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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

The number 1 way to keep a flower alive.


Black Calla Lily

Black Calla Lily by Jeanine Thurston

I’m going to tell you straight off… I KILL FLOWERS.  Not on purpose, but if you leave them in my care… well – they don’t last long.  And… I’ll attribute that to my LOVE of flowers – you always want what you can’t have, or in my case what I can’t maintain.  I find them fascinating!  The shapes, the colors and because I can’t grow them or keep them alive for long, I have decided that photographing them and hanging them on my wall is my only option.

So the number 1 way to keep a flower alive?  Hang a portrait on your wall in a print or canvas… PERFECT FOREVER.

Go ahead – comment below – what is your favorite flower?  It may be the next one I photograph!

Floral Series

Photographer: Jeanine Thurston



Photographer: Jeanine Thurston


Photographer: Jeanine Thurston

Kreation Krate Craft Event


Kreation Krate Craft Event

 When: Sunday, June 22, 1-4pm


1045 Lincoln Street, Suite 301 – Denver, CO 80203


Street parking is free in Denver on Sundays – and there is plenty of parking around the studio.  There is also a parking lot available to the North of the building that is $5 for a 2 hour period of time.  But if you’re like me… grab the free street parking!


Fototails is hosting an exciting new event at our studio in downtown Denver. If you haven’t heard about Kreation Krate, you are in for a treat! Kreation Krate is a monthly craft box filled with supplies to complete two crafts. One craft is for yourself, and one craft you create and gift to others, either through a random act or through a charity. Crafting is a great way to show kindness towards others, and Kreation Krate gets you started!


You can check out to see examples of previous month’s boxes, and check out their blog and reviews.


Join the owner of Kreation Krate, Shawna Grover on

Sunday, June 22 from 1-4pm for a fun day of crafting. All you need to bring is yourself as all the supplies will be provided!

The cost is $26, which includes June’s Kreation Krate, drinks and snacks. Only 5 spots are available, so sign up now to reserve your spot! E-mail or to RSVP.


5 Things to AVOID REGRET.

1. Create your path.  Be who you are and don’t let another create your path for you.  One of your greatest joys is the journey of finding yourself in life.  Don’t be afraid of judgement from others, and don’t fear your heart and opening it to others.  Walk your own path and know it is ok if people disagree with you.

2. Be giving.  Live your life by doing good for others.  Set selfishness aside and toss your ego in the trash.  Think about times when people made you smile, gave to you for no reason and pass a little of that along every day.  It is freeing, motivating and it makes your heart happy in the process.  Giving gives back 10 fold and feeds your sole.

3. Manage don’t micromanage.  Take a deep breath and let things go.  Make a conscious decision at some point in managing a project to let things play out.  Let go of your anxiety – walk away – and know that you don’t need to have control and know about every single detail.  You can always re-evaluate small flaws in your plan and make it better next time – and surround yourself with people who allow you to let go more easily.

4. Own yourself.  Flaws are in your mind – they are a product of your own creation – they are not real.  You’re skin, your weight, your shape, your scars, your tragedies, the way you think are all a part of you.  Just because you have been brainwashed that there is such a thing as beautiful or ugly doesn’t make it true.  Nobody is perfect and time spent thinking you are somehow less than perfect is wasting precious time that you could be using to enjoy yourself and all the people and things that you love.

5. Dreams are real.  You owe it to yourself to dream and dream often… dream every day, dream as BIG as you can and go with it.  Don’t ever feel that dreams and daydreams are a waste of time… UNLESS you never act towards them.  That’s right… they are only a waste of time if you don’t get up and DO something about them.  Pick one of your dreams and put your energy towards it today… put it in motion!  Every amazing idea, every amazing happening started with a dream… and happened because someone got up and decided that they would TRY to make it possible.

So get up today.  Be proud of who you are – and own all of your imaginary flaws that make you a beautiful and perfect individual.  Give someone a smile, a helpful hand, a meaningful compliment or an unexpected gift.  Start living one of your dreams.  And… let go of a handful of the “little” things that you are holding onto way to tight.  Avoid regrets and live your life in motion.

Photograper: Jeanine Thurston


Feed Zone Portables Recipe: Blueberry & Chocolate Coconut Rice Cakes


Checkout these rice cakes I photographed last year… and seriously in love with this cookbook!!!

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

Feed Zone Portables sample recipe: Blueberry & Chocolate Coconut Rice Cakes

TIME> 25 minutes

3 cups uncooked sticky rice
4 ½ cups water
¾ cup coconut milk
¼ to ½ cup raw sugar to taste
juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt, or to taste
6 ounces chocolate chips (half of a regular bag)
1 pint fresh blueberries

  • Combine rice, water, and a dash of salt in a rice cooker and let cook.
  • Transfer cooked rice to a large bowl and add coconut milk. Add sugar and lemon juice.
  • Stir thoroughly and salt to taste.
  • Let rice cool then spread half onto a 9” x 13” baking pan. Press flat.
  • Sprinkle chocolate chips and berries evenly over the rice.
  • Gently press the remaining rice over the berries and chocolate.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes, cut into squares and wrap.

per serving› Energy 249 cal, Fat 6 g, Sodium 194 mg, Carbs 45 g, Fiber…

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