Monday, September 29, 2008
Keep shooting! I just got back from a trip to Kenosha Pass to photograph Tough Girl rider Andi Holste. Everything was perfect. Blue skies, yellow aspen trees... a beautiful sight that only lasts a short season and then it's gone. After hauling a ton of gear to this site I had scouted years ago, we got hit with one of those sudden Colorado storms. Experience has taught me to keep shooting and deal with it later. I was cold and miserable on the outside and jumping for joy inside. I didn't even have to pay for a rain truck for this shot! You never know when a little unexpected weather will give you a little unexpected "coolness-factor" to your photo. Keep on shooting... that's what I say.
Here's what the shoot started with... notice the looming dark cloud approaching over Andi's right shoulder.
Denver's Top Docs. These guys were fantastic to photograph. This is the second year I've shot this cover and spread for 5280. I'm thankful for the work... even more thankful that I haven't had to meet these guys in the ER!
After all the money I've spent on gear and learning the craft of lighting... this was a natural light shot. Just pure, simple, beautiful window light!
Art Director: Mike Leister
Photo Editor: Steffanie Woodward
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The dumpster went in yesterday and the demo has begun. I snapped a few photos before the the place gets destroyed. Since most of my previous posts were shot with my iPhone, I thought I'd take some higher res. images to better show y'all how cool this building is.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I just want to give a shout out to The Denver Egotist for mentioning me on their blog. The Egotist is one of Denver's most respected (and sometimes feared) ad-community blogs. The mystery writers are brutally honest. They will compliment you or chew you up and spit you out. Fortunate for me, they gave me a complimentary mention. Thanks Egotist!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Christie and I just went by the new studio building. The previous owners are all moved out. The reconstruction begins on Monday! The first step will be to expose the wooden ceiling and remove some walls. I can't wait to get this place up and running!
Khale is a crazy cool emerging band that I have fallen in love with. It ends up that these guys are my neighbors! I found out how much of a cynical person I am when in casual curbside conversation, they handed me a CD to check out. "Yeah, right," I thought. However, I fell in love with their CD at the first listen. Keep these guys on your radar if you like indie ambient pop.
I had the pleasure to photograph a band I really admire for their unique sound. Devotchka is an exploration of styles and an instramental adventure. But writer Dave Herera says it much better in this Westword story. You can read it HERE.
By the way, if you want to see one one of the best band websites I've seen in a long time... check out the Devotchka band website HERE
Here is our set. Thank you Jeffrey Nelson for the production stills.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Here's a portrait for Canada's National Post Magazine and a sneak peak at the set.
This is why I'm a photographer, not an illustrator. No really, before I left the studio, I sketched out my idea for lighting. Sometimes this changes due to unforeseen circumstances. Sometimes it works to do something spontaneous. In this case - I knew what I wanted to do before I walked out the door. Careful planning helps to pack the right gear for the job at hand. I never want to get to my location an wish I had brought "X".
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Yesterday, we closed on the new studio building purchase!
This is HUGE for me in a lot of ways. I'm busting at the seems in the frame of my current studio space and this new building is like a big empty canvas!
I guess you could say the building is also like a half dead person that needs to be revived. The good news is we have a crew of trusty and talented surgeons in place ready to perform the facelift as soon as the city permits. Permits... argh... I hope we sail through through that whole circus ring! We've been through this before with my current studio and I have complete faith that this dusty garage is going to be one of the best studios in Denver.
Everyone is asking me how long will it take to get the space up and running. First, as the video shows, the current tenants have to move out... they say they can do it in a week. This video was shot at least a month ago and they have made a lot of progress since I filmed this.
The second variable is the permit process mentioned above. God only knows how long that will take.
Then comes construction. I'm being an optimist and hoping the construction can all be done in two months. But I've got enough experience in life not to bank on it.
I'd like to thank the sellers, Bill and John, for being patient and trusting in the process of this purchase. Throughout this whole transaction, you guys have felt more like happy uncles than what I would expect in this day and age of cold real estate deals. Come by any time to see the transformation.
I'd also like to give a shout out to Jeff Laws at Highland Mortgage. Thanks for all your help and guidance! This is the go-to guy if you want a great lender.
It's a long story, but I'll sum this up that I'm amazed at how several paths in my life have crossed at this time and this moment... right now. Right here. I've never been so excited about my career than this year. I have so many clients to thank for supporting me. Thanks also to my beautiful wife who has been an ever present encourager and my biggest fan. You're the best!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Thanks 5280 Magazine for another cover. These cats are so fun to work for. I didn't really walk away with any stellar "behind the scene's" pix of this one... Sorry about that.
Art Director: Mike Leister
Photo Editor: Steffanie Woodward