Snow? What’s that?


Coming from the deserts and beaches of California, we aren’t too familiar with snow….fast forward to us living in Colorado and that is quickly changing! We find ourselves going outside in heavy snow to just wander around and be in it, which is fun! Totally new life experiences for us that I am glad we will be able to look back on.

 

My snow princess!

Snow Princess

People Showcase Showdown!


Tonight I updated the landing page on my portfolio, showcasing some of my favorite people photos! Check it out when you get a chance and let me know what you think. I go back and forth with showcasing my people photos and my landscape photos. I hope you enjoy this iteration while it lasts! :)

I want to do more work with people in my new state of Colorado. I am definitely not lacking in nature subjects! With this focus, I want to show this side of my work more clearly. I gravitate toward natural light (outdoors) portraits anyways, so the combination of my landscape love and people should make for some fun images.

If you know anyone in the greater Denver area who may enjoy some fantastic photos of themselves or loved ones, feel free to share my name!

Andy Buckner Portfolio Home Page
Andy Buckner Portfolio Home Page

Nature. ‘Nuff said


There really isn’t a lot to say about this one. It was amazing in person and this image really takes me back to the moment.

Nature is amazing.

Rocky Mountain National Park

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New look for AndyBuckner.com + Collages + Polls!


To celebrate the new look for my blog, I put together a few collages with a some of my favorite photos from each of these categories: Portraits, Nature, Automobiles, Athletes, and Animals.

Be sure to take the poll at the bottom and vote for your favorite! Also, leave a comment with your thoughts on the new look & feel of the blog!

This change up comes in anticipation of the new year and my recent relocation to the greater Denver, CO area. The change has made me and my family happy, so this is a bit of a happier look for my site! :)

Best viewed LARGE, so click to enlarge.

Portrait Collage
Portrait Collage
Nature Collage
Nature Collage
Automobile Collage
Automobile Collage
Athlete Collage
Athlete Collage
Animal Collage
Animal Collage

 

Rocky Mountain National Park


First of all, Happy December! Hasn’t this year flown by? Sheesh.

Anyways – I just visited the Rocky Mountain National Park for the first time this last weekend…and it was absolutely beautiful, epic, awe-inspiring. The image below is a glimpse into this place’s beauty which delivers abundantly on a grand scale and on smaller, more intimate levels. I definitely plan on going back for more exploration. I captured this image while standing on

For those of you that have been here before, are there any recommended hikes/spots you would suggest visiting? I am very open to suggestions!

Rocky Mountain National Park

 

This is me getting the shot above. Standing on the ice-covered stream made it that much more fun!

 

Gettin the shot

Nature Walk at the Hornbek Homestead


While out driving around seeing what I could see, I came across the Hornbek Homestead (link below). Not only is the countryside in this area beautiful, but the drive there is beautiful too. Here are a few images from one of my trips there.

 

I came up on this part of road unexpectedly and had to swerve off the road to capture it once I saw it, it was just so picturesque to me. I had to dodge a couple on coming cars as I was in the middle of the road trying to get this shot. I am happy I did!

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This is a close up of the front door on the Hornbek Homestead I posted about here.

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Random dirt road in the middle of nowhere next to a barbed wire fence at dusk.

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There is a nature walk at the Hornbek Homestead that crosses this awesome little bridge. This is the view looking out into the nature to come once you cross it.
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This is part of the valley you see on the nature walk as you are crossing the bridge above. As I was walking into the valley, I saw a fox running off into the canyon. It is some beautiful nature out here!

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Flowers like these adorn the trail all over. I had to capture one of these, they were very pretty!

 

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Wild Horses


After exploring some back roads in the rain, the clouds cleared for a bit to reveal these horses enjoying themselves in the pasture. Beautiful country!

 

Wild Horses

Home


Home, something a lot of us take for granted some of the time.

What does home mean? A place you sleep/hang out/pay rent/mortgage/see family members not by choice/etc? Not too long ago, I would have said that having a physical place to call home was a main definition of…home. However, I have been learning lately that to me, it is any place where I am with my family (wife and dogs). No kids yet, but the dogs substitute nicely! The driving force behind this is that love is not tied to a place and follows me wherever I go with my family. That sense of belonging, acceptance, and being loved unconditionally can go with you wherever you go. Yes it is there when you aren’t together with your family, but there is no denying that when together, things are taken up a few notches!

Feel free to comment what home means to you, I would like to hear others’ perspective.

Hornbek Home

This home above is the historic Hornbek Homestead and it was built in the 1800s. I accidentally came across it on my last trip to CO. Absolutely beautiful area. From the NPS website:

In the center of this lush valley stands the Hornbek homestead complex, the home of a strong, determined woman who came to the area with her four children in the 1870s. Claiming land under the Homestead Act, Adeline Hornbek defied traditional gender roles to become the owner of a prosperous ranch.

Adeline did what she had to do for her family and broke through social norms in the process to make a home. Love is powerful force unlike any other and creates where other forces tear down.

Happy Sunday and have a great week! Spread a little love this week and see what it creates!

How do you choose when there are so many good choices?!


Seriously. This particular portrait session I came away with so many that I genuinely liked, that it was hard to narrow it down to these in this post! I guess that’s a good problem to have. Laguna beach rarely disappoints when it comes to golden hour photos. On this particular day, there was a high surf warning and huge (to me) waves! This made grabbing some of the shots next to the water a little hair-raising, but Darlene handled it like a pro!

Beach Portrait

Beach Portrait

This shot above was actually an “accidental” shot in that Darlene was not trying to pose. As she did her thing, I was looking for potential shots. Times like these make a pose that may not look natural seem natural because the subject is not trying or forcing a pose. I like these moments.

Beach Portrait

This image above is one of my all time favorites. This image looks great in color too, but it is just so classically beautiful in B&W to me. Love it.

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You can see above that the surf is a bit feisty in the background! It was fun and we made sure to watch each others’ backs when doing these shots. There were a few times we had to stop what we were doing and brace or flee!

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Having fun, a necessity on a photo shoot!

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OK, is that next set of waves going to take me out or do I have time?….oh and this is fun!Beach Portrait

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So this is another one of my newly acquired all time faves. 2 from one shoot?

Beach Portrait

Beach Portrait

Beach Portrait

This was Darlene’s idea and I really like the way it turned out!Beach Portrait

Beach PortraitBeautiful colors going on here. This was during the last 15 minutes of sunlight.

Beach Portrait

Beach Portrait

Such a simple but powerful image.

Thank you for viewing, let me know what you think!