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Wedding at Durango Mountain Resort by Durango Wedding Photographer

So many couples come here from all over the Country to get married in Durango CO.  This was the case with David and Sheryl who came from Arizona (well, they do have  a condo near Durango Mountain Resort), but they live full time in AZ.   Sheryl owns Platinum Wellness which teaches patients how to take care of themselves better (this is something I truly believe in as I was a nutritionist at one time) and she is living testimony of a woman who takes care of herself.   David works in sales and is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met.    He’s also in great shape and they like to go biking together.

They had a beautiful wedding up at Durango Mountain Resort at the Engineer Mountain location.  We had sun, thunder, and rain all within a half hour.  It looked as though it was going to be rained out during the ceremony because it got very dark, lots of thunder, and the wind picked up.  But, luckily it blew over and was beautiful after that for all the family portraits.   Speaking of family, David and Sheryl have 6 kids between them – it’s just like the Brady Bunch.

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Cake by The Yellow Carrot in Durango CO

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Flowers from Blossom Flower Shop in Durango CO

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Hair and Makeup by Hair Fusion Salon in Durango CO

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The ceremony at Durango Mountain Resort

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Happy Bride doing a jig

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Bride and Groom after the Ceremony

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Bride and Groom on the lift at Durango Mountain Resort, also known as Purgatory

Of course, I will have more to post because I’m still working on the images.

by Karen Skelly

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Wedding at Sleeping Beauty Ranch by Durango CO Photographer (Part 3)

I know, many of you probably are tired of seeing images from this gorgeous wedding, but I just finished beautifying all of them, and just have to post a few more (or maybe more than a few).  If you missed Part one and two, just go back a page or two and read all about it.

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The awesome wedding party

 

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A peaceful moment by the lake

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Dancing to the violin music

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First Dance

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Another First Dance Moment

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Sending them to Jail

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Glowing

 

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Wedding at Sleeping Beauty Ranch by Durango Wedding Photographer (Part Two)

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This is part two of Colten and Lety’s Wedding at Sleeping Beauty Ranch in Durango CO.  There may be a part three because I still have a ways to go with the photographs.   I loved this wedding so much I’m going to put together an album for the studio once I have finished beautifying their images.

If you missed Part One, you can view it here

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Bride putting on those sticky eyelashes

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Groom putting on his tie

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Bride and her girls having a laugh

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Lety and her Dad walking down the aisle

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Bride’s mom reading from the Bible during the Wedding Ceremony

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Colten wrote some funnies into his wedding vows

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That good lookin’ groom. His suit was inspired by Beetle Juice (an old movie)

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Groom and his guys joking around

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Wedding at Sleeping Beauty Ranch by Durango Wedding Photographer

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Colten and Lety were married on June 28, 2014 at Sleeping Beauty Ranch in beautiful Durango CO.  I swear, you would be hard pressed to find another area in the whole world that is more beautiful than Durango, and being a wedding photographer here is the best job ever.

I love this couple – they are just too cute.  They’ve been together 7 years, so it’s obviously a match made in Heaven.  Colten designs video games (which is my son’s dream job), and Lety is a barber which she loves.  They live in Seattle WA, but both of their parents live in Durango.  Lety’s parents own Emilios Restaurant in downtown Durango and they catered all the food, which was amazing.  They had prime rib and salmon with risotto, mashed potatoes, and vegetables.  I’m vegetarian, so I didn’t taste the meat part of the dinner.

Christy, who manages Sleeping Beauty Ranch, was the wedding coordinator for the bride and groom and kept things running smoothly the whole day.  Cindy at Wildwoods Fine Flowers supplied the beautiful purple tulips for the bridesmaids, the gorgeous bridal bouquet, and all the table settings – she did an amazing job.   The cake was supplied by Barbara Mills and it was beautiful as well as delicious (yes, I had a piece).

Enjoy some of their images (I will have more later).

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Bride Admires the Groom

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Groom admires the Bride

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Tequila and Champagne for the Wedding Party

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Wedding Bouquet on a Saddle

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Bride and Her Wedding Dress

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Here Comes the Bride

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Bride Emotion during ceremony

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Bridal Party having a little Fun

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Wedding Cake

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Tequila and Limes

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Wedding Reflections

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How Do You Want to Hang Your Family?

So, you want to hang your family (or put them in a book/album)?  haha.

These are some ideas for how to display your beautiful portraits once the session is complete or your wedding images are ready.  Why invest in a portrait session or pay a wedding photographer and then print out a few 8×10’s?  Those are smaller than a piece of paper for goodness sakes.  If you’re going to take the time and energy to get yourself all dolled up and go to different locations for your family portraits or wedding portraits, at least invest in a beautiful way to display them.

Here’s some suggestions:

 

  Wedding Album

 

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This is a 10×10 Wedding album.  When you get married, this is your first Family Heirloom.  Even after you are gone from this world, your children and grandchildren will cherish this Album.  It has very thick cardboard pages that don’t bend and they are stain resistant.  The pages won’t warp or tear and the images are printed on the pages.  I will design the album for you, and then if you wish to make changes, that is no problem.

Canvas Portraits, Durango Wedding Photographers, Durango CO Photographers, Photographers Durango COIf you have one beautiful family portrait that you just can’t live without, that will be your main focus for the canvas cluster.  But then you have several other portraits that you don’t want to leave out, you make those a little smaller and surround the main canvas.  It’s a great solution when you can’t choose just one.

 

album, durango family photographers, photographers durango co, durango co photographersThis is an 8×8 Album that can be used for any number of Sessions.  They are great for family portraits, wedding albums, parent albums, boudoir, and senior portraits.  These are similar to the Wedding album, just a bit smaller.

Canvas Portrait with Floating Frame

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For a single Canvas Art Portrait, a floating frame makes a beautiful finishing touch.  It’s called a floating frame because there is a gap between the canvas and the frame so it appears the canvas is floating inside the frame.  It definitely makes it look like a fine art painting.

 

Wooden Gallery Blocks

 

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These are made of wood and come in many different configurations.  They work great for baby portraits, senior portraits, family portraits, or wedding images.  There are some gallery blocks that have space for text as well.  For instance, I have a sample at my studio that has images of a little girl and the saying underneath her pictures is “Little Girls are Made of Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice”.  You can put whatever you like on those blocks – get creative.

 

Image Boxes

 

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This is another awesome way to display your images.  The photographs are mounted on a plastic material so they don’t get bent or scratched and you can put up to 20 into the largest image box (they come in different sizes).  I put one of your images on the top and then your name and date on the side.

 

Accordion Albums

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These small albums (4×4) are extremely cute.  I design them so you have images on both sides and they usually hold 10 photographs.  They are magnetic so they close up and can be carried around in a purse, or put on the refrigerator.  I’m sure you’ll want to carry it around to show off to friends and family.  That’s exactly what I do with mine.  They are great for babies, seniors, or anything you like.

All of these items are hard to appreciate without seeing and touching them.   It’s one of those sensory experiences that I just can’t do justice in this blog post.

Well, there’s some ideas for your next portrait session.  Of course, if you’ve had a portrait session with me in the past, these are always available for purchase any time.

What is your favorite item for Portraits?

 

by Karen Skelly

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Photography Tip for your Wedding Day – avoid ghostly makeup

So your wedding day has arrived, that oh so special day that you’ve been planning and dreaming about for a long time.  Everything is ready to go, except you because you have to do your makeup so you look bea-u-ti-ful.   WAIT just a second!  Check the ingredients on that sun screen and/or foundation you are about to put on.  If they have zinc or titanium dioxide as an ingredient, don’t use them.  Now, if you’re having your makeup done by a professional, they will already know this.

The problem is, these ingredients will cause your face to look like a ghost when photographed with an off camera flash like I use when doing your formals, family portraits, and bride/groom portraits.  I don’t know the science behind this, but those chemicals have a white foundation to them, which isn’t always visible to the naked eye, but the camera sees everything.

I don’t have any photographs of brides or family portraits where someone had this situation because I always educate my clients in advance, so this is a photo of me that I doctored up a little in photoshop, but it gives you the idea.  The first one is the proper color, the second, well it’s a little too white.

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Ahhh, it’s a Ghost!

by Karen Skelly

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6 Wedding Cakes from Celebrity Weddings

Here are 6 of the most expensive wedding cakes ever, including  the cakes from Prince William and Kate’s wedding and Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding.  Of course, Donald Trump had to have one of the most expensive (I’m not a fan of his at all).   I would like to taste all these cakes just to see if they are as good as they look and worth what was paid for them.  I love William and Kate’s cake – it’s very classy.  Take a look.

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/06/16/most-expensive-celebrity-wedding-cakes/

 

by Karen Skelly

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