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horrifying self portrait

Boulder Gothic

this was a lot of fun to shoot. but when i set out to create this image – inspired by Grant Woods’ American Gothic – i had no idea how frightening we would look. i am accustomed to disliking photos of myself – but egads!!! rather than exactly replicate the work, I have represented what I remembered from seeing it.

a few things i learned:

  • be careful what you wish for
  • there are only three homes in Boulder with gothic windows  (there is one home with a Gothic window in Gold Hill, but it wasn’t on the second floor.)
  • post-production is everything when it comes to meeting the standard of your mind’s eye (the actual work isn’t quite as doom and gloom)

if we do this again, i think i will select less grim subject matter. something a bit more uplifting.

venus on the half shell anyone?

Happy Halloween!

cheers, dana




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rescued by moe | pet photography

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

Once upon a time, there was a little guy who needed a home. He was waiting over at The Humane Society of Boulder Valley for just the right someone.

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

He just had his surgery the day before, but he was up on the web site so things were looking good. Moe spotted him online – she had been looking for just the right little personality to get along with Spencer, another pup she adopted earlier this year.

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

It must have been love at first sight. They saw eye to eye. Okay, enough worn out phrases. A photo is worth a thousand words, right?

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

He was just a few handfuls but has a ton of personality. There wasn’t a collar small enough, but he’ll be growing. A bit. He is probably a fox terrier mix of some sort.

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

“Hey, who are you?” he said to Spencer.

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

At first Spencer wasn’t all that interested. He figured there would be plenty of time. This was there first day together.

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

The little one was happy in Moe’s arms. We tossed around a few names, but nothing seemed quite right.

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

Curious and energetic. Small and white. Male. What’s a good name?

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

Did I say curious?

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

“Hey. Don’t push me, Moe. This big brown guy might be mean!” (Spencer is a dachshund mix. Not a big guy, but when you are that small everybody seems huge.)

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

Spencer had to set down some guidelines about “who was here first.” Oh what big teeth you have.

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

But with a touch of the nose, the friendship was sealed.

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

There’s plenty of love for everyone.

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

And now a new someone for playing.

Chase and Spencer by Dana Rogers Photography

“Is he gonna like all of my toys?”

Chase Gets a Toy by Dana Rogers Photography


Spencer Gets Extra Love by Dana Rogers Photography

Moe did a little reassuring for Spencer.

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

The little guy let his hair down.

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

Took another look around.

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

Chase by Dana Rogers Photography

Then, he said “I think I will stay.”

“And by the way, my name is Chase.”

cheers, dana


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priscilla stuckey at boulder book store


I worked with Priscilla Stuckey in the summer of 2011 to create an author photo that would be appropriate for her new memoir, then still in progress. We drove to the location together and I remember her saying that she occasionally hit a tough spot, but that the heat was on and she was going to stick with it.

Well, aren’t we glad she did?

Here’s how Publisher’s Weekly describes her book:

A tenderly woven collection of essays that blend personal reflections with spirituality, philosophy, animal behaviorism, evolution, geology and ecology. . . . The narratives are well paced, using flashbacks wisely, and the language lyrical, possessing a poet’s cleverness of rhythm. . . . [An] entertaining and emotionally resonant book.

Last evening, she held a for the hometown crowd at Boulder Book Store. The day’s forecast was not good; a rain/snow mix was expected. But weather did not deter the audience – including members of the Boulder Media Women – eager to hear about the book.

I enjoyed the excerpt about eagle spotting, which you can see here. But my favorite story is how she was kissed by the fox. To find out about it, you may buy the book via Boulder Book Store here and also at other major booksellers.

I have photographed several authors and authors-to-be and always enjoy a chance to create images that support the book marketing. If you are an author or author-to-be and are interested in hearing from a publishing expert about photography, check out this post. It is an interview with Kristina Holmes, who ultimately became Priscilla’s agent. I learned a lot from it, and I hope you will too.

Congratulations, Priscilla!

cheers, dana





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marketing checklist: is your headshot appropriate and authentic?

Okay. Close your eyes. Think of three words you would like clients to use when describing you as a professional. Now open your eyes and look at the photo on your web site or blog. Do the words fit the photograph?

Often, when creating an online presence, professionals take great pains over the wording and the design of the site, but they neglect putting any time or thought into their professional portrait – also called a headshot.

A professional portrait is just that. It’s not the snapshot from your latest vacation. It is not the photo your sister took of you standing out in the backyard last summer. To be appropriate, and more importantly authentic, the portrait must match what people see and hear when they meet you. Unless you are serving beers, the photo of you with a mug in each hand at the last Octoberfest is probably not the best choice.

Think of it this way. People usually choose to do business with people they know, like and trust. If you present one image on your web site, and a completely different image in person, chances are you will be creating a disconnect for you clients. This disconnect is not a long way from distrust.

Return to those three words again. How you would create a photo to fit that description? What would you wear? What expression would your face carry? What body language would you use? These answers will help you prepare for the photo.
beth hayden


Now ask yourself another question. Are you able to discern the difference between a professional portrait and a snapshot by Uncle George? Because most of us are such savvy media consumers, it easy for us to tell the difference between a properly lit and exposed photo and a homemade one. C’mon, Admit it. You can always tell the difference. Your clients can tell the difference, too

Why shortchange the most important element of your brand – that’s YOU – by skimping on photography? You are worth it! Engage a professional photogr

apher to create an authentic portrait. The photo will last at least a few years and will help reinforce the qualities that help you attract your best clients.




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gorgeous snow portrait session


In celebration of a banner wedding anniversary, Jeannie wanted a special gift. We designed a shoot at a private lake in Nederland to portray how she first met her husband — skiing. What do you think? Will her husband be surprised?

cheers, dana

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