Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Engagement/Wedding Sessions, 2010

Love is in the air, and wedding season is almost upon us.  If you are recently engaged and looking for a wedding photographer, look no further.  With my attention to detail, and watching for those special moments between you and your loved one,  I know you will be thrilled with the images I present you with.

Book your wedding with me during the month of March and you will receive a FREE engagement session!  Once we get your engagement portraits done, we can design some fantastic Save the Date cards to send out to all your friends and family, to announce your engagement and wedding.

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and you shouldn't trust your Uncle Joe with the nice camera to capture the moments and memories from the day.  You spend thousands on the dress, the flowers, the food, etc....  the only thing that will remain after the day is over, are your portraits.  Trust a professional--trust me.  Call me today so we can sit down and custom design a package that works for you!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My Birthday....

It is the eve of my 46th birthday... Yes, you heard me...I am admitting that tomorrow I will be turning 46.  I am middle-aged...when did that happen?  Actually for me to be middle-age, I would have to be able to live to be 92.  Will it happen?  I hope so, but only if I am still energetic (who am I kidding??  I'm not energetic now!  Lol...) and healthy (healthy, I am!).  If not, please take me home, Sweet Jesus, before I no longer remember who I am, or who my children are.  Let's take a walk down memory lane, if you don't mind...

I've seen a lot in my 46 years of life...  When I was born, most, if not all, photography was in black and white.  The only pictures I have as a baby are in black and white, so I'm assuming that's all there was!  This is a picture of my hero...my protector...my beloved Grandpa, holding me when I was a newborn baby.  I adored him!  He went home to be with the Lord 33 years ago, almost to the day.  I miss him terribly!  I dream about him occasionally....I dream I go to visit him at his childhood home, and I am introducing him to my daughters.  Weird, I know, but I wish they could have known him.  He taught me to ride a bike.  He made me cool and wonderful things in his woodshop.  He took me to work at Safeway (he was a butcher there) to show me off to all his co-workers.  We went to the dump together in his green Ford pickup.  We used to sit together on Saturday nights and watch The Lawrence Welk show together.  Did I mention I adored my Grandpa?!

 My mom was a single mom back when very few women were single moms.  I have a lot of respect for her, especially now that I am walking that walk.  I have greater respect for her, though, because she had two small children and no one to help her out.  She worked a lot of different jobs to keep my brother and me fed and clothed and taken care of.   She spent a lot of hours at a sewing machine, crafting me clothes that looked like boutique bought clothing.  It didn't matter if she didn't have a lot of money...we always looked nice!  Once a month she would take my brother and me to McDonalds for a special treat.  That was back when McDonalds had the golden arches as part of their architecture---I miss those golden arches.  Mom got remarried when I was around 6.  He IS my dad.  He has provided for me, taken care of me, loved me as his own for all these years.  I am forever grateful and thankful to the Lord for bringing this man, my dad, into my life.

This is my older brother, Larry.  We used to share a bedroom.  He was a pain, but I knew he loved me.  One of my favorite Christmas memories was the year after my grandpa had passed away.  The year before he had gotten sick, he (my grandpa) had started to craft me some beautiful doll furniture.  He was only able to finish the bedroom set.  It was the best!  Well, on that particular Christmas, my brother built me a dollhouse to put the bedroom set in.  He had made it in woodshop.  He was a chip off the old block! (You knew it had to be said!)  The house was awesome...2 and a half stories high.  My mom bought furniture to put in the other rooms, but the two best rooms were the bedroom and the nursery because that is where my beloved furniture went.  I still have that dollhouse and the furniture.  It is packed away.  I would occasionally bring it out for my daughters to look at, but they couldn't touch.  I wish now I had let them play with it.

I am pretty sure I got my love of photography from my mom.  She was always taking pictures of us on her little Brownie camera.  I remember it was so cool to look through the viewfinder because everything was upside down!  I think she had 1 or 2 albums of my baby pictures, and that was before I turned one.  Now if you go to her house, the amount of photo albums is astonishing.  I lost count at 30, I believe... Every year she also had a professional portrait taken of each one of us....those portraits are still hanging on a wall in her house.  One for each one of us, for every year since 1958(or whenever we were born--1964 for me) until our high school senior picture.  Actually, I think she also has one of each of our wedding portraits as well. After mom and dad got married they added two more kids to the group, Rob and Jennifer.  It was definitely a full house.

Anyway...back to everything I've seen in my life.... I was alive during the "hippie/free love" years.  Thankfully, I was too young to really know it was happening and it had no profound effect on me.  I was alive when John Kennedy was shot (well, I was in my mom's uterus, but I was alive, I don't care what Planned Parenthood says).  I was alive through Watergate, the Brady Bunch (LOVED them!), The Partridge Family(I was supposed to marry David Cassidy, ya' know....did someone even mention it to him?!), Gilligan's Island, the Osmond Brothers (when the whole David Cassidy thing didn't happen, Donny became my future husband...why did none of this get mentioned to these men???  Too bad we didn't have Facebook back then....I'm sure they would have gotten the message!).  I have lived through 9 presidential administrations.  I was alive when Michael Jackson's skin was black, for Heaven's sake!   I lived back when there were only 3 stations on TV, no internet, no Facebook, no cell phones...can you imagine?!  How did we manage to have relationships?!?  We TALKED to one another!   I miss that.  I miss that for my daughters.  I miss that my daughters would rather type to someone than talk to them.  I miss hour long conversations on the phone with my BFF, Paula (even though we had just spent all day together at school)...well we did have to discuss what we were wearing the next day, and gossip about that stupid girl that was hanging all over a certain guy named Steve at our high school.  I lived through big hair and big pants (parachute pants rule!  Lol..just kidding...)I lived through several bouts of the economy tanking....and guess what, we are all still here!  We are all still alive.

I lived through the birth of all 3 of my beautiful daughters.  I lived through 21 years of marriage (22, if we don't make the divorce final this year.), and now I am living through a divorce.  It's not a fun place to be at 46 years of age.   It's not where I imagined myself 25 years ago.  I imagined my life with my Prince Charming, and my beautiful princesses, living in a golden castle on the hill...then real life kicked in.  My Prince Charming didn't turn out as charming as I had hoped.  I wasn't the Queen that I had pictured in my mind's eye, but my daughters are 3 beautiful princesses!  1 out of 3 ain't bad, I guess...  God has promised me a future though, and I plan to make the best of it.  I've squandered my life for 45 years, so the next 45 will be different.

Through it all, I have my Savior, my family and my friends.  Tomorrow I will be 46 and all is well... (Plus my 11 year old just came in and informed that "46 is the new 21"....)  Did I say I have very smart children??  Yes, all is well....

Monday, January 18, 2010


If you are getting married, or know someone that is getting married, Monica Bryant Photography is now offering wedding photography. While I have done weddings in the past, I haven't actively advertised weddings. Well, after much praying and seeking, I feel that now is the time for me to start shooting weddings!

My style is your style! If you want traditional wedding shots....I will shoot traditional. If you tend to like more non-traditional things, then I will shoot non-traditional. I love letting my creativity flow, and love knowing exactly what you want. This is YOUR wedding day....I want you to have the memories the way you want them.

If you are interested in talking with me about your wedding, please contact me at (719) 475-1755. I'd love to sit down with you and discuss your plans.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Kevin, Chrissy and Linkon...Urban Family 2009

What can I say about this adorable family?  I met Kevin and Chrissy when we started attending their church last year.  I noticed their adorable baby, Linkon in church one morning and knew that I just had to take his picture!  I took his one year portraits a few months back, and when Chrissy asked me to take family portraits for them, I was thrilled!  They were so fun and so willing to try some new shots I wanted to try.  Linkon did a great job posing, and Kevin and Chrissy were pretty great too!

Nicole and Dave, Engagement Session

This is a special couple to me.  Nicole is my cousin's daughter, and my daughter's best friend.  I have watched Nicole grow from a tiny baby with loads of black hair and gorgeous olive skin, to a beautiful young Christian woman.  I was so happy to hear that she found her "Prince Charming" in Dave.  I actually met him for the first time at this session.  He is a wonderful guy and I wish the best for them!  I can't wait to shoot their wedding in August!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Coughlin Family, 2009

I love this family and was so excited when mom, Traci, called me to see if I could take her family's picture for Christmas cards this year.  I met Traci and her son, Aaron, this summer when I took Aaron's senior pictures.  Traci is one of those people that you feel like you've known all your life even though you just met her!  She is so sweet and such a great person!

I met the family at Monument Valley Park on a VERY cold Colorado afternoon.  It had just snowed a few days before and the temperature was 19 degrees!   I have to hand it to them, they were real troopers!  I had a coat, hat and fingerless gloves on, and was still freezing!  I figured they'd be wearing their coats, but Traci insisted they not wear them!  This was one of the quickest sessions I've ever done, but only due to the temperatures (my camera batteries froze right after I finished this session!  Even the ones in my pocket were frozen!).   The Coughlins are a lovely family and I think their portraits reflect that!

Johnna, Senior 2010

I thought senior season was over, but got a call from the mom of a senior that attends a boarding school in Michigan.  Sadie asked if I could photograph her daughter, Johnna while she was home for Thanksgiving break.  I was kind of hoping for a snowy setting, but the day arrived and it was a beautiful Colorado afternoon.

Not only was Johnna beautiful, but she is very smart and wants to be a doctor.  I enjoyed meeting Sadie, Johnna and her dad.  I think the portraits turned out beautiful, but how could I go wrong with the subject I was shooting?