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Joshua Tree Nude Photo Workshop
April 23rd-27th
This workshop will be held on a large piece of private land near Joshua Tree, California. Click here for more information.

Lighting the World: Flash Photography with Speedlights
June 17th-21st

 This workshop is an immersion course in working with dedicated flash units.  Produced by The Anderson Ranch.  Click here for more information.

Iceland Nude Photo Workshop

July 8th-12th

The magnificent landscape of Iceland serves as background for this figure workshop. Click here for more information.

Figure in the Western Landscape Workshop
July 24th-27th
This workshop will be held on a large piece of private land in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Produced by The Santa Fe Workshops.  Click here for more information.

North Carolina Nude Photo Workshop

August 14th-18th
The verdant forests and beautiful waterfalls of North Carolina beckon for this figure workshop.  Click here for more information.

Figure in the Western Landscape Workshop

August 21st-24th
This workshop will be held on a large piece of private land in Park City Utah. Click here for more information.


"Limelight" exhibit is installed at Wells Fargo Atrium

Yesterday, with the help of Jon Rose, I mounted the "Limelight" exhibit at the Wells Fargo Atrium in Denver.  The space is wonderful, and the large scale images look great in the environment.  Thanks to Pat Cortez and Merlinda Mestas at Wells Fargo, and to Raydean Acevedo, Colorado Ballet Trustee and  Lynn Dolven, Development Director at Colorado Ballet for helping make this come together. 

The exhibit runs through April 13th.


"Limelight" Exhibition for Month of Photography Denver

Limelight Study #2

Every other year, hundreds of collaborative public events in Denver and the region celebrate fine art photography during  The Month of Photography Denver.  And this year, I decided to create a new series working with dancers, combining 1940’s Hollywood lighting with the feel of the 1830’s calotype process. 

Having created the advertising images for Colorado Ballet for the last seven years my first thought was to enlist the support of their Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Executive Director Marie Belew-Wheatley and Wardrobe Supervisor Shirin Landarani.  Their support was enthusiastic, and we were off to the races.

Over three weeks, I photographed eight members of the company in the studio.  The process was highly collaborative, as the images were created on the Pentax 645D medium format digital camera and I could share the results of each exposure before the next attempt.  After looking at a new photograph on screen, the dancer and I could refine the look and feel of the image until we both were satisfied with the results.  Shooting digitally has transformed my relationships with my subjects because they see the work in real time.  That builds a sense of trust and partnership that can results in stronger images than was ever possible in the film world.  I love it. 

The series will be exhibited at the Wells Fargo Atrium, 1740 Broadway, Denver CO, 80274, March 18th-April 13th, and the space is wonderful.  Because of it's massive size, I decided to make prints on a large scale to match, and each image will be shown at 4 x 5 ft.

Sales of prints, posters and note cards will benefit Colorado Ballet.  All images on this page are available for purchase.  Email for information.


Limelight Study #5

Limelight Study #4
Limelight Study #9
Limelight Study #6
Limelight Study #12
Limelight Study #3
Limelight Study #11
Limelight Study #8
Limelight Study #1
Limelight Study #10
Limelight Study #7




Choice Out Loud Video

The Choice Out Loud video is live and can be seen on Vimeo.


Choice Out Loud

So now I can finally tell the story about the time lapse project, which was under a non-disclosure agreement until today!

Back in December, I was contacted by the creative director at gmmb Advertising in Washington D.C. to participate in a historic project, Choice out Loud.  The idea was to celebrate the Roe v Wade's 40th Anniversary, which is February 22, 2013 by having 40 photographers around the country each shoot one woman for a time lapse video.  I felt honored to be invited, and was thrilled to be involved.

With the insight of my good friend, cinematographer Edward Done, I decided to do a sequence that involved not only time lapse with the model, but time lapse with the background as well.  That meant sitting in a field near Denver International Airport for almost 4 hours while I captured enough frames to last 6 seconds in the final sequence.  A very zen-like experience listening to the camera click one frame a second for 4 hours.

Next we shot the model, Yosselin Marquez from Nxt|Model in cowboy garb generously donated by Cry Baby Ranch in Denver.  Ed was there with me in the studio, shooting straight video while I shot on the Canon 5D MkIII so we could get a sense of what the sequence looked like in real time.  We probably did 15 takes, all of them fun and unique in their own way.  

Many thanks to make up stylist Kari Kisch, assistants Caleb Tkach and McCall Burau, and to owner Natalie Fletcher and casting agent Christina Reed at Nxt|Model.

Tomorrow, I'll get to see how it all came together!


Time Lapse project

Last week we had a wonderful assignment that involved using time lapse photography in creating a portrait.  I started by shooting a sequence of images of clouds out near Denver International Airport, then projected those images in real time while we shot our portrait.  Our talent, Yosselin Marquez from Nxt|Model was wonderful to work with, bringing great emotion to over 100 still frames over 6 minutes per sequence.  Big thanks to agency owner Natalie Fletcher and casting agent Christine Reed for finding the perfect person for the job.

Here is an short example of what we did.


Reveal to White time lapse test from Allen Birnbach on Vimeo.