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.

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!

 

It’s All in the Family! Cozumel 2012

A shout out today to my amazing family and to the wonderful vacations we have been lucky enough to share together.  Our last trip to Cozumel was one of the most special vacations I’ve ever been on.  Not only were we all there together for Christmas 2012, but it was our first family trip with the newest member of our family, baby Alice Ann Jenkins!  Alice was 9 months old and was a dream baby to travel with, and is of course, the star of the show.  She was happy, silly, wide-eyed and bushy (rather sandy) tailed.  She discovered solid foods in a real way, and as it turns out, she loves Mexican food- who knew?!  We had a blast playing with her in the pool and on the beach, and we all took our turns and shared her round and round. Grandma (aka Mitzy) got to babysit while the big kids went scuba diving and we even got to dive with Santa Claus.  Seriously.  :-)  It was an absolute blast to spend such a special time with the people I love most in this world:  Louise, Jesse, Rob, Alice, Mom and Dad.  Thank you so much for being the best family in the world.  I love you all so very very much!  MUWAH!  I can’t take credit for the diving photos (thanks to the the dive photog), but I did have my camera along for some fun family snapshots.

An Editorial Debut: Reign Magazine, Lead Photographer

I am a firm believer in the law of attraction.  Specifically, the things we focus our attention on are the things that we attract into our lives.  Several years ago I created a collage with words and images that I cut out of various magazines that were ideas that inspired me, things that I was naturally attracted too.  When I was finished, I put it in a frame and hung it next to my kitchen where I would walk by it and see it every day.  I was imagining how my business would grow and how it, and I, would evolve.  At the time it seemed like a pretty major stretch to fantasize that I would have much to do with editorial photography as I was a wedding photographer and had built my entire business around the wedding industry.  Perhaps I just hoped I would get the cover of a wedding magazine, but still, the words “magazine/editorial” were among the words I cut out and placed in the middle of my board.

As the years went on and I kept up my focus on wedding photography, things started to evolve and change in my personal life and as a result, in my business too.  In 2010 I went through a traumatic divorce that was incredibly difficult and while that was happening I started to imagine other things I could do with my photographic talents.  Mainly, I was concerned that I would wind up a jaded wedding photographer because at the time it seemed unlikely that my personal tragedy would not interfere in my work.  I didn’t want to risk sabotaging the career that I had worked so diligently to build up.  So I took some time off and distanced myself a little from the wedding scene.  At the same time, many of the couples I had photographed weddings for began starting their families and the requests began to pile up for maternity and baby portraits.  It was a welcome change of pace.  In February of the same year I also had an epiphany while being on the other side of the lens when a friend offered to do a boudoir for me, so that I could be reminded of my own beauty and strength.  In the years leading up to that, I had actually photographed a few boudoir sessions of my own. They were mostly for brides that had requested them, but it wasn’t until I had that experience that I realized how powerful these images could truly be. And so began the expansion of my business to include a varied range of portraiture.  I redesigned my website and started to market myself into these new arenas.

Given that most people plan their weddings well in advance, I wasn’t completely removed from weddings as I still had a few obligations to clients that had already booked me.  It was a good thing too because slowly but surely I started to remember where the passion for my wedding photography came from in the first place.  I started to get better and so did my work. It didn’t take long before I realized that I wanted to continue photographing weddings.  The joy and love and truths that I was able to witness with my own eyes and capture through my lenses had the opposite effect of what I had feared.  They brought me peace and hope, not sadness and pain. And all of a sudden, not only was I a wedding photographer, but I had also opened up Pandora’s box of the unexpected in other areas of photography as well.

Last year I met a wonderful, bright, and visionary woman named Betsy Martin who was launching a new fashion and lifestyle magazine in Denver called Reign.  We hit it off immediately and the kindred spirit effect began to take hold.  She started asking me to help her on some smaller projects, and though I didn’t have any clue where it would lead, I just knew that I was having fun and it was something new and interesting for me to focus on.  I’m a sucker for a good challenge; for anything that forces me to “stretch.” And little by little we built a repertoire that lead to me taking another major leap in my career.  Specifically, that of becoming one of two lead photographers for the magazine.  In a matter of only a few months, I photographed a fashion shoot that produced a beautiful cover shot, among a myriad of other editorials.  And in Oct. of 2012, I realized another personal and professional goal.  Only it wasn’t just a “cover” shot, it was a whole new adventure that seemingly overnight, emerged into my life.

I am very proud of this new venture.  It’s one of ultimate trust and belief in the Universe at work for our highest good.  It’s an adventure in passion for art and a quest into the nature of my own creative spirit.   And finally, it’s a new-found love for my photography that doesn’t begin or end with weddings, but that instead includes them.

Being a photographic artist gives me a wide breadth to harness my creativity into a number of channels, and as time goes on, I am discovering new ways to enjoy it; new ways to practice and hone my craft.  The latest of which includes editorial photography.

Thank you to you Betsy Martin-Marr for helping me to refocus this unquenchable fire I have for creative expression into another new direction.  I am thrilled with how far we have come and I look forward to seeing where this adventure will lead.  Perhaps it’s time for a new “vision board.”  I think I’ll cut out lots of clocks so that I can focus on time.  Specifically, having enough of it to fit in all the things I have told the Universe I want included in my life.  I must now focus on having enough time to DO IT ALL!

Look for the next issue of Reign this week, with my second cover shot and my second run as a lead photographer in not only Reign, but in her newest little sister, Aisle Style.  It’s a special double issue that is sure to rock the Denver magazine scene!

 

 

Newborn Soren Colman: Baby Photography Denver

One of my favorite things to do lately is to open a baby announcement covered with my newborn images!  Today that announcement came from two of my best friends, Angela and Ty Col(e)man.  It’s been such an exciting time with so many of my closest friends having babies the last couple of years.  I had no idea how many people I was going to be “Auntie Frances” to in such a short span of time & I couldn’t be happier about it.  I recently was able to go visit one of my own Aunts in CA and when she squealed with excitement over getting to see me, for the first time, perhaps ever, I understood how she felt.  I imagine getting a surprise visit from one of my nieces or nephews in 30 years and how that would just warm my heart right up and over the moon!  But for at least the next 18 years or so I get to be right here, watching them, capturing them, and loving them to pieces all along the way.  Baby Soren Tyson Colman is one such amazingly special little baby boy.  I was as excited as his entrance into this world as I could ever imagine I would be.  And he is perfect in absolutely every way.  In fact, one newborn session just didn’t cut it (in terms of my own selfish baby time satisfaction), so I went back for more less than a week later.  The photos here are from both sessions with them.  The other thing that makes me so proud and happy is that the main art piece in the nursery is a beautiful landscape image that I took years ago that I gave to Angela and Ty as a gift after they helped me to produce my very first ever fine art show, “Flow”, at the Space Gallery in 2009, benefiting a nonprofit organization that Angela and her step-father set up to help victims of domestic violence, called the Trelexa Foundation.  They have been waiting for the perfect wall to present itself to showcase the image as it didn’t exactly match the rest of their house.  It only took 3 years, but that spot finally showed up, and if you ask me, it has found a permanent home!  We already know that Soren is destined to be a mountain lover, just like mommy and daddy, so it seems appropriate that it will be a scene that becomes as familiar to him as his own parents.  Angela, Ty, Soren, and the doggie children, Serena and Sidney, I love you ALL.  Now and forever.  Kisses….  Auntie Frances.