First Birthday Studio Milestone Session

These sessions are so much fun!!! Are you considering booking a first birthday studio milestone session with Photography by Alyssum to capture exactly where your baby is development-wise on their first birthday? I offer a basic milestone session or the optional upgrade to a cake smash session, but which is right for your little guy? […]


Baby stuffing his face into his birthday cake

Preparing for a studio session

Studio sessions at Photography by Alyssum are such a “best of both worlds” approach to indoor sessions. I’ve designed them to have a styled-life approach to motherhood, maternity, newborn, and baby photography. I want you to walk into my home studio and feel like I’ve taken the coziest pieces of lifestyle portraiture and stitched it […]


Pregnancy photograph of mother in white dress beside a mirror, holding her bump

Lifestyle vs Studio Newborn

I am so pleased to offer you two types of newborn portrait options. You can choose from a lifestyle or studio newborn session! But I often receive inquiries from clients asking which style I would recommend to them. My response always begins the same way- it is completely subjective to each family! So here’s the […]


Lifestyle family with dogs cuddling baby on couch

How to Prepare for your Lifestyle Photo Session

While lifestyle newborn sessions are pretty easy on you and your family, there is some prep work involved in getting your home and family ready for your session. Before we dive into that, let’s talk about wardrobe so you can get that planned out first. Lifestyle Newborn Wardrobe When you sign your lifestyle newborn contract […]


three siblings snuggling on the bed

Sunset Session Styling

I want to make your photo experience as stress-free and beautiful as possible. For that reason, I am a Castle Rock photographer who is a Style & Select member. I also keep a client closet from which you are welcome to borrow! If you are drawn to my warm and romantic style of outdoor sunset portraiture, you […]


Family of four snuggled on top of a mountain


A couple years ago, not long after my family moved to Colorado and I became the newest Castle Rock photographer, this family hired me to photograph their first newborn Claire (the big sister you see below). Since then, I’ve had the honor of watching their family grow. This year I got to meet their newest […]


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Family vacation: RV camping 101

As we return today from our first RV camping vacation in the Colorado mountains, I struggle to put into words what it has meant to us. (Luckily, I had about seven hours to think about it during the drive back.) The kids thrived in the outdoors with so much freedom to explore and let loose. […]



My heart was so incredibly happy to be back to work just in time to capture some amazing spring blooms at my favorite park in Highlands Ranch! This is one of the best times to be a Denver family photographer. With a mask on my face and a long lens on my camera, I got […]


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My brand new website and blog are live and I’m back from quarantine, ready to serve your family!


fairy princess at sunset


Acidic food/drinks such as:

Cranberries     Pineapple     Grapefruit
Oranges     Lemons     Berries
Tomatos     Chocolate     Nuts
Pizza     Chili     Mexican food     Ketchup

Gassy vegetables such as:

Asparagus     Onions     Pickles
Cucumbers     Broccoli     Cauliflower
Brussels Sprouts     Cabbage

Restrict soda, coffee, tea, wine, and beer.

Sometimes dairy, depending on the baby.

I know this seems like a long list, but you only have your newborn's portraits taken once! It's not worth it to risk having a gassy or fussy baby who just can't settle. And in the event that your baby is still gassy, I always recommend keeping Gripe Water on hand. I know it was a lifesaver for me when my two were babies.