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Beautiful black and white wedding at the Tapestry House

May 16, 2014

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Spring is a great time for a wedding ceremony and as a wedding photographer I am always happy it has stopped snowing. Spring weddings at the Tapestry House in LaPorte Colorado (Northern Colorado) http://www.tapestryhouse.com/  are beautiful. The Lilac Bushes are in full bloom around the property along with Pansy, Iris, Crocus, Daffodil and my favorite Tulips. There is nothing better to say good bye to winter than a wedding photograph full of spring flowers surrounding the bride and groom.

Nicole and Matt were all smiles on their wedding except for a few times emotions over came the bride and she teared up and cried.  Nicole’s tears were happy ones. Her mom even had a tearful moment during the ceremony as she watched her daughter take the next step in life.

I love to capture those unscripted moments in my wedding photography during the wedding celebration. Not every moment of the day needs a wedding plan and some of the best wedding day pictures comes from true feelings. I like to wait and watch and take the photograph just at that moment.

Bobbie and Mark’s team at the Tapestry House always do a great job and are a pleasure to work with. The team out there keeps the lawns mowed, the big oak trees groomed and the flowers fresh looking fabulous. They really do an exceptional job and I appreciate their hard work. It makes my job easier and my photographs better. They are also very friendly and helpful making the bride and groom’s day run smoothly.

The weddings at the Tapestry House always turn out wonderful , even when the seasons of spring and winter get confused on who’s turn it is. I never have a problem finding a great place to photograph the bride and groom. I end up running out of time before we need to move onto the wedding reception.

Call today so I can capture your special wedding
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Save-The-Date

April 25, 2014

The other day I received in the mail the other day a Save-The-Date postcard from Joseph and Caitlin, who are getting married in September. I will be photographing their wedding. I also photographed their engagement pictures about 6 months ago. Joseph is a pilot, so we incorporated an airplane into their photograph.

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Save-The-Date cards are a great idea. This gives friends and family members a heads-up so  hopefully they will keep that date open on their calendar.  Also by sending these out it will generate excitement for the upcoming wedding, showers and bachelorette parties that will soon follow.

The general rule on sending out the Save-the-date cards are to send them six to nine months before the wedding date. If the wedding is going to be a destination wedding or on a major holiday then your guest will need extra time, nine months to a year are more  appropriate.

Send the cards to all the guest you are planning on inviting. If the guest is on the maybe list then hold off. You can’t un-invite a guest once they receive a save-the-date card. You are obligated to invite them to the wedding. Don’t forget you will still need to send wedding invitations to your guests.

The Print Cafe in Fort Collins http://www.theprintcafe.com/ makes some great Save-The-Date cards. They range in all shapes and sizes from postcards to magnets. My personal favorites are the fun flip cards. They have a video on their website which shows the flip cards in action.

The photograph or photographs on the cards can incorporate something special about the bride and groom. I have photographed couples with their dog wearing a sign with the wedding date on it. I have photographed couples where they got engaged, where they had a special date, where the bride and groom met for the first time. The possibilities are endless.

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Happy Anniversary Sarah and Lane

April 18, 2014

Sarah and Lane were married one year ago this April in a Colorado destination wedding at Saint Malo Retreat Center Chapel on the Rock. The popular landmark is locate near Allenspark, Colorado about 20 minutes from Estes Park Colorado. It is this tiny little catholic church that sits at the base of Longs Peak, Mount Meeker is nearby and the chapel is situated just outside Rocky Mountain National   Park. The church is best suited for small intimate weddings. I’m not sure 100 people will fit inside the chapel.Bride and groom classic bridal portrait Chapel on the Rock St Malo

The weather was a little bit of everything on this particular day from beautiful blues skies to snow. The wind during the ceremony was howling outside. I’m glad the church is made from stones because it felt solid against the gale force winds rolling off the Rocky Mountains that day. I did say a silent little prayer for the roof hoping it would not end up in Kansas before the end of the wedding ceremony.

I had  all these great ideas for outside wedding photographs after the ceremony with the bride and groom which were immediately changed. Weather is one element is photography you can not change. I usually incorporate the weather conditions into my pictures creating and unexpected element which can be fun. If is snows, Great!, put on snow boots. If it rains No Problem, umbrellas are great props. Wind, however, is the most difficult weather element to incorporate. It can be helpful when it catches the veil and dress just right. I can also use it as a high fashion look when it blows the hair. Here is the catch, it has to be blowing from the right direction and not too forceful. Generally wind causes more trouble than it is worth. It makes your eyes water and if that isn’t bad enough everyone is squinting. Not a great look.

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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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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.

New Years Eve Weddings

December 31, 2013

New Years Eve is one of my favorite days for couples to get married. There is always so much sparkle and excitement of a New Years celebration and to add a wedding to the mix I do not see a downside. The start of a new year signifies a new beginning and a marriage also is the start of a new beginning. In years to come, the world will always help celebrate the anniversary.

There are more advantages to having a New Years eve wedding. The dress code can be a formal black tie affair. Women can adorn their long formal gowns and jewels. Men can go all out with tuxes. The reception room can be decorated with glittered tablecloths. Color pallets can be elegant and sophisticated such as blacks, silver, gold, bronze….The decoration can be as simple as candles or twinkly Christmas lights. The crowd can be extra loud and drink at little extra sparkling wine.

As 2012 exited last year and 2013 entered, we had just one of those weddings. Rachel and James married in a beautiful church ceremony and followed up with a grand party at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Loveland.

Rachel + James were married in a beautiful ceremony on New Years Eve 2012.

Rachel + James were married in a beautiful ceremony on New Years Eve 2012.

The pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church included a part about skiing in the ceremony.

The pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church included a part about skiing in the ceremony.

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Rachel and James exit as their guest line the side walk with sparkler fire works. New year eve wedding at Redeemer Lutheran church Fort Collins.

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The tables are decorated for new years eve wedding reception Embassy Suites Hotel Loveland Colorado.

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The first dance ends with a dip kiss by the groom.

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Strawberries cover the tops of the cupcakes as part of the wedding cake.

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Rachel’s father welcomes James into the family as the guest listen during the toasts.

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Rachel’s sister reminisces about their childhood during her to the new married couple.

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Tea candles provide just enough light and give a romantic look to the tables on the new years eve wedding reception Embassy Suites Hotel Loveland Colorado.

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Guests join the night of dancing.

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Rachel and James surrounded by sparkler fireworks to close out the New Years Eve wedding celebration.

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!

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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

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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.

Nicole’s sister is getting married today.

August 24, 2013

As a wedding photographer it is fun when we photograph several weddings with in one family.  It is also fun to see how their little sister or brother have matured. It is now their turn to start a new chapter in their lives.                              

April 2010 we photographed Nicole & Ruben’s wedding starting in Golden and ending at the Grizzly Rose in Denver. Three years later we are photographing Nicole’s sister, Amberly and future husband Kevin’s wedding. We are going to have a great day. Happy wedding day Amberly and Kevin.

 

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Nicole as the bride with her sisters Cheri and Amberly 2010

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Amberly & Kevin 2010  So much fun, in the photo booth they had stick horses and pop guns.

Don’t Make the Mistake of Expecting Pro Results From an Amateur Photographer

August 22, 2013

My sister has a friend who knows someone who knows someone … who is going to do my wedding pictures. I just heard this from a bride I was talking to about photographing her wedding.  When I hear this from couples I cringe. Here are some thoughts from other professional photographs on this subject.  

I can’t tell you how many brides I’ve had come in to look at my albums, and tell me: “My sister got married last year. They had Uncle Bob take their pictures because he only charged them $200. But she didn’t get a single picture from her wedding that she likes. Every time she looks at her pictures, she cries.” The biggest mistake a bride can make is to undervalue her wedding photography. Countless brides have tried to save a few dollars by hiring a friend, or having a family member take their wedding photos. And countless brides have little but tears to show for it. Think of professional wedding photography as an investment in your future joy. It will cost a little now (although it will cost less than the food you serve at your wedding), but it will pay off in great dividends, as you enjoy the memories for the rest of your life.
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 Don’t leave your wedding photography up to chance! “Cheap” doesn’t necessarily mean good, and “good” doesn’t mean cheap! Do you want to risk one of the most important days of your life to an inexperienced photographer, or Uncle Bob, or Cousin Lenny who has a digital camera, instead of cutting corners on the hors d’oeuvres?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Joanne Bartone

In wedding photography, you generally get what you pay for. The less you spend, the more disappointment you risk. A friend or family member who happens to be a photography hobbyist will have much different results than a dedicated wedding professional. Ask yourself: ‘Am I willing to look at my wedding photos for the rest of my life and feel let down?’                                                                                                                                                                                      Michelle Ross

 The thing with weddings is that there are no do-overs. Very likely, it will be the only time that a couple will hire event professionals in their lifetime. If you truly want things to go smoothly and have a wonderful memorable event, you need to hire proven professionals. Would you leave the cake to your bridesmaids boyfriend because he is eager and willing and has the ingredients? Nope. But surprisingly, many brides are willing to take a chance with their photography. The number one regret of brides is that they wished they hired a better photographer.                                                                                 Rebekah Johnson

Pro photographers pride themselves on their equipment and generally they have the best gear available. People who dabble in wedding photography on the side can’t justify the expense of professional gear, reliable backup gear, and proper business insurance. And then consider experience – an amateur can show you a few good images, but can they do that day in and day out? Do they have the experience to deliver high quality images on a consistent basis? Probably not, or else – they would be running a real business. And one last point, when you hire a Pro – they are indeed putting their reputation and their livelihood on the line. You have trust, you have references, and you have a proven track record.                                                                                      Mike Topham

Once the event has taken place and all is said and done the photography can’t be redone and clients will be disappointed if they have wall prints and 3 albums filled with mediocre photography.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       David Barss

Another thing to think about is how soon will you get your wedding pictures back from the photographer. I hear horror stories from couples on just how many years it actually took to get their photgraphs back. The fun for most photographers is to take to pictures, myself included in that statement. The works begins for this Northern Colorado Wedding Photographer Monday morning in my offices after each weekend. Most of the time my couples get their proofs in 2 to 3 weeks.

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