Why are coffee shops so perfect for taking pictures?? Normally I take 95 percent of my pictures outside, but sometimes it’s fun to switch it up a bit and move things indoors. While my sister and her boyfriend were visiting me in Colorado, we stopped at Switchback Coffee to take some cute photos. Because what better mix can you have than tasty coffee and perfect indoor lighting?! They turned out so cute!! The bight light and neutral color palette inside was SO perfect. Not to mention the lattes we had were amazing! If you’re in Colorado Springs, be sure to check out Switchback Coffee– it’s wonderful. Another great one that’s opened recently and is super cute is Loyal Coffee downtown. Check that out too for a modern classy vibe of the traditional coffee shop.
Enjoy these two love bugs!
What an adorable family… I feel like I start out every blog post saying how adorable my clients are, but REALLY, I get to work with such adorable people. Anyways, this was a cute family session in Garden of the Gods right at the beginning of Spring. Phani had warned me that their one and a half year old was a crazy one and that she would most likely be completely uninterested in the pictures- boy was he right! Picking grass, running around, spinning, and throwing a ball was FAR more exciting than taking pictures. Despite her disinterest, we got some wonderful family photos and captured the Gollapalli family in purely candid moments. I can’t wait to work with this family again in the future!
How did I get to where I am now?
This is a question I ask myself all the time. As I’m starting to put a lot more additional work into growing my business, I often sit back and ask myself, “how did I even get here”? Well– I started from scratch. As I suppose most people do. But I think what makes my story different is that I never had any intentions of starting a business, it just kind of happened. I’ve always liked photography, and enjoyed taking pictures, although it was never really an acknowledged skill or hobby. And before I even knew what bokeh (the blur behind the subject in focus) was, I LOVED it and would take pictures of random things around the house to get that effect.
A Colorado Springs Couples Photography Session at Rock Ledge Ranch | March 2017
My goodness, what an adorable session. We have been waiting to do this session since last summer! Amanda got in touch with me and said she wanted pictures, but that we’d (unfortunately) have to wait for her husband to return to the Springs from his Army assignment. Now, after waiting nearly 8 months, we finally were able to get the pictures that have been so long-anticipated!
Everyday, I write down three things that I am grateful for. I’ve been doing this for a few months now and it has completely changed the way I look at things. This morning, I’m grateful for a few hours of relaxation, the gorgeous winter wonderland out my window, and my ever loving fiance. Thanks to the lovely Abby Grace Photography for sharing this great idea at one of her workshops!
If this isn’t something you do, or even think about, I highly recommend it. Sometimes you don’t realize how much you are grateful for until you give it a little thought and it’s written out explicitly right in front of you! I personally like to do this at night before bed, so I can reflect on things from the day. But this is an activity that can be done anytime of day! Cheers to gratitude and enjoying the little things in life- like really good morning coffee
Allison Ranslow Photography | Colorado Springs Photographer
“I’d like you to take some special pictures for us”- I had been anxiously awaiting a text like this from Trent for a long time. Abby and Trent had been dating for a while now, and I knew the proposal was coming in the near future. Over the summer, I had talked to Trent about photographing the proposal when the time were to come, and I was beyond excited when I finally got that text from him! I mean like REALLY freakin’ excited. Abby and Trent are a wonderful couple. They’re funny, adventurous, and genuinely kind people. When Cam and I moved to Colorado, I was so happy to have family so close in Denver. I’ve enjoyed hanging out with them (and their perfect dogs) and am so thankful for our friendship. I’m so happy Trent wanted me to be a part of this big moment for them.
Oh, the Nelsons! What a lovely family. I’ve known them since elementary school as both Greg and I went to Thornell Road together! In December of 2013, before I even started Allison Ranslow Photography, they were my very first customer and the start of a new era- and now they’re back for more! I love my repeat clients and am always so happy to work with them again. We had a chilly morning in Mendon Ponds Park, but despite the cold, it was lots of fun and full of laughter. Check this cute and gorgeous family out!!
Wow, what a cute little family. The Perrys came to me for one of their first family portraits in a few years. It was definitely time for some updated family pictures for them. It was a perfect sunny day in the Springs and fortunately, we were graced with some fresh snow. We took the pictures at Rock Ledge Ranch inside Garden of the Gods. I had never been there before and was excited to shoot at a new location in Colorado Springs. It ended up being PERFECT. Lots of different backgrounds for some wonderful pictures. Despite being a little chilly, the pictures turned out wonderfully. The Perry family was great, and I can’t wait to work with them again in the future!
Colorado Springs Family Portraits | Rock Ledge Ranch
October 1st, 2016
A backcountry wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains
This post is one I’ve been anxious to write for a while. I’ve anxiously awaited Abbey and Ben’s wedding for a few years now. Abbey and I were roommates freshman year of college at Penn State and have been friends ever since. She and Ben didn’t start dating until senior year of college, and they were a match made in heaven. They met at BioLife as they were both employees there and hit it off from the start. In the fall of our senior year, I did my first photo session with them and we got a few sunset shots at the Arboretum on campus, and a year or so later, I did another couple’s session with them at the same location. Abbey had always said that she wanted me to be her wedding photographer, so I was just waiting for the big moment for them to get engaged.