Events and Personal Photography

This is where I will include photographs from various events and photojournalism entries about events in my own life as a wedding photographer in Denver, Colorado and destination photographer around the world.

Fashion Photographer Denver: Reign Magazine Fall 2014

Fashion Photographer Denver:  Let it Reign folks!  That’s right, I’ve been up to more than just photographing weddings, boudoir beauties, families, and babies… as if that hasn’t been enough to keep my plate overflowing!  HA!  I’ve been back in the saddle as a lead photographer for Reign Magazine the last 6 plus months and have been loving every second of it.  I mean, let’s be real- what more could a photographer of PEOPLE (and a fashion forward kind of gal) ask for then a gorgeous model or two (or three), an entire design team, capable assistants, fabulous clothes, ridiculously expensive shoes, blow-your-mind accessories, a drop-dead incredible venue, and ideas by the dozens to work with??  Ummmm… the answer is nothing!

It’s ironic actually because when I was first getting into photography over a decade ago in Santa Barbara CA, it was my dream to become a fashion photographer.  However, at the time, (and even now) fashion photography was a NOT an easy industry to break into as a “newbie,”  the models and the art directors (I learned the hard way) were a total PITA, and the idea of running my own business and calling the shots, at the end of the day, was just WAY more attractive.  Couple that with the fact that I was pretty darn good at wedding photography, beyond inspired by the real live love stories that unfolded right before my eyes, had discovered that I work best under pressure with no option for a “re-shoot,” and it was pretty much a done deal.  I left the bottom of the totem pole at a fashion and commercial studio in LA and opened my doors as a wedding photographer in 2003.  Done.  Or so I thought…

After being connected with the fabulous editor and publisher at Reign magazine a couple of years ago who loved how easy I am to work with (and who hired me for her own wedding along with the beyond talented Joe and Joyce Kuem at Studio JK), who adored the images I was able to produce for her, and who began inviting me back time and time again to do fashion editorial work for the magazine, how could I possibly resist??  It’s simple.  I couldn’t. I can’t.  And, not only that, but I have had a BLAST working on these photo shoots!  From the amazing team of people that I am able to collaborate with, to seeing my images in full page glossy impeccable print, to the obvious bragging rights… it’s been something that has expanded my portfolio in a way that I have LOVED.  And that’s not all… I have been doing more and more fashion work lately, mostly for Reign Magazine, but coming soon- for a couple of new and exciting companies, to be revealed at a date in the not so distant future…. stay tuned.

For more Reign-y goodness, check out more from this shoot and much more, here.


The Crew

Photography by Frances Marron
Styling by Betsy Marr & Chelsea Magness
Hair by Erin Ferris
Makeup by Tiffany McCray
Featuring the lovely Jaime Miller, Maximum Talent

 

Bridal Fashion Photography in Denver: Calluna Events 10 Year Anniversary Party!

Bridal Fashion Photography Denver:  Last week Calluna Events hosted one of the most fabulous parties I have had the honor of being involved in-their 10 year anniversary party!  I had eye candy to photograph for miles- including a perfect venue, amazing decor, beautiful and artistic flowers, delicious sweets, AND, of course, gorgeous models. It was a wildly successful event on every level!  When they asked me to photograph the “style shoot” portion of the event, I was immediately on board.  I truly love bridal fashion photography and given the A-team of vendors involved, I knew that it would be off the charts.  I wasn’t wrong.   I had such a blast and was so incredibly inspired to do what I love doing.  The images speak for themselves!

The theme of the party was Marie-Antoinette inspired and can I just mention the lovely bride’s hair for a second?  She had actual miniature pineapples in it!  I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.  WOW.  And since the “bride and groom” are a real life married couple, their energy together was natural and the perfect combination of easy and honest.  I was in heaven.

Thank you to Heather and Jolene and the entire Calluna team.  And a huge thank you to all of the vendors involved that made the styled-shoot and party everything that it was–absolutely AMAZING!


VENUE:: blanc Denver,

FLORAL DESIGN:: Perfect Petal

STYLED SHOOT PHOTOGRAPHY:: Frances Photography

CUSTOM GOWNS :: Maggie Evans Designs

INVITATIONS + PRINTED MATERIALS :: SWEET Letterpress

CUSTOM ILLUSTRATION FOR INVITATION LINER :: Lana’s Shop

CALLIGRAPHY FOR INVITATIONS + PRINTED MATERIAL :: designsgirl

CAKES + SWEET TREATS :: Lucky’s Bakehouse

BARTENDING + MIXOLOGY :: Peak Beverage

CANDY BAR:: Sugarlicious

LIGHTING & AV:: LMD Productions

DECOR + FURNITURE :: By Design Event Decor

FURNITURE + CEREMONY CHAIRS :: Chairished Vintage

CATERING :: Catering By Design

LINEN :: La Tavola Fine Linen

MUSIC :: DJ Jahsonic

HAIR :: the Bridal Goddess

HAIR :: Liz (of Goldie & Bob)

MAKE UP :: Alchemy Mineral Blends

RENTALS :: Event Rents

FLORAL ART INSTALLATION : Kristen Hatgi

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY :: Ashley Sawtelle Photography

CINEMATOGRAPHY :: KHodge Films

SHAWLS, PARASOLS + FANS :: Splendor for your Guests

JEWELRY FOR STYLED SHOOT AND CALLUNA STAFF :: Todd Reed

CUSTOM BOUND BOOKS FOR STYLED SHOOT :: Juniper Books

Secret Italy 2013: Creative Photography Workshop with Kevin & Clare Kubota

Secret Italy 2013: Where to begin??  I have had a very full and  busy year with lots of ups and downs, the roller-coaster of my life…  I am grateful for all of the business I have had this year and I truly love my clients and my business.  You (my beautiful clients) and it (my business) are a part of who I am at the depths of my core and I would never trade you/it for any other existence.  But, at the same time,  it’s hard to stay in tune with myself, with my creativity, with my desires for my own life, and with the things that bring me joy when I focus so much of my energy outwards. I have been accused of being too much of a “giver” and that is probably not far off the mark.  It’s how I was raised.  It’s how I have evolved through love and loss, loss and love.  But sometimes things happen that remind me to stay true to myself and to my own heart.

This opportunity came to me at the perfect time, and it has been something that I have wanted to do for years.  It was a little scary to take a journey like this… right near the end of my 2013 wedding season with so much work to do not only leading up to, but also directly following the time I would be away.  But, I decided to take a leap of faith and go anyway.  It has been a long time coming, and it was just TIME.  I packed my bags and ventured out to meet a group of almost all total strangers to journey around the northern region of Italy in an attempt to recapture the foundation of my love for photography.  I became a photographer for a reason-because I LOVE photography!  And it’s not that I don’t anymore (obviously), but I haven’t picked up a camera for myself just to “play” in far too long.  I needed to find a new lens though which to see life & the beauty that surrounds us all on a daily basis.  I needed to find that little piece of myself that has been vacant (in hiding).

The truth of the matter is that there are angels everywhere.  They appear at just the right time, and in just the right way.  I can happily say that I now have a whole new family of people that I will be forever grateful for…for the love, for the honesty, for the friendship, for the soul-matedness (is that a word? It is now!) that can come in when your heart is open.  I fell in love with Italy in a way that I cannot describe.  I fell in love with new friends on a level that helps me understand what we are here to do… LIVE! LOVE! LAUGH! SMILE! And, to take whatever it is that the universe hands us on a day to day basis with an open mind, an open heart, and with an attitude of gratitude.  Life doesn’t always work out like we think it will.  But there is a reason for everything.  While patience isn’t necessarily my strongest suite, I am continually learning to accept what is and am willing to wait for the answers to come.  In time, they always do.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Kevin and Clare Kubota, to Max Brunelli and Crisitana Chiacchierini, and to all of the people in our perfectly crazy group.  Here’s to you my new friends, & my new soul-sisters (you know who you are!).  My life will be forever richer because of you all. Grazie!  And finally, to Italy: Ciao bella Italia! il mio cuore è pieno fino all’orlo di strati e strati di gioia e amore che sono stati intessuti profondamente nel tessuto della mia anima.


A Creative Collaborative: Bridal Fashion Photography Denver

A few months ago I was approached with an invitation to get involved in a creative collaborative with a handful of well respected businesses in the Denver wedding and events industry.  The idea was to design a photo shoot that would showcase all of our respective talents and create a body of imagery that we could all use for personal promotional campaigns as well for possible publication to a larger audience.  While it is difficult for me to find the time to get involved in these kinds of projects anymore, I am always so happy when I do!  Being let loose with full creative reign to shoot my heart out brings me back to what got me into photography in the first place and it is such a refreshing experience.  I LOVE working with other artists and the old saying “two heads are better than one” rings especially true under the circumstances.

We had a dream-team kind of day and the entire experience from the seed of creation to the execution was magical.  It truly was a team effort and I have the utmost respect and appreciation for everyone that was involved in this project.  First and foremost, a huge shout out to the Artistry & Events Design team for all your hard work in pulling this together and for the countless hours you spent building the custom paper flower backdrop.  It is a work of art in and of itself!  If I ever get married again, I want YOU to design it!  To Ann Marlin of Cloud 9 Weddings and Papers, thank you so much for all of your help with the styling and for the gorgeous invitations!  I always love any chance I have to work with you!  To Nil Soucek of Splendor, thank you for the beautiful parasols and wraps and for your time and energy.  You are always a bright light to have around and I loved having you on the team.  Thank you to Cate Malone at the Little White Dress Bridal Shop for the beyond amazing wedding gowns! We appreciate your generosity more than you know.  Thank you to Lauren Arnke, our fantastic make-up artist. You will be getting many more recommendations from me in the future!  And last but certainly not least, thank you to Mackenzie Siegel for being our delightful and absolutely strikingly beautiful model.  You are so easy to photograph, the only problem is choosing favorites after the fact because they are ALL so good!

I hope you enjoy the images we created and please if you are ever in need of any of these professionals for your wedding or event, look no further.  They have MAD talent!