Last weekend I photographed The Brown Sisters, an all gals country band from Boulder. It was so much fun photographing their portraits for many reasons. First off, I will confess, I am an ENORMOUS bluegrass and folk music lover. The more I listen to bluegrass and folk, the more I realize I also like a little honky tonk music too. Okay, I admit it, I like some country music. I pretty much think the mandolin is one of the coolest instruments on earth. Combine that with an acoustic guitar, bass, banjo and harmony singing, and my soul sings as a smile dances across my face. My public display of affection for bluegrass and folk music makes my European electronica loving husband cringe, but I don’t care. I am from Ohio—of course I have a little country side to me.

Another fun thing from our shoot, learning the power of the word smize. Smiling with your eyes, or as Tyra Banks from America’s Next Top Model, has termed it, smize. It is my new favorite word.

As far as The Brown Sisters, ages 17, 15, 13, they have been playing music together for the last eight years and three years ago they started writing their own songs. Our first meeting ended with The Brown Sisters serenading me. It was AWESOME. I watched and listened with amazement. They gave me chills with their confidence and talent. I think it’s because secretly, I always wanted to be in a band, even though my singing abilities should be confined to the shower.

Being a country band and all, we decided on rustic photographs to accompany their music. If you have not heard these talented girls play, check them out on YouTube. Meanwhile, you can watch them smize. I think Tyra would be proud.

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Can you say, "Album cover?"

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lifestyle band portraits

lifestyle band portraits

Or maybe this is an album cover?

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lifestyle band portraits

lifestyle band portraits

lifestyle band portraits

lifestyle band portraits

lifestyle band portraits

lifestyle band portraits

These girls don't just smize, they smile too!

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This is how stars relax after a long photo shoot.

Thanks ladies for an awesome afternoon. Keep makin’ music, and when in doubt, don’t forget to smize. You can hear The Brown Sisters Band in Boulder this Memorial Day along the course of the Bolder Boulder.