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Mixing and matching at Territory Days


Territory Days in Old Colorado City is one of those events that always draws a crowd.

I rarely go. There are virtually no parking spaces and it’s always hard to get around. But this year, I decided to bike to the event and take a few street shots.

I practiced unobtrusively photographing people but found that asking people to stop and pose for a photograph to be a lot more fun and interesting.

Whenever you’re on the street, it never hurts to just ask someone if you can take their picture. You might be surprised. Most of the time they will say yes.

When you approach someone it always helps your confidence if you have a project in mind. You can explain to the subject what you’re trying to achieve. In this case, I explained that I was doing a story on Territory Days for this column.

Also, it’s tough sometimes to shoot in light like this. A couple of rules that I try to live by. I want to make sure the sun is at my subjects back and I try to overexpose the subject a little so that their faces aren't completely dark when shooting into the sun.

Here is a portfolio of images from Territory Days that is a half street stuff and half posed portraits.

There’s nothing quite like Colorado Springs in terms of diversity and I think Territory Days is a great place for people watching.

Do you have street shots from Territory Days? Post a link to them here and I will be sure to check them out:)

Happy Shooting! Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He's also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.

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