August Portraits

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These photos are a part of my ongoing attempt to capture one good portrait of every member of my family, every month, forever. All of these were taken during our vacation at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

A Quick Trip to Brainard Lake

Some of our dearest and oldest friends were in town this past week from Florida, and we decided to go exploring.


We were able to carve out one complete day to head up in to the mountains and do some exploring. We decided on Brainard lake which is absolutely beautiful and, because of the huge amount of late season snow we got, not crowded at all. Many of the trails were still snow packed and we all ended up with shoes full of snow, but it was a still a blast. It was also beautiful! I want to make little trips like this happen more this year. The mountains are good for my soul. It is like a reset.

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Photo by Courtney Gilmer

Photo by Courtney Gilmer

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Fujifilm X-Pro 2 | XF35mm f1.4 | XF16mm f1.4 WR

Mastin Labs Portra 160 Pushed | Adobe Lightroom

A Quick Portrait of Courtney

My wife and I celebrated her birthday with a night in Denver, and I decided to make a fast portrait.

Our original plan was to go out last Tuesday, but our little son Arden got terribly sick and it just did’t feel right leaving him with grandma. We were able to go out this past Saturday though and it turned into a beautiful evening.

We grabbed a drink and appetizer at the Ale House and then had dinner at one of my favorite Restaurants in Denver, Linger. It was a beautiful night celebrating my beautiful wife.

The battery to my camera actually died shortly in to the evening. I actually kinda didn’t mind. Sometimes I like just enjoying the evening without having to take pictures. Before it did though, I sat Courtney down for a couple of portraits on an interesting looking staircase. They are simple images and not much to write home about, but I need to do this more. My true passion is candid photography, but portraits can be very special and important in capturing somebody as they are. I think I need to make them a bigger part of my photography moving forward.

Courtney Gilmer
Courtney Gilmer
Courtney Gilmer

My Family

You know the phrase "A plumbers pipes are always leaking"? I have found that to be true as a photographer as well.

I am a huge proponent of family pictures, but am so busy that I often am not good about making sure we have pictures of our own family. A couple weeks ago we decided to skip to church and head to the mountains. It was a foggy and rainy morning, which is pretty rare here, but oddly me and my wife LOVE this weather. We brought the camera and my father-in-law and I were able to capture some beautiful photos of my family. It was so refreshing and fun and I am so glad to have these memories captured. We will be doing this more in the future for sure.