Seth & Breanna // Newlywed Session

Flagstaff Mtn. It's been fun capturing special moments with this couple from Seth's proposal and their engagement to their wedding, and now this newlywed session. The forest fires in the southwest gave the mountains & setting sun an ethereal beauty that evening, creating a hue of haze & shadows. Just lovely for this newlywed shoot.

Independence Day and UFO’s

July 4th in the good ‘ol US of A is always a special time with family and a time to be especially proud to be an American. However for photographers, it is also another time to practice and attempt to capture something memorable. This year, my wife and I spent a mostly quiet day together while our children were out of state with their grandparents. We decided to make a fireworks picnic-date out of the evening as time alone can be a rare thing when you have 3 kids.

What was important wasn’t the fireworks, it was that we were together this evening, together in this place, looking up into the sky at the same time.
Banana Yoshimoto

We headed to Mt. Senitas trailhead in Boulder and set out to find a nice calm place to spend the evening. We settled on a side trail that had enough elevation over the city to provide a good composition for the fireworks display. As the evening light faded, we were soon joined by about 3 other groups of friends who also enjoyed the view over the city.

At around 9:43pm we all noticed some strange patterns of lights in the far horizon over the Thornton area. Of course, whenever something strange is in the sky at night, the first instinct out of our mouths is that it’s UFOs. It’s always fun to default our conversations to the least likely, but most mysterious conclusion. The lights slowly descended to the ground and disappeared. My thoughts were that some friends decided to pull a prank this night and fly a bunch of drones with LED lights on them to stir up some UFO talk and hopefully get on the news. Well, they did get on the news, but it wasn’t a bunch of friends trying to pull a prank. It turned out to be a team of Skydivers with fireworks attached to their feet. Story Link

I was taking a time-lapse at the time and did end up capturing these skydivers all the way from Boulder. You can see it around 17 second point in my video below. Look on the left horizon for the light streaks. They are light streaks on my video because I was taking long exposures.

Seth & BreAnna Highlight Film

Photography Highlight Film // Estes Park

Seth and BreAnna’s winter wedding in Estes Park was picture perfect. Gorgeous setting, incredible people, and a beautiful union of two young best friends. It was such an honor to photograph a wedding of a person who I consider a close friend. Congratulations Seth and BreAnna!

Jason & Marina Engagement Shoot

Jason and Marina were such a fun and enjoyable couple to be around!  We decided to shoot at one of the most iconic locations in Northern Colorado – Chautauqua Park in Boulder for its pristine flatirons backdrop that we’ve all grown to love.  They easily warmed up to the camera and provided lots of fun and authentic smiles.  Many blessings to you Jason and Marina and to your future together!

Edited in Adobe Lightroom //  Tribe Archipelago // LXC + Tweaks

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Senior Photos for Hudson

Hudson is one of the most personable, friendly, and fun teenagers you’ll ever meet. I’ve got to watch this friend grow up as a part of our church community and family. He will be headed off to college later this year and will no doubt excel in whatever he sets his heart to.

On the trail first-aid staples: tried & tested

TRIPS & FALLS

Bactine

First-Aid Anti-septic/Pain Relieving Cleansing Spray (No Sting). Great for quick relief when the little ones fall & scrape their knees & need some immediate soothing.

Band-Aids

Various sizes of Band-Aids, Band-Aid Waterproof Tape & Gauze for cleaning injuries & for taping gauze over bigger scrapes & cuts
Melaleuca’s Triple antibiotic gel

For deeper gashes when you’re far from immediate help:
Super Glue can be used, after the wound has been thoroughly cleaned & disinfected, & as long as the wound is fairly straight. We’ve used it successfully to glue our son’s forehead closed when he split it open. Here is a link on how to use this method: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/228135537347806286/

Or

Disposable skin stapler & staple remover after wound has been thoroughly cleaned & disinfected.

Lavender Essential Oil

(A multiple use everyday essential in our home). Use this for almost instantaneous relief from insect stings, bites, itchiness, & burns. I have yet to come across anything else that works as effectively or as quickly for soothing bee or wasp stings!

Peppermint Essential Oil

(A multiple use essential in our home)
Quick relief for headaches, nausea, & itching from insect bites
For headaches: Apply a drop or two & massage into the pressure points at the back of your neck, at your hairline, & into your hairline. Apply a drop or two & massage into your temples in your hairline.
For nausea: Apply 3 – 4 drops over your intestinal area & massage in a circular clockwise motion over the intestinal area around your belly button.

Melaleuca Oil

(A multiple use essential in our home)
Cleansing/antiseptic aid for minor cuts, scrapes, burns, insect bites, skin irritations, gum or mouth issues.

Mosquito repellent

Splinter Tweezers & Safety Pin

Eye Drops We use this when out on the trail or, if back at the camp, a warm saltwater rinse in a little eye cup, (Himalayan salt & filtered, warm water). The salt can also be used to clean wounds.

Burns

We use the homemade lotion with added drops of Melaleuca Oil & Lavender Oil.

Ibprofen

Natural sunscreen

I make our own using coconut oil, olive oil, bees wax, Vit. E oil, & Lavender Oil. This is the moisturizer I use every day after showering but it works great for all sorts of ailments … sun protection, rashes, scrapes, burns, lip balm, scars, etc. When used as sunscreen, I add zinc oxide to the mix. Coconut oil has a natural SPF of up to 10 & zinc oxide is arguably the best broad-spectrum protection available against UVB & most of UVA. Here’s the link to the recipe I use for the lotion: Pintrest Link

I purchase our non-nano zinc oxide here: Soapgoods Store Link

This doesn’t go in our First-Aid kit but in a small lotion jar in our toiletry bag.

Where's it all go?

DISCLAIMER
These are our family’s tried & tested methods & products we use – ones we have not had any negative experiences with. This may not be the case with you. We are not promoting any one product. We generally attempt to shy away from chemical-based products & stick with what’s natural, as much as possible. We like to keep things short & to the point, & not information overload. If you’re interested in reading more about the oils or methods we’ve used, you can (1) click the link below or (2) do your own research & find what works for you.
My Pintrest Board about natural essential oils