Monday, September 29

Brooke + Tyler Downtown

Saturday brought the wedding of Brooke and Tyler, in the classic downtown setting. The ceremony was held at Trinity United Methodist Church, right in the heart of Denver, and the reception followed accross the street at the Brown Palace. I may have gone a bit too arty on this shot, but the walls of the Brown sort of scream out for an antiqued photo.

Jennifer + Eric at the Botanic Gardens

I wanted to post just a few images from a busy weekend. Jennifer and Eric were married at the Botanic Gardens and Maggiano's Little Italy in Denver on Friday. They were a great couple to work with, and I think we made loads of good shots --these were just the first few that struck me. I am still recovering from the heaps of amazing food served at the reception.

Thursday, September 25


I have too many photos right now. This always happens in September, when the weddings come at me fast. I have loads of weddings that I hope to turn into blog posts. The problem is, I have about 100 photos from every wedding that I think deserve to see the light of publication. In the process of trying to find just ten or so to make a blog post, I usually end up bogged down in the edit, and not posting at all. I am going to try and put up slideshows of recent weddings, and I hope to get the process nailed down, and cemented in my regular workflow so I can get regular slideshows of all my weddings posted on this blog. We shall see how that plan turns out. I am right now working on a slideshow from Carolyn + Jason, the wedding last weekend up at Estes. In the meantime, here are some very cool shots from Sarah + Erik downtown Denver affair. There are several more from this wedding that are I think are great... and I hope to have a slideshow soon.

Wednesday, September 24

Best Photo Ever

Had an amazing wedding this past weekend --again up in Estes Park, Colorado. It rained as usual! Though this time the rain was mixed with scattered sunlight. You know what that means; rainbows. One of my earliest weddings was up in Estes Park, in September, and we had a rainbow then as well. I know it sounds cheesy, but it does seem like God, or the powers that be, are watching over Estes Park to make it one of the most amazing places on earth. I have yet to go up there and not find something fantastic.

Tuesday, September 23

Leica's New Gear

A friend of mine just informed me of some recently annouced new cameras offered by Leica of Germany. Back in the film days, Leica was regarded as the best camera for photojournalists. Only, we all used Nikon and Canon cameras because Leica was ridiculously expensive. Enter digital, and Leica nearly went out of business because they could not keep up pace with the new technology. Now, they have announced a new digital system which, I hope, makes them a major player again.

Leica S-System on Engadget

Leica has my number. I was just discussing the new Canon 5D Mk II with some photog friends of mine. They were excited by the addition of a few bells and whistles, but I was pissed. (HD video --gag me with a spoon.) I am so sick upgrading every 4 years to the next slighter-better-but-still-not-what-you-need "modern" cameras. Canon and Nikon are producing cameras based on a software engineers idea of what is good. The last thing a proper camera needs is more options within nested menus, they already have too many with just shutter speed and aperture. Auto focus will never work as well as manual, if we could just buy a digital camera with a decent focusing screen. I spend all my time trying to get my 5D to act properly, as it is constantly trying to screw up my shots. But I have to deal with that, because the 5D is the only decent sensor on the market. Even the four-thirds ratio of the Leica makes sence, as that is much easier to work with for final printing. Also, a four thirds sensor is going to use much more of the available light circle provided by the lens.

I am waiting for someone to come out with a digtial Nikon FM (film SLR from the eighties). That was the only decent camera I have ever owned.

Here is a photo of my ego when dealing with camera manufactures.

Thursday, September 18

Face on Glass

Here are a couple kiddos with similar ideas.

"I have found face on glass to be a decent distraction from this boring adult mess."

"This is pretty good, but it could be so much better with a glass plate. sigh..."

Tuesday, September 16


Sarah, married on Saturday to her longtime beau Erik, wanted to make sure we documented her bridesmaids footwear. I knew it would make a compelling shot, because photos without heads have such mystery to them. You just cant help but wonder what the heads are up to. I would bet a good number of photo students go through a headless photo phase, after they first stumble on this interesting trick of composition. (I did)

Bonus points if you know what famous Denver landmark provided the green stone background.

Shaina + Ben in Estes Park

Here are a couple shots of Shaina and Ben, to make up for the evil shot posted earlier. You can see, this was a very warm and happy day, despite the weather.

The little ring bearer had certain objections to the bow-tie. I have to agree, who ever invented the bow-tie anyway?

Monday, September 15

Ted Talks: David Griffin, On Photography

Griffin's talk starts with a series of images I have seen a quadrillion times, but they are still very powerful. This is a great way to understand the photographic lineage that inspires my work. In addition, Griffin goes onto describe why photography is powerful, which is worthwhile.

Friday, September 12

The Dreaded Chapel on the Rock


okay, evil may not the best theme for a wedding photo --my apology to Shaina and Ben, who will wed at the Chapel tomorrow. Hopefully this weather system that is causing the dreary sky will move on. For now, I was able to grab some great shots of the chapel during their rehearsal tonight. Dont worry, the rest are not this dreary, I just got carried away in photoshop with this particular shot.