Nerium – Be yourself. Be beautiful. Build a business around your life.


I tell people every day that they are beautiful, because I believe it’s true.  Every person I look at has some amazingly unique quality about them that makes them stand out.  I welcome and am inspired by differences in individuals – it what makes being a professional photographer such a rewarding job.  I also see people come to me saying they hate having their photo take, or aren’t photogenic.   It’s hard to describe to people why they are beautiful, and when you do – many brush it off. Why? We are our own worst critics…. we take ourselves down and see the glass half empty when we are reviewing who we are.

I completely understand this and it is why I’ve hid behind the camera for so many years.  I don’t wear make-up and have done little to nothing with my skin for my entire life.  When a friend asked me to try Nerium (and not any friend – she happens to be an amazing MUA/Stylist as well), I figured I would go for a week.  Not expecting any results and not for a second expecting to buy a bottle once the week trial was over.   But after a week, I did want more, then I wanted it free, and now today I endorse NeriumAD and Nerium Firm as a Brand Partner.

NeriiumAd Age-Defying Treatment is an easy product to use:  Once a day, right before bedtime, with no systems and no Hassle.  Just results, and it can address multiple concerns with one product.  Since they are so confident about the real results you’ll experience with NeriumAD, Nerium International  offers a 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee on any product purchase.  And I love that it is a nature-based product with no harsh ingredients, Noncomedogenic and safe for all skin types.


There is an opportunity for everyone at Nerium.  Besides earning a part-time or full-time income you can also earn luxury trips, LEXUS car bonuses, shares in global sales pools, leadership bonuses and free product.

What attracted me to Nerium International was the company was founded by Jeff Olson, a top industry leader, who is directing the company’s vision, development, and global expansion.  The core values represent something you can be part of and believe in.  It allows Brand Partners to experience life to the fullest, create a sustainable business, build lasting relationships, travel the world with friends, and be a part of a family of life-changer.

I still run a successful full-time photography business, have a family with two children, and have the support of a great team that allows me to be a successful Brand Partner… so with a busy schedule like mine… I know you could do this too!

If you have any questions at all on the products or about becoming a part of a great company please find more information on my website at NERIUM INTERNATIONAL.

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No more buckets of ice water?

Here ya go – a heads up for OCTOBER 2014. SO… because everyone has their own favorite charity for their own special reason, here is the deal for OCTOBER 2014.  I have decided for the entire month of October… you make a $150 donation to the charity of your choice(or more)… and let us know which charity it is (with all their contact info to post about on our blog) and I will photograph your 90 minute studio session (Denver studio only) for FREE. Yep… that’s it – simple… and it doesn’t require dumping any ice water on your head. Contact to book your date/time or call us at 720-566-9770.
Because I happen to love one specific charity in particular. For any $150 donation (OR MORE) you make to the Chordoma Foundation in memory of Tiffany Otto-Cragin in Sept or October 2014. I will photograph your 90 minute session for FREE and give you a $100 print credit.

WISCONSIN/MINNESOTA PEEPS: For any of you in the Wisconsin, Minnesota area – that would like to participate – I’m extending this in the form of a gift card that you can use in the summer or fall of 2015 when I am in your area.

Pass this along to anyone in and around Denver area, Boulder, Ft.Collins, Colorado Springs… etc.

or for gift certificate that can be used in MN, WI area after July 2015.

If you’re not social – stop participating… right?


I hear people complaining A LOT lately about others posting fundraising efforts, posting non-profit challenges, posting about their businesses and saying that it isn’t right and it is unsolicited.

Facebook and LinkedIn are two of many social media platforms – and for small businesses and non-profits it is about the only platform that is that is affordable.  Not many read the newspaper any more,  you’re suppose to direct call people,  if you e-mail too much it’s considered SPAM.  It is called SOCIAL MEDIA… for those that need that defined.  Regardless of if you really care about what others are doing or selling, if you are on Facebook, Linked in, Pinterest, Twitter… the list goes on typically it means that you have agreed that you are a social person.  You want to know about people, things going on, events, happenings, and you have some level of “care” about the people you are connected with and maybe the people they are connected with.  Linkedin as well – is a social BUSINESS TOOL.  It has options for job searching, job offers, businesses… you can peek into peoples portfolios and their experience without ever really knowing them.  You can refer people you can e-mail people and asks to connect with people you are connected to.

The awesome thing about social medias is there are delete buttons, blocking buttons, ways you can not see people’s feeds. Sometimes you may get e-mails and messages from people that you didn’t directly “ask” to talk to; but they may be offering you some information about themselves, about their businesses, about opportunities, or wanting to know you better because maybe you have something in common.

Maybe I have more patience than some (and less than others), but it doesn’t hurt my feelings, I don’t get angry about getting messages on social sites because… well… I’m a social person.  What may not interest me now may fit with my life later and information is information – take it or leave it.   I may ask to be taken off a call list if I get phone calls daily from marketing companies… but only because it invades my life in a way that I have to answer my phone in case it is a client or family member that needs my attention; however, with social media – I’m viewing it when I’m at my computer when I have a minute… it’s not interrupting my business day and I can unsubscribe if I don’t want to receive any more notices or if it doesn’t relate to what I need at the moment.

I could talk on this topic for a LONG time and I know some people are getting heated just reading this.  But, really non-profits and people running small businesses are just trying to make difference in their lives or the lives of the people they love and the causes and efforts that affect their lives.  So looking at it with that perspective – I don’t know really how anyone can get angry about having to hit the delete button on a message on Linkedin or how someone can get irritated that someone attempted to contact them when that is what social is… attempting to make connections to improve our lives or meet people that may have common interests.  

You don’t know if you don’t ask right?  Someone that seems similar to you or looks as if they have similar interests, or someone that may or may not be a fit for your small business or non-profit…why is there any reason to get defensive if they attempt to connect with you or message you?

So I’m leaving this open ended and want to hear from you below – what’s your take on social media and what do you see as the boundaries… 




Fig and Honey Rice Cakes: Sweet Goodness in Your Pocket


My kids love these and they are an amazing trade off instead of the fast food before heading to a practice or game.

Originally posted on The Feed Zone Cookbook and Feed Zone Portables:

The Feed Zone Cookbook by Dr. Allen Lim and Chef Biju Thomas is packed with 150 athlete-friendly recipes that are delicious, simple to prepare, and ready to fuel your rides. The book includes breakfasts, portable snacks like Allen Lim’s famous rice cakes, after-ride dishes, dinners, desserts, and recovery drinks.

And if you enjoy this recipe, don’t miss Feed Zone Portables, a cookbook for athletes with 75 easy, healthy recipes and snack ideas that will nourish your best performance.

Allen and Biju’s tip: We’ve put a gluten-free spin on the classic fig cookies that many of us grew up eating. These cakes make a sweet portable snack, but because of the excellent fiber that is in the dried fruit, they work even better as a snack following a workout or between meals. If figs aren’t your favorite, try raisins or dates instead.

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Try this recipe yourself! Download the Fig and…

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NeriumAD Products


Many of you know me as a professional photographer.  Long story short… I’ve been a tomboy most of my life.  I don’t wear make-up, partly because it doesn’t interest me and partly because whenever I have my skin breaks out almost immediately.  

Now let’s fast forward a bit.  I photograph a lot of people… from moms to models, and one of my goto MUAs Samanta (who is quite amazing I must add), said she had this product that I should try.  That’s it… just try it.  She gave me her sample for a week and asked me to take a before photo with my cell phone and an after photo a week later.  Of course these were “close-ups” showing my skin and face and I just cringed!  After the before photos – I decided I’m only ok with looking at myself from at least 3 feet away…Yikes!

After a few days I noticed my skin felt softer – ok… that’s great, but still wasn’t that excited.  At about 5 days my skin looked brighter, and at 7 days… I went ahead and took the after photos with my cell phone again.  Fully expecting that I would see little to no results.  And I was in shock at the difference.  Now normally they ask you to sample the product for 30 days so at 7 days I was seriously not expecting one ounce of change – needless to say I got way more change that I ever expected.  Sold… not because someone gave me a sales pitch, and not because Samantha told me it was awesome stuff… but because it actually worked for me.


Seriously, I don’t want to sell you on this at all.  What I would love is for you to try it out – and if you LOVE it then that is awesome… and if it’s not for you?… this company gives you a 30 day money back guarantee… so there is nothing to loose (ok… maybe a few wrinkles and softer skin).

Thanks it – a week later and I was so impressed that I signed up as a Brand Partner with the company.  I have never done this with any other company and I get people wanting me to try stuff all the time.  The company is supportive and it is proactive in donating to great causes too!


If you would like to give it a try click my link NERIUMAD ORDER

The BEST Refried Beans


Yes – I love Mexican Food!  But I’m so picky about refried beans… it can make or break a restaurant for me.  Canned refried beans are NOT good… I have tried every kind and never liked any of them.  After I made these yesterday, I will never be buying canned beans again and now I don’t even have to run out to my favorite restaurant to get ones I love.  These are easy and fantastically yummy.

1 package (3 cups) of dried pinto beans

6 chicken bullion cubes

1/2 of a white onion

Garlic salt

3 tbs butter

In a crock pot, put in 3 cups of dried pinto beans, and fill the crock pot almost to the top with water.  Add in bullion cubes, and cut an onion in half (peel the skin off of course) and put it in the middle.  Sprinkle garlic salt across the top and then cover and slow-cook overnight or for about 8 hours.

Drain the beans (but keep the liquid), into a large bowl and add in 3 tbs of butter.  Using a hand blender blend the beans to desired consistency… I like leaving them a little lumpy, but smoothing tastes great too.  Use the remaining liquid to add in about 1/8 cup and then add more to get them to the consistency that you like them best.

They are AMAZING, hope you love them too!


Styled kids for the best portrait sessions.

Timeless children’s clothing can make a huge difference in how their portrait sessions turn out.  The best part about styling your child’s outfits with a timeless look, is you will be able to hang the images on your wall indefinitely and they won’t ever seem dated.  You will focus on your child and it will give the images a more artistic feel.

Here are just a very few of my favorites for timeless children’s clothing – only to be used as a guideline for when you are planning your child’s wardrobe for their photo-shoot:

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I’m a traveler, not a tourist.

A-travelerThere is a separation between a tourist and a traveler. A tourist is someone who travels for pleasure… and while I derive pleasure from traveling, the purpose is quite different for me. I am a traveler because I CRAVE the unknown, so I claim either traveler or globetrotter to be a better definition. I like the butterflies I get from going somewhere that I know little or nothing about – places where don’t speak the language. I like walking the back streets and areas of town where you don’t see a Starbucks. And I am a people watcher… finding a restaurant off the beaten path or a little boutique hotel is where my fun is. Taking in a culture makes me happy – and staying at home makes me antsy and uncomfortable if I am there too long.

Now I do talk some about having a vacation on a beach and not doing anything -But I don’t think it would last long, unless it was on an island that I could walk the shores without many people around.

I am a photographer of people – so much happier photographing in new and unusual places on our planet, meeting new people, smelling new smells (good or bad), and breathing air in as many places as I can in my lifetime.

I enjoy creating travel lists of places I want to go and explore… How about you? If you are a traveler… what’s on your short list?

Then and now.

I’m beyond excited when I get to photograph a newborn of a wedding I photographed years earlier! I just can’t stop grinning ear to ear… and this little lady has some of the most amazing parents and family that I’ve ever met. Shannon & Jon had their wedding in Mexico 6 years ago when I toted my own kids with when they were only a year old and my youngest Jace was only 3 months old. So this wedding was a little extra memorable for me too.



Fall Family Days 2014

It’s been over 7 years now since we started Fall Family Days. Every year we set aside two days at one or two locations in the Denver/Boulder area where families can come to me for some great fall family portraits. They are extra special because we hand-pick locations that we know will photograph amazing for family photographs and always of course hope for maybe a few fall colors as well, or at least a fall feel to your images. This year we are styling the family sessions even more to make them the best family portraits you’ve had yet!

Fall family days is September 13th & 14th, 2014 this year. Locations aren’t disclosed until you book, and each day is a different location.

If you would like to know more, please e-mail to grab your fall family spot or call us at 720-566-9770 so that we can book your date/time. Always special pricing for this weekend that you don’t want to miss!

SESSIONS ARE VERY LIMITED. We book in the order we receive your calls and e-mails and then when session times are booked we keep a wait list in case there are any cancellations too.

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My boys: Jeanine Thurston

My boys: Jeanine Thurston