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A Senior Portrait Knee Deep in Sunflowers

August is here! That means sunflowers in Colorado. If you’re a high school senior and you love the look of a big, warm sunflower field, then you need to consider booking your senior session for August. And, it’s a great look for families too!

We had been shooting around Boulder and Erie for a couple of hours. We figured it was worth checking out some open spaces around town for a sunset shot to finish up the session. I’m a big fan of shooting the late evening portrait with big skies, with dark and dramatic lighting…It’s kinda my thing.

We just happened to stumble upon this sunflower field that overlooks Old Town Erie. Okay, the shots in these photos weren’t exactly taken in a sunflower field, but more of a field with some sunflowers. To be honest, it was more like a few small flower patches in a giant field. We definitely made the best of what we had and got a lot of great shots in a short amount of time.

Senior girl in sunflower field

What I love about this photo is how the sun rays are just barley entering the frame, back lighting the flowers and adding a real warm feel to the image. The reflector on camera right bounces the sunlight back into Alisha’s face giving her a natural Rembrandt lighting effect. The reflector also gives her a nice little sparkle in her eyes. Using just the natural light, a camera, and a reflector made this a simple portrait with a natural look and that’s what I love about this photo.


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This is her dad’s favorite. He loves the warm, hazy glow of his daughter standing peacefully in the field of sunflowers . It hangs on his wall as a 20×30 Wall Portrait.

I don’t know that I have actually ever seen a giant sunflower field in Colorado, like they have in Kansas and in the Dakotas, but with some careful posing and lighting, we can make you look pretty darn good standing knee deep in sunflowers.

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Also posted in Senior Portraits

Mama still loves me

This is Stacie and Josh. Josh is a champion English Bulldog that does exactly what his mom asks of him under some of the most distracting conditions.

Until today.

I was photographing this handsome fella for a magazine spread that was due like… yesterday! I was really psyched because I’ve been wanting to photograph a bulldog since forever ago! Stacie (the handler) was doing everything she could to get Josh execute the perfect stack. For those that don’t know (like me) Stacking is when the dog is shown stands squarely with each leg placed into a specific position. Well Joshes feet kept sliding out from underneath because of the slippery floor.

It was getting hot, Josh was tiered from sliding all over the studio and he was WAY sick of my camera being in his face. We did come away with a few usable shots, but mom was a little frustrated and slightly disappointed, but as you can see from the photo, all was forgiven and mama still loves him anyhow.

show English Bulldog with owner

Also posted in Pets

Sisters (What I love About This Shot)

People (especially kids) often find themselves more relaxed as the photo session goes on. After ten or fifteen minutes we all get to know each other a little better, and they start getting used to the camera. These two, however, were ready to go from the very first click. In fact this photograph WAS the very first click!

The sisters are very close, but they couldn’t be anymore opposite in personalities. One of the sisters was kind of quiet and shy, yet acted very elegant during the shoot. The other was spunky, a little gritty and ready to take on the world. Can you tell which is which?

These girls made a big impact on me, as they were very well mannered, have strong family values and seem to really look  out for each other. And that is exactly what I love about this Shot. When I look at this image,  to me, it portrays all those qualities that are important in a family.
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Also posted in Family Portraits

Little Dancer (What I Love About This Shot)

Little Dancer

This photograph was taken in Old Town Erie, CO as a promo for an idea I had to hold outdoor portrait sessions for young dancers. The dance studio had their own portrait photographer who came in every year to photograph all the dancers, and they did a great job. But, lets face it, all the pictures were pretty much the same – especially when the girls had been dancing for years. This was the perfect opportunity for me to provide parents with portraits of their dancers that were unique, powerful, moody, and dramatic – all the things I love to see in a portrait.

The sun had just gone down behind the church and it made a beautiful silhouette, perfect to get that powerful, moody portrait that I was looking for – sometimes things just work out. All I needed to do was to pump enough light into the scene to give the image an emotional, yet elegant feel. All that being said, the thing I love most about this shot is that the Little Dancer is also my little girl. She’s standing tall, looking  proud, and full of confidence doing what she loved to do back then. This photo was taken back in 2011, and although she doesn’t take dance classes anymore I will always think of her as my little ballerina.
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