When Eric originally brought up the idea of taking in a conference in Denver, my immediate thought was “skiing! mountains! beer! hiking! oh the pictures I can take!”. And then we got pregnant (obviously a good thing), and my tag-along trip to Denver looked more like “relaxing in the hotel room! shopping! eating! relaxing in the hotel room!”.
I thought I might take a stab at some street photography, but as it turns out I have no desire to approach strangers on the street and take their pictures, nor do I have an eye for urban landscapes (can’t win them all!). But I did bust out my big girl camera on Day 3 and take some obligatory travel photos of the sights. Denver is a really cool city, very trendy, rustic urban, with an adventurous feel. I explored it on my own (between snacks and naps, of course) while Eric was in his conference, although we did get one afternoon together to explore a bit.
Larimer Square and LoDo
The Tattered Cover – one of the oldest privately owned book stores left
Union Station and The Crawford Hotel
The State Capitol
And a ridiculously huge breakfast at Sam’s No.3 Diner
A couple of bonus iPhone shots
A HUGE bonus of this trip was getting to meet up with 2 of my friends who live in the area. I met Jennifer (Website | Facebook) and Melissa (Facebook) through a Facebook group last year as we all encouraged each other through our 365’s. This group has become a bit of a second home; a group of friends who I have never met in person, yet talk to daily. Our group started as a photography challenge and evolved into some amazing friendships, a place to share our personal lives without judgement, and participate in some daily hilarity, all while encouraging each other on our own photography journeys. I am so lucky to have been able to spend a few hours with these two women in person, and it was amazing to see how easily we could talk and interact without actually having met before! Of course, we spent our time testing out and talking gear, taking head shots, and documenting our time together (thanks to a few friendly strangers). Both of these women are extremely talented photographers, check out some of their work – it is seriously awesome. The internet is a pretty amazing thing.
(Photos courtesy of Melissa Walkup)
In true mother’s fashion, by Day 4 I was so ready to get home to see Archer. We flew home on a Friday, and arrived just in time to pick him up and bring him home for bed time. He was so excited to see us! I don’t think I will ever forget that. I had an irrational fear of him either not missing me at all, or forgetting about me completely, but apparently we have made more of an impression on him than I thought because he was just as happy to see us as we were to see him. We spent the rest of the weekend hanging out, skating, and catching up on some much-needed play time.
Reunited and it feels so good.
And although my human tripod needs a few more pointers, I am so glad he picked up my camera for this; playing trains on Mummy’s belly (oh my heart!).
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