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Sarah and Tyler’s Breckenridge, Colorado Wedding

Vendors

Venue: Ten Mile Station, Breckenridge, Colorado
Wedding Planner: As You Wish (www.asyouwishcolorado.com)
Flowers: Bloom, Breckenridge, Colorado (www.bloomflowershop.com)
Hair Stylist: The Chooping Block, Breckenridge, Colorado (thechoppingblocksalonbreck.com)
Band: Narrow Guage (www.narrowgaugecountry.com)
Horse Drawn Carriage: Breckenridge Stables (breckstables.com)
Bakery/Cake: Sugar (www.sugarbreck.com)
Rentals: Colorado Tents and Events (www.tentsandevents.com)
Shuttles: Colorado Mountain Express (www.coloradomountainexpress.com)

Sarah and Tyler live in Summit County near Breckenridge, Colorado. I was so excited when they asked me to photograph their country-chic themed wedding. The level of planning that went into every detail of this wedding was pretty amazing, and I could not have asked for a more amazing couple to photograph. I photographed their engagement session last winter, and could not wait for this past weekend to photograph their wedding.

 

Sarah and Tyler met at an Octoberfest in Breckenridge, Colorado, and decided to move here from Denver shortly thereafter. I am really glad they decided to have their wedding at Ten Mile Station which is one of the most scenic venues in Colorado. It’s proximity to Breckenridge Stables also made it really easy to arrange for the horsesdrawn carriage entrance.

 


View the proofs from this wedding at timothyfaustphotography.shootproof.com/brewer15

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Anatomy of an Image #13: Dynamic Imagery

 

Creating Dynamic Images

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.

 

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Anatomy of an Image #12

Photographing with Invisible Light: Infrared

 
Infrared Image of Bride at Arapahoe Basin

Our eyes are capable of seeing only a tiny fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum known as visible light. Yet, we can use instruments to help us detect invisible light like x-rays, radio waves, and infrared light. Infrared light is the same light that night vision goggles use. It was discovered accidentally in the year 1800 by German astronomer William Herschel. He was conducting experiments with prisms in order to determine which color of sunlight transmitted the most heat. He placed a thermometer in each color of the rainbow to see which color would show the biggest rise in temperature. He placed another thermometer just outside the rainbow created by the prism as a control.

 

After several hours Hershel recorded the temperatures on the thermometers and discovered to his surprise that the biggest increase in temperature came from the thermometer just outside of the prism light that he was using as the control. He correctly surmised that this must have been caused by some invisible light that the eye could not see. He called this light infrared, from the Latin word “infra,” for below. William Herschel was the first person to prove that there are forms of light that we cannot see with our eyes.

 

Since Herschel’s experiment over 200 years ago, detecting and making images from invisible forms of light is commonplace. I own a special camera that has been converted to only record images from invisible infrared light. The camera records at a specific wavelength that it on the border of visible light and heat known as near IR. This wavelength of light has some very interesting properties that result in images like the one above. For starters, much of our atmosphere does not give off infrared light. In fact, it gives off very little red light, which is why the sky appears blue. In an IR image, the sky will actually look almost black. Clouds on the other hand reflect heat including IR light. As a result, clouds appear very bright white in IR photos. People’s warm skin creates a soft and subtle glow in IR light.

 

Infrared cameras have very limited use in wedding photography, which is why I am one of only  handful of photographers to use one. However, when situations like the one above arise, I am really happy that I carry one in my camera bag. If you are interested in having a camera converted, check out Life Pixel.

 

 

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Katie and Kyle’s Engagement Session

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Katie and Kyle’s engagement session in Frisco, Colorado.

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Personal Work: Ice and Light

Thawing Lake Dillon 

I love May when the ice on Lake Dillon near my home starts to melt. But before the ice can completely melt, it usually breaks up first. When this happens the ice get’s pushed around the surface of the water and can end up in big piles on the edges of the lake. In this image I used a very long exposure to give the sky and water a soft look that contrasts with the sharp jagged look of the ice.

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Anatomy of an Image #6

Refelections

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I am always on the lookout for interesting or unusual compositions.  This image was shot on a hotel patio where the wedding was held earlier that afternoon.  When I saw the glass partition around the patio during the day, I thought there might be a a chance of using it to capture some reflections later in the evening.

 

Later on that night, I went back out and checked, and I noticed that there was a sweet spot where each glass partition would reflect an image from the light post.  Since it the partitions were straight, but joined in such a way as to make a curve, I was able to get 8 different angles of the couple together under the light.  It was a pretty complicated image, but I was able to come away from the wedding with something a little different than I had seen before, which is always a goal of mine.

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