Downtown Denver, mountains, camping, hiking, and sunset views. You could say that this was a pretty good photo shoot.
Traveling across all of Denver and then adventuring through the mountains is pretty much what you call the good life. In September I was invited to be a part of the White Sierra catalog shoot with True Hero Events. It was an educational experience into the eye of commercial photography but mostly it was a day doing what I love and kicking ass at it.
We started in Downtown Denver, dragging a clothing rack through the city and stopping every few blocks when we found a view that just seemed too good to not photograph. Our models whipped out some blue steel poses and had runway walks offs down the streets and alleyways of Denver. (Okay, so the last part didn’t happen, but I still believe we could make that happen. And what a photo shoot that would be!) From Denver, we traveled to Morrison, a small town in the foothills followed by Indian Hills to capture photos of camping gear and living the real life of adventure. (Or simply posing that they were in the real life of adventure).
On day two we took it further into the mountains where True Hero Events is located and played around near Frisco. Capturing walks near the ski resorts and then real hikes over Keystone Pass. Running ahead of the models up the hill at 13,000 feet is what I call exhilarating, or exhausting, whichever you choose. But when it comes down to it the photos are always worth the extra work and heaves of trying to get oxygen into your lungs. (You have no idea how hard that can be!)
The key to getting great photos is going to new heights (like climbing on top of a trash can) or new lows (like kneeling in a river that you almost fell into with all your camera gear – Andy). Photography is all about trying to see things with new eyes and in ways that others wouldn’t have thought to look. There is an art to making people look good – angles, poses, lighting. And part of getting the right perspective is identifying those things and utilizing them to create the best photo you can. Something that you will always work on being better at.
This photo shoot taught me a lot about moving fast, getting the picture that you want and having fun with what you do and what you shoot. I hadn’t ever worked with real models before (sorry all my friends who pose for me) so working with talent made things different. My favorite shots, however, are always the candid ones. While a model may know how to pose and make things look good, there is always a better energy and realism to candid photos. It makes things feel more classic. I was also able to learn a little more about gear, and running a business on the other hand. Collaborating with other photographers always brings new education, and for me education is everything so I’ll take what I can get.
But enough about behind the lens, here is the behind the scenes photos from the White Sierra catalog shoot with True Hero Events:
Needless to say, between the White Sierra clothing and the True Hero Events staff, we had a blast with this photo shoot. The Colorado landscapes and the Denver cityscapes made for some pretty amazing – and at times challenging – backdrops. Photo shoots like these, are the dream!