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Cole’s Senior Photos

 

In addition to changing leaves, sweaters, and watching people get excited about pumpkin spice everything, my favorite thing about fall is senior portrait photography. Cole and his mother came to me a few months ago with some photo ideas. Cole is from Wisconsin, and really wanted to get some photos that captured the Colorado outdoor experience. He was especially interested in showing his love for Breckenridge and fly fishing. So we thought, why not go fishing in downtown Breckenridge? Continue reading »

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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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Glacier National Park Model Shoot

Glacier Wedding Photo ShootSometimes 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.

 

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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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Angie and Danielle’s Arapahoe Basin Wedding

Angie and Danielle

Ceremony Venue: Black Mountain Lodge, Arapahoe Basin
Reception Venue: Kickapoo Tavern, Keystone Colorado

 
Angie and Danielle came to me about photographing their small intimate wedding ceremony at the top of Arapahoe Basin’s Black Mountain Lodge. The intermittent afternoon rain made for some really amazing photographs with the changing cloud cover.  It also provided some much needed relief from the sun at 12,000′.

 
See more images from this wedding at: www.pictage.com/1417590

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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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Anatomy of an Image #5

Father and Daughter Outside of the Church


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I mentally build my images in terms of layers.  I often start my images from the stand point of light.  If I have good light, then I look for a good background, something that frames and brings out the subject.  Then I place the subject into the light, in front of the background, and wait for emotion to capture.

 

For this image, I was very lucky.  The perfect light and background just happened to be at the doors to St. Mary’s Church in my town of Breckenridge, Colorado.  What enabled this photo to happen was simple.  It was the fact that I was photographing this particular wedding with my wife and partner, Carin.  Since she was ready at the front of the church to photograph the doors opening and the bride and her father walking down the aisle, I was able to stay outside with them, and capture this moment between father and daughter when light, background, and emotion all came together.

 

This particular image had the added benefit of being photographed using Kodak’s TMax 3200 black and white film.  This film is high in contrast and grain, which is creating the soft natural look of this image.

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