All posts in Family Portraits

Gathering Memories











We all have lots of photos from when our kids were born, and even as toddlers, but what happens when we get so busy in those middle years? Meet Ed & Christy Dent; they wanted to capture not only the Fall leaves but this stage in their family’s life.












It seems the only time our life slows down a bit is when we’re on vacation. What a perfect time to plan your family portrait!








Whether it’s the Fall colors or a beautiful snowy landscape, the Vail Valley makes the perfect backdrop for your family portrait.







Before you know it, your kids are all grown up & out of the house. These photos make memories of those special years.







What a handsome young man!







Christy looks right at home here in the Fall leaves and Rocky Mountains.
























Be sure to call me at (970) 376-1230 to book your perfect family memories with Portraits by Mort Mulliken Photography. You wouldn’t want to miss out on capturing every moment!

Celebrating 50 Years Together!

Meet Hollis & Carolyn Rademacher, my next door neighbors! I had the pleasure of photographing this lovely couple and their family to celebrate 50 great years together in marriage. What a milestone!











And how wonderful that their two sons, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren could all be there to celebrate!












Vail will have it’s glorious color in a couple of weeks which is always a spectacular time to do family portraits. Wouldn’t it be great to have a lasting photo like this with your grandchildren?











The grandkids are surrounding a Lion Sculpture that is a replica of the lions in front of the Art Institute of Chicago, where the Rademachers call home as well.





Could not resist getting this photo of these two lovely young ladies before they headed off for their first year of college!





Father & Sons – What a happy time in Colorado!
Please contact me to schedule your portrait session and create lasting family memories!

Family Photos of a Dude Ranch Experience











I bet you’re thinking: Not Mort Mulliken’s typical opening family photo! Part-time Vail Residents, Nick & Marty Ragland, from Cincinnati, Ohio decided taking the family to the C Lazy U dude ranch near Granby, Colorado would be fun! They were right! Here are one of their sons and his wife relaxing after a fun filled day! Not a bad view!

First, we had to have a photo of Nick & Marty with their five wonderful sons. They look like they fit right in at the ranch.












And here are Nick & Marty with their beautiful grandchildren. I wonder if we could find a cowboy hat small enough for the baby?

Here’s the entire family; Nick & Marty are so lucky to have their five sons with wives & children all together in such a beautiful place.














She was so cute I just had to get this photo!












This felt like something out of an old Western movie; The Ragland family are horse people and it shows.

They all look like naturals!

Celebrating Special Birthdays with Photographs in Breckenridge, Colorado























What better gift can a mother receive for her birthday than family photographs! That’s exactly what Ryan Joyce did.

He brought together the whole family to celebrate with his Mom & was thoughtful enough to hire me to capture the memories! Here is his Mom, Patrice and her husband, Ron Lara.










Here’s the whole family together. They all gathered at Patrice’s home in Breckenridge, Colorado to celebrate her 70th birthday. Nothing better than to be surrounded by your children & grandchildren. Even the family dog was included!

























I had to get a family photograph of Ryan and his wife Natalia with their two adorable children! Picture perfect!













Now this is a nice group of grandchildren! I hope those two girls can keep all those boys in line!













I always try to get a few photos when they aren’t posing. Here’s a tender moment of father & daughter.


























Being a good photographer means you catch the moment. Just had to get this photo of Natalia. She looked so beautiful in that light.

Photographing Cordillera’s Families










This setting is a photographers dream!

Meet the Longo Family! High atop the mountains in Cordillera, Colorado sits a beautifully preserved log cabin, dating back to the early 1900’s . This was the perfect place to stage a photoshoot in the Vail, Colorado area for a family portrait.























The three grown children seem to be enjoying visiting Mom & Dad in the beautiful Rocky Mountains!












Take every chance you can to capture a picture of your kids! Sometimes it’s hard to round them up!






















Family portraits make lasting memories. Here is the complete Longo family with one of the boys girlfriend.












They sure make a cute couple!














The spectacular homes in Cordillera are all unique and have beautiful landscaping.  This bonus shot was at the water feature at their home on the Cordillera Summit.

Vail Photographer captures Cordillera family

Cordillera Spring family photo

Spring is around the corner. The aspen leaves and beautifully colored flowers will be in full bloom. This reminds me when I photographed Bob and Carolyn Reintjes and their daughter’s family in Cordillera.

Cordillera family photo

























Bob and Carolyn Reintjes asked me to come to their home and photograph them with their daughter’s family. It was a wonderful day and we took some beautiful photos.


























The beautiful colors glistened in the sunlight. As I have said many times, when in the Vail Valley there are wonderful places to photograph and this location did not disappoint.














Sometimes parents need to run into the trees and play. That’s what we did here. The Aspen tree bark really gives this photo depth. I just love this photo with all of the colors and the contrast of the aspen tree.


























Family time in Cordillera. Can you believe that the little one wanted to take the photos. She kept reaching for my camera. Who knows, maybe there is a budding photographer in this family.













It feels like yesterday. When a photographer captures that look from loving eyes I know I’ve done my job.














And then there is the mischievous eyes of a young boy on the prowl. I think this photo tells the story perfectly. Ahhhh, to be young and curious!

If you are planning your spring family photo please call me at 970-376-1230 or email me and we can plan a great day just as the flowers begin to bloom.

Thanks and continue to have a great day!


Vail Valley Portrait Photographer

Everyone loves new toys, especially me, your local Vail Valley photographer! I recently purchased the latest Nikon state of the art 36.3 megapixel camera body and vibration resistant lens.


























So when I received the camera I had to go out and practice. And as you can see, what a difference!


























I met Anne Cote, the Manager at The Vitality Center in Vail. We set out to Bear Cat Stables in Cordillera to test my new camera. “Wow!” is all that I could say – the tack-sharp images are amazing.


























I could immediately tell the difference in contrast and depth of field of each image. I am very excited to photograph families, weddings and senior portraits in the Vail Valley.

























Anne was a great sport to let me photograph her at Bear Cat Stables. Photographing your event in the Vail Valley with this new Nikon and lens will capture beautiful memories for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.


























A wonderful model, a beautiful setting and a great new camera make for tremendous photos.













I am excited to shoot your next Vail Valley family portrait, wedding or senior portrait. With technology advances in photography and the perfect setting of the Vail Valley your photos are sure to shine.

Contact me at or call me at 970-376-1230.

And continue to have a Great Day.
~ Mort




























As the Thanksgiving week comes to a close I wanted to share what I am truly thankful for.

I am thankful for my wonderful wife Deborah.

My perfect dog Hogan.

Living in this beautiful place, the Vail Valley.

I am thankful for being able to make my living as a Wedding & Portrait Photographer.

I am thankful that so many people trust me to take their photos.

I am also very thankful that you read my posts and share my thoughts.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends and family. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season.

~ Mort

Family Portraits with the Kisielica Family

Amy and Steve Kisielica chose the perfect time of year to photograph their beautiful family.

























When you take a walk up Lake Creek in the fall you are in awe. The majestic leaves sparkle in the sun. It’s warm yet chilly at the same time.


























The kids were wonderful to photograph as they were as well behaved as they were beautifully dressed.














Their son and daughter’s warm smiles and big bright eyes were comforting during the photoshoot.


























It doesn’t matter if the sun is bright and hot on a summer day, cool in the Fall, if the snow is freshly fallen in the winter or the green leaves are sprouting in the spring, Lake Creek in Edwards is a beautiful place for a hike and of course a family photograph or two.


























The key to taking a wonderful family portrait is to decide on a perfect location. Make sure there are beautiful fall leaves in the background and then just jump on a rock and break out your best smile.


























The leaves are almost gone now and soon we will be having fun taking portraits in the beautiful, brilliant snow.

If you would like your family portrait please email or call me 970-376-1230.

And remember to Continue to have a Great Day.

~ Mort








Family Portraits with Cheryl Holman and Granddaughter

Good Afternoon. Looks like the beautiful Vail Valley is undergoing some amazing colorful changes. Yep, fall is coming. Take alook anywhere in the Vail Valley. Green aspen leaves are turning yellow. In this newsletter I focus on special family connections and capturing the moment.


























I was fortunate enough to photograph Cheryl Holman and her 13 year old granddaughter. Talk about two peas in a pod. You could tell there was a special connection and a fantastic relationship there. Their smiles are the same and there is a special bond between them.













We chose Riverwalk in Edwards, Colorado to photograph these beautiful women.


























The start of fall in Vail, Beaver Creek, Edwards, Eagle and Gypsum create an abundance of fun and unique places to photograph your family for years of viewing enjoyment.


























Her granddaughter took full advantage of our surroundings. The lamp post and walkway, in the trees and of course by the river.


























Did someone say Smile!













Once you have the perfect location and time then all you have to do is enjoy the moment. That’s what I try and do as a photographer. I like to capture moments. Special moments that you can view with your family for years to come.  If you have a special someone that you would like to capture a moment of time with call me. I love capturing those moments. 970-376-1230.

Thank you for your time and remember to continue to have a Great day!
~ Mort