There is no yoga experience more unique to Colorado than greeting the sun at Red Rocks Amphitheatre along with four thousand other yogis on a Saturday morning. It’s such a picturesque setting, but I never get more than a handful of photos because I always lose track of time as I balance my way through Warrior III and suddenly it’s time for savasana with the sun on my face.
I guess I’ll just have to make it back to Red Rocks for a sunrise photo session.
Pro tip for doing Yoga on the Rocks: bring a cheap yoga mat to put under your normal one, as there’s always a lot of beer spill on the stairs from concerts and you don’t want to ruin your mat.
I could say much about the eight talented women who took the stage at the Arnold Sports Festival to show the world what pole fitness is all about in the third annual PCS Championship, but I think these pictures speak for themselves. Strength, flexibility, and performance art – pole is here to stay.
While last year’s PCS left me upset with the hypocrisy of the fitness community for their judgmental attitudes toward the pole events at the Arnold, it seems we’ve made some solid progress since then. This year saw more people attending all the pole fitness events, from the main championship to the concourse stage performances, and I didn’t hear a single snide remark all weekend. So thank you to the whole PCS crew, and especially to the competitors, for everything you’ve done for this community.
I have always been fascinated by long exposures, and night photography of stars in particular. Then I came across photographer Eric Paré on 500px, and his beautiful light painting portraits caught my eye. I followed his work for a while, and when I found his Facebook group for people to learn his techniques I jumped on it immediately.
Light painting like in the photos I’ve shared below requires some extra pieces of equipment, the right setting, darkness, a steady hand, and a model who can hold completely still. Add snow, wind, and 20 degree weather to the mix, and I found myself in one of the most challenging photography situations I’ve experienced. Lucky for me, I had the most patient model ever in my friend Cat, and her dog Buffy even joined us for a photo.
This was only my third ever attempt at light painting. While I still see things I could improve, I am so pleased with how some of these came out: in particular the first photo of Cat and Buffy, and the “UFO” king pigeon pose photo that’s last in this post. I can’t wait to play more with these types of photos in the coming months!
“She was bendable light: she shone around every corner of my day.”
― Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl
As an aerial arts photographer I get to know many incredible, talented, hard-working performers, and Heidi is one of them. So when Heidi invited me to photograph her performing with ‘SteamFunk Rock-n-Roll Circus Party’ MarchFourth! at The Fox Theater, I packed my camera bag and made an exception to my rule of avoiding the Hill on weekends.
While I had heard of MarchFourth! before, I honestly had no idea what to expect from the show, and all I had to go on was this description from the Facebook event:
Combining funk, rock, jazz, Afro-beat, Gypsy brass, and Big Band, with a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, acrobats and Vaudeville-style performers, MarchFourth whips the crowd into a celebratory frenzy with high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and infectious jubilation. This is not a band that simply puts on a show. MarchFourth delivers a multi-faceted, indelible experience that leaves audiences flabbergasted and breathless!
Photographing live shows is always an fun challenge, with moving performers, varying stage lighting, and the audience bumping into me no matter where I stand. Yesterday that took on a new level when I took a hula hoop to the head during one of the acts. Of course I’m just sad I didn’t get a good shot of the hoop flying toward me! Check out the rest of my photos of MarchFourth! and opening act Diego’s Umbrella on Facebook.
Yoga has quickly become a huge part of both my personal and professional life. Personally, I love how I can always count on a yoga class to bring me an hour of peace and connecting with my body, without the pressure of learning a new trick or getting the perfect handstand photo for Instagram. Professionally, I love how yoga lets me photograph my clients as they are, without the distraction of an apparatus.
As I’m always looking for new lighting, new locations, and new inspiration for my photos, I like having a few models on hand that I can invite to shoot with me on short notice. And as incredible as my friends are, it’s nice to have a few different faces in my portfolio. I had an open studio day in my schedule, and so I put together a model call for yogis and dancers, posted a Facebook event, and two weeks later I had 19 beautiful women visit my studio for some quick photos and a chat.
Getting to meet all of these women was such a pleasure, and I’m only sad I didn’t have more time to chat with everyone in between photos. I’m sharing a photograph of everyone who came, and you’ll be seeing more of some of these women in the coming months!
Special thanks to Lindsey, Natalie, Becky, Ariana, Brie, Ariel, Kristine, Cleo, Rebecca, Hannah, Autumn, Sage, Hayley, Cheryl, Katt, Nurina, Christian, Senna, and Angela for taking the time to come play with me. You all rocked it!
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