The Slow Season is Coming to an End

The Slow Season is Coming to an End

Time to schedule!

Fort Collins Newborn Photographer

Ready or Not..

Some businesses have slow seasons and some are just busy year round. For photographers, our slow season is new years until about daylight savings/spring time. During the beginning of the year everyone is recovering from the holidays and no one wants to go outside in the wind and cold we have had here in Colorado. Instead of fighting it, I have been enjoying the calm before the storm and working on business behind the scenes and relaxing a bit before everything gets crazy! Busy season is here!

Fort Collins Senior Photographer

What does that mean for you??

Now is the time to book your summer portrait session! I typically book about 4-8 weeks out during the summer due to scheduling, weather, and me having a bit of a life outside of the business!

If you want a family session this summer, just reach out to me and let me know when you are thinking! Even if it's April and you want a session in July, I will add you to my list and reach out to you once I start booking July sessions! This helps both of us plan!

If you are a 2019 senior and want photos, it is best to do those during the summer BEFORE you head back to school since both of us probably have more flexible schedules! Just reach out to me and let me know what you are thinking! This will give us both some time to prepare for your shoot so we can include everything you want!

Should you do a “First Look” | Colorado Wedding Photographer

To "First Look"

Or not to "First Look"

First Look | Elizabeth Jane Photography

To do, or not to do

One of the most important parts of having a successful wedding day is having a good, well thought out schedule. In my 10+ years of experience I have learned one thing about this though, it's a wedding day, it's not going to go just as you planned it! But with that in mind I always add a little cushion time into the schedule to allow for the little bumps.

When I'm working with my brides I always work through the schedule with them to see if they have a lotted enough time for pictures, getting ready, eating, etc. but one of the first questions I ask is, "Will you be seeing each other before the ceremony?". This one question can make a huge difference in how your day goes and what to plan for in your schedule. I have come up with some pros and cons of each that I always discuss with my brides when they are struggling to make a decision.

First Look | Elizabeth Jane Photography
First Look | Elizabeth Jane Photography

Waiting until the ceremony

Most couples choose to stick with the traditional method of waiting to see each other until the ceremony because of superstitions. I did a little research on why it is that couples do not see each other before the ceremony and the reason may surprise you. Back in the olden days (Say that as if you're an old grandma telling a story, makes it more interesting!) weddings were a business transaction. A father found a wealthy man for his daughter and worked out a deal for him to marry his daughter. The bride and groom were not allowed to see each other before the ceremony because the fathers feared that the groom would see the bride before he said his "I do's" and get cold feet and run off without holding up his end of the bargain. Because of this the couple didn't see each other until the very last minute.

Also, fun fact about this- the reason for veils?? to cover the bride's face so the groom doesn't see it until after they're married. All of these fun facts has inspired me to do a little wedding fact series about traditions! So many good ones!

Some couples are very firm in the fact that they do not want to see each other until the bride walks down the aisle because they either want to stick to tradition or they are superstitious that seeing each other beforehand will bring them bad luck in their marriage. Sometimes the bride just wants the groom to be surprised/emotional when she walks down the aisle

The major con to this is that it means you have to do all of your photos after the ceremony while your guests wait. Sometimes we can get through them quick and get on to the party, but sometimes important people for the photos take off and we spend a lot of time waiting on people or getting photo groups together.

First Look | Elizabeth Jane Photography

First Looks

I absolutely LOVE it when couples to first looks for SO many reasons. 

  1. Nine times out of ten if you are super nervous on your wedding day, you are likely to relax once you see your spouse and calm down and enjoy the day. So many times my brides are nervous and stressing but then they see their groom and all of that goes away!
  2. First looks are such a private and intimate moment that you get to share on the biggest day of your life. When I do first looks with my clients I let them do their thing once they see each other. I let them talk about how good the other one looks, I let them chat about how excited they are, I even let them sit with each other and just enjoy the moment. Wedding days are CRAZY, but this is the one moment where you get to be together and (mostly) alone without everyone telling you what is going wrong or who needs what.
  3. The biggest reason that I opt for a first looks is because that means we get to do ALL of the photos before the ceremony so you can go straight to the party! I've been at so many weddings where guests start to get bored and start complaining because they're hungry and the bride and groom are taking FOREVER to do photos. When clients see each other before the ceremony the whole day seems to run a little smoother than if we have to rush into photos after the ceremony.
First Look | Elizabeth Jane Photography

So which one is right for you??

Every couple is different and every wedding is different. Although I usually suggest that clients do a first look, I also respect the fact that it is your wedding and you can have your cake and eat it too! I have had many different clients do both options and they have all turned out great. No matter what you choose and what your reason is for that decision, I will do my best to work with you to create a schedule that works for YOU and what YOU want and take the best photos to show off your special day!

Chris + Karlie Reception | Fort Collins Wedding Photographer

Chris + Karlie

August 4, 2017

Chris and Karlie had a destination wedding, but had a reception once they returned to Colorado. I'm bummed they didn't hide me in their suitcase so I could work on my tan on the beach, but it was so fun to be a part of their Colorado reception.

I first met Chris and Karlie during their engagement session they won from my "How he Proposed" contest and had so much fun during our session. It's funny to think that I grew up in the same community as these two, but didn't meet them until after our high school and college years! Even our little communities hold some strangers!

Chris and Karlie had a fun reception, and even despite the rain, some of the guests continued dancing away on the outdoor dance floor! 

Congrats you two! And thanks for letting me in on your special party!

Vendors

Venue

Northeastern 18
Sterling, Co

Caterer

Chip Steger

DJ

Joe Marrick 

Fort Collins Wedding Photographer

Breana + Lance | Fort Collins Wedding Photographer

Breana + Lance

September 16, 2017

I think I've said this before, but I get all sorts of emotional when the girls I grew up with get married! When we were little we used to plan our future weddings and play MASH to find out what our future would hold. Now here we are, living it!

Breana and I have known each other almost our whole lives and it was so great to be a part of their big day!

Bre and Lance had a beautiful fall wedding and it couldn't have been  a better day in Northeastern Colorado! When you get married in Colorado you know the weather could change at any minute, but when you get married in Northeastern Colorado you know it could change at any minute. Peetz isn't anything fancy by any means, but for those of us who grew up there, it means more to us than anything! I have to admit that Breana and her mom made our new little community center look the nicest I have seen it look!!

Congratulations Bre + Lance! I can't wait to see where life takes you!

 

Vendors

Venue

Ceremony
St. Patricks Church
Sidney, Ne

Reception
Peetz Community Center
Peetz, C0

Officiant

Father Mike

 

Wedding Coordinator

Cindy Curtis
(Mother of bride)

Florist

Julie Blankenbeckler
Shelby Roelle at House of Flowers

Cake

Sue Hiett

DJ

Hitchin' Post Productions

Jarod + Denise | Centennial Village Wedding Greeley, CO | Fort Collins Wedding Photographer

Jarod + Denise

September 23, 2017

These two. I don't even know where to start. When I first met these two I fell in love with them (that's not weird, is it??) These two are the kindest, most loving couple I have met and I loved every part of their wedding.

When I asked them to share their story it sounded like a story from a romance novel. The two started dating just before Denise left for an extended stay in Asia. While she was there, Jarod and her mom came out to visit her, and it was then that she knew he was the one. She bought a custom made dress while she was there, before there was a ring, but she knew she was meant to be with him. 

Overtime I hear these stories it makes me so happy to be a part of the beginning of the story. I love documenting weddings for future generations. This is where it all started, and this is just the beginning of something so much more.

Shannan + Eric | McC Ranch | Fort Collins Wedding Photographers

Eric + Shannan

August 5, 2017

I reached a big milestone in my career this summer; I photographed my 100th wedding in August. I don't say this to boast, by any means, but to thank the 100 couples that have trusted me to photograph one of the most important days of their lives together. To the clients who have turned into friends, and the friends who have become family, I thank you!

There is an old wives tale that says that it is good luck for it to rain on your wedding day. In all my years of shooting weddings I've only had rain at a handful of weddings, but Shannan and Eric's was a new adventure where we had not only rain (during the most important parts of the day at the first look and during the ceremony), but we also had the fun of a little Colorado hail storm. It started to sprinkle as we were getting ready for the ceremony and we decided to make it quick and continue as planned with the outdoor ceremony. Eric had said his vows when it started to hail and everyone scattered and made their way inside.

One thing I always tell my brides is that no matter how much you plan and try to prepare for everything, it is a wedding and SOMETHING will most likely not go as planned. Whether its something as simple as a mishap with the flowers or cake, to something as big as stopping the ceremony halfway to move indoors and out of the rain, you have to go with it and accept it.

As we moved inside and started to get ready to start the ceremony back up, I saw Shannan frantically looking around the room, and I soon realized she was looking for me. She looked at me with a look of panic, I said "it's all good!" and she looked relieved and shrugged with an "it is what it is" look and we made the best of it.

In my early years as a photographer I would get really nervous when things didn't go as planned, but after 10 years as a Colorado Wedding Photographer I've learned that Colorado weather never goes as planned, and you have to be flexible.

Shannan and Eric's wedding may not have gone as planned, but I have no doubt that their marriage will. I am so honored to have been a part of your big day. I am so glad that through this adventure we have become even closer friends, and I can't wait to see where life takes the two of you! Congrats friends!

 

Tyson + Jordan’s Wedding | Brookside Gardens | Fort Collins Wedding Photographers

Tyson + Jordan

7.15.2017

One of the perks of my job is that I get great relationship advice every weekend when I am shooting weddings. At Tyson and Jordan’s wedding I got some more advice that was explained in a way I hadn’t heard before. Relationships are about balance. I loved that about Tyson + Jordan’s ceremony. The pastor told them that their marriage is going to be a balancing act. It’s not about giving and taking, but about balancing out the other. It’s about the differences that help make you equal.

I was so happy when Tyson and Jordan asked me to photograph their wedding. I got to be a big part of one of my friends big day and got to document the whirlwind of a day for them.

Every couple I talk to after their wedding day says “It was all a blur” and in the end your photographs are part of what helps you remember all the minor details of that day, even if it is the funny fact that your groomsmen’s suits didn’t fit or that you spilled spaghetti on your wedding dress. It’s the unexpected moments that make the best memories.

Shannon + Michael’s Wedding | Stonebrook Manor Wedding | Fort Collins Wedding Photographers

Shannon + Michael

07.08.2017

There are three words that you should say to one another when starting your marriage. I know, you’re thinking it is “I love you”, and during Shannon + Michael’s ceremony I thought those were the three words the pastor was going to say, but I was wrong.

“I choose you”

I know, my heart just melted too. Marriage is about choosing who you are going to spend the rest of your life with. For Shannon and Michael it’s about who to go on adventures with and who to love for the rest of your life. Who to grow old with. Who to love forever.

“I choose you”

Shannon + Michael are starting off their marriage with a big leap and moving overseas to follow their dreams of teaching abroad, and I couldn’t me more excited for them!

Best of luck to you two! I can’t wait to see where life takes you!!

Megan + Norm Wedding | Fort Collins Wedding Photographers

Megan + Norman

06.24.2017

As I am nearing 100 weddings I think about all of the things I have seen at weddings, and surprisingly, Megan + Norm were a first for me on many different levels. They were the first wedding I photographed without a wedding party. Megan is the oldest of 5 and Norm is one of 4 boys and their siblings all played a big part in their wedding without the title of “wedding party”. I love seeing all the family members involved in their wedding!

This was my first wedding in the town of Holyoke, Colorado, which is surprising since I grew up close to that area and know many people in the community! It was also the first time I had seen that started with a German style wedding march. It was so awesome to see ALL their guests participating in the march and then surrounding them as they shared their first dance together.

Their wedding may have had a lot of firsts for me, but it also just the beginning of many firsts for Megan + Norm. This is just the beginning of your lives together! The first step of many as husband and wife!

Thank you again SO much for the honor of documenting your big day!

Jade + Jake Wedding | Fort Collins Wedding Photographer

Jake + Jade

07.01.2017

There is something about riding on a party bus with the wedding party and taking pictures in a field of wheat that takes me home. To some, that wouldn’t be a very exciting part of your wedding, but for those of us that grew up in the country, nothing beats a country road and a wheat field at the end of the day.

One of my [many] favorite parts of wedding is watching all the couples dancing and seeing how there are so many different kinds of love, and love is for all ages. At Jade + Jake’s wedding I watched them dance alongside their parents and in the background was their grandparents dancing with each other. It makes me so happy to see these couples as role models for our generation. Jade + Jake really have some great examples of love in their family and I am so happy to see them walk in those footsteps!

Jade + Jake, thank you so much for selecting me to document your big day! It was so great to meet you guys and I am excited to see where life takes you!