It seems to be taking me forever to write about everything that happened at Leap Retreat. Considering I was only in Colorado for such a short time (literally a weekend!), I have so much I still want to share and finding the headspace to do it is proving difficult owing to this current busy season of birthdays and the run up to Christmas.
I have managed to get a few words down in recent weeks though. Part One, with my thoughts and feelings about my experience at Leap Retreat, is here. Part Two, all about my adventures in Denver, is here. And Part Three, a Mama and Me sunset session, is here.
In this fourth installment I’m sharing my favourite shots from the second photoshoot of the retreat – an indoor lifestyle shoot which took place late morning on the Saturday. We’d all been up for hours, partly due to jet lag (in my case anyway) and also because we’d had a pre-breakfast sunrise headshot session at 6am (more about that in an upcoming post).
At 11am our model family arrived. Mama Jennifer is a photographer herself (you can find her at Jennifer Faris Photography – her work is stunning), her husband Jared is absolutely lovely (and happens to be partially sighted) and their awesome kids Grace, Jack, Luke and Levi were a joy to work with, each completely happy to simply be themselves.
After making our introductions we headed into the prettiest room in our cabin – a gorgeous bedroom with a huge window that flooded the room with natural light. We began with the family all piling on the bed to snuggle, with half of us photographers in the room at a time otherwise it would have been impossible to move in there let alone capture any shots. Before too long the children were itching to get outside and explore so we headed out the back of the cabin into the stunning Colorado landscape and let them do their thing – running, playing, twirling, laughing, loving and connecting.
The love that this husband and wife have for each other is plain to see, even many years of marriage and four children later. I don’t know their backstory but I feel like I don’t need to – the way they look at each other says it all. I loved spending time with them and their family – they were a joy to photograph.
These are my favourite images from their session. It was so difficult to narrow it down to just these few – there were so many I loved. The details are the things I enjoy capturing the most: the little glances exchanged between husband and wife; a small hand holding Dad’s finger; a special smile; a moment between mama and daughter. Those moments matter, so much more than you realise at the time. And I feel very privileged to have been able to capture them.