Sweet 16 Sunset Preview Photos | Gracie

I am sixteen going on seventeen
I know that I'm naive
Fellows I meet may tell me I'm sweet
And willingly I believe -The Sound of Music

Adored taking photos of this sweet almost sixteen year old for a creative birthday shoot! She’s just as porcelain doll like in person as she looks in these images, with the precious personality to match. She wanted a sunset/golden hour style shoot in a field somewhere in the Denver area and I’m pleased that I was able to suggest this spot, Belmar Park & Lakewood Heritage Center, I’ve become keen on shooting clients at, located right near my home. It’s a large park area, but it also has some lovely vintage buildings, a barn, old farm equipment and other structures right next to it as well as some nice field and trees options, a lake and more! You just have to take some time, walk around, be creative and have some patience. Seems like I discover new spots to play with for backdrop every time I shoot here. It really is a great location to shoot a variety of styles that will encompass a rustic vibe to nature, moody to light & airy and even a casual urban backdrop can be embodied here with the right eye. And I appreciate that it’s just a short drive west of central Denver, which makes it a reasonable location for the metro area. I hope this darling high school girl will love her images as much as I do. Wishing you a happy 16th year full of blessings and adventure dear Gracie!

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Denver Natural Light Photographer | Creative Portraits | brooke austin P h o t o

“Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”  ―  Hans Christian Andersen

“Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
Hans Christian Andersen

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Lakewood, Colorado Photographer, Brooke Austin, enjoys family, child, couples, pets, head shots & other creative photo sessions in the Lakewood, Littleton and surrounding Denver, Colorado area.

Creative Photo Shoot

What sort of art photography are you drawn to?  There is an array of photography themes that inspire me, but one of my favorites is art photography that incorporates architecture, people or vintage themes and objects. 
I had some fun at the end of October with my son and a little punching bag clown friend and took some creative photos for the sake of art expression.  I've always had sort of a fascination with vintage & retro toys and historical artifacts or memorabilia.  This Bozo punching bag theme is just me playing with my memories of being terrified of clowns as a child, yet conjointly fascinated by them.  Now, as an adult I find clowns endearing and stimulating of a variety of emotions.  I've grown to kind of love the sad tear faced clowns.  Bozo paired with my favorite boy muse is the inspiration for this creative series.  How do you feel about clowns

I applied to be a part of local art gallery Kanon Collective's small works Bibelot show and was pleasantly surprised when they accepted three of my pieces to be included in their show.  This will be my first time showcasing my photos in an art gallery setting.  I'm excited to be sharing a little part of my Creative Composition photography art with the Denver community.  I hope you'll stop by the gallery to view the variety of colorful artwork on display during December.  Here's a sneak peek of one of my pieces you'll see at the show if you visit!

Zoo Animal Photography 'Dobby the Denver Giraffe'

The Denver Zoo has a new baby!  Our city has been in awe these past few weeks with the birth of our zoo's giraffe baby, 'Dobby', born February 28th.  I've been anxious to get to the zoo to get my own sneak peek of this darling zoo animal.  Today, I got my chance to meet Dobby and capture a few creative portraits of him.  It's not always easy to get those zoo animals photographed, and today wasn't any better, as it was packed with attendees and even more packed in around the giraffe enclosure.  People were excited to see the giraffes and especially to see Dobby, while he's still "small" standing now at around 7ft, 161lbs.  He is wonderful and I couldn't get enough of him.  For the majority of the time that we were visiting Dobby the giraffe, he was standing close to one side of their enclosure, but that side has a chain link fence in between the animals and the humans, so most of my close-up images are taken through the fence.  I'm thrilled to have captured him both close up and a few from farther away!  When taking photographs at the zoo, I find the key to snagging those treasured shots is to be patient, find a spot and try to snap, then move and allow others the opportunity to see the animal and come back to try again.  Be patient, but be ready!  The animals are unpredictable and will move ever so quickly, often times allowing for the perfect shot of their natural poses.  My favorites are when it almost seems as if they know you're there to do a shoot with them, and they oblige, showcasing their eyes and faces right towards your lens, as if to partner with you.  Or, at least I like to pretend they are!  What amazing creatures!