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How to Prep for a Photo Session with Your Pet

For many people, pets are furry members of the family. It comes as no surprise that they want to include their pets in their photos. Including your pets in your photo session does require a little extra preparation but it is certainly doable.

Below are a few tips to prepare you for your photo session with your pet.

18374_2015.08.25_por_hughesTo make this work, you will need to get your pet to sit still and behave. Pets can get very excited when new people are around so let your pet become acquainted with your photographer beforehand. Bring treats and toys that your pet enjoys so that you have something to use to grab their attention if necessary.

Keep a leash or harness ready, just in case. Even though your pet might be well trained, it never hurts to be prepared. You may also want to arrange your poses so you can hold onto your pet securely without it looking like you are hanging on for dear life. Your photographer will help you with this.

16913_2015-08-13_wed_burgenerIf you know that your photo session is going to take some time, give your pets the chance to take breaks, walk around and drink water. You won’t be able to force a pet to sit still if they are thirsty or agitated.

As a pet owner you probably know how perceptive your animals are to energy and emotions, so it’s important that you are relaxed when you get to your pet photo session. If you really want to keep your pets relaxed too, try and arrange your photo session in a place where your pet will feel most comfortable such as your garden or a park.

For the best results, try and work with a photographer that has previously worked with animals. This will help make the process of photographing your pets even more enjoyable.

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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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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!

 

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What’s Important When Choosing A Wedding Photographer

There are so many things to think about when planning a wedding! One of the most important things is choosing a photographer, and the idea is that this is not super stressful for you. Your photographs are going to last the years, they are going to be what is there to jog your memory with your memories fade. Your wedding photographs are your family heirloom. How to chose the right photographer for you? Here are a few things to keep in mind that hopefully help in your decision making.

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1. It’s a Personal Relationship

This most important and probably the most easily overlooked part in your decision is how you get along with your photographer. Make sure to take the time to meet your photographer before making this decision, have a lengthy conversation and make sure both you and your finance feel comfortable around him/her. If you feel your photographer is adding stress or being unpleasant during your wedding it will show in your photographs. Your photographer should feel like a good friend and therefore your images will reflect your ease around your photographer.

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2. What is Your Style?

Deciding your style can be difficult, but looking at images from all different weddings will help shape that. Bring examples of what you like to your photographer, especially if you are not sure what your style is. If you know you love more traditional photographs be sure to relate that to your potential photographers before hiring anyone. If you like a journalistic approach, check the potentials photographers portfolio and discuss this style with each of them. Figure out if you are more of a Club at Crested Butte country-club type person or a Crested Butte Mountain Resort rustic, outdoors-type person…what is your wedding style, where are you getting married? That will help shape your photographer choice.

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3. What Level of Expertise Do You Need?

Are you only interested in basic coverage and a CD of images? Or are you looking for a full package including a second shooter, an album and premier prints? Don’t be afraid to express your needs to your photographer and ask if collections can be altered. Remember that creating a high-end album and printing on canvas that is going to span the years takes a lot of time, knowledge and expertise, much of what many high-level photographers posses. If you are someone who typically puts a CD of images in a shoebox or makes inexpensive prints that live in the bottom of your closet, you might want to spend the extra money on a photographer who will offer those services (unless you don’t mind you wedding photos dusty in a closet).

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4. Budget

This is the on that gets most brides. It is incredible hard to chose the right photographer based solely on price. Many times price will reflect a level of expertise, service and professionalism, but not always. It is important to keep all of these tips in mind when choosing a photographer, and do not judge someone based only on price. That being sad, it is hard for a photographer to charge a lot and not deliver a lot. Compare photographers and their pricing. Look at what others are charging in other locations. And don’t be afraid to ask questions or even haggle. But remember, being a wedding photographer is more then just snapping a few photos. There are a lot of factors going into a wedding day, including prep-time, managing a large group of people and getting amazing photos.

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5. Research Potentials

Research your photographer choices. Ask locals in the area, mostly other vendors or brides. In this electronic day it is easy to google-search your photographers and find out a lot about them. Do they come up often when searching? Are they on other vendors sites and recommended by different locations in the area? Do they have a professional website, blog and social media sites? Do they have client testimonials and if asked can they put you in connect with previous wedding parties? Ask, ask, ask!

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There is no single answer on how to find the right photographer for you. Hopefully these tips helped get your started on your journey. This relationship between you and your wedding photographer could be the single most important relationship outside of your fiancé on your wedding day. So don’t cheat yourself, ask questions, research, make a list of your needs and wants, and be honest.

To see more about Rebecca and Third Eye Photography visit www.3rdeyephoto.net

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Part 2: How To Get Married in Crested Butte…Things To Do for Your Guests

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Crested Butte, CO. is tucked away in the mountains, hundreds of miles from a city in any direction. But that does not mean there is a lack of things to do here! We are the mountain biking and wildflower capital with one of the most extreme skiing mountains in the US. Not only is Crested Butte a beautiful place to have a wedding, it is a great place for guests too!

Activities for your Guests

1. Biking. Rent a bike from one of our bike shops and cruise downtown or venture onto one of the trails. This can be a nice, relaxing activity or can be a great workout for the more experienced bikers in the group. There are hundreds of trails ranging in difficulty including a paved recreation path that winds its way up the mountain and through fields of flowers.

2. Hiking. Those hundreds of bike paths also are commonly used to hike on. Get a map from the Chamber of Commerce and hike as short or long as you would like. There are a dozen trails that can be hiked directly from town so no transportation is needed.

3. Wildflower Exploration. Grab a wildflower guide from the Townie Bookstore and enjoy the fields of flowers as you identify them from your guide book. You can explore the alleyways of downtown and see many wildflowers in backyards or take an easy walk down the Woods Walk path. You can also take a chairlift ride up and down the mountain- a perfect place for wildflower viewing.

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4. Adventure Park. The Adventure Park at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort has great fun for the whole family! There is a zip-line, a climbing wall, a mini golf course and a bungee trampoline all at the base of the mountain.

5. Rivers. For the adventurous group check out the many rafting opportunities available- the Three Rivers Resort is a great place to start. Your group can also enjoy a day of fishing- you can rent equipment and even hire a guide. The Blue Mesa and Taylor Lake are both amazing spots to enjoy a day by the water or on a boat.

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6. The Arts. The art community in Crested Butte is big and full of great activities for guests. Visit the Center for the Arts calendar, the Dance Collective website or the Artists of the West Elks website for information about workshops, events, shows and classes. ArtWalk is the last thursday of the month from 5-8pm. Strolls the streets of downtown and visit the galleries, meet the artists and enjoy an evening to remember.

7. Dining. What kind of tourist town would we be without amazing dining options? We have everything, from sushi to thai, italian to true Colorado cuisine. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be found at a variety of places and at a variety of prices. Some of my favorite places include: Lils Bar and Grill for sushi, the Wooden Nickel for steak, the Ginger Cafe for pad thai, Ryce for their sesame chicken, Maxwells for their salmon salad, Pitas in Paradise for  happy hour, the Secret Stash for  pizza and Izzy’s for bagels and breakfast…and we can’t forget dessert! Third Bowl for homemade ice-cream.

8. Shopping. Elk Ave is our main street where most of our downtown shops reside. You won’t find any chains here- this is all true local shopping. We have t-shirt shops, lots of locally-made jewelry stores, clothing boutiques, home decor and furniture stores, memorabilia and knick-knack stores, toys and a whole lot more.

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9. Events. The summer and winter calendars are packed with fun events to participate or just enjoy watching. Some of these include the 4th of July Parade, the harvest celebration of Vinotak in September,  the Mardi Gras celebration in March, The Crested Butte Arts Festival in August, the Wildflower Festival and Fat Tire Bike week in July, the Music Festival all summer long and many more weekend and week-day events.

10. Anything! You can really do anything here. We have the Heritage Museum, tons of sights to see, great people and lots of smiles always! Don’t be afraid to ask a local what to do or how to get somewhere, we are willing to help! Your guests are guaranteed to have a great time!

Visit www.3rdeyephoto.net for more photographs of weddings in Crested Butte.

 

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.

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Which Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer: Part II

Weddings are amazing, but also a lot of work to plan. Photography is one of the most important aspects of your day and choosing a wedding photographer is not always easy. To start, ask the right questions when interviewing. It is easy to ask a question that really doesn’t give you the insight you need into who the photographer is…so here are a few tips.

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Instead of: Do you discount? Try: Our budget is $$$, how can we work together to find the best plan for this price?

Every photographer is different in the way they will handle their pricing and packages. It is important to be direct and honest with your photographer about your needs and your budget. Many will be able to work something out, and some will not. Sometimes it is better to be honest about your budget upfront and accept that you may get some of what you want for that price and then be able to use gifted monies after the wedding for additional items like files or albums. Just know it is always ok, if not encouraged, to ask.

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Instead of: What gear do you use? Try: Do you have a backup plan if equipment fails?

There is a HUGE array of equipment out there for photography and video. Everyone has their favorite brand or lens. At the end of the day I am a firm believer that it is not the equipment that makes the images, but the artist. Check out their portfolio, maybe even ask for additional examples of their work. Fall in love with the imagery, picture yourself as the bride or groom. How they get to that point is really meaningless if you love their work and the photographer themselves. More importantly is to find out what they do if something goes wrong to save your images. Do they have insurance? Backup lens?

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Instead of: Have you worked at my venue before? Try: Do you have experience and example photos of similar venues to mine?

I have shot over 100s of weddings. I have NOT shot in every location possible, even in our small mountain town of Crested Butte CO. Some of my favorite images came from venues that were new to me…there is an excitement and creativity that can be released when in a new environment. It is less important if your photographer has shot in the exact location you are getting married in and more important that they are equipped with the skills to adjust to any location. Asking to see images from locations or times of day that are similar to yours will be more informative then simply if they have shot at your location.

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I hope you have found this to be a helpful starting place for the conversation with your potential wedding photographer. Most professional photographers will have a list of FAQ on their website which can help direct you while choosing the right photographer for you. Visit www.3rdeyephoto.net/Wedding-FAQ for my FAQ wedding section.

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Flowers Flowers Flowers

There are so many options when it comes to flowers. Simple, white, colorful, bountiful. How to mix different flowers, how to place them on a cake, what the bridesmaid’s bouquets should look like in comparison to the bride. The options are really endless. Here are some of the best I saw last wedding season. Hopefully it will inspire you!

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