Denver Family Photographer :: Avery is 6 months old!

I love a cute baby! And I REALLY love a cute 6 month old baby!  And even though Miss Avery gave me a run for my money and wouldn’t crack a smile at any of my awesome tricks, she’s still SO adorable and sweet and perfect that it didn’t matter and her photos turned out wonderful!  Such a doll baby :)


Look at those eyes!


Love this!


And one last shot in her handmade outfit that was her mom’s when she was a baby! Love tradition! :)


Happy 6 months of life little Avery! -Katie

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Best Photos of 2014 :: Part 2 (August – December)

Are you ready for part 2 of my favorite photos of the year?!  Fall is BY FAR my busiest season of the year for shoots so there’s more packed into less months in the Fall, but I love it!!  I’m the kind of person who always longs for lazy days, but I’m just made to be busy. I’m always, always busy.  I just work better that way!  But. Let’s move on to the photos! Starting with a shoot I did for one of my best friend’s sister’s baby boy Oliver, who is THE CUTEST:


Then I did my only senior session of the year for my favorite senior in all of Denver, the fantastic Hannah! 


Then the DiMatteo family asked me to do an extended family shoot for them that included NINE kids, I was game – but apprehensive – because that’s a LOT of kids … but they all nailed it!!  They were a blast and frankly just EASY to photograph!


I’ve known this cute family for a long time too and their boys keep getting cuter every time we do a shoot!


Stephanie and Brad’s wedding day was a stunnnnning, intimate, perfect Colorado wedding and I was so honored to capture their memories!


Leah and Kunlong’s farm engagement shoot was a blast!!


One of my favorite families to do pictures for, the Laws, had such a perfect last-bit-of-summer shoot!


The Schmidt family were first timers this Fall and I loved getting to know them!


I did Hilary and Doug’s engagement and wedding photos a few years ago so I was over the moon happy when they asked me to do their maternity photos for their new baby on the way!!


Little Maverick is the goofiest, happy baby and his 8 month shoot was a blast!


The Wulf family are one of my favorite Wisconsin families to shoot and little Marshall is a HAM and a half! Loved this shoot so much!


Ask me to shoot a puppy and I will be there as fast as I can. Truth. Little Dixie was the cutest little thing ever!


The McClinktock family were first timers too and we had such a fun shoot! These kiddos are adorable!!


My freaking amazing hairdresser, Lyndsay, has the most fantastic family and just added a new member this year so we had to get some updated family of 5 photos – all of which I’m obsessed with!


Lauren and Lyle had a gorgeous Colorado engagement shoot!


Doug and Hilary welcomed a baby girl in October and her newborn shoot was wonderful!


The Yongue family finally had some awesome fall weather for their family shoot this time!

49_Blog_449_Blog_9The Knowlton family were also first timers this year, but they totally nailed their shoot and little Lauren is SO CUTE!


The Harber family are lonnnng time clients of mine and are always a shape of my Fall shoots – this time they outdid themselves!


My college friends Carey and Jessica welcomed their first baby this year so I stopped out to get some family photos for them! I am so happy for them and loved this shoot!


Now that I’m writing all these out I’m realize how many new families I had this year which makes me so happy! I love meeting new people and capturing awesome photos for them! The Fitzhugh family were first timers also and we had the perfect day!


The Haubert family trekked out to Boulder for their shoot and I LOVE how their photos turned out!


The Swathwood Family were also first timers and are actually relatively new to Colorado so I’m so glad they found me to be their photographer!


The Anderson family just always nail their shoots. There’s nothing more I can say about how wonderful they are!


The Stevens brothers were such cute dudes – loved their shoot!


The Schumacher Family – and their pup! – were such great troopers in the cold and snow and totally got awesome images for braving it!


The Mancherian family snuck in a cold shoot at the awesome Union Station in Denver which was such a fun spot!!


My little man. My buddy. Max turned 4 this year and, as always, I’m obsessed with him and his birthday shoot!


The Daugherty family had their 6 month shoot (in the 1 year package) and little Charlie was the perfect happy chubby baby model!


Kunlong and Leah’s harvest wedding was the most fantastic day and the perfect wedding to be my last of the year!


I never actually blogged the Stefaniak’s shoot, but this image was one of my favorites!


Little Charley’s 6 month photos proved that she is the world’s happiest baby!


Mr. Tate’s 1 year old photos were so festive and fun!!


The award for the most Christmas-y family shoot of the year, and I LOVE Christmas sooo yeah, I loved the Kern family shoot!!


And last, but not least, my friend Kelsey and her family get to grace the blog twice in one week!  Their cold Milwaukee shoot was the perfect way to end 2014!



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Milwaukee Family Photographer :: The Wirth Family!

I really really enjoyed this session – what a way to end my shooting for 2014!  It was so refreshing to have a family of adults to shoot!  That meant I didn’t have to chase anyone around or play silly games to get smiles. ;)  And even though it was FRIGIDLY windy – thank you Wisconsin – these all turned out awesome!!  Check out my friend Kelsey and her family!


Love this!



Handsdown favorite! Even if the people working in that little shop thought we were CRAZY!


And I’ll end it on this note, because GO PACK GO!


So glad we made this shoot happen Kelsey and family!! -Katie

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Best Photos of 2014 :: Part 1 (January – August)

So this has really become one of my favorite parts of the year … the time where I’m entering a much needed lull in shoots and I have the time to step back, take a breath, and go back over my whole year of photography to pick out my favorite shots from each session or wedding.  I love remembering each shoot – each family or new baby or graduation senior or beautiful bride and happy groom – and I love sharing my favorites with you!  I shot the most weddings in a year I ever had before – a whopping 6 (which in the world of wedding photography isn’t a lot at all, but it’s a lot for me!) – and each and every one of them were fantastic!  And once again I had all my favorite families plus new families to photograph and I loved it all!  So here’s a look back at the year in photographs – starting with  Lincoln’s newborn shoot:


The new year brought me back to back new babies, which is really a great way to start a year!  Maverick’s newborn photos were a blast!

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I loved doing a few head shots for this pretty lady!


The Sullivan family have been a long time Katie Derus Photography family and I loved seeing them again for this early Spring shoot!


Little Reese’s newborn photos were so sweet!


In April I took a little trip for fun (and for run!) to California and I loved spending time taking pictures just for me! 


Katie and Graham’s maternity photos might be some of my favorite ever!


Ella and Max got a new cousin this year so we had to update their cousin photos!


My first wedding of the year was a wonderful, intimate, love-filled day in Denver. Laura and Jake had a great wedding!


Oh hey, it’s my favorite colorado family! Their shoots are always my favorite – but I’m biased :)


My sweet college rugby friend (and past Katie Derus Photography bride!) welcomed her sweet baby boy, Duval Jr., this Spring and I was so happy to take his newborn photos


My first-ever friend – and cousin – Jessica married her guy, Nate, in the most gorgeous wedding!  I loved capturing their day!


I met little Xander when he was just a week old – so it was so fun to come back and see him as a big, happy, on-the-go toddler!


Steph and Zac were engagement and wedding photo clients of mine and it’s been so fun to watch them start their family this year! Their maternity photos were so great!


Photographing a proposal is equal part awesome and terrifying (I don’t want to be the person who messes up someone’s big, life-changing day!), but Brian and Teresa’s mountain top proposal went perfectly and I love this image of them just after the big moment!


When my very first college friend got engaged and asked me to be her photographer I was SO EXCITED!  Their day was perfect and I loved being a part of all of it!


Little Charlie arrived in June and his newborn photos are some of my favorites!


I hadn’t seen this cute family in over a year so it was fun to shoot their updated family photos this year!


I love this family and I love doing their first-year package shoots and I’m so sad it came to an end this year. Can’t wait to watch these kiddos continue to grow!


Sweet Makelti was my first baby to be a first-year package kiddo and we wrapped up her year this Summer. She is SUCH a doll and I loved her parents’ idea to have her read some books for her 1-year-old shoot because she’s already a book lover!


This family will always be special to me since I basically harassed them in a parking lot about adorable their dog (a Toller like my family’s dog!) and now I’m their photographer and I love that!  They welcomed their second baby this year and I loved doing a maternity shoot for them before they welcomed the little man. I think it’s so special to do maternity photos with your bigger kids included. These were some of their last photos as a family of 3!


This family has had me shoot all three of their daughters’ newborn photos. When they welcomed their third little lady we did some newborn photos and Miss Charley’s big sisters were SO excited!


I love this sweet maternity shoot!


Steph and Zac welcomed baby Avery in July and she’s so perfect that her newborn photos were a breeze!


Levi and Mary’s wedding day was PERFECT and so them and I loved shooting it! I had a hard time narrowing down the pictures for this!


I don’t do a ton of extended family photos but these guys have had me do their extended family twice in the last five years and it’s been fun to see how they’ve changed!  Loved this shoot!


This sweet family became a family of 4 when they welcomed baby Deacon and while he gave us a run for our money during his newborn shoot, I love how these all turned out!


The Ripes family found such a fun little spot for their family shoot!


This is just a fun photo for myself – no happy brides and grooms or cute families and sweet babies here :)


My sweet girl Ella turned 5 this year and her 5-year-old photos were a blast!


Sweet baldy baby Lincoln was the perfect little man during his 6 month shoot.  This might be on of my favorite shoots EVER!


Let’s end this post with this gorgeous girl! Loved this family shoot!


I hope you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!  And I will post Part 2 later this week!!

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Denver Family Photographer :: The Kern Family!

This family is such a fun family and I have always loved doing their shoots!  It’s been so fun to watch the kiddos grow and become more than just siblings, but also really like best friends!  AND these guys totally nailed the “christmas photos outfits” (aka looking really festive and coordinating without being dressed like christmas trees ;)) and we had a perfect Colorado winter day (aka it was sunny and warm!) and overall I think this shoot was the perfect way for me to end 2014!


Caleb and Lexie are just the cutest!


Amy’s parents were in town for their 45th wedding anniversary (!!!) and we had to get a few shots with them!


Love these!


One last family shot!


Merry Christmas everyone!! -Katie

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