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Tips for Great Wedding Photography

   Since I started photographing weddings more than a decade ago, I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t. Getting great wedding photos is really a collaborative effort and I’ve compiled a few tips that can help ensure that you get the best images possible.

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This seems pretty basic but a lot of couples don’t do this, especially for destination weddings. The day of the wedding can be hectic, stressful and emotional and the last thing anyone wants is some stranger sticking a camera in their face. It is important that you and your photographer get along and have developed some kind of rapport. A great way to do this is to schedule an engagement shoot. If a face-to-face meeting is not possible, try to arrange a phone call or video chat.

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Put your photographer on the guest list

Being on the guest list does several important things for photographers. When you send an invitation, we can photograph it. It is also very nice to be able to confirm all of the times, places and the names of your family and wedding party (if you choose to include them). It also lets your other vendors know that we will be part of the party.

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Getting ready

Plan plenty of time to get ready. Hair and makeup often takes longer than expected and your photographer will want some time to do a few bridal portraits. This is usually when we photograph the dress, the rings and other details, so please have those things ready. You also may want to consider tidying up a bit. It is amazing how half-a-dozen brides’ maids can make a hotel room look like a Guns ’n Roses after party. For better or worse, the room will be part of the photos.

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First look

Decide early on if you want to do a first look or reveal. In my opinion, I find that doing a first look has a lot of advantages. Most importantly, it allows you and your partner a lot more time to enjoy the moment, calm each others nerves and settle into the fact “today is wedding day.” Aside from that, now that you have already seen each other you can get some of your family photos done, freeing yourselves up to enjoy the cocktail hour with your guests.

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Guests with cameras

It is really up to you how you want to handle this but with the prevalence of cell phone photography it is an important issue to consider. Whether it is someone jumping in the way to get an photo of your first kiss or your family not knowing which camera to look at during the group shots, guests with cameras can interfere with the work that you have paid a professional to create. It is usually enough to simply remind your guests that there is a professional photographer present and to be respectful of the job that they are there to do.

Seth and Casey Wedding at Colorado National Monument and Allen's Unique Autos in Grand Junction, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Photo by Barton Glasser

Transportation

Whenever possible, it is a good idea to have your photographer travel with you. There are a lot of intimate moments and great photos that can be made en route.

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Indoor ceremonies

It is common practice for some indoor venues and churches to restrict photography. Ask your venue coordinator if there are certain places that photographers can or cannot stand and if using a flash is allowed. Make sure that your photographer is aware of the rules. If there are any restrictions on photography it is important to have realistic expectations.

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Outdoor ceremonies

Think about the sun when you schedule your outdoor ceremony. Generally, the best time is later in the afternoon, a few hours before sunset. The light will fall more evenly on your face and will be more dramatic at this time of day. Harsh midday sunlight, especially at higher elevations, will create some very unflattering shadows.

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Group shots

Most of the formal group shots should be done immediately following the ceremony. If you are doing a first look you can do a few of your photos then. Before the wedding, give your photographer a list of every combination of people you want in each group photo and ask one or two of your guests to help organize everyone. This should be someone who knows most of your friends and family.

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The reception

Remember that photography is essentially painting with light. When there is no light, photographers have to bring their own and this can create a lot of distracting pops from flash bulbs. Accentuating the natural light with candles, uplighting or light strands can really enhance the mood of your reception and give your photographer a lot more to work with.

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Feed your photographer

Contrary to popular belief, photographers are human beings and do require sustenance during the day. Usually the wedding staff is fed after the guests but ask your caterer to serve the photographer with the wedding party. No one needs photos of themselves chewing. Serving your photographer early ensures that they are revitalized and ready to work when the speeches begin.

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Have fun!

You’ve spent a lot of time, energy and, probably, a lot of money planning your wedding, but big events seldom go exactly according to plan. Embracing the unexpected and allowing for spontaneity can really add to the magic of your day and go a long way toward creating a wedding that is uniquely yours.

 

That photo looks familiar

Of all of the thousands of photos taken at Telluride weddings in a summer, the marketing department at Telluride Ski Resort thought that this photo would be the best for their display ad in Rocky Mountain Bride magazine. From Alisha + Graig’s wedding.

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The flying bride of Telluride

“Do-over” is kind of a bad word in the wedding business, but not for Sarah and Rick. Their first wedding was a disaster so on their first anniversary they left their friends and family back east and came to Telluride to have a wedding day re-do for just the two of them. Despite the rain, the whole day was great fun and I am happy that I could help make it a success.

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Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

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Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Wedding Photography

Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Wedding Photography

Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

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Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Wedding Photography

Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Wedding Photography

Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Wedding Photography

Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Wedding Photography

Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Wedding Photography

Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Wedding Photography

Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Wedding Photography

Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Wedding Photography

Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Wedding Photography

Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Wedding Photography

Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Wedding Photography

Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Wedding Photography

Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Wedding Photography

Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Wedding Photography

Sarah and Rick Colombo elopement and recommitment ceremony in Telluride, Colo., Sunday, July 6, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray, Colorado destination wedding photography: Robbie + Chanse

Robbie and Chanse loaded up their Jeep, invited a few close friends and family and drove from their home in North Texas to Ouray, Colorado, to tie the knot in very thin air. The couple had an outdoor ceremony above timberline in Yankee Boy basin, just under the famous cross couloir. After a bit of four-wheeling we rejoined the guests for a low-key reception at the historic Beaumont Hotel.

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Robbie Simmons and Chance Slater wedding at Yankee Boy Basin and the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Thursday, June 19, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robbie Simmons and Chance Slater wedding at Yankee Boy Basin and the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Thursday, June 19, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robbie Simmons and Chance Slater wedding at Yankee Boy Basin and the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Thursday, June 19, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

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Robbie Simmons and Chance Slater wedding at Yankee Boy Basin and the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Thursday, June 19, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robbie Simmons and Chance Slater wedding at Yankee Boy Basin and the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Thursday, June 19, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robbie Simmons and Chance Slater wedding at Yankee Boy Basin and the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Thursday, June 19, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robbie Simmons and Chance Slater wedding at Yankee Boy Basin and the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Thursday, June 19, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robbie Simmons and Chance Slater wedding at Yankee Boy Basin and the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Thursday, June 19, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robbie Simmons and Chance Slater wedding at Yankee Boy Basin and the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Thursday, June 19, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride, Colorado destination wedding: Alisha + Graig

As regular attendees of the Telluride Film Festival, Denver couple Alisha and Graig fell in love with the small mountain town. They always wanted to share the scenic beauty of Telluride and surrounding San Juan Mountains with their friends and family but could never convince anyone to make the trip…until they got married.

Alisha and Graig not only wanted to show off Telluride, they wanted a wedding that was all their own. Their summer wedding-weekend started off with a Thursday-evening barbeque in Town Park for family and wedding guests from around the country. Friday began with a small, and very blustery, ceremony and cocktail hour atop San Sophia Ridge. Then Alisha, Graig and I set off to take some bride and groom photos at every scenic spot we could think of. It was a long afternoon of picture-taking, good thing we took a break at the Telluride Brewery. The evening finished off with an impromptu reception at Rustico Restaurant.

There were many things to celebrate on Saturday. Not only had Alisha and Graig just tied the knot but it also happened to be my 32nd birthday! The morning began with a nice brunch (for me) and then I met the newly weds and their adventurous guests for a hike up Bear Creek. It was great fun watching Graig offer alternating two-minute piggy-back-rides to at least a dozen children.

After an quick nap and a few more bridal portraits Alisha and Graig made their way to The New Sheridan Bar for a proper reception. There were toasts, dinner, dancing and a cake made of breakfast cereal. Golden Grahams, Raisin Bran and Cocoa Pebbles to be exact. The Raisin Bran turned out to be my favorite, it tasted like carrot cake!

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Alisha Hubbell and Graig Bears wedding at the San Sophia overlook in Telluride, Mountain Village, Colorado, Friday, June 13, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Colorado Wedding Photography

Alisha Hubbell and Graig Bears wedding at the San Sophia overlook in Telluride, Mountain Village, Colorado, Friday, June 13, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Colorado Wedding Photography

Alisha Hubbell and Graig Bears wedding at the San Sophia overlook in Telluride, Mountain Village, Colorado, Friday, June 13, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Colorado Wedding Photography

Alisha Hubbell and Graig Bears wedding at the San Sophia overlook in Telluride, Mountain Village, Colorado, Friday, June 13, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Colorado Wedding Photography

Alisha Hubbell and Graig Bears wedding at the San Sophia overlook in Telluride, Mountain Village, Colorado, Friday, June 13, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Colorado Wedding Photography

Alisha Hubbell and Graig Bears wedding at the San Sophia overlook in Telluride, Mountain Village, Colorado, Friday, June 13, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Colorado Wedding Photography

Alisha Hubbell and Graig Bears wedding at the San Sophia overlook in Telluride, Mountain Village, Colorado, Friday, June 13, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Colorado Wedding Photography

Alisha Hubbell and Graig Bears wedding at the San Sophia overlook in Telluride, Mountain Village, Colorado, Friday, June 13, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Colorado Wedding Photography

Alisha Hubbell and Graig Bears wedding at the San Sophia overlook in Telluride, Mountain Village, Colorado, Friday, June 13, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Alisha Hubbell and Graig Bears wedding at the San Sophia overlook in Telluride, Mountain Village, Colorado, Friday, June 13, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Alisha Hubbell and Graig Bears wedding at the San Sophia overlook in Telluride, Mountain Village, Colorado, Friday, June 13, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

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Alisha Hubbell and Graig Bears wedding reception at the New Sheridan Bar in Telluride, Colorado, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Colorado Wedding Photography

Alisha Hubbell and Graig Bears wedding reception at the New Sheridan Bar in Telluride, Colorado, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Colorado Wedding Photography

Alisha Hubbell and Graig Bears wedding reception at the New Sheridan Bar in Telluride, Colorado, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Colorado Wedding Photography

Alisha Hubbell and Graig Bears wedding reception at the New Sheridan Bar in Telluride, Colorado, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Telluride Colorado Wedding Photography

Alisha Hubbell and Graig Bears wedding reception at the New Sheridan Bar in Telluride, Colorado, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray, Colorado Destination Wedding Photography: Jason + Robin

Jason and Robin live in Alaska but Ouray, Colorado has always been special place to them. They hired Barton Glasser Photography to shoot their late April destination wedding at the historic Beaumont Hotel. This two were so head-over-heels in love that they could barely keep their hands off each other during the ceremony!

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Robin Cooley and Jason Wilson wedding at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robin Cooley and Jason Wilson wedding at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robin Cooley and Jason Wilson wedding at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robin Cooley and Jason Wilson wedding at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robin Cooley and Jason Wilson wedding at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robin Cooley and Jason Wilson wedding at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robin Cooley and Jason Wilson wedding at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robin Cooley and Jason Wilson wedding at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robin Cooley and Jason Wilson wedding at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robin Cooley and Jason Wilson wedding at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robin Cooley and Jason Wilson wedding at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robin Cooley and Jason Wilson wedding at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robin Cooley and Jason Wilson wedding at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Ouray Colorado Wedding Photography

Robin Cooley and Jason Wilson wedding at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colo., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Summer Fashion Photoshoot

People often ask me what I am doing when I am not photographing weddings. The short answer is A LOT. I’ve always felt that it is always better to show rather than tell so here are a few photos from a recent fashion shoot featuring clothing from downtown Montrose retailers for Montrose Style Magazine.

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Derek Wolf and Halley Combs model clothing from The Wild Rose in Montrose, Colo., Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

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Mica Lott models clothing from Nina Suzannes in Montrose, Colo., Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Commercial Fashion Photography

Amber Frates models clothing from Fabula in Montrose, Colo., Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Commercial Fashion Photography

Rick Poulin models clothing from D’Medici in Montrose, Colo., Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Commercial Fashion Photography

Debbie Blanchard models clothing from D’Medici in Montrose, Colo., Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Commercial Fashion Photography

Sally Lott models clothing from Nina Suzannes in Montrose, Colo., Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Commercial Fashion Photography

Amber Frates models clothing from Fabula in Montrose, Colo., Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Commercial Fashion Photography

Barbara Bynum, Deb Hawk and Kimberly McGehee model clothing from She She Boutique and Rockin P Ranch in Montrose, Colo., Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Commercial Fashion Photography

Halley Combs models clothing from The Wild Rose in Montrose, Colo., Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Photo by Barton Glasser

Barton Glasser Photography on Display!

Barton Glasser Photography just reserved a space at the Magic 93.1 Wedding Expo to be held at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, Colorado on Sunday, January 26, 2014. If you are planning a wedding, need ideas and especially if you are looking for a great wedding photographer, please stop by and say “Hi.” I’d love to meet you.

Grand Junction Wedding Photography: Seth + Casey

Seth and Casey had a beautiful outdoor wedding at Saddlehorn Ampetheater on the Colorado National Monument with a big reveal beforehand. They both looked great with an awesome scenic backdrop, which made my job a dream! Reception followed at Allen’s Unique Autos.

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Montrose Wedding Photography: Nick + Sara

Nick and Sara are great people and, like most great people, they have a lot of friends. So many friends attended their wedding at Nick’s father’s Montrose Home that it was filled to near bursting. The mid-afternoon ceremony was short and sweet with plenty of overtures to Nick’s Scottish heritage. A reception in Elk’s Park followed where there was plenty of dancing and mingling and Nick, a local restauranteur, and his staff had prepared a delicious feast for everyone.

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