Monday, October 31, 2011


This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending Fer Juaristi's workshop (or Ferhsop) that was held here in Denver.  I knew that it was going to challenge me.  Our styles of photography are very different.  Honestly, though, I had no idea what was about to happen.

I was introduced to Fer's work earlier this year.  I was instantly drawn to his style of photography.  The way he uses light is simply amazing.  I found myself staring at his photos wondering how he got that shot.  Needless to say, I couldn't wait to see him in action and see what kind of tricks he used.

It turns out there really aren't any tricks.  It's just a different way of seeing things.  Don't get me wrong... he's super talented and insanely creative, but he showed us everything, from finding a location without even knowing where he was going to his complete editing process, and I can assure you that there was nothing crazy or secret going on.

At a workshop, you learn a lot of information.  The best way to process that information and actually learn something is to try it yourself.  So, here are the images that I walked away from the Ferhsop with.  To further challenge myself, I tried to edit the photos a little closer to how Fer might edit them than how I typically would.  If they look different from my typical work, they are.  And I kind of like them...

Wedding Dress provided by Marie Margot Bridal Couture
Hair and Makeup by K Schell Designs

I can't finish without talking about Fer a little.  To say Fer is a nice guy would be the understatement of the year.  Not only did he completely open himself up to the class and share everything that he could, but he was also just genuinely a nice person.  When you meet him you get a big hug, like you're long-lost friends.  When you're in one of his classes, you find yourself spending as much time laughing as you do learning.  When your class is over, you don't want to go home... you want to grab a beer with the guy!

Thank you, Fer, for being such a real person.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ashley - Denver High School Senior Photos

When you schedule a Senior Photo session, you don't usually need to specify which city you're going to meet in. I've learned my lesson, though, that sometimes you do.  Ashley and I were looking for each other in two different cities on the day of her session.  I was in Denver, she was in Lone Tree.  Despite the initial miscommunication, we were able to meet up and had enough light to get some wonderful photos!  Thank you, Ashley!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Amber - Denver High School Senior Photos

Amber and I had a blast with her Senior Photo session.  We met up at my Denver studio and had gorgeous weather.  That always helps, but honestly Amber didn't need any help.  She was so comfortable in front of the camera, which definitely shows in her photos.  Here's Amber!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gwen and Eric

I met Gwen and Eric's family for some family photos up in Louisville at an office park on the edge of town.  Doesn't sound like a very photogenic place, does it?  I wouldn't have really thought so either, but once I started exploring it a bit I saw lots of opportunity.

I met up with Gwen, Eric and Claire, along with her sister and brother-in-law and her parents on a beautiful spring evening.  We explored the wilderness around the offices and here's what we found.

 Of course, everyone like to kiss on Claire...

 especially grandma...

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bo - Denver High School Senior Photos

I met up with Bo at my Denver studio for his Senior Photo session. Although most guys don't really get into their photos, Bo was great! He warmed up to the camera and we had a lot of fun. Even his sister and mom helped out and took turns holding the reflector! Here's Bo!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Anacani - Denver High School Senior Photos

Anacani and I met up early one morning at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in north Denver for her Senior Photos. While I love to shoot in the evenings, we could only get a morning to work with both of our schedules. Fortunately, the weather was beautiful and we were able to find some good light. What do you think?