black and white pic of rusty lock on a barn door

Locked Up Tight

Usually random shots like this are taken on a shoot as part of the details I notice of the venue, event, location or moment. This shot happened to come from taking property photos for some mundane paperwork on for a construction permit. The door to this barn had actually fallen off completely due to old age and rot and we had just propped it back into position when I saw this lock still holding fast and doing its job. I like the grit and age. Even after all the years, the door may not be attached but it was still locked up tight. Job well done.

Taken at a Mad Hatter Tea Party celebrating a baby shower, I loved the light reflecting off the glass dome making it appear as if the tea cup were trapped inside two domes as gobs of presents loom in the background. Sometimes I feel like that tea cup, set aside sitting beautifully hidden beneath a shell of isolation while looking out on others in celebration.

I love parties and I especially love celebrations. Too often it’s tempting to sweep these moments under the rug and cave into the desire to not make a big deal about them.

Weddings are a big deal and wanting to celebrate with friends and family in adding someone into your life is worth celebrating in whatever way that means something to you. Having a baby and bringing a new life into this world–be it your first child or your fourth–is a big deal and worth celebrating. Graduations are worth celebrating the hard work and transition from one chapter and accomplishment to the next. Birthdays are worth taking a moment and celebrating the number of years being on this earth, be it just one year or sixty-seven.

These moments in life are worth celebrating. Don’t miss them. Don’t pass them up. Don’t stay in a shell. Celebrate when it’s time to celebrate. It’s worth it.

black and white teacup in a glass dome

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Teenage boy looking out into the horizon.

Meet Greyson. This handsome teen is ready to rule the world. Greyson is the one who actually approached me and booked his own photo session. When I met his dad to confirm some logistics I asked his father if he wanted most of the shots with the bini on or off. Greyson may have scheduled his own pictures, but let’s be real–his mom and dad are fitting the bill and are my true clients! As most dads would say, “Hat off. If you can get him to take it off, no bini.” Well, there’s more than one way to take a hat off.

Man in white t-shirt. Author Brad Poppie of the Poppie Factor.

Author Brad Poppie of The Poppie Factor

Meet Brad. This doctor turned author turned up the heat during his photo shoot at Union Station in downtown Denver. From businessman to body builder, he’s a guy on the go and has got the “Poppie Factor.”

Photographer Retreat

Southern Colorado Styled Wedding Shoot

B U I L D   Y O U R   W E D D I N G   P O R T F O L I O
March 17 – 19, 2017

  • Have an interest in shooting weddings?

  • Never shot a wedding and need experience?

  • Need beautiful portfolio pictures to show potential clients your capabilities and style?

    Start here.
    Join  Ashlee Bratton, (daughter of the innkeepers) who has shot over a hundred weddings and elopements at this location and got her start here. The main shooting location will be at the Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast on the River, with an optional secondary shoot on Sunday at the Rio Grand Golf Club or South Fork Chapel. The Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast on the River is a private B&B located 4 hours from Denver and tucked beneath breathtaking cliffs, is located right on the river, and is a photographer’s dream for backdrops that range from mountain elegance to rustic country. Find your style and play with the options this location has to offer.

  • Up to 10 girls max
  • 2 nights at the Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast
    in South Fork, Colorado
  • 2 styled locations to shoot
  • Professional cake & flowers
  • Ring shots
  • Champagne toasts
  • Bridal suite shoot
  • Getting ready shots (mirror, lips, dress, shoes)
  • Rustic barn / 3 firepits / cliff views
  • Fri – Sun, March 17-19, 2017
  • 10 digitals from each photographer to go to vendors
  • $300 (incl 2 nights lodging & 2 breakfasts, models, styling)
  • Optional +$150 for additional guest if sharing a room

Fri – Sun, March 17 – 19, 2017

Friday – arrival and relaxation – optional pm happy hr
Saturday – styled shoot on property
Sunday – optional shoot at Rio Grande Golf Club (think log beams, bar/reception shots, golf carts, and bridge)
Sunday Afternoon – depart!

Styled Shoot Info – PDF Download

Contact Ashlee Bratton for more details on how to register and sign up.