Hollywood Glamour Lighting Studio Portraits, Saint Petersburg Tampa Bay Florida

It had been quite some time since I had photographed a studio portrait session and I wanted to emulate the dramatic, elegant and flattering light of old Hollywood portraits of the 1930’s and 1940’s. I kept the lighting very simple: continuous light from my Visatec modeling lamps with barn doors. Camera was my Nikon D700 with the 85mm lens, with most aperture settings at F4 or F2.8. Very little post production in Lightroom was needed because this lighting setup is extremely flattering to skin tones and my model Megan has amazing porcelain skin.

Cherry Creek Country Club Wedding and Reception in Denver, Colorado

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Art Silk and Kristen Sloan photographed Shannon and Mark’s wedding day at Cherry Creek Country Club in Denver Colorado on a beautiful warm and sunny June day.

Shannon and her bridesmaids prepared their hair and makeup in the gorgeous upstairs women’s locker room lounge; a dream location to shoot in. Directly off of this lounge, we photographed the ladies on a covered balcony that provided beautiful natural light that we supplemented with diffused off camera flash.

Earlier Shannon and I had met to do a walk through at Cherry Creek Country Club, and I fell in love with the interior spaces of the clubhouse. Later we explored the exterior covered alcoves and balconies, which kept us shaded on their wedding day, provided filtered natural light and interesting architectural backgrounds. Location wise, Cherry Creek Country Club is one of the prettiest clubhouses I have photographed. Jan Hardy, the social director at the Cherry Creek Country Club was one of the nicest event coordinators to work with.

Bonnie Brae Flowers created the bouquets and flower decor for this wedding. Das Meyer Pastry of Arvada, Colorado made the wedding cake. Sugarlicious, located in Cherry Creek North Denver Colorado, created a candy bar which allowed the wedding guests to make custom boxes of candy to enjoy at the wedding and take home as favors. Elite DJ Matt Kenfield kept the dancing going strong well into the night.

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Natural Light and Strobed Portraits at Vinoy Park and North Shore in Saint Petersburg Florida

After a rainy and cloudy day, the sky let up for some late afternoon portraits of Fritzi. The wind on North Shore beach in St. Petersburg Florida was fairly intense and I was not being kind to my subject’s hair. We moved off the beach to a grassy area of the park, and then mother nature intercepted with some beautiful cloud diffused sunlight.

I lit the scene with two SabersStrips in an inverted L pattern as main light and then eventually as the sunlight increased, as hair light and side fill.

Shooting in Florida presents its own set of challenges; windy beaches, sand and high humidity.  But what I love about photographing in Florida is the soft diffused light that  lingers at sunset, many times described as the golden hour.

In many parts of Colorado, the sun dips behind the mountains and our overall daylight can be a little more contrasty in full sun. This week I am in Calgary,  where the Alberta blue skies are warmed by 9:55PM sunsets which slowly fade into twilight. Photographers are always chasing the light and its fun to see the nuances of every geographic location.

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Vail Colorado Mountaintop Wedding and Lodge at Vail Reception

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Art Silk and Kristen Sloan photographed Courtney and Scott’s Vail Colorado Mountaintop wedding on a beautiful September day. The flowers and wedding decor reflected fall in the Rocky Mountains, but the weather was so warm that it felt like summer.

The couple wanted to be photographed on Vail mountain for their engagement portrait session during the summer. Courtney and Scott are avid hikers,  and the field below their wedding ceremony on Vail mountain proved to be a perfect location for this photo session. At the wedding, their cupcake topper also featured mountaineering hikers!

We started photographing the bride getting ready in her room at The Lodge at Vail.  Courtney and Scott decided to see each other before the ceremony and we photographed them walking through Vail Village and along the Gore Creek.

The wedding ceremony was held at the top of Vail mountain at an outdoor stone ampitheatre which is accessed by the Eagle Bahn Gondola. The ceremony site offers amazing views of the Vail valley, Gore Mountain Range, and Mount of the Holy Cross, with seating for up to 180 people.

The Lodge at Vail hosted their reception at the Cucina Rustica restaurant. 

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Marriage Proposal Location Engagement Portraits, Denver Colorado

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I am beyond excited to photograph Bronwyn and Chris’s upcoming destination wedding in Playa Del Carmen Mexico at Playacar Palace Resort. I photographed their engagement portrait session at a beautiful park near their home in Denver, Colorado at the location where Chris proposed to Bronwyn. Later we included their dogs for a family portrait!

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Urban SaberStrip Senior Portraits in Denver, Colorado

Art Silk and I photographed Alexa and Shelby at an area of north Denver which featured a railroad tracks and viaduct. The two friends had a blast posing individually and together.

Shot with one SaberStrip, Nikon SB-800 flash and triggered by Radio Popper Jr.

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Portraits of Art Silk and Kristen Sloan

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Art Silk and I decided to shoot some strobist style portraits of ourselves in an industrial area north of downtown Denver. We shot our Nikon flashes off camera with triggers. During the shoot we used a silver reflector and a new light modifier called SaberStrip. This photo shoot was one of my first experiences with off camera flash and the initial results we obtained were amazing.

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