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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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202-577-5288

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ABOUT US

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. Aside from the requisite group photos, I anticipate and document moments as they naturally occur, with 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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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year 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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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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Vanessa21213
Wedding:
11/6/2010
4.9/5.0
There are not enough good things that I could say about Carl and his work. From the moment I saw his images, I feel in love with his work and his eye. Carl's images are about the moment. He is present and so his images are real. Alive. Once we met, his calm demeanor was comforting and day of, he iwas on fire. On the floor, in between folks, behind folks. Everywhere but in shadows. He captured all the best moments and in such a poetic way. He was accommodating, professional and artistic. We splurged, but it was well worth it.
There are not enough good things that I could say about Carl and his work. From the moment I saw his images, I feel in Read more...
There are not enough good things that I could say about Carl and his work. From the moment I saw his images, I feel in love with his work and his eye. Carl's images are about the moment. He is present and so his images are real. Alive. Once we met, his calm demeanor was comforting and day of, he iwas on fire. On the floor, in between folks, behind folks. Everywhere but in shadows. He captured all the best moments and in such a poetic way. He was accommodating, professional and artistic. We splurged, but it was well worth it. Read less
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G
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
easy to work with
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BHBethesda
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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regankl
Wedding:
10/17/2008
5.0/5.0
Carl photograph's were amazing. He did a fantastic job at catching "the moment". You barely notice Carl is there and he's unobtrusive.
Carl photograph's were amazing. He did a fantastic job at catching "the moment". You barely notice Carl is there and he's Read more...
Carl photograph's were amazing. He did a fantastic job at catching "the moment". You barely notice Carl is there and he's unobtrusive. Read less
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allison
Wedding:
9/30/2007
4.2/5.0
Carl was a great photographer to work with and his pictures came out absolutely stunning. His work is in the photojournalism style, so for people who want posed, color pictures, this is not the photographer for you. Once we decided that we liked his work (from looking at the wedding pictures on his website), we set up a time to meet him. He explained his process and showed many wedding albums. The albums alone are gorgeous (although we have yet to order one). We lost touch with Carl until a few weeks before the wedding. We panicked a bit because 3-weeks before we left many voice and email messages for him so that we could talk about the wedding day and how things would work, and he didn't respond because he was away and then sick. Eventually we got in touch and things came together well. Carl is very unobtrusive in his work (I hardly knew he was there), but he is everywhere getting shots of the action and non-action. He has a great sense of humor which I enjoyed alot. He also appeased my parents requests of shooting 10-12 posed color pictures of family members. In summary, we were thrilled with the end product and were glad we chose him to shoot our wedding.
Carl was a great photographer to work with and his pictures came out absolutely stunning. His work is in the Read more...
Carl was a great photographer to work with and his pictures came out absolutely stunning. His work is in the photojournalism style, so for people who want posed, color pictures, this is not the photographer for you. Once we decided that we liked his work (from looking at the wedding pictures on his website), we set up a time to meet him. He explained his process and showed many wedding albums. The albums alone are gorgeous (although we have yet to order one). We lost touch with Carl until a few weeks before the wedding. We panicked a bit because 3-weeks before we left many voice and email messages for him so that we could talk about the wedding day and how things would work, and he didn't respond because he was away and then sick. Eventually we got in touch and things came together well. Carl is very unobtrusive in his work (I hardly knew he was there), but he is everywhere getting shots of the action and non-action. He has a great sense of humor which I enjoyed alot. He also appeased my parents requests of shooting 10-12 posed color pictures of family members. In summary, we were thrilled with the end product and were glad we chose him to shoot our wedding. Read less
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kathleen
Wedding:
9/29/2007
5.0/5.0
I loved working with Carl and will enjoy his photographs for years to come!
I loved working with Carl and will enjoy his photographs for years to come!
I loved working with Carl and will enjoy his photographs for years to come! Read less
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Todd
Wedding:
9/22/2007
5.0/5.0
We have nothing but positive things to say about our experience with Carl. We have found him to be very responsive and easy to work with. Perhaps even more important, we are thrilled with the pictures that he took at our wedding. He truly has an amazing ability to capture unique moments in his photographs. He is a photo-journalist so he avoids being noticed. In fact, he is so adept at blending in, we don’t remember seeing him much. Of course, after seeing the photos from our wedding, he clearly was working hard throughout. We can also attest that the sample photos from his website are an accurate representation of what one’s wedding photos will look like – if you love his portfolio, you’ll love your wedding pictures. While Carl is at his best when taking candid photos, he will also take a limited number of group posed pictures if you request them. He is amazingly efficient when taking posed pictures, which is great because that way, you aren’t away from your guests for very long. All-in-all, we would highly recommend Carl.
We have nothing but positive things to say about our experience with Carl. We have found him to be very responsive and Read more...
We have nothing but positive things to say about our experience with Carl. We have found him to be very responsive and easy to work with. Perhaps even more important, we are thrilled with the pictures that he took at our wedding. He truly has an amazing ability to capture unique moments in his photographs. He is a photo-journalist so he avoids being noticed. In fact, he is so adept at blending in, we don’t remember seeing him much. Of course, after seeing the photos from our wedding, he clearly was working hard throughout. We can also attest that the sample photos from his website are an accurate representation of what one’s wedding photos will look like – if you love his portfolio, you’ll love your wedding pictures. While Carl is at his best when taking candid photos, he will also take a limited number of group posed pictures if you request them. He is amazingly efficient when taking posed pictures, which is great because that way, you aren’t away from your guests for very long. All-in-all, we would highly recommend Carl. Read less
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Monica
Wedding:
9/16/2007
4.3/5.0
We LOVE Carl!!! We had only interviewed one other photographer when we found Carl. His price was above what we had budgeted, but it was well worth it. Carl is a photojournalist, so you have to love that style of photography to work with him. He has great vision and an amazing eye for catching unbelievable moments. We couldn't have asked for more beautiful wedding memories. HIGHLY Recommended.
We LOVE Carl!!! We had only interviewed one other photographer when we found Carl. His price was above what we had Read more...
We LOVE Carl!!! We had only interviewed one other photographer when we found Carl. His price was above what we had budgeted, but it was well worth it. Carl is a photojournalist, so you have to love that style of photography to work with him. He has great vision and an amazing eye for catching unbelievable moments. We couldn't have asked for more beautiful wedding memories. HIGHLY Recommended. Read less
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