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When I was a news photographer, I remember getting a business or personality photo assignment the day before the shoot, and thinking all night about how I could make the photograph.  Would I use studio flash or natural light?  What were my location options?

Then, I’d arrive at the shoot, and all the thoughts I had were useless as the real world situation showed the actual possibilities and I would use what was in front of me to decide where and how to shoot the portrait.

I was just on a portrait shoot in Denver, and the same thing happened.  I knew we were going to be at Union Station, and it would offer some opportunities, but I would have to think in the moment and find suitable locations as we moved through the city.  That’s easy for me, because I look for the light.

“We don’t photograph a face.  We photograph the light on a face.”

So, we walked and I watched and the locations proved spectacular for this shoot.  The subject was amazing.  Great light plus a strong subject equals beautiful photographs.  (That’s a mathematical/photographic equation.)



I couldn’t ask for more.  We worked about 90 minutes, and it’s truly a situation of the more you look, the more you see.  (Since the light is changing rapidly at sunset.)

Seniors in Boulder and Denver, they’ve got a lot of great locations for amazing portraits. They just need a photographer who sees the light to create the portrait.

Because cameras don’t make photographs, photographers and light do!

Near to Denver or Boulder?  Call me to schedule a session: 720.982.9237


Made with a Rolleiflex T twin-lens reflex camera on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado, it’s a moment captured on film that has a feeling all its own.  And very few of the digital photos being taken today will last 50 years, like this will.  Because this negative is physical–I can hold it in my hand.

She was working across the outdoor mall at a store, and saw my Rolleiflex, and came over, explaining that she’s a Rolleiflex shooter as well.

I am a proponent of legacy portraits on film, and this right here, is why.  Printed in a real darkroom on photographic paper, 12×12 framed, this is a stunning portrait for any room of the house.

If you want more interesting photos, shoot more interesting subjects.  (And shoot on film.)

There’s a special beauty to having a special beauty in your life to have to photograph.  This is mine.

Having willing family members and friends makes all the difference, much more than camera equipment.

The first two were made with a Praktica FX and 50mm lens, the second two with a Leica M6 with a 35mm lens.





…then a comedic one is worth a million as well.  Because there are things in our world that are genuinely funny.  And capturing them is its own special joy.



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I realize I shoot film a lot, but I have multiple bodies with film loaded, and I tend to shoot conservatively, just a frame or two on a person or a subject.

I want to change that.  I just added motor drives to two of my Nikons, an F3, and an FM2, the cameras I used as a photojournalist throughout the 80’s and 90s.

I want to shoot more content.  And not hold back.  I think I do that–hold back.   I want to fire up the cameras and move film through them more quickly.

The motor drive will let me do that.  It’s license to burn!



See my other blog, if you want to see photo stories from the town where I live, Boulder Colorado.