I love photographing in the winter, especially weddings and portrait sessions of couples willing to brave a little cold and snow. Tyler and Sarah were a lot of fun to photograph, and I can’t wait to photograph their wedding this September.
Venue: The Splendido at the Chateau, Beaver Creek, Colorado
Flowers: Hot House Flowers of Vail
Dress: David’s Bridal
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Jared’s Galleria of Jewelry
Hair and Makeup: Spa Anjali at the Westin
Jared proposed to Kristin on trip to Paris when they visited the Isle de Cite. They planned the perfect Fall Colorado wedding in Beaver Creek near Avon. Besides holding their wedding outside in the prime of the Colorado aspen leaves turning to bright yellow, they wanted to make sure their guests got the full Colorado experience. They picked a menu at the Splendido at the Chateau in Beaver Creek with locally sourced foods like wild mushrooms and elk loin.
Sarah and Greg’s Fall Colorado Wedding
Venue: Windy Point, White River National Forest
Catering: Black Diamond Gourmet
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Dress Store: The Bridal Collection
Her Shoes: Loredo-Wanted
Men’s Ties: TieBar.com
Female Attendant Dresses: Mori Lee – simplydresses.com
Hair and Makeup: Allison Fullingim
A fun and beautiful couple combined with a perfect fall Colorado setting? What more could a photographer ask for? Greg proposed to Sarah on a trip to Telluride by attaching a ring to their dog, Dexter’s, collar using a carabiner. At the wedding ceremony, Dexter again provided his services as the ring bearer.
Fall in Colorado can be tricky. It might be a gorgeous sunny day, or it could put a foot of fresh snow on the ground. Sarah and Greg, being the adventurous types that they are, took a risk and it paid off huge. The weather was not only perfect, but the mountainside was still filled with bright gold aspen leaves making for a beautiful backdrop.
Sometimes I like to try new ideas or create images that might be a little to abstract or unusual for most couples. For these ideas I like working with friends and models to try to create more abstract images. As many of you know, I spent many years as a professional nature and landscape photographer. I think that comes through in a lot of my wedding images, but I am always trying to push my creative limits to comes up with new ways to integrate landscape photography with my wedding work.
Creating this image in camera was relatively complicated. It involved shooting on a tripod with a long shutter speed in order to create the blur of the water. It also required the model to lie perfectly still for several seconds. Also, I wanted to be careful not to overexpose the white areas of the water. In order to do that I needed a camera setting that made the model look too dark, so I added an off camera flash controlled with a radio transmitter. The most complicated aspect was the time crunch we were under while working in fading twilight.
I am going a slightly different direction with this Anatomy of an Image post, because I am sharing 14 images from seven different weddings. The idea occurred to me when someone in a wedding photography forum noted how all the images photographers post seem to be very different then what you would expect in a typical wedding photograph. She asked if all of our photos look like that, or only certain ones. I thought it was an interesting question to answer, since if you are new to the industry or wedding photography in general, your impression would be that every single image looks like something that belongs in a gallery as opposed to a wedding album.
Let me start by answering her question: No, every image does not look like that, nor should they. The issue is that, as a photographer, I am photographing for two different people, myself and the client. It is actually more complicated than that, because I am not only photographing for the clients, I am also photographing for their family, their children, and their grand children that will be looking at their wedding photos one day. As such, it is important to find balance between creating the type of artwork that satisfies my own need to create, and the type of images that will appeal to people beyond just myself and the clients. Striking that balance can be difficult.
One of the wedding photographers who most inspires me is David Beckstead, and he has provided the best advice I have ever heard on the matter. Several years ago, he suggested splitting my time between creating safe images for a wider audience and more dynamic images for my own satisfaction. He calls it “creating an image for grandma, and then creating an image for me.” It is a simple idea, but the freedom is provides is incredible. Once I know I have created that safe image for the “grandma” it leaves me to play and create in ways I have never thought possible. For newer photographers, you might want to devote 90% of your time to mastering the safe shots, but as you become more comfortable in developing your style, and confident that you can create dynamic imagery, you can ease into spending more and more of your time taking risks on dynamic imagery.
Today is Mari and Grace’s third wedding anniversary. Congratulations to an amazing couple. I have known them for quite a while, and in addition to their wedding, I have had the opportunity to photograph them on all sorts of adventures together.
Congratulations to Ryan and Molly who are celebrating their one year anniversary today. They got married here in Breckenridge last year in a very intimate backyard wedding at a beautiful property in the mountains.