Hannah’s Senior Model Session | Colorado Springs Photographer

I was so excited to get Hannah’s senior model application, and couldn’t wait to get her session scheduled! After we had our first meet and greet, we decided on a couple of different ideas she had for her senior pictures. One was more traditional, and that’s where we started at. We chose North Cheyenne Canon for our first session, and found some gorgeous spots that I haven’t used before. We started off in a open field with mountains in the background and then worked our way up through the canon. It was such a great pleasure getting to know Hannah and all of her accomplishments and her goals for the future. She is a great care taker and loves children, and has a bright future ahead of her in the hair and makeup industry. Here are a few of my favorites from her session!

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Senior Models 2018 | Cara & Sheridan | Blackbird Studios

I had such a great time getting to know both Cara and Sheridan at our first senior model shoot! They are with our Senior Model Program and we want to do something stunning! So we ventured out on our first shoot and went Manitou Springs. Shayla and I fell in love with their prom dresses and so we wanted to start their first session with them, and boy did they both look so gorgeous! We shot at a couple of different parks in Manitou Springs. The first one was the 7 Minute Springs park. I love shooting here and using the architectural structure of the gazebo, the dramatically big stairs and the artwork that is around the park.

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There is also another park right across the street from the gazebo that leads down to the creek, and we knew that we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go there! We found beautiful peonies that matched Cara’s dress and Sheridan did an awesome job holding her balance while we shot in the creek!

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I have also been eyeing another park in Manitou Springs, that I have been driving by on a regular basis.  I feel in love with the luscious green trees and grass that surrounded this area and I knew I needed to take them there. As we got there we were so excited for the sun to finally come out and give us a true golden hour to finish up our session!

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Before we ended this session, Cara and Sheridan wanted to get some more pictures that captured how special their friendship is. This was the perfect way to end such a fun and beautiful session! Want to become a Senior Model for Blackbird Studios? Fill out our application now and get started with your specialized session!

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Prom Is Here! | Kayla & Brandon | Colorado Springs Photographers

I get so excited at prom time! I love to see all the beautiful dresses and watch everyone get all gussied up! There is still time to book your Prom Mini Session!!! Kayla and Brandon were our first session last weekend, and Kayla is senior at Liberty High School. She is super excited to be finishing off this school year with a bang. Last weekend, Colorado’s weather didn’t know what it wanted to do, and we nervously waited to see if the sun would come out….and thank goodness it did. We did have a back up plan to soot at the Mining Exchange Wyndham Hotel. We started out with the beautiful buildings on Colorado College’s campus. This is one of my favorite places to shoot…almost a hidden gem.

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After we finished with the outdoor photos we headed to the Wyndham hotel. This place is gorgeous and historical. It was very packed with other prom guests and a wedding so we made use of the areas that weren’t as crowded.

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Can you believable we shot all these pictures in 30 min?? Book your mini session with us and create memories that will last a lifetime!!! Call, email or send us a message on Facebook!

Kala’s Senior Session | Colorado Springs Photographers

A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to shoot with Shayla Marin Photography on another senior session. Shayla and I are two peas in a pod when it comes to photography and photographing! It’s crazy how much we think a like and often have the same vision on a shoot. We have started our kick off with the senior class of 2018 and we had such a beautiful model-Kala. She was flawless with her modeling and did such a great job! We decided to do the this session in both digital and film. Shayla shot the digital while I did the film, and the turn out was fantastic! The location that we chose was near the studio. Old Farm Park. Here you can easily hike the plateaus and get a beautiful views of Colorado Springs and of Pikes Peak. It also have a dessert like feel to it, and you have to watch out for the cactus! Another cool thing about this park is that they have an old silo that we were able to get inside, and Shayla had a cool idea of using a smoke bomb with an umbrella-and these shots came out incredible! We started the shoot right about 4pm in the afternoon and into golden hour.  Here are some of our favorites:

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Zenza Bronica ETRS | Film Photography | Colorado Springs Photographer

In the last blog post I talked a little bit about the Mamiya C220 that I had picked up, and how much I had fallen in love with film photography again. I have found another camera that had caught my eye that still shot medium format film, but was set up as a SLR (single lens reflex). It was a Hasselblad. The sleek lines of the chrome against the black, and a chrome lens was irresistible…especially to the designer side of me. I wanted one for the sheer look of the machine.  As I started to do my research I found out how expensive these bad boys are. It was way out of my budget, well at least for now it is. On I went with my research, and I found many other brands that I liked and was curious about trying. Eventually I decided on a Zenza Bronica ETRS.  I got it for a great price on Ebay and was so excited to try it out that I broke it! My heart sank, and I was so mad at myself. Luckily the awesome employees at Camera Works could fix it! I love that they did the repair in the shop and I didn’t have to send it out and worry about who was going to have their hands on it. The turn around time was super fast (less than a week) and was over joyed to pick it up. That week was spring break, the kids were out of school and were the perfect models to test a roll of film. There are a lot if things that I like about this camera. The negative is 6X4 so you will get 3 extra frames per roll vs the 6×6 on the Mamiya. It is a little bulky in your hands, but with the motor drive grip, it gives you a feeling of shooting with a DSLR.  It was a little tricky learning how to properly load the film, but once you get the hang of it, it was a piece of cake. Here are my favs from the first roll of film. I was extremely happy with the images that it captured and would recommend this camera!


Film Photography Adventures | Colorado Springs Photographer | Mamiya C220

Over the last few years there has been a come back in the film (analog) photography. I originally started off learning how to take pictures on a film camera, and there was so much to learn! Having to know how to use the aperture with the shutter speed, with ISO of the film….the list went on. I love a challenge, and I think that is part of the reason that I wanted to be a professional photographer. Film had really taken the back seat in 2009 (thats when I started my professional career) and I had to teach myself how to use a digital camera and what it meant to edit in photoshop. As the years have gone by, I began to notice that film was still being used and that you could pick up a camera pretty cheap. I have always wanted to shoot with medium format film, so I looked into a twin lens reflex (TLR) camera. Finally a couple of months ago I picked up this beauty at Camera Works in Colorado Springs for only $250! If you are from this area and looking for a camera this is the place to go! IMG_0145

I have been amazed with the photographs that it takes. They are crisp, and have feeling and depth to the images, and we did our first double exposure. My first model was a senior and I was beyond thrilled with the results from his shoot.

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Shooting with film has helped me find my passion with photography again, and I can’t get enough of it! I decided that I am going to shoot film and digital with every session that I book. As a photographer in a big crowd, I find that it is very hard to stand out and get your name out there, and I have a feeling that this is my calling….my way of showing my art with uniqueness…..


Stay tuned for more adventures!!

BMX | Spring Break | Colorado Springs Photographer

I hate to say it, but Spring break is nearly over. Colorado weather didn’t really want to cooperate with us, but at least we have a couple of good days of weather. Some of you may know that my son is very into BMX biking, and he is getting quite good at it. He practices nearly every day, and has shown great determination. He also hates to have his picture taken, unless it is while he is out on his bike. So we set out on the warmest day-I packed up all 4 of my cameras (3 film cameras and one digital!) and we went to Goose Gossage Skate park. He bounced back an forth between the dirt jumps and the bowls, and never gave up on landing his trick. Here are a couple of shots from that day.

I also shot some if the images on film. Film is a whole different ball game and take much more patience  to wait for the perfect shot and hope that you got it! Here are a couple of my favs.

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