Why a Photo Session is the Ultimate Gift

Photos: we have them in our homes, on our phones, in albums, on our computers, they’re everywhere.

Photos remind us of life’s most precious people and memories As we move through life, we get to add new moments to our collections.

cropped-53006_2018-09-22_wed_haughey-1.jpgSometimes though, it makes a world of difference to have a professional photographer present for the really big moments in life, including weddings, christenings, milestone birthdays and engagements. Giving the gift of photography is one that won’t soon be forgotten.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a parent, newly engaged couple or friend in your life, here are some reaons why you should gift them a professional photo session instead of the usual gift.

49864_ 2018.09.02_WED_MikesellPhotography is a gift that lasts a lifetime

How many times have you received a gift that you pretended to like, only to end up storing it in the back of a cupboard a month later? Gadgets, clothing, and accessories all go out of style or become null and void, but professional photos last a lifetime and are something that the recipient can treasure for years to come.

38782_2018.04.26_DAN_WynesPhotography is personal

Gifting someone with a professional photo session is personal and unique. Since it’s far more thoughtful than guessing what someone would like to receive, it’s a gift that truly comes from a place of love.

2997_tep_2015.07.17_mat_krishanPhotography is an experience

Experiencing something instead of adding something to a growing pile of possessions is far more worthwhile, exciting and meaningful. A photo session gives your loved one a brand new experience that will leave them with lasting memories that they can proudly display around their home or office.

When looking for the right photo session for your loved one, keep an eye out for any specials photographers in your area might be offering. Who knows, you may even find yourself booking a photo session for yourself at the same time.

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Snow, Skiing and Marriage

A wedding to remember! Winter weddings are some of my favorite weddings because we get to photograph in such a completely different way! And this wedding was extra special with a skiing/ snowboarding bride and groom, wedding party and ski-in ceremony at Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Uley’s Cabin in the early evening of March 24th 2018. The day before we had the most accumulation of snow we have had all year- but Saturday was sunny and warm like a true spring day in CB! Everything seemed to go without a hitch- the groom was even able to get a few runs in before the events began! Despite some beginner skiers in the wedding party and everyone dressed to the 9s, the skiing down to Uley’s Cabin was fun and easy (Sydney even laughed at herself when she took a small stumble in her dress). Thanks to the hard work of Jamie and her crew rom Belleview Events Uley’s Cabin looked amazing and was well prepped with hot drinks and a warm ambience for their guests. Family and friends danced into the night, celebrating not only Sydney and Garret but a 89th birthday of Grandpa’s! Thank you Sydney and Garret for including us in your fabulous day! Your full gallery of images is on it’s way, but please enjoy this sneak peak from your friends at Third Eye Photography!37006_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37007_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37008_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37009_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37010_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37011_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37012_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37013_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37014_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37015_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37016_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37017_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37018_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37019_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37020_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37021_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37022_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37023_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37024_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37025_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37026_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37027_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37028_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel37029_2018.03.24_WED_Hommel

A Beautifully Rainy Day Wedding in the Rocky Mountains of Crested Butte

Brandon and Melissa met online through a dating website—very whimsical and classic, right? After hours of getting to know one another over the phone and deciding they did not hate each other, their first date took place on May 17th, 2015, at Simply Fondue in Dallas, TX. Melissa recalls, “he was so sweet but wouldn’t look me in the eye,” to which Brandon remarks, “I was nervous!” The following months would involve road tripping across the country, tasting German beers; attending numerous concerts (second date: Ministry); meeting each other’s family, including Brandon’s daughter, Kaley; and falling in love.

On October 30th, 2016, late in the morning, in Las Vegas, Brandon asked Melissa to marry him. She was stupefied at first, saying, “yes” and, “do you have a ring?” Melissa attests she had no knowledge of the proposal, despite Brandon’s asking her whole family for her hand in marriage. Success!

Brandon and Melissa feel most at home in Colorado, where Brandon enjoys snowboarding in the winter and downhill biking in the summer; Melissa enjoys photographing the scenic landscape year-round. It is this love for Colorado that created a “no duh” attitude toward hosting the couple’s wedding in Crested Butte, where Melissa’s family has a home.

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Second Photographer: Elizabeth Wigginton Third Eye Photography

Cake/Bakery: Wildflower Sweets

Catering: Crested Butte Personal Chefs

Hair/Make-Up: Maitee Miles

Florist: From The Ground Up Flowers

Reception Music: Rockslide

Ceremony Music: Emily Ondracek-Peterson

Transportation: Alpine Express

Website:        alpineexpressshuttle.com

Rentals: Crested Butte Events and Tents

Videographer: Aflatis Films

Wedding Planner: DFW Events, Mary-Frances Hurt

 

A Wedding of True Love on Crested Butte Mountain, CO.

Julie and Ryan were married on the first of September 2017 on Crested Butte Mountain. It was a crisp, warm fall day and the love between these two was as big as the sun. The mountains of the Rockies were the perfect backdrop to their ceremony at Uley’s Cabin. ryan, from Denver and Julie, from Chicago meet on Bumble, the “classier Tinder” on Feb. 15th 2015after what Ryan calls “a rather depressing Valentine’s Day” in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Their first date was Feb 20th 2016 and was filled with laughter, good conversations, a few drinks and some live music. It was a kick-off to a true-love that came together in an engagement in the mountains by Salt Lake city on April 9th. With their shared love for Crested Butte they were excited to be married among friends and family in the Rocky Mountains. 24299_2017.09.01_WED_Rabb24306_2017.09.01_WED_Rabb24325_2017.09.01_WED_Rabb24347_2017.09.01_WED_Rabb24371_2017.09.01_WED_Rabb24402_2017.09.01_WED_Rabb24587_2017.09.01_WED_Rabb25084_2017.09.01_WED_Rabb

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Vendors 

Elizabeth Wigginton– Third Eye Photography Lead Photographer

Natalie Vierling– Make-up Artist

Fin + Allyn– Florist

Justin Howard– Reception entertainment DJ

Danielle Riesz– Cake and bakery

Alpine Express– Transportation

Crested Butte Mountain Resort– Location reception and ceremony

Crested Butte Events– Coordination

Leta Maunz- Hair Design

Location Inspiration for Your Child’s Upcoming Photo Session

There are several factors that play an important role when planning a kid’s photo session and the location of your shoot is one of them. Below are a few ideas to help you choose an ideal location for your child’s upcoming photo shoot.

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A kiss in as the Sun begins to set over their wedding day
  1. Choose a location that’s special to you. Perhaps you want photos of your children in that place where your husband first proposed to you or even where you got married. Jot down a few locations and that mean something to you and your family.14920_2017.07.20_POR_DeSabto
  2. Decide on the purpose of the photo session. Are you looking to mark a milestone? Or perhaps you’re just looking to get a few updated photos of your children. For example, choosing a beautiful indoor setting with lovely lighting would be ideal for a holiday card but a pretty garden setting would be great for a 1st birthday party.15773_2016-07-27_sen_sandgren
  3. Think lighting. While you might not always be able to have the photo session outside, try and choose a location that offers good natural lighting if possible. Or at least lighting that isn’t too harsh as this will really make a difference to your images.13686_2016-07-15_sen_julia
  4. Give yourself options. It’s always nice to be able to work with a variety of backgrounds when shooting photos of your children, especially if you are planning multiple outfit changes.24347_2017.09.01_WED_Rabb
  5. Keep safety in mind. While taking a photo in a unique location would make for great photos, rather think about the surroundings and whether there is anything that might endanger your child before you arrange your shoot there. Railway tracks are an example of this type of location.27640_2017.09.30_WED_Baily
  6. Look closer to home first. Before you scout for locations in your area, you might actually find that you have the perfect photo spot right in your own back yard.

If you’re still a bit unsure about the best location to choose for your upcoming shoot, chat with your photographer as he/she will know about the best locations in and around your area.

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How to Enjoy Your Photoshoot When You’re Camera Shy

Just because you cringe at the thought of having your photos taken doesn’t mean you need to accept the fact that you’ll never have any good photos of yourself. There is a way to overcome your camera shyness and feel comfortable enough in front of your photographer to get the photos you want, whether it’s of you and your loved ones or just you on your own.34113_2017.12.21_ENG_Cribbs

Below are three tips that you can use to conquer your upcoming photo session.

  1. Be as comfortable as possible. Take the time to pick out an outfit that not only suites the purpose of the photo session but one that you feel completely comfortable in too. Wear a color that you love and get your hair and makeup done to give you that extra boost of confidence.15496_ 2017.07.22_MAT_Dugan
  2. Practice really does help. Stand in front of a mirror and strike a few poses, get comfortable with your body and your smile. Once you’re feeling better about how you look, use your smartphone or camera to snap a few shots of yourself to see which angles and poses work best. Your photographer will be able to help you with this on the day too but it never hurts to be prepared anyway.14235_2016-06-09_wed_wise
  3. Why are you doing this? Sometimes focusing on the camera and the person taking the photos is enough to put anyone off, instead rather focus on why you’re doing this shoot in the first place. Are you updating your family albums or perhaps you’re taking a few great shots for a holiday card, keep your mind on the result of the shoot instead.14676_2017.07.18_SEN_Washburn

Remember that your photographer does this for a living because they love working with people. They want to help you achieve the best quality images so have fun with it and trust that your photographer has your best interests at heart.

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Benefits of Meeting with Your Photographer Post-Shoot

While having them delivered to you on a flash drive or via dropbox seems like the easiest way to get your hands on images from your latest session, this isn’t always the best way. If you truly want to make the most of your images, meeting with your photographer after your session is highly recommended.16676_2015-08-11_wed_mcmahon

Your photographer puts a lot of time and effort into your session as well as the editing of your photos. A true professional won’t just abandon you as a client once the shoot is done. If you’re wondering why it’s important to meet with your photographer after your session, this is what you need to know.712_-2016-09-17_wed_joyce

  1. A post-shoot meeting completes your photography experience. Having your photos taken is a personal experience, so why shouldn’t the entire process be personal too? Photographers prefer to take you through your photos so that they can assist you from start to finish and share in your joy.2015.01.18_ENG_Kelley_DNG-January 18, 2016-104
  2. Your photographer will assist you with the photo selection process. For some people, receiving a disc or flash drive filled with photos can be quite overwhelming, especially when it comes to selecting the best photos to print. Meeting with your photographer after your session allows them to give you their professional opinion on the best photos to print and what your printing options are.3
  3. Your photographer will be the perfect guide on where to place your photos. If you choose to meet with your photographer post-session, you may want to opt to meet them at your home. This way they can walk through your home with you and guide you on the best places to display your portraits.

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