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Family Revisits Their Wedding Venue for Lifestyle Family Photography

The Space Gallery in Denver, Colorado

I’ve been so lucky to have photographed Mandy and Darrin over the years — we met up at Red Rocks for their engagement session before their Space Gallery Denver wedding.

One reason I enjoy Mandy is that she has a pretty clear vision for what she wants during a photo session, and it isn’t typically what other families/couples want. This woman has ideas and she makes them happen! (And if you don’t have an idea for your family photography session–NO WORRIES at all–I can help!)

For example, we took portraits at the City Park Golf Course during her wedding day–she put in the extra effort to get permits, rent golf carts, make it happen. And for this session, she knew she wanted her lifestyle family session to take place at her wedding venue, the Space Gallery.

It was so fun to meet her and Darrin there a few years after their wedding day–what a way to celebrate family and growth and coming full circle. Seeing Darrin walk around the gallery with his daughter was a treat and a blessing. Seeing Mandy and Darrin stand where they exchanged vows, and to have their new baby boy with them–a reminder of just how incredible life is.

Do you have ideas for your next lifestyle family photography session? Contact me to see how we can make them happen together!

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All images © Susannah Storch Photography 2020

How This Lifestyle Family Photography in Denver Session Worked

  1. Mandy is a take charge kind of gal–she called the venue to ensure we could photograph there, and they said yes. Mandy also knew she wanted Santa hats in some of the photos and brought those with her.
  2. Upon arrival, we eased into the session, making sure the baby boy was happy. Food, changing diapers, being calm were all part of bringing it together–this is normal and a-okay!
  3. We played some games to make the photos less stiff and to have a little fun! I photographed the action.
  4. We took some photos of everyone together, before splitting up to allow for a parent to tend to the baby. When we split up, I continued to take photos of Big Sister with a parent. Splitting up the family gives people breaks, which can be a good thing.
  5. I walked around the gallery, looking for good light and photographed the family in these spots. I also photographed the family in key spots where the lighting wasn’t quite as ideal (the area Mandy and Darrin exchanged vows, etc.) so that they would have those memories re-documented.
  6. We headed outside for more photos. I like that this gave Mandy and Darrin a lot of variety in their final gallery. In addition to a plain courtyard, we took advantage of some of the graffiti in the front of the art gallery.
  7. It took a while for the baby to warm up to photographs, but after a bit, he sure did let his smile shine through. Sometimes prolonging a session creates the best results!

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I've been photographing families professionally since 2006. I am a wife, mama to 2 boys, companion to 2 cats who are named after members of the royal British family, a former preschool teacher. I love running, hiking 14ers, sparkly clothes, the band Phish, river float trips, St. John USVI, farm CSAs, and Colorado blue skies.