It was a crummy, snowy day in Denver when I drove to do the Nagel extended family photos in Frisco the day after Christmas. I was looking forward to an arduous drive but happily discovered just as I reached the foothills that the snow had quit. Andrew Nagel asked me to photograph their family who were together for the first time in ten years. They were all staying in a rented house in Frisco and enjoying the snow, skiing, snowboarding, and sledding. With so many people we only had time for mainly posed group shots but I couldn't resist some fun in the snow with the cousins at the end. Click here to see more family photos.
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.
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!