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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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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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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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Print Exhibition at Sevens Restaurant in Breckenridge

Current exhibition will be on display through mid summer.

 

 

 

Visit Sevens Restaurant at the bottom of the Independence Superchair this winter and spring to see Timothy’s landscape print exhibition. There will be several never before seen prints on display as well as old favorites.  The exhibition will feature new images from Colorado, California, Utah, and Arizona. Sevens restaurant is located in the Grand Lodge at Peak Seven.

 
 

For more information and reservations visit the website.
 

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Intrepid Photo Contest Award

 

Timothy visited the Grand Canyon    5 or 6 times over the years, hiking to the bottom at least three times.  In all, he has spent over a month in the canyon or exploring the rims each time being disappointed with the images he brought back. Then finally he visited Toroweap point when the light was just right to create this image of the Colorado River making its way though the canyon below Toroweap Point and on through Lava Falls right after sunset. (Timothy Faust)

 

I recently received news from Intrepid Travel that my image, Toroweap Point Sunset, won the 2012 Annual Photography Competition for the Landscape category. I made this image a few years ago while spending several days camping at Toroweap point.  Most of the images I shot were pretty disappointing.  The one exception was this evening when there was just the right amount of clouds in the sky to bounce some gorgeous warm light down to the Colorado River, 3,000 feet below. Toroweap is one of my favorite places in the Grand Canyon.  The rough nearly 100 mile long dirt road keeps all but the most adventurous away.  On a busy day you might see five or six other visitors as opposed to the tens of thousands that flock to the busier South Rim. I won a camera valued at $800USD.  Thank you to the folks at Intrepid Travel.

 

You can view the other excellent winners from 2012 here.

 

 

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Bridal Portraits in the Landscape

The Landscape as the Main Composition

A lot of time when we think of  wedding portraits, we are thinking of close ups of the bride or groom, or group shots of the wedding party.  Our focus tends to be on the human elements of the image.  However, sometimes it is worth while to think outside the box about the other potential elements for composition, particularly the landscape.

A large number of my wedding clients here in Breckenridge, Colorado, are visitors from other states, and often other countries.  For them, the location is every bit as important as the dress, cake, or flowers.  For these couples, the landscape is a integral part of their wedding, and as such, it should be an integral part of their wedding photos.

Before I shot weddings, I photographed for publications like Outside Magazine and National Geographic. When working for those publications, the landscape is an incredibly important aspect of an image. That background in environmental portraiture has carried through into my wedding photography.  The key to incorporating the landscape into a portrait is the combination of landscape and human elements.

What I mean by that, is that it is not enough to just stick someone in front of a beautiful backdrop and expect a decent image. When I plan shots like this, I start with the idea of the landscape and people fitting together in some meaningful way. I might start by identifying a beautiful landscape, with nice, light, but then I carefully think of how the human element will fit in.  I will look for negative space in the landscape to insert a subject, or I look for leading lines that will draw attention through the landscape to the people.

Here are some examples of what I mean:

 

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Samantha and Derrick’s Wedding in Leadville, Colorado

It is always fun when you get to show up to a photograph a wedding on cross country skis. Samantha and Derrick had their wedding at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse over looking Ski Cooper and Leadville, Colorado as well at the fourteener, Mount Elbert.

You can view the rest of the photos from Samantha and Derrick’s wedding here.

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