Summer Family Photos in Colorado Springs

Summer Family Photo Sessions
(With a cake smash)
Family and cake, what’s not to love?

Family photo sessions are all about capturing moments, making memories, and bringing out the beautiful personalities of the ones you love. My job is literally MAJECK-AL, and behind the lens I get to see it all. Even when you are unsure of  how everything may turn out – trust the process of my summer family photo sessions. Maybe you are chasing after kids, nervous, or a mini meltdown unfolds. I am here to let you know that it is okay, all of those things can be turned into beautiful moments, we never knew could exist. And those big personalities? They are what make your family wonderfully unique. We want those in your family photos session.

A Summer Afternoon

The Dean Family was so much fun to work with.  Dad, a Veteran and someone who says “I Don’t Like Posed Photos”,  was extremely social and absolutely loves the outdoors. Honestly, he kept me on my toes with how much exploring he did. The kids and I were just along for the ride.

Summer Family photo of dad with children
Dad and babies pose by the creek. They were busy looking at the stream and I called over to them and snapped this sweet “posed” but not “forced” image.

At one point, Dad caught a butterfly and let the kids all examine it. Then, when the kids were ready he let it just fly away. It’s easy to get great photos of your little ones, just let them explore nature. When they forget that I’m there, the scene is set for memorable moments and great summer family photos.


Dad catches a butterfly for his kids to explore during family photo session in Colorado
The most perfect unplanned moment, created the perfect summer photo. Dad shows the kids the butterfly he caught and they explored it together.

Mom, opened up very quickly and we were able to capture beautiful moments with her babies just snuggling in. They have three sweet kiddos,  A is spontaneous , N is the sweetheart, and L is just a sweet smiley baby. All of their personalities were able to shine on this beautiful summer day near Colorado Springs.  The session was, “move, move, move”, and the kids loved it. I start sessions like this with families just snuggling for a more traditional portrait and then we just let go. We didn’t stress on posing and instead, just took the hour of portraits as it came. This is what lifestyle photography is all about. Unposed, unscripted – uniquely your family.

Mom, Dad, baby and two daughters pose by the creek for summer portraits.
Here, Mom is glowing with her gorgeous smile. You can see all those sweet personalities of these gorgeous babies.
Daughter snuggles mom and smiles big during summer family picture session
Snuggled up in mommy’s arm is the perfect place to be.

Cake Smash Time

As we got towards the end of the session that’s when the real fun began. Colorado has a long winter but when summer comes it’s perfect to get summer family photos and cake is always a welcome addition!

Colorado cake smash, first birthday, family session
This sweet boy was so gentle with his cake, it was as if he knew his mama made it will love and didn’t want to damage it.

The session ended with the family pulling out a little blue cake that was made by mom to celebrate L’s birthday. It had a cute little fishing pole attached to add the perfect little touch. I laid down some a beautiful white blankets and started shooting. Little man, at first wasn’t into it, so Dad decided to help get him more messy by diving in the cake himself face first!  The family continued to just celebrate baby, eat cake and play with butterflies. At the end they washed off in the creek, and used towels I suggested they bring for an easy cleanup.

Colorado cake smash outdoor during summer pictures with dad helping
However, Dad didn’t think Baby L was getting messy enough, so he decided to get Baby L and Himself in the cake…Literally.

Summer Photos during a family session at the Creek in Colorado

I aim to tell the story of your family, so I capture every special moment when I can. A child’s first birthday is special for EVERYONE. Capturing family photos in these sessions is very important to me as well. The incorporation of nature, love, exploration and ease with the Dean family told such a fun story and let’s them preserve this for a long time to come.

Summer Family Photo Outfits

This was the perfect summer afternoon and Fountain Creek Nature Center is a gorgeous spot to enjoy the sun and beauty. Summer Family Photos in Colorado Springs are relaxed and beautiful when you book with MAJECK. Many times moms ask “what do we wear?”. The time of day and type of weather play a role in this decision, but I’m here to help!

Well, I love making your job easy and before every session I send a guide with support.  From helping you pick outfits from your closet (or mine) to suggesting places where you can purchase the dress or outfits of your dreams. I want to make this experience pleasurable and memorable. This way, you get to relax and enjoy your portrait session!

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Hi and thanks for dropping by! I’m Mary Elizabeth, the Colorado Springs based photographer behind MAJECK (pronounced magic). I am so glad that you found me here and I can’t wait to work to tell your story. My whole life I have felt compelled to tell stories. I have been drawn to portraits and the stories they would tell for as long as I can remember.