Sunday, January 03, 2016
Here is a storytelling scene from Jill and Ben's wedding day at the Garden of the Gods Club. I photographed Ben getting ready with his Dad, his brother and his father-in-law. It's a nice illustration of a tried and true recipe for getting natural wedding pictures.
• Hire A Wedding Photojournalist One of the tenets of photojournalism is truthful documentation. Photojournalists don't impose their vision on your wedding day. Rather, they start with you first and create an honest narrative where you and your families are the main characters of the story. To put it another way, the wedding photojournalist starts with the goal of faithfully representing you and your loved ones.
• Give Your Photographer All Access Great photojournalism is all about capturing unrehearsed moments in a relaxed and natural way. Allow your photographer all access. This can only be done in collaboration with you! Let them see your interactions with your loved ones. Let your photographer be inside the room AND inside the relationship.
• Act Natural If you found the right wedding photographer, then this is easy. A good photographer is a good person to be around. They are easy to talk to, friendly, outgoing and supportive. Act natural and your photographer will photograph you in a "state of grace."
• Have Fun Don't be afraid to have fun in front of your wedding photographer. They want to see that side of you. Expression is a key to great wedding pictures and the more opportunities your photographer has to capture expressions, the better. — Sean
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Wild Canyon Ranch is a new wedding venue located in Lake George, Colorado specializing in rustic chique destination weddings in the Colorado Rockies. I recently visited Wild Canyon Ranch and met with Aster Knox, the on-site coordinator for this unique property. Located an hour away from Colorado Springs, this venue offers an exclusive Rocky Mountain Wedding experience on a ranch that was originally homesteaded in 1914. The current owner, Sue Mitchell, expanded the property and renovated the barn, turning it into a fabulously secluded wedding venue complete with views of Badger Mountain. When I visited the location, it was covered in freshly fallen snow and what struck me most was just the quiet solitude of the spot as I watched two labs playing in the snow beside the barn, a landscaped field where wedding ceremonies are held. Aster and her crew are still working on the property adding a lovely honeymoon suite above the main ranchhouse. Wild Canyon Ranch is especially perfect for couples desiring a weekend wedding getaway for themselves and their wedding guests. There are a host of VRBO accomodations nearby and tons of high mountain recreational opportunities including Gold Medal water trout fishing, rock climbing, horseback riding and mountain biking. Wild Canyon Ranch is also perfect for a one-of-a-kind Rocky Mountain rehearsal dinner experience. Click here to check out the Wild Canyon Ranch website and learn more. — Sean