MEET THE TEAM

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Robert Castro

Owner//Father//Shoe'aholic//Editor In Chief

Known by most as "The Don," you can typically find Robert rolling around the Mile High City wearing the most plush mink coats and smoking only the finest Cuban cigars. His inspiration for Ultra5280 came from his first interview with an old friend—Sean Combs—or, Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy, Diddy.  You say tomato, he says tomato. In any case, Robert did P. Diddy a favor and as the stars aligned, Ultra5280 was created.

E: castro@ultra5280.com

 
 

Matthew Smith

Photographer//Gamer//Mustache Connoisseur 

Matt comes to us with a degree in handsomeness (and photography) from the eastward lands of Chicago, Illinois. A well-groomed young man, Matt's passion for mustaches makes him perfect for Denver - and his passion for photography is a perfect fit for Ultra5280, so we'd like to keep him!  He also loves to occasionally blow shit up on his PS4.

E: matt@ultra5280.com

 

Tiffany Candelaria

Lifestyle Editor//Adventure Seeker//Happy Hour Devotee

Tiffany fled the Phoenix desert for the lush trees and hip city of Portland as soon as she was 18 and earned her degree in Communication & Journalism from the U of Portland. Shortly after, her father's hometown of Denver became a happy medium for her and she eagerly dove into the local food, events, and cultural scene. Aside from hugging trees and happy hours, she loves to travel, try new restaurants, research upcoming events, and watch live music. Best of all for us, she loves to write about and photograph her adventures. Some fun facts include visiting 11 countries, attending more Beatles Tribute shows than probably most fifty year olds, and a love of massages and brunch. 

E: tiffany@ultra5280.com

 
 

Kelly O'Keefe

Music, Lifestyle, Fashion Writer//Glitter Enthusiast//Fashionable Feminist

 

5 years ago Kelly moved to the mile high city from Ann Arbor, Michigan and recently graduated from CU Denver's music business program. A spirited sagittarius with the sass and quick wit of your 70-year-old Jewish grandmother. She's a wannabe fashion icon, beard lover, and a glitter coated festie muppet. When she's not out exploring Colorado's nature, thrifting, writing, or petting dogs, she's probably drinking whiskey and listening to your band at the Larimer Lounge. 

 

E: kelly@ultra5280.com

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Lina ‘Linie’ Skrzypczak

Music Writer//Thrift Queen//Plant Mom

A 65 year old woman stuck inside a 24 year old’s body, or an enigmatic beam of laughter and denim, there’s rarely a quiet moment around this one. Lina is kind of an oddball, and likes it that way! She is quite fond of “noise music” and “progressive electronica”, some of her favorites being Tobacco and Nicolas Jarr. When she’s not reviewing a show, on the dance floor, or hanging out with the coffee brats of Denver, you can bet your ass you’ll find this gal scooping up some vintage at your local thrift! 

E: lina@ultra5280.com

 
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Bridget Burnett

Fashion Photographer//Potato Lover//Art Buff

Bridget hails originally from Boise, Idaho and yes there is much more to Idaho than just potatoes… although they do have some pretty damn good potatoes. After realizing that the mountains in Colorado are better than the potatoes in Idaho she attended CU Boulder and graduated with a degree in Art and Art History. Now she spends her time photographing local fashionistas in Denver as well as getting in the photo pit as often as possible. When she doesn’t have her camera in her hand Bridget enjoys exploring new restaurants around the city, drinking good beer and dancing to decent music!

 
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Meesh

Photographer//Velvet Connoisseur//Past Life Bartender

Meesh is a photographer and collaborator of sorts. She captures people and how they express themselves, what it means to be in a place, and whatever else catches her eye. She bought her first album from Target when she was 7, TLC's 'Crazy Sexy Cool'. You can check out her shots of Denver's live music on Ultra5280 or over on her Instagram! 

 

Samantha Bliss 

Food and Beverage Photographer and Enthusiast//Stylist

 

Samantha aka "Red" found her passion in culinary as a young child and when she found the love for photography, she knew she needed to combine the two. Started off in Detroit, Michigan and now in Denver, Colorado following her dreams of becoming a world known food photographer. Her energetic, artistic, and warming energies bring so much color to each and every shoot. When she isn’t out shooting photos or writing, you can find her on the dance floor!

 

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Mackenzie the Bulldog

Mascot//Snack Stealer//All Around Cutie Pie

Mackenzie is our mascot. She is a bulldog and true to her breed enjoys long naps, stubbornness, and the occasional taping of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. She can often be found around the office napping and snoring. She enjoys dog treats and ice cubes and loves RUN DMC and Kacey Musgraves. She has her own Instagram account Mackenzie_Bulldog