Colorado Visions Photography Blog

Read Brian's thoughts on some of his most recent commercial shoots, weddings and trends in the photography business.

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Use Professional Photography To Promote Your Business

With the advent of smartphones and social media, promoting your business is easier than ever.

Using your phone to capture basic images of your products or services and then share them with your customers is easy and sometimes effective.

“Before and after” photos can also be a great way to market your products and services, helping potential customers to better understand what you can do for them.

There are a lot of do-it-yourself photographers doing the same thing. This approach really applies to just about every product and service today – I guess with the exception of surgery and dental work.

To bring your business to the next level, it is important to showcase with the highest quality imagery.  

2016-02-02 22:55:13

Hiring an Event Photographer | Five Questions to Ask

An Event Photographer is a photographer who specializes in shooting special events. 

As a Denver event photographer I bring all my years experience together to provide both creative and complete coverage. 

A large convention, event or party can consist of many different types of photography.  There might be portraits that are formal as singles or group.  There can be events where a client sets up a background with their logos and are looking for “Hollywood style” type pictures.  And, there are always the group casual party style pictures.

One of the key skills of a professional event photographer needs is the ability to understand lighting in uncontrolled and changing environments and react quickly to changing light.

There might be the need for an experienced event photographer to shoot a high quality speaker shot.  This can be a client’s most important request from a corporate event.

2016-01-12 17:56:43

Architectural Photography at Bally Sport

I was hired by the architectural firm of Chipman Design Architecture in Chicago to photograph their finished interior work throughout the building. 

The firm worked closely with Bally to develop an entirely new upscale Prototype for its diverse

demographic.  Presenting a Bally brand that is modern and relevant, this premium state-of-the art health club features a completely updated interior and exterior design/planning package. 

Beyond programming and planning, Chipman Designs talented team of design professionals uses its inventiveness to conceive meaningful new uses of space, incorporating the latest in 3D computer modeling and visualization.  Through its more than three decades as architects, the visionary selection of finishes and furnishings for retail, restaurant, hospitality and corporate projects has created a rich history of successful ventures.

The brand new facility features: two swimming pools, sauna, 10,000 square foot workout equipment area, spinning room, racquetball courts, 2,000 square foot hardwood workout room and a monitored children’s area.

2015-11-16 15:41:48

Ashley and Mark’s Highlands Ranch Mansion Wedding

On a perfect summer day Ashley and Mark celebrated their wedding at the historic Highlands Ranch Mansion.

The 120-year-old building, known as the Highlands Ranch Mansion, is the namesake of the community of Highlands Ranch. The mansion is a spectacular wedding venue (Not to mention less than a mile from my home).  After an 18-month renovation, the mansion is a focal point of Highlands Ranch where residents can gather, celebrate and experience the history of this grand estate.

The Highlands Ranch Mansion offers elegant indoor and outdoor settings for weddings, receptions, holiday parties, as well as business meetings. Visit the mansion and take a step back in time and explore the historic mansion.

It was a warm brilliant sun-drenched Saturday in August. It made for a spectacular wedding ceremony site with the surrounding scenery making a great setting for a beautiful Colorado wedding.

As Ashley and her bridesmaids got ready in the mansion's bridal room, guests were seated in front of the mansion, the wedding party made their way down the aisle. Ashley’s wedding dress was adorned by a spectacular bridal bouquet combination of pink and red roses from florist Emma of Emma Lea Floral.

2015-11-12 17:14:16

Denver Restaurant Photography | Better Food Photos

Everything is available on the web.  Every potential customer is shopping online and that includes for breakfast, lunch and especially dinner.

Whether a prospective customer is looking for business lunch or romantic dinner, they want a restaurant to feel warm and inviting. They want the food and drinks to look and taste great.

If a restaurant’s interior photos are dark and blurry your restaurant could be losing potential customers.  If the food pictures are washed-out and old looking, they are not very appetizing to new patrons.

Not only does this show poorly of the establishment but it also shows the menu in an uninviting way.

Like any product, a restaurant should showcase their menu with the best quality images available.  As a greater Denver restaurant photographer, I have photographed restaurants ranging from the low end to 5-star establishments in Denver, Vail and Aspen.  Every restaurant is unique and offers special features along with the chef and his or her menu creations.

2015-11-11 23:05:55

Grow Your Business With Professional Product Photography

To a professional product photographer there are product shoots that are simple and straightforward and then there are product shots that items that can both test a professional photographers ability and patience.

To the average consumer, product photography often looks fairly straightforward and simple.  As a Denver product photographer, those products that appear to be simple, can often be the most challenging to photograph.

Using a studio environment, products can be photographed to highlight the finest details, add color and reduce any glare from a glass or shiny surface.  By repositioning lights and adjusting their output, highlights and shadows can be painted much like an artist’s palette.

To control and shape reflections and glare on a glass, metal or shiny surface, I have built a 5x5 tent of a white silky cloth.  With the product inside and lighting on the top and sides, the camera angle can be adjusted to better remove any reflections from the product surface.  

2015-10-29 14:21:07

Travel Photography | How To Take Better Travel Photos

As a Denver professional photographer for over 20-years, my assignments have taken me to 49 states (I’m still hoping for that shoot in Hawaii) and 22 foreign countries.  Although most assignments are very specific, I always try to find time to take some travel style pictures that capture the people and geography along with the quintessential tourist locales.

Nearly everyone travels for business or vacation.  Be it to a foreign country or a weekend getaway in Colorado.  Here are some suggestions for planning and achieving better quality travel photography like you might see in the travel magazines or National Geographic.

As far as equipment goes, I try to keep it simple.  One camera and 2 or 3 lenses in a non- descript over the shoulder bag and a mini tripod and cable release for low-light situations or to capture a scene at f/16.  If I’m in a foreign country, I try not to attract attention.  If your using a digital point-and-shoot all you might need is an extra battery and a mini tripod.  The inexpensive point-and-shoot digital cameras of today yield the quality of the professional digital cameras of 10 years ago.

From the instant the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, daylight is constantly shifting in color and intensity.  The best time to photograph any of the world’s most visited vistas is just before or after sunrise for early risers and sunset for everyone else. 

In a big city or village, few corners of the world are without a thriving produce and just about everything market that offer prime travel photography opportunities to do some photography and have a little fun exploring and shopping at the same time.

2015-10-28 02:13:49

A Brief Witness to American Space History

As an editorial photographer at the Boston Herald, I was a brief witness to a part of American space exploration history.

My week-long assignment at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, while a staff photographer at the Boston Herald, was to photograph the events and preparation of the shuttle Discovery leading up to the Friday morning launch that would be dubbed as America’s Return to Space.     

Photographing the shuttle launch was no easy task.  The press viewing area is over one mile away from the launch pad.  NASA allows unmanned remote shooting areas about 100 yards from the launch pad.  To achieve the remote photos, I had to rig cameras on a tripod, the day prior to the launch, that would be triggered by the shuttle’s vibration at lift-off.  In 1988 everything was film so you only had 36 exposures fired continuously when the shutter tripped.  There was another obstacle with the humid Florida weather in the swamps of the Kennedy Space Center – condensation on the lenses.  For this veteran shuttle launch photographers used a plastic cap that was secured to the front of the lens with a rubber band.  The rubber band was attached to the camera’s rewind knob – the first shutter trip would rotate the rewind knob and pop the plastic cap off the lens. 

In 1988 the Boston Herald was only black and white.  This black and white image was taken from one of my four remote cameras triggered by the vibration device.    

Discovery roared off of the launch pad after a 98 minute weather-caused delay on the morning of September 29, 1988.  It was a spectacular sight to view the launch in person.  It was a great return, not just NASA, but the country as a whole.

2015-10-28 01:44:47