I was finally able to photograph Annie at The Denver Puppet Theater the other day. She is always amazingly busy, I found. That makes sense because Annie is not only a wonderful puppeteer putting on a variety of fantastic shows. She also creates all of the puppets, is a kind human being and provides a wonderful service to all of the children who attend. I believe that her method of helping people think creatively and open their mind is treasure to all those who attend.
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.
Here is a new environmental portrait I created while on assignment recently in Boulder, CO.
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 🙂
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.
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As an introduction to Ryan and this unpublished picture story, here are two portraits of the entrepreneur himself.
I’m a little behind after spending 16 of the last 32 days in the oil boom area of North Dakota and Montana on various projects; so today is catch-up Friday. I was really pleased at the display of this photograph of an AR-15 type rifle that I made in a rather small room in a gun shop here in Colorado. I had very little time to set-up and execute this shoot, extremely limited space to arrange the lighting, etc., but I think it turned out well – and ran huge 🙂
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.
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.