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Monthly Archives: May 2008

Engagement Session at Dakota Ridge Trail, CO…

This past Wednesday evening I had the pleasure of not only shooting an engagement session with two very laid back and very sweet people, Matt and Liz, but I also got to take a hike on Dakota Ridge Trail as Nally, their future ring bearer lead the way. Thankfully the rain held off and three of them got to show me where they enjoy hiking, running and mountain biking…well not Nally, she hasn’t learned how to reach the pedals just yet ;) Here were some of my favorites from their session.

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I was experimenting with another layered image and texture that I took during our hike including some moss that was growing on a nearby rock….what do you think? It reminds me of a dream sequence. lm2.jpg

I also had the chance to photograph them with this awesome rainbow in the back. I think it will bring future good luck ;)

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I love the image to the right…from what Liz says, they spend most of the time picking on one another and laughing, so I think this is a good representation of their relationship :)

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Nally was very photogenic and enjoyed having her photograph taken too. At one point when I was lagging back on the hike to grab some images, she stayed back too. Matt later said that she was herding me, it turns out she doesn’t like when people get separated from the pack…so cute!

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I’m really looking forward to photographing your wedding in Breckenridge next month! See you then!!

{re}novare, Art Benefit for Walnut Place recap…

This past Saturday I took part in an Art Benefit for Walnut Place.   Months of preparation, dozens of volunteers, artists, designers, bakers, vendors and residents helped to make this benefit a huge success!! We raised over $7,500 to renovate the community space at Walnut Place!!  Over the past few months I’ve been helping out with the marketing team, in addition to donating a few of my fine art prints and a lifestyle portrait session.   I was thrilled with the out come of the event and was so excited to be a part of something bigger than myself…giving back to the community.   Learn more about the event by viewing and reading the segment below!

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There were 85 pieces of art donated.  I was overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of the pieces donated!  I scored some beautiful pieces during the silent auction :)   I’ve already hung a few pieces in my home too!  Here is Shauna, who did a phenomenal job co-organizing the event!!

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Here are the master design divas, Brittany and Emily who created all of the promotional material for the event.  They did an incredible job!

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Here is Leslie on the L, she was an awesome hostess and helped coordinate all the baked goods, coffee and drinks.  She was a huge help!  On R is Kristen, with the other Shauna (whom helped co-coordinate the entire event) with her husband Ray.

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Zeph is so much fun to hang out with…we were chillen at a BBQ the night before and he was rather intrigued with my necklace.  Here he is getting a kiss :) re5.jpg

Here I am next to a few of my fine art holga prints that were auctioned off…a special thanks to Erica and Ray who were the lucky recipients of the pieces.   Ray also took this photo.

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Here is Jonathan (L) who designed the website, and also donated some sweet fine art prints, talking to Brad, the pastor of Origins Community, one of the three communities who helped put on {re}novare.

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Some of the residents made and donated work to be auctioned off, unfortunately the  piece on the left, which was my ALL TIME FAVORITE piece (no lie) was not for sale!  I was so bummed, because I think this piece is genius.  It reminds me of the folk artists that I studied in art school. These people were outside artist, with no formal training that created similar pieces to this one, “First Day out of Jail”.  It featured one of the residents and his dog, who apparently was just rescued from the pound when this photo was  taken.

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Here is Kristie, one of my favorite residents.  I met her the first time I ever visited the Walnut Place,which was for a Chile Cook.  She showed me photographs of each of her family members, we talked about music and laughed together.  Here she is with a T-shirt, featuring her whole family.

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She really enjoyed having her photograph taken…I love this portrait of her.   She also made some really cool pieces for the benefit, here is one featured on the R.   One of the coolest things about being a part of this was not only meeting the resident, but having people purchase their art too.  I was fortunate enough to also be  collecting money for the silent auction, and people were so excited to find out that the pieces they bid on were created by the residents.   I too felt special, as I purchased several of their pieces.  My hope is that when I look around my house and see the work ordaining the walls, that I won’t be consumed by being the next best, and greatest rock star photographer, but that I would be driven to help with events like these that truly create a place where people’s lives can be changed.   If you get a chance to participate  or contribute to an event like this, I would highly recommend it!  If you’re interested in helping with the renovation on May 31st, please contact Shauna at shaunalott@mac.com

Thanks to everyone who volunteered and purchased art work!  I’m tentatively planning a party for everyone who participated on June 7th, so mark your calenders!

Destination Wedding at Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek….

Last month I had the honor of joining up with Paige Elizabeth to photograph the wedding of Michael and Gia at the beautiful Bachelor Gulch near Vail. I always count it an honor to be a part of some one’s wedding, but this one was very unique. For the first time ever photographing an event, (at least that I can remember) I felt compelled to not take a photograph. Let me explain, Michael was patiently waiting for Gia in the door way and I was set to photograph him when he saw her for the first time. It was a few minutes before his stunning bride would arrive and he started to cry, I knew being a photographer that this was the perfect moment for a photograph, yet somewhere inside of me I resisted. Here Michael was, so very vulnerable saying “I can’t believe she wants to marry me. I am the luckiest guy in the world!” A few minutes later I understood why, Gia was not only striking, but had an amazing loving spirit too. Here were a few of my favorites from the day!

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The ring bearer and flower girl for on a wild ride around in circles, as they came down this aisle. It was awesome. I think he was as excited as Michael and Gia!!

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Of course, Michael’s best friend was in the wedding!

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The cake was gorgeous, and made complete with orchids, her late mother’s favorite flower. What a lovely way to commemorate a loved one who had has passed away. I’m certain her mother would be touched!

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A very happy couple! The view from Bachelor Gulch was breath taking!

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There were many tears shed during the toast…

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Here is Gia dancing with her father….I don’t think she could me more happy as Mrs. Dennehy.

VIP night at the Ritz-Carlton for Bride’s Agains Breast Cancer…

This past Thursday I photographed the VIP night for the “Bride’s Against Breast Cancer” trunk show at the Ritz-Carlton, Denver. They grant wishes for men and women with breast cancer who only have 3-6 months to live. Since my aunt is a breast cancer survivor, I was anxious to help out a very worthy cause. In addition to photographing the event, I was also asked by the lovely Angela Coleman, whom is a sales manager at the Ritz, to display my work in the bridal suite where they were giving tours to the brides in attendance. I was thrilled to have a chance to show my work and meet so many amazing volunteers, future brides, those working with “Making Memories” and the incredible staff at the Ritz-Carlton, Kristy, Katie and Angela. The Ritz also supplied the scrumptious appetizers and the ball room at no cost. Here were some highlights from the event!

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Each bride went home with a goody bag and also enjoyed yummy pink martinis compliments of “Support Her Vodka.” A $5 donation is made for every bottle that is purchased.

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There was a raffle during the cocktail hour and several prizes were given out by local wedding vendors. The brides were very excited, I know I would be!

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Anna Be, which has incredible gowns, maids dresses, lingerie and also does invites and consulting supplied the beautiful shoes and lingerie to showcase for the evening. Their team is incredible and I was fortunate to have worked with them a few weeks ago at a wedding in Beaver Creek.

The gorgeous flowers were created by Cindy at The Perfect Petal. They always do an amazing job!

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Here is an image with a bride donating her gown and Fran Hansen the National Director of Making Memories. I love this idea of donating your gown to make wishes come true!! Their dresses filled the ballroom!

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I love this image! This is Mindy in her favorite gown of the evening. She is having a Hollywood glam wedding, which I hope to photograph next year ;) In the mirror is another bride with Sunny of Gold Label Cleaners, helping her get fitted.

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Here are two more happy brides in wedding gowns. There were so many great gowns to choose from, it made me want to try one, or two, or three on too!

We’re featured in Rangefinder!!

This past March, while in Vegas for WPPI, I was asked by Paige Elizabeth to be part of a shoot representing women in the wedding photographery industry in the their wedding gowns, we’ll now we’ve been published!! Be sure to pick up a copy of May’s issue of Rangefinder! A special thanks to Paige for making this happen!

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I’m on the bottom L hand side next to the awesome and beautiful Aimee Cooper!!

On a side note, here are some of the images I captured with my Holga during the shoot!

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This one is by far my favorite!! It is a double exposure and you can actually see Paige taking the shot of us in the upper L hand corner!! Soooo coool :)

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Some of the ladies…

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My second all time favorite w/ my Holga, the artist herself, Paige Elizabeth!!! Isn’t she stunning? When I showed her this print for the first time, tears streamed down her face. It reminded me how important my job is as a wedding photographer, to capture the true beauty of one’s soul while also capturing their outward beauty too!!

May Mile High Photography Meeting…

If you’re a portrait, wedding, or any professional photographer in the Denver Metro area, then I invite you to join us May 13th at 7pm at Jenna Walker’s Studio. Here is what we’ll be discussing:

Search Engine Optimization Expert Drew answers your questions and helps you to understand how to rank better on Google and other sites.

It is a great opportunity to meet and network with other professional photographers in the area!

Email me for directions at shannon@centeravenueimaging.com.

Look forward to seeing you there!