Jill and Ross : Part one (the engagement)

I met Jill through Art as Action. She is a gorgeous dancer, and a beautiful woman. I love the way she laughs, how her presence brightens any room. I was ecstatic when she asked me to photograph her wedding, and we started with her engagement session in Boulder.

Engagement Session in boulder
We started our session at Chautauqua, a public space near the Flatirons
A Boulder Engagement Session
The park has this open space with huge trees, we took advantage of the beautiful morning light to get some yummy booked backgrounds
A boulder Engagement Session
As we made our way toward Pearl Street we found this lovely garden on the west side. This led to some secluded images
An Engagement Session in Boulder
At the bank, cause that’s how we roll
A boulder Engagement Session
Jill and Ross didn’t need much directions to pose. Everything felt spontaneous and incredibly sexy
A Boulder engagement session
the classic couple walk turned into a dance and turned into another walk
Boulder Engagement Session
Jill’s dress revealed her back and tattoo so of course I have to focus on that for a while 🙂
Engagement Session in Boulder
Jill and Ross enjoying a bit of the almost dry grass at the place where everyone smokes pot any other day than on Sunday early morning. Sunday is for session 😉
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Jill and Ross trying to get away from me
An Engagement Session in Boulder
The Boulder theater is an original 1920s theater. It is lovely inside, and gorgeous outside
A Boulder Engagement Session
If anyone can do the dip, it is this lovely couple.

 

Location : https://www.chautauqua.com

Boulder : https://bouldercolorado.gov

 

A Knight’s Tale : Courtney and Tony’s Epic Proposal

Courtney and Tony have known each other for two years and are the most unique couple I have ever met. Courtney is a permanent make up artist while Tony is a motorcycle riding, comic book loving electrician. When Tony decided that he was going to propose to Courtney, he poured his heart into it and it took him six months of secret planning to finally pop the question (and the black diamond ring). For six months Tony learned how to ride a horse and joust, sword fight in heavy armor and play the part of the “Black Knight”. Under the cover of helping his friend with dance lessons for his wedding (this friend was not going to get married, it was all pretend!), Tony spent every weekend practicing and had to show Courtney his new (made up) dance moves after long days of rolling in the dirt. Then the big day came and in the tiny town of Wellington a group of performers gathered for a jousting tournament. Courtney and Tony showed up along with 100 other friends and family members (Courtney was quite perplexed to see so many people she knew!!). As the fighting and jousting took place, Tony stayed in the audience until Courtney was selected to hold a box that would be the grand jousting prize. She was given the key to the box and was instructed to keep it locked until the remittance of the prize to the winner. Courtney sat with her box as the black knight walked right past her and proceeded to win the tournament. The knight had a very tough time winning as tears (of joy) started to stream down his face as soon as he put his helmet on! At the end, Courtney was led to the podium and opened the box while Tony took of his helmet. There were many more tears shed, both on Courtney’s side and by the audience. The rest, as we say, is history and Tony and Courtney are now happily engaged 🙂 Congratulations to the two of you!!

The tournament took place in the tiny town of Wellington
The tournament took place in the tiny town of Wellington
many performers : dancers, jugglers and a dressed up puppy entertained the crowd
Many performers : dancers, jugglers and a dressed up puppy entertained the crowd
There was a story about a mean queen and valiant knights (the red headed person was mean too, I think)
There was a story about a mean queen and valiant knights (the red headed person was mean too, I think)

 

Many members of the audience were Courtney and Tony's family and friends
Many members of the audience were Courtney and Tony’s family and friends
Bear Girl
See I told you she looked mean!
Tony is waiting to enter the scene. He looks pretty zen so far
Tony is waiting to enter the scene. He looks pretty zen so far
Here is the box! Hint : there is a ring inside
Here is the box!  Hint: there is a ring inside
To no one's surprise (except for her!!) , Courtney was selected to hold the box!
To no one’s surprise (except for her!!) , Courtney was selected to hold the box!
Here is the Black Knight! He look cool and ferocious.
Here is the Black Knight! He looks cool and ferocious.
Tony can Joust like a ....jouster :)
Tony can Joust like a ….jouster 🙂
And fight like a knight!
And fight like a knight!
And it's a win! Take that you   traitor ! and don't come back!
And it’s a win! Take that you traitor ! and don’t come back!
Now Tony the Knight is waiting for his future betrothed to present him with the box
Now Tony the Knight is waiting for his future betrothed to present him with the box
while Facebook's server is exploding with knight pictures
While Facebook’s server is exploding with knight pictures
Here is Courtney! That's when me and 100 other people starting crying our eyeballs out. There was a universal "AWWWWWWW"
Here is Courtney! That’s when me and 100 other people starting crying our eyeballs out. There was a universal “AWWWWWWW”
YAY!!!!!
YAY!!!!!
Everyone is so happy at that point, I wish I could box that happy up for them!
Everyone is so happy at that point! I wish I could box that happy up for them!
The and Knight and his Lady rode away, and lived happily ever after.
And the Knight and his Lady rode away, and lived happily ever after.

 

THE END <3

Katie + David

The first time I met Katie was during a meeting for Art as Action’s show “Break Open” . The first thing she told me was, “I like to work with fire.  Can you photograph fire?”

I had no idea how, but went “Sure!”

Hey, why not…right?  So we did a fire session as practice for her engagement.

Engagement Fire Session
Engagement Fire Session

But on the day of the engagement session, it was so windy that we didn’t get to the fire.  Instead there was Katie and David, me, Brian (my trusty assistant), a bike, and a bed.

Katie (Mesmerie) is an aerialist, hula hooper, and fire breather artist.

David (aka The Fermentor) is a foodie who is completely fearless.  He rides his bike everywhere, loves passionate people and risky behaviors.  Katie loves to say that he is the dangerous one 🙂

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For this session I wanted to give them some classic, colorful, and timeless images.

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I also enjoy sneaking secret messages and dates in my images 🙂

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Because she is a performer and he is happily joining her on stage, I thought a bit of a cinematic feel was in order.

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Denver can be very windy, which can also be a very lucky thing.

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David’s bike is very important to him. They told me that we had to find a way to have it in our shoot 🙂

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I agreed to the bike and then thought: If we are going to have a couple, a photographer, an assistant, and a bike with a trailer, we might as well carry a bed!

So we did.

We walked two blocks with a headboard, footboard, side rails, bed slats, pieces of plywood, mattress, bedding and pillow. In the wind of course.

It was so worth it!

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The “bed” shoot was important to me as I wanted to add a fine art feel to the session, and after all, that is why they hired me!  (little did they know about carrying all that stuff,  but never mind..)

The bed was set by the Rialto.  We built it in 5 minutes, the shoot lasted 10. By that time, an uncomfortable amount of onlookers  started gathering on the side walk and it was time to move on.  We only had one homeless guy try to lie down.  Not too bad!

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After the bed episode, we were so tired that we stopped for a beer.  I convinced them to do one more shot (not of Tequila! ) and we settled down in the middle of Larimer street.

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This shoot was CRAZY.

I loved it because it was completely fearless.

I also loved it because Katie and David  understand that images  become art in the hands of passionate people. There is no way to create something awesome without a bit of hard work, but it was their priority to do whatever it took to turn this session into a series of unique, artistic images.   They also understood that this shoot was a collaborative work where every creative idea was welcome and tested. There was no right or wrong, no judgement, and the process was exactly the same as the one described in my fine art portraiture blog.

Needless to say,  I can’t wait for their wedding on August 9th!