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Photographers in Durango CO loved this fun, funky, and fabulous wedding couple

Danielle and Sean used to live in Seattle WA, but recently moved to Durango CO. Sean was born and raised in the area and Danielle fell in love with the beautiful scenery and the nice weather (she hasn’t been here for a winter yet:}   I love her red hair, the tattoos, her wedding dress and, oh those shoes.

We didn’t meet until the day of the wedding because another photographer from Seattle had originally been hired to photograph their wedding. That photographer unfortunately suffered from altitude sickness once she arrived in Durango. She was really really sick and couldn’t possibly photograph the wedding. One of my friends, who is also a photographer in Durango, was one of the groomsmen because he is good friends with Sean. So, they found me and my husband the morning of the wedding and we rushed to get there in time. We got there in time to photograph the First Look with her dad, the horse and carriage ride, the ceremony, and the reception. All worked out well.

Neither one wanted to wear wedding rings, so they did a rose exchange during the ceremony instead, which I thought was oh so sweet. She was driven to the ceremony site in a horse and carriage, and then after the ceremony, they both rode in the carriage to the local pub. Danielle and Sean met at a pub and he proposed at a pub, so it was appropriate to get a photo of them at the pub. Their ceremony was held at Vallecito Event Center which is near Durango.

Danielle and Sean are wild and crazy, and their wedding matched their personality and their love for each other, which was very apparent.  All of their friends and family had such a good time dancing and drinking and socializing with all the other people there.

Danielle works at Ska Brewery, so stop in and say hi to her. They were running a rescue operation in Seattle for fur babies, and plan to do the same here. Once it’s up and running and they hold a silent auction, I will be donating a portrait session to them.

Thanks for reading this story and Enjoy!

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Wedding Ceremony at Vallecito Event Center

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Bride get’s a little emotional

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Rose exchange during the ceremony

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The Wedding Party watches them play kissy face

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Sharing a drink at the pub

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They took a horse and carriage ride

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Bride and Groom portrait

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Groom dips the bride and water reflection

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Bride and Groom Silhouette

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The First Dance

Luv, Karen

Karen Skelly Photography

Durango CO Photographers

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Valentines Day Surprise? 20% off from Durango CO Boudoir Photographer

Give your significant other the gift of You!   Fun, Classy, Tasteful, and playfully sexy Boudoir Portraits.  Book your session by 1.24.16 and receive 20% off your session fee.

A beautiful album is the most popular item for women who do the Boudoir Session.  The pages are thick and lay flat just like a high end coffee table book.   See the pictures below of the album, although it’s much better to see them in person.  You can set up a no obligation consultation to see and touch the album and see more boudoir images.

We will be using my indoor spare bedroom and going outdoors (very private) to use some snow and my new fog machine for some steamy photos.

This would also make a great wedding gift for your fiance if you are engaged!

Give me a call at 970.884.5292 or send an email to karen@karenskellyphoto.com.    I look forward to hearing from you.

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Crystal Cover (made of plexiglass)

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Full Page Spread

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Luv, Karen

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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

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10 Things You Should Know to Make Your Wedding Photos Better (posted by Durango Wedding Photographer

I found this article in the blog of OffbeatBride.com and it was written by Mike Allebach.  I can relate to most of these situations, so bride’s, please take notice.

 

Remember Mike Allebach’s 12 things wedding photographers want to tell you, but can’t? He’s back with more photographer confessions that could help you avoid hating your wedding pics.

All photos by Mike Allebach

Wedding-day snafus don’t just stress out the couple — they can also affect your photographer’s ability to get those amazing photos you’ve envisioned. Wedding photographers have a lot of insight into what makes a wedding day run smoothly, so I polled a handful of longtime pros to find out their biggest pet peeves and the stress-relieving fixes.

1. The time crunch

Ambitious timelines, traffic jams, limo beer-runs, and hair-and-makeup delays can all chip away at the time you allotted for photos. So please pad your timeline. Your day will feel more relaxed, and you’ll get more photos you love. Here are some tips:

  • Make sure that your hair and makeup artists know how many people they will be working with, and forewarn them if someone’s getting an intricate updo.
  • When traveling in large cities, double the estimated amount of time you’ll need to go from place to place.
  • If you need to make a beer run en route to the reception, plan on it taking 30 minutes — or just pack it ahead of time.

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2. Must-have photo lists from traditional wedding-planning websites

Nothing smacks of not trusting your photographer more than a list that starts with “Bride looking over shoulder.” Professional photographers want you to love your wedding photos and want to capture things that are important to you. But long lists can stifle creativity and make your photographer more likely to miss a moment unfolding because they’re busy combing through a checklist.

Communicate what is most important to you: Details? Real moments? Photos of the guests? Who are the most important people to you, and what are their names? And don’t worry — if you happen to look over your shoulder, we’ll get that photo, too.

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3. Wardrobe malfunctions

Does your dress look amazing… as long as you’re standing still? Find a comfortable dress so you’re not fussing with an ill-fitting bodice or wayward bra the entire wedding day. Stand, sit, and dance in the fitting room to make sure your dress stays put. And don’t worry — no matter what, we’ll spare you all the photos of you readjusting. We just want you to be comfortable and look good.

4. Weird ceremony lighting

Nothing is worse than bad lighting at the ceremony.  If you’re hosting a wedding outside, try to find a spot where the sun will be behind you, hitting your shoulders.  For late morning and early afternoon weddings, standing in complete shade of a tree or under a chuppah is ideal.  Find out where the sun will be at the time you are getting married (there are apps for that!).  Nobody wants squinty ceremony photos or shadow images with the bride in the sun and the groom in the shade.   (And bad lighting can strike anytime – not just at the ceremony).

5. Peacocking groomsmen

If you’re a groomsman, put your penis away. This should go without saying, right? But apparently it’s a thing now, because one of the biggest complaints I heard from female wedding photographers was inappropriate groomsman behavior — including lewd comments and awkward displays of man meat. Zip it up, guys. And that goes for all the sexual harassment that drunken wedding guests dish out to photographers.

6. Grooms who stuff their pants

If you’re thinking, “I would never do that!” — think again. You don’t want to know what your cell phone, wallet, and keys look like on our screens. We’re (usually) kind enough to smooth out those weird bulges for you in Photoshop, but it would be helpful if you’d just un-stuff your pockets.

 

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7. iPhones and iPads

We understand Aunt Zelda needs to update her Tinder profile with selfies from your wedding, but can we just go unplugged already? Some photographers will even give you bonuses or discounts if you have your guests put their phones away!

The simple fix is to have your officiant announce a time to take a photo as your ceremony begins, and then ask everyone to turn off their phones and enjoy the rest of your wedding. Take the Hands Free for Love Challenge.

8. Bossy Pinterest-stalkers

Just like Beyoncé, photographers want to ban bossy… wedding guests. In fact, this was the number-one pet peeve when I polled photographers. As far as we’re concerned, our wedding couple is the boss. We want to do anything to make them happy. So we hate when a wedding guest who has stalked too many Pinterest boards interrupts our photo time to make suggestions. Their ideas may be “cute,” but we don’t want to copy someone else’s work — not to mention it takes time away from the newlyweds and pulls them out of the moment. Don’t worry, we’ll brush them of with a polite “thanks but no thanks.”

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9. “You can fix that in Photoshop, right?”

If you want to drive a photographer nuts, just repeat this phrase a few times. We have a love-hate relationship with Photoshop. Yes, Photoshop can do a lot of things. But those things take time, especially when we’re editing hundreds and hundreds of images. If there is any way we can fix a problem in real life, before we snap the photo, we’ll take that over spending the next few days in 7 Circles of Photoshop Hell.

10. Forgetting the photo credit

Obviously we don’t like it when newbie photographers steal our work and pass it on as their own. But we also don’t like it when our photos get posted without credit. Give us a shout-out when you post to Facebook, Instagram, or wedding blogs. We live and breathe from referrals, so we want your guests to know who took all the photos they love. Plus, it helps us protect our images from those aforementioned photo thieves.

Professional wedding photographers want to do everything in our power to help you have a stress-free wedding day. We want to partner with you to document your event as smoothly as possible. Therefore, communication is key! I hope these 10 tips will help you build an awesome working relationship with your photographer.

Source:  offbeatbride.com

With Luv from Karen

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Wedding at Durango Mountain Resort by Durango Wedding Photographer

So many couples come here from all over the Country to get married in Durango CO.  This was the case with David and Sheryl who came from Arizona (well, they do have  a condo near Durango Mountain Resort), but they live full time in AZ.   Sheryl owns Platinum Wellness which teaches patients how to take care of themselves better (this is something I truly believe in as I was a nutritionist at one time) and she is living testimony of a woman who takes care of herself.   David works in sales and is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met.    He’s also in great shape and they like to go biking together.

They had a beautiful wedding up at Durango Mountain Resort at the Engineer Mountain location.  We had sun, thunder, and rain all within a half hour.  It looked as though it was going to be rained out during the ceremony because it got very dark, lots of thunder, and the wind picked up.  But, luckily it blew over and was beautiful after that for all the family portraits.   Speaking of family, David and Sheryl have 6 kids between them – it’s just like the Brady Bunch.

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Cake by The Yellow Carrot in Durango CO

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Flowers from Blossom Flower Shop in Durango CO

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Hair and Makeup by Hair Fusion Salon in Durango CO

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The ceremony at Durango Mountain Resort

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Happy Bride doing a jig

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Bride and Groom after the Ceremony

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Bride and Groom on the lift at Durango Mountain Resort, also known as Purgatory

Of course, I will have more to post because I’m still working on the images.

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Wedding at Sleeping Beauty Ranch by Durango CO Photographer (Part 3)

I know, many of you probably are tired of seeing images from this gorgeous wedding, but I just finished beautifying all of them, and just have to post a few more (or maybe more than a few).  If you missed Part one and two, just go back a page or two and read all about it.

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The awesome wedding party

 

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A peaceful moment by the lake

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Dancing to the violin music

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First Dance

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Another First Dance Moment

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Sending them to Jail

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Glowing

 

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