Saturday, April 4, 2015

An intro to photography in Colorado Springs

Posted By on Sat, Apr 4, 2015 at 7:31 AM

I was thinking this would be a fun thing to do, write a blog about photography in Colorado Springs for the Independent.

Now, I’m not so sure.

It could go one of two ways here. I could be outed for the fraud that I sometimes am: A photographer who doesn’t know a whole hell of a lot about cameras, film stocks, flashes or frame rates of the latest DSLR. Or, I could be honest and try to tell you just how much fun being a photographer is. I can tell you why I think everyone is and should be a photographer. I can argue that everyone has a unique vision and that photography is good for the soul.

The last is the best way to go here, I think.

I graduated from Colorado College and worked as a reporter and photographer at small daily newspapers on the eastern plains and the western slope. For a couple of years, I freelanced for the Denver Post, and now regularly photograph for this paper.

In 2001, I began a wedding photography business with my wife, Cathy. We have three children and they are now the subject of a lot of my picture taking. If you ever attend a wedding or other special event in the Springs you might run into me. (You may or may not have seen me sneaking into a news events without a press pass just for the fun of it.) I love fly fishing, golf and the incline... sometimes.

I have plans for this photography blog, but let’s start small.

Right now is a great time of year to practice your photography. Big dramatic clouds, sunshine that's still low enough to create pleasing shadows and the change of season are great ingredients for dramatic landscape photographs.  

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Here’s a image that was taken at the Garden of the Gods on my lunch break. When I noticed these clouds floating in a deep blue sky, I waited for them to move in front of the sun and cast a shadow over the rock spire.

This picture is proof that you don't need to wake up at half-past-dark to make a dramatic landscape photograph. If you love landscapes and fancy yourself a photographer, go out and take some pictures during your next lunch hour.

There are many good photographers in the Springs, you’re probably one of them. I look forward to seeing and sharing some of your work in future posts!

Stay tuned and happy shooting!

Colorado Springs wedding photographer Sean Cayton loves remarkable photographs and the stories behind them. You can see his wedding work at and his personal work at Submit your photo and the story behind the image - no more than two a week please - to for consideration in upcoming blogs.

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