5.21.2017

Family Portrait Session in Lakewood, Colorado

a brother and sister arm wrestle in the grass at a park for their portrait session
Siblings arm wrestling during a photo session
I was so excited to get to work with Jarrey and her little brother.  Her first question was if I did candid style shoots; which I told her make some of the best photos… especially with Kids.  And she had a ton of other great ideas for a family photography session to make a unique calendar for a Mother's Day gift. 


A fun and playful portrait of a brother and sister at a park
Goofing around for a family portrait

a brother and sister holding hands
Siblings holding hands for a photo
black and white image of two family members holding hands
B&W photo of holding hands

a brother and sister having fun and laughing for their family portrait session
Laughing during a family photo session



A brother and sister pose in a Colorado park for their family portraits
Fun family portrait photobombed by a goose

stunning black and white image of a brother and sister in front of a barn wearing superman capes
Siblings holding hands with superman capes
So we met in Belmar Park in Lakewood, Colorado; I figured the Park and neighboring Historic Center would be a great setting for their family portraits.  Prepared with chalkboards, toys, superman capes, and some other fun ideas I think I had about as much fun during their photos session as they did.  We even had a Goose photobomb a number of our shots.  And he being a young boy, found a bug… pretty much standard with many of my family sessions.  

a boy in a superman costume poses for a photo in a field with his big sister
siblings pose for a photo
amazing black and white photo of a boy and his sister in a grassy meadow
B&W family photography

a young boy's candid smile for his family portrait session
A candid smile
We did do a few posed shots, but for the majority of their session is was about having fun… the two of them being themselves, and letting their connection with one another show through for the camera.  

A brother and sister sit on a bridge for their family portraits in Colorado
Siblings pose for a family photo

A candid photograph of a brother and sister in Colorado during a portrait session
Family photography

an awesome black and white photo of siblings playing during a family photo session.
B&W photo of some serious "rock-paper-scissors"


awesome black and white image of a boy running in a field wearing a superman cape
Faster than a locomotive!  

a candid family photo of brother and sister tickling each other
Siblings having fun

A sister hold a "brother for sale" sign for a family portrait session
"Brother for Sale" photograph

Siblings tug on a chalkboard that reads "Mom's favorite"
Who's "mom's favorite" picture


5.20.2017

Family Portrait Session in Golden, Colorado


A young mom sits with her three young girls for a photo in Colorado
Family Portraits in Golden, Colorado

I consider myself fortunate to get to work with all my clients... especially when a family is celebrating a special moment in their lives.  This family portrait session in Golden, Colorado was to not just mark a moment in a chapter of their family's story, but to celebrate the milestone first birthday of their youngest member.  Although this family's "mom" was looking for more posed photos, it's still the little moments of capturing all of them, the youngest especially, that really tells this family's story.  

A one year old girl sits in a grassy meadow for her portrait
Family Portraits in Golden, Colorado

A young mom hold her daughter up in the afternoon sunlight for a family photo session in colorado
Family Portraits in Golden, Colorado

A young couple sits in a grassy meadow with their baby for a photo in Colorado
Family Portraits in Golden, Colorado

A young family poses in front of a log cabin in Golden Colorado for their portraits
Family Portraits in Golden, Colorado

4.30.2017

Senior Portraits in Golden, Colorado



a young man poses on the riverbank for his picture
Senior Portrait Session

I got to meet Salvador through a mentor of his; the mentor, the one who actually came to me about having the Senior Portraits done for this young man.  So I arranged through him to have Salvador meet on the riverside in Golden, Colorado.  He had been described to me, and after hearing a little bit about Salvador I knew this location would be perfect.  Then he showed up wearing a cowboy hat; does it get any more "Colorado" than that?  I learned this most likely comes from his fondness of Rodeo and watching Bull Riding.   

high school student poses for a photo in Colorado
Senior Portrait Session
awesome black and white photo of a high school student in a cowboy hat
Senior Portrait Session



young man stand for his senior portraits on a river in Golden Colorado
Senior Portrait Session

black and white photo of a young man for his high school portraits
Senior Portrait Session


It all came natural to Salvador once we got through some of the first poses, and he let his guard down and was just himself. 


a young man crouches on a river bank for his senior portraits
Senior Portrait Session
a young man wears his cowboy hat while leaning on a fence railing for his portrait
Senior Portrait Session


a young man sits on the steps of an old log cabin for his senior portraits
Senior Portrait Session


Salvador being fluent in both English and Spanish, normally I take the opportunity to brush up a little on my rather rusty Español.  Hey… when all else fails I do know 'como se dice.' However a certain photographer was also trying to not fall through the ice and snow along the river's banks… a second time.



creative black and white photo of a man tipping his cowboy hat for his photo
Senior Portrait Session

By the end of our session, Salvador really came through in his photos.  A young man with a bright personality, and a lot of confidence.  A soon-to-be High School Graduate with the whole world in front of him.  A young man who also was very patient with the "hat on," "okay take the hat back off" directions I kept giving him.

young man smile for the camera for his senior portraits
Senior Portrait Session

I imagine he's got to be really happy with Baseball season here, a sport he enjoys playing… as he wraps up the final weeks of school.  


black and white image of a man in front of a log cabin in Colorado
Senior Portrait Session

a high school senior sits on a rustic picnic table in Colorado for his senior portraits
Senior Portrait Session

Thanks for your time, Salvador!  I hope you're as happy with the photos from your Senior Portrait Session as I am!  


stunning black and white photo of a young man for his senior portrait session in Golden Colorado
Senior Portrait Session



Wedding at The Briarwood Inn Golden, Colorado

The entrance sign to The Briarwood Inn in Golden Colorado for a wedding
Wedding photography at The Briarwood Inn

I got to meet Nancy in person before her wedding, to go over all the details of her and Richard's Intimate Wedding in Golden, Colorado.  Their wedding was at The Briarwood Inn, a venue that I've become quite familiar with… so I got to spend more of our time during the consultation getting to know her, and hearing about the details that would make up her big day.   With Richard out of town on business, I wouldn't get to actually meet him in person until the day of the wedding; although Nancy told me what she could about him… and I arrived extra early on their wedding day to get to meet and talk to him briefly before the day's festivities began.  

stunning black and white photo of a wedding dress at The Briarwood Inn in Colorado
Wedding Dress Photograph

A here Here comes the Bride sign sits on a burgundy leather couch for a wedding in Golden Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography

A bride and groom stand together at their wedding at The Briarwood Inn in Golden Colorado
Colorado Wedding photography


A bride and groom stand with their officiant at their wedding in Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography


A bride and groom raise their coupled hands at their wedding ceremony in Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography

A very happy Bride and Groom walk down the isle at their outdoor wedding in Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography

a stunning formal photograph of a bride and groom on their wedding day in Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography

A Bride and Groom smile and look lovingly towards one another for their formal wedding photography pose
Colorado Wedding Formal Photography

A bride and groom at The Briarwood Inn in Colorado on their wedding day
Colorado Wedding Photography


Their wedding was a gathering of family and close friends… a celebration of their lives up to that point and the journey they would embark on after.  One of the details of their wedding, with Richard's German Heritage,  was a traditional Wedding Cup that they drank out of as they had their toast.  A little bit of a challenge I must say, with the moving parts of a German Wedding Cup… but they made it work.  And as the tradition continues… I'm certain so will the love this couple has for one another.

The dining room at The Briarwood Inn during a wedding reception in Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography


black and white photo of a traditional German Wedding Cup for a Colorado Wedding
Colorado Wedding Photography

photograph of a very happy bride and groom during their outdoor wedding in Golden Colorado
Colorado Wedding Photography


4.26.2017

Headshot Photography in Boulder Colorado

Black and white headshot portrait of a recent college graduate in Boulder Colorado
Headshot Portraits



As a recent University of Colorado Graduate, Tom was looking for some great headshots for his online professional pages, as he is looking to get his career started in the finance industry.   As with a number of clients, Tom was looking for a particular look to his photos; sending me a few examples of what he was looking for… a number (if not all) of them black and white photos.  Okay… well, black and white being a favorite of mine I assured him that the look he was going for was easily attainable and I explained to him the bokeh style of portrait photography that the examples he sent me exhibited.  

Outdoor professional headshot portrait of a college graduate
Headshot Portraits


Also… as a recent graduate, he was looking for affordable headshots as some of the quotes he had been given were way out of his budget.  But after a number of emails and phone conversation I ensured him that not only the look he desired was attainable, but that I also could do a one hour headshot session that fell easily within his budget.  Unsure of what to wear, we also discussed some options for him; advising him of what works best for the camera… as well as how we could get a number of different poses and shots from just one main outfit; starting more formal with a tie and jacket and subtracting those two items as the session progressed.  

Professional black and white portrait photo of a young man
Headshot Portraits


We met at a park in Boulder, Colorado and got to know one another just a bit as we walked over to the first spot.  I could tell he was a little nervous, so we talked a little bit about relaxing for the camera.  This is pretty common with many clients; being nervous.  But once a conversation gets going I find my clients relax pretty quickly, and are more "themselves" for the camera.  Besides… I don't bite. 


Colorado college graduate poses for professional headshots
Headshot Portraits
amazing black and white headshot portrait
Headshot Portraits


























We got to talk a lot as we walked to various spots for his headshots; we may have even solved some world problems.  But as the session was wrapping up, Tom mentioned that his dad might also like an 8x10 of one of the photos from the session.  So near the end, I got Tom to loosen up quite a bit… and even got him to crack a smile.  Pleased with his photos I'm glad Tom came to me for his headshot needs and that even outdoors we were able to get exactly the shots he was looking for.  I even delivered to him files specifically sized for their intended use (mainly LinkedIn).  Uploaded, a photographer's high resolution images are often too large of a file size to start with, but some sites distort the images in the upload process.  But Tom's looked great and I wish him all the best in the future.  


a recently college graduate smiles for the camera in Colorado
Headshot Portraits




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