THE 4 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER:
Personality: It’s important to find a photographer that you “click” with. You need to be able to easily communicate your goals, while at the same time have enough trust in their vision to listen to their recommendations. The relationship shouldn’t feel forced: you photographer is someone you need to be comfortable sharing your wedding day with.
Experience: It’s not just about capturing awesome photos. You want someone who has experience handling the chaos of a wedding, and who understands how to tackle the obstacles and challenges that often pop up.
Professionalism: Professional equipment and backup gear set apart a professional photographer from a hobbyist. However, don’t make your decision on gear alone. Great photography takes an artist’s eye, so the “perfect” photographer will have both the artistic vision and technical skills to make that vision a reality.
Adaptability: Is your photographer flexible? Are they concerned with the theme and feel of YOUR wedding, or are they dedicated solely to their own personal shooting style? A great photographer will remain true to their style, which is what attracts clients to them in the first place, while at the same time incorporating the vision you have for YOUR special day.
SHOOTING IN THE SNOW:
Are you a photo enthusiast looking for some professional tips for capturing Colorado’s winter wonderland (when it snows that is)? Many modern point-and-shoot or DSLRs with auto functions actually have a Snow or Winter setting. This feature alone does a fabulous job correcting the auto white balance of the camera and lowers the exposure value to avoid over-exposing the image, for crisp images against a snowy white background. Check your owner’s manual to see if your camera has this setting, and use it for any outdoor winter photography. Here are some additional tips to help everyone capture better shots in the snow:
Tip 1 – Take care of your camera! Make sure that if it is snowing that you keep your camera from getting wet. This may seem obvious, but it’s an important first step! Keep your lens capped and your camera as warm as possible. The cold can cause your equipment to fog up, which is a disaster for photographs.
Tip 2 – Wear fingerless gloves. Sounds simple, but it makes a huge difference when you’re trying to fumble with the settings in freezing weather.
Tip 3 – Focus on the subject. Try to make the people or object that you are shooting fill most of your frame. With automatic camera settings, this will help your camera read the appropriate subject and exposure correctly. If you have too much snow in the frame, your subject will usually appear too dark because your camera is trying to compensate for all of the bright white.
Tip 4 – If you are shooting family photos or portraits, try to have people wear bright colors that will stand out in the snow.
Tip 5 – HAVE FUN! Taking photographs is all about “capturing life” so if you having fun while snapping the shots chances are so will your subjects!
HIGHLAND RANCH MANSION:
Elevate’s team of photographers are blessed to shoot at many amazing Colorado wedding venues, but one of the most awe-inspiring is the historic Highlands Ranch Mansion. The combination of historic European-Castle feel, with the conveniences of modern technology, makes for a truly spectacular and unique setting. Even though it gives you the feeling of being back in the middle ages you will still have plenty of outlets for your curling iron!
With its classic, tasteful furnishings and beautiful light perfect for photographs, the entire castle is the ideal backdrop for your wedding day close up!
INTRODUCING OUR NEW TEAM MEMBER: JO
Jo is zealous about all things vintage, rock n’ roll, and true love. Her passion for photography began as a small child watching her grandpa with his camera. He was a master at his craft and he supported his faith in her photographic eye by passing on his favorite cameras.
Combining her love for traveling and her pursuit of photography, Jo began photographing people in need around the world to inspire aid for their communities. Upon returning to the states, Jo worked for an online bag company for six years creating high end product photography. The attention to detail required in this position advanced her knowledge in lighting and composition. However, it did not meet her strong desire to photograph people, especially people in love. This need to creatively tell people’s love stories led her to Elevate where she has been able to truly tap into the art of capturing the most beautiful day in people’s lives.