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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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Vail Mountain Proposal - Teddy and E

When my sweet neighbor Jackie asked if I would help with her brother's marriage proposal on Vail Mountain, I jumped at the chance because I love a good proposal shoot.

It was decided that Teddy would propose to E on Windows Deck.  You can't tell from these photos, but Windows Deck is hands down, THE best view on Vail Mountain.  I also love Windows because it's much more private than most of the decks on the mountain.  

As I waited on the deck for Teddy and E to arrive, I spotted them in the distance at Wildwood Restaurant.  I generally pretend like I'm a tourist taking photos of the view when I'm shooting a proposal, but given the lack of visibility, I was afraid it might blow my cover.  Luckily Teddy got down on one knee before E had a chance to really think about what I was doing there!

After she said yes, they popped a bottle of Veuve to celebrate and we took a few more photos of their special moment.  I left them to head back down the hill and got in my one and only day on my snowboard for the season (I can't ski powder, but I love I love it on my board).  When I got back to my car, I noticed something on my face.  After 16 years of living in Vail, I had caught my first round frost bite.  Oh well, it was worth it!

Vail Engagement Photos

Vail Engagement Photos

Vail Engagement Photos

Vail Engagement Photos

Vail Engagement Photos

Vail Engagement Photos

Vail Engagement Photos

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Vail Holiday Card Sessions - Eagle Vail Golf Course - Ben

Fall photo shoots are done and dusted and it's time to move onto the next big season of the year - holiday cards.  

My standard sessions are an hour long to accommodate for outfit changes and several locations/backdrops.  But it you want a quick session for your holiday cards, I can always do mini sessions by request.

Ben's holiday card session was only 10 minutes long.  We walked out onto the Eagle Vail Golf Course, made some snowballs and had some fun in the snow.  My boys love Ben, so they were great photography assistants.  They stood behind me and helped with making snowballs and getting Ben to laugh.  

Here are a few of my faves.

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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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Wedding in Golden, Colorado - Stephanie and Mike

Stephanie and Mike chose a remote cabin in the woods, just outside of Golden near Denver for their sunset wedding. With a small group of family in attendance, they had their ceremony on the cabins back deck looking out over the town of Boulder and it's city lights.

Following the ceremony, we set off down the dirt road to grab some photos of Stephanie and Mike as newlyweds.  The wind picked up suddenly and we were able to capture some moody Wuthering Heights type shots! Unfortunately, the temps dropped as well so we only lasted about 10 minutes out there.  We headed back to the cabin where they could warm back up again and party the night away with loved ones.  It was a gorgeous day and as always, it was an honor to play a part in it.

Golden Wedding Photos

Golden Wedding Photos

Golden Wedding Photos

Golden Wedding Photos

Golden Wedding Photos

Golden Wedding Photos

Golden Wedding Photos

Golden Wedding Photos

Golden Wedding Photos

Golden Wedding Photos

Golden Wedding Photos

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Vail Family Photos - East Vail

There's a spot on the Vail Golf Course that has the most amazing views of The Gore Range.  It's one of the most popular spots to shoot in the valley and it's not uncommon for several photographers to be shooting there at the same time.  The biggest problem though, is that the spot only works well for photos early in the morning.  If you're shooting after 11am, you're guaranteed to get photos with squinting clients.

Thankfully, Jenna and Jeret were happy to meet me before the sun had come up over the mountains.  With a brand new frost on the ground, we headed out to the golf course to grab some photos.  Unfortunately, it was also freezing cold which obviously can be hard for little people.  We rushed through the mountain shots as quickly as possible and before we knew it, the sun was up and everyone was happy by the time we finished up.

White Starfish Photography

White Starfish Photography

White Starfish PhotographyWhite Starfish Photography

White Starfish Photography

White Starfish Photography

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Vail Family Photos - East Vail - Kruger Family

The Kruger's were coming in from out of town to have their photos taken and they arrived a couple of hours earlier than we had scheduled.  They called to see if I could come a little earlier, but I had my oldest son Maxwell with me.  They weren't perturbed at all and told me to bring him along.   While Maxwell was a very handy assistant, he did manage to walk into a few of the shots during the Kruger's session.  I've photoshopped him out of one of the photos below.  See if you can spot it!

One member of the Kruger Family ripped their jeans all the way from zipper to knee during their shoot too!  It was probably one of the funniest things that's ever happened on a shoot.  This one might be a harder one to spot, but see if you can figure it out. 

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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