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

Understanding the Common Expressions Your Photographer Uses

If you’ve recently started discussing a photoshoot with a photographer or you’re still on the hunt for the perfect photographer for your wedding, birthday or engagement shoot, you’ve more than likely come across several different terms and expressions that you’ve never heard of before.

To make you more comfortable during your conversations with your photographer, here are a few common expressions that you should familiarize yourself with:

  • 52211_2018.09.17_SEN_ElliotRaw Files.Raw files are photos that have not yet been processed. Most professional photographers only ever shoot RAW so that they can alter their photos later on. Most photographers will also be reluctant to give raw files to customers since it could result in their photos being altered by someone who isn’t familiar with editing processes and techniques.
  • Reprint Permissions. Sharing a photographer’s photos online or in the media will usually require reprint permission. This ensures that a photographer knows where their photos will be showcased, that they want to be associated with a particular platform or portrayed in a certain light.46558_2018.08.18_WED_Hutchinson
  • A copyright on photos means that they belong to the photographer that shot them and that the photographer can use them as they see fit. For example, they are allowed to use your photos in their portfolio. It also means that people or organizations are not allowed to use the photos in promotional materials without the photographer’s permission.
  • Golden Hour.The golden hour is a period of time around 15 – 20 minutes before sunrise and after sunset when your photographer has access to the best possible natural light. Most photographers will always opt to shoot during this period when possible.61815 2019.06.08_WED_Nicoll
  • Straight Out of the Camera.When photos are straight out of the camera, it means that they have been through very little editing and processing.
  • Suggested Shot List.This is usually a term that comes up a lot during discussions with wedding photographers. While planning your wedding, you will more than likely have a few ideas for photos that you really want your photographer to shoot, which is why they will usually ask you for a suggested shot list. If not, remember to speak up and tell your photographer your ideas.
  • Photography style is another term that will usually pop up during your conversation with your photographer. Some common photography styles include classic, lifestyle, documentary, and artistic. It may be useful to research a few of these photography styles before you meet with your photographer so that you can tell them what you expect.61832 2019.06.08_WED_Billesbach

Remember, your photographer is there to make this a fun and pleasant experience for you, not to throw technical terminology at you. If there are certain terms that you’re unsure about, ask away. Your photographer will be more than happy to explain the entire process to you.

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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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2019.06.08 Morgan and Ned’s Wedding

After 11 years of dating, Ned proposed to Morgan on Christmas morning 2017. As active snowboards, Ned bought Morgan a new pair of snowboarding pants and insisted she try them on. After slipping on the pants Ned said “I think there is something in the left pocket”. Morgan reached in and pulled out a box containing the ring. Ned got down on one knee and popped the question. Morgan was super shocked as a holiday proposal very unexpected. Now Morgan searches all the pockets of any attire from Ned.

Thanks for including Third Eye Photography in your amazing wedding day celebration! From the sunshine to the dance floor it was a day to remember!

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