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Favorite Places Part Three: City Park

I love Denver’s City Park. It is great to bike and walk through and has a great playground for kids, not to mention the zoo and museum. But my favorite place to go is the Pavilion area near the lake and gazebo. And it helps that all the people in the photographs below are wonderful to play with! Take a look and you’ll see why this is one of Denver’s best places for photographers!

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Photo Class Fun

My goal this spring was to teach a photo class because, well, I love teaching this class. Since I am primarily an outdoor photographer and the scenery around Denver in February and March and April is rather…bleak, to say the least, I figured I’d teach a class—which turned into three fabulous classes. And now that the weather is getting better and better (fingers crossed), I can’t wait to teach a few more!

Teaching these photo classes reminds me of the days I advised the yearbook staff at Overland High School. Each year, the students would think up some crazy new idea to make the class more interesting/creative/memorable (fake hall passes, Santa letters on butcher paper in the office, Monday Morning Raffles…the list is almost endless). And once the event happened once, it became a “tradition” for later classes. (Which is why the list is almost endless.)

My photo class is evolving in much the same way, and I love it. Now on the second day of class, we do head shots for participants and practice our posing and the use of light and action photography. We encourage people to bring their kids and pets to model during the last hour of class. We even have a written quiz. 🙂

And we learn. And it really is fun.  Enjoy these few photos from this spring’s classes. I can’t wait to post more as we add even more “traditions” into the class!

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It’s All About the Light

I love natural light. I love the way diffused light falls in the early morning. I love the effect of the “Golden Hour” (that hour right before sunset when the rays turn warm and flattering). I love backlighting. I love direct sunlight (sometimes). I love using the light to highlight and flatter my subjects. I’ll use flash if I can’t get the light the way I want it naturally, but only if it makes my subject look better or the sun doesn’t want to cooperate.

Light is so important that I spend a huge amount of time teaching about it in my DSLR class (DSLR Classes) and I actually scout locations at various times of day so I can find the best spots and times for photo shoots.

And while it is hard to get the right exposure when working with challenging light situations (harsh contrast, for example), it is such a reward when the photos show the subject in the best possible light. (I couldn’t resist that one!)

Following are examples of how capturing natural light makes a photo better. Some are in bright sunlight, others take advantage of clouds or backlighting. And for several, I just turned the model around to show you the difference that makes. But each photo is taken without the use of any flash.  And if you would like to learn how to use light more effectively while photographing, I’d love to teach you!

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Happy New Year!

I resolve that in 2016 I will do a much, much better job posting my favorite photos from my sessions. So don’t be surprised to see photos with nice fall backdrops and beautiful flowers in the coming weeks, because I figure it is better late than never to have something to smile about. 🙂

But before I start fulfilling next year’s resolution, I want to say thank you to all my family, friends, clients (who I now consider friends), and supporters for helping make 2015 a perfect year. And, just because it is the end of the year, I thought I’d post some photos from the last few months of my own family.

Oh, that leads to another resolution: to photograph these darling boys (and their parents) even more in 2016. Because, truly, seeing these photos again just makes me smile.

And that leads to my final resolution: keep smiling!

Happy New Year!

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Perfect Day for the Halloween Photo Booth

Okay, I realize that Thanksgiving just ended and I haven’t posted my Halloween photos yet, so here goes! Mostly I wanted to show off the fun backdrop my daughter Janet helped me set up so I could photograph so many adorable kids and families. And I want to give a huge thank you to my friend Genie (who flew all the way from Portland, Oregon, just to take my photo class) for being my assistant photographer!  I can’t choose a favorite–although the one of Dorothy crying because she doesn’t want to sit next to her Cowardly Lion cousin is right up there!  Enjoy!

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Third Annual Halloween Photo Booth in Stapleton

I am so excited for our Third Annual Photo Booth! I can’t wait to see you there from 3:00 until 5:30!

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I am so excited to be hosting again this year!  Be sure to visit!

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Focus on the Fundamentals: a hands-on DSLR seminar

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Do you have a nice camera that you never use because you don’t know how to really use it to take good photos? Do you wish you could capture professional-quality photos of your kids without having to hire a professional? Have you wondered what ISO and aperture and white balance mean, and how to use all those buttons on your camera to get the best shots?

I was a photography and yearbook teacher for 24 years, and I love taking pictures of children and families here in Stapleton. But I also want to go beyond this, and help teach YOU how to take great photos.

I will be offering hands-on seminars aimed at helping those who own a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera and are ready to take the setting off “auto” mode.  The four-hour sessions (2 hours each class, 2 classes) will be offered on back-to-back weekends in October. And I’m serious about being hands-on. I am limiting the number of participants for each session to five people.  You will not only learn about all your basic camera settings, you will also learn the rules of composition and light. AND you will each get a 28 page booklet that includes explanations and assignments so you can practice on your own.

This is especially fun if you can sign up with a friend!

COST: $200 per person

WHEN:  Choose from three options:

Saturday AM: October 11 & 18, 9:00-11:00 am
Sunday AM: October 12 & 19, 9:00-11:00 am
Sunday PM: October 12 & 19, 2:00-4:00 pm

WHERE: We will start in my courtyard at 8965 E. 29th Place, Denver and walk to Central Park or other nearby locations.

WHY:  Because you deserve to get amazing photos from your camera!

If you want to sign up or learn more, please email me at kdalyphoto@gmail.com or call me at 720-236-7506.


Catching Up

I’ll be honest. I usually don’t do many photo shoots in the dead of winter because I do almost all my photography on location and outdoors whenever possible. But this winter has been different. And fun. And busy. And a little crazy for reasons that have nothing to do with photography. So, as I realized that far too many days (weeks, months) had passed between posts, I decided to just take a sample from some of these photo shoots. I loved photographing these people and hope you see their personalities come out as I did.  And these aren’t all. Wait until you see the gorgeous couple whose engagement photos I’ll be sharing tomorrow!

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Mici Handcrafted Italian in Stapleton

I had so much fun at my photo shoot for Mici Handcrafted Italian in Stapleton that I couldn’t resist sharing just a few of my favorite photos.  The food at this family run restaurant (with locations in Cherry Creek and downtown Denver as well) is delicious, and the family is so warm and welcoming that I felt completely at home. Thanks, Jerry, Rosalie, Jeff, Marissa, Kim, Michael and Monica for a great opportunity to meet and photograph you all!

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