Photo Assignment of People with Interesting Past Careers

This is a fun ongoing assignment. Find people in the area that you know had very different past careers before they moved to the Vail Valley. My first subject was my wife, Barbara Bingham, of course, who in her past life was the Panda Keeper for the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Not only did she have a write up in People Magazine and videotaped the first live Panda birth at the zoo, her claim to fame was a full show on Mr. Rogers which was their most popular segment. Barbara currently lugs my camera equipment around & generally makes my photos look better.

Our next subject was Brenda Himmelfarb. Brenda is currently a freelance writer in our small Colorado town of Vail and cofounder of the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group. But some would say her past is much more interesting…

In the 1970’s, Brenda traveled with tennis champion Chris Evert and World Team Tennis. She was invited to do the public relations for World Team Tennis who had recently signed Evert. At the U.S. Open in NYC she dressed up in pigtails and a Teddy Tinling tennis dress to look like Tracey Austin, and ran up & down hallways in the hotel knocking on players door and asking if they wanted to “have a knock up”- what Australians called for going out & hitting tennis balls.

After her stint in the tennis world, Brenda went on to work for a PR & marketing agency in Los Angeles and worked in motion picture & television public relations.

C. J. Tenner seems like a rough & tough guy that has seen a few things in his day.   That’s because he has.

Back in the day, C.J. would hang out at The House of Music in West Orange, New Jersey. He soon became friends with the people who recorded the likes of Barbara Streisand, George Benson, Meat Loaf, Pat Beneath among others. C.J. hooked up one of his friends to eventually become the drummer for a new band, Bon Jovi. Since C.J.’s sister owned a travel agency in Manhattan, it was just the next progression for C.J. to set up travel arrangements for the band and before you know it, he was the guy that got things done.

After that stint he became a nightclub promoter at the China Club, where the likes of musicians from Billy Joel, Spyro Gyra, Noel Redding from Jimi Hendrix, Little Feat & Chaka Khan would jam.

But what puts C.J. on the map is his generosity that enabled Bon Jovi to fly to Japan for a tour where their song Runway broke big.

C.J. & his wife Jessica own a restaurant delivery service in Vail called A La Car and also produce the Vail & Telluride Dining Guides.

Everyone knows the first hotel & restaurant in Vail Village as “Pepi’s” started by Olympic Skier Pepi Gramshammer, but dig deeper and the real story is about Pepi’s wife Sheika Gramshammer.

in the 1950’s Sheika launched out by moving from France to Las Vegas for a job as a showgirl in the La Nouvelle Eye, a Paris inspired show with eye popping costumes and cancan style dancing. Keep in mind, Las Vegas at that time had a population of about 45,000 and a log cabin as the airport terminal.

A native born Austrian, Sheika was introduced to modeling by a Swiss designer and her career took off, modeling in Germany, Rome and Paris. It was in Paris she was invited to join the dancing troupe in Las Vegas.

After Vegas, Sheika moved to Los Angeles where she worked in a few small pictures. She then moved to New York to model for Evan-Picone and then on a vacation trip to Aspen, Colorado where she met her future husband, Pepi.

Sheika, Pepi and their two daughters run Gastof Granshammer (hotel) and Pepi’s Restaurant in the heart of Vail Village.


A Colorado Ranch Renovation

We had the honor of being able to photograph this project from start to end. Three years in the making, Pony UpRanch in Vail, Colorado transformed from a older ranch style property to a beautiful mountain contemporary design thanks to Architect Tom Cole Here is the final product after a relatively quick build considering the magnitude of it all.  Water features abound throughout the property.  The garage (or “pavilion”) has a rooftop deck. An elevator was built for guests that can’t handle the stairs. The “Sweat Shop” is a separate building for swimming & workouts with doors that completely open to the outside.  The existing horse arena was re-skinned and beetle-kill pine was used for the indoor arena.An atrium was added to enjoy some greenery in the Winter months. The cabin is situated high on the mountain & feels like a real getaway from it all.Along the creek was the perfect spot to build a tent for guests to camp out.What a fantastic experience for us to be able to photograph such an incredible property! To see the online flip book we made of the entire property, visit

One of my other favorite things to do besides photography……

Sometimes you just have to put down the camera for a bit & let your creative juices flow in another direction. So I was able to pick up an old 1965 Ducati in pretty rough shape & I’ve been working in my spare time to turn it into a cafe racer, or well, maybe an art project! It won’t be super fast but I might look super cool riding it to Starbucks! Here’s a photo essay from where I started to the point where I am now:


This is how I found it in an old barn packed with motorcycles

2bikes-20 3bikes-21 4bikes-24

Back in our garage, in the design stage

5Ducat250-4 6Ducat250-7 7Ducat250-14

Took off the

8DucatiParts-1255 9DucatiParts-1259

Trying to figure out the wiring

10Ducati photos-1076 11Ducati photos-1079 12Ducati photos-1082

My way of organizing the wiring harness

13Ducati photos-1121

I bought new rims and had them powder coated


Now to design the seat. Won’t be so much for comfort but more for the “cool” factor. Layered wood with aluminum and eventually will have a small leather cushion to save my butt!

15_seat design-0320 15a_IMG_6098 15b_IMG_6100

Learning all kinds of new things: respoking the wheels

16_Wheel Lacin-1718

I cut parts off the frame to make for a more sleek appearance, replaced the shocks with a mono shock and had the frame powder coated.

16a_IMG_5790 16b_IMG_5791

I bought a custom made tank and polished it.


Well, one casualty;  When using the angle grinder to cut off a piece to hold the battery, the blade snapped & flew up in my face. I was lucky. Just 15 stitches at Urgent Care and it didn’t hit my throat or eyes. Lesson learned: USE SAFETY EQUIPMENT!


Almost there! Just a few more things & I’ll have it ready to ride to Starbucks! 


Rock your Style!

You know you’re going to get a great photo when you have a group of hair stylists that can rock the camera. The staff at Bliss Hair Salon did just that. They brought style, attitude & fun! Oh, and their hair looked awesome too!

The Vail Valley's hippest hair salon, Bliss was rocking' it on their photoshoot!

The Vail Valley’s hippest hair salon, Bliss was rocking’ it on their photoshoot!

Cover Coverage

So excited that I was able to shoot quite a variety of covers this Winter, thanks to my creative thinking customers who are always looking for a new look! From food to people to dogs, we got it covered!

Cover shot by Brent Bingham Photography of the 2015 Vail Dining Guide

Cover shot by Brent Bingham Photography of the 2015 Vail Dining Guide


Cover shot by Brent Bingham Photography of Vail Lifestyle Winter 2015

Cover shot by Brent Bingham Photography of Vail Lifestyle Winter 2015

Cover shot by Brent Bingham Photography of Cordillera Life Magazine Winter 2015

Cover shot by Brent Bingham Photography of Cordillera Life Magazine Winter 2015

Cover shot by Brent Bingham Photography for Vail Valley Magazine Winter 2015

Cover shot by Brent Bingham Photography for Vail Valley Magazine Winter 2015




This Summer’s Vail Valley Magazine believed to be “Best Yet”

Well, how could you go wrong with Mikaela Shiffrin, Olympic Gold Medalist on the cover! Not only a great story about her, but stories about Beekeeping, Cowboys, a French Country Home, Mountain Biking and Mushroom Hunting make it a fabulous read. Oh, did I mention most of the photography is by Brent Bingham; editorial as well as ads.

Check it out!

Photography by Brent Bingham copyright 2014

Vail Valley Magazine Summer 2014

Love & Support for Mikaela Shiffrin

As you can see, our community is excited & ready to see our hometown girl Mikaela Shiffrin in the Sochi Olympics! We love her because she’s such a great person & we support her for all the hard work she’s done to get where she is today.

Go Mikaela!


The community of EagleVail, Colorado proudly supports Mikaela Shiffin in the 2014 Olympics for Alpine Skiing. Photo: Brent Bingham Photography

U.S. Skiers Mikaela Shiffrin and Heidi Kloser going to Sochi!

Mikaela Shiffrin signing autographs at the World Cup race in Vail, Colorado

Mikaela Shiffrin signing autographs at the World Cup race in Vail, Colorado

So excited to see VBC_cover_webSochiMagazine_Mikaela_ShiffrinHeidiKloser-7208 MikaelaSkiTeam-0139Mikaela Shiffrin & Heidi Kloser going to the Olympics in Sochi! We had the pleasure  and honor to photograph them for the holiday issue of the Vail Beaver Creek Magazine.  Not only that, we shot Mikaela for the Vail Lifestyle’s Sochi Magazine and her U.S Ski Team car decal in Europe and caught her signing autographs during the World Cup ski race here in Vail. You go girls!!

Kazy the Kazmanian Devil


Well, this shoot was a little different than the usual. We were at the Vail Symposium’s “SPIN” Ping Pong Event shooting for the Vail Valley Magazine and while we were able to shoot Susan Sarandon with the founder of SPIN and the amateur players, we had to wait a bit for the professional player to show. Boy, were we glad we did. He was full of life and ready to put on a show. This was the most fun I had shooting in a long time!

The Kazmanian Devil

Copyright 2012

Copyright 2012
Copyright 2012
Copyright 2012

This Isn’t Vail!

Dramatic Views from the Ritz Carlton Residences Photo: Brent Bingham Photography c2011

Last week we traveled to Denver to photograph the Ritz Carlton Residences right in the heart of downtown.  We loved seeing the “City” scenery as it was quite dramatic from every room we were in.

Denver Skyline Photo: Brent Bingham Photography c2011

Bedroom With A View Photo: Brent Bingham Photography c2011Denver Skyline Photo: Brent Bingham Photography c2011

Views From Your Kitchen Photo: Brent Bingham Photography c2011