Friday, May 31, 2013

Vail Family Photographer - Mother's Day Photo Shoot in Wildridge, Colorado.

Here are a few photos of Heather and her 3 sisters that we took last week as a special gift to their Mom for Mother's Day. They used to wear matching outfits as children when they had their portraits done, but they decided to coordinate with Tiffany Blue accents this time.  I love that it's not a common color to see in family portraits, and they did such a good job putting it all together.  Beaver Creek looks stunning in the background.  Can you believe we still have so much snow up here in the Vail Valley!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

She Said Yes! Wedding Proposal at The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado

Mike contacted me a couple of weeks ago to let me know that he wanted to propose to his girlfriend, Mary in Vail and he asked for my help in capturing the big moment. We had torrential rain in Vail all day long and Mike and Mary were driving up here from Denver in a terrible mix of snow and rain. I spent most of my day checking on the weather radar and fretting.  Poor Mike - can you imagine how hard that must have been on him! When I used to help plan weddings on Vail Mountain, we always said 'the nicer you are, the better the weather will be'.  It would appear that Mike and Mary are the nicest people every because amazingly, we got a break in the weather and everything turned out perfectly. Especially seeing as she said yes! Here are a few of the photos, taken at The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Look at all of the fresh snow on the hills in the background.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sharon and Keith's First Wedding Anniversary in Vail, Colorado.

Off-season comes twice a year in our little mountain town.  From May-Mid June and October-Mid November.  From a photographer's perspective, it's one of the best times of year to take outdoor portraits because you're not photoshopping random skiers dressed in neon one-pieces out of the backgrounds of all of your photos and everything's either coming into bloom or the leaves are changing for the fall.

Sharon and Keith decided to come to Vail in the off season to celebrate their first wedding anniversary and they asked me to take some photos to capture the milestone.  We had a great time walking around Lionshead and taking advantage of lots of little spots that are usually blanketed with tourists.

I'm not a huge fan of using big filters on my photos, but every now and again I have a session that lends itself well to a few of the actions that I like from the Florabella Collection.  For example, the first photo is back lit by the sun, which is usually a big 'don't' in the photography world, but I used the Classic Color action to get the highlights on their hair and to boost the light on their faces, which I think worked well.

Here are a few photos from our session in the late afternoon sun.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Baby Josiah in Edwards, Colorado

It's been a little while since I've had the chance to shoot a newborn, so it was a lot of fun to shoot Baby Josiah the other day.  He was only 10 days old at the time of the photo session, but you'd never know he was so new.  He was so alert and interested in everything that was going on.  Unfortunately this meant we weren't able to get any of the lovely sleepy shots that we were hoping for, but it didn't matter because he has such lovely eyes!

Here are a few from our session that I really like.