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Denver, CO | Family + Senior Combination Session | Three Sisters

Below are a bunch a pictures from my recent Family Portrait / Senior Portrait combination session. I really like the variety of images we were able to get in just a short time. McWilliams Park in Denver provided a bunch of different settings and backgrounds, and I kept switching between Camera/Lens/Film(digital) combinations to keep the look changing.

As you look over the pictures below, the soft, pastel looking color images were shot on color film, the warmer more contrasty color images were shot on digital, and the black and white images were shot on black and white film. Film processing and scanning was done by the amazing Richard Photo Lab in Hollywood.

I am really happy with how all of these images turned out, but as usual, my favorites are the images shot on black and white film. The combination of Fuji Neopan 400 and the Nikon 85mm f1.8 lens constantly blows me away.

You can click on any of the images to see them larger. Enjoy…

Tech Info:

B&W Film
Nikon F100
Nikon 85mm f1.8
Legacy Pro 400 (AKA Fuji Neopan 400)
Richard Photo Lab

Color Film
Nikon N90s
Nikon 50mm f1.4
Fuji Pro 400H
Richard Photo Lab

Nikon D70s
Nikon 35mm f2
Adobe Camera Raw

Denver, CO | Family Portraits | Sneak Peek – Sisters

Today, I have a sneak peek from a recent portrait shoot. These three young ladies are sisters, the two in the vertical shots are twins. The images are from a sort-of combination family/senior (in college) portrait session. The twins just graduated from college, and their younger sister is a student at CSU. Their mom wanted to take some time to document how they look at this transitional moment in their lives, finishing up school, but before careers and families. I think this is a great idea, and it was especially fun for me because I have know these girls since they were little.

We dedcided to try for an outside shoot – always my preference, but sometimes tricky in January. We lucked out and got a relatively warm day with just slight overcast and enough snow on the ground to give some of the pictures a sense of seasonality. Pretty much ideal conditions for an outdoor shoot in Colorado during the winter.

I really liked how these digital captures turned out, so I wanted to get them up on the blog while eagerly awaiting my film scans from the extraordinary Richard Photo Lab. I will put up a more comprehensive post once I have all the film scans and digital files prepped and ready.

You can click on any of the images to see them larger. Enjoy…

Tech Info:
Natural Light
Nikon D70s
Nikon 35mm f2
Adobe Camera Raw
B&W conversion using Adobe Photoshop/Channel Mixer

Northglenn, CO | WHS Senior Portrait Session | Collage

Here is a collage that Breanna asked me to create using her favorite images from our Senior Portrait session this summer. This image is pretty different from the work I usually put up on the blog – I tend to lean more towards black and white images on simple backgrounds. But this was a fun project, and it shows the variety of opportunities that are opened up with technology.

Having been out of high school for more than a few years, I didn’t know that collages were “a thing”.  Now that I have had my eyes opened to the possibilities, I am definitely interested in where they may lead. Collages seem to be a great way to showcase a wider variety of imagery and include some of the “edgier” pictures that might never see the light of day in the traditional world of 8X10’s hanging on the wall.

Anything that lets people see portraiture in a new context, and exposes them to interesting imagery, is okay in my book. What are your thoughts?

You can click on the image to see it lager. Enjoy…

Tech Info:
Collage created in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Images are a mixture of film (Fuji Pro 400H) and digital (Nikon D70s) captures

Colorado Wedding & Portrait Photography | New Business Cards

Up until recently, I have been using business cards designed in Photoshop, printed on photographic paper and cut down to 2″ X 3″. While I liked the way these cards reproduced pictures, they were not great for text, were thin, only allowed printing on one side and were slightly smaller than standard business cards.

Using lessons learned from creating my first business cards, I went ahead and designed a more traditional card and had it printed on heavy-weight recycled paper. The new design utilizes both sides of the card. The front shows my standard logotype as well as contact information and the short message “fine art documentary photography of kids, seniors, weddings & families”.

The back of the card contains three vertical images, one of a young girl (to represent child and family photography) another of a high school senior, and the last showing a bride. All three images are in black and white and were shot in my signature style – on location, available light, natural expressions, etc. Coincidentally, all three images were shot with the same camera and film combination – Nikon F100, Legacy Pro 400 (Fuji Neopan 400) film.

So take a look at these samples and let me know what you think…

Tech Info:
Business card examples
Cards printed on 100lb recycled stock

Images all photographed using
Nikon F100
Legacy Pro 400 film (Fuji Neopan 400)

Northglenn, CO | Senior Portrait | Breanna – Westminster H.S.

Breanna was a great subject to shoot. She is at that cool point in her life where she is comfortable in the present, but thinking about college and her future. Her whole life is ahead of her and she is excited about it. That is what makes senior portrait sessions so much fun.

I blogged the digital pictures from this senior portrait shoot last week. Below are the film scans by Richard Photo Lab.

I think the film scans are really beautiful. In color, digital files tend to look sharp and contrasty with punchy colors, while the film scans look softer and more pastel, almost ethereal. In Black and White, film just looks right. The blacks are punchy and highlights retain detail. Love it!

You can click on any of the pictures to see them larger. Enjoy…

View the entire session and order prints here.

Tech Info:


  • Nikon N90s
  • Nikon 50mm f1.4
  • Fuji Pro 400H
  • Scans by Richard Photo Lab

Black & White

  • Nikon F100
  • Nikon 85mm f1.8
  • Legacy Pro 400 (AKA Neopan 400)
  • Scans by Richard Photo Lab

Northglenn, CO | Senior Portrait | Breanna – Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek of a Senior Portrait session that I shot this week at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park in Northglenn, CO. Beautiful (and smart) young lady, cool locations and great light – what a fun afternoon.

These are just my digital “polaroids” from the shoot, but they looked so good I wanted to get them online. I am super excited to get the “real” pictures (shot on film) back from Richard Photo Lab.

Click on any of the images to see them larger. Enjoy…

Note: I will often use the digital “polaroids” to show my subject how everything looks before switching over to my film camera.

Tech Info:
Nikon D70s
Nikon 35mm f2 & Nikon 85mm f1.8 (against the tree)
Shot raw files and processed in Adobe Camera Raw (for CS5)
No Photoshop retouching or actions