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The Boys

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For a while I have been working on a personal project to document these boys in their beautiful state of play. They are workers.  They spend countless hours collecting, moving, hammering and stacking various materials.  In their four year old minds rocket ships and rat traps and squirrel houses and remote controlled cars are being constructed.  And they are satisfied when the work is done and their newly configured pile of materials is still just a pile of materials.   It’s an amazing, creative process that I think represents everything childhood should be.  I wanted my images to capture the essence of these fleeting moments of childhood.  The imagination.  The innocence.  The exploration.  I don’t think I’m quite there yet, but I still love these images and the sweet story they tell of three best pals doing what they love.  Some images are shot on the Hasselblad and some are digital.

Boulder Newborn Portraits


Oh sweet Colette! What a treat it was to meet you and take your newborn portrait.  You are lucky to have the greatest parents.  I am excited to see you all again when you are sitting up.

Maternity Studio Portraits


How lovely it is to photograph a couple on their wedding day and then have the chance to document their journey into parenthood.  Angel has incredible creative vision and she knew she wanted her pregnancy portraits to be simple, natural and classic.  I recently painted the studio grey and have been really pleased with the results of the window light and soft background.  It’s so fun to collaborate with clients to create the perfect collection of images.  Congratulations Patrick and Angel!  I can’t wait to meet your little bundle.

Newborn Studio Session


Oh the sweetness! Newborn photography has stolen my heart these last few weeks.  I have been lucky enough to photograph so many sweet babes which of course allows me to hold, rock, soothe and snuggle.  Being a part of this special time in a family’s life has always been such a gift, but now especially, as we await the arrival of our little bundle.  Thank you to Jessie, Christy and baby Alexander for letting me get in close.

Snowy Maternity Session



A beautiful Boulder winter day and a sweet couple expecting a baby boy.

Winter Boulder Portraits {Axel and his new puppy}



A sweet 4 year old and his adorable new puppy…in the snow.  I have to admit that I was a little intimidated, but it’s usually the shoots that are the most unpredictable that yield the greatest reward (and the most fun.) I have never claimed to be a pet photographer, but this relationship was certainly as endearing as capturing two siblings playing in the snow.  So, bring on your puppies, kitties, bunnies and pet frogs!

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Studio Maternity Portraits



A beautiful belly lit by a window. It’s a simple maternity portrait, but just right if you ask me. Thank you to this sweet mama who allowed me to use these photographs here.  What a gift to be a part of her wedding celebration and her transition to motherhood.  I am excited to meet her baby boy very soon.

Story of Boys {Lake Tahoe}



Not too long ago, I had the chance to shoot for several days in Lake Tahoe.  Each family was willing to let me see a true slice of their life and I am so so thankful.  These sessions were so inspiring for me.  New, beautiful, landscapes. Time around fresh water. Jumping off rocks and docks.  Time with new friends who feel like old friends.  Families being connected. What emerged from my time on the lake was a new vision for family photography that involves more storytelling.  More authenticity.  More vulnerability.  These shots of the boys playing in Donner Lake are just so fun.  They make me feel a place deep in my heart that reminds me of the best moments of childhood.  And that is what I want my job to be all about.  Documenting the fleeting moments of childhood.

Baby Boy {Outdoor Family Portraits}


What a treat it was to spend time with Rachel Hagen (owner of Talia Events) and her family.  Rachel is one of the most genuine and lovely people I have met through my work in the wedding world.  I always feel like her brides are so lucky to have her as she brings a calm, grounded energy to every event.  Well, obviously her sweet babe is truly the lucky one.  A beautiful mama she is!


The closest thing to a lake- Boulder Family Portraits


Fresh water. Wet hair.  Laughter and delight. Late afternoon light. It’s just the boulder reservoir, but it could be any lake in the world.

Wedding and family photographer, Julie Afflerbaugh lives with her husband and two adventurous boys in Boulder, Colorado. For more than 10 years, she has worked as a professional photographer in Colorado capturing natural images of weddings and families in beautiful outdoor locations. Her approach to photographing newborns, children, families and weddings is to encourage her subjects to be present in the moment and forget the camera is there. The results are images that are relaxed, playful and real. Julie has earned a reputation as a premier wedding photographer in Boulder, Colorado and is available for travel to her favorite destinations. Get in touch if you are planning a crested butte wedding, a steamboat springs wedding or a Lake Tahoe wedding.