Kelli + Zaire Wedding: Tulum, Mexico

To say it was 'our pleasure' would be an understatement. Aleah and I had the incredible opportunity to fly to Cancun and hop on a quick shuttle to one of the most gorgeous resorts in the area. For work! Our friends, Kelli and Zaire, graciously invited us to be a part of their wedding day and week. This was our first wedding shot together, with six in the works for 2018. To warm us up, we took some shots of the soon-to-be Andersons a couple days prior to the nuptials. We called it an engagement session and had a blast shooting them on the beach as sunset approached. Though a sunrise shoot would have been ideal given the east facing beachfront, the golden sun did not disappoint during its decent. 

For our first wedding day (as photographers) we got our feet wet by doing a, 12-hour work day! We shot both the bride and the groom getting ready, the ceremony, the dinner and reception. To our surprise (to be honest), the whole day went smoothly. Our easy-going personalities seemed to mesh well with our awesome bride and groom's laid back approach. After the ceremony, which was in a white, clay gazebo just off the beach, we took the newlyweds for about 45 minutes of wedding portraits--our favorite part! We bounced around three pre-scouted locations on the resort and were able to get all of the shots we needed and 75% of the shots we hoped to get. The most difficult part of the day, by far, was the reception. By this time the sun had set and the reception area was lit by the full spectrum of colored DJ lights, and every five to ten feet there was a low palm leaf canopy that was only about five and a half feet high. 


We will be delivering all photos in color and a select few [mostly portraits] delivered in black and white also. The editing process has been pretty fun, once the daunting task of narrowing 2000+ images down to 750 was completed. We look forward to dropping Kelli and Zaire's jump drive, photo book and oversized print in the mail to them soon. 

Do you know someone that is searching for a wedding or engagement photographer? Are you getting married soon and had plans of your sister-in-law capturing photos with her Blackberry? Please feel free to contact us via to get talking about your engagement shoot and wedding photos!

Senior Portraits: Philip

A few months back we hung out at City Park and in the RINO Arts District of Denver with Philip, shooting natural light and mono light portraits to commemorate his high school career. We had a blast! The sunlight in Colorado is typically perfect, making the use of an off-camera flash feel naturally sinful. We were able to grab some awesome hard shadows while shooting against some of RINO's intricate graffiti'd backdrops. 


The ongoing conversation during the shoot was inevitably about the street art. Philip's mom gave us a great lesson into the prestige that many local, Mexican graffiti artists have felt by having their work on display in one of the most up & coming neighborhoods in Denver (if not the country). When you get the opportunity to stroll the streets and alleys of RINO, do it!

Can you tell which images were shot using an off-camera flash and which are natural light? Which do you prefer? 

In Studio: Trent Family

Back in October we set up our home studio to welcome in the Trent family. They were some of our first clients a little over a year ago when we started shooting, not for money, but for gift cards to restaurants! Needless to say, this awesome family of four has been an incredible blessing to get to know over the past year. 

This year, father and husband, Asim, was hoping to do something a little different. He came across a portrait we made and posted on our social media, which resembled the Platon aesthetic. Just being told that our portrait made him think of the famed British photographer, Platon, was encouraging enough--so, to be summoned to shoot individual, family portraits in that style was a real treat.  

One of the advantages of working in-studio is tethering our cameras to the computer. We tether our Sony A7RII camera bodies to our iMac via a Tether Tools cable and use Capture One Pro 10 for Sony in order to bring the images in and apply some preset processes to each image--this is so that the models can get a feel for what the final images will look like. We ended up delivering 9 images in total--in both color and black & white for each. These four are our personal favorites! What do you think? The opportunities for wall art made from these images are very exciting--framed individually, side-by-side in one long panoramic image, or even in a 2x2 layout within one square frame would be pretty cool. We are excited to see how they decide to frame and display their portraits.

If you are interested in individual, family portraits with Norwood Foto, follow up via email or simply click right here and we can get something on the calendar!