Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Vail Family Photos - Henline Family at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Today's the day that landscape photographers wait for all year. The day the leaves are still yellow and there's snow on the ground - an absolutely stunning combination. I've seen tons of landscape photographers out and about in the valley today and I'm sure there's even more of them grabbing drone shots or heading out in helicopters. I don't have the patience for landscape photography, but I'm looking forward to seeing some of their work!

At the other end of the spectrum, I've been taking pre-school portraits all morning and I had a session with a family that's never seen snow this afternoon. So while I'm uploading today's work, I figured it's a great time to upload some recent photos photos from a much warmer day at the Betty Ford Gardens with the Henline Clan. The shoot was so much fun and as you can see from the photos, we had loads of laughs!

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

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Vail Family Photos - 3 x mini sessions in Edwards, CO with the Hobgoods, Drakes and Thomas

I had done photos for the Hobgood family in the past, so when they told me they were coming back out and bringing two families with them, I was excited to be able to do three mini sessions for them.

In true mountain form, it was raining when I arrived.  The Hobgoods decided to take the first shoot and after a weather delay, we were able to get on with the session.  As you can see from the photos, the backdrops were countless.  With water features and mountains throughout the property, there was no shortage of locations to choose from.  

You can also see how the lighting changed with each session as the night went on.  These are a few of my favorites from the three sessions!

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White Starfish Photography www.whitestarfish.com

White Starfish Photography www.whitestarfish.com

White Starfish Photography www.whitestarfish.com

White Starfish Photography www.whitestarfish.com

White Starfish Photography www.whitestarfish.com

White Starfish Photography www.whitestarfish.com

White Starfish Photography www.whitestarfish.com

White Starfish Photography www.whitestarfish.com

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Beaver Creek Family Photos - What to Wear - Lacoste Family

We're officially into leaf season, which is one of my busiest times of year.  It's at this time that people start to ask what they should wear for the family shoots.  I tend to shoot in several locations within an hour for a family shoot.  This means that we'll be in different scenarios with varying light and changing colors for backgrounds.  

For my recent shoot with the Lacoste Family, we started along the river in Avon and then headed over to Beaver Creek.  They kept their colors neutral with blue and white as their base colors and pink as the accent color.  Also note that there were no clashing patterns or visible logos.  This helps to keep the subject the focus of the photos.

There are loads of ideas on Google on what to wear for photo shoots.  Some of them are combinations I'd never dream of, but somehow they work.  If you're struggling for ideas, you can go to Google Images for some fantastic ideas.

The Westin, Beaver Creek

The Westin, Beaver Creek

The Westin, Beaver Creek

The Westin, Beaver Creek

The Mirabelle Beaver Creek

The Mirabelle Beaver Creek

The Mirabelle Beaver Creek

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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 😄!!

Vail Family Photographer White Starfish Photography
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

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

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 Beaver Creek Chapel

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

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