Moon Shadow

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I took a break from portrait photography this weekend to go camping in Sunrise, WY to witness the solar eclipse.

Words cannot describe how amazing it is to experience a solar eclipse in its totality. Day gives way to night as the moon’s shadow rushes towards you like a massive dust storm at nearly 2,000 miles an hour.   Soon after, the horizon lights up in shades of pink, orange, and purple – a virtual 360 degree sunset.  Gazing upward you witness the sun’s corona emitting the purest, most electric white light you’ve ever seen, glowing in a surreal dance around the outline of the moon. All at once you feel infinitely small, and at the same time connected with everything else in the universe.  Like a tiny little piece of a very large puzzle.

I had wondered before the experience if it would be better to witness the eclipse alone, or with a group of people.  Hands-down I think we made the right choice by joining in with hundreds of others for the event.  The best way to describe the crowd’s reaction to the eclipse was ‘primal’.  Whoooping and hollering, and cheers of excitement – everyone united in one collective gasp of awe.

Powerful stuff.

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Personal Project 2017: Black & White

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This year I’ve taken on a personal project to push myself creatively by exploring black & white photography.  First up: a rare use of studio lighting… made even more rare because this is a #selfie.

Ought to be an interesting year…

Sneak Peek :: Jordan

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Allow me to introduce Jordan.  I had the pleasure of photographing this young beauty on a warm summer evening last week.  Quiet, sweet, and even a little ‘spicy’, Jordan wanted to showcase her artsy, bohemian style in her senior portraits.  As such, we knew a natural setting was the way to go.

There is no shortage of beautiful outdoor scenery in the Denver Metro area, Continue reading

Finding Balance

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As a corporate wellness director with the American Heart Association, and yoga instructor with special training in trauma-sensitive & restorative yoga, Lindsey works to find innovative solutions to help individuals, communities, and organizations cultivate systems that lead to better health and well-being.  As she so eloquently states, “I want people to feel at home and alive in their bodies, lives, and workplaces.”

When Lindsey asked me to be the photographer for her online and professional portraits, I knew she needed a fresh approach that would reflect the same sense of balance she seeks to foster in her clients. Continue reading

Listen Up!

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Meet Sophia & Emma.

From all outward appearances these two are just typical sisters – opposite in every way.  One is outgoing.  The other shy.  One is girly.  The other not so much.  One is tall.  The other petite.  One has long, curly hair.  The other sports a pixie cut.  One looks like dad.  The other looks like mom.  Need I go on?

Despite all this individuality, these two sisters do have one significant thing in common:  They were both born with profound, bilateral hearing loss.

In laymen’s terms, they are deaf.

You’d never know this if you met them.  In fact, they are just about as ‘typical’ as any two teens/tweens can be: Continue reading

What Are You Afraid Of?

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“Let me list for you some of the many ways in which you might be afraid to live a more creative life: You’re afraid you have no talent. You’re afraid you’ll be rejected or criticized or ridiculed or misunderstood or—worst of all—ignored. You’re afraid there’s no market for your creativity, and therefore no point in pursuing it. You’re afraid somebody else already did it better. You’re afraid everybody else already did it better. You’re afraid somebody will steal your ideas, so it’s safer to keep them hidden forever in the dark. You’re afraid you won’t be taken seriously. You’re afraid your work isn’t politically, emotionally, or artistically important enough to change anyone’s life. You’re afraid your dreams are embarrassing. You’re afraid that someday you’ll look back on your creative endeavors as having been a giant waste of time, effort, and money. You’re afraid you don’t have the right kind of discipline. You’re afraid you don’t have the right kind of work space, or financial freedom, or empty hours in which to focus on invention or exploration. You’re afraid you don’t have the right kind of training or degree. You’re afraid you’re too fat. (I don’t know what this has to do with creativity, exactly, but experience has taught me that most of us are afraid we’re too fat, so let’s just put that on the anxiety list, for good measure.) You’re afraid of being exposed as a hack, or a fool, or a dilettante, or a narcissist. You’re afraid of upsetting your family with what you may reveal. You’re afraid of what your peers and coworkers will say if you express your personal truth aloud. You’re afraid of unleashing your innermost demons, and you really don’t want to encounter your innermost demons. You’re afraid your best work is behind you. You’re afraid you never had any best work to begin with. You’re afraid you neglected your creativity for so long that now you can never get it back. You’re afraid you’re too old to start. You’re afraid you’re too young to start. You’re afraid because something went well in your life once, so obviously nothing can ever go well again. You’re afraid because nothing has ever gone well in your life, so why bother trying? You’re afraid of being a one-hit wonder. You’re afraid of being a no-hit wonder”

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Playing with Light

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It’s no secret I love natural light portraiture.  Like love, love it.  It’s my thing.  My jam.  My modus operandi.  I absolutely love the look and feel, and I love its purity: no imposing soft boxes getting in the way, no umbrellas flopping over in the wind, no cumbersome lighting cords tying me down.  I like to travel light, and natural light photography gives me the freedom to do so.

Yet, for all the wonderful qualities that come with natural light, it does have its limitations.  And to be honest, lately I’ve been feeling a little boxed in.  I figured it was time to expand my creative toolbox, try something new and dip my toes into the world of flash photography.   Continue reading

Never Stop Learning

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Ever have that dream where it’s the day of final exams and you realize you forgot you were taking the course and therefore never showed up to class, never did any of the reading, and are completely unprepared for the test?  Yeah, me too.

Like, ALL THE TIME.

While there are many theories as to why this particular nightmare is so common, my own self-diagnosis leads me to believe it is because I simply hate to be unprepared.  For me, the ultimate red-faced, anxiety-ridden, sweat-producing scenario is when someone asks me a question about an area in which I’m supposedly an ‘expert’ and my only response looks something like this…

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Ugh….AWKWARD!  Gives me the heebie-jeebies just thinking about it.  So what do I do when I find myself in one of these situations?   Continue reading