Jarrod Reno – Colorado based Destination Portrait & Wedding Photographer » Portraits and Weddings on Film & Polaroid

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Shane Kalai of Artists Inspiring Action ¬

Back in November I crossed paths with a certain dude. His name is Shane Kalai and he is the heart behind Artists Inspiring Action. Shane was in town from Portland, OR for the Resound Conference. He had been in the Boulder area a couple months prior and had met up with my dear friend Luke. He made quite the impression with Luke who had then spoken to me about him and so I was stoked to be able to meet the guy as he was on my heart for a while. You ever get that feeling about someone… it’s a vague feeling but in a sense you somehow know a certain person will have more of an impact then a smile and handshake? A more permanent roll in your life… but you’re not quite sure how or what? I love those moments because I can’t help but be expectant for something amazing.

Well this dude is on a journey and it’s a powerful one, he made a mark in my life that I will always look back on and I hope our paths cross again… well I know they will and I look forward to that.

With a last minute meet up before heading to the airport, we grabbed some coffee and found a field of geese.


Contax G2 w/ Efke 25

Polaroid 195 w/ Polaroid 669

Polaroid 110A converted w/ Kodak Portra400 4×5


Luca Venter & Dustin Roderick

Ever since moving on from my 8-5 job I’ve had much more time to meet up with folks. Its been real nice, I haven’t met this many new people since college and I realize that its something that I’ve missed. Dustin and I had come across each other through Instagram  by way of Luca. Knowing that Dustin was a manager of Happy Coffee in Denver…  and how much I love good coffee… we decided to meet up where he spends most of his time. Not sure if he was stoked on that, but I was 😉 Couldn’t wait to give their espresso a tasting and it was surely fantastic. One of the best cups in Colorado for sure.

Half way into sharing our stories Luca walked in and now we had three photographers and a nice sunny day to take our cameras for a walk. And thats what we did.


SX70 & Impossible Project Silver Shade

Polaroid 195 & Polaroid ID-UV


Hand Carved Wooden Spoons ¬

Hand carved wooden spoons

So I’ve been making these things along with some other things such as beard combs, double finger rings, and guitar picks out of wood… It’s raised some eyebrows amongst my community. Everyone has been like… “What the hell? One day Jarrod cuts down a tree and whittles cool crap while sitting on his porch smoking his pipe?” – though this is a bit romanticized of what actually happens:)

My family history is rich with carpenters and woodworkers and I’ve gotten to this place in my life where I’m thirsty for a trade. I’m sick of the lack of balance regarding the time I’m sitting in front of my computer and the time I’m actually awake to this world/life. So this woodworking thing has been stirring up inside me and my good friend Steve brought it out rather quickly when his interest was sparked by his dad (who just built his own wooden boat). Anyhow, Steve made a set of three rather neat looking spoons and a spatula… and now I can’t be stopped, I’m going bananas chipping wood.

It’d be great if I was able to sit on my porch swing, smoking my pipe, whittling cool stuff while my children play in the sun and my wife sits beside me reading a good novel while the warm sun sets over the mountains… but right now, its the late nights, and early mornings when my kids wake me up and I can’t get back to sleep… that is when I whittle and carve. Not so romantic at this point but non-the less I love it.

I’ve had many people asking if I sell these or intend to and yes… I do intend to and will have some updates soon on how you can get you’re hands on one of these… and/or some other trinkets I’ve become fond of making.

I absolutely appreciate the support and encouragement. It is the season (and by season i mean this next decade) of the artists and craftsman to find their song and sing it… so encourage each other in that aspect and don’t be afraid to try new things!

Josh Ulmer - Love it!

Ariele Alasko - Beautiful! So nice to read a little bit about your process too ;).

RichardandKate Spicer - I came to this post from Instagram, and I completely understand what you’re talking about – needing or wanting to be more present in this life. Hope you get there soon. I like your blog btw.

Jarrod Renaud - thanks so much! glad you checked out the blog. and yah…. slowing things down has been key :)

Jarrod Renaud - thanks my man

Kristin Genna - these are so beautiful! I cannot wait to purchase some. I really feel this deep need to create something with my hands as well. Unfortunately I’m not really good at making things with my hands, time to get back to knitting I suppose, haha! but I really love these!

Niki Nowell - Awesome!

Gabrielle Walsh - Just beautiful Jarrod, I will be stalking you (instagram and now blog) till I get one of those devine double finger rings on my hand and a charming spoon in my kitchn utensil holder! Lovely blog and lovely style of writing.

Jarrod Renaud - thank you so much, seriously :)

Justin Michau Photography - That walnut is So good. Keep making sweet things!

Ashley E. Moore - I think these are gorgeous! Kind of make me want to try my hand at carving. :)

Jarrod Renaud - thanks! and yes, you should!

Jarrod Renaud - thanks so much! and yeah, whatever it is that you love to do… do it :)

Jarrod Renaud - thanks my man!

Danilo Salvatore Carlucci - Hello Ariele, I have tried to inbox you in regards a collaboration of our startup (www.amazers.org) – please check the inbox message I sent you. Thanks and kind regards. – @[683941319:2048:Danilo Salvatore Carlucci]