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:
Caterer – Occasions Catering
Musician & DJ – Michael Lancaster
Make-Up & Styling – LesliesArts
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!
Heidi and I have known each other for I think about a decade already, so it was a real privilege to be able to photograph a wedding for a friend that I’ve known for so long! She and Jason have been dating for almost nearly as long! He finally popped the question last year and I had been sort of giving her advice for wedding planning since that happened. Planning a wedding with a limited budget is always difficult, but still very doable! I’m still a true believer that no matter what budget you have you can still have an amazing wedding! All of her hard work paid off this Fall when they tied the knot in a Catholic ceremony at the Spirit of Christ Catholic Church in Arvada, Colorado. This church is a beautiful venue to hold a traditional wedding. It boasts gorgeous stained glassed windows, an amazing courtyard, awesome architecture and it also has a fellowship hall that can be rented out for receptions as well, which is where this couple also held their dinner and dancing after the ceremony. Church ceremonies usually have more of a formal feel to them, but even so this couple still had a laid back vibe to their event wanting to spend as much time as possible enjoying the company of all their guests so we tried to do as many formal photos before the ceremony that we could!
Beautiful bride, handsome groom and fun and celebrations with everyone they love! What more can you ask for? Congrats again you two! Here’s to many more years together!
Vendors Who Made this Wedding Possible:
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Spirit of Christ Catholic Church
Hair & Make-Up: Wedlocks Bridal Hair & Make-Up
Disc Jockey: JVision Entertainment
Bride’s Dress: Macie Marie Bridal
Cake: Whole Foods
Pies: The Dessert Stand
Photography: Crystaline Photography and Video
As the trend moves away from retail stores and to shopping online many people forget that a lot of small hometown businesses rely on local customers! If you want to prevent your main street from looking like a ghost town than I highly recommend shopping for services and products offered by local companies whenever possible! Here are some suggestions for how to shop locally this holiday season.
1.) Set a budget for Local Products and Services with your holiday shopping! Set aside a small sum in your holiday shopping budget specifically for local shopping. Then when you want to buy something at a local store, but you’re hesitating over the price you can justify that extra few bucks because it’s not only helping a local business, but it’s keeping your dollars in the local economy instead of sending it overseas!
2.) Look for Local Specials… some small towns offer special days where they are offering a discount on goods and services. Sometimes these correspond with “Small Business Saturday” (which is the first Saturday after BLACK FRIDAY) or festivals and more being held in the town. Take advantage of these deals when you can! Some credit cards even offer incentives for shopping on Small Business Saturday as well!
3.) Eat Locally. – Visit restaurants in your area that advertise that they source their foods locally. Not only is this more sustainable for our planet because of the shorter traveling distances for products, but the quality is usually better because it’s fresher and you can know exactly where your food is coming from and being grown! Other ideas for those who like to cook at home is to look for Farmer’s Markets or Locally owned Grocery Stores!
4.) Tell a Friend! – Most of these businesses have very limited advertising budgets. So the best way to get more business is by “word of mouth” Sharing your wonderful experience or the awesome product with a friend is going to probably do more for this business than even your purchase can! Visit their Facebook page and “Like” it and leave a review or even leaving a review on the many other websites available to advertise on can help their business. Other ideas on where to leave reviews: Yelp, Home Advisor, Wedding Wire, The Knot, and more if you search for pages that relate to your specific product or service.
5.) Turn your shopping experience into a holiday tradition! We all have special family holiday traditions that we like to do from year to year such as putting up a tree, baking cookies, and visiting Santa. But what if you decide to set aside a day every year where you take your family shopping on the local main street! Give the kids a budget or allow them to spend their allowance purchasing gifts for friends and family. End the shopping trip by grabbing a bite to eat at a local restaurant or grabbing a cup of cocoa or coffee at a local shop. This time of year you can also join this idea with some of the local entertainment being provided downtown whether that be carolers, bands, tree lighting ceremonies, holiday bazaars or Santa appearances.
Have a Happy Holidays! Thanks again for your supporting “Our” local business! We look forward to serving you in the future!
I’ve shared a few images from this wedding already on Facebook, but now that their highlight video is officially completed I just wanted to share it along with some of my favorite photos from the event! This day was honestly a blur for me… large weddings usually are because there is so many photos to take and so much to do! It goes so quickly! Kaylee’s mom, Lisa came to me after I did the video of her son’s wedding back in February. They loved their video and I think really enjoyed working with me. Since I was willing to put together a great package for photo, video and DJ with my husband’s company, Digital DJ we were able to provide all three of those services for this event. We like to offer savings to couples looking to book multiple services together with us as we truly love working together. There’s something to be said about knowing for sure that you and the videographer are going to be able to stay out of each other’s shots and that the disc jockey has your back and you have theirs! My husband, Michael’s help has been instrumental in numerous occasions… so when couple’s are willing to use us together we like to reward them!
But enough about us… let’s talk about this fabulous wedding! Lisa and Kaylee put their heart and soul into this event! And it was amazing to see how many people came out to share their love and support for this couple. Right away when they told me what time they had booked their ceremony for at this venue I knew it was going to be a challenge as the sun was slated to set at the exact same time the ceremony was to begin! And I knew that if they ever were going to have beautiful mountain views in their photographs they were going to have to do the majority of their formal photographs beforehand. Kaylee and Matt, however really did not want to see each other before the ceremony. Of course I completely understand that, but I really had to impress that there’s not much a photographer can do to ensure those beautiful views in the absence of light! So a plan was born… they exchanged hand written vows between a wall before they saw each other and we dubbed them actually reading their vows with the footage of them reading them in their full length video. We then captured a first look between them alone before we dove into the the other photos and this moment was absolutely magical and heart felt. I’m so glad we were able to do this before the craziness of the wedding! There were so many other great things about this wedding. The funny moments while the guys were getting ready, the fun all the ladies were having jumping on the bed as Taleen and I entered the room, the limo ride with the ladies that Taleen got to capture on the way up the mountain and the beautiful wedding ceremony itself along with the best “asking Dad for his daughter’s hand in marriage” story told during the Father of the Bride’s speech that I’ve ever heard! It was an awesome event! Mike kept the dance floor packed all night and made sure each and every event during the reception went off without a hitch! Thanks again for having us be such an important part of your day! Enjoy some of my favorite moments below! ~Jamie
Vendors who made this day possible:
Hotel Accommodations – Denver West Marriott
Venue – The Pines at Genesee
Transportation – Sunset Luxury Limousines
Disc Jockey – Digital DJ
Florist: Frontrange Florals
Photo & Video – Crystaline Photography and Video
We’re very excited to share the highlight video above and favorite photos below from Chris & Julia’s end of September wedding in Denver at the historic Grant Humphrey’s Mansion. Chris and Julia put a lot of love and care into their big day! The bride made all of the gorgeous paper flowers herself for not only the bouquets, but also for each and every one of the centerpieces for this wedding. They were absolutely stunning! So much so that I told her she should start a business of just doing this for other couples! Not that she would have any time because she is playing violin with the Denver Philharmonic! She even took the time to share a piece with her guests before the dinner service started at the mansion. We ended up with a very beautiful warm day for this event and it was great being back at this iconic wedding venue in Denver! Thanks for having us capture your special day!
Vendors who made the day possible:
Venue: Grant Humphrey’s Mansion
Caterer: Relish Catering & Events
Disc Jockey: Soundmaster Entertainment
Baker: Gateux Bakery
Paper Flowers by The Bride Herself!
Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Tuxedos: JoS A Bank
Photo & Video: Crystaline Photography & Video
Here are some photos of Cassie & Ray’s wedding album that was finally completed after a year of back and forth reviewing and correcting to make sure they received exactly what they wanted in their wedding album. The couple opted to add a few more pages to the album that was included with their photography package so it would cover even more of their beautiful mountain event. This was such a cute wedding with both the bride and groom taking turns on the skateboard which is one of Ray’s favorite pastimes. Thanks for having us cover the photo and the video of your amazing day! So fun to see the final album!