Earlier this year I had the chance to work on some portfolio material with local model Tayla Vylyt

Trying two different things on this shoot – first working with a new film lab – The FIND Lab.

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Second was to work with a new (well to me anyways) piece of gear – the Mamiya RZ67 Pro II medium format film camera, or “The Beast” as I’ve come to all it.

It’s what’s called a 67 format camera so the image size is a slightly different ration.

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It’s always tragic when you hear of some senseless act of violence in the news.   But when it happens in your back yard it just makes it that much harder to wrap you mind around it.   I think part of the problem we face is trying to understand things that make no sense at all.  We struggle to cope.   Try and make sense of it in any way.   We look for some piece of understanding to help us deal with the pain we are feeling.

It’s hard for us to do this alone, so we come together.

Within hours after the city woke up to hear about the Century theater shootings the roadside memorial in the vacant field across the street began to grow.   Within days it took over the corner of the lot.   The road was lined with national news teams as the city left items at the memorial.

Over the days and weeks that followed I made many trips to the memorial.   It was my way to cope, to try and deal with the scope of it all.  I was never there alone.   Sometimes a handful, sometimes scores, but always other people also trying to come to terms with it.

As a photographer I had always chosen my personal projects, but this time I felt it chose me.   Each time I came out there I brought a different camera with me, SLR’s, rangefinders to medium format.  I shot this project all on film, some black and white, some color, and at least 4-5 different labs processed this film.

Last year I went back to add a few more images to this ongoing collection, and I’ll be back again this year, to remember the day in my own way.

 

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I don’t have many places to share the entire collection so I’ve added it to my Personal Works Collection.

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Beautiful, that’s really the best single word I can come up with to describe Rachel and Connor’s Dunafon Castle Wedding.   It was also quite the wedding for accents, friends and family from Australia, Germany, and in addition to Dain Linder my usual associate photographer I had the pleasure of having fine art film photographer Lisa O’Dwyer join us who had recently relocated to northern Colorado from Ireland.  I’ll have a post up soon with an interview with Lisa and a peek at some of the wonderful images she captured that day.

For myself I also shot a fair amount of medium format film that you’ll see in the posts below – digital or film – it was hard to go wrong on this amazing wedding.

Friends and Family   –   I have a special gallery site setup just for this wedding.   Connor and Rachel’s Wedding Collection while the images aren’t up yet be sure to go bookmark the site – what’s special about this site is I’ve got a lab in Australia partnering with it – at the end of the post I’ll show you how to switch deliver and costs form US shipping and dollars to Australian shipping and currency.

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The bouquet from Stems of Evergreen with white roses and blue thistle was just simply stunning and perfect for this wedding.

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The brides dress, veil and bridesmaids dresses where hand made in a small family dress shop outside of Perth.

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Of course when a father sees his little girl in her wedding dress on this special day it’s always a wonderful moment.

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Randy Arent of Denver Bagpiper was on hand to make the setting complete.

 

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And of course the first look as Connor sees his bride approaching from the Castle.

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While portraits take up such a small amount of time from the day – Dain and I have gotten pretty darn good over the years of making the best of that time.  After family shots we knocked these out in under 20-25 minutes.  Lots of film here.

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First dance with the castle lights

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And epic from the roof to the dance floor bouquet toss.

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and dancing the night away.

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Some of the amazing vendors who came together to make this wedding such a smashing success

Dressmaker: The Ivory Gown

Venue: Dunafon Castle
Castle Coordinator: The Amazing Annie S.  - make no mistake a big part of what I love about Dunafon is the people there.
Bagpiper: Randy Arent of Denver Bagpiper
Cake: The Makery
Flowers: Stems
Videographer: Compass Digital Media of Australia
Entertainment: Great Time DJ’s
Caterer: Relish Catering

 

Friends and Family – OK so here’s how to switch things over for those of you in Australia for Rachel and Connor’s Wedding Collection.

When you enter a specific gallery you’ll notice the featured products to the left – drop down the box where it says USD and change shipping to Australia and prices in AUD and it will switch over to ordering from the lab in Australia – for those in the states just leave it as USD.   If any of the guests from the EU want to order prints let me know and I’ll get something setup.

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So when I got my hands on my “new to me” Mamiya RZ67  and wanted to get some practice using it I reached out and a former model and friend asked if we could do a shoot with her and her son.   Now I’m not by trade a family photographer, but I’ll make exceptions for friends, and of course former wedding clients, well and of course for people who can afford me, and of course for people who ask me when I’m in a good mood, but really other than that I’m not a family photographer.:-)

 

So we met and with a bag full of film camera loaded and ready to go her headed out.

The cameras for the day (and not a single autofocus setup in the bunch)

A Canon AE-1 from the late 70′s (and pretty much the type of camera I learned to shoot on)

My favorite portrait camera, the Pentax 645N (which normally will autofocus, but the 67 105mm lens I have adapted to work on it is manual focus only)

and the new to me beast, the Mamiya RZ67 Pro II (whose lens is bigger than most of my other gear)

Film was a combination of some Fuji 400H I had leftover and genuine Kodak Portra 400 film

Film was processed and scanned at The FIND Lab

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Well I’ve been a little remiss in keeping the blog up to date this season – lets see if we can’t get things back on track.

Recently we kicked off the summer wedding season with Dan and Megan’s wonderful wedding over at the History Center Colorado.   Our second wedding at this wonderful spot and I still love some of the views to work with in this area.

In this day and age when so many weddings are just a splash of whatever the current trend on the big wedding blogs is, it is a huge breath of freshness to see a wedding that is truly unique to the bride and groom.   While I’ve seen book themes before – how many of those had bouquets made from books – or math problems for table place cards, and that doesn’t even touch on the family traditions – like that family made wedding dress.

Friends and Family – you can see the entire collection here:
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