Solstice Wedding

Ten years ago, their shared love of nature brought them to Rocky Mountain Biological Lab, right up the road from Crested Butte. Marie was working on her PhD research through the University of California, Davis, and Bryan was finishing his Bachelors degree from Humbolt State University. After a summer of doing research and hiking mountains together, they knew that they could not go on without each other. Almost exactly ten years later they were married under the sun and mountains on the Woods Walk at the noon bell of the solstice.

Thank you Marie and Bryan for including Third Eye Photography on your beautiful day! It was a pleasure and a joy!

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Buena Vista Wedding June 18

Kiely and Shane were wed on their 8th year anniversary in Buena Vista CO, a place they have spent the last special year making memories in, surrounded by their closest friend and family. Although the storms threatened in all directions, not a drop of rain fell. Winds blew but nothin stopped their love from spreading into everyone’s heart who attended this beautiful event. Thank you Kiely and Shane for including Third Eye Photography in your special day! _MG_4792_MG_4943_MG_4960_MG_5026_MG_5157_MG_5285_MG_5330_MG_5342_MG_5449_MG_5507_MG_5511_MG_5541_MG_5561_MG_5577_MG_5598_MG_5609_MG_5618_MG_5633_MG_5673_MG_5697_MG_5918_MG_5931_MG_5947_MG_6623_MG_6649_MG_6652_MG_6692

Wilson Wedding June 15th

Stacey and Zach Wilson were married at Harmel Ranch in Almont CO June 15th 2019. It was a beautiful day- full of love, happiness and fury friends. The clouds threatened but a drop did not fall until everyone safely inside for dinner. A perfect day with only a few minutes of fear as Stacey and Zach’s car wheels spun on the off-road dirt on their way to their first spot of creative portraits. A moment of panic- would they bride and groom have to abandon their car on the top of a mountain? But alas, a small push from their photographer and the car was free- all dogs and humans were safe and could continue on their photographic journey. The day continued to be perfect, all members making it to the ceremony despite slight detours, the rains stayed away- the love was apparent throughout all the smiles and laughter well into the evening.

Thank you Stacey and Zach for including Third Eye Photography on your special day- it was a wonderful Saturday!

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8 Fun Photo Session Themes to Inspire You

Themed photo sessions are the perfect way way to update your photo collections and capture new memories with your friends and family while having fun at the same time.

If you have a photo session of your own coming up but you want to try and do something different, here are a few fun ideas for themed sessions to inspire you.

41057_2018.07.03_POR_BakerRoll out the picnic blanket:Picnics are always a whole lot of fun and the ideas for props are endless. There’s also the bonus of having a beautiful outdoor backdrop to complete session. A picnic-themed session works in so many scenarios too, from family photos to engagement sessions; it’s a romantic and playful option.

Vintage campout:Think thick, quilted throws and blankets, cushions, and mason jars. Find a quiet spot in the woods or under a tree in the park and you’ll have the perfect setting for a makeshift vintage campout mini session.

Tea party:This one is especially great if you have young girls in your home. Set out a table with some chairs, get the girls all dressed up in something pretty and capture them enjoying some milk and cookies.

Back to school:Books, desks, chalk boards, suitcases, these are all great props that you can use for a fun back-to-school themed photo session.

600072019.05.05_DAN_LodovicoUnderwaterA day at the pool:This is one theme that the entire family can get in on. All you need are a few towels, sun loungers, sunglasses and bottles of soda and you can capture some fun, summertime shots of you and your family.

Storytime:If you would prefer to stay indoors, why not put your family in some comfy clothing that will look good on camera and have a story session with your kids. These intimate, candid shots are perfect for the family photo wall.

41271_2018.07.05_POR_GilchristSpringtime:Now that the weather is warmer, a simple session in a beautiful park or garden that’s bursting with color makes for some lovely shots and is a theme that works well for a variety of occasions too.

Get cooking:A themed photo shoot is the perfect excuse to get in the kitchen and cook or bake with your kids, especially because it makes for some fun family photos.

There are countless themes that you can use for your photo sessions but there’s no reason to overcomplicate it either. You know your friends and family best so pick a theme and location that speaks to your unique personalities.

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Outfits to Avoid in Your Family Photo Sessions

Family photo sessions are great fun but deciding what everyone should wear so that they’re comfortable and happy and that your photos look great can be a whole other mission.

If you’re unsure about what you should be wearing to your session, here are the types outfits that you should avoid at all costs:55339_2018.12.01_POR_TrailheadWinter

  • Matchy-matchy. The days of wearing matching outfits are long gone. There are many other ways to still coordinate your outfits without them all being the same. Incorporating various shades of the same color without it being the exact same item of clothing is one such option.
  • Bold patterns and logos.Wearing clothing that has logos or boasts bold patterns is one way to distract from everyone in the family photo. While patterns are fine, make sure that they’re subtle. It’s best to stay away from logos and characters completely.59942_2019.04.20_POR_Osborn
  • Short sleeves and pants.Family portraits always look better when you aren’t exposing too much skin as this once again distracts from people’s faces in the photo. Depending on the style of your shoot and the location, try and keep exposed areas to a minimum and try to avoid shorts.
  • Bold accessories. While it’s perfectly fine to wear accessories to a family photo session, make sure that they’re subtle and won’t distract from the main subjects in the photo. Chandelier earrings and large, heavy necklaces are always a no-no.
  • Uncomfortable clothing. When you’re uncomfortable in your clothing, it shows up in your photos. While you may love the new dress you bought or your son looks super cute in his new hat, if you aren’t 100% comfortable and fidgeting, it’s best to choose something else.52249_2018.09.17_SEN_Elliot
  • Pops of color are great but neon clothing will almost always affect your skin tone and your photos so it’s best to stay away from these types of items completely.
  • All white or black.When you wear an outfit that is all white or all black, you tend to lose a lot of detail in the photo that clothing would normally bring in. Wearing neutral tones is fine but try to mix it up with a different color.

Most importantly, to avoid any additional stress during the days leading up to your family photo session, plan ahead so that everyone can fully enjoy themselves on the day.

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Simple Tips for Making the Most of Your At-Home Lifestyle Photo Session

Lifestyle photography is so beautiful because it’s real.

It captures those raw, everyday moments that stick in the back of your mind and make you smile.

At-home lifestyle photography sessions have become a very popular choice amongst families and if you’ve recently booked your very own session, here are a few tips that you can use to make the most of your time with your photographer.60051 2019.05.10_NEW_Meadows

  1. Let the light in.Since you will be shooting indoors, let as much natural light into your home as possible in order to achieve exceptional photos.
  2. Keep it tidy.While your home doesn’t need to be free of every speck of dust, it’s important to tidy up the rooms that you will be using the most. Don’t go overboard though; the point of a lifestyle session is to actually capture you and your family in your home as you experience it.40894_2018.07.02_POR_Johnson
  3. Incorporate activities.Lifestyle sessions are all about natural, candid shots and if you’re feeling a bit nervous about just winging it, line up a few activities for you and your kids so that you’ll have something to do during your session. You can just let things flow from there.
  4. Plan your outfits.Just because you will be at home, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t plan what you’re going to wear. Decide on the types of photos that you would like to capture and choose your outfits accordingly. Even if you’re opting for your PJs, make sure that they’re not too busy and that you’re not wearing the socks with the holes.                      Portrait-Photography-in-Crested-Butte-RSO- 11 (3 of 68)
  5. Let your kids take the lead.If you do have young kids in the house, sometimes it’s best to just let them take the lead and you can jump in and have fun with them where it seems most natural.
  6. Move outside the living room.When people think lifestyle sessions, they very often set everything up in the living room but if you really want to get a wide variety of shots, don’t discount the bedroom and the kitchen as these can make for some great backdrops too.Portrait-Photography-in-Crested-Butte-RSO- 11 (34 of 71)

You will always get the very best lifestyle photos when you relax and have fun. Your photographer will be there to guide you so just focus on taking it all in and making some memories with your beautiful family.

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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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