“First post of 2013”


What a great way to start off my first post of 2013  by highlighting Mountain Living Magazines’s first issue of the New Year that showcases an image I shot for the magazine while on assignment for them. The home was shot specifically for Mountain Living last winter in Aspen and was yet another jewel of a home by Charles Cunniffe Architect. As usual with ML I worked alongside Art Director Loneta Showell who is the stylist extraordinaire. Rebecca Richardson Marketing Director for Charles Cunniffe was also on hand to help with access and to lend a hand where needed. It’s always a treat to work with both of these ladies. The entire home can be viewed on the inside of the magazine.

Happy New Year!

“Fall Is In The Air”

Living and being based in the Rockies my local shoots  evolve around the weather and the seasons. The project here is a perfect example of what I mean. This home has been on the books for  about a year now and the client as well as the homeowners wanted perfect conditions for the shoot. This project  was shot for my long time local client Dan Murphy Architects.

Dan had been up at the house a few days before I shot these images. He called me in  a bit of a panic after he noticed that the leaves were turning and would soon all be on the ground. Luckily I had just gotten back into town from several shoots on the front range and was able to bust a move up to the home and get the exteriors photographed before the leaves were on the ground and the snow started to fly. The beautiful thing about local jobs it that it gives me the opportunity to return to a project more than once if need be without having to board an airplane. For instance, in regards to this project I really wanted to photograph the front of the house with frontal light on it which would require a morning shot. A quick drive in my car the following morning allowed me to get the shot that I wanted. Sometimes difficult to do when on the road where your time is dictated by the local conditions and schedules of the next days shoot.

Dan has always been a fan of the dusk exteriors that I produce for him of his projects and this one was no difference. Sometimes half the battle with shooting  exterior dusk shots is finding all the light switches in the house to turn on all the lights. The contractor of the project Dan Stelkic of SFMH,LLC met me at the house to help with any needs that I would have as well as turning on the lights.  Always being concerned about the lights and all of them being on for the dusk shots Dan assured me that it would not be a problem and that the house had one switch that would turn every light on at once as well as turn all the light off. A wonderful thing to say the least. Timing is everything when working on exterior photography and this project is a perfect example. Not only did we catch a touch of the Fall colors we also had some really great clouds in the sky which I think helps give a nice density to the sky. Usually at this time of the evening the clouds are blown out for the day. Now that the exteriors are completed we can put the interiors on the back burner and pick them up after the following week when I return from several other shoots out-of-town. I will post a few of those in the near future…..

“March 2012 Featured Project”

I just spent the last three weeks in shorts and tennis shoes shooting for BCII Productions and HGTV in Los Angeles and Hollywood. I traded that attire in last week for pants, ugg boots, down jacket and wool hat for a shoot in Aspen, Colorado.

I was hired by my good client  Rebecca Richardson of Charles Cunniffe Architects out of Aspen. Rebecca Richardson Marketing Director for Charles worked closely with me on the shoot as well as my wife Carolyn helping style and set up for each shot. Without either of their help the two-day shoot would have turned into a five-day shoot.

When we arrived for the first day of shooting my plan was to shoot the exteriors that evening at dusk to eliminate them and their need for dealing with the elements. Well that sounded like good plan, but since it was snowing and blowing sideways we deferred to start shooting the interiors first.

Using the overcast skies mother nature had given we were able to shoot several low lit exteriors that really showcased to sexy lighting of the house.

Shoot day two offered a blue bird day with sunny skies throughout the evening…this light was taken into consideration and interior spaces were chosen that would best utilize the natural light..

Day two was wrapped and finished with dusk exteriors as seen above. The storm that hit the day before provided some beautiful snow coverage for the exteriors….hard to get sometimes when a shoot is booked several weeks out and not knowing what the weather may do.

The shot below was the final image from the shoot and one that was not on the shot list. As I was walking back into the house from shooting the exteriors I grabbed this composition  thinking it was a nice addition to the portfolio of images we had shot over the course of the two days……I’m always thinking above and beyond the shot list for my clients…

Now if I could only put my shorts and tennis shoes  on and be projected back to that nice Cali weather. Looks like I will only have to wait about a week  or two before that happens when I return for more work in that region at the end of March…

“View Finder”

I shot this home last winter for my good client Daniel J. Murphy Architect and Nick Holgate of Holgate Construction. The project was located in my own neck of the woods Crested Butte, Colorado. It’s always a treat and very special when I get to work locally and not have to board an airplane. If you already don’t know,  the mountain behind the house is Crested Butte Mountain and the ski area. My kids can be seen every weekend riding like the wind on their snowboards down those actual runs. It’s a great place to call home base and raise a family.

After I shot the home I secured a magazine spread from my client Home Buyers Publication who ran a full feature as seen here in December 2011 Timber Home Living (this image actually ran on the cover of the magazine as well). Now if we only had snow like we did last year as seen in this picture…….

“Great Escape”

This home was shot on my run through the South and East Coast last fall. I was shooting for several different clients on this particular trip and spent fifteen days on the road shooting ten unique projects. This one was shot for my longtime and great client  Hearthstone Log Homes who are based in Dandridge Tennessee. This is one of three projects that I photographed for them on this particular trip. The home was shot for their marketing and portfolio materials. This project is also a perfect example of what we offer to our clients in terms of our relationship and dialogue with a dozen or so Shelter publications. After I shot the house and all the images were processed and delivered to Hearthstone I then submitted the home to Log Home Living and received interest from the Editor right off the bat. As you can see here  LHL ran a full feature on the home and in-return gave Hearthstone additional exposure and PR. I will be shooting for Hearthstone once again this coming fall in North Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas. I look forward to sharing more images of their projects after this trip is completed!

“Sites from New York City”

I just returned from my trip to New York City and showing my book around. The trip was a huge success and all of the clients were super gracious to take a few minutes away from their busy schedules to fit me in to see and hear about my work and what I can offer their firms. Thought I would share a few of the sites while traveling throughout the city and to some of the meetings. The image above though was a down day and spent on “The Sound”. Hey it can’t all be work and no play right?

“Wheels up”. Leaving Denver!

Grand Central Station. Fun trying to find which train to get on!

Empire State Building. Hell of a view from the top!

On the way back to La Guardia.

Wheels down and back home! Always feels good to be home……

“May 2011 Featured Project”

This project is the first in a series we will be featuring at the beginning of each month. We shot this project for our client William Hefner out of Los Angeles. The project is located in Sierra Madre and sits on a beautiful piece of property overlooking Pasadena and “Old Town”. We spent a day at  the house shooting with William assisting with the styling. The house really lent itself to  natural light on the interiors. This determined my approach with  lighting so fill was a major player in the majority of interior shots. The house lit up beautifully in the evening as you can see so dusk exteriors were the plan at the end of the day. With the days becoming a little longer as summer approaches this helped me produce a few more exterior dusk shots then what I could have normally produced in the winter. Once the shoot was wrapped we enjoyed some wonderful Sushi in “Old Town” Pasadena at “Sushi Roku”. I highly recomend this restaurant. Great atmosphere with a super staff and all  guests will feel welcomed as the staff greets them with “IRASHAIMASE”!