2019.06.08 Stephanie & Brian’s Wedding

Brian and Stephanie have a Christmas tradition: They exchange an ornament each year. And, after celebrating the past 8, this year’s tree was sweetly decorated with these precious ornaments! After they had opened all of the presents, Brian directed Stephanie to her last Christmas gift, hinting it was on the Christmas tree and had to do with “what we normally exchange” (an ornament)!

As soon as her eyes found what he had her looking for, she saw the handcrafted ring holster ornament holding a beautiful, sparkling ring! She knew exactly what this was and when she turned to him, he was down on one knee proposing! Tears of happiness filled in each of their eyes- of course she said yes!!!

Thank you for including Third Eye Photography in your amazing wedding day celebration. It was a day full of laughter, tears and pure love.

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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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Best Times To Book Your Outdoor Photo Session

There are a lot of things to consider when booking your outdoor photo shoot. Whether it is for an engagement session or portrait session you want to ensure your images come out looking stunning. Many people book their shoot thinking that the afternoon would be the best time to shoot since there is plenty of sunlight, but this is actually one of the worst times to do an outdoor shoot.

The afternoon light from the sun is often harsh and strong which causes unflattering shadows. While diffusers and shade can help reduce these shadows it still isn’t ideal. So when should you schedule your outdoor shoot?

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The Golden Hour.

Any professional photographer will agree that the best time to shoot outdoors is during what is know as the golden hour. This is typically the hour just after the sun has risen or the hour just before the sun sets. It is during this time that the lighting is ideal because the sun is typically at its lowest point in the sky. As a result, the light is soft and diffused which creates less contrast and shadows.

Additionally, during these hours there are fewer people out and about. This gives you the extra bonus of not having to worry about anyone walking in the background or distracting you during the shoot. The glow of the sun at this time will also help add dimension to the background and allow for more detail to come through the images.

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How to determine the golden hour?

Since the sun rises and sets at different times every day you want to make sure you plan accordingly. From about March to July the sun will begin to rise earlier and set later and from August to December the sun will rise later and set earlier. Keep in mind that your location will impact the length of time you will have this ideal light to shoot with. As you move closer to the equator the “golden hour” will typically not be as long because the sun moves up in altitude more quickly so the light becomes harsher much faster.

While it may not seem ideal to have to wake early to get in your photo shoot the images you will come away with are well worth this small sacrifice. Most parents also agree that booking their family shoots earlier in the morning was met with less resistance from their children. Keep this in mind when you decide to book your next outdoor shoot.

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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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5 Tips for Posing as a Bride

OK friends, here are some tips for my beautiful brides…

I’ve learned a lot over the years of photographing weddings…especially that not everyone is super comfortable in front of the camera (I know I’m not). As a bride myself only 2 years ago I remember thinking to myself “so this is what it feels like” and not so sure I liked it. But my photographer was great and as a photographer I know how important it is that I make my brides feel comfortable and beautiful while working my little butt off. But there are some tricks your can keep in mind that will help you help your photographer create the best wedding photos possible. 
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1. Take a Deep Breath and Relax
Try to be a relaxed and natural as you can. Remember that the more tense you feel the more that is going to come across in the photographs. Sometimes I tell little kids (and some adults) to make a sad face for a few seconds and then smile. It usually loosens them up and relaxes the muscles in the face. If you need a moment to change your facial express go ahead. Something other then  smile might make for a good photo anyway, and at the very least it will give you a break from constantly smiling, which I’m sure we all know, can look really painful if sustained for long periods of time. 
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2. Be in the Moment
Enjoy your time with your new husband. Laugh, tickle, whisper sweet nothings (or dirty jokes). Don’t feel like you have to constantly look at the camera and smile. Embrace your emotions and encourage your man to do the same. Cry, rest on his shoulder, take in the views. Hold hands and kiss. All those make for wonderful, natural moments and get photos. Remember it is all about the two of you and your commitment to each other. Think about the words you said (or are going to say) to each other at the ceremony and really digest the experience. The emotions will show on your faces and will be real.
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3. Stand up Straight and Turtle Neck-It
Roll your shoulders down and back. Tighten your core and straight your spine. I also recommend for my brides to do what they call in the fashion industry the turtle neck. You jut your chin out to extend your neck and then bring your chin down. This helps avoid the double chin issue. It is especially good for the grooms who tend to hunch their shoulders and push their chins back into their neck.
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4. Hands Hold Something or Each Other
Hands always seem to be an issue for bride and grooms. If you aren’t comfortable placing them somewhere they can feel awkward and in the way. I like to use props. It gives lift to a simple scene and gives my couple something to do with their hands. Another way to solve the hand issue to hold on to each other. Touching your loved one not only relaxes the hand and gives it something to do but it relaxes the entire body. Hold hands, touch his hair or back of the neck, grab his checks with both of your hands…anything. 
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5. Chose the Right Photographer
You are going to spend the most time with your photographer out of everyone else at your wedding. Find something you feel comfortable with. Meet them in person before you hire them to make sure your personalities are compatible and that everyone feels good about each other. Meet with them several times before your wedding day to really get to know them and they you. I feel more like a close friend by the time I am photographing my couple. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and stay in touch after you have booked them and before the big day. You have to love them as much as you love their photographs. 
 
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Seeing Eachother Before the Wedding or Not: What is Right For You?

Seeing each other before the wedding is called a “1st Look”. This is where the groom sees the bride before the ceremony, typically so they can take photos together without interrupting their cocktail hour for photos. There are pros and cons to this idea.

Pros

1. Add another memorable moment to your day

2. Does not interrupt your cocktail hour because you do your creative portraits before the ceremony

3. Spend more time with your family and guests

4. Have some quiet time with your finance

5. Share that “1st look” moment in privacy

6. Relieve some stress before the ceremony

7. Take time to drive to different locations for your photos- this may even be with your entire wedding party having some “pre-ceremony fun”.

Cons

1. It goes again tradition

2. Can been see as bad luck

3. Can be hard for the parents to accept.

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Crested Butte Wedding Photography by Crested Butte’s Photography Studio, Third Eye Photography.

Crested Butte Wedding Photographer and Owner, Rebecca Ofstedahl from Third Eye Photography is anything but your average Crested Butte wedding photographer. Each wedding is treated with care and creativity unsurpassed by other Crested Butte wedding photography studios. Your wedding day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Crested Butte area.

This is Crested Butte wedding photography at its best. Third Eye Photography is an award-winning photographer based in Crested Butte area. Offering wedding coverage in Crested Butte, Gunnison, Denver and destinations worldwide, this wedding photography studio is one of the top studios in the country and is located right here in Crested Butte.

Creative. Stylish. Award-winning. These are the words typically used to describe this Crested Butte wedding photographer. With clients based all over the country, Crested Butte is home to this Crested Butte wedding photographer.

We take pride in offering our clients the type of Crested Butte wedding photography they are looking for. Its one thing to take pictures, its another to create art for our clients.

Our Crested Butte clients are typically looking for artwork for their home vs. snapshots, and that is what draws them into our Crested Butte wedding photography studio.

Serving Crested Butte, the Gunnison County, Denver and Beyond

Third Eye Photography offers Crested Butte wedding photography coverage in the Crested Butte area, including but not limited to, Crested Butte, Mt. Crested Butte, Gunnison, Paonia, Buena Vista, Denver and the surrounding areas.

Not looking for a Crested Butte wedding photographer? Please be sure to consider us for your family and children photography needs in the Crested Butte area.

We are located conveniently in downtown Crested Butte. Please call or email us for more information.

How To Decipher Photography Lingo And Why Brides Need To

The lingo of any photographer can be very difficult for the average person to understand. There are numbers and so many technical terms. Language that can send the head spinning. But it is good to know some of these terms and what they mean, especially when you are sitting down to interview wedding photographers. You want to make sure they are using some of the best technology and that they know what they are talking about. Plus, photographers always get a kick out of talking technical.

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  • Photography – the word photography comes from two old Greek words “phos” meaning light and “graph” meaning to draw.  So photograph literally means to draw with light, or a drawing made with light.  So photography is the art of drawing with light. Just fun info!
  • DSLR – digital single lens reflex camera. Any digital camera with interchangeable lenses where the image is viewed using a mirror and prism, and the image is taken directly through that lens. What you see in your viewfinder is what the lens sees. If a photographer is shooting with film (SLR) it does not make he/she a bad photographer, just a little old school. However, I think digital gives us a lot of options, a faster turn-around time and a lot more fun in post-processing.

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  • Camera resolution – expressed in megapixels is the dimensions your camera’s sensor is capable of capturing. For example Canon’s new 6D has a resolution of 5472 x 3648 which equals 19,961,856, which they’ve rounded off to 20 megapixels. This is not the only factor in image quality, but generally the large the number, the larger prints you can produce from it without loss of quality. If you are familiar with the different DSLR camera’s out there then you can easily find out if your photographer is shooting with a top-of-the-line quality camera. If you are not familiar with theses cameras, check out BHPhotoVideo.com  for a list of camera and their specs. Most Canon and Nikon D Series cameras are high-quality and shoot with a high resolution.
  • File format: jpeg vs RAW – most DSLR’s have the ability to shoot both formats. If you choose JPEG, the camera will shoot a RAW file, process it using the picture style you’ve selected in your menu, save it as a JPEG and discard the RAW version. If shot in RAW the resulting file will be larger, carry more information (but the same pixel resolution, see above) and require software to process. It gives you the photographer more control over the final look of your image. I only shoot in RAW. I would rather get as much info as possible in camera, and then compress the file in Photoshop after I have edited it. If you wedding photographer is not shooting in RAW I would ask he/she why not and request that they do (of find another photographer). RAW takes up a lot of memory but if you are a regular wedding photographer you should have multiple memory cards anyway
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  • Camera modes – manual: full manual the user is setting the ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Shutter priority (Tv on a Canon or S on a Nikon) the user is selecting ISO and shutter speed, the camera is then choosing the aperture to make a correct exposure. Aperture priority (Av for Canon users, A for Nikon) the photographer selects the ISO and aperture and the camera picks the shutter speed. One is not better then the other, just used for different reasons and differently for different photographers. For example, I shoot in Aperture Priority when I am shooting in natural light. Not because I don’t know how to set my camera in manual but because I am working quickly and if my camera can help me out by doing some thinking for me I am happy to take it. Of course, you still have to manage your settings so your camera doesn’t make decisions you don’t want. When I am using my flashes, I am always in manual. I want to be in full control. My flashes are also in manual so I can make decisions for them.

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  • Fast glass – refers to a lens with a very large maximum aperture such as f1.8 or f1.2. “Fast” as in, it allows you to shoot at a fast shutter speed due to the large aperture. These lens are great for low-light situations as well as very shallow depth for portraits or detail shots (photo above is a example of shallow depth).
  • Bokeh – correctly pronounced as “bo-ke” like the ke in kettle. It is used to described the out of focus blurred bits in the background when “fast glass” is used. Most often bokeh occurs where small light sources are in the background, far in the distance. This is a fun way to make lights and the background very architectural and interesting.
  • Lens flare – occurs when the light source hits the lens directly, it can manifest as a hazy looking image or artifacts such as circles of light. Some photographers actually desire lens flare and position their camera to create it and use it as a compositional element (see image below)

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  • Golden hour – also called “magic hour” is the hour right before sunset or right after sunrise. The sun is low on the horizon and it is an optimal time for photography. This isn’t always possible when planning out your wedding day but if you know to ask your photographer for a photo at the Golden Hour I am sure he/she can make one or two happen.

 

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