Family Portraits in the Snow by Durango CO Photographers

The Dickinson and McDonald families wanted to have their portraits taken in the snow over the holidays. We all live in a subdivision called Forest Lakes which is where my husband and I are Durango CO Photographers. The Dickinsons and McDonalds are all related.

Where we live, there is an old tractor sitting near the entrance and someone puts a Santa Claus dummy on the tractor every year.  This was perfect for our first portrait location. We had to use a shovel to dig a path to the tractor because the snow was so deep.

The Dickinson’s consist of husband, wife, and doggie.  The McDonald family consists of husband, wife, and two teen daughters. We all got pretty cold, but it was still a lot of fun. The poor doggie is on the elderly side and wasn’t really enjoying any of this. He stayed in the car when we went to the second location.

The second location is one of my favorites. There are some rocks where people can sit, and some beautiful mountains in the background. We did portraits of the entire group, each family, each couple, and the girls by themselves. When we do family portraits we usually like to go to 3 different locations, but they were cold and were extremely happy with the images that we had captured of all of them.

They each ordered a framed canvas wall portrait, and the McDonald family ordered a tryptich which is a framed portrait with mom and dad in the middle and a girl on each side with a mat dividing each of them.

Here are some of their images. Enjoy!

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Family portrait on old tractor with stuffed Santa

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McDonald Mom and Dad

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Young girl portrait in winter

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Both Families with mountains in background

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Teen girl portrait in winter

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Luv, Karen

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Wedding Boudoir Session by Boudoir Photographer in Durango CO

Being a Boudoir Photographer in Durango CO is a rather novel form of photography. I know of only a couple of other photographers who do this genre. I love it – it is just so much fun and I love making ladies feel beautiful.

This lovely lady has a job that prohibits me from posting her name or portraits showing her face.  Luckily, I did take a few that didn’t show her face. Some of them I cropped so you aren’t able to see her eyes.

She is going to give the album I had made for her to her new husband when they are married. Isn’t that a great wedding night gift? What new hubby wouldn’t love to have images of his beautiful new wife for only his eyes?

I often have women who come in to do a boudoir session for themselves while they’re still young. Then they can look back on these when they’re in their 70s or 80s and remember how beautiful they were (and still are, I’m sure).

My boudoir sessions usually last a couple of hours and we fit as many outfits into that time as we can. I have a spare bedroom outfitted with antique style furniture which works perfectly for this style of photography. I also use the area behind my house where nobody can see anything, so you get some “environmental” portraits also – haha.  We drink a glass of wine to get started and loosen us both up. I’m willing to do just about anything that my lovely lady clients want.

 

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Wedding Petticoat Skirt

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Boudoir Silhouette

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Engagement Ring Boudoir Portrait

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A pink corset, sexy black boots, and a garter

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A sexy wedding teddy

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Pink Corset, garter, and sparkly high heels

Her new hubby will love the 8×8 hard paged album with his beautiful wife’s boudoir portraits.  The album is beautiful and high quality, but he probably won’t even notice that:}

Enjoy

Luv, Karen

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Grandma and her four Granddaughters by Photographers in Durango CO

Barbara lives here in Durango CO and her 4 grand daughters were visiting her from different parts of the country. The kids parents were there to watch, but didn’t want to be in the photographs. I would have loved to do all of the families separately and together to give them family heirlooms for their children and grand children.

The fall colors were just gorgeous and makes for a beautiful backdrop for a group of beautiful people.

Grandma, of course, wanted professional photographs with all of them while they’re still young and hired us after searching for Photographers in Durango CO.  The girls are two sets of sisters.  Two with dark hair and two with blond hair. They were a hoot to try to photograph – so full of energy and didn’t want to stand or sit still for more than few seconds. Usually I only have that problem with toddlers.

I asked them to walk across the bridge, look at each other, and laugh.  They did an awesome job – I love this image. Barbara purchased prints from me and this one took front and center on her wall where she hung it.

Each of the girls had their own unique personality, which I tried to capture in their portraits. Then having them hug was an awesome sight for their parents and grandma.

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Grandma and 4 granddaughters crossing bridge laughing

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One of the granddaughters

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Close up of granddaughter

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Close up of granddaughter

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Close up of a granddaughter

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Sisters hugging

Sisters hugging

Sisters hugging

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Granddaughters throwing leaves

Thanks for taking a look

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Beautiful Wedding at the end of Fall by Photographers in Durango CO

Steven found us on line through a google search for Photographers in Durango CO and I was so excited that they decided to choose us to photograph their wedding.

Katie and Steven both work in the restaurant business in Denver CO.  They met several years ago through that connection and have a 2 yr old son who never stopped moving. As soon as Katie put him down during the ceremony, he was running around in circles, because that’s what 2 yr olds do. She went through the whole ceremony without a coat and wearing a sleeveless dress, which was brave of her because it was quite cold.

There were around 15 guests consisting of friends and family who all came to Durango CO to enjoy the wedding and the beautiful scenery. Many stayed to do some touristy stuff which is abundant here.

The setting at Antler’s On The Creek B&B is just gorgeous and they do a hopping wedding business as well as having guests who come just to spend a few days or a week in Durango.  The food is yummy yummy and the service is amazing.

The bouquet was by April’s Garden and Flower Shop,  Lemon Head Salon did the bride’s hair and makeup, and Chessa Gill was the minister.

These are some of their wedding images.  Enjoy!

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Bridal Bouquet

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Bride and Dad walking down the aisle

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The Wedding Ceremony with their little boy

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Huggin and a Kissin

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Cuddling on a Rock

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Walking Hand in Hand

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Photographers in Durango CO Climb a Mountain to Photograph a Wedding

My husband and I photograph weddings in Durango CO, but this one was super special. It involved riding atvs and hiking a long way up a mountain, then getting hit by big hail on the way back.

Sorry there are so many photographs (not really sorry), but this was such a fun and interesting wedding.  Melissa and Chris wanted to get married at the top of Silver Mountain in the LaPlata Mountain range in Durango CO.  We ended up only going to Deadwood Mountain (when I say only, this is an 11,500 ft mountain).  The great thing is that Silver Mountain was in the background.

We (Melissa, Chris, my husband, and I) took atvs part way up the mountain and then hiked (straight up) the rest of the way to the top.  They carried Melissa’s dress and boots, Chris’ clothes and shoes, a wedding cake, two champagne glasses, and other items for their ceremony and celebration.  Melissa and Chris both changed into their wedding clothes when we arrived at the top.  Then we did a First Look which turned out to be kinda funny because Melissa had told Chris that her dress had giant flowers and and bows, so he was surprised when he turned around and saw her in her beautiful wedding dress.

After the First Look, we did the ceremony where they read their vows that were on their phones.  Then they cut the cake, toasted each other, and we did some couple portraits.  About that time, the sky turned dark, and then it started sprinkling.   They quickly changed into their hiking clothes and then it started hailing – and I mean big hail coming down really hard.  It was very painful, especially on the tender ears.  None of us had coats or hats, so we all got wet, cold and beaten up.  The hail lasted for around 1/2 hr while we tried to get off the mountain top because there is no cover up there.  We survived, but don’t think we warmed up for several hours.

They’re going to be getting a beautiful Wedding Story Book as soon as I can get it put together for them.

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My husband made the veil fly so it looks like their really moving

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Hiking up the trail

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The First Look

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During the Ceremony Chris kissed her hand

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They Did It!

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A big dip and kiss

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More kissing

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And more kissing

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Now a kiss on the shoulder

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Eating wedding cake

Hope you enjoyed their story.

Luv, Karen

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Durango CO Photographers and Laurie and Chris’s Engagement Session

My husband and I photographed Laurie and Chris’s engagement session along with their fur baby, Rico.  Rico is a little young and very active – it was not easy to get him to sit still. It’s like trying to get a toddler to stop moving for a few seconds – haha. I had made a sign for them so Rico could announce their engagement and wedding date. We propped it in front of him and he leaned over to read it. While reading it, he drooled right down the chalk board. Luckily, it ran between the words.

Both of them work for the US Forest Service in the Bayfield CO office. Laurie is an administrator in the office, and Chris is a wildlife biologist. Of course, that’s how they met when they ended up at the same office near Durango CO. They’ve been together for two years and were engaged in December.

They are both great, loving, and fun people.  Chris put his biology skills to work by naming the type of squirrel that had left a pile of poo on the rock they were going to sit on, then he promptly brushed it off.

Laurie plays the bagpipes in a Celtic group and Chris loves to bird watch. They both love to hike, have 3 dogs, and one cat. The cat is the boss of the household. I understand that perfectly because we have a cat as well.

They were married at Ridgewood Event Center in Durango CO on 6/21/17 and I’ll be posting their wedding photos soon.

Enjoy! and thanks for looking

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Feel the Love

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Cuddling by the river

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Laurie, Chris, and Rico

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The three of them are officially engaged

Rico drooled on the sign

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He’s the ring bearer

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Chris has his binoculars and Laurie is playing the bagpipes

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The three of them hanging out on the rocks

Luv, Karen

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50th Wedding Anniversary by Photographers in Durango CO

Anne, her husband, and young son came from AZ, as did her parents to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.  The other couple on the left end of the first image live in Durango.  They rented a house here in Durango, so this is where we did their family portraits.

This, of course, was also a wonderful family reunion. How often do many families get together these days when people live all over the country? Getting together after not seeing each other in a long time is so special. There was lots of love, laughter, and memory making that we loved to capture.

I think 50th wedding anniversaries are going to be a rare thing in the near future, so it’s an amazing feat when a couple is able to celebrate such a milestone.  I hope they have many many more anniversaries.

We as professional photographers in Durango CO love to photograph anniversaries, family reunions, family portraits, high school senior portraits, and weddings. For family and senior portraits we give them suggestions on what clothing to wear, locations to do the portraits, and the best time of day for beautiful lighting. We do these sessions in Durango and anywhere in Southwest Colorado.

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Family celebrating reunion and 50th anniversary

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Family Group Portrait

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Love after all these years

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Group sitting by the fire pit

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Anne and her family

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Anniversary couple hugs each other

I love the couple hugging each other.  They’re still in love after 50 years of marriage.  We should all aspire to such happiness.

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Luv, Karen

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Gorgeous Fall Wedding by Durango Wedding Photographers

Who doesn’t love a beautiful wedding location with the gorgeous fall colors in the background? This wedding took place at Durango Mountain Weddings, also known as Purgatory Resort. They have several locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions (it’s a huge ski area) and this one at the very top is one of the most fabulous spots. All Durango Wedding  photographers love to photograph weddings here.

We did a First Look with the couple, which I always love. They get to see each other for the first time without anybody else around (except the photographers), then we leave them alone to spend a few moments loving each other. We are also able to capture some of the portraits before the ceremony so they are able to get to the reception faster. It’s also a great way to have more photographs for the wedding album.

Durango Mountain Weddings also has a large reception area right on top of the mountain with beautiful views all around. The staff are awesome and take great care of their guests. The couple had the traditional first dance, cake cutting, bouquet toss, and garter toss. They actually had quite a few cakes and I personally couldn’t choose a favorite.

This couple, their family, and their wedding party were so sweet and a lot of fun to be around. When I’m laughing while taking photographs, it’s a good time! We got so many great images from this wedding, but I can’t post them all, or you, dear reader, would click away.

 

Enjoy these though:

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Bride getting ready

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Wedding Bouquets with fall colors

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The First Look

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Bridal Portrait

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Wedding Ceremony

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Bride and Groom sitting on a log

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Wedding fun with sparklers and a lot of intoxicated guests

Thanks for looking

Luv, Karen

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How to have a fantastic Wedding Day by Durango CO Photographers

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Tent set up for a wedding reception

 

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

My tips here are following their tips, just in a shorter version.

  1.  If your venue doesn’t already have a tent, make sure to rent one. You never know what the weather will be like on your wedding day. If you are getting married in Durango CO, check out Durango Party Rentals:  www.durangopartyrental.com
  2.  The wind can cause lots of havoc. I’ve photographed a couple of weddings where decor was blown over or away (think archways, runners, and floral arrangements).
  3.  If you can schedule your wedding for early evening, the sun will usually be lower and not so hot. The lighting for the couples photographs are also much nicer in the evening.
  4.  If you need shuttle service for a wedding in Durango CO, check out www.animastransportation.com or www.buckhornlimousine.com
  5.  If you have a caterer and/or dj, it’s great if they can include the photographer in the timeline for the day. We don’t want to hold up dinner. If you don’t have either of those, we can help with the timeline to make sure things keep moving the way you want them to. My favorite DJ is Steve at www.mrsoulentertainment.com
  6. Make sure you talk to your florist about the best floral arrangement for the season and your budget. Check with April’s Garden at www.durangoflorist.com, or Cindy at www.wildwoodfineflowers.com
  7. Your wedding dress will probably get dirty if you have an outdoor wedding, so just be prepared and go with the flow. We try to make sure it doesn’t get dirty after the ceremony and will ask the maid of honor or groom to help hold it up until we get to a spot to do portraits. Yes, many girls have experienced the high heel sinking into the ground problem. p.s. I love birdcage veils.
  8. Chocolate is always a great gift for guests.
  9. Bathrooms are a necessity. If you’re the bride, remember to use it before you put your dress on – it will be more difficult later, especially if it’s a port-a-john.
  10. My own tip is to have your hair and makeup people come an hour earlier than you think you need them. Many run late and take longer than you think.

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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Durango Photographers and Senior Boy’s Portraits

Brandon will be graduating this year from Bayfield High School. We are Durango Photographers and Bayfield Photographers, which is a small town located near Durango. His favorite color is red (which is also my favorite color), his favorite movie is the Avengers, loves One Republic (the band), and has a dog named Jenny.  I have my seniors fill out a questionnaire before the session telling me all about themselves, and then another asking questions about the session itself. I get great insight from their answers.

Brandon and his mom, Lisa,  described his portrait session as “Easy, Fast, Fun, and Relaxing”. They also loved the great quality of the photography and the vibrant backgrounds. They were referred to us by another satisfied client, which is so special to know that you are appreciated.

He plans to head off to college in the Denver/Boulder area to study pre-med and later go into pediatrics.  He’s on the cross country and track teams and plays basketball.  Like most people in this area, he also loves to hike. He has a great smile and is super smart.

We went to 3 different locations and he brought along different outfits so he would have lots of variety in his high school senior portraits. His mom ordered an 8×8 hard paged album that included all of the portraits we took. She took that album to work to show all of her co-workers and to brag a little on her handsome son. She also purchased Graduation Announcement Cards which we custom design for our clients – they are much nicer than the school provided announcement cards. We can also include information about any graduation parties you may be having afterwards.

The leaves were in full fall color which just makes these portraits pop even more. The lighting in the fall in the evening is so amazing. It’s our favorite time of year.

Enjoy

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