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Year in Review 2013

December 30, 2013

As we say good bye to 2013 I thought it might be fun to show you the other side of wedding photography and the silly side of us. I am blessed to work with my husband. I know no one has my back better than he does and that is a great feeling. I’m not saying there hasn’t been a learning curve working with someone as passionate about photography as I am. He always answers to “Mr. Barber” (his last name is Sallaz), “hey you”, “that guy”, with grace and a smile on his face. We seem to have found away to navigate life and the same career. I joke with him that we count the years we have been married in dog years because we work together.

Nobody poses better than a bride than Bill.

Nobody poses better than a bride than Bill.

Selfie of Sherri with a fisheye lens

Selfie of Sherri with a fisheye lens

Bill doing a spell check for me in the sand at Highland Meadows Golf Course. You would appreciate the humor in is if you only knew what a bad speller I am.

Bill doing a spell check for me in the sand at Highland Meadows Golf Course. You would appreciate the humor in is if you only knew what a bad speller I am.

Bill adding a little creativeity to the angle.

Bill adding a little creativeity to the angle.

I am thinking of expanding my wedding photography crew.

I am thinking of expanding my wedding photography crew.

I literally am giving the bride my shoes because her feet hurt too much.

I literally am giving the bride my shoes because her feet hurt too much.

Testing the light to balance it with the sky.

Testing the light to balance it with the sky or just being silly because I can?

Bill rolled up his pant legs and went in to the creek for that perfect angle.

Bill rolled up his pant legs and went in to the creek for that perfect angle.

I only look confused 49 percent of the time. The rest of the time I am confused.

I only look confused 49 percent of the time. The rest of the time I am confused.

It's raining again.

It’s raining again.

Still raining

Still raining

New boots so excited.

New boots so excited.

Wearing those new boots as the groom kept saying watch out for snakes. WHAT!

Wearing those new boots as the groom kept saying watch out for snakes. WHAT!

Still raining

Still raining

Riding the chair lift grand lake ski resort. I thought having the lap bar down was a good idea.

Riding the chair lift grand lake ski resort. I thought having the lap bar down was a good idea.

This bestman was really the best as he was also a sun shade.

This bestman was really the best as he was also a sun shade.

We seem to sit a lot on the job.

We seem to sit a lot on the job.

You would think at 5ft 2 in I wouldn't need to sit so much to make a better photography.

You would think at 5ft 2 in I wouldn’t need to sit so much to make a better photograph.

Bill sitting on the side of the road waiting and waiting and waiting.

Bill sitting on the side of the road waiting and waiting and waiting.

At least this time Bill is not sitting.

At least this time Bill is not sitting.

I wounder who legs are in the photograph. Oh their mine.

I wounder who legs are in the photograph. Oh their mine.

Bill is helping the bride and groom push the golf cart that stopped working. Under full discloser it was Bill's fault it stopped working.

Bill is helping the bride and groom push the golf cart that stopped working. Under full discloser it was Bill’s fault it stopped working.

Don't tell the hotel I am standing on their funiture with my shoes on. Sorry.

Don’t tell the hotel I am standing on their funiture with my shoes on. Sorry.

Bill on the upper porch at the Tapestry House. At least he's standing.

Bill on the upper porch at the Tapestry House. At least he’s standing.

Where's Waldo?

Where’s Waldo?

I took this photo just incase he was eaten by a Mountain Lion.

I took this photo just incase he was eaten by a Mountain Lion.

Riding in a horse drawn carriage with no hands is not as easy as you would think.

Riding in a horse drawn carriage with no hands is not as easy as you would think.

Raining again, Thanks Tom Peak Impact Productions for the extra hand.

Raining again, Thanks Tom Peak Impact Productions for the extra hand.

Bill in pursuit of his modeling career.

Bill in pursuit of his modeling career.

I'm sure I am saying something important.It probably sounds like how the adults talk on Charlie Brown, "wah wah wah wah."

I’m sure I am saying something important.It probably sounds like how the adults talk on Charlie Brown, “wah wah wah wah.”

I'm working hard and look who is taking a little break.

I’m working hard and look who is taking a little break.

Bill giving modeling lesions.

Bill giving modeling lesions.

I thought I would go outside (of course for better light) and be right back in. Oh my was it cold.

It’s fun to look back. I hope you enjoyed it too. Thanks for sharing you lives with us. I am looking forward to a strong 2014. I wish everyone successes, good health and happiness.

Sherri

Rocky Mountain Winter Wedding

December 29, 2013

Katie + Tyler Nov. 23, 2013

Recently we photographed Katie + Tyler’s wedding at Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, Colorado. I am happy to announce Della Terra did not wash away in the past Colorado floods and the road (HWY 34) was remarkable. I had heard a horror story of how long it was taking to drive to Estes Park so I was extremely worried.

Della Terra is located above Estes Park at the Fall River entrance to Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a great venue is you want out of state guests to experience the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Katie + Tyler’s wedding day turning out exceptionally beautiful. The mountains were covered in a new blanket of snow and the sky was true Colorado blue to add that special accent. Their colors pink and grey added that extra pop to make it even more vibrant.

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Estes Park Colorado with a blanket of snow.Sherri Barber Photography

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Katie+Tyler are sprinkled with pink flower petals by their guest as they pass. Sherri Barber Photography

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Parents cried, bridesmaids shivered and a deer walked past before the ceremony all in the stunning backdrop of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Colorado Wedding Photography – Bridal Show Tips and Tricks for Brides

December 28, 2013

Colorado bridal show season is coming. The shows provide a lot of information in one place and can be very helpful in planning the big day. Here are a few tips and tricks you may want to use.

1. Look at the show.

Really look at what bridal shows you want to go to. There all types of bridal shows, and it is really important to ask yourself what exactly you want when you go to these shows. If you want to see the fashion shows, or some of the larger events, then you’ll want to check out the big ones. If you want to really meet some professionals and actually TALK to someone, instead of walking through a showroom type atmosphere, maybe the smaller shows will be more for you. If you already have your venue confirmed, do they have a bridal event? This will give you a chance to talk to professionals who are most likely familiar with the venue. Think about what you’re looking for, and look at the lists of vendors for the shows you’re interested in. If you don’t need a caterer, do you really want to go to a show that is heavy on caterers? You might, if you want the food. Think about what you need for your wedding, and what you want to see.

2.Tickets

Ask for tickets! Once you have decided what shows to go to, ask some of the professionals that you want to meet if they have discounted tickets. This is a GREAT way to get into the show and talk with them, without paying a ton to do so. Most professionals will either have tickets for you, or help you figure out who to talk to! And for all of you non-brides out there that like to go look at the inspirational stuff – you know who you are – you can come too! Yes, these are bridal shows, and the main focus is definitely brides. But that doesn’t mean that if you’re not getting married, they’re going to turn you away at the door. These events can be very cool if you are planning any type of event, or just want to go with girlfriends to check out some amazing design pieces. Some of these coordinators and designers are super talented, I love looking at their designs!

4. Happy feet.

Wear comfortable shoes. I can not say this enough times. You will be hating life by the end of the show if you wear heels.

5. Not too hot.

Wear comfortable clothes and leave your coat in the car. Look cute, wear flats, and be comfy.

6. Weight yourself down.

If you have a heavy purse like I do, leave it in the car or at home. It will KILL your back by the time the day is done. Designate someone in your group to carry the bag and make sure to  give them a bag that is comfortable to carry. Big wide straps that they can put over their shoulder. You get SO much information, magazines, brochures, and DVD’s add up pretty quickly and can get heavy. Be comfortable, and be smart about what you will have to carry. You don’t want to be lugging around huge purses and bags and magazines and everything else by the end of the day!

7. LABELS LABELS LABELS!!!

Print labels I can’t tell you how much time this is going to save you. Writing your name … a hundred time is not going to be fun and as a vendor reading your hand writing can be problematic as well. This sounds SO silly and dorky, but I can’t even tell you how many brides told me they wished they had them.

Here is what you need to put on these labels.

Name
Fiance’s Name
Address
Phone
Email
Wedding Date
Wedding Venue

It doesn’t have to be super fancy, just full of information. I promise you, this will CHANGE YOUR LIFE at bridal shows. Your hand and wrist will thank you, and all of the other brides will be watching you put your pretty label onto things while they spend forever writing.

8. You’ve got mail.

Make a wedding e-mail for you and your fiance, that way you can keep all the amazing ideas, offers, etc. In one place!

9. Be kind to the one you love!

It’s ok not to bring the groom. I know this might be fighting words but here is the honest truth ladies. If he does not want to come why torturer the poor boy. Bring your mom, sister, mother-in-law to be, BFF BUT if the groom doesn’t want to come it is ok. Do him a favor and streamline the process for him. Go to the show and weed out those vendors you are not interested in. Set up an appointment for a later date with the vendors you are interested in and bring him along.  That really is true love.

 

10. Who was that vendor?

Bring a notebook and pen to make notes, mark down vendors you would like to visit later and ideas you really like. ie: Sherri Barber Photography 

 

 

 

Contributing source

Brooke Summer

Picking the right dress for your body shape.

December 13, 2013

Here is an article about the different types or styles of wedding dresses. I thought it was very informative and may be helpful.

It helps to know your body type and which wedding dress style would look the best to flatter your body shape. These are, of course, just guidelines and don’t take into account other factors like your age, weight, and your personal style.

 The Inverted Triangle

 Triangle This shape is a bit top heavy with broad shoulders, large bust and narrow hips. To create the illusion of an hourglass, it helps to balance the lower body with the upper body. Best to wear flowing fabrics, low to medium-low necklines, a well-fitted bra and dresses that flow from the waist. This shape looks great in an A-line or Ball Gown type of wedding dress that has a strapless or sweetheart neckline.

 The Rectangle

 RectangleThis shape is more typically known as the boyish, athletic body type. The bust and hips are roughly the same size and the waist is undefined. This type usually has a small to medium bust and slim legs and arms. Styles that flatter this shape are the Sheath, Empire, A-line, Ball Gown and Mermaid with a portrait or strapless neckline… you can wear it all girlfriend!

 The Apple

AppleThis shape is full-figured from the hips up, though your legs can be on the thin side. A fitted bodice does wonders for this shape and styles that flatter included the Empire and the Ball Gown with a sweetheart or strapless neckline. The fitted bodice plays up your ample bust and gives your waist definition.

The Pear

 PearThis shape, know as the pear-shape, presents as the bottom half of your body, hips, thighs and bottom having more weight than your top half. For a more proportioned look, you would look beautiful in an Empire, A-Line or Ball Gown wedding dress with a strapless, or halter top with circular collar.

 The Hour Glass

 Hour GlassThe hour glass body shape has the shoulders and hips at almost the same width, as well as a well defined waist. Fitted gowns show off this curvy shape well. Flattering styles include the Sheath, A-Line, Ball Gown, Dropped Waistline, and Mermaid. For a neckline, strapless works, as well as one-shoulder and scoop necklines.

So once you have figure out what shape your body is the nest step is to find the right style to completment it.

The Mermaid or Trumpet Wedding Dress

 Mermaid Mermaid or Trumpet style wedding dresses hug the curves closely and are a great choice if you feel like to want to accentuate your curvy figure. This popular style is most flattering to hour glass and rectangle shapes. Women that are petite may find that it shortens their appearance and so may find this unappealing. This is a beautiful shape for the fit, yet curvy girl.

 The A-Line or Princess Wedding Dress

 A-Line  A-Line wedding dresses are wonderful choices for almost any bride. This flattering dress shape balances out top heavy shapes and helps hide some tummy bulge. Body shapes that look great in an A-Line wedding dress include the Inverted Triangle — because it balances out the top heavy shape, the Rectangle, the Pear and the Hour Glass. This style is also known as the Princess Wedding Dress style. A most forgiving style, it’s a great choice for most brides.

The Empire Wedding Dress

 Empire  This is a very forgiving wedding dress shape, great for many body types. It tends to flatter the Inverted Triangle, the Apple, the Pear and the Hour Glass. Classically it has a high waistline and the seam is just underneath the bust and the fabric below the waist falls gracefully to the floor. Slim brides with small busts tend to like this shape as well and pregnant brides find this the most comfortable shape to wear.

 The Sheath or Column Wedding Dress

 Sheath  The Sheath, which is also known as the Column wedding dress runs pretty much vertically from the shoulders down to the floor and the hem does not flair out, like it does in the A-Line, Empire or Ball Gown. These dresses are usually body-hugging wedding gowns and work best for slim brides with balanced figures. It is also suitable for petite brides on the slim side since it tends to elongate their shape. If you are not super confident in your shape, you might want to mark this one off your list, as you want to be happy and confident on your wedding day. A slim Hour Glass may like the body hugging features of this dress style, but the best suited shape seems to be the Rectangle for this Column wedding gown.


The Ball Gown Wedding Dress

 Ball  The Ball Gown wedding gown is also called the Fairy-Tale wedding gown, or the Cinderella wedding dress. Usually paired with fitted bodices, these gowns flare out from the hips, adding drama and over-the-top glamor. Pear shapes love this type of wedding dress, but the Hour Glass, the Inverted Triangle, the Rectangle, and the Apple also find this shape attractive on them. A fitted waist is ideal for this shape and petite body types might find these dresses a bit overwhelming to their small frames.

By The Dress Room

Mandy & Nick – Wedding Engagement Portrait in Boulder

January 18, 2009

Yesterday in Ohio it was 5 degrees below zero. In Minneapolis? 18 below.

However in Boulder, Colorado it was 55 degrees and sunny in mid-January. Colorado, what a wonderful place we live and play in. We get to shoot weddings and engagement portraits outside even in January.

Yesterday we worked with Mandy & Nick, shooting their wedding engagement portrait in one of our favorite parks. A wonderful couple, Mandy & Nick are planning their wedding for July, which will be at The Tapestry House in Laporte, Colorado, one of our favorite wedding venues.

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