June 2015

Wish You Were Here: Denver Days

Hi all. Another week has passed in our summer vacation. Swim team is in full swing and we have heard “I’m bored!!” countless times. The kids don’t understand that being bored is really great. I try to tell them.

Two photographs showing the same boy on his way to the first and last day of school.

First day of school vs. last day of school. This guy has always got to accessorize.

Photograph of a boy drying off at the side of a Denver area pool on a cold summer morning after swim team.

Our first week of swim was cancelled due to rain. Every day- rain! Then once it warmed up, it threatened to rain every morning. It makes for great photographs and really cold swimmers.

Day in the Life: Leaving the Mid Mod Nest

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I have often day dreamed about visiting friends who live in far away places. Jet setting to visit a new local and enjoy the company of my good friends. My “Those I Love” personal project was born from these dreams.
I have been lucky enough to reconnect with several friends lately, one of which I didn’t photograph! We met after the sun went down, that is my excuse… and really, I get shy about asking for a photo. I am keenly aware that people aren’t super happy to be in front of the camera… especially when the idea is sprung on them. So I leave my camera in its bag, and kick myself later that I didn’t get even one photo of my friend (who lives in Mexico City).
But a few months ago I reached out to our good friends in the Bay Area who had mentioned wanting photographs in their Eichler home. A day in the life. Their son is about to leave the nest so we made it happen.
While there I felt like I was photographing my own family. Being a bit intrusive, but no one seemed to mind. It helps that I’ve been photographing them since we met 8 years ago. Being able to focus on their family and their dynamic the entire weekend was such a blessing and so much fun. I really feel like I created an important body of work… if only for them.  Here is a link to their whole session, if you care to see.

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One of the main features of an Eichler home are the mahogany paneled walls throughout, along with floor to ceiling windows allowing for amazing light.

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Expression and gesture.

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Eichler homes more often than not boast an atrium that can be seen from every common space in the house. So many windows. The cats love the atrium.

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The orange exterior door leads to the atrium. If you haven’t walked through an Eichler, you need to. They are pretty amazing. Just stay away from any with stucco… a stucco exterior is not original would probably not hold the original details inside.

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I joined in on family dinner. William suggested I get it from above. He’s a pretty great photographer and I can’t wait to see what he does in the next few years.