About 6 months ago, I received a phone call. The woman on the other end wanted to buy a gift certificate for a young family she knew for a newborn photo session. The family had just had a baby and had gone to a local “photography mill” ( my name for a volume studio such as Target or JC Penney) and they were not too thrilled with the final product. The couple was very discouraged and the lady on the phone knew that if she didn’t investigate some other photographers for them, that they would probably never get about to finding a Denver family photographer, given they had a newborn at home. Shortly after the phone call, the mom of baby called me and we had a nice long chat about what she was looking for in a photo shoot. She was feeling tired, discouraged by her other photographer experience and we decided that maybe it would be best to wait and take a family shoot when her little guy was 6 months.

I’m so glad we waited! The resulting pictures came out great and her little ones were so cute and expressive! We headed over to Bluff Lake Nature Center, a favorite of both mine and many Denver parents, right before sunset. The light was spectacular and the kids were adorable. I loved that big sister liked to take care of her little brother. He had so much energy–I just loved it. Mom and dad said life sure has changed since having a second and, being a mom of two myself, I could definitely relate!

One of the reasons I love my job as a family photographer is working with kiddos and seeing different personalities shine through. Little Rhett (the 6 month old) was very chilled out and, even at 6:30 at night, seemed like a really happy baby. And big sister Erin was cute and mischievous, grinning ear to ear for most of our hour together and she never uttered a word of complaint. Congratulations on your family of four, D family!




Melissa Downham runs Z. Noelle Photography and is a natural light Denver family photographer. The studio also works with children, newborns and extended family.