Chautauqua is bright and beautiful on a summer morning and a little less crowded than the afternoon. It’s not easy to work with bright Colorado sun. Fun session with this high school senior who goes to boarding school in North Carolina!
I adore this couple! They are so down to earth, natural, and just amazing lovers of life. Karena is a fan of real film so I shot their engagement session with a combination of real Kodak Portra 400 film and digital images adjusted to look like film. Can you tell the difference? Having learned on film in art school and having shot film for the first 10 years in business, I’m excited that it is making a comeback.
Jim and Melissa and their friends were fun, kind and adventurous. There really isn’t anything more beautiful than a Rocky Mountain meadow for a Colorado destination wedding. It’s a small risk with the weather, but with a tent and the right vendors it can be quite luxurious. I loved her beautiful custom made dress by Wai-Ching Studio. It’s pretty amazing what a skilled caterer like Black Belly can do even at 8,300 ft. The music by amusicplus had people dancing on and off the dance floor. If there are more people like this fun group from Seattle I have to visit.
Hope and Tom had a small, intimate ceremony at the Flagstaff House in Boulder, Colorado. They had to postpone the ceremony because of rain, but this gave us the most beautiful light to photograph the details on the covered deck. I love the soft light that makes the flowers look like they were photographed with Fuji film. Rabbi Scott Segal from Aspen officiated at this beautiful ceremony and Ketuba signing and Austin Ellis provided some amazing acoustic guitar. Mozel Tov!
It’s a mixed blessing that anyone can marry you in Colorado. On the one hand you get to have someone with a meaningful history to officiate at your wedding, but on the other, it’s probably their first time officiating and they probably haven’t thought of these things that help the ceremony and the wedding photography run smoothly.
- Ask the guests to stand when the bride comes down the aisle and sit before the ceremony begins. People need this direction and the green light when it is ok to sit back down.
- Talk about an exit strategy after you walk down the aisle. When I was starting as a photographer I kept getting this terrified look and question after the ceremony from the bride and groom – “Now what do we do?” Figure out ahead of time what you want to do. Are you takeing 15 minutes in private, doing a receiving line, or going to a special spot for family photos? The end of the ceremony with 200 people watching isn’t the time to figure it out.
- The officiant should move after announcing, “You may kiss the bride”. Otherwise, you will probably have a strange partial head in the photo looking at your first kiss as husband and wife.
I’ve seen many ceremonies performed beautifully by first timers so hopefully these recommendations will help make it go even more smoothly at your ceremony.
Michelle and Steven had a beautiful April wedding at Rembrandt Yard. Before the wedding we walked up to the Bitter Bar before they opened to recreate a dyptic painting, or two individual pieces that work together as one (kind of like a marriage!). On the way back we stopped at a few of my favorite downtown Boulder locations. One thing that struck me about this couple is how much they enjoy each other’s company. Once they start talking the rest of the world disappears – great for getting candid shots of them. It was a pleasure working with them and Shayna from cherry-bomb events.
The rain held off for a wonderful portrait session with Tailor, a graduating CU senior. Although I get to meet students from all over the country, it seems like the majority who do photo shoots for announcements are from southern California. It’s an exciting time for these impressive young college students. Good luck Tailor!
After being snowed out twice, Jamie and Brian’s engagement session at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs finally became a reality. This is an absolutely magical landscape to shoot in. I was glad to have the off camera Profoto lights with me so we could keep shooting even at dusk. We had a great time spending the afternoon together and I’m very much looking forward to their wedding this summer at Chautauqua in Boulder.
Amy brought many creative ideas to her engagement session in Boulder, Colorado. She brought their colorful cruiser bikes and matched her shirt color with the bike (she loves pink). She brought a fun bride and groom theater mask and a framed print of their wedding date. Adding a few props and coordinating clothing and colors adds some spontaneous fun to their engagement session and pop to their photos. We’ve designed a fantastic guest sign in book from their shoot (with a pink spine on the cover of course.)
Surrounded by their grown children, their grandchildren and many friends, Rosie and Tim’s wedding at the Greenbriar in the foothills of Boulder was an inspiring event. Highlights for me were Rosie’s red wedding dress and the dance done by Tim’s daughter and brother (both professional dancers) telling the story of their courtship. It’s never to late for a second chance to find true love.