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Carl Bower Photographs

Denver , CO
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1330 Milwaukee St.
Denver, CO 80206 US (map)

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303-919-6181

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I approach weddings with a quiet presence and an eye for authenticity. In practice, this entails moving with a calm demeanor and a desire to remain unnoticed, finding small moments of... Read more
I approach weddings with a quiet presence and an eye for authenticity. In practice, this entails moving with a calm demeanor and a desire to remain unnoticed, finding small moments of intimacy in the midst of public celebrations. I anticipate and document moments as they naturally occur, without direction or interference. My ultimate goal is a highly personal book that is both beautiful and meaningful, recognizing that authenticity is integral to that meaning. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism
What photography services do you offer?
Add'l Hours, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Multi. Locations, One Event/Day
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Prints, Proofs, Thank You Cards

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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Carl photographed our wedding at the Brown Palace in Denver.  We were initially drawn to Carl because of the amazing portfolio he has on his website.  We loved his modern and unique style, and his keen eye and ability to capture the most incredible moments.  Carl did just that for us on our wedding day.  Our photographs are amazing.  We continue to look over them and say "how did he get that shot?!?", but he did. All the moments that we talked about the days to follow, he caught on camera with his distinctive viewpoint and style. He also did it in a completely inconspicuous and unobtrusive way.

We were told when we got engaged that there are only a few things you should really invest in, one being your wedding photographer.  Carl is an investment well made.  The album he created for us post-wedding was also perfect--modern and beautiful.  I can't recommend Carl highly enough.  He is an astute documentarian, and he will give you the most awesome wedding photographs.  You won't be sorry.
Carl photographed our wedding at the Brown Palace in Denver. We were initially drawn to Carl because of the amazing Read more...
Carl photographed our wedding at the Brown Palace in Denver.  We were initially drawn to Carl because of the amazing portfolio he has on his website.  We loved his modern and unique style, and his keen eye and ability to capture the most incredible moments.  Carl did just that for us on our wedding day.  Our photographs are amazing.  We continue to look over them and say "how did he get that shot?!?", but he did. All the moments that we talked about the days to follow, he caught on camera with his distinctive viewpoint and style. He also did it in a completely inconspicuous and unobtrusive way.

We were told when we got engaged that there are only a few things you should really invest in, one being your wedding photographer.  Carl is an investment well made.  The album he created for us post-wedding was also perfect--modern and beautiful.  I can't recommend Carl highly enough.  He is an astute documentarian, and he will give you the most awesome wedding photographs.  You won't be sorry. Read less
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Yoshimi
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for beautiful photos that will capture both the essence and emotions of the day in equal servings, giving permanent life to those oh-so-fleeting life's-best moments, then you can do no better than Carl Bower.

We were lucky enough to have Carl photograph our wedding in Vail, Colorado. While it was a spectacular backdrop, it was the unique and intimate moments that Carl captured in our photos that show the true beauty of the day. He exceeded even our high-expectations in the final collection of photos, in which he was able to capture the intimacy of the day, not just between us but among all of our guests. Very simply, we loved each and every single photo.

He is an incredibly talented photographer whose professionalism, work ethic, experience, and eye for detail are all represented in his work. We could not be happier to have these photos serve as our daily reminder of the warmth and love of our special day.
If you are looking for beautiful photos that will capture both the essence and emotions of the day in equal servings, Read more...
If you are looking for beautiful photos that will capture both the essence and emotions of the day in equal servings, giving permanent life to those oh-so-fleeting life's-best moments, then you can do no better than Carl Bower.

We were lucky enough to have Carl photograph our wedding in Vail, Colorado. While it was a spectacular backdrop, it was the unique and intimate moments that Carl captured in our photos that show the true beauty of the day. He exceeded even our high-expectations in the final collection of photos, in which he was able to capture the intimacy of the day, not just between us but among all of our guests. Very simply, we loved each and every single photo.

He is an incredibly talented photographer whose professionalism, work ethic, experience, and eye for detail are all represented in his work. We could not be happier to have these photos serve as our daily reminder of the warmth and love of our special day. Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Carl is a natural at capturing those priceless moments that mean so very much. If you want a truly beautiful and deeply meaningful wedding book...Carl is your guy.  His pictures tell a beautiful story that will enable you to live your wedding day over and over again.  We have received so many compliments on our wedding photos...people are truly taken away by the shots he was able to capture. We feel so blessed to have found Carl...and recommend him wholeheartedly!
Carl is a natural at capturing those priceless moments that mean so very much. If you want a truly beautiful and deeply Read more...
Carl is a natural at capturing those priceless moments that mean so very much. If you want a truly beautiful and deeply meaningful wedding book...Carl is your guy.  His pictures tell a beautiful story that will enable you to live your wedding day over and over again.  We have received so many compliments on our wedding photos...people are truly taken away by the shots he was able to capture. We feel so blessed to have found Carl...and recommend him wholeheartedly! Read less
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Eric
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Make no mistake, Carl is a professional, and he takes his work seriously -- and in turn he took our wedding seriously. Yet he complements this professionalism with an engaging personality and dry humor that made us enjoy all of our interactions with him. Prior to hiring him to shoot our wedding in Longmont, CO, we met with him to talk about how the ceremony and reception would work, and what we wanted from a photographer. He made it clear that he had a particular photographic style where he would try to stay "out of the way" as much as possible. He was willing to take a few staged photographs, but his goal was to spend the vast majority of time taking candid photographs of people's experiences during the wedding -- this was exactly what we wanted.

The photographs turned out amazing. When our pictures arrived a couple weeks after our wedding, we were blown away at how he managed to capture both obvious and subtle important moments at our wedding. With all the events of the day flying by so quickly, some moments I had already forgotten that I had -- laughing with my groomsmen, waiting to start the ceremony with my mother, father, and sister -- came to life through his work. And many parts of the wedding I couldn't see on the big day -- my future wife getting ready, my aunts and uncles joking around -- I got to experience through his work.

Three years after our wedding, we still get comments from friends and family about how much they like our photos. There are a number of photos in the album that, each time I see them, I still find myself saying "wow, that really captures *us*", referring to how it reveals the personalities of my wife and I, as well as how we feel about one another. I couldn't ask for anything more from our wedding photos.

I could not be happier with our decision to hire Carl as our wedding photographer, and recommend him unequivocally to anyone looking for a photojournalistic-style wedding photographer.
Make no mistake, Carl is a professional, and he takes his work seriously -- and in turn he took our wedding seriously. Yet Read more...
Make no mistake, Carl is a professional, and he takes his work seriously -- and in turn he took our wedding seriously. Yet he complements this professionalism with an engaging personality and dry humor that made us enjoy all of our interactions with him. Prior to hiring him to shoot our wedding in Longmont, CO, we met with him to talk about how the ceremony and reception would work, and what we wanted from a photographer. He made it clear that he had a particular photographic style where he would try to stay "out of the way" as much as possible. He was willing to take a few staged photographs, but his goal was to spend the vast majority of time taking candid photographs of people's experiences during the wedding -- this was exactly what we wanted.

The photographs turned out amazing. When our pictures arrived a couple weeks after our wedding, we were blown away at how he managed to capture both obvious and subtle important moments at our wedding. With all the events of the day flying by so quickly, some moments I had already forgotten that I had -- laughing with my groomsmen, waiting to start the ceremony with my mother, father, and sister -- came to life through his work. And many parts of the wedding I couldn't see on the big day -- my future wife getting ready, my aunts and uncles joking around -- I got to experience through his work.

Three years after our wedding, we still get comments from friends and family about how much they like our photos. There are a number of photos in the album that, each time I see them, I still find myself saying "wow, that really captures *us*", referring to how it reveals the personalities of my wife and I, as well as how we feel about one another. I couldn't ask for anything more from our wedding photos.

I could not be happier with our decision to hire Carl as our wedding photographer, and recommend him unequivocally to anyone looking for a photojournalistic-style wedding photographer. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I cannot speak highly enough about Carl. I'm a photographer myself (not even near his caliber but a photographer nonetheless) and therefore was very critical about this aspect of our big day. After an insane amount of researching, I stumbled across Carl's website when searching for documentary wedding photographers and his work is incredible. It's crisp and candid and catches the moments that years down the road you will treasure even more. He's hilarious when doing the group photos especially when guests are nearby. He understands these are important to the couple but also knows that the meat of the images are the ones when no one is watching and are the ones that 10 years down the road when the shot of the newlyweds standing in a field embracing is no longer posted on the wall above their bed will still be just as cherished as the first day you viewed them, therefore he keeps the posed photos short and sweet. This is also nice because it shortens the time between the ceremony and reception that the guests have to mill around. I definitely recommend working with Carl if his style suits yours!
I cannot speak highly enough about Carl. I'm a photographer myself (not even near his caliber but a photographer Read more...
I cannot speak highly enough about Carl. I'm a photographer myself (not even near his caliber but a photographer nonetheless) and therefore was very critical about this aspect of our big day. After an insane amount of researching, I stumbled across Carl's website when searching for documentary wedding photographers and his work is incredible. It's crisp and candid and catches the moments that years down the road you will treasure even more. He's hilarious when doing the group photos especially when guests are nearby. He understands these are important to the couple but also knows that the meat of the images are the ones when no one is watching and are the ones that 10 years down the road when the shot of the newlyweds standing in a field embracing is no longer posted on the wall above their bed will still be just as cherished as the first day you viewed them, therefore he keeps the posed photos short and sweet. This is also nice because it shortens the time between the ceremony and reception that the guests have to mill around. I definitely recommend working with Carl if his style suits yours! Read less
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Cristi
Wedding:
7/6/2012
5.0/5.0
We knew we wanted our wedding photographer to be a photojournalist and Carl's work immediately caught our attention. Based on what we saw of his portfolio, we expected beautiful, nuanced black and white photographs that capture the small moments at our big event. That was exactly what we got from Carl's photographs.

We were married outdoors in the mountains and had dinner and dancing indoors in low light. The photographs from both settings are absolutely gorgeous. Carl managed to perfectly capture what we love about the woods and the Colorado sky and also deliver a series of funny, late-night dance party pictures of our friends and family. We will cherish these photos forever. Carl's style and vision to us seems stark and bold but also warm, emotional without being overly sentimental.

Perhaps most importantly, Carl is a pleasure to work with. He was easy to reach and coordinate with, kind, and unassuming. My husband and I were in awe that he managed to make such intimate, personal photographs while being virtually unseen to us during our wedding day.
We knew we wanted our wedding photographer to be a photojournalist and Carl's work immediately caught our attention. Based Read more...
We knew we wanted our wedding photographer to be a photojournalist and Carl's work immediately caught our attention. Based on what we saw of his portfolio, we expected beautiful, nuanced black and white photographs that capture the small moments at our big event. That was exactly what we got from Carl's photographs.

We were married outdoors in the mountains and had dinner and dancing indoors in low light. The photographs from both settings are absolutely gorgeous. Carl managed to perfectly capture what we love about the woods and the Colorado sky and also deliver a series of funny, late-night dance party pictures of our friends and family. We will cherish these photos forever. Carl's style and vision to us seems stark and bold but also warm, emotional without being overly sentimental.

Perhaps most importantly, Carl is a pleasure to work with. He was easy to reach and coordinate with, kind, and unassuming. My husband and I were in awe that he managed to make such intimate, personal photographs while being virtually unseen to us during our wedding day. Read less
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Chesney
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
I almost didn't hire a photographer for my wedding. Why devote so much of your budget to professional pictures when friends and family will surely give you dozens of shots? Two months after the big day, I can say that photography is the most important aspect of your wedding, as long as you hire the right person.

Carl represents what wedding photography should be. Too often, I look through friends' albums and find photos of typical wedding moments, along with hundreds of posed photos that in no way represent the couple I know. Carl is the answer to this.. taking candid shots while letting the ceremony and reception takes its natural course. The photos he gave me were honest and sometimes irreverent, but still optimistic.. focusing on moments of true intimacy. I was also grateful that he zeroed in on my family and friends.. an event of that magnitude should focus on more than the bride and groom.

I have nothing but good things to say about how Carl runs his business. I didn't email him much after the contract was signed, but when I decided I wanted the photos taken in color (rather than black and white) he happily obliged. Both of my parents called me to tell me how nice he'd been with helping them order prints.

I suppose rating a photographer's "value" is a personal thing. I've looked at my wedding photos hundreds of time since I got married, and will cherish them for the rest of my life. They are both technically-superior and artistic. The perspectives are astute, but don't feel forced. Most importantly, they captured the essence of everyone who's important to me, on the most important day of my life. I would say that's good value.
I almost didn't hire a photographer for my wedding. Why devote so much of your budget to professional pictures when Read more...
I almost didn't hire a photographer for my wedding. Why devote so much of your budget to professional pictures when friends and family will surely give you dozens of shots? Two months after the big day, I can say that photography is the most important aspect of your wedding, as long as you hire the right person.

Carl represents what wedding photography should be. Too often, I look through friends' albums and find photos of typical wedding moments, along with hundreds of posed photos that in no way represent the couple I know. Carl is the answer to this.. taking candid shots while letting the ceremony and reception takes its natural course. The photos he gave me were honest and sometimes irreverent, but still optimistic.. focusing on moments of true intimacy. I was also grateful that he zeroed in on my family and friends.. an event of that magnitude should focus on more than the bride and groom.

I have nothing but good things to say about how Carl runs his business. I didn't email him much after the contract was signed, but when I decided I wanted the photos taken in color (rather than black and white) he happily obliged. Both of my parents called me to tell me how nice he'd been with helping them order prints.

I suppose rating a photographer's "value" is a personal thing. I've looked at my wedding photos hundreds of time since I got married, and will cherish them for the rest of my life. They are both technically-superior and artistic. The perspectives are astute, but don't feel forced. Most importantly, they captured the essence of everyone who's important to me, on the most important day of my life. I would say that's good value. Read less
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Elisabeth
Wedding:
10/29/2011
5.0/5.0
Carl is an outstanding photographer. The intimate, revealing moments which will never be experienced again were captured in unique and unexpected ways. We chose Carl because of his ability to capture original, priceless moments, and for his ability to highlight the emotions that were expressed between people. He is a true artist and is clearly incredibly passionate about his work which shines through in the photographs. To this day his photographs still make me laugh, cry, and fill me with joy; I am able to re-live my wedding over and over again through the story he told so creatively.

My husband absolutely hates getting his picture taken and becomes incredibly awkward when asked to pose, so I knew I wanted a photographer who could capture spontaneous moments and who did not ask us to pose in cheesy, boring, false ways. It is very easy for a photographer to ask a couple to pose by looking into each other's eye and smiling. If I asked my husband to do this, he would have frozen. Instead, Carl was able to capture the instances when my husband looked lovingly at me, or when my best friend gave me a look that only she can give, or when my 4 year-old nephew was inspecting my wedding dress. Moments to me which are so incredibly honest and tell the true story of our wedding day. The pictures he produced transported me back in time so that I am able to re-live not only the experience but the feelings I was having at each particular moment. That is what I hoped to get from a wedding photographer - the ability to capture pure, unadulterated, genuine emotion, and that is what Carl delivered, and then some.

Carl was also able to tell a beautiful story through his pictures. He was able to capture both the breadth and the depth of the wedding. He managed to include pictures of everyone who was important to me: good friends, cousins I hadn't seen in years, and my nephew who means so much to me and who refuses to have his picture taken.
Carl is an outstanding photographer. The intimate, revealing moments which will never be experienced again were captured Read more...
Carl is an outstanding photographer. The intimate, revealing moments which will never be experienced again were captured in unique and unexpected ways. We chose Carl because of his ability to capture original, priceless moments, and for his ability to highlight the emotions that were expressed between people. He is a true artist and is clearly incredibly passionate about his work which shines through in the photographs. To this day his photographs still make me laugh, cry, and fill me with joy; I am able to re-live my wedding over and over again through the story he told so creatively.

My husband absolutely hates getting his picture taken and becomes incredibly awkward when asked to pose, so I knew I wanted a photographer who could capture spontaneous moments and who did not ask us to pose in cheesy, boring, false ways. It is very easy for a photographer to ask a couple to pose by looking into each other's eye and smiling. If I asked my husband to do this, he would have frozen. Instead, Carl was able to capture the instances when my husband looked lovingly at me, or when my best friend gave me a look that only she can give, or when my 4 year-old nephew was inspecting my wedding dress. Moments to me which are so incredibly honest and tell the true story of our wedding day. The pictures he produced transported me back in time so that I am able to re-live not only the experience but the feelings I was having at each particular moment. That is what I hoped to get from a wedding photographer - the ability to capture pure, unadulterated, genuine emotion, and that is what Carl delivered, and then some.

Carl was also able to tell a beautiful story through his pictures. He was able to capture both the breadth and the depth of the wedding. He managed to include pictures of everyone who was important to me: good friends, cousins I hadn't seen in years, and my nephew who means so much to me and who refuses to have his picture taken. Read less
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Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
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Brandon
Wedding:
9/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Dear Carl,


The wedding photos are phenomenal! It is absolutely extraordinary to look at the collection of photos you sent us and see hundreds of shots that are magazine ready/worthy! Our parents took a look at them and can’t quite figure out which photos they will NOT order!

Thanks for doing an incredible job in capturing our day in film. We are so glad that we entrusted the responsibility to you. These photos have a quality that surpasses video. One image can invoke the emotion, cue the sounds and context of that moment in the past. The black and white photos look timeless. The color photos are a harmonious explosion of colors. I know we were standing outside, but they look like they were taken in the tranquility found indoors – with an amazing back drop!

We have no idea how you even captured half of the photos. The angles, the closeness, the distance, the perspectives are astounding – especially, when we didn’t even see you do it! You have an uncanny sense of anticipation. How you managed to capture the exact moment when I gave a thumbs up to a friend while walking down the isle or when the ring bearer decided to slide down the stairs is remarkable. Thank You! We hope you will consider being our photographer for our next major celebration!

Sincerely,

Ericka & Brandon
Dear Carl,


The wedding photos are phenomenal! It is absolutely extraordinary to look at the collection of Read more...
Dear Carl,


The wedding photos are phenomenal! It is absolutely extraordinary to look at the collection of photos you sent us and see hundreds of shots that are magazine ready/worthy! Our parents took a look at them and can’t quite figure out which photos they will NOT order!

Thanks for doing an incredible job in capturing our day in film. We are so glad that we entrusted the responsibility to you. These photos have a quality that surpasses video. One image can invoke the emotion, cue the sounds and context of that moment in the past. The black and white photos look timeless. The color photos are a harmonious explosion of colors. I know we were standing outside, but they look like they were taken in the tranquility found indoors – with an amazing back drop!

We have no idea how you even captured half of the photos. The angles, the closeness, the distance, the perspectives are astounding – especially, when we didn’t even see you do it! You have an uncanny sense of anticipation. How you managed to capture the exact moment when I gave a thumbs up to a friend while walking down the isle or when the ring bearer decided to slide down the stairs is remarkable. Thank You! We hope you will consider being our photographer for our next major celebration!

Sincerely,

Ericka & Brandon Read less
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