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Tina & Matt in Leadville

One of my favorite sessions this past winter was the engagement photo shoot with Tina and Matt. Not only are they wonderful to work with, they are just wonderful people. They both (because of their backgrounds) understand photography and design and composition, and they are willing to have fun. Most important, because this session was in the dead of winter in Leadville they don’t mind being in the cold! And I can’t wait for their June wedding in the same locale because we will be able to capture the same places with a completely different look to the background. And because they are wonderful. Enjoy!


Keira & Josh at Clear Creek History Park

Spring is officially here (just ignore Saturday’s snowstorm!) and that means it’s time to enjoy the flowers and green grass and gorgeous scenery. But first let’s also celebrate the beauty that is Colorado even in February. Of  course the most attractive part of these photos is the couple, and Keira and Josh made the Clear Creek History Park in Golden come alive during their engagement session. Now that their “Save the Date” cards are mailed, I can share some more photos from this fabulous photo shoot. Congratulations, Keira and Josh! I am so looking forward to your wedding!


Photo Class Fun!

Every single time I teach my DSLR photo class I love it more. As any of you who knew me as a yearbook adviser/teacher realize, I tend to add things to my classes and then, somehow, some way—always—those little additions become part of the class forever. And our Head Shot/Family Photos practice we do during the second class has become one of those additions. I love when my students not only get to learn about how to use those DSLR cameras better, but actually get to take home some really great photos.  I have the best life! Just sayin’.

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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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Lizza & Cory at City Park

One of the things I love about being a photographer is meeting new people. And Lizza and Cory are at the top of my list of favorites.  When we met for the first time to discuss their upcoming wedding, I knew I would love to photograph them. (I mean, seriously, just look at them!) And when we met for their engagement session and had the chance to spend time together in several settings around Denver’s City Park, I knew that these two people (and their wonderful “Ruffaree” Jax) are going to be so much fun to photograph on their special day. I can’t wait!!! Thanks, Lizza and Cory, for the opportunity to document this incredible adventure.  And I am getting so excited for your wedding!!

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Rilyn & Madison in Aurora

Okay, this might just be my favorite sister photo shoot ever. Once their wonderful mom, Summer, found the perfect place to photograph, it all fell into place. I loved watching Rilyn and Madison interact with each other and with the camera. Thank you, Patti, for making this photo shoot happen!

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Professional Headshots, Casually

I am seeing a real uptick in interest for professional/corporate/just-want-to-look-my-best portrait photography.  Since my background is in teaching school journalism and photography, the one type of photo I avoid if I can is the “class photo” for adults. (You know what I mean; just pull out your fifth grade school pictures as a reminder!)

Also, I love shooting lifestyle photography. That means I photograph people in their element (outdoors or indoors) using real backgrounds.  Using natural light only whenever possible, I focus on the model, eliciting the smiles and expressions that will draw any viewer to that person.

Following are just a few samples of recent headshots. I love the smiles!

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AJ and Ana at Silo Park

I loved, loved, loved photographing this couple at Silo Park recently. When AJ and Ana asked me to photograph their April wedding, I was thrilled. After spending time with them at the engagement photo shoot, I am even more excited. Not only are they both incredibly nice, photogenic, and FUN, but their love for each other humbles me. Congratulations, AJ and Ana!!  And—Go, Broncos!!!!

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Kelly’s Senior Pics in Buena Vista!

What a perfect day Saturday was!  First Sherri and Darren and Kelly visited us here in Buena Vista. Then the weather (with a few sprinkles thrown in to tease us) was gorgeous in the late afternoon. And then, speaking of gorgeous, I took Kelly’s senior pictures basically in my back yard and then off of East Main in downtown Buena Vista. We scouted locations in the morning (finding old farm equipment, an ancient shed, and the coolest wreck of a VW bug as well as lots of wildflowers) and then I just let Kelly do her magic. Thanks, Kelly, for being a great model (and wonderful person).  This was so much fun! (And thanks, Sherri and Darren for driving all the way here for the photo shoot!)

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Kelly and Chris at Wash Park

I love shooting engagement sessions. But I never would have thought that a late February photo shoot in Denver (dead grass, no flowers, cold….) could end up with such great photos. When the photographer is as lucky as I am, then the result is a no brainer. Chris and Kelly made the session so much fun and looked so good in the process that only the setting of the sun kept us from even more photos. Congratulations, and I can’t wait for the wedding!!!!

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