Colwell Photography | About
Let me start this off by admitting that I have made at least 10 attempts to write an introduction and each time I tell myself, "Oh yeah, now THIS says it all," only to go back to it a few hours later and wonder, "just what was I thinking?" A few times I even considered dropping the page and replacing it with a quote by Ansel Adams.

OK, so I’m not a writer, but I am a pretty good photographer.

My passion for photography began with a Kodak Instamatic camera my parents gave me when I was a kid – and yes, it had a 4-sided flashcube mounted on the top! That meant I had four tries before the bulbs were spent, and then it was off to the drugstore to buy another cube.

Since then, I cannot recall a time in my life when I didn’t possess a camera. When I attended Colorado State University, I owned my first SLR – a Canon AE-1. Those were the pre-digital days of shooting with film and spending late night hours in the darkroom developing prints. For many years after, I played around with photography as a hobby until I finally decided to take the plunge and turn it into a business.

Colwell Photography specializes in natural light photography of weddings, portraits, dance, and other events. By "natural light", I mean I prefer to take photos outdoors with just a little fill flash to soften the shadows on peoples’ faces. In my opinion, natural light produces the most pleasing results, as opposed to studio lighting, and the people I photograph seem more relaxed in an outdoor environment.

Now that digital photography has come of age, it might be tempting to purchase your own camera and shoot your son’s senior portraits yourself, or ask a relative to cover your daughter’s wedding. Before you make that decision, consider this:

There is much more to photography than just the camera. A good photographer knows how to compose a portrait the way an artist paints a picture, and has the experience to work in all kinds of lighting situations. Most important, a good photographer can preserve that moment with the same impact and emotion, such as the look of anticipation on a bride’s face before taking that walk down the aisle. It’s entirely the photographer’s eye, patience, and skill that make an image, not the tools. That doesn’t mean a non-professional can’t take good photographs, but these are lasting testaments of the most important days of your life, so if you’re planning your wedding, or any special event, why take a chance on not hiring a professional?

Feel free to drop me an email or give me a call, and I’ll happy to discuss your needs.

By the way, here is my favorite quote by Ansel Adams:

"You don’t take a photograph, you make it."