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Glam, Rock & Roll Denver Urban Wedding

If you’re looking for unique, artistic Denver wedding inspo, you’re in the right place. Sheannette and Paul’s wedding was awesome.

These two have such a cool story. They were married on the one year anniversary of meeting each other through Craigslist. Yes, Craigslist! But not the Craigslist page you’re thinking of 😊

Paul posted about a vintage desk he was selling that just so happened to be the exact dimensions of a desk Sheannette needed. Unreal, right?

So exactly one year later, in a self-officiating ceremony, Paul and Sheannette were married. They wanted some urban, one-of-a kind photos, which was basically a dream come true for me. Colorado obviously has awell-deserved reputation for its natural beauty (gross understatement), but the gorgeous urban landscape is maybe my favorite.

The couple got ready at their home before exchanging rings. They got to know each other at the Oxford, so we got a few shots there before heading to the Brown Palace – an amazing Denver wedding venue with history, charm, and glamor.

There we ran into Steven Tyler. Yes, Steven Tyler. Amazing.

Paul and Sheannette’s son and daughter were unsurprisingly also awesome. We had time to do a few portraits about the Brown Palace of just these two.

We ended the night back at Paul and Sheannette’s place to sign the marriage license and make it official. Fun fact: in Denver, you don’t have to have an officiant. You and your partner can sign your license – just the two of you – to be legally married. Something sweet and romantic about that – isn’t there?

If you’re considering a Denver elopement, you really don’t have to go to the mountains for amazing views and backdrops. There are unique artistic wedding photos to be made all over this city.

 

Melissa Hirsch Photography specializes in creating unique, artistic, photojournalistic Denver wedding photos, both in Colorado and worldwide.

 

 

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Glam, Rock & Roll Denver Urban Wedding.
Artistic, Last Minute Denver Family Mini Sessions

Ok so somehow we’re at mid-September. Honestly, I hate to be that person, but pretty soon it’s going to be Halloween, and then Thanksgiving, and then Hanukah and Christmas, and then 2017 is going to be over before we know it.

City location of 2017 mini sessions!

City location of 2017 mini sessions!

The holidays are some of my favorite times of the year. I love the scarves and fires and seasonal Starbucks drinks. But with all the joy, excitement, and happiness that comes with the holidays, there also comes pressure. Our to-do lists also swell. Family photos and holidays can be one of those sources of holiday stress, but I promise it doesn’t have to be that bad!

Hence…Melissa Hirsch Photography Mini Sessions.

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Two dates, three collections, one to-do list item crossed off – and NO fuss.

When + Where: TWO dates!
10/8 at Hutchinson Park (for the nature folks)
10/22 at Byron White Courthouse (for the city people)

Pricing: THREE collections!

500.00
20 minutes shooting
All edited images

300.00
20 minutes shooting
10 edited images

200.00
20 minutes shooting
5 edited images

Times: 30 minute increments from 3:00-5:30.

There’s a total of 10 spots over two dates for these last minute easy Denver family photos – and some have already been booked. So definitely get in touch today if you’re thinking of booking!

In fact, if you’re flexible on your time slot, you can book INSTANTLY online.

Another bonus? Unique, artistic Denver family photos make impactful, loving holiday gifts for your friends and family. Prints, books, and other products are gifts that are SO easy for you, but by definition one of a kind and so loving and generous for your loved ones. With the hi-res images and print release, you can create these gifts on your own, or order easily through Melissa Hirsch Photography via your online gallery!

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Melissa Hirsch Photography specializes in beautiful, artistic photography for families, couples getting married, and people throwing parties or events in Denver, CO and worldwide.

Artistic, Last Minute Denver Family Mini Sessions.
Kristal and Reuben’s Vow Renewal Elopement

Kristal found me on Facebook while looking for a photographer for her 10-year anniversary vow renewal elopement. They were planning a trip to Boulder and Denver, including a Red Rocks concert, and were taking the opportunity to renew their commitment to each other.

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How lovely and romantic is that? Here’s the thing – weddings are amazing, once-in-a-lifetime events. And that’s great. But a wedding doesn’t make a marriage. There’s so much excitement and planning leading up to the wedding, you sometimes can’t help but wonder – what about what comes next?

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Look at every fairtytale you know by heart. The excitement is all before they live ‘happily ever after.’ That’s when the fairytale ends. But not in real life! The wedding is the beginning of your life together in some ways. It’s the beginning of your lifelong journey together.

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Doing things to nourish your marriage – foster it, encourage it, take care of it – is so important, and not as prominent in our culture.

(As more millennials get married, I suspect that will change. Doing things to express love and appreciation for your spouse, rather than the tired ‘ball and chain’ mentality, will become mainstream. After all, marriage has changed immensely from the not so recent past, where women married men for security and status. All in all, this is not the millennial way! What’s so great about sharing a life with someone you dislike? Nothing.)

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Kristal and Reuban wanted to renew their vows in a spot with gorgeous Colorado views, and we found the perfect spot. Hardly anyone was there, and they were free to read the vows they had written for each other surrounded by nature.

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Artistic, unique, emotional wedding photography is what I’m passionate about - whether it’s a glamorous city wedding or an intimate Colorado elopement! Thank you, Kristal and Reuben for trusting me to photograph your vow renewal!

 

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Melissa Hirsch Photography specializes in creating unique, artistic, photojournalistic Denver wedding photos, both in Colorado and worldwide.

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Kristal and Reuben’s Vow Renewal Elopement.
Personal Branding Photos are the New Head Shots

Head shots are so boring! Seriously. They’re like grown-up yearbook photos. They’re a picture of your face.*

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If you’re looking for professional, artistic photos that express your personality locally, search for ‘Denver personal branding photos’ instead of ‘Denver head shots.’

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These photos are more relaxed, but still professional. They can be outside, on-location rather than in the studio. We can quickly and easily create looks of varying serious-ness but swapping jackets, ties, scarves, etc.

The trick to head shots or personal branding shots you love in Denver is to pick a favorite spot, and let your personality shine through – with your wardrobe, location, and expression, and experienced photographer will know how to bring these elements together to create photos you love and believe in – not just a super standard shot for LinkedIn!

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 I have to say, I think this is the way to go in Denver. In other places? I’m not sure. I think being approachable and easy to work with in Colorado goes a very long way, while in other places, being aloof and very traditional is more important.

I had the pleasure of photographing the wonderful members of Trulife Studios recently – so cool getting to know these incredible Denver wedding vendors better and creating some personal branding shots they’ll hopefully be able to use for a long time!

In case you haven’t heard of Trulife or we haven’t met at my beautiful shared office space, Trulife is a group of some of the best wedding vendors in Colorado with locations in Denver and Colorado Springs. Everything you need to plan your wedding, from stationary to flowers to cakes to planners to photographers, and more.

Also got to photograph Jason, a residential real estate agent at Keller Williams. Love working downtown to show off Denver’s underrated (at least in my opnion!) city vibes.

*Ok, ok. Not all head shots. Some are really wonderful! But I’m talking about those stuffy, super posed head shots.

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Melissa Hirsch Photography specializes in creating unique, artistic photography in Denver, Colorado and worldwide. Melissa Hirsch photographs people.

Personal Branding Photos are the New Head Shots.
10 Things I Love About Professional Wedding Photographers
10 Things I Love About Professional Wedding Photographers

AKA, How to Spot a Faux-tographer

1.       Professionals charge a rate that allows them to work full-time as a photographer. I know weddings are expensive, and skimping on photographers might seem reasonable for a cost-conscious couple. But a client of mine summed it up best after seeing my prices for the first time: “Wow! We pay a lot less, and our photos are just OK. I guess you get what you pay for?!”

 

Caveat: Many incredibly talented photographers also have day jobs. I’m not saying they HAVE to shoot full-time to be considered professionals, only that they COULD given their rates. In Denver, I’d be at least somewhat concerned if someone was charging less than 2500.00 for a wedding. I’d feel very secure if they were charging 4000.00 or more.

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2.       Perhaps an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many people will compromise here to get a lower price. Don’t do it! Experienced photographers have shot many, many weddings as LEAD shooters (rather than/in addition to second-shooters or assistants). Professional photographers can be highly adaptive and spontaneous when appropriate, but they are often not making things up as they go along.  They’ve put in the time, seen about everything you can see, and can handle whatever comes up at your wedding. Weddings can be wonderfully unpredictable and you want a calm and seasoned pro taking your photos.

 

3.       They have a process. Wedding photography is not a science, but there is an immense amount of planning that goes into preparing for your big day. Pros ask the right questions at the right time and come prepared with the contracts, questionnaires and pricing guides you need.

 

4.       They come recommended from another professional you respect. Real recognize real. The best recommendations come from pros who have known a peer for years in a professional capacity and have worked with them in the past, maybe even multiple times. Another reliable source? A friend or family member who has hired a professional in the past and can personally vouch for their services. They would know!

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5.       They will show you an entire wedding gallery. This is so important! Almost anyone can manage a few decent or even beautiful shots outside when the lighting is perfect. Camera technology is freaking awesome! If you’re willing to invest tens of thousands of dollars for the equipment, you’re bound to get some amazing shots (even a broken camera is right twice a day, right?). Unfortunately for amateurs, however, expensive equipment alone cannot shoot weddings. Don’t be fooled by a photographer’s few decent shots out of the SEVERAL THOUSAND they shot that day. You want to see a full gallery – especially when it’s dark out. A professional can handle any lighting situation; they know how to use which equipment in what setting. This technical skill will show in their galleries.

 

6.       They share photos with permission of their clients. Find out how does this photographer treats their other clients because that’s exactly how they will treat you. If you don’t want your entire gallery floating around in cyberspace, it shouldn’t be. Amateur photographers sometimes don’t even know the right questions to ask regarding privacy and consent, let alone the ethics of respecting client wishes. A professional will put you at ease with issues surrounding photo-sharing.

 

7.       Given a little prompting, they will nerd out about the awesomeness of their gear. Seriously, don’t get me started.

 

8.       Given a little prompting, they will nerd out about their continuing education. A pro is ALWAYS learning something new and is secure enough in their skill to let you know it.

 

 

9.       You know how to easily reach them AND they get back to you quickly! Sure, during a rash of long shoots it may take a minute, but they always get back to you ASAP with answers to your questions. If you find yourself frustrated by the inaccessibility of your photographer, you might question their professionalism and be totally justified.

 

10.   This is not some hobby or side hustle. IT’S WHO THEY ARE. Let’s face it, photography is one of those professions that attracts people for all sorts of reasons – fame, prestige, fun, etc. But the best ones do it simply because they love it and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Professionals photographers are EXCITED to shoot and this should show from your first meeting to the final reveal.

 

 

11.   Bonus obvious one: Professionals maintain highly-polished websites and social media channels featuring their work and personality. While these platforms are easy to create, the difference in quality and overall aesthetic can be staggering. Get a sense of the landscape and see if you can tell the difference!

 

The other side:

I’m trained as a philosopher, so you know I’ll always look at the other side.

This post is for couples who are planning their wedding and lost in a sea of websites, recommendations, confusing articles on wedding blogs, etc. It’s for couples who don’t know what to ask, and are considering hiring a newbie even though that may not be a financial necessity.

There are many, MANY couples in the world who are not in this situation. They may not find this article so helpful.

Also, all photographers start somewhere. It’s not a photographer’s fault if they don’t have experience – every photographer on earth had that first client who trusted them despite their lack of experience. All the love and encouragement in the world to the newbies who do things the right way – they’re up front about their resume and charge a fair price.

Melissa Hirsch Photography specializes in unique, artistic wedding photographer in Denver, CO and worldwide. 

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10 Things I Love About Professional Wedding Photographers.
Styled Shootopia

Beautiful real couple/professional model. Elegant but modern hair and makeup. Gorgeous gown. Artfully created stationary, florals, and desserts. Timeless colonial venue. Video. And Colorado.

The way that dress moves with Dominique in the photo blows me away!

The way that dress moves with Dominique in the photo blows me away!

This shoot was a dream to photograph and so much fun.

It’s impossible to pick a favorite element, but here are a few:

-          Any photographer who denies loving white ceilings and walls is highly suspicious. The light in this space was so pretty – the perfect blank canvas.

Ahh the love. Too much to handle!

Ahh the love. Too much to handle!

-          The colors! White, black, and a touch of gold are timeless. But that green?! Felt so lush and warm. The florals (including the sprouted coconuts!), hand-lettering, desserts, all incorporated these timeless wedding colors.

These place settings were modern, beautiful, and a little glam.

These place settings were modern, beautiful, and a little glam.

Cannot even deal with all this gorgeous greenery. And of course Dominique! Heart eyes for days.

Cannot even deal with all this gorgeous greenery. And of course Dominique! Heart eyes for days.

That lime and coconut song definitely got stuck in my head as I was editing :D 

That lime and coconut song definitely got stuck in my head as I was editing :D 

-          Just everything. The styling, the couple, all the different set ups. The incredible designer gown.

These wedding invitations were unique and just gorgeous. They'd be a blast to receive in the mail, and they would make guests SO excited for your wedding. 

These wedding invitations were unique and just gorgeous. They'd be a blast to receive in the mail, and they would make guests SO excited for your wedding. 

Those textures! The bouquet, the dress details, the veil. Love.

Those textures! The bouquet, the dress details, the veil. Love.

I'm calling it - traditional wedding cakes are OUT. It's all about sleek, modern, hand painted cakes this year. 

I'm calling it - traditional wedding cakes are OUT. It's all about sleek, modern, hand painted cakes this year. 

Dominique and Gerald are married IRL and have the cutest kiddos. Of course they’re gorgeous, but check out this real love and chemistry. You can’t you can’t fake that. 

This may be my favorite photo from the whole day. This to me is why I could never be a fashion or commercial photographer - I'm addicted to the authentic emotion. I'm addicted to to love.

This may be my favorite photo from the whole day. This to me is why I could never be a fashion or commercial photographer - I'm addicted to the authentic emotion. I'm addicted to to love.

So cute xo

So cute xo

Artistic Denver wedding photography is all about honoring your wedding day – the details, the setting, the story of your day. Here are just a few of my favorites from this shoot. 

Yeah, no words.

Yeah, no words.

Simple is sometimes best <3 A couple big flashes brought a little more detail to this shot, but still looks natural :) 

Simple is sometimes best <3 A couple big flashes brought a little more detail to this shot, but still looks natural :) 

She's so graceful in this Martina Liana gown.

She's so graceful in this Martina Liana gown.

Love this hand-lettered balloon by Details Delivered. So fun!

Love this hand-lettered balloon by Details Delivered. So fun!

Geometric, hand-lettered - could these be more on trend?! 

Geometric, hand-lettered - could these be more on trend?! 

Dessert tables are having a moment - why limit yourself to just cake? It's your wedding, after all!

Dessert tables are having a moment - why limit yourself to just cake? It's your wedding, after all!

Elegance for days.

Elegance for days.

And a few behind the scenes fun: 

This is my friend Misty, who I met when I moved to Denver almost six years ago. In addition to being super sweet, kind, and funny, she's an amazing hairdresser. 

This is my friend Misty, who I met when I moved to Denver almost six years ago. In addition to being super sweet, kind, and funny, she's an amazing hairdresser. 

Make up time! Liana Kathryn Make up created a polished, natural look to compliment Dominique's amazing features!

Make up time! Liana Kathryn Make up created a polished, natural look to compliment Dominique's amazing features!

Jordan from The Bridal Collection and Whitney from Whitney Milton Films :)

Jordan from The Bridal Collection and Whitney from Whitney Milton Films :)

BTS crew 

BTS crew 

Vendors:

Model(s) Dominique for Wilhemina Denver + her husband Gerald http://www.wilhelminadenver.com/

Planning: Revel + Bloom http://revelandbloom.com/

Martina Liana Dress, Veil, Accessories: The Bridal Collection https://thebridalcollection.com/

Venue: The Manor House http://www.themanorhouse.com/

Hair: Styles by Misty Dawn https://www.instagram.com/stylesbymistydawn_/

Make Up: https://www.lianakathrynmakeup.com/

Video: Whitney Milton Films http://www.whitneymiltonfilms.com/

Rentals: Hunt and Gather Rentals http://www.huntandgathereventrentals.com/

Sweets: Yours Truly Cupcakes http://www.yourstrulycupcake.com/

Floral: Lale Floral http://laleflorals.com/index.html

Written, Printed: Details Delivered: https://www.facebook.com/detailsdelivered/

 

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Viva Las Vegas!

Two weeks ago, I road tripped to Las Vegas. I love to drive instead of fly when possible. Why? you ask? Are you insane? you ask?

Las Vegas Road Trip

I don’t know, maybe, but if so, I’m not sure it’s because I love a good road trip. But who knows.

Here are some reasons I love to drive:

1.       Getting to see different parts of our country. Not to get cheesy, but there is so much beauty, so much diversity in our landscape here in the US. It’s easy to forget that when we’re used to our own little spots.

Utah

Utah

More Utah

More Utah

What, Utah!

What, Utah!

2.       None of that airport nonsense. Keep license accessible, but DO NOT LOSE IT! Quick, get that lap top outta there!  Did I wear matching socks? Will my dog think I’m dead? Did I really have to bring this much photo gear? Yes, yes I did.

3.       Quality time with humans! A road trip is a great antidote to all the screen time. If it’s a road trip of any substance, you can kiss your wireless network goodbye, which means good old fashioned talking and hanging out. It’s basically a mini marriage retreat if you’re driving with your spouse, which I usually am. I love it! I’m also pretty good at twenty questions.

Death Valley

Death Valley

We did a lot of car-based exploration while in Vegas, too. We drove to Death Valley. Our rental car lost AC capabilities (thanks, Enterprise!), but that’s OK because Enterprise was super cool about it, made everything right, and I’m 100% going to rent from them again (thanks, Enterprise!). We saw some amazing stuff though. I had no idea Death Valley was so beautiful and weird!

A magical garden/chocolate shop

A magical garden/chocolate shop

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This one definitely reminded me of Snoopy's brother Spike. Anyone?

This one definitely reminded me of Snoopy's brother Spike. Anyone?

We also visited Red Rock Canyon, which looked like a canyon Dr. Seuss would imagine. I didn’t bring my camera that day, though (give me a break, I was on vacation!).

Another highlight was seeing Cirque de Soleil’s LOVE. I’d never seen them before and was totally blown away!

LOVE!

LOVE!

Of course, the best part of the trip was hanging with family. 😊

In N Out :D 

In N Out :D 

I’m always so grateful when I get to travel. Every time I leave feeling inspired, happy, and ready to get back to my amazing clients!

Green rocks in Death Valley

Green rocks in Death Valley

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Viva Las Vegas!.
Shoot & Share Contest Results

I’ve had so much fun entering contests and competitions lately! I think they’re a great way to re-calibrate. It can be easy to get tunnel vision sometimes – take the same shots, look at the same Pinterest boards, whatever.

Hollin's dress - made it to the final round!

Hollin's dress - made it to the final round!

Not one, but TWO photos from Hollin and Russell's destination Greek wedding scored in the top 30% or above!

Not one, but TWO photos from Hollin and Russell's destination Greek wedding scored in the top 30% or above!

But competitions give you a new perspective. There are a few things that are especially cool about the Shoot and Share contest I’m writing about today!

1.       It’s votes only. No judges, nothing. Just anonymous votes.

2.       You get a breakdown of how every photo did in the contest – which of the 12 rounds was its last, exactly where it placed, and how many times it was marked as someone’s favorite.

3.       You get to submit up to 50 photos, which allows for a pretty big selection of work!

Submitted this "Wanderlust" photo just for fun...and it ended up scoring in the top 30%! Who woulda thought?

This was an eye-opening experience to say the least.  Over 330,000 photos were submitted to 25 categories from all over the world.

I had one photo eliminated the first round. It was in the bottom 8% of its category. This is a photo I love, and one I know my clients loved, too!

On the other end of the spectrum, one of my photos scored 45th in its category out of nearly 14,000 submissions. That’s the top .3%.

My highest scoring photo - 45th place out of nearly 14,000! Shot at the gorgeous Brown Palace.

My highest scoring photo - 45th place out of nearly 14,000! Shot at the gorgeous Brown Palace.

Another high scorer and one of my favorite images ever!

Another high scorer and one of my favorite images ever!

I’m looking forward to entering again next year, but what I’m REALLY excited about is all the amazing weddings and families I’ll be photographing in 2017. Every single one of my clients is someone I’m looking forward to getting to know better, to best understand what their photographs mean to them.

THANK YOU to my amazing clients and friends who have trusted me with photographing you and your loved ones! 😃  

Loved how that ace of spades was flying towards me at this Spruce Mountain Ranch Wedding.

Loved how that ace of spades was flying towards me at this Spruce Mountain Ranch Wedding.

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Ode to Denver Coffee Shops

So let me preface by sharing a couple things:

1.       I’ve been really getting into Instagram lately. (Check out my feed and follow along if you so desire!)

2.       For years, I’ve been a craft brew drinker. IPA’s all day. But something inexplicably happened a few months ago and I’ve kinda lost a taste for drinking. Maybe this is age? Maybe it’s just a phase? I don’t know.

Pour over coffee at Aviano in Cherry Creek. One of my all time favorites!

Pour over coffee at Aviano in Cherry Creek. One of my all time favorites!

Almond Milk Latte at Black Eye Cap Hill. Sitting at the bar! Their Avocado Toast was awesome, too.

Almond Milk Latte at Black Eye Cap Hill. Sitting at the bar! Their Avocado Toast was awesome, too.

As a result of these two facts, coffee has really become my jam. I’ve been bringing my camera along to meetings and stopping off at new coffee shops I discover. It’s been super basic, but delicious and pretty.

Here comes a curve ball - a Rooibus Tea Latte (with Almond Milk, ofc).

Here comes a curve ball - a Rooibus Tea Latte (with Almond Milk, ofc).

 

I guess I don’t have much to say, except to share my delicious wanderings.  And, I love you, coffee. And it may be time for wedding season to get going, ha!

Pistachio macaroon at Devil's Food Bakery (the new one). Black Coffee in the background. 

Pistachio macaroon at Devil's Food Bakery (the new one). Black Coffee in the background. 

Almond Milk Latte and Croissant at the Source - LOVE this spot and will go back anywhere, any time!

Almond Milk Latte and Croissant at the Source - LOVE this spot and will go back anywhere, any time!

Hudson Hill - another straight up gem. They have a latte of the day, which I had. That particular day it was lavender vanilla. The ambiance in there is amazing, and they serve cocktails, too.

Hudson Hill - another straight up gem. They have a latte of the day, which I had. That particular day it was lavender vanilla. The ambiance in there is amazing, and they serve cocktails, too.

Spicy Chai Latte at Quine Essential coffee. This place was super quirky and hippie-feeling, which I really dug. You could write on the tables with pens they provided - very cool for kids and uninhibited adults.

Spicy Chai Latte at Quine Essential coffee. This place was super quirky and hippie-feeling, which I really dug. You could write on the tables with pens they provided - very cool for kids and uninhibited adults.

And one more from Black Eye. Green tea ginger latte.

And one more from Black Eye. Green tea ginger latte.

Basically, I'll coffee with you whenever. 

Did I miss your favorite spot?! Hook me up! Tell me in the comments :D

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Ode to Denver Coffee Shops.
International Women's Day

On Friday, I attended the ICON awards for the first time. If you don’t know, the ICONs are kind of like the Oscars for Colorado event planning. (And yes, there was a La La Land joke 😃)

I went with Walli Richardson, an incredibly talented and kind wedding and event planner. She actually won the Lifetime Achievement award at the ICONS in 2012! This year, I was up for the award for Best Photographer. Walli was up for Best Event Produced for an Individual. 

Walli and I. Photo by Grant Oakes.

Walli and I. Photo by Grant Oakes.

On Saturday, I attended a completely different event. It was a baby shower I had the pleasure of photographing. The baby on the way will be the first great grandchild for the couple who threw the shower. Lots of love there, to say the least.

Gorgeous centerpieces by Newberry Brothers. 

Gorgeous centerpieces by Newberry Brothers. 

The baby shower set up! Cake by Gateaux, decor by Newberry Brothers, at Elway's in Cherry Creek.

The baby shower set up! Cake by Gateaux, decor by Newberry Brothers, at Elway's in Cherry Creek.

What did these two seemingly unrelated events have in common? They had something in common with all my jobs.

I’m working with and supported by women every step of the way. It’s SO common, it’s nearly invisible to me now! But, today is International Women’s Day, which is a great time to pause and appreciate the women around us.

Case in point? I never in a million years would have submitted my work to the ICONS without Walli's encouragement. And I ended up being a finalist!

There’s this strange and hurtful expectation that we should be or are in competition with each other – there’s only so much room at the table. And sure, you’ll always run into that expectation.

But one of my favorite quotes comes to mind.

 
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.
— Fred Rogers
 

Now, you may or may not view the current environment for women in the US and beyond as a disaster. You may think women are in an incredibly lucky position. You may see discrimination everywhere you turn.

Regardless, if take a moment to look for the awesome women around you, you honestly won’t be able to help but see them.

As for the ICONS, congratulations to Walli Richardson Events and Affair with Flair, and thank you for sharing the stage with me! Congrats to Zorn Photography, Colorado Wedding Company, Newberry Brothers, and all the incredible event and wedding professionals who won a 2017 ICON Award.

Walli won! That's me on the left. So cool to be on stage with ICON winners, Walli of Walli Richardson Events and Lisa & Leslie of Affair with Flair. That's my photo on the projector on the far left, too :) Thanks again to Grant Oakes for the photo!

Walli won! That's me on the left. So cool to be on stage with ICON winners, Walli of Walli Richardson Events and Lisa & Leslie of Affair with Flair. That's my photo on the projector on the far left, too :) Thanks again to Grant Oakes for the photo!

And to all the wonderful men who support, love, and see women for who they are, thank you, too.

Hug a lady today!

Sort of random portrait of three sisters we made at the end of last year. But it's Women's Day!

Sort of random portrait of three sisters we made at the end of last year. But it's Women's Day!

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International Women's Day.
Published: Feature in Hilltop Sundial
Published: Feature in Hilltop Sundial

I'm so accustomed to creating photos for the Hilltop Sundial, it was a little stunning and exciting to be on the other side of things

The wonderful people behind the Sundial allowed me to write a bit about my business. As I'm launching my new logo and website, I thought it might be nice to share with all you in blog world. :)

 

Hi! I am Melissa Hirsch, the creator of nearly every cover image for the Hilltop Sundial since the magazine’s very first issue.

Hopefully, an image or two has spoken to you over the years. Whether it’s the posing, lighting, expressions, or more likely the lovely faces of your neighbors that has drawn you in, it’s my pleasure to create completely unique photographs for everyone who sits in front of my camera.

You may not know this, but I’m currently booking families for 2017, and I’d be honored to photograph your family, too.

With the support of so many wonderful Hilltop families, I’m thrilled to announce some big changes for Melissa Hirsch Photography.

New products, new prices, and a new business structure mean next-level customer service and heirloom prints, books, and boxes that you will cherish – and enjoy the way photographs ought to be enjoyed. In real life.

Session fees start low, at only 200.00, and there is no requirement to purchase a single photo or product until you see it.

This is how strongly I believe that you should love every photo you own – not kind of like 250 that will sit on your hard drive and live in the land of zeros and ones until it’s time to choose a holiday card!

There’s a word at the center of these changes. It’s a little strange, but it’s become central to my business and my life. It’s a Portuguese word: saudade (pronounced sow-dud-jay).

As defined by Nina George in The Little Paris Bookshop, saudade is “a yearning for one’s childhood, when the days would merge into one another and the passing of time was of no consequence. It is the sense of being loved…It is a unique experience of abandon. It is everything that words cannot capture.”

If I’ve done my job, your photographs will make you feel that bittersweet saudade about your family, your wedding, and even an event you’re planning!

Thank you so much for the privilege of getting to know and photographing so many of you. I hope to meet more of you in the upcoming year!

P.S. I’d be so thrilled if you’d like to learn more. You can visit my website at www.melissahirschphotography.com, find me on Facebook (Melissa Hirsch Photography), or check out my Instagram account @melissahirschphoto.  

 
This is my dog.

This is my dog.

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Published: Feature in Hilltop Sundial.
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Hello, and welcome to my first post. While I’ve photographed countless weddings, families, and events, the number of blogs I’ve written are very countable. Which is especially strange since I used to be a professional writer and editor. But, I digress.

I’m excited to begin this new journey, not only blogging, but relaunching my entire business. After starting Melissa Hirsch Photography as a little side business in 2012, it’s now grown into my full-time career. There comes a time when every business takes its next step, and this is it for Melissa Hirsch Photography.

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I’ve thrown myself into education: workshops, books, online classes, conferences, and so much more. I’ve sought out the very best gear, products, prints, and services to improve every aspect of your experience. It’s time my website and my logo reflected these changes.

What exactly has changed?

Better Service. Better Products. Better Photographs.

I believe so strongly in the power of photography and that you shouldn’t have to purchase a single photo you don’t love, I’ve restructured my pricing. Session fees start at just 200.00, events at 300/hr, and weddings at 3200.00.

The best part? You are not required to purchase any photos until you see them.

Your photos will be filled with more honest, authentic, in-between moments. More classic, beautiful, timeless photographs. Truer, lovlier reflections.

I would be so honored to photograph your family, wedding, or event.

 

 

I’m so excited to provide high-quality artistic Denver wedding photography, unique Denver family photos, and high end event photography in Denver. Baby shower photography, birthday party photography, holiday photography, corporate event photography, and more. Looking for gift ideas? Contact me for information about gifting a session for a birthday gift, Valentine’s Day gift, Christmas gift, Hanukah gift, anniversary gift, engagement gift, or wedding gift. Melissa Hirsch Photography is also available to travel.

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