Featured Arizona photographer: Chris Loomis

I recently discovered a very talented Phoenix and Scottsdale area photographer in a roundabout sort of way. I had stumbled across the “auctiontainer” Letitia Frye and happened to pick up on the photography on her website. Turns out it was the work of Chris Loomis, a multi-faceted photographer who has shot everything from architecture to portrait to high fashion.

[Ryan] You seem to photograph a range of subjects, from high fashion to architecture, how would you explain your personal style and approach to photography?

[Chris] I have become proficient shooting a range of subject matter (in the commercial arena) by necessity in the Phoenix area. To make a living specializing in just one area can be difficult in a particular market. That being said, I believe my portfolio/website is a comprehensive look at the subject matter I most gravitate towards and in some cases the blending of these subjects, i.e. fashion in context with architecture, etc. My style is driven by finding a relationship between my subject matter and the environment…in the case of my editorial portfolio I love illustrating through environmental portraiture, people intimately embedded in their place of work or amongst things they create…or even creating that relationship through my own sense of art direction (I art direct most of my photo shoots.) This is also how I handle my fashion photography…I’m really into high fashion/wearable art and also vintage styles. Additionally, I like to use unorthodox lighting, when appropriate, to create more drama and interest in my imagery…it is also my own personal touch. My Personal (fine art) work and Theme Park portfolio is more about capturing subtle moments candidly while traveling or through concept that are powerful and full of memory, yet still tell a story.

Chris Loomis Photography

When shooting, where do you draw inspiration from?

I draw inspiration from pretty much everywhere…but I’m a total fan of surrealism and creating projects that are high concept. My background is growing up watching healthy amounts of Star Trek, weird sci-if movies, 70’s cartoons etc. I’m also very impressed by architecture…particularly mid century modern and futuristic…but I also love gothic cathedrals and even ruins…then putting a model in these places!!!

Chris Loomis Photography

I think that a lot of men don’t feel real comfortable in front of a camera. Are there some simple things men can do to get more of a “red carpet” look?

For men being photographed: DONT BE SHY….let yourself go….don’t constantly wait for direction from a photographer…they will tell you what to do when they need to push you in a certain direction. Be yourself!

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Contact Chris Loomis

Visit the Chris Loomis website to view his portfolios and contact him directly!

Colorado Wedding Photographer, Daylene Wilson

If you follow BE you know that I have a tendency to reach out to wedding photographers. As a custom clothier, we certainly make our fair share of wedding suits and wedding tuxedos. And we love seeing our happy grooms in spectacular photography. Therefore, I recently reached out to one of Denver’s leading wedding photographers, Daylene Wilson.

Here are some highlights from our talk.

[Ryan] How would you describe your particular style of wedding photography?

[Daylene Wilson] I find great joy in making art out of everyday wedding photography. Couples who have chemistry and seek to have authentic moments with each other is what I am drawn to. I love raw emotion, tears, laughter, pure joy and I love to witness it from the corner instead of being out front. Taking a pair of shoes or rings to a quiet corner and making them sparkle or using dramatic light is just as fun to me as finding the moments that show how people felt on the wedding day. I would say my style is artistic, romantic, and true.

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When shooting, where do you draw inspiration from?

There are so many places to find inspiration, but I tend to look to my fellow photographers. I try to continue to push myself and to see things in a different way. Each time I shoot I try to do something I haven’t done before and usually for me, that comes from watching how other people see the world.

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What have you learned over the years that grooms can do to look their best?

I feel there is so much time and energy spent on the bride for the wedding. Often the groom doesn’t put much thought into bringing his personality or style into his “look”. I have learned that if the groom takes time months in advance to think about how he would like to represent his personality and style on the wedding day, he feels much more confident and himself. Choosing a tailored suit, and going through each item and putting his unique mark really makes him stand out. Cufflinks, tie, socks, shoes, pocket square; the whole deal. Along with that is learning in advance how to wear and put on all these items and not trying to wing it on the wedding day.

What do you want your photos to be remembered for?

I want my photos to make people feel something emotionally. I want them to remember how they felt when they looked at my image. I want it to capture a time in their life that they may not even remember and immortalize it for them.

Contact Daylene Wilson

Reach out to Daylene and her team via her website, here.

Spotlight on fine art photographer, Tamara Gruner

As Bespoke Edge matures, we are beginning to realize that our clothing tends to look absolutely great on film. Then again, most things do! Recently, I had a cup of coffee with one of Colorado’s leading fine art wedding photographers, Tamara Gruner.

When you sit down with Tamara it becomes clear very quickly that she’s a wonderful person. Very personable, yet efficient — two qualities that I think make for an excellent wedding photographer.  She’s even a growing name in her field and is busy organizing a photography workshop to be held in France later in the spring.

Here are some highlights from our talk:

[Ryan] You have quite an interesting background in a technical field, can you explain why you made the switch to fine art?

[Tamara] Yes, originally I am a PhD in Cancer Research. Although I took a different career path, at first, I was always associated with photography from the beginning of my life. My dad was a photographer primarily bringing out the art of landscape and event photography. Although he passed away when I was very young I grew up with his art and passion for photography. I wanted to follow my passion for photography. I started my business in April 2013 and together we are a boutique photographer team – a husband and wife dream team. Thanks to my role model Jose Villa, whose workshop I attended November 2014, I discovered film photography new and I simply love what I am doing best – capturing the love between two people.

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When shooting, where do you draw inspiration from?

I am inspired by beautiful people and things. A beautiful wedding is the perfect inspiration for me and makes me feel to give my best on that day. I want to produce beautiful images for the couple, the vendors, and myself.

What should grooms understand about film versus digital photography?

I am a fine art wedding photographer and I shoot in both film and digital formats (more film than digital). I work with the finest vendor when it comes to film processing (Richard Photo Lab). Shooting in film makes me think before I press the shutter – I need to first frame the image correctly. This makes every image unique unlike digital shooters who often deliver images of the same frame / type. Image colors of film images are also more beautiful and richer than digital images. I simply love film photography based on the quality of images and quality always pays over quantity.

Tamara Gruner photo and wedding suit

What do you want your photos to be remembered for?

I aspire to produce artistic, timeless, and romantic pictures the couple will cherish for the rest of their lives. My favorite time of the day is during sunset – when the light at its best to capture romance.

Contact Tamara Gruner

See more of Tamara Gruner’s excellent work on her website, here, or send her a message via her contact form.

Colorado Wedding Men’s Clothing

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It’s becoming more and more popular for grooms to buy their wedding suit or tuxedo than rent something. Of course I’d say that, right? Being a bespoke provider and all, but it’s true. It makes sense. A great looking suit can be worn many times over after the wedding ceremony. However, when you decide to buy a suit or tuxedo in lieu of renting, you have some decisions to make. Here’s everything you need to know about Colorado wedding men’s clothing and style.

#1: Occasion

Fortunately, you already know this one, but we still need to consider what time of day you’ll be having your wedding. For instance, events at night usually require a darker fabric, while lighter shades like grey and tan are better for occasions held during mid-day.

Sure, you can bend the rules a bit here and there and sport an elegant white or cream tuxedo for an evening event, but as a rule of thumb – lighter shades for during the day and darker shades of fabric for the evening.

#2: Formality

As you may expect, a very formal wedding will likely be a black tie event. How about a very casual wedding? Or someplace between the two extremes?

Let’s go over a few examples.

Casual

For discussion’s sake, let’s take a look at a beach wedding. This will likely mean a linen or linen/wool blended suit is appropriate. Or, at the very least, a 100% cotton suit. The weather is going to be warm so your fabric will need to breathe well to keep you comfortable and your shoes will probably be relatively casual, since you may be standing in the sand.

And you’re probably going to want to stick with a tan or other light colored fabric to refer to the beach theme.

Semi-casual

But what if you’re someplace between a formal, black tie event and the beach?

You’re not going to be wearing a tuxedo in this instance. And maybe you’re considering a venue outside. It could be a grassy open space, a chic barn, etc.

Consider the featured image above; the couple had an outdoor wedding, but the groom still opted for a 3-piece suit. He chose a softer shade in almost a grey tone, but up close the suit fabric still had a lot of texture and character.

It’s a great look.

Formal

Colorado wedding men’s clothing can also be a very traditional and formal look. This is what you’re probably most familiar with. It’s what you see at a lot of weddings and it’s become the go-to standard. On one end of the spectrum, you have a full tuxedo with a black bow tie, and on the other end, a dark suit.

Regardless, a formal wedding means that you will want to make sure that everything else in your wedding is at a similar level of formality. Mason jars at the reception will clash with your elegant tuxedo, for instance.

According to Heather Dwight, of Calluna Events, “The groom’s individual style should match that of the bride, neither being more formal or less formal than her but right in line. For example, if the groom is wearing a tux the bride shouldn’t wear a short dress, but a more formal gown…The groom could opt to match the bride’s coloring – if her dress is more of a champagne his tie or pocket square could also be in that tone.”

Peaked or Notched Lapel?

The lapel style is another important consideration. Generally speaking, notched lapels will be more versatile and just a little bit more casual than a peaked lapel.

#3: Versatility

This is an important consideration. When do you think you’ll be wearing the suit after the wedding? Hopefully, you’ll be wearing it to the office now and again. Or, maybe for fancy events with your significant other?

Let’s take a look at a couple of examples at how your Colorado Wedding men’s clothing can do double duty and help you down the road:

Office

Let’s say you’re going to end up wearing your (former) wedding suit to the office. If it’s your first suit, then go with something dark, like a charcoal or near black shade. It will be the most versatile for your needs.

If it’s going to be your second suit, then you have a few more options. I would recommend a navy or grey suit. Not many men own grey suits and that will help to set you apart. Navy is a little more conservative, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t sport something with a subtle plaid or textured look.

But remember, whatever you opt for, it can’t be too wild and crazy because it’s going to be your wedding suit after all!

Date night

Do you want a suit that James Bond would approve of? Then a tuxedo is the obvious answer, but a dark suit with a custom fit would be a close second.

You could go with a handful of different suit fabrics, but the takeaway is that you need something dark. Why dark? Because you’re going to be wearing this suit out and about. Whether it’s a swanky bar, another wedding, or a gala-type event, it’ll likely be at night, and so therefore, you need something dark.

#4: Fit

A wedding suit is still a suit and that means that fit is very important – in fact, it’s the first thing people are going to notice.

So, regardless of whether you end up with a tuxedo or a dark suit or a very casual outfit, fit is key. By the way, our Groom’s Guide to Wedding Planning has some great pointers on how your clothes should fit.

The groom's guide to colorado wedding men's clothing

Even if you don’t decide to go bespoke, make sure whoever is helping you knows what he/she is doing.

#5: Customization

A wedding suit is a very special thing, and so we want to encourage you to go the extra mile and add a few unique customizations.

At the very least, have your name monogrammed on the inside of the jacket. Remember when you wrote your name on your jacket in grade school so that the other kids wouldn’t take it by mistake? Same thing here!

And something else that you may be interested in is adding your wedding date to the jacket, and your bride’s name. That way when you wear the suit again in the future, you’ll find a thoughtful reminder of your wedding date.

From here, you can select a handful of other customizations that can nod to the overall wedding. Maybe you want to highlight your lapel button hole with a contrast thread color that will refer to your overall wedding colors? Or maybe you want working button holes on your jacket – one of the signs of an indisputably custom suit.

And remember, a common element of Colorado style, and certainly Colorado Wedding men’s clothing, is that it’s practical.

Whatever you choose, make it your own. It’s your wedding, and so no one else but you and your bride should be making the decisions above. And when you know you look great in a custom suit, you can devote your attention elsewhere, where it belongs.

Colorado wedding men's clothing example of a French shirt cuff

Colorado Wedding Men’s Clothing – Wrap up

There are a lot of ways to figure out your Colorado wedding men’s clothing. You can go formal, casual, somewhere in between. It’s all up to you.

Remember, if we’re building a custom suit for your wedding, we’ll need at least 7 weeks to get your suit manufactured. We want to make sure it’s absolutely perfect!

Need some more resources? Check out our Weddings page here.

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