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It was Scarlett's Fifth Birthday, and she and her parents were going to be up in the mountains for a quick break from the hustle + bustle. To celebrate, we did what I consider one of the best types of portrait sessions *ever*: a Father-Daughter shoot! Watching Scarlett and her dad in front of the camera melted my heart. They are both so genuine, happy and just as goofy as the other! 

Maybe it's because my career in photography started with the unconditional support and inspiration my own dad gave me when I was younger. Maybe it's because I'm a sucker for father-daughter moments. {Maybe it's both!} Regardless, photographing these two sparked something in me, and I can't wait to shoot more of these Father-Daughter sessions soon!

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I've been doing a lot of reflecting and reminiscing on a whole lot of really amazing and fun things that I don't always talk about. So I thought I'd share! You might know some of the things below, and others might be new. Here's a little peek into the smile behind the lens:

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1. In 2015, I sang with the Summit Choral Society of Colorado {along with a huge group of other choirs from across the country} at Carnegie Hall. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Also, I definitely almost cried mid-song!

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2. I almost chose a career path in digital imaging {think professional Photoshopper}! I loved it when we learned more about it in school, and ended up being pretty darn good and quick at it. After doing an in-depth project on digital imaging in the media, though, I decided I'd rather work with real people in real-life situations instead of altering reality - no matter how fun the projects could be!

3. I learned how to row crew on Lake Dillon. I've been away from it for a few seasons now, and think it's about time to start again. Early 5:00 AM mornings are tough, but it's all worth it to see the sun rise over the Continental Divide on a lake of glass... Also: talk about best workout ever!

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4. I moved to Colorado without a job. I guess I had some gumption I didn't even realize at the time... I had interviewed for a position a few months prior to moving, and was told, "Call me when you move here." No official promise for a job. So, on day two I called, and day three I went to work! I just knew I wanted to be here, and was ready to make it work one way or another.

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5. Sometimes, I like to write. It usually ends up as poetry. They're shorter poems, little snippets of a moment, like a snapshot. I want to be better at sharing this creative side of me, so here goes...

6. I graduated from college with two degrees: BA in Photography & BA in Spanish Language. I was fluent in Spanish; it came naturally to me and I really liked writing it {I even wrote some Spanish poems!}. I use one of my degrees for my career, and am excited to travel more and use my language skills again.

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7. I'm a total INFP. Interestingly, though, my Introvert side is only about 2% greater than the extrovert side today, which has changed drastically from 10 years ago {i.e. I've become more extroverted over time!}. That being said, nothing resets my soul like a good, quiet evening at home with the pets and a movie or a good book.

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8. I was born on Halloween {you might already know this.} Also: I hate scary movies with a passion!! For some reason, when I was younger, people around me always seemed really surprised to hear this. There was an assumption that, because my birthday was on a "scary holiday," I must love all of the movies associated with it! Nope. Not. A. Chance. Sometimes, I have nightmares just watching trailers for PG-13 scary movies...!

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9. Board games are my favorite! I grew up playing board games & cards at our lake house with family and any guests that got tricked into it, too. Some of my favorites now: Clue, Settlers of Catan, Apples to Apples + Code Names.

10. This guy has my whole heart, save for a little room for our kitty + pup. He's my best friend and my most amazing supporter. {I'm sure you knew this already, but I had to add it in!} We're so super excited for our wedding next March and can't wait to see what the next adventures bring!

Now's your turn - what have you done that surprised you, made you stronger, taught you a lesson or was just plain awesome?!

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@COMtnPhotog
Emily@KeepingComposurePhoto.com

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While they were visiting Colorado, he proposed at Sapphire Point Overlook on a blustery, cloudy mountain day. Before the end of vacation, they decided to book an engagement session at the same location as the proposal. We lucked out with a gorgeous, sunny, bluebird day to help them create lasting memories and celebrate the next exciting adventures together!

Newly engaged? Book your engagement session with me today + let's celebrate your next beautiful adventure together!

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The original day we had scheduled for their maternity session, it was blowing like crazy and so so SO cold outside! Thankfully, we opted to give Mother Nature her space, and when we rallied the next week, we were welcomed with a gorgeous spring sun. This party of two {+ Zues!} is about to get a little bigger, and I can't wait to see what's in store for this family's next adventures together!

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After their rainy wedding took away some chances at beautiful outdoor photos, K+P decided to do another portrait session together while visiting Breckenridge on their honeymoon {yay!}. They started in their wedding attire, which was stunning against the blue skies and white, snowy ground. It was *cooold* though, so we switched outfits pretty quickly and went somewhere away from the lake {read: warmer}. Giggles, laughter, chuckles, downright hilarious moments - their humor shines through in their photos!! Congratulations again!

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We got lucky with one of the best snowfalls of the season for J+M's backdrop at their engagement session. They're just starting their new adventures together in Evergreen, Colorado, so we stayed close to home for their photos {no need to go far for beautiful scenery!}. I can't wait to help these to celebrate their wedding at Copper Mountain later this summer!

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Weather in Summit County at the beginning of October is always unpredictable. This family took their chances for their family portrait session, and I'm so glad they did! We ended up with some amazing fall family photos in Frisco, not four hours before a heavy snowfall came and blanketed the entire area! Their kids are true explorers; it was so fun to find new corners and play in the mountains together!

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Emily@KeepingComposurePhoto.com
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Intimate weddings are quickly becoming my absolute FAV, especially with fresh snowfall on the pine trees in Breckenridge! I simply *adore* this couple's choice for their quiet morning wedding {followed by a catered brunch - yes!}. The bride and groom exchanged vows on a back deck in front of immediate family, while the bride's father officiated {so sweet!}. They still held a first dance and cut the cake together, before we headed out to find some big mountain scenery. All in all, a precious way to start their forever together!

       
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While on vacation from Missouri, this couple took a couple of hours out of their visit to the Rocky Mountains and spent some time celebrating their upcoming wedding back home. What better way to celebrate in Colorado than with an engagement portrait session?! Three locations + three outfits later, they absolutely rocked their photos. From mountain tops to an Aspen-filled valley, they'll definitely have tons of images to show at their wedding back home!

Rocky Mountain Engagement Session during Colorado Summer Vacation | Keeping Composure Photography | Breckenridge Wedding + Family Photographer Say Hello!

Emily@KeepingComposurePhoto.com
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2017 In Review

{Families}

I find photographing families extremely fun! More than fun, I find a strong pull to capture the real, the raw + the love between family members. The beauty is in the imperfect, the in-between. I've come to cherish time with my own family much more deeply, and to appreciate the times we can be together or even just talk. Here are some of my favorite moments from the past year!

           
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