So, you are planning your wedding and you realize about 1 million details need to be decided upon. One of the most important factors, next to photography (of course!!!) is the wedding menu. Where to begin? Well, if you are getting married at the Broadmoor, about half of your worries will suddenly disappear. I was recently invited to a tasting and I don't get to see this part of the planning for weddings, so I was eager to get schooled. I ended up arriving at the dessert and late-night snack portion of the tasting. Tastings can last up to 3 hours - Yes - 3 hours. Can you imagine eating for 3 hours? I was so impressed by the Broadmoor's entire presentation, attention to detail, the service, the food and how they treat their guests. The chef even came out and met with the everyone and all the food details were discussed. I sat there in awe of the knowledge of the catering manager and I couldn't believe my ears when I heard her say "do you have a recipe for that, we'd be happy to make this item directly from your recipe". I mean, seriously - who does that? Well, now you know. Enjoy!!!
One of my favorite things to do is create one-of-a-kind keepsakes and wedding albums are a perfect example of a such an item. One might think this is an easy task, however I equate designing all the elements of a wedding album an entirely new and challenging creative process. There are so many things to take into consideration and, after your wedding day has come and gone - how will you tell your wedding day story? Usually this is with a select handful of images. Your favorites, the ones that make you relive the day. You know what I'm talking about: all the hugs, love, support, laughter, tears, admiration and pure joy that you felt on that very day.
My specific goal is to have the viewer feel like they were there - the images from start to finish must flow naturally and organically. It must never feel forced. I usually encourage my clients to select the images for their album, however I also do encourage them to let me do the selections as well - after all, I was there. I remember the conversations happening around me, the laughter, the emotions and, most of all - the good vibes! Once the images have been selected, a design is created based upon those selections. Images are added or edited out to allow for a story to unfold.
The next important detail is the actual album! You wouldn't believe what album companies offer these days! The possibilities are endless: photographic or museum quality papers?, hand-tooled leather or vegan?, square or landscape?, embossed cover or photo cover?, metal cover, wood cover, canvas cover or acrylic? There are hand stitched, hand-ripped pages, gold-leaf, organic....the possibilities are impressive! Sometimes I even get overwhelmed with the options!
Below is a wedding album that is completely unique. It's a 16x8 album that opens TOP TO BOTTOM, not like a regular album (most albums open like a book). Once the album is opened, it's 16x16 square. The paper in this album is a metallic paper. What is that, you ask? It's a high gloss, high contrast, ultra shiny and super saturated paper. There is nothing really out there on the market like this paper. It's stunning and I only wish it wasn't so hard to photograph! The cover is an acrylic "glass" looking material and the photo underneath is also printed on metallic paper. The colors are really amazing. The leather is a hand-tooled leather with a creative and original pattern. Okay, see for yourself below and my hope these images speak for themselves! I really had a hard time parting with this album, but I know my clients will love it and it will be here for many generations.
First, I can't tell you how fun photographing a surprise proposal is! Why? Well, because everything is a surprise! As a photographer, all of your senses and training come into play AT ONCE! You senses are peaked - you notice everything because you are on a covert mission to be sly and go unnoticed. Your skills must be honed and ready in a millisecond to record life changing moments in...A MOMENT! This all sounds very dramatic and IT IS! Photographing a surprise proposal is exhilarating!! Second, it's very exciting that capturing these surprise proposals have become so popular! What a fantastic gift to give your soon-to-be wife (or husband)!
Our first location was at the world famous Red Rocks Ampitheatre, where many flock to see the majestic rock formations that make this Ampitheatre a most memorable place to visit. A couple of facts about Red Rocks (I had NO idea!) that I found really cool: Red Rocks is geologically formed, so there is no other place like it in the world...and the park has been open since 1941! How cool is that?
Our second location was at the world renowned Broadmoor Hotel. A couple of fun facts about the Broadmoor is that this resort has been around since 1918! The Broadmoor has also been ranked by Forbes as 5 star hotel for 52 straight years. That is a pretty incredible feat and it's no wonder - the hotel has beautiful artwork and a classic old world feel. Once you step foot on the grounds, you are well taken care of.
On to these fun images! I've mixed both proposals together for spontaneity!
Congratulations to JT and Anna and also to Ian and Kristina!! I wish you many happy lifetimes together!
(and, props to Anna who hiked up and down Red Rocks in the snow and ice for JT....and props to Kristina who braved 25 degrees to go on a romantic walk with Ian around the Broadmoor!)
Meet Lauren and Bret. Lauren sparkles and Bret adores her. Mutual friends set them up and Lauren hilariously recalls "I almost didn't go through with it but my Dad encouraged me to go meet Bret. When Bret opened the door, well - that was the end of that!". Funny how those things happen!
We planned for some amazing portraits at The Country Club at Castle Pines because the views were so stunning. However, on their wedding day, the weather had other ideas. Unfortunately, we had freezing rain and very low temps, but Lauren and Bret were troopers and braved the elements for some stunning portraits!
A beautiful ceremony was officiated by Reverend Cynthia James from Mile Hi Church.
We continued to get lots of photo treats - Bret's groomsmen performed acoustically and received lots of cheers and "bravos" but Lauren brought down the house with her rendition of "At Last" by Etta James! The entire venue roared with applause and too many "bravos" to count! Of course, Bret couldn't take his eyes off of her the entire time!
Cheers (and many BRAVOS) to Lauren and Bret for a happy and everlasting marriage!
2013 was an incredible year in many ways. We are fortunate to have been in business since 2001 and continue to love what we do! I could list the many weddings and events that we've done this year, but I also feel it's important to share personal work as well. In the off season, I continue my education and dedication to being the best that I can be and I feel it's also important to take the time to recharge my creative batteries! Going to new places and seeing new things help to recharge my creative batteries, which leads me to travel photography. Travel photography is quite challenging. You don't really know what you will be capturing. Sure, you can document surroundings but will the people you encounter want their photo taken? Am I being respectful of where I am in this moment? By having my camera, will I take myself out of the experience to photograph what is happening? Those are some questions I ask myself when I'm out and about. Not only do I recharge myself by seeing new and different things, but I also feel that my photography skill only improves with these experiences.
I will continue to blog the many heartfelt weddings and family sessions that we have done this past year, but for now I'd like to share with you some images from my travels from early last year. There were no solid plans that were followed, everything you see here (with the exception of a couple of photos of myself), was every day life unfolding. The sights, smells, colors, people and experiences will stay with me for a long time. The countries represented in this photo montage are: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.
I could go on and on about my business achievements for the year, but for this one post, in the early "new" year, I'd like to share with you these images that are responsible for recharging my batteries, making me a more authentic and aware photographer!
Best Wishes for another amazing and creative year - Happy 2014!
Finally I am back to blogging after a very busy summer and fall! You know how there are weddings where there isn't a dry eye in the house? Well, this is NOT one of them. Let me elaborate - with this wedding - THERE WAS NEVER A DULL MOMENT!
Meet Kyle and Erica. I knew upon meeting Kyle and Erica that I would be laughing all day long with them and wondering if I should take anything Kyle said seriously. He was *that* funny! And, when they revealed that when they would be pronounced husband and wife, they were going to be doing Irish Car Bomb shots - I knew that I had to photograph this wedding! I honestly loved the light-hearted hilariousness that ensued all day!
Meet Sarah and Joey and check out these beautiful views from the Country Club at Castle Pines! It was a perfect Colorado afternoon for this session! We had some great laughs and both Sarah and Joey were so comfortable in front of the camera - can't wait until the wedding day at the amazing Broadmoor!
Meet Jennie and Kent! Kent surprised Jennie one night during one of their nightly dog walks at Wash Park. He went to the park earlier in the day with chalk and wrote out their initials and a big heart on a path somewhat secluded from the main road. Jennie was completely surprised to see their initials on the path when they came across it and was thrilled when Kent then went down on bended knee! How romantic!
Enjoy! Can't wait until your wedding in September!
I really like to collect things when I travel, especially natural objects! Things that I collect are sand (yes, you read that correctly!), sea shells, beach glass and heart rocks. I was given my very first heart rock by my step-daughter which started my collection. Of course, that particular one is the most precious one to me! I've now collected quite a few rocks and my "rock shelf" was overflowing, so I decided to try and display them in a little more organized fashion (I gave in to my Type A!). I love thrifting, so I found these 2 shelves at my favorite thrift store, painted them and borrowed a glue gun and I love how they came out! Finding a heart rock is just like finding Love (it could be right in front of your eyes if you just look for it).
“They told me that to make her fall in love, I had to make her laugh. But everytime she laughs, I’m the one who falls in love." - Tommaso Ferraris
Meet Colleen and Joe. I think the quote above fits them to a T.
Wedding Design and Coordination by: Jessica Horvath Colorado Weddings by Design
Meet Jessica and Matt! They had their wedding at one of my favorite spots in Steamboat Springs, Fetcher Barn! The venue is surrounded by the most amazing Colorado scenery!
Whew! I can't believe it - but I am done for the year! All my wonderful clients have come through before deadlines and all wedding albums have been ordered, photo shoots delivered and every wedding backed up! I recently delivered this gorgeous wedding album and it was fun to see the pure joy on my client's face when she looked through it, reliving and relishing those moments from her wedding day. It really is an honor to become a witness and official "recordkeeper" of these amazing days in people's lives. The experience of coming full circle - from planning months in advance, to photographing the wedding day, editing and post-production and then starting a whole entirely different creative experience to delivery of a keepsake that will be loved for generations to come is nothing short of amazing.
After she went home and showed her husband their wedding album, I received a text saying "Thank you for meeting today! I LOVE our wedding book! You're so incredibly talented...thank you so much for sharing your magic with us". I'm the lucky one.
Here is a recent image from a wedding at one of my favorite venues, Crooked Willow Farms. We stole a few moments away from the reception while guests were enjoying their meal to capture some really beautiful shots at sunset. Crooked Willow Farms is a perfect venue for a wedding - offering that rustic charm, lots of space and privacy and tons of different locations for photos! Enjoy!
It doesn't look 25 degrees in this photo, does it? On October 6th we had a deep freeze! I can't remember the last time I photographed in freezing rain! Anyway, Lauren and Bret were complete and total troopers!!! The lighting was amazing and they braved the cold to do photos of their "first look" outside. I am forever grateful - this image (one of many) was simply divine!