I'm Colie

I make awesomely real photos + everyday films for families just like yours, even in a pandemic.

documentary family photographer

Based in Boulder, Colorado available anywhere planes fly.

Stress-Free Photo sessions that no one will whine about.

colie james

in case you haven't heard, these are the good ol' days.


I'm a documentary family photographer in love with taking pictures of the good life—kicking and screaming included. My photographs are an extension of me, and you should know I've never been accused of being a quiet person. Ever. I've been helping families just like yours make photos that demonstrate the reality of parenthood since 2012.

photo + video

Because you deserve more than the same damn photos everyone else is getting.

Awesomely Real Photos + Films

Yes, I offer both at the same time.

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She captured exactly what our family looks like right now - and all the amazing moments I want to remember.  

She captured exactly what our family looks like right now - and all the amazing moments I want to remember. Then during our mentoring day she provided so much support and knowledge to help me grow my business and continues to do so. I highly recommend Colie to anyone looking for a photographer that truly captures the REAL moments you always want to remember. Hire her - you won't regret it!

"I'm absolutely blown away by the photos and video."


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I honestly don’t know how she juggles both but the end result is absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to show my daughters the photos and videos when they’re older! I cry every time I watch the video of my oldest daughter meeting her sister. 

"Colie offers something that not a lot of people do, which is photography AND videography at the same time."


I'M colie
My camera loves people who make funny faces. I want to see your loud, your love, your life. Together, we will make pictures that make you say: This is US.


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States I've Visited


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Years in Business

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