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Wedding Planning Timeline

I found this awesome Wedding Planning Timeline on Pinterest given to us by Marry This.  Most couples planning a wedding have never been married before, so this is super helpful information.  I think it also helps bite that procrastination bug right in the behind, if you know what I mean.  The only change I would make is to add doing an Engagement Session 5 months before so you can use one of those images for your Save the Date cards, and also have a guest signing book made using your engagement photographs.  These are super popular with my wedding clients.

Another thing to think about when booking vendors is that they want to be able to plan their summer vacation, so if you wait until a month or two before your wedding, they may already have set your date aside to be gone.  Vendors appreciate having the dates booked way in advance so they can do their own planning.

You can feel free to share this with anyone you know who is getting married.

Enjoy!

Luv, Karen

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News and Notes by Durango Wedding Photographers 4.27.15

Here’s the link to read the News and Notes paper:  https://paper.li/ShowmetheLight/1420384991

There are so many great articles in this paper for couples getting married, or more specifically, for the bride-to-be.  There’s a get fit challenge from The Knot.  It’s called the Wedding Day Shape Up Challenge.  Check it out.  There’s a very helpful article called Who’s Who in the Wedding Party.  There’s also some cute ideas if you plan to give your wedding guests welcome packages.

I also love the Public Art Display commemorating the Centennial of the genocide in Armenia in 1915.

There’s also some amazing images and an article on the earthquake in Nepal.  It’s awful to understand what is happening to these people.  One of Durango’s citizens is in Nepal because that’s where he is from and he was there helping to build schools.  He and his wife own a wonderful restaurant in Durango called The Himalayan.  I love to eat there and Karma is a wonderful person, along with all his employees, who are also from Nepal.   Some of their family members have not been in touch so they don’t know their status yet.  We’re all praying for them.

Enjoy all the articles!

Luv, Karen

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Beautiful Boudoir Portraits by Durango Boudoir Photographers

This lovely lady wanted to do something special for her hubby’s birthday.  She gave him a gorgeous 8×8 hard cover album.  These aren’t your typical paper type album.  These pages are hard like cardboard, so they don’t bend or get damaged.  He’ll have this forever.

They have 3 boys – that’s much more than I could handle.  I had one boy, and that was enough!

I think she’s a beautiful and wonderful wife and mother and does an amazing job keeping her family happy.

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Her Before Photo

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I hope you enjoy these.  I love helping women feel beautiful and appreciate their own bodies.

Enjoy!

Luv, Karen

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News and Notes by Durango Wedding Photographers 4.13.15

Today’s News and Notes contains so many great wedding articles among other things, so I hope you read as many as you can.

https://paper.li/ShowmetheLight/1420384991

There’s an adorable article about different ways to dress your doggie for a wedding.  Wedding fashion rules that you can break and not feel guilty.

I laughed out loud at the article showing 24 photoshop fails.  Apparently, many editors don’t pay attention to what they put in their magazines and other marketing materials.  Some of these are so obvious that I can’t believe nobody noticed them.

There’s also some nice photos taken from outer space by  an astronaut along with an article about his work.

If you like business and marketing, there are many articles covering those subjects.

Enjoy!

Luv, Karen

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Engagement Session Tips by Durango Wedding Photographers

You and your significant other have taken the giant leap of getting engaged – WooHoo!  Now you’re going to figure out a wedding date and start making plans.  Stop!  Well, don’t stop completely.  Do get a date set up and then start planning an Engagement Session.

An Engagement Session serves a few different purposes.  First is that you and your photographer get to know each other, become friends, and feel more comfortable together.  Second is that you can now get a guest signing book using your engagement images (this is my most popular item with engagement sessions).  Third, you get an amazing professional image to use for your Save the Date cards.  Speaking of Save the Date cards, you can check out some great cards here, as well as these wedding invitations.

The professional photographer will help you with posing and they use beautiful lighting which makes you look awesome.  The images I am showing here are a combination of natural light and off camera flash.  The main thing you need to be focused on is your clothing.  The clothing can make or break the sessions look and feel.

Here are some things to consider:

Seasons:

Winter:  You will want to wear darker and/or brighter colors which looks good against snow and the brown trees.  Wear chunky sweaters, gorgeous coats, scarves, hats, and gloves.  These are fun and keep you comfortable.  Some great colors include red, black, blue, green, and purple.

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Spring:  Clothing in the spring should be light and pastel.  This couple wore blue and pink, a cute black dress with boots, and jeans with a jean jacket.  Most of my couples are very casual because we’re usually walking around in the landscape, climbing mountains, and going into tall grass.  If the girl is going to wear a cute little dress, I would suggest a necklace or scarf and earrings that compliment the dress.  I also love hats.

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Summer:  Most colors work well in the summer.  This couple loved to be goofy and playful.  I had them roll their jeans up and get in the creek, which they loved.   Ask your photographer to send you photos of the locations where you will be going so you can see the colors that you should compliment.  I have my couples bring at least 6 different outfits so we can mix and match and figure out which outfits will look best in which environment.

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Fall:  Most of my wedding couples don’t have engagement sessions because the weddings I photograph are around 90% destination weddings and the couples don’t come to Durango CO until their actual wedding day.  So for fall clothing, I’m showing you a family session image.  I love the colors they wore – turquoise, light blue, light green, and pinks.  Other nice colors are coral, black, yellow, and maroon.

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Other Tips:

1.  Avoid large, loud prints and logos, and the tiny stripes (they look wavy in photos).  You and your partner should be color coordinated, but not necessarily matchy-matchy.  Lay out your clothes to see which colors are pleasing together.  You can even email photos to your photographer to get her opinion.

2.  Choose clothing that is comfortable and that you can move around in if you will be walking, climbing, and sitting on rocks.  Layering works really well.  Iron the clothing that has wrinkles – photoshop will not remove wrinkles (or at least it’s very difficult).

3.  If you’re going to purchase a wall portrait, decide where you want to hang it, then look around at the colors in that room.  Try to find clothing that will compliment the decor.

4.  Bring along props:  balloons, pets, instruments, hobbies, sports, or a chalk board to use for your save the date art.  Don’t forget to have your engagement ring shiny and clean for the close up photo.

5.  Most important – Have Fun!

Luv, Karen

Durango Wedding Photographers

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Chris’ Senior Portraits by Durango Senior Photographers

Chris is an amazing kid.  He actually wanted some of his senior portraits with books because he is a voracious reader.  He also loves to play jazz on the piano.

I was blown away by his intelligence and drive to succeed.  He plans to attend college and study physics or some other scientific/mathematical subject.  He hasn’t quite decided.

Here are some things Chris and his mom had to say about the session:

Why did you come to our studio?  Referred by a friend

How would you describe your session?  The session was very comfortable and fun.  The pre-planning helped to make it so comfortable.

If you could do your session over again, what, if anything, would you do differently?  The only thing that would have made it better would to have done them in spring or summer.

You may have seen portraits taken by someone with a camera who is not a professional.  Comparing them to yours, what advice would you give to a friend who may think a snapshot is “good enough”?   Professional portraits are worlds apart from snapshots.

What would you tell another parent who is considering senior portraits with us?  Worth every penny!

Chris and his mother would have preferred to have their session earlier in the year.  This is why I suggest to every senior and parent to get this done before their senior year starts.  Once school starts, it gets busy and it’s hard to find time to do your portraits.

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Chris reading a book

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Playing Jazz on the piano

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Leaning on the swinging bridge

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Sitting on a rock by the river

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On the steps

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By the river and mountains

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Leaning on the brick wall

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Reading in the park

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Big smile!

Thanks for reading!

Luv, Karen

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First Year Birthday Cake Smash by Durango Photographers

This is part two of JR’s First Year Birthday portrait session.  He was having so much fun and enjoying his cake so much.  He made a total mess of himself, not only on his face, but he rubbed the frosting all over his tummy and jeans.  It was hysterical.  I was having a hard time taking his photographs because I was laughing so hard.

After we were done with the session, Jim and Jayme had to give him a bath in my tub because there was no way they were going to get him home in his condition.  Jayme said “I don’t think it’s legal to put your baby in a plastic bag to get him home”:}

Jayme says she never feeds JR sweet stuff, so this was hard for her to watch, but you know it’s just one time, right.  No, he’s had 3 birthday parties already with cakes, so this was number 4.  I don’t like cake or frosting either, so I understand where she’s coming from.

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Baby’s First Birthday

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Getting started with the Number One cake topper

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Yum, cake frosting

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Shoving cake into mouth

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Yay, Happy Baby

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Frosting all over baby

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Shoving the #1 into the cake

Enjoy!

Luv, Karen

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