June 14, 2013 • Filed in Summer
Ashley & Matt chose two gorgeous historical venues to play host to their wedding this past weekend in Colorado Springs. They held their wedding ceremony on the Colorado College campus at the Shove Memorial Chapel and then hosted their reception at the old Mining Exchange building which is now the Wyndham Hotel in the downtown area of the Springs. Shove Memorial Chapel is definitely a challenge to photograph in since it is extremely dark inside. But it is a beautiful piece of architecture in the city and the grounds of the college outside never fail to disappoint as a backdrop for formal photos.
And this was my first time photographing at the Mining Exchange. The building has all of these neat old fashioned safes and special rooms that used be vaults where they stored gold in the mining stock exchange in Colorado. I also really loved the courtyard with cafe lights strewn across and a sort of New Orleans feel to it. The reception was held in the upstairs Platinum Ballroom which connects to an outdoor patio and featured beautiful exposed brick walls.
Ashley & Matt,
Congratulations! The wedding was a huge success. Everyone looked like they were having so much fun and I can safely say that your wedding was the first one I've ever photographed with such crazy athletic dance moves;)
Enjoy your honeymoon and we'll be in touch soon!
Twigs & Posies Catherine Schneider
Bridesmaid Dress Shop
The hotel has kept the historic vault doors throughout the building like this one which hides a linen closet.
That cool door is in the lobby of the Mining Exhange.
They are Pretty in Pink!
Matt's brother wrote a kick ass song for them and performed it in place of his toast. It was hilarious!
Matt's niece was seriously the cutest baby ever. She had this cute lil gummy smile plastered on her face all day. Even during the formals! She was a little party animal:)
Here is just one acrobatic feat I was referring to above!
Last week I found myself with not just one opportunity but two opportunities to photograph something totally different from what I have done before. Catherine contacted me not too long ago to tell me that she was thinking about getting some photos taken with her adorable little pugs who are 11 years old. She has plenty of photos of them that she's taken throughout the years but she thought it might be nice to get some shots of the three of them together. I was excited to get the chance to photograph their furry little family. Jake and Elwood were the perfect little handsome doggie models. (Yes, they are named after the Blues Brothers!) We started off hanging out at home and then made our way over to Wash Park to get some playful photos in the gardens. I LOVE what we captured:)
Elwood didn't mind sitting for his portrait.
I just love that loving look between the two of them. This should be in an ad for pet adoption haha:)
June 10, 2013 • Filed in Events
The summer is already off to a busy start with weddings and other kinds of portrait work, but last week I had the opportunity to photograph behind the scenes for a commercial film shoot on location in Highlands Ranch. Austin Welch is the creator of the Axis Films company which began in Houston, TX and has since relocated to Denver where he has continued his work creating dynamic commercial advertising videos for a variety of businesses.
Photographing Austin and his crew was a real eye opener to the very involved and detail oriented nature of their work. They are a professional operation using actors, make up artists, grips, sound technicians and more to create the work that they do. Every light is meticulously placed and each scene was set up perfectly. You are definitely not going to create the kind of work that they do with your home video camera. In a world where internet marketing videos are becoming the norm, I think it's important to get your business to stand out with professionally produced content. I also liked the collaborative style of the work environment with his clients giving their input throughout the shoot. The photos below give just a small taste of what it was like behind the scenes. Hopefully I can come back to this post and with a link to the final product once it's complete!
Commercial Videography Agency
Austin double checks the script
All of you longtime readers already know that I have a red hot love for weddings held at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. I love all of it's historic charm and the wide open fields next to wooded areas with pathways throughout. Allison and Matt must love it as well since they chose it for their wedding this past Sunday. It's my first time back since last fall and it was nice to see it already full of flowers and bunny rabbits chasing each other around. These two gorgeous people wrote their own vows for each other that were so sweet and friends and family from as far as Connecticut and Iowa came out to witness their beautiful celebration. It may have been a little hot outside, but that really didn't stop everyone from having a good time.
Allison & Matt,
Congratulations on such a lovely and laid back wedding day. Thanks for making my job really easy by being so photogenic and cute in front of the camera too:)
Hope you have the best honeymoon ever and we'll be in touch when you get back!
Fergalicious Found at DSW
Matt's grandmother wore this coin in her shoe and passed it down to his mother and then to Allison to wear in her shoe.
The Dessy Group Found at Bella Bridesmaid
Bridesmaid Dress Shop
Petite 25 Studios An Etsy Shop
Beet Box Bakery An all vegan bakery in Denver
Relish Catering Formerly known as The Food Guy
Travis Haynie TSH Video
Ivy Lane Floral Design Melissa Vail
DIY Almost everything was made by Allison herself
Mad Libs Stationary
Jessica Callahan Allison's cousin who writes professional mad libs
Mike Callahan Allison's 2nd cousin
Hair & Make up
Stephanie Field Allison's bridesmaid
Gardens Sass And Etsy Shop
I like how Matt and his groomsmen walked down the aisle all together. It's like a springtime version of Reservoir Dogs!
Hard to pick a fave. But this is definitely up there:)
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