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!

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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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Wedding Band #1 at reception

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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

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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 the 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

Reflection of bride and groom by durango co photographers

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?

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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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Fall Portrait Clothing Ideas by Photographers in Durango CO

My husband, Ken, and I are photographers in Durango CO. We photograph families, high school seniors, weddings, and boudoir (well, I photograph Boudoir – the hubby goes somewhere else:).

Fall is the most popular time of year for family and high school senior portraits, and even for weddings. Everybody loves the brilliant yellows and reds that come along with the trees changing their colors. As photographers in Durango CO we also love the fall colors and suggesting clothing for those sessions is what we do so that your portraits turn out gorgeous.

These are a couple of photos showing a high school senior girl in a gray dress with a scarf, and another in a maroon sweater.

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Senior girl in gray dress with scarf

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Senior girl with maroon sweater and jeans

Here’s a couple of family portraits. The first one wasn’t actually taken in the fall, but the colors of their clothing is great. Blues, turquoise, green, maroon, purples, browns, and violets are awesome colors for fall portraits.

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Family in different complimentary colors

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Family portrait with browns, golds, and maroons

Here’s another high school senior girl that dressed for success (haha) and for fall portraits.

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High School senior girl dressed in tan, white, and maroon for fall portraits

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

High School senior girl sitting on ground with fall leaves by durango photography

Senior girl in maroon and black with yellow fall leaves

I’m posting lots of family and senior photos taken during the fall because it’s always easier for people to envision their own portraits when they can see visual information. Here’s another family portrait taken with their six fur babies.

Family with their 6 fur babies by durango co photographers

Family in yellows and blues for their fall portraits

What I really love with family and senior portraits are when people use layering. Things like scarves, pretty sweaters or jackets, boots, and jewelry make those pictures so special. Here’s a few photos of clothing choices that I found on Pinterest.

 

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Neutral colors for fall portraits

Clothing choices for fall portraits by photographers in durango co

Clothing choices in blues, beiges, and browns

Fall portrait clothing choices by durango photography

Clothing choices in grays and violets

Fall clothing choices for portraits by durango co photographers

Clothing choices in golds, beiges, and maroons

When choosing your own clothing, lay them out on a bed to make sure the colors go well together. This is just a guide – you can choose the colors that you like.

Get in touch to set up your family or high school senior portrait by Photographers in Durango CO

Thanks, Karen

Karen Skelly Photography

Photographers in Durango CO

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Animas High School 2019 Graduation by Durango Photographers

My husband and I are Durango Photographers and every year we have the honor of photographing the graduating class of Animas High School. This is a great little school and the kids are super smart. The teachers do a lot of hands on work with the students out in the field so they learn with experience. This is from their website:

Animas High School prepares all students for college and post secondary success by creating critical thinkers and engaged citizens through an innovative, student-centered, project-based curriculum. We accomplish this through:

-Rigorous academics, where all students are prepared for college success
-Culture of excellence, where students are held to high expectations
-Strong faculty-student relationships, where students are well known
-Engaging learning, where students see the relevance of their education

AHS was founded in 2009 by community members who saw a need for a distinctive school of choice in the Four Corners region. An award-winning, free, public school chartered through the Colorado Charter School Institute, AHS serves approximately 250 students in grades 9-12 in Durango, Colorado.

Ken and I meet with all of the graduating students and a few of the teachers early in the morning so we can photograph the entire group with a beautiful backdrop of the Durango mountains. It can take 20 minutes to get all of the kids organized, and then 5 minutes to take the photographs. We take lots of photos because someone is always moving their head, eyes, or arms.

This is the group photo in the morning, along with a goofy photo that the kids like to do.

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Animas High School Graduation Group photo

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Goofing off during Graduation Photo

After the morning session with the students, we come back in the evening for the graduation ceremony which takes place at Ft Lewis College. It’s an absolutely magical evening because the kids are so happy and the families are so proud. Here’s a look at the stage and then the students throwing their caps.

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Students and teachers on stage during graduation ceremony

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Graduating students throwing their caps in the air

We are located just off stage where there is a black curtain and as each student receives their diploma, they walk over to us and we snap photos of them with their diploma. This is one of them. Many of the parents purchase this “Memory Mate” that shows the group photo and the student photo along with their name, the year, and the school’s logo. I think it’s pretty cool.

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Graduating student with her diploma

Graduating group photo with student inset by durango photographers

Memory Mate with graduating group photo and student inset

Durango Photographers are available to do high school senior photos, weddings, family portraits, and other events.

Get in touch by phone at 970.884.5292 or email at karen@karenskellyphoto.com

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Thank you

Karen Skelly Photography

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Photographers in Durango CO help couples plan their Wedding – Part 4

This is Part 4 of us explaining how we work with couples planning a wedding and during their wedding day. If you missed the other parts, here they are:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

I will cover how we photograph the reception and the normal order of events. If the couple has hired a DJ or a band, we like to coordinate the timeline with them so we are all on the same page. We consider the reception to start as soon as we are done with the couples photos and they are announced into the reception area.

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Bride and Groom entering reception hall

Usually after the bride and groom enter the reception hall, they will be surrounded by well wishers and given hugs and kisses by everyone. We’ll take a few photos of that happening, but not too many. If we have been hired to only attend a small portion of the reception, we will get the DJ to work with us to get photos of the cake cutting (even if it’s fake), the first dance, and the bouquet/garter toss.  We prefer to be there for most of the reception so we can photograph them as they happen logistically, but some couples budgets don’t allow for that.

If we are there for most of the reception, dinner will usually take place shortly after the couple arrive. They usually have arranged to feed us poor starving photographers, so that’s very much appreciated. After dinner, there are generally toasts by parents, maid of honor, and best man. We ask the couple to stand near the toaster so we can get all of their reactions, toasts, hugs, etc.

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Bride’s dad toasting (and roasting) the couple at the reception

During the dinner, we will take photos of the guests at their tables so the couple has the memories and a record of who attended their wedding. If there are 100 or more guests, we have prepared business cards with instructions on how the guests can view the photos once they’re ready and on our website. We pass these out while we’re taking their photos. We also take photos of the food, signs, the DJ, the flowers, and any other items the couple would want to remember. We also take the bride and groom’s wedding rings and photograph them in various places. As we always say, the food and the flowers will be gone after the wedding, but the photographs last forever!

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Wedding rings in bouquet

After dinner and the toasts, the cake cutting is usually next so people can enjoy their dessert during the first dances. Since the couple has usually never been married before, I generally give them some basic instructions on how to hold the knife and how to cut a small piece to feed each other. Every once in a while, they will smash it into each other’s faces, and yes, it is fun!

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Bride smashing cake into groom’s face

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Bride and groom cutting cake with no smashing into faces

Next we move on to the First Dances. The bride and groom are first up, then the Bride and her dad, then the Groom and his mom. After these three dances are completed, everybody gets on the dance floor for some fun (and to wear off the calories from the dinner and cake – haha). We also get many photos of everybody dancing later in the evening.

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The First Dance

The last things that usually take place are the bouquet toss and the garter toss. The bride usually has a spare smaller bouquet that she uses for the toss. After that the groom needs to remove the garter from the bride’s lovely leg. Many times we’ll tell the groom he has to crawl to the bride and without using his hands, remove that garter.

These are so much fun with lots of single ladies and men trying to catch the prize, although I have seen some people in the groups actively trying to AVOID catching the prize. For these shots, since it’s somewhat dark by then, I have a flash on my camera either with a bulb softener or bouncing off the ceiling to light the bride and Ken holds another flash with an umbrella to light the ladies. Same thing for the groom and his guys. After the bouquet and garter have been tossed, I get a photo of the winners with the bride and groom.

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Bride throwing the wedding bouquet

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Broom searching for the garter

When the sun is getting ready to set, or if it’s already dusk, we’ll take the couple out for a few more photos.

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Wedding Reflections

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Bride and Groom with moon

These 4 posts are based on a typical 6-8 hr wedding. There are many variations and differences in everybody’s wedding day. I hope these were informational and would love to hear your opinions.

Long Live Love!

Karen Skelly Photography

Photographers in Durango CO

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Photographers in Durango CO help couples plan their wedding – Part 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

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Photographers in Durango CO work with couples planning a wedding – Part 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

 

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