Nederland

Nederland Wedding

Back to one of my favorite places on Earth – Nederland, Colorado for Paul and Velina’s wedding. And one of my favorite brunch places – The Sundance Cafe. Perched on a hill just above the town of Nederland and with great views of the mountains, this lovely couple pledged their wedding vows. Tears, smiles, balloon pops and cheers were all part of the occasion.

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They know what they mean.

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CATS!

I was really happy, for many reasons, that I was hired by the Nederland High School theater department to shoot the head shots for this year’s spring musical. As an “ex-Nedhead”, it is always nice to go back and visit the town I had lived in and loved for 20 years.  It’s also very special for me to get to work with the amazingly talented and dedicated theater director, Liz Evans. And finally, my son was an active theater participant and graduate of Nederland High School so I have a special place for that school in my heart. But I was especially pleased that the head shoots, this year, were in full Cats make-up and costume.

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To see the entire cast’s head shots go to http://photos.suedanielsphotography.com/Performing-Arts/CATS/Headshots

The Flood

Well, this has been quite a week. I saw it happening on Facebook and on the news but I couldn’t believe my eyes.  Up here secluded in Ned it looked like it was just raining a lot.  Nothing out of the ordinary happening – you know, our usual power outages, cabin fever, roads rutting out. But down in Boulder a full fledged natural disaster was unfolding.  What the heck was happening? We (us mountain people) were usually the ones who got zonked by Mother Nature. Now we were actually watching it happen to our friends and neighbors down the hill.  And we couldn’t even lend a helping hand being trapped up here with virtually no escape because the canyon road was indefinitely closed. You think you have everything all planned out and then, pow, out of the blue something happens to shake your whole world. And you wonder – were all those little things I thought so important really that important?

Family Photo Day

Family Photo Day

a Nederland Elementary School PTA Fundraiser

Saturday, November 3

9:00 – 3:00

Family photos at Nederland Elementary School on Saturday, November 3 just in time for the holidays! For a $10.00 donation to the PTA  you will receive a 15 minute professional portrait session and an 8×8 color print of your choice.

Come and have your family photographed against a beautiful, holiday background. Multiple poses will be taken and family members can be photographed individually and in groups.

This is an all inclusive event – families of all types are encouraged to attend.

Portraits will be available for viewing at the time of the sitting.

Additional prints as well as holiday cards, ornaments, jewelry and other gift items will be available for purchase.

To schedule your appointment please e-mail board@nespta.com or suedanielsphotography@yahoo.com or call 303-258-0266.

A limited number of sessions are available. Once sessions fill you will be placed on a waiting list. Sorry – no walk-ins. Your appointment time will be confirmed by telephone.

Mackenzie’s Senior Portraits

Mackenzie wanted to get her senior portraits taken in Caribou. I loved the idea since it was something different and the stone buildings up there make for a great backdrop.  She was a real trooper as it was very windy (as usual) and a little chilly. But the wind did great things to her hair and she seemed pretty immune to the cold. I, however, was a real wimp and wore layers and layers of clothing.

Our First Big Snow

Maybe we’ll have some nice Halloween weather for the kids because our usual Halloween snow storm has arrived early this year (TODAY!) Not sure how many inches we got – maybe 8 to 10. I was out shoveling for about an hour along with my helper from next door – TJ. So now that my double black diamond driveway is clear I can sit back and enjoy the beautiful winter landscape. At least until the next storm hits which, I hope (sorry skier friends), isn’t for quite a while.

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Meredith

Meredith used to live down the street from me. She was only 5 or 6 years old when she first moved into “the neighborhood.” A very sweet and pretty little girl I remember seeing her playing with the other kids. Her family moved down to Boulder a few years ago and I haven’t seen her since. Except today when I took her senior portraits. I couldn’t believe all that time had passed and she was already graduating from high school. And, she reminded me, how much the kids liked playing on “Jacob’s Rock” (named after my son Jacob). I had almost forgotten about that. It was nice to reconnect to all those memories.






Getting Married Under the Stars

I shot this wedding in August. When I got the call there was no time to waste. Lisa and Stuart decided to get married in 2 weeks! Lisa’s mom wanted her to have a professional photographer at her wedding and so they called me. “Can you do it? It’s only weeks away.” Fortunately, I was free and I always love shooting mountain weddings. “Yes – I’m game.”  The ceremony started just as the sun was going down.  Here’s a glimpse of their wedding.

Homecoming!

This past weekend was Homecoming and I had the opportunity to be at Nederland High School’s Homecoming Dance. There used to be a time, not too long ago, when I knew most of the kids from the high school. My son, Jacob, went through the school system here and by the time he got to high school I not only knew the kids but the parents as well. When I showed up to photograph the dance this year, there were only a handful of students I recognized. Making me feel, well, a little sad. But time does go by and we all move on. I suppose that’s why I take pictures!

Poor kid - he didn't have much of a choice. I just handed him the gray card and said "stand in front of the camera and smile." I don't think he was planning to get his picture taken that evening.

My assistant Alex - he looks happy. I guess we're ready to shoot!

The Girls

Some teachers just know how to have fun!

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