What Camera Should I Buy? A Thought Experiment
Thursday, March 21, 2013
"What camera should I buy?" is one question that I get a lot. It's most often put to me while I'm working. I am usually carrying two cameras around my neck and the person who is asking has been watching me work; plying my craft, if you will. I never know how to answer. There are hundreds of different cameras that all do wonderfully magical things, I think. And while there are so many wonderful cameras, including the one in your phone, none of them can do the one thing that matters most: See. Only YOU can do that. A quote from the Henri Cartier-Bresson comes to mind: “To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.” Seeing, then, is the thing. And if you see the picture? Then you're more than halfway there. The rest of it is learning HOW to use the camera (a tool) and WHAT to turn the camera towards so that your head, your eye and your heart are aligned:) — Sean
A Great Excuse To Photograph Your Kids
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Snow days are a great excuse to photograph your kids. We recently had a snow day and it was great opportunity for picture taking. Here are some photographs of Abby, 7, Harper, 5, and Jacob, 3. We went sledding together and I photographed Harper and Abby walking through a hall of trees on North Nevada Ave. — Sean
Wedding Photography Tip : Slow The Shutter To Create Drama & Emotion
Monday, March 04, 2013
Here's a great wedding picture of Laura and Nik exiting their wedding at a private residence in Evergreen. I photographed their exit with a slower shutter speed. The movement and blur of the flowers falling creates a wonderful feeling of drama and emotion. — Sean
Fun And Simple Save The Date
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Liz and Greg's Save the Date arrived in my maibox this week and it's super cute. The stamps are just fantastic! They're planning a September wedding at the Broadmoor. Click here to see more from their engagement. It's authentically Colorado! I'm so looking forward to their day! – Cathy
Avoid These Four Mistakes If You Want Great Wedding Pictures
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
1. Not selecting a photographer with a style that matches your own is the most common mistake. A photographer that practices intimate portraiture and acts like a fly on the wall is different in approach than the photographer who spends more time producing a picture by giving direction. It's important to know which you prefer since each approach will result in different kinds of pictures. A careful look at a photographer's portfolio will help. Tip: Ask the photographer about a story behind one of the pictures in their portfolio. The answer will often tell you if they're a good fit with your style and your vision of your wedding.2. Not creating a good photography schedule is another common mistake. If you're investing in professional wedding photography, then a firm timeline of your wedding day, including picture requests, is an absolute must. Poor scheduling directly effects the quality of your wedding pictures! If you prefer a candid approach, then your schedule may be more flexible. If you have specific must-have pictures, then your schedule will be more detailed. Or, you may enjoy a mix of candid photography and more formal pictures. Tip: Easy way to create a wedding schedule is to ask your photographer for a sample. Use that as your template.3. Worrying over small details or the little planning hiccups that always happen at a wedding can directly effect how you look in your wedding pictures. If you're not using a professional wedding planner, assign a close friend or relative to help with the little things on your wedding day. Your photographer wants you to have a truly memorable experience and will do everything they can to keep things relaxed. You must do everything you can to avoid fussing over the little things. Tip: An intimate wedding with 50 guests is different than one with 250 guests. The larger the wedding, the more specific your wedding day plan should be and the more you should rely on others to help with the details on the big day.4. Not creating a wedding album is another common mistake. Collaborating with your photographer to create your wedding pictures is just the first step in a finished presentation of your wedding day. The final step is creating an album destined to be a family keepsake for generations. Too often, wedding pictures languish online without proper presentation. Like you, your wedding photographer has a specific vision; one that you chose them for. The most appropriate presentation of your wedding photographs is a wedding album. Tip: As soon as you receive your wedding photographs, if you haven't already purchased one, ask your photographer about creating an album. They should be able to offer you something that presents your wedding day in a unique and personal way. All photographs by Cayton Photography. — Sean
A Thank You Note From Jacqueline’s mother Jane
Friday, February 08, 2013
Please don't take this delay in responding as anything less than enthusiasm for the wonderful wedding portfolio! We were on the road traveling to Florida when I got word they were in my email. We were just so exhausted at night, I didn't turn my computer on for days (a concept my kids don't "get"!) What a thrill to go through them!
We continue to get rave reviews as people see the pictures. They all feel like they were there. The shots taken at night were incredible and people always mention those. I love the one of him carrying her away! That barn was such a neat backdrop for her lace dress. Seeing all the ones of them skiing made me feel like I was there!
You have such a gift Sean and we all feel so fortunate to get the benefit of your talent. Not only do we have wonderful documentation of such a special event, but we have something REALLY SPECIAL to show the multitude of people who could not be there. I love that they all "feel" the joy of the day. Only you could have done that! Thank you does not begin to express our gratitude!
Manitou Springs Incline in Black & White
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
The Manitou Incline is a steep trail of 2,744 railroad ties (or 2610 steps) that sits on the trail bed of the former Mount Manitou Scenic Incline Railway. In 1990, the cable-car railway closed after a rockslide damaged the tracks and ever since the incline has become a destination for runners, joggers and hikers. The iconic one-mile route features 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Despite the Incline's status as a true test of endurance it was never really legal to climb the incline. The nearby Manitou Springs Cog Railway, the city of Manitou Springs and the federal government all own sections of the Incline and the runners going up and down the trail may not have realized they were trespassing on private property. That all changed last month when President Barack Obama signed into law a bill to help clarify the legal status of the popular Manitou Incline. The bill, introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, specifies that the right-of-way will be owned and managed by the U.S. Forest Service, which is taking over the disputed portion of the property from the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway Company. An effort is now underway to raise money to rehabilitate the badly-eroded trail. For more information or to donate to the rehabilitation efforts visit Incline Friends. — Sean
How To Have A Truly Relaxed DIY Beach Wedding
Monday, January 28, 2013
Teri and Jeff had a DIY destination beach wedding in Mexico that was truly relaxing. Here's how they did it. They picked a secluded beach, Aventuras Akumal, Mexico, and they planned and executed this intimate affair for 20 of their closest friends and relatives in the late spring. Every year Teri and Jeff vacation to this area on the Yucatan peninsula about an hour south of Cancun. Their wedding turned out to be a great way to share their love for this special place with the people they are closest to. See their fabulous how-to tips below to learn how they pulled off this incredibly memorable DIY beach wedding in Mexico.From Teri and Jeff: "There was so much involved, but more than anything, plan well in advance, and decide on a resort, or a more adventurous house rental wedding location. Go visit first to scout the location, meet the local bakery, find your favorite restaurants, find where you want the wedding, reception, etc. Ask around to see if there are any local wedding planners that can help, the bakery or flower shops usually have some contacts, and if not, if you are staying in a condo or house, ask the property manager or owner. Many of these areas are small towns, and everyone knows everyone. It's a lot easier at an all inclusive resort, as the take care of everything for you, but it's usually more expensive, and not nearly as intimate or in my opinion special as doing it the house rental way. In a resort, you are really separated from your friends and family, and there are so many activities that you often don't get to see people in your party as much. The resort option is much better for groups with children however, as there are plenty of activities for them, and babysitting options as well.
The following is based on doing the more intimate way, of renting several houses on one beach, so everyone is together in one central location:
Lodging: Depending on where you are going, lodging is probably the most complicated part, unless you are staying in 1 hotel/condo property. We rented several houses. using resources like http://www.locogringo.com/ for the Riviera Maya we found a nice beach with several houses and condos. After we decided on that area, it was a matter of checking availability on several different properties. We found a list of almost 15 places, and as people RSVP'd to the wedding, we tried to place them with people they knew really well, family, etc. This is the most complicated, mainly because it's the closest to having to do a seating chart. You have Uncle Dave who is no longer married to Aunt Jane, so they need to be in different houses, maybe a few houses down, and other fun issues. Our typical person paid about $40 per night for the house, some who stayed for a shorter time paid more, and some people in the condos paid closer to $65 per night per person. The houses were typically $1,600 to $1,800 per week, and could easily sleet 8 to 10 people. Condos were typically $125 a night, and could sleep 4 people. Cars: We rented cars in Cancun, make sure you rent from a large company, like Avis, Dollar or Budget. Avoid Thrifty, and don't use the no-name local places, you are asking for trouble. We also had a few people who rode the bus down, if you have adventurous guests, this is a very low cost mode of transportation, and is very safe if you know a little Spanish. Taxis are also an option, but can get a little expensive. Welcome Packet: We did a welcome packet for everyone that came, including a special hat that we designed, and a list of a lot of activities, restaurants, snorkeling, diving, tours, etc nearby, so that they could all plan any other things they wanted to do. We didn't plan any activities at all, outside of the wedding, and 2 welcome dinners, so people were really on their own. We found that with a quiet beach, and our friends and family all staying within 6 houses of each other, we spent a lot of time together, just having fun, and no matter what the activity was, someone wanted to do it with you. People went diving together, snorkeling, jungle tours, etc. Food: Plan on how many meals you want to serve your guests. We did 2 in addition to the actual reception. There are a lot of options for this. We talked to the property manger where we were staying, and there was a couple that maintains the property that were also great cooks. They catered 2 meals for us, for pennies on the dollar compared to having a restaurant cater it. We got to eat right at the house, and because we pre-ordered so much beer, the company that sells Sol (a light beer similar to Corona) provided us with large coolers, and tables and chairs. You couldalso easily get a restaurant to cater a dinner as well. This is one good reason to get down and scout the area before you plan the event, to make sure you get some menus and info from various places nearby, so you know a little more about each restaurant as you are emailing and calling later on in the planning stage. We were also able to save a lot of money by stopping off in a large town on the way to our house and buy lots of grocieries. This cut down on the amount of money we were spending on food dramatically, because we didn't go out for meals very often. Many nights, we grilled, and people brought food down to our house, and we just had a large potluck on our patio. This really gave us a chance to spend a lot more time with our friends in a not so formal setting, and just hanging out. It was also completely unplanned, so people could go out to dinner, or hang out, it was completely up to them. Flowers: We talked with tons of the locals, and found a tiny little florist in a nearby town market. Looking at the market, we absolutely assumed the flowers would be some carnations tied together with twine, as it was a cinder-block booth in the middle of a totally run down market, but we were completely floored with how beautiful they were! It was white roses and Calla Lillys, in beautiful arrangements, and they were ridiculously cheap. I want to say we paid about a quarter to a third the price we would have paid at the resort for the same flowers.Cake: We found the bakery in town, the only bakery in town, and booked them. It turns out they are ex-pats, and did an amazing job, and the price was great! The cake was gorgeous, had fresh local flowers, and tasted amazing. We got to know the owners well enough just in the correspondence back and forth, and meeting when we got there, that the next trip we hung out, and I even played Golf with the owner at a very expensive resort for the local rate, which was only $50 instead of the resort charged $250 per person. Ceremony: We did our ceremony right on the beach, and had one of our best friends officiate. If you are getting married in Mexico, make sure you get your license here to make it official. There is no wedding license in Mexico that will translate to the US, so it's up to you as to when you get the actual license/marriage her in the states. We chose to do it a few weeks before the actual wedding in Mexico, at the local courthouse with a few friends and family that could not make it to Mexico for the the actual wedding. You can also get a local priest to officiate, if you want a really authentic flair, you can find many options on the internet, or by talking to the locals. We even looked at having a Mayan priest do a ceremonial service that looked pretty cool, but I have to say, having one of your best friends marry you is truly meaningful! We had a guitarist at the wedding, who we found from the property manager of the house we stayed at. Many of the people you talk to for the houses/condos are ex-pats, and many times, are here in the states, so it's not an international call, and there is no language barrier. They often times live split between both Mexico and the US, and have invaluable contacts with the locals. Wedding Photography: Make sure you take an amazing photographer, because frankly, it will probably be one of the only times in your life that you get that many close friends and family together in one place, much less one place that beautiful! Having a destination wedding like this really takes a ton of the stress out of the entire experience. We got to basically invite everyone we knew, and everyone in the family, and whoever came, great! If they didn't come, that was just fine too. It was such a special experience, and even almost 7 years later, our friends still talk about the "Best. Wedding. Ever." I can't remember another wedding I have ever been to that I got to hang out with my dear friends and family for as long as we did, with days full of fun, love, music, parties, and laughter. To this day, I can still look at our pictures, and re-live the moments, as if they were yesterday. Whether it's watching the slideshow, or just browsing the pictures, I'm instantly transported to one of the happiest weeks of my life, and it brightens even the worst days back in the real world."
In Memory of Katherine Rose Banzhaf
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Family and friends gathered at Fellowship of the Rockies Church last Thursday to honor the life of Kate Banzhaf, 26, who passed January 13, 2013. Kate Banzhaf was a wonderful sister, loving friend and a caring and dedicated 3rd grade teacher at Soaring Eagles Elementary School. In 2004, my wife Cathy made this portrait of Kate, below, with her twin sister Kim during their brother Pete's wedding day. At the invitation of Kate's family I photographed Kate's funeral service. At the sanctuary entrance were cards from her students. The outpouring of love was overwhelming. One card read in part: "I will never forget her. And she is my favorite teacher. And she left me a note in my backpack on Friday. It was special to me and I will keep it forever." There were also loving, smiling moments during Kate's service and funny and inspiring stories from Kate's close friends and siblings. There was even a special dance in Kate's memory, the goofy one she did for her students when they got an answer right in class, led by Kate's sister Kim with students from Soaring Eagles Elementary. I am honored and humbled to be able to document the service and to celebrate Kate's life. Memorial donations may be sent to the Katherine Banzhaf Memorial Fund @ ENT, Federal Credit Union, 123 South Weber St. Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903. — Sean
Planning Tips For The Modern Bride On A Budget
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
We're working with a wedding client now who has a modern sensibility but a limited budget. I immediately thought of Liz and Andy's morning wedding at the Denver Botanic Gardens. A lunch reception at the Boettcher Mansion followed the ceremony. Below are some wedding planning tips, inspired by Liz and Andy's wedding, for the bride and groom who desires a wedding good enough for the wedding magazines but inexpensive enough to afford the honeymoon. Marry In The Offseason Or On A Weekday Ok, Liz and Andy didn't marry on a weekday. Nevertheless, it's still true that weekends in the high season are more expensive. Consider something out of the box then. Holidays are the best times to marry, since relatives are often willing to travel and decorations at the local church or hotel can substitute nicely for your wedding:) In the summer, there's no better time to marry than on a weekday. Think of it this way, if you marry on a Monday then your five-year anniversary will be on a Saturday!
Limit Your Guest List To Family Only More than anything your wedding is a wedding of two families. No need for a wedding party or friends here. I learned A LOT from Liz and Andy in this respect. Their wedding day was for family only and this was a special guest list indeed. A family-only wedding is not just about saving money, but also about creating something unforgettable; a one-of-a-kind experience for you and for those who are closest to you. Pro Tip: Have your friends over for a BBQ later to celebrate your nuptials.
Schedule A Morning Ceremony And Lunch Reception You, like everyone else, look your best and feel the freshest in the morning. Plus, your Uncle won't drink all of the scotch, everyone gets home safely and the two of you can actually enjoy an evening together:) You also make every wedding professional you hired over-the-moon happy because they get home at a decent hour.
Think Hors d'oeuvres And Skip The Lunch Liz and Andy picked a very fine caterer, Bisquits and Berries. They delivered a small buffet of light, but delicious hors d'oeuvres. Gateaux Pastries provided Petit Fours instead of cake which made things even sweeter.
Hire Your Photographer By The Hour Liz and Andy came to me late and asked me to work by the hour. Because I photographed their wedding on an hourly basis the fee was reduced.
Wedding Locations And Public Spaces Are The Same Liz and Andy purchased a membership at the Denver Botanic Gardens and received a reduced rental fee. Because they were also marrying in the morning and late in the season the fee was even less. The Boettcher Mansion, where their wedding reception was held, is a public space managed by Jefferson County.
If you plan your wedding with these tips in mind, you CAN have the wedding of your dreams, good enough for the wedding magazines but inexpensive enough to afford your honeymoon! Click here to see Liz and Andy's wedding in Brides Colorado Magazine.
I hope you find this helpful! — Sean
The Three Best Colorado Mountain Wedding Destinations
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The three best mountain wedding destinations in Colorado are Keystone Ranch, Ten Mile Station and Beaver Creek. Three things separate these locations from all the others. They are close to Denver (2 hours or less) with easy access to I-70. Guests can stay in the mountains or stay in Denver and drive to the wedding. Each wedding location offers five-star service and amenities plus professional coordinators that makes planning a wedding a breeze from start to finish. Finally, both the mountain views and the food is incredible. Having a dramatic backdrop is the #1 reason to get married in the mountains, of course. But a great mountain wedding experience falls short without fine dining. All of these locations have either in-house chefs or referred caterers that are over-the-top. I've included a brief description with pictures, below, of each wedding location and what makes it special. Click on the name of any location for more information. Thanks, and I hope you find this helpful! — SeanKeystone Ranch - Keystone, Colorado Keystone Ranch is an original 1930’s Ranch homestead that now serves as a four-star restaurant and pro shop for the Keystone Ranch Golf Course, a legendary 18-hole mountain course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The ranch offers spectacular mountain views and is easily accessible. A luxurious green lawn is a favorite site for outdoor ceremonies in the summer. Inside, winter ceremonies are held in the great room with the Ranch's original fireplace providing a warm, intimate experience. Rustic chic is the description that fits this location best. What isn't mentioned in brochures or online is the dining. Keystone Ranch is hands down one of the finest restaurants in Colorado. The Ranch is rated by Zagat Survey, has a AAA four diamond rating and is a winner of Wine Spectators Best of Award of Excellence and the DiRoNa award. Accommodates up to 180 guests in the summer, 120 guests in the winter. For an expanded guest list, tents are available.Ten Mile Station — Breckendridge , Colorado Getting married at Ten Mile Station feels as if you're getting married on top of the world. Located on Peak 9 at the top of the QuickSilver SuperChair at Breckenridge Ski Resort it sits at 10,234 feet and is easily one of the highest locations in Colorado for a wedding. Surrounded by spectacular views, the restaurant is complete with a mining theme and a spacious heated deck with views of the Upper Blue Valley and the Continental Divide. The deck, BTW, is perfect for outdoor ceremonies. But ceremonies are often held at several of the local churches in Breckenridge, a short ten minute drive away. Breckenridge itself is the epitome of a Colorado mountain town. It has a wonderful Victorian feel and offers a charming Main Street with some of the best dining, shopping and nightlife you can find anywhere in Colorado. Ten Mile Station accomodates up to 200 guests and is available from late May to September. NOTE: Plan a wedding at Ten Mile Station with your oldest guests in mind. The altitude is a challenge for those visiting from the low country. The Chapel at Beaver Creek and Spruce Saddle Lodge - Beaver Creek, Colorado There are two locations at Beaver Creek which offer wonderful settings for wedding ceremonies. The first is the Chapel at Beaver Creek. The Chapel is owned and operated by the Beaver Creek Religious Foundation, which is comprised of clergy and lay representatives from each of its member congregations. Wedding reservations at the Chapel can be made via member congregations of several faith traditions. The chapel was built in 1987 in a grove of Balsam trees located at the base of the ski mountain. The chapel seats approximately 200 in the main sanctuary and an additional 50 in the balcony. The second ceremony location is Spruce Saddle Lodge at the top of the Centennial Express Chair Lift. The Spruce Saddle Lodge offers breathtaking scenery with incredible views of the Gore Mountain Range. The lodge sits at 10,200 feet and wedding guests have the option of taking the chair lift directly to Spruce Saddle, or transportation via chartered shuttle. The lodge is available May-September with capacity of 150 to 500 guests. What makes Beaver Creek a special mountain wedding destination is the intimacy of the resort. The Alpine Village has an unhurried feel and offers a number of great reception experiences including the Beaver Creek Chophouse. If you're a foodie, the Chop House is a destination in itself and is just a short walk from the chapel through an Aspen forest:)
How To Photograph Your Children : Bribe Them!
Friday, January 04, 2013
It's Harper's 5th Birthday today and I decided to remember the day by taking pictures of the kids. Photographing children can be challenging. Getting them to stay still, for instance, is impossible. But there is one trick I've learned when I take pictures of my kids that you may find helpful. Bribery goes a long way! For these pictures I promised them big lollipops after they sat for a portrait in front a wonderful window leading to my office. We had a great time. Happy Birthday Harper! — Sean
Engagement Pictures : What To Wear
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
"What do I wear for my engagement pictures?" I've included examples of different looks from several recent engagement sittings. The right dress is hugely important. Along with your location it sets the tone of the pictures and evokes a mood. What I really love? And this is just me… I love the classics. Think Ralph Lauren, think Ann Taylor. As Mom constantly reminded me when shopping; ALWAYS wear clothes with staying power. And clothes with staying power are never outdated. That said don't hesitate to go with any dress that fits your style best. Just make sure it's classic:) — SeanMore ideas on how to figure out what wear for your engagement pictures:
• Figure out your story. If, for instance, you met on the ski slopes or at the dog park, consider incorporating the ski hill or the dog park during your sitting.
• Consider more than one outfit and more than one location. Breaking your shoot into more than one session provides contrast and more options!
• Use the movies. I take inspiration from the movies. One of my favorites is the "Royal Tenenbaums." Style is everywhere in the movies!
• Be yourself. Don't fake it. If you're more comfortable in cowboy boots and jeans than a cocktail dress? Go with what makes you YOU!
• Makeup and hair are important. But don't overdo it.
• Bring at least one pair of good walking shoes!
Best Holiday Cards of 2012
Monday, December 31, 2012
I really look forward to "card season" when cards from our clients land in our mailbox. These are beautiful, imaginative creations using our pictures and all of them tell a story. This year we received a lot of really wonderful cards. The card, at top, is from the McGuire family. I photographed Ashley, Brian and their baby daughter Stella with mountain views along Gold Camp road. Ashley and Brian's wedding was at St. Marys Catholic Church and the Cheyenne Mountain Country Club in 2010.The card above is from the Kroh family. I photographed Esther, Jason and their baby son Braedon at their family home around Halloween. In 2010, Esther and Jason were married at the Garden of the Gods Club.Here are two cards, above. The one at left is from the Adams family. I photographed Emily, Billy and their daughter Stella at their home in September. Emily and Billy's wedding was at Hillside Gardens in 2007. The one at right is a card from the Habgood family. I photographed the Habgood's at Monument Valley Park this fall.The card above is from Jenny and James. We did a one-year anniversary shoot in the mountain town of Victor. Jenny and James were married at the Garden of the Gods Club in 2011. I love the story of their first year included on the back. The card above is from the Mercer family. I photographed Gretchen, Mark and their daughter Gigi and extended family at the Broadmoor over Thanksgiving weekend. Gretchen and Mark were married at Pauline Chapel in 2010.The final card is from the Sustar family. Their daughters were flowergirls in Lindsay and Jeremy's wedding at Shove Chapel in Septmeber 2012. Thanks to everyone for staying in touch and sharing your wonderful memories with us! Happy New Year! — Sean
Colorado Springs Wedding Pictures : Best of 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
Here is a collection of some our best wedding pictures from 2012. It was a wonderful, magical year and we could have never made any of these romantic, funny, joyful, spiritual pictures without the invitation of our couples. They trusted us and allowed us to photograph the most intimate, personal and important day of their lives. I was reminded as I edited this fantastic selection of pictures, just how much good wedding photography is about people. In the end, where, what and when hardly matters as much as who. Each time we photograph a wedding, we're so grateful to our couples for showing us that. A heartfelt thanks to all of our 2012 couples for truly living their story and allowing us the privilege of telling it. — Sean
Marriage Proposal Pictures : You Got The Plan? We Got The Pictures
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
This is the time of year when that special someone will get down on one knee and propose marriage. Unfortunately, it's also the time of year when those doing the proposing forget about the pictures. This year we've decided to help. We want to photograph your wedding proposal. And get this, we'll do it for free for the first four who call or email us. That's right, this one is on us! Couple of things: Your proposal location needs to be in Colorado Springs or the surrounding area (we've got kids) and it needs to happen between now and the end of the year. We're available every day except Christmas. To recap, one of us will arrive at the location of your choosing in advance, be discreet and quietly root for you. Afterwards, we will offer our congratulations and photograph you both sitting on cloud nine:) All images edited and delivered on DVD in high resolution. The best ones will be featured on our Journal. Email or call us today with your plans and be prepared to email us a picture since we want to make sure we get the right couple:) — Sean
Holiday Gift Idea : Sunrise On #18 East
Monday, December 10, 2012
Here's a gift idea for the golfer in your life. Limited edition print of sunrise on #18 green at the Broadmoor's famed East Course. Printed as a gorgeous panoramic 16x32 on canvas and photographed in the summer of 2012, the signature green on #18 East is rolled by a compaction machine in preparation for a tournament. Framing and rush delivery is available. Call or email for details. — Sean
Manitou Springs Family Pictures : The Pettey Family
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
I recently photographed the Pettey family in Manitou Springs. Sean and I have known Don and Kate since before we had children. We even shared the same midwife. My daughter Abby, 7, is best friends with their oldest, Maeve. They share the same second-grade teacher, Mr. Smith, at Manitou Springs Elementary. For this shoot we spent a morning walking around Manitou and before our walk I took some time to make these intimate and personal portraits of both Maeve, 7, and Lilah, 5 1/2. Many thanks to the Pettey's for a great morning. Third grade here we come! — Cathy
Manitou Springs Family Pictures : The Cox Family
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Eight years ago I photographed Surya and Drew's wedding at Hillside Gardens. We have been fast friends ever since. Surya has even helped me photograph a few weddings. Surya and Drew have two beautiful children, Tanner, 6, and Kaya, 4. When Surya called and asked me to do a familyportrait for a holiday card, I didn't hesitate. She also wanted to capture snippets of everyday life at the Cox household and so I came over for a pancake breakfast! Everyone chipped in to make Danish Ebelskivers, yummy stuffed pancakes. During breakfast I hung out with the kids and they showed me their favorite toys. I really love these quiet, intimate images at their home. Afterwardswe headed to Fields Park in Manitou Springs for a couple of laps around the skate park on their bikes and then for short walk up the Midland Trail towards Manitou Springs. We found the best tree, with enough seats for the whole family. Thank you Surya, Drew, Tanner and Kaya for a super fun morning! –Cathy
Amanda & Tyler’s Wonderful Thank You Note
Monday, November 12, 2012
I just receive this wonderful note in the mail from Amanda and Tyler. They were married Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Air Force Academy. Their note reads: "Thank you for capturing our wedding day (with) the most genuine, authentic and beautiful photos we have ever seen. You and Sean are beyond talented and passionate about your work, and it is so clearly evident in the end product. You have given us a gift we can truly treasure for the rest of our lives. We feel so fortunate our paths in life have crossed. Thank you again!" -Amanda and Tyler
Ashton Gardens Wedding : Maria & Scott
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Maria and Scott were married Sunday, October 14, 2012 at Aston Gardens near Lewsiville Lake north of Dallas. Maria is from Venezuala and much of her family traveled to Dallas to attend the wedding. Maria and Scott wanted very much to include their two small children Juliet, 6, and Benjamin, 4. I love this shot, above, of Benjamin, center, and Juliet walking down the aisle with their 4-year-old cousin, Francesco, leading the way. I 've known Scott personally for years. He is a gifted writer and editor and I've worked with him on a popular photography blog called Blackstar Rising. When he called and asked me if I would willing to travel to photograph his wedding, I didn't hesitate. It was a wonderful day and I so enjoyed our weekend together. Thank you both for making me a part of it! — Sena
Air Force Academy Wedding : Jacquelyn & Jesus
Friday, October 19, 2012
Jacquelyn and Jesus were married Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the Air Force Academy Chapel. Cocktails at sunset and a dinner reception in the main dining room at the Garden of the Gods Club followed the ceremony. Jacquelyn and Jesus recently relocated to Colorado Springs and theirswas a destination wedding for both families. Highlights of Jacquelyn and Jesus' wedding day, beside the absolutely stunning couple, include the many personal details, many Jacquelyn and Jesus made themselves. The surfboard/guestbook, for instance, was made by Jesus, whose passion is surfing. They also both love travel. Jacquelyn made a cute vintage suitcase for well-wishers to put their cards in. Stephany of SK Events helped to plan their wedding. Ambience Florals provided the stunning floral decor. Wedding videography was provided by Weddings of the Rockies and Born to Boogie played an incredible set of music during the reception.Thank you both so much for inviting me to photograph your day! — Sean
Photographing President Obama at Colorado College
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
President Obama attended a grass-roots rally on the campus of Colorado College last week. I photographed the event with a more historical viewpoint in mind. After all, when does a sitting president ever visit my alma mater? Not very often. But a picture of the president speaking at arally is kind of routine. And another picture of him doing that? Kind of boring. Instead, I focused my attention on the crowd of supporters and I photographed them unconventionally. By removing the lens from the camera body in combination with tilting and shifting the lens very slightly, a pleasing blur creates something different and a little more interesting than another picture of the president speaking at a rally. — Sean
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
We are six weeks into summer vacation and already it's been a whirlwind. In June, Sean and I traveled to the Chesapeake Bay, just across from Annapolis. Sean photographed Maggie and Scott's engagement and we spent a week exploring the beach, fishing for striped bass and taking in sunset on the water. We also visited the National Mall with the kids, a first for us. From there, Sean returned home for work and the kids and I headed to northern New Hampshire fortwo weeks with my family. I grew up on a small farm in the North Country with my brother and two sisters. My parents own a cider business, they keep an Apple orchard and watch after a donkey, a small herd of goats and some chickens. It's the PERFECT place for small children. I brought one camera and one lens on our trip and we made some really fun summertime adventure photographs. If you want good photographs of your children, then take it from me,it's important to engage them and participate in their activities right along with them. You have more fun too! Here are a few pictures from the last six weeks including some from our trips to Maryland and New Hampshire. Oh, and one more thing... whenever you travel keep it light. Getting through airport security with three small children by yourself is reason enough for just one camera and one lens:) — Cathy
Colorado Springs Family Pictures : Garden of the Gods Club
Thursday, July 05, 2012
When Jeanne called and asked me to photograph her family, the Waldo Canyon Fire hadn't started. But when our scheduled shoot arrived, the Waldo Canyon Fire made the sky hazy and gray. That did not deter Jeanne and her family. When I arrived at the Garden of the Gods Club, I was excited to see the luminous quality of the light. The haze, it seems, made the mountains fadeinto the background a bit and it softened the harsh, low-angled light at sunset. I love the pictures we made, not only because of the light, but also for the warmth of my subjects. Joe, 6, is the youngest and a real ham. But Zach, 13, and Tyler, 11, have their own distinct personalities. Thank you Jeanne and Tom for asking me to photograph your family and sticking to our appointed hour in spite of the fire:) — Sean
Waldo Canyon Fire : Update
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Mother Nature is putting on quite a show thus far and if it was a championship basketball game? Then Colorado Springs has courtside seats. The Waldo Canyon Fire has consumed several thousand acres and hot, dry weather is helping to fuel the blaze.The Waldo Canyon Fire certainly will continue for the next few weeks. But our town is quite safe from the fire. We haveincredible firefighters who have managed brilliantly, despite the tough conditions, to thank for that. Yesterday, I photographed the fire as it blew up and cascaded down a hillside on the northwest edge of town. Some homes were burned and officials are still tallying the damage. Butwith tourism a pillar of our local economy, the best thing to do is to wait for the fires to subside and then come visit, take in the sights, stay a while and enjoy our beautiful town and way of life. We will still be here, I promise. And you will still be to be able to marvel at the beauty that Colorado Springs and its surrounding areas has to offer. — Sean
Broadmoor Wedding : Ceremony Sites
Saturday, June 02, 2012
We are often asked about wedding ceremony sites at The Broadmoor. There are several and each one has its own feel. To take advantage of the incredible mountain setting, many ceremonies at the Broadmoor are held outside. Here's a brief overview of Broadmoor wedding ceremony sites including pictures. I've also provided a reception room pairing for each of these ceremony locations at the Broadmoor. We hope you find this helpful when planning your Broadmoor wedding. — SeanLakeside Terrace
The Lakeside Terrace is one of the Broadmooor's most spectacular settings. Capable of accomodating larger weddings with up to 250 guests, Lakeside Terrace ceremonies are typically held in the afternoon. The Lakeside Terrace offers views of the mountains and prominently features Cheyenne Mountain and Broadmoor West. In a way, the Lakeside Terrace is the "center court" of ceremony sites at the Broadmoor. Suggested Reception Room: Lakeside Terrace Dining RoomMountain View Terrace
The Mountain View Terrace is a covered terrace with views of Cheyenne Canon. The Mountain View Terrace sits in a secluded location outside the Broadmoor West and is perfect for private weddings with up to 200 guests. The Mountain View Terrace is also a great location for an outdoor reception. Morning wedding ceremonies are ideal at this location. The Mountain View Terrace features a beautiful fireplace, a dramatic fountain and immaculatley sculptured grounds. Suggested Reception Room: West BallroomCheyenne Lodge Terrace
The Cheyenne Lodge Terrace offers uninterrupted views of Colorado Springs and the mountains. The terrace sits outside the Cheyenne Lodge, a rustic Colorado Lodge. Because it is separate from the main resort, the Cheyenne Lodge is the most private of all Broadmoor ceremony and reception sites. The Cheyenne Lodge Terrace accommodates up to 250 guests and features a firepit and outdoor barbecue. Suggested Reception Room: Cheyenne LodgeSouth Terrace
The South Terrace sits in a quiet spot outside the classically decorated South Tower lobby and offers the most dramatic views of Cheyenne Mountain. The South Terrace is ideal for more intimate weddings. Ceremonies accommodate up to 130 guests. A late morning ceremony followed by cocktails on the South Tower patio and a lunch reception in the 5-star, 5-diamond Penrose Room is a favorite. Suggested Reception Room: Penrose RoomWest Tower Lawn
The West Tower Lawn the greenest and the largest of all Broadmoor ceremony sites featuring a manicured lawn surrounded by Pine, Maple and Cherry trees. Adjacent to the tuscan-style west Tower lobby, the West Lawn accommodates up to 500 guests. The West Lawn is accessed from Broadmoor West. Suggested Reception Room Pairing: Main Ballroom
Broadmoor Wedding Picture : A Mother’s Love
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Virginia shares a moment with her youngest son before her April wedding to Richard at the Broadmoor Hotel. I made this picture as I was doing a bridal portrait of Virginia in the Gaylord Suite before the ceremony. It was an emotional high point for Virginia to have her son there and when I asked them to stand together, she kissed him on the forehead. Often we forget that a wedding isn't just between two people, but between two families. I was grateful to be allowed to photograph this intimate moment between mother and son. To me, this image is also the story of a boy becoming a man and Virginia's kiss is in a way a blessing. One of the most meaningful images I've made so far this year. — Sean
Rogelio’s Citizenship Ceremony
Friday, May 25, 2012
Rogelio's path to citizenship was 32 years in the making. It was 32 years ago when he married the love of his life, his wife Amelia. It was 32 years ago that he gained permanent legal residency in the United States. It was 32 years ago that he started paying his taxes. Last week, just a few weeks after his 32nd wedding anniversary, Rogelio became a citizen of the United States. If you ever have a chance to attend a citizenship ceremony, don't pass it up. I was invited by Amelia, our housekeeper of many years, to photograph the ceremony. 63 people from 22 countries received their citizenship during the ceremony, making me think the American Dream is alive and well. As we waited for the ceremony to start, I had to ask Rogelio what the secret is to 32 years of marriage.He gave me these three rules to live by: 1. Love each other with all of your heart 2.Don't fight 3.When you're poor, you must work together as a team. That's some great advice, I think, for anyone who's married. Thanks Rogelio for allowing me to photograph the ceremony and congratulations! — Sean
Color or Black & White : What’s the Difference?
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Do remember the time when photographers carried two cameras, one holding black and white film the other color film? Now, virtually everyone uses a single camera to create both color and black and white images. Here's a portrait of series of my youngest son Jacob, 2, showing both black and white and color versions of each picture. Jacob and I decided to go for a walk the other day and hepicked out a great hat and coat combination that, honestly, doesn't quit in the cuteness department. I grabbed a camera and spent several minutes in the backyard with him before our walk. This adorable series demonstrates nicely the differences and it all comes down to personalpreference. I have a hard time deciding which series I like more. The black and white is classic and timeless, and I love how his hat shows well. Still, there's something about the color of the hat and his yellow rain coat that makes me smile. — Sean
Happy Birthday To Abby, Now Seven!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Happy birthday to Abby! She turns seven-years-old today. Abby is an accomplished dancer, pianist and poet:) She loves horses and playing with her two brothers. Here she is during our recent trip to the family farm in Kansas. — Sean