Denver Adventure: Part 3

  The Denver airport.  This building is a work of art.  It looks like  a whole bunch of tents lit up, but apparently it's made of a Teflon-coated fiberglass material that is as thin as a credit card.  So unique.  Because I drove into Denver, I wasn't reminded of the airport until we went to the parking structure to get photos of Shane in uniform.  I had a flood of memories come back from the last time I saw there.  It was about five years ago, I was traveling for a weekend of swing dancing, called the Denver Lindy Exchange.  There was a group of almost 10 of us flying on that plane because of the incredibly low rates of $30/flight, thank you Southwest Ding fares!  An amazing friend of mine came to pick me up and everyone loaded into her van.  Here's the funny part, though.  She got her wisdom teeth out that morning.  So she was... well, a little loopy.  And probably a lot less safe than most of us thought she was!  But it still makes for a good story and everyone ended up making it home ok.



So this was my second time to the airport, and seeing it right after sunset was absolutely beautiful.



For these shots, we used two speed lights for main and fill, and the car lights as backlight.









These shots were taken in the 10 minutes before pilot Shane actually had to report for his flight.  I didn't know if we were allowed to shoot in the airport because of security reasons.  I was honestly nervous someone would decide there was a law against it, but we didn't take any of the security screenings and one of the guards told us it was ok!  And we had Shane there to look official if anything went  wrong.  I think people are less likely to ask questions when you're in uniform!







Photos of Garden of the Gods from Colorado Springs on the blog tomorrow!








Denver Adventure: Part 2



I am not a morning person.  If you catch me in a good mood at 6am, most of of the time it's because I haven't gone to sleep yet.  But you should have seen the amount of energy I had the morning of this photo shoot.  I barely got 3 hours of sleep, I was so excited!  We met up with the other photographer, Brody Hall, around 7am and ate donuts to celebrate his birthday!  Now, I definitely have a sweet tooth, but as I finished that Crispy Creme donut, I had flashbacks of motion-sickness - swimming 100m at summer swim team age 10 and throwing up the donut at the end.  Uh oh... hope the plane ride wasn't going to be too bumpy!  Oh well.  :)  Happy birthday Brody.


But I got all my nerves out the day before, so this morning, I'm not nervous at all - I'm just bouncing off the walls.  Literally running away in middle of a conversation because I see some cool photo on the wall over there...  Brody said I "pranced."  I did feel a little bit like a little girl, but at least I was having fun!






As the photographers, we had to work really hard with space (or lack thereof), the windows (shooting through them was difficult!) and the angles (trying to tell one pilot to fly higher or lower so we could see them).  I had my feet up against one wall and my back up against the other with my elbows on my knees to stabilize the lens - I've never had to shoot from such a fast and bumpy vehicle!  As I've been shooting weddings full time for the last year, this was a brand new experience for me and I was very grateful for Brody's suggestions.  I even got to shoot with his 300mm f/2.8 lens!  That thing was heavy!  But looking through the photos afterwards, I'm almost as excited as while I was flying.  It was a challenge, so unique, and I got what I wanted!


Say "hi" to Shane!




And the Denver skyline.