LMJ Creative Expressions: Blog https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog en-us (C) LMJ Creative Expressions info@lmjcreative.com (LMJ Creative Expressions) Sat, 30 May 2020 22:15:00 GMT Sat, 30 May 2020 22:15:00 GMT https://www.lmjcreative.com/img/s/v-12/u828053501-o61941558-50.jpg LMJ Creative Expressions: Blog https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog 120 110 Rockledge Ranch Family Photos https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2014/12/rockledgefamilyphotos We usually have a consultation before our shoots as this gives people a chance to get used to my personality. Those of you that know me can understand how people that don’t know me might be a bit frightened or put off by my craziness J.  While our regular sessions include a consultation, all the mini sessions we did gearing up for Christmas were only 45 minutes, and didn’t come with a consult, so several of our clients had never met us before.

Most of our shoots tend to evolve over a couple hours, and get to the point where our clients are very comfortable, relaxed, and having fun. Yes, the process can take a couple of hours, and we may start bringing adult beverages on every shoot to help the process. Rebecca and Rob, however, took all of about 5 minutes to get comfortable enough to let their hair down and be themselves. This is what we strive for, because when people are relaxed, we get great photos.  Kudos to Rebecca and Rob for getting in the zone almost immediately, and allowing us to get some really great photos.

They are super cute together, and their love for each other is quite obvious, and that beautiful little girl of theirs (I’ll just call her Elsa) makes their beautiful little family complete. We fell in love with Elsa immediately and wondered on how we could trade a teenager or two in for her. Our kids, while all great looking, are grown, and just not as cute as a 4-year old. Bring on the grandkids (in another 10 years or so)!!!

I hope you enjoy a few select photos from their shoot; we had a blast making them. Rebecca and Rob, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful family with us.

Also, a big shout out to Chance for helping on this shoot. Sorry you got wrangled into holding lighting gear.

Beautiful photo of young mother, father, and their daughter, sitting on steps outside a building.World's Cutest Family PhotoThis is quite possibly the cutest family in the world!!

Mother, father, and daughter lean on a porch rail outside a house with garland surrounding them.Cutest Family on the RailThe world's cutest family found something that looked a little like Christmas for their Christmas photos.

Blonde little girl with a bow on her head stands in front of a barn with a Christmas wreath on it.World's Cutest Daughter by Christmas BarnThe World's Cutest Family's cutest daughter found a little more Christmas cheer on this old barn. I bet she gets pretty much whatever she asks Santa for...

Young father has mom and daughter wrapped in his arms for a big squeezy hug as they sit on some steps outside a building.Squeezy Family HugDad's got his two beautiful ladies all wrapped up and safe. No ladies were harmed during the filming of this squeeze...

Black and White photo of young mother and father tickling their daughterBlack and White Tickle AttackThe World's Cutest Mom and Dad attack the World's Cutest Daughter with a million tickles!

Photo of young couple snuggling together.World's Cutest Mom and Dad.Caught a quick photo of this beautiful couple alone.

Photo of young family of three with the sun setting behind the mountains in the backgroundFamily Sunset PhotoThat beautiful sunset's got nothing on this beautiful family.



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Alex Summer Portrait Session https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2014/12/alex-summer-portrait-session I'm usually witty, funny, and full of interesting things to say. This, however, might be one occasion where I should just shut my big flapper and let the photos do the talking. I'm sure many of you will want to know at least a few things about this beautiful young lady though, so here you go:

Alex was home from college on summer break, and allowed us the privilege of capturing her beauty in camera. Many of our portrait sessions span several different locations around Colorado Springs. This one, though was really only shot in two places. While most of the models we shoot take some time to loosen up a bit, Alex was fantastic from the very first photo, so it didn't take long to get some truly amazing stuff. She's a natural in front of the camera and makes us look like we actually know what the hell we're doing, but I swear, a three year-old with a cell phone couldn't screw up a photo of her. So, I'm done flapping, please enjoy these beautiful photos of this amazing young lady.

Photo collage of a young, beautiful college girl from a summer portrait session in Colorado SpringsBeautiful AlexAlex allowed us to capture her stunning beauty for a few hours this past summer. These photos are a few samples of the awesome photos we made that day.


Triptych collage of pretty young college student posing during a summertime photoshoot Smiling AlexStunning with her fierce gaze, but that smile could light up the whole outdoors.


Three photo collage of young, female college student in various poses outdoors.More BeautyMore examples of Alex showing she's an absolute natural in front of the camera










info@lmjcreative.com (LMJ Creative Expressions) college colorado springs denver girl monument photography portraits pueblo senior pictures young lady https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2014/12/alex-summer-portrait-session Thu, 04 Dec 2014 05:59:17 GMT
Cowboy Cake Smash https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2014/10/cowboy-cake-smash We had such a blast with this little guy. He had just woken up from a nap, so he was a little shy at first, and hung on to grandma for dear life, but he eventually relaxed a little and had a great time.

Baby with cowboy hat hides behind Grandma in his cowboy bootsHiding Behind GrandmaEven fearless young cowboys need a little help from Grandma now and then.


What could be cuter than a cowboy in diapers and boots? Talk about personality. He had us all laughing and smiling. There are quite a few children that find their way in front of our camera, but shoots like this are the reason photography is our calling and passion.

Baby in a diaper stands in full-size cowboy boots and cowboy hat with hay bales and rope behind him.Diapers and RopersOur cute little cowboy shows he knows how to get everyone's attention

I've always felt like our shoots take on a life of their own once we get going. I used to really stress out over not knowing exactly what the heck we were going to do. Photography has been the best cure for my OCD. It's taught me how to let go and just capture the beauty unfolding right in front of my eyes. It's good to have a vision to chase after, but I think you have to really be open to changing direction quickly. 

Photo collage of baby in full-size boots making a variety of funny expressionsCowboy Asks What's UpLittle cowboy shows he's used to being in charge.

We were there on a mission: To feed this boy his birthday cake. I'd say he successfully completed the mission, and only ate a little bit of hay along with his cake. Nothing more fun than celebrating a first birthday with photos of cakes getting smashed and devoured!

Young cowboy tears into his birthday cake.Feedin' TimeThis is the story of a young cowboy, his boots, and his birthday cake.

Most people don't realize all that goes into something like this. We are indebted to moms, grandmas, cousins, aunties, passerby, and anyone else that helps get babies' attention, and makes them smile. My wonderful assistants (Lisa, Maia, and on occasion Chance and Skye as well), set designer Lisa, and our cake lady Kristi Havens. Friends of friends with a really cool ranch and horses that help us create beautiful art. 





























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It's been nearly a year https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2014/8/its-been-nearly-a-year Black and White Photo of a young man in a Newsboy Cap, staring off into the distance.Alex Newsboy


Little known fact: I don't give everyone all their photos. I pick through what I wind up with from any given session, and deliver the ones I feel are the best. The truly bad ones sit in my recycle bin for a few months until I decide to empty it. Then, there's the few leftovers that I don't think are so bad, but maybe not wonderfully awesome. These pop up from time to time, when I'm bored. The above is just such a photo.

If you ever come across a photo of yourself on my blog, it's probably something you've never seen. If it's on this blog, that also means I've edited it, and have it saved as a jpeg somewhere. If you'd like a copy, please just let me know and I’ll get you one.

I've come to find that photos have a way of changing over time. No, really! I’ve had entire photo shoots that I thought were dismal failures. I’ll download the photos to my Mac, and quickly scan through them, and come away wanting to knife myself in the throat because I think they all suck. But, I’ve found if I just put those photos in my Mac, and leave them alone for a few weeks, when I look at them again, they have become beautiful, wonderful images while sitting there waiting for me.

Sadly, this technique only seems to work for photos. If you park your car in the garage for a few weeks, it doesn’t look any better when you open the garage again. Also, I doubt it works for babies, or dinner, so please don’t try it on either.

The above photo is 5 days shy of being a year old, but going through my photos this evening, it caught my eye, so I thought I’d share it.

Alex, thanks for looking better every time I put you away for a while!

Good night, everyone… 


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Happy Birthday Grayson https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/10/happy-birthday-grayson


It’s been a while since I made a blog post, nearly three months actually. Time sure flies. Just ask Grayson, who just happens to be celebrating his birthday today. He just graduated in May, and here we are, nearly half way into the next school year!

Grayson, hope you had an awesome day, you’re still one of my favorite Senior models ever. 

Also if you run into this guy in an alley, run the other way...


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Brittney and Lyle Engagement https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/7/brittney-and-lyle-engagement Here are a few of our favorite photos from a recent engagement session.

We had an absolute blast shooting this beautiful couple’s engagement session. They were loads of fun, and so easy to work with. We shot them at Rock Ledge Ranch in Colorado Springs, just outside Garden of the Gods. Despite their playfulness, you can really sense the love between them. Brittney and Lyle, we have no doubt you have many happy years ahead of you!

Brittney and Lyle Engagement Photos in Colorado Springs


Photo of young couple talking on stairs


Photo of young couple with "His" and "Hers" signs pinned to clothesline.


Young lady holding "His" sign pinned to clothesline.


Photo of young man holding "Hers" sign pinned to clothesline


Young couple sitting on steps with "His" and "Hers" signs at their feet.


Young couple flirting on steps outside house


Young couple hugging on grass


Young man dipping young woman


Young couple talking over split-rail fence


Black and white photo of young couple snuggling up to each other


Black and white photo of young couple holding hands in a meadow


Photo of young couple walking down a wooded path


Photo of young couple kissing in grass


Black and white photo of young couple embracing against a log cabin


Black and white photo of young couple kissing in front of a chapel


Black and white photo of young couple embracing overlooking garden of the gods

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Colorado Springs Seniors 2013 part VII https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/6/colorado-springs-seniors-2013-part-vii Colorado Springs Senior Marcus Lobato inside the Air Force Academy Chapel

Perhaps fitting that this young man is the last featured in our homage to Class of 2013 Graduates. He was the last one to appear before my camera after all.

Don’t have much to say about Marcus that hasn’t been said in previous blog posts. I hope you enjoy your summer as much as possible because in a few short weeks you’ll be getting yelled at by big scary guys in camouflage.

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little about these amazing young people. We wish them all the best as they become our fellow taxpayers and future leaders. 


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Colorado Springs Seniors 2013 part VI https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/6/colorado-springs-seniors-2013-part-vi Colorado Springs 2013 Senior Jessie Cody

Say hello to another Class of 2013 Graduates, the beautiful Jessie Cody. Working with Jessie gave me an insight into what it must be like to work with a professional model. I’ll never forget the gorgeous, natural smile I got the first time I raised my camera to my eye. She knew exactly how to present herself to the camera, and when I asked her to stop smiling, I was given a piercing gaze, full of confidence.

Miss Cody, if you face the rest of the world with the same confidence you faced my camera, you’re sure to get every single thing you want out of life.

Congratulations once again, and thank you for allowing us the pleasure of capturing beautiful images of you. I’d wish you luck in life, but I seriously don’t think you’ll need it.

info@lmjcreative.com (LMJ Creative Expressions) colorado springs photography colorado springs senior portraits photos colorado springs senior pictures colordado springs senior portraits colorado springs https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/6/colorado-springs-seniors-2013-part-vi Sun, 02 Jun 2013 17:51:10 GMT
Colorado Springs Seniors 2013 part V https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/5/colorado-spring-seniors-2013-part-v Colorado Springs 2013 Senior Joseph Castillo poses in front of a wooden door

Say hello to 2013 Graduate Joseph Castillo. Joseph was definitely one of the easiest to shoot subjects I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Perhaps it had to do with his work on Rampart High’s Yearbook, but he knew exactly the look and feel he wanted to come through in his photos. 

Don’t let this image fool you; Joseph has a fantastic smile! I love this photo though because it’s a bit of departure from the typical Senior Photo. It feels a little dark and moody. I can almost picture dark, cloudy skies overhead. He definitely gave some great emotion to the camera, and it was a pleasure to work with him. 

Sorry Joseph, I actually don’t have anything smart-assed to say on this particular blog post (I won’t even talk about making you pose next to six tons of bird poop). This image really makes me feel something, as good photos are supposed to, but it makes it hard to be silly.

I’ve always felt photos should be a collaboration between photographer and subject, and you definitely put as much effort into your photos as I did. Wherever your future takes you, we wish you nothing but the best.

info@lmjcreative.com (LMJ Creative Expressions) Colorado Springs Photography colorado springs photography colorado springs senior portraits photos colorado springs portrait photography colorado springs senior pictures colorado springs senior portraits colorado springs https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/5/colorado-spring-seniors-2013-part-v Fri, 31 May 2013 04:45:09 GMT
Colorado Springs Seniors 2013 part IV https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/5/colorado-springs-seniors-2013-part-iv Colorado Springs Senior Ashleigh Whitsett

Allow me to introduce you to 2013 Senior Ashleigh Whitsett; so far the only one of my models I’ve had to rescue out of a tree. Also, the only one of my models to get me grumbled at by some old dude in his back yard. Hey, when your model wants to be shot amongst sunflowers, you have to shoot her where the sunflowers are, even if they are behind someone’s house (we weren’t in anyone’s yard btw). Sorry you fell victim to the ridiculous artistic whims of a photographer. We can be dangerous when we get ideas like that.

I really like this shot because, most people don’t know this, but it can be difficult to get teenage girls to stop giggling sometimes. When they do though, there’s a different kind of beauty to be captured; the kind steeped in self-confidence that shows someone is ready to take on the world.  

Hope you had a fantastic senior year, and we wish you the best of luck wherever your future takes you (except for trees of course)!

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Colorado Springs Seniors 2013 part III https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/5/colorado-springs-seniors-2013-part-iii Colorado Springs 2013 Senior Bailee Noone

Okay, well preparing for a graduation party, attending said party, and a graduation turned out to be a doozey. To all of you out there that dealt with graduations in the last week or two- my hat’s off to ya!

Unfortunately, all the craziness led to me slacking off on what I had planned to be a daily tribute to the 2013 Seniors we’ve had the honor of shooting. Hey, it’s currently 01:13 as I write this. That’s 1:13 AM for you civilians, so I’ve got my dedication back in check.

As for the story of this photo, it’s another one of my faves. This is Bailee Noone, the very first Class of 2013 Senior we shot. The shoot lasted several hours, and spanned multiple locations. It’s still probably the longest shoot (non-wedding) we’ve been on, but it was tons of fun. We had two beautiful, and fun young ladies keeping us on our toes. Bailee brought her friend Ashleigh along (you’ll see a photo of her tomorrow). Even though these young ladies are on the verge of adulthood, I love how this image captures a moment of modesty and innocence.

I’m sorry Bailee, I’ve forgotten which college you plan to attend, but we wish you nothing but the best as you head off into the rest of your life. Congratulations!

info@lmjcreative.com (LMJ Creative Expressions) colorado springs photography colorado springs senior portraits photos colorado springs portrait photography colorado springs senior pictures colordado springs senior portraits colorado springs https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/5/colorado-springs-seniors-2013-part-iii Wed, 29 May 2013 07:27:14 GMT
Colorado Springs Seniors 2013 Part II https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/5/colorado-springs-seniors-2013-part-ii Colorado Springs Senior 2013 Grayson Miller


Grayson was one of our easiest to shoot Seniors. This is probably because the kid’s already a movie star (NO, really!). He is cool enough to have been in The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp (as a cavalry soldier I believe). His were also the very first headshots we ever did (will post those one of these days), and got me interested in shooting fashion photography.

Grayson, whatever the future may hold for you, I have no doubt it’ll be interesting. Thanks for helping me capture some of my favorite photos…ever! It’s great to work with someone so sure of themselves.

Best of luck to you, whatever may come your way. Congratulations 2013 Graduate!

See more pics of Grayson here:


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Colorado Springs Seniors 2013 https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/5/colorado-springs-seniors-2013 Skye Jimenez Colorado Springs Senior 2013

I wanted to do something to honor the kids (yeah, they’re kids ‘till they get their first grey hair!) that are graduating this year.

Over the next few days I’ll be posting never-before-seen pics of the 2013 graduates we had the privilege of shooting.  We wind up with so many photos from each shoot that are never shared, printed, posted on facebook, etc. These photos are some of MY favorites from each respective session, and just didn’t make it past mom’s scrutiny.

Not bashing you lovely ladies at all. Mostly it was our fault, but we’ve gotten better about eliminating all but the best from each session. So rest assured- none of our moms will ever have to agonize over picking photos again.

To kick things off, I’ve chosen a photo of none other than my own beautiful daughter, Skye. We’re quite proud of this young lady. Those of you that know her, I mean, really know her, know how far she’s come in the last few years, how much she’s matured and grown.

Skye, I just want to say: You’ve made us proud, now go out and make yourself proud, because NO OTHER OPINION IN THIS WORLD MATTERS, BUT YOUR OWN!!!

I love you with all my heart SB!!!

info@lmjcreative.com (LMJ Creative Expressions) colorado springs class of 2013 colorado springs senior portraits colorado springs seniors 2013 senior pictures colordado springs senior portraits colorado springs https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/5/colorado-springs-seniors-2013 Fri, 24 May 2013 06:38:48 GMT
From the Jaws of Death Part II https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/5/from-the-jaws-of-death-part-ii Portrait of girl on curvy road


Okay, so, may not be the best shot ever, but we had just narrowly escaped being eaten alive. My point of focus is about a foot in front of Alex, and could have framed it better, but still a fairly cool shot, and we did risk life and limb for it. You’ll have to watch our facebook page for the photos from this session that are really good.

info@lmjcreative.com (LMJ Creative Expressions) Colorado Springs Photography Portraits colorado springs photography colorado springs studio photography photos colorado springs portrait photography colorado springs https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/5/from-the-jaws-of-death-part-ii Thu, 09 May 2013 05:29:21 GMT
From the Jaws of Death Part I https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/5/from-the-jaws-of-death Photo of bears on curvy road

So, I was nearly eaten by a bear (or bears) yesterday, but was saved just in the nick of time by two hot female assassins.

Okay, I’m exaggerating juuuussst a little, but you know me.

We had just finished wrapping a shoot and were heading home when I all of a sudden realized I needed AT LEAST 100 more shots before we could truly call it good.

Come on, I saw a really cool curvy part of the road and decided I wanted to stick our dear friend Alex right in the middle of it to see how good she is at dodging traffic.

Honestly, there was actually almost no one else in the whole canyon but Lisa, Alex, and myself, so I thought it would be fairly safe. So we pull over, get ourselves, and six tons of gear unloaded, and I started looking for the best angle on this piece of the road.

Right as I’m about to send Alex about 10 yards up the road in the direction we’d come from, we hear a car tearing it’s way towards us. So, we get ourselves off the road and a few seconds later Speed Racer himself comes flying by.

(Sorry for switching tenses, I’m a crappy writer.)

We waited a second or two and decided it was safe to venture back onto the road when two FEROCIOUS Kodiak Grizzly Bears straight from Hell came charging towards us!!!

Sorry, a little more exaggerating. So, maybe it was more like two little black bears about the size of a large dog. And okay, it was more like they started to cross the road right where I was about to send Alex to stand (and wait for her horribly gruesome death by bear).

They did stop and stare long enough to realize anyone man enough to have two such hot ladies with him was surely a force to be reckoned with, thought better of their plan to eat me, and hightailed it back in to the woods.

While I have never been closer to the jaws of death (LITERALLY!), the dedicated photographer in me (or the idiot) demanded I still get the shot I had traveled so far to get.

So I sent the courageous and beautiful Alex back into the road (in the OTHER direction this time), cast aside all doubts and fears, and threw myself down on the road right where the evil beasts had passed just moments before.

Yes, I knew the risk lying in the road posed, but a true photographer gets his shot even at the risk of being eaten by nine foot tall bears, or squished by cars traveling hundreds of miles an hour.

So, did I get my shot? I’ll let you be the judge of that…tomorrow.

But wait! here's a photo Lisa took of me braving bears and traffic alike:

Photographer lying in road to get photo

info@lmjcreative.com (LMJ Creative Expressions) colorado springs photography photos colorado springs portrait photography colorado springs https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/5/from-the-jaws-of-death Wed, 08 May 2013 06:02:11 GMT
A bright future https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/5/a-bright-future Marcus Lobato Colorado Springs Senior Portraits


Hey guys, sorry it’s been so long. Just haven’t been too much in the mood for writing I suppose. We have been fairly busy with various different photo shoots. I tend to get buried under photos that need editing so much so that I don’t know which way is up.

Thought it was high time to edit a photo just for me. This is one of our 2013 Seniors, Marcus Lobato. Fantastic kid. Just enlisted (almost said enrolled) in the Air Force. Leaves for Basic in July. Stuck him (actually Mom did) in his ROTC uniform and drug him to the Air Force Academy Chapel for some photos.

This happens to be one of my favorites from the session. He’s got a real sense of ease and confidence about him in this photo.  So awesome to find a young person that has an idea what the hell they’re going to do with their lives…at least for the next few years.

We love shooting young people. They’ve truly got their whole lives in front of them. Wouldn’t we all love to go back and slap our younger selves and tell us about all the crap we missed, which choices to change, etc?

Here’s to young men and women doing something with their lives. Time has a way of flying by while you’re deciding what to do, don’t waste it. 

info@lmjcreative.com (LMJ Creative Expressions) Colorado Pictures Portraits Senior Springs https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/5/a-bright-future Fri, 03 May 2013 04:42:00 GMT
Kooper https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/3/kooper We had an absolute blast shooting this little guy. Unfortunately, had to call the first session due to our lovely Colorado weather, but we brought him back a week later for round two.

The best part of the whole shoot was when he started patting me on the head like I belonged at the petting zoo. He also kept stealing my wireless trigger off the top of my camera. Once, when he wasn’t able to, he got mad and kicked the camera, which I found hilarious, but might have caused Mom a little stress.

This is my first multi-photo blog post, so hope you enjoy!

This last photo hopefully does honor to the history of the overalls he’s wearing. These belonged to Kooper’s Great Great Grandfather, so I thought this pic could do with a little bit of old style processing.

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Lens filters are important https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/3/why-we-put-filters-on-our-lenses Boy touches camera lens

Please forgive the horrible color, lousy exposure, and blurriness of the above photo.

Tonight, thought I’d share a little photography tip with you. As prices have dropped over the past few years, many of you have purchased your own DSLRs. I think this is pretty awesome. I plan to eventually teach photography, because if I can’t make awesome photos for everyone, I’d at least like to show everyone how to make awesome photos for themselves. So let me take a few moments to save you a little time, and possibly some money.

So, as the title of today’s blog post says, this is why we invest a little extra money in filters for ALL our lenses. Filters not only protect your lenses if you are a little clumsy like me and run the risk of banging them on things, but they also keep them from getting dirty.

We had the pleasure of shooting a cute little guy named Kooper today. He was a typical boy. He had a great time doing typical boy things; among them patting me on the head like an animal at the petting zoo, feeding me goldfish, throwing lots of things on the floor, and kicking my camera when he couldn’t get the wireless trigger off of it. All these things provided me with great entertainment, but caused mom quite a bit of concern (we have to frequently remind our clients that we have four children, and not much scares us when it comes to kids). In the above picture, he was able to press his hand on pretty much the entire surface of my lens filter.

Without the comparatively inexpensive filter screwed on to the end of that lens, I was able to quickly remove it and keep shooting without having to stop and waste valuable minutes cleaning my lens. I also turned the hood around the correct way, which prevented further smearing of Canon glass.

I’ve always scoffed at those that put their lens caps back on their lenses and aren’t actually putting their cameras away. I also think it somewhat foolish to turn a camera off, since most turn themselves off after a few minutes, and are awakened by a half-push of the shutter button. After all, if something awesome happens in front of you, how will you take a photo with your camera off and your lens cap on?

So, those of you who own a camera with removable lenses, please spend a few bucks on filters and lens hoods. These will save you time AND money, and keep you shooting when precious moments are passing by in front of you. And, please, please, please, don’t put your lens cap on or turn your camera off until you’re putting it back in its bag. 

info@lmjcreative.com (LMJ Creative Expressions) Colorado Springs Family Photography Colorado Springs Photography https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/3/why-we-put-filters-on-our-lenses Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:09:27 GMT
Monkey on a Bench https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/3/monkey-on-a-bench My daughter Maia on a bench


I know, I know, it’s been a couple days. Sorry for leaving you, my three readers hanging like that. Been kinda busy around here. Hey, it takes a lot of time to keep my hair looking this good.

So, hope this post finds you guys doing well, if not, that’s life, suck it up and move on! Sorry, just kidding. It is Monday though, so it did suck a little bit I guess.

So here is a picture of my daughter Maia, who I affectionately refer to as “Monkey” for as long as I can remember. I also call her "Monkey Brains" and "Monkey Butt" on occasion. You have to admit, she does kinda resemble a little monkey sitting there like that. I can just about see her tail sticking through the slats of that bench.

Speaking of the Monkey. We just got done with dinner, which means we were all together for a few minutes. As we’re heading back upstairs, I say out loud, “back to my blogging. Wish I knew what write about.” To which Maia responds, “you should write about me!” Well, I already was. I was speaking more in general terms, as in an everyday basis.

Maia wanted to know what I was writing about. I told her if she wanted to know she’d have to read my blog. She asked if it was on facebook. I said , “no”. She asked how she was supposed to read it then.  Man, these kids can’t do anything without facebook.  I’m still waiting for someone to post photos from the delivery room as they welcome their new child into the world (just kidding, please don’t!).

Speaking of monkeys yet again. Lisa just stepped out into my little man hall (I don’t have a cave, just a loft big enough for my desk) to show me a piece of scrapbook paper. Guess what’s on the piece of paper? You guessed it, monkeys!

So Monkey Brains, I guess tonight was all about you. Thanks for always being willing to step in front of my camera when I’m testing out whatever new piece of gear I might have, or for being willing to do actual photo shoots here and there. Your photos may sit in my computer far longer than any of my paying clients, but so do your brothers’ and sister’s. I do enjoy editing your photos when I finally get around to them. Love ya lots!

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Happy Birthday Mouse https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/3/happy-birthday-mouse Hummingbird feeding from a flower


Really bummed. Just sat here and looked through all my digitized photos, trying to find a picture of my sister Marci that really shows the essence of her personality. Unfortunately I was unsuccessful. One of my biggest regrets in life is not having had the chance to have made just one portrait of her.

I can't help but wonder what that photo would look like. Would I crack a joke, and grab one of her beautiful smiles? Or would I get one of those deep, serious looks I get from my daughter as well? 

I also can't help but wonder what she’d say about the work we do. Would she be proud? What advice would she give me about this business we are trying to build? She always had the best damn advice, and knew how to put me in my place when I was being stupid, or not seeing the whole picture.

She is still a major source of inspiration for me. I look back at the short life she lived and I remember to try and live each day the best I can, and try to enjoy the time I have right now. I’m not sad for her that she’s gone. I know she always worried about her deteriorating health, and didn’t want to grow crooked and disabled from her afflictions. She may have lived a shorter life than most of us would like, but she LIVED that damn life every day. I’m not sad for the life she missed, because I truly feel her life could not have been more fuller, but I know my own life will never be as full without her in it.

Those of you that know me, know I’m a jokester, and live for making people laugh, but I never felt closer to anyone than when I made Marci laugh, and I could always get a smile and a laugh out of her.

Funny how self-centered we are. I go for weeks, sometimes months without thinking about my sister, then out of the blue I found myself wanting to reach out to her…mostly when I have a problem I can’t figure out, or when I feel overwhelmed. But then, we never truly appreciate what we have until we no longer have it.

Okay, sorry, didn’t mean to bum anyone out. Marci would slap me if she saw me sitting here crying like a buffoon as I write this. But like I said, I don’t weep for her, I weep for those of us that have to live without her. Today is just another reminder of how short life truly is, and tomorrow I will wake up and do my best to live my life to it’s fullest in hopes of honoring her and all the others who’ve gone before us.

Couldn’t find a photo OF her that really captured her personality, but I found a photo that makes me really think of her. My dear mother describes Marci as a hummingbird, because she was never still. We seldom saw her, and when we did, it wasn’t for long because she always had somewhere to go, something to do, but I’m glad she did because she was able to pack a lot of life in to just a few years.

Happy Birthday Mouse, I love you and miss you more every day. I hope that wherever you are, you still flit around just as much as you did when you were with us.

Remember, people, life is short. Love those that matter to you, and pack as much life into each day as you can. 

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Skye Senior Portraits https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/3/skye-senior-portraits Skye



Why is it that those of us with a professional trade make our families wait so long for the very thing we do for everyone else? Hopefully this doesn’t hold true for brain surgeons as well.

I can say that for photographers, there is also another element at work here. It has something to do with how crappy photos look right after you’ve shot them. Simple fix, you just let them sit for a week or two, sometimes a month…or five, and they look completely different.

Made this photo of my daughter Skye back in October, and just now getting around to editing it. Of course, when it’s your own kid, you also make darn sure they look good during editing. Gotta make sure that 6 grand worth of orthodontic work shines through every smile, and that forehead tattoo takes a long time to edit out too (just kidding, I might add one though for a laugh).

So, yeah, this does look much different 5 months after it was shot. If only every photo got better the longer it sat; I’d just go back to the beginning of my photographic inventory and be amazed.

Guess the point I’m trying to make is: don’t let those photos of your loved ones sit in your camera for TOO long. Take them out, print them, post them, share them, let them live the life photos were meant to live.

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Happy Birthday Charlie https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/3/happy-birthday-charlie Native American Man Sitting in chair


Not much to say tonight. I’ve been drinking some vodka and I’m really tired. Just wanted to post another pic of Charlie and wish him a Happy Birthday. Damn Charlie, can’t believe you’re so freaking old! Don’t mind me, just a little jealous (especially of your hair!). Hope it was a great day, buddy!

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Fatty Shoots Flowers https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/3/fatty-shoots-flowers Fat Man Shooting Flowers


Not much of a story here, just me, lying on my big ol’ gut, about to shoot a wedding bouquet. I have lost quite a bit of weight since then, so I’ll have to try and duplicate this shot my dear wife, Lisa took at our next wedding for comparison.

Like I said before, going to try my best to only post photos on this blog that you can find nowhere else. Your treat for digging a little deeper than our normal fan, is you get to see photos of me looking and acting stupid, along with actual portraits, of course.

We’d love to hear your feedback on our posts. Please don’t be shy, not even sure anyone’s actually reading this thing. It’s turning out to be kind of an outlet for me though, so I’m gonna keep kicking out the silliness.

Have a good night everyone!

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As fast as a Mexican mother with a Chancla https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/3/as-fast-as-a-mexican-mother-with-a-chancla Fast mom smacks son

Right about now you’re probably asking yourself, “what the heck am I looking at?” Have you ever heard stories about the mean Mexican mom or grandma that could move across the room and smack you before you even had time to blink? Well, here’s photographic proof this speed exists in mothers who are in attack mode.

The young man in the picture is my son, Cody. The blur you see isn’t a ghost, but my wife, and she’s moving so fast my camera could barely catch her form as she flew across the beach to smack Cody. Luckily, I caught her just as she started to move, otherwise she wouldn’t even be visible in this photo.  If you look closely, she’s already got a shoe in her hand.

All my life I thought this was a skill possessed only by mothers of Hispanic descent. Perhaps these were skills gained by wife when she married me and took on Jimenez as her last name?

As to why she smacked him, you’ll have to ask the two of them. According to Cody, his mother only beats him on holidays. We WERE on a family holiday, so who’s to say. 


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Entertaining Miss Sassy Pants https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/3/entertaining-miss-sassy-pants Fat guy climbing tree photo


Most photographers will do anything to get a shot. From laying in the mud, to getting up to our necks in cold water, we do what it takes. After many photo sessions have come to conclusion I quickly found myself quite uncomfortable. Blame it on getting in “The Zone” I guess. I’ve been aware of my fingers not being very functional because they are so numb, and not until I’ve gotten back in the car was I aware that the 10 degree ambient temperature had made the rest of my kinda cold as well.

My wife doesn’t typically pick up the camera. This is a fact I sorely wish I could change. You see, SHE is the creative one. Don’t believe me? Check out the timeline covers she’s designed: Lisa Timeline Covers

As well as her wall art: Lisa Wall Art

There’s been a few times she’s picked up the camera out of sheer necessity. The above photo is one such time. Usually when she succumbs to the need, great things are produced. See some examples below:

Lisa's shot #1

Lisa's shot #2

This particular time was pretty necessary as well. One of our most favoritest models in the world, Makahlynn, is also one of the sassiest, and on this day she wasn’t having any of it. At some point during the shoot I threw in the photographic towel, tossed Lisa the camera, and started a snowball fight with my little friend. This ensued for about twenty minutes or so, at some later point I found myself climbing a tree like a monkey in an attempt to amuse her.  Unfortunately, Lisa found the above shot more compelling than anything pretty young Makahlynn was doing. I’m very seldom the subject of any photographs, so I thought I’d share this “special” one with you.

We did get some pretty good shots after all. Miss Sassy Pants didn’t really want to cooperate, but I wouldn’t take her any other way, cuz that’s what makes her so fun. The first time we shot her, she did nothing but run for two straight hours, but it was one of the defining moments of my career, and images from that shoot will probably be in my portfolio for the rest of my life. You can see that shoot here: Makahlynn's First Shoot. Her Second shoot was even more awesome, and is included in the above link.

See the rest of the above shoot here: Makahlynn Shoot.

Sorry for all the links in this post, thanks to Misty for sharing your beautiful daughter with us.

Have a great night everyone!



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Chinese Miner/ Asian Railroad Worker https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/3/chinese-miner/-asian-railroad-worker Charlie Studio Photo Session Colorado Springs

This is a photo of my buddy Charlie Aligaen. He is Filipino, yet could definitely pass for Native American in the right outfit and accessories. Whichever way he takes it, he's a great looking guy (I'm most jealous of his awesome hair). He is an aspiring actor and was recently cast as an extra in The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp. Pretty awesome if I do say so myself. He was cast as both a Chinese Miner, and an Asian Railroad Worker. Or maybe it was the other way around (sorry if I screwed that up Charlie). Here’s some footage from his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151232135911975&set=a.10151232135886975.441765.693591974&type=1&theater

I can’t help but find the above amusing. I think it just proves how closely related we all are. Native Americans did cross the land bridge from Siberia like 50 years ago or something, so it definitely makes sense that there are physical similarities between Native Americans and Asians.

Charlie is a competitive weightlifter. That’s Olympic style for those of you not in the know. He has also competed as a bodybuilder, and had some pretty good success at both. Forgive me for not being able to quote all your titles and trophies Charlie.

Definitely need to get this guy in front of my camera again soon. I have a couple female family members that think he’s the next best thing since tortillas, so maybe I can catch him when he’s in contest shape and do more of a fitness shoot.

Anyway, sorry for taking so long to post this photo, Charlie. Hope you guys enjoy (especially Dwinky and Martha!). 

Have a great night everyone!!!

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LMJ Creative Expressions of Colorado Springs Photography Blog https://www.lmjcreative.com/blog/2013/2/lmj-creative-expressions-of-colorado-springs-photography-blog Colorado Springs Senior Photo Ashleigh



Couldn’t help but think this was a perfect first blog post. One of our favorite Senior models Ashleigh, and we totally missed her birthday a couple days ago. Hope it was a blast Ashleigh! This is from her Senior Session in August, and this pic has never been shared before. Was able to get it while she wasn’t paying attention, which makes it pretty awesome in my mind.

So, I have no idea how to go about writing a blog. I only follow one, and that’s Neil Van Niekerk’s photography blog http://neilvn.com/tangents/ .  He provides great information about how to be a better photographer, etc., etc., blah, blah, blah.

Maybe I should throw it out there to you guys- What do you want to see/hear/ read about in this here bloggio? I’ll be honest, I’m starting this to help my SEO (search engine optimization), basically, to help make our website www.lmjcreative.com more relevant to google and give us better ranking when someone does a search for photography related stuff. I can’t just throw some garbage up in the cloud though. I want to provide a blog that is at least mildly entertaining.

So, like I said, here is your chance, at the ground floor to help direct where and how this thing develops. I’m happy to share some tips and tricks with everyone on how EVERYONE can take better photos (and you don’t need a fancy camera to do it), I can share boring stories about photo shoots with you (and cool pics of course), I can have a few vodkas on the rocks before I start typing my blog entries and see if I can develop the typing equivalent of verbal diarrhea.

Whatever direction this winds up taking, please feel free to correct my grammar and spelling. Come on, I wanna B a mo betta spella.

Hope you all have a great night. Don’t forget, tomorrow is Friday, so try not to bitch TOO much. If you still think you’re having a bad day, please contact me and I’ll send you info on at least two people whose lives suck more worser than yours does.

So, tell me what you wanna see in the comments section below.

Here’s to what are hopefully many, at least slightly entertaining blog entries…


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