Beautiful Monte Vista

Spent a few days in this beautiful town to watch the migrating cranes, during which time my camera was pretty much glued to me. We were surrounded by beautiful snow capped mountains in seemingly every direction. A real little paradise.

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Fun with flowers...

I spent another fun afternoon creating stories through imagery with the flowers that made up my surprise bouquet. Today, I tried to portray a sense of nostalgia by adding some simple props like old photos, old letters, old books and some vintage jewelry.

I also tried to give a hint of a story about the art of flower arranging, again adding some simple props like twine, old glass bottles and some rustic scissors. 

Tomorrow I shall assess the flowers again and see if maybe I can think of any other ways to use them.


A bouquet of love...

Thank you mum and dad for the most incredible surprise today, which made my day extra special.  I spent the afternoon styling, arranging and photographing your bouquet of love, before putting them back in their vase to be enjoyed again tomorrow. 

I thought I'd share a few of the many images I took, which will remind me, long after they have withered and dried, of the wonderful surprise you treated me to today. Thank you both so very much. I love you.

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Can never get enough of flowers

While I love to photograph most genres and subjects, I can never get enough of shooting the simplest things. I picked up a bunch of delicate miniature roses the other day and spent a few hours shooting their delicate natural beauty. Just two days later they are withered and dried, but within these images they live forever. 
 

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Wildflowers that are anything but...

This is my first summer in this beautiful state of Colorado, and I have to say this amazing and beautiful state gets better and better with every passing month. It is almost impossible to drive anywhere at the moment without being totally wowed by the abundance of beautiful wildflowers.
 

There are softly blowing seas of yellow petals under beautiful blue skies that literally take my breath away. Every mile of driving I want to stop so badly and take pictures, but due to safety concerns I have resisted the urge  (the side of the road is really not the ideal place to be taking photos, no matter how beautiful the scenery :)). So I have limited myself to wildflowers growing in places where I have walked, and they are just incredible. 

Sadly I do not know the names of most of these wildflowers (yet), which far from being wild, are incredibly graceful and serene as they move and dance like little ballet dancers in the soft breezes here.

Hopefully next week I can find a safe place to stop and capture a sea of yellow, before they ultimately disappear for the year. Until then, here are three of my favorites so far.
 

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Nature really is its own artist...

Today we headed out to a small town in Colorado called Calhan, where the Painted Mines Interpretive Park can be found. This wonderful free location is a photographer's dream with scenic vistas, incredible colorful rock formations and lots of little wild plants. There is a well cleared trail that takes you around the entire park, up little hills and across plain land, and every step gives you another reason to snap a shot! The weather was perfect, with wonderful blue skies, a nice little breeze and perfect sunlight. Another place I can add to my "visit-again-very-soon list!"

Here are three from the many shots I took... beautiful place.

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The Perfect Day...

I have been in Colorado now for just over two months and already it feels like home; I just LOVE this place. And today, I discovered more reasons to absolutely love it here as I had the privilege of being taken to visit a most wonderful and amazing place... Serenity Springs in Calhan, Colorado. This incredible charity-run location, is a sanctuary where big cats (and several other animals) that have been rescued from various different situations, are given a forever home and are lovingly cared for. I was part of a guided tour that was able to view many beautiful animals, many of which I had never seen in real life before, and it was just wonderful. Of course I had my camera with me, and below you can see three of my very favorite images. I hope to go back again soon, and to try and raise money for this wonderful charity, in some small way. If you are heading anywhere near, anytime soon, I can highly recommend a visit to this really awesome place. It made today a perfect day.

Three of my very favorites from the day...

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The Language Of Flowers...

Writing happens to be one of my other true passions, and of course my love for flowers means they very often appear in my shoots... today I combined both, along with some textures, for a beautiful nostalgic little shoot.

Freshly picked ranunculus and a vintage Remington... just heavenly.

Simply Easter...

It has been a while since I shared some photos from my stock shoots, so thought I would post a couple from an Easter shoot I did today. As with all my holiday celebrating, I prefer a very simple, understated approach, which is reflected in the images I shoot. Hope you like them :)

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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

Well, every day is the most wonderful time of the year, but around the holidays, everything does seem to feel a little more magical.

As my friends will know, I like very simple things, and the holidays are no exception. Here are a few minimal/simplistic holiday shots from a shoot I did earlier today... this is just the way I like my holiday decor :)

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Finding Beauty in the Simplest of Things...

I just love the simple beauty of Mother Nature's gifts, which I tried to capture in as minimalistic a set-up as I could for Thanksgiving... nothing but pure natural sunlight, beautiful blooms and some miniature pumpkins, but for me this is just perfect. 

What can I say, I do  flowers :)   

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They Say...

...never work with children or animals; today I worked with both, and it was wonderful. Here are a few shots from today's session. 

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Sugar and Spice...

... that's what little girls are made of, and this little girl is super sweet :)

Three from a recent shoot I shared with her mom. 

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I Heart Dogs...

... especially this beautiful doggy, who just happens to be the best and most loving doggy in the whole world :) 

My sweet doggy was a great model for a couple of test shots with the 85mm 1.4 lens. Wow, what a lens.

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Herbs and Natural Light

Today I tried shooting in natural window light with some fresh oregano. Too bad these aren't scratch and sniff images, as the oregano filled the room with the wonderful aroma of a Mediterranean kitchen, which reminded me of childhood summers spent in Italy.  

Here are just a couple of early shots... 

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