The Last 4 Days

So the past four days were a little crazy and intense (even for wedding season standards, which is really saying something.)

Here was the last 4 days by the numbers.

4 shoots

8,363 files

173.18 gigs worth of files

2 thunderstorms.

1 exhausted photographer.

Most of these shoots will get their own dedicated posts in the weeks to come, but for now here’s a couple highlights from a jam packed last couple days.

Thursday started the madness rather easy enough with a simple engagement session from the couple whose wedding I would go on to shoot on Saturday.  Meredith and Chris live in Texas and we’d had some rough luck finding a time that worked for all three of us to do the engagement session, so we ended up fitting it in 2 days before the weddings.  We ended up choosing Wash Park which is beautiful this time of year with all the flowers they plant around the park.

Friday was a wedding I’ve been looking forward to for months.  (Yes, I look forward to all of my clients weddings, but this one gets special emphasis because the bride was one of the labor and delivery nurses who helped deliver our daughter Vera back in October of 2012.  Mega cool.  I’ll go into the whole story a in a later post when all of their pictures are edited, but suffice to say Arian and Cullen’s wedding was one that we had been looking forward to for quite some time!)

Love this picture of Arian.  Anyone who has been blessed to spend even a little time around her, will immediately realize this picture sums up her zest for life and the positive energy she carries perfectly.  :)

Earlier in the day we had a pretty wicked thunderstorm come through.  For a little while we weren’t sure whether the the weather would hold off long enough for us to be able to do the ceremony outside.  Thankfully the rain ended up not disrupting the day too much, but the clouds looked great hovering above the tented reception!

Where Arian and Cullen’s wedding was set against the beautiful backdrop of Arrowhead golf course, Meredith and Chris’ wedding had a decidedly more urban feel.  The ceremony took place at the Cheesman Park pavilion which gave us some great lines and architecture to play with in the photos.

The wicked thunderstorms returned Saturday and gave quite the scare right before the ceremony as the guests were arriving at the pavilion.  Thankfully the rain stopped before the ceremony began.

The reception took place 38 floors up on the Pinnacle club of the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver.  Their coordinator Jolene Greenbaum Peterson of Calluna Events and the always amazing work from The Perfect Petal made everything look absolutely stunning.

More pictures to come in a future post!

Sunday, I took off my wedding photographer hat and headed out to photograph the Rockies and Twins game at Coors Field.  If you were a Rockies fan the game was pretty ugly.  They gave up 5 runs in the first inning and went on to loose 13-5.

These types of “go go go” stretches are interesting.  On the one hand, I’m pretty tired.  My back and shoulders need a massage after carrying around heavy gear the last couple days.  But on the other hand, they make me realize again how blessed I am to do what I do.  Picking up a camera and being able to photograph beautiful things (and even not so many beautiful things like a Rockies blowout loss) is an blessing.  A lot of people look down on Mondays, but it’s Mondays like these that find me feeling thankful.  Thankful for a rest… but mostly thankful I get to do what I do.

What a ride.  :)

Chatfield Botanic Gardens Wedding Pictures

A few weeks ago Katie and I headed out to the Chatfield Botanic Gardens for Kelly and Brendan’s wedding.  Kelly and Brendan were one of those great laid back, easy going couples, who you could tell wanted a very nice, but also laid back and no stress wedding. Chatfield is not only a great venue for a laid back wedding, but even though it feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere it’s really only 25 mins from downtown Denver which is great!

Here are a few of our favorite images from the day.

Love this moment between Kelly and her mom and sister right after she put her dress on.

Don’t know that I had ever seen this before, but right before Kelly came down the aisle with her dad, Brendan’s brother (and best man) put a blindfold on him!  

Awesome light make me happy.  :)  Couples will ask our advice all the time on when (during their wedding day) they should do their photos.  My recommendation is always to shoot as close to sunset as possible.  I always make very clear that, that that is only my recommendation, and that ultimately I want them to have the wedding that they want to have and if logistics don’t allow that, then they just don’t allow it and that’s fine.  We’re here to serve the couple however we can and to help them have the best day possible.  While we feel photography should be a big part of the day, it’s certainly not the only consideration you have to factor in and if someone wants to do their photos at 4PM and the sunset isn’t until 8:00 that’s fine, we’ll still capture some great photos.  However, it’s impossible to get this kind of great light 4 hours before sunset. It’s just not gonna happen.  Thankfully with Kelly and Brendan their timeline allowed us to shoot a lot of the photos of the two of them and their wedding party within an hour or so of sunset which was great!

The big red barn at the Chatfield Botanic Garden isn’t just a great place to hold a reception, it makes a great background for photos!  ;)

While I photographed the last couple mins with Kelly and Brendan Katie headed over to the cocktail hour and grabbed some fun candid shots of guests mingling.  This was one of my favorites.

Snuck outside during dinner to grab a fun shot of the barn as the sky started to grow dark.  I positioned my off camera flash right in the doorway and pointed it straight back towards me just to add a little extra flare to the image.  By closing down the aperture to f11 you can get a little bit of that star pattern to the flash.

A few from the reception….

Kelly and Brendan, thanks so much for being such fun clients!  Katie and I enjoyed not just your beautiful wedding, but getting to hang out and to get to know you both!  We’ve said it a million times before, but it’s the people that we photograph that make this business so rewarding and you two are prime examples of folks that we feel honored and lucky to have worked with!  :)

Happy 4th of July!!

Happy 4th of July everyone!

Here’s a quick image from the fireworks show after the Rockies game (on July 3rd).  I’ve been covering the Rockies for USA Today Sports for a few years now and seems every year shoot at least one game during the 4th of July weekend meaning I cover the fireworks show after the game.  In truth, the images from the fireworks show almost never get used in many places, but it’s still fun to shoot.  This year I decided to go a little above what I normally do, and brought a tripod and a remote trigger so I could play with some longer exposures.

Here’s my favorite image from the show.  For those who are interested in the technical data, I put the EXIF data into the image.

Canon 1DX, 16mm, 20 seconds, f22, ISO 100

Civic Center Park Engagement Session

The area around Civic Center Park in Denver has been one of my favorite places in downtown Denver to shoot engagement sessions over the last couple years.  You get a such a wide variety of backgrounds, architecture, color, light, the whole 9 yards.  Not only is the park itself great to shoot in, the Denver Art Museum is right across the street and offers a great area to shoot around as well.  Lindsay  and Kurt and I walked around the park a few weeks ago shooting some fun summer pics before their November wedding and I don’t think we could have picked a greater spot for the two of them.

This tree is awesome.

Garden of the Gods Wedding Photography

For weddings here in Colorado we typically head west out on I-70.  Into the mountains.  Vail, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Devils Thumb Ranch, etc etc.  A couple times a year we might have a wedding in Denver or Boulder.  It’s pretty rare to have a wedding down south.  However, after Katie and I photographed Allison and Teddy’s wedding at the Garden of the God’s Club a few weeks ago, I don’t get why we don’t have a wedding booked down there every other week.

See what I mean?  Not too shabby a backdrop for a wedding…. The Garden of the Gods rock formation is the in front, Pikes Peak is in the background.

A couple of the getting ready images from the morning….

I didn’t ask Allison to hold her hands like this… I just looked down while her mom and and sister were finishing buttoning up the back of her dress and saw this image.  Love it.

Allison was even more stunning than the crazy cool background.

Loved these couple images of Allison’s bridesmaids that Katie captured while I was spending a few mins photographing Allison.  

I’m giving mad props to this girl if she were actually able to fit all those girls in that picture…..  :)

Angela Johnson at Sapphire Celebrations did a great job not just of keeping the day running smoothly, but of making everything look amazing!

Katie is so great at capturing wonderful moments of the bride and her dad moments before they walk down the aisle together.  It’s images I almost never am able to capture when I’m shooting solo because I have to be down at the bottom of the aisle, but these are the types of images that we live for capturing.

I can think of worse places to sit to have dinner at a wedding reception….

Just a couple of the images we were able to capture of Teddy and Allison a few mins before sunset…

These girls look seriously eager to catch Allison bouquet…  ;)

Gotta give another shout out over to Angela Johnson over at Sapphire Events… She and the rest of her team did a phenomenal job.  :)

Also got to give props to Kyle and Erika over at KHodge Films.  Seems like I end up working a wedding with them at least once a year and I love them and respect the amazing work they do a little bit more every time we get the chance to work together.  If you have’t already seen it, go check out the video on our site.  Kyle and Erika put that together for us and we couldn’t be happier.  Not only are Kyle and Erika great videographers, they’re cool people you’d want to hang out with.  I’m always happy when we work an event together!  :)

Allison and Teddy, congrats again on an amazing wedding day!  Despite some ominous looking clouds at the start of the day, the weather turned out amazing, everything came together as planned, and you guys had a fantastic wedding.  Katie and I were honored to have captured it.  :)