Senior Portrait and Family Session by Durango Photographers

The Jaramillo family lives in the same subdivision where my husband and I live. We’re Durango Photographers and they wanted to have senior portraits taken of their son, Derrian. They were also interested in doing family portraits, so we combined them into one session.

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Derrian fly fishing in the lake

Derrian’s favorite past time when he’s not in school is to go fly fishing. He also loves to participate in wrestling in school, and skateboarding after school. He’s a great kid with a very sweet and kind personality.

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Derrian leaning on a white picket fence

His favorite movie is A River Runs Through It, which should be no surprise since the movie is about fly fishing. The music that he prefers is rap, rock, and country.

High school senior leaning on old barn by durango photographers

Derrian leaning on an old barn

 

He had to choose some of the images to put on his Graduation Announcement, and this was one of his choices. The old barn is pretty cool, and the grass was really tall.

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Derrian sitting on a chair in front of the old barn

In between doing Derrian’s senior portraits, the whole family was photographed at different locations. Derrian’s parents are Mario and Meagan. He has a sister, and two younger brothers. The whole family was awesome. The fall colors were so gorgeous.

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The whole family with beautiful fall colors

We took photos of each of the kids separately, and the parents together without the kids. This little guy just loved his new stick – haha.

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Little guy with a Big Stick

The whole family was also photographed at this lake.

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The family sitting by a lake

Everybody in the family loves the outdoors, including camping, hiking, and fishing. They loved the portraits showing their personality, and their love for lakes, mountains, and old barns.

If you need family portraits, high school senior portraits, or have a wedding coming up, get in touch with us.

Thanks, Karen

Karen Skelly Photography

Durango Photographers

www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

 

 

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Dianna and Randy’s elopement by Durango Photographers

Dianna and Randy live in Arizona but came to the mountains for their elopement and hired my husband and I, who are Durango Photographers, to capture their memories. Elopements in Durango CO are extremely popular and we love to photograph them. The time line is much more relaxed than a full day wedding.

They were engaged two years ago yesterday. They’ve been together for 26 YEARS! About time they got married, dontchathink? The proposal on January 1, 2018, took place while they were at the home they were building in Arizona. The home had just been framed in, and Randy said “why don’t we tailgate out here for New Years Eve”. He had steak and lobster to cook on the grill, along with wine and candles. It was a beautiful eve, fairly warm, as the super moon came up in the east and the sunset in the west. He proposed and it was very romantic and fun.

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The ceremony inside the gazebo in Durango

They both love being outdoors, hiking, and beautiful scenery. They held their elopement ceremony under a gazebo at Rotary Park in Durango CO. The officiant for the ceremony was Chessa Gill. We’ve worked together for several weddings and I love her. Chessa, the bride and groom, and Durango Photographers (that’s Ken and me) were the only ones present.

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Elopement Ceremony under the gazebo in Rotary Park

Dianna and Randy are both hard workers, but still have time for each other and time to go outside to play. Dianna works in sales, and Randy is a home builder, which explains why they are building their own home. They’re also very romantic as you can see from their First Kiss.

Bride and Groom's First Kiss by durango photographers

Their First Kiss

Even though it’s an elopement, and there were no guests, I think it’s fun to do a first dance.

Bride and Groom's First Dance by durango co photographers

The First Dance

We also love to have them cut a small cake, and toast their new married status. Since they’re from out of town, we bring the plate, knife, and glasses. They buy the cake and champagne. It’s another fun thing to do.

Bride and Groom cutting the cake by durango photographers

Cutting the Cake

I had them sit on the gazebo steps to show off her ring and corsage. They are both beautiful and it was a beautiful day.

Bride and Groom sitting on gazebo steps by durango photographers

Sitting on the steps of the gazebo

We moved over to a different area of the park where you can see the river. We had a lot of snow that winter and the river was the highest I had ever seen it. Hard to tell from this picture though.

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Portrait of Dianna and Randy

After the snuggling, a little dip is in order.

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The bride being dipped

Then we walked on the bridge to cross the river and go back to the gazebo area. They were definitely having fun.

Bride and Groom walking across the bridge by durango photographers

Walking across the bridge back to the gazebo

A fun last photo with the sunglasses.

Bride and Groom with sunglasses by durango co photographers

Looking cool with their shades

Hope you enjoyed Dianna and Randy’s elopement story. Let me know if I can help you with your photography session.

Thanks, Karen

Karen Skelly Photography

Durango Photographers

www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

 

 

 

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Hasson Family Portraits by Durango CO Photographers

Ken and I are Durango CO Photographers and we actually photograph a lot of clients who come here from other locations. The Hasson Family came from Texas. The largest amount of our clients actually come from Texas. They love our mountains and other beautiful scenery.

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The family by a lake with mountains in the background

The Hassons are a blended family. The two older kids have high functioning autism. Mom told me they don’t like having pictures taken, but they were great! I believe mom and dad met at an autism function because the young lady is dad’s daughter, and the young man is mom’s son. They’re all athletic and love to camp together, as well as to the beach. They have family portraits taken every year to show the growth of their family.

Five kids by a lake with mountains by durango photographers

The five kids by the lake

We took photos of all the kids together, each kid separate, mom and dad separate, dad with his kids, and mom with her kids. They loved all the variety and having each person have their own photograph.

Husband and wife kissing by lake by durango co photographers

Mom and Dad having a loving moment

Three of the kids live with their mom in another part of Texas, so this blended family only gets together on school breaks, so it’s special for them to take a vacation and have portraits taken.

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Sitting on a bench by the lake

They only wanted to go to one location, so we found a few spots around the lake so they had some variety. I usually take clients to three locations for lots of variety. For this next photo, they changed shirts and held hands while walking and laughing. I love this one.

Family holding hands and laughing by durango co photographers

Family holding hands and laughing

Thanks for looking and if you need family portraits, high school senior portraits, or have a wedding coming up, get in touch.

Luv, Karen

Durango CO Photographers

www.karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

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  1. MARIO jaramillo

    Very professional family photos and senior pictures turned out wonderful thanks to Karenskellyphoto.

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Amanda and Patrick’s Elopement by Photographers in Durango CO

Ken and I are photographers in Durango CO. We love to photograph weddings, elopements, families, high school seniors, and boudoir (I do the boudoir alone – haha).

Amanda and Patrick live in Texas, but wanted to get married in Durango because of all the beautiful scenery. They had never been to Durango or had any photographs taken of themselves, but they knew they loved the mountains. Since they didn’t know the area, they didn’t have a specific place in mind for their ceremony and I knew the perfect spot for them. They loved it!

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Wedding Ceremony in field of flowers with mountains in background

Amanda had her hair done at Lemon Head Hair Salon in Durango, and when we got to the ceremony location, it was raining. According to the weather reports, it wasn’t supposed to start raining until later in the evening, but we can never trust those reports around here. Her hair didn’t last a minute, but she said Oh Well.

Bride and Groom kissing in beautiful scenery with rain by durango photographers

Bride and Groom kissing in the rain with beautiful scenery

Patrick proposed to Amanda in August of 2018. They had been together for 3 years, and didn’t want to wait any longer to be a married couple. She mentioned that they would like to move to Durango some day. I look forward to seeing them again if they do move here.

Their wedding rings are really unique and beautiful.

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Patrick putting the wedding ring on Amanda’s finger

Bride putting ring on groom's finger by photographers in durango co

Amanda putting wedding ring on Patrick’s finger

After the ceremony, the groom did a little dipping (the bride, of course). I brought a small table, table cloth, plate, knife, and champagne glasses, and they brought a cake and champagne. They fed each other cake, and toasted their new adventure.

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Patrick dipping Amanda in the field of flowers

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Amanda and Patrick taste the cake

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Amanda and Patrick drink to wedded bliss

Then Patrick threw Amanda over his shoulder and walked down the muddy road. Both of them were so happy!

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Patrick carrying Amanda over his shoulder

After having fun in the field of flowers with the rain, we went a ways down the mountain to an old wooden cattle fencing area. They did their first dance, some more kissing, and he whispered sexy things in her ear.

Bride and Groom kissing by old fence by durango wedding photographers

Amanda and Patrick kiss right after their first dance

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Patrick is whispering sexy things in her ear

Next we headed over to a lake, where we got some awesome photos of the water, the mountains, and the new mr. and mrs.

Bride and Groom on large rock by lake by durango photographers

Patrick and Amanda relaxing on a large rock by the lake

Hope you enjoyed the story of this elopement by Karen and Ken Skelly, Photographers in Durango CO.

Get in touch for your wedding or elopement!

Karen Skelly Photography

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karen@karenskellyphoto.com

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Ali and Tyler’s Engagement Session by Durango Photographers

My hubby and I are photographers in Durango CO. During the summer one of our local wedding planners put together three staged weddings at River Bend Ranch and sold tickets to brides, grooms, and their families who could attend and see vendors at work. I was one of the Durango photographers who was there and set up a table to show off some of our work. These are the three couples who were married (but not really married).

Wedding Ceremony inside River Bend Ranch barn by durango co photographers

Wedding Ceremony inside River Bend Ranch’s Barn

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Groom and Groom wedding ceremony

Bride and Groom sitting at decorated table by durango photography

Bride and Groom sitting at gorgeously decorated table

I also had a jar and notepad so couples could enter to win a free engagement session with us. Ali and Tyler were the winners! We photographed their engagement session at a few different locations in Durango, and then went to a local pub so we could show them information on our wedding offerings. They ended up booking their wedding with us right then and there. We were thrilled. This is the pub where they’re toasting their engagement.

Engaged couple enjoying beer at a local pub by durango photography

Engaged couple toasting at a local pub

The first location we photographed them was near an old wooden fence and animal feeder that has been there for a long time. Of course, lots of kissing was involved in their portraits.

Engaged couple with Save The Date sign by durango photographers

Ali and Tyler with Save The Date sign I made for them

Bride and Groom kissing near old wooden fence by durango photographers

I told him to cup her face and kiss her. He did a marvelous job

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Tyler hugging her waist and showing off engagement ring

Then we moved on to a trail into a field with mountains in the background. I love this area – it’s so beautiful.

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Ali and Tyler holding a Love balloon in the aspen trees

Engaged couple walking in field with aspens and mountains by durango photography

Ali and Tyler walking in open field with aspens and mountains in background

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Tyler whispering sexy things in her ear

Then we went to the lake with large rocks to sit on. Ali and Tyler had actually made their own sign announcing their engagement.

Engaged couple with engagement sign by durango co photographers

Ali and Tyler with their engagement sign

Ali and Tyler are a fun loving couple who love to laugh, and they both love to go camping so the mountains are their ideal location.

Thanks for taking a look and get in touch for more information if you are engaged, getting married, or would like family portraits taken.

Luv, Karen

Durango Photographers

www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

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McClure Family Portraits by Photographers in Durango CO

Mindy McClure contacted me through Facebook after asking Visit Durango for recommendations. Visit Durango is our tourism office and they often recommend us as Photographers in Durango CO. I love them!

The McClure family lives in Texas and wanted to visit Durango just like thousands of other Texans do every year. They are a family of 9 adults and 2 kiddos. We did the portraits at the house they were renting while they were visiting, which is facing the beautiful red rocks of Durango. Here we have the grandparents in the center standing, one of their daughters and her husband and son also standing. Sitting are her other daughter, her husband, their two little kiddos and the other older brothers.

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Family reunion portrait

We did breakdowns of each of the family groups. This is the mom, dad, and their 3 boys.

Mom, Dad, and 3 boys by durango co photographers

My Three Sons:)

Then the older parents with their two grown daughters.

Mom, Dad, and 2 grown daughters by durango co photographers

Older parents with their two daughters

This is the younger family with their little girl and little boy.

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Mom, Dad, and two little kids

And, of course, the little girl wanted to jump off the rock. She’s adorable!

Little girl jumping off rock by durango photography

Little girl jumping off rock

And the final picture of My Three Sons – okay, you have to be old enough to understand that one! Google it if you don’t know what I’m talking about – haha.

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My Three Sons

Thanks for taking a look.

Luv Karen

Karen Skelly Photography

www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

 

 

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Goodwin Family Reunion portraits by Durango CO Photographers

Ken and I are Durango CO photographers who love to photograph families, weddings, high school seniors, and all fun events happening around town.

This summer we had the pleasure of photographing the Goodwin family who were coming from all over the United States to meet in Durango. Every year for the last 4 yrs, they have all been meeting at different locations (the other 3 were different islands in Hawaii).

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Large family group hugging

We met them all at Haviland Lake in Durango were they were camping, paddle boarding, and boating. They love to do all that fun stuff and our town didn’t disappoint. The young lady in front with the curly blond hair was recently inducted into the airforce and she reported for duty in September. This probably means that she’ll be missing from the next family reunion.

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Big cousins holding up little cousins

They are all high energy, very busy people. One of the girls is at University of AZ and wants to be a doctor, the teen boy likes anything techie and mountain bikes, A few of the adults have their own businesses, One of the adults is an engineer, another is a teacher, and the grandparents celebrated their 43rd anniversary this month.

Family reunion grouped by family by durango photography

Family reunion grouped by families

This little family is Ashley, who works as an esthetician and a landscaper, and Trey who works for the gas company, with their little son Easton.

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Mom, Dad, and their baby boy

We found this huge rock in the campground that looks out over the lake, so of course, we couldn’t resist getting everybody up there for one last group photograph. This took some time and effort, but they loved the result.

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Family group sitting on large rock

Everybody reading this post should come visit Durango CO and have us photograph your family, family reunion, or wedding. We would love to meet you all.

Luv, Karen

Durango CO Photographers

www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

 

 

 

 

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Monica and Roger’s Wedding by Durango CO Photographers

My husband and I are photographers in Durango CO and our specialty is photographing weddings.

My last post was about Monica and Roger’s Engagement Session which was photographed by Durango CO Photographers – that would be Ken and I. You can read about it here if you missed that blog post.

Monica and Roger’s wedding was held at Sky Ute Casino. The ceremony was supposed to be outdoors, but due to rain the night before, they moved it into the ballroom. The chairs were sinking into the grass. Oh my!

Wedding Ceremony at Sky Ute Casino by Durango CO Photographers

Wedding Ceremony at Sky Ute Casino

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Groom putting ring on Bride

After the ceremony, we went outside to do portraits of their families and the wedding party. This photo is just their immediate family. Lots of love here.

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Bride and Groom with family

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Bride with her Bridesmaids

Wedding Party at Sky Ute Casino by photographers in durango co

Wedding Party at Sky Ute Casino

Here’s a few photographs of the Bride and Groom by themselves. Monica got her dress from Occasions Bridal Shop in Durango CO.

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Bride and Groom showing her beautiful dress

Bride and Groom in black and white by durango co photographers

Bride and Groom in black and white

Bride and Groom walking to the reception at Sky Ute Casino by durango photographers

Bride and Groom walking to the indoor reception

After all of the family, wedding party, and couple’s photos, we all headed into the reception area at Sky Ute Casino. There were around 300 guests, so it was huge! There were two bands so that the dancing and partying could carry on late into the night. Yes, there was smoke.

Wedding Band at Sky Ute Casino by durango co photographers

Wedding Band #1 at reception

Band at reception at Sky Ute Casino by photographers in durango co

Wedding Band #2 at reception

There was lots of great food, and a beautiful cake made by Sweet and Sassy Treats located in Ignacio CO which is close to Durango.

Wedding Guests at Sky Ute Casino by durango co photographers

Wedding Guests at Sky Ute Casino

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Bride and Groom cutting the Cake

This is the Bride and Groom’s First Dance, with one showing the cake in the foreground just for a little artistic affect – haha.

Bride and Groom's First Dance by durango co photographers

Bride and Groom’s First Dance

Bride and Groom's first dance with cake showing by durango photography

First Dance with cake in foreground

Here’s some more dancing, including the La Marcha Dance. If you’ve never experienced this dance, it’s done at most Hispanic weddings. A matriarch couple leads the bride and groom in a line dance that snakes around the reception area, then everybody makes an arch where the couples go thru and end up in another line. At the end everybody makes a big circle where the bride and groom dance by themselves.

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Wedding guests dancing at the reception

Part of the La Marcha dance at wedding reception by durango photographers

The La Marcha dance winding around the reception area

La Marcha dance at wedding reception by durango photography

La Marcha Dance on the dance floor

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Couple going thru the “People Arch” during La Marcha Dance

Thank you for reading this post.

Long Live Love!

Karen Skelly Photography

Durango CO Photographers

www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

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Monica and Roger’s Engagement Session by Durango CO Photographers

My husband Ken and I are photographers in Durango CO. Couples love to have their engagement sessions and weddings take place in Durango and photographed by Karen Skelly Photography – Durango CO Photographers.

Monica and Roger have been together for 14 years and have two kiddos. It’s about time they got married, right? Their kids are Roger Jr, aged 11 and Karla, aged 8.

They had never had any family portraits of themselves, so we included some family photos with their engagement photos.

Engaged couple with their kids by durango co photographers

Engaged couple with their Kids

Roger Sr. works in construction, and Monica does bookkeeping at City Market South. Roger Jr. likes to play games on the computer, and Karla is a girly girl – she likes pink.

Family walking across bridge by durango co photographers

Family walking across bridge

Monica’s mom passed away shortly before this engagement session, so I suggested that she bring a framed photograph of her mom (maybe a wedding photo) to their wedding. She thought that was a great idea.

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Roger and Monica being lovey dovey

They were married on 8.24.19 (I know I’m behind in blog posts about my clients:), so I made this Save The Date sign for them. They used several of their engagement photos for their Wedding Invitations.

Engaged couple with Save The Date sign by durango co photographers

Save The Date chalkboard sign

We were down by the river with lots of big rocks, so what’s better than sitting on the rocks enjoying the river and the surrounding beauty of Durango CO?

Engaged couple sitting on rocks by durango co photographers

Roger and Monica enjoying the river and beauty of Durango

There’s this cool tree on the Animas River Trail right by the river that I think is pretty cool. Sometimes I have kids climb into the tree, but this time I just wanted the couple to gaze into each other’s eyes thinking about their upcoming wedding.

Engaged couple lean against tree and gaze into each other's eyes by durango photography

Roger and Monica gazing into each other’s eyes

There’s also a lovely gazebo in the park and the steps make a perfect spot to have them sit and show off her engagement ring.

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Monica showing off her engagement ring

Thanks for looking and Long Live Love!

Karen Skelly Photography

Durango CO Photographers

www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

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Photographs don’t exist without light by Durango CO Photographers

My husband and I are Durango CO Photographers who love to photograph weddings, family portraits, high school seniors, and boudoir.

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Bride and Groom sitting at judge’s desk

Do you know the meaning of the word “Photography”? It means painting or drawing with light. Without light, a photograph cannot exist. Lighting is a key factor in creating a successful image. Lighting determines not only brightness and darkness, but also tone, mood and the atmosphere. Therefore it is necessary to control and manipulate light correctly in order to get the best texture, vibrancy of color, and luminosity on your subjects.

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Bride and Groom cut the wedding cake

When photographing people, you want their faces to be the brightest part of the photograph so that your eye goes to them first. If the background is overly bright and the faces of the people are dark, your eye will be drawn to the background. You can use artificial light, as in a flash, or you can use natural light.

I find natural light much harder to work with because you’re dependent on the weather, the position of the sun, where you want the background, and of course many wedding receptions are at night. I almost always work with a flash attached to a stand with a large umbrella. This creates soft lighting on people’s faces and I can adjust my camera settings so the background is not overly bright.

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Wedding fun with sparklers and a lot of intoxicated guests

When I was studying photography, I was a bit surprised that math came into play. When using light, you have to use the “inverse square law”. This means that theĀ strength of the light is inversely proportional to how far the subject is moved away from the light source. So if the light is close to the subject, they will be brighter, and if the light is moved further away, the subject will be darker. Determining the distance the light should be from the subject(s) is imperative to making great portraits.

I love the catch lights in the eyes when I use an umbrella. The eyes are the window to the soul, and without light, they look rather bland.

High school senior girl by river with fall colors by durango co photographers

Senior girl in white and black by the river with fall colors

Where the light is located is also important. I usually place the umbrella with the flash at about a 45 degree angle from the subject(s). If I’m doing a large group portrait, I’ll have my husband aim the umbrella at the furthest people so that everyone is lit evenly. These things take a lot of practice. Sometimes I like to have him hold the flash behind a wedding couple to create a silhouette, so there are artistic things you can also do with light. And every once in a while, I’ll have him hold the umbrella directly over my head for various reasons.

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Wedding family portrait

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Bride and Groom with reflection in water

Silhouette of Bride and Groom with full moon by durango co photographers

Silhouette of Bride and Groom with a full moon

When I was taking photos of this high school senior girl, my flash didn’t go off for one of the pictures. That sometimes happens because it takes a couple of seconds for the flash to recycle and I took one of these too fast. This illustrates the difference between a photo taken in “natural light”, and one where a flash is used. I like having full control of the light when I’m photographing people. Can you see the difference?

See the Difference when using flash vs natural light by durango co photographers

1st photo using natural light, 2nd photo using flash

If you need a photographer for a wedding, family portrait, high school senior, or boudoir, get in touch with me for more information.

Thanks, Karen

Karen Skelly Photography

Durango CO Photographers

www.karenskellyphoto.com

karen@karenskellyphoto.com

970.884.5292

 

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