Colorado Springs Airbnb

Courtney and I are pretty huge fans of Airbnb and have been using it for a long time. It’s even better now that we have kids.

If you have kids than you know what I am talking about. Having a full kitchen, rooms for sleeping, and space to play makes traveling a lot better. We decided to get away for the weekend to Colorado Springs and we stayed in this awesome little house in one of the older parts of town. It was very affordable and one of the coolest houses we have ever stayed in. It was perfectly designed and decorated in a way that was modern, but a little bit rustic, and very cozy and comfortable. It really was lovely. Here is the link to the place if you should find yourself in Colorado Springs.

I went pretty minimal with my kit this trip and only brought my X Pro-2 and 23mm f2, but I was still able to get some interior shots I was pretty happy with. My 16mm would have been helpful at times, but I actually appreciate the challenge of a minimal kit. Processing was done with Capture One and Mastin Labs Gold 200 (which is a killer combo that will be it's own blog post eventually).

I would love to do more photography like this. I found it inspiring, challenging, and a lot of fun

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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

Ashley and Isaac × Piggies: Fall Portraits

Yes you read that right…piggies.

Before her mini-session Ashley asked if it was ok if they brought along their pigs for the shoot, to which I replied “that sounds like my dreams coming true”. It really was a blast and I love mixing things up. On top of that these two were amazing. Ashely is so sweet and hilarious, and her boy Isaac is a super cool little dude…way cooler than me actually. I mean check out that smile!

On a technical not, this was my first shoot with the “fujicron” line up of f2 lenses, the 23mm f2, 35mm f2, and the 50mm f2. They performed WAY better than I expected. I am sold on them for sure.

We will definitely be doing another round of mini-shoots this next fall so keep your eyes out. Slots go fast.

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