Hello and thanks for stopping by! I’m Dennis, owner of Leaning Tree Photography.
You may wonder how I got the name Leaning Tree Photography. I was standing on a mountain in Colorado years ago and saw a bristlecone pine tree. It was leaning into the wind a bit, still growing after around 2,000 years, one of the oldest living trees in the world.
A bit about me and how I came to learn photography and eventually starting my own business:
I have two wonderful kids who have always been a tremendous source of inspiration for me, and an awesome cat named Charlie. I actually have a degree in Wildlife Biology, and developed a love of the outdoors early on.
My first true exposure to photography was when I was working as a back-country ranger in the Olympic Mountains. My roommate at the time had a “real” SLR camera, and when I saw the photos he was taking I was instantly hooked. After that, I started learning the art of photography.
It was hard at first, shooting with slide film doesn’t leave much room for error. But I eventually got the hang of it. I spent a number of years shooting landscapes around the country, trying to visit as many National Parks and cool places as I could. There’s nothing quite like hiking in the mountains or in a wildlife refuge, just soaking in the outdoors, capturing on film whatever came my way. Eventually, I started selling my prints, which led to shooting weddings, which I’ve been doing for about 15 years.
One thing I love and find most important about wedding photography is the bond I form with the couples and their families. It’s a very intimate part of life, and to be such a close part of that is really quite special. I stay close with couples I meet for years, sometimes doing portraits of their kids later, or of their family member's weddings. And of course, creating beautiful images with them that will last forever is the best part of all.