A Portrait a Day - 2015  

All pictures taken so far:

December 31, 2015 - Portrait # 365 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF  24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 28mm - Tina Toms

December 30, 2015 - Portrait # 364 

ISO: 3200 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/80 Lens: Canon EF  24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 67mm - Mahin

December 29, 2015 - Portrait # 363 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon EF  24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 70mm - Leanne

December 28, 2015 - Portrait # 362 

ISO: 250 Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/50 Lens: Canon EF  35mm fixed f/2 - Ronald McNutt

December 27, 2015 - Portrait # 361 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/13 Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF  70-200mm f/4 L  @ 118mm - Ariella

December 26, 2015 - Portrait # 360 

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/18 Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF  70-200mm f/4 L  @ 135mm - Mike Morrison

December 25, 2015 - Portrait # 359 

ISO: 1600 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon EF  24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 92mm - Autumn

December 24, 2015 - Portrait # 358 

ISO: 320 Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF  100mm f/2.8 fixed - Aspen

December 23, 2015 - Portrait # 357 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF  100mm f/2.8 fixed - Laura

December 22, 2015 - Portrait # 356 

ISO: 250 Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/40 Lens: Canon EF  50mm f/1.4 fixed - Amanda Jean

December 21, 2015 - Portrait # 355 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF  100mm f/2.8 macro  - Debra Phillipp

December 20, 2015 - Portrait # 354 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF  85mm f/1.8 fixed  - Amy G.

December 19, 2015 - Portrait # 353 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed lens - Marilyn Spears

December 18, 2015 - Portrait # 352 

ISO: 2000 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/80 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L  IS @ 98mm - Sean

December 17, 2015 - Portrait # 351 

ISO: 250 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L  IS @ 105mm - Mariah

December 16, 2015 - Portrait # 350 

ISO: 250 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L  IS @ 50mm - Cheri

December 15, 2015 - Portrait # 349 

ISO: 1000 Aperture: f/5 Shutter Speed: 1/80 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L  IS @ 84mm - Robbie Love

December 14, 2015 - Portrait # 348 

ISO: 125 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L  @ 149mm - Daniel

December 13, 2015 - Portrait # 347 

ISO: 125 Aperture: f/5 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L  IS @ 105mm - Leah

December 12, 2015 - Portrait # 346 

ISO: 500 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L  IS @ 131mm - Erin

December 11, 2015 - Portrait # 345

ISO: 500 Aperture: f/7.1 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 75mm - Lawrence

December 10, 2015 - Portrait # 344

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/14 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L  @ 131mm - Roxi Green

December 9, 2015 - Portrait # 343

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L  @ 100mm - Jane Tuttle

December 8, 2015 - Portrait # 342

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 67mm - Michael Clancey

December 7, 2015 - Portrait # 341

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 73mm - Kate

December 6, 2015 - Portrait # 340

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/22 Shutter Speed: 1/80 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 32mm - Ruselis Perry

December 5, 2015 - Portrait # 339

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 50mm fixed f/1.4 - Charlie 

December 4, 2015 - Portrait # 338

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200 mm f/4 L  @ 91mm - Sarena

December 3, 2015 - Portrait # 337

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/7.1 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200 mm f/4 L  @ 126mm - Kim

December 2, 2015 - Portrait # 336

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L  @ 140mm

December 1, 2015 - Portrait # 335

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 105mm

November 30, 2015 - Portrait # 334

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/4.5 Shutter Speed: 1/80 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 58mm

November 29, 2015 - Portrait # 333

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L  @ 81mm - Erica Laue

November 28, 2015 - Portrait # 332

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L  IS @ 58mm - Landon

November 27, 2015 - Portrait # 331

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/14 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L  IS @ 75mm - Mylan Wray

November 26, 2015 - Portrait # 330 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/20 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L  IS @ 95mm - Randy

November 25, 2015 - Portrait # 329

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon 24-105 mm f/4 L IS @ 67mm

November 24, 2015 - Portrait # 328

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/16 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L  @ 131mm - Patricia McNutt

Today I met a Brazilian lady who accepted my invitation for the portrait a day within a few hours of meeting me for the first time.

Like me, she has been in America for 13 years.  She loves adventures, hiking, camping, ziplining.

She used to be in a pool league.

Patricia is bubbly and beautiful. She is married and she has a beautiful baby who is 6 months old.

She has many passions, one of them being languages. She can communicate in the basics in 12 different languages and she is fluent in 4. She plays guitar, base, trumpet and drums. She loves to sing and to worship the Lord.

Another beautiful soul touched my life and I am so happy to have met her.  Now I have another person to be thankful for in this coming Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2015 - Portrait # 327

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/18 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L  @ 122mm - Trevor Houghton

November 22, 2015 - Portrait # 326

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 105mm - Patty Valko

November 21, 2015 - Portrait # 325

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 35mm - Jordan

November 20, 2015 - Portrait # 324

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 105mm - Alicia Berrutti

November 19, 2015 - Portrait # 323

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/5 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 58mm - Lynnette

November 18, 2015 - Portrait # 322

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/5 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 102mm - Rebecca

November 17, 2015 - Portrait # 321

ISO: 250 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 55mm - Ashley Coburn

November 16, 2015 - Portrait # 320

ISO: 800 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/80 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 47mm - Jarod Langness

November 15, 2015 - Portrait # 319

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 70mm - Timothy Martin as Thor

November 14, 2015 - Portrait # 318

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 92mm - Debbie Shelton

November 13, 2015 - Portrait # 317

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/80 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 82mm - Jessica Sanchez

November 12, 2015 - Portrait # 316

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/4 Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS with manual focus - Carolyne

November 11, 2015 - Portrait # 315

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 70mm - Christopher Popolano

November 10, 2015 - Portrait # 314

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 91mm - Sharyn Swonson

November 9, 2015 - Portrait # 313

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 131mm - Wendy Jones

November 8, 2015 - Portrait # 312

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 78mm - Linda Gisburne

November 7, 2015 - Portrait # 311

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 73mm - Chris

November 6, 2015 - Portrait # 310

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 118mm - Shalia

November 5, 2015 - Portrait # 309

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 94mm

November 4, 2015 - Portrait # 308

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 104mm - Sherrie

November 3, 2015 - Portrait # 307

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 94mm - Beth Berggren

November 2, 2015 - Portrait # 306

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/7.1 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Scott

November 1, 2015 - Portrait # 305

ISO: 320 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 fixed macro - Jonathan Mead

October 31, 2015 - Portrait # 304

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/7.1 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Daniel

October 30, 2015 - Portrait # 303

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 104mm - Walter Palmer

October 29, 2015 - Portrait # 302

ISO: 800 Aperture: f/5 Shutter Speed: 1/200 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 70mm - Nancy

I met Nancy many years ago when I worked at Einstein Bagels. I learn to read people so I remember thinking “she is having a good day” or “she is having a bad day” when she would come in to get some coffee. She always have a smile in her face.

It turns out she accepted my invitation to be my portrait of the day in a good day. Her daughter was with her.

She told me her story. She asked me to photograph her with the braces in her legs to increase awareness about TRANSVERSE MYELITIS.

About 8 years ago, Nancy was in a trip to London taking a shower when she felt a snap in her spine and a snap in her chest and a deep pain. She thought she was having a heart attack. Somehow she made it out of the shower, got dressed and went down to the hotel lobby to ask for help.

When she was admitted into the hospital, they literally wrote “crazy old lady with anxiety” in her papers. 

Within an hour she could not move or feel her feet. Within 5 hours she could feel nothing below her chest. Her muscles would not respond.

They laughed at her and told her to stop faking it. They told her to walk and let her fall on the floor and laughed more.

She called her daughter, who at the time was a nurse (she is a medical doctor now). Her daughter flew to London and talked to other doctors in the London hospital. She finally had a diagnosis: TRANSVERSE MYELITIS. Not much is known about it. It is considered a neurological disease, but doctors are not sure if it is an auto immune disease or a viral disease.

When Nancy came back she went to the famous “John Hopkins hospital” where she had the care she needed. Still, she spent several months in a wheel chair. She suffers from PTSD and some daysare better than others.

Today she can walk with the braces, but not all days are the same.

According to the Hopkins Medicine website:

“QUOTE:

There are four classic symptoms of transverse myelitis:

    weakness in the arms/legs

    sensory symptoms such as numbness or tingling

    pain and discomfort

    bladder dysfunction and/or bowel motility problems

The distribution of those symptoms may be symmetric or asymmetric affecting either legs, arms or both.

ENDOF QUOTE”.

She wants more people to know about it and she asked me to tell her story. 

October 28, 2015 - Portrait # 301 

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 126mm - Dillon

October 27, 2015 - Portrait # 300 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/13 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 98mm - Mariah Duncan

October 26, 2015 - Portrait # 299

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/13 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @109mm - Tarene Jacobs

October 25, 2015 - Portrait # 298 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Betty Shaw

October 24, 2015 - Portrait # 297

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/320 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 122mm

October 23, 2015 - Portrait # 296 

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/20 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 154mm - Josianne

October 22, 2015 - Portrait # 295 

ISO: 5000 Aperture: f/3.2 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Phyllis

October 21, 2015 - Portrait # 294

ISO: 3200 Aperture: f/4.5 Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Andrew

October 20, 2015 - Portrait # 293 

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/40 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Dorsey Rubendal

October 19, 2015 - Portrait # 292

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/7.1 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro - Marcus Jones

October 18, 2015 - Portrait # 291 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 109mm - Luciana

I have two best friends. One in each side of the planet. One lives here, in Colorado Springs, the other in Brazil. Luciana and I have been friends for almost 25 years. She has crossed the planet three times to see me.  Last year I created her portrait with a cello. This year she accepted to be part of A Portrait a Day.

What can I say about our friendship? I call her sister. I introduce her as my sister. That tells a lot. She is family to me.

Luciana is a fair person with strong moral values. She executes justice in the best way: she is a judge.  A court judge.

When I met her she was attending law school and we had only one class together, French. That was my minor and that was her “fun” class.  We have been friends since then. We have traveled together, we have met each other’s boyfriend at times and we have moved many times.

I left Brazil 13 years ago. I went home five times in these years. She lived in another town, many hours away. She drove all times, sometimes two straight weekends to see me.  In good and bad weather.

She speaks Portuguese, English, French, Italian and Spanish. She plays cello, takes care of a dog, loves coffee and wine (not necessarily in this order). She works 12-hour days 5 times a week in what it seems to me an endless load of work.

She is honest and she believes in truth. She cares for others.

She paints; she cooks as a chef, and she has a great sense of humor.

If there were a store where I could order a friend like her I would order by the dozen. There is nobody like her. Her forever friendship is priceless.

For her to be the portrait of the day we probably took 4 or 5 different setups from the light funny kinds to the formal portrait. Eventually, I thought she looked beautiful and classy in a formal pose and I selected a classic portrait to represent her likeliness. To me, it is timeless.

October 17, 2015 - Portrait # 290

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/4.5 Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 35mm f/2 fixed

October 16, 2015 - Portrait # 289 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/14 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 fixed - Ed

October 15, 2015 - Portrait # 288 

ISO: 500 Aperture: f/4.5 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 fixed - Danell

October 14, 2015 - Portrait # 287 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/4.5 Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 fixed - Beth

October 13, 2015 - Portrait # 286 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/5 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 fixed - Carlene

October 12, 2015 - Portrait # 285 

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 fixed - Donna

Donna works at the mail center where I send postcards. She said yes to my project in the end of the day when the sun was almost gone.

She is very young and she has 5 children! In her spare time she likes to listen to music and she loves cooking.

October 11, 2015 - Portrait # 284 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/13 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Amber Sterner

I met Amber many years ago. Many times, she modeled for me in workshops. I saw her growing from a teenager into a beautiful and mature young woman. She is almost done with college, going for a double major and a minor. She does not have much free time but she loves her guitar and she likes composing. She sings too. Hearing her voice is like hearing an angel. 

I met Amber many years ago. Many times, she modeled for me in workshops. I saw her growing from a teenager into a beautiful and mature young woman.

She is almost done with college, going for a double major and a minor. She does not have much free time but she loves her guitar and she likes composing. She sings too. Hearing her voice is like hearing an angel. 

October 10, 2015 - Portrait # 283

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/16 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Mario

October 9, 2015 - Portrait # 282

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Brenda

Brenda works at the hotel where we stayed for vacation in Granby, CO. She and the entire staff were just the best people. We felt like being home there. she was warm, personal,  and welcoming and there was always a smile in her face. In the last day, just before we checked out,  she agreed in being my portrait of the day. 

Brenda works at the hotel where we stayed for vacation in Granby, CO. She and the entire staff were just the best people. We felt like being home there. she was warm, personal,  and welcoming and there was always a smile in her face. In the last day, just before we checked out,  she agreed in being my portrait of the day. 

October 8, 2015 - Portrait # 281 

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/7.1 Shutter Speed: 1/80 Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 fixed - Richard

Richard is an artist. He painted this amazing fine art image of the West among other beautiful ones I saw in his gallery in Steamboat. He was nice and polite and allowed me to take his portrait with his painting.

October 7, 2015 - Portrait # 280 

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 24mm - Mike Ivy 

Mike has the Fly Shop in an easy to access corner of Granby, CO. It was early in the day and my Mike was talking about taco, but he really was talking about tackle. I can’t hear the difference in between these two words so he stopped in front ofGRANBY BAIT ‘N’ TACKLE to show me what it was.

Once my ignorance was killed I asked Mike Ivy if he would be my portrait of the day.

His life is a lot about fishing and hunting. He lives in this beautiful town with lakes and parks all over the place and when he is not working he is fishing and hunting.

I came back the next morning and he downloaded his portrait to his computer. He seemed really appreciative of having a portrait where the shop was showing as well. I really like this picture and it was a pleasure to meet him.

October 6, 2015 - Portrait # 279 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 fixed - Hayes Miles

I saw a fox when I woke up. My sweetheart, Mike, said it was a sign of a good day. Indeed, a blessed one.

We drove all the way up to the Trail Ridge road, in the Rocky Mountain National Park.

In one of the most beautiful views of my life, I spotted Hayes. He was photographing the beautiful view as well.

I asked him if he would mind in being part of a Portrait a Day project and he said yes.

He shared he drove from Mississippi. This was a healing journey.

Hayes' wife of more than 50 years passed away in 2010; then his mother, 100 years old, passed away in 2011; and then a tornado dropped a tree in his house.

He thought he needed to get out a little. He sure misses his beloved wife.

My sweetheart asked him if he believed in love at first sight and Hayes answered: Sure, I dated my wife for 6 weeks and married her for life. He had tears in his eyes. So did I.

Mike asked Hayes if it would be ok to pray with him and again he said yes. Mike, my friend Luciana, Hayes and I gave hands and Mike made a beautiful prayer for Hayes healing spirit. It was one of the most beautiful prayers I have ever heard. Blessed and guided by God. A moment in time I will never forget.

Hayes, if you read this, I am going to be really happy. Know that I will always remember you. Your portrait is on the way to your home, while you take a break, visiting Colorado and beautiful Sedona, in Arizona.

I believe God send me to that top so I could meet you. May He be always with you and bless your path.

October 5, 2015 - Portrait # 278 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 fixed - Nathan Civilli

October 4, 2015 - Portrait # 277 

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/4.5 Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 fixed - Allen Meador

October 3, 2015 - Portrait # 276 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 fixed - Ann

October 2, 2015 - Portrait # 275 

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 fixed - Larry

October 1, 2015 - Portrait # 274 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/14 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 fixed - Brenda

September 30, 2015 - Portrait # 273

ISO: 250 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Jerry Weiss

September 29, 2015 - Portrait # 272

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 fixed - Kristin Lowe

September 28, 2015 - Portrait # 271

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 163mm - Craig

September 27, 2015 - Portrait # 270

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/8 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 122mm - Bryce

September 26, 2015 - Portrait # 269

ISO: 125 Aperture: f/5 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 fixed macro - Rakesh

September 25, 2015 - Portrait # 268

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 184mm - Elizabeth H.

September 24, 2015 - Portrait # 267

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Kristen Warren

September 23, 2015 - Portrait # 266

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L @ 126mm - Abby Mortenson

September 22, 2015 - Portrait # 265

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Julia

September 21, 2015 - Portrait # 264

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/7.1 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 43mm - Jim

September 20, 2015 - Portrait # 263

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Rachel Smith

September 19, 2015 - Portrait # 262

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Pat

September 18, 2015 - Portrait # 261 

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8  macro fixed - Wonder Woman

September 17, 2015 - Portrait # 260

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8  macro fixed - Daniel Rollin

September 16, 2015 - Portrait # 259

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8  macro fixed - Jasmine

September 15, 2015 - Portrait # 258 

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L @ 98mm - Meggan

September 14, 2015 - Portrait # 257 

ISO: 250 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/50 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4  L @ 135mm - Tricia

September 13, 2015 - Portrait # 256  

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4  L @ 145mm - Stacia Falce

For other images of this session, please check the flickr account.

For other images of this session, please check the flickr account.

September 12, 2015 - Portrait # 255 

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8  L @ 52mm- Joy Powell

I remember the first time I say Joy. I can tell you that you feel Joy in her presence. Her name could not be more right. She is a delight to be with; she is smart, polite, and her tone of voice is like music. She was wearing red. I guess it just got stuck in my head that red was her color. Many months passed by and I was finally able to plan a date that worked with both of our schedules. We scheduled about a month ahead and the day has come. At my arrival I thought she was ready because she was wearing a long gown with flowers,  so elegant. She said she had prepared the red color for me. she had listen to me, talking about how beautiful and elegant she is, especially when she wears red. Joy is an executive in the health area. She travels quite often. She is also a registered nurse and a woman with great taste. Definitely one of the classiest women I ever had the pleasure to photograph. She seemed excited about this portrait as well, although I think I was more. I had asked her to create her portrait at her office. I told her I wanted to make her look like the cover of the magazines I had seen of Margaret Thatcher in the past. I think Joy looks much better, but I am bias! My inspiration was a photo of Margaretfrom Gettyimages: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/baroness-thatcher-of-kesteven-former-prime-minister-of-news-photo/72670371 Joy is a very lively person who is all about family. She has 2 sons and 2 grandsons. 

I remember the first time I say Joy. I can tell you that you feel Joy in her presence. Her name could not be more right. She is a delight to be with; she is smart, polite, and her tone of voice is like music. She was wearing red. I guess it just got stuck in my head that red was her color. Many months passed by and I was finally able to plan a date that worked with both of our schedules. We scheduled about a month ahead and the day has come.

At my arrival I thought she was ready because she was wearing a long gown with flowers,  so elegant. She said she had prepared the red color for me. she had listen to me, talking about how beautiful and elegant she is, especially when she wears red.

Joy is an executive in the health area. She travels quite often. She is also a registered nurse and a woman with great taste. Definitely one of the classiest women I ever had the pleasure to photograph.

She seemed excited about this portrait as well, although I think I was more. I had asked her to create her portrait at her office. I told her I wanted to make her look like the cover of the magazines I had seen of Margaret Thatcher in the past. I think Joy looks much better, but I am bias!

My inspiration was a photo of Margaretfrom Gettyimages:

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/baroness-thatcher-of-kesteven-former-prime-minister-of-news-photo/72670371

Joy is a very lively person who is all about family. She has 2 sons and 2 grandsons. 

September 11, 2015 - Portrait # 254 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Pobzeb Armerding

Pobzeb was born and raised in Montana. I was intrigued by his name and I asked him if he knew the origin and he had quite a story about it. He told me that his parents sponsored a family from Laos when his mom was pregnant of him.  That family was a HMONG family.  His mom said she felt like she had a rock in her stomach while expecting him and the family from Laos said that was a message from the spirits to name him POBZEB, which means strong rock. The way we pronounce his name PAJE is also the way the Brazilian tribes call the shaman chiefs of the tribes: the strong, the one who knows more. He also said that that family told his parents that he could keep his name while he is strong. If he ever got sick that would mean the spirits didn’t believe he was strong anymore, hence he should change his name according to that belief. Pobzeb likes to write code. He is a software Engineer who loves electronics, software, quadcopters and superheroes. He has 3 kids and good friends.

Pobzeb was born and raised in Montana.

I was intrigued by his name and I asked him if he knew the origin and he had quite a story about it.

He told me that his parents sponsored a family from Laos when his mom was pregnant of him.  That family was a HMONG family.  His mom said she felt like she had a rock in her stomach while expecting him and the family from Laos said that was a message from the spirits to name him POBZEB, which means strong rock.

The way we pronounce his name PAJE is also the way the Brazilian tribes call the shaman chiefs of the tribes: the strong, the one who knows more.

He also said that that family told his parents that he could keep his name while he is strong. If he ever got sick that would mean the spirits didn’t believe he was strong anymore, hence he should change his name according to that belief.

Pobzeb likes to write code. He is a software Engineer who loves electronics, software, quadcopters and superheroes. He has 3 kids and good friends.

September 10, 2015 - Portrait # 253  

ISO:  Aperture: f/ Shutter Speed:  Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L macro fixed - Rick

September 9, 2015 - Portrait # 252 

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 50mm - Taralyn Quigley

She is my best friend in America. The kind of friend everybody should have: the one you can count with. The kind friend. The one who cares to help someone. The one who cries with you and laughs with you.  Tara is a beautiful soul who loves water – she grew up by a lake in the East and she misses water a lot. This year she went to the East to visit her father and she will soon return for fall colors with him. All year, I was saving the day when she was going to be the portrait of the day: her birthday. She loves summer so I wanted something that would tell about her love for those dog days of summer that I hate so much and she loves so much. It was a hot day and we went to the creek where she usually walks Bella, her beloved dog. We had clouds in the back and it was going to be sunset in less than half an hour of the time of her portrait. We had a 5-minute walk to the creek. My sweetheart set up the light where I took the time for a composition where I could see her with some nice clouds in the background. There were many images I liked but this is one she said, “this is my pose, this is me”, and literally stroked a pose. 

She is my best friend in America. The kind of friend everybody should have: the one you can count with. The kind friend. The one who cares to help someone. The one who cries with you and laughs with you. 

Tara is a beautiful soul who loves water – she grew up by a lake in the East and she misses water a lot. This year she went to the East to visit her father and she will soon return for fall colors with him.

All year, I was saving the day when she was going to be the portrait of the day: her birthday. She loves summer so I wanted something that would tell about her love for those dog days of summer that I hate so much and she loves so much. It was a hot day and we went to the creek where she usually walks Bella, her beloved dog. We had clouds in the back and it was going to be sunset in less than half an hour of the time of her portrait. We had a 5-minute walk to the creek. My sweetheart set up the light where I took the time for a composition where I could see her with some nice clouds in the background. There were many images I liked but this is one she said, “this is my pose, this is me”, and literally stroked a pose. 

September 8, 2015 - Portrait # 251

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 70mm - Michael Alonso

September 7, 2015 - Portrait # 250

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/80 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 35mm - Colbi Mills

September 6, 2015 - Portrait # 249

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/4.5 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 48mm

September 5, 2015 - Portrait # 248

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 38mm - Steve Spinella

I met Steve this morning when I walked up to him and asked if he would be my portrait of the day. Cold turkey, I just asked. He shared he likes to bike but he was reserved. In the end he told me there is a lot about him in the internet because he practices ministry. He and his wife are part of TEAM, a Global alliance of churches and missionaries. HE also likes to read and to network. Our encounter was brief: we were at the Balloons Festival.

I met Steve this morning when I walked up to him and asked if he would be my portrait of the day. Cold turkey, I just asked. He shared he likes to bike but he was reserved. In the end he told me there is a lot about him in the internet because he practices ministry. He and his wife are part of TEAM, a Global alliance of churches and missionaries. HE also likes to read and to network. Our encounter was brief: we were at the Balloons Festival.

September 4, 2015 - Portrait # 247

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 - Regan

September 3, 2015 - Portrait # 246

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/13 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Shera  

September 2, 2015 - Portrait # 245

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L @ 40mm - Ryan

September 1, 2015 - Portrait # 244

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/20 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 24mm - Sylke

August 31, 2015 - Portrait # 243

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Jodi Ushio

August 30, 2015 - Portrait # 242

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/80 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Susan Holt

August 29, 2015 - Portrait # 241

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 70mm - Taylor Baize

August 28, 2015 - Portrait # 240

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 67mm -  Timothy Schaelling

August 27, 2015 - Portrait # 239

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 35mm f/2 fixed - Ty DeJane

Ty is one of the most positive people I had the pleasure to meet. When I invited him to pose for A Portrait a Day he asked me "Can I do it with my head?" Then he started laughing and told me he likes to hunt. He wanted a picture with the animal head that hangs on his wall.  He likes hunting, fishing and camping. I asked him: "tell me your story" and he never shut up. He is enthusiastic, vibrant and happy.  He shared with me he served in the Army. He was in Iraq, in his third deployment, when he got hurt. In his point of view he got lucky he got hurt when he had been there for just 45 days because he didn't have to go through much more or see more people getting hurt. The recovery was not easy but he was determined to make the best of it. It was not all flowers: he went through a very dark and rough time. He got better. Ty is a single dad with full custody of his 10 year old son. He is excited about taking vacation in christmas time: they are going on a cruise. He exercises 5 times a week and he tries to walk half a mile almost every day. It takes him a tremendous amount of effort but he is stronger every day. When we were done with his portrait I took a polaroid picture of him and gave it to him. He though it was really cool to have something right away. We talked for another 15 minutes before I left.

Ty is one of the most positive people I had the pleasure to meet. When I invited him to pose for A Portrait a Day he asked me "Can I do it with my head?"

Then he started laughing and told me he likes to hunt. He wanted a picture with the animal head that hangs on his wall.  He likes hunting, fishing and camping. I asked him: "tell me your story" and he never shut up. He is enthusiastic, vibrant and happy. 

He shared with me he served in the Army. He was in Iraq, in his third deployment, when he got hurt. In his point of view he got lucky he got hurt when he had been there for just 45 days because he didn't have to go through much more or see more people getting hurt.

The recovery was not easy but he was determined to make the best of it. It was not all flowers: he went through a very dark and rough time. He got better. Ty is a single dad with full custody of his 10 year old son. He is excited about taking vacation in christmas time: they are going on a cruise.

He exercises 5 times a week and he tries to walk half a mile almost every day. It takes him a tremendous amount of effort but he is stronger every day.

When we were done with his portrait I took a polaroid picture of him and gave it to him. He though it was really cool to have something right away. We talked for another 15 minutes before I left.

August 26, 2015 - Portrait # 238 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Eric

August 25, 2015 - Portrait # 237

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Kyle Voon

August 24, 2015 - Portrait # 236

ISO: 320 Aperture: f/7.1 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Dani Obrien

August 23, 2015 - Portrait # 235

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - David Mussack

August 22, 2015 - Portrait # 234

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/13 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L  @ 35mm - Suzanne Harris

August 21, 2015 - Portrait # 233

ISO: 320 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 94mm - Kendra Coulter

August 20, 2015 - Portrait # 232

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm @ 25mm - Minnie

August 19, 2015 - Portrait # 231 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/22 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 - Jeremiah

August 18, 2015 - Portrait # 230 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 100mm - Leigh

August 17, 2015 - Portrait # 229 

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 38mm - Leyna

August 16, 2015 - Portrait # 228 

ISO: 125 Aperture: f/14 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 28mm - Jan Cipoletti

August 15, 2015 - Portrait # 227

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed Sarah Lueckeman

August 14, 2015 - Portrait # 226

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm fixed f/1.8 - Melissa Lively

August 13, 2015 - Portrait # 225 

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8  fixed - Jo Ann Parker

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August 12, 2015 - Portrait # 224 

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/5 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Morgan

August 11, 2015 - Portrait # 223 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 70mm - Mitch White

August 10, 2015 - Portrait # 222  

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Corrie Hammel

August 9, 2015 - Portrait # 221 

ISO: 250 Aperture: f/7.1 Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 118mm - Erica

August 8, 2015 - Portrait # 220 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/20 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 24mm - Lacey Nichols

August 7, 2015 - Portrait # 219 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/8  Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 70mm - Lindsey Hostetter

August 6, 2015 - Portrait # 218

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/8  Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 200mm -Lexie Lueckeman

August 5, 2015 - Portrait # 217 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/8  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 140mm - Keely Lueckeman

Keely is going to 4th grade. A mature child for this grade. She shared with me that her favorite part of Summer is the sports: she plays tennis and she does triathlon. when I asked if she loved watching she answered she loves doing them. She has done many. In school, besides running and learning she loves reading. This was the first time in a photographer's studio that she can remember. She also shared she was born in Georgia but because they are a military family she moves a lot. We were together for about an hour and a half. She danced and acted like a theater start on stage. I had a blast and captured beautiful expressions of her. She seemed to have fun as well. Tomorrow I will photograph her sister!

Keely is going to 4th grade. A mature child for this grade.

She shared with me that her favorite part of Summer is the sports: she plays tennis and she does triathlon. when I asked if she loved watching she answered she loves doing them. She has done many.

In school, besides running and learning she loves reading.

This was the first time in a photographer's studio that she can remember. She also shared she was born in Georgia but because they are a military family she moves a lot.

We were together for about an hour and a half. She danced and acted like a theater start on stage. I had a blast and captured beautiful expressions of her.

She seemed to have fun as well. Tomorrow I will photograph her sister!

August 4, 2015 - Portrait # 216 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/5  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Dayne Quello

Dayne just moved back from Hawaii.  In the entire time she lived there we played phone tags, leaving messages to each other. She has a big family and they are all very close. She is a very kind and a humble person and I love her. We became friends because she is kind: she is very empathetic, putting herself in other people's shoes. Her dream was to live in Hawaii and she did it. I feel so proud of her. We went out for sushi to celebrate her moving back to the continent. She has this beautiful island tan. She is barely back and she misses the ocean.  The trip made her realize how much she loves it here as well: her family, the mountains, the views. I asked her what she loved the most about Hawaii and she answered "the overviews of  gigantic valleys and waterfalls all over the place.  Then, the clouds moved super fast...they felt like they were coming at you and then they were gone". She also loved swimming with the wales and the dolphins. Now that she is back to the main land she is going back to college.

Dayne just moved back from Hawaii.  In the entire time she lived there we played phone tags, leaving messages to each other. She has a big family and they are all very close. She is a very kind and a humble person and I love her. We became friends because she is kind: she is very empathetic, putting herself in other people's shoes. Her dream was to live in Hawaii and she did it. I feel so proud of her.

We went out for sushi to celebrate her moving back to the continent. She has this beautiful island tan. She is barely back and she misses the ocean. 

The trip made her realize how much she loves it here as well: her family, the mountains, the views.

I asked her what she loved the most about Hawaii and she answered "the overviews of  gigantic valleys and waterfalls all over the place.  Then, the clouds moved super fast...they felt like they were coming at you and then they were gone".

She also loved swimming with the wales and the dolphins. Now that she is back to the main land she is going back to college.

August 3, 2015 - Portrait # 215 

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/4.5  Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Kara Lord

Kara is a teacher. She is married to Mat, whom I photographed on July 15. When I arrived at her house, she told me she had about 10 minutes only because she needed to feed her little girl, who is her passion in life. She told me that she loves to bake, that she was getting ready to make banana bread so we decided to take her portrait in the kitchen. It was her idea to wear the blue apron that her friend made for her, get the yellow bowl and the pink spoon. Just before we went to the kitchen she told me the story of the beautiful cross made of stone and mosaic tiles hanging on her wall: the cross appears in Mat's portrait. It was made by 13 children, her students, in an art class when she lived in Nashville, TN. She added that if there was a fire, tornado or hurricane that is the one thing she would grab to save after her family and dog.  

Kara is a teacher. She is married to Mat, whom I photographed on July 15.

When I arrived at her house, she told me she had about 10 minutes only because she needed to feed her little girl, who is her passion in life.

She told me that she loves to bake, that she was getting ready to make banana bread so we decided to take her portrait in the kitchen. It was her idea to wear the blue apron that her friend made for her, get the yellow bowl and the pink spoon.

Just before we went to the kitchen she told me the story of the beautiful cross made of stone and mosaic tiles hanging on her wall: the cross appears in Mat's portrait. It was made by 13 children, her students, in an art class when she lived in Nashville, TN. She added that if there was a fire, tornado or hurricane that is the one thing she would grab to save after her family and dog.  

August 2, 2015 - Portrait # 214 

ISO: 320 Aperture: f/10  Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 24mm - Janette Arencibia

August 1, 2015 - Portrait # 213 

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/7.1  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Brad Legg

I met Brad when I was photographing flowers. He said he came from Monument to visit the gardens. He also likes photography, being flowers his favorite subject. We talked about the photography group and cameras, of course. He shoots with Sony, I use Canon. I took a test shot first to meter ambient light , then I added flash.

I met Brad when I was photographing flowers. He said he came from Monument to visit the gardens. He also likes photography, being flowers his favorite subject. We talked about the photography group and cameras, of course. He shoots with Sony, I use Canon. I took a test shot first to meter ambient light , then I added flash.

July 31, 2015 - Portrait # 212 

ISO: 800 Aperture: f/3.5  Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro fixed - Bryan Forward

I spent about an hour or a little more with Bryan photographing indoors. That's when he told me he has lived in 7 different states. He misses the ocean but he likes living here.  He likes rocks. He showed me one that he said was from Brazil (I did not know which one it was). It looked like a sedimentary rock and the color reminded me a dark turquoise, almost blue navy. After we did some pictures indoors and when I thought I was done, I started packing up and the dark clouds took over the sky. The light filtered by the clouds was soft and even and I did a few extra images. I kept coming back to this one. Another reason I like this portrait is because he has a cat who is trying to escape through the door on the bottom left of the picture. You can see the blurry cat against the glass.

I spent about an hour or a little more with Bryan photographing indoors. That's when he told me he has lived in 7 different states. He misses the ocean but he likes living here.  He likes rocks. He showed me one that he said was from Brazil (I did not know which one it was). It looked like a sedimentary rock and the color reminded me a dark turquoise, almost blue navy. After we did some pictures indoors and when I thought I was done, I started packing up and the dark clouds took over the sky. The light filtered by the clouds was soft and even and I did a few extra images. I kept coming back to this one.

Another reason I like this portrait is because he has a cat who is trying to escape through the door on the bottom left of the picture. You can see the blurry cat against the glass.

July 30, 2015 - Portrait # 211 

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Chris Ware

Chris was really kind in helping me to complete my A Portrait a Day project. I had previously scheduled somebody else to photograph today at 7 AM. I woke up at 5:30 in the morning, really tired, but I got ready and went to meet my subject (whom I talked to YESTERDAY) at 7 am. He did not show up. I called him and he said he could not do it today. I needed to find another subject. I headed out to have breakfast when I remembered Chris, the business owner of PostalAnnex, where I mail my postcards. I stopped by and explained about A Portrait a Day project. She said she did not NEED a picture but she would help me. Lucky me. Chris is very friendly. She came from New York and she loves living here. She really likes the weather here. She does not miss the mosquitos... Another coincidence of the small world... she told me she has a good friend who is a photographer and is attending college, her friend Arnette, one of the good people in her life. I photographed Arnette for this project as well.

Chris was really kind in helping me to complete my A Portrait a Day project. I had previously scheduled somebody else to photograph today at 7 AM. I woke up at 5:30 in the morning, really tired, but I got ready and went to meet my subject (whom I talked to YESTERDAY) at 7 am. He did not show up. I called him and he said he could not do it today.

I needed to find another subject.

I headed out to have breakfast when I remembered Chris, the business owner of PostalAnnex, where I mail my postcards. I stopped by and explained about A Portrait a Day project. She said she did not NEED a picture but she would help me. Lucky me.

Chris is very friendly. She came from New York and she loves living here. She really likes the weather here. She does not miss the mosquitos...

Another coincidence of the small world... she told me she has a good friend who is a photographer and is attending college, her friend Arnette, one of the good people in her life. I photographed Arnette for this project as well.

July 29, 2015 - Portrait # 210 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/5.6  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 70mm - David Wilson

I met David at Section 16, a famous trail in Black Forest. David loves running. He works out constantly and he likes the outdoors. He told me he works from home for HP so he is lucky to have some control over his time. We were together for no more than 20 minutes. Since he runs a lot, he wanted a picture running. It took a few times to get him in the right spot. We talked about cars.  I liked his Accura - he told me he's had it for 11 years and there is 300 THOUSAND miles on it. I did not know a car could run that much!!

I met David at Section 16, a famous trail in Black Forest. David loves running. He works out constantly and he likes the outdoors.

He told me he works from home for HP so he is lucky to have some control over his time.

We were together for no more than 20 minutes. Since he runs a lot, he wanted a picture running. It took a few times to get him in the right spot.

We talked about cars.  I liked his Accura - he told me he's had it for 11 years and there is 300 THOUSAND miles on it. I did not know a car could run that much!!

July 28, 2015 - Portrait # 209 

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/7.1  Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon EF 35mm f/2 fixed  - Marcelo Wall

Marcelo started playing the piano when he was 3. His grandma got him started twice a week while he was on vacation with her. He is almost 7 years old now and he still loves music. While I was photographing him he was smiling and giggling the time. He is the youngest piano player I ever met. He moved from Alaska one year ago, he has a fish called Dori and he loves reading. He played jurassic Park for me with a big smile on his face. He learned by ear, first then he got the papers to follow. He loves his grandma and he is lucky to have her around. He said the best thing of moving from Alaska to Colorado is that his grandma is here.

Marcelo started playing the piano when he was 3. His grandma got him started twice a week while he was on vacation with her. He is almost 7 years old now and he still loves music. While I was photographing him he was smiling and giggling the time. He is the youngest piano player I ever met.

He moved from Alaska one year ago, he has a fish called Dori and he loves reading. He played jurassic Park for me with a big smile on his face. He learned by ear, first then he got the papers to follow.

He loves his grandma and he is lucky to have her around. He said the best thing of moving from Alaska to Colorado is that his grandma is here.

July 27, 2015 - Portrait # 208 

ISO: 125 Aperture: f/11  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 104mm - Curran Christensen

July 26, 2015 - Portrait # 207 

ISO: 500 Aperture: f/9  Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 70mm - Tiller Stanton

Tiller is a dancer. She is 13, beautiful, happy like sunshine, and very gracious. She is starting 8th grade very soon and she likes swimming and hanging out with her friends. We were together for 50 minutes, while she jumped and posed for me. Her mother, Erin, was so nice to bring her to me on a Sunday evening, so we could create a beautiful portrait of who she is at this young age. I had many beautiful pictures of Tiller. It was hard to pick the portrait of the day. Asa portrait photographer, I use a technical side and a creative, artistic side to compose my images and create beautiful portraits. She looks like she is flying and I love this image.

Tiller is a dancer. She is 13, beautiful, happy like sunshine, and very gracious. She is starting 8th grade very soon and she likes swimming and hanging out with her friends.

We were together for 50 minutes, while she jumped and posed for me. Her mother, Erin, was so nice to bring her to me on a Sunday evening, so we could create a beautiful portrait of who she is at this young age. I had many beautiful pictures of Tiller. It was hard to pick the portrait of the day. Asa portrait photographer, I use a technical side and a creative, artistic side to compose my images and create beautiful portraits. She looks like she is flying and I love this image.

July 25, 2015 - Portrait # 206 

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/8  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 104mm - Conrad Gonzales

Conrad is a wounded warrior with PTSD. He said he does not like smiling in pictures so I told him not to smile. 

Conrad is a wounded warrior with PTSD. He said he does not like smiling in pictures so I told him not to smile. 

July 24, 2015 - Portrait # 205 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/14  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 118mm - Brittany Williams

July 23, 2015 - Portrait # 204 

ISO: 320 Aperture: f/7.1  Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Leonor Gonzales

July 22, 2015 - Portrait # 203 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/16  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 98mm - Heather Stokes

July 21, 2015 - Portrait # 202

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/8  Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 fixed - William Cox

William is a proud American and it was an honor to get to know him and to photograph him. William was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery in Vietnam in 1969.  He also received two Purple Hearts. As a 2nd Lieutenant,  William led 106 men against a force of 600 well-trained North Vietnamese troops. During this battle, that lasted many days, 80% of his unit was either wounded or killed, including his unit commander who died re-supplying them with ammunition and retrieving their dead in a helicopter. He also served in the Special Forces and retired as a Captain.  Twenty three years later, he dug a .30 caliber bullet that was fired from a Soviet light machine gun out of his leg. He spent four hours in this task. No doctor would do it. The bullet is in his trophy case. I saw it. After he puled the bullet from his leg, he forgave the North Vietnamese soldier who shot him. After he left the service, William majored in journalism and was also a photographer. He shared with us that he did a lot of sports photography. Before I left, he gave me a reproduction of one of his paintings of the Garden of the Gods, which I will proudly hang in my home. To learn more about William visit his website: www.WilliamCox.org

William is a proud American and it was an honor to get to know him and to photograph him.

William was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery in Vietnam in 1969.  He also received two Purple Hearts.

As a 2nd Lieutenant,  William led 106 men against a force of 600 well-trained North Vietnamese troops. During this battle, that lasted many days, 80% of his unit was either wounded or killed, including his unit commander who died re-supplying them with ammunition and retrieving their dead in a helicopter.

He also served in the Special Forces and retired as a Captain. 

Twenty three years later, he dug a .30 caliber bullet that was fired from a Soviet light machine gun out of his leg. He spent four hours in this task. No doctor would do it. The bullet is in his trophy case. I saw it. After he puled the bullet from his leg, he forgave the North Vietnamese soldier who shot him.

After he left the service, William majored in journalism and was also a photographer. He shared with us that he did a lot of sports photography.

Before I left, he gave me a reproduction of one of his paintings of the Garden of the Gods, which I will proudly hang in my home.

To learn more about William visit his website: www.WilliamCox.org

July 20, 2015 - Portrait # 201 

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/8  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Alice Bradley 

July 19, 2015 - Portrait # 200

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/8  Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 @ 104mm - Alicia Shaw

July 18, 2015 - Portrait # 199

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/4  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - The Flash 

His real name is Steve but I was introduced to him as Flash. In the first minute I met him I told him that if he is going to be Flash he needs to own it and be THE FLASH. who is going to be a real person when you can be the super hero? On the top of the city, the hero oversees the city. this is one of my new favorite pictures of the year.

His real name is Steve but I was introduced to him as Flash. In the first minute I met him I told him that if he is going to be Flash he needs to own it and be THE FLASH. who is going to be a real person when you can be the super hero?

On the top of the city, the hero oversees the city. this is one of my new favorite pictures of the year.

July 17, 2015 - Portrait # 198

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/8  Shutter Speed: 1/50 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 51mm - Laura Schaelling

July 16, 2015 - Portrait # 197 

ISO: 125 Aperture: f/11  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 145mm - Lorraine Perea

July 15, 2015 - Portrait # 196

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/6.3  Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Mat Lord 

July 14, 2015 - Portrait # 195

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/8  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Reina

July 13, 2015 - Portrait # 194

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/5.6  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 70mm - Trevor Riederman

July 12, 2015 - Portrait # 193

ISO: 320 Aperture: f/11  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 94mm - Stacy Wyatt

July 11, 2015 - Portrait # 192

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/5  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Teri Brown

July 10, 2015 - Portrait # 191

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/8  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 63mm - Wayne

July 9, 2015 - Portrait # 190

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/10  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4 @ 113mm - Kimberly Salo

July 8, 2015 - Portrait # 189

ISO: 125 Aperture: f/11  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 - Esther Green

July 7, 2015 - Portrait # 188

ISO: 125 Aperture: f/6.3  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Kiran Kasichayanula

alifHe came to the meeting to talk about photographers inspire us. Kiran is new to photography and he was so excited about it that he first came one day earlier when I was not home. I was happy to see him on the right day. Before we started looking at books and sharing information about photographers I asked him if he could be my portrait of the day. He looked at me really serious and said: "only if you can do it low-key style"! then he started laughing saying he visited my website and he likes the low-key. It was quick: I asked him to sit in my red chair and look back to me.  Photography is a new hobby in his life, since he took a long road trip about 6 months ago. The places were beautiful but did not translate in his pictures. A newly wed, he got married 4 months ago and there were 2000 people in his wedding. I asked how long was the ceremony and he told me 3 entire days! He showed me a few pictures on his phone and  they were beautiful.

alifHe came to the meeting to talk about photographers inspire us. Kiran is new to photography and he was so excited about it that he first came one day earlier when I was not home. I was happy to see him on the right day.

Before we started looking at books and sharing information about photographers I asked him if he could be my portrait of the day. He looked at me really serious and said: "only if you can do it low-key style"! then he started laughing saying he visited my website and he likes the low-key.

It was quick: I asked him to sit in my red chair and look back to me. 

Photography is a new hobby in his life, since he took a long road trip about 6 months ago. The places were beautiful but did not translate in his pictures.

A newly wed, he got married 4 months ago and there were 2000 people in his wedding. I asked how long was the ceremony and he told me 3 entire days!

He showed me a few pictures on his phone and  they were beautiful.

July 6, 2015 - Portrait # 187

ISO: 125 Aperture: f/7.1  Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 35mm f/2 fixed - Marie Putnam

Marie was born in Germany but she is American too. Born from American parrents who were military, it took her 13 years to gain her American citizenship. She can speak many languages fluently and she has lived 13 years in different countries outside America. She told me she was in Berlin when the wall fell down and it was really scary. She remember hearing guards talking about shooting people and seeing tanks in the streets. Her parents influenced her career: she has served this country for many years and now she is planning her retirement. Marie is re-doing her porch room, starting to paint the walls. She is starting to get involved with this organization that sells convenient bags, utility storage devices and accessories for daily life so she told me she  would like to have her portrait with her sample bags.  We talked a lot about her life in Europe and I was fascinated to find someone else who can also speak other languages and share knowledge about different subjects.

Marie was born in Germany but she is American too. Born from American parrents who were military, it took her 13 years to gain her American citizenship. She can speak many languages fluently and she has lived 13 years in different countries outside America.

She told me she was in Berlin when the wall fell down and it was really scary. She remember hearing guards talking about shooting people and seeing tanks in the streets.

Her parents influenced her career: she has served this country for many years and now she is planning her retirement.

Marie is re-doing her porch room, starting to paint the walls. She is starting to get involved with this organization that sells convenient bags, utility storage devices and accessories for daily life so she told me she  would like to have her portrait with her sample bags. 

We talked a lot about her life in Europe and I was fascinated to find someone else who can also speak other languages and share knowledge about different subjects.

July 5, 2015 - Portrait # 186

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/5  Shutter Speed: 1/180 Lens: Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L fixed - Lauren Daniel

Lauren suffered brain damage in a bad concussion while playing soccer about a year ago. Her doctors advised her to stay close to family and monitor her recovery process. Among other treatments she had eye therapy and got better. She will soon go to University of Arizona to nursing shall and eventually wants to be a physician's assistant. When I told her I had a perfect location for her I did not not know she would pick the perfect dress for it. The pale, bucolic cream dress went so well with the yellow wildflowers and the blue mountain. She is excited about her new phase of life and she was a delight to photograph.

Lauren suffered brain damage in a bad concussion while playing soccer about a year ago. Her doctors advised her to stay close to family and monitor her recovery process. Among other treatments she had eye therapy and got better.

She will soon go to University of Arizona to nursing shall and eventually wants to be a physician's assistant.

When I told her I had a perfect location for her I did not not know she would pick the perfect dress for it. The pale, bucolic cream dress went so well with the yellow wildflowers and the blue mountain.

She is excited about her new phase of life and she was a delight to photograph.

July 4, 2015 - Portrait # 185

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/10  Shutter Speed: 1/180 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 75mm - John Nix

One of the first times I met John I remember him saying that his father was a barber and John was a cowboy most of his life. The cowboy hat was proof. I invited him for A Portrait a Day and we scheduled a date. We needed to re-scheduled a couple of times until the perfect day arrived: the 4th of July. What better day would I have for a real cowboy to show me a little bit of the American West and its History? John took me to see the windmills with the mountains in the background: the iconic image of the American West. It still exists. He told me and showed me a lot of land has changed owners through the years. He said a cowboy's life is not as glamorous as people think. A cowboy works long hours, gathering cattle, feeding them, cleaning, fixing fences and machinery, and helping to give birth to calves, 90% of his time. He is originally from Boulder, but lives in Black Forest. We talked about politics, History, land, education and preservation. My friend Mary and my better half, Mike, were with me and we all had a wonderful morning together. John has three daughters, two granddaughters and one grandson. It was a blessing to spend Independence Day with another proud American.

One of the first times I met John I remember him saying that his father was a barber and John was a cowboy most of his life. The cowboy hat was proof.

I invited him for A Portrait a Day and we scheduled a date. We needed to re-scheduled a couple of times until the perfect day arrived: the 4th of July.

What better day would I have for a real cowboy to show me a little bit of the American West and its History?

John took me to see the windmills with the mountains in the background: the iconic image of the American West. It still exists.

He told me and showed me a lot of land has changed owners through the years.

He said a cowboy's life is not as glamorous as people think. A cowboy works long hours, gathering cattle, feeding them, cleaning, fixing fences and machinery, and helping to give birth to calves, 90% of his time.

He is originally from Boulder, but lives in Black Forest.

We talked about politics, History, land, education and preservation.

My friend Mary and my better half, Mike, were with me and we all had a wonderful morning together.

John has three daughters, two granddaughters and one grandson.

It was a blessing to spend Independence Day with another proud American.

July 3, 2015 - Portrait # 184 - in post processing

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/10  Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 91mm - Delores M. Poll

July 2, 2015 - Portrait # 183

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/6.3  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 81mm - Eric Shuttleworth

July 1, 2015 - Portrait # 182 

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/9  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 24mm - Thomas Dennis

He has two sons. He is divorcing after 24 years of marriage. A sad story. Sometimes people change and they have to make hard choices. He is originally from California but moved to Colorado about 9 years ago. He loves boating, kayaking and anything that involves water. In a few weeks Tom is moving to Scottsdale, AZ, to start a new chapter of his life on his own. He is excited about this phase of his life. For his image we planned to create a head and shoulders portrait, like a headshot type. I loved this picture and decided to make this the portrait of the day instead.

He has two sons. He is divorcing after 24 years of marriage. A sad story. Sometimes people change and they have to make hard choices.

He is originally from California but moved to Colorado about 9 years ago. He loves boating, kayaking and anything that involves water.

In a few weeks Tom is moving to Scottsdale, AZ, to start a new chapter of his life on his own. He is excited about this phase of his life.

For his image we planned to create a head and shoulders portrait, like a headshot type. I loved this picture and decided to make this the portrait of the day instead.

June 30, 2015 - Portrait # 181

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/11Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 40mm - Nelson Ingersoll

June 29, 2015 - Portrait # 180

ISO: 800 Aperture: f/5  Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 52mm - Bayne Ramsey

Nine o'clock at night. I am supposed to photograph my friend's daughter at the baseball field. There are now 4 games at the same time and I can't find my friend, let alone her daughter. Forget about calling everybody I know to find a replacement. It is here or nowhere. I am annoyed my phone is dead, again. I hate my phone. I get out of the car, grab my camera and tell Mike I am going back to the baseball field to ask everybody until somebody says yes to my portrait a day project.  "Look at the vampire" - I hear Mike's voice.  Look at what? "The vampire". I look everywhere but all I can think in my head is "there is one man only ahead of us and he does not look like a vampire". Mike says "go"and I approach the nice guy in the parking lot. I introduce myself and tell him about my photography project. He says yes. He will be my volunteer of the day. His name is Bayne. I bring him to the light, by the baseball field. I explain I want to create a dramatic portrait. Mike holds my flash in his hand. Bayne came from California many years ago. He has 8 kids, three of his own and five adopted. He loves baseball. His daughters also love baseball. So far he only has one grandchild. He coached volleyball in high school, in the same school where Anthony Byrd, portrait # 99, today coaches basketball. I mentioned some of the portraits and the name of the school when he said he knows Anthony. Small world. Mike and Bayne talk a little more about baseball. I give Bayne my card and ask him to help me to find more people for my project. I am almost half way down. He says he knows more people. I really hope I can hear from his friends and family! We say goodbye and I ask Mike: who was the vampire?  Mike starts laughing: "Umpire", U-M-P-I-R-E.  I never heard that word before...no wonder I was looking for somenone in costume with fangs!

Nine o'clock at night. I am supposed to photograph my friend's daughter at the baseball field. There are now 4 games at the same time and I can't find my friend, let alone her daughter. Forget about calling everybody I know to find a replacement. It is here or nowhere. I am annoyed my phone is dead, again. I hate my phone. I get out of the car, grab my camera and tell Mike I am going back to the baseball field to ask everybody until somebody says yes to my portrait a day project. 

"Look at the vampire" - I hear Mike's voice. 

Look at what?

"The vampire". I look everywhere but all I can think in my head is "there is one man only ahead of us and he does not look like a vampire". Mike says "go"and I approach the nice guy in the parking lot. I introduce myself and tell him about my photography project. He says yes. He will be my volunteer of the day. His name is Bayne.

I bring him to the light, by the baseball field. I explain I want to create a dramatic portrait. Mike holds my flash in his hand.

Bayne came from California many years ago. He has 8 kids, three of his own and five adopted. He loves baseball. His daughters also love baseball. So far he only has one grandchild. He coached volleyball in high school, in the same school where Anthony Byrd, portrait # 99, today coaches basketball. I mentioned some of the portraits and the name of the school when he said he knows Anthony. Small world.

Mike and Bayne talk a little more about baseball. I give Bayne my card and ask him to help me to find more people for my project. I am almost half way down. He says he knows more people. I really hope I can hear from his friends and family!

We say goodbye and I ask Mike: who was the vampire? 

Mike starts laughing: "Umpire", U-M-P-I-R-E.  I never heard that word before...no wonder I was looking for somenone in costume with fangs!

June 28, 2015 - Portrait # 179

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 fixed - Kenneth Kirkland

Kenneth is 88. My friend Mark took me to meet him for his portrait. He is Mark's father. He showed me his home, talked about politics and his excitement about learning Excel with a live online instructor. He still works. He is an international business man. He has more knowledge of the oil industry than Mark, me and my friends have with photography combined. He is a good storyteller. He met his wife in Chile, over 40 years ago. At that time, they wrote letters for each other for a long time before they got married. He loves skiing but he shared that unfortunately after a bad back surgery he can't ski anymore. He is an avid reader and he still reads newspaper in print. He is currently doing research about executions. He has found data to sustain that when the states do not execute prisoners that were sentenced to death the crimes go up. Kenneth and his lovely wife were amazing hosts and I was so happy to finally meet them.

Kenneth is 88. My friend Mark took me to meet him for his portrait. He is Mark's father. He showed me his home, talked about politics and his excitement about learning Excel with a live online instructor. He still works. He is an international business man. He has more knowledge of the oil industry than Mark, me and my friends have with photography combined.

He is a good storyteller. He met his wife in Chile, over 40 years ago. At that time, they wrote letters for each other for a long time before they got married.

He loves skiing but he shared that unfortunately after a bad back surgery he can't ski anymore. He is an avid reader and he still reads newspaper in print. He is currently doing research about executions. He has found data to sustain that when the states do not execute prisoners that were sentenced to death the crimes go up. Kenneth and his lovely wife were amazing hosts and I was so happy to finally meet them.

June 27, 2015 - Portrait # 178

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/22  Shutter Speed: 1/20 Lens: Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L fixed - Chris Wray

Chris is in my photography group. We were in a flower field trip when I informed him he was going to be my portrait of the day.  We, photographers, are used to being behind the camera, so I set my composition to get him in his natural habitat, in the field. He was photographing in back light and I liked the lighting in the flowers. I added a bare flash to complement the natural light. He teaches photography as well. He does amazing night photography, photographing open skies and the milky way. He enjoys spending time with his family, being in the great outdoors and watching his daughters dancing.

Chris is in my photography group. We were in a flower field trip when I informed him he was going to be my portrait of the day. 

We, photographers, are used to being behind the camera, so I set my composition to get him in his natural habitat, in the field.

He was photographing in back light and I liked the lighting in the flowers. I added a bare flash to complement the natural light.

He teaches photography as well. He does amazing night photography, photographing open skies and the milky way. He enjoys spending time with his family, being in the great outdoors and watching his daughters dancing.

June 26, 2015 - Portrait # 177

ISO: 125 Aperture: f/6.3  Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Richard Huntrods

He goes by Dick. I have known him since 2008. He was married to his Frieda for 65 years, until the Lord called her to light the path ahead of him. He served in the military service, later turned into an Engineer. He and his wife raised their kids in California, where together they were also wedding photographers for over 20 years. When his son retired and moved to Colorado they left California to be closer to family. It was a big change. They soon made new friends that also became family and they were home again in this new land. Dick is one of the smartest people I know. He enjoys computers and technology, as do all the Engineers I know. He is always learning something new and he is updated about what is going on in the planet. He has more friends than fingers, a rare thing in today's world. He still talks on the phone with his friend he has known since third grade. He taught himself photoshop to write a book at the age of 85. He wrote his memories and the stories he has been telling about family and his life with Frieda and added lots of pictures. Then, he gave a book to every 80 something members of his family. I got a book too. He will be 89 next month. When I made this portrait, my friend Mary, who had never met him, was helping me with the light. We met at 8:30 in the morning at Einstein's where Dick likes to meet his friends on Fridays. They started talking and they were still talking when I had to leave. This is Dick. He makes friends wherever he goes.

He goes by Dick. I have known him since 2008. He was married to his Frieda for 65 years, until the Lord called her to light the path ahead of him. He served in the military service, later turned into an Engineer. He and his wife raised their kids in California, where together they were also wedding photographers for over 20 years. When his son retired and moved to Colorado they left California to be closer to family. It was a big change. They soon made new friends that also became family and they were home again in this new land.

Dick is one of the smartest people I know. He enjoys computers and technology, as do all the Engineers I know. He is always learning something new and he is updated about what is going on in the planet.

He has more friends than fingers, a rare thing in today's world. He still talks on the phone with his friend he has known since third grade.

He taught himself photoshop to write a book at the age of 85. He wrote his memories and the stories he has been telling about family and his life with Frieda and added lots of pictures. Then, he gave a book to every 80 something members of his family. I got a book too.

He will be 89 next month. When I made this portrait, my friend Mary, who had never met him, was helping me with the light. We met at 8:30 in the morning at Einstein's where Dick likes to meet his friends on Fridays. They started talking and they were still talking when I had to leave. This is Dick. He makes friends wherever he goes.

June 25, 2015 - Portrait # 176

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/6.3  Shutter Speed: 1/320 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 135mm - Elsa Kelly

Today was the most difficult portrait I have done so far. I knew it was going to be. Elsa, my portrait of the day, is off today. She has a special day to remember, the hardest day of her life. The day she heard her son has died. Today is the 4th anniversary of his last day on earth. Elsa is a very lively person. She loves her dog, her family, camping and hiking. Four years ago,  she was in Canada with her husband when she had the awful news: her son committed suicide. She was very open about it, and sat down in the park for about an hour while she told me the story. His name was Nolan. He was 19. she shot himself in his own backyard. Elsa remembers Nolan as a funny kid who was always laughing out loud. She showed me a few pictures of him: he was beautiful and his smile was like on of those gorgeous young men you see in Hollywood movies. She picked the date when I invited her for A Portrait a Day project. Today is the day she releases balloons with messages for him in heaven. She picked the most beautiful day of this Summer. She was wearing purple, his favorite color, and she had four balloons, to honor the four years he has been gone. The grass was beautiful at the park. For her portrait, there was no flash, just harsh light from the sun. She was looking up. Today, Elsa is a volunteer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She helps to raise money in fundraisings. She runs half marathons. Nolan was a runner too. She talked about families needing to teach their children to talk about how they feel. That it is ok to not be ok and talk about it. She said people think of depression and mental illness as if they were all the same thing with the same symptoms. Nolan seemed happy. He had a girlfriend, a family who loved him, a dog, a job. You would never know. Life moves on. Elsa moved from Texas to Colorado and her family is building new memories, carrying Nolan in their hearts. 

Today was the most difficult portrait I have done so far. I knew it was going to be.

Elsa, my portrait of the day, is off today. She has a special day to remember, the hardest day of her life. The day she heard her son has died. Today is the 4th anniversary of his last day on earth.

Elsa is a very lively person. She loves her dog, her family, camping and hiking. Four years ago,  she was in Canada with her husband when she had the awful news: her son committed suicide.

She was very open about it, and sat down in the park for about an hour while she told me the story. His name was Nolan. He was 19. she shot himself in his own backyard.

Elsa remembers Nolan as a funny kid who was always laughing out loud. She showed me a few pictures of him: he was beautiful and his smile was like on of those gorgeous young men you see in Hollywood movies.

She picked the date when I invited her for A Portrait a Day project. Today is the day she releases balloons with messages for him in heaven. She picked the most beautiful day of this Summer. She was wearing purple, his favorite color, and she had four balloons, to honor the four years he has been gone. The grass was beautiful at the park.

For her portrait, there was no flash, just harsh light from the sun. She was looking up.

Today, Elsa is a volunteer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She helps to raise money in fundraisings. She runs half marathons. Nolan was a runner too.

She talked about families needing to teach their children to talk about how they feel. That it is ok to not be ok and talk about it.

She said people think of depression and mental illness as if they were all the same thing with the same symptoms. Nolan seemed happy. He had a girlfriend, a family who loved him, a dog, a job. You would never know.

Life moves on. Elsa moved from Texas to Colorado and her family is building new memories, carrying Nolan in their hearts. 

June 24, 2015 - Portrait # 175

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/9  Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 60mm - Debby Payne

I met Debby Payne a few years ago in my photography classes. She is always learning new things and I enjoy her company very much. She told me she got a new puppy and I had not met him yet so I went to a quick visit to meet DIESEL. I asked if she would be my portrait of the day and she said yes. On the phone she told that her whole family was losing weight looking for a healthier lifestyle. She lost 26 pounds and she looks great. She picked a dress that matched her eyes. She is preparing for a fun summer trip towards Crested Butte area to photograph the wild flowers in the mountains. Debby enjoys photography like me but she also likes gardening, so I checked her backyard again: it looked so green and beautiful I decided to create her portrait outdoors. I could have cloned the fitbit on her wrist but considering she put so much effort in losing weight I opted for keeping it. As a matter of fact, while I was with her I thought of asking her to take it off her wrist, but then I decided I wanted it in the picture because it helps to tell the story. She counts her steps and measures her progress on her fitbit. Two flashes were used to create her portrait.  She posts her creative work at Flickr  

I met Debby Payne a few years ago in my photography classes. She is always learning new things and I enjoy her company very much.

She told me she got a new puppy and I had not met him yet so I went to a quick visit to meet DIESEL. I asked if she would be my portrait of the day and she said yes. On the phone she told that her whole family was losing weight looking for a healthier lifestyle. She lost 26 pounds and she looks great. She picked a dress that matched her eyes.

She is preparing for a fun summer trip towards Crested Butte area to photograph the wild flowers in the mountains.

Debby enjoys photography like me but she also likes gardening, so I checked her backyard again: it looked so green and beautiful I decided to create her portrait outdoors. I could have cloned the fitbit on her wrist but considering she put so much effort in losing weight I opted for keeping it. As a matter of fact, while I was with her I thought of asking her to take it off her wrist, but then I decided I wanted it in the picture because it helps to tell the story. She counts her steps and measures her progress on her fitbit. Two flashes were used to create her portrait. 

She posts her creative work at Flickr

 

June 23, 2015 - Portrait # 174

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/5  Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 70mm - Candice Yung

Candice and I had a lot of fun together. At arrival, I felt welcomed by a good friend. I explained my project one more time and accessed the light and place to create the portrait. I decided to do it by the kitchen table, to give her support for the arms. I first used one light with a softbox - camera left - but I wanted more 3d effect, so I added a second light. The flash used for her hair was placed inside the kitchen cabinet, above and behind her head.  I think it only took me 20 minutes to do her portrait. Then we started talking, the unseen part of the project. I learned Candice moved a lot. I remember her saying she lived in Washington Dc, Oregon, Pennsylvania, among other places. Her husband's job moved them a lot. She has a degree in criminal justice and she used to teach but not anymore: at some point she got tired of being re-certified for all the places where she lived. She truly enjoys life now. She gave me a great feeling of being what I call an "earthy" American. By that I mean she honors and respect the inheritage of our culture. Her father was in World War II, her son is a Marshall and she has a great awareness of what citizenship means. We talked about politics, and art, and History. Three hours later I left promising the next time I will bring dinner and wine. I love this portrait. It reminds me of a portrait of the Iron Lady I saw many years ago.

Candice and I had a lot of fun together. At arrival, I felt welcomed by a good friend. I explained my project one more time and accessed the light and place to create the portrait. I decided to do it by the kitchen table, to give her support for the arms. I first used one light with a softbox - camera left - but I wanted more 3d effect, so I added a second light. The flash used for her hair was placed inside the kitchen cabinet, above and behind her head. 

I think it only took me 20 minutes to do her portrait. Then we started talking, the unseen part of the project.

I learned Candice moved a lot. I remember her saying she lived in Washington Dc, Oregon, Pennsylvania, among other places. Her husband's job moved them a lot. She has a degree in criminal justice and she used to teach but not anymore: at some point she got tired of being re-certified for all the places where she lived. She truly enjoys life now.

She gave me a great feeling of being what I call an "earthy" American. By that I mean she honors and respect the inheritage of our culture. Her father was in World War II, her son is a Marshall and she has a great awareness of what citizenship means. We talked about politics, and art, and History. Three hours later I left promising the next time I will bring dinner and wine. I love this portrait. It reminds me of a portrait of the Iron Lady I saw many years ago.

June 22, 2015 - Portrait # 173

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 104mm - Emily Dahlberg

Emily is my friend's daughter. I photographed Mary yesterday and today Emily came to the studio for her portrait. It was after 8 at night. We first started making light colorful. I set up a purple gel in an Alienbee 400 behind her to illuminate her hair and tested until I liked the color.  I changed my mind completely when she told me she is into photography and her favorite kind of photography is low-key, which happens to be my favorite too. She showed me some of her pictures and they were really good and moody. I changed my light. For Emily's portrait the room as blacked out. I put black picnic tablecloths all over the room to prevent light from bouncing off the white walls. then, I asked her to sit on the ground and put her sunglasses on and look slightly up. Only used one flash, ALIENBEE 400 with a grid.

Emily is my friend's daughter. I photographed Mary yesterday and today Emily came to the studio for her portrait. It was after 8 at night.

We first started making light colorful. I set up a purple gel in an Alienbee 400 behind her to illuminate her hair and tested until I liked the color. 

I changed my mind completely when she told me she is into photography and her favorite kind of photography is low-key, which happens to be my favorite too. She showed me some of her pictures and they were really good and moody. I changed my light.

For Emily's portrait the room as blacked out. I put black picnic tablecloths all over the room to prevent light from bouncing off the white walls. then, I asked her to sit on the ground and put her sunglasses on and look slightly up. Only used one flash, ALIENBEE 400 with a grid.

June 21, 2015 - Portrait # 172

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/10  Shutter Speed: 1/180 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 126mm - Mary Dahlberg

Mary worked all night until 8 am and went directly to meet me at the park for her portrait. She had a cup of coffee that matched her shirt so I thought it was really unique that she matched it.  We first did one portrait of her with her cup of coffee in the bleachers, which turned out really well, but then we went inside the baseball dugout and she loved having the mountains on the back. She said she was on a matching day, so the three things she could share she loved so much start with C: Cameras, Computers, and Coffee. After her portrait, Mary and I took pictures of Sandy,  with her dog. Sandy was my portrait on June 10. She joined us today so we could photograph her with her white dog. We spent a great time together until about 10:30 in the morning, when we left to celebrate Father's day.

Mary worked all night until 8 am and went directly to meet me at the park for her portrait. She had a cup of coffee that matched her shirt so I thought it was really unique that she matched it.  We first did one portrait of her with her cup of coffee in the bleachers, which turned out really well, but then we went inside the baseball dugout and she loved having the mountains on the back. She said she was on a matching day, so the three things she could share she loved so much start with C: Cameras, Computers, and Coffee.

After her portrait, Mary and I took pictures of Sandy,  with her dog. Sandy was my portrait on June 10. She joined us today so we could photograph her with her white dog. We spent a great time together until about 10:30 in the morning, when we left to celebrate Father's day.

June 20, 2015 - Portrait # 171

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/7.1  Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 122mm - Darlee Anderson

She was one of the two people this month who actually called me to CONFIRM the appointment scheduled for the portrait instead of cancel...thank you, Darlee! In the making of her portrait my boyfriend Mike went with me and we found out she played volleyball. Mike's daughter played volleyball so that gave us a break to start good conversation. She actually played lots of sports involving ball. she shared she coached volleyball for 17 years, she broke 9 bones and she has been in all American States but Alaska. I felt like we were playing trivia with all those numbers. Fun.  We set the time for the end of Saturday, hoping it would not be raining. It wasn't. It was a beautiful end of the day, with warm temperature and gold light. There are two flashes in this portrait, one pointing to her head and arm, and one camera left on a softbox. I explained the project and she volunteered to help to get more people for A Portrait a Day. Looking forward now to meet her friends!!

She was one of the two people this month who actually called me to CONFIRM the appointment scheduled for the portrait instead of cancel...thank you, Darlee!

In the making of her portrait my boyfriend Mike went with me and we found out she played volleyball. Mike's daughter played volleyball so that gave us a break to start good conversation. She actually played lots of sports involving ball. she shared she coached volleyball for 17 years, she broke 9 bones and she has been in all American States but Alaska. I felt like we were playing trivia with all those numbers. Fun. 

We set the time for the end of Saturday, hoping it would not be raining. It wasn't. It was a beautiful end of the day, with warm temperature and gold light.

There are two flashes in this portrait, one pointing to her head and arm, and one camera left on a softbox. I explained the project and she volunteered to help to get more people for A Portrait a Day. Looking forward now to meet her friends!!

June 19, 2015 - Portrait # 170

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/5  Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 70mm - Julie Smith

Julie is my friend's wife. she is a teacher in high school for web design and computers and also coaches tennis. she loves biking and hiking with her dogs, which are the biggest dogs I have ever seen. Each dog is bigger than my belly button height and heavier than 140 pounds. They both look like wolves. They are big Huskies. She enjoys life fully. While I was setting up the flash she shared with me an interesting fact about herself for the blog: she had a hole in her head, result of three brain surgeries she went through. I had no clue. We talked about the ironies of life: sometimes someone falls off the bike, hit the head and they are gone...she, on the other hand, had three chances to live and she survived them all. Her enthusiasm for living is contagious.  I knew she liked hiking so from the beginning my idea was to take a picture of her with the walking stick.There is one flash with a softbox camera left. 1/4 power. 

Julie is my friend's wife. she is a teacher in high school for web design and computers and also coaches tennis. she loves biking and hiking with her dogs, which are the biggest dogs I have ever seen. Each dog is bigger than my belly button height and heavier than 140 pounds. They both look like wolves. They are big Huskies.

She enjoys life fully. While I was setting up the flash she shared with me an interesting fact about herself for the blog: she had a hole in her head, result of three brain surgeries she went through. I had no clue. We talked about the ironies of life: sometimes someone falls off the bike, hit the head and they are gone...she, on the other hand, had three chances to live and she survived them all. Her enthusiasm for living is contagious. 

I knew she liked hiking so from the beginning my idea was to take a picture of her with the walking stick.There is one flash with a softbox camera left. 1/4 power. 

June 18, 2015 - Portrait # 169

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/6.3  Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 59mm - Julia Tulloch

She is from Scotland, an immigrant like me.Her husband is in the military and his job brought them here. Julia is very charming and she is always smiling.  She loves to play tennis and she is an animal lover: she has 3 cats and 3 dogs! When she accepted my invitation for a portrait, she asked if I drank tea. She made me the best tea I ever drank. I learned her 3 kids were born in England and they came to America when the kids were about 7 years old. It was a tough adaptation in the beginning, but today her home is America.  I loved her home: it reminded me of my mom's: decluttered, organized, a place for everything and everything in its place. As I walked into the open room, I immediately wanted to capture an environmental portrait that showed her personality. There were pictures everywhere, just like my home and my mom's home. She loves her family deeply and it shows in her voice when she talks about them. We spent a little over one hour together in between set up, pictures, and tea. It was a delightful time.  I found it funny she said she does not take good pictures but I did not need to pose her at al: she was perfect.

She is from Scotland, an immigrant like me.Her husband is in the military and his job brought them here. Julia is very charming and she is always smiling.  She loves to play tennis and she is an animal lover: she has 3 cats and 3 dogs!

When she accepted my invitation for a portrait, she asked if I drank tea. She made me the best tea I ever drank.

I learned her 3 kids were born in England and they came to America when the kids were about 7 years old. It was a tough adaptation in the beginning, but today her home is America. 

I loved her home: it reminded me of my mom's: decluttered, organized, a place for everything and everything in its place. As I walked into the open room, I immediately wanted to capture an environmental portrait that showed her personality. There were pictures everywhere, just like my home and my mom's home. She loves her family deeply and it shows in her voice when she talks about them.

We spent a little over one hour together in between set up, pictures, and tea. It was a delightful time. 

I found it funny she said she does not take good pictures but I did not need to pose her at al: she was perfect.

June 17, 2015 - Portrait # 168

ISO: 125 Aperture: f/6.3  Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 168mm - Noah

My friend Mary brought Noah for his portrait of the day. Noah has a beautiful serious look that makes him look older than he is. Beautiful. Mary was holding an octabox for speed light, the Yongnuo 568 ex ii with zoom head set to 50mm. I set the power to 1/8, Mary held the octabox 3 feet away. Noah was kind of quiet but he shared he loves legos, racing RC cars, and miniature Robot Bugs. This image was made in 10 minutes in front of my house, under the tree that I always want to cut down. Today the tree served me well for even light before I added flash. 

My friend Mary brought Noah for his portrait of the day. Noah has a beautiful serious look that makes him look older than he is. Beautiful. Mary was holding an octabox for speed light, the Yongnuo 568 ex ii with zoom head set to 50mm. I set the power to 1/8, Mary held the octabox 3 feet away. Noah was kind of quiet but he shared he loves legos, racing RC cars, and miniature Robot Bugs.

This image was made in 10 minutes in front of my house, under the tree that I always want to cut down. Today the tree served me well for even light before I added flash. 

June 16, 2015 - Portrait # 167

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 200mm - Kerry DeLong

I met Kerry for her portrait close to sunset time. The light on the sky was changing constantly as there was a storm approaching us. I took a few images of her with the mountain in the background and I thought I had the final image taken when of a sudden the clouds and the sun changed again, hitting her hair from the back. I added my Yongnuo 568ex ii on receiver Yongnuo YN622-C as my main light without any modifier so I could have a light as the sun would have made it. I kind of wished it was soft light but the light was changing so feast that I would have lost the light in her hair by the time I would add a softbox to the flash.  those are the quick decisions we photographers need to make all the time. I really liked it.  After we finished this image we just sat on the grass watching the storm move around us, facing the mountains. We talked for almost one hour until the storm got too close and we needed to leave. She home schooled her 2 sons and daughter. A wife of a military husband, they found faith as their beautiful ground and have conducted their life through the Lord. Some of her best memories are from the time they lived in Hawaii, lunch at dinner and breakfast and noon, teaching the kids a variety of things in their own pace. The kids loved it. She loved it. She is so calm and kind, I felt like I just made a new friend to hang out with. I certainly intend to pursue friendship and hope to see her again soon. Just one flash as the main light, bare bulb and a cot gel 1/4 to warm up the skin tone to match the sun light on her hair. 1/2 power flash.

I met Kerry for her portrait close to sunset time. The light on the sky was changing constantly as there was a storm approaching us. I took a few images of her with the mountain in the background and I thought I had the final image taken when of a sudden the clouds and the sun changed again, hitting her hair from the back. I added my Yongnuo 568ex ii on receiver Yongnuo YN622-C as my main light without any modifier so I could have a light as the sun would have made it. I kind of wished it was soft light but the light was changing so feast that I would have lost the light in her hair by the time I would add a softbox to the flash.  those are the quick decisions we photographers need to make all the time. I really liked it. 

After we finished this image we just sat on the grass watching the storm move around us, facing the mountains. We talked for almost one hour until the storm got too close and we needed to leave.

She home schooled her 2 sons and daughter. A wife of a military husband, they found faith as their beautiful ground and have conducted their life through the Lord. Some of her best memories are from the time they lived in Hawaii, lunch at dinner and breakfast and noon, teaching the kids a variety of things in their own pace. The kids loved it. She loved it.

She is so calm and kind, I felt like I just made a new friend to hang out with. I certainly intend to pursue friendship and hope to see her again soon.

Just one flash as the main light, bare bulb and a cot gel 1/4 to warm up the skin tone to match the sun light on her hair. 1/2 power flash.

June 15, 2015 - Portrait # 166

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/11  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 68mm - Sam Udell

Sam was a professional wrestler for WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) for two years. He lived in Florida, where he said there is a lot o f wrestling competitions. I asked him what was the most fun or interesting fact of his planet "wrestling" and he said that once he and some friends went from town to town, wrestling in some small places and staying in cheap motels for a month. He said it was a blast and a lot of people would go see them. He nos lives in Colorado and he still wrestles in  the West, but no so much as he did in the past. He coaches wrestling now.  I used 4 flashes for this picture. They were all bare flash. Both flashes coming sideways had gels to produce the color. The main flash was on a grid coming from above and right. There was also a small flash on the ground about 5 feet in front of him.

Sam was a professional wrestler for WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) for two years. He lived in Florida, where he said there is a lot o f wrestling competitions. I asked him what was the most fun or interesting fact of his planet "wrestling" and he said that once he and some friends went from town to town, wrestling in some small places and staying in cheap motels for a month. He said it was a blast and a lot of people would go see them.

He nos lives in Colorado and he still wrestles in  the West, but no so much as he did in the past. He coaches wrestling now. 

I used 4 flashes for this picture. They were all bare flash. Both flashes coming sideways had gels to produce the color. The main flash was on a grid coming from above and right. There was also a small flash on the ground about 5 feet in front of him.

June 14, 2015 - Portrait # 165

ISO: 250 Aperture: f/5.6  Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 140mm - Peggy

Peggy is a bee keeper. She does triathlon. A woman of many talents. She started into bees when her kids were young, almost 10 years ago. She said she took a class about bees and got a starter kit to start being a bee keeper. She grew up in Virginia, ended up in California and she has been here in Colorado for many years now. There is enough honey for her family and a few friends from her hives. She stated that there is no pesticides because  bees don't last with them and she does not want poison in her honey. After  her portrait, she hosted me with cheese, crackers, fruits, and champagne. We had a great time in her company.  Photographing her was a big challenge because I am petrified by bees. I dressed up like an astronaut and stayed many feet away (20 or 30) with a zoom lens to create her portrait with the bees. There were two flashes used in her portrait: one coming from the right of the picture with no modifier, and the main light camera left, also without any modifier.   

Peggy is a bee keeper. She does triathlon. A woman of many talents. She started into bees when her kids were young, almost 10 years ago. She said she took a class about bees and got a starter kit to start being a bee keeper. She grew up in Virginia, ended up in California and she has been here in Colorado for many years now. There is enough honey for her family and a few friends from her hives. She stated that there is no pesticides because  bees don't last with them and she does not want poison in her honey. After  her portrait, she hosted me with cheese, crackers, fruits, and champagne. We had a great time in her company. 

Photographing her was a big challenge because I am petrified by bees. I dressed up like an astronaut and stayed many feet away (20 or 30) with a zoom lens to create her portrait with the bees. There were two flashes used in her portrait: one coming from the right of the picture with no modifier, and the main light camera left, also without any modifier. 

 

June 13, 2015 - Portrait # 164

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/6.3  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 149mm - Kacey Songer

Kacey is a very energetic woman. She just graduated in Criminal Justice and she likes to go up the "Incline". I was teaching a class and she was nice to be one of my models and portrait of the day for today.

Kacey is a very energetic woman. She just graduated in Criminal Justice and she likes to go up the "Incline". I was teaching a class and she was nice to be one of my models and portrait of the day for today.

June 12, 2015 - Portrait # 163

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/7.1  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70m-200m f/4 L @ 78mm - Ralph

Ralph said there are three things that define him and they all needed to be in the picture: faith, music and photography. He is a media pastor who works with Information Technology. He also does sports and landscape photography.  We met in the end of the day for a 20 minute session before he went out on a date with his wife to the movies.  This portrait was made inside his church, where he plays base guitar on Sunday services. He told me he is waiting for a friend from Italy in August, someone he met a few years ago when he visited there. I loved the story of their friendship: he learned some Italian and he started going to the same coffeeshop everyday. As his Italian got a little better he started talking to a man who became his friend. Next month his friend is coming to visit Colorado and he will host him. It reminds me of my teenager times when I used to have penpal friends all over the world, but better because he gets to see the friend again.

Ralph said there are three things that define him and they all needed to be in the picture: faith, music and photography.

He is a media pastor who works with Information Technology. He also does sports and landscape photography. 

We met in the end of the day for a 20 minute session before he went out on a date with his wife to the movies. 

This portrait was made inside his church, where he plays base guitar on Sunday services. He told me he is waiting for a friend from Italy in August, someone he met a few years ago when he visited there. I loved the story of their friendship: he learned some Italian and he started going to the same coffeeshop everyday. As his Italian got a little better he started talking to a man who became his friend. Next month his friend is coming to visit Colorado and he will host him. It reminds me of my teenager times when I used to have penpal friends all over the world, but better because he gets to see the friend again.

June 11, 2015 - Portrait # 162

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/20  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70m-200m f/4 L @ 109mm - Amber Wulff

Amber loves traveling. She is open to new experiences and she is very kind. Her unique personality and happiness made me invite her for this project. I could not have picked a better day. We met on a beautiful sunny day, one of the few we had this Spring, at 7:30 in the morning. She was wearing a flowery dress that went perfect with the location we picked. She told me she does not like to smile in pictures so I told her not to. The light in her hair was matched buy a strong flash with no modifier, coming from her right side, at 45 degrees. I positioned myself on the bottom of the hill to shoot up, so I could get the beautiful sky and the light on her hair. 

Amber loves traveling. She is open to new experiences and she is very kind. Her unique personality and happiness made me invite her for this project. I could not have picked a better day. We met on a beautiful sunny day, one of the few we had this Spring, at 7:30 in the morning. She was wearing a flowery dress that went perfect with the location we picked. She told me she does not like to smile in pictures so I told her not to. The light in her hair was matched buy a strong flash with no modifier, coming from her right side, at 45 degrees. I positioned myself on the bottom of the hill to shoot up, so I could get the beautiful sky and the light on her hair. 

June 10, 2015 - Portrait # 161

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70m-200m f/4 L @ 118mm - Sandi Ho

Sandi accepted to be the portrait of they with one day's notice. I was extremely grateful. I loved her red dress and I wanted an image that would show some personality. She told it is very hard for her to smile in pictures so I wanted a serious look. This image was created in the studio where, as an exception, I used speed lights instead of my Alienbees studio lights. A blue gel with a 45 degree grid was used to create the graduated light behind her. Another flash on a softball was used as the main light. I met Sandi in my workshop "Portraits Anywhere", where I was teaching about what to look for in any location and how to manage the light and the location for creative portraits. Then I saw her again in another class about composition , when I invited her to be my portrait on the next day. We played and experimented with lighting setups in her mini session. In the end, this was my favorite.

Sandi accepted to be the portrait of they with one day's notice. I was extremely grateful. I loved her red dress and I wanted an image that would show some personality. She told it is very hard for her to smile in pictures so I wanted a serious look.

This image was created in the studio where, as an exception, I used speed lights instead of my Alienbees studio lights. A blue gel with a 45 degree grid was used to create the graduated light behind her. Another flash on a softball was used as the main light.

I met Sandi in my workshop "Portraits Anywhere", where I was teaching about what to look for in any location and how to manage the light and the location for creative portraits. Then I saw her again in another class about composition , when I invited her to be my portrait on the next day. We played and experimented with lighting setups in her mini session. In the end, this was my favorite.

June 9, 2015 - Portrait # 160

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/22  Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 25mm - Bruce McKibben

Bruce is my neighbor. He always decorates for the Holidays but today I found him and his wife Dar(lene) doing yard work. I stopped by  to check how they were doing and asked him if he could be my portrait of the day. I wanted his portrait to have an association with the chain saw movie because I thought it was funny he had a wind blower for leaves that reminded me of the movie. I asked him to raise it against the sky. there was one flash without any modifier about 4 to 5 feet away to the left. He loves gardening, enjoys every holiday all year round and enjoys the company of his wife and dog.

Bruce is my neighbor. He always decorates for the Holidays but today I found him and his wife Dar(lene) doing yard work. I stopped by  to check how they were doing and asked him if he could be my portrait of the day.

I wanted his portrait to have an association with the chain saw movie because I thought it was funny he had a wind blower for leaves that reminded me of the movie. I asked him to raise it against the sky. there was one flash without any modifier about 4 to 5 feet away to the left. He loves gardening, enjoys every holiday all year round and enjoys the company of his wife and dog.

June 8, 2015 - Portrait # 159

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/18  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 109mm - Roger Yannett

Roger told me he took a photography workshop about 2 years ago that really changed his life. He shared it was really cold and it had snowed the night before, about 8 inches of snow. He was hiking with the photography group when he started thinking he was not going to make it to 65. He was 63 then. The hike was up and he had a hard time making it up the hill. He joined the club where he works out almost every day and today he feels fine and capable of living the lifestyle he likes. Since he likes to be outdoors, I picked the mountain to be his background. One flash with no diffuser was used for his portrait.

Roger told me he took a photography workshop about 2 years ago that really changed his life. He shared it was really cold and it had snowed the night before, about 8 inches of snow. He was hiking with the photography group when he started thinking he was not going to make it to 65. He was 63 then. The hike was up and he had a hard time making it up the hill. He joined the club where he works out almost every day and today he feels fine and capable of living the lifestyle he likes.

Since he likes to be outdoors, I picked the mountain to be his background. One flash with no diffuser was used for his portrait.

June 7, 2015 - Portrait # 158

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/10  Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 24mm - Ryan Holt

Ryan and I met 5 minutes before this picture. He opened the door and he was expecting me, as his mother told him the photographer needed a volunteer for the Portrait a Day project. I asked him what was his passion and he said he collects comic books and he loves movies. I asked him to bring a pile of dvd's as a prop. While I was setting up the light, he told me he was Spiderman last year in a comic book festival. He showed me a picture and it was really nice. I saw the flowers and trees moving outside the windows and it reminded those shadows in Hitchcock's movies. I used the shadows as an element of my composition. There is a loupe on the table, a pile of movies and dark shadows around him. I metered for the window and then added my flash. Post processing to darken the shadows was also used.

Ryan and I met 5 minutes before this picture. He opened the door and he was expecting me, as his mother told him the photographer needed a volunteer for the Portrait a Day project.

I asked him what was his passion and he said he collects comic books and he loves movies. I asked him to bring a pile of dvd's as a prop.

While I was setting up the light, he told me he was Spiderman last year in a comic book festival. He showed me a picture and it was really nice.

I saw the flowers and trees moving outside the windows and it reminded those shadows in Hitchcock's movies. I used the shadows as an element of my composition. There is a loupe on the table, a pile of movies and dark shadows around him. I metered for the window and then added my flash. Post processing to darken the shadows was also used.

June 6, 2015 - Portrait # 157

ISO: 125 Aperture: f/9  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 200mm - Ross Long

I met Ross in a workshop I was teaching . He was one of my students. He was asking questions about what to do with bald heads when using flash, so I had to demonstrate. I took 3 different pictures of him and showed him the difference the angle of the flash plays in the shadows and in the skin. In the first picture the flash was getting all his head, as the angle was more straight to him. In the second we moved the flash back a little, and in this third one we moved in down controlling the flash with more precision with a grid, so the light would be minimum in his head.

I met Ross in a workshop I was teaching . He was one of my students. He was asking questions about what to do with bald heads when using flash, so I had to demonstrate. I took 3 different pictures of him and showed him the difference the angle of the flash plays in the shadows and in the skin. In the first picture the flash was getting all his head, as the angle was more straight to him. In the second we moved the flash back a little, and in this third one we moved in down controlling the flash with more precision with a grid, so the light would be minimum in his head.

June 5, 2015 - Portrait # 156

ISO: 125 Aperture: f/13  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 70mm - Rebecca Sampieri

Rebecca is a personal trainer, very strong and powerful. Definitely an inspiration for those who work out around her. I was lucky she had a small window of time to share with me and we were thinking alike: we both talked about taking her portrait with the tractor tires! I tried a few ones where she was doing push ups but the wind covered her had so I ended going with this one that only the natural light was used. She also loves photography, she works a lot and she spends quality time with her family, boyfriend and friends.

Rebecca is a personal trainer, very strong and powerful. Definitely an inspiration for those who work out around her. I was lucky she had a small window of time to share with me and we were thinking alike: we both talked about taking her portrait with the tractor tires!

I tried a few ones where she was doing push ups but the wind covered her had so I ended going with this one that only the natural light was used.

She also loves photography, she works a lot and she spends quality time with her family, boyfriend and friends.

June 4, 2015 - Portrait # 155

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/14  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 118mm - Taylor Bishop

She is the young, beautiful girl responsible for my photography project being showcased on FOX21- where she works - on tv on Memorial Day weekend. Taylor is from Arkansas, but she studied in Missouri, shower she met her boyfriend Max. She is new to Colorado, so this is going to be her first Summer here. We scheduled her portrait the day she recorded me for tv. Yesterday we exchanged text to confirm our meeting and today I headed to Bear Creek Park. the park is about 15 miles from my house and I had only been there before once, a long time ago. It is a beautiful park, with lots of greens and trails. When I asked Taylor how she would like to be seen, she straight told me  she is not herself without her dogs, so I broke my own rule of not photographing anybody with dogs. This was the moment you can't separate the human from the pet, as they become one. Her love for the dogs was so real I fell in love with them. Meet Taylor, Hendrix and Ozzy. I loved their names and personality. Taylor shared they are 5 and 3 years old. At the park, I found an area with shade and set up one flash. Her boyfriend Max also helped holding a reflector to bounce some extra light on the darker dog. Taylor is beautiful so getting her right on camera was easy. Ozzy and Hendrix were a little harder to get, but at some point they both had expressions I really liked and that was the portrait of the day. Flash with zoom head at 80mm, 1/2 power.    

She is the young, beautiful girl responsible for my photography project being showcased on FOX21- where she works - on tv on Memorial Day weekend. Taylor is from Arkansas, but she studied in Missouri, shower she met her boyfriend Max. She is new to Colorado, so this is going to be her first Summer here.

We scheduled her portrait the day she recorded me for tv. Yesterday we exchanged text to confirm our meeting and today I headed to Bear Creek Park. the park is about 15 miles from my house and I had only been there before once, a long time ago. It is a beautiful park, with lots of greens and trails.

When I asked Taylor how she would like to be seen, she straight told me  she is not herself without her dogs, so I broke my own rule of not photographing anybody with dogs. This was the moment you can't separate the human from the pet, as they become one. Her love for the dogs was so real I fell in love with them. Meet Taylor, Hendrix and Ozzy. I loved their names and personality. Taylor shared they are 5 and 3 years old.

At the park, I found an area with shade and set up one flash. Her boyfriend Max also helped holding a reflector to bounce some extra light on the darker dog.

Taylor is beautiful so getting her right on camera was easy. Ozzy and Hendrix were a little harder to get, but at some point they both had expressions I really liked and that was the portrait of the day.

Flash with zoom head at 80mm, 1/2 power.

 

 

June 3, 2015 - Portrait # 154

ISO: 200  Aperture: f/6.3  Shutter Speed: 1/125  Lens: Canon EF 85mm fixed f/1.8 - Mark Kirkland

I met Mark 10 years ago. He is one of the best photographers I know. He has a studio in Palmer Lake where you can see his enthusiasm about documenting people's lives.  Mark's life is about photography. At least the side of Mark I get to see. He has very little time for himself so I was very happy when he accepted my invitation to be my portrait of the day. I know him as a friend and amazing photographer but above all Mark is a people person who connects and engages with every person he meets. When I first met him, he was a wildlife photographer and he had just been awarded in an international contest. Throughout the years Mark continued to improve as a photographer. He praises God and he is a man of faith. He feels the blessings that shine on him as an act of God's will but he deserves every single one of them. My best friend Tara was with me when I created his portrait in his studio. Funny how I remember...Mark sets the lights, and grab his camera and ask me about light ratio and hair light and..."no,no,no...that is how YOU light.  Turn that off, turn that off and move this one". Now I arrive in his studio. It took a little of playing to adapt to his wider studio. If the light was not the way I had in mind, my post processing would not match the way I had in mind. I wanted a portrait that was a mix of a serious portrait (but not too serious) and a hint of a vintage look. A beautiful portrait of a nice gentleman.

I met Mark 10 years ago. He is one of the best photographers I know. He has a studio in Palmer Lake where you can see his enthusiasm about documenting people's lives. 

Mark's life is about photography. At least the side of Mark I get to see. He has very little time for himself so I was very happy when he accepted my invitation to be my portrait of the day.

I know him as a friend and amazing photographer but above all Mark is a people person who connects and engages with every person he meets.

When I first met him, he was a wildlife photographer and he had just been awarded in an international contest.

Throughout the years Mark continued to improve as a photographer.

He praises God and he is a man of faith. He feels the blessings that shine on him as an act of God's will but he deserves every single one of them.

My best friend Tara was with me when I created his portrait in his studio. Funny how I remember...Mark sets the lights, and grab his camera and ask me about light ratio and hair light and..."no,no,no...that is how YOU light.  Turn that off, turn that off and move this one". Now I arrive in his studio. It took a little of playing to adapt to his wider studio. If the light was not the way I had in mind, my post processing would not match the way I had in mind. I wanted a portrait that was a mix of a serious portrait (but not too serious) and a hint of a vintage look. A beautiful portrait of a nice gentleman.

June 2, 2015 - Portrait # 153

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/9  Shutter Speed: 1/640 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 70mm - Jenna Mahaffey

June 1, 2015 - Portrait # 152

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/8  Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 55mm - Heather Poll

May 31, 2015 - Portrait # 151

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/13  Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 118mm - Evelyn Cooley

Evelyn is a very bright girl. She wants to go to medical school. She is really excited that soon she will have her permit to drive by herself. She also likes photography and she has taken classes abut film and darkroom. I used a flash with a softbox at full power on this portrait with the zoom head at 105mm to use the maximum of the light to her face. In post processing I used a graduated filter to bring back the details in the mountains.

Evelyn is a very bright girl. She wants to go to medical school. She is really excited that soon she will have her permit to drive by herself. She also likes photography and she has taken classes abut film and darkroom. I used a flash with a softbox at full power on this portrait with the zoom head at 105mm to use the maximum of the light to her face. In post processing I used a graduated filter to bring back the details in the mountains.

May 30, 2015 - Portrait # 150

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 78mm - Anita Harris

May 29, 2015 - Portrait # 149

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/5 Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 35mm - Elaine White

May 28, 2015 - Portrait # 148

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 104mm - Adam Stent

May 27, 2015 - Portrait # 147

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 98mm - Randy Colvin

May 26, 2015 - Portrait # 146

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/13 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 131mm - Kyle Jarvis

May 25, 2015 - Portrait # 145

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/4.5 Shutter Speed: 1/30  Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 73mm - Angela Quigley

May 24, 2015 - Portrait # 144

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 94mm - Mimi Tenace

Mimi has a bubbly personality. We met once, for about five minutes and we scheduled her portrait right away. I knew nothing about her except she loves purple.  We ended up anticipating her portrait about 3 weeks earlier because I was lucky to have Fox News to pick the story of the interesting people I photograph to be featured on tv. Mimi said yes. We spoke on the phone and I explained I would like to capture her personality, alive and happy instead of a formal portrait.  I also love purple, so I knew it was going to be a good one because of her energy. There is something very special about her. She is very emotional, honest, and beautiful. When I asked her about what she liked doing she told me she did not have any hobby but she does an awesome martini and her grandmother taught her how to do it. We picked our theme.  According to her grandmother, who now lives in Heaven, when it is five o'clock it is time for a Martini, and it is always five o'clock somewhere. She learned how to make martinis and she has very fond memories about her grandmother, who is a big inspiration in her life. So that is the story of how she made me the first martini I ever had. I learned I like martinis.  This was a very high energy, emotional session, one that brought beautiful and powerful memories and made us connect more. She will have a portrait that is meaningful to her and I just made a new friend. Another wonderful day. 221 more to go!!

Mimi has a bubbly personality. We met once, for about five minutes and we scheduled her portrait right away. I knew nothing about her except she loves purple. 

We ended up anticipating her portrait about 3 weeks earlier because I was lucky to have Fox News to pick the story of the interesting people I photograph to be featured on tv. Mimi said yes. We spoke on the phone and I explained I would like to capture her personality, alive and happy instead of a formal portrait.  I also love purple, so I knew it was going to be a good one because of her energy. There is something very special about her.

She is very emotional, honest, and beautiful. When I asked her about what she liked doing she told me she did not have any hobby but she does an awesome martini and her grandmother taught her how to do it. We picked our theme. 

According to her grandmother, who now lives in Heaven, when it is five o'clock it is time for a Martini, and it is always five o'clock somewhere. She learned how to make martinis and she has very fond memories about her grandmother, who is a big inspiration in her life. So that is the story of how she made me the first martini I ever had. I learned I like martinis. 

This was a very high energy, emotional session, one that brought beautiful and powerful memories and made us connect more.

She will have a portrait that is meaningful to her and I just made a new friend. Another wonderful day. 221 more to go!!

May 23, 2015 - Portrait # 143

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed lens - Mercedes Salguero

May 22, 2015 - Portrait # 142

ISO: 125 Aperture: f/4 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 L @ 24mm - Salvador Salguero

May 21, 2015 - Portrait # 141

ISO: 1600 Aperture: f/3.5 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF85m  f/1.8 fixed - Molly Gritters

May 20, 2015 - Portrait # 140

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/7.1 Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 85mm  f/1.8 fixed -  Joseph Spencer

May 19, 2015 - Portrait # 139

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8  fixed lens - Melanie Kratz

May 18, 2015 - Portrait # 138

ISO:250 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 100 mm fixed f/2.8 - Laina Weldon

May 17, 2015 - Portrait # 137

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 56mm - Garie Sutherby

May 16, 2015 - Portrait # 136

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/10 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 46mm - Shaun Rodvold


May 15, 2015 - Portrait # 135

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 70mm - Lindsay Wilson

She is a Registered Nurse and she just had a baby a few months ago. We talked about her baby boy, photography and visiting the Botanic Gardens in Denver, which we both love.  She thought I was going to have a big setup, but I knew she did not have time for that, so I went for a simple setup with one light only bounced off a foamboard. The light was nice and soft and I only needed to take a few images to get this one.

She is a Registered Nurse and she just had a baby a few months ago.

We talked about her baby boy, photography and visiting the Botanic Gardens in Denver, which we both love. 

She thought I was going to have a big setup, but I knew she did not have time for that, so I went for a simple setup with one light only bounced off a foamboard. The light was nice and soft and I only needed to take a few images to get this one.

May 14, 2015 - Portrait # 134

ISO: 250 Aperture: f/13 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 98m - Derek Grainger

Derek is the son of one of my street neighboors. I believe it was the first time I ever saw him. He attends the University in Illinois. He is studying Athletic training and Exercise Science. I invited him when I was getting home and saw his breaking apart some tiles with a hammer. His father was helping in their project and I borrowed him for a few minutes.  He shared he likes hiking and swimming but we did not talk a lot, as he needed to come back to his activity. Two flashes were set up for this portrait., one behind him and one coming from the left.

Derek is the son of one of my street neighboors. I believe it was the first time I ever saw him. He attends the University in Illinois. He is studying Athletic training and Exercise Science. I invited him when I was getting home and saw his breaking apart some tiles with a hammer. His father was helping in their project and I borrowed him for a few minutes. 

He shared he likes hiking and swimming but we did not talk a lot, as he needed to come back to his activity.

Two flashes were set up for this portrait., one behind him and one coming from the left.

May 13, 2015 - Portrait # 133

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 122mm - Steeve Clark

The first time I met Steeve was about 10 years ago. He goes to the Einstein Bagels, where I used to work, to meet his friends for coffee. He has always been a very fun and optimistic person and I enjoyed listening to the stories he would share at the coffee shop. I see him every now and then when I go get a cup of coffee in the right days. We met again a few weeks ago and scheduled his portrait. My friend Brokk was my assistant, holding one of the flashes for me. I had so much fun hearing his stories again! I did not know he loves to go out in his RV. I did not know he loves kayaking in a big, inflatable boat. That he raised his sons with his wife going all over the place in the RV. He is older than he looks (I could not believe his age!) and his adventurous spirit and energy keeps him experimenting new things. He was getting ready to spend a few days in the mountains. Today he is retired but he said he was not ready to do nothing, so he volunteers with the Museum of Aviation in Colorado Springs. He knows quite a lot of History, especially of planes. Brokk and him were also talking and by coincidence, they know the same pastors as they attend the same church. Small world. Two flashes were used in this portrait, one on the left of the picture, with no diffusion, and one from the right, at 45 degrees, with no diffusion either.

The first time I met Steeve was about 10 years ago. He goes to the Einstein Bagels, where I used to work, to meet his friends for coffee. He has always been a very fun and optimistic person and I enjoyed listening to the stories he would share at the coffee shop. I see him every now and then when I go get a cup of coffee in the right days. We met again a few weeks ago and scheduled his portrait. My friend Brokk was my assistant, holding one of the flashes for me.

I had so much fun hearing his stories again! I did not know he loves to go out in his RV. I did not know he loves kayaking in a big, inflatable boat. That he raised his sons with his wife going all over the place in the RV. He is older than he looks (I could not believe his age!) and his adventurous spirit and energy keeps him experimenting new things. He was getting ready to spend a few days in the mountains.

Today he is retired but he said he was not ready to do nothing, so he volunteers with the Museum of Aviation in Colorado Springs. He knows quite a lot of History, especially of planes.

Brokk and him were also talking and by coincidence, they know the same pastors as they attend the same church. Small world.

Two flashes were used in this portrait, one on the left of the picture, with no diffusion, and one from the right, at 45 degrees, with no diffusion either.

May 12, 2015 - Portrait # 132

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 91mm - Curtis Lovett

I know Curtis from the photography groups and field trip. I had a cancelation and it was one of those nights with photography class, so I took my equipment to the class hoping somebody there would say ok for my volunteer of the day. There were some 10 people around me when I did his picture and we only had a couple of minutes before class to do this one. The light in the room was horrible and I was thankful for flash to make it just a little better. I know he loves spending time with his grandson, enjoys very much photographing macro photography and he once was a cop. He likes to talk a lot, just like me. Only one light was used in his portrait, from his right.

I know Curtis from the photography groups and field trip. I had a cancelation and it was one of those nights with photography class, so I took my equipment to the class hoping somebody there would say ok for my volunteer of the day. There were some 10 people around me when I did his picture and we only had a couple of minutes before class to do this one. The light in the room was horrible and I was thankful for flash to make it just a little better. I know he loves spending time with his grandson, enjoys very much photographing macro photography and he once was a cop. He likes to talk a lot, just like me. Only one light was used in his portrait, from his right.

May 11, 2015 - Portrait # 131

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 109mm - Warren Roh

Warren is one of my nicest friends and I value his friendship like a treasure. He is a do it yourself kind of man. Brilliant. An Engineer, inventor, photographer, writer, problem solver, just to name a few of his so many talents.  I was waiting to create a portrait of him in fall, but as scarcity is the mother of inventions and I had no one to photograph today due to another last minute cancelation, I called him. My conversation with him went like this on the phone: "Warren, your day has come...can you be my portrait of the day today?" He answered "I am not dressed for the occasion, I am in the middle of Lowes, shopping." Perfect, just what I need! I had vision of him and a full shopping cart in the parking lot. When we met, he said he did not find what he was looking for and directed me to specific place in the back of the building. Warren saved my project. Before I called him, I spent 2 entire hours on the phone calling everybody I know to ask for a referral, a spouse a neighbor, anybody who could be my portrait in a short notice. I asked him to sit by a table in this small park and he asked me "what do you want me to do?" - I answered "whatever you want" and he looked away for a fraction of a second, when I took this picture. Since he is my friend, this portrait is really a gift for him, I feel like I captured my friend as I see him: a man of his word, a serious thinker, a respectful citizen, a loyal friend with a lot of character. Only one flash was used for his portrait, from his right.

Warren is one of my nicest friends and I value his friendship like a treasure. He is a do it yourself kind of man. Brilliant. An Engineer, inventor, photographer, writer, problem solver, just to name a few of his so many talents. 

I was waiting to create a portrait of him in fall, but as scarcity is the mother of inventions and I had no one to photograph today due to another last minute cancelation, I called him. My conversation with him went like this on the phone: "Warren, your day has come...can you be my portrait of the day today?" He answered "I am not dressed for the occasion, I am in the middle of Lowes, shopping." Perfect, just what I need!

I had vision of him and a full shopping cart in the parking lot. When we met, he said he did not find what he was looking for and directed me to specific place in the back of the building. Warren saved my project. Before I called him, I spent 2 entire hours on the phone calling everybody I know to ask for a referral, a spouse a neighbor, anybody who could be my portrait in a short notice.

I asked him to sit by a table in this small park and he asked me "what do you want me to do?" - I answered "whatever you want" and he looked away for a fraction of a second, when I took this picture. Since he is my friend, this portrait is really a gift for him, I feel like I captured my friend as I see him: a man of his word, a serious thinker, a respectful citizen, a loyal friend with a lot of character.

Only one flash was used for his portrait, from his right.

May 10, 2015 - Portrait # 130

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/16 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 131mm - Nathan Stunkard

Nathan came over on mother's day. He is Haley's boyfriend - I photographed Haley as a 1920'2 flapper on April 3, portrait # 93. I liked his shirt and I thought it would match the red leather chair. Nathan works as a bartender in two different places and Haley says he does a killer Margarita. He said that he finished college and came to Colorado. He loves fishing and he treats Haley really nice, which made him gain points in my book. He and my boyfriend talked a little bit about fishing while I did not understand their lingo, which was ok, because it gave me time to set up my light. Mike distracted Nathan and I setup three flashes for for this portrait. 

Nathan came over on mother's day. He is Haley's boyfriend - I photographed Haley as a 1920'2 flapper on April 3, portrait # 93. I liked his shirt and I thought it would match the red leather chair. Nathan works as a bartender in two different places and Haley says he does a killer Margarita. He said that he finished college and came to Colorado. He loves fishing and he treats Haley really nice, which made him gain points in my book. He and my boyfriend talked a little bit about fishing while I did not understand their lingo, which was ok, because it gave me time to set up my light. Mike distracted Nathan and I setup three flashes for for this portrait. 

May 9, 2015 - Portrait # 129

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 60mm - Gus Hunninghake

Gus is finishinghigh school in a few weeks. He is going to move to Kansas to attend college. He loves writing and he has a blog of his own. HE will major in journalism with a minor in film making. He told me he got interested in writing when he took a class about writing. He is really excited about starting his new life on his own and going to college. He also has some interest in photography. This portrait was made with 2 flashes: one pointed to his back and one pointed to his face. It was a challenge to get the light on his face just right as he was 2 feet from the window and he wanted to keep his hat on. I wanted to preserve his wish but I needed the light to be on his eyes. We finally made some improvements to get the light just right. I showed him and this was his favorite. 

Gus is finishinghigh school in a few weeks. He is going to move to Kansas to attend college. He loves writing and he has a blog of his own. HE will major in journalism with a minor in film making. He told me he got interested in writing when he took a class about writing. He is really excited about starting his new life on his own and going to college. He also has some interest in photography.

This portrait was made with 2 flashes: one pointed to his back and one pointed to his face. It was a challenge to get the light on his face just right as he was 2 feet from the window and he wanted to keep his hat on. I wanted to preserve his wish but I needed the light to be on his eyes. We finally made some improvements to get the light just right. I showed him and this was his favorite. 

May 8, 2015 - Portrait # 128

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/16 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 131mm - Brian Davis

Brian wanted to have his portrait taken in the studio and I was delighted to see him show up with his skateboard. He picked the perfect colors. They matched his eyes. I explained that first we re going to do some light tests until I could outline him against the darkness, then we would add a main light. His mom thought it was really funny how we blocked light to keep a dramatic look. When we were ready I asked him to put the skateboard above his head and loved that image, but then he put the board behind the head and that's the one I really loved the most. His expression is just priceless. He shared with me he is really into skateboarding and he thinks he wants to be a software engineer. I really was all into hearing the stories of his family  while they lived in the Azores Island for two years. That could NOT be coincidence: both sides of my family come from Azores Island!! Now I really want to go there! Three flashes were used for this portrait, 2 behind him and one in front, about 45 degrees to his right.

Brian wanted to have his portrait taken in the studio and I was delighted to see him show up with his skateboard. He picked the perfect colors. They matched his eyes. I explained that first we re going to do some light tests until I could outline him against the darkness, then we would add a main light.

His mom thought it was really funny how we blocked light to keep a dramatic look. When we were ready I asked him to put the skateboard above his head and loved that image, but then he put the board behind the head and that's the one I really loved the most. His expression is just priceless.

He shared with me he is really into skateboarding and he thinks he wants to be a software engineer. I really was all into hearing the stories of his family  while they lived in the Azores Island for two years. That could NOT be coincidence: both sides of my family come from Azores Island!! Now I really want to go there!

Three flashes were used for this portrait, 2 behind him and one in front, about 45 degrees to his right.

May 7, 2015 - Portrait # 127

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 70mm - Caitlyn Smith

She is a massage therapist specialized in sports massage and injuries  She is very calm and has good energy you can feel. This image was taken using a flash bounced off a white foamboard to diffuse the light. I took 3 or 4 pictures and she liked this one, which I agree was the best of the series. There was a helper holding the flash about 5 feet away from Caitlyn's face, pointing the flash to the board. Power was set to 1/8 of flash capacity.

She is a massage therapist specialized in sports massage and injuries  She is very calm and has good energy you can feel. This image was taken using a flash bounced off a white foamboard to diffuse the light. I took 3 or 4 pictures and she liked this one, which I agree was the best of the series. There was a helper holding the flash about 5 feet away from Caitlyn's face, pointing the flash to the board. Power was set to 1/8 of flash capacity.

May 6, 2015 - Portrait # 126

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 51mm - Krystal Rodgers

I met Krystal five minutes before this picture was taken. I had a cancelation and I knew I had to go all kinds of places asking people if they would be ok in being a volunteer for A Portrait a Day. She is also a hair stylist, and she graciously posed for me for a few images so I could keep my project going. She shared with me she has loyal clients who have been with her for many, many years. She was shy, but very friendly. She and Rebecca Poll work at Harmony in Hair, in the East part of town.

I met Krystal five minutes before this picture was taken. I had a cancelation and I knew I had to go all kinds of places asking people if they would be ok in being a volunteer for A Portrait a Day. She is also a hair stylist, and she graciously posed for me for a few images so I could keep my project going. She shared with me she has loyal clients who have been with her for many, many years. She was shy, but very friendly. She and Rebecca Poll work at Harmony in Hair, in the East part of town.

May 5, 2015 - Portrait # 125

ISO: 1250 Aperture: f/5 Shutter Speed: 1/60 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Rebecca Poll

Rebecca has been a hair stylist for about 20 years. She has been taking care of my hair for over 3. Every six or 8 weeks I go see here. She used to come from Gunnison every two weeks to attend her loyal clients but she moved back to Colorado Springs last year. I have seen her engage with clients and pick up the conversation where it was left 6 weeks before: it happens that the day I go the other regulars go there as well on the same schedule as I do my hair - every 6 or 8 weeks - so I got used to some faces and stories I hear while waiting my turn. She knows my friend Carmela who moved to Arizona last year so we talked about how much we both miss her.  I wanted to take a picture being right in front of her, showing the 5 drying stations, but I grabbed the wrong fixed lens before leaving the house so I needed to compromise and change my angle to make it fit in the space I had to work with. This time I did not use flash, but a continuous light with 5100 degrees Kelvin, diffused by an umbrella.

Rebecca has been a hair stylist for about 20 years. She has been taking care of my hair for over 3. Every six or 8 weeks I go see here. She used to come from Gunnison every two weeks to attend her loyal clients but she moved back to Colorado Springs last year. I have seen her engage with clients and pick up the conversation where it was left 6 weeks before: it happens that the day I go the other regulars go there as well on the same schedule as I do my hair - every 6 or 8 weeks - so I got used to some faces and stories I hear while waiting my turn. She knows my friend Carmela who moved to Arizona last year so we talked about how much we both miss her. 

I wanted to take a picture being right in front of her, showing the 5 drying stations, but I grabbed the wrong fixed lens before leaving the house so I needed to compromise and change my angle to make it fit in the space I had to work with.

This time I did not use flash, but a continuous light with 5100 degrees Kelvin, diffused by an umbrella.

May 4, 2015 - Portrait # 124

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Hope Garcia

I spoke with Hope on the phone before I met her in person. She was a referral of a friend of mine. She is a busy lady. Originally from Kansas, she came to Colorado for an internship and ended up moving here. She loves skiing and she is studying for her masters in Health Administration. She is really friendly and I only took 6 pictures of her for having this one. This was one of the few times where I did not have to plan so much ahead, it was scheduled one hour before it happened. Only one flash with a softbox was used in this picture, about 2 feet to the left. I chose the green wall because I loved the graphic circles on the background. She is a thinker and those signs reminded me of the balloons of cartoons when people are thinking. 

I spoke with Hope on the phone before I met her in person. She was a referral of a friend of mine. She is a busy lady. Originally from Kansas, she came to Colorado for an internship and ended up moving here. She loves skiing and she is studying for her masters in Health Administration. She is really friendly and I only took 6 pictures of her for having this one. This was one of the few times where I did not have to plan so much ahead, it was scheduled one hour before it happened. Only one flash with a softbox was used in this picture, about 2 feet to the left. I chose the green wall because I loved the graphic circles on the background. She is a thinker and those signs reminded me of the balloons of cartoons when people are thinking. 

May 3, 2015 - Portrait # 123

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L @ 70mm - Heather Scholan

Heather is a very active person. We talked about taking pictures while she is biking - she loves long bike rides - but she decided she wanted a portrait with her creative outlet of weaving.  She had just been in a craft show for 2 days with some friends and she was inspired by the energy of the event. The weaving machine, she told me, is set up for weaving while you are sitted, but we wanted to portrait her with the machine so we decided to get her standing by it. The original idea was to do the portrait outdoors but this room had so much character and personality I could not pass the opportunity. Two flashes were used for this image. One was a bare flash to lit her hair and one speedlight with a softbox.  She loves the bikes and the oudoors life. She told me blackforest fire barely spared her house: I saw trees within 30 feet of her house completely burned. They lost the shed, but the house was saved. It made her re-think of how materialistic our society is and how easy it is to just accumulate things you don't need. She was really grateful for still having her home with all the memories it holds.

Heather is a very active person. We talked about taking pictures while she is biking - she loves long bike rides - but she decided she wanted a portrait with her creative outlet of weaving. 

She had just been in a craft show for 2 days with some friends and she was inspired by the energy of the event. The weaving machine, she told me, is set up for weaving while you are sitted, but we wanted to portrait her with the machine so we decided to get her standing by it. The original idea was to do the portrait outdoors but this room had so much character and personality I could not pass the opportunity. Two flashes were used for this image. One was a bare flash to lit her hair and one speedlight with a softbox. 

She loves the bikes and the oudoors life. She told me blackforest fire barely spared her house: I saw trees within 30 feet of her house completely burned. They lost the shed, but the house was saved. It made her re-think of how materialistic our society is and how easy it is to just accumulate things you don't need. She was really grateful for still having her home with all the memories it holds.

May 2, 2015 - Portrait # 122

ISO: 250 Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L @ 63mm - Bill Harris

Bill is one of the most interesting people I ever met. Our time together was like a split second. He has lived all over the world and acquired a great spect for different cultures and appreciation for international cuisine. We started his portrait session with one of Bill's joke: he was so nervous he cut himself shaving. We burst laughing and the ice was broken. Our conversation was so fun that I actually posted his portrait a few days ago in the blog I wrote about him. I won't repeat myself. You can read it for yourself if you wish so.

Bill is one of the most interesting people I ever met. Our time together was like a split second. He has lived all over the world and acquired a great spect for different cultures and appreciation for international cuisine. We started his portrait session with one of Bill's joke: he was so nervous he cut himself shaving. We burst laughing and the ice was broken. Our conversation was so fun that I actually posted his portrait a few days ago in the blog I wrote about him. I won't repeat myself. You can read it for yourself if you wish so.

May 1, 2015 - Portrait # 121

ISO: 800 Aperture: f/5 Shutter Speed: 1/20 (camera on tripod) Lens: Canon EF 70-200 mm f/4 L @ 98mm - Heather Horvath

Heather is going to experience her first summer in Colorado. She moved last year from Pennsylvania and she is still adapting to the new lifestyle. She loves Pilates, which she teaches, reason why I asked her to bring something related to the activity. I planned to do an environmental portrait with her exercising. She told me she loves trees so I went scouting for a location that would be a new one for her to bring her kids and enjoy the views of our city. We picked unset time and it started to rain just before we arrived at the park. She loves the outdoors and she asked when summer was going to start...We laughed. It is Colorado, she will get used to it. I asked her to stay warm in the car while I walked in the rain to find the place where her portrait was going to be. I found the place, tested the light, Heather was asked to demonstrate a few of her exercises. I loved many images made in this session, but when I got to the last picture, with her smiling with the mountains in sunset, I chose it. I fell in love with the warm tones of the sky. She loves hiking and biking so we talked about our city trails. She has 2 children and she misses her family in the East. She is shy and very sweet. When we were done with her images we drove back together to the other car and we experienced a fun event: I saw an Eiffel Tower in front of a house. An Eiffel Tower. Bigger than the house. In front of a garage. U turn. I get off the car and introduce myself to the people in the driveway. I just could not resist to ask permission to photogrpah. I thought it was something special. It was. The man who built it, Gary, spent 2 and a half months building it with scrap wood.  He built it in 5 phases and put it together a few minutes before I drive in front of his house. The tower was going to a prom party the next day. Heather got to experience first time the intensity of my routine. Rewarding and fun. Another great day.

Heather is going to experience her first summer in Colorado. She moved last year from Pennsylvania and she is still adapting to the new lifestyle.

She loves Pilates, which she teaches, reason why I asked her to bring something related to the activity. I planned to do an environmental portrait with her exercising. She told me she loves trees so I went scouting for a location that would be a new one for her to bring her kids and enjoy the views of our city. We picked unset time and it started to rain just before we arrived at the park. She loves the outdoors and she asked when summer was going to start...We laughed. It is Colorado, she will get used to it.

I asked her to stay warm in the car while I walked in the rain to find the place where her portrait was going to be. I found the place, tested the light, Heather was asked to demonstrate a few of her exercises. I loved many images made in this session, but when I got to the last picture, with her smiling with the mountains in sunset, I chose it. I fell in love with the warm tones of the sky.

She loves hiking and biking so we talked about our city trails. She has 2 children and she misses her family in the East. She is shy and very sweet.

When we were done with her images we drove back together to the other car and we experienced a fun event: I saw an Eiffel Tower in front of a house. An Eiffel Tower. Bigger than the house. In front of a garage. U turn. I get off the car and introduce myself to the people in the driveway. I just could not resist to ask permission to photogrpah. I thought it was something special. It was. The man who built it, Gary, spent 2 and a half months building it with scrap wood.  He built it in 5 phases and put it together a few minutes before I drive in front of his house. The tower was going to a prom party the next day.

Heather got to experience first time the intensity of my routine. Rewarding and fun. Another great day.

April 30, 2015 - Portrait # 120

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 104mm - Lisa Burgan

Today I completed four months photographing a portrait a day. One third of the year is down...two thirds more to go. I am determined to finish, to meet more people and do things differently. Today, my thoughts are focused on flashbacks. I close my eyes and see the portraits I did in the beginning of the year and the ones I have been doing lately. I am happy to state I see growth. It gives me a strange sense of achievement, pride and accountability. The growth in my path...I like it. My best American friend, and talented photographer, Taralyn Quigley, went with me in this portrait a day session to meet Lisa. We all laughed so much we cried. What a blessed morning! Lisa lives in a beautiful home into the woods. The squirrels are her friends and come often to visit her. We had talked about photographing her feeding the squirrels but her living room was just too beautiful to pass a classic portrait. I asked if we could do it there and she said yes. For this classic look 2 flashes were used, one with an umbrella and one behind her. Lisa was an accountant until not too long ago but now she enjoys life to the fullest. She is a woman of many talents, as so many of the ones I meet in my daily life. She loves wine - she has a fun group of friends who get together often for wine tastings. She likes to saw in her hobby room. She told me she needs to start doing curtains and that takes time. She loves decorating her house and she has a very classy and eclectic style for furniture.

Today I completed four months photographing a portrait a day. One third of the year is down...two thirds more to go.

I am determined to finish, to meet more people and do things differently.

Today, my thoughts are focused on flashbacks. I close my eyes and see the portraits I did in the beginning of the year and the ones I have been doing lately. I am happy to state I see growth. It gives me a strange sense of achievement, pride and accountability. The growth in my path...I like it. My best American friend, and talented photographer, Taralyn Quigley, went with me in this portrait a day session to meet Lisa. We all laughed so much we cried. What a blessed morning!

Lisa lives in a beautiful home into the woods. The squirrels are her friends and come often to visit her. We had talked about photographing her feeding the squirrels but her living room was just too beautiful to pass a classic portrait. I asked if we could do it there and she said yes.

For this classic look 2 flashes were used, one with an umbrella and one behind her.

Lisa was an accountant until not too long ago but now she enjoys life to the fullest. She is a woman of many talents, as so many of the ones I meet in my daily life. She loves wine - she has a fun group of friends who get together often for wine tastings. She likes to saw in her hobby room. She told me she needs to start doing curtains and that takes time. She loves decorating her house and she has a very classy and eclectic style for furniture.

April 29, 2015 - Portrait # 119

ISO: 500 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/200 Lens: Canon EF 24-70 mm f/2.8 L @ 70mm - Patrick

Today was one of those days where I had a cancelation notice, which seems frequently recently. I needed to go to the bank early and realized I went too early, so I waited...meanwhile I spent about 30 minutes calling people and texting people to check if I could get a volunteer for the project. No luck. I went to the bank and I asked the few employees inside if they were interested, but they were not. Since it was a beautiful day and I never see the sunshine, I just stayed outside my car, in the parking lot of the bank. I though it would not hurt to be friendly and look people in the eyes if anybody else would come to the bank and parked by me. Another 15 minutes passed. A few people parked by me and I asked them if they would be interested. No luck again. Then Patrick parked and  got out of the car. He looked to his phone, started smoking a cigarette and he did not seem to be in a hurry. I got closer said hello and asked if he had a minute because I needed help. I introduced myself, gave him my card and explained about the project. He said his shift was going to start in a little bit but if it would not take too long he would be my volunteer. He saved the da I ran to my car to grab the camera, knowing I would not have enough time for a flash. He said he had blue eyes and it hurt to take the glasses off which I totally agree. I took 3 pictures. One of the sky alone to test exposure, and 2 other ones with him having the sun behind him. I like backlit images in which  I can blow out the sky, but it comes with the hard part: it literally blinds me for a few minutes and it compromises my ability to check sharpness. I was lucky. Patrick said he works for AutoZone  in the same parking lot where my bank is. We talked about photography for a few minutes and he seemed interested in modeling for the photography workshops. He was really nice and friendly, which renews my faith in human beings. Today was a good day. Only natural light used in this image.

Today was one of those days where I had a cancelation notice, which seems frequently recently. I needed to go to the bank early and realized I went too early, so I waited...meanwhile I spent about 30 minutes calling people and texting people to check if I could get a volunteer for the project. No luck. I went to the bank and I asked the few employees inside if they were interested, but they were not. Since it was a beautiful day and I never see the sunshine, I just stayed outside my car, in the parking lot of the bank. I though it would not hurt to be friendly and look people in the eyes if anybody else would come to the bank and parked by me. Another 15 minutes passed. A few people parked by me and I asked them if they would be interested. No luck again. Then Patrick parked and  got out of the car. He looked to his phone, started smoking a cigarette and he did not seem to be in a hurry. I got closer said hello and asked if he had a minute because I needed help. I introduced myself, gave him my card and explained about the project. He said his shift was going to start in a little bit but if it would not take too long he would be my volunteer. He saved the da

I ran to my car to grab the camera, knowing I would not have enough time for a flash. He said he had blue eyes and it hurt to take the glasses off which I totally agree. I took 3 pictures. One of the sky alone to test exposure, and 2 other ones with him having the sun behind him. I like backlit images in which  I can blow out the sky, but it comes with the hard part: it literally blinds me for a few minutes and it compromises my ability to check sharpness. I was lucky.

Patrick said he works for AutoZone  in the same parking lot where my bank is. We talked about photography for a few minutes and he seemed interested in modeling for the photography workshops. He was really nice and friendly, which renews my faith in human beings. Today was a good day.

Only natural light used in this image.

April 28, 2015 - Portrait # 118

ISO: 250 Aperture: f/5 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/4 L @ 78mm - Patty Barlitt

Within two hours of meeting Patty I was in her home photographing her. I love when I have the chance to meet people who are open to life and smile at things that are thrown into them. When I saw this chair with the yellow throw I knew that was were the portrait was going to be taken. Patty is a warm person. She has children and a lovely dog called Scout. Scout liked me. She told me Scout is a rescue that she first fostered and he even had a chip, but it was not registered. they named him Scout as a funny thing because he was obviously not a good "boy scout", as he was lost. Her family decided to adopt him and he is about five years old now. She came from Florida 20 years ago and Colorado has been her home since then. She works from home and has somehow a flexible schedule. Her husband is military.  When I was setting the light for her portrait I told her I would like to create an environmental portrait that shows the warmth of her home and personality. I asked her if she had ever had any interest in photography in the past and she told me that about 20 years ago she assisted a photographer in a wedding with the lightmeter. Small world. I keep meeting people involved with photography and art every now and then. Only one flash was used in this portrait, a portable speedlight with a softbox coming from the left.  

Within two hours of meeting Patty I was in her home photographing her. I love when I have the chance to meet people who are open to life and smile at things that are thrown into them. When I saw this chair with the yellow throw I knew that was were the portrait was going to be taken. Patty is a warm person. She has children and a lovely dog called Scout. Scout liked me. She told me Scout is a rescue that she first fostered and he even had a chip, but it was not registered. they named him Scout as a funny thing because he was obviously not a good "boy scout", as he was lost. Her family decided to adopt him and he is about five years old now. She came from Florida 20 years ago and Colorado has been her home since then. She works from home and has somehow a flexible schedule. Her husband is military. 

When I was setting the light for her portrait I told her I would like to create an environmental portrait that shows the warmth of her home and personality. I asked her if she had ever had any interest in photography in the past and she told me that about 20 years ago she assisted a photographer in a wedding with the lightmeter. Small world. I keep meeting people involved with photography and art every now and then.

Only one flash was used in this portrait, a portable speedlight with a softbox coming from the left.  

April 27, 2015 - Portrait # 117

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/4 L @ 172mm - Zya Boyer

Zya is the first child in A Portrait a Day project. I see her often, visiting her mother, and I cam captivated by her giggles, curiosity and energetic personality. She reminds me of the original movie "Annie" with her curly hair and pretty face. Her mother brought her to my home so I could create a portrait for this day. My original idea was to have her standing on a wood box, just like we see in movies and old pictures. We tried that and it was cute, but my heart did not sing. I kept going. She had 3 different outfits, She spoke all the time about her little sister, and school and vacation. Her mom was really helpful asking her questions that would make her answer with different expressions. Then I remembered she is a curious child...I showed her my old camera and how it worked and she was fascinated trying to understand how she was looking down but seeing in front of her. She jumped over and over, giggled, made faces as any child does and I liked them all. Eventually I loved this one. It summarizes a child's curiosity and it won my heart. I asked her to share three things she liked and were important to her. Her answer was that she loved all the animals (she recently went to the zoo and she loved it), she loved watching movies, specially cartoons and then she though a little more and said she loved Jesus. Then she high-fived me. One light was used to create this portrait. An Alienbee flash with a softbox bigger than her, on the left of the picture. I desaturated the image to keep the old off color look I wanted for this image.

Zya is the first child in A Portrait a Day project. I see her often, visiting her mother, and I cam captivated by her giggles, curiosity and energetic personality. She reminds me of the original movie "Annie" with her curly hair and pretty face. Her mother brought her to my home so I could create a portrait for this day. My original idea was to have her standing on a wood box, just like we see in movies and old pictures. We tried that and it was cute, but my heart did not sing. I kept going. She had 3 different outfits, She spoke all the time about her little sister, and school and vacation. Her mom was really helpful asking her questions that would make her answer with different expressions. Then I remembered she is a curious child...I showed her my old camera and how it worked and she was fascinated trying to understand how she was looking down but seeing in front of her. She jumped over and over, giggled, made faces as any child does and I liked them all. Eventually I loved this one. It summarizes a child's curiosity and it won my heart.

I asked her to share three things she liked and were important to her. Her answer was that she loved all the animals (she recently went to the zoo and she loved it), she loved watching movies, specially cartoons and then she though a little more and said she loved Jesus. Then she high-fived me.

One light was used to create this portrait. An Alienbee flash with a softbox bigger than her, on the left of the picture. I desaturated the image to keep the old off color look I wanted for this image.

April 26, 2015 - Portrait # 116

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 58mm - Logan Quigley

Logan's prom is next week. HE is finishing high school. I met him when he was 10.He is the son of my best American Friend, Taralyn Quigley. He said he was going to be my portrait willingly - I did not have to beg - I heard Tara asking him when I called. I had a plan: we were going to meet at the basketball court close to his house at the sunset and I was going to do one of my dramatic portraits - he likes dramatic - outdoors. God had other plans. The rain started to come down about 15 minutes before I arrived. I thought about ignoring it but it was too cold and windy for anything to turn out the way I planed. Plan B serves me well in those times. Plan B needed high ceilings, which we found by the entry stairway of his house. I placed one light behind him on the top of the stairs and one flash with softbox about 12 inches from his face. I thought I was going to pick another image until I downloaded them all and saw this one. I knew it was made for black and white. Logan is very responsible, he loves videogames and he plays lacrosse. I don't know yet which path he is going to take in college but I see a bright future ahead of him. I told him to wear his linen jacket wherever he goes to set the bar high in how to make  a first good impression.

Logan's prom is next week. HE is finishing high school. I met him when he was 10.He is the son of my best American Friend, Taralyn Quigley. He said he was going to be my portrait willingly - I did not have to beg - I heard Tara asking him when I called. I had a plan: we were going to meet at the basketball court close to his house at the sunset and I was going to do one of my dramatic portraits - he likes dramatic - outdoors. God had other plans. The rain started to come down about 15 minutes before I arrived. I thought about ignoring it but it was too cold and windy for anything to turn out the way I planed. Plan B serves me well in those times. Plan B needed high ceilings, which we found by the entry stairway of his house. I placed one light behind him on the top of the stairs and one flash with softbox about 12 inches from his face. I thought I was going to pick another image until I downloaded them all and saw this one. I knew it was made for black and white. Logan is very responsible, he loves videogames and he plays lacrosse. I don't know yet which path he is going to take in college but I see a bright future ahead of him. I told him to wear his linen jacket wherever he goes to set the bar high in how to make  a first good impression.

April 25, 2015 - Portrait # 115

ISO: 500 Aperture: f/7.1 Shutter Speed: 1/80 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 50mm - Charles Talbert Blancuard

My dream is to go to Ireland...Jack Quinn's bar is the closest to that country for now, a very nice place to eat good foos have a friendly service and feel home in many ways. I mean, have you eaten there? The Irish food is amazing!! I am a huge fan of potatoes and when I go there I always order breakfast with egg and potatoes. This is Charles, the friendly guy who serves me when I am there. About a month ago I looked at the place and it reminded me of a picture I had seen in a magazine of a man seated in some shelf, but not a bar. Jack Quinn's being so unique with the old cabinets brought back to my memory the idea of photographing somebody in the bar environment, more like the kind of picture you would find illustrating a magazine. I asked him if he would be a volunteer for my project and he said yes. We scheduled 3 weeks out. I first thought of using one light only, but I ended changing my mind and I used 3 flashes instead. I wanted to keep the war atmosphere of the bar, so I used a filter CTO in all flashes. There is one flash with a softbox to his right, one in front of him and one behind him - pointing to the cabinets. He shared he is a huge fun of baseball, he had not posed for a picture since high school and he had just been back from vacation in Las Vegas (which is why we scheduled this date, so he would be back for the picture). He seemed to have fun watching me setting up the lights and testing them until we were ready to place him in the spot of the picture. He was  serious in the first one but then he said he wanted one smiling and this ended up being the one I chose. 

My dream is to go to Ireland...Jack Quinn's bar is the closest to that country for now, a very nice place to eat good foos have a friendly service and feel home in many ways. I mean, have you eaten there? The Irish food is amazing!! I am a huge fan of potatoes and when I go there I always order breakfast with egg and potatoes. This is Charles, the friendly guy who serves me when I am there. About a month ago I looked at the place and it reminded me of a picture I had seen in a magazine of a man seated in some shelf, but not a bar. Jack Quinn's being so unique with the old cabinets brought back to my memory the idea of photographing somebody in the bar environment, more like the kind of picture you would find illustrating a magazine. I asked him if he would be a volunteer for my project and he said yes. We scheduled 3 weeks out.

I first thought of using one light only, but I ended changing my mind and I used 3 flashes instead. I wanted to keep the war atmosphere of the bar, so I used a filter CTO in all flashes. There is one flash with a softbox to his right, one in front of him and one behind him - pointing to the cabinets.

He shared he is a huge fun of baseball, he had not posed for a picture since high school and he had just been back from vacation in Las Vegas (which is why we scheduled this date, so he would be back for the picture). He seemed to have fun watching me setting up the lights and testing them until we were ready to place him in the spot of the picture. He was  serious in the first one but then he said he wanted one smiling and this ended up being the one I chose. 

April 24, 2015 - Portrait # 114

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/16 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 118mm - Doris Hartley

Doris is a runner so it was natural to try to portrait her in her environment. She did the ASCENT race and I knew I wanted her against the mountains or the clouds. I photographed the mountains a few moments before I met her to take her portrait, a base exposure for our idea. I had her running towards me at first but I did not like the way it turned out. I used one flash pointing to her face for this portrait, no umbrella, no diffuser, just the bare flash. She  shared she is originally from Germany - her husband is military - she loves running and she has 2 children, one grown up and one teenager. She is very enthusiastic so I was thrilled with the last image that really shows her personality.

Doris is a runner so it was natural to try to portrait her in her environment. She did the ASCENT race and I knew I wanted her against the mountains or the clouds. I photographed the mountains a few moments before I met her to take her portrait, a base exposure for our idea. I had her running towards me at first but I did not like the way it turned out. I used one flash pointing to her face for this portrait, no umbrella, no diffuser, just the bare flash. She  shared she is originally from Germany - her husband is military - she loves running and she has 2 children, one grown up and one teenager. She is very enthusiastic so I was thrilled with the last image that really shows her personality.

April 23, 2015 - Portrait # 113

ISO: 125 Aperture: f/9 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 145mm - Jacenta Maynor

People call her J.C. She is friendly, warm and you love her laugh as soon as you hear it. She is married to my friend David, whom I photographed just 2 days ago. She and Dave came over for her portrait and we had champagne together. Champagne, by the way, is in my list of things that will happen more often in my life in 2015. I loved her outfit. I asked her to pose against my dark background, in the studio, to create an almost black and white image, since she was wearing black and gray. Three lights and a reflector were used to produce this portrait. This time I used speedlights instead of the Alienbees. She shared that she has been to Ireland, she works in a day care and she likes to hike. David and her talked about a cabin they found in Muller State Park that is worth the hike. 

People call her J.C. She is friendly, warm and you love her laugh as soon as you hear it. She is married to my friend David, whom I photographed just 2 days ago. She and Dave came over for her portrait and we had champagne together. Champagne, by the way, is in my list of things that will happen more often in my life in 2015. I loved her outfit. I asked her to pose against my dark background, in the studio, to create an almost black and white image, since she was wearing black and gray. Three lights and a reflector were used to produce this portrait. This time I used speedlights instead of the Alienbees. She shared that she has been to Ireland, she works in a day care and she likes to hike. David and her talked about a cabin they found in Muller State Park that is worth the hike. 

April 22, 2015 - Portrait # 112

ISO: 250 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm /2.8 L @ 48mm - Sandy Winn

She is a nurse and she has a very busy routine, which means we took her portrait in less than 2 minutes, without the lightstand, the softbox, or the umbrella. She loves cats and dogs and she is a very compassionate woman.  For her portrait, the quick idea was to put the stethoscope around her neck and use the flash pointing to the wall on her right (the left side of the picture). The wall was beige, helping to soften AND warm the flash light. There was not much room or time to do anything else, but I was very happy with the result. She fixed her hair for my image and gave me her best happy smile.

She is a nurse and she has a very busy routine, which means we took her portrait in less than 2 minutes, without the lightstand, the softbox, or the umbrella.

She loves cats and dogs and she is a very compassionate woman. 

For her portrait, the quick idea was to put the stethoscope around her neck and use the flash pointing to the wall on her right (the left side of the picture). The wall was beige, helping to soften AND warm the flash light. There was not much room or time to do anything else, but I was very happy with the result. She fixed her hair for my image and gave me her best happy smile.

April 21, 2015 - Portrait # 111

ISO: 320 Aperture: f/7.1 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 70mm - David Maynor

David is  one of my photography friends. I spent 40 minutes calling everybody to fill the day as I had a cancellation. He said yes, but it needed to be the later the better. I did his portrait about 8:30 at night, after a senior session at sunset. He said a major event in his life is that he recently converted into being Catholic. He also planning to take his daughter's senior pictures soon and has been thinking about traveling in the future. We spent a good 45 minutes talking about Ireland, photography and life changes. His wife is always so nice and his kids are friendly. It was a good time. He asked me what I had in mind and I asked him where do you spend the most time. He sat down in his coach and said "here". This is his movie room. He had John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and a few other posters on the wall. I liked the Rocky above his head. Image was made with one flash and one umbrella.

David is  one of my photography friends. I spent 40 minutes calling everybody to fill the day as I had a cancellation. He said yes, but it needed to be the later the better. I did his portrait about 8:30 at night, after a senior session at sunset. He said a major event in his life is that he recently converted into being Catholic. He also planning to take his daughter's senior pictures soon and has been thinking about traveling in the future. We spent a good 45 minutes talking about Ireland, photography and life changes. His wife is always so nice and his kids are friendly. It was a good time. He asked me what I had in mind and I asked him where do you spend the most time. He sat down in his coach and said "here". This is his movie room. He had John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and a few other posters on the wall. I liked the Rocky above his head. Image was made with one flash and one umbrella.

April 20, 2015 - Portrait # 110

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 70mm - John Krause

John is in my photography group. I see him often in the classes and field trips so of course he was not surprised when I mentioned A Portrait a Day. I was not sure which idea I was going to develop in his portrait. I learned he is a very good cook: he had a specialized chef magazine on his kitchen table and his wife told me he cooks well. He does woodwork, prepares Chinese food, hikes, among other things. He just moved but his house was impecable and inviting, as he had always lived there. Because he loves the outdoors and landscape photography I ended by asking him to bring his camera along for the outdoor portrait. I wanted to use the dramatic sky we had. It was dark and I like the dramatic lighting. The flash had a softbox attached to it. I used 1/2 power on my flash. I intended to show more of the foreground but ended up changing my mind when I downloaded the images. I enjoyed very much visiting with him and his wife, Jill, after creating his portrait. Now I have to schedule Jill's portrait. I believe the darker images are much my ground home. The more I do it, the more I like them.

John is in my photography group. I see him often in the classes and field trips so of course he was not surprised when I mentioned A Portrait a Day. I was not sure which idea I was going to develop in his portrait. I learned he is a very good cook: he had a specialized chef magazine on his kitchen table and his wife told me he cooks well. He does woodwork, prepares Chinese food, hikes, among other things. He just moved but his house was impecable and inviting, as he had always lived there. Because he loves the outdoors and landscape photography I ended by asking him to bring his camera along for the outdoor portrait. I wanted to use the dramatic sky we had. It was dark and I like the dramatic lighting. The flash had a softbox attached to it. I used 1/2 power on my flash.

I intended to show more of the foreground but ended up changing my mind when I downloaded the images. I enjoyed very much visiting with him and his wife, Jill, after creating his portrait. Now I have to schedule Jill's portrait. I believe the darker images are much my ground home. The more I do it, the more I like them.

April 19, 2015 - Portrait # 109

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 70mm - Meghan

Meghan was very shy at first but then was really having fun with the ideas thrown at her. I loved the outfit she was wearing and I was in love in finding a colorful wall that would go with her personality. She loves music and stage, so looking for something in between sophisticated and fun was my plan for her. We did many images and I selected this one for the portrait of the day. She is also an artist - she does sculpture and drawing. This image was made using one flash with a softbox. 

Meghan was very shy at first but then was really having fun with the ideas thrown at her. I loved the outfit she was wearing and I was in love in finding a colorful wall that would go with her personality. She loves music and stage, so looking for something in between sophisticated and fun was my plan for her. We did many images and I selected this one for the portrait of the day. She is also an artist - she does sculpture and drawing. This image was made using one flash with a softbox. 

April 18, 2015 - Portrait # 108

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 57mm - Chef BB

I met Chef BB the first time I went to his restaurant, Momma Pearl's Cajun Kitchen. He was there, preparing crawfish the Louisiana way. We loved his food and I invited him for being the Portrait of the day. Three weeks later, I called him to confirm and he said yes. I arrived just in time to see Fedex delivering the live crawfish, including the one on his shoulder. The alligator was already there. While he started the preparation for cooking the crawfish I set up a mini studio inside his restaurant. My sweetheart Mike helped to prepare the tables. Chef BB was so nice and informed us he had been voted Best of the Springs Second Place, which is awesome for a small business. Everybody inside the restaurant applauded. He deserves it.

I met Chef BB the first time I went to his restaurant, Momma Pearl's Cajun Kitchen. He was there, preparing crawfish the Louisiana way. We loved his food and I invited him for being the Portrait of the day. Three weeks later, I called him to confirm and he said yes. I arrived just in time to see Fedex delivering the live crawfish, including the one on his shoulder. The alligator was already there. While he started the preparation for cooking the crawfish I set up a mini studio inside his restaurant. My sweetheart Mike helped to prepare the tables. Chef BB was so nice and informed us he had been voted Best of the Springs Second Place, which is awesome for a small business. Everybody inside the restaurant applauded. He deserves it.

April 17, 2015 - Portrait # 107

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 168mm - Mary Perozich

She came from Woodland Park for this portrait. She is a Christian, a writer, an artist. She has a lot goingon right now. This portrait was a break in her busy routine. She showed interest in photography and I enjoyed her company very much. She may move to Colorado Springs soon. Originally we planned to do an outdoor portrait but mother nature betrayed us with snow. I think she looks fabulous and classy.

She came from Woodland Park for this portrait. She is a Christian, a writer, an artist. She has a lot goingon right now. This portrait was a break in her busy routine. She showed interest in photography and I enjoyed her company very much. She may move to Colorado Springs soon. Originally we planned to do an outdoor portrait but mother nature betrayed us with snow. I think she looks fabulous and classy.

April 16, 2015 - Portrait # 106

ISO: 320 Aperture: f/2.2 Shutter Speed: 1/180 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed - Julie Coleman

What can I say about Julie? That she is the glue of her family, the one everybody runs to when something is wrong. The one who is the first to know everything, the favorite grandma of everyone. She loves to garden and she  thinks that fresh tomatoes from the garden are better than therapy...and cheaper. She feeds the birds, the dog, the cat, and the neighbor's soul with her kindness. She is a good friend to have if you still don't have one. 

The first time I met Julie we had lunch together. She said her grandson and her made it a favorite outing to go out for Chinese food. She is retired from the police department. She said she does not photograph well and she had not had pictures taken for many, many years. She shared she does not photograph well -  I totally disagree with that - and she does not like to smile in pictures. I convinced her to be in my project in the name of love of her grandson Brokk. I knew he would love to have a picture of her. We scheduled. We re-scheduled. Then Brokk needed to be with her the day the image was going to be made. It finaly happened. One of my new favorite images. By the way, she introduced me to her friend Sharon, who lives across the street, and it felt like a family reunion. They warmly welcomed me to their homes. I came in as a stranger and they made me feel like a friend.

April 15, 2015 - Portrait # 105

ISO: 160 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L @ 154mm - George Clark

George agreed in being my portrait of the day on the spot, when somebody else did not show up. I asked him to tell me a little about himself and he said he is retired, he loves baseball, he also loves bagels - he goes to Einstein Bagel's all the time - and when he worked he was a corporate tax specialist. He made the remark that taxes are much more complicated now with our government. It was only when I got home that I realized what a coincidence I photographed a tax person on tax day, because it is April 15. I used one flash with softbox to create his portrait. I darkened the background so his face stands out.

April 14, 2015 - Portrait # 104

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/5 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L @ 100mm - John Pooler

John was sitted in this chair for maybe 2 or 3 minutes. We were undoing the setup in the end of a flash class when I took this picture. We took 3 or 4, to adjust the power of the flash. There are 3 flashes in this picture. I liked how it turned out with his honest smile. We talked about how creating a portrait a day makes me stretch the limits of my comfort zone with unknown locations as I never know how much light or how much power I will need in an unknown location. He does beautiful landscape photographer and he is very friendly.

John was sitted in this chair for maybe 2 or 3 minutes. We were undoing the setup in the end of a flash class when I took this picture. We took 3 or 4, to adjust the power of the flash. There are 3 flashes in this picture. I liked how it turned out with his honest smile. We talked about how creating a portrait a day makes me stretch the limits of my comfort zone with unknown locations as I never know how much light or how much power I will need in an unknown location. He does beautiful landscape photographer and he is very friendly.

April 13, 2015 - Portrait # 103

ISO: 250 Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 fixed lens  Linda Kittiel

I met Linda about 10 years ago, the first time I went to a photography meeting. She has a contagious laugh and you like her as soon as you look at her. She is an amazing, talented photographer, and great company. She said she loves wine so we did her portrait with a glass in her hands.

April 12, 2015 - Portrait # 102

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/100 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 81mm - David Anderson

He is an engineer, retired now. He worked for Starwars Project (the space one, not the movie!) and now he is writing a book. We were together for about an hour. He had 5 of those oval frames with black and white pictures from the beginning of the 20th century. I was amazed by his library room and I immediately asked him if we could create his portrait among his books instead of doing it in the place where he writes the most. I used 2 flashes in this picture. One on his left, on a softbox and one bare flash in the bookshelf. 

April 11, 2015 - Portrait # 101

ISO: 125 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L @ 131mm- Bruce Ryman

I went to Lone Tree to attend a class in Bruce's group. In the end of the class I asked him if he would pose for my project. He said yes. I took four pictures and this is the one I like the most. Since I had just met him I told him I was going to mention that he is the Organizer of the Lone Tree Photography Club and I met him a few minutes before his portrait was taken

April 10, 2015 - Portrait # 100

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/14 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L  @ 126mm - Charles Arrington

Charles is very expressive and the image of "zen". He is pensive, quiet, calm. He was one of my best subjects last year and agreed to be my portrait number 100 for A Portrait a Day project. I knew it was going to be a nice night as I was celebrating 3 years with my sweetheart, portrait # 100, Charles' new job and my boyfriend's brother's birthday. We had champagne and snacks and a wonderful night. He loves yoga and meditation and he is a very smart man.  I called his picture of last year "Whatever you are selling I am buying". I thought I was done with his image when he did this. Then I knew this was it.

April 9, 2015 - Portrait # 99

ISO: 250 Aperture: f/7.1 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L @ 131mm - Anthony Bird

I met Anthony in a basketball court and I immediately knew I was going to invite him for Portrait a Day. He is the nicest person, making a real difference in this life by coaching basketball to kids. I had this vision of a dramatic light around him and this image turned out the way I saw it in my head when I said nice to meet you. He was raised in California and ended up in our mountain land with a scholarship to college about 20 years ago. He has a son and a daughter and he is very proud of them. He has been married with the same person (rare today!) for 20 years.

April 8, 2015 - Portrait # 98

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/2.8 Shutter Speed: 1/2000 Lens: Canon EF 200mm L f/2.8 fixed lens - Joseph Cathey

Joseph looks really young, but he is studying to get his masters in clinical psychology.  We met when I was doing a portrait of my friend Heidi. I saw him looking at the camera and that was enough for me to approach him and explain about A Portrait a Day project. We scheduled right then. He is a runner, which he shared he has been doing since before high-school. He does not have much time besides working a full time job and going to school, but he finds time for running. I wanted an old looking picture, with a blurred background. this time, with the sunny day outdoors I used E-TTL in my flash instead of the manual mode. I trusted the camera metering for the power. I did a few adjustments in the flash compensation until I liked it. One flash only plus the bright day on his face. I asked him to get ready for running just before a race, so he is not running but doing the pose of preparing for it.

April 7, 2015 - Portrait # 97

ISO: 2500 Aperture: f/5 Shutter Speed: 1/160 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm L f/4 @ 94mm - Sylvester Gomez

Sylvester is a massage therapist and he has this big young smile in his face all the time. I saw the skeleton in his office and I thought it would be really cool to have an image of him looking serious  by the bones, but instead he thought it was funny and gave me the big smile. I did take another picture where he and the skeleton are hugging but I liked this better. His portrait was made with the office light from the ceiling only. I did not have any flashes with me this day. I just bumped the high ISO in camera to ISO 2500. I desaturated the image to my taste.

April 6, 2015 - Portrait # 96

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm L f/4 @ 163mm - Goody Goodman

Goody is always smiling. He lives in the most pristine clean house I have ever been. Almost everything was white. It was refreshing to see the modern art and good taste he and his sweetheart use for their home decoration. He loves to travel and he has a great sense of humor. I used one flash in a softbox for this image. For the series of images where these came from I used the main light in a softbox and a hair light on his shoulder/hair, but I turned it off for this image as I wanted more shadows in his face to emulate the window light. 

April 5, 2015 - Portrait # 95

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/13 Shutter Speed: 1/80 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm L f/2.8 @ 63mm - Dale Poll

Dale is my boyfriend's brother. He is also into photography. We scheduled his portrait on Easter because I knew he was coming over. I wanted to do a portrait in my favorite low-key style. I asked him to sit in the chair and used one alienbee with a grid. Another light was used pointing to his back to outline his hair. We took about 15 to 20 minutes minutes to create this portrait. I wanted the background very dark and harsh light. He still uses large format film sometimes and I keep saying one of these days we will go out and I will use large format. I am afraid of trying and liking it too much to play with film again.

April 4, 2015 - Portrait # 94

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/16 Shutter Speed: 1/25 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm L f/4 @ 100mm - Donald Gibbons

Don and I started talking in a photography meeting we had by Helen Hunt Falls. I think we had about 20 people in that morning and he was one of the new members I had not yet met. I asked him if he had heard about A Portrait a Day and he said not. I told him that he had been selected to be my subject, if he accepted. He said yes. The group hiked for about half an hour together until I found the falls that would fit m idea. He looks like the stereotype of the mountain man, an outdoor person who enjoys Colorado. The plaid shirt, the hat, the glasses and the coat. It screams Colorado hiker in my vision. He agreed to being in the image by the water. I set my camera on tripod with a slow shutter speed to capture the motion of the water. I had my boyfriend hold a coat to block light from the sun on his jacket. I asked my boyfriend's brother to hold the flash in front of John's face. We took 2 or 3 shots until I got it right - needed to adjust the power of the flash. 

April 3, 2015 - Portrait # 93

ISO: 400 Aperture: f/13 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm L f/4 @ 135mm - Haley Hunsaker 

Haley loves costumes and she has a great and friendly personality. She is a woman of many talents, including theater and costume making. I showed her a picture from a magazine that had a vintage look and she said she had a couple of dresses from 1920's that she never has the chance to wear.  Off we went to a good start. She brought an old typewriter, I had a phone and old luggage and we were ready. Although the atmosphere is not noir like the movies, it reminds one of the 1920's era. 

One light was used for this portrait: Alienbees on a beauty dish with the diffuser.

April 2, 2015 - Portrait # 92

ISO: 200 Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm L f/2.8 @ 70mm - Sharon Humbach