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Family Portrait near Durango CO

It was one of those days where it had rained, was supposed to rain some more, or maybe not.  These are the times when I start sweating because I don’t know if we should go ahead with the session with everyone getting their hair and makeup ready (well not the guys:}, or should we cancel and reschedule.  We decided to go ahead with the session and hope the rain held off, which it did.  Yay!

The daughter, Emily,  arrived with a blouse that had large colored polka dots and her hair in a pony tail.  I brought a necklace along to give to her and I think that helped convince her to put a black sweater over the blouse and take her hair down.  She was a little sullen about the whole thing, but she ended up coming around pretty soon and had a good time.  I was so happy she enjoyed the portrait session.  The boy, Elijah,  loved being photographed, which is a little odd since it’s usually the other way around.

Chantel and Bernie both work for the Ute tribe in Ignacio CO at the Sky Ute Casino.  It’s a huge beautiful building.  Her kids are with her during the summer and then spend the winter with their dad so we had to get this session done before they went back to Denver.

I was photographing a wedding last weekend where the bride was getting ready at the Sky Ute Resort (which is in the same building as the casino).  I had Chantel’s portraits so I asked if she could meet me there since she lives nearby.  When we met there, I found out that she was the officiant at the wedding I was photographing that day (she’s related to one of the parents – I forget which one).  Small world!

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Family sitting on the rocks

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The kids on the rocks

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Chantel and Bernie

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The family by the red barn

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The family in a field of grass

Thanks for looking!

Luv, Karen

Durango CO Photographers

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10 Suggestions to get the Best Wedding Photography

These are great suggestions for getting the best out of your wedding photography.  I would also like to add that taking lots of cigarette breaks will also eat up the time you have for beautiful wedding photographs.  I know, I know, you’re under a lot of stress and need that break.  I used to smoke myself (a long time ago), and I don’t feel any more stressed than I did back then, so I don’t really think it helps.  If you’re going to do this, pad some extra time so you don’t miss out on photos.

http://lover.ly/planning/photo-video/photographer-reveals-all-with-top-10-pet-peeves/21268/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=read08%2F10%2F15

Hope this helps out couples who are planning their wedding anywhere, but especially in Durango CO.

Luv, Karen

Durango Wedding Photographer

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Mountain Top Wedding in Durango CO

Sorry there are so many photographs (not really sorry), but this was such a fun and interesting wedding.  Melissa and Chris wanted to get married at the top of Silver Mountain in the LaPlata Mountain range in Durango CO.  We ended up only going to Deadwood Mountain (when I say only, this is an 11,500 ft mountain).  The great thing is that Silver Mountain was in the background.

We (Melissa, Chris, my husband, and I) took atvs part way up the mountain and then hiked (straight up) the rest of the way to the top.  They carried Melissa’s dress and boots, Chris’ clothes and shoes, a wedding cake, two champagne glasses, and other items for their ceremony and celebration.  Melissa and Chris both changed into their wedding clothes when we arrived at the top.  Then we did a First Look which turned out to be kinda funny because Melissa had told Chris that her dress had giant flowers and and bows, so he was surprised when he turned around and saw her in her beautiful wedding dress.

 

After the First Look, we did the ceremony where they read their vows that were on their phones.  Then they cut the cake, toasted each other, and we did some couple portraits.  About that time, the sky turned dark, and then it started sprinkling.   They quickly changed into their hiking clothes and then it started hailing – and I mean big hail coming down really hard.  It was very painful, especially on the tender ears.  None of us had coats or hats, so we all got wet, cold and beaten up.  The hail lasted for around 1/2 hr while we tried to get off the mountain top because there is no cover up there.  We survived, but don’t think we warmed up for several hours.

They’re going to be getting a beautiful Wedding Story Book as soon as I can get it put together for them.

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Holding sign before heading up the mountain

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My husband made the veil fly so it looks like their really moving

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Hiking up the trail

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The First Look

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During the Ceremony Chris kissed her hand

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They Did It!

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A big dip and kiss

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More kissing

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And more kissing

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Now a kiss on the shoulder

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Eating wedding cake

Hope you enjoyed their story.

Luv, Karen

Durango Wedding Photographers

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1940’s Style Wedding at Strater Hotel Durango CO

Nicola and Angus came all the way from the UK to get married in the USA because they LOVE the 1940’s style clothing.  They also love the American West and the western wear, so we got to do a portrait session in both types of clothes.

The funny thing is they were married on the 4th of July, which is kind of ironic because, of course, that’s the day we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence from England!  They actually belong to a group in the UK that dresses like this and has events celebrating the 1940s and the American west.

They were married at The Strater Hotel in Durango CO which was built in the 1880s and just oozes with the American west themes.  I love this hotel and I love Emily, who is the wedding coordinator there.  She helped put the wedding together for Nicola and Angus.  The officiant was the Rev Chessa Gill also of Durango.  It was amazing.

After the ceremony, my hubby and I took them around to different locations in Durango to take their photographs in places that would remind them of the American west.  They were so thrilled with their photos.  Here’s some of them.

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The ceremony at Strater Hotel

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The Bride looking lovingly at the Groom

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Bride and Groom getting emotional at wedding ceremony

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Wedding ring on Durango newspaper with date of marriage

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Right after the Ceremony outside The Strater Hotel Durango CO

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Bride and Groom in the flower garden

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Bride and Groom by the river

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In their western wear by the river

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Kissing at Lions Den in Durango

Thanks for looking.

Luv, Karen

Durango Wedding Photographers

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5 Ways to Not Waste Your Wedding Flowers

Wedding flowers can be quite an investment, so if you can do something with them after the ceremony and reception, you’ll feel much better about spending the money.  Unfortunately, they’re going to die anyway, but in the meantime, they can be used in different ways.

http://lover.ly/planning/flowers/repurpose-wedding-flowers-after-reception/31419/?utm_source=weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=thursday_072315&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8Fd3wzSG5u0svMUtZbPiRA0wkFjMO5RdqlO2GrN9n_TAXip7z2l6aWtuz2H0DJZ5je49XDDNRaxxCMJEmt1t4F4AcsztggZ6LuY7PEI2lpiGM4gYU&_hsmi=20808130

Hope this gives you some great ideas, or maybe you have some ideas of your own.  Let me know if you have another idea I can pass on to other couples getting married.  You can comment here, or email me at karen@karenskellyphoto.com

Luv, Karen

Durango Wedding Photographers

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10 Major Don’ts for Outdoor Weddings

These are great tips for anyone getting married.  I know lots of couples don’t think about many of these points, but they can make or break your day.

I’ve photographed quite a few weddings that were planned in the middle of the day in the blazing sun.  Not only are the guests uncomfortable, but the sun on faces causes those lovely raccoon eyes and blotchy patches.  Photographers can do some things to help out with that, but the images are still going to be less than beautiful.

http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2015/07/how-not-to-plan-outdoor-weddings.html?mbid=social_facebook

Go check out the article and then if you need more help, give me a call at 970.884.5292 or email me at karen@karenskellyphoto.com

Luv, Karen

Durango Wedding Photographers

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Family Reunion and 50th Anniversary by Durango Family Photographers

Anne, her husband, and young son came from AZ, as did her parents to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.  The other couple live in Durango.  They rented a house here in Durango, so this is where we did their family portraits.

I think 50th wedding anniversaries are going to be a rare thing in the near future, so it’s an amazing feat when a couple is able to celebrate such a milestone.  I hope they have many many more anniversaries.

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Family celebrating reunion and 50th anniversary

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Family Group Portrait

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Love after all these years

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Group sitting by the fire pit

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Anne and her family

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Anniversary couple hugs each other

I love the couple hugging each other.  They’re still in love after 50 years of marriage.  We should all aspire to such happiness.

Thank you for viewing

Luv, Karen

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karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

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