Boudoir photography, engagement photography, portrait photography, Wedding Photography

6 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Photographer

  1. How long have you been a photographer? The longer a photographer has been in business, the more likely it is that it’s not just a hobby for them.
  2. Which types of photography do you specialize in?  It’s uncommon for a photographer to specialize in several different types of photography as they often only specialize in one or sometimes two genres.  For example, a photographer who specializes in newborn photography might not be the best candidate to shoot wedding photos unless they have the experience in doing so.
  3. Do you have many repeat clients? This is a great litmus test of not only the quality of a photographer’s work but of their customer service too.
  4. What is your policy on rescheduling a session?  An experienced photographer will definitely have a policy in place when it comes to a customer cancelling or rescheduling a photography session.  A photographer with policies indicates that they have experience with different types of customers and situations and have created policies accordingly.
  5. Have you had any experience with (name your specific concern)?  If you have any specific concerns regarding your photo session such as the photographer’s ability to work with a special needs child for example, find out if they have ever handled that type of situation before. Do not dismiss a photographer and their abilities based on their answers to your concerns. If given adequate notice, an experienced photographer should be able to deal with any situation you present them. This is the hallmark of a true pro.
  6. Silent Question: Use your gut to judge their personality and rapport. A photographer’s main job is to capture emotions and moments. If your photographer doesn’t mesh well with you on the phone or in person, chances are you and your family will not mesh well with them at your session and this will show in your photos.
Boudoir photography, engagement photography, high school senior portraits, portrait photography, Wedding Photography

How to Pick the Perfect Professional Photographer

What you need to consider before you pay that photography deposit.

If you’ve started the search for a photographer then you’ll know just how many options there are. Before you go ahead and book a professional photographer for a shoot though, there are a couple important things to consider.

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What style are you looking for?

Photographers have different styles so you need to decide on someone who can help you achieve the end result you are looking for. This applies to everything from wedding and maternity shoots to family and corporate shoots. Ask the photographer for some examples of their latest work to evaluate whether they can cater to your needs.

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Research and review.

Before you invest in a professional photographer you need to do your homework. Get online to find a few customer reviews, browse around their website to view their latest work and have a look around their social media pages to find out what others are saying about them. These platforms will also give you a good idea of their personality and style. Some other important points to consider when researching photographers are:

  1. Do their services fall within your price range? Or better yet, are you looking for something custom and high-end or just a shoot-and-burn? Different studios offer different types of experiences, find the one right for you.
  2. Are they experienced enough to give you the results you are looking for?
  3. Are they based in your area and are they willing to travel to a specific location if need be?
  4. Is the quality of their photos good enough? Look at aspects such as sharpness, exposure and saturation.

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Create a short list.

Once you have done your research, create a short list of professional photographers that stand out for you. Get in touch with each of them to discuss your needs and to ask any questions that you might have. It’s important that you chat with the photographer over the phone if not in person as this is the best way to get to know them and find out whether you’ll be able to work with them. Feeling uncomfortable or stressed out around your photographer makes for bad photos.

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It’s important that you pick a photographer that you have confidence in. Your photos are there to last you a lifetime so while there is nothing wrong with helping out your photographer friend who has just started out, it’s best to choose an experienced photographer for important events and occasions that you can’t relive.

Contact Rebecca@3rdeyephoto.net to capture your next memories!

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Wedding Florals & Tips for Brides

To Flower or Not to Flower? That is the question! It isn’t an easy decision to make…and once you make it you have a host of other decisions to make too. Should I do it myself? How much should I spend on florals? Whats colors look best together? The questions can be endless. We have amazing floral options here in Crested Butte, CO. Blue Bird Events and Weddings also  has an in-house florist.  Fully event based, BBE’s florist will help you design and create the perfect flowers for your event. Misty Mountain Florals is located in the heart of Crested Butte and has been offering floral arrangements for years in our area. Visit The Gunnison-Crested Butte Wedding Guide for a list of additional vendors for your next wedding or event!

Here are some of my favorite arrangements and tips from wikiHow

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Understand that there are no right or wrong choices when selecting flowers for your wedding. It is your own personal choice, as your own preferences are the most important part, as well as having a basic understanding of what works well for the theme you’ve chosen and your budget. You can also expect a good florist to provide you with helpful advice, so be prepared to ask plenty of questions and to run ideas past your florist once you reach that stage. Some basics to grasp before getting into the details include:

  • Remember that less is more. Flowers are the splash of color, the ornamentation on top of many other already beautiful parts of a wedding.
  • Good positioning and use of inexpensive foliage can create the sense that you have more floral arrangements than you actually do.
  • Your florist must share your vision, or it’s time to find one who does.

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Start by looking through bridal magazines, books, and even gardening books that focus on flowers. If you don’t already have an idea of the types of flowers you’d like to have, simply looking at beautifully photographed flowers can be a lovely way to start getting an idea of what you like. Even consider taking a tour of a local Botanical Garden or a greenhouse where flowers are on display, to get a real feel for how the flowers appear.

  • Learn the different meanings of the flowers so that this can play a part in your decision; you might want to express certain sentiments through the “language of flowers”. Read How to express yourself using the language of flowers to find the meanings of flowers with accompanying images.
  • There are some classic wedding flowers with which you can’t go wrong. They are: roses, peony, lily of the valley, hydrangea, orchid, and calla lily. This doesn’t mean you must have any of these flowers but it can help you when deciding to know that these classics are sound choices

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Determine your budget. Before you get too excited, do the sums. Some floral arrangements might not be realistic once you have budgeted for everything else, so it’s a good idea to know how much you have to spend on flowers before getting your hopes up. When you visit the florist, you can discuss the extent of your budget and work from there. It’s a good idea to keep some flowers on your “must-have” list and some on your “wish-list”, so that if you do have to pare down, the wish-list flowers can go first without depleting the flowers that you must have. See the “Tips” below for an indication of essential flowers versus nice-but-not-necessary ones, if the budget can’t stretch that far.

  • Be prepared to be more creative if you’re on a budget.
  • Don’t hedge around the cost with your florist. Be honest if you can’t afford much; it’ll help your florist look for cheaper but just as lovely alternatives early on.
  • Use expensive flowers sparingly, such as for the bridal bouquet only.
  • Centerpieces soon add up. Consider finding less elaborate centerpieces to reduce the costs if your budget is tight.
  • Feel free to mix and match flower types and to raid the garden as well. All flowers are beautiful, whether they’re cheap or expensive; the important thing is freshness and a price you can afford.
  • Use fragrant flowers to give the impression that there are more flowers; stronger smelling flowers will perfume a room with ease (for example, frangipani, lilies, hyacinths, jasmine, and sweet peas).

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Consider the color of the flowers. Color is an important part of your decision about which flowers to have. The colors chosen should complement the bridal gown, the wedding theme, and the clothing of the rest of the bridal party. Colors chosen according to the seasonal availability will allow you the greatest impact for the smaller price, as seasonal flowers will always cost less. When thinking about color, consider what the flowers have to contend with in the room, marquee, or outdoor area where they’re located and be sure to choose colors that will stand out. Some of the more popular flowers by color choice include:

  • White: rose, sweet pea, camellia, stephanotis, narcissus, gardenia, orchid, lily of the valley, jasmine, and snowdrop.
  • Pink: rose, ranunculus, peony, sweet pea, carnation, tulip, protea, boronia, and lily.
  • Lavender: lavender, lilac, anemone, statice, iris, delphinium, and hydrangea.
  • Yellowdaffodil, sunflower, tulip, gerbera, lily, and freesia.
  • Redgerbera, rose, dahlia, poinsettia, and amaryllis.

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Consider the season. The season plays an important role in your choice, especially if you’re budget-conscious. While non-seasonal flowers can be flown in, this increases the cost and complexity considerably. And if you’re into locally grown produce, it’s hardly appropriate to have flowers flown in! Some of the more well-known, popular flowers are indicated alongside their season here (noting that there may be regional and climate variances depending on where you live in the world):

  • Spring flowers: amaryllis, anemone, daffodil, freesia, gerbera, lily of the valley, orchid, ranunculus, stephanotis, and sweet pea.
  • Summer flowers: anthurium, carnation, chrysanthemum, gypsophila, lily, magnolia, peony, rose, and sunflower.
  • Autumn/fall flowersagapanthus, aster, clematis, daisy, hosta, hydrangea, passion flower, and pinks.
  • Winter flowers: camellia, euphorbia, iris, nerine, pansy, poinsettia, snowdrop, tulip.
  • All year round flowers: calla lily, carnation, gypsophila, orchid, protea, rose, and tulip (although this list may vary by region).

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Think about where you want flowers to play a role in your wedding. Wedding flowers can be simple or elaborate depending on the type of wedding that is being planned. Either way, they should have a look of individuality and look as if they have all been specially created for the bride. Flowers are suitable for the following places and arrangements:

  • The bridal bouquet, and bouquets for the wedding party members (see below).
  • Flowers for the church or other place of marriage); flowers can be placed at the end of pews, on the altar, chancel steps, windowsills, around candelabra etc. Floral displays in most churches need to be large to be effective in the huge space of the church; if you have a tight budget, in some cases, you might even share the cost of the flowers in a church wedding if there is another wedding on the same day; that’s totally up to your preferences though). Note that some clergy will oppose decoration of the altar.
  • A register or registry office building or town hall may be less willing to have your own flowers but it’s worth asking if you can bring in one special arrangement of your own.
  • A decorated bridal arch or arbor.
  • A carpet of fresh petals for an outside wedding.
  • Tables at a sit-down dinner.
  • Flowers around a hall, marquee, dance area for the reception.

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Start with the bridal bouquet. This is the most intimate floral arrangement for the wedding and if you can’t afford many flowers, at least don’t skimp on the bouquet! The bride’s bouquet should be the largest and most spectacular bouquet in the wedding party. White is still traditionally the most popular color for the bride’s bouquet, but many different colors are used in weddings today for the bride and bridesmaids from soft pastels such as pale pink through to rich, vibrant colors such as hot pink, burgundy and violets. Ultimately, the choice of flowers for the bouquet depend on what you want, the style of your dress, your height and your wedding theme. It is recommended that you don’t finalize the bouquet until you have chosen your dress, because the two must match perfectly, and usually the larger the dress, the larger the bouquet.

  • Consider additional embellishments to a bouquet:
    • Pearls and crystals can be incorporated into bouquets for a touch of added glamour.
    • For a delicate touch sheer organza ribbon can be used to create ribbon bows and long streamers.
    • Wide satin ribbon will give a rich, luxurious look.

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Decide upon the bridesmaids’ bouquets. The bridesmaids’ flowers can be a smaller version of the brides flowers or a different shape but still maintaining the color theme. If the bride is carrying a trailing bouquet the bridesmaids could carry round bouquets. Each of the bouquets can be the same color as the brides bouquet. If you do select a different color, ensure that it blends well with the bridal bouquet and the overall wedding color theme. Ultimately, aim for good coordination.

  • To give a different look, the bridesmaids could carry elegant evening bags filled with flowers. The bag would need to be lined with a piece of plastic to prevent staining the inside of the bag. A piece of soaked florist foam can be placed in the bag and the flowers and foliage arranged in the foam to extend gracefully from the top of the bag.

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Decide upon the style of the flower girl’s flowers. This daintiest member of the wedding party could carry a small basket of flowers to match the bridesmaids’ flowers. The basket can be sprayed white or a pastel shade. Another alternative is to attach a spray of flowers to a piece of ribbon and tie it around the flower girl’s wrist, tying the ribbon ends in a bow with long ends. This is particularly suitable for a very young flower girl who may find a basket awkward to carry.

2015.06.19_WED_Lawler-Keen_DNG-June 26, 2015-14Prepare the bridegroom and groomsmen. Although their need for flowers is less showy, it’s just as important, and they will wear a buttonhole/boutonniere. For the groom, provide something that has a slight difference from the buttonholes for the groomsmen – such as a single flower that is the same as one in the bridal bouquet. Flowers that are popular for buttonholes include roses, carnations, orchids, and small varieties of lily. Lily of the valley is popular for buttonholes because it is an expensive flower but goes a long way in a buttonhole.

Prepare the corsages. Both the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom wear corsages. These should complement their outfits. The standard corsage flowers include roses, orchids, camellias, and gardenias.

  • Often grandmothers and special aunts will wear corsages too.
  • It is helpful to know the color of the dresses of those wearing corsages, to ensure that the colors will not clash – white or cream is always a safe, neutral choice.

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Beautiful Brides, Amazing Dresses, Be Inspired

Here are some of my beautiful brides and their amazing dresses. We have all different styles here, get inspired! There are even a few short dresses and traditional Hindu dresses!

Thank you to all my lovely clients, I love you all!

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Crested Butte Wedding Photography by Crested Butte Wedding Photographer, Rebecca Ofstedahl of Third Eye Photography

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.

 

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Wedding Albums- Should You Invest in One?

In this digital age, all of my brides want a FlashDrive of their images, which I think is great. Please, make as many 4x6s and 5x7s as you would like. But what about an album? So many brides still seem interested in purchasing a wedding album, and as a bride myself just a few short years ago, I can understand why. There is something still beautiful about having and holding something that contains the memories of one of the most special days in your life. I love looking at my wedding album, even three years after the wedding! And so many of my friends and family enjoyed checking it out too. With quality photos created by a professional sometimes the internet and social media postings just don’t do it justice. If you are working with a high-end photographer they will have top-of-the-line products to offer you. I have 3 levels of books I offer my clients, from my big and burly albums to a more economically choice.

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BayLeaf Series- My top, end books

My BayLeaf Series comes in a hard-cover box wrapped in photos. The BayLeaf albums have a host of cover options including photo on acrylic, photo on canvas and photo on metal. This series also has fabric options such as leather and suede to be mixed with the photos or used solely to create the perfect tone to your album. These books have thick pages and lay flat with no gutter to show-off our panos from the day. They are really amazing books- solid and sturdy and going to last for a lifetime.

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Mix and match leather and fabric options.
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Put an inscription on the cover!

I think of wedding albums as the first family heirloom. It is the start of your family. As great as digital photos are- they make it easy to share with all your friends, and even people you don’t know well, and allow you to make endless prints, there is just nothing like holding an album like from my BayLeaf series and flipping through this gold-gilded pages taking your time to enjoy the memories laid in the pages.

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Gold, silver and multi-colored gilding.
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Thick pages that won’t bend or tear.

I find myself looking through my albums much more often then I search through my computer for my digital files and scroll through them. I spend enough time at my computer, I don’t need my “time to enjoy the old-days” time to be in front of it as well. And to me, it is worth spending the extra cash to have something really nice that not only will look great but will last me forever. I find it worth the investment and so do a lot of my clients. And sometimes you can get a discount for the second album for mom and dad- so it’s always worth asking!

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No gutter let’s you spread your photos across two pages.
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Different sizes and levels for different budgets

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.

 

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What to Wear for Engagement Photo Sessions

It is never easy trying to pick out an outfit, or know what to do when you are going to be photographed! Here are a few tips to help you plan your next family portrait or engagement session!

1. Be comfortable! This is most important!! If you, your hubby, finace or kids are uncomfortable they are going to look it in the photos. And don’t fight with kids before the shoot- that just makes them grumpy and it’s not worth it! In the end if everyone is comfortable in what they are wearing they are going to look great, smile and exude happiness.

8140_2015.03.04_eng_joyce2. Stay away from clashing colors and patterns. Simple is best. If there are many people in the shoot have the colors work together- neutrals and earth tones are best. And of course there is nothing like blue-jeans and white tops! Or have most people in earth-tones and just one or two in a pop of color. Boys- do not wear anything with writing on it or logos! If you are going casual, wear a solid t-shirt.

2015.01.18_ENG_Kelley_DNG-January 18, 2016-773. Bring more then one option! Let your photographer help and give yourself variety in your images. Don’t bring anything too complicated or that will take a long time to get into (like a tux or gown). Keep it simple- maybe just change his top and your dress but keep the same shoes and jeans…Most likely something you can change into in a car because you might be cruising from location to location and if you are having your photos in the Rocky Mountains like I usually am there are no bathrooms for miles!

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4. Look yourself- but your fancy self. If you usually get pretty done-up before date night do the same for your engagement shoot. If you rarely are caught with make-up on, put on some powder cover-up, a little blush and mascara. even if you don’t usually wear make-up it is best to have a little something on so you don’t look too washed out. You want to look yourself, but the best and most fancy self possible for you.

7892_2015.01.30_eng_vader5. Get your nails done. Most photographers will take a close-up of the ring, so do your nails and put some lotion on your hands. You might even suggest that to your man because his hands might be in that slow-up as well!

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10 Things Every Groom Should Have (Brides Read too!)

Some must haves…

1. One day off a week from wedding talk. Make it a point to take a break every once in awhile and spend some quality, and romantic, time together.

2. Task your can really do. Take the lead on the stuff you are interested in, like music or drinks. you are more likely to actually get stuff done if you are interest in it.

16119_2015-08-02_wed_williams3. A tux or suit you feel great in! A well-fitted outfit can really go a long way in making you look your best on your wedding day, and feel your best! Make sure it fits right. (See Six Steps to Your Perfect Look)

4. A right-hand, best man. Some who is cool enough to throw you a killer bachelor party but who will also be there for you during your times of stress and can keep all the groomsmen inline on the bug day.

9727_2016-06-11_wed_ryan5. Time to relax before the wedding. Take some time to yourself or to do something fun with your groomsmen- golf or gym anyone?

6. A killer toast. Make it funny, sweet and short. Don’t forget to thank your bride, her parents and yours!

562_-2016-09-17_wed_joyce7. Heartfelt vows. Even if you don’t want to say them in front of everyone, write some down to give your bride the morning of (maybe with a nice gift). Ask friends and family to help if your having a hard time expressing yourself.

8. Smooth dance moves. Take a dance class with your sweetie. She will love the extra time together and you can learn a thing to two.

9579_2016-06-11_wed_ryan9. A post-wedding massage. Take some time to yourself and to decompress. A couple’s massage might be a nice treat too.

10. A mini-moon. If you aren’t planning on going on a honeymoon the day or two after the wedding plan something short for just the two of you. It is a great opportunity to swap stories, reminisce and decompress together.

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Six Questions We All Want to Know from Our Wedding Photographer Part 3

Co-written by wedding planner Ciera Freson.

A professional photographer understand light and the time-of-day that is best for imagery.
A professional photographer understand light and the time-of-day that is best for imagery.

Will a photographer help with the day of timeline?

Typically your wedding planner or day of coordinator work with venues and vendors to develop the day of timeline and ensure it is followed. If you do not have a planner or day of coordinator the development of and adherence to a timeline typically falls on the bride, member of the bridal party or family member. Although a photographer may help plan out the appropriate time you will need to capture the images you’d like, you have contracted with the photographer to take photos, not manage the timeline. However, this varies with all photography studios. Third Eye Photography does have timeline worksheets that are addressed multiple times prior to the wedding date. This helps the clients know how many hours they need coverage for as well as helps the photographer know when everything will start and end. If your photographer does not provide you with his/her own timeline worksheet it is important that your share the one you are using with him/her prior to the wedding day.

Remind your groom that this day only happens once and it goes by fast!
Remind your groom that this day only happens once and it goes by fast!

How to convince your fiance pictures are worth the investment.

  1. A majority of couples spend thousands of dollars on their wedding day, so it makes sense to invest in savoring those memories. Once the day has passed, memories fade and all that is left are the images.
  2. A point and shoot camera operated by a family member or friend will not capture the quality images that you will want to hang on your wall or create an album out of.
  3. A professional wedding photographer has the experience and knows what moments not to miss.
  4. A local photographer knows the area, knows the perfect locations and knows where to be when for the perfect lighting.
  5. A professional photographer is able to work with you to create a piece of artwork to savor for a lifetime, if that be high-end photo albums or photos to hang on your wall.
  6. Some say an average of 15-20% of your wedding budget should be spent on your photographer…Rebecca from Third Eye Photography says “no one has ever regretted having these beautiful images to show their children, family and friends.”
Capture your wedding professionally so you can share the memories.
Capture your wedding professionally so you can share the memories.

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Six Question We All Want to Know from our Wedding Photographer- Part 2

Co-written by wedding planner Ciera Freson.

Why should you consider a second shooter?

Nowadays it is very common for a two photographer team. There are many great benefits to this. Most studios who offer a second shooter do so because the second shooters are trained to help round out the coverage of the day as best as possible. For example, at the Third Eye Photography studio, Rebecca’s second shooters will always be at a different location with a different lens capturing something completely different than Rebecca. As much as she would love to be everywhere at once, she can’t. So she relies on her second shooter to help get her clients the most comprehensible coverage possible. Second shooters also can be assistants helping the lead photographer stay on the timeline and move through  the day with precision and ease.

9773_2016-06-11_wed_ryanWhy should you consider a first look?

The first look is a very popular request for photographers to capture; understandably so, as a bride you have envisioned this moment and the look on your partner’s face since the moment you got engaged. And the captured moments are usually breathtaking. I understand the tradition of waiting until the ceremony to see your partner for the first time as they walk down the aisle. But here are a few things to consider regarding a first look:

  1. A first look gives the couple a few quiet moments away from the whirlwind of the day. It is a great relief to have some time alone with your honey before the craziness of the ceremony and reception. It also helps curb the stress level, especially for grooms.
  2. The first look allows the moment to be captured without having to shoot around people and other obstacles. It can be a very private and intimate moment.
  3. A private first look gives your guests a first look without a photographer in the middle of the aisle.
  4. Instead of taking photos of the couple, bridal party and family during the social hour these images can be captured before the ceremony, allowing you to mingle with your guests during the social hour.
  5. To capture the bride and groom together, bridal party and family photos takes an average of 30-45 minutes. This time eats into your social hour and if photos take longer than anticipated, everyone begins to get stressed. The photographer wants you to relax and enjoy your day, but they are under pressure to capture the expected photos. As people begin to get stressed, it will show in the images.

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A first look allows you to go off and take photos at many locations.
A first look allows you to go off and take photos at many locations.

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Six Questions We All Want to Ask Our Wedding Photographer- Part 1

Co-written by wedding planner Ciera Freson. Thanks for the great questions Ciera, I am looking forward to working with you again this summer.

As a bride I found wedding photography shopping the most overwhelming of all items on my to-do list, hands down. I began the search process from scratch three times. Three times. That’s a lot of wasted time. I talk with plenty of brides who are searching for a photographer but just aren’t sure what it is they are ‘shopping’ for. Lucky Penny Event Planning has got you covered; I’ve teamed up with Rebecca Ofstedahl, Owner and Lead Photographer of Third Eye Photography in Crested Butte, Colorado, to give you the inside scoop on the wedding photography world and answer your photography questions.

12444_2015-06-19_wed_vaderWhy are photographers worth the amount they charge, and why are prices so across the board?

Go ahead, ask a photographer why they are worth the amount they charge. They would love to tell you and, they have a lot to tell you.

A small photography studio (one lead shooter) may tell you they charge a higher price because they take on a limited number of clients each year. Many studios, like Third Eye Photography, may only take on 10-15 weddings a year. This allows photographers like Rebecca and her assistants to take the time to create relationships with her clients and give them the attention they deserve.  By creating a relationship with the couple they can relax and feel more comfortable in front of the camera. Everyone looks better when they are relaxed.

There is plenty of work that goes on top of just taking photos during the wedding. Another item that adds to the final package cost is photo editing. A photographer takes an average of 2000-3000 photos a wedding. If you have a full-day contract, that’s a lot of photos the lead photographer needs to pick through in order to edit the top images. Rebecca says she spends an average of 6-8 hours editing each full-day wedding she photographs. A question to ask a potential photographer is their turn-around time. Third Eye Photography prides themselves in a 24-hour turnaround so clients can view their images in the studio as soon as 5pm the following day.

Many Collections at Third Eye Photography include high-end albums and digital FlashDrives, providing the clients with the ability to print their own prints for family and friends as well as create their first family heirloom in a beautiful, long-lasting album. Collections may also include a 2-hour Engagement or Portrait session.This allows the clients to have a variety or professional images taken over the course of their engagement year, for example, some client chose to have their engagement photos taken during the winter if their wedding is in the summer. Engagement or portrait sessions are also a great way for bride and grooms  to get to know and feel comfortable with their photographer.

Of course reputation, experience and the number of publications a photographer is credited in plays a role in the price tag. The number of publications does not make a photographer better, however it provides credibility. Photographers who have been working in the wedding industry for several years come with knowledge that is priceless and can not be taught. This includes experience leading up to the big day such as discussions about timeline and locations.  Photographers who are just breaking into the business often charge less because of their documented experience level.

3187_tep_2015.07.18_wed_pickeringWhy do many photographers not list prices on their website?

As you begin looking for wedding photographers, you will notice many do not publish package prices. As a bride I found this frustrating at first. I was wanting to be a stealth ‘shopper’ and see if they were in my price point. I recommend foregoing that line of thinking right off the bat. You’re going to have to reach out to at least a couple of photographers to explore your options. And don’t feel bad about reaching out to multiple photographers; ask if they are available on your date, confirm if they land in your price point and determine if it’s someone you can build a relationship with. However, when you make your photographer selection, the other photographers will appreciate a simple note letting them know you have gone in a different direction.

Photographers want to build a relationship with you and get to know you as they craft a package that is exactly what you are looking for; afterall, you are entrusting them with documenting your important day. The relationship with your photographer is more than just the price of the package. It is important to feel comfortable with your photographer and that means having a phone or in-studio meeting before discussing package prices. If you and your finance don’t get along with your photographer you will not get good images on your wedding day and it may leave you feeling super stressed- and no one wants that!

When shopping for a photographer try to picture yourself in the images they provide in their portfolio. If you look at their images and say ‘I want to be that bride’ then their style is a good fit. Ask to see images from an entire day, maybe even in the locations you have chosen. Then judge their personality and make mental notes of how you feel when talking with them. Once you have found someone who’s portfolio you love and who you get along with well, discuss pricing. And don’t be afraid to negotiate.

17688_2016-08-28_wed_rexroatVisit Third Eye Photography’s portfolio for more images!