2020 wasn’t the best year to invest in a photo-booth! However, we purchased this system before the world shutdown and we’re so excited to be able to offer this as an additional service to our clients and the many events we cover! We’ve been offering a “portrait station” for 20 years, but not an all in one station that allows the clients to do their own selfies! It was important to us to purchase a system that is not only easy to set-up and use, but one that also uses portrait lighting so that the photos are amazing! And this system fit the bill. It also does .gif and boomerangs and allows the client to email or downloaod a QR code so they also get the digital copies! We can create custom templates to fit the theme of your event and/or include your company logo. For this high school graduation party we personalized it with the school colors and “Class of 2020” message. I had a blast hanging out with the party goers to our first official paid event with our new venture and I’m looking forward to many, many other parties in the future!
I’ve been on a hiatus from well doing much of anything in regards to blogging. Once the shelter in place orders starting coming down in Colorado that basically brought everyone and everything to a screeching halt. I’ve been busy re-scheduling weddings and other events when they can be on our calendar. For the most part it has worked out great! We’ve been really lucky this year to have most of our events scheduled at one particular venue and since they are working with clients on re-booking dates we’ve been able to find dates that work out for both us and in most cases my husband’s DJ company, Digital DJ who is also the disc jockey for most of those events. I’m so saddened to hear that couples are having to deal with this situation that has been unprecedented in the 20 years that I’ve been in business. Even 9/11 wasn’t this challenging! At this point everything is being addressed month to month. June events were taken care of and re-booked this month and if the same thing has to happen in July then they will be re-booked in June. We appreciate everyone’s patience while we navigate this situation with you. We are still excited to be a part of your big day no matter when that will happen!
In the meantime we are just doing some housekeeping stuff and enjoying the slower pace of life. Mike and I have been hunkered down at our home since mid-March. This means he’s been diligently working on my “Honey Do” list with projects around the house that have been neglected a lot due to how busy our schedules usually are. We’ve cleaned out our storage room and garage of all our baby gear! Yes, baby stuff! Our kids are 7 and 5! That’s how long I’ve been hoarding that stuff! We’ve stripped and re-stained our deck, planted our garden, set up our above ground pool and countless other smaller projects around the home like flushed out our water heater (a lot of people don’t know you should do that every year for more longevity of your water heater) and more! Since June will be the first time in probably 15 years we don’t have much in the way of work we will do a couple more big projects, enjoy some fun summertime activities with our kids and work on streamlining some of our business practices that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile. We’ll keep crossing our fingers that events will go forward from July on.
We hope everyone is staying safe and that maybe Colorado can start to get back to normal on some level. Remember we are all doing our part to slow the spread of the virus, even those planning one of the best days of their lives! I remember what it was like to plan this type of event. The stresses of planning a wedding in a normal year can be over whelming, but here’s my thought on this…. At one point I remember looking at my husband (then fiance) and saying to him we should’ve just eloped! There were so many behind the scene things going on, dealing with people who can’t make it, seating arrangements with divorce variations, unhelpful wedding party members and more. But in the end I just let it all go. I told people they could sit where ever they wanted, I didn’t sweat the small stuff and the parental units decided to get a long for our special day. We have memories of one of the best days ever in our lives that we got to share with everyone we loved. Some of those people are no longer with us so I cherish the moments more than ever. If you have to postpone just realize that the people who want to be there and can be there will come. If they can’t they will be there in spirit and you can share your beautiful photos/video with them afterwards. We’ll get through this together! Best wishes and we’ll see you on the other side of this.
It has been quite a few years since I’ve covered a bat or bar mitzvah, so I was extremely excited and honored to photograph Naomi’s big event at the end of May. What an accomplishment! Naomi did an excellent job of reading Hebrew text from the Torah. I myself was greatly impressed with how elegantly she was able to complete this task. Not only was it a beautiful coming of age ceremony, but there was also a rocking party afterwards at the same venue! I have to comment on just how awesome the DJs were for this event! Working with this age group is not an easy task and I can safely say that I didn’t see one child who did not dance or participate in one of the many activities the DJ held for this group! I would highly recommend them not only for their specialty, Mitzvahs, but for any type of party where you are entertaining a large group of kids, tweens and teens!
The wonderful vendors who made this possible:
Venue ~ Arvada Hilton Garden Inn
Disc Jockey ~ Phenomenon Entertainment
Hair & Make-Up ~ Elena Lopez
Photography ~ Crystaline Photography & Video
Another year for graduation celebrations is down on the books! Photo and video pre-orders were sent via the mail today. My apologies to anyone waiting in line behind me! This is always one of those events that makes me look back on the passage of time as it probably does for a lot of you that attend any commencement ceremony. In my mind high school wasn’t that long ago for myself, but since I’ve been covering this event for fourteen years already that means I’ve been out of high school a lot longer than I was ever in it! Something to think about for all of you teenagers struggling with the demands of school, sports, activities and more. It goes so quickly cherish the moments as best that you can, someday you will look back on this day with fond memories. Congrats again to the class of 2019!
One of the reasons I love my job is because it can vary from day to day what I’m covering. And at every event I capture whether it’s photo, video or both of those services I always find something to take away from it personally even at weddings! Sometimes it can be a reminder about how great of a partner I have or like last month when I was covering the “Founder’s Day” event for Phi Delta Theta and got to meet a great bunch of guys who were truly doing things that would be benefiting society as a whole. It was great to hear about the charitable works they were doing, the restoration of old chapter houses and listening to the older members tell tales of their younger years was just as heart warming. I really enjoyed photographing this event and hope they will ask me to capture it again in the years to come!
What a great day I had covering this event on a really hot day in July! Hirsch Precision asked their employees to come out on a weekend to volunteer their time to clean up a park that was in need of a little TLC and they picked East Park on Interlochen Blvd. near Hwy 36. It has a really great Frisbee golf course and large pavilion for group picnics, so if you ever have the privilege of using this park you can thank these hard workers for the beautiful work they did! I was impressed to see that it was also a family affair as most of the workers brought their family members to help out and celebrate at the company BBQ after all the hard work. While they put in some grueling hours in the hot sun cleaning up some areas that needed work they also got to enjoy the park afterwards with some burgers, salads and games! Thank you for having me there to capture this special event!
It was our thirteenth year covering the graduation of Jefferson Academy’s High School! I can’t believe how fast time flies! I’m not sure if a lot of our clients know that we cover many different types of events, not just weddings! This particular school we offer video coverage of the entire commencement along with photos of every graduate receiving their diplomas, candids of the ceremony and then posed portraits of those who would like one on our backdrop in the lobby of the venue. Every year I love covering this event because the students are so articulate and they always choose a very inspiring commencement speaker. Thank you to the JA family for continuing your business with us for so many years! We look forward to servicing your community for many years to come. Additional photos and copies of the video can be viewed via our “client galleries” on our website.
This was a new fundraising event for us this year. Maple Grove Elementary PTA hosted a “Prom” themed dance and auction to raise some money for their school at The Club at Rolling Hills in Golden, CO. I loved how into the theme the guests were! Some of them even wearing their own Prom gowns from 20 years ago! It made for some fun throwback pics with the balloon arch they set up for us! What a great theme! And what a fun way to raise some dinero for some well deserving children! I hope we get asked back to cover this event again next year!
Since our old Blog is still up I thought I would share a link to it in case anyone cares to look back in the old archives at anything. This blog dates from 2005 – til around 2012 or so… right up to when I had my first child! And then I took a little hiatus from blogging until I started up my new website and blog that you are now visiting! I was still working, but just couldn’t seem to find the time to blog! But I’m back! Trying to document all of the work we do to share with you amazing people! So if you want to see how far we’ve come in the past 12 years on the web check it out –