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Denver Engagement Photography :: New Gallery Added!

I have just added a new Engagement Photo Gallery page to my main menu. The gallery represents my editorial and photojournalistic approach to my photography, and specifically engagement photos. Feel free to browse this new addition to my website! AK Photo Denver :: Engagement Photo Gallery

PRESIDENTS' DAY SALE :: 20% OFF ALL BOOKINGS MADE THIS WEEK!

I am currently offering a discount of 20% on all bookings made this week - between Monday, February 20th and Friday, February 24th. Although bookings must be confirmed during the offer period to qualify for this discount - your shoot can be scheduled at any time in the future! Just mention this coupon when you call or email to book your shoot, and the 20% discount will be applied to the total package price.

Take advantage of this great offer while it lasts - Contact me today!

A Man and His Machine :: Motorcyle Portraits with Off Camera Flash

A Man and His Machine :: Motorcyle Portraits with Off Camera Flash

A PHOTOGRAPHER'S TALE I've found that my interest with photography continues to grow as I find new challenges and aspects of imaging to undertake. This couldn't hold more true with my discovery of (and now likely a serious addiction with) off camera flash, and the new levels of creativity it brings to my photography. Off camera flashes in and of themselves can open up a whole new world to a photographer. Then add in the multitude of modifiers out there (snoots, grids, gels, umbrellas: shoot through and reflective, diffusers, reflectors, gobos, etc.) and the creative opportunities really become endless.

I took this approach on a recent gig I had with a local motorcycle racer, who wanted some unique photos of himself with his new bike. I figured the most dramatic effects would be achieved my incorporating off camera flash techniques with well-selected backgrounds. After my experience on the shoot, which ended up incorporating strobes, umbrellas, grids, snoots, and gels, I wanted to share my tale in hopes it might benefit some other photographers who are considering enterting the strobist world.

Now -- before I get into the strobe techniques I used...

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Abby at the Gardens :: Child Portraits

Shooting child portraits are always a blast for me; kids are (usually) fun to be around and can be very energetic in front of the camera. Abby was no exception - she was a total ham who loved expressing herself! Having this kind of subject can really make my work easy, and helps give the family photos that they will cherish for a long time to come! For this shoot I used a 70-200 f/2.8 telephoto lens. This kind of long lens with a wide aperture really helps to blur out the background, which can provide some separation to make Abby pop from the image a little more. I also had an assistant use a handheld reflector for a few shots; the extra light is used to fill in the shadows that can form as the morning sun gets higher in the sky.

Here are some samples of our shoot at the Botanic Gardens here in Denver... 

Infant Photography :: Candid Family Photos in Denver

Shooting candid family photos is one of my favorite forms of portrait photography; it allows me to capture families interacting in their natural state, without contrived poses or forced smiles. With newborns and infants this can be a little bit of a challenge, simply because they aren't always in the cheeriest of moods. To me, that is what makes baby photography fun and interesting - you really never know what kind of shot you're going to get, but at least the baby's emotions are real and raw. A little bit of advice to photographers wanting to shoot infants: always ask the parents about baby's nap time and sleep schedule when setting up a shoot. A cranky baby can cut your shoot short, make the situation difficult for mom and dad, or just be a general nuisance - making it difficult for you to get the photos you need. Just plan in advance and work with the parents to shoot during baby's normal awake times.

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Corporate Headshots :: Michael Mitchell, Owner of Salon 17 in Denver, Colorado

Corporate Headshots :: Michael Mitchell, Owner of Salon 17 in Denver, Colorado

When Michael Mitchell contacted me asking about corporate headshots, I wasn't really sure what he was looking for. When you hear the phrase "corporate headshots" I think many people immediately envision images with dark backgrounds, three-piece suits, neck ties, and serious/stern poses. While there's certainly nothing wrong with those types of photos, I prefer a little more emotion in my portrait work. So after hearing the concepts Michael had for new promotional literature he was planning for his hair salon (Salon 17), it became clear that we were on the same page with the goals for his shoot. These were going to be bright, energetic shots, full of expression, and I think that's exactly what we got.

See samples from Michael's client portfolio below...

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