Meeting Beth Heller, Montessori School of Evergreen’s Head of School | Portrait photography in Evergreen Colorado.

I have two kids that attend the Montessori school here in Evergreen and it’s the first school/child care place I’ve taken them where I feel really good leaving them to have a few hours without me. And it’s not just a matter of caring for basic needs.  They’re flourishing and becoming little independent people that can clean up after they eat, hang their coats and kindly take turns. It’s pretty amazing to witness the change. Miracles can and do happen.  And at the head of this magical place, you’ll find Beth Heller. My 4-year-old is certain that Beth is a fairy princess, which is an understandable mistake. She fits the bill with her effervescent personality, great smile and excellent fashion sense. She’s a natural with our children and she also has some great ideas about education and supports new ways to learn. You can read some of Beth’s thoughtful articles on education HERE. You can learn more about Montessori School of Evergreen HERE. We photographed Beth in a few locations around the Troutdale Campus. I love photographing in there – beautiful light, fun colors and textures and patterns, and many cute kids, hard at work. xo,...

Meeting Dr. James Rouse, Naturopathic Doctor, Entrepreneur | Headshot portraits in Evergreen, CO.

Before Dr. James Rouse came to the studio, I’ve never had a client move more than me in a photoshoot. Halfway into our shoot, I had to ask if he needed to take a break, I felt like I’d been pushing him too hard. But he didn’t need to rest – his energy levels were through the roof. I had to keep reminding myself who I was working with here… Dr. James is a powerhouse of productive living. He is a Naturopathic Doctor, an entrepreneur, certified yoga instructor, wellness magazine founder, speaker, author, radio talk show host, QVC Network Wellness Doctor, Ironman triathlete, Dr. James does it all. He speaks with such enthusiasm and conviction about the wellness lifestyle, you come away feeling inspired to take better care of yourself — and to enjoy your life more. This is very true. If you’re like me, you find a kindred spirit in other entrepreneurs – read more about Dr. James in some of his highly regarded endeavors: Optimum Wellness Think. Eat. Move. mix1 Skoop AND…more exciting news… Dr. James and his beautiful wife, Dr. Debra Rouse, have a new book, titled “Think Eat Move Thrive” set to publish in September of this year. You can pre-order your book on Amazon today. The book’s cover photo is by your favorite portrait photographer (cough, ahem, me). Check out some more excellent active portrait photography below. If you’re not inspired to move by the end of this post, I’ll be very surprised. I feel like I’ve been sitting too long writing this post. The beautiful couple: Drs James and Debra Rouse I know I’m going to be picking up a copy –...

Senior Model Season – Class of 2014 | High School Senior Portrait Photographer in Evergreen Colorado.

Our Miss Leah is winding up her senior year at D’Evelyn High School and in the fall will be heading to a small university in Iowa. It’s sad to see these great girls go, but at the same time, so excellent to see them grow and take on the new challenges of life. I’m excited to see where the next few years take Leah!  Some of us are forever nostalgic and need to hold onto the moment. For those who need to cling, here’s a look-back at Leah’s highlight reel from her senior portrait sessions:...

Meeting Jani McCarty, of Love & Light TLC | Evergreen, Colorado Life Coach Portraits.

Jani radiates a warm confidence – she’s the first one to come up and introduce herself at a gathering (this is exactly how I met her!). Her firm-grip handshake tells the story of her ability to connect and to be genuine and compassionate. Jani is a life coach, who calls on her lifetime of experience and the wisdom gained through her own transformation to inspire and encourage her clients. Jani was recently featured in the Evergreen publication, JustAroundHere.com. It’s a great write-up and I’m not going to attempt to out-write a writer, but I will share with you some of my favorite photos from our session! Please comment below and say “hi” to Jani. You can find out more details on working with Jani and upcoming workshops at her website, LoveLightTLC.com xo,...

Portraiture Art – In the River | Creative Art Portraits in Evergreen Colorado

Photoshoot concepts sometimes come with premeditation, sometimes they come on-the-fly. Often, for me, it’s a combination. I’ll hear about some photographers who will fully map out a shoot and have a firm strategy before the shutter snaps once. I think that’s amazing and I wonder if that’s something to aspire to achieve? Maybe. I don’t know if my brain will every be that organized. For this shoot, I had a strong vision going in of exactly what I wanted. And I got it (secret: it’s the fifth image from the top). But then I kept shooting, playing with angles and working with Charistina’s ideas and what she brought to the table (creek, ground, whatever). And I loved these even more. Welcome to images that I love and that were started with a simple idea and then – with intention, conversation, meditation and experimenting with angles and with post-processing became something I will always hold dear.  This shoot was done in collaboration with Charistina Armbruster, an amazing model, creative thinker, and someone who gets things done. She is warm and kind – an all-around wonderful person. The beauty you see here is on par with what she carries inside. I share these images and hope you feel a connection to them as well. The first shot was featured in Vogue Italia’s online publication (very exciting for both Charistina and me!). You can click on the image to visit the Vogue Italia site.     xo, Katy...

Meeting Mary Ayers, Coaching Specialist and Tapping Expert | Portrait Headshots in Evergreen, Colorado

Mary is one of those people who immediately makes you feel comfortable, like an old friend where you pick up a fun conversation with no effort. It makes sense that Mary is in a field where she is helping people. She helps you break through mental blocks and find and live your dreams. Pretty darn amazing.  I’m so glad to have met another great person in Evergreen! You can learn more about Mary and see how she can help you find your path to success at her website: TapIntoAction.com Through Mary, I also met her husband Bruce, who is an amazing acupuncturist. He saved me from some incredible pain from a shoulder injury (these cameras get HEAVY!). I highly recommend him! You can find him sharing an office suite with Mary – these two are an adorable couple. Check out Bruce’s website here: 7MountainsAcupuncture.com xo,...

Artful Intention – Creative shoot with Cindy Gottlob | Portraits in Evergreen, Colorado

She strapped on her $200 tango shoes before stepping into the rocky, swiftly flowing stream…       I love almost every photo session I do. But I have to say the more creative shoots – the ones that push both me and my subjects (and the other creatives that are hard at work behind-the-scenes) to shift our thinking, push our mental boxes a bit wider, and inspire more interesting things, have a special place in my heart. Every time I do these shoots, I’m raising my bar a little higher. We could get into more psychology here, but I’m going to stick to visual things and share images from a creative shoot with Cindy Gottlob. Cindy had a career with the Joffrey ballet and is now a mom, competitive tango dancer, dance instructor, and all-around excellent person with an endless font of creativity.  I’m so thankful to have met her and look forward to doing more with her in the future!  Thanks also to Jennifer Ngo, our hair and makeup artist. She can work both in and out of water.   This shoot provided a wide range of images. We had a good amount of time to play and a long summer evening. We experimented in the studio, in the water, on the trail and in the grass. And those shoes? Cindy said that the water helped shrink them back to a tight, proper fit. Risk-taking has perks! Would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below. What kind of creative shoot would YOU like to see?     xo,...

High School Seniors – Call for Class of 2015 Model Reps | Evergreen Conifer Golden Lakewood High School Senior Photographer

We are now accepting applications for Class of 2015 Senior Model Reps! We need girls (and maybe a few brave dudes) from the Evergreen/Conifer/Golden/Lakewood area to represent our photography studio for your class of 2015. You might be who we’re looking for! Click here to get to the application form.  If you’re debating giving this a try – fill the app out now. Limited time before we start and a limited number of reps for each school! These shots are all from Leah’s in-studio rep shoot last spring. What will your shoot look like?      ...

High School Senior – Call for Class of 2015 Model Reps | Evergreen Conifer High School Senior Photographer

  We are now accepting applications for Class of 2015 Senior Model Reps! We need girls (and maybe a few brave dudes) from the Evergreen/Conifer/Golden area to represent our studio for your class of 2015. You might be just who we’re looking for! Click here to get to the application form.  If you’re debating giving this a try – fill the app out now. Limited time before we start and a limited number of reps for each school! These shots are all from Derrien’s rep shoot last spring. What will your shoot look...