Children

A photo and A Poem

she was shaking off the cake's crumbs in front of your nose, as with dew does a rose, did she mean her importance? did she mean my age? did she mean I was nothing? a transparent creation of the evolution? she was rude- she doesn't know any better, but, if she does, she might have been very hungry: her bile needed some sugar to sweeten the sour she is generating.

- Ivan Petryshyn

girl at a table covered in crumbs
girl at a table covered in crumbs

Yoga Photos & the Carpenter Family

I love "my" Carbondale families:  the folks I've gotten to know over the years of shooting up there.  One such family is the Carpenters.   Kallie is a yoga and fitness instructor and she needed some new professional yoga photos so we decided to add on some fun summer family photos while we were there.  We met at the River Valley Ranch pool and made use of their studio for some of Kallie's yoga shots.  One of the big challenges of my style of photography (natural light, on-location) is that you never know what surprises are in store when you arrive for a shoot.  The challenge in this case was mirrors, mirrors everywhere and where there weren't mirrors there were windows.  Windows can be good and bad.  They give us light (yay!) but also give us big rectangles in the background (boo).  I often shoot in front of windows, but particularly for yoga shots, where you want emphasis on body lines, having competing lines in the background can be problematic.  There was wonderful light but also a) light glaring in the mirrors b)  me in the photos and c) limited shooting angles.  As it turned out the light was lovely, the reflected light in the mirrors and floor added softness, and I somehow managed to keep myself (or crop myself!) out of the images.  (You can see some of my other yoga photos here.)  We did some shots of Don playing with Corbin and Quinn in the pool, I was impressed with how high he could throw those kids in the air.   When it started getting dark we decided to play around with sparklers.  Lesson learned:  don't buy the cheap sparklers for photography.  They burned out in 20 seconds.  Fortunately my sister in law must've had a premonition about the sparklers and suggested I take some glow sticks with me.  They worked great!  Three glow sticks and a cell phone later, we got some fun shots in the dark.  Shortly after the shoot I was preparing a flyer for headshot sessions and needed something special.  I trolled Kallie's session and used one of her new headshots before she ever saw her own pictures.  Love you guys, thanks for being so awesome! Update:  Kallie just published her website - check it out!  www.kalliecarpenter.com

Yoga photos - Kallie collage

Yoga photos Carpenter Familly Collage 2 Yoga photos Carpenter family collage 1

The Howe Family Singers - Family Photos in Golden

Family photos in Golden, CO.  I love photographing the Howe family, not just because they have the cutest girls I've ever seen but because Nicole really knows how to style a photo shoot.  They're easy to shoot, cooperative, fun, and everyone always looks fantastic.  If you want an example of how to dress for family photos, look no further.  We decided to shoot early at Red Rocks.  We hadn't anticipated that even on a weekday the amphitheater would be brimming with people - working out.  We quickly decided to abandon the amphitheater and head into the rocks where we got some neat cave-like shots and then a very tiny "hike" along a trail.  The girls were a bit bored with all this but easily bribed into cooperation with some of my Melaleuca candy.  heh heh.  Of course then you get candy face photos.  Oh well, life of a photographer.  Big thanks for Nicole and Bryan for letting me play around with my new Lensbaby on their photos.  Got some great shots look like an early 70's folk album:  "The Howe Family Singers".  The rest of the images can be seen here. Family Photos in Golden - Howe Collage 1 Family Photos in Golden - Howe Collage 2 Family Photos in Golden - Howe Collage

Denver RiNo Family Photography - Hydle Family

I was very excited about my second family photo shoot with Mary Hydle and her brood for some Denver RiNo family photography.  I'd met baby Quentin and 3 year old Keller last year when I had the honor of shooting Q's newborn photos but it was my first time doing a full family shoot with them this year.  Jeremy and Mary have such expressive faces and beautiful tattoos and the boys are adorable and fun.  They were all game for whatever I wanted to try so we traipsed around a funky old industrial building and later drove to this dead ugly old building that caught my eye.  I was happy to get some positive feedback from Mary and Jessica Brace about my new filter set because I've been nervous about making a change.  Thank you guys for being open to experimentation!  Remember the Gerber baby?  I think Quentin is the Nikon baby.  The rest of the shoot can be seen here. Denver RiNo Family Photography Hydle Collage 1Denver RiNo Family Photography Collage Hydle 1 Denver RiNo Family Photography collage Hydle 3

Samantha's Continuation - Event Photography

I took photos of of our friend Samantha's Continuation from elementary school.  The transition into middle school around here is a big deal.  Maybe it's that way everywhere?  Just wasn't that way when I was in school.  Of course those were the dark ages. There are certificates of completion, cake, flowers, and commendations for all the kids who complete elementary school.  I was impressed to see that the school had a sign language interpreter at the graduation - like the big leagues! The teachers cleverly planned a photo op after the ceremony where all the kids stood on the steps to the school for about five minutes and families could take turns getting a photo of the entire 5th grade together.  Of course the kids weren't all looking in the same direction but you get the idea.  There was a huge party at a student's house afterward, for the entire fifth grade, that I wish I could have attended.  They did a water-gun/water-balloon version of the Hunger Games.  I'm sure it was a riot. 

Congratulations Samantha!  I'm sure you will have a great time at Skinner!

Samanthas Graduation Collage
Samanthas Graduation Collage
Samantha's Graduation Collage #2
Samantha's Graduation Collage #2
Wilkins Family Collage at Drake's Graduation
Wilkins Family Collage at Drake's Graduation