Summer Family Photos at Lee Martinez Park

I met up with Liz and her family for a lifestyle + documentary family photo session at Lee Martinez Park in Fort Collins, Colorado, in early July. The girls were troopers – we marched through tall grass, threw rocks in the river, hiked paths, checked out pigs and turkeys, and still managed to cap off the morning with a pony ride. Not only that, but they had to put up with me shooting in both digital and film. You can find the film session over here!

Sisters in playdresses hugging during family photo session at Lee Martinez Park.

I’ve known Liz for about seven or eight years. We “met” online, through a mom/women’s forum, prior to either of us having kids. Thanks to a mutual love of photography, we’ve kept in touch, even as our kids have gotten older and the need for the forum has waned. Last year, she and her family moved from the Bay Area to Denver, and we were finally able to meet in person!

girls playing in the park
Toddler girl in plaid dress, walking through tall grass with a stick during a summer family photo session at Lee Martinez Park.

We started out our morning (somewhat literally) off the beaten path at Lee Martinez Park, along the Poudre River. While the girls could have thrown rocks in the river for at least another several hours, we decided to head over to The Farm and check out the animals.

little girl following her dad through the grass

I had taken my own kids to The Farm in late June, and we had a great time. Cows, goats, a turkey, sheep, pigs, and a pony ride? All for $3?? Sign me up! These two kiddos toughed out a long line for the horses, and were rewarded with a dusty pony ride of their own.

girl taking pictures of animals
child looking at farm animals with dad

Not going to lie, it worked out great for me as well, and we found an awesome spot for a quick family photo before we parted ways. I rewarded myself with a ridiculously huge coffee from The Human Bean, and I *think* the girls ended up with ice cream downtown. Or at least that’s what we were all promised in the pony line.

fort collins family photography
girl riding horse at lee martinez park

I mentioned above that I shot this session in both digital and film. Want to see the results from that? You can find the follow-up blog post with the results from our film session here!

family photos at the farm in lee martinez park

Looking for your own personal family vacation photographer? Even just for a morning in Fort Collins? Maybe an afternoon at Frontier Days next year? For more information, head to my family session info page.

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