Amber and Jon, a “hat” Wedding in Colorado’s Foothills

Amber and Jon got married on a rainy day in May 2015. This beautiful, hand crafted, vintage wedding welcomed the guest in the tiny town of Lyons, Colorado.

A hat Wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Jon and Amber’s wedding venue, Stone Mountain lodge in Lyons Colorado
A hat wedding in Colorado's foothills
Hat, rings, dress and flowers, reflecting the wedding colors.
A hat Wedding in Colorado's foothills
Amber is getting ready in the little cottage adjacent to the venue
A hat Wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Jon is getting ready
A hat Wedding in Colorado's foothills
Amber and Her bridesmaids, show the wedding colors and variations in red.
Hat Wedding in Colorado's Foohills
The bridesmaid, wearing maroon are pursued by a friendly Dino named Tiny
A hat wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Jon and his groomsmen are hanging out before the wedding
A hat wedding in Colorado's foothills
Amber and Jon see each other for the first time
A hat wedding in Colorado's foothills
Amber and Jon’s first look. We found a wall of lilac that matched their wedding colors perfectly
A hat wedding in Colorado's foothills
Amber posed for her bridal portrait. Her vintage dress matches the beautiful lilac background perfectly
A hat wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Amber and Jon’s portraits at the venue
A hat wedding in Colorado's Foothills
The ring bearers are helping the bride with her flowers while holding on to huge umbrellas
A hat wedding in Colorado's foothills
Reception room
A hat wedding in Colorado's Foothills
Amber and Jon are tying the knot in this beautiful ceremony
Hat Wedding in Colorado's Foohills
Amber and Jon’s first dance
A hat wedding in Colorado's foothills
Reception -homemade- pies
A hat wedding in Colorado's Foothills
The reception tables and Jenga games
a Hat Wedding in Colorado's Foohills
Amber and Jon are enjoying a brief reprieve from the rain during their wedding reception

 

Venue : Stone Mountain Lodge, Lyons Colorado

Dress : Anthropology

http://www.bhldn.com

Catering : SmokeShack BBQ

http://smokeshackbbq.com

Pies : Whole Foods Bakery

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com

See wedding highlights :

Aerial Dance Work with Mesmerie

Katie Mesmerie Brunner and I have worked together  for 3 years. We shot together for Art as Action (the unforgettable flour shoot), and for Iluminar Aerial (underwater!).  I also photographed her and her fiancé sitting on a bed on 16th Street Mall in Denver, and of course I photographed her beautiful wedding in Estes Park. Katie and I are used to working under challenging conditions and I knew that once again we would be creating incredible images when she asked me to shoot her portfolio.

Katie is an aerial dancer; she uses lyras, silks and straps to perform at different venues around the country. Her latest, month-long series of performance in Florida convinced her that as a professional dancer, a solid portfolio of her work was necessary.

I knew that I needed to use a solid color backdrop and model the lights perfectly to showcase Katie’s incredible strength and grace.  The challenge with aerial dancers is that they need a rigging point for their apparatus and enough space to move around. Using a large enough backdrop that covers the dancer and her apparatus is one of the greatest struggle that a photographer will have to deal with when working in studio.  Katie and I reviewed several locations before deciding to try shooting in my studio. I have an unfinished basement with nine feet high ceilings that I use to shoot all the studio images in my portfolio. This basement is huge and has been a wonderful creative space for the past 4 years. This basement would serve as an aerial dance studio for the first time!

In order to photograph Katie safely, I placed a heavy-duty clamp on a weight-bearing beam (a steel I-beam that runs the length of the house). Then Katie used a carabiner to hang her apparatus.  She used an anchor shaped device for her silks. We placed the backdrop (a 12 feet wide seamless) behind and under her and set up the strobes around.  By the time the studio was set up, Katie only had a 7.5 feet clearance to work with, which is very low for aerial dance. Thanks to the seamless backdrop and Katie’s skills, I could then recreate a sense of height in post processing.

The advantage of shooting in my studio is that we can use any color backdrop, plug my strobes and take our time to create a solid aerial dance image.  Katie quickly adapted to the lower height and we managed to get a series of images that showcase her incredible skills.

This blog shows the first part of the shoot, using a Tiffany Blue Backdrop and silks and a Lyra. The second part of the shoot was done two weeks later and will be the object of a second blog! Katie Katie 2 Katie 3 Katie 4 Katie 5 Katie 6 Katie 7 Katie 8 Katie 9 Katie 10

Talya and Capri

A fine art / Dance session with Talya and Capri Recce, dancers at  Levitate .

 

my beautiful and soulful little model
my beautiful and soulful little model
The sisters posed in this trust exercise.
The sisters posed in this trust exercise.
Capri, aka little miss spider
Capri, aka little miss spider
Tanya went digging through my props and came up with her own interpretation on "climbing ut he ladder"
Tanya went digging through my props and came up with her own interpretation on “climbing ut he ladder”
Capri came up with this delightful pose
Capri came up with this delightful pose
Capri let her sister place flowers all over her while I was working on her hair
Capri let her sister place flowers all over her while I was working on her hair
the split
the split
The nature of motion is ephemeral. Here it is captured twice with the help of a mirror
The nature of motion is ephemeral. Here it is captured twice with the help of a mirror
Jump performed by Talya
Jump performed by Talya
Stand up still split performed by Talya
Stand up still split performed by Talya

Heidi : a Film Noir Shoot

Make up : Kirsten Daly

We met at my studio for a film noir session. I used a one light set up that varied between a fresnel lens and a strobe with a beauty dish, and the wonderful Icelight.

For more information, please email me at : annabelle@annabelledenmark.com

Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot
Film Noir Style shoot

Courtney Queen of Hearts

Courtney is my hairdresser, she is also a make up artist with whom I have worked in the past.  Her and I love Alice in wonderland and started working on this series with her as the Queen of Hearts! Enjoy!

Alice in Wonderland inspired shoot
Alice in Wonderland inspired shoot
Alice in Wonderland inspired shoot
Alice in Wonderland inspired shoot
Alice in Wonderland inspired shoot
Alice in Wonderland inspired shoot
Alice in Wonderland inspired shoot
Alice in Wonderland inspired shoot
Alice in Wonderland inspired shoot
Alice in Wonderland inspired shoot
Alice in Wonderland inspired shoot
Alice in Wonderland inspired shoot

What Is Fine Art Photography?

When a lot of people think of photography, they think of family photos, cute babies and landscapes.  As a fine art photographer, I am often asked what it is about my work that is different or unique compared to other photographers.  The short answer is that I am an artist, and my medium is photography.

I love to work with subjects who are creative, and who are willing to try different and interesting things with their photographs.  I work with my clients to create photographs that are memorable, visually compelling and beautiful, all while simultaneously capturing important moments for them.  Whether it is a bride who is willing to do an underwater photo in her wedding dress, or an engaged couple who will lounge in a bed on the 16th Street Mall in Denver, I want to create a work of art that speaks to many different people, not just the people in the photo.Take a look at some of my most recent, and favorite, fine art photos.

boyintophat

KatieUnderwater

portraitofyounggirl _logo

SnowQueen

If these images are intriguing to you, I would love to work with you as a photography subject.  Please call me at 720.387.9664 or email me directly at Annabelle@annabelledenmark.com.

Dunes

This series was created in a completely backwards manner. My series usually come from an idea that pops into my head with a storyline behind it. Then I find the model and location to match. I look for the right props, the right outfit.

This series, called The Dunes was born out of complete randomness. My friend Kyla (Fearless Photography) and I were talking about the difficulties of creating original work while having jobs and taking care of our families.  At some point in the conversation I said, “I really want to shoot in the Sand Dunes!” (it is a national park in Colorado.)  She said, “Me too!”.  It was quite simple.

I asked Katie if she would model for us. We set up a date and booked a hotel. Stacey Imran heard me talk about it and asked if she could come along.

And that was that.

The trip came upon me as if unannounced, and I did not plan the shoot.

On our way to the dunes, Kyla spotted a vintage store full of random props and as we entered I spotted a raggedy doll and some lace, and a story slowly took shape in my mind.

As the shoot progressed I felt that I had a pretty solid story but it was shot backwards, which means that the flow of the pictures goes from the end of the story  (the widow standing in front of her destroyed home) to the beginning (the child bride looking toward her uncertain future),  with some developments in the middle. (The dunes changed our bride and turned her into a mystical creature that Kyla actually photographed).

What makes this series so unique is that Kyla created her own images, using the same model, outfit, location and time of day. Her images are sometimes very similar, and sometimes radically different from mine. Our experience took us on two different paths even though we were shooting side by side. Here is her blog: Exploration, Sand and Friends

I divided my series into 3 parts: The Lonely House, Dunes , The Child Bride.  Please feel free to interpret this series however you want  🙂

I. The Lonely House

Imagine what happened in this house, a few miles away from the Dunes. The ground was covered with tiny animal bones and mud, layers of mud.  Bats were hidden in the roof.  There were horses galloping  on the road and a storm above the dunes. The place had this electric and sad vibe . This is where I took Katie and the rag doll for the first shoot.

Dunes   Dunes

The lonely House

Dunes

The lonely house

Dunes

 

II. Dunes

We reached the Dunes just as the sun was setting.  Kyla and I decided to go for the purple dress and let it flow with Katie’s motions.  Katie became less “human”,  and more connected to her surroundings (see images here).  Kyla captured more of her mystical side while I remained on the “dancer” side of her .

I love how we had the elements of wind, water, earth and fire throughout this shoot.

Dunes   Dunes

Dunes

Dunes

Dunes

Dunes

Dunes

III. The Child Bride

We woke up at 4:30 the next morning and walked to the dunes before sunrise to get as many shots as we could. Kyla and I decided to have Katie wear a lace dress, which became the inspiration behind the bride idea.

Dunes
Dunes

Dunes

Dunes

Dunes

Dunes This image is the only clear vision that I had for this shoot and it came to me as I was holding the doll at the store. Kyla saw me practice the pose and knew exactly what was going to happen 🙂

Katie holds the doll, a symbol of her childhood.  She walks on undefined  with her eyes covered.  She is in a transition from childhood to adulthood, blinded to what the future would hold.

At what point do you leave your childhood behind you?

Dunes

Dunes This is the end of the series, but then Kyla had this great unicorn head and while she was shooting, I captured Katie attacking Kyla!

Dunes

It was around 6:30 AM when we stopped shooting and the sun was brightening the dunes. We were cold (Katie was frozen), and we walked back to our cars, tired but so excited by what we had accomplished. The four of us drove to the middle of nowhere and created amazing images.

A special thank you to Stacey for being so excited over this, and her enthusiasm is what kept us going.

I am glad to have done this shoot-out with Kyla. We share the same love for photography. I have the crazy original idea, and she has the stamina to see the project through.  We complement each other!

I am also so glad that Katie was  our model for this series.  She is a extremely talented, enduring and patient model.  She gave life to those images and gave Kyla and I the voice we needed to express our visions.

Now…..where next?

Dunes

The road less travelled

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.  –Robert Frost

I started photography the hard way by jumping straight into fine art portraits.   This is a road less travelled because most photographers who pursue their dream as fine art portrait artists cannot make a living out of it. So most of them keep a job on the side and work with models, or they turn into regular portrait photographers and do fine art on the side.  Fine art portraits can be found in galleries and in magazines, but very, VERY few photographers offer fine art portraiture to clients.

I decided that I would be one of the very, VERY few because I believe that everyone should have a chance to express their vision, their dream, their message, their unique being through my lens.

I have collected many fine art images over the years.  You already saw some in my first blog  Feminine – Fierce – Fantastic,  those were  in my studio.  Let’s look at other types of fine art portraits.

The  Aerialist

This image  was created during Iluminar Aerial’s promotional shoot . We used Iluminar’s studio and I lit the space with my strobes  and used smoke to created a painterly effect.

DSC_1797-Edit

A Groom and a Bride

This image was created during Emmy and Travis Moon’s wedding in Grand Lake.  This image is made of 3 composited shots. I have also applied textures to create a painterly feel.

DSC_4651-Edit

The Ice Queen

This image was created on a very cold day, with one of my seniors, Kaitlyn Thornton.  I used the natural light and berries. I then processed the image to create a cinematic feel.
DSC_8308_HDR

The Wait

This image was created at the Farmstead museum in Lafayette. My little model, Madeeha Aslam, posed and I composited the bird and the grass into the image after the fact.

L'attente / The wait

Chelsea

This image was created during Chelsea’s senior session. It is a composite of many individual images of flying paper. It was taken at sunset.  Untitled-5

Water

This image was created during one of my early projects called “Madness – The Five Elements”.   My model, Tanya, was balancing above the water and I composited the image. This was taken in natural light.  Click the link for the Behind the Scene of this image.

Fire

This is another image that was created during my early “Madness – The Five Elements” project.  Elizabeth was “Fire” and the image was composited to give the impression that the forest was on fire.

D7K_7574-Edit-2

The Rose

This composite was created during two different shoots.  Jen was “Light” for the Five Elements,  and I composited her into the rose later.

Sleeping in the rose

Frozen

This is me, with frozen feet. I love to retreat to small areas surrounded by rough elements. I love the idea of a nest, of a safe place.   I had my camera on a tripod and shot in natural light.

meinsnow

Motherhood from an Artist’s Stand Point

This is me again.  I wanted to express the way I felt being a fine art artist who is also a mother of two.  This cloud was made by hand using balloons and paste and pillow stuffing.

Where my head went while my child was upset for a reason only kn

The images above are diverse.  They fit into a particular vision,  a message.

Let your imagination fly, and I will do the rest.