Friday, June 7, 2019

Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy Graduation - 4 Eagle Ranch

When I finished High School in New Zealand, nothing really happened.  I'm pretty sure I got in my car and drove home and I probably went to my after school job that night.  Americans on the other hand, know how to do it up right when they finish high school!  

Last week I was asked to shoot the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy's graduation at 4 Eagle Ranch.  These graduates compete in skiing and snowboarding all over the country and they still managed to get all of their school work done with the help of some amazing teachers.

Astronaut, Jerry Linenger, was the key note speaker and gave the most amazing address.  If you have the chance, look him up and read one of his books.  His tales from his 5 months in space were absolutely unbelievable!

Congratulations to all of the VSSA grads to graduates everywhere!

4 Eagle Ranch

4 Eagle Ranch

4 Eagle Ranch

4 Eagle Ranch

4 Eagle Ranch

4 Eagle Ranch

4 Eagle Ranch

4 Eagle Ranch

4 Eagle Ranch

4 Eagle Ranch

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Vail Proposal - Vail Back Country Tours

This winter, I was given the opportunity to start with working Vail Back Country Tours.  Like me, they deal with a lot of proposals.  Given that a lot of people want photos of their proposals, it was a natural fit for me to help.  That means I sometimes get to snowmobile for work now.  Yeeeha!

The locations that you can access during your snowmobile tour are breathtaking.  You won't find these views skiing down the front of Vail Mountain, so I highly recommend taking one of their tours.  

I jumped at the chance when I was asked to help Jimmy with his proposal near Piney Lake.  Luckily the handlebars on the snowmobiles are heated because the temps were unbelievably frigid.  Taking my gloves off to put my camera together left my hands completely numb.  Look at the view though!  It was absolutely worth it and so was the hot chocolate afterwards.  

Vail Engagement Photos

Vail Engagement Photos

Vail Engagement Photos

Vail Engagement Photos

Vail Engagement Photos

Vail Engagement Photos

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Vail Family Photos - Bring Your Pets! - Fisher

The Vail winter season has officially come to an end.  What a season it was, with an insane amount of snowfall and a record number of photo sessions.

Most of my shoots over the winter were family sessions.  Lots of my lovely family clients like to bring their dogs along to shoots and I highly encourage it!  When the Fisher's told me they were bringing their pooches along, it was clear that they were going to steal the show.  Being white dogs, it was easier for them to be held because they were quite hard to see in the snow (much like my sweet and crazy girl, Beansy). 

If you have an upcoming session or you're thinking of booking one, PLEASE feel free to bring your four legged friends along :)

Vail Family Photographer

Vail Family Photographer

Vail Family Photographer

Vail Family Photographer

Vail Family Photographer

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Vail Proposal - West Vail - Sykora

Even though I've driven past this spot a million times, I had no idea it even existed.  When Chris asked me to meet him there for his proposal, I had to follow some footprints in the thigh deep snow - straight up the mountain. 

If you're familiar with Intermountain at all, you'll know of Stephen's Dog Park.  This little spot above the park has the most insane views of the Davos Trail and Dowd Junction.  Look closely at some of the photos and you'll see how tiny the houses and the cars are below.  

I'm excited to go back and have a look around, but next time in the summer and hopefully not carrying as much gear!

Vail Photographer - Intermountain

Vail Photographer - Intermountain

Vail Photographer - Intermountain

Vail Photographer - Intermountain

Vail Photographer - Intermountain

Vail Photographer - Intermountain

Vail Photographer - Intermountain

Vail Photographer - Intermountain

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Vail and Beaver Creek Wedding Proposals - Welcome to 2019

Happy 2019 from White Starfish Photography!  The holidays are a time for gathering with friends and family and taking a break from the daily grind, unless you live in a resort.  

For us ski bums, it's the busiest time of the year.  While most people in town were celebrating over the Christmas/New Year break, I was shooting all over the Valley and into Summit County.  

Over the course of a week, I was asked to shoot four proposals.  I'll write more about each of them over the next few weeks, but here's how I spent my Christmas Break.  More to come shortly!

Beaver Creek Engagement
Proposal at Zach's Cabin, Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek Engagement
Proposal at Country Club of the Rockies, Beaver Creek

Vail Engagement Photos
Proposal at Intermountain, Vail

Vail Backcountry Tours Proposal
Proposal at Red Sandstone, Vail
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Vail Couple's Shoot and Outfit Changes - Lionshead - Kaitlyn and Tyler

The conditions for Kaitlyn and Tyler's shoot in Lionshead couldn't have been more perfect.  Overcast lighting, snow on the ground, zero precipitation and temps that weren't ridiculously frigid!

One thing that lots of people ask me about is clothing changes throughout their shoot.  I'm happy to accommodate as many changes as clients want. However, I also remind them that we only have one hour, so more changes means less time shooting. 

I encourage clients to make sure that they have lots of layers.  If you want to wear a dressier jacket, make sure that you have a nice layer underneath.  That way, you have 2 different looks without doing an outfit change.  I also suggest that people use accessories to their advantage.  Scarves and hats change up an outfit easily and don't require you to strip down.  Bear in mind that changing outfits on the side of mountain can be a little tricky!

Kaitlyn and Tyler didn't change out their accessories, but they did a quick change with their outerwear so that we were able to get two looks during their shoot.   Here are some examples from their shoot

Couples shoot on the Gore Creek

Couples shoot at The Arrabelle, Vail

Couples shoot on the Gore Creek

Couples shoot on the Gore Creek

Couples shoot on the Gore Creek

Couples shoot on the Gore Creek

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Beaver Creek Family Photos - Beaver Creek Chapel - Lind Family

The key to doing a successful family photo shoot in the snow is to keep everyone moving.  You can do this by asking the kids to play in the snow, moving to different locations, setting up different combinations and by taking lots of jacket breaks to keep everyone warm.  

This is the strategy I used the morning of the Lind's family photo shoot in Beaver Creek.  We started off the shoot beside the Beaver Creek Chapel to capture some photos beside the creek.  With a fresh snowfall on the ground and freezing temps, I was able to get a few shots of the kids playing before we moved down to the bridge area.  

It quickly became apparent that the poor kids were about to turn into popsicles, so we retired to a nearby fire pit to get some blood circulating.   After they could feel their fingers and toes again, we were able to head out again to grab a few more shots.  Here are a few of my favorites from their shoot.  I love the red accents against the snow.

Beaver Creek Photographer

Beaver Creek Photographer

Beaver Creek Photographer

Beaver Creek Photographer

Beaver Creek Photographer

Beaver Creek Photographer

Beaver Creek Photographer

Beaver Creek Photographer

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