Happy Birthday, Baby Girl! | Alamosa Fresh 48 Photography

A baby fills the place in your heart you never knew was empty.


The day your baby is born is a day that you will never forget. Those first looks. The first touches. They are forever engraved on your memory and your heart as perfect little moments. Whether you’ve had an easy delivery or one that you would rather not remember, once your baby is here and safe, all of that washes away (hopefully). Those sweet little nuzzles and even those first cries, do you remember?


On December 21st, a baby girl was born to very dear friends of ours. These friends of ours have 3 other children, their oldest, who was also born on December 21st, 7 years earlier. Isn’t that amazing!? Big Sister was so excited to get a baby for her birthday! The one thing that she continued to tell everyone was “WE’RE TWINS 7 YEARS APART!!!”. It was so cute and I hope she is always so excited about the baby that she got for her birthday.


Baby Girl also has a Big Brother. The whole pregnancy he wanted a baby brother. He had 2 sisters already so who could blame the little guy!? They decided to have a gender reveal party and when he found out they would be getting another little sister, he cried and cried and cried. He was completely heartbroken! Of course he could always come to our house for some boy time (I am the one outnumbered over here #boymom) but that’s just not the same. So when Baby Girl was born, I was totally expecting some tears. BUT, when I walked in their room and saw him with her, I was totally blown away by his love for this tiny human…that he didn’t even want to know. He was so in love with her. He would not stop kissing her and hugging her and he didn’t want to put her down. He didn’t even want to let Daddy hold her. It was so adorable.


Little Big Sister was so excited about this tiny human that was smaller than her. She loved seeing all of her tiny parts. Her nose, eyes, mouth. She was very curious about who this was that Mommy was holding and giving so much attention to.


They were all so infatuated by this new little person that is so perfect. All the first touches, first looks, new expressions, and new sounds. Baby Girl, you are so loved.

Children are truly miracles. It’s amazing how they come into this world and how quickly they learn and grown. We often take for granted the days and the nights because we become so busy but the times when they are little are so very fleeting. It seems like so long ago when my boys were this small (and they were never actually as small as Baby Girl) but they are only 5 and 7 years old. 



 “The days are long, but the years are short.  Take one day at a time and make the best of the time you have, because you won’t get that day again.”

Happy Birthday, Winifred!



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My Favorite Things with Candace | Portrait Photographer Southern CO

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I love to do a favorite things post around Christmas time! So this is my annual FAVORITE THINGS BLOG!!! It will not only tell you a little more about me as a mom and a photographer, but it just may give you some gift ideas or make your life a little easier. So here we go! *these are in no particular order*

1. Create 365 The Happy Planner – This is the day planner that I use and I LOVE it. It is re-usable so you can buy re-fill pages and stickers for every year. It’s a pretty cool planner. 365 Happy Planner

2. L’ange 32mm curling wand – This curling wand has totally changed my world! I have super thick, long hair (not complaining, my hair is one of my best qualities). But because of that, it has never held curl and has always taken for.ev.er. That is until I found this wand! It takes half the time to curl and the curl will last all day and if I sleep with it pulled up in a scrunchy (yep, old school!) the curl will last another day!! I’m amazed!! L’ange 32mm Curling Wand

3. Smartwool Socks – Glorious smart wool socks! These are the best socks I’ve ever worn! They don’t lose their shape and they are totally moisture wicking. They have the best cushion support for every need whether it be running, skiing, or just everyday…I should be an ad, ha! Smartwool Socks!! (you can get these at other locations as well)

4. LulaRoe – This clothing line is made to be stylish and comfortable. The leggings are so soft but they have more than leggings. There are dresses, shirts, skirts; styles for hearts desire. LulaRoe by Michelle Vannoy


5. Philosophy Just Release Me Eye Makeup Remover – This is the only eye makeup remover that I have found that I actually like. It takes off my waterproof mascara without hurting my eyes and doesn’t leave my eyes all blurry so that I can’t see after I use it. Eye Makeup Remover


6. Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara – I have oily eyelashes (or so I have been told before) so mascara doesn’t stay on my lashes. All the other mascaras that I have tried make me look like a raccoon, but this one definitely stays put! Mascara!



7. Organic Bloom Frames – I fell in love with these frames the day that I saw them and have been making my clients happy with them ever since! If I had enough walls, these frames would be all over my house! You can get these little babies through your’s truly.

9. Glass measuring bowl – I use this bowl for everything! Measuring Bowl


10. Pampered Chef can opener – this is by far the best can opener I’ve ever had. It’s manual but the can doesn’t have sharp edges when it’s opened and it’s so simpleCan Opener


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Christmas Cheer | Family Photography Alamosa Co



Bringing Christmas Cheer

Every year there is a new marketing strategy for the holidays ads on tv. Some of the ads are pretty simple, but some of the ads that we see have all the feels. It’s very clear that family and being with your loved ones is the focus of a lot of these commercials. Because what fun are the holidays, after all, if you can’t be with the ones that you love.

Here are some of my favorites:

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Apple Christmas –Apple Christmas

Budweiser Christmas – Budweiser Christmas


M&M’s Christmas – M&Ms Christmas and the new follow up M&Ms Follow Up Christmas

Coca Cola Polar Bears –Coca Cola Polar Bears and Coca Cola Polar Bears

Lighthouse – Lighthouse

LL Bean Christmas – LL Bean Christmas


Why are these moments important?

As a family photographer, I strive to make lasting impressions on people’s hearts and in their lives. So when we see these commercials, we don’t have such a sense of longing. We can look at the photos around our homes and think back just a few months ago when we were laughing and playing with our loved ones, just like they are in some of these commercials. Maybe it doesn’t have to happen only once a year. Maybe we can make these special moments happen a little more frequently, and if I can help make that happen my heart is singing for joy!

Because you know what, when our kids see photos and videos of themselves around the house and in their cousin’s houses and in the grandma’s house and in their friend’s house, it makes them feel special! It boosts their self-esteem. It tells them that “hey, someone cares enough about me to have a photo of me on their wall.”

So when we get those warm fuzzies when we see these ads and commercials, it’s not because it’s just good advertising. It’s because it makes us think of home. It makes us think of family. And family is everything.

Which ones are your favorite?


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Sarmiento Family | Family Photography Alamosa Colorado



“Family isn’t an important thing. It’s everything.” Michael J. Fox


This family loves each other well. They all take care of each other just the way they need. They can make each other smile when no one else can (believe me…sometimes I tried really really hard, ha!) They have a great connection and it shows.


And Baby Girl! She was unbelievably chill and adorable. This may be the most well behaved 6 month old that I have ever met! She even ended up falling asleep as we were finishing up the session…awe! And this of course she woke up like this!


This Mom and Dad totally have their A-Game going on with these 4 great kiddos! They are calm and keep the kids on task with ease. They make this parenting gig look easy!


This little girl and her sister have a tight bond. When we couldn’t do anything right, Big Sister knew just what to do. It was all smiles, giggles, and cuddles when she was with her. And who doesn’t LOVE to twirl in a poofy dress!? 


As a family photographer, this family couldn’t have made my job easier and more fun! Thank you Sarmiento Family for letting me be a part of your story!



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Pepper Family | Family Photography San Luis Valley



Pepper Family

Families come in all varieties. There are serious families, funny families, hyper families, low energy families, blended families, single parent families…you get the idea. As a family photographer, I meet lots of different families and they all have their own unique qualities that make them special. Finding those unique qualities and bringing them out in photographs is what I love.



This family is one of the funny ones. They love to laugh and they do it often. They know how to make each other laugh and it’s so contagious. Being able to laugh and have fun as a family makes the long, hard days go by so much easier and faster.


Laughter is the fireworks of the soul. Laughing is and will always be, the best form of therapy. The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

This is what makes my job as a family photographer so rewarding and so much fun. So let’s try to learn something from this wonderful family! Let’s not take life too seriously. Let’s laugh a little more and make each other smile.


So here’s to love and laughter and happily ever after!!


What are some things that your kids LOVE to laugh about??


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Kassandra and Byonca | Family Photography San Luis Valley Colorado


Kassandra and Bianca’s Story

Have you ever met someone that you wish you could spend more time with? As a family photographer, I often meet families that become great friends! This session with Kassandra and Byonca is no different. We had so much fun, that by the end I was wishing we could hang out longer. We had a great time at their Reveal Session and I can’t wait to get their order to them!

We had originally planned to do a couples session for their one year anniversary but Kassandra called me a week before to let me know that it would be changed to an ENGAGEMENT Session!! She was SO excited! Congrats to the wonderful couple!!


We played the newlywed game during the session and I learned A LOT about both of them (like which one takes longer to get ready and which one is the better cook). Their answers had us all rolling.


One of the other amazing things that I learned about this amazing couple is that they have two adorable little toddlers. They are 1 and 2 years old



…and OMG they just wanted to RUN!!!



All of these photos were taken at the Del Norte River Walk and as soon as the little man saw the river, that’s all he wanted! So we climbed down to the river and he threw rocks into the water as I was precariously balancing on a couple of rocks that were IN the river and thought it was hilarious when he splashed me! What we family photographer will do for a good shot, ha!

alamosa-colorado-children's-photography-207Kassandra and Bianca didn’t have any family photos so they brought the kids along and let them be a part of the engagement session too! It was such a special day to be able to celebrate this family and capture this special moment in their lives. 

Congratulations, Ladies! I’m so happy for you and thank you so much for letting me be a part of your story!


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Comfort and Style – LuLaRoe | Southern, CO Family Photographer


LuLaRoe By Michelle Vannoy

I am SO super excited to share these photos with all of you! I know that most of you have heard of LuLaRoe. Well, I have had the pleasure of photographing one of my dear friends to help showcase some of her pieces that she offers.

LuLaRoe has become one of my go-to brands for clothing. They are more than just leggings. They have a look that is flattering for every body type and sizing up and down in their variety of styles can give you a number of different ways to wear each piece. These pieces are some of the most comfortable clothes that I have worn and they work so well for everyday or you can dress them up as well. Comfort and fashion! Who doesn’t want that!?

So without further ado: Meet Michelle Vannoy

Candace: When did you become a Lula Consultant?

Michelle: “I started selling LuLaRoe the beginning of August, so I am coming up on my 1 year anniversary soon!


Candace: What is your favorite thing about the biz?

Michelle: “I have found so much joy in this company and financial freedom to be able to work from home part time with my 5 children! My favorite part about LuLaRoe is getting to help women rebuild their confidence! We make clothing that fits every body style, and it has been so much fun helping women feel good dressing up and finding adorable, flattering outfits!”

Candace: Tell me something unique about your biz.

Michelle: “I have a small boutique in my home and offer personal styling sessions, just message me for my available times! I have 1000+ pieces and have orders coming in every couple of days with new inventory for you to choose from. These pieces will come in a variety of styles, sizes, and prints that you are sure to love!”

Candace: How can someone join your team?

Michelle: “Interested in becoming a part of this fabulous LulaRoe company and our TEAM? I can send you information about how LuLaRoe works to help you decide if LuLaRoe is for you and your family. I am also more than happy to answer any questions you may have. I know that for me this company has helped bring back confidence in myself and has made me want to be a better person and serve those around me. I have always loved being involved in organizations that help women to be lifted up and cared for and this is LuLaRoe’s main goal which is incredible!”

If you would like to join Michelle in making women more confident, here is the link to her website: https://join.mylularoe.com/michellev/join

If you aren’t quite ready to join her team but would like to shop her page, you can do that by joining her Facebook Group Here

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