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.

Underwater Photography & Scuba Diving: Cozumel, Mexico

Photography is always challenging when the goal is to create art, but I haven’t been “challenged” by my craft for years like I was all of last week in Cozumel, Mexico. I was on vacation with my family doing some relaxing and scuba diving, activities that we have enjoyed together all of my life. Cozumel has always been one of our favorite locations and we decided to go back again this year. El Presidente Hotel has luscious accommodations, great pools, white sandy beaches, and excellent food and service! And most importantly, the scuba diving is amazingly convenient and truly, world class!! I borrowed an underwater camera set up from a friend and decided to give the underwater photography scenes a shot- no pun intended. ;-)

I was surprised at the difficulty of underwater photography! Between staying perfectly neutrally buoyant, dealing with the currents, the moving sea creatures (darn them!), and the limitations of the gear I was using, it was really hard to produce the quality of imagery I am used to being able to get! But, it was so much fun to add to something I love to do to another thing I love to do; scuba dive. Needless to say, I have been doing some searching online for the real deal underwater gear for my next excursion that I am already fantasizing about.

I’ve always wanted to photograph a unique wedding underwater – anyone??

Snowboarding: Facing Fear & Living Large

Of all the things I love to do in my life, snowboarding is right near the top of the list. It’s an activity that allows me be (mostly) “free.” When I’m cruising down the mountain I am able to switch off my thinking and truly experience being… Being one with my snowboard, being one with the mountain, being one with nature, and ultimately, being one with the Universe. In general, my brain functions in an overly-active kind of way, and one of my challenges is letting go of the noise in my own head. For some reason, being on the mountain gives me that sense of peace that I so desperately need to stay in balance in my life.

Last weekend I did something that I have had on my bucket list for literally years-a snowboarding adventure to Silverton, CO, one of the most extreme skiing mountains in the world. I have two beautiful and extremely talented younger sisters, Louise and Jesse, who are also crusher snowboarding bunnies. We decided that it would be fun to do this as a “sisters trip” and reserved our spots on the Silverton website about two months ago. From basically the moment I signed myself up, I started having anxiety… Am I physically in good enough shape? Am I a strong enough rider? Am I really an “expert”? Can I handle the hiking piece? What about all those cliffs? Will I be able to keep up? What if I break something? Or die?? And on and on the fear based thoughts went. The

As I reflect back on the amazing weekend that I had with my sisters, I am reminded how empowering it is to acknowledge fear and then DO IT ANYWAY! We all truly had a once in a lifetime experience that I am so grateful to have had with two of the most important people in my life. And now that I have survived what definitely goes down in my book as the most intense, strenuous, and physically challenging activity I have ever attempted, I feel like I can do just about anything!

At the end of the day, if you don’t allow your fears to cripple you, they can empower you more than any other factor in your life. It’s ok to be afraid of things! In fact, I think it’s a mandatory part of the human experience. If anything, our fears are probably the biggest indicator about what we should do next. Whatever it is that you are afraid of doing, it is likely that thing, that in doing (in the face of fear), that will bring you the most satisfaction in your life! So…What is it that you are afraid of??? I am asking myself the same thing.

P.S. All photos were taken with my iPhone. :-) Enjoy!

ISES Wedding Showcase 2011

This year I was the photography sponser for ISES’s annual Wedding Showcase event that took place at the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa in downtown Denver last week.  The theme for this years meeting was “Tradition with a Twist” and the fantasy table competition was incredible!!  Props to all the talented and imaginative vendors who participated.   It was a visual delight for all members and it was definitely a treat for me to photograph.  We were graced with the lovely Anna Post who spoke about business etiquette in the modern age.  It was, as is traditional for the wedding showcase events, a truly wonderful and successful meeting for our ever expanding Denver Chapter.

 

 

Event Photography at the Four Season Denver: OneRepublic

I shot these images during the live performance at the Four Seasons Denver Grand Opening party with my 85mm 1.2.  Probably not the lens one would think to use in a situation like this as it’s slow to focus, especially in the dark, but I’m really glad I took the risk because I happen to think the images I got with it are totally bad***!  I always love event photography and this was no different- photographing this band was amazing! OneRepublic, you guys freaking ROCK!