Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Vail Event Photography - 3 x 40th Birthday Party at Bol, Vail Village

Up in these mountains, you'll find that most residents would consider themselves more Country Mouse than City Mouse.  If we have to wait behind five cars at a roundabout, we complain about the traffic.  

We do miss some of the big city luxuries though.  Luckily we have Bol.  It's a bowling alley in Vail Village and it's about the most cosmopolitan place you'll find around here.  

When Brandon contacted me about shooting a 40th birthday party, I had no idea that it was 3 x 40th birthdays combined.  I was later told that these three guys had been born at the same hospital at the same time and they've been throwing elaborate birthday parties together ever since.  

Friends from all over the country, from every phase of their three lives flew in to help these boys celebrate.  They brought in their own DJ, turned the lights down on the lanes and let the good times roll - bad pun intended.

Side note...I may or may not have been humming Marilyn Manson's 'The Beautiful People' throughout the night.  Such a good looking group!

White Starfish Photography - Bol Vail

White Starfish Photography - Bol Vail

White Starfish Photography - Bol Vail

White Starfish Photography - Bol Vail

White Starfish Photography - Bol Vail

White Starfish Photography - Bol Vail

White Starfish Photography - Bol Vail

White Starfish Photography - Bol Vail

White Starfish Photography - Bol Vail

White Starfish Photography - Bol Vail

White Starfish Photography - Bol Vail

White Starfish Photography - Bol Vail

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Vail Newborn Photos - Rylan

There are two distinct types of newborn photography.  You can take the more staged approach, with backdrops and props, or you can do a more relaxed, lifestyle shoot.  With Baby Rylan's newborn shoot, we were able to incorporate both styles into the one shoot.  We started with several props and backdrops, using the natural light against the windows and we finished the shoot with some sweet family photos.  He definitely didn't want to nap while we had the props out, but as soon as got to have a snuggle he was out! Here are a few of my favorites from his session.

Vail Newborn Photographer

Vail Newborn Photographer

Vail Newborn Photographer

Vail Newborn Photographer

Vail Newborn Photographer

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Vail Family Photos at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

You hear of movie industry types that say you should never work with babies or animals.  In my personal opinion though - why not?!  

If you shoot at a time that works well for little ones, bring plenty of snacks and have a good attitude, I think that working with babies and animals can be really rewarding.  This was the exact scenario for my recent shoot with the Campbell Family.  

We met at The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and it felt more like a little adventure than a photo shoot. There are so many great backgrounds to choose from between ponds, bridges, trails and mountains that we naturally had a great time!

Family Photos Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Family Photos Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Family Photos Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Family Photos Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Family Photos Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Family Photos Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Family Photos Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Beaver Creek Family Photos - Karasow Family

Family members, take note:  A photo shoot is a fail safe Mother's Day gift!

Josh had contacted me in April because he wanted to do a photo shoot on Mother's Day for his wife Nicole.  The family were staying in Beaver Creek.  It was spring time, everything was lush and green and the summer crowds were yet to roll into town.  As a photographer, it doesn't get much better.

Only it does. With four gorgeous kids, I was prepared for the usual challenges.  Kids get tired during shoots and they lose interest.  Not these guys though.  There wasn't a single tantrum, no one was whining, they smiled sweetly and were the best behaved group of children ever!  I'm still trying to figure out how to emulate this in my house...we're a long way off 😄!!

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The Mirabelle, Beaver Creek

Vail Family Photographer White Starfish Photography
Beaver Creek

Vail Family Photographer White Starfish Photography
Family Photos at the Mirabelle, Beaver Creek

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Family photos at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, Beaver Creek, Colorado

Vail Family Photographer White Starfish Photography
Family photos at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, Beaver Creek, Colorado

Vail Family Photographer White Starfish Photography
Family photos at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, Beaver Creek, Colorado

Vail Family Photographer White Starfish Photography
Family photos at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, Beaver Creek, Colorado

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Family photos at the Beaver Creek Chapel

Vail Family Photographer White Starfish Photography
Family photos at the Beaver Creek Chapel

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Vail Family Photos - Croll Family in Vail Village

When the Croll Family turned up for the photo session in Vail Village, Jackson was pretty quick to let me know that he was 4 years old.  As a mother of a 3 year old and 5 year old boy, I knew that Jackson was going to be right in my wheelhouse!  I'm not an expert on much, but I do know how to go on a fun adventure with a child in Vail Village.  I know I've written about it plenty, but if you can keep a child moving and exploring during their shoot, they're going to be much happier and the parents will be much happier with the resulting photos.

Shooting in the village in spring is fantastic because you don't have to contend with crowds in busy spots like the Covered Bridge.  However, it does mean you can fall prey to the 'four seasons in one day' phenomena that is all too common during spring in the Rockies.  Luckily, Kim and Cathy were really chill about the ever-changing conditions.  They met in Vail, so they really just wanted some fun family photos with Jackson in their former home town.  

Here are a few of my favorites from our adventure around Vail Village with the crazy weather!

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Vail Photographer White Starfish Photography

Vail Photographer White Starfish Photography

Vail Photographer White Starfish Photography

Vail Photographer White Starfish Photography

Vail Photographer White Starfish Photography

Vail Photographer White Starfish Photography

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Vail Commercial Photographer - High Altitude Crossfit, Gypsum, CO

Summer is officially here, which means peak season for photos in the mountains has begun.  It also means that catching up on blogging and social media is a welcome break from all of the editing!

I always love to do a good commercial photography session.  It's a welcome change from the day to day and it requires some quick thinking on your feet, with as much creativity as you can muster.  My recent shoot for High Altitude Crossfit in Gypsum was all of the above and then some.  I like to work out a few times a week with my own awesome posse of fierce ladies, but these guys take it to a whole new level.  All before the sun has even come up!

The trickiest part of the shoot was the lighting.  Half of the gym was in really low light and there was little to no light coming in through the small windows.  Using a flash was not an option because you definitely don't want to temporarily blind someone while they're lifting insane amounts of weight. I was also trying to capture the movement with no blur.  The only answer was to turn up the ISO and use my 50mm 1.4 fixed lens at the lowest f stop possible without getting shakey.  The results were a much darker color scale than you'd see in my outdoor family photos, but it also gives them some great shadow, richer colors and a moody feel.  

Kudos to these great athletes!

Vail Commercial Photography White Starfish Photography

Vail Commercial Photography White Starfish Photography

Vail Commercial Photography White Starfish Photography

Vail Commercial Photography White Starfish Photography

Vail Commercial Photography White Starfish Photography

Vail Commercial Photography White Starfish Photography

Vail Commercial Photography White Starfish Photography

Vail Commercial Photography White Starfish Photography

Vail Commercial Photography White Starfish Photography

Vail Commercial Photography White Starfish Photography

Vail Commercial Photography White Starfish Photography

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