Denver Photo Betties

Member Spotlight - Elizabeth Weitz

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Photo by Jen, Kreatid Photography

Photo by Jen, Kreatid Photography

Name: Elizabeth Weitz
Business Name: Elizabeth Ann Photography
Genre of Photography: Wedding and Portraits
Instagram: @lizweitz

What's your 'photography story? (How you got into photography, how you decided to go pro, etc) :  
Hmmm, I started out of boredom.  Haha...I know sounds bad to say that.  But we were in a transition phase.  Hubs had decided to change careers at 30.  We did a few radical things and rented out our home and moved in with the inlaws.  We saved a lot of money...but maybe our sanity was touch and go for a while. Lol.  Anyway, because of that, I needed something, some reason to get out.  My father in law had a decent canon camera and let me borrow it.  Let me just tell was like letting loose a side of me I didn’t know existed.  I saw light, watched my kids laugh and knew I wanted to photograph those that order.  I read every book I could get my hands on.  I entered contests one of them being  Pioneer Woman...I was surprised that I was in the top ten and then later 2nd place winner for some of her contests.  Kind of made me feel I could keep pursuing this….I felt so hungry for anything and everything to do with any kind of encouragement, well it confirmed I should keep walking in that direction.   Of course, those were landscape and city scape...but the love was there.  And probably one of the main reasons I tell people not to specialize in the beginning.   Let your love continue to helped me see light on all different subjects and I learned to control a lot of the way I shoot because I shot so many different subjects.   Anyway, after picture and then 100 million friends started asking me to photograph their babies.  I thought, we need money...desperately.  I’m going to just say they need to tag their photos and direct them to my new fb page for payment.   It wasn’t enough I stupidly...or brilliantly haha put up an announcement in Craigslist in the children’s clothes section my business with my phone number.  I received two calls.  One being the backbone of my business (I call it the snowball effect...she referred her friends...who referred her friends etc.) ...the other, well, lets just say tattooed tears and missing teeth...not really my ideal client lol.   It was slow going, but I’m so proud to say I do not advertise for my full time business.  Not saying I won’t ever go down that road but so far I haven’t needed to do that yet.  Word of mouth in this industry is seriously the best way to encourage me.  You love your session and want to share it...then that is a satisfied customer in my book.  

Tell us about your very first shoot:   
Well, a family session of about 15.  White shirts, missing teeth, tattoos of tears on a face (where I come from that means you killed someone...but maybe not here in CO, I hope).   But I see pieces of who I am as a photographer...I still went after the natural reactions of happiness in between poses.   

What do you specialize in?   
would say I mostly specialize in people.  :) I like different phases of life.  But I particularly feel the hungriest for weddings.  It lights me up and I freaking love weddings...all the details, the happy happy...makes me forget I’m actually working.  

What three words best describe your style?   
Full of light, romantic and happiness

If you were stranded on a desert island with only one camera, lens, and accessory, what would you hope they would be?   
I’d have a D4, 85 1.4...I don’t need another accessory.

If you could go anywhere and photograph anything, where would you go and what would you shoot?
Everywhere, everything?   I love the moodiness of Ireland.   It fits my romantic side as well as my love of leading lines...all those rambling hills and stone walls...ahhh, it would be a dream.    I’d have a bride in a Claire Pettibone dress, horses scattered thorough out and a dashing groom.  I’d be in heaven.  Of course, the sun would have to shine through at peak moments… ;p

If you could be photographed by any photographer, living or dead, who would it be?   
hhh, that is so photographer I absolutely adore above all else it Jose Villa.  The way he captures details, light and happiness...he’s a freaking rockstar.  But I would be drawn towards Annie Leibovitz, she is a creative genius and poses her clients in such a unique way.  A portrait...she draws you in and wants you to know more about her subject.  Serious talent.  

What one tip would you give a photographer starting out in your field?   
elieve in yourself.  Go after that career.  Feel it.  Grab every book you can, get out there and shoot.  Shoot some more...different times of day, different subjects.  Your style will start to unfold before your eyes.  Study the greats...while we have a ton locally, I recommend sticking to outside your local group...its easy to get the green eyed thief of joy and compare your work to theirs.  I would figure out why I liked the way they shot.   When I started, I visually connected with Caroline Tran and Jose see the way they shoot light...its def. a major influence in my work.  

What websites/blogs do you visit often?  
I don’t.  Unless its blog Thursday lol.  I love pinterest.  But I have a lot of interests in decorating and gardening so I try to fill my mind with other things besides photography.  I can feel a burnout coming when I start looking at photographers work.   I start comparing and then I hate everything I do.  So I just learned to not do it.


What do you find most difficult about being a photographer?    
In the beginning...I never felt safe from my peers.  I felt judged by my lack of gear.    I’d hide my little DX camera...I feared when someone would ask what I shot with.  A year into it...I said, F it.  This is what I shoot with.  I didn’t have a fancy camera but I had passion in spades.  I truly feel, starting with limited gear forced me to know my strengths.  My sister used to laugh at me...I’d be super far back and photograph my clients...because I knew I wanted a bigger picture.  I moved to make my camera not feel the limits of being a crop sensor.  I’m not talking limits because its lesser...just harder.     I knew the way to rock light with a camera that sucked in low light situations.  Its built a strong foundation for me and I fully appreciated the switch to a full frame camera.    I think angels sang when I opened up that FX camera and shot with it.  We are a big pay cash kind of family over here...and it made me work harder to get it.   

What do you find most rewarding?   
When a client sends another client my way.  When they tell me they cried because I saw a moment that they didn’t see.  When a client sends me their gallery on their wall of my images I took for them.  When a client tells me their grandmother passed away and they treasure the moment caught at their wedding...the last time they had with her.  When a Dad holds her daughter and says, he’s been waiting for her for twenty years and it shows in the image.   I want to photograph life. I’m not limited to how I shoot it...I just want to feel it.  I want to continue to photograph life’s passion, joy, happiness and romance...with light...always light.  Its what brings me joy.  

Denver Photo Betties City Park Spring Variety Shootout

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Since I would bet that most photographers became photographers because they love photography, its not surprising that our most popular Betty hosted event is the shootout.

Shootouts are a great opportunity for you to network in a small group setting while practicing your shooting skills.  They're also a great time to try a new technique, shoot something you're not used to shooting, and build up your portfolio.  

And the best part, they're open to ALL Betties, regardless of shooting level.  They're a time to learn, connect, and grow as photographers.

In April, the Betties hosted a Spring Variety Shootout in City Park.  

The number and type of models at each shootout varies, but at this shoot we had two amazing maternity models, two rad senior models, and two awesome couples.

Check out some of the reviews below and some of the awesome photos taken by your fellow Betty members!

The Bettie’s Spring Variety Shoot Out was an awesome way to network with other female photographers of all different specialties and levels of experience! I loved getting to practice different techniques and poses stress free on the lovely and willing models. So thankful that the Bettie’s group provides unique opportunities like this and I will be looking forward to the next event!
— Abigail Oxford Photoraphy
The Spring Variety Shoot Out was a blast! It was a great opportunity to meet other betties from all over and have a chance to shoot a variety of different people. I loved that I was able to chat with other betties, get a chance to network, hear about their photography experiences, find fun and exciting spots to take the photos, and experiment with my own photography skills. It was a great portfolio booster as well, since I could add some images to categories that I want to branch into (such as seniors and maternity). It was very well organized and so helpful to have the betties organization coordinate the location and people who were in the photos. It made for an overall fun evening with great company and an occasion to practice new photography techniques while building my portfolio.
— Ashleigh Cropper, Red Aspen Photography

Stay tuned to the Denver Photo Betties Facebook group for updates on upcoming shootouts and events!

Member Spotlight - Kyla Fear Williams

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Name: Kyla Fear
Business Name: Fearless Photography/ Kyla Fear Photography
Genre of Photography: Conceptual Fine Art, Fashion, Families, Children


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What's your 'photography story? (How you got into photography, how you decided to go pro, etc) :
I began my photography journey about 5 years ago when I started photographing my nieces on a regular basis because I wanted to have images of them actually participating in childhood, rather than posing for it. I realized that photography was a great artistic outlet for me. It was a way to show the world how I see it. I have specialized in children and family photography for the past 4 years and recently started dipping my toes into conceptual work and fashion and have been collaborating with artistic partners to create imaginary worlds. I am currently enjoying my exploration of strength and vulnerability through whimsical conceptual portraiture that is infused with a dark edge. 

Tell us about your very first shoot:
I was asked by my cousin’s wife to take pictures of her 6 month old because she liked some pictures I had taken at her baby shower. I had a poor quality camera and had no idea what I was doing with light, but that first shoot was what really sparked my passion. 

What do you specialize in?
My current focus is on conceptual fine art photography and moving into fashion photography, although I still consider myself to be a family and child photographer as those two categories are what make up my main clientele and I still really love it.

What three words best describe your style?
Edgy, whimsical, curious

If you were stranded on a desert island with only one camera, lens, and accessory, what would you hope they would be?
My trusty 5DMIII, Sigma Art 35mm, waterproof housing. 

If you could go anywhere and photograph anything, where would you go and what would you shoot?
Everywhere, everything? No, but seriously, I would love to visit New Zealand and put together some amazing avant garde shoot with masks and sheep. Maybe hobbits.

If you could be photographed by any photographer, living or dead, who would it be?
Such a tough question, but I would absolutely go with Jennifer Thoreson. Her female portraiture is all about strength and vulnerability and those are two things I really identify with.

What one tip would you give a photographer starting out in your field?  
Don’t listen to the jerks and seek out a good community. This can be a lonely profession, oddly enough, and having a support system of people that get your struggles… It is priceless. Also be open to a constant learning curve. The exciting thing about photography is how often you get to learn something new.

What websites/blogs do you visit often?
Pinterest & Instagram. Do those count? Also, Creative Live. 

What do you find most difficult about being a photographer?
Self doubt. Sometimes if I look at an image for too long all I can see is the wrong, and all I can think about is what I would have done differently. It can be very hard to view my work in the present because so much of what we do captures the past for the future to look back on.

What do you find most rewarding?
That feeling I get when I’ve created something that I am proud of. That feeling of contentment that can come from seeing my voice in my work where I know I captured the right moment, the right feeling. That is a powerful thing. 

Vendor Feature - Carina Mae Designs

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Business Name: Carina Mae Designs, LLC





How long have you been in business?

One year, starting in March 2014.

What inspired you to start your business?

Angela: Carina's talent – couldn't sit by without the world knowing about it!

Carina: I have always wanted to start up my own business. My sister's, Angela, engagement encouraged me to begin a graphic design business.

What is your favorite part of owning your own business?

Making our own rules, hours, and schedule.

What is your primary role in your business?

Angela: Managing, marketing, and finance

Carina: Designer and hands on product creator

Who is your ideal client? Who inspires you in your design?

Clients with a vision. We love working with someone to create a unique design solely based on their idea and vision.

How would a couple interact with you from start to finish?

Start with an initial consultation via phone or in-person to determine clients needs and wants. Provide quote and require a retainer to begin the design work. We work closely with the client to ensure all aspects of the design are perfect before printing. We offer complete service to address, tamp, and mail out the final product.

For fun:

What food could you not live without?

Angela: Steak and potatoes

Carina: bread and pasta

Where would you like to travel most?


Member Spotlight - Chris Loring

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Photographer, Chris Loring of Chris Loring Photography

Photographer, Chris Loring of Chris Loring Photography

What's your 'photography story? (How you got into photography, how you decided to go pro, etc)

I have the same story as a lot of others - my hobby began in High School where I became one of the darkroom rats, spending hours before school and during lunch processing t-max film and burning through Kodak paper.  I worked for the college yearbook and remember shooting a roll of film while sneaking past the no-trespass zone of the feed lot and slaughter house in Greeley.  That film won me my first award, and was then deemed too graphic for it’s intended publication but it sparked something in me!

My photography days stopped when the digital age started making darkroom supplies and time in studio difficult to obtain as a broke college student.  I still miss it!  

In 2009 I picked up my first digital SLR camera and decided that digital wasn’t so bad after all.  

A year later I was shooting my first wedding and like many others, I’ve grown and learned the ropes as things went along.  5+ years later and here I am!  

Tell us about your very first shoot:

My best friend wanted maternity photos in 2009 and my husband and I had just gotten this Nikon d80 DSLR.  

We set out on a cold, snowy day and when I got back to the computer I remember thinking ‘wait, I took these?’ because they weren’t completely awful.  

It was immediately something I knew that I wanted to do again, and I launched myself full force into re-learning the technique.  One image of my friend against a yellow door booked me a wedding and several portrait sessions and things just kind of went from there.  

(That photo is awful,by the way!  I’m embarrassed now looking at it!)

What do you specialize in?

I specialize in Colorado mountain and outdoor weddings.  My clients tend to plan their weddings with friends and family in mind, wanting to honor them and celebrate with them on a deeply personal level.  

Their weddings are joyous, peaceful, and relaxed and we spend a lot of time planning things out so that the day can be exactly that for them.  I keep things moving on a pretty strict timeline, but to my clients and their wedding guests it feels like a beautiful, joyous, emotional vacation day in the mountains.  


What three words best describe your style?

I’ve always struggled with boiling this down to three words.  

I’m a huge fan of images that look very natural and true to life - so I’m particular about color balance and tonality and sharpness and perspective.  I believe that the end result is a very natural aesthetic with authentic romance and emotion.  

If you were stranded on a desert island with only one camera, lens, and accessory, what would you hope they would be?

Camera - 5d Mark III

Lens -  85mm f/1.2 (the 135L is actually my go-to lens, but if I can only have one lens ever, I want something more versatile.  85mm is a good in between focal length!  Short enough for story telling, long enough for portraits given the way I like to shoot)
Accessory - Ice Light


If you could go anywhere and photograph anything, where would you go and what would you shoot?

Right now, I’m dying to shoot a Caribbean beach wedding with an expensive dress and gorgeous florals and an open air reception.  I know that is so cliche, but I would love to do that and follow it up with a huge half-day long sexy and romantic couples portrait session with the bride and groom around the island ending at sunset.

Dreaming of it now. . .ahhhhhh

If you could be photographed by any photographer, living or dead, who would it be?

Can I pick two?

Sue Bryce - I’ve never felt beautiful in photos but she has a gift.  I value her not only as a professional, but as a person.  Just to be part of the creation of an image with her would be simply incredible.  

Amy & Tony Hoffer - Their work blows me away and if I were planning a wedding again we would put no limits on our budget to get them.  


What one tip would you give a photographer starting out in your field?

Don’t be defensive when people offer, or when you ask for, critique.  

All too often I see photographers, newer ones especially, who will post an image and as the honest critique rolls in they either get defensive, or they have a come back for everything.

For example, the critique might be that the image is too soft, the light is too harsh, the trash can in the background is distracting, and the pose is awkward.  Instead of saying ‘what can I do to fix those things’ they say ‘it’s out of focus on purpose, the client wanted her session at noon and there was no shade, I can’t move the trash can & it’s what she wanted in the background, and they wouldn’t let me pose them because the daughter was being difficult’.  

All of that is prevented with experience and technique, all of it.  The critiques are meant to be helpful and you won’t learn or grow as a photographer unless you can accept them.  Instead of immediately trying to justify why your image has the faults they are pointing out, ask them and ask yourself what you can do differently next time.  

One of my most gut-wrenching critiques they blasted me for cutting off my clients head and feet.  I didn’t get it.  I started making excuses for why the composition was like that.  If only I had known and respected how much they knew and were trying to teach me!  


What websites/blogs do you visit often?


I actually find myself sneaking around on the Fred Miranda wedding photographers forum, some of the talent there is incredible and so inspiring.  

What do you find most difficult about being a photographer?

The personal struggle.  Am I good enough?  Do my clients hate their photos?  Are my clients happy with their experience?  

It’s real and it’s very hard for me.  I will upload and re-edit galleries more often than I care to admit, then present the final product and be sick to my stomach that I still didn’t edit them enough and the client will notice that they are too green or too yellow.  It’s totally irrational, but something I have a hard time getting past.  

What do you find most rewarding?

Knowing that my couples have images they can look at in 10, 20, 50 years that will bring them right back to the way that they felt on their wedding day.  

So. Rewarding.