Spent a few hours with the super-awesomely talented duo Birdsong Photography and Anne Almasy. Anne introduced us to freelensing, hopefully a new technique for the arsenal (as long as I manage to not drop any lenses). Brett revealed some of his tricks for working with couples including how to make them laugh, non-stop, for 3 hours. It was a good day.
Round two with these guys was just as much fun as round one. Bailey has grown into a miniature version of her parents – beautiful, hilarious and super-fun to hang with for an afternoon. Sometimes I wish I could just bottle these years up and preserve them forever. I hope to keep on coming back year after year.
I can’t resist posting just a few more photos of my favorite in-house model. Every one of these makes me laugh for different reasons.
Christmas came a little early this year for me… actually, according to my wife, this Christmas and the next 4, and maybe my next few birthdays. After months and months of hemming and hawing over the cost/benefits of a camera upgrade, I jumped on a Black Friday deal and bought myself the new Canon 5D Mark III, along with a new kit lens, the 24-105mm f/4.0.
I took this shot on Monhegan Island in Maine, during a trip we took there over the summer. It was an unplanned HDR shot, so I didn’t have a tripod. I’ve been trying to use HDR to just pull detail into my shots where it sometimes gets blown out or lost in shadow. What I’m trying to avoid is making the photo TOO surreal. Not sure if I’ve achieved that here or not…
I have been crazy bogged down with processing photos and realized I haven’t posted even a preview of what is to soon to come. Here is one of the cooler, simpler shots from the wedding of Jennie & Casey in the beginning of October. In short, great fun was had by all and the day was full of friends, family and love. More details and photos to come…
“Such a privilege to have Travis shoot the first precious moments with our baby! The relaxed approach was perfect. Timeless work by an exceptional talent. We’ll be scheduling our next photo shoot very soon.”
“I have really admired Travis’ work from previous photography shows. I contacted him to shoot some pics to promote my yoga practice. Having much faith in him as a person as well as his outstanding work, I was not the least bit underwhelmed. He is a true professional with a gift for the artistic eye. Every shot he took was artistically thought through and showcased the subject and his talents.”
I was the volunteer photographer for a cancer fundraiser called Butterfly Kisses, held at the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, CO. I was only able to stay for an hour or so, but still snapped a few photos worth posting. The photography package I donated to the auction was won by a family in Commerce City, so keep an eye out for their photos later this year.
This year, at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo, I spotted these beautifully personalized rope cans, used to transport a cowboy’s rope*. I thought this might make for a really great, more extended photo project in the future. I love taking pictures of old, tough things.
*I initially used the word “lasso” here, but then learned from Wikipedia that this term will quickly identify you as a layman in the rodeo world.
“Working with Travis was a natural and inviting experience for us – our twin babies were just 3 weeks old and we wanted to capture their newborn glory. His observant eye, coupled with a gentleness to us all, reflects clearly in the photos he shot. There’s a special connection that surfaces in his photos between the subject and the camera, and we were awed by the expression that came forth in his work. We look forward to working with him again!”
“Travis took our engagement photos. Before scheduling our shoot, he took the time to get to know us as a couple. He soon realized, we too were creative people. He encouraged us to think of a creative location that capture our personality. He was on time, very comfortable to work with, and did a phenomenal job. We couldn’t be more happier with our colorful creative photos! 3 Thumbs Up!”
We took our first hike with the baby this weekend, which we celebrated by drinking some delicious beers at Southern Sun. Along for the adventure: our friends Kim and Keith and their daughter, Abigail, who is just a couple weeks older than Miles.
I don’t know what’s cooler than Miles in camo pants and no shirt. He’s like a mini Chuck Norris.
We took a trip down to the Denver Zoo earlier this Fall, both because I had never been and because we were trying to keep ourselves occupied while waiting for our overdue baby to arrive. It’s a fun photographic challenge to go to places that are mobbed with camera-weilding tourists. The gorilla beats his chest and you see dozens of cameras come out taking almost the exact same picture, so trying to frame a unique shot or find a new angle that nobody else is thinking of can be tough. I came back with a few I liked and will definitely be back with more the next time we visit.
This is a supplement to the last post, A Younger Perspective. Of the hundreds of pictures taken, there was one, taken by my oldest cousin, Alex, that completely floored me. I would not have thought to take this picture in the first place, which is what makes me appreciate it so much. For those of you wondering what it is exactly, it is a piece of birch bark, uncurling off of the trunk, captured with the lens wide open, in some fantastic, bokeh-fied light. Next step: print it on a huge canvas and hang it on my wall.
On my trip up to the lake, I lent my camera to a few of my younger cousins, Alex, Nico and Ella. As it turns out, they all have an amazing talent for photography. I’m not sure if it was their unprejudiced eye for the world around them or just raw creativity, but either way, they took some incredibly unique shots. Thanks to them for inspiring me to see things from a different perspective.
This shot was one of my favorites from my visit to San Francisco. This couple and their little girl were sitting in an underpass in Golden Gate Park, dressed for some kind of event and singing beautifully in a foreign language. They didn’t seem to be homeless and weren’t asking for any money. I think they were just taking advantage of the acoustics.
“Hack away at the unessential.”
Grabbed a few margaritas and had some story time with my friend Frank and his adorable boy, Jules.
Our friends Bill and Rebecca just recently welcomed this adorable little guy into the world. There will undoubtedly be more of these to come.
Bike ride to the farmer’s market. Picnic lunch and music at the park. Barbecue, beer and hand-churned ice cream with friends. Amazing.
Visited some family for the weekend in Basalt, Colorado and hung out with this adorable little pup.
It has been snowing like crazy here, so when our friend Steph came into town, we figured a good ‘ole snowshoe was in order. Despite a a few wrong turns, it worked out to be an incredible day. Maybe we should get Pat to draw us a map next time.
We recently made our way down to the National Western Stock Show in Denver. I didn’t manage to take a whole lot of pictures before my battery died on me. Luckily there were some delicious corn dogs and entertaining people-watching to keep me otherwise occupied.
I think I forget how magical Christmas can seem to a little kid. It was so much fun to relive it through the eyes of my little nephews this year.
So I’ve been checking out a bunch of the Tilt-Shift photos on Flickr and am fascinated by the effect. Seems you can either spend a couple of thousand dollars on an actual tilt-shift lens, buy a Lens Baby for $250 and try to figure out how to use it, or attempt to reproduce the effect in Photoshop. I have been attempting the least expensive option.
This small, 150-acre fire burned up in the Boulder foothills over the weekend and forced 1800 people out of their homes. Thankfully, the wildfire crews were able to contain it before it did any structural damage. I just happened to be driving through town and took a few shots of the surrounding, less dramatic activity. I half wished I was up on the hill getting a view of the action. The other half of me was happy to be where I was.
Had my first go at a southern Thanksgiving this year down in Little Rock (& Memphis). Managed to get a few shots off in between my turkey sandwich-induced naps. Working on isolating color schemes I like during my post-processing work. Still hoping to find a reliable black and white conversion technique.
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
~Henry David Thoreau
Anybody who knows Upper Saranac Lake, knows where Tommy’s Rock is. This one’s of my cousin Nico. Sure, it’s not exactly a cliff dive, but it it feels damn good on a hot summer day. This was my first attempt at combining multiple action shots into one frame. I’m sure there’s some sort of technical name for this technique – I just don’t know what it’s called. The middle frame is my favorite.
My sister and her husband recently relocated to London and it didn’t take much to convince us to come visit. On a whim we took the train over to Paris for a couple of days and I could not have been more inspired. Such an incredible city. I had to dig deep to pull out some of my high school French. This picture was from a fountain just outside the Louvre courtyard. The light was cooperating wonderfully that day. It was one of my first really big trips with my new camera and I feel like I put it to some good use. Thankfully, my fellow travelers were patient with me.
Spent the holidays in a tiny old apartment right off of central park. Some of the first real experimentation time with the new camera – realizing I have a long ways to go.