Photos by Jen Ulasiewicz
You know, it really is a small world out there today. I have friends through the scrapbooking community on the WWW all around the world, from Australia, Europe and all across the US. When we first moved to CO Springs, the friends I made in this completely new place were ones I met when I posted on a scrapbooking forum and then later an email group for the state. Those ladies are still my friends today.
I first heard about Jen Ulasiewicz through a digital scrapbooking site a few years ago. She ended up moving to CO Springs as her husband is military and they were transferred to one of the bases here. Then, she joined Scrapbookgraphics as a designer a little while after I had joined the Crew. Even though we lived in the same city, we hadn’t met- that is until Jen saw a photo of me at the site and realized that she had been walking past me in the hall at TDC for months. Her daughter was taking a dance class with Ms. Cindy on Monday nights. I was usually absorbed in working on something or trying to get my girls fed during their break between classes and not really paying attention to all of the other parents walking by. Though they were in different classes, Amelia and Sarah were both in the ‘I Won’t Grow Up’ dance during recital, as some of the classes with multiple times were combined.
Jen is also a professional photographer, Jen Ulasiewicz Photography (or go directly to her site here). Jen offered about a month ago to take some portraits of the kids for me and I jumped at the chance. I really like her portrait style. I hadn’t done the annual portraits of the kids yet, other than the ones I’ve taken myself. We chose Palmer Park as our shoot location. Jen had picked a place and shots to start, but then she just let them loose to climb and explore on their own. She followed them as they ran around and captured their unique personalities by watching how they interacted with each other and the environment. They all told me several times how much fun they had after we got home. Jen didn’t mind me taking a few photos with my own camera right next to her either. Here’s a peek at the results of the morning.
and of course I had to scrap one of the photos I took- love these shots of them all spread out standing on the rocks.
Thanks for the photos, Jen! My kids had a blast and are willing guinea pigs any time you need them ;)