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Bridal Fun Shoot

We planned a bridal photo shoot about a month ago with the collaboration of some of Colorado’s best wedding vendors. After the main photo shoot was over, we decided to work a little more at a slower speed and a more relaxed environment. Thanks to our uber-energetic model, Olga for not quitting on us 😀 She was with us since early morning till we left at about 8PM at night.

My dear friend Mia Voss of CRAVE Denver lent us her dress to use and I am eternally grateful to her for being so kind and generous! Seriously, you rock girl!

Parasols and shawls were provided by Nilufer Saltuk Soucek of Splendor for Your Guests – one of my favorite people on the planet!
Ever beautiful bouquet was designed for us by Julia Kaaren, Mulberries Flowers. A fantastic person with a great personality! Her work always speaks for itself. I love how creative she is and the wonders she works with flowers.

The make up and hair of our model is done by…well, Moi! We couldn’t find anyone who could help us on such a short notice. So, I decided to get creative myself. Do not judge too strictly, please 😀

Portfolio #1

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November 6, 2010 - 7:38 am

Sh. - Wow, the ones with the vivid clouds behind are the best. In my humble opinion (as someone who taught photojournalism and digital photography) , some of the photos above are one of your best ones yet to be displayed.

November 9, 2010 - 4:01 pm

Lola Mansurov - Thank you, darling! 🙂

November 17, 2010 - 11:40 pm

Kāzas - Lola, Great images, professional post-production! I like!

Product Shoot: Splendor for Your Guests

I have an amazing friend Nilufer Saltuk Soucek, who owns luxury shawl and umbrella rental company Splendor for Your Guests. She is an amazing person running a unique business. Nilufer  handpicks every single shawl and umbrella that her business offers. As a wedding planner in the past, she knows ins and outs, challenges and difficulties which might occur during a wedding. Many things can be taken care of, but mother nature might act up anytime – that you can never control. Having a wedding outdoors might be a little challenging. But if there is rain, Nilufer has unique parasols. If it is chili outside, Nilufer has exceptional shawls to keep you and your guests warm.

Splendor your guests #4

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November 2, 2010 - 10:22 pm

Nilufer Soucek - You are too kind, Lola. I love working with you. You always keep your clients’ best interest in mind. You have a great eye and you and your husband work so well together. Thank you for everything you’ve done for Splendor and for me personally.

November 5, 2010 - 9:27 am

Lola Mansurov - Nilufer, I love you my friend! Thank you for being there for me!

November 9, 2010 - 3:52 pm

Julie McKenney - I think I need one of these for Christmas. Sending this post to my husband right now!!!
Hope to work with both Lola & Nilufer soon. You are both wonderful.

Stacy and Val: Denver Engagement

Stacy found me through my recipe blog! How cool is that for me? 🙂 Never in the world did I think that one of my favorite brides would find me through my cooking blog. That alone should be a great incentive for me to keep on working on my food blog.

They are getting married in Arizona next year. A destination in the middle, close both to Stacy’s and Val’s parents. Frankly there are so many destinations involved in this duo, it reminds me of Nasim and I. It is so spectacular how people manage to find their soul mates over miles and miles! Stacy is from Arizona, Val is from Texas. They met in California while they were both stationed there in the military. Coincidence? Destiny! … and we worked on their engagement session here in Denver! They have seen so much, they have been apart from each other months at a time, but yet their love is so undisturbed and so tender. Looking at them makes you fall in love with life over and over again. I am so happy that Nasim and I will be photographing their wedding next year in Phoenix, AZ. After all, it is what I am passionate about – documenting love!

Stacy and Val #1

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October 22, 2010 - 1:14 pm

munisa - Uber cute 🙂 !

Aww, it says my comment is too short. lol.

October 25, 2010 - 12:52 am

Stacy - Thank you, Lola, for these beautiful photos! I was so nervous that day because I thought you would be so angry at us for being such terrible models that you’d end up chucking your camera at us. But you made us feel very comfortable 🙂 As I prepare for my trip, I am so thankful to have these pictures to look at whenever I am missing Val too much (which is often). Thanks again and see you next year for the wedding!!

November 5, 2010 - 9:31 am

Lola Mansurov - Thank you, Munisochka! 😀

November 5, 2010 - 9:34 am

Lola Mansurov - Stacy, you are a sweetheart! 🙂 Why would I be mad at ya, and to think of me as a chucker(!) of a camera at the loveliest couple on earth is a crime! 😀

Love you,


January 10, 2011 - 5:29 pm

Trish - Hello…gorgeous images! Would you mind sharing the location in Denver?

November 7, 2011 - 12:37 pm

Robert - Hi Lola, lovely images and very vibrant colors. I just want to ask what lens did you used and any flash. Thank you very much.

Larisa and Alex: Engagement Session Part II

I love this couple, period! Everything simply works out with them. Even though it was very hard for all of us to get our schedules in sync (yeah, they are very busy people!), things still turned out very well. We decided to break down our e-session in two. If you’ve been following our weddings blog, you have probably seen the first part.

The second time around, Nasim went out and took some great pictures of them in Denver Botanic Gardens. Well, DB has a new rule there. No more taking pictures of couples without paying the price! Even though photographic time was cut short in Botanic Gardens, I love these images so much, I would actually ask Botanic Gardens management to kick us out one more time… well, on my terms of course 😀

Lara and Alex #1

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Streets of Denver and Photography

At times I sit down and write a lot…and by the end of the last paragraph I press the delete button. This was one of those types of posts where you ramble, mutter, murmur and pour your heart into it, but it still doesn’t cut to be shown in public. Sometimes it is a good thing to be able to write like that though. Even if that article will never be seen on the Internet, it helps to put my ideas in perspective and look at myself as a critic from aside.

If you are curious about what I was up to, I was writing about photography! What else, right? I have so much to say about it and the business side of it, it might take me forever! Before it took me forever, I remembered that I needed to go to bed early tonight (12:08AM!) as I have so much scheduled for tomorrow. So, I decided to press the delete button.

Archive anyone?! I used to keep my writings in an archive, but none of the archived posts made it to the blog! I figured an archive was kind of useless for me. So, instead…I press the delete button!

In order to make this post (not too long) I decided to write about our photographic adventure to downtown. At times Nasim and I like to stroll around the city and take pictures. Call it training the eye or just snapping images, it helps me relax. I move to a different plain, I see through pink eyeglasses. That is if I am shooting during the day, of course!

Streets of Denver

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October 8, 2010 - 2:07 pm

Mark de Vrij - Hi Lola,

Glad you get some cathartic pleasure out of writing for this blog as much as we get pleasure out of reading it. Also happy to see you still get the chance and time to take photo’s just for the pleasure of it; another set of fab pictures of Denver.
I especially like the way you have de-contextualized (hoping that’s a word in English) the models from the fashion show in the 4th and 5th photo’s (Photo-walk-542 and -563.jpg). I also admire how you seem to be able to get people to pose for you easily on the street, both in the photos here and in the examples posted in your piece on the Photo Walk 2010 day, I wish I could as skillfully capture people in my photos.

I’m glad you didn’t hit the delete button this time and shared some of your work with us.

Best wishes,

November 9, 2010 - 4:10 pm

Lola Mansurov - LoL, Thank you Mark! I will try to hit delete button less often 🙂