GALS school

I’ve had the honor of working with GALS school in Denver for the past few years.

Tamika Catchings launches her message to the world, “Catch The Stars”

The keynote speaker at this year’s “On The Move” event was Tamika Catchings, WNBA star with the Indiana Fever, Olympian and all star inspiration to the world around her.   Here’s a great video for their Annual Fundraiser.  I spent several hours capturing behind the scene classroom time, photos with the OMF whiteboards, interviews with students and staff, the school pledge, and my new favorite dance, The Fraction Dance, done during Math Class.

Thanks again to Gypsy Rocker, Melissa Ivey for bringing the music to the kids.

 

 

Time to Shine Guest Blog: Michele

Today’s Guest Blog is from Michele Bourgeois, St. Vrain Valley School District counselor

Be Kind, Have Fun, Give JoyI met Michele while photographing faces for the Give Back Yoga Foundation at the 2013 Hanuman Festival in Boulder, CO.

Meeting Peggy Dyer and the Lyons “Time to Shine Project“, by Michele Bourgeois 

I believe in serendipity is potent.  Most things in life do not happen by accident.  When I met Peggy at the Hanuman Yoga festival, and wandered to her tent intrigued by the One Million Faces project, I immediately felt her radiance.  The genuine embrace that I felt from her– and saw her give to others– embrace and honor of my spirit and person, from a person I’d just met was touching.  And it was joy filled.

 

In that first encounter, after my brief, but invigorating photo shoot, I said to her, “I’m dreaming into a project at one of my schools with you.  I don’t know what or how or when, but we need to stay in touch.”

Then the floods.  Then the chaos.  Then the loss and pain, healing & gains.

I thought of Peggy.  She gives voice to each and all.  She honors the hero in everyone.  She shines bright and she honors the brightness in others.  Not only was everyone impacted on some level by this particular flood, but everyone has their storm, their personal flood, day in and day out.  Peggy’s work and her very presence says to one and all, big and small, “You are seen.  You are heard  What you have to say matters.”

We met and dreamed into this project– dreamed into healing, voice, validation.

As we sing in our SHINE song, “When the light in me sees the light in you, imagine what our love and peace can do.  Sparks grow to flames and flames to fire, joined in peace we take this whole world higher.”  I’m grateful for serendipity– to be blessed to have crossed paths and to see Peggy’s light. I’m thankful that she has helped ignite our flames to fire.  I know that anyone who opens their hearts to take in the beauty of these messages will definitely be taken higher.

Please take a moment and watch and share the Lyons Elementary Thank You Video.

Turbo Sessions

What exactly is a Turbo Session?  I’m so glad you asked!   It’s a super quick photo session with me and can be done either in the studio for $75 or on location for $150.  I can cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time.  It’s a great session for a quick head shot or fun family photo.  The memories from this short 15 minute session lasts a lifetime.

3 Generations photographed on Mother’s Day at the Stanley hotel in Estes Park, CO.

In this video, you get to meet Charlotte, I’ve known her for many years, we met at Mountain’s Edge Fitness Center in Boulder.  Charlotte asked me to come to Estes Park and meet at the Stanley Hotel for a Turbo Shoot with her Daughter, and Mother for Mother’s Day.

I love to ask people to tell me stories, and since it was mother’s day, the story revolves around Mom telling stories.

Thank you to my friend Denver Gypsy Rocker, Melissa Ivey for the soundtrack.

 

2014 Mountain Vista Prom

It’s Prom time again, and  this year’s theme was “Top Gun” The prom was held at Wings Over the Rockies Museum, so you guessed it, I had the coolest background EVER!  An actual JET!

“I feel the need, the need for SPEED”

I’ve been photographing Mountain Vista’s prom for the past several years, they have the option to write their message to the world on the OMF white board, or take the “traditional” prom photo.  I let them get crazy, have fun and really express their individuality.

 

 

 

 

One Year Ago Today

Love is in the air..

I had the honor of being at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s office the moment Civil Unions became legal in the state of Colorado.

I got to be there, camera in hand and offer Free portraits to the new couples.  I remember the buzz of excitement in the air as the rain started to fall on the droves of people already standing in line.  Those of us inside couldn’t wait to open the door and welcome the excited crowd.  Here are a few great shots from the night.

Big Thanks to OutBoulder and everyone who made it all possible.

The Boulder County Clerks still smiling as we near 2:30am

and all the volunteers and people who made this all possible. I LOVE MY JOB!

Check out the rest of the portraits and candid photos