Let the Kids Run Wild


As I write, my son Liam and his best pal are streaking naked around the yard spraying the hose and hollering like wild animals.  This is summer at our house.  I live for these wide open days with nothing on the calendar and endless hours of bare feet in the grass. We eat watermelon until our cheeks are stained pink and come inside only to sleep at the end of a long and fulfilling day of exploring.  Like most parents, my favorite family photos are the ones captured during these fleeting months of summer.  There are so many great opportunities for storytelling in the unscheduled everyday moments (not to mention the camping trips or family reunions on the lake). So, I encourage you to take out your cameras (a smart phone will do) and let the kids run wild. Here is my list of most photogenic summer activities: sprinkler play, garden tending, nature collecting, stick and rock painting, late evening neighborhood walks, river wading, campfire building, backyard camping, popsicle eating, shady picnics, berry picking.  

If you are looking for some inspiration to elevate your summer snapshots, check out these wonderful blogs:

lamblovesfox.com: a mother uniquely documents her two sweet kiddos everyday for a year

artifactuprisingblog.com: beautiful imagery for adventure seekers

kidswerehere.wordpress.com: creative photographs of the everyday details

childhoodunplugged.com: inspiring images of kids doing what they are made to do, play

Summer Studio Hours: Our new baby will be arriving at the end of June and the studio will be closed for July and part of August.  We will start booking fall shoots, which typically fill up very fast, the second week of August.  Please drop me a line if you would like to reserve a date.

Save the Date for Fall Photo Camp: September 26 and 27.  Fall photo camp was a wonderful success and our class offerings are ever growing. Visit www.photo-camp.com for more information and be sure to visit the blog for more inspiring photography tips.

Happy Summer!!

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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.