Jardin du Luxembourg | Denver Portrait Photographer

Dream a little (or big) dream

Just over a year ago I had a dream and set a goal to photograph a client in Paris. I wrote it down and made it public. And as I sit here, it bewilders me that not only did that dream come true, it’s now weeks…nearly months…behind me. I think it’s because of that that I’ve been unable to publish these final images from Paris.

I’m used to living with my dreams. I’ve dreamt of being a parent my whole life and I’m often shocked that I’ve made it to 35 childless. And yet the odd thing is, the wanting…the yearning…the constant visualization of parenthood, sits by me like an old friend. I’m better acquainted with the dreaming of that dream than the living of that dream. Some dreams take a long time to come to fruition. But Photographing a client in Paris came to life way, way faster than I anticipated. And I just haven’t had the courage to admit that it’s really over.


I know that Maggie was the first of many portrait clients I will photograph in Paris over the full span of my career. But there is something so incredible and irreplaceable about the first time you have an experience like this. It is so dear to me that I’ve kept it very, very close to my heart.

Let it go

I saved the portraits from the Jardin du Luxembourg for last because standing there, camera in hand, was pure magic to me. The Luxembourg Gardens may not be quite as iconic as the Eiffel Tower or Versailles, but those magical trees are what inspired me to set a goal bigger than I felt I had in me. And because of that, I had to wait till the end to share these images. I’m now ready to let go…


These images will always remind me that absolutely anything is possible when you have a clear vision and focus.


And while it was the rows of trees that brought us to Paris, it was another part of the Jardin du Luxembourg that unexpectedly sent me home with my favorite portrait from our entire adventure.


I want to thank everyone who has followed along on this journey so faithfully. I hope that it inspires you to dream way bigger than you’ve ever allowed yourself to do before. And I hope that you can now see the amount of time, planning, work, care and love it takes to create heirloom art for such extraordinary clients. It is my sincerest hope that whoever is reading this becomes the next subject in front of the lens of my camera. I cannot wait to photograph you. To book, please click here.


And while I have now revealed all of the finished images from Paris, there are two more surprises! In tomorrow’s blog, you will see the long-awaited behind-the-scenes video from Maggie’s Dream Portrait experience. And though it has been so hard to let go and move forward, 2019 is truly right around the corner…and I already know where I’ll be traveling to! Stay tuned for the announcement tomorrow.

it’s going to be epic.

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.
— Walt Disney