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A Camping Story | Our Southern Colorado Trip Part 4

Part 4 is here – better late than never! The last leg of our trip was to a place in the middle of nowhere called Bogan Flats Campground. It’s right along the Crystal River and our site

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A Camping Story | Our Southern Colorado Trip Part 3

I didn’t forget about part 3 of our awesome camping trip — don’t worry! After Durango, we took the incredibly beautiful drive along Million Dollar Highway. Our drive consisted of 3

A Camping Story | Our Southern Colorado Camping Trip Part 2

Part 2 of our camping trip, as promised! We drove to Durango the next day and stayed at a campground called Junction Creek Campground. This campground was so beautiful, never mind the crazy bumpy

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A Camping Story | Our Southern Colorado Trip Part 1

Hi friends! If you know our family, you know we’re a tad obsessed with camping. This is our second season with Dolores, our camper, and we knew we wanted to take at least one long trip with her

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And Now There Are Four | A Family Story

If you’ve been to my blog before, you know how much I adore storytelling sessions. These types of sessions are so incredible because they are all so unique. They are organic and raw and real

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How to Slow Down Time

Tomorrow I will have a 10 year old. TEN. Double digits, people. I woke up this morning with this crazy feeling that today is her last day of being 9. Tomorrow she will have been on this spinning,

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Day in the Life | Family Documentary Storytelling

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” ~Maya Angelou This family documentary storytelling session, a “Day in the Life,” as I call it, was nothing short of

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A Thousand Words | Day in the Life with Nana & Papa

Ours kids are pretty lucky — they have some awesome grandparents (on both sides) and they get to live fairly close to two sets of grandparents (read: spoiled rotten). My mom and dad are only

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a thousand words | planes and pjs

Being a parent is hard. We all know it, we all have tough days, and we all realize (well, most of the time) that this is real life. Sometimes I need a reminder to slow down and enjoy today for what

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a thousand words | documentary storytelling

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how and when this passion for documentary storytelling began. I have always loved photos – not necessarily photography, but photos for sure. Some of my favorite

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day in the life | the heart mag

Today in my neck of the woods, there is over a foot of snow on the ground, the kids are home from school (and playing so nicely together… for the moment!), and I just want to settle in with a

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a thousand words |day in the life: operation christmas child

a few weeks ago, my good friend posted a blog about giving back. i had been thinking about getting my ducks in a row so we could make shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child this year and her blog

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a thousand words | caramel apples

fall is always bittersweet for me. i realize that may seem crazy because so many people love fall. i am fortunate enough to live in colorado – a gorgeous place that experiences every season to

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a thousand words | best friends

when your very best friend’s kids and your kids are truly best friends too…

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day in the life | the o family

this family is so very dear to me, so doing a day in the life with them was just wonderful. from waking up from naps to a leaf hunt and playing at the park, to snacks and playtime at home… it

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day in the life | breakfast & the farmer’s market

day in the life photography is really the heart and soul of maren miller photography. every single time i get to do one of these sessions, my heart grows. it’s like i was the grinch and it

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a thousand words: the first day of school

today was the first day of school for our crazies… emj started 4th grade and luke started kindergarten. luke was so excited that he was up and dressed before i even got out of bed! it’s

a day in the life | costco | everyday moments | maren miller photography

a thousand words: costco

i talk about loving to capture the everyday moments, the actual “day in the life” of the real everyday stuff. so, i brought my camera on a trip to Costco because this is something we do

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a thousand words: camping

camping is probably our very favorite thing to do together as a family. everyone loves it and everyone gets super excited when we are planning the next trip. as a kid, we went camping all the time.

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a thousand words: sick day bath time

being sick is the lamest… and sometimes a bath in mom and dad’s big tub helps you feel just a little bit better. i am happy to say that this was a few days ago and this guy is feeling

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a thousand words: a weekend

this past weekend i decided to challenge myself – the challenge was to keep my camera readily available and to capture our weekend. there was nothing special going on, no specific reason to

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a thousand words: adventures in sledding

christmas break has come and gone and i’m sitting here thinking about the time we got to spend together as a family. we had so much fun just hanging out, playing games, laughing together,

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a thousand words: the day there was a zebra in our backyard

this seriously happened the other day. right behind our house, in what our kids consider part of our backyard. so random and SO awesome!

a thousand words: a day in the life of luke as a 5 year old

jumping on the bed, painting (with extreme tongue-out-concentration), playing the piano, and riding bikes. this is the life.

a thousand words: a day in the life of EmJ as an 8 year old

reading in bed, drawing, laughing in the rain, playtime, doughnuts, and fun at the lake.


i love easter. there really aren’t words to describe all that easter is… but it’s like sunshine for the soul. it’s a reminder of how much God loves us… and it


our sweet luke-a-roo turned three in august. three! i can’t believe he’s 3, and i also can’t believe he’s only been here for 3 years. kids make time seem funny that way. luke

fresh air

this family is a breath of fresh air… they are sweet, generous, loving people. if you know them, you know what i’m talking about. if you don’t know them… you should. 🙂 love


my very own sweet girl had a birthday (already?!) and is now six. i could go on and on about how fast time flies and all that jazz… but instead i’ll just say that we are so blessed with


our little man, our luke-a-roo, daddy’s little buddy, emj’s lukie, my “bubbas” is two. well, truth be told, he’s almost two and a half and i’m just now posting his

thank you

this fabulous family has graced the blog before and now they’re back! this is my best friend, kimmi, and her awesome family. i love these people like they were my own. i love ireland, chloe,


yes, i realize it’s technically fall now… but i just love summer. swimming, cookouts, fireworks, long days, afternoon thunderstorms, ice cream, warm evenings… and friends. summer