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Wedding photography and Photojournalism go hand in hand

February 1, 2014

In light of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia and Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl, I thought it might be fun to show a few photographs of what this Northern Colorado Wedding Photographer used to do. I worked in newspapers for years. I loved being a photojournalist and all the opportunities it brought me. I photographed a lot of sporting events. I experienced a great number of things from the exciting glories of victory to the crushing sorrows of defeat. I learned a lot about watching people and waiting for the moment to unfold through my experiences of photojournalism. The strict ethics of journalism did not allow me to instruct people how to react, where to stand or what emotion was appropriate for the photograph as a photojournalist. My journalism experience plays a big part on how I photograph a wedding. I approach my wedding photography in the same way I approached my journalism photography. I stand out of the way and let the moments unfold and happen. Weddings are full of emoting both happy and sad. I never know what is going to happen. Families members and friends reunite at weddings after many years of absences are happy and joyous. Families losing a loved one and starting over without them in a new normal way can spark lots of tears. The quote “You can’t make this stuff up” comes to mind as I work my weddings. I love to stand back and document the day. I tell my wedding couples there is a time and place to pose and give instructions.  There is also a time and place for me to pose them and give instructions. It is also very important for me to be a quiet observer and photograph the celebration as it happens. I am a stronger wedding photographer because of every photograph I have taken in my past.

Bill’s photographic career is even more fun than mine. His photography has taken him all over the world, including four Super Bowls and six Olympics. He still has the numb toes to prove it after suffering frostbite to his feet in the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics.




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Brooch Bridal Bouquets

January 26, 2014

I photographed a wedding last fall where the bride had made a bouquet out of brooches. Up until her wedding I had not seen a bouquet made from brooches and I thought it was incredibly unique.

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Brooch bouquets are amazing for so many reasons. They are sparkly, they make meaningful keepsakes after the wedding, they are sparkly, you can use jewelry from family members and carry a bit of them with you down the aisle, you make your brooch bouquet well in advance of the wedding, you never have to worry about it not holding up throughout the day and they are sparkly. It will be a keepsake for generations to come and don’t forget they sparkle.

Making a brooch bouquet is quite the DIY project! It takes patience and creativity. But it is a worthy endeavor. Especially when you are ready to walk down the aisle carrying a beautiful brooch bouquet of your own making.

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Since that wedding I have done some research on brooch bouquets and where is what I have found. You will need 50-85 brooches, large earrings or necklaces.

When choosing your brooche you should consider a few things when choosing the jewelry pieces you are going to include into your brooch bouquet.

1. Colors- Choose at least three but not more than five color families and stick to them

2. Finish- Choose one metal type. Use either all shades of gold metals or all shades of silver. It gives your finished brooch bouquet a more polished look.

3. Size- Pick jewelry pieces in a variety of sizes. It will give your bouquet depth and dimension.

4. Sentimentality- You may want to include a few pieces of jewelry that have special meaning to you. A brooch your grandma always wore, you and your fiancée’s initials or the earrings your mother wore on her wedding day would all be sweet additions.

5. Value- Reconsider using any jewelry pieces that are worth too much money. The bouquet will be tossed around and set down all day long. It would be terrible to loose a particularly valuable piece of jewelry.

6. Inspiration- If you have a brooch that you love use it to inspire to colors of the entire bouquet   

There are some great video tutorials on the internet to help with constructing the brooch bouquet.

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As a wedding photographer in Northern Colorado, I love when I see something a little different that I can pass a long to future brides and grooms.


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Fort Collins Colorado Winter Engagement Pictures

January 22, 2014

Andrea and Brad are getting married at Della Terra Mountain Chateau next August in a Colorado Rocky Mountain ceremony. Della Terra is located above EstesPark at the Fall River entrance to the Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park. On a bad day, it is extremely beautiful there. On a good day, it is so close to heaven it feels like you are there.

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Last Saturday we met Andrea and Brad at the base of Horsetooth Reservoir west of Fort Collins and drove to Pineridge Natural Area for their engagement photo shoot. Pineridge is a family friendly park and is easily accessible from Fort Collins. The drive took about 10 minutes. This time of year January, February, March can be difficult balancing the weather, location and outside temperature for an engagement shoot. If it is so cold outside it is hard to have any fun or even pretend to look like it is fun. Blue lips and chattering teeth are hard to Photoshop out of a photograph. Also everything is dead or dormant in the great outdoors in these months so dried grass and Pine or Pinon trees can be very useful as the background in the photograph. The wind was not very helpful either, but we tried to use it to our photographic advantage with Andrea’s hair.

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The day turned out beautiful. The temperature was in the high 50’s. The sky was one of those giant blue Colorado skies we take for grant it. Andrea and Brad were good sports about getting a little dirty. Sometimes sitting on the ground is required because it is just the prefect angel for composing the photograph. I do not ask my wedding couples to do something I am not willing to do. I end up sitting in the dirt a lot myself.

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We had so much fun, I can’t wait for their wedding. Thanks guys.

Saying Thank you to your Bridesmaids

January 17, 2014

A bridesmaid gift is a way to say thank you for being a part of your wedding. A thoughtful gift should be both a wedding remembrance and a token of appreciation for your bridesmaids’ time and efforts. When you’re a bridesmaid, you give a lot of time, attention, and money to make the wedding perfect for the bride. This can include helping with the shower, planning the bachelorette party, answering a million questions from the bride, and spending money on things like a bridesmaid dress, hair, makeup, shoes, and gifts for the shower, bachelorette, and wedding. That’s a lot of work! Give your bridesmaid (or Maid of Honor) a great gift that is both thoughtful and sincere – she’ll appreciate it!

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Bridesmaid gifts run the gamut in terms of price, style, and individuality. Some brides spend hundreds of dollars, while others chose to spend only a few, or chose to make the gift themselves. Some people think that the cost of bridesmaid gifts should correlate with your wedding budget. Others say that the more time your friends helped you with wedding planning, the more you should spend on a bridesmaid gift for them. There’s no right or wrong answer – do what feels best to you.

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You can also choose to get everyone the same thing, get variations on a theme, or chose entirely different presents for each person. Try to spend about the same amount on each present, except for the maid-of-honor’s gift, which is typically more lavish than the other ones.                                                                                                                     

Many bride’s opt to give their friends jewelry or accessories to wear at the wedding as their bridesmaid gift. Tailoring the accessories are an option to suit each of your friends’ individual tastes, making the item an appropriate gift. Keep in mind this can be more a gift for you than gifts for them. The best bridesmaid gifts have very little do your wedding and instead celebrate your friends’ unique personalities.

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Always include a hand-written card and wrap the gift. Say thank you for standing up in your wedding, be specific about why you value your friendship, and be sincere. She’ll love the gift, but she’ll really appreciate your sincerity.

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A few ideas that stood out were:  Monogram Robes, a trip to the salon for hair and make-up on the wedding day, Spa day to include Manicures and pedicures, jewelry, charm bracelets, clutch, large tote bag




Contributing to this article: Nina Callaway, Emmaline Bride, Janna Saltz

Colorado Barn wedding

January 14, 2014

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We photographed another Red Barn Wedding this last summer at Anderson Farms for Nikki and Patrick. The farm located in Erie Colorado is a family owned and operated business. Nikki and Patrick married in an outside ceremony in front of the white gazebo on the farm and held their reception in the party barn. This venue will accommodate 300 guests and will not feel over crowded, which can be a real bonus. There are goats, rabbits and other farm animals for the little children and children at heart to visit, pet and enjoy. They also offer wagon rides being pulled by a tractor around the 200 acre farm.

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The bride and her bridesmaids got ready at a nearby hotel. The flower girls watched the excitement. The wedding party road in a limo to Anderson Farms as they made champagne toasts to Nikki along the way.

This was another beautiful summer day in Colorado with big blue skies and thankfully no wind to provide the high fashion look.

Nikki wore a long strapless traditional lace wedding gown for the ceremony, and for shoes she wore her cowboy boots. She changed into an adorable halter top short dress for the reception. This did several things. She did not trash her wedding gown in the dirt. She was able to dance freely, and the guest got to see her fashion boots.

Anderson Farms has a giant triangle steel dinner bell like they had in the old west. Found on movie sets more than anything. It is efficient to gather people near and far for dinner time. Nikki and Patrick rang the dinner bell to jump start the reception. This helped gather all of their guest who were petting the farm animals and taking tractor rides. As a wedding photographer, it fun to see a new spin on things.


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