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Bonnie and Justin’s Wedding by Durango CO Photographers

Bonnie and Justin met in college 20 yrs ago, they dated, but then broke up over a misunderstanding.  They went their separate ways, married other people, and lived very different lives for many years.

They reconnected after both divorced, found they were meant for each other, and the rest is marital history!  She has a daughter, Maddison, who is 10 yrs old, and he has two sons who are 14 and 17.  The kids were all part of their very special day and they did a ceremony to combine everyone into one happy family.

Justin is an attorney living in Sanford CO, and Bonnie lives in Salt Lake City UT.   They’ve been having a long distance relationship for quite a while, so now Justin will be moving to UT so the newly reunited couple can live happily ever after.  Awww.

I loved the way Bonnie and Justin were having such a fun time interacting with their friends and family during the wedding ceremony.

The wedding took place at Antlers on the Creek Bed and Breakfast in Durango CO.  Susan is the owner of Antlers and she does a fabulous job of taking care of her guests.

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Having fun during the wedding ceremony

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Bride and Groom with their children

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I think the kids don’t like to see mom and dad kissing

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Bride and Groom portrait

Thanks for taking a look.  Long Live Love!

Luv, Karen

Durango Wedding Photography

http://www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

Kim and Ryan’s Wedding in Durango CO

This beautiful couple came from Texas to Durango to celebrate their wedding with friends and family.  I have so many couples from Texas who love Durango and want to get married here because of the beautiful scenery.

We did some photographs of them getting ready, then a First Look Session.  I took them to a good friend’s home for some awesome images of just the two of them.  My friend’s home and land is amazing.  They have an old cabin, a gorgeous hand carved bench, and a dock next to a lake.  Then we returned to the rented house, did all the family photographs, and then the ceremony.  It all worked out perfectly.

Enjoy some of their images.

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Bride and Groom holding their Wedding sign

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Couple snuggling together

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Bride and Groom enjoying a moment together

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Groom kissing bride’s temple

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Bride and Groom enjoying the lake and mountains

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Bride and Groom kissing on a dirt road

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Couple enjoying the scenery

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Groom carrying the Bride on his shoulder

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Wedding Ceremony

Thank you for looking!

Luv, Karen

Karen Skelly Photography

Durango Photographers

http://www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

Lizzy and Richard’s Wedding by Durango Photographers

Lizzy and Richard live in Durango CO and were married at the beautiful Antlers on the Creek Bed and Breakfast.   Susan is the proprietor at Antlers and they do the catering, the wedding cake, and the flowers.   Lizzy’s gorgeous wedding gown came from Occasions Bridal in Durango.

It was a fun, laid back wedding with around 30 guests and we had a great time photographing the entire group.  Lizzy, Richard, and their one man/one woman wedding party were a blast.  My hubby and I love photographing fun fabulous weddings.

Enjoy their wedding images.

 

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Wedding Dress hanging on the archway

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The Wedding Ceremony

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The wedding group at Antlers on the Creek

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Wedding reflection in the pond

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Front of the Wedding Dress

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Back of the Wedding Dress

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The wedding party lookin cool with their shades

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Bride and Groom by the creek

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Bride and Groom arm in arm walking away

Thank you for taking the time to view this wedding

Luv, Karen

Durango Wedding Photographers

http://www.karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

Engagement Album by Durango Wedding Photographers

This is the cover and a few pages from Lexi and Michael’s Engagement Album.  It is also a Guest Signing Book for the wedding day.  Their wedding guests will be able to sign their names, leave their congratulations, and send their love to the couple.

These guest signing albums are amazing keepsakes and since they are professional high quality pages that are thick and lay flat when opened, the coffee table is the perfect place to display it for everyone to look through.

I’m excited to photograph their wedding next Saturday and then they’ll have a Wedding Album, which will be more pages and larger than the engagement album, so they’ll need more room on that coffee table.

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Cover for Guest Signing Album

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Engagement photo in the album

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Engagement photo in the album

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Engagement photo in the album

Here’s a few more of their Engagement Images that are also in the Album

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Engagement Images

Thank you for looking

Luv, Karen

Karen Skelly Photography

Durango CO Photographer

http://www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

Wedding at Silver Pick Lodge by Durango Photographers – cell phones, dancing, and a dog

Silver Pick Lodge in Durango CO is a beautiful place to photograph a wedding.  Lisa and Jon came from California to enjoy the mountains, the weather, and the beautiful scenery for their awesome special day.  Jon had been to Durango before, but Lisa had never been here, so she had to totally trust Jon’s judgement and she was well rewarded.  She loved it here.

They brought their dog who was a rescue and a little shy, but was so well behaved.  He was a big part of their day and they were so happy to get to share it with their special baby.  He wasn’t especially happy to turn and face the camera during family portraits – he wanted to face Lisa and Jon, so we had to keep turning him around so I wasn’t shooting his rear end – haha.

Lisa took the modeling session seriously when I asked her bridesmaids to pull out their cell phones.  She has the moves!  Jon and her did a lot of dancing at the reception – they were always on the floor.

Cake by Skillfully Decadent Desserts

Flowers by Wildwoods Fine Flowers

DJ:  Mr. Soul Entertainment (Steve makes receptions so much fun)

Hair and Makeup by Hair Fusion

Photography by yours truly, Karen Skelly and my awesome hubby Ken (proud to call Durango CO home)

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65 People and a Dog

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Wedding Ceremony

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Flower boxes at the ceremony

Groom stashing the booze bottle

Groom stashing the booze bottle

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Bride posing for the paparazzi

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Bride and Groom shaking up the dance floor

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Bride, Groom, and the Dog

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Bride and Groom dancing in the dark

Thanks for looking

Luv, Karen

Karen Skelly Photography

Durango Wedding Photographers

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

 

 

Wedding at Ft Lewis Chapel by Durango Wedding Photographers

So there we were, my hubby and I, photographing the bride and groom while they’re getting ready for their wedding day (in separate cabins of course) at the Bar O Cabins part way between Durango CO and Bayfield CO.   It’s May which means Spring for many states, but here in Colorado it can mean Spring, Summer, or Winter.  We look out the window and there it is – winter.  It’s a blizzard and, of course, we had plans of photographing the groom and groomsmen and the bride and her bridesmaids outside behind the cabins by the river.

Of course, we also know that a blizzard can change to sunshine very quickly, so we waited, and sure enough the snow stopped.  It turned to rain for a little bit and then that stopped also and the sun came out.  We were able to do those photographs (with umbrellas to start with), and then we moved on to the Chapel at Ft Lewis College for the ceremony.  Alyson and Bryce had come all the way from Oklahoma and had never been to Durango, but they picked it based on the views, the Chapel, and having their dinner afterwards at Seasons Restaurant (which I had recommended to them because they needed a place to hold around 30 people).

It turned out to be a perfect day and they are now a happily married couple ready to start a family.  We do so many destination weddings here and we always miss our clients because we rarely ever see them again, although we do follow some on facebook.

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Bouquet made from book pages made by her Grandma

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Tattooed bride with sister looking at her

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Bride in wedding dress looking out the window

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Bride and Groom walking thru the bubbles

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Bride and her Dad

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A bride, a Groom, and a Wedding Ring

Thank you for looking at my post.

Luv, Karen

Durango Wedding Photographers

http://www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

6 Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Children

All parents want to take great photos of their kids, but you know how it is with those kiddos – they don’t stay still for more than a second (sometimes not even that long).   I know, your children smile on command and stay still while you get that amazing picture – yeah right!

It can also be difficult if you have less than a professional camera.  If you’re able to change settings on your camera, that helps a lot, but sometimes you have to depend on the camera to do the right thing and it doesn’t always know what you want to do.  My tips here are fairly generic and may not work with everyone’s camera, but I’m sure you can use some of these tips.

  1.  Get down to their level.  Depending on their age, you can lay on your tummy, kneel, or squat.  Shooting at their level helps them make eye contact, makes them curious (at least for a couple of seconds), and they look more natural.
  2.  Sometimes you will have to photograph them when they’re playing or doing something besides paying attention to you.  These can be really special moments when they’re deep in concentration and not making nasty faces at you.  When they’re sleeping is the absolute best time – haha.
  3. If you have the ability to set the shutter speed, set it at 250 or higher.  If it’s a bright day, you can set it 1000 as a starting point.  Getting nice portraits outside is going to work better for most of you than indoors unless you have a great big window with soft light coming through.  Then you can set them next to the window and see how long they stay put.  Get the exposure right before you try to get the kids posed.
  4. You can also try talking and joking around with them and try to get their minds off the camera.  If you have someone to help out, blowing a bubble gun makes for some really fun photos.  If you have a long telephoto lens, these work great because the clutter in the background will be blurred.
  5. The lighting is what makes a portrait great (the word “photography” means “writing or painting with light”).  When I do family portraits or children’s portraits, I do them in the evening, put the sun behind them, and then use a flash with an umbrella to light the faces.  Don’t use the flash on your camera though, it would be better to face them into the sun when it’s lower on the horizon.
  6.   Get yourself into the picture – use the self timer and a tripod
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    Dressed in his red sweater and tie for the holidays

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    Two Kids in a Tube

If you need any other suggestions or help with these tips, let me know.

Luv, Karen

Durango CO Photographers

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