Will You Marry Me? Two Unique Surprise Proposals - Denver Wedding Photographer

First, I can't tell you how fun photographing a surprise proposal is!  Why?  Well, because everything is a surprise!  As a photographer, all of your senses and training come into play AT ONCE!  You senses are peaked - you notice everything because you are on a covert mission to be sly and go unnoticed.  Your skills must be honed and ready in a millisecond to record life changing moments in...A MOMENT!  This all sounds very dramatic and IT IS!   Photographing a surprise proposal is exhilarating!! Second, it's very exciting that capturing these surprise proposals have become so popular!  What a fantastic gift to give your soon-to-be wife (or husband)!

Our first location was at the world famous Red Rocks Ampitheatre, where many flock to see the majestic rock formations that make this Ampitheatre a most memorable place to visit.  A couple of facts about Red Rocks (I had NO idea!) that I found really cool:   Red Rocks is geologically formed, so there is no other place like it in the world...and the park has been open since 1941!  How cool is that?

Our second location was at the world renowned Broadmoor Hotel.  A couple of fun facts about the Broadmoor is that this resort has been around since 1918!  The Broadmoor has also been ranked by Forbes as 5 star hotel for 52 straight years.  That is a pretty incredible feat and it's no wonder - the hotel has beautiful artwork and a classic old world feel.  Once you step foot on the grounds, you are well taken care of.

On to these fun images!  I've mixed both proposals together for spontaneity!

Congratulations to JT and Anna and also to Ian and Kristina!!  I wish you many happy lifetimes together!

(and, props to Anna who hiked up and down Red Rocks in the snow and ice for JT....and props to Kristina who braved 25 degrees to go on a romantic walk with Ian around the Broadmoor!)

Enjoy!!!

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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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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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Let's Do Shots - Headshots, That Is! Denver Photographer

  Here is a recent Headshot photo session that I did in LoDo - If you need a headshot or a few "business casual" photos, I'm your girl!

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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Meet Elliott - Foster Pup - Denver Photographer

This is Elliott!  I say that very enthusiastically because he is so stinking adorable!  After I lost my Quinn last year, I've wanted to ease back in (if at all) to pet ownership.  I missed having a dog and so fostering has been fun.  It feels really good to just provide a loving and stable environment for dogs that have been mistreated!

He is as of now before I change my mind available for adoption.

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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Yoga Meets Nascar - Denver Engagement Session

Things that compliment each other - like Yin and Yang, Sun and Moon, Peanut Butter and Chocolate and Yoga and Nascar - wait a minute?  Whaaat?

Meet Colleen and Joe - one of the loveliest couples!  Colleen and I hit it off right away - we talked about yoga and how it has impacted our lives - in a way, we were soul sisters.  Joe loved his truck and wanted his pride and joy somehow incorporated into the engagement session - the photo you see is how it evolved - Joe with his truck and Colleen with her yoga melding perfectly together in this setting of scenic Colorado.

Enjoy!

 

Seeing What is Right in Front of You - Found Images - Denver Photographer

When I'm not on high alert photographing weddings, I like to stop, take a deep breath and look around for interesting objects.  Recently I photographed three Steamboat Springs weddings in a row - that is a lot of driving!  As we journeyed through Colorado, I noticed an area I really wanted to explore and made a mental note of it.  The following weekend when we drove through, we allotted time to pull off for just 30 minutes so that I could do just that - explore - of course with a camera in my hand!  The water was low and there were so many beautiful things to photograph!  Of course, I mixed in a few random photos from Steamboat as well (who can resist horses along a fence in the countryside?).

Doing a bit of personal work really is rejuvenating, even though they are random snapshots!

Enjoy!

 

Yoga Yoga Yoga - One of my Favorite Things - Denver Photographer

  Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. - George Bernard Shaw

Yoga has taught me to believe in this quote wholeheartedly.

I'm posting a few yoga portraits that I've taken of my fabulous friend and yoga mentor, Lauren Duker.  A few years ago I went through a major transformation in my life and I feel that Lauren was one of those instrumental persons in my life who helped me through it.  Yoga has a special meaning to me - it helped me face fears, grow, become stronger both mentally and physically and I can't help but feel that my life has been enriched (and prolonged) by doing yoga.

Now go get your Downward Dog on - Enjoy!

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I'll Have a Double - Steamboat Springs, Colorado

A double rainbow, that is!

While in Steamboat Springs for a wedding, my second photographer and I decided to hit Strawberry Hot Springs for a leisurely soak.  What luck to be soaking in such a beautiful setting when a stunning rainbow appeared - and then, to our amazement - it became a double!   Nature is truly astonishing!

Enjoy!

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!

Something More....

  I don't know how my love for photography started.  I was a nerdy kid.  I liked looking at pictures in National Geographic more than I liked playing.  I loved reading.  I guess I just liked knowing that there were exotic places, people and animals "out there".....somewhere.

The more that I photograph, the more I learn about how meaningful it is - to myself and to others.  Weddings are special - no two are alike, just like every one of us.  But the significance of having all of the people who love you together in the same place for just that one day, never knowing when everyone will be together again - well, that is pretty darn meaningful.  When my Grandfather passed away, I was so thankful for the photographs - all of them.  The cheesy ones, the ones of just his hands, old and wise with the ring he never took off, the ones of him with his family looking so proud, the ones of him with this great grand nephews sticking their tongues out.  All of them became instantly irreplaceable, like crown jewels.  Recently when I knew it was time to let go of my beloved doggie Quinn, everything I took of him became a memory that I could actually see right away and remember all the good times that we had together.  And, as my former clients send me notes or I read posts on Facebook about the passing of their parents or grandparents and read about how they love that photo that I took of them dancing with their Mom or the portrait I made or the candid snapshot I took without them knowing and how this person would treasure that photo forever, deeply touches me.  It lets me know I'm doing something meaningful.  It's just not wedding photography, it's something more.

Thank you for listening.

Below, my Grandpa's hands - I look at this photo fondly and remember how he used to put on my shoes (he owned a shoe store).

And below that, my beloved Quinn, asleep with his tongue out.

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

 

A Boulder Engagement Session Favorite!

This is from a session a while ago, however I just love the look and feel of it!

Enjoy!

Glamour Shots?

  Yes - Glamour Shots - you read that correctly!  I'm playing around with something new - portraits of women who are strong AND sexy!  Inspired by Sue Bryce, I'm attempting to learn her way of posing and lighting.  She does incredible work!  Contact me if you are interested in a portrait!

Enjoy!