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Environmental Portrait

New Portraits of an Opera Singer

Congratulations to Bass baritone Andrew Hiers, recently awarded the annual Norblom Award by Opera Colorado. Because of his selection for the award we did a portrait session.  Andrew is a great human, and a pleasure to photograph. I hope you get the opportunity to hear him sing some day.

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New Portraits from a ranch in Colorado

The magazine finally came out, the embargo passed, and I’m eager to share these portraits I shot in rural Colorado.  Glenda is a pleasure to spend time with, and I believe she raises some of the best cared-for cattle in the country.

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Empowering Portrait in Colorado

I was hired to photograph Julinda for a health care publication at her home in the Front Range here in Colorado. I always enjoy meeting and photographing real people (a much more authentic and engaging experience and portrait than a model portraying some character) and Julinda was a pleasure to meet and work with.

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Moody, Powerful Athlete Portraits

Troy Isley just won a bronze medal at the AIBA world championships in Hamburg. I was commissioned to photograph him before he left Colorado. He is a great human;  someone to watch and root for all the way (think Tokyo 2020).  Congratulations Troy!

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Portrait Photography in Colorado

I always love meeting new people and it was a joy to spend time with Angela and her family.  We made these portraits at her home on assignment for a healthcare publication.

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Angela at her home in Aurora, Colorado.


Colorado Mountain Portrait

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and photograph actress Katie Barberi this fall here in Colorado.  She was willing to head to a location I had scouted earlier in the day and even traipse through the woods a bit to stand in what looked like an odd choice for a portrait.  However, I’m glad she trusted me and was willing, because that location and her cooperation made the best photographs of the afternoon.

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Environmental Portrait session with Liz

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet in person and spend the afternoon with Liz in her studio in Boulder the other day.  It was a true pleasure watching her work, chatting with her and (of course) photographing her as she created.

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New business portraits

I had a wonderful time meeting and photographing the team at Flitch Studios the other day here in the Denver area.  We made some environmental portraits and captured some documentary photography as they worked.  Their craftsmanship is amazing, and I’d LOVE to just sit in the chair they were working on at the time.

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Portrait outside, midday?OK!

Below are portraits from a recent assignment in Boulder.  We needed to make the environmental portraits outside around 1 or 2pm in mid-June (harsh light and it was hot, so we had to move quickly)  A little scouting and subject/light placement kept him cool and made the light flattering.

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New environmental portrait in Boulder, CO

Here is a new environmental portrait I created while on assignment recently in Boulder, CO.

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Portraits of a wind turbine technician in rural Colorado

Below are 3 portraits of a wind turbine technician in rural Colorado.  I brought out the lights for this final environmental portrait of Chris.  Earlier in the day we climbed up a turbine (basically a looooong ladder straight up the base) and walked around on top of the Nacelle.  That was something I have wanted to do for a long time…   now I’d love to rope-up and rappel down a blade 🙂

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Portrait of Olympic figure skater, Jason Brown

After a full day of training and just days before he left Colorado for his Olympic debut in Sochi, U.S. figure skater Jason Brown agreed to go outside in below freezing temperatures and some serious snow to pose for a few portraits for me.  We made a several wonderful photographs, the best two are below, and through the entire day of training and freezing outside Jason was generous with his time and energy, friendly and helpful, and a true pleasure to meet and work with.

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Portrait Photography of a chief justice, in the middle of the street

South Dakota’s Chief Justice, poses for a portrait with a sign he had made in the middle of a road near Pierre.  My picture editor was open to the idea, the Chief Justice was willing, and the result was a photograph that tells the story of a lack of lawyers in rural areas of the state in a visually interesting way.

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New Portrait Commission: DAM Director

A wonderful recent commission to photograph the Denver Art Museum (DAM) Director, Christoph Heinrich, allowed for creative composition, less conservative lighting and the opportunity to craft some visually interesting portraits of an executive in one of my favorite buildings in Denver.  The biggest challenge during this shoot ended up a tie between the snow that began falling the moment we went outside for that portion of the shoot and the difficulty distilling such a complex and striking building into one or two portrait locations.

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A Portrait of Entrepreneurship

I am drawn to entrepreneurship.  Being present at the start or early stages of a new venture is exhilarating.  The air is so thick with excitement, possibility and mission that the atmosphere changes, thickens almost, and can permeate anyone who pushes into its sphere.

Ryan DiFranco conjured this sort of atmosphere as he created his new restaurant, DiFranco’s.  He was gracious and generous and allowed me to be a part of his process, inside the sphere of entrepreneurship.  While inside, I made a documentary style picture story that begins to capture and convey this spirit and process of entrepreneurship through the undertaking of opening a small restaurant.

As an introduction to Ryan and this unpublished picture story, here are two portraits of the entrepreneur himself.

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Black and White Portraits of Artists

I couldn’t hope for better subjects to capture in moody black and white portraits than talented artists. Below are portraits of 3 of Opera Colorado’s Young Artists.


Photographs of Colorado Craft Beer Breweries

 

A day of hanging out and photographing young, creative entrepreneurs brewing beer in Denver = fun + interesting pictures.  I intend to visit each of these breweries (and hopefully some of the others in the area) again, for sure.

All the fun and photography reminded me that there is something about buying a product/service usually procured from a large corporation directly from an individual producer that is quite satisfying to me.

 

 


Moody portraiture

Two of my favorite portraits from a recent assignment.  I love the mood and tone created by each.

 

 


To beat the storm

From heavy traffic to a lone barn – 3 visual treats from a quick trip made a few hours early in an attempt to beat the storm.


A nice surprise! – It made the cover

The magazine hired me to create an environmental portrait of Larry Gold at their Boulder, Colorado headquarters.  I knew there was the potential for this story -and a photograph from the shoot- to appear on the cover.  Because of that, I created 3 different lighting + location setups to give the magazine a variety of options to work from.  So, with some advanced planning, (I was able to read a draft of the article beforehand which allowed me to better integrate elements of the story into the photographs) Larry’s cooperation and a little luck, we made the cover.

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The story behind the photograph

I am in the process of sending out a new promo piece.  This photograph is the dominant picture, and I want to share a bit of the story behind the picture.

Bob Cain, Forest Entomologist with the USFS, is standing in a section of forest about 40 miles west of Denver, Colorado, that was hit particularly hard by the mountain pine beetle. The mountain pine beetle, a species of bark beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae, is native to the forests here in the western United States.

If you look down by his feet, a young tree is still green, unharmed and growing.  This picture shows destruction at first glance, but also reveals a glimpse into the future.