My good friend Shandra asked me to photograph her nephew, Anthony's senior pictures last week while they were on spring break. The yearbook deadline has already passed, but they decided that they wanted to get some professional ones taken for the family anyway. I'm so glad they decided to do them because it was a lot of fun! Anthony is going through a pretty traditional right of passage for a lot of teenagers with the purchase of his first car which the family lovingly calls "Brownie." He's been learning how to take care of her and slowly fixing her up. I love that he wanted to bring her to his session and we scouted out the perfect location with the new Denver city skyline as the backdrop making them look pretty dope if I do say so myself. But before we ended our session at the Diamond Hill area on the west side of Denver we started over in Rino to take advantage of all the great street art in that area. I love all of the color you can find over there and even found a new favorite mural I'd like to visit again due to the sweet neon greens and yellows (I'll point it out below). I also made Anthony pose in front of my classic fave in the area which is the geometric mural by Optimysticism (Gemma Danielle) on the Crema coffee shop's wall. I was a little sad to find the sweet black and white leaves mural on the Imac building has been painted over with something new but that's also kind of the cool thing about the area; it forces you to get comfortable with change. And that leads us back into the whole idea of doing senior pictures to begin with. Senior year is a year all about preparing for big changes in life and I for one think it's a great time to photograph a person at this age. It's a time when they are straddling the fence between being a kid and becoming an adult which is not always an easy ride. But, I can tell that Anthony is going to be just fine. He already made it through this session and politely put up with me trying to make him say and do things that would make him smile! Check out some of my favorite below.
This is my new favorite mural in Rino. I love these colors!
Iabsolutely LOVE photographing headshots for people who need some awesome photos to show off their personality through a picture. Getting a high quality headshot or beautiful business branding images that you can use on your social media, your website, and any other place where you will be showing off your business online is one of the best ways to put your best foot forward right from the beginning of a new client relationship. I mean, I can't be the only one who thinks to herself, "Man does this person even care about anything?!" when I see amateur looking photos plastered all over a professional website can I? I know, I'm probably a little more picky as a photo connoisseur who does this for a living but I know that real every day people can see the difference between a professional photo and one that just has an instagram filter slapped on it from your cell phone and depending on the vibe you are trying to portray (like, professional maybe?) your photo will say a lot about you before you even open your mouth.
This is why I was so excited that Renee got in touch with me about updating her professional business photos. I did her daughter's senior photos last spring and she decided it was time to get some updated pictures of herself that she could use on her small business website as a therapist. She is based down in Colorado Springs so we wanted to do a beautiful natural area and Garden of the Gods is the obvious choice for that. It's incredibly recognizable so when clients see her in that scenery they will know right away that she's a local in Colorado Springs. We also thought it would be great to change up the scenery and get some urban photos with city lights in the backdrop. She is a super sweet person and very calming to be around so I can just imagine how great she must be at her job as a therapist. I think these photos definitely show her in that light and the public is sure to see what a warm, inviting person she is!
Saved my favorite one for last!
Today on the journal I get to share a wedding for a derby friend of mine at the Denver County Courthouse. In derby life I know her as Tator, as in Devastator and she lives up to her name in the footwork and agility of her jammer skills. Many a time I thought for sure I had hit her out of bounds only to find that her Super Mario Brothers Luigi-style crazy fast tiptoe feet had miraculously saved her leaving me in the dust! But before I wander off into a derby related wormhole I should get back to the subject at hand, Tator's wedding to her awesome partner Michael! From here on out I'm going to call her by her government name (Ashley) to go with her sweet government wedding ceremony also known as a civil ceremony or a courthouse wedding. There was a little mix up about which courthouse to meet at, but I'm glad for her that it ended up being the one right next to Civic Center Park that they dress up for the holidays since its pretty there. In addition to their closest family and friends they brought their adorable German Shepherd/Corgi mix, Barney, as Denver's cutest ring bearer. After they went inside to discuss bringing the wedding outdoors with the judge, I realized that I would get to have the power of choosing exactly where everyone would get to stand during the short ceremony. I have to make a point of mentioning just how awesome this was. During most wedding celebrations the bride and groom are standing with their backs (or their sides mostly) to the crowd with the officiant facing everyone. I made a snap decision to put the officiant's back to the onlookers so that I could see Michael and Ashley with their family's faces as their backdrop in the photos and I really love how it turned out. How often to do you get to see your loved ones mugs during the ceremony as you exchange rings and seal it with a kiss? Maybe it's not the most ideal set up for say a mountain wedding with epic views in the backdrop but I loved it for this beautiful little intimate courthouse celebration!
After the short and sweet ceremony we walked across the street to use the Greek Ampitheater only to find that the city has blocked off my favorite areas for reconstruction. No matter, we just photographed there using other angles and I love how they turned out. Michael and Ashley are such an easy going, low key couple that they were really fun to photograph and were up for my suggestion to walk by the cute red British style phone booth outside of Pints Pub on our way over to our parked cars. We got some adorable shots there before heading over to The Rio where they were planning to celebrate their nuptials with yummy Mexican food and margaritas. Across the street from The Rio there was a super cute painted door which made for a lovely backdrop as well. I have seen some blogs calling these kinds if weddings "tiny weddings" or "microweddings" in addition to the more well known language of "elopement wedding." But whatever you want to call it, it was in my eyes a perfect wedding!
Congratulations, Tator and Mike!
Acouple of weeks ago, I met up with my brother and sister in law to get some family photos taken with their sweet baby boy, Benjamin. We tried to do them at Daniels Park down in Highlands Ranch, but it was just too unbearably cold for him that evening. We got a couple of cute shots of them with the pretty sunset mountain backdrop, but I knew we could do better. So we decided to try again with an indoor location since March is a little unpredictable with the weather. This meant we could photograph him earlier in the day after his nap too making it even more likely we could get some good photos of their family enjoying their time together. We reserved the Denver Photo Collective space on West Colfax in Lakewood which has beautiful natural light streaming in through large windows. And they even had some cute colorful couches available to use as well. Brandon, Lauren, and Benny started off in their nice simple cozy sweater clothing and then changed into their adorable bright red Adidas tracksuits for some fun ones to finish off the session. This was the perfect outfit change for their family since both Brandon and Lauren are competitive athletes. Lauren played soccer on a collegiate level both at Eastern Washington University and she also played for Metropolitan State University here in Denver after they moved back to Colorado. (As a fellow Metro State grad, Go Roadrunners!) Brandon played football both for the Eastern Washington Eagles (where he met Lauren!) as well as a brief stint with the NFL and the Australian Rules Football league. So obviously having matching tracksuits for their family photos fits them perfectly! Benny's little now, but surprisingly strong for an 8 month old. It must be in his genes, haha. I can't wait to see what sports he ends up loving. I hope it's curling or jai alai just to keep us on our toes!
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