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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.

Sweet Lime Pictures, featured wedding photographer

As part of my continued effort to meet Colorado’s best wedding photographers, I recently sat down with Ryan Brackin from Sweet Lime Pictures. Aside from still photography, Ryan is adept at motion picture as well and really enjoys teling the story of one’s wedding day with video.

How would you describe your particular approach to wedding photography? What makes you different?

[Ryan Brackin] I like to keep things simple, so when I approach a wedding as a photographer and filmmaker I’m looking for two things: light and story. Light is the easy part – find beautiful light or make it, then put your subjects in it and make pretty pictures. It’s also the most difficult part. I’ll spend the rest of my career continuing to learn how to shape and manipulate light. The stories are what I love about weddings. Every wedding has the same main characters: the bride and the groom. And every wedding has the same supporting cast: bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, siblings and guests. It’s all these characters and their personalities, relational dynamics and pasts that make every story unique. I love creating beautiful images. What I really love is when those images capture moments and emotions and tell a story.

What kinds of things can a groom do to look his best in his wedding photos? Any common mistakes that grooms are making in your experience?

A groom is a dude on the happiest day of his life, most likely dressed the best he’s ever going to dress, so looking good isn’t difficult. To look his best, a groom should follow Aaron Rodgers advice, “R-E-L-A-X – Relax.” Just enjoy your day. A wedding day is made up of so many little moments. Don’t worry about what’s next. Live in and enjoy each moment as it happens. And when you can, hang out by a window. Window light is flattering and will make you look great. Like Don Draper.

A common mistake grooms make is getting sloppy drunk. Definitely have a good time. Have a few drinks, loosen up. But getting drunk will diminish your ability to recount what is already a difficult day to remember (A wedding day goes by so fast when it’s your wedding!) and you don’t want to look back on your wedding photos and see a drunk guy. The other thing is have snacks, like some trail mix or an energy bar or a Snickers, or make your best man have some snacks on hand. Sometimes portrait sessions can last a while. I do my best to keep it quick so everyone can get to partying. But sometimes wedding parties are large, or there’s a lot of family members that need to be in photos, or the location and lighting and couple are so lovely and inspiring I just have to get a few extra shots in. Hungry grooms are grumpy grooms and don’t make for great photos. Having something to hold you over and keep you smiling will make for much better photos than a hangry groom.

When searching for a wedding photographer, what are the important qualities that a couple should be looking for?

When searching for a photographer I think couples should look around and find photographers with bodies of work that they love that display consistent imagery across multiple wedding galleries. The second factor, and very nearly as important as loving their work, is that you should click with your photographer. You should meet or at least speak in person and find out if you like each other. The weddings that I’m able to put the most of myself into and feel the most creative energy are those where I’ve made that connection and built some rapport with the couple. Then when the wedding day comes I almost feel like I’m just part of the family. And I happen to be carrying a camera.

Contact Sweet Lime Pictures

Reach out directly to Ryan at 303-257-3440 or send him an email at ryan@sweetlimepictures.com today and get started!

Website: Sweet Lime Pictures

Looking for a wedding photographer? Check out JXC Photo

Each year, we continue to work with more and more grooms. And so recently, I decided that we really need to step up our content that’s geared towards the groom. Specifically, we realize that when it comes to wedding photographers, there are certainly many to choose from. Therefore, we are constantly looking for the area’s best wedding photographers. The ones that meet the same level of quality that you expect from BE. Today, I interviewed Josh and Christie Hall (pictured above), the husband and wife team behind JXC Photo.

I asked them three questions that I feel are very important when it comes to shopping around for a Denver wedding photographer…

1. [Ryan] How would you describe your particular approach to wedding photography? What makes you different?

[Josh and Christie] My wife and I like to take each moment as it comes on a wedding day. Of course we do a fair amount of planning on our end, but while we’re shooting, we like to keep an open mind. We’ve been photographing weddings for almost five years now, and between Denver and New Orleans, we’ve been in a lot of different rooms and had to deal with many different circumstances (we’re great at pinning boutonnieres at this point). All of that experience gives us a calm disposition on a wedding day, we’re very comfortable with our off-camera lighting and equipment, and that allows us to be both creative and efficient.

2. What sorts of things can the groom do to look his best in the wedding photos? In other words, are there common mistakes that grooms make?

There’s a fine line between looking comfortable and natural in a photograph, and looking nervous and unsure. Believe it or not, all you have to do is put one hand in your pocket and pick a leg to lean most of your weight on, and you’ll look like you belong everywhere. It’s a magic trick. Oh, and don’t put the boutonniere on too early — if you take your jacket off and fold it over a chair, your flower (and maybe your bride) will be upset.

3. When searching for a wedding photographer, what are the important qualities that a couple should be looking for?

We get this question pretty often. With all the style and price differences between photographers, plus a client base that generally only needs a wedding photographer once in their lives, it’s easy to get lost in the confusion of how to pick one. Our answer is always this: Look for photographers who specialize in weddings and who have lots of experience in that department. There are lots of unexpected moments in wedding photography, and the best photographers will know how to not only capture those moments in the best possible way, but capture them in lighting situations that aren’t always favorable. We do a lot of “thinking on a dime” in our jobs, so it’s important to have specific practice in that department.

Contact JXC Photo

Reach out directly to Josh and Christie at 720-281-8206 or send them an email at joshxchristie@gmail.com today and get started!

Website: JXC Photo

Interview with photographer, From the Hip Photo

Every time we build a suit for a groom it’s a huge privilege. It’s an opportunity for us to build a very special suit for a very special day. And as you may imagine, being a wedding vendor means that from time to time we have the distinct opportunity to meet some other great vendors – ones that reflect our same level of service and quality. Just this morning, I had coffee with Nina and Danny de Zayas – the power couple behind Denver’s From the Hip Photo. They are both very kind and gracious people and they are incredibly skilled at what they do.

So, I couldn’t help but ask them a handful of questions that I think are very relevant to any of you that may be getting married in the spring – or thinking about proposing in the coming months :).

1. [Ryan] How would you describe your particular approach to wedding photography? What makes From the Hip Photo different?

[Nina and Danny] Our commitment to creating a stress-free, seamless experience for our couples is a huge part of why we’re the best reviewed photographers in all of Colorado. The moments we capture are obviously the most enduring piece of the work we provide and we have a distinctive style that is vibrant, fresh, and honest. However, I think where we’ve really been able to set ourselves apart is on that relationship front.

We understand how crazy-making the whole wedding planning process can be and we try to be good guides to our couples and make sure they are totally taken care of throughout. Whether that is helping them make quality connections with other vendors, giving honest feedback about locations and timelines, or simply being proactive about ways we can provide support, I think that intangible aspect of what we do is priceless. It’s something that comes up in pretty much every review a bride or groom leaves us (and is probably a reason why we wind up befriending so many of our couples after the fact!).

2. What kinds of things can a groom do to look his best in his wedding photos? Any common mistakes that grooms are making in your experience?

It’s strange to point to a Greek philosopher for fashion advice, but Epictetus said it best: “Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.”

Our best piece of advice is to make choices that reflect your personality. That keeps things sincere and comfortable, and also creates space for injecting who you are into the wedding day mix. Cufflinks, socks, and ties are all easy jumping off points for sneaking in some quirky, fun choices. More generally, if you’ve never worn a tuxedo, don’t opt for a black-tie affair. If you’re comfortable in your wedding day attire, you’re going to have a much better time.

3. When searching for a wedding photographer, what are the important qualities that a couple should be looking for?

The single-most important aspect of selecting any vendor is doing your homework to see what other couples have had to say about the experience of working with them. A photographer can cherry-pick a few pretty images to put up on a website, but they can’t fake their track record.

After that, look for a portfolio that resonates with you. Almost no one is a photo expert; instead, trust your gut. Most photographers have a clientele that is self-selecting in this manner, and we know that we here the same sorts of “values” about photography from our couples.

Lastly, artists and creative types are notoriously bad at running businesses. Look for things like how quickly and effectively a photography company communicates with you. Are they speaking to you on a personal level and interested in your priorities or vision? Is there enthusiasm about you and your specific wedding day? Look for passion, positivity, and the feeling that this is their true calling in life!

Contact

Reach out directly to Danny at 720-251-5329 or email the From the Hip Photo team at chat@fromthehipphoto.com today and get started!