8 Ways to Have a Relaxing Newborn Photo Session

If you’re getting ready to welcome a new baby into the world, you’ve probably been thinking about a newborn photoshoot.

Because babies make for unique subjects, these photo sessions require a slightly different approach but the results are always beautiful. 

Since being a new parent can be quite overwhelming, your newborn shoot should be nothing short of fun and relaxing. Here are a few tips that will help you prepare.

  1. Schedule it before baby comes. The best time to schedule your newborn shoot is when your baby is between one and six weeks old. To ensure this is one less thing to worry about, it’s better to schedule the shoot before baby arrives.
  2. Keep the outfits simple. When it comes to choosing your baby’s outfit for the shoot, simple is better. Don’t forget to bring along some blankets and wraps in soft colors.
  3. Make sure baby is fed beforehand. To encourage your baby to sleep, feed them just before the shoot. This will give your photographer the opportunity to capture those peaceful, sleeping shots. Plus, you will also feel a lot calmer knowing your little one has a full tummy.
  4. Opt for loose-fitting clothing. To avoid imprints on the skin, dress your baby in loose clothing for soft, smooth skin in every shot.
  5. Consider where you want to hang the photos. Before you choose props and clothing for your photos, take the time to decide where you will be hanging them to ensure the colors will blend in with your decor.
  6. Research photo ideas. It’s always helpful if you can give your photographer an idea of the types of photos you would like to take so do some research beforehand.
  7. Include yourself in some of the photos. Some parents prefer not to be in any of the shots but these photos can be really special so consider including yourself in some of them.
  8. Trust your photographer. Photographers who specialize in newborn photo sessions know what they are doing so trust them to give you the best possible results.

Family Photoshoots – 3 Things to Avoid

When you speak to people about family photos, everyone has very different opinions – some love getting everyone together while others would prefer to avoid it altogether.

It’s no secret that family photo sessions take a lot of time and effort. From getting siblings to play nicely to ensuring everyone gets to the venue on time, family shoots are work. However, there are ways to make the experience more memorable and fun.

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Here are the mistakes to avoid if you want to feel more excited about family photo sessions in the future.

Mistake 1: Picking the First Photographer You Find

The key to having a pleasant photoshoot is finding a photographer you feel comfortable with, which is especially important if your family is more introverted. When everyone in your family feels comfortable, your photos look natural too. Before you schedule your shoot, take the time to meet with at least two professional photographers to decide who is a better match for your family. If neither of them is,  continue your search or ask someone for a recommendation. The photographer you choose should specialize in family sessions and should show a keen interest in your family and the types of photos you want to take.

76489_2020.02.11_POr_DickersonMistake 2: Trying to Control the Session

Naturally, you want the family photo session to go smoothly but when you try and control every single detail, you’re only going to end up having a negative experience. It’s better to come to terms with the fact that you’re dealing with a large group of people that includes kids and trust that your photographer will know what to do to get the best photos.

Mistake 3: Not Coordinating Your Outfits

Coordinating your outfits does not mean wearing identical clothes – it means wearing the same style of clothing and complementary colors. If there will be more than one family in the shoot, make sure that everyone is on the same page in terms of not wearing bright colors, bold patterns or clothing with logos. Adding patterns and textures to the shoot is perfectly fine provided it doesn’t take the attention away from the people in the photo.


How to Make Sure You Take More Family Photos in 2020

Years come and go so quickly and the rate at which your children grow is usually the clearest reminder of how quickly time passes.

If you feel that you simply don’t take enough photos of your children or as a family, 20xx is the year to turn that around.

Every photo is a meaningful keepsake, regardless of whether you take it at home or at a professional studio. As long as you’re taking photos on a regular basis, you can capture every moment, both big and small. 

Here are a few of the ways that you can make sure you take more photos in 20xx.

  • Create a schedule. If you want to take photos more regularly, schedule them in. Along with highlighting special events and milestones in your calendar, you could also set weekly reminders on your phone to take a new photo. Creating a schedule will also ensure that you can book a professional photographer well in advance for special events.
  • Always have a camera ready. By making a point of keeping your phone or camera close by, you’ll always be ready to capture a memorable moment. Even if you’re simply heading out to the park with your kids like you always do, keep your camera at hand and make sure your phone’s battery is charged.
  • Download a new app. If you love being creative, why not download one of the many popular photo editing apps so that you can get creative with your family pics? Plus it’s the perfect excuse to take more photos.
  • Have some fun at home. If you’ll be spending the weekend at home, why not use this time to play dress up with the kids and have some fun in front of the camera. You can even get your kids involved by getting them to take a few shots.

If you’re usually the one who ends up taking all the photos, make sure that you don’t forget to get in front of the camera too. 

With our phones always being within arm’s reach, it’s never been easier to take more family photos. Don’t forget to work in a professional photoshoot or two for some extra-special shots. 

6 Ways to Always Look Fantastic in Photos


Photography tips and tricks to help you look your best!

From school yearbooks to friends’ weddings, we’ve all been in front of camera at some point or another and if you’ve recently looked at a photo with disdain then this post’s for you. If you know that you’re going to have a lens pointed in your direction in the near future, below are six simple ways to get better results.

  1. Get to Know Your Face. This applies to professional photoshoots as well as every day photos. Take time getting to know your face, how to smile naturally and which side or angle of your face you like better.75792_2019.12.28_ENG_Crocker
  2. Easy on the makeup. While an evening out is a different story when it comes to makeup, if you’re having headshots, family or maternity photos taken, go easy on the makeup. You want some basic coverage but don’t overdo it. You should also only stick to accentuating one part of your face so choose either your eyes or lips but not both.
  3. Facing the camera. Your photographer will help you when it comes to posing for photos but in general you shouldn’t be facing the camera head on. Positioning your body at an angle always makes for better photos.
  4. Controlling your chin. Photos where your neck is elongated and your chin is pushed slightly forward will lift your face and give it a more angular look. You might want to practice this beforehand in order to get used to it.15810_2016-07-27_sen_sandgren
  5. Pick your outfit carefully. Put some thought into what you’ll wear to your shoot. Pair bold designs and patterns with solid colors to avoid too much distraction. You should also pay attention to the fit and shape of your outfit. Make sure it compliments you and that you feel comfortable.
  6. Use lighting to your advantage. This is something that your professional photographer will be an expert at but the right lighting can mean the difference between that wow factor and disappointment. Avoid standing directly under a light as this will create weird shadows on your face. This is something we will help you out with because we are experts so take our advice when we suggest a specific time for photos. If shooting outdoors, the best light will be 15-20 minues before & after sunset. Unless it’s an overcast day, we will always try to get you in full shade so that the lighting isn’t dappled or causing weird shadows on your face.17701_2016-08-28_wed_rexroat

As much as the above tips will help you during your professional photoshoot, always remember to have fun and relax as this will do wonders for your photos.

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A Basic Guide to a Great Headshot Photo Session

Professional headshots are the first introduction to you, your business and your personal brand.

Around 93% of HR professionals and recruiters turn to LinkedIn to find quality candidates, 2 in 3 turn to Facebook and more than half utilize Twitter. This just proves that a headshot plays an important role in your professional life. Your headshot should be a powerful, compelling and confidence-instilling headshot that makes prospective clients, employers and partners want to reach out and connect with you.

76072_2020.01.15_HEA_MalardiBefore you head to the studio for your professional headshot photo session, think about the things that you want others to see when they glance at your profile page.

Think about some of the characteristics that embody your personal brand. Are you a chef, an educator, a writer? Write down some keywords and phrases. If there are certain props that could help tell your story, bring them along to your session too.

We will usually take a few different shots using various outfits so that you have a good selection to choose from. If you’re going to be using your headshot on a specific social media platform, you might even want to tailor it to fit that site.

76058_2020.01.15_HEA_MalardiIt’s important that your look matches the image you’re trying to convey. What you wear on a daily basis is a great place to start. Solid colors are always a good choice, as are tops with strong collars and necklines. We suggest that you wear clothing that compliments your skin and eye tones and it’s best to stay away from very bold colors too. Even though you’ll only be photographed from the shoulders up, it’s important for your entire outfit is professional as you may want a shot or two that is taken further away and incorporates more of your body.

Even though this is a more professional shoot, remember to have fun. A relaxed, comfortable subject naturally exudes confidence.

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Top 10 Wedding Mistakes NOT To Make

Oh isn’t it easy to make mistakes…we all do it! Here are some things to try NOT to do to your wedding photographer…

1. Waiting Too Long To Book. If you have found someone who’s portfolio you love and who is in your budget, don’t delay! Photographers, especially the really good ones, can book up to a year in advance and maybe more. This is true especially for the most popular dates of the year including the Saturday of Labor Day weekend or New Years Eve. Most photographers require a deposit to hold the date so you don’t have to worry about coming up with enough money to pay off the entire package right away. And some photographers might even offer a payment plan, just ask!


2. Not Hiring a Professional. I know I am bias when it comes to this topic but its kinda true…professionals know what they are doing. And this is one of the most important days of your lives! And trust me, when time continues to tick away your life and the memories start to fade (and they will) your photography is all you will have left (well that and your husband hopefully). Friends and family members are great for taking the fun reception photos after the professional has left, but don’t put that kind of pressure on someone who does not have the experience. And don’t risk getting photos you are not happy with. Make sure your photographer has a background in the field of photography and plenty of years of experience. You will pay anywhere between $2000-$10,000 for a professional, but it will be worth it, promise!

3. Not Finalizing Your Wedding Timeline. The timeline is one of the most important things to finalize before your wedding day. Talk to your photographer about how the day is going to go…most likely your photographer will bring to light some points you may have not thought of. This will help you organize your other vendors too- such as your stylists. Your photographer might have some ideas about the best times of the day to schedule your creative portraits or even your ceremony if you are flexible.


4. Not Sticking To Your Timeline. This can really throw off the entire day and you might even miss out on some amazing photos because of your tardiness. Try to stay within 5-10 minutes of your scheduled timeline to ensure the best day possible. And you don’t want your guests upset because they had to wait an extra 30 minutes for the ceremony to start or your reception dancing to be cut short because everything started an hour later then expected.

5. Letting the Guests Get in the Way. You are paying a professional photographer to capture the best photos of the day- and all the moments in between. The last thing you want is your uncle standing up in front of your photographer during the first kiss and ruing the shot! Encourage your guests to be mindful of the professionals working or even go as far as to have an Unplugged Wedding (see my blog about unplugged weddings).


6. Not Smiling. Tell your bridesmaids and groomsmen to look up and smile when they are walking down the aisle. (You may even want to remind your finance too…and your dad). Most photographers will remind the wedding party as well but it never hurts to remind everyone more then once. No one wants photos of everyone looking down at their feet!

7. Forgetting the Details. Don’t forget to tell your photographer if you have some special details that are part of the wedding. For example maybe your aunt made all the party favors or you are wearing a piece of your grandpa’s hankie. The details will help tie the day together and are important to have images of incase you forget about them in the years to come.

8. Skipping the Engagement Session. You don’t have to schedule a traditional engagement session- get creative and do something different. If you are getting married in the summer maybe schedule a photo session of you and your finance skiing. But either way, this is a great opportunity to begin to get to know your photographer better and to feel at ease in front of the camera.

9. Asking for Too Many Family Photos. No one wants to stand around for 2 hours taking family photos. And there is no need to hire a professional to take 2 hours of them either! Stick with the basics- bride & mom, bride & dad, bride, groom and & parents (from both sides), groom & mom, groom & dad, both families together and maybe one big shot with extended family members. That is all you will want in your album and this frees your photographer up to get great candid shots of family members during the reception.


10. Trying to Pose. A professional photographer will help pose you and will make you look your best. Trust who you have hired, they are the one seeing through the lens. Just relax and be natural. Some of my favorite shots are when the bride and groom are just goofing around with each other thinking that I am not paying attention.

To see more visit Third Eye Photography. 

5 Things You Should Know About Wedding Photographers

Meeting with potential photographers before choosing one is extremely important for the success of your wedding photography. You both must enjoy each other’s company, and usually that can’t been determined without a face to face meeting. You are going to spend a lengthy amount of time with your wedding photographer: from before the wedding, the day or two over the wedding weekend and more after. But there is information that usually doesn’t get disclosed during that initial meeting. Photographers are trying to sell you on them and their product, so they aren’t going to talk about why wedding photography in general is so expensive, or what “shoot and burn” is. Here are a few of the things that usually are not spoken about…


1. Why is Wedding Photography So Expensive?

This is a common questions among brides. And it is true, high-quality wedding photography is expensive! But what most people don’t think about is all that goes into the art of wedding photography. Not only are you paying for the years of experience but most photographers are carrying around over $15,000 of gear on an average wedding day. Not to mention the expense of all the editing programs and the computer gear they have back in their studio- and there is the studio too! Most wedding photographers only make minimum wage for the first few years of their career. There are second shooters/assistants to pay for, marketing, the expense of running a business, insurance and then list goes on…

2. What is “Shoot and Burn” Photography?

“Shoot and Burn” is a phrase used to define photographers who shoot the wedding and burn clients a CD of the images without any post-processing. It is usually is very cheap, but you may pay the price in the quality. Lighting mistakes, cropping of heads, distracting elements- all go unfixed. If digital files are important to you, and photography is important to you, you need to be ready to spend a few more dollars- you will thoroughly enjoy the quality. A full-service studio can do so much more at a very high quality


3. What is a First Look? Do I Want One?

A first look is when the groom sees the bride for the first time before the ceremony. A lot of photographers will stage a special moment where the groom is turned with his back to the bride and the bride walks up on him. It can be a very special moment for both the bride and groom. Usually it does not take away from the equally special moment at the ceremony when the bride walks down the aisle. The other benefits of a first look are having more time before the ceremony for photos, as well as not taking up cocktail hour time. It also can alleviate the common wedding-jitters.


4. How Far in Advance Should I Book My Photographer?

High-end wedding photographers can book up more then a year in advance. The closer to your wedding day it gets, the more likely you will not have the pick of the crop. Ask vendors in your area, especially wedding planners, and find out more info about bookings, but generally a year from your wedding date is a safe bet. Here in Crested Butte there are a lot of photographers but also a very short season. I recommend brides book their photographer immediately after they have chosen a date and venue. If your desired photographer is booked, don’t panic, ask them for recommendations.


5. How Do I Chose a Photographer when there are So Many To Chose From?

The best way to weed out those who you are not interested in from those photographers you would love to have photograph your wedding is to first google search “wedding photographers in X”. See who is listed at the top. Then start to ask other vendors. Look for blogs. Those who are serious will have put the time into marketing themselves and getting their name out there. Client referrals and testimonials are also very helpful. Ask to speak directly to photographer’s past clients. Ask your venue who they suggest or who they have worked with before. Ask your florist. Post on Facebook. This is a great opportunity to use social media to find out more. If you are getting married in the Gunnison County check out the Gunnison Crested Butte Wedding Guide. Once you have your search narrowed to your top selection ask to meet them in person. It is important for you to feel comfortable with your photographer- it will get your the best photos!

Please visit my website, Third Eye Photography, for examples of my work, client testimonials and more info!

Prevent Guests from Ruining your Photos w/ “Unplugged Weddings”

Anyone who has been to a wedding recently knows that everyone has a phone with a camera or a camera that fits in their pocket. And we  have been guilty of pulling the camera or phone out to take snapshots of the bride, the ceremony and maybe even standing over the professional photographer’s shoulder during the creative portraits. Not to say that guests shouldn’t be allowed to take ANY photos during the wedding, but in this day when everyone has a phone/camera, it is more likely someone is going to get in the way of the photographer you are paying to capture the day.

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I have noticed that many of my brides and grooms are opting for an “Unplugged Wedding”. Most of the time, they are requesting that guests do not use their cellular devices and point-and-shoot cameras during their ceremony and creative portraits. If you are spending a few thousand dollars on a professional to capture the moments and essence of your wedding day, you don’t want your sister’s cousin’s daughter standing in the middle of the aisle during the first kiss, right in the way of your professional!


An easy way to request guests to be aware of this issue is to have your officiant mention it before the ceremony begins. Something like:

Welcome, friends and family! Good evening everyone. Please be seated. Dan and Jennifer invite you to be truly present at this special time. Please, turn off your cell phones and put down your cameras. The photographer will capture how this moment looks — I encourage you all to capture how it feels with your hearts, without the distraction of technology. If Dan can do it, then so can you.

Not bad right? Another good reason for an unplugged wedding or at least an unplugged ceremony is to keep other people from popping a flash at the exact moment the professional takes a photo. That beautiful moment with the natural light spilling on the bride, as her father gives her a kiss before they begin to walk down the aisle is now completely blown out with white ghosts because a flash went off in their faces while your professional photographer is trying to capture that beautiful moment.


_MG_7835The reception is where I think it is more difficult to to ask guests not to use their phones and cameras. And most of the time it works out fine for everyone. Stepping right in the way often happens during a reception, especially during the cake cutting and first dance. If you really are interested in letting your professional be the only one to capture the day, go for the full monty and have an unplugged wedding. But, if you think that would be too much to ask your guests, an unplugged ceremony can do wonders!

To see work by Third Eye Photography visit www.3rdeyephoto.net

For more about unplugged weddings visit Corey Ann’s blog

3 Reasons Why You Should Update Your Headshot on a Regular Basis

Whether you’re a business owner, blogger or you’re a regular on social media, having a really great headshot is essential. Your headshot is an excellent way to grow your personal brand and it helps your online profiles stand out from the rest.

It can, however, become quite easy to find one great headshot and keep using that same image for years, but it’s always a good idea to update your headshot on a regular basis, here’s why:76082_2020.01.15_HEA_Malardi

  1. Your headshot should always be accurate.When someone comes across your resume or any of your online profiles, they should be seeing exactly what you look like, not what you looked like 10 years ago. Your face changes over time and it’s important for potential customers or employers to be able to recognize you when they meet you.76072_2020.01.15_HEA_Malardi
  2. Photo styles come and go. The headshot styles that photographers were using 10 – 15 years ago are most likely no longer very flattering so by updating your headshot on a regular basis, you’ll be able to display a photo that’s fresh and modern at all times.56670_ 2019.01.15_por_murfee
  3. It helps maintain your online presence. By continuously updating your headshots online, you’ll be making sure that when someone searches for you, they’ll know exactly what you look like. If you happen to appear in the media quite often, ensuring that you have an updated headshot is even more important as you never know when someone might search for your photo online to use in an article or online feature. As you progress in your career and personal life, your style, interests and experience will change and your headshot should be adjusted to reflect this too.

Not only is a professional headshot the perfect finishing touch to your professional and personal profiles but a flattering headshot will make you feel more confident online too.

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Wedding Photography: 8 Ways to Get the Photos You Want


It’s not easy being a bride searching for vendors with such a vast selection to choose from. Here are some tips to how to get the wedding photos you have always wanted and how to choose the photographer who is right for you~

1. Hire for Style. With endless options, packages and prices out there how do you know which photographer to even start with? Look extensively at their portfolios and try to imagine yourself and your family/friends in those images. There are many different styles out there- traditional, clean, straight-on photos to candid, storytelling, journalistic, to grungy and edgy to light and earthy (and the list continues). Try to decide which style is more fitting to you, this will really help narrow your search. You might think you like a journalistic approach when talking about that style but make sure you like the portfolio of the photographer and can see yourself in his/her photos. Maybe you want a mix and need a photographer who can do a little bit of everything. If you have found a photographer who’s style you love but you can’t afford him/her, ask him/her to recommend someone who might have a similar style but is less expensive.


2. Get Engagement Photos or a Portrait Session. Many photographers offer an engagement session or some kind of portraits in the wedding packages. Thank advantage of this. It is a great way to get to know your photographer better and get comfortable in front of the camera. This can be especially good for the groom. If you don’t like the idea of engagement photos get creative. I have brides who chose to schedule a boudoir session  instead of engagement photos. Or a family portrait session with their dog. Ask your photographer what other types of sessions he/she can provide and have some fun!


3. Schedule An After-The-Wedding-Day Session. This is not as important as engagement photos but is a great way to spend more time with your guests on the wedding day and have a fun, more relaxed photo session after the wedding. Try for the next do or even if it is the weekend after the wedding weekend- you will have more time to go to different locations and feel more at ease. Of course, it does take some effort- it means getting back in your dress and having your hair/make-up done…but it can mean some great shots otherwise not available on the wedding day.

4. Photo Booth Fun. Add a photo booth for your guests. This can be as simple as a tripod with a camera, a remote and a few lights. Use the tent wall or a wall in the ballroom as the backdrop and get a few silly costume items. This is a great way for your guests to be silly and for you to get shots of everyone. These are fun and add a new dimension to your wedding album.

5. Do Some Research. Don’t go overboard with this but you can find a few poses or images that you really like and ask your photographers to do something similar during your wedding day (try to stay under 5 images). This might be a great shot of the flower girl in the getting ready room or a pose where the groom’s hands are creating a heart on the brides back (see images below). Create a Pinterest board to share with your photographer of some of your favorite shots.


6. Streamline the Family Photos. You don’t need photographs of each combination of every family member at the wedding. Just stick with the basics. And let your family members know a head of time that they will be needed for the family photos (usually after the ceremony) so that everyone is where they need to be and things can move quickly. If your photographer has an assistant provide them with a list of your family members and their names so he/she can help organize. Everyone will be happier if this part of the day moves quickly and easily.

7. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. As important as it is to communicate with your photographer and let he/she know all the different images you want it is equally important to be flexible and trust in your photographer’s talent. If it rains and you can’t get the sunny shot in the field of flowers request a shot under some cute umbrellas or take a chance and go dance in the rain for a few minutes. Trust your photographer to produce amazing photos in any situation and to keep you on your timeline.


8. Discuss Post-Production. If you love your photographer’s portfolio chances are you don’t have to have a lengthy discussion about post-production. However, if you love black and white photos or have a zit you would like removed from all your close-ups, ask your photographer to do so. If you like for skin to be soft or you love the edgy look of high contrast images, communicate that with your photographer so he/she knows how to edit your photos to your liking.


Visit Third Eye Photography for more images and information! See my blog on How To Look Your Best on Your Wedding Day for more tips and tricks to looking stellar.


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