a very strong personality, and that isn’t for everyone. I love educating and throwing lots of information at people, sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. In labor, I an compassionate, but also direct and fact driven. I will explain risks, and let the couple make the decision that is best for them…whatever it is, I support it.

Do you offer any additional services?
Absolutely! I do Nutritional Counseling for a variety of health conditions, including: Fertility, Menstrual Health, Chronic Inflammation, Diabetes, etc… As well as prenatal and postpartum Nutrition Acupuncture for Women’s Health, Pain Management and Sports Medicine Herbology Cupping Moxibustion Treatments for Breech Presentation Acupuncture for Labor Augmentation



Top 4 Questions to Ask When Shopping for a Camera

Top 4 Questions to Ask When Shopping for a Camera

I often get asked for advice when friends, family, and clients are shopping for cameras for their day to day photos. I’m always thrilled when someone wants to invest in  a camera that will help them capture those special moments! But when people ask “What camera should I buy?”, there are so many factors to consider! Here are the top 4 questions to ask when shopping for a camera. This will help you figure out exactly what is right for you! I’ve included links to some of the best consumer cameras below, along with lenses I’d recommend for beginners!

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What kind of camera do you want/need?

 There are several types of camera out on the market today!

  • DSLR Camera:

DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex which uses the same mechanisms as a film camera but replaces the film with a digital sensor. With this camera, you should be able to set your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. These three settings make up our exposure triangle. There are two main formats of DSLR; full frame and crop sensor. Beginner DSLR’s will most likely be crop sensor which means they have a smaller sensor and the edges of the frame will be cropped in. Using a 35mm lens on a crop sensor will look more “zoomed in” than on a full frame camera.

You will be able to set these things in some other types of cameras too!

  • Mirrorless Camera:

A mirrorless camera is a smaller, more compact camera with fewer mechanisms than a DSLR. Some have image quality equal to DSLRs, but typically offer fewer lens and accessory options at this time. I have a Sony a5100 that I use when we are traveling or out and about somewhere that I don’t want to lug my big camera around. It also has fun features like wi-fi so I can use my phone as a remote or load images to Facebook and Instagram on the go. For me, the controls aren’t as easy to get to with fewer buttons so I prefer to shoot with my DSLR when I really want a specific shot.

  • Point and Shoot:

These are typically compact cameras that do just as the name suggests. You aim the camera and shoot. The camera chooses all of the settings. This kind of camera is fine for a quick snapshot, but know that you likely won’t get the image you have in mind.

  • Cell Phones:

I absolutely still take tons of pictures with my cell phone. There’s a saying that goes “The best camera is the one you have with you.” Sometimes you want a quick snapshot for a memory and that’s totally fine! There’s a line between being present in a moment with your family and just capturing it. I rarely bring my DSLR to my kids’ birthday parties. I’d rather be there enjoying time with them and experiencing the memories than capturing them. A few cell phone pictures are plenty of proof that those days happened for me. You have to decide for yourself what moments might be frame worthy. I absolutely bring my big camera when we play at the river and those are some of my most favorite images of my kids.

Does it fit comfortably in your hands? Are all of the essential functions readily accessible?

When I bought my first DSLR camera, being able to easily hold it and reach all of the buttons was important to me! I have smaller hands and some cameras just felt more comfortable than others. As I started using the camera more and more in manual mode, I learned that the essential functions were sometimes buried in menus making it hard to quickly adjust ISO, shutter speed or aperture.  I made sure the things I needed most had dedicated buttons on my next camera.

What accessories and lenses are available? Are they affordable?

Once get the photography bug you’ll quickly learn that the standard lens that comes with a camera is typically not the best choice. It’s a budget option to keep the price of the overall kit a bit lower and to entice buyers with a range of focal lengths. I’d suggest pricing out a lens in the 35mm range on a crop sensor (entry level)  camera. If your camera is available without the standard zoom lens I’d forgo it and get something like a 35mm 1.8 lens. What about flashes? Does the camera have a hot shoe so you can attach an external flash? Is there an affordable wireless remote? Don’t be afraid of third party offerings! Sigma and Tamron make some of the top lenses on the market! You can also purchase very cheap lenses and flashes from Yongnuo which will most likely not be the top in image quality but for the price may be worth looking at!

What special features are important to you?

There are some awesome additional features available in cameras today! Take a look at what you might be using your camera for and determine which of these are important to you in a camera.

  • Video capabilities: I love capturing little clips of my kids in action. The way their voices and laughter sounds; the way they run with their arms thrown back and their tongues out!
  • Wi-Fi: Wi-fi in a camera adds some really cool features! With my DSLR, I am able to connect to my cell phone and use it as a remote shutter. Perfect when I want to hop in a picture with my kids without trying to beat a timer. The wi-fi also allows me to load images to my cell phone for quick sharing on social media. This is fun when we are out and about or on vacation!
  • Flip or tilt screen: These screens allow you to shoot from different angles. If you want to extend your creativity it helps with overhead shots or down low angles. Some even flip fully up to allow for easy selfies.
  • Touch Screen: In some models, touch screen helps eliminate the need for as many dedicated buttons for each function. They can help you more easily navigate through menus or grab focus in live view modes.


The Canon Family of DSLR

The Nikon Family of DSLR

Mirrorless Options

Used cameras are also a great option! When I buy used I typically shop at! They have a great warranty and return policy on used gear 🙂 Check out the selection at KEH Camera

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Nora- A Rainbow Baby {Loveland Newborn Photography}

Nora- A Rainbow Baby {Loveland Newborn Photography}

Sweet baby Nora made her grand entrance into the world a little bit early but she’s the strongest little fighter and managed to leave the hospital with no time in the NICU! Before she was born, her mama and daddy came into the studio to celebrate this pregnancy with maternity photos. After losing their first baby, they knew this time was special and needed to document it. I’m so happy to be able to offer these indoor maternity sessions in the winter months! So much more comfortable for a pregnant mom!

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We were able to incorporate this sweet rainbow headband from Devoted Knits as a way to remember Nora’s older sister.

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Little Nora was tiny but mighty! She was such a sweet baby to cuddle and pose!

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Sweet baby girl on purple premature fort collins newborn pictures

Fort Collins premature baby girl newborn pictures

I’d love to document your pregnancy and your baby’s first days of life! Contact me at or through the link below!

Snap Happy- An Online Beginner DSLR Course

Snap Happy- An Online Beginner DSLR Course

Once upon a time, I was a new stay-at-home mom with the cutest baby girl who was growing and changing faster than I could have ever imagined. I did my best to freeze time with photographs but I kept getting motion blur, dark pictures or things out of focus! That’s when I decided to really invest my time in learning my DSLR camera. At the time, I couldn’t find one comprehensive place to walk me through step by step and teach me the basics. There were a few camera stores that taught in-person classes, but leaving my new baby with a sitter just wasn’t an option. I turned to the internet and pieced together my education bit by bit. It was slow going. Every time I tackled one subject, I felt like I had to take two steps back and learn something else before moving forward. Over the years as my skills have grown and photography has turned into a profession for me, I hear more and more people facing the same challenge.

Online Beginner DSLR Course Shooting in Manual mode Photographing kids

Enter Snap Happy! I’ve created this online course packed full of information that will walk you step-by-step through learning your DSLR camera. Both technical aspects and artistic aspects are covered! Class opens tomorrow, but you can work at your own pace! The materials are all downloadable, so you can come back to review when ever you’d like. There will be live Q&A sessions throughout and you can also get feedback in the course Facebook group, both from peers and your instructor!

Take a peek inside the classroom in this video:

The first run starts December 1, 2017! To get more information on everything that is included and see if this is the right course for you click below!

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