2013 - A Year in Review, Sort Of - Denver, Colorado Photographer

2013 was an incredible year in many ways.  We are fortunate to have been in business since 2001 and continue to love what we do!  I could list the many weddings and events that we've done this year, but I also feel it's important to share personal work as well.  In the off season, I continue my education and dedication to being the best that I can be and I feel it's also important to take the time to recharge my creative batteries!   Going to new places and seeing new things help to recharge my creative batteries, which leads me to travel photography. Travel photography is quite challenging.  You don't really know what you will be capturing.  Sure, you can document surroundings but will the people you encounter want their photo taken?  Am I being respectful of where I am in this moment?  By having my camera, will I take myself out of the experience to photograph what is happening?  Those are some questions I ask myself when I'm out and about.  Not only do I recharge myself by seeing new and different things, but I also feel that my photography skill only improves with these experiences.

I will continue to blog the many heartfelt weddings and family sessions that we have done this past year, but for now I'd like to share with you some images from my travels from early last year.  There were no solid plans that were followed, everything you see here (with the exception of a couple of photos of myself), was every day life unfolding.  The sights, smells, colors, people and experiences will stay with me for a long time.  The countries represented in this photo montage are:  Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.

I could go on and on about my business achievements for the year, but for this one post, in the early "new" year, I'd like to share with you these images that are responsible for recharging my batteries, making me a more authentic and aware photographer!

Best Wishes for another amazing and creative year - Happy 2014!

Enjoy!

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Southeast Asia Travel Photos - Denver Photographer

  I think this photo perfectly sums up Southeast Asia!  There is so much activity everywhere you go.  At first, I wasn't happy with this capture and thought I wouldn't keep it.  However, the more I look at it, the more I love it!

Enjoy!

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Never Stop Wandering - Denver Photographer

  I'm slowly going through some of my images from my trip to Southeast Asia and found this gem.  Enjoy!

 

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Personal Work - Denver Photographer

  One of the things that I find hugely important in my life as a "creative" is to do personal work.  The blog post before this one featured my friend and fellow photographer, Laura.   She knew that I'm trying to build my yoga portfolio so she happily offered to do a bit of yoga "posing" for me and this is what came out of it.  I'm very happy with what we created!

Enjoy!

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Personal Project - Heart Rocks from All Over the World

  I really like to collect things when I travel, especially natural objects!  Things that I collect are sand (yes, you read that correctly!), sea shells, beach glass and heart rocks.  I was given my very first heart rock by my step-daughter which started my collection.  Of course, that particular one is the most precious one to me!  I've now collected quite a few rocks and my "rock shelf" was overflowing, so I decided to try and display them in a little more organized fashion (I gave in to my Type A!).   I love thrifting, so I found these 2 shelves at my favorite thrift store, painted them and borrowed a glue gun and I love how they came out!  Finding a heart rock is just like finding Love (it could be right in front of your eyes if you just look for it).

Enjoy!

 

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I'm A Traveling Fool

  “Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure.” ~ Alfred North Whitehead

I recently returned from a 6 week trip to Southeast Asia.  I shot over 7700 digital images and 50 rolls of film.  To try and describe the amazing wonders, sights, smells, experiences and people that I had met along the way would do a great disservice to them.  To try and describe how such a trip has affected me, as a person and an artist, would be a great disservice to myself.  All I can say, for right now, is that what an adventure it was!  There is only one thing that I am certain of - there will be more trips and adventuring in my very near future!  I have been bitten and smitten by the travel bug!

Enjoy!  More images to come!

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A Hike and My Bucket List - A Trip to O'ahu, Hawai'i

  When I first heard about the Haiku Stairs (aka Stairway to Heaven), I knew I had to do it!  Somehow....Someday....

There were a few challenges to address:  1)  Injury or Death   2)  It was (and still is) illegal - possible trespassing ticket or - worst case scenario - arrest  3)  There is a guard posted at the beginning of the stairs to turn away hikers.  The actual stairs (3,922 steps) traverse over several private properties, and no one really wants to be liable for ...see #1.

My first attempt was in November - after getting lost at 5am in the morning in a thick (and VERY dark) bamboo forrest, we were turned away by the guard!  It's okay, I knew I would be back in May.

My second attempt - success!  We researched and planned ahead.  From our research, we knew the guard usually arrived at 3am - and to see the sunrise from such a vantage point, would have been great from a photography standpoint, but I did not want to attempt 3,922 steps in the dark.  So, we decided to attempt at 3:30pm - and made it!  Here are a few photos of the hike - it was truly amazing!  We didn't see a single other person on the stairs the entire time (about 3 hours).  At one point, the sun broke through the clouds, and it was a truly beautiful sight to see!  I'm not sure if I would classify this hike as death defying, but I would not recommend it to anyone who wasn't an avid hiker.  My calves hurt for a week!  The weather was perfect - this area is known for lots of rain - and the stairs can become slick since they are all metal.

Enjoy!

 

 

Home Sweet Home - A Trip to O'ahu, Hawai'i

  Here are just a few of my favorites from my trip back home in May.  We were there to photograph one of my closest friends' wedding and we built in a few extra days to hike and enjoy our surroundings - after all - it's Hawai'i and my HOME!

We did so much hiking that I think a vacation from this vacation was warranted - sometimes 2 hikes in 1 day!  Hawai'i is simply a beautiful place and my camera never left my hands - even when we were in the water!

Enjoy!

 

I Can't Get Enough of....

  Sea Turtles!  Or, in Hawaiian, they are known as Honu(s).  To me, they seem like butterflies underwater - they are so graceful!

These photos are from a recent trip to Hawaii for a friend's wedding.  I have a great underwater housing to go with my Canon G11.  We built in a few extra days after the wedding to take in our surroundings!   More scenic photos to come!

Enjoy!

Instagram Junkie

My name is Paige Eden and I am an Instagram Junkie!

I was recently in Hawaii for a wedding and  spent a few extra days there - here is a good representation of what we did - lots of hiking, a catamaran ride, eating fresh Poke, photographing a personal project and attempting (and summiting) the Haiku Stairs (aka Stairway to Heaven).

It was a blast - enjoy!

PS...If you want to follow me on Instagram, my handle is @paigeedenphoto

 

Traveling to Costa Rica - A Yoga Adventure......continues

  This says it all!  Enjoy!

Traveling to Costa Rica - A Yoga Adventure.....continues

  When we weren't doing yoga, we would go into town - Puerto Viejo was just a short 15 minute drive away.  Puerto Viejo was an adorable surf town - right on the beach and a visual feast for me!  We had dinner one night in a restaurant and apparently every evening at the same time, a sloth would appear and cross a beam in the restaurant.  It was quite a sight!

Enjoy!

Traveling to Costa Rica - A Yoga Adventure...continues

  The wildlife in Costa Rica was unreal!  Snakes, howling monkeys, humming birds, toucans, parrots, scorpions, lizards, sloths - you name it!  If you just stood still, the jungle would just move!  It was both amazing and a bit unnerving at the same time!  On my third night there, a scorpion fell from the ceiling on to my bed - after that, I had a mosquito net!  Most favorite: waking up at 5:30am to howling monkeys.  Least favorite:  the cockroaches as big as a taco tortilla.  Enjoy!

 

Traveling to Costa Rica - A Yoga Adventure...continues

  Where does one begin on trying to write about such a transformational experience?

First, I can't say enough about Peak Beings and Troy McPeak.  Troy is an amazing teacher!  His knowledge, experience, calm nature and patience in teaching was really just a perfect fit for me.

Also, the setting was beautiful and very nuturing:  Samasati Nature Retreat was located in the jungle, far away from any distractions (FAR, FAR away - haha).  We were fed vegetarian meals and surrounded by all the jungle your imagination could offer - toucans, howling monkeys, sloths, everything!  It was a very unique experience!  More photos to come on just the animal life there!  And, still yet, more photos to come on the visits to Puerto Viejo - a surf town located just a 15 minute drive from the reserve.

Being immersed in this beautiful setting with a great group of people was just a heart opening experience!  I learned so much about myself and yoga and made some really great friends!  Enjoy the photos!

 

Traveling to Costa Rica - A Yoga Adventure

  I was incredibly lucky to spend a month in Costa Rica back in January to become a certified yoga teacher!  My trip was amazing in so many different ways, I don't know where to begin.  The scenery was raw and beautiful, my yoga experience was transformational and I met some really great people along the way!

There were so many photo "experiences" that I just can't digest them all into one or two blog posts (my head would explode, haha).  So, I will be putting together a series of posts.  It only seems fair to start with something really dramatic, like a black sand beach located in Puerto Viejo - Playa Negra.  My friend Alicia was kind enough to do some yoga poses for me (and cover herself with black sand!)....

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Hawai'i - Self Portrait

It was my last day in paradise - I went on a nice hike to a waterfall, but the lighting conditions were not good for photos.  I sat quietly contemplating my trip - the laughter and tears, the beautiful sights and hikes, sunrises, sunsets - amazing people.  Then, I saw these bright colored leaves and noticed the water around the small pool was very calm.  What's a photographer to do?  I started to photograph this beautiful leaf sitting on a rock - but I could not get rid of my reflection!  I tried different angles and camera settings, but I could still see myself reflecting in the water.  So, I thought - why fight it?  I started to play and this is one of my favorites out of the bunch - looking to the sky to get my profile. Enjoy!

Waikiki and Makapu'u

  Sunrise at Makapu'u and a few photos from the water off of the Sheraton Waikiki - not too shabby!

Enjoy!

Waialua Sunflower Fields

  Sunflowers make me wanna jump!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Hiking on O'ahu

  I was so thankful for finding 2 absolutely fantastic websites before I went on my trip to O'ahu!   I can't say enough about these 2 sites - they were packed with information and I did about 10 hikes while I was on my 17 day trip.    The websites are:  www.unrealhawaii.com and www.alohafrom808.com.

From the looks of this hike, I thought it would be pretty easy - NOT!  It was a bit challenging.  I went through different terrain, which was really cool - and the views were magnificent!  I highly recommend this hike!

Enjoy!