I'm Colie

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

After a particularly rough day of Parenthood, you may find yourself hiding in the closet with a glass of wine, flipping through photos of your kids on your phone.  They make you smile, but are you in any of the photos?  That's where I come in.

I'm Colie, and I photograph families who want the everyday reality of Parenthood documented in awesomely real photos + films.  Before we get too far, it's a nickname for Nicole so you pronounce it "Cole-ee". It is not Collie like a dog.

I'm what you call 'indoorsy' unless I am at Disneyland or the pool. Yes I am one of those people who dreamed about an annual pass to Disneyland, so this year I bought one. I don't want to live in California, just visit every single month (which I have done since August 2021).  

It is important that I be someone you wouldn't mind having a drink with. No, having an actual martini with me isn't a requirement for booking a session, BUT this is likely to blossom into a long-term relationship as I document my clients year after year. My superpower is making sessions so much fun that your kids will ask when I am coming over again. It's a waste of all of our time if you go into this thinking it will be a one-night stand.

I wanna hire you!

Now you can be IN the family photos and experience a


photo session with your family.

Image by The Leo Loves

real life is worth documenting

I believe

I believe

everyone deserves a family photo that doesn't involve an iphone

Disneyland is the happiest place on earth

I believe


Snuggling a baby is the best feeling in the world

I believe

Things that make our marriage work: a housekeeper, separate bathrooms, and he does the dishes. We also try not to go to bed angry and always put our marriage/family first, period. I don't sugarcoat it, marriage is hard. Raising a family is hard and all three of us being Leos just makes it harder. There is a lot of #sideeye in our house.

My Epic Love Story really includes all the people on this page, but let's start with my life partner. James and I met in college, married young, endured two cross-country moves, a gazillion years of graduate school, and came out on the other side of 8 years of infertility with Chloe. It took the first half of our marriage to work out the kinks, but the last 10 years have been pretty magical.

the most important people in my life

That's me and my favorite people in the world. An 11-year old that tests my boundaries every single day and my life partner who drives me absolutely crazy when he asks "what's for dinner". We live in one of the best places on earth, Colorado if I need to qualify the statement; but my husband had to drag my ass here, kicking and screaming the whole way. I require coffee to be civil, so please don't talk to me before I've had at least one cup. Other than that, let's see if we can be friends!

These are

Images by:
The Leo Loves
KM Photos

espresso martini

4. My favorite drink is:

Disneyland 🌈

3. my favorite place to vacation:

A Few Good Men

2. my FAVORITE movie is:


1. I was born in…

< go back

8. My hidden talent is:

remembering things


7. My spirit animal is:

Tacos and Thai!

6. My favorite food in the world is


5. My dream destination is...


the quiz

Am I the photographer for you?

I take nothing for granted and this is why I love going into the homes of strangers and showing them the amazing life + family they have. Kiss the people you love every chance you get and take all the photos you can.  I can help with that!!!