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 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

 

A Tropical Wedding - O'ahu, Hawaii

Natalie and Ben got married at the Sheraton Waikiki, which is conveniently next door to one of the oldest (and most romantic) hotels in Honolulu, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.  We did the majority of the photos before the wedding at the Royal Hawaiian and then straight into the reception where we feasted on some of the tastiest food and wine and talked story with family and friends - Natalie and Ben then did a hilarious money dance, of which I've never seen (though I doubt they've seen a chicken dance, come to think of it) and called it a night. I've had the honor of knowing Natalie for over 25 years and I'm incredibly humbled and grateful for her having me photograph her wedding!  Her family and friends became my family and friends and I will always treasure these memories for the rest of my life!

To Natalie and Ben:  Kampai, Mabuhay and Cheers!  May you have a blessed marriage full of happiness and love!

Enjoy!