The Colorado Rockies are her backdrop. The sun is her flashbulb. And any passing elk automatically become her creative assistants. Gwendolyn Mayfield of Butterflykiss Portraits has turned the world into her studio, posing couples, families, and even pets before the natural splendor of the Fort Collins area. Her lightly posed shots burst with the personality of her subjects, whom she encourages to bring any props and outfits they’d like. She uses fast shutter speeds to capture movement—a child throwing a snowball, a golden retriever bounding through a park—or switches to pastoral portrait mode to capture fantasy shots of young girls in fairy costumes or knights atop steeds. Gwendolyn’s range and creativity seem to know no bounds, as she switches seamlessly from touching military portraits to intimate boudoir shoots shot in private settings. Whether working with seniors, mothers-to-be, or photogenic crash-test dummies, Gwendolyn approaches each shoot with an open mind and spends up to two weeks editing her photos to perfection before presenting them to clients in an online gallery.