As any Denver wedding photographer will tell you- this area and all around Colorado is an incredible place for photography. But sometimes even the true Colorado diehards like a change of scenery. Some couples are making the decision to head somewhere a little more tropical for their wedding photography. When they’ve found the right photographer, it’s not that much more to bring them along when they understand the value of photography and how those photos will be enjoyed for a lifetime and handed down for generations beyond. Destination wedding photography is just as important as the wedding photography you’d want right at home, so it’s not advised to rely on a particular resort’s recommended photographer. Often since those photographers are usually trained on the job and were not originally hired because of their vast experience or creative eye. They are often loaned equipment that is not at the level you’d want for your wedding photography. For me, working both as a Colorado wedding photographer and as a destination wedding photographer I’m given opportunities to make the special trip down to Caribbean locations in Mexico or where ever the couple decides is their special destination location. It’s thrilling to be a part of people’s special wedding days and to provide photos that are special to them. Here are a few of the many special photos I captured on my last trip to Mexico for this wonderful couple’s destination wedding.
I photographed Kelly and Travis’ wedding and what a beautiful wedding it was. I just love being a Colorado wedding photographer because of all the scenic opportunities it brings. This wedding had some of that, but it started out in a most beautiful chapel. It was at the Shove Chapel in Colorado Springs. From a photography standpoint it was a challenge since the chapel is incredibly dark. But that is when having the top-of-the-line equipment comes in very handy. Any photographer with out the best cameras and lenses would not have been able to capture those beautiful moments in such a dark place. I have had guests of other weddings, with other photographers, in this very chapel say the wedding photos did not turn out at all. That is such a shame!! Many brides and grooms probably don’t quite understand the challenges photographers face with low lighting, so they should really be sure their wedding photographer has top-of-the-line cameras and lenses. I’m happy I do and am able to capture amazing photographs from the day! In fact, all of the outdoor photos shown here were taken at the country club after the sun had set. Without needing to use artificial lighting, I was able to exposure the photos with plenty of light– thanks to my high-end gear and knowing just how to use it. See even more wedding photography in more of my galleries.
For some fun outdoor family photos in Denver I went to the park to meet Shannon, Steve, and Sawyer. It was a beautiful early Fall day before the cold snap that put an end to any chance of Colorado’s typically colorful Autumn leaves. We all had a great time on the playground, throwing a baseball and a football, and doing Sawyer and his Dad’s favorite thing to do together– fishing! What a wonderful family. I really had an enjoyable time with the three of them and getting the chance to photograph them and provide them with family portraits they can cherish for the rest of their lives. See more portraits.
I recently had the always-fun folks from the dental office of Endodontic Associates over to my studio in Denver. We got some nice headshots of everyone as well as a couple of group photos. After finishing up in the studio, we went outdoors and got group photographs for the cover of a regional Colorado trade and lifestyle magazine they were featured in. To see more headshots, portraits, wedding photography and more definitely check out the main website- http://www.BrianKraft.com
Being a wedding photographer in Colorado is such wonderful thing. Anyone who lives in Colorado or even anyone who comes to visit would have to agree– the Rocky Mountains in this State are such an amazing place to be. They are obviously beautiful, but the air is also cleaner, the pace is more relaxed, and there are so many great activities to do in the high-country– skiing, hiking, biking, rafting, rock-climbing, and the list goes on and on. And of course included in that list is- having a wedding! The mountains are where my wife and I got married and I highly suggest it! So, being a Colorado wedding photographer gives me the chance to capture that experience for others and I’m so happy to do so!
Ashlie and Ryan’s wedding was located right near Winter Park and provided a scenic backdrop to their special day. Here are some of their photos from the day. And don’t forget to checkout even more wedding photos.
A Colorado area executive, Robert, came to the studio to do some business headshots. While we were at it, we also did some more casual photos. We also did some with his pet- a beautiful golden retriever dog. Along with being a business executive, he trains dogs. Added to that he is also a volunteer firefighter in the Denver area. He brought his fireman uniform, so we did some photographs with him all geared up. I liked the idea of adding some red lighting to mimic the idea of fire, which I think added a nice mood. For additional business headshots and casual photos head on over to the main site.
You know Car Talk? Well there’s the national guys on talk radio. There’s also a pair of guys on a Clear Channel radio station in Colorado. They hired me to photograph them along side a couple of their cars. The location was a park in Denver where we could have somewhat of a mountain background in the photos. I don’t know how they chose which cars to bring, considering one of the talk show hosts told me he owns 80 cars. What!? Where do you put 80 cars? In a traffic jam I’ve seen 80 cars, but not many other places. One of the hosts, John Rush, brought a giant white truck. It looked more like a motel than something to travel in. And quite to the other end of the spectrum, host, Donny Seyfer, brought a little zippy looking orange car. I photographed them in front of their cars, inside their cars, and away from their cars. It was a fun little commercial photoshoot. That’s something great about doing work as a commercial photographer, there is always something new and different to photograph.
I got the opportunity to take some time away from Denver to travel to the Pacific NW. I didn’t get much of an opportunity to do much travel photography while there since I was so wrapped up with other professional photography work. I did get a brief opportunity to take in some of the scenery– which has such a drastically different look and feel from Denver. The Seattle area is so wet. The Denver area is so dry. The former is so green and lush with plant-life growing in every little nook and cranny. The latter is not terribly green and plant-life seems to struggle to survive unless watered by somebody. Being in that different setting allowed me to look at everything anew and capture some of that on film. I don’t often get the chance to photograph more of the fine art elements around me, but sometimes I am lucky enough to.
I was hired by a firm that builds buildings to photograph a couple of the commercial spaces they built. The first location to get photos of was an architecture firm in Denver, which is a little funny since I was doing architecture photography. It was a beautiful place in Downtown. One of the challenges of doing architecture photography is the light, especially coming through windows, which can create shadowed or overly bright (or both!) areas which lack good detail. I use a method I created– well maybe other commercial photographers are using the method, I don’t know, but it’s a method I came up with that I really like. It’s essentially taking various multiple exposures of the same scene and unlike many photographers, I’m manually bringing them all together into the same photo to bring out the best of each exposure. The 2nd location we went to was in Lone Tree, Colorado. It was a beautiful dentist’s office. To see additional architecture photography head on over to the main site.
When I do couples photography it’s usually for a wedding, engagement session, or maternity session. But sometimes I’ll photograph more as a lifestyle photographer and simply capture the couple just as they are. These Colorado natives (a rare thing these days) hadn’t had portraits done since their wedding, so they asked me to so in my Denver studio. It was a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde portrait session. The first half was more traditional posing of the loving couple– innocent, fun, both with religious crosses around their necks. And then the second half was clearly marked when he changed outfits (gold teeth, rings, and all) to put on a more dramatic urban look and feel. Their whole demeanor changed to a more tough hip-hop attitude. As a professional photographer I’m always trying to bring out the personality of the people I photograph, so I completely went with it to enhance the whole look. I got some more dramtic lighting set up in my studio and even went with a matching color scheme- adding some red to my background light. He also wanted some shots by himself. I don’t know what he wanted to do with his individual photograph, but I think it would make a great album cover to his debut hip-hop record. I think they all turned out great and had a lot of fun with it.
Christmas is a great time for a family to gather and spend quality time together. The Sniders collected in Denver (near Centennial) from various parts of the country for the holidays. They asked me to come to their home that was beautifully decorated to photograph the family and children. I did newborn photos of their youngest child when he was just 8 days old about 11 months earlier in my studio. It was a pleasure to see how he had grown as he approached being a toddler. We did a variety of different family groupings, but some of my favorite photos were of the little one playing with his model trains beneath the christmas tree. I also loved him in his other outfit of a flat cap and knit plaid sweater vest. A very handsome look on a little tike like him.
These portaits I did were for the chairmen of the Metro Denver Dental Society (MDDS) and for the magazine- Doctors of Dentistry. This was also leading up to the big 101st annual Rocky Mountain Dental Convention at the Denver Convention Center which I had a press pass to.
I set up this photoshoot right on the edge of LoDo in downtown Denver in the hopes of putting the chairmen in the setting of Denver with the upcoming convention in mind. We were near Confluence Park as well which allows for nice views of the Rocky Mountains, another setting that seemed fitting to tie together with the upcoming convention. We didn’t have our typical blue skies, but that’s ok. Being a professional photographer in Denver, I like how there are great locations like this to photograph. The first image was for the magazine cover, which I needed to leave room for the title, as well as the callouts on the side listing the articles within. The second photo of the “suits” was for inside the magazine.
Adorable little Noah came by to be the star for his 1 year birthday. We did some shots in the studio as well as outside. He had a lot of fun and so did I. His mom was striving to become a better photographer herself, so I told her about the lessons I offer. She became one of my students and she’s on the path to becoming quite good.