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Which photo do you like best? Please choose the one by Durango CO Photographer:}

The first image I’m showing you is a stock photo (because I don’t have anything showing  a flash that’s coming straight from the camera).
This image was taken with a point and shoot with the flash popped up on top of the camera.  It’s flat with a nasty shadow under the chin and lovely red eyeballs (insert sarcasm here).   I see these types of photos all the time on facebook and other places.  They’re ok for your general snapshot, but would you want a family portrait or a wedding image that looks like this?  I think not!
So here’s a photograph that is more 3 dimensional because it has some shadows on the face.  In this instance the flash is a larger source using an umbrella off camera and to the side of the subject.  This is how a professional can create a more beautiful image than someone just taking snapshots.

Sometimes more than one off-camera flash is needed, or possibly a reflector on the other side of the subjects (when there are more people).  A nice flash set up is also great for small children who tend to move around a lot.  The flash can freeze their action so it’s not blurry.

So, which image do you like better?  When choosing a photographer for your event, look at the photographs to make sure you can see the difference.

Feel free to call me or email me for a free consultation.
970.884.5292 or

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About karenskellyphoto

Hello there! I'm a Certified Professional Photographer serving the entire Western Slope of Colorado, including Durango CO, Cortez CO, Silverton CO, Ouray CO, Telluride CO, Pagosa Springs CO, and Farmington NM. I love photographing the emotions during a family session or wedding; the love, hugs, kisses, tears, and laughs. Please view my website at, and read the "About" page for more information. Thanks for looking. Karen

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