So a bunch of couples got engaged over the holidays and possibly Valentine’s Day! And they are wondering what they should start with first in the planning process! Well, before you get knee deep in the planning process a fun thing to do is to announce your engagement to the world! And one of the best ways to do this is by having some amazing photos taken of you both during an Engagement Portrait Session! Whether you and your significant other have been together a year or longer, a lot of times there are not a ton of photos of you together as a couple. This is a great way to add some photos to your albums, meet and try out a photographer that you might possibly use for your wedding and to have some fun casual photos of you and your fiance’ for things like your wedding website, save-the-date cards and more!

Here are some great poses and ideas to make your session fabulous!

1.) Beautiful View – Choose a Location for an Outstanding Natural View! (Especially if you can’t hold your wedding at a location with a spectacular view!)

2.) Incorporate Your Pets – Let’s face it your dogs are your family! Bring them along to the photo-shoot for some fun photos. This is a great way to include your furry family members, especially if you can’t bring them to your wedding venue.

3.) Highlight the Engagement Ring – Did your fiance’ do an excellent job picking out your ring? Make sure the ring is the focus for a few shots!

4.) Choose a Fun Activity for Photos – Maybe you are avid rock climbers, role-players, bikers, etc. Use the hobbies that you like to do together to create a fun photo-shoot that shows off what you love to do together!

5.) The Hand-Hold Pose – is a must for every engagement session! It shows how connected you are to the one you love.

6.) Lovely Portrait – Don’t forget to do some traditional poses looking at the camera too! Grandma wants to see your faces!

7.) Nightime Photos – Be unique and schedule your session close to sundown so you can also incorporate some night-time poses, especially if you got engaged around the holidays and Christmas lights are still hanging up around town.

8.) Wall Art Backdrop – Want an urban/edgy look… find some Graffiti Wall Art to pose in front of!

9.) Epic Kiss Photo – Don’t forget the romantic Hollywood kiss photo!

10.) Sun Glow Photos – Use the sun as an interesting/creative element in your photos!

Just delivered another amazing wedding album to another gorgeous couple from their Fall 2018 wedding! Loved this twilight wedding at this fabulous venue.

Just got my personalized wine tumbler from Bride Bop –  https://bridebop.com This wine tumbler is a vacuum insulated stemless wine glass that’s perfect for keeping your drinks chilled up to 12 hours! It’s dishwasher safe and also great for hot drinks too! Bride Bop contacted me to see if I wanted to try out one of their products and review it. I chose this wine tumbler because not only do I love wine, but I thought it would be the perfect cup to hold other beverages in (as well as wine) while I’m in our pool this Summer. I love that it’s personalized so that there’s no mistaking that it’s my cup! These would make perfect bridesmaid gifts for all the lovely ladies in your wedding party! I highly recommend this item and Bride Bop’s website has a lot of great gifts for everyone in your wedding party.  Also check out their partner site: https://groomsday.com/ if you are also looking for some awesome gifts for all of the men in your wedding party!

As always, I wasn’t paid for this endorsement, but I was allowed to keep this fabulous tumbler! I love being able to give couples other ideas for their weddings whether it be venues, other services and more so feel free to contact me if you think my audience would be interested in your products and/or services as I would love to help you spread the word!

Just delivered the Summer wedding album to one of the funnest couples from 2018, Eve & Jon! We did a beautiful simple design for this couple who liked a clean, sharp simple book. This 20 page album covered just the highlights of their awesome event. Here are some photos of the finished book with a couple of my favorite spreads!

 

I absolutely adore Winter weddings and especially when they are centered around a couple’s love of skiing and the mountains! Welcome to Colorado! Katie knew from a young age that she would someday tie the knot at her family’s favorite vacation spot, Copper Mountain Resort! Their beautiful chilly day wedding was perfect from the beginning to the end. Low stress, fun for friends and family and a true celebration for the couple. Here are some of my favorite photos from the day!

The bride insisted on skiing down the mountain to her waiting groom which took a little bit of planning to facilitate because she had to wait for the last chair lift up the mountain at the end of the day. We decided to do a first look with her and her groom before the ceremony so that they could also get in some photos with the fabulous covered bridge in the village! Love, love these photos!

Here she is getting in to the gondola with some friends for the ride up the mountain and the lovely ceremony that followed…. Luckily, they found out there was a warming hut at the top of the gondola to wait in for the 4:30pm ceremony time!

Everyone was treated to hot chocolate as they waited for the ceremony to begin and each seat had a cozy blanket to warm up with! The ceremony was set up as a come as you are dressed event so that guests could enjoy skiing right up to the ceremony start time. After the ceremony and a few formal portraits the guests went back to their rooms to change into their more formal attire for the reception held back in the magically transformed ski lodge! What an amazing day!

Vendors who made this day possible:

Venue & Caterer – Copper Mountain Ski Resort

Florist – Lucy’s Flower and Design

Musician & DJ – Gordon Avenue

Photography – Crystaline Photography & Video

 

The first part of the new year for us is always sitting down re-evaluating what works and what doesn’t for promoting our business. Re-vamping our website. Adding new fresh photos from trendy weddings, new portrait ideas and the like… so while I’m refreshing my business I’m thinking about ways I can also help other businesses re-fresh their advertising options! Once of the main things I can think of is new headshots for you and  your employees!

Marketing reports show that consumers are more likely to buy from a company if that company is likeable, approachable and has a social media presence. A professional head-shot says a lot about how a company conducts business. An outdoor shot in casual attire conveys a very different sense than a portrait in a business suit against a solid color backdrop. The type of photo that’s right for your business is a branding decision, but regardless of the business you are in, a blurry or poorly cropped picture conveys a sense of laziness and a lack of attention to detail that carries over to your organization’s reputation.

We all know it’s hard to find extra time to do things like get a new photograph taken, but putting this to the top of your “To Do” list will help you stand out from the crowd. Here are some of the main reasons it’s a good idea to update your photo:

1.) Keeping Your Image Up To Date- Aging is difficult on all of us and while we might not like the fact that we’ve put on extra pounds it is still important to have a recent head-shot. Imagine showing up to meet with a client that is expecting to meet with a thirty something person and realizing your closer to fifty.  And there’s no reason your photo can’t have a little retouch done to it.  A great professional will know just the right amount of Photoshop magic to use without making your image look like it isn’t you. A good rule of thumb is to not let your headshot get older than 3-4 years.

2.) Multiple Uses for The Image – While headshots were traditionally used for actors, in the digital world we live and work in today, having a great self-portrait is more important than ever. In your professional life, it could be the difference of landing the job vs staying unemployed for a few more months. In your personal life, it’s your first impression on social networks. For online dating, it could be the difference between landing a date and potentially meeting the girl or guy you can spend the rest of your life with. In a digital world, your profile picture is your first impression.

3.) Paying for a Pro – While saving money is always on people’s minds these days I would forgo the temptation to have someone take your photo with their cell phone.  The old adage you get what you pay for rings true. A professional photographer knows just the right angles, poses and has little tips and tricks for making you look your best. Having the very best image of yourself out there will always be helpful in winning you the business. We urge clients to consider getting consistent headshots for your whole team so your company branding is constant from person to person and across all forms of communication. It really makes you look like you’ve put a lot of thought and effort into the professional image you are trying to portray.

4.) Consider an Environmental Portrait – Want to do something out of the ordinary and less boring than a simple one colored backdrop? Consider having your photographer photograph you in your working environment or doing something you love.  Think a chef with a busy kitchen in the background or a real estate agent with their favorite home type to sell behind them. Whatever will lead the viewers to a better idea about what your occupation is or what you are selling can be used in this format.

 

Lucky, is an understatement for this beautiful couple! Sonya and Max were the winners of our Free Engagement Session giveaway at The Quality Hill Bridal Show last month! They wasted no time in setting up a fun photo-shoot with me in downtown Denver. Sonya showed me some photos of couples enjoying each other’s company in an urban scene and the rest was history! I met them at Union Station on a chilly Saturday morning and we explored the area. I had a great time photographing them…. there was a lot of chemistry between them and they were super easy to photograph! They will be saying their “I Do’s” this Spring! Congrats you two!

I’d been waiting a while to post this amazing wedding at The Stanley Hotel’s brand new facility for weddings and events just due to getting caught up! It’s call “The Pavilion at the Stanley” and it’s phenomenal! Ashley & Aaron ran into a few snags for their wedding when their original venue, Mary’s Lake Lodge had a huge fire earlier in the year and had to find a new wedding venue. Luckily, The Pavilion had just opened planning on a soft opening their first year, but ended up taking in a lot of these misplaced weddings in Estes Park. I love how they incorporated the same classic style in the new build, but gave it a lot of modern charm and also made it light and airy for events! The other thing I liked about the new venue is that it’s secluded from the very busy hotel which makes the event a little more private. Couples can still use other areas on the hotel property for their photographs, but even if they don’t the Pavilion offers more than enough picturesque views! Here are some of my favorite images from their Roaring 20’s themed event!

 

Vendors Who Made this Event Possible:

Venue – The Pavilion at The Stanley Hotel

Caterer – Occasions Catering

Musician & DJ – Michael Lancaster

Make-Up & Styling – Lesliearts

Caricature Artist – Jane Yamada

Photography: Crystaline Photography and Video

 

 

 

I was asked to review some wedding related products again. This time it’s gifts for your guests! After attending countless weddings as a photographer and a videographer I’ve become a strong believer that if you are going to do wedding favors than do something that the guests are not going to leave behind! I’m pleased to say that all of the seven items that were sent to me to review are something that I would actually like as a wedding favor and will be an item that will get continued use in my household long after this review.  Forever wedding favors had a quick delivery time, the products were affordable, but also really nice. Here is the website if you’d like to check out what else they have to offer: https://foreverweddingfavors.com/

And here are the photos I took of the products and my thoughts on each one of them.

1.) Typewriter Key Magnets – The first item I checked out were these adorable “Typewriter Key Magnets” I loved the packaging that they came in and of course that they spelled out the word “LOVE”. These will definitely have a  spot on my refrigerator.  I can totally see a couple that has a “Vintage or Boho Wedding Theme” ordering these for their guests. Adorable!

2.) Tie the Knot Wine Stopper – Next up was the Tie the Knot wine stopper…. Great item for the wine enthusiast. I liked the packaging that it came in and what doesn’t go together better than love and wine? Again, I love wine so this is something that I would use in my home on a regular basis because it’s always difficult to get the cork back in the bottle and they are making so many wines now without corks. A cute, but practical gift!

3.) Hugging Bear Shakers – These adorable bears were my favorite item that was sent to me.  They were super cute, but also super small so I’m not sure if they are more of a collector’s item than an actual usable household item.  Because they are so cute I’m willing to try them out, especially since I think we have the old cardboard salt and pepper shakers in my house!

4.) Wine Bottle Corkscrew – Keeping with a wine theme this corkscrew is also great for wine lovers and who doesn’t need an extra wine corkscrew in their homes?! If you were having a “Wine Themed” event these would be the perfect gift for all of your guests.

5.) Mini Bubble Gum Machine – Now this one was my youngest son’s favorite item… I wonder why?! It’s a little on the kitschy side for a formal event, but would make a great favor for a kid’s table, or a more laid back, fun themed wedding or even as a favor for guests at a birthday party! I tasted the gum and it wasn’t the best gum I’ve ever had, but the item worked and was again very adorable. My 3 year old gave it two thumbs up! I’ll probably have to refill it soon!

6.) Brass Compass – A very nice inexpensive compass that my oldest son really enjoyed. He ran around the house and played with it all day pretending to be an explorer. It would be a nice thing to have hiking as well. Perfect gift for a “Travel or Adventure Themed Wedding” I’ve seen a lot of weddings in Colorado where this wedding favor would’ve been a perfect fit. Colorado seems to attract the adventurous and thus couple’s who enjoy the great outdoors. Hopefully, I will see some of these at a wedding soon!

7.) Four Heart Wedding Frames – The last item I’m reviewing is a package of four heart wedding frames. These are small and fit a wallet sized 2″x3″ photo.  I decided to stick some of my own wedding photos in them to see how they would look… I think these would be great with engagement photos of the couple put in them for each guest to take home. Another idea would be to use them for your table numbers or they are small enough that you could also use them for names as place settings and then each person would still have a frame to take home and put their own photograph in.

This company that I reviewed these items for is affiliated with two other companies that I’ve done reviews for on my blog. I’ve also really liked the products that I’ve received from all three of them. They haven’t paid me to review them, but I did get to keep the products. I like being able to give a couple looking for other ideas for their wedding something besides just my photography and video to look at, so I hope you enjoy these reviews! If you are looking for wedding favors for your upcoming nuptials please take a moment to check them out: https://foreverweddingfavors.com  and also visit their other sites for some awesome bridal party gifts: https://www.bridesmaidgiftsboutique.com/ and https://www.groovyguygifts.com/

 

Who says snow can put a damper on your engagement session?! Not this couple… we bundled up and headed out to Boulder to give a little campus life feel to these photos. Bethany is a grad student at CU and my suggestion to do their engagement photos there so they have a little more urban flair to them was a big hit. We will be covering their Willow Ridge Manor wedding in August so it was great getting to know them a little more in person and to see the love they share between each other. As a couple they definitely had charisma and it was a pure joy photographing them! Enjoy these amazing snowy day engagement photos!