Professional photographers have the best job in the world, I think.  As a pro photographer, I’m allowed into people’s lives in a very personal way.  And these past weeks and months have been so consumed with new work, that I’ve not even had time to blog.

There have been lots of executive portraits, a three day commercial photography gig on the west slope in Telluride and Grand Junction, corporate jobs and portrait photo-shoots.  One job that was postponed is to photograph airport workers for G-2 Secure… (these are the folks that take care of commercial airlines once you land.)  The gig might well have been last Friday at LAX… the same day that the TSA employee went bananas.  But now its been pushed to January.  We had wished for a Hawaii airport but Tampa Florida will be nice too.

In ten days, I’m off to Atlanta for a different kind of gig, but before then, I’ve got to catch up on editing and blogging.

Here are a few of the photographs I did for Maxx Properties renovations.

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The New Prosthetic Leg

 

Getting a new leg is something Levi looks forward to about once a year.  And last week, he had a surgery to help straighten his leg.


Levi has had ten legs so far ( somehow we lost one).

 

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Prosthetist Carita Backman adjusts Levi’s new leg.

Spring baseball on the old leg.  Levi was a valuable pitcher and was nominated to the all-star team.

 

A knee injury in August and a month on crutches meant missing the first half of fall baseball.                                                                        But Levi recovered to play the final four games. The surgery was scheduled the morning after the last game.

 

 

 

 

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Fibular Deficiency and The Surgery

 

While we waited in the clinic room to meet Dr. John Polousky, I joked with Brenda and Levi that he may have had to look up the term fibular hemimelia (Levi’s condition).  We had met several ER medical doctors when Levi injured his knee who had never heard of fibular hemimelia.  And Dr. Polousky’s medical office seemed to be designed for perfect-bodied young athletes rather than kids afflicted with something unusual.  But quite the opposite was the case.  As it turns out, Polousky is THE guy when it comes to fibular deficiency.  He knew all the doctors we visited when we first learned of the condition 10 years before.  And he even knows Carita Backman, Levi’s prosthetist.  Connecting with Polousky at this time was perfect.

The yellow lines illustrate the amount of bowing in the left leg.

 
 

Fibular hemimelia or longitudinal fibular deficiency is “the congenital absence of the fibula and it is the most common congenital absence of long bone of the extremities.”  It is the shortening of the fibula at birth, or the complete lack thereof.
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Brenda and I spent the first year of Levi’s life researching and talking to doctors.  We met with several doctors locally and traveled to California and Minnesota to meet with top specialists.  The decision upon us was whether to amputate/prosthetic or put Levi through an entire childhood of repeated  reconstructive and leg-lengthening surgeries.  At the end of each discussion with these renowned specialists, we asked the same question.  “What would you do if it were your child?” The unanimous response is the reason Levi’s been able to enjoy baseball, skiing and general boyishness.
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Levi hurt his knee playing soccer at summer camp.  Speculation was that either a cartilage or perhaps his ACL was torn.  But what the MRI revealed is that he has no ACL at all which is typical in fibular deficiency cases.  Getting a new leg was going to help some, but now Dr. Polousky was telling us that surgery was needed during the growing years.  While growth had been normal on the medial or inner side of Levi’s leg, the outside (lateral) was growing slower.  This meant that weight was not being distributed properly on his knee.
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The surgery, called hemi-epiphysiodesis, would place two screw-like plates in Levi’s knee.  Designed to retard the growth on the medial side, the plates will remain for about a year.
 

 

 

Dr. John Polousky

Brenda Levi and I discuss the options with Dr. Polousky.

Before and after surgery at Centennial medical Plaza.

 

The plates will stay in the knee for about one year.  We’ve been so happy with the work of Dr. Polousky.

 

 

 

Earlier Legs

Probably the hardest decisions parents need to make regards the health of their children.  To tell the doctors to amputate, was the toughest sentence I’ve ever uttered.  It sucked!

This article is written, in part, for other parents facing a similar decision.

Before we met Dr. Polousky, we met with another wonderful orthotic specialist Lauren Benson. As we were leaving her office, she asked Levi to talk with a boy about the same age who was facing the decision to amputate both legs – his feet were in bad shape and almost useless. Benson hoped that Levi’s example could inspire the boy and his parents.

Life on prosthetics isn’t glamourous for sure – there are alway sores, rashes and other hassles, but Levi’s school friends and other people he meets are pretty supportive.

Levi got his first leg at 17 months

 

From the very start, Levi easily adapted to life on a prosthetic leg.

Carita Backman fitting Levi for a prosthetic leg when he was about 4 years old.

Before baseball, Levi’s passion was trains.

 

 

Through the years at the prosthetist’s office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Look into the eyes of two year old Hazel and you’ll know life isn’t fair.  The cancer can’t be stopped.

To read the full story please visit mylifeline.org/HazelAnne/default.cfm?

 

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These pictures come from a photo-shoot at the home of Dave and Emily earlier this year.

From the moment I entered their home, I felt as if I had known Emily and Dave for years.

And I have to admit, it was an emotional session.  Even photographers get teary sometimes.

Since the photo-shoot last spring, little Leonardo has entered our world.  Hazel’s health has remained unchanged which is good news.

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Photography for Executive Portrait

This is the result of the office location photo-shoot of corporate CEOs for Petrie Partners magazine cover story.  As you can see, the magazine editors removed the Petrie Partners logo to make room for the magazine masthead.

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Before and after magazine cover photography for Oil & Gas Financial Journal of the Denver based Petrie Partners.

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Libby and Scott’s Fabulous Wedding at the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Wellshire Inn.

Libby and Scott’s wedding in the Romantic Garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

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I love photographing Libby and Scott.  We’ve become old friends this past year, with engagement sessions in the mountains, parties, oo-lala at Oxford, and finally the unforgettable wedding day.  And it all started with Kelly’s wedding last summer in Vail.  By now, I’ve learned to trust Libby’s judgment for shot ideas and locations and I look forward to our post-wedding romantic photo-shoot soon.  She’s fantastic to photograph, plus she makes a terrific photo-stylist.

But I’m getting of myself.  Her day started off at the Four Seasons Hotel from where the ladies and I traveled in a lavish limo-bus around Denver to the Botanic Gardens where the ceremony was held in the Romantic Gardens.  Meanwhile, Scott and the men were introduced to the sublime talents of my co-photographer Tony Gallagher.  After the ceremony, we photographed the beautiful couple with friends and family at the gardens before hustling to the Wellshire for the lively reception party.

 

Satin wedding dress in mirror.

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Photographers are obliged to make a photograph of the brides shoes. But this one is so cool. I love the pink building – a result of one of the bridesmaids (Kelly) standing behind me as I worked on this shot.

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Bouquet of beads.

 

 

Bride and bridesmaids on Denver court steps photography.

Sometimes I’m not sure which variation I like best. So I show them all and let my client choose.

The weather (and the light) was perfect for Libby and Scott’s wedding photography at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

I love the Mona Lisa feel to this portrait. Libby was as elegant and gracious a bride as this photograph suggests.

Perhaps my all time best bride-processional photographs – perfect expressions.

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It’s already a long blog story, and there are so many great romantic wedding photographs not used here – Still have the reception to come – plus all the great compositions of Libby and Scott at the Gardens.  The wedding day was packed with events planned by Breanne Gabel.  And Libby and Scott’s day was as smooth as it was magical.  As I expected Tony came trough with awesome wedding imagery.  

Tony and I had a blast making these pictures.  Here are some of the professionals who made Libby’s wedding day magnificent.  Feel free to click on heir links.  I’m sure they won’t mind. 

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Co-Photographer…………………………………………….Tony Gallagher 
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Wedding Planner………………………………………Breanne Gable PaisleyKayEvents
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Florist……………………………………………………Caitlin Caldwell – Plum Sage
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Music…………………………………..Moment’s Notice Band – Jerry Barnett 
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Officiant…………………………………..Brad Laurvick – Highlands United Methodist 
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Video…………………………………………….Mike and George – Goodie Pocket Productions
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Ceremony……………………………………..Denver Botanic Gardens
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Reception…………………………………………..Wellshire

Love this shot. One of my all time top after-ceremony photographs.

Romantic wedding photography near the Romantic garden in the Denver Botanic.

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Bride on steps.

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