Archive for December, 2010

December 2010

Posted: 12/30/2010 in Webpost

Messin’ Around – What do photographers “do” during long layovers and delayed flights? Photography of course! “Sir, do you have written permission to take photographs inside Denver International?” “No Sir, I do not.” “Then Sir, please put your equipment away, thank you.”

Denver International Airport

Vacation? – I am officially “on-holiday” as of December 28 through January 5th of 2011; although I will be available for assignments in the Northwest Florida area (Pensacola to Panama City) during this time. Is that really a vacation?

Archive/Holiday Greeting – “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping on your nose, Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, And folks dressed up like Eskimos. Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe, Help to make the season bright. Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow, Will find it hard to sleep tonight. They know that Santa’s on his way; He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh. And every mother’s child is going to spy, To see if reindeer really know how to fly. And so I’m offering this simple phrase, To kids from one to ninety-two, Although its been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you.” – The Christmas Song

Allison, Christmas morning – 1995.

Assignment/Behind the Scenes – Photographed Conor Casey, Forward, Gary Smith, Head Coach and Jeff Plush, Managing Director of the Colorado Rapids Soccer Team for the January 2011 cover of Mile High Sports Magazine. Conor Casey was named MLS Cup MVP after scoring the tying goal in the 57th minute vs. FC Dallas (11/21). Kudos to Conor for wearing shorts during the photo shoot in below freezing weather!
*Final layout will be posted after publication.

Just For Fun – Lunar Eclipse 2010 from Denver, Colorado. The total lunar eclipse falls on the same day as the winter solstice, a rare cosmic event that hasn’t occurred in centuries.

Assignment – Created images of General Judd of the Blue Man Group. Blue Man Group is best known for its wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts, which combine comedy, music and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. I love photographing actors and/or performers because they “give you” so much in return. They understand lighting, they understand composition, they understand body language; actors always make the best models!

General Judd in “blue face” after his Dec. 19, 2010 show in Denver

“photography is allowed during the performance, but please, no flash photography”

“shaky YouTube video is strictly prohibited” – I couldn’t resist!

Assignment/Behind the Scenes – Traveled to Colorado Springs to create images of Brian Meyer, professional firefighter and paramedic for the April 2011 issue of Men’s Fitness Magazine.  A special thank you to Firehouse #8 for putting-up with the lights, the camera, the action. “We create a Fire Fighter Calendar every year so this is really nothing new to us.” *Final layout will be posted after publication.

Don – Light Test/Digital Polaroid

Assignment – Photographed Michael Tomasek of Absolutely Paperless for an upcoming Denver Post article. Absolutely Paperless builds competitively priced interactive data solutions that allow businesses to streamline their cumbersome and time consuming paper processes into sustainable state of the art paperless business methods. AP’s products and services enhance administrative productivity and revenue while eliminating erroneous information between customers, suppliers, and co-workers.
*Final layout will be posted after publication.

Self Promotion – More selfish self promotion on

Assignment/Behind the Scenes – How do you photograph thirteen insurance executives against a highly reflective surface utilizing soft, even lighting? With a 30-foot wide silk, that’s how. Created a group image of Van Gilder Insurance Corporation executives for upcoming direct mailers. Also created executive portraits of Monica Minkel, Executive Liability Director and Michelle Lembeck, Commercial Insurance for upcoming Denver Business Journal press releases. *Final image will be posted after post production.

Promotion – The premiere issue of Frenzy Magazine is now available online. The premier issue contains an interview with technology fashion maverick Lynne Bruning, feature articles on the style of AMC TV show Mad Men, profiles of emerging designers, and several detailed fashion shoots. Review and purchase at

Behind the Scenes/Parody – Recent cover appears on billboard in Times Square, New York City. Did I get paid? Visit – PhotoFunia

Just For Fun – Not sure why I think this is so funny, maybe I take this “business” to seriously sometimes. I needed a good laugh!

Archive – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas-Hanukkah-Kwanzaa…etc., etc., etc.! I was setting up my artificial Christmas tree when I found an ornament that my mother had given me as a teenager. Coincidently days later, I came across an image (a 4×6 color print) that I had created of that same ornament some 25 years earlier. Happy Holidays!

Tinker Bell – cir. 1987

Assignment – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “if you think family-style photography is easy, you’re an idiot!” I photographed my friends’ -daughters’ -boyfriends’ 2-year old son and I honestly do not think he sat still for more than one exposure; even my friend and colleague Jason Hayes, who is excellent with children, failed to gain this little boys attention for more than two seconds. Why is it most kids are more interested in the noise seamless paper makes when you “thump-it” than the hundreds of toys parents bring along to a photo shoot?

Tearsheets/Behind The Scenes – Received the honor and privilege to photograph this years Mile High Sports Magazine’s 2010 Snow Angels cover along with multi-page layouts for Jackson’s, Waxing the City, Antoine du Chez and NPC Colorado. Doug Ottewill, Producer. Nick Heckman, Art Director. Charity Stock, Styling. Antoine du Chez, Hair.

Krista Schneider, Cover Model. Ashley Hawk, Hair. Piper Leitz, MakeUp.


Chris Andersen & Lindsey

Ryan O’Reilly, Barbara, Brandon Yip – Brytny & T.J. Galiardi

Crystal & Renaldo Hill

Bella & Marvell Wynne

Brad Richardson, Lauren & Tom Ethington

Dexter Fowler & Marina


Brianna & Taylor – Waxing the City advertorial

Kristen & Megan


Miranda, Jacqlyn & Lindsay







Jen Brown & Jessica Palmer

Amy Jo Palmquest

Don & Kelly, Kristen & Steven at the SA Release Party


Assignment/Tearsheet – Photographed Mehdi Ballouchy (formerly) of the Colorado Rapids soccer team for the December 2010 issue of Mile High Sports Magazine. Doug Ottewill, Producer. Nick Heckman, Art Director.


Promotion – I guess I am officially part of the Charmed Life Production Team; at least a freelance part of that production team. Thank you, Brad (and Chad). Seriously, thank you both. Check out Charmed Life Productions, but call me (I act as a rep) for your next video production, large or small. Also visit DONCUDNEYVIDEO.

Behind The Scenes – Shooting began this month on How To Dispose of a Body, a short motion picture set in the foothills of Colorado. I am fairly new to blogging about video/film productions and I have learned in the past to be very careful of what I reveal and discuss online. BUT, I can say thanks to all the cast, the crew and the owners of our wonderful location. Thank you, thank you, thank you. See everyone next year! Chad Bardon, Director/Screenwriter. Brad Wicks, Producer. Don Cudney, Director of Photography. Darren Skanson, Sound.

Top – Darren & Brad on Sound          Bottom – Don the Glidecam Operator

Way better story and pictures at How To Dispose of a Body – Body Blog

iPhone Fun – Windy Day in Denver. Why is that man taking pictures of a flag, mommy?

Personal/Behind The Scenes – I haven’t created a family-style Christmas card (for myself) in close to twenty years; I haven’t had a reason too. “Donny. Are we going to create a Christmas card this year?” Well, Kelly, only if you, Michael and I create something cool and something completely different than the normal holiday portrait.”

My Living Room – turned Studio

Archive/Tearsheet – Right out of photo school, actually I think it was graduation week (1994), I was hired to create an image of an American-style cheeseburger for a gentleman that was opening the very first hamburger restaurant in Russia. I think the place was called Burger USA. I’m not a food photographer (or a food stylist) but I did the best I could with what I had (a 35mm film camera, two strobes, two umbrellas and a cheeseburger that I prepared and styled). Deliverables = 50 – 11×14 inch Laser Prints