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Newborn Session by Durango CO Photographers

I’m a photographer in Durango CO who shoots weddings, families, and boudoir sessions. Of course, all Durango CO Photographers do most of these types of sessions, so what makes me different? I like to make things perfect for your images; I’ll help you out with other vendors; If it’s a wedding, I’ll be your “day of” coordinator; if you’re a friend, I’ll even photograph your newborn baby – even though I don’t typically do those types of sessions any more.

Lizzy and Richard were married in June of 2016 and my husband (who is also a Durango Photographer) photographed their wedding at Antlers on the Creek Bed and Breakfast. My hubby and I actually live about 20 miles east of Durango in the county. Lizzy and Richard lived in Durango at the time of their wedding, but then moved into the same mountainous subdivision where we live, so now we’re neighbors! Richard is a huge fan of the Patriots football team, so of course he wanted a photo with him and his new son in their jerseys. They also have a very large dog, which makes little Landon appear even smaller.

Richard works for Four Corners Stove and Spas, and Lizzy works is an advertising media buyer who works from home. Well, as sometimes happens after a couple is married, she got pregnant. Yay! Lizzy gave me a call to see if I would photograph her new baby once he was delivered. Of course, I couldn’t say no because I love these people. I quit photographing newborns some time ago because I always had a hard time getting the parents to be ready within 5 days of the birth. I understand that it’s hard just 5-10 days afterwards, but that’s the absolute best time to photograph a newborn. They’re mostly sleeping instead of crying and fussing.

Landon Reid Moore was born a little early, so he was a tiny little thing, and so very cute. Five days after he was born, I packed up my car with lighting equipment, my camera, a backdrop, and some props and headed to their house. Even though he was a tiny thing and was only 5 days old, he was alert and fussing some of the time. It takes a long time to get shots of a newborn – haha.

I’m going to include one of their wedding photos, and then the rest are of Landon, Lizzy, and Richard.

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Wedding Party at Lizzy and Richard’s wedding

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Newborn Landon on an old fashioned scale

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Dad with newborn son with Patriots jerseys

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Mom kissing newborn son

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Landon in a hammock

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Landon with blue hat and blanket

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Mom and Dad loving their newborn baby

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Giant Fur Baby with Newborn Landon

Thank you for taking a look and I hope you enjoyed these images.

Luv, Karen

Karen Skelly Photographer

Durango CO Photographers

www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

How Photographers in Durango CO work with couples on their Wedding Day – 3

I’ve been writing about how my husband and I, who are photographers in Durango CO, work with and photograph couples who are planning their wedding. This is Part 3. If you missed Part 1, you can see it here. If you missed Part 2, you can see that here.

Part 3 is going to cover how we photograph the families, wedding party, and the couple. These portrait sessions are probably some of the most important photos for the bride and groom because they will have all of their loved ones and friends, who they sometimes don’t see very often. I love to capture everybody, especially grand parents who will pass away one day and then the couple has these memories of them.

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65 People and a Dog

Normally, the portraits are taken right after the ceremony and before the reception. I ask the bride to name a person who can corral everybody to make sure we don’t miss someone. Since we don’t know all of the family and friends, the person who gets everyone together needs to be a close family member or friend who knows everyone. As soon as we get to the wedding venue, Ken and I look around and find a spot that will be beautiful for these portraits, so we already have that set up so we don’t waste time having to look around after the ceremony.

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Bride with mom and dad

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Bride with her grandpa

Once we have everyone together, we get everybody situated into a spot so we can see everyone’s face. Tall people in the back, medium height people in front of them, and younger people and kids on the ground. I show the people on the ground how to pose their legs, then I show the people standing how to pose their legs as well. There really is a way to pose legs so that people look their best (read, thinner). Starting with the feet and legs automatically adjusts people’s posture.

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Wedding Family and Friends

Once we have the big group picture, we start removing people so that the couple starts getting their closest relatives for a closer up shot. We move people in and out so that we get all of the bride’s family, all of the groom’s family, and special family members. Then we move onto the wedding party portraits. We’ll do the entire group with a few different poses, including fun things like wearing sun glasses, walking towards me with fist pumps or flowers in the air, or drinking beer/wine/whiskey. I’ll do anything the group wants to do. Then we take separate photos of the bride with each of her girls and the groom with each of his guys.

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Groom and Groomsmen having a beer

We then send everybody, except the bride and groom, off to the reception. We’ll take the couple to a few different spots around the venue to capture their love and happiness – they are newly married after all. After we’re done, Ken and I get ahead of the bride and groom so we can capture them coming into the reception area (the DJ and I have coordinated this). We’ll also take the couple out later on for some sunset photos if that’s possible. If there’s no sunset, we still get some photos later when the light is softer right before sunset.

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Bride and Groom at sunset

Next post will cover the reception. Thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts.

Long Live Love,

Karen Skelly Photography

Photographers in Durango CO

www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

 

 

How Photographers in Durango CO Work With Couples Planning a Wedding – 2

This is Part 2 of my post about how my husband and I work with couples to photograph their weddings in Durango CO. You can view Part 1 here .

One of the things I missed in Part 1 concerns engagement sessions. As Photographers in Durango CO we love to do engagement sessions because then we are able to get to know our clients so much better and they get to know us as well. We have lots of fun and they have another special day to remember. Many of our clients have us put together a guest signing album using their engagement images. We have hard paged albums where we put the engagement photo on one side of the page and leave the other side blank for guests to sign at their wedding reception. Of course, if you live out of state or are eloping, an engagement session probably won’t work for you.

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What is on my nose?

Now to continue where I left off in the last post. If the girls are getting their hair and makeup done, I try to keep everything on schedule by letting them know how much time they have left because it’s so easy to lose track of time and get behind. Sometimes we do a First Look with the bride and groom, which I find to be super special because we’ll have the bride walk up behind the groom and maybe put her hands over his eyes or tap him on the shoulder. He then turns around and gets to see his soon to be wife in all her beauty. After we take some photographs, which adds more to the couple’s collection, we let them be alone for a few minutes. This definitely does not take away from the way the groom reacts when he sees his bride coming down the aisle. If the bride and groom don’t want to do a First Look, sometimes we’ll do it with the bride and her dad.

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Bride and Groom First Look

Sometimes we also do some of the family or wedding party portraits before the ceremony, depending on how much time we have and the time of the day. If the sun is high in the sky, we need to find a shady spot to put everybody in so they don’t have raccoon eyes and they’re not squinting. Both of those are not acceptable. During the family/wedding party/couple’s photos, my husband holds our umbrella with a flash so we can light everybody’s faces so they all look great. Ken, my husband, calls himself my lighting technician:)

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Ken holding the umbrella with flash during a family portrait session

During the ceremony, both Ken and I take photographs of everything going on. We love to capture all of the smiles, the tears, the emotions, and any other moments that happen. Some couples have a special thing such as a sand ceremony, an exchange of roses, or something else special to them. This is one of the things we ask about in our Wedding Information form so that we’re prepared when it happens. We make sure to capture the vows, the ring exchanges, and the first kiss. Sometimes we have to yell out “slow down the kiss” so we can capture the moment – haha. Then as the couple is walking back down the aisle, I have them stop at the end of the chairs and do another kiss. This usually gets an applause from their guests.

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Wedding Ceremony at Dalton Ranch

Stay tuned for Part 3 where I’ll talk about the portraits of the family, wedding party, and the couple.

Long Live Love

Karen Skelly Photography

Photographers in Durango CO

https://www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

Get in touch for more information about having us photograph your wedding or family portraits

 

 

Family Portraits by Photographers in Durango CO

My husband and I are photographers in Durango CO and we were honored to photograph this lovely family. They came from Texas to enjoy beautiful Durango. Unfortunately, they arrived 12 days after the huge fire started North of the city. They had planned on riding the train from Durango to Silverton, which is a gorgeous experience, but the train had been cancelled due to the tracks running right through the fire area.

The family consisted of Shelly, Tyler, and their two boys Connor and Jackson, Shelly’s parents, Tyler’s mom, and Tyler’s brother and sister-in-law. I felt bad for them because it was a family reunion and they rarely all get together at the same time. They all enjoy the outdoors, and they at least were able to visit Mesa Verde National Park, which is also a spectacular area.

Shelly and Tyler are one of those rare parents who still have annual professional photos taken of their family, and they have a wall devoted to those portraits which are converted to black and white. I love that they do this and wish they lived in my area.

We went to three different locations so they would have a lot of variety in their photos. The first one is the portrait they chose to have in black and white so they can add it to their wall. I hope you enjoy them.

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Family on rock wall in black and white

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Family with red barn

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Big Bro holding Little Bro who doesn’t want to be there

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Family with lake in background (and some smoke from a forest fire)

Hey, if you need family portraits, have a wedding coming up, a high school senior, or need a boudoir session, get in touch with me.

Thank you, Karen

Karen Skelly Photography

Photographers in Durango CO

www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

 

Durango CO Photographers make memories for a beautiful family

Mike and Janna came from Ft Collins CO to Durango CO with their two sons.  They were staying up at Purgatory Resort so we did their family portrait session in that location because it’s quite beautiful up there in the mountains.  Like most people, they would love to move to Durango and I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have a problem finding jobs here.

Mike is a fire captain and Jenna is a teacher, and the boys keep them both busy with lots of activities. Braden is into hockey and doing jumps with his bike, and Bennett loves to swim.

There were a couple of bumps in the road on our way to their family session. First it started raining, and then it stopped. Then Ken and I got a flat tire after apparently running over a large screw. We were running out of time and light, so this was the fastest tire changing session ever (well, except maybe for those pit stops during auto races). We made it with plenty of time to complete their portraits before it got too dark.

We love to photograph fun and fabulous families, so if you would like your family memories turned into forever heirlooms, get in touch with us.

Enjoy and thanks for looking.

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In a field above Purgatory

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Hugging by the lake

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A loving Family

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Sitting on a small bridge

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Just the two boys

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Family with Engineer Mountain in background

Luv, Karen

Karen Skelly Photography

Photographers in Durango CO

http://www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

Family Reunion with 25 People by Durango CO Photographers

It was Thomas’ birthday – he turned 70 yrs old, and is the grandpa to 12 grandkids – 12!  His wife Cynthia and he had four daughters and one son (Suzanna, Amy, Elizabeth, Annie, and Sam) and they are married (except one of them) and have all of those young ones.

The kids were amazingly cooperative during the entire portrait session – I usually sweat bullets trying to photograph that many kids. I did have to do some head swaps because you can never get that many all looking at the camera and smiling at the same time:-}

Try to follow this: Suzanna and OJ got married and at their wedding Suzanna’s brother met OJ’s sister and fell madly in love, got married and had kids of their own. This makes eight of the cousins genetically half-siblings.

We did break out portraits of all of the family groups, the kids, the grand kids, and grandparents and so many more. They have lots and lots of portraits to remember their time together. They came from California, Colorado, Missouri, and Illinois.

Enjoy and Thanks for Looking!

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Family Reunion Portrait

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Mom and her 4 Daughters

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Suzanna and her Family

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Annie and her Husband

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Grandparents with all the grandkids

Luv, Karen

Photographers in Durango CO

http://www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

A Family celebrates Kathy’s recovery from leukemia by Durango Photographers

Kathy and Mike are the parents and grandparents of this large family and Kathy had recently recovered from leukemia but was doing very well, although she tired easily. They live in Texas along with three of their other sons and their families. All four of the boys are their kids – I can’t image raising four boys, oh my. Their other son and his family live in New Mexico.

They all came to Durango and stayed at the Red Cliff House because they don’t get to see each other all that often. They love to joke and raz around a lot so we had a great time.

Enjoy!

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Mom and her four sons

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The whole family

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Dad and his daughter

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The Four Brothers

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Grandparents and the Grandkids

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One of the Family breakouts

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Family Portrait

Thank you for looking,

Luv, Karen

Durango CO Photographers

http://www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

 

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