Showtime

13 people on stage.

1600+ people who’d come to Denver’s Ogden Theatre to hear them sing.

And sing they did!

They sang …

… they stomped …

… they hollered …

… they drummed …

… they strummed …

… they harmonized …

… they danced …

… they pounded …

… and they thoroughly outdid themselves.

I think you’ll need video to really get a sense of the evening.  Here’s their big finish:

If you’re interested in more video, CLICK HERE for a playlist including several more songs.

The crowd was terrific, especially those mashed up right in front of the stage with me …

… and The Oh Hellos had the time of their lives.

The band came back for an encore with Hello My Old Heart, the song Denver considers their big hit.

As one of their steadiest supporters listened from backstage …

… the band launched into the joyous ending to a most tremendous evening.

The set list was handed to an audience member …

… and the band soaked it all up for one last moment before saying goodnight.

What began with two artists two years ago …

… has expanded to include the gifts and efforts of several more.

Speaking as their #1 fan, I can honestly say that this performance and the joy pouring from these faces nearly made my heart burst into a million pieces.  Truly I was blessed to be a part of it and continue to look forward to much more to come!

Countdown to New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve 2013 was a momentous occasion for a couple of reasons.

First, The Oh Hellos had their biggest show so far.  The sound check alone was pretty overwhelming …

… but the final hours before the band took the stage required even more fortitude to endure.  What better way to pass the time than some singing and joking around?

You can listen in on a bit of the fun HERE.

Another big moment began with this …

… moved here …

… led to this …

… and will carry on for years and years to come.

Finally it was time to take a deep breath, call on the One the music is all about, and prepare to step out into the bright lights.

Only one chapter of this particular story left:  THE REALLY BIG SHEW.

Telluride

I took an awful lot of photos on my Colorado trip.  This is not the least bit surprising, just overwhelming.  Because why take photos if I never look at them again?  And why look at them without also sharing them?  And why share them without carefully selecting the ones I think you’ll enjoy the most?  And why share only a few when I can OVERSHARE?

Here are some from the first part of our trip, which was spent in lovely Telluride CO.  Since safely steering a car doesn’t mix well with taking photos (especially on hilly, winding, icy roads), I was fortunate to have this handsome gentleman serve as my chauffeur.

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I tried settling for iPhone + Instagram and managed to get a few shots I liked …

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… but the big camera ALWAYS wins out eventually.

IMG_8130We went to Telluride specifically to see The Oh Hellos perform at the Sheridan Opera House, but I was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit this little town and stay in a 17-room inn just a few blocks away from the Sheridan.  IMG_8529IMG_8517

Did you know that most people trek to Telluride for skiing rather than musical entertainment?!!  To each his own, I suppose.  We gladly made use of the free gondola ride to view the countryside from the top of the mountain.

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We did our best to take in the view without impeding the progress of people doggedly risking their lives sliding downhill on treacherous wooden slats.

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Later we enjoyed a second gondola ride and after-dark walk around town.

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Gorgeous, huh?  If you’re not quite ready to leave Telluride yet (and really, who would be?), just click on the slideshow below.  Enjoy!

On the road again with The Oh Hellos

I’m traveling around Colorado with my favorite band again!  The Oh Hellos played a show at Telluride’s Sheridan Opera House last night, and what a terrific old venue it was.

Sheridan 1So many gorgeous details that took me right back in time.

Sheridan 2Sheridan 3See that small set of box seats?  The outside corner seat was my vantage point for the show.  I thought surely Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln would come in to join us at any moment.

Sheridan 4And what a show it was!

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Telluride group 1

Next stop:  Denver’s Ogden Theatre for a sold-out New Year’s Eve show!

 

Fair Week Mini-Sessions

You may not know this, but you WANT me to come out to the Fairgrounds with you next week and take photos of you. Families, kids, Class of 2014 seniors, golden years seniors, couples, brides, ladies in fancy dresses, guys in boots and 10-gallon hats — the Fair makes the perfect backdrop for all sorts of great photos.

Take, for instance, these fun shots from a couple of years ago.  See what I mean?

 

And how smart would you be to pop a couple of those photos into this year’s Christmas cards?

 

Fair Week mini-session packages begin at $200.  Give me a call and let’s make the fun happen for YOU!

Just in case

If you’d like to see the full gallery of pics from the June 29 Denver Oh Hellos’ show, click right HERE.

Enjoy!

Oh Hello, Denver friends!

As you saw in my last post, the Bluebird Theater was packed so I only had a few vantage points for filming/photographing the Oh Hellos show.  I didn’t get everything, but here are a few more video links featuring often partial songs, less than desirable positioning, and progressively bad camera-holding technique.  Consider them a tasty sampling of the full concert, and, if necessary, feel free to close your eyes and just listen.

The Valley

Cold Is the Night

I Have Made Mistakes

The Lament of Eustace Scrubb

The Truth Is a Cave / The Valley (Reprise) / Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Lay Me Down (encore)

Immediately after the show, the band came down into the crowd to meet the people who’d been hollering and clapping for them.  Maggie was smothered with hugs and kisses …

… while Tyler quietly and calmly answered lots of questions.

The rest of the band members danced and signed autographs and met new friends …

… and one was surprised by two favorite ladies who flew in just in time for the show.

Joy and adrenaline and exhaustion and knitted-togetherness were palpable and visible on all faces.  Mine too, but I wisely stayed behind the camera because mascara had run all down my face for some reason.  Probably because every detail of the entire trip to Denver had led up to this:

I’ve always loved my two kids.  Now I have more of them to love.  Even the silly ones.

Especially the silly ones.

My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God.

Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God.

1 John 4:7 MESSAGE

Oh Hello, Denver audiences!

The noise level in Denver’s Bluebird Theater kept rising and people kept pushing toward the stage, waiting for The Oh Hellos to step out from behind the curtain.

AND THEN THEY DID!  (<<< click and see!)

The energy level of I Was Wrong set the tone for the rest of the show, and the audience sang along on most songs.

What a welcome!  What a thrill!  What an affirmation that this band was created for exactly this time and this place singing these songs for this generation.

Here’s one more heart-bursting moment to wrap up this segment of the story.

Thank You, Lord.

But who knows? Maybe it was for a moment like this that you came to be part of the royal family. – Esther 4:14 CEB

 

Oh Hello, Denver!

An amazing, surreal, life-changing (quite possibly world-changing) thing happened this weekend.  Where to begin?

Maybe here?

You may recognize those two people in the middle of the group shot above since they appear on my blog every now and then.  The Oh Hellos are a little band consisting of Tyler and Maggie Heath plus a rotating crew of talented friends.  They recorded a four-song EP, then a full-length album, then pulled together a live show, THEN hit the road.  Their first destination:  two nights in Denver at the Bluebird Theater, both sold-out.

I had to miss the first show but made it for the second.  After walking across the street for dinner with the gang …

… it was time to head backstage and wait for their curtain call.

 “Backstage” turned out to be “downstairs under the stage in a somewhat creepy room” …

… but this group manages to keep one another entertained no matter where they are.

Merchandise was set up and ready for sale.  Fans began to gather.

The band waited nervously/impatiently behind the curtain.  (DID YOU CLICK ON THE LINK?  I actually learned how to post video to Youtube and link to it just so YOU could be part of the adventure!)

And then … Well, I hate to be mean but you’ll have to check back in the next couple of days for what came next!  And yes, I am unspeakably proud.  Even more than proud, I am amazed by the work God is doing.

 Behold!  I am doing a new thing!  – Isaiah 43:19

P.S.  I took the first shot with my iPhone.  I’m learning but still am not very good at that.

P.P.S.  I brazenly stole the shot of the drumhead/setlist from a band member’s Facebook page.  Pretty sure my Mom Clause includes that right.  Also, sorry and thank you, Austin.  I wish I’d seen it myself to capture it honestly.

Shayna and Zach’s Really Big Day

Not one more drop of fun could have been squeezed into this wedding.  Here’s a sneak peek, but friends and family can see a whole lot more by clicking CLIENTS up above and then opening any of the three galleries with your super-secret password.

I’ve enjoyed looking into these faces while preparing their gallery of photos.  I’ll bet you’re enjoying them too!  So much love, so much laughter, so much FUN.  Blessings upon you, Zach and Shayna.  May you celebrate one another for the rest of your days!

Celebrate God!

Sing together — everyone!

All you honest hearts, raise the roof!

Psalm 32:11 MESSAGE