These two are so stinkin' cute together!! Sneak peek engagement shoot from this past weekend! <3
A rainy wedding day mixed with lots of living tears! Such a sweet, sincere couple!
You can’t ever go wrong with a wedding in Keystone, CO :) . The VIEWS!!!!! WHOA!
Disclaimer: (1) This is not meant to be judgmental or make you feel guilty. I am 46-years-old and this is a slow, methodical, work-in-progress. (2) Living on 1.5 incomes (my hubby works full-time and I work part-time and am a stay-at-home-parent), it’s an investment upfront. To help soften the upfront costs, I ask for the reusable items for presents when I can and the other items I buy when we have a little extra money, like when we get our tax returns!
In addition to being a photographer, I put a lot of effort into being kind to the earth, environmentally friendly, organic, etc. Since we live on 1.5 incomes (for the most part), it can be daunting and expensive to live this way. Sometimes I get discouraged and think, I need to do more, but I can’t afford it or to be honest, I just don’t know where to start. There is SO much that we do out of convenience and we’ve been trained to just throw it away (out of site, out of mind)…UGH….but sadly, it’s killing animals and our planet, so really, it’s not out of mind and we can’t ignore it anymore.
So I decided to document what I HAVE done lately rather than focus on what I haven’t done. This has been done over time, and I have SO many other things to conquer, but here is part of my quest to go plastic-free (or as free as possible) in my home!
Plastics are BAD for the earth, and if you want to learn more just Google it - you’ll find all kinds of reasons to avoid plastics. Almost everything you buy is in plastic. Sure, we can recycle it (mostly) BUT recycling facilities are becoming overwhelmed, so what do we do? Well, we make conscious choices BEFORE we buy. Say whuuuut? Well, take a look at things we’ve swapped out in our house to eliminate the need to even recycle.
Please Note: these prices are estimates from Amazon and may vary depending on quantity and size. We buy a lot of these products from “Zero Waste or Bulk Stores” - you may not have these in your area, but you can buy stuff online if you want. Check out this one located in Colorado https://www.thezeromarket.com
Yep, we’ve all seen the pictures of trash dumps filling up with the popular K-cups cups. To learn more about why you should stop using them, check this out https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/k-cups-are-bad
This is a GREAT way to eliminate plastic liquid soap/facial scrub/lotion dispensers for ever! Small investment upfront, but it saves money in the end - AND it’s kind to the earth!
Glass Tupperware! Yes, I know the lids are plastic, so consider this a work-in-progress. If you have a solution for the lids, please let me know :)
These are one of my FAVORITE new finds! Yea, they are pricy upfront, so I asked for a bunch for my birthday and Christmas! They are dishwasher safe too! Buy a few at a time and just wash them until you have an ample supply. The “Stasher” brand (the blue one below) are the best and don’t leak!
Basically STOP BUYING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES! Sorry, but this has been a known problem for decades…metal water bottles are all the rage anyway and they’re SO much prettier/fun!
Straws…yep, it’s a newer discovery, but plastic straws wreak havoc on our oceans and wildlife. Unless you have alternative needs and have to use straws and/or if your kids can’t live without them, try stainless steel straws. You can also buy bamboo and paper straws too - it’s nice to have choices, huh?
Yes, this is made of plastic (boo) and until I can find one that’s not, it will just have to do. These water filters are great b/c they filter out all the crap in tap water, but this one also ionizes the water (creates more alkaline water). If you’re not sure about the benefits of ionized/alkaline water, Google it - you’ll be amazed! Plus, this also eliminates the need to buy individual plastic water bottles :)
The engagement shoot that almost wasn't (due to weather). However, what's that old saying, "Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain (or snow)."
Congrats to the St. Martins! The whole day was perfection!
Once the excitement and the energy of the wedding subsides and you’re settling into your new lives together, it’s time to think about wedding albums!
These albums are professional and will last a lifetime! With so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming, but that is why I am here - to make it smooth and easy!
We do this together and you can have as little or as much input as you want . Below are the various ways you can customize your album so that it fits your life and makes you smile even when you look at it 50 years later!
First, choose your album style…
Choose the Tuscany Classic Album if you want a padded cover in premium leather or leatherette.
Other features include tucked cover corners, a library spine and an optional cameo window in some sizes.
10x10 leatherette base album starts at $350. (Premium add-ons available.)
A wraparound photo cover combined with our top-notch album pages make the Echo Album a modern heirloom. Print your Echo Album cover on smooth or canvas with a matte or gloss laminate. Album pages are handmade with flush-mounted photographic prints. These thick, rigid pages are perfect for clients seeking traditional elegance and substance.
10x10 base album starts at $400. (Premium add-ons available.)
The Sierra Album epitomizes modern luxury with its 13x9.5" size, rounded spine in supple black leather and show-stopping metal cover. We flush-mount photographic prints to the edge of thick, no-warp pages. Clients can see and feel the difference instantly. Sierra is packaged in our Standard Album Box.
13x9.5 base album starts at $500. (Premium add-ons available.)
Various add-ons options (options and prices may vary depending on album choice):
Page style (depending on the page layout, you can have one picture per page or a collage of 3-5 per page)
Black leaf imprinting
Custom photo boxes
Other album sizes available too!
Never heard of some of these options? No worries, once we’re done with your album, you will :)
I LOVE big family photoshoots! This was a fun one done back in Chicago while visiting over the holiday :)
I use this location in Golden a lot and I NEVER get tired of it! It's seasonal, it's quaint and it never disappoints! Cheers to this cute family and their spunky, adorable kiddo :)
Today, I got to spend the afternoon with this beautiful soul…Namaste
Thank you to the Macaroni Kid - Thornton, Westminster, Northglenn for inviting Soulshine Photography to capture some pretty amazing holiday moments! With permission, here are a two families that took part in the day :)
Working with young children requires everyone to have a solid imagination! And sometimes, my lens captures some of the magic!
A truly sweet and genuine couple! I can't wait to photograph their wedding next May!
Some people make headshots SO easy to capture…
Sneak peek from my wedding yesterday! Love, photography and the BEST music make me a happy photographer :)
To say we’re lucky to live in such a BEAUTIFUL place is an understatement! This engagement shoot was pure perfection - location, weather and definitely the couple! I can’t wait to shoot their wedding next summer!
I am so excited to travel to Ohio next summer for this amazing couple’s wedding! Having them in Colorado for their engagement shoot was a special treat too!
I couldn’t have asked for a more fun, laid back and kind couple! We played in the mountains during the whole cocktail hour WITHOUT regret! See why??