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Katy & Steve {Highlands Ranch Mansion Wedding}

By Jennifer Marlowe Marvin in denver wedding photography denver engagement photography

There is always something magical about photographing a wedding.  I'm not sure if it's the raw, pure love that you see while standing before a crowd or possibly witnessing the joyous family that comes together for the first time in years for a beautiful occasion.  All I do know is that photographing a wedding is an experience that is such an honor to document.   Now,  I must preface that normally I post about 5 or 6 sneak peek photos and for this wedding I just couldn't choose.  So without further adieu...

Katy and Steve are two people who I can physically SEE the love exuding from them.  They are so kind hearted and, by golly gosh, does that boy love her!!!  

They each wrote love letters to each other and both of them had a hard time holding it together while reading it.  How sweet right?!

Katy and Steve met in Vegas and after a year of getting to know each other and being friends they decided to start dating.   Steve knew Katy was the girl for him after a few dates and Katy fell in love with Steve right before he left for Basic Training.  You see, Steve is an active duty military officer and Katy is a financial analyst so while away at basic training their love grew. 

Aren't these flower girls just BEAUTIFUL!!!???

Steve had a very hard time holding back tears throughout the entire ceremony and it was just the most endearing ceremony ever.

Their beautiful wedding was held at the Highlands Ranch Mansion and could you ask for a better venue?!  I couldn't!  Not only was the location a winner, but the staff and management were also wonderful to work it! 

A quick side note,  a huge thanks for my second shooter Katie Bradshaw of KB Digital Designs.  The above photo was taken by her :)  Thanks for being an integral part of the day!

The Perfect Wedding Checklist: 

Adorable couple- check

Mansion- check

A fabulous Rolls Royce- check

Surrounded by fabulous friends and family- check!

This couple made their wedding day exactly what they wanted it to be and it turned out to be stunning! 

Katy & Steve specifically wanted a few artsy landscape photos to document their day and the below image I thought captured their personalities :)

On to the reception with a vintage wine theme, cowboy boots to finish off Keith Urban first dance song, and additionally a photobooth for their friends and family to have fun with!

Such a great party you two!!!  Congratulations and I hope you enjoy your relaxing 2 week honeymoon!!!

The vendors that made it happen:

Wedding Venue:  Highlands Ranch Mansio n, Wedding Planning: Cielle Amundson of      Storytellers Events      (http://www.storytellersevents.com)/ DJ: Dani Zerbib/ Dress: The Bridal Collection/ Cake: Natalie at the Sugar Bakeshop/ Caterer: Patrick at Rocky Mountain Catering/ Floral Design: Littleton Downtown Floral/ Groom's Clothing: Al's Formal/ Videography: Stephen Veals Officiant: Pastor Cory, Deer Creek Church/ Photo Booth: Center Stage Photo Booth

 
 

History Colorado Center | Rocky Mountain MS Center Gala 2012

By Jennifer Marlowe Marvin in denver wedding photography denver event photography

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that is very close to my heart.   My hope is that tomorrow they find a cure for it and not just a cure, but also a way to restore the damage that was previously done.  I know that's a big bill to ask for, but I completely believe it is possible.  A few years back, my dad was diagnosed with MS and ever since then my family has been participating in numerous MS walks, fundraisers, and throwing our won events to raise money for MS.  To see some fun photos from the MS walk this year, click here.   So, I decided that not only did I want to throw a benefit to help MS research (we raised $2000!)  but I also wanted to donate my time to photograph a few events that are key to the  Rocky Mountain MS Center.  

The Rocky Mountain MS Center's Annual Gala was held at the History Colorado Center last Saturday and I was blown away at the amount of money that was raised!!!  I witnessed $75,000 donated in a matter of minutes.  Thank you to everyone who helped reach that goal.   Here are just a few photos from the event.   Also,  for all of you Brides out there...  The History Colorado Center is an AMAZING Colorado wedding venue and could be a stunning location for you big day :)

After attending this event as a photographer,  I am going to tell everyone I know to buy a ticket for the event next year!  Kudos to Katie Mills who planned this event and for everyone else at the MS Center who contributed their time and talents.  It was a stunning event and can't wait until next year.  

 

How to fake studio light

By Jennifer Marlowe Marvin in for photographers denver wedding photography

Recently,  I find myself reading the blogs of other photographers who are a wealth of information.  When I say read, I mean, I read it, then come back to it a day later and read it again... So,  after reading Sue Bryce's Blog, watching some video tutorials about how she uses light I thought it was about time that I did a styled shoot of my own.  I wanted to share with you how easy it is to create fantastic lighting WITHOUT studio lighting!  (yes I truly mean without ANY lighting at all)  

Sue Bryce,  thank you for the inspiration to try out your lighting techniques!  (www.suebryce.com/blog)  I hope posing gets easier. :)  It's wonderful to play around with new poses and to have a fabulous model who is willing to do anything to help make a shot!  A big shout out to Ely Hemmes,  you are absolutely stunning and could photograph you all day long!!!  And also a huge shout out to Jolene Picone, owner/creator/designer of J. Picone (www.j-picone.com) who provided us with the lovely head pieces you'll see in the shots!  They make beautiful headpieces, birdcage veils/blushers, and decorative bridal belts.

Ideally, I would have loved to have a studio with tall ceilings, wood floors and a GIANT window, but when that's not possible you have to figure out how to do what you want without.  We set up this shoot in my backyard under our awning.  With the awning you have the side of the house and 3 exposed sides to natural light.  I wanted no more than 2 so I set up my backdrop right next to the house... Because this all sounds confusing I drew a picture...  Just smile at nod and how elementary it it.  I don't claim to be a drawing artist but rather behind the camera :)

Below is a diagram of exactly HOW we shot the images you see here.  Once, again I am no artist but hopefully it will give you an idea of how to create a studio-type feel with just you, a subject and your camera.  Oh and also a reflector.  Now, some of you may think well I don't have a reflector, but here's the thing... you can go to wal-mart and buy a $5 white foam board and use that as a reflector.  It's cheap and easy to use!  When you're using a reflector you want to use it to bounce light onto your models face from the natural light.  It's subtle, but does the job well!

 

If you have any comments or questions just leave a comment and I'll get back with you!! Happy Saturday!!  

I'm off to go photograph the MS Center's Gala :)  It should be a blast!

 

How a good florist can complete the day

By Jennifer Marlowe Marvin in denver wedding photography

After photographing and being a guest at quite a few weddings over the years,  I've come to know that a wedding doesn't NEED to have flowers.  I have noticed, however that flowers can add that last little touch of detail to your day without being too extravagant and too expensive. 

Honestly, when I was getting married I was under the mindset that flowers weren't necessary and more of a "splurge" item.  And while yes, flowers can be expensive and can be low on a bride's priority list here are a few reasons why I've changed my mind.

#1: A great florist will be able to capture who you are

Elizabeth from Fleur de Liz Weddings captured one of my brides perfectly through her bouquet.  The bride loved very earthy, organic products and she wanted it to have a calming feel to add to her day.  She also didn't want it to be too traditional so this is what Elizabeth designed.  Beautiful right?!

www.fleurdelizweddings.com

#2:  That little pop of color in your photos is always stunning

Take these orchids into consideration!  A very simple arrangement, but it just speaks to the excitement and energy this couple exuded together.  It was perfect for them and obviously made their photos pop!

#3: Appeal to your senses :)

I don't know about you, but there are certain smells that always bring me back to a certain memory.  My grandfather was a big hunter and lived in South Carolina.  He'd always show me his Turkey calls that were made out of cedar.  Now that he's passed away I sometimes can go back to those memories when I smell any sort of cedar wood.  Much the same, your wedding bouquet can be one of the senses that will help you remember your wedding day for years to come.

#4 An extension of your day

Working with an expert florist who is interested in your details will have the knowledge and expertise to steer you in the right direction.  They'll have ideas that will make your day different than any other couple out there and they'll compliment the hard work you've already put into the planning. 

 

So, brides if you're looking for a florist in Colorado I have a few to recommend to you!

Erin at Plum Sage in downtown Denver (plumsage@gmail.com)  

Elizabeth with Fleur de Liz (myfleurdeliz@aol.com)

 

Happy planning!

September Goals

By Jennifer Marlowe Marvin in for photographers personal

One thing I never imagined when I started my photography business a year and a half ago was that the work never stops.  I find myself working until sometime 1 in the morning (more often than I probably should) and I find that even when I do that the list never really gets shorter.  Luckily, because I love what I do it is never as issue of not enjoying my work, but I find that in order to really push forward as a business owner I have to set goals for myself.  Now, sometimes those goals get checked off the list and well.... sometimes they don't.  The most important thing is at least putting them on paper, telling someone somewhere what they are (that is my ___ attempt at having accountability), and then reevaluating at the end of the term to see what actually got done and what didn't.  

Setting goals is not even just a business thing... I truly believe that by setting personal goals you get in to the mindset of taking care of yourself and not getting too wrapped up in the seriousness of 9-5 or in my case 10-1 :)   I thought I'd dedicate this blog post to setting some new goals for September.  If I write them down they are WAY more likely to get done rather than putting them on my 5 different lists I have laying around.  (I am actually very organized even though it may not seem like it from that last sentence!)

Business Goals:

Take a Class:  It's always so important to keep up with your craft, work with other people who are creative, and learn new techniques.  So this month whether it be a few mentoring sessions with one of my favorite photographers (Shout out to Melissa Jill!!!  www.melissajill.com) or signing up for a class here in town I just want to go outside the box, free of pressure and get myself out there.

Order a Couture Album Sample: I love love love my albums that I make for my brides and grooms right now.  They are sleek, classy, and so modern.  One of my new goals this year was to add a Couture option for my couples.  These albums are absolutely STUNNING and take wedding albums to a whole other level!  You touch the page and feel luxury.  You can see how much detail is put into the handmade binding and I just need to order one from a wedding I've shot.  On the List.

Finish the new website: Recently, I had a bride approach me about a ridiculously amazing idea to film what's called a "marryoke" (marry-O-kee).  It's like a traditional artistic wedding video, but instead include shots of the bridal party and guests singing along to a song of the couple's choice.  When I first saw an example, I thought "well that's interesting..." and after filming one of my own I fell in love with the experience.  All of the guests were so relaxed and it was such a simple way to have little pieces of everyone there.  So,  I'm getting the new website ready.   Check out the Marryoke video from Emily & Ryan's wedding here

 

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