Shoot the Work You Want to Do – Urban Running with Annie

Rarely will a creative director hire you [a photographer] to shoot a project in which you have zero experience. You have to create the portfolio for the work you want to be paid for. This means you must do personal projects, it should be one of the most important parts of your portfolio. You get to bring your vision to life and really showcase what you can really do.

I had wanted to shoot with Annie for a long time, but our schedules hadn’t lined up. Finally last week it all came together for an amazing shoot. I had ideas in my head for shots I wanted in my portfolio, and these came out better than I imagined.  Thanks to Annie for being incredibly easy to work with and Ladd Forde for assisting.

Cover Photo

Happy New Years everyone! I hope that 2014 is a great one for you. 2013 was significantly better than 2012, and I feel like 2014 will on continue to get better. It’s starting out great! I nabbed the cover of the latest issue of Denver’s Culture Magazine, 5280!

Here’s the full photo of Lee France running at Doudy Draw near Boulder, CO in the spring of 2012.

I’m looking forward to a wonderful year! Thanks for everyone’s support, I would be nothing without all of you that believe in me and help to push me forward. 

Running with Rhiannon

At the beginning of November I did a quick running shoot at the Flatiron Vista trail with Rhiannon McClatchey. We met a little bit too late and only got a few shots in before the sun dropped below the Flatirons. Lesson: projected Sunset Times do not take mountains into consideration. But it was a beautiful fall day and I was just happy to be out. I love all the trails in front of the Flatirons. So beautiful.

Photograph featured in Summer 2013 Men’s Journal Issue!

I got a text from my friend Broderick yesterday morning. “Men’s Journal? nice work!”

I was very confused. I’ve never submitted anything to Men’s Journal. Then I took a look at my Tandem Stock site. There were a couple of pending payments. I wrote to Tandem and they said, indeed Men’s Journal had purchased this image for use. I went to the store and picked up the magazine. There it was, Page 11! It’s a nice spread. I’m psyched to have my shot in such a high profile magazine, but it would have been nice to know that was happening.

 Thanks to Broderick for going shooting with me a couple of years ago.

Running at Marshall Mesa

I always enjoy shooting running. It always tests my limits and, well, my equipment’s too. It’s not slow and precise like climbing where I can pick my shots carefully. With running it’s all about timing. It also reminds me of why I want to replace my 5DMkII….autofocus. 
When coming up with ideas for shoots, a lot of times the most difficult part is deciding on a location. I’d driven past Marshall Mesa several times and always found the landscape intriguing. Since I didn’t really want to go too far for this shoot, it seemed like the ideal place. Plus I got in a climbing session at nearby Eldo immediately afterwards.