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Hanako: Fall Model + Headshot Session

Our blog has been quite for too long so we’re excited to finally post a session that is long overdue! We had a crazy hectic year last year with moving, moving, moving, and moving again so took a much needed break for a few months to settle into our new house and have been working on some things we are excited to unveil later this year. Hopefully everyone has had a great start to the new year! We’re definitely looking forward to this year with some awesome clients. This post goes all the way back to November. Hanako is a friend and one of our very favorite clients who we’ve had the opportunity to work with on numerous occasions beginning back in 2007. She’s starting up her modeling portfolio again after several years on hold and we were more than happy to help her do that. Heathyrre Kautz came along to provide makeup for the session and did a beautiful job! We were so glad we got to work with her again and highly recommend her (she also does wedding makeup so make sure to check out her site if you are in need of a makeup artist for your wedding). Our session ended up covering two days as we got rained out part way through the first day but the second time around was beautiful weather. We started at the South Platte Reservoir and then headed to Downtown Littleton for some night photos. I love the pictures we got especially of her laughing (that’s Hanako to a T) and of course had an awesome time- it’s impossible not to with Hanako!! Here’s a sneak peek from our shoot.

Model: Hanako

Makeup: Heathyrre Kautz of Heathyrre Kautz Couture

Location: Littleton, Colorado

Miss Colorado USA: Blair Griffith

Our time working with Her Life Magazine couldn’t have ended on a better note than our shoot for their November Cover. We had the opportunity to meet and photograph not only the very beautiful but also extremely sweet Miss Colorado USA Blair Griffith. Our photo shoot was a couple months before she relinquished her crown to the next year’s pageant winner and needless to say it was pretty cool to work with her. Blair was one of the sweetest people we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with! She’s just such a genuine person and her personality shines through her smile in every picture. We chose to meet up at Cherry Creek North for the photos. Unfortunately the weather was not really our friend that day but if it hadn’t been for the wind and rain we wouldn’t have found such a cool location indoors to take a few of the pics. We were photographing around the JW Marriott Cherry Creek when the weather turned on us and the awesome staff at Second Home Kitchen & Bar inside the hotel was kind enough to allow us to use their place for some really awesome pictures with a backdrop against a wall that changed colors. This shoot was definitely one of the highlights working with Her Life Magazine and while it was a bit sad to say goodbye to the magazine we felt the opportunity had run it’s course and we’re ready for other things. Blair thank you so much for your time and willingness to work with us!

Model: Blair Griffith Miss Colorado USA 2011

Location: Cherry Creek North & JW Marriott Cherry Creek

Hair: Katie Walsh of Scarlet Salon

Makeup: Kitty Crimson of Scarlet Salon

Her Life Magazine Cover: September 2011

I realize this post is long overdue but life has been a tad busy over the past few months and since everyone is always so busy during the holiday season anyway we figured we’d wait until things started picking up for the year to post our last few shoots with Her Life Magazine. This particular photo shoot was taken for the September 2011 cover of Her Life Magazine. Our cover girl for the month was Brandi Shigley. Our shoot with Brandi was one of our favorite during our time working with the magazine. Brandi’s full of personality and while she takes her business seriously she knows how to have fun doing it. It’s awesome to see someone who is passionate about something focusing that passion into helping others. Her business, Fashion Denver, is all about helping local designers pursue their dreams and bring their vision into the marketplace by connecting them with people to do so. If you or someone you know is interested in fashion design make sure to check out her site to see what Fashion Denver is all about. While they recently closed the retail portion of the business to focus more on helping designers in other aspects of the business, we had the opportunity to see the boutique while it was up and running and get a glimpse of some local designer’s work. It was a lot of fun seeing so many cool unique pieces. Here’s some of our favorite images from our day including of course a few of Brandi skating around on her roller skates wearing a feather headpiece (an image that shows her personality better than words can describe). Thanks Brandi for taking the time to work with us and wishing you all the best with Fashion Denver’s future!

Cover Girl: Brandi Shigley

Location: Fashion Denver– 1070 Bannock Street, Denver CO

Hair: Katie Walsh of Scarlet Salon

Makeup: Kitty Crimson of Scarlet Salon

Tarika: Denver Actress Headshots

A few weeks back we met Tarika to take some acting headshots for her portfolio. In addition to acting she works with the Nathan Yip Foundation who we had the pleasure of getting connected with a few years back after a friend and one of our favorite brides (Hanako) introduced us to this wonderful organization. Tarika needed some headshots for her acting portfolio but while we were out taking photos we also took some additional portraits that she could use outside of just her portfolio. She wanted an urban look for the images and the lower Highlands neighborhood of Denver was the perfect location- I think this is one of my favorite places in Denver to shoot!  It was a tad windy and as soon as the sun started setting it went from a pretty nice day to COLD really fast (it was the end of October so I guess we can’t complain too much). We had a great time working with her and found some really cool places we hadn’t photographed before. Tarika was so nice and as the photos show obviously very photogenic! Here’s some of my favorites- enjoy!

Anna Bé: Her Life Magazine October Trendsetter

I know I haven’t posted our September cover yet for Her Life Magazine and usually try to post them in order but since the 2011 wedding season just ended and the start of the 2012 wedding planning is underway I think it’s only appropriate to post our October Trendsetter for Anna Bé first. If you’re planning a 2012 summer wedding and not wanting to purchase a wedding dress “off the rack” now is the time to order your dress so what better time to show some awesome dresses to give you some inspiration. I LOVED the dresses we got to use for this photo shoot! No cliché wedding gowns you’ve seen hundreds of times on bride after bride. The idea behind the shoot was centered around the 1920’s with a modern spin. It was great to get to work with male models as well for this one to change things up. Other than our AWESOME models I have to say this shoot was one of my most challenging to date. I personally am happy with the end result of the images but nothing seemed to go right for this one the day of. You won’t typically hear me complain about photography (other than it is a LOT of work- I LOVE it anyway) but I think sometimes it’s okay to share that not everything goes smoothly every time and like most people’s jobs we have days that it just seems like our boss and the world are against us and this just happened to be one of those days. Everything from being told from the venue midway through the shoot that we weren’t allowed to use the fog machine, accidentally pulling a cord that brought one of my lights crashing down, rushing through the second half of the shoot due to some delays in getting ready, being told to keep my day job (as a firefighter) and some troubles working with the clients were all part of our day. I was definitely ready to hang up the camera for good after this one but I think in the end that the pictures turned out great (even if it’s just my opinion). Here’s some of my favorites- would love some feedback on this one!

Our AMAZING Models: Lauren Cisneros, Alex Emerson, Rachael Brink, & Jonny Blanciak all from Donna Baldwin Talent

Baby Doe’s Clothing: Denver Fashion Photographer

The September Trendsetter for Her Life Magazine is one of my favorite to date. We’ve had a lot of fun photographing the fashion spread each month but this one we kept so simple and relaxed that I don’t think the afternoon could have been any better. For the September issue we worked with Baby Doe’s Clothing out of Golden Colorado. Besides the fact that they carry some really nice clothing for women, the owner Nancy is such a sweetheart! It was so nice to have her there for the shoot that day right in the heart of downtown Golden. I LOVE shooting in Golden so it was perfect that she wanted to incorporate the town into the photos. Our models Heather and Tina were so awesome to work with as well! We wanted this shoot to be very relaxed to fit the style of clothing and picked two ladies who had beautiful smiles. We knew we wanted to have several images with the two models paired together so tried to find girls that looked like they could be friends and sure enough the two got along great- you’d never know they just met that day! It was nice to not have to carry around any lighting equipment this time- just used natural light with a little help from a simple bounce to get that nice catchlight in the eyes for a few photos. If you are looking for a great place to shop in Golden for women’s clothing you MUST stop in Baby Doe’s! The September issue of Her Life Magazine is on the website now so check it out if you haven’t already!

Wardrobe: Baby Doe’s Clothing in Golden, Colorado

Models: Heather Cline + Tina Becker-Ryan of Donna Baldwin Talent

Hair: Jessie Peterson of Scarlet Salon

Makeup: Kitty Crimson of Scarlet Salon

Location: Downtown Golden, Colorado

Erica Cobb: Her Life Magazine August Cover Girl

A few months back we had the opportunity to photograph the beautiful Erica Cobb from Denver’s own Alice 105.9 morning show with BJ, Howie, & Erica. Not only is Erica beautiful but she was so easy to work with and is just as nice as can be- Michelle and I had a great time getting to meet her that day! We met Erica at her place in Denver for the shoot and right away knew it was going to be the perfect location. The building has so many great features including an awesome waterfall along a wall out on the terrace that we could have photographed in front of all day. Since Erica competes in fitness competitions and is in great shape we knew we also wanted to include a few photos of her in the gym and fortunately we had the room all to ourselves to snap a few photos of her “working out”. I don’t think you could possibly take a bad photo of Erica and we had a tough decision choosing which ones we wanted to end up in the August issue for Her Life Magazine. Here’s a few images that made it to print and a few additional favorites that didn’t. Also, click the link below to check out the video that Mike “Moose” Ahlstrand with Alice 105.9 took of Erica during our shoot including a small segment with yours truly acting like a dork 🙂 PS. Erica will be answering love and relationship questions each month in Her Life Magazine’s “Ask Erica” section so send in your questions to the magazine if you’ve got ’em.

Model: Erica Cobb from Alice 105.9 Morning Show with BJ, Howie & Erica

Location: 1600 Glenarm Place

Hair: Sylvestor “Sly” Johnson of Scarlet Salon

Makeup: Kitty Crimson of Scarlet Salon

Wardrobe: Delish Demure at the Belleview Promenade

VIDEO FROM OUR PHOTO SHOOT WITH ERICA