My top photographs 2017.

I’m so grateful to all my clients this year.  You’re what allow me to have the job I love.

Keep doing it!

I hope to see you all again in 2018.

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Happy 2k18 and good madness to all and to one. May your climb be gentle and full of magic.

Top Photographs 2017

Top Photographs 2017

Sub zero temperatures augment smoke at Denver oil refinery.

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Women’s March 2017 was  more than a single issue protest. Shocked by an extremist right-wing take over of the US government, marchers lamented over a myriad of anti Trump issues.

Top Photographs 2017

Backing the Niobrara was the first of three cover stories done for O&G Investor magazine in 2017. I posted my own story and what it’s like to be a lefty O&G photographer in Industrial Photography (March 2017)

Top Photographs 2017

Although this picture is nothing special, the circumstances were. “Chicken” a rare Sicilian Buttercup, began nesting in my yard last January. We fed her and she stayed until summer giving us a daily oval gift.

TopPhotographs 2017

 

Executive portraits for an unusual business were featured in this story from March 2017: Denver Reefer Bankers

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In 2017 was a great year for executive portrait photography –– too many executive portraits to show here.

But I love telling stories in pictures. And some of my top photographs 2017 collection has images that do just that –– tell a story. I did it in steel-toed boots and I did it in a suit jacket (no tie though).

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“Texture in Burnt Forest” comes from a series I did of a rising model. To see more, click here.  Model Photography Colorado Muse

 

 

 

2017 top photos B&W

Top Photographs 2017

Oil roughneck in Texas heat. Under current political polarization, I find American Industrialism in the 21st century a particularly interesting series.

Education photography for Trailblazer School in Colorado Springs.

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Family portrait photography.

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I always thought photo editors have a rough job. Their decisions make history. Compiling a set of top photographs 2017 should be a simple task. But to choose which pictures to keep and which ones to toss was a little daunting. Maybe that’s why I skipped 16.

I think about the famous pictures in history and I wonder about the frame just before or one just after. Sometimes, months or even years after a photoshoot, I go back to look at the original negatives or raw files. And occasionally I find a gem that was missed before. Now why didn’t I see that in the first place? Photographs do last forever and when we choose a particular image over another we are essentially writing history.

 

Top Photographs 2017

You’ll enjoy the story by Denver City Lax –– The Kid The Lacrosse Player

More of my favorite subject are posted in this story Fourteen Years

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Top Photographs Denver 2017

More of this lovely model can be seen at Build A Model Portfolio

Photographer Lee Anne Barton is a compelling story. Read more: Photographing A Photographer

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Sherman & Howard law firm environmental portraits.

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When Annie McKinnon told me her sister (a Catholic priest) was going to baptize 8 kids in the Blue River near Breckenridge, images of a wild John the baptist dousing heads into frigid water came to mind. It wasn’t quite that dramatic yet it was a beautiful event to cover. 

Sunday dinner series starter

Annie and Mark Mckinnon

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Top photographs 2017

Actor Dancer Photography for Camilla Susser was one of the big highlights of the year. Not only was the photoshoot a blast, we got some fantastic images.

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In 2017, dozens of business clients commissioned me for executive group shots. At left is the board of The Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology. And the group on the right is of the partners of Denver’s oldest law firm, Sherman and Howard done for 5280 magazine.

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The beautiful Louisa is a singer in a rock band. This, shot for future album cover. See the full story. Rock Singer Photography

Hitcher was blog post about a Native American hitchhiker from my travels for an industrial magazine photoshoot.

Gossamer hummingbirds images actually came from late 2016. 

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See the full story. Click Photography For A Singer Song-Writer

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Aerial photography for magazine cover story.

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Family photojournalism and in-home portrait photography. 

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Good things or bad come in bunches, it seems. Some years are filled with sadness others with joy. For me, the only word that fits 2017 is bizarre. Of course, the presidential inauguration of a former TY reality series star was foretelling.

Now imagine a boot hook flying off a while lacing. And imagine the projectile sneaking in under eyeglasses to strike an eye with such force that it creates a cataract. Yeah, the odds against that happening are pretty huge.

It’s funny: When a calamity almost occurs, we say “whew, that was a close call”. And yet when something nasty happens we call it a “freak accident”.

I love his portrait of me by Hardy Klahold Photography

 

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Having your car unexpectedly bolt into oncoming traffic at 80 MPH unexpectedly, getting stood up (repeatedly), getting swindled (a lot), falling single and one who wasn’t plus having an exotic Sicilian chicken make her nest in your yard…  Yeah, there were some weird vibes in 17. 

And yes, stories can generate new perspective. With awareness comes the challenge of remodel. 

 

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Rock Singer Photography For

Louisa Manalastas 

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Album cover

WHAT an album cover this will be. rock singer photography

rock singer photography

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Louisa contacted me about doing rock singer photography. She also wanted to update her model portfolio in Denver. Right from the start, I knew

we’d create wonderful shots. Louisa’s unassuming and natural style allows her beauty to be seen by everyone around her –– especially the camera.

 

Look at these gorgeous pictures and it’s easy to see the natural talent of a stunning woman. It’s also pretty easy to see that it was one of the windiest

days of the fall. But I’d shoot with a client like Louisa in any weather.

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Model portfolio Denver

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Sexy Denver Model Photography

I really never say cliches like ‘work it baby”. But with Louisa, I saw an alluring expression when her lips fell slightly apart. As we worked in the grass and leaves, I said, something like… just pretend you’re lying with your husband.

 

Rock singer photography

Rock Singer Photography

 

As the windows of 17 close and the doors soon to lock, I look around. I mean to say look around. Not just back nor forward but in all directions.

As photographers and people in business we learn to appreciate the genuine.

Eighteen (life) I hope for more clients like Louisa.

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Wind is one of those two lane highways. While it’s irritating to work with, it looks great in pictures.

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Glasses On Model Denver Model Photographers

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Rock Singer Photography

If you’re viewing on a clever phone, these pictures do look a lot better on a horizontal hold. Just turn it sideways.

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See also:

Model Photography Colorado Muse

Build A Model portfolio

Photography for a Singer Song-writer

Models Actors Dancers

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Photoshoot Denver Model Pictures

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The day was perfect for Denver model pictures.  It was about noon when we got rolling at El-Chapultepec in Lodo (lower downtown) Denver. And some of the best shots were done at that iconic Denver Jazz landmark.  Ross, the bartender couldn’t have been more accommodating allowing us to shoot for several hours. I set up soft boxes to filter in additional light while maintaining a dark bar vibe.

Damn, this was a fun shoot!

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Denver Model

Denver Model Pictures

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Denver Model Pictures In Dive Bar

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Model Wears Golden Dress

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The photoshoot for Denver model pictures featured a young song writer who’s style might be described as a cross between Adele and Janice Joplin. And the results were fantastic.

I worked my tail off that day and love these images. On the day of the photoshoot my lovely subject and her assisting boyfriend were as gracious an can be.

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From long-time pro photographer’s perspective (mine), a great picture needs a great expression. Sure there are plenty of other ingredients that make one image stand out over another. Composition has to be interesting and the subject must be compelling. And yet, a model or other portrait subject who always makes the same expression in every photoshoot becomes one-dimentional. Annie Leibovitz says that it’s not the photographer’s responsibility to prompt expression and I couldn’t agree more. The photographer’s job is to allow expression to happen. Open up the photo-session. Get away from the standard model routine. And allow creativity to unfold.

Living in an era where everyone possesses a super camera in their pocket at all times, how do young professional photographers separate themselves from the casual snapshot?  It’s not surprising to see strobe lights making a big comeback. Photography consumers like models sometimes base their understanding of our profession on how much gear (lights and lenses) a photographer uses.

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As you would expect, I use advanced high-resolution tools and rely on strobe lights when needed, but that’s not what is most important. What truly matters is that I create images that sparkle.

I can do that because I see light in all its subtle nuances. From the Greek, the word photo means light, and graph means drawing.

I paint with light.

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Model On Pool Table

Beautiful singer song-writer sits on pool table at Denver’s oldest jazz and blues club El-Chapultepec. The image was created using one 300WS strobe light with soft box and a 30″ reflector.

Dancing Singer Song-Writer

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Hard to pick a favorite from the Denver model pictures photoshoot. But I absolutely love the Rembrandt style of this elegant portrait.

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A Rare Combination –– Part Actor, Part Dancer All Beauty  

A photographer for actors dancers models, I love the diversity. And photographing Camilla was a highlight of the year.

Our plan to shoot downtown worked out perfectly as we basked in the warm fall afternoon.

 

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Photographer for actors dancers models

Denver actor Camilla in red dress strikes pose on blue stairs.

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Photographer for actors dancers models.

I met Camilla in a downtown parking lot as she rolled in with an entire trailer full of dresses hats and accessories. Ok, it was just the back seat of her car that was loaded. But she did bring along a nice assortment of clothes from which to choose. Also a make-up artist, Camilla is lovely to look at and a delight to photograph.

Light and Shadow photojournalism

Black and white street photography features Camilla Susser in editorial study of light and shadow. This is actually my favorite (non-commercial) photograph of the year.

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Although we worked together just 1.1 times, we seem to have an almost telepathic communication in pictures. Or maybe is was just Camilla who was that amazing. In either case, the images are fantastic and timeless. Camilla’s beguiling look and range of expression were a perfect compliment to her experience as an actor.

 

Photographer for models actors dancers. Photographer for models actors and dancers

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Pretty model Street Photography Photographer for Models Actors Dancers

 

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Photographers for models actors dancers

Creating a timeless portrait is at the heart of my photography. And with a beauty like Camilla, my job is easy..Photographer for models actors dancers

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Photographer for models actos dancers

 

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My search for telling a story in pictures is a constant. At some point during the photo-shoot, the term “model photojournalism” popped into my head.

I love being a photographer for actors dancers models and who better than an ageless elegant actor, to bring stories to life. Photographer for actors, dancers models

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Photographer for models actos dancers

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Photographer for models actos dancers

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See Also:

Build a Model Portfolio

Top Photographs 2017

Photographer for actors dancers models

Gorgeous actor looks to hail taxi from cafe at end of long photoshoot. Photographer for models actors dancersSee

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Build a Model Portfolio

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…And Build model portfolio Colorado

there was almost no retouching needed.

I love my job and helping Haley to build a model portfolio was another one of my awesome photoshoots last summer.

We worked together just once. And the results were terrific. A professional nurse, Haley is also a make-up artist (MUA).

Of course, the photographer’s job is made so much easier with a gorgeous face like Haley’s.

Model portfolio pictures

To build a model portfolio includes photojournalism.

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Denver model photographers

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Driving to the session in Evergreen Colorado, an old idea reoccurred. I went into the photoshoot, aiming to create story telling images. Model portfolio pictures with onlookers was the theme. If a passerby was willing, my intent was to include them as an onlooker. And if a person happened to be walking by, I anticipated their stride and body language to fit the theme.

Shots like this rarely happen by accident. The photographer has to be keenly aware of composition and patient enough to seize the exact moment.Adding additional figures to an picture designed to build a model portfolio should be interesting and yet remain secondary. A picture of a tourists butt directly behind the model is not only uninteresting, it’s distracting.

Now I have to say, the shots with Haley were even better than expected. We ended the photoshoot just as the light was peaking.

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This shot is partly contrived. As Haley and I walked the alley looking for cool spots, this man made some comments. After I persuaded him to be part of our picture, we did several takes as Haley walked by.

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Beautiful woman waits for bus on European street.

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The photoshoot was ended just as the light was peaking. To build a model portfolio takes patience.

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Denver model photographers

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For amateurs who want to build a model portfolio, seek out a pro photographer. Finding a pro photographer who needs to make art, will give a foundation of images. Soon, other photographers will be attracted.

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See also

Model Photography Colorado Muse on this blog.

Singer Song-writer

Photography For Actors Models Dancers

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