Denver Family Photographer | Jackson and Mia

I know I say this a lot, but THE very best thing about being a family photographer is getting to watch “my kids” grow.  I started photographing Jackson and Mia when they were newborns. And their parents have trusted me with their portraits at least once a year ever since. Sometimes more than once a year. For some reason, I get a lot of family photography clients with twins. Maybe it’s because my family photography is based on connections and there really isn’t anything more special or amazing than the connection between twins and multiples. Jackson and Mia are SO sweet together. Every year I keep thinking “this is the last time they are going to be this sweet and cooperative. Surely they will start to fight someday!”  But every year, they show up with smiles and giggles and inside jokes between them. I hardly have to pose them at all, they are just so naturally comfortable with each other. Here are a few favorites from their last session as well as a small sampling of years’ past.  To book your own family photography session visit www.eyesmiles.com  We are now scheduling for April in St Louis and March in Denver.

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Though She Be But Little, She is Fierce! | Denver and St Louis Family Videographer

When one of my long time St Louis Family Photography clients told me about this wonderful family, I knew I wanted to help! The P Family is a typical, crazy, big family of six living in St. Louis. Their youngest daughter has been diagnosed with a rare cancer. And they didn’t have any professional family photos. Monica ranks up there as one of my funniest, feistiest clients of the year. This girl had me in stitches!  From the moment the family stepped out of the car at our St Louis Family Photography farm location, I knew I was in for a fun evening. More than that, I could tell that this family was special in the way that they cared for each other and in the sincerity of their appreciation for what I was capturing for them. It was over 100 heat index and I didn’t hear ONE complaint from anyone. Not one.  I think mom and dad (and kids) thanked me no fewer than 20 times throughout the evening. A sincere, two-handed hand grasp and a “look you right in the eyes”  Thank You.  What they may not understand is that they also gifted ME that evening. In the midst of life’s craziness, it was really refreshing to spend an evening just watching them BE. Capturing them being the beautiful family that they are. Love you P Family!

If you would like more information about our Family Videography in Denver and St Louis, please contact us at laura@laura-siebert.com or visit our website

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Vegas Baby! | Denver Photographer

Having been in business as a Denver Photographer for 11 years, I’ve gotten to watch my client’s families grow. One of my St Louis Family Photography clients had a “Vegas Baby” a few years ago. When she told me she was expecting, I was so excited for her family. The baby’s newborn session was so fun because he had older siblings that could really listen and follow directions. I got one of my favorite “newborn with siblings” portraits ever that day. Fast forward to this year’s session. This little dude is exactly what his siblings needed. The Yin to their Yan so to speak. He sure keeps them on their toes! Enjoy this little sampling of St Louis and Denver Family Photography of the M family through the years….

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Watching them Grow! | Denver Family Photographer

One of the best…ok THE best thing about my job is watching my clients grow. As a Denver Family photographer, I get to see tiny newborns grow into inquisitive preschoolers. I get to see spunky little scraped knee’d girls turn into elegant high school seniors. My biggest hope for my business is to one day photograph the CHILD of a previous child client. I know I already have a few kiddos that I photographed as tweens or teens that are married, so hopefully it won’t be long before I’m photographing their newborns and babies! This little guy in particular, I’ve been photographing since he was still baking in the oven! I don’t generally share intimate maternity portraits online but here are some images of him from newborn to now.

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Denver Family and Maternity Storyteller Videography Session

The “A Family” has been trusting me with their family’s memories since they moved here 3 years ago. It’s been a pleasure being their Denver Family Photographer and watching their boys grow over these past years. Now they are welcoming a baby sister into the family and I was really excited that they asked Eyesmiles Photography to document this beautiful and exciting time in their family with an exclusive Storyteller Film.  Capturing their family in traditional still portraits as their photographer AND creating a beautiful short film as their videographer was so, so fun!! I can’t wait to meet their baby girl this month where I will be their Denver newborn photographer. Please enjoy their Storyteller Film below as well as some of my favorite still portraits from their session.


Think you may be interested in a Storyteller Session? Some of the questions I’ve been asked about them:

Q: Our family doesn’t have a “thing” like baseball or horses as a theme for a film. How can we tell a story if we are boring?

A: Your story is in your relationships with one another!! You absolutely don’t have to have a “theme” beyond the fact that you are a beautiful, ever changing family of unique people who love each other. I think documenting who you are to each other, right now…today…is a wonderful “theme” for any film. Like the lyrics to one of my favorite songs “The years are flashing by and everything will change. But way down deep inside – we all just stay the same.”

Q: My kids can be turds for photos. How on earth will they behave for a film?

A: If you’ve ever had a session with me you already know this but I’ll say it anyway. My sessions are SO not like a normal photo session. We are relaxed, we have fun, we play games. And somehow, even when you think it’s going terribly, I always get amazing images. I’m finding the same goes for films. Yes, there will be tantrums if you have younger kids. Yes, your son may throw dirt on your daughter and she may punch him in the nose for it. But these less memorable moments can be edited out of your final film. Also, audio is not part of your final film, unless I want it to be in certain moments. So don’t worry about it. I purposely filmed “hard families” all summer so I would be prepared for anything. Families with lots of kids, families with lots of YOUNG kids, families with lots of kids AND dogs, families with kids with special needs… I’m READY for your family, I promise!

Q: How long does a Storyteller Session take? How can you get quality portraits and a quality film?

A: As I mentioned above, we have done this for many “harder” families and we are good! On some shoots, I have a second videographer and on others, I do it all myself. I am great at what I do and I/we can do a complete Storyteller Session in about 90 min, give or take a little depending on the age and number of the kids. But we’ve done families of up to 6 in 90 minutes.

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Global Down Syndrome Foundation Photographer

For several days over the summer I had the pleasure, once again, to photograph the models for the 2016 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show and Auction at my Denver Family Photography Studio.   These wonderful kids and young adults always have SO much fun getting professional headshots done and practicing their runway walks.  They are some of the bravest and strongest people I know.  With appearances every year by Jamie Foxx and his sister, DeOndra Dixon as well as other hollywood celebs and local sports celebs with huge hearts and ties to the Down Syndrome community, the annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself fashion show is THE place to be this November 12th! You can read more about the organization and event at www.bebeautifulbeyourself.org

If you are a Denver or St Louis community member and would like to learn more about an awesome opportunity to fund raise for your organization (school, church, charity, sports team, etc) through family photography, email me for more information about a really cool fundraiser project I’m offering. web all models 2016

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Storyteller Sessions! Family Videography- Denver and St Louis

I’ve been MIA the past month because I’ve been working SO hard on getting this new, exclusive session offering ready for you! New “Storyteller Sessions” are now available for booking! Portraits are a wonderful and concrete way to preserve your family’s memories. They make beautiful custom photo albums and priceless heirloom wall gallery pieces.  The Storyteller Session takes these memories one step further. We create a beautifully, custom edited short film of your family, and include it with your Storyteller Session. Want to remember that silly face that Joel made when he was annoyed with Bailey? Or the beautifully awkward gait of your blooming tween who is growing at the speed of light? The laughter of your kids when they were temporarily forgetting that they were supposed to be fighting over who’s turn it was to wash the dishes?

These family short films are exclusive  to Eyesmiles Photography in the Denver and St Louis metro areas. Because of their custom nature and the time involved to create them, we can only book a few each month. We are already booking them for as late as November so if you are at all interested in these, please contact us as soon as possible. If you have a session already booked for 2016 and would like to ADD a Storyteller film, please also let us know asap so we can be sure to plan enough time. Storyteller Sessions take approx 2 hours and result in 25-35 portraits AND your Storyteller Film.

Here is an example of a Family Storyteller Film. Enjoy!!

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First Pointe Shoes Photography Session- Ballet Portrait

Since my younger son started ballet a few years ago, we’ve been blessed to meet so many wonderful friends. When one of our homeschool/ballet friends received that long awaited news that she was ready for pointe shoes, I had to help document that for her. My large, Denver natural light warehouse studio is the perfect place to showcase ballet dancers’ grace and strength.  I had miss M come in with her hair down and we photographed (and filmed-more on that later) with her hair down and while she prepped her hair and makeup. One of the things I love about ballet is the discipline required and the maturity and self-reliance that comes with it. I loved capturing miss M’s independence and pride as she prepped and put on her shoes. “No moms required”

Once she was ready, we captured dance portraits of her in action as well as some beautiful arabesque audition photos and dancer headshots. I also thought it was important to get some beautiful non-action posed portraits of her at this age. No doubt her beauty and talent will continue to grow and it will be such a wonderful heirloom keepsake to have when she is older.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to a new product/service I will be offering starting in late June. Storyteller Sessions result in, not only beautiful portraits, but a professionally, artistically edited short film of your dancer (or children or family).  I will be posting much more about these sessions soon. But in the meantime, you can enjoy miss M’s short film here:  Denver Dance Photographer- Miss M Short Film

If you have a young ballet dancer in Denver, especially one who is getting her first pair of pointe shoes soon, consider booking one of these personal ballet portrait sessions for her.  Flowers are a wonderful sentiment, but these images and film will be something to cherish for years and years to come.  Please email me at laura@laura-siebert.com to find out more information about Denver dancer photography Sessions.

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What’s Your Spark? | Child and Family Portrait Photographer

One of the coolest things to do as a child and family portrait photographer is to “bring out the awesome” in each of my clients.  I feel like my job is 70% psychology/human interaction and 30% technical expertise.  I pride myself in being able to find that “spark” in even the most introverted people.  Everyone has that certain something that really brings out the spark. It might be a hobby you are passionate about or a special pet or talking about a loved one.  And when I click with someone and “IT” comes out, I know I’ve done my job as a portrait photographer.  Usually it’s a subtle shift in a person’s outward expressions but it’s there and I notice it.  On a recent trip to St Louis to shoot some family and child photography sessions, I encountered such a cool shift I had to share.  I’ve been photographing Miss Merus since she was 2 years old. She is a sweet, quiet, thoughtful  little soul and has always required a little coaxing to bring out that inner light in photographs.  When she shines, she really shines (you can see her inner light in the Mothering Magazine cover).  But here’s the really cool part. When she was 6, her mom was happily surprised and blessed with twin daughters. Little sisters for Merus.  During our last session, I was photographing Merus alone and having a little trouble letting her light out.  Until I asked her to help with her sisters.  Oh it was so beautiful to see her transition. Anyone can see that her “spark” is being a big sister. And she is such a great one. Look at the transition in her photographs from the beginning of the session to the sister part.

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I’m Not Ready! | A Perspective from a Denver Family Photographer

As a St. Louis and Denver family photographer, one of the most heartbreaking things to me is to hear a parent say “I’m not photo ready right now. Let’s just do a kids session this year.”  I hear you and I really do get it. I feel the same way myself! But I think what people are missing is the big picture. You’ve probably seen the meme with the old photo that says “If you think pictures aren’t important, wait until that’s all you have left.”  What are you leaving your children? TONS of photos of them as they grow, thanks to iphones and androids. Probably many more than we ever had as kids. Lots of  phone videos of their various school plays, and some silly snap chat photos with your faces swapped. But are you leaving them with tangible memories of YOU? Will they have actual printed and framed photos that they can cherish long after you are no longer with them? One of my favorite things to capture in a family photography session is the way a parent looks at their child. The unfiltered joy and pride that a parent has for their child is something special.  YOU know that you feel this way, and you probably look at them 20 times a day with such expressions. But THEY don’t see it.  As a grown adult, how special are family photos with your parents in them? Especially photos where you get to see your parents looking at you with such joy.  Think about that the next time you tell yourself you aren’t photo ready right now. When will you be? Are you going to get these years back?

One Response to “I’m Not Ready! | A Perspective from a Denver Family Photographer”

  1. Jen

    I am so thankful for the photos you took two years ago of my family. I am the family documentarian, and because of that, I am always the one taking the photos and hence am in none of them. And, like you say in your blog post, I didn’t feel 100% photo ready at the time you took our photos but I did it anyway. I was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in Novemeber, and while I have a lot of fight in me and hope, I don’t know what the future holds. I am so glad my family has beautiful family photos, including some of just me and my daughter, that you took for us. They are my favorite photos ever. I know my family will love them for years and years to come.

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