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Location Portraiture

I meant Jack and his folks several years ago through his uncles.  He and his parents now live in Wyoming but thankfully they still take their photos here in Denver.  His amazing uncle Joe let us use his house for the morning of our shoot and his mother Margo was all ready to go.  She had several clothing changes and a rough idea of some backgrounds that she liked.  After giving me the scoop she whispered “and now I’m going to step back and let you do your thing”.  I knew I loved her.

JustJackJack is obviously an adorable 4-year-old.  He’s also got an incredibly outgoing personality, the result of being an only child surrounded by amazing adults.  We started out across the street on the side of a neighbor’s house and chatted about his summer.  It broke the ice and let him relax.

JustJack3Now that he was warmed up and telling me some great stories, we moved back to the front door of Joe’s house for some of my favorite photos of the day.  I love this blue door and may just start taking photos there while Joe is at work.

We stayed outside for a bit because in my experience, boys really enjoy being outside.  Jack found a little front end loader in a bush and so I ran with it.  I love his expression while exploring the parts and driving it around, insert your own truck noises.

JustJack4JustJack2This now represents about 20 minutes of shooting outside.  Margo had mentioned a few things inside the house, so we took a little break for a snack and wardrobe change while I set up some lights.  It’s no joke asking a four-year-old to smile, look at the camera and talk to some lady he barely knows.  Keeping things moving is great, but I find it’s good to take a rest before it’s needed.Jack4

Joe has this great piece of modern art in this entryway.  Margo and I both loved it, so we took a few shots with it as the background.  At this point, everything else is gravy because in about 40 minutes I know we have a great variety of shots.  So I asked Jack what he’d like to do next, and he wanted to sit on the couch.  JJFull disclosure:  at this point Joe’s roommate had just woken up and offered to help get some laughs.  I accept!  Next to the couch was another great chair, and since Jack was having such a great time he moved over and really wanted to show me his smelly feet.

JackThis represents about an hour of shooting on location.  Jack’s mom, Margo, was a huge part of the success of the day, having Jack prepped with what was going to happen, snacks at the ready and a clear idea of what she wanted.  Looking forward to seeing them again in a couple of years!


Pieces by Jessica Forrestal

Thursday, September 5th 6-8pm.  Join Jessica at Anthology for the debut of over fifty new works featuring a refreshing mixed media approach incorporating materials such as wood, wire, fiber, silicone, acrylic paint, and graphite. Champagne will be served on Thursday evening as we toast to life and honor human resilience.

In-search of a silver lining, this exhibition explores the concept of reconstruction in the wake of tragedy; a thread within humanity that binds so many lives.


In an instant our lives can shift in ways for which we are unprepared. The life that we once knew is permanently altered and a new existence becomes reality.  Pieces is a multifaceted installation that addresses the physical and psychological impact of a life-changing diagnosis.  Utilizing common household materials and re-purposing disposable objects, this body of work speaks to the cyclical death and rebirth that occurs on a minute or immense scale.  Grief over the loss of the life we once recognized transforms into reconstruction and discovery of the new version of life we are to lead.

Propagation: New work by Phillip Faulkner

What is is it that drives art forward? Why is it that we never settle for the the present perspective in the pursuit of the artistic? How does one move the art canon forward, and how does that forward momentum dictate what is on the horizon for art?

Omaha native and long time Denver resident Phillip Faulkner seeks to answer these questions as he marries the contemporary painted mark with the mark of technology in his new show “Propagation”, a collection of paintings and collage with a heavy dollop of the digital to top it off.


Faulkner creates an artistic narrative that evokes a sense of the sublime. In an effort to constantly gather inspiration to him Faulkner uses the internet as well as his collection of vintage periodicals and books to create a treasure trove of inspiration. Taking bits and pieces of these inspiring images he removes them from their original context and places new emphasis on what was once mundane. Through the use of this found imagery, bold line and color, he creates environments that entice the viewer to step into scenes of Americana juxtaposed with hard lined geometric shapes, bold color and layering of media, in order to create a world that is strictly his own.


No stranger to the use of technology Faulkner employs it to set his paintings into motion. Using ghostly time lapse video projected onto a finished painting, we watch as the painting process unfolds. Multiple compositions appear and disappear as the digital manifestation of the artist hurries around a constant metamorphosis of the canvas. Melding contemporary painting and technology Faulkner has literally peeled away the borders of the two, allowing them to spill into one another in this collection of work.

“Propagation” can be seen at Anthology Fine Art Gallery, 635 Santa Fe Dr. Denver Colorado
The work will hang from July 19, through August 31, 2013.
Artist receptions on Friday July 19 6pm – 10pm and Friday August 2nd 6pm -10pm


Profile Photos

Anyone who’s read a marketing book in the last fifty years can tell you the value of a first impression.  Whether you’re dating, running a business or job searching, in today’s social media driven world, chances are you’ve made an impression before knowing you were in the running.

Your profile pic can say, “I drink too much in LoDo on the weekends”, “this photo was clearly taken with someone else, and I cropped them”,or “GO BRONCOS!!!!”.

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Part of the Family


Pet portrait sessions have been among my favorites this past year.  For a couple with no “human” kids to a family whose dog has become the oldest sibling, a pet is a central figure in the dynamics of any household.  Whatever role they play in your family, celebrate this member with their own portrait photography session or accompanied by the rest.




Ready Made Frames



We’re frugal too!  The “buy one get one for a penny” sale on ready made frames is a great deal and awfully tempting.  The only problem is the frames are often made of pressed cardboard, have a few scratches and all look the same.

The alternative, photo frames from Anthology.  The same high end frames that you’ve come to expect on your custom work, but made in standard sizes.  We have frames with acid free mats already cut and included, or we’ll be happy to find a more suitable color and custom cut it for you.  You can also email us your files and we’ll be happy to make the photo print for you in any size.  They make great gifts!

For the month of June, all our Ready Made frames are Buy One, Get One Half Off!

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Two gentle giants.  Rescued pit bulls from Engelwood.

Two gentle giants. Rescued pit bulls from Engelwood.


Gymnastics leotard hockeySigned Elway JerseySigned Matt Belisle JerseyCustom framed heirlooms

Are you on Pinterest?

I don’t say no to a pregnant woman.  I love hearing ideas they have and seeing inspiration they find for their photo session.  When this mom-to-be showed me her idea, that she’d found on Pinterest,  I was a bit intimidated.  In part, because I wasn’t on Pinterest (the shame!).  Luckily she was super patient and able to sit very still while adjusting only her arms.  The family portrait business has been busy this last year, but I haven’t had a maternity session for a while.  Now I have four booked over the next month and I’m so excited to see what we come up with!Maternity

Framed wedding photograph

Jenn and Chris

I first heard the term “previsualization” at 19 years-old in a large format photography class.  The idea of “the ability to anticipate a finished image before making the exposure”.  I’ll be honest, the zone system eludes me to this day and I don’t see the print in my minds eye the moment I snap it.  But, when I’m photographing dogs, kids or weddings, as the session progresses I get an idea in my head of how these moments will looked displayed on the wall.  To me, having that finished product to enjoy in a tangible way, everyday, is the most rewarding part of my job.

We’ll be displaying my portrait photography for the month of April.  Stop in to see samples of the finished product that Anthology can make for your home.  Even if it’s not a photo I took, bring us the images, art or objects you want displayed in your home and we’ll design custom framing that you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.

Your life, on your walls.

We recently had the pleasure of working with a new client who was updating her home in Cherry Creek.  She had many pieces that took the majority of the afternoon to work through. Each piece had a great story behind it and a lot of time was spent laughing and exchanging stories back and forth.   It was a great collection of art including originals that had hung in her parents’ home, two photos of her finishing the New York City Marathon, and posters she’d collected while studying abroad.

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Denver Custom Framing

Zach and Kendra Custer have been custom framing for a combined 30 years in the Denver area. In addition to offering picture framing and portrait photography, their large gallery features local, emerging artists. Whether you're looking for affordable custom framing with superior customer service, a family portrait or a new piece of art, Anthology Fine Art is your one stop shop.

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