Category Archives: Families

Baby Lincoln | Colorado Newborn Lifestyle Photos

Oh sweet baby Lincoln. Your mommy & daddy have been praying for you for as long as I’ve known them and more. Such a true blessing you are to your parents and I was so excited to hear about your arrival into this world. The plan was to photograph you at the hospital after you were born but life has other plans at times. So happy to hear you are growing so beautifully and that your amazing parents are rocking parenthood!

Here are some beautiful photographs of your Baby self, with all the baby love including lots of love from your fur siblings, Mia & Paisley. I can’t wait to work with your sweet family as you grow. Geoff and Andrea you guys got a heartbreaker on your hands 😉 Such a cutie! Thank you for not just being my clients but friends.

 

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Reynolds Family| Bear Creek Nature Center Family Photo Session

Reynolds family.

Oh this sweet family we went to Bear Creek nature Center here in Colorado Springs. And man it was a frosty morning. We didn’t realize how cold it would’ve been so we walked toward the sun so their son could warm up! His 3rd birthday was coming up so we did some images of just him on his own. And it wasn’t planned to have the whole family hop in but WHY NOT! He is such a smart kid and they had so much fun playing in what was left from the fall leaves last fall.

Hope you had an amazing 3rd birthday and who knows maybe i’ll see you in 2018!

Thank you so much! And can I just say how much I love how much fun they had with all that cold weather we had that morning! They rocked it out of the freezing temps for sure. So happy to have been there to photograph you all together and to remember his 3rd birthday.

 

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Ute Valley Park, Colorado Springs | Fleming Family

You’ll probably see a lot of blog posts in the coming weeks from 2017! Being like many of you holding more than one hat (mom, wife, friend, entrepreneur, photographer, cosmetologist) I have been forgetful to post some images from each of those sessions! So i’ll be doing that so bear with me. 😉


Caitlin had scheduled with me so we could get some holiday photos and also update photos of her with her two kids. I absolutely love being able to photograph any parent with their kids before you know it they will be all grown up!

I want to put out there too that i recommend having at least once a year to gather your family together for updated photos. Whether that be for the holidays, during the summer time or a family reunion. It’s so important to me that you guys have images to remember and look back on, i promise you that it’ll be worth it! There are moments where I’m like uhhh should I, do i need to do family photos of MY OWN family? YES , the answer is 100% YES.

 

If your in Colorado, feel free to reach out and let’s get your session scheduled! Even if your visiting from out of town.

 

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Colorado Springs Family Photographer | Pardo Family

I’m always looking to connect and what better way then to know more about their experiences and plans than to hear from you, the clients, themselves! Being a Colorado Springs Family Photographer knowing your likes and dislikes will help so much prior to your photo session. I reached out to the the Pardo Family with few questions about their plans this holiday season and what they enjoy together as a family and here is what they said to the following :

What do you enjoy most with your family?

Anything you and your family are looking forward to the most this holiday season?

Any family traditions you do every year together?

What is important to you when hiring a photographer?

What advice would you give to the next family who’s in search of a family photographer?

Thank you for braving the cool temperatures and choosing me to be your photographer this holiday season! Have a great and happy holiday & Congratulations to Eduardo on his upcoming graduation!


“We enjoy just being together, but most of all we love to travel and have new experiences.

The week of Christmas we have many traditions. We drive around looking at Christmas lights in our pajamas. We get dressed up, go to the Broadmoor and then see the Nutcracker after. Eduardo and Nola go and see Star Wars We will be having a Mardi Gras themed Christmas. We get Chinese take out on Christmas Eve. We also go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. After Christmas dinner We go to the movies.

But most of all we are excited about Eduardo graduating this holiday season. When hiring a photographer the two things I look for are reliability, I want a photographer with a good reputation. Also the photographers use of lighting.

When hiring a photographer always check their work and read all the reviews! Throw out negative comments that would not matter to you.”

-Amber & family

 

Location: Helen Hunt Falls area in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs Family Photographer

To schedule your family session click here.

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Michelle and Tyler | Soon to be Colorado Parents

Michelle and Tyler flew from Nashville, TN to visit family in Colorado Springs, CO. I know Michelle through a local Photography group that’s throughout all the USA we connected and got her scheduled for her maternity session. We decided to head to Garden of the Gods which has so many beautiful hidden gem locations and the weather was just perfect as the summer began to come to an end. You can tell how much these two are in love and feel all the love they will have for bundle of joy. SO excited for them! 🙂

Thank you so much for choosing me to be your Colorado Photographer! I also want to shout out to The House of Flynn which you will see is the floral skirt which is stunning!

Enjoy the fall weather and currently missing the warm weather.  Happy Thursday!

 

 

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Location : Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO

Dress: The House of Flynn

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Yerkes Family | Pregnancy Announcement at Painted Mines Interpretive Park

Hello friends!

It’s been quite a while since my last blog post and there’s going to be some amazing changes. One of them being I want to hear from you! Blog posts need more meaning besides me talking the whole time. So here’s the Yerkes Family and in Andrea’s own words about her journey.

“In September 2014, we decided it was time that we start trying to grow our family. No one could have prepared us for the journey that we were about to face. I always had a gut feeling it wouldn’t be easy for me to get pregnant, but NEVER did I think it would have been this hard either.

We finally got a referral to see a fertility specialist in November 2015.

I knew we were in good hands with our specialist. I was officially diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) shortly after a few appointments. I began doing intensive research on ways to control it naturally but nothing seemed to help. All the while, our specialist was willing to start with the least expensive/aggressive options but move quickly to more aggressive options.

After 3 years, a lot of tears, heartache, negative after negative tests, countless doctor’s appointments, blood draws, and ultrasounds we are finally expecting our miracle baby! It was a rough road to get here but the day we saw that positive test it all became SO worth it. We believed in the process, our doctor and God that we would one day become a family. That day will finally is finally here, February 20, 2018 and we can’t wait to meet our baby boy!”

-Andrea & Geoff Yerkes

I’ll be photographing their maternity images in a few months so stay tuned for more beauty from this strong family.

Location: Painted Mines Interpretive park in Calhan, CO

 

Ready to schedule your photo session? Click on the contact tab or view my contact info below.

shaylavphoto@gmail.com

Colorado Springs & Denver Photographer.

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California love in Colorado Springs | M Family session at Palmer Park

When I connect with my clients, a lot of the time we communicate through emails. We talk about what your looking for in your session, locations your interested to have. Clothing options in case you need some assistance or just some ideas to give you some guidance. Through all of that once the day of your session comes, it’s like we’ve met already. There’s no tension but maybe some awkwardness since you know I can be a wierdo at times if you’ve followed me on snapchat or even my personal Facebook. hahaha

Now California love, this cutie’s parents met in California and it was love from then on! 🙂 They had their beautiful son and life has it’s plans from there. I was so honored to work with them! Summer is around the corner and well I look forward to working with the M family in the future! For now here’s some images from their photo shoot at Palmer Park. Enjoy!

If you’re in Colorado Springs and looking to schedule your Family, Senior or Couple session feel free to send me a message and let’s get you scheduled! This year is booking pretty fast up to September so far!

Email me at shaylavphoto@gmail.com or click the contact us tab to contact me today 🙂

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Happy 1st Birthday Photo Session! | Rock Ledge Ranch

Colorado has been given us some amazing sunshine lately and it was perfect timing too for Tristan’s 1st Birthday photo session! It was warm and man can I just say I work with the most amazing families! I have yet to blog more sessions and I’m also working on two other family sessions so THANK YOU for being so patient!

Tristan’s outfits were on point when we went to Rock Ledge Ranch for his photo session. I absolutely loved the little touches like his Pillow that shows his Birth date, how much he weighed etc. His momma even picked out the cutest Mickey Mouse outfit for his cupcake smash!

Can I tell you the best part? While I was getting his attention with random noises I somehow ended up saying “bye-bye” and he was beginning to say “ba-ba” back to me and it was the cutest thing ever! Little did I know his parents told me that was the first time he’s ever said that. 🙂 UM WHAT!? Such an honor, seriously!!!

Thank you so much for having me take part in your family’s milestone!

The best way to kick off 2017 is working with so many beautiful Colorado Springs Families! If you’re in Colorado Springs or Denver email me to schedule your little’s 1st Birthday photo session!

Saying Bye-bye for the first time ever!!! Such an accomplishment sweet Tristan! 🙂 I wish nothing but the best for you and your family in the years to come.

Are you having your 1st Birthday for your youngest coming up?

Shayla Velazquez is a natural light photographer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and available to travel to all surrounding areas in Colorado. Contact me today to get you scheduled by selecting the contact section in the menu bar or email me at shaylavphoto@gmail.com to schedule your upcoming session.

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Family Photographer | Bear Creek Nature Center | Soriano family

This Year’s Fall season has been just beautiful as usual in Colorado! October went by so fast and now the Holidays are quickly approaching 🙂 You can still schedule a photo session by the end of the year & now I am officially booking into 2017! If you didn’t already know I specialize in Families, Maternity, Engagements & Weddings!

Let me know what your envisioning and we will plan together to make it happen! I am based out of Colorado Springs, but I also travel to Denver, Fort Collins, etc.

Thank you for your continued support!

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Colorado Springs Maternity Photographer | Milk Bath Session | Danna

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart” – Winnie the Pooh.

Milk bath sessions! I’ve seen so many different images and they are all beautiful so I took the leap & they turned out so beautifully! Danna pregnant with her sweet daughter & recently gave birth! It’s taken me awhile while the busy season has kicked in so stay tuned for more blog posts from recent Colorado sessions!

I know it can feel like its a time where you don’t feel your best but thats not true! Your radiant! Your glowing an your growing a beautiful baby as in addition to your family. Embrace every moment they kick and every little thing that you love when your expecting. Before you know it your baby boy or girl will be here and it’ll fly by before your eyes and your baby will be a toddler, pre-teen, teenager, young adult, & then an adult! Enjoy all the moments!

If you’d like to schedule a milk bath pregnancy session contact me and let’s plan your session!

 

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