Family Photography

The Stites Family | Grand Junction Family Photographer

A while back (several months actually) I spent a chilly afternoon with one of my dear friends and her super adorable family.  Oh these little men melt my heart!  And the faces they both make are just to die for!

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LaRue's First Birthday Cake Smash | Grand Junction Family Photographer

Sweet little LaRue recently turned ONE!  She came to visit me on her birthday and we had our own little cake smash session!  It was so much fun and this cute baby girl makes the greatest faces, she had me laughing the entire time!  I can't wait to watch this little ham grow up!

Smash Cake:  Hello Sugar Cakery, LLC

Happy Birthday LaRue!

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xoxo,

Carrie

Baby Kaizen | Grand Junction Colorado Newborn Photographer

It's a BOY!

I am pleased to formally introduce you all to little man Kaizen Wesley Field who made his way into this big world on February 12th @ 1:39 pm!  Kaizen weighed in at 8.5 lbs and measured 21 inches long, such a handsome little fella.  Proud parents Chris and Aspen are the perfect loving parents and I was so tickled to have them visit me in the studio.  Kaizen was an absolute angel during his entire portrait session!  I look forward to watching this little guy grow up!

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Welcome to the world Kaizen!

Congratulations, Chris and Aspen!

xo

Carrie

The Leitner Family | Grand Junction Family Photographer

Here is a family that has been with me from the very beginning!  I was there for little man Carson's birth story, newborn photos and recently he celebrated his FIRST Birthday!  Nothing warms my heart more than being able to capture all those precious milestones for my families!  I will never grow tired of taking this family's portraits!

Happy birthday Carson!

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xoxo,

Carrie

The Yeager Family | Grand Junction Family Photographer

Meet the Yeager family!  Recently I had the pleasure of photographing this adorable trio, soon to be a quartet!  Mama is expecting another beautiful baby girl in December!  Sister, Kylie, is over the moon excited and anxious for her baby sister to make her appearance.  I too can't wait to meet her!

Congratulations Yeager family!

 

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xoxo,

Carrie

Chevelle | Wedding Gown Dress Up | Grand Junction Colorado Wedding Photographer

What little girl wouldn't love the chance to play dress up in her mother's wedding gown?  The opportunity to put on a beautiful dress can make a girl feel like such a princess, and what a wonderful keepsake to give your daughter on her wedding day years down the road!

Chevelle and her mother came to my studio and put on her mother's dress.  The moments we captured over the next hour are priceless treasures.

This is a great alternative to a trash the dress session.  So, Brides, SAVE your wedding dress and perhaps one day you will have a daughter to play dress up with!

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Don't wait for your child to grow up!  Create these memories now to cherish for years to come!  Contact the studio to schedule a session for your daughter!

xoxo,

Carrie

My little family heads to the Bahamas!

So let me just start out by saying that the Bahamas is definitely a GORGEOUS place worth seeing at some point in your life.  I hope that I can return one day but it probably won't be until my children are older or I get to leave them at home.  It was certainly a struggle for this mama to travel nearly 2,000 miles from Colorado to Abaco, Bahamas with an almost 3 year old and a 16 month old in tow.  My mother, father, brother and sister-in-law were all as much help as they could be (and I'm grateful) but they too were on vacation to enjoy themselves and get away from the every day hustle and bustle.  This was a vacation for the books in all aspects.  Remember Murphy's Law, 'anything that can go wrong - will go wrong'?  This was our vacation to a T!  To spare you lengthy details here is my short version of the bahamian chaos:  It started with fraudulent activity on the VRBO website and all of our money to reserve our vacation home was hacked by terrorists in London (problem was eventually resolved but not with a happy ending for all).   Then my mother came down with pneumonia less than a week before we were set to depart (she felt well enough to travel but probably shouldn't have). Tthe day before our flight my youngest turns up sick with a runny nose and a fever, the same evening I get a call from AA that our flight for 6:30 the next morning had been cancelled due to inclement weather in Dallas and after several hours on the phone (thank you mom) we were placed on a flight departing at 6:30 pm but we now were faced with a 4 hour layover in Phoenix.  We arrived in Nassau, Bahamas just after 9 am and still had to catch one more flight to our destination island.  We missed our flight, thanks AA.  The next one was not scheduled until 6 pm!  We were all exhausted from flying all night and the little ones slept maybe 2 hours on the plane.  Oh well, it is what it is and we then had to wait another 8 hours at the airport.  Shortly after receiving the news we were all resting on park benches in a cute little courtyard of the airport when my two year old suddenly starts screaming that ants were bitting her toes.  She was screaming hysterically and no one could find any sign of bugs.  We decided to go get a hotel room so my girls could rest for the next several hours and get out of the heat but even a couple hours later and my daughter was still crazy out of her mind.  So bad in fact that I ended up taking her to a bahamian emergency room where nurses and staff were convinced that a stranger in the airport had possibly drugged my child.  She needed rest but as any caring mother would do, I wanted her checked to be sure.  After all, we were hanging out in the courtyard surrounded by foreign plants and I wasn't so sure that she hadn't gotten into something poisonous.

After the fiasco at the hospital we were finally back on a quick 20 min flight to Abaco and arrived just after dark.  Go figure, I had to wait another 12 hours for the sun to come up before I could even see my beautiful surroundings.  I couldn't wait though, I was up with the sun!!  Now on to the fun part....

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The house was HUGE and stunning for ocean front property!  We had ocean on both sides of us.  The view above was right out my bedroom door and I could look straight down into the water.  That's where I snapped the photo of this little fella.

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We had a private and quaint little beach just on the other side where my girls spent most of their time looking for seashells.  It was a great beach for shell hunting and there were no waves which I was thrilled about because the undertow can be so scary.  In fact, the water was so shallow that you could walk for a quarter of a mile and it only came up to your waist.

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My brother (Kaye Donne) spent some time hand fishing in the shallow waters and turned up with a barracuda on more than one occasion.

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Of course I couldn't go on vacation and not enjoy myself just a little bit (everyday)!   Cheers!

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I spent a lot of the time close to the house just for the safety of my little ones but finally ventured out with the family to the other side of the island to a little place called Petes Pub.  That's where we found all of these fun creatures.  The girls even had hermit crab races with their adventurous uncle!

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When we got to the end she had spotted a Conch shell in the water and so badly wanted to take it home.  When she finally reached the surface with the shell we found these gross little things inside!

DSC03369DSC03372DSC03360One of the first things I did when I found out we were going to the Bahamas was I booked a family Photographer!  My little family trio was in need of fall pictures anyway so I decided just to wait and hire someone to capture our fun away from home.  That Photographer was Susan Davis with Frangipani Photography.  We met her at the ferry one morning and she rode with us to Hopetown, a the cutest island with bright colorful homes and business all packed in around the harbor and the famous lighthouse.  There was no where to shop for boutique clothing on Abaco island so I dressed myself and girls for fun.  I knew we would be playing on the beach so there was no sense in getting all dolled up, we needed to fit the part.  I packed my camera with me so that I could sight see and snap photos of my own but Susan could see how bad I was struggling with two toddlers at my ankles.  When she sent me the images to review a week later I was so tickled to see that she had captured the scenery and details for me!  I will say it again, she was AMAZING and so much fun!  My girls and I had a blast and I have already ordered hundreds of dollars worth of artwork for our walls.

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Thank you Bahamas!  We will see you again one day!!

Carson's Birth Story | St. Mary's Hospital | Grand Junction CO

Baby Carson was born on November 5th, 2013.  His birth story is nothing short of a miracle.  His parents, Kahli and Tom, were faced with many obstacles over the past couple of years trying to conceive and at one point or another were even convinced that they may never.  When a couple goes through the trials of trying to conceive then emotions are running especially high come delivery (I know this from personal experience).  Kahli (ok, who am I kidding calling her Kahli.  I know her as Kat!), I mean Kat, made the ultimate decision at literally the 11th hour to have me capture Carson's birth story.  I arrived at the hospital just around 11:30 pm and little Carson arrived shortly after.  Please take a moment to watch his beautiful birth story.  The video here is a shortened version just so we don't bore you.  ha ha!  Also please be advised that the video is for a mature audience and if a little blood makes you woozy then you might want to stick with the disney channel.

Carson's birth story from Carrie Johnson on Vimeo.

 

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Welcome to the world baby Carson!  Congratulations Tom and Kat!

xoxo,

Carrie