March 30, 2011

Denver Family Photography | New product - Accordian Mini Album

I am excited to be adding these to my collection of custom products. They are a three inch square, fold out accordion and each come with a frosted plastic cover - perfect for a little brag book to keep in your purse. All of the sides are completely customizable - so I can include and text, dates or design that would compliment the images. They come in a set of three - which is perfect for sharing pictures of your adorable family. Give one to each set of grandparents and keep one for yourself. I love these little cuties!

March 25, 2011

Fine Art Friday | Scary Smoke and Mountains

So I am calling this Fine Art Friday - because it's Friday and these are landscape photos - but there is nothing fine about this situation. If you live in Colorado you are probably familiar with the fire situation we have in our foothills this week- the earliest start to our fire season in many years. These particular pictures were from this Tuesday and the Indian Gulch fire.

High winds and a dry winter make for some really dangerous conditions around here, making for a scary summer ahead. As horrible as this fire danger is for the homeowners nearby - it made for some truly remarkable mountain views for those of us in suburbia. I drove all over Highlands Ranch trying to find the best vantage point of these billowing smoke clouds and ended up with these images.

These fires can be truly devastating for those who have land, homes and businesses in the area. At this point - this fire is 77% contained and we are all thankful for that.

I drove to a different spot to catch the sunset - it took a ton of playing around with my settings - but I finally got a star shape out of the sun. Hopefully - these fires are put out soon and people who have had to evacuate can return home.

March 22, 2011

Denver Family Photography | New product - Portrait blocks!

I will be posting some new product samples I have recently acquired... these will be available soon as an add-on to any baby or family session. They are also great for creating a collage of your fave wedding photos. These are 6x6"  cuties that work great in a series of three - but would be amazing as an art piece in a set of 6 or 9. They can also be customized with a pattern on the edges or the photo can wrap around.

I love that these are ready to hang and would look amazing anywhere in your home!

These have a beautiful scrolling pattern on the sides that can coordinate with any room

March 18, 2011

Fine Art Friday | My Old Camera Collection

This Fine Art Friday - I thought I would do something that I have wanted to do for a while - take a few pictures of my growing camera collection! At some point - I want to enlarge these to hang in my office. For now- it was just fun pulling them all off a shelf and getting getting them into some great light where they belong.

I am hoping to keep adding to this collection. None of them are really worth anything - but I keep them because they all mean something to me or have a place in the history of photography.

I have included a bit of techy info along with my personal connection to each camera. Going through this reminds me of how far we have come in this amazing thing called Photography.

This beast is one beautiful piece of machinery! It was once the standard in press photography. Yep - this giant was used to cover fast paced events and breaking news. It creates 4x5" negatives - very large but could be used very quickly with practice. I used it for one project in art school. Now it looks cool on a shelf. (this model was manufactured sometime between 1928 and 1939)                                                                                        

The front of the camera with it's beautiful lens

The shutter speed dial

 The f-stop dial - controls the aperture - I love that you can see the blades in the lens

Here are my Kodak brownies - still arguably the most popular camera of all time due to low cost and ease of use. This camera introduced millions to the magic of photography
(thanks mom for getting me this one :-)
I love the design on the front. They came in a huge variety of styles over the years.

I will always have a soft spot for Kodak

My first "real" manual camera. Made probably in the late 80's - my brother brought it back from Germany and I made it mine shortly thereafter. It was a great camera that taught me the fundamentals of photography. I carried it around in high school, spent a summer in France with it and learned to love all things film. It stopped working in 2005 - but I will always keep it.

This cutie is affectionately known as "the brick"  for it's rectangular, non-ergonomic design. This was the best-selling 35mm camera for about 3 decades - wow. We found this particular gem after my grandma passed - with film left in it.

What a colorful little dial

This is the crown jewel in my collection - my Mamiya RB67. I love this camera - I only stopped using it because processing it's 2x3" film is ridiculously expensive and I have no darkroom to enlarge in. This is the camera that I used for the images in this post and for my thesis project that I will post on here sometime soon. I also hiked the Great Wall of China carrying this 7 pounder...

This last shot is of my old light meter - love all the numbers - but really glad to have my digital SLR.

March 16, 2011

Denver Baby Photography | Benjamin at 7 months!

These are some of my favorites from my latest mini-session with Benjamin or (baby G as he is affectionately known.) You can see some of his previous sessions here and here.

With the help of daylight savings time - Benjamin was not too excited for this session. However - with help from mom, dad, grandma and a couple of friends - we really brought out the smiles. Thanks everybody!

This little guy can not take a bad picture - even when he is upset - he is adorable!!! I just love that I get to see him so often - can't wait for 9 months :-)

How sweet is this??

Everybody had a good cry!

Sometimes - we all need a coffee break
I love that Grandma has been there for a few of our sessions
Dimples, dimples, dimples