Way back in July (ish?), or maybe August (time is sometimes not on my side, unlike Mick Jagger philosophized), I decided to think up a way to 1. meet some new people and 2. gain some new clients (aka friends). Coincidentally, this happened during the same week I decided to stop at Union Tea Cafe for a lunch sandwich. I immediately fell in love with the aesthetic at Union Tea, and realized right then that I needed to shoot there.
I decided to do a little contest on my Facebook business page for a free couples shoot, and my winners, Lisa and Allen, were ecstatic at getting to shoot at our little tea cafe. Lisa and Allen are newlyweds, and so in love. Seriously, they made my job easy by being affectionate, outgoing, and all around cool folks. Check out a few photos I snapped on a sunny Saturday in downtown O-town.
If you’re ever swinging through Olean, NY, be sure to check out Union Tea Cafe; you won’t regret it!
For those who may not know, I recently relocated back to my home town of Olean, NY. Since nobody knows where that is, I usually say it’s near Buffalo.
In addition to reworking my marketing and client base, I have been connecting with some old friends I haven’t seen in many years. That seems weird to say when you’re only 30, but hey. Jessie and her husband, Jordan, recently moved back into the area from Vermont with their three lovely children, one only 9 days old at the time of this shoot.
We decided to capture some memories in the home where Jessie’s mother spent her childhood and where baby Pearl was just born a little over a week prior. I greatly enjoyed a reprieve from what can be described as somewhat pessimistic news happenings to spend time with this family as we celebrated new life and forever love.
Super, super excited to share this shoot. I mean … Look at this family. Is this not #goals or what?
Their house is full of lovely natural light so um, duh, we’re gonna shoot there.
First, we made cookies while listening to Grateful Dead records and then we played some Christmas carols on the guitar – well, dad did. These awesome parents publish Boulder Lifestyle magazine, where I consider myself very blessed to work.
It’s currently 7 in Louisville today, so yeah. Get your coffee and your whisky, and turn on some old school animated Christmas movies.
Peace, love and rainbows
Whew! I’m back! It took a bit, but I’m somewhat fully sorta committed to blogging again. I’m going to share some photos from a shootout I attended in Louisville, CO near Boulder. There were so many awesome couples to work with, direct and obviously photograph. It was a cool time.
So many cool vendors came together to make this shoot work. Here they are:
Organizers: Kelly Wilkerson + Sharee Davenport
Hair + Makeup Artist: April with Kim J Beauty
Tablescape: Lilli Black with Sweetly Paired
Florist: Bella Calla
Men’s accessories: Knotty Tie Co.
Bridal gowns and veils: Marie Margot Couture
Engaged Females Clothing: Clothed in Grace
In other news, it snowed last night, and we’re making goulash today.
Peace, love and rainbows
Allison is a Denver-based designer who operates Peach & Pepper apparel. She drove to Boulder to meet me for some fun fashion photos of her new Spring designs.
Allison’s clothing is all sewn in Denver by local artisans. She carefully selects fabric and designs each item specifically. Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder was the perfect place to showcase her unique styles and designs.
Mallory operates a blog called Sweet and Sauer based on fashion and lifestyle. She describes her choices of outfits, and gets into deeper subjects such as her melanoma diagnoses and treatment. Mallory is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.
I’m not terribly familiar with Denver, though I am trying to get better. Mallory took me to a coffeeshop in the RiNo district, and we enjoyed an afternoon walking through alleys and stepping over garbage. It was awesome. We got some fun, moody shots of fashion mixed with a semi-industrial area of Denver.
Lacey is a fashion blogger out of Denver. Her blog, My Boring Closet, follows fashion trends for those who want to keep things interesting with “a small closet.” I’ve been known to overflow closets. Currently I have two full ones, and a dresser, but I digress. Maybe I could take some lessons in downsizing.
Lacey was totally cool, and we had a blast at Union Station grabbing some shots. Union Station is historic, beautiful, and offers lots of dramatic light sources which I am a huge fan of. Check out some of my favorite shots from our afternoon together.
This has to be one of my favorite shoots to date. Alison wanted some outdoor portraits and was more than willing to appease and humor me by walking up to and standing on the edge of a rock face (it’s not as dangerous as it sounds). So worth it.
Alison and I headed up to the mountains with a 6-pack and a taste for adventure and ended up getting some gorgeous shots. I highly recommend this type of shoot for anyone looking for something a little out of the ordinary, something daring and most importantly something fun.
I work, live and play in Boulder. However, I like to step out and see what else Colorado has to offer (which is a lot; a whole lot). A quick drive north will take you into Fort Collins, which might be one of the coolest towns on the front range. From their cute little downtown square to the miles of outdoor adventures that await, you just can’t be bored.
I wanted to do both location scouting and a small fashion shoot with roadside wildflowers and some clothes from my closet. My assistant and I shot for about an hour while exploring a spacious, scenic park outside the city.
We ended the day with cocktails from The Blind Pig in downtown Fort Collins, and called it a wrap. I’m going to say ‘to be continued,’ because I am definitely not done exploring Northern Colorado.