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Tait and Beth’s Mountain Elopement

Ceremony Venue: Sapphire Point

Reception Venue: Sweet Basil, Vail

Tait and Beth came up to Breckenridge, Colorado from Denver for an intimate mountain wedding with close friends and family. Being a little smaller allowed us to make several stops between the ceremony location on Lake Dillon, to the reception in Vail, Colorado.  Continue reading »

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My pre wedding photography life

I am going to state something that not a lot of professional photographers would do, photography is not my passion in life. In fact, it never was. My passions involve experiences such as travel, eating, meeting new people, experiencing new things. For me photography started as a means to share those experiences with others, and through a little luck combined with drive, it became a financial means to make that happen.

I didn’t get my start as a wedding or portrait photographer. The first photos that ever earned me money were ones that I took of hiking and camping in college for Northern Illinois University‘s outdoor program. Soon after I was photographing cycling events for Chicago’s Windy City Sports Magazine. After spending our entire lives in Illinois, my wife, Carin, and I moved to southern California.  By that time in 2002, I was starting to take photography more seriously and began attending the Brooks Institute of Photography.  While studying, I was photographing mainly for a handful of environmental organizations like the Community Environmental Council. During my time in California, I focused on mostly landscape photography, and the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains and Yosemite National Park, in particular.

After a year in California, we relocated to the mountains of Colorado where I visited often as a child. We made our home in Summit County, and I focused heavily on a combination of landscape and adventure travel photography.  Within year, my work was being featured in magazines like National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Trail Runner, Freeskier, and several other small publications. In many ways, I was living the dream life of a photographer.

 

I have a question about wedding photography: How well can you ski?

So where does wedding photography come in to play? Here is the funny thing about Colorado; people get married here because they love travel and adventure. Recently, I received a phone call that went a little like, “I have a question about wedding photography: How well can you ski?” The couple who asked was having a wedding at Copper Mountain in which everyone would be skiing. By now, I am used to those kinds of questions, but 10 years ago I was a little surprised at how people who saw my adventure photography were interested in having me photograph their weddings.

After a decade of photographing weddings, I have realized that this notion I had about weddings being boring, was based on my limited experiences growing up in the suburbs of Chicago. The people that hire me to photograph their weddings are different. They are fun and adventurous. In the last decade, I have photographed weddings in the desert, on roofs of buildings, on the tops of mountains, on tropical islands, on boats, and just about anywhere else you can think of. Everything I want out of life (having adventures and meeting new people) I get through wedding photography.

Below is a selection of images of things I have photographed that have nothing to do with weddings. Many of them are from before I photographed my first wedding.

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Favorite Wedding Images from 2012

As each year wraps up, I like to take a look back at all of the weddings we photographed and pick some of my favorite images.  As usual, I ended up picking images that were a little different than most, but ones that I felt were either great shots, fun, or just a little quirky.  In the past, I have tried to do a top 10, but I really just couldn’t narrow it down this year.  I hope you enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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Chris and Heather’s Vail, Colorado Wedding

Chris and Heather’s Vail, Colorado Wedding

Hometown: Frisco, Co

Venue: The Donovan Pavillion

Caterer: All Seasons Catering

Videography: Susan Metcalf Video
 
Heather and Chris live in the next town over from me.  They had a gorgeous wedding at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail. I loved this couple’s laid back attitude, while still managing to do a lot of planning.
 
I met up with them shortly before the wedding at the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa.  It is a great location in West Vail along Gore Creek.  The hotel made for some great getting ready images before we took a short drive over to Vail Village.  The ceremony was back at the Pavilion.  It was a typical Colorado summer day with the 5 minutes of light rain before opening back up to beautiful blue skies.
 

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Helen and Matt’s Vail, Colorado Wedding

Location: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado
Officiant: Chris Tunner

Helen called me about photographing their small intimate ceremony this past August in Vail. As much as I like smaller ceremonies, I normally do not have the time to fit them into my busy wedding schedule in the summer. However, when Helen told me that her and Matt were getting married that the Alpine Gardens in Vail, she got my attention.

The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens are gorgeous, and I had never had the opportunity to photograph a wedding there before. I agreed to shoot the wedding as long as they let me work on some of the more experimental ideas I had, and they enthusiastically agreed. The following are some of my favorites from the wedding day.

See more photos of Matt and Helen’s wedding here.

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Gwen and Ace’s Wedding in Vail, Colorado

Location: Vail Racquet Club, Vail, Colorado

It is always fun to have another photographer ask to me to photograph his or her wedding. In this case, Ace has been working as a professional photographer for many years and I was honored when he asked me to photograph his and Gwen’s wedding. Here are some photos from their wedding in Vail, Colorado.

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