Category Archives: Portraits

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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What to bring to your Senior Photo Shoot | Garden of the Gods

Ideas of Things to bring to your Senior Photo shoot:

  • Bring your Letterman’s Jacket, show off your athletic & academic accomplishments
  • Play an instrument? Bring your guitar, also if you play drums or a larger instrument let’s photograph you where it resides rather than lugging it to your session.
  • Sports? Dance? Football? Soccer? Tennis? Cheerleader? If you have the athletic gear before you have to turn it in let’s schedule in advance because then you don’t have to worry about returning that uniform to school.
  • Read books? Bring your favorite novel or we can even do a portion of your session at the library!
  • Love cars? I mean who knows you may have a car already and you love it like crazy and it’s shows off what you love? Let’s photograph you with your car!
  • Artsy? Painter? Draw? etc. My goal first of all is to bring our all that you love with passion for during your photo session.
  • Got accepted to college already? Bring your Future college T-shirt or jacket to your session too. Let’s celebrate!
  • The list can go on and on. In addition: (Hiking, Bring your furry best friend, maybe a gift you received for your senior year from parents, also your cap and gown if you received it before yearbook due date, just a few more to think about).

 

Your parents, grandparents, friends and family will love to see your ambition, your goals, your personality, and passion within your Senior Photo Session. We’ll make it fun and relaxed and you can tell me more about your future plans after you graduate and just enjoy this moment. If you have any questions feel free to send me an email and contact me about your Senior Photo session.

 

Here is Hannah, Doherty High School Senior and she’s ready to graduate in 2018! She brought her guitar and was such a sweetheart. Her bubbly personality along with her drive for what she wants in her future is just so inspiring. Thank you so much for having me take these photos for you and your family. Wishing you nothing but happiness and success in your future!

 

 

Location: Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO

Ready to book your Senior Photo Shoot?

Shayla Velazquez Photography

Specializing in Wedding and Family Photography throughout all of Colorado.

www.shaylav.com | shaylavphoto@gmail.com

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Shayonna | Downtown Colorado Springs

Here is a little Q & A I had with Shayonna Middleton Photography whom i’ve had the honor of working with and getting to know her here in our Photography community here in Colorado Springs, CO.

 

1. What is something that your friends would consider “so you”?

I had to ask my friends about this one. This is what they said:
Playing Mariah Carey Christmas songs from 25 Nov-1 Jan. (What they don’t know is I play them YEAR ROUND), Going to the nail salon 16x’s weekly for a color change, Having a severe shopping problem (mostly photography related stuff now), Target.

2. What’s the last adventure you went on?

I took a day trip with my hubby up to Estes Park. (We toured the Stanley Hotel)

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3. What are three interesting facts about you?

I am Guyanese & Black, I LOVE rollercoasters,

4. What keeps you up at night?

I’m a worry wart. So just about anything that is not going right with my inner circle.

5. How do you relax after a hard day of work?

WINE. (And Almond Joys)

6. What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

Establishing myself more as a photographer, & having baby, conquering other business ventures I want to pursue!

7. What’s the best way to start the day?

I love a cup of tea & a devotional. Morning time is my prayer time so that’s how I usually spend it!

8. Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now?

I became a photographer because I wanted others to see the beauty that is left in the world. Specifically in people. There is still genuine kindness, love, compassion! The very things that we use to divide us are what makes us unique and valuable. I like to capture that in my work so people still have hope.

9. What are you looking forward to in the coming months?

I am venturing off into a new area in photography. It’s been both exciting & scary but I’m going to give it my best. Also, we are getting orders

 soon so I’m excited to see where the Army sends us next.

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10. Who inspires you?

My mom. I never tell this story but she was an auditor with a huge company when I was growing up and I remember the day she got laid off. There was fear in her eyes and at the time my sisters and I were really young so she was probably worried. She eventually went back to school to become a teacher & very recently got her Masters Degree. Now looking back on it I’m in awe of her because she never missed a beat. Her plan didn’t work out so she created a new one. Between her & my stepdad we never lacked anything even though I’m sure they wished they could do more. They showed me that it’s not what you do but how you do it. If you work hard, if you’re honest & fair you can be successful! Now that I’m an adult I’m no longer scared of not following the “plan” I had when I was fresh out of high school. Its ok to start late, find your passion first, or go right into college after you graduate, etc. Do what makes you happy with no regrets.

 

 

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Thank you so much for having me sweet lady! Follow her on her website (shaymiddletonphotography.com)

 

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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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