day in the life

Eighth Grade Continuation Photos Denver

The continuation ceremony for Skinner Middle School was held at North High School where many of the students will attend as a freshman next year.  Miss S is moving on to high school with honors in music and attendance.  She is an incredibly accomplished musician who wrote a mashup of a couple pop songs which a quintet played for families as they took their seats for the event.  During the ceremony, Miss S was awarded music student of the year (no surprise) and received an award, along with 10 other students, for having 100% attendance.  Later she told me she went to school with a 103 degree fever for two days because she was so determined to win that award.  Crazy kids. It was heartwarming and sweet to see how so many of the kids broke up after the ceremony, openly crying in the hallway as they said goodbye to middle school, to each other, and in my own mind, to childhood.  It was bittersweet to see all these young kids looking so grown up, so adult-like both in their outer appearance and also in their personal conduct.  There was poignancy in seeing moments when they started acting like kids again, and then caught me watching them and reverted to their dispassionate teen personae.

eighth grade continuation photos in denver
girls backstage
warming up for a performance backstage
students preparing for a performance
kids goofing off in middle school
girl with a violin
girl giving the side eye to classmates
eighth grade girls at continuation all dressed up
eighth grade continuation photos denver waiting in the hallway to enter
Skinner middle school continuation
eighth grade continuation photos denver girl in emotional moment
Girl after continuation in denver
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Documentary Family Photography in Denver

I was very grateful that Jessica, one of my longest-term lifestyle clients, agreed to try a session of documentary family photography in Denver this summer.  One of the biggest challenges I'm facing with transitioning my business into a more documentary style is that my existing clients aren't sure they want to go with me.  Day in the Life photography is relatively new, largely unknown to the general public, and while I get a lot of excitement about the concept, when it comes to committing to a session, it's difficult for them to walk away from more traditional photos. One thing Jessica and I agreed upon was that we would take time to shoot a very short session of traditional posed where kids get dressed up and they get something more typical for their Christmas cards.  I think that makes it an easier decision for her  and I plan to offer that to all my clients.

I still feel strongly about my posed lifestyle photography but I am moving toward documentary work because it feels so much more emotional to me.  I want my clients to be deeply moved when they see their photos, I want them to see sides of themselves, their partners, parents, or children that they don't see all the time.  Documentary family photos are a window into life today that a cute posed photo by a Christmas tree in September will never give you.

A funny side note to this session:  the cat doesn't belong to them.  Both kids, separately, told me the cat was theirs and so I took a number of photographs of him.  Later when I asked mom and dad when they got a cat they said "Cat?  What cat?"  Evidently the cat, Pickles, has been hanging around their house a lot since these photos were taken, so he's included as an honorary family member.

Grandma blowdries her hair while grandaughter watches in mirror
Grandma blowdries her hair while grandaughter watches in mirror
Toddler boy facing off with cat about four feet away.
Toddler boy facing off with cat about four feet away.
Silhouette of kids running out the front door.
Silhouette of kids running out the front door.
Family hanging out on the back porch.
Family hanging out on the back porch.
Over the shoulder photo man playing guitar while family gathers in teh background.
Over the shoulder photo man playing guitar while family gathers in teh background.
Grandpa throws football to little boy and girl.
Grandpa throws football to little boy and girl.
Profile of handsome man playing guitar.
Profile of handsome man playing guitar.
Closeup of little boy on plastic horse drinking a juice box.
Closeup of little boy on plastic horse drinking a juice box.
Little girl wiggles a loose tooth.
Little girl wiggles a loose tooth.
Little boy licking his mom's chin.
Little boy licking his mom's chin.
Kids playing in the yard with a plastic horse on springs and a teepee in the background.
Kids playing in the yard with a plastic horse on springs and a teepee in the background.
Woman hanging out on her porch.
Woman hanging out on her porch.
Little boy holds a football in a doorway.
Little boy holds a football in a doorway.
Grandparents at a picnic table.
Grandparents at a picnic table.
Beautiful woman looking away.
Beautiful woman looking away.
Boy and girl playing under a tent.
Boy and girl playing under a tent.
Four up photo of girl dancing in her living room.
Four up photo of girl dancing in her living room.

I was treated to a fabulous dance performance to the painfully cute French version of The Gummy Bear Song.

I'm anxious to know how John, Jessica, Janine and Jim feel about these photos.

I'm interested to know what you think, too.

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Day in the Life of a Non-Profit

Woman using props to train staff using stuffed animals as props.
Woman using props to train staff using stuffed animals as props.
A woman in a wheelchair smiling as she picks carrots from a tabletop garden.
A woman in a wheelchair smiling as she picks carrots from a tabletop garden.
Man grating cheese with one hand and a helper.
Man grating cheese with one hand and a helper.

I spent the better part of a day with the awesome folks at the Rocky Mountain MS Center King Adult Day Enrichment Program (KADEP).    The objective of the day was to show the fun and supportive programs offered by the center and their amazing staff.  I made a couple new friends that day and gained a whole new level of awareness and respect for people living with multiple sclerosis and other acquired neurological disorders.

Laugher yoga class.
Laugher yoga class.
Woman working on a craft project with a helper.
Woman working on a craft project with a helper.

Day in the life of a non-profit photography has the benefit of providing tons of marketing images for the organization, it tells the story of the people who benefit from their efforts,  and reveals detail and context to a story that is often untold to the general public.

KADEP has a program that involves different fun classes ranging from cooking, laughter yoga, crafts, boxing, gardening, even trips to go rafting or visiting casinos.  They have an amazing machine called the LiteGate which allows people to stand without having to bear all their own weight.  It literally helps people get back on their feet.

Woman walking on a LiteGait
Woman walking on a LiteGait
Two physical therapists help a woman using a LiteGait.
Two physical therapists help a woman using a LiteGait.

I've been told by a friend who is a professional in the non-profit world that there are statistics showing that people are more likely to donate after seeing a powerful image than a powerful video.  I think that's because when you see a photo that moves you,  you are making up the backstory in your own mind.  You have the context of knowing the image is related to the non-profit in question, but you tell yourself the story that explains why someone looks tired or sad, why their eyes are closed or their fist is clenched.   Creating the story in your own mind gives you more motivation to donate because you've told yourself the most moving story that would spur you to action.

Man with MS in a wheelchair wearing boxing gloves takes a swing.
Man with MS in a wheelchair wearing boxing gloves takes a swing.
A day in the life of a non-profit at KADEP in the garden with Brent.
A day in the life of a non-profit at KADEP in the garden with Brent.
Shot from below - a couple of people boxing.
Shot from below - a couple of people boxing.
Action shot of a woman with MS boxing.
Action shot of a woman with MS boxing.
Man in a wheelchair plaing indoor softball.
Man in a wheelchair plaing indoor softball.
Black and white of a man stretching in exercise class.
Black and white of a man stretching in exercise class.
An aide helps a woman with her crochet project.
An aide helps a woman with her crochet project.
Cooking class
Cooking class
A man in a wheelchair laughing.
A man in a wheelchair laughing.

Day in the Life photography for business is a way to tell the story of an organization that creates a personal story and connects with people on an emotional level.

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A Day in the Life of a Denver Family Photographer

I worked with another Denver family photographer on this day in the life session.  We're working together on a blog post about it which I will share on a later date. In the meantime, enjoy this short video slideshow!

http://video214.com/play/zF0vhFVFF4Yq270B1Wi07g/s/dark

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Day in the Life Photography - The Beauty of Being

A common theme I hear about Day in the Life Photography is that people think themselves boring.  "We just don't do anything that interesting", they say.  "I can't imagine what we would do for all that time", when I explain a Day in the Life Session could run half the day.  Until you've looked at a lot of DITL photos and understood the context in which they were taken, it's difficult to appreciate that the photos are beautiful because people are beautiful, not because they were doing the most perfect thing in the most perfect location. Day in the Life sessions are about the small spaces in your life, not just the big moments.  We tend to remember our lives through our photographs, we share our family history with our friends and progeny by looking at photos.  I wish I had photos of what my room looked like when I was seven and I had built a castle of cardboard boxes for my stuffed animals.  I wish there were photos of when my mom decided to make marzipan and we spent an afternoon making little candy fruits and shapes.   I wish there were photos of my mom's art studio when we lived on Washington Island.  It's hard to share my childhood stories because there is no visual representation of any of those moments.  Day in the Life Photography helps you capture the beauty of being alive, of being you.

Boy eating steaming noodles.
Boy eating steaming noodles.
Men drinking beer, hanging out with dogs.
Men drinking beer, hanging out with dogs.
Girl drawing at the table.
Girl drawing at the table.
Man sitting in a chair next to a lamp.
Man sitting in a chair next to a lamp.
Man cooking breakfast.
Man cooking breakfast.
Family in their car with the dog in the center.
Family in their car with the dog in the center.
Black and white of a group with birthday candles
Black and white of a group with birthday candles

What part of your life today goes undocumented but will probably be the source of some of your favorite memories?

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A Day in the Life of a Daughter

My third installment of the series on Kim Baum A day in the life of a daughter:  Kim's life is an incredible balance between business owner, veterinarian, ranch hand, wife, mother, friend, and daughter.   One of the most important roles she plays is that of primary care-giver to her 85 year old mother.  Kim's mom, Patsy, is a feisty gal who still lives a mostly independent life in a separate house on the Silver Buckle Ranch.  But Patsy has health problems and a touch of dementia and honestly, living single on a ranch is pretty lonesome.  So Kim spends a lot of time with her mom.  Patsy comes over for dinner each night, Kim brings Patsy along on her errands as often as she can, and includes her as much as Patsy is able.  Kim takes care of Patsy's bills, medical appointments, and all her shopping.

Older woman in a kitchen looking bord while women in background cook.
Older woman in a kitchen looking bord while women in background cook.
Older woman looks on as her daughter cooks.
Older woman looks on as her daughter cooks.
Three women hovering by a stove, a short older woman in the back.
Three women hovering by a stove, a short older woman in the back.
People playing cards at a table while an old woman sleeps in the background.
People playing cards at a table while an old woman sleeps in the background.
Women hugging.
Women hugging.
Two women sit on a benh on an ranch in the dirt.
Two women sit on a benh on an ranch in the dirt.
Old woman rubs her nose as another woman does her hair.
Old woman rubs her nose as another woman does her hair.
Woman using a blowdryer on another woman's hair in a bathroom.
Woman using a blowdryer on another woman's hair in a bathroom.
Woman spraying hair of her elderly mom.
Woman spraying hair of her elderly mom.
Women walking away from camera arm in arm on a farm.
Women walking away from camera arm in arm on a farm.
Women hugging, one touches the face of the other.
Women hugging, one touches the face of the other.
Emotional photo of woman hugging her mom.
Emotional photo of woman hugging her mom.

 

Day in the life photography captures your life as it really is right now.  The photos are a record of the ordinary and extrordinary facts of who you are and all you contribute.

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A Day in the Life of a Home-based business

A day with Kim Baum - Part 2

Kim runs two businesses:  DeAngelo Ground Maintenance in Arvada and she is also a Melaleuca advocate from her home in Elizabeth.  You can see from A Day in the Life on a Ranch, Kim's a busy woman who is managing a ranch, two businesses, taking care of her young teen son, and caring for her 85 your old mother full time.  Kim attends meetings, goes to doctor's appointments, joins conference calls, manages the books for her husband's carpentry business, and takes care of her horses.  She has  a young protogee, Beth, who is learning roping from Kim, joins them for Sunday roping and dinner, and is also learning the Melaeuca business.  Kim couldn't be a better mentor and friend.

Two women mirroring each other while looking at their phones Two women by a roping dummy, one is in the middle of a toss Woman roping a dummy steer

In this series, Kim is preparing for her "bucket challenge" where she offered a month's supply of Melaleuca cleaning supplies for free to anyone willing to trade in their toxic cleaners for the all natural cleaners from Melaleuca for a month.  Kim and Beth participated in an hour long team conference call where they talk about sales motivation and strategy, and then she went to the school to offer cleaning products to some of the teachers to use in their classrooms.  As a shameless plug for Kim, if you are interested in trying the bucket challenge, you can contact Kim at thebaum16@yahoo.com or 303-810-2287

Two women at opposite sides of a home office. Above shot of two women working side by side at a table doing paperwork. Two women side by side on cellphones at a table. Woman doing paperwork next to an open laptop. Two women filling plastic bottles in a kitchen. Woman holding a cell phone in front of her with a disgusted look on her face. Artistic angle of clear plastic bottles and woman grabbing them. Stovetop covered with empty plstic bottles while two women prepare to fill them. Two women filling bottles. Women loading boxes on the floor.

Woman on the phone while holding a pile of laundry. Woman in a classroom  holding samples. Woman waits in a hallway.

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A Day in the Life of a Denver Lawyer

Quiet, ordinary moments are interesting to me.   What I enjoyed most about the day in the life session I shot with Denver lawyer, Kelly Snodgrass of Snodgrass Law, LLC, was learning the little things. Kelly takes off her shoes under her desk. She says she’s detached but you can see her passion for her work and her empathy and concern for her client. She wears her college sweatshirt when she wants to be comfortable. And at the end of the day, she watches cooking shows and snuggles under a Muppets blanket. For real. Kelly is a beautiful, incredibly intelligent, single woman who owns her own home and her own business.  It's a powerful combination.  She's intriguing and lovely and compassionate.  I have gotten to know Kelly through a networking group, but you don't get much of a peek into somebody's life at networking events.  After attending a luncheon for the Alliance of Professional Women, we headed to a client’s divorce mediation. It's so interesting to see what a badass Kelly is when she's "on" in a mediation.  She was so dedicated to her client and helping him through all the weird twists and turns that divorce can bring.  He and the mediator were very kind to allow me to be in the room documenting the proceeding.  Things didn’t end the way they do on TV, no banging of a gavel or sense of resolve.  Three hours after we began, we just packed up our gear and left.  It was oddly unsatisfying.

Kelly wrapped up her day by fixing me dinner while we drank wine and did what women will do – talked about men. Beautifully ordinary.

This video has music.  It's best watched in 720p in full screen view (see the little box in the lower right corner of the view screen).  Images follow.

http://video214.com/play/YCJTv6OYOK1bIOrP48N7sA/s/dark

Day in the life of a Denver lawyer - black and white photo of woman shaking hands at an event
Day in the life of a Denver lawyer - black and white photo of woman shaking hands at an event
Day in the life of a lawyer - woman at her desk seen through slatted blinds
Day in the life of a lawyer - woman at her desk seen through slatted blinds
Day in the life of a Denver lawyer - woman at her desk with her hand on her face
Day in the life of a Denver lawyer - woman at her desk with her hand on her face
Black and whote of woman going down stairs from above
Black and whote of woman going down stairs from above
Woman in a hallway talking to unseen person
Woman in a hallway talking to unseen person
A lawyer, her client, and a mediator through a doorway
A lawyer, her client, and a mediator through a doorway
Lawyer and client at a table over the sholder shot of the mediator gesturing.
Lawyer and client at a table over the sholder shot of the mediator gesturing.
Woman alone in a conference room standing over her computer.
Woman alone in a conference room standing over her computer.
Lawyer looking exasperated next to her client.
Lawyer looking exasperated next to her client.
Kelly with her hand on her face looking perplexed.
Kelly with her hand on her face looking perplexed.
Lawyer talking to her client.
Lawyer talking to her client.
Lawyer and her client both on phone looking frustrated.
Lawyer and her client both on phone looking frustrated.
Kelly leaving the building in the dark.
Kelly leaving the building in the dark.
Kelly at the liquor store.
Kelly at the liquor store.
Kelly in her kitchen seen through a windwo.
Kelly in her kitchen seen through a windwo.
Preparing dinner in her Denver Law sweatshirt.
Preparing dinner in her Denver Law sweatshirt.
Woman asleep on her sofa under a Muppets blanket.
Woman asleep on her sofa under a Muppets blanket.

A Day in the Life of a Designer

I recently embarked on a documentary photography project featuring women in their workday.  Being myself a mom, wife, entrepreneur, friend, cook, and chauffeur, I feel like I want to celebrate the sometimes wonderful, sometimes remarkable, sometimes ordinary, and always beautiful lives of my fellow women. In this case it is a day in the life of a designer - Kellie Lansberry of Inspired by Design.  I was struck first by how her phone is a like a barnacle attached to her ear.  It is never ending: incoming calls and texts from clients, employees, contractors, suppliers, friends, and Tinder.  Yes, Tinder, a single girl has to juggle her love life, too.  Kellie's day began with training her new assistant and progressed to driving around to different show rooms and warehouses, grabbing samples, ordering supplies, picking up materials.  Between phone calls she stopped at Starbucks twice, flirted with clerks, and juggled last minute changes from a client.   Kellie came up with inventive solutions working with her vendors to create answers to surprise problems.  At the end of the day she had a final walk-through of her gorgeous remodel in The Preserve.   Her day wound down with a great deal of puppy love.  If you would like to see more of the photos of Kellie's finished remodel in The Preserve, check them out on her Facebook page.

A Day in the Life of a designer - kellie at her desk
A Day in the Life of a designer - kellie at her desk
A Day in the Life of a designer - kellie at desk getting dog kiss
A Day in the Life of a designer - kellie at desk getting dog kiss
A Day in the Life of a designer - kellie at starbucks drive through
A Day in the Life of a designer - kellie at starbucks drive through
A Day in the Life of a designer- talking to sales guy at lighting store
A Day in the Life of a designer- talking to sales guy at lighting store
A Day in the Life of a designer - choosing flooring
A Day in the Life of a designer - choosing flooring
A Day in the Life of a designer - selecting sink finish
A Day in the Life of a designer - selecting sink finish
A Day in the Life of a designer - checking an invoice
A Day in the Life of a designer - checking an invoice
A Day in the Life of a designer - picking hardware
A Day in the Life of a designer - picking hardware
A Day in the Life of a designer - showing client tile
A Day in the Life of a designer - showing client tile
A Day in the Life of a designer - unloading tile
A Day in the Life of a designer - unloading tile
A Day in the Life of a designer - unloading tile car point of view
A Day in the Life of a designer - unloading tile car point of view
A Day in the Life of a designer - talking to client
A Day in the Life of a designer - talking to client
A Day in the Life of a designern - talking to client 2
A Day in the Life of a designern - talking to client 2
A Day in the Life of a designer - talking to client through doorway
A Day in the Life of a designer - talking to client through doorway
A Day in the Life of a designer - client shows kellie somethig
A Day in the Life of a designer - client shows kellie somethig
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - texting in an empty room
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - texting in an empty room
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - kellie and client both taking phone photos
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - kellie and client both taking phone photos
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - petting the dog
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - petting the dog
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - getting ready for bed
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - getting ready for bed
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - snuggling with the dogs
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - snuggling with the dogs

Willy Wilson is a Denver lifestyle photographer.  

Day in the Life Family Photography - Lifestyle Photographer Denver

My heart is warm and I feel like the luckiest person in the world when I think of the half day I spent with the Feast clan.  A family of readers, soccer fans, gardeners, and cooks, they play and love and laugh, and have quiet moments when everyone is reading.  They have piles of books and periodicals on every flat surface and remarkable kids who would rather read a book than do chores play video games.   Everyone helped in the kitchen throughout the day preparing for the evening meal.   The greatest gift of the day -  Quinton decided to have his first shave.  I was so honored to be present and able to photograph that milestone.  What a joy to be a part of their lives for one day.

A few of my favorites from the day.

day in the life family photogrphy - mom makes funny face at daughter
day in the life family photogrphy - mom makes funny face at daughter
day in the life family photogrphy - irl in hammock
day in the life family photogrphy - irl in hammock
day in the life family photogrphy - two girls outdoors
day in the life family photogrphy - two girls outdoors
day in the life family photogrphy - two pair of legs and refrigerator door
day in the life family photogrphy - two pair of legs and refrigerator door
day in the life family photogrphy - window light on girl reading
day in the life family photogrphy - window light on girl reading
day in the life family photogrphy - girl reads while mom works in kitchen
day in the life family photogrphy - girl reads while mom works in kitchen
day in the life family photogrphy - boy watches tv in dark
day in the life family photogrphy - boy watches tv in dark
day in the life family photogrphy - mom and dad kissing while kid looks on
day in the life family photogrphy - mom and dad kissing while kid looks on
day in the life family photogrphy - mom tickles in kitchen
day in the life family photogrphy - mom tickles in kitchen
day in the life family photogrphy - laying in hammon sideways just feet showing
day in the life family photogrphy - laying in hammon sideways just feet showing
day in the life family photogrphy - kids playing basketball
day in the life family photogrphy - kids playing basketball
day in the life family photogrphy - lucia reading
day in the life family photogrphy - lucia reading
day in the life family photography - girl in foreground then rest of family in background
day in the life family photography - girl in foreground then rest of family in background
day in the life family photogrphy - dad holding out razor to boy
day in the life family photogrphy - dad holding out razor to boy
day in the life family photogrphy - boy shaving with dad
day in the life family photogrphy - boy shaving with dad
day in the life family photogrphy - shaving
day in the life family photogrphy - shaving
day in the life family photogrphy - dad watches boy shave
day in the life family photogrphy - dad watches boy shave
day in the life family photogrphy - shaving mom in mirror
day in the life family photogrphy - shaving mom in mirror
day in the life family photogrphy - boy and dad in mirror
day in the life family photogrphy - boy and dad in mirror
day in the life family photogrphy - boy checks his shave
day in the life family photogrphy - boy checks his shave
day in the life family photogrphy - girl in bathroom
day in the life family photogrphy - girl in bathroom
day in the life family photogrphy - girl in bed
day in the life family photogrphy - girl in bed