SCAVENGER HUNT | ARDENTOLOGY {11 Concepts of Composition}

This year’s Ardentology class was amazing. We were blessed to have almost 20 students! I remember Rick and I staring at all the empty chairs the morning of, getting ready for our biggest class to date and feeling a little nervous ;/.  What a blessing as God brought us exactly the amount of students we ended up having room for lol.

We started the day with one of our favorite curriculum pieces: 11 Concepts of Composition.  Throughout the class we try to stress taking a photo in the unique way that YOU see it. We urge our students to really THINK about what it is they are wanting to capture/convey and make a DECISION as to how to best accomplish this. Whether it is the placement of the subject in the frame, a simple background, the use of color etc… we want them to be intentional when creating their images. The further encourage people to not just attend our class but also have their cameras in their hands for days after, we created a ‘scavenger hunt’ for them to complete. The rules were they each had to capture a photo for each of the 11 concepts of composition and post them to our groups Facebook Page. Here are the concepts their were striving to capture:

  • Depth of Field
  • Framing
  • Simplicity and Background
  • Perspective
  • Color
  • Rule of Thirds
  • Leading Lines
  • Viewpoint
  • Negative Space
  • Symmetry
  • Depth and Layering

From those who completed the challenge we would then choose a winner who would receive a complimentary one on one hour long mentoring session.  This year we had 4 individuals successfully complete the hunt and we are so happy to be able to share some of our favorite of their images with you all! As the years go on Rick and I always see a direct link between those who challenge themselves to complete the scavenger hunt and the students who seem to improve the most with their photography skills. Learning is ALWAYS important but practice and having your camera in your hand is SUCH an important part of pushing yourself. Big thank you to Elizabeth, Stephanie, Desarae and Lexi for all of your hard work. It definitely shows in the beautiful images you created and we appreciate your dedication to learning! Check out a few of our favorite student shots and be sure to look at the END of this post for the announcement of our winner!

Photo by Elizabeth Ono Rahel – Mariko Design LLC

Photo by Lexi Latham

Photo by Lexi Latham

Photo by Desarae Beery

Photo by Stephanie Fortman

Photo by Lexi Latham

Photo by Desarae Beery

Photo by Lexi Latham

Photo by Stephanie Fortman

Photo by Elizabeth Ono Rahel – Mariko Design LLC

This year’s winner is… drumroll please:

LEXI LATHAM!

KATE + DENNIS | ENGAGEMENT {Sun Drenched Private Farm}

Kate and Dennis are fantastic people, SUCH a cute couple and Rick and I are thrilled to we working for them. These two live in Omaha and are planning a gorgeous wedding at St. Alban’s chapel in Centennial, WY later this year. They both love the look and feel of Wyoming but Omaha also has a special place in their hearts. When they dreamed up the idea of splitting their engagement sessions between their two favorite places, Rick and I were definitely up for the challenge.

We met just outside of Omaha, NE at a private farm that is owned by Dennis and his family. There we explored the country side and spent quite a bit of time in a gorgeous pumpkin patch. We absolutely LOVE it when people choose places that mean so much to them. Knowing that Dennis and Kate were having their photos taken in the very same pumpkin patch that Dennis chose his Halloween pumpkins from as a child, was just amazing. We especially loved creating photos of these two among the soybean crops. I have never seen something so interesting looking when bathed in gorgeous sunlight.

So remember how we mentioned ‘splitting’ their engagement session between their TWO favorite places? Well stay tuned for the second half of their set which will take place among the wintry Snowy Mountains. Here are a few of our favorite images from their Omaha session:

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MISSY + TOM | WEDDING {Della Terra Mountain Chateau}

Meet Missy & Tom… These two live in the sunny state of Texas with the cutest daughter in the entire world. After dreaming up a winter wonderland destination wedding, they fell in love with the always gorgeous Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, CO. They planned an intimate ceremony from afar and Rick and I were thrilled when they chose to go with Ardent for their photography. Destination weddings are always fun. So much trust is given to us as a couple hires us WITHOUT ever having met us face to face. We correspond via telephone and email and the morning of we are always SO excited to finally MEET our clients. Missy and Tom were so easy to work with. The love they have for one another trumped any stresses that may have occurred throughout the day {(like the infamous bow tie instructions) and it was our pleasure to document every little moment of their big day.

We photograph weddings in Estes Park OFTEN and Della Terra is one of our favorite wedding venues. We were however through the roof when these two told us their reception was being held at the Historic Stanley Hotel. So we get to work with a fantastic couple, photograph a snowy ceremony at Della Terra then head to the Stanley Hotel to create even more beautiful wedding images. Dream way to spend a Saturday doing what we love for sure!

Missy & Tom, thank you so much for letting us into your world. It was so nice to meet your family and spend the afternoon with you all! As always here are a few of our favorites from their day:

 

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ANGELA + EVAN | ENGAGEMENT {Cheyenne Wedding Photographer}

LOVING the lovely images coming from our Ardent Associate Photographers, Kim & Scott. Here is a sneak peek into a fishing themed engagement session with Angela and Evan as written by Kim:

We met Angela and Evan the day of there engagement session and it was the perfect fall day. We had very little wind, but gorgeous fall colors!

We love these two because they absolutely love doing things together, whether its hunting or hanging out with friends, they are good company for one another. They wanted to incorporate fishing into their session because that’s one of their big hobbies. We were able to personalize this with them out at Curt Gowdy State Park and got some really sweet pictures. These two love birds got comfortable with the camera pretty fast and so a little laugh or kiss here and there was just icing on the cake.

We’re hoping for some more fall colors on there wedding day in September at the always gorgeous Saratoga Resort & Spa!

 

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KERSTEN + MICHAEL | ENGAGEMENT {Downtown Denver City Chic}

Rick and I are so excited to share yet another GORGEOUS engagement session by our Ardent Associate Photographers, Kim & Scott. This time these two headed down to Denver for a city chic engagement session. Here is what Kim had to say about their day with Kersten & Michael:

Wow! To say we have been blessed would be an understatement. This was our second shoot as Ardent Associate Photographers and this opportunity has blessed us in more ways than we can count. To be able to do something you love with the one you love is unbelievable and we take great pride in that!

Scott and I got to meet Kersten and Michael at a coffee shop in Loveland where we planned out there engagement session and talked weddings. We hit it off immediately and loved the ideas they had for there city engagement. The best way to describe this engagement session is simply elegance. We photographed them in the heart of Denver, CO among all the buildings, and lights that were set up for the holiday season. It was beautiful. You would never know that it was a 20 degree day just by looking, but I’m pretty sure they kept each other warm! We stopped in for some hot chocolate in between locations throughout 16th street mall and warmed up a couple times. From wall murals, to sparkling lights in the background, they got a beautiful session out of it. We escaped to the rooftops for the end of their session just as the sun began to set over the buildings and it just magnified the love they have for each other.

We can’t wait for this wedding to come around in August! We’ll be going from one extreme temperature to the next for sure;)

 

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