The Boys
08.04.14

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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.

  1. Megan
    August 5, 2014

    Julie! These are incredible! I can feel their spirit of exploration and youth. The boy holding the firewood…wow!!!

  2. August 6, 2014

    Magic. As the mama of a boy, these images stir up so much tenderness for me. You captured so many perfect little moments!

  3. Maggie
    September 12, 2014

    Julie, I’ve seen some of these images on Facebook, but this is the first time I’ve looked at all of them on your site.
    My heart swells with love, as I see through your eyes, so much love and mystery and awe in these boys.
    Keep doing this!

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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.