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These days, we have clients calling us often with the great news that they’re expecting a new baby. Since having our own kids, we have a special love love for doing these baby sessions and the incredibly sweet (and crazy!) moments of parents with their new babies.

Lindsey in particular is doing lots of family sessions right now and we thought it would be fun to showcase a few favorites of her work!

(If you’re interested in checking out more on our philosophy behind family sessions or seeing more baby shoots, you can check out previous posts here, here or here.:)

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With wedding season kicking into full swing in just a matter of weeks, we’re working closely with our clients right now on their wedding day logistics. One of the questions we get asked often early on in the planning process, is whether they should have a First Look. We should say first that the biggest advice we have about this is that you have to do whatever makes you happy on your day. Throw out the “should’s” and instead just think about what you WANT to do. That advice goes for the First Look too.

So with that out of the way….here’s our two cents:)

While some couples feel strongly about not seeing each other before the ceremony, we are finding that these days, lots of couples are opting to have a First Look where they see each other before the wedding. Although every couple is different and ultimately YOU have to choose what’s right for your day, we love the tradition of the First Look.0016 copy 20017 copy 20018 copy

Doing a First Look gives you a special moment to connect with each other and take in the day. When you don’t have anyone else around you, you can enjoy a quiet few minutes to talk and take some deep breaths before the (happy and wonderful!) madness ensues for the day! When couples are on the fence about doing a first look, it’s often because they’re worried that doing a First Look will take away from the dramatic moment of the groom seeing his bride come down the aisle. After seeing so many couples do a First Look, we can say with certainty that it doesn’t take away from that moment and your groom will still be in awe as he watches you come down the aisle. Instead, the First Look just gives you an opportunity to have a private moment together first.0011 copy0012 copy

A First Look also creates the opportunity for pictures with the two of you without being rushed. Often, the photos from the First Look end up being some of the couple’s favorite pictures from the day! While we always end up with a lot of great pictures of the Bride and Groom alone together, these pictures from the First Look have a special emotion with them.

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Interested in more wedding planning tips? Check out this post!

Madison and Chris are the type of people that make us pinch ourselves because we can’t believe we get the chance to work with couples that are seriously so awesome. They are fun, they are kind, they are in love, and they are of course a gorgeous couple! These two are such incredible people and we feel so lucky that we’ve gotten to know them and their families.

Chris and I photographed Madison and Chris’ wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, one of our FAVORITE Colorado wedding venues, and the day couldn’t have been more perfect. Their winter wedding was indeed very cold but it was an incredibly special day and went off without a hitch, thanks to their great attitude braving the cold, and the help of their incredible wedding planner, Isabelle Kline. Isabelle did such a beautiful job coordinating all the details and making sure that Madison and Chris’ vision for the day was executed to perfection!

In addition to loving Madison and Chris, we also loved their incredibly kind families. We were so honored to receive these kind words from Madison’s mom –

“You two are extraordinary to say the least!!!!   Such talent. We sincerely appreciated everything you did and just want to give you a big “thank you.”

Here are just a few of our favorites from the day!

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Their First Look was in the freezing cold, but we didn’t even notice, it was such a special, sweet moment! 0023003000480052

Devil’s Thumb made for the perfect cozy spot for a winter wedding.006400670073

Loved these fun night shots we got of Madison just outside the reception. She was such a trooper in the cold!:)008500990139

Madison and Chris – you and your families are truly so special and we were so honored to be part of your day!

To check out more Winter weddings, browse the galleries on our website or check out this other featured winter wedding!

When you’re planning your wedding, it’s likely that thinking specifically about lighting isn’t at the top of your list. However, lighting will have a major effect on your wedding photos and beyond that, will impact the overall vibe of your wedding day. Here are three things you should consider when it comes to lighting on your big day.

•If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, it’s generally best to try for a later afternoon or early evening wedding so the midday sun won’t be beating down as harshly. There are so many great outdoor wedding venues here in Colorado but a noonday wedding outside in the mountains will make for some pretty bright and harsh lighting.

Also keep in mind which direction your ceremony is set up so that your guests hopefully won’t be staring straight into the sun as they watch your ceremony.  Although it’s not always possible to have the ideal circumstances with timing and direction, this is definitely something to consider to set up you up for the nicest lighting.0197 copy

•Sunset is your friend. The lighting around sunset time will always give you the best lighting of the day as it’s more soft and glow-y than the lighting you’ll have the rest of the day. Typically, we sneak our couples out of the receptions for just a few minutes a little before sunset to get some portraits of the couple with this beautiful, romantic light. Usually, these are the photos that we all end up loving the most, even when we’ve already done bride and groom photos earlier in the day. Not only is it more romantic and soft lighting, but it’s a nice time for you to sneak away and get a few minutes of quiet during the craziness of the wedding day!0074 copy

•The most beautiful photographs aren’t always taken with what you think of as the most beautiful backgrounds. Although it  may seem that the most “pretty” spot would be best for your photos, when we’re deciding where we want to have you shoot, we are mostly looking at the light. You can take a picture with a beautiful background but if the light isn’t great in that area, you’re going to be disappointed with shadows or harsh light. On the flip side, we’ve been known to take bridal portraits in parking lots and other unlikely places and they look amazing simply with the great light and colors.0067 copy

Want to see more wedding photo inspiration? Check out some of the featured galleries on our website!

Although the Winter is a great time to get some work done behind the scenes and do other non-wedding shoots, we have to admit that we’re dreaming of Summer and can’t wait for wedding season to be in full swing again! Lindsey and I (Katie!) are so excited for our first wedding of the summer coming up in May at Deer Creek Valley Ranch. In anticipation, we wanted to share this gorgeous, outdoor wedding that Lindsey captured last August for Britt and Dave!

These two couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. The horses were out in pasture and the backdrop of Deer Creek Valley Ranch couldn’t have been more amazing!

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