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Weather and Cancellation Policy

Weather in Telluride happens, but I have not been able to accurately predict its timing yet. Ultimately, we are both subject to the weather's whims and sometimes, while rarely, it hits right in the middle of a photo session.  

With 300 hundred days of sunshine a year, cancellations due to weather hardly ever happen.  When it happens, they occur more frequently in the summer because rain (as opposed to snow) actually gets you wet.  In the winter, snow works, and it is stunningly beautiful to have snow falling during a session so cancellations are less frequent.  Choosing great photo-ready snow ready attire helps.  The good news is that inclement weather often only lasts for 15-30 minutes and after hundreds of photo sessions, I have only had to cancel a couple of sessions, so I remain hopeful we can always work it out or wait it out.  Ultimately, the final call on cancellation is up to you, and my fee chart below will help you with that decision.  But, I will stay in close touch with you when weather might be an issue.  

When you schedule a session with me, I am turning away other work, and I carve out time in my schedule to work your session, set you up in my system, and with your input, make solid plan for your session. As a result, I have to charge a fee when you have to cancel or change your date.  I will do everything I can to stay in touch about the weather.

CANCELLATION FEE SCHEDULE:

Date Change  -  If you have to change your date due to anything out of my control including illness or weather, the change fee is just $25.  While, I cannot  guarantee that I will have another date available, especially if you are vacationing here, but will do everything I can to make it work for you, even if we switch to a sunrise session instead of a sunset session.    I really want to photograph you, so I try to find way to get that done.

Cancellation Fee Schedule - Family Portrait Sessions

7 Days or More    $50 Cancellation Fee

3-6 Days             $75 Cancellation Fee 

2 Days or Less     $225 Cancellation Fee

Once The Session is Started, there is no refund on the session fee, but I will refund the print credit portion if we can't reschedule.

Change The Date    $25   (Up to 1 Year, deducted from the print credit).  This applies to each change.

Photographer Cancellation - No Charge, Full refund only up to the amount already paid for the session

 

Cancellation Fee Schedule - Weddings 

45 Days or Less - 50% of the portion of the wedding that is specifically for photography services

46 Days or More - 20% of the portion of the wedding that is specifically for photography services

Less Than 2 Weeks - 100% of the portion that is specifically for photography services

Photographer Cancellation - Full refund limited to the amount already paid for the session

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Your portrait session is done and now it is time for the fun part, choosing your photos!

Surprisingly, it is the most difficult part for most of our clients.  But, not to worry, I am going to help you every step of the way.  We start by setting aside a time exclusively for you where you will have the opportunity to pick your favorite images portraits and place your order.

Choosing portraits for your home is not that much different from investing in art or furniture. Before your scheduled selection appointment, be armed with measurements, a style or colors.  The idea is to select images that blend well with your other home furnishings. As with any home furnishing having a budget is an important part of your decision making.

At the studio, we have a large high definition TV for viewing your images.  We also have a full selection of samples to touch and feel and see how they look on the wall.  If you can't come by the studio, don't worry, we also offer an online virtual meeting for our clients who would like to choose from the comfort of their home or office with images of all of our products available to show you online.

 

Before the Meeting:

Take a walk around your home and really look at your space.  Ask yourself a few questions:  Does the idea of having a grouping of portraits appeal to you or would you rather have one large portrait?   What is the style/decor of your home?  Colorful Decor, Eclectic, Modern Monochrome?  Your style will influence your choices.  Do you want something framed, maybe a modern gallery wrap or a durable metal rich in color?  Where do you spend the most time and where would you like to display your portraits?  What else would you like to do with your portraits?  Think about your extended family, grand parents, aunts, uncles, best friends.  Do you want to send a gift for a birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day or the Holidays?  Your selection appointment is a good time to get that done.  

Take photos of your walls that are candidates for your portraits.   Tape an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper on the wall, step back as far as you can, aim your camera straight on and click.  Text those photos to me a few days before our meeting and using specialized software, I can show you what your portraits will look like hanging on your wall during our appointment.

Get input from your spouse for budget, size, placement so you don't have to delay your final choices.  Browse our Inspiration Gallery or  check out:* Wall Portraits and Galleries * Albums * Desk Top Frames * Cards and Announcements with our partner www.minted.com

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At the Meeting:

Our chance to wow you with your amazing portraits! We will go through a slideshow of the best images on a large screen TV or online with your computer. You will laugh, cry and reminisce about the importance of your family relationships.  

We will then go through a preliminary process of narrowing down the images to your favorites.   Next I will show you products that seem to fit your needs so that you will have a better understanding of what you like and what will look good in your home.

Once you have made that decision we will go back through the images you have chosen one more time and narrow down which ones you would like to display in your wall gallery or which images you would like to put in your album and which portraits you would like to send to friends and family as a gift print.

Purchasing your family portraits is an investment, so we recommend that all of the decision makers be involved in the selection choices.  

After the Meeting:

We go to work on your images, editing, retouching, carefully reviewing each inch of the image and place product orders with our suppliers.  We do offer an online viewing gallery for 60 days if you need more time to take a look at the photos after the meeting.  

Orders are non-refundable, and are guaranteed to last for 75 years or longer.  We ship them to you ready to hang and to bring you joy every time you look at them.  Turn around time averages about 3 weeks, depending on the size of your order.

Choosing your family portraits can sometimes be overwhelming. My goal is to make it as easy as possible for you so you can get on with enjoying your portraits every day for years to come.

 

 

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Aldasoro Ranch is an expansive and private 1500 acre neighborhood located just a short drive out of Telluride.   Originally a sheep herder's ranch, those who live in Aldasoro now enjoy acres of open space, south facing warm sunshine, stunning views of Telluride's mountains, rolling hills and abundant wildlife.   The area where Aldasoro sits now has a rich history tied to locals who still live in Telluride today.   Since the ranch is private property, there are tight restrictions, you must be accompanied by a home owner or representative of the ranch, and submit a signed liability release before entering the property, and visiting dogs are not permitted on the ranch.

For information on booking a photography session in this beautiful setting, just give me a call   970-728-9268 or email me at brenda@brendacolwellphoto.com

 

DIRECTIONS:

From the Town of Telluride:  10 Minutes

Drive out of town after passing the Round-A-Bout located in front of the school.  Go about 3 miles and look for AIRPORT ROAD.  Turn Right.

Take Airport Road around a curve for about 1/4 of a mile.  

On the right you will see WALD POND, park there on the gravel pull out. 

I will be waiting for you.

 

From Mountain Village:  12 Minutes

Drive out of Mountain Village Blvd all the way to Hwy 145, which is Mountain Village's Main Entrance - Turn Right

Take Hwy 145 all the way down the hill until you reach the Society Turn Round-A-About - Turn Right

As you come out of the Round-A-Bout, look for Airport Road (almost immediately) Turn Left 

Take Airport Road around a curve for about 1/4 of a mile.  

On the right you will see WALD POND, park there on the gravel pull out. 

I will be waiting for you.

 

 

 

 

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PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT | Photography by Brenda Colwell http://www.brendacolwellphoto.com/blog/2016/2/the-value-of-a-professional-headshot Why do you need a Head Shot Anyway? Because we live in a world where our customers find us online, and every serious professional has a current head shot ready to go for all of their marketing efforts. Your professional headshot is an important element of your online personal brand. It allows others to connect a face with a virtual identity.  Placing a photo of yourself in key places is the only way to effectively trademark yourself.  In your business network, where familiarity is the essence of networking, it gives automatic credibility to what you do for a living. And the more professional your head shot, the more professional you are perceived to be.

And when I say headshot, it is not that is "nice enough" image that your friend took last summer at the Bluegrass Festival, and it is not that gre Acting HeadshotActing Headshot at photo of you hiking (unless you are in the hiking business). A headshot is a professionally lit, shot, and prepared series of images you use for your own personal branding. So, when someone initiates an internet search on you or your business, they will find your face and connect you locally, transforming your virtual you into the real you.

It is a worthy investment to spend time with a professional photographer skilled at positioning your body and helping you with your expressions, posture and clothing to obtain the most flattering image, even for the most camera shy.

Now that you are convinced of the importance of your headshot, think about where you can make your face visible.  Here are a dozen places to include it:

1.  Social-networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, plus all the other web sites you use for building visibility and  connecting with others (think professional memberships and directories).  It is a core element of your standard profile.

2. Your e-mail signature:  This is a great place to make your e-mails more personal.

3.  Your blog:   If you have a blog or traditional website, you should post your photo along with your stories and comments.  

4. Flickr and other photo-archiving sites.

5. Web-bookmarking sites like Digg and StumbleUpon

6. Your comments on other websites and blogs within your fields of expertise.   

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7. ZoomInfo:  This is an aggregator that takes content from all over the web and creates a web site for you.  If you have not claimed your profile, go to zoominfo.com, claim your profile, clean it up (it likely contains content that is not related to you) and post your headshot.  

 8. Skype - It is great for people to connect a face with a voice.  Upload your photo on Skype, especially if you don't have a webcam to make video calls and for those days that you Skype in your pajamas.

9.  Dating Sites - Even dating sites talk about your profession, so the more professional you look, the more desirable you become,  it's true.

10Telluride.com and   www.visittelluride.com also allows you to upload an image with advertising and events.    

11.  Local publications such as Telluride Magazine, Telluride Style, The Watch and The Daily Planet prefer professional high- resolution photos for publication.  Check out The Planet's banner ads, they are not very expensive and they get you seen.

To book your professional head shot session with Brenda, call the studio at 970-728-9268 or email her at brenda@brendacolwellphoto.com.  It only takes 30 minutes. 

 

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Portrait tipsPortrait tips
Planning Your Session

Start with making appointments to have your hair done with a professional stylist and treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure.  Consider hiring a professional make-up artist on site or in the studio just prior to your session.  We can arrange this service upon request.

For the studio session, I have a large private dressing room for wardrobe staging and a styling station for makeup and hair styling.

Being outdoors in Telluride means planning for uneven terrain, dirt and sitting on rocks and trees (think about your shoes).  Telluride weather can be unpredictable, so bring a flattering jacket or sweater that you can easily remove or add to your outfit.  Bring one for each family member.

Try your outfit on in its entirety so you know what accessories you will need to complete the look you want.  Be sure there are no loose buttons, torn hemlines, seams, stains or holes on your clothing.  A beautiful hat, colorful scarf, or fun umbrella, are great accessories to add, especially in a contrasting or bright color.

 

 

Wardrobe - Pick a Style and See it through

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Formal or Casual?    Indoors our Outdoors?    Whichever you choose put the whole look together; down to your shoes and accessories.  Bring one of each outfit and feel free to change during your shoot.  Let’s be sure to discuss wardrobe changes and timing.  Clothing changes are easy in the studio using the family dressing room.  Outdoors you can easily change clothing by adding or subtracting layers.

As a background, the outdoors is very busy.  While you don't need to have "solids" which used to be a popular look in the 90's, it is good to minimize patterns and graphics so that they don't dominate the photo and take attention away from your faces.  Blues are excellent all year; white, ivory, khaki and salmon, hot pink and black are great against lush green foliage.  Burgundy, brown, tan and gray are nice late in the season.  Avoid green as your main color, as it gets lost in Mother Nature.   Almost any color looks good in the snow, even white.  The simplicity of two colors helps separate you from the scenery.  Busy backgrounds and busy clothes result in hard to find faces (no big stripes or bold graphics unless for accent). Jeans and sweaters always look good outdoors.   Throw in a brightly colored scarf or a hat and you add a little punch.  Check your favorite stores for the latest colors and fashion.

Choose a color theme that simplifies your look.   Too many competing patterns and colors are distracting. Coordinate the clothing for your family in a group portrait so that one person will not dominate the scene.   Dark clothing minimizes body size, and light tones emphasize body size. Most people look best in darker and solid colors or a combination of dark pants and light colored tops.   

Shoes and socks are often overlooked as a significant aspect of portrait clothing. They should compliment, not contrast.  Boots are great looking in the mountains all year, and so are heels with the right outfits, but bring shoes that can handle nature's obstacles.  Bare feet are wonderful to photograph!

In the studio, wardrobe choices are absolutely endless as we blend the desired look with the backdrop, furniture and props.  In the design consultation we will create a detailed plan for you.  The main factors being colors that compliment your skin and eyes, and a style that fits the portrait you want.   That can be anything from a professional head shot to a relaxed shoeless family portrait with kids.

​When coordinating family colors, choose colors that complement one another, but don't try to all dress in the same color or exact same style.  Be yourself, choose colors that work for you, and then allow your family members to do the same. But be aware of having a similar look in terms of the degree of formality.   

 

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Larger Groups 

For a really group, large or small, follow the same tips but coordinate everyone’s wardrobe to create a greater sense of togetherness, but avoid being over-matchy.  Find colors that look good together, yet not all the same.  For extremely large groups, don't worry about it; you will give yourself a headache trying to coordinate that.  Just let your group know if the portrait is formal or casual.

 

The Night Before

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Get a good night’s sleep and drink lots of water. Both will reduce puffy eyes, and at our altitude the more water, the bett

er.   Practice posing in the mirror and “see” what a good pose “feels” like.  Think about your shoulders, tummy, chin and leg positions.

Try to be relaxed and enjoy the day.  Eat something before your session and drink plenty of water.  Pack up your “necessities” in case you want to touch up your hair or make up during the session.  Go to the bathroom before your session.  There are facilities in the studio, but if we are on location, we may not have access to a bathroom.

 

 

Kids and Babies

Children are happiest when they are fed and rested.  Get naps and meals in before your session.  Hold off donning that adorable outfit you picked out  until you arrive (unless we are shooting outdoors on a cold day, then cover outfits with a jacket).  Bring changes of clothes, food, tissue, diapers, baby wipes, and bottles.  Bring dry food to avoid soiling clothing.  Bring favorite toys or comfort items.  Those favorite toys can make great photos.

A few days before talk to your children about the portrait session, let them know what they can expect, and share why the portrait is important to you.  Kids love to have some advance intel and love to be part of the party.

When you are getting your child dressed, let them have some input about what they wear.  Narrow it down to 2 choices, and allow them to pick.  Choose clothing that is comfortable for them to wear and fits properly.   We want natural & relaxed expressions and we are more likely to get them  when your child is comfortable. 

About Mommy.  She is the most important person in the room to a young child, which is why she gets all the attention during the session making your photographer jealous.  For all newborns and small babies, Mommy needs to be right there to position, hold and spot baby.  But for kids a little older (3 and over), I want attention on my camera, not on Mommy.  So, Mommy is going to let me direct the entire session.  If Mommy is standing there assisting in the direction of the shoot, your child is going to look at you rather than my camera.  We never say, “smile” and we never say “cheese”.   We never threaten, and we never reach into the photograph.  During the session, you are going to think your kids are not cooperating.  But just put your trust in me, relax, and let me work my magic and you will love the result!   I promise!  
 
There is a very good chance that I am going to send you away because I want all attention on my camera, not on you.   Please, don't get your feelings hurt because I usually get my best photographs when you are not there.  You hired me because you like my photography, so trust in me to get great photos of your child

Before or during the session, I don’t want you to threaten your children, I want you to tell them that we are going to have a good time, and arrange a fun family activity just after our session.  Your child will be invited to pick a prize from my treasure box after we are finished.

 

Guys! 

Talk to your husband, sons and fathers about their personal grooming.   A beard or a mustache are very stylish and look great, but not if they are not well groomed and neatly trimmed.  Also, check for stray eyebrows and nose hairs.   Hair is very manly, but you want your man to look groomed.   Unruly facial hair is one of the biggest photoshop requests we have at the final image selection, and it is probably one of the most difficult things to effectively edit and still look nice.  Nothing replaces a good stylist and grooming before the photo.   

 

Quick Summary 

Keep make-up light, natural & fresh

Clothing with a good fit  (not too big, not too small)

Check little faces for food and little noses for debris

Avoid sunburn- a tan photographs well, sunburn doesn’t

Scoop necklines or v-necks flatter fuller faces and shorter necks

Turtlenecks & higher necklines flatter slender faces and long necks

Good undergarments go unnoticed, bad ones don’t

Long pants are always most flattering in a portrait

Arms are usually best if covered, unless we are photographing for a particular style (fitness or tattoos)

Guys make sure your collar is freshly pressed and wrinkle free.  Have a fresh shave & neatly trimmed facial hair and check your eyebrows

Avoid clothing prints or styles that are too obviously trendy or shoes that will date your portraits

Teens and Kids - avoid t-shirts with big graphics, look for solids.

Make-up - We can arrange a hair, make-up or wardrobe artist to be available for you

    

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 970-728-9268  

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When I think about my childhood, my most vivid memories are in photographs.  I take a look at an old photograph and all kinds of memories come flooding in.  Little things, like who was at my birthday party, and that my sister gave me her bike, or that time I caught a big fish.   We all think we remember exactly what we looked like, how tall we were and what we loved.  But it is not until we look at our photographs from our past that those memories become clear.  It is kind of like visiting the family home we lived in when we were a child.  I found this great article by Jerry Burger and it struck a chord, a photography chord:   

 

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"42% of adults say they can't remember everything about their childhood.  So, each year millions of American adults visit a childhood home. Few can anticipate the effect it will have on them. Often serving several important psychological needs, these trips are not intended as visits with people from their past. Rather, those returning to their homes have a strong desire to visit the places that comprised the landscape of their childhood. Psychology Professor Jerry Burger found that almost everyone who visits a childhood home goes to the place they lived from the ages of 5 to 12. Burger says people have an emotional attachment to their childhood home because it’s a part of their self-identity, and the self is developed between the ages of 5 and 12.  They want to reconnect with their childhood. People who visit a childhood home say that they couldn’t remember everything from their childhood and that they wanted to return in hopes of jogging their memory and getting back in touch with who they were as a child.  Burger found that in almost all of the cases, people were glad they returned to the home where they grew up"   Jerry's Article 

 

 

 

A photograph from your childhood has the same effect of taking you back, jogging your memory, reminding you of your childhood.   The child in me wants to keep those photos forever so I can go back over and over again.  The parent in me wants to make sure I have remembered to give my son this important part of his history, so he can share it with his children.   Of course, as a photographer, I am always thinking about photography.   

As adults we instinctively value a photograph from any point in our lives, it is proof we existed then and lived a life before today.  A photograph is more than just a photograph, it connects us to our past.  If our house is on fire, we save our photographs first.    When we lose a loved one, we turn to photographs to be with them again.   The photograph is so important, that it exists in every home, and every life, no matter who you are or what you did.  We all want to preserve the positive experiences that comprise the landscape of our childhood, and we continue to have that wish for our own children.  The photograph is so important that we use it again and again to celebrate every moment in our life.  We use it to remind us of all those moments and people from our past.   

So, why don't we make the time to schedule a professional session?  We all agree that it is important to have these beautiful portraits, but we don't Me and GrandmaMe and Grandma do it.  Many of clients are "grown" families who say "The last time I did this, my kids were 2, 4, and 7.  I can't believe it has taken me 23 years to do it again".   I can answer that for you.  It takes works, and it takes time.   And many families have never had the benefit of a full service portrait studio to help plan every detail of your session.

We want to help preserve the memory your family at all ages.  Rely on our skills our personalized service to create an experience that is easy and pleasant. 

Our goal is to remove obstacles so that it is easier for you to invest in your family.  Leave it to us and we will get it done while you make the investment in your children.  

 

 "Celebrate we will, because life is short, but sweet for certain"  - Dave Matthews

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313 Adams Ranch Road | Telluride, CO  81435

 (970) 728-9268 | 970-729-1026 

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You have chosen a beautiful place to get married, we want to include Telluride's spectacular scenery in the images.  It is our job, at Photography by Brenda Colwell, to make it easy for you to plan your photography with us.  We are the only full service studio in Telluride and we provide you with a plan so that you can forget about the photography on your wedding day.   With every couple, I schedule at least two detail planning sessions where we write down all the details of the wedding day timeline before you finalize your reservations for your reception, make up and hair.   I will you help plan how to fit in the photographs you want with the best light and background for your venue and schedule.  I always do a site visit to locations prior to the event so I can see the best light available.  I DoI Do

 

I like to start with the groom and his family, putting on flowers, and finishing touches getting ready (tie, cuff links, shoes).  Then I like to photograph the bride as she puts on her finishing touches (jewelry, dress, flowers, shoes).   It is nice to be able to complete those photographs in an uncluttered room, which makes shooting from every angle easier.   Some suggestions for your getting ready space are removing all the plastic covering that you clothing came in, also selecting pretty hangers for your suit, wedding dress and bride’s maids dresses.  The photos are so much nicer when the details are surrounded by pretty things.  Remove food, empty cups and bottles;  Make the bed,  remove trash, have your flowers and rings available to be photographed (these are great bride's maid and Mom tasks).   Adding items to the room also make for lovely additions to your wedding album, like a pretty bottle of champagne, your wedding invitation, letters and cards from friends.  Another fun idea is to add heirloom items from your family, maybe a hanky from a grandmother, or hand mirror from your Mom.   Check out www.Pinterest.com  for ideas for adding a little sparkle to your room, which will in turn, add sparkle to your wedding album. 

 

I'd love to have sixty to ninety (60-90) minutes for your creative portraits (as in "oh my gosh these photos are amazing").  The first half of the creative portraits are usually spent with your wedding party while the second half is usually spent with just the two of you SurpriseSurprise (longer for multiple locations).  For photography, the quality of light and photos improves as the day wanes and just before the sun falls behind the mountains.  If you want me to take your creative portraits during the last hour before sunset (the ideal time), there are a couple of things to consider.  First, wel want to create your schedule backwards from that time, factoring in travel through town and on the gondola or to town and scheduling your ceremony and groups prior to that time.  Also, sunset is earlier in the mountains and differs depending on where you are on the mountain.  And the temperature drops as we near sunset, so you (and your guests) will want to make plans to stay warm during the cooler parts of the year.    

 

For friends & family groups you'll want to budget about three 3-5  minutes per grouping, longer if there are small children.  I like to include some "fun shots" in those groupings if time allows.   Depending on the number of guests you have in attendance, you might need 30-45 minutes for your friends & family groups and I'm willing to photograph as many family Just Married BoyJust Married Boy groupings as you wish.

 

You'll probably want to designate someone who'll serve as your point person during the wedding, someone who knows your family and friends and can be responsible for making sure everyone is where they need to be for your photographs.

 

It is smart to create a rain or snow plan.  Telluride is famous for short afternoon thunderstorms and blowing snowstorms.  It can even snow in the summer.  It's true that falling snow and a little wind makes for lovely photos, but you want to plan ways to be as comfortable as possible.  While I'm not afraid of getting wet, you'll want to stay dry.  Simply having a cape for yourself and a set of clear umbrellas for your guests can make for some fabulous and creative photos.

 

The Ceremony

If you're holding an indoor ceremony, please consider leaving the lights set as high as possible (while maintaining decorum). Although lowering the lights may create a more intimate mood, semi-darkness can make guests lethargic, and make it difficult for the elderly to view your ceremony.  As for the photography, it's much easier for me to capture exceptional photographs with more lighting rather than less.

Ask your officiant to make an announcement for your guests to put away their phones and their cameras for the ceremony.  You want your guests to be present for the ceremony and there is nothing worse than someone ruining your entrance, exit or other parts of the ceremony by having a phone in front of their face, or standing up and blocking the view for your photographer to capture the best moments.

 

If you are holding an outdoor ceremony, consider your position so that you have your best backdrop view behind your officiant and the sun not shining directly in your eyes.  We want the most spectacular views in your photos and we want you to be comfortable.  If you need help selecting a location, I have lots of suggestions.   If possible (but not required), I would love to have space enough to walk all the way around you during the ceremony so I can photograph the expressions on your faces from every angle.

 

It helps me if I can get a summary of the timing of your ceremony so I can be in the right place at the key moments (I dos, rings, kiss).  An experienced officiant will help by slowing or pausing before transitions and step slightly to the side, or take a step back for key moments such as handing you rings or asking for your first kiss as man and wife.  His or her actions and position will help me with an unobstructed view during that kiss.  At that moment I'd like to take several shots to get the best shot.

 

If you have asked a friend or family member to officiate, you might want to mention the above and ask how he or she plans to hold/carry the notes or text related to the ceremony. In some past weddings I've photographed, the officiant used loose papers, oversized binders, colorful books, or plain manila folders. Since those items are often visually distracting, I recommend that you ask the officiant to use a black book or binder without significant decoration, and place notes in a sheet protector to avoid fluttering papers if outside.

 

During the ring exchange, the bride and groom should take special care to not hide each other's hands, just take a tiny step back. Your guests (and the camera) want to see those rings exchanged, so don't hide those hands!

 

For timing, many first time visitors to Telluride may be chilled outdoors, even in the summer, but especially in the winter if they are standing on frozen ground.  For the elderly and the very young, prepare them in advance to dress in layers with good warm shoes.  For your ceremony, plan the timing so that they are not exposed to the cold for too long, this includes waiting for the ceremony to begin and the photos afterward.  A good wedding planner can help smooth the transitions and ensure all your guests are comfortable.  Also, feel free to send a link to my article on Altitude Sickness to your guests.  

 

After the Ceremony

I recommend that you schedule family and friend groupings immediately after and at the same location as your ceremony. It's been my experience that if you don't then there is a high likelihood that some individuals you'd like to have in your photographs won't be present when they're needed.

 

After the ceremony, it is fun to have a "Gondola Get Away" included in your photographs, and if you arrange to have a "Just Married" sign that you can hold against the window, it makes for a fun and lovely photograph (white sign with black print works best because the Gondola windows are tinted).  You can purchase one that is unique to your day on www.etsy.com and have a nice keepsake.  I will follow you or go ahead of you in the Gondola.  Don't forget to step in and out of the Gondola together, holding hands, or kissing, and be sure to look at me and smile.  This part of the shoot moves very quickly because the Gondola does not stop, although the operators will slow it down upon request.

 

Many couples love to take a stroll through town and be photographed in the middle of town with Ajax Mountain in the background.  These photos are fun, do keep in mind they are not always perfect, because of the presence of vehicle traffic, but they are always fun.  There are also colorful walls, and steps throughout town and on the Gondola path if you would like to have your creative shots in those backdrops just let me know and we will work it into your schedule.

 

A note about altitude:  The lowest point in Telluride is 8750 feet, which means we have less oxygen and tend to dehydrate quickly.   Drink plenty of water on the days before you come to Telluride and on your wedding day.  Alcohol effects us more quickly at altitude, so reduce the amount of alcohol you would normally drink, especially the night before your wedding so you look your best and avoid puffiness.  Remind your guests of the risks of altitude.  If you are uncertain about altitude, check with your medical provider.

 

I would love it if you create a wish list of the photos you would like to have while I am with you, and then together we can plan the timing, but don't feel obligated to do so.  As I said before, I will still get amazing photos no matter what happens on your day. 

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Here is a list of ideas to get you started and looking online or through bridal magazines helps with inspiration.  Send me any photos you love by email to help me understand your vision.  I will photograph your day as it flows naturally, but having a general plan helps me capture the photographs that you will love.  If you would like to take a peek, click here for my wedding portfolio

 

 

Before the Ceremony

  • Bride final touches: hair, make up, dress, accessories
  • Family/friends with and assisting the bride
  • Bride looking in the mirror
  • Opened champagne bottle with ribbon
  • Bride placing flowers on parents
  • Parents kissing bride
  • Children with bride or groom
  • Children and friends hugging bride
  • Groom putting on tie
  • Groom with his groomsmen
  • Leaving for ceremony
  • Environmental shots

 

At the ceremony

  • Wedding venue details (view, church, decor)
  • Guests arriving, groom greeting guests, guest mingling
  • Wedding party entering
  • Crowd shot of guests
  • Officiant with Groom / Groom's Face
  • Bride making her entrance
  • Ceremony, vows and rings
  • Bride and Groom turned toward crowd
  • Crowd applause and smiles
  • Bride and Groom being congratulated / hugged

 

 

Family /Friends

  • Newly married couple with each family
  • Groups of close friends, best friends and attendants
  • Bride and Groom with parents

 

Creative Portraits/Telluride Experience

  • Bride and Groom - Telluride Creative Shots
  • Bride and Groom leaving ceremony - Gondola Get Away
  • Bride and Groom on Main Street / Downtown Telluride
  • Bride and Groom at Sheridan Bar
  • Bride and Groom against color walls, on steps in town

 

At the Reception

  • First Dance
  • Dancing with parents
  • Cutting the cake
  • Throwing the bouquet

 

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Photography by Brenda Colwell is a full service portrait photography studio, we strive to thrill and delight our clients in every way possible. We know how important it is that you and your family look your best in your portraits.  Even small children with their perfect faces need a little boost from time to time.   We offer 3 different levels of photo editing service:  Basic Portrait Retouching,  Photo Mechanic Services and Photo Restoration.   All print products include our basic retouch service.  Photo Mechanic and Restoration Services carry an additional charge.  We are happy to provide you with our pricing upon request.   We will work with your image in a professional and tasteful manner so that you look like you on your best day .   Our clients always love it!

 

BASIC RETOUCH:

Removal of temporary blemishes such as acne or cuts and bruises.

Removal of nose or eye debris.

Very gentle whitening and sharpening of key facial features.

Selective minimization wrinkles and smoothing skin, particularly around the eyes and lips.

Removal of fly away or stray hairs.

Easy reduction of facial redness.

Removal of oily/dry patches on the skin.

Balancing of facial skin color. 

 

PHOTO MECHANIC:

Swapping heads between images.

Removing distracting background items.

Changing an entire background color, or extracting you from the image so you can place on advertising materials. 

Cleaning up/adding nail polish.

Removing scars, tattoos, etc.

Enhancing make-up and eyelashes and skin color.

Removing moles, scars or skin discolorations.

Enhancement and balancing of hair color.

 

PHOTO RESTORATION

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At Photography by Brenda Colwell  we understand how important your family heirloom images are to you. Memories can fade. That special person starts to blur. Our aim is to help keep those memories sharp, or to restore images of ancestors that help us all better understand who we are.   Through a combination of computer technology, an analytic eye and a degree of artistic talent, we will make every effort to bring your old, damaged and faded photographs back into family heirlooms you will be proud to display.   We look forward to helping you restore images that can be shared with your family and generations to come that would have otherwise faded away into history.  We offer high resolution scanning, editing and printing.   Please call and we will provide an estimate.

 

 

 

 

 

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103 Society Drive 

Telluride, CO  81435

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​Photography by Brenda Colwell, is the only full service studio in Telluride located in the Society Conoco Suites right next door to Telluride Truffle and just around the corner from Society Conoco in Lawson Hill, exactly half way  between the Town of Telluride and The Town of Mountain Village.

 We can schedule a personalized portrait session outdoors in Telluride's stunning landscape as or an indoor session in a fully equipped photography studio with a make up mirror  private changing room and set up for viewing your photos to make portrait choices after your session.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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The Impact of High Altitude  - Presented by Photography by Brenda Colwell

The lowest point in Telluride is 8750 feet.  Altitude sickness symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness and shortness of breath.  While it does not happen to everyone, it can happen to anyone and especially if you are visiting from a lower altitude.  To reduce the chances drink plenty of water in the weeks before you arrive, limit your alcohol intake especially the night before, and if you have any health concerns, consult your doctor.

 
Altitude Sickness Colorado Altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness) is a common health concern for those on a Colorado ski vacation, particularly those who usually reside at sea level. This is not surprising considering that Colorado has the highest average elevation of any of the states. Colorado also has over 50 fourteeners (mountains with peaks higher than 14,000 feet), and the majority have a top elevation of greater than 8,000 feet.


Symptoms of Acute mountain sickness (AMS) can occur above 2,400 metros (8,000 feet), although in some people it can also present at lower elevations. Altitude sickness affects about 40% of people to some degree at a moderate altitude (about 10,000 feet). Symptoms may become evident about 6 hours after ascent, but sometimes as quickly as one hour. Headache is the most common altitude sickness symptom, which will occur in the presence of other symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, increased heart rate, and insomnia. Exertion such as hiking, skiing or snowboarding aggravates the symptoms.

The onset and severity of altitude sickness symptoms are dependent on factors such as the altitude, the rate of ascent, physical activity, dehydration, alcohol consumed, and individual propensity to altitude sickness. Recent acclimatization to very low elevations is also a major factor with Acute Mountain Sickness.

Prevention is the best cure. Ascend slowly if you can and acclimatize at a moderate elevation before proceeding to a higher altitude. Take it relatively easy for the first couple of days, increase non-alcoholic fluids, minimize or eliminate alcohol intake, and avoid moderate to high dose sleeping tablets.

Acetazolamide (Diamox) is a prescription medicine that can be taken a day or two prior to ascent to speed up the process of acclimating. The little blue pill Viagra is also effective in preventing altitude sickness, so long as you can cope with the interesting side-effects! Aspirin can also assist with prevention of mild AMS.

Treatment for mild altitude sickness includes rest and fluids, with symptoms likely to resolve within one to two days. Descent is a very effective treatment, and for moderate or severe illness, medical treatment should be sought. This may include oxygen.

 
High altitude also increases the predisposition to sun burn as well as snow blindness (sunburnt eyes), and the risk increases substantially due to the reflection of the sun off the snow. You may need to wear really high SPF sunscreen, polarized sunglasses and a cap (when you don’t have your helmet on!).

Nose bleeds are another potential problem related to the altitude. The use of a vaporizer may assist, and these are available at some of the top hotels.
 

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Headshot Tips | Photography by Brenda Colwell http://www.brendacolwellphoto.com/blog/2015/2/preparing-for-your-headshot Every professional has a head shot ready to go for their marketing efforts, Your head shot is your personal branding, and the most effective way to trademark yourself.   For ideas on how to use your headshot, click here:  ARTICLE

 

 

 

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Getting Ready for your Session:

Your business portrait session will only last about 30 minutes, and is mostly a clean head and shoulders image.  However, I do recommend getting ready head to toe.  While your shoes may not be seen in the final image, there is a certain feeling you get when you are dressed your best all the way through and you look better when you feel better.  Also, it allows us the opportunity for a full length portrait if we find that is the best for you and your profession.  It is good to have options.  And, speaking of options, feel free to bring more than one outfit.  I have a changing room with a mirror, so you can try different combinations.  Click here for our  HEADSHOT PORTFOLIO to see what others have done. 

When determining what to wear, consider the impression you want to make.  Your look should show off both your personality and accurately represent what you do for a living.  Are you a banker?  Then a suit and tie create trust and care.  A Telluride Real Estate Agent?  You want two looks, a summer look and a winter look.  You can use either image along with a real estate ad and it fits the season of your property image.   Other very specific professions may dictate a different look, such as a chef, an outdoor guide, or a ski instructor, in which case we would want to take a look at moving your session to your environment, such as a kitchen, in a river or on the mountain, and a that is a different kind of portrait, which we can do for you, just give us time for planning.    

However, head shots are about your face, shoulders and upper body and somewhat neutral in color, style and impression.  An image where your face is easy to recognize, and where you look your best.  Then, you can use the image anywhere and everywhere for all your social media and web applications.  Check out our PORTRAIT TIPS for more tips.

 

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For clothing,  you want to select simple and clean styles, a solid color shirt, sweater, jacket and often a structured collared, with sleeves is always a winner. Pick colors that best compliment your your hair, eyes and skin tone, and then we will select a backdrop to compliment you as well.

Once you have picked out your best stuff, then try it on (head to toe) and check it carefully.  Does it still fit?  Look for stains, holes, pills, stray threads or missing buttons. Speaking of buttons, can you still button or zip it ?  Do you need jewelry or a tie?  If something is not quite right, then let's reschedule so you can repair or replace if needed.    

 

Make Up and Styling:

I suggest having a STYLIST available for your session.  A make-up artist can do wonderful things for you to become photo-ready by helping with hair and makeup.  I can arrange for a fabulous local make-up artist to meet you at your place or at my studio about 30 minutes before your session.  If you are confident in how you apply your make-up, then just bring your make-up case and show up 30 minutes ahead of your session to get dressed in my dressing room.  I have a blow dryer, curling irons, hair spray and a big mirror.     And, we also offer beautiful RETOUCHING SERVICES for that unexpected blemish.  

 

 

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There are a number of ways you can help ensure that we capture some great images of your beloved fur baby. Every session begins with up to 30 minutes of getting to know your dog and allowing them to become used to me and my camera. This will help relax your dog and make for better photos. There are a number of things you can do, both before and during your session as well that will get you and your dog ready. Below are some general tips that will help you and your canine companion get ready for the shoot.

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Preparing your Dog for a Photography Session

  • While I prefer the studio because of the flexibility of lighting and backdrop, if your dog is very nervous or shy, your home may be the best option.
  • Plan to take your dog for a good walk about an hour before the shoot.
  • Don’t feed your dog before a shoot; you will want to bring your dog hungry so they are more enticed by treats during the shoot.
  • Grooming is a personal decision, but your dog should at least be bathed the day before. You know how your dog will look his or her best, but if you do choose to have your dog groomed, we recommend you have that done a few days before the sitting rather than on the same day as your sitting. A grooming and a portrait session on the same day can be a lot of stress for many dogs.
  • Bring your dog’s favorite treat. Small pieces are best, as we don’t want them filling up too quickly and losing interest.
  • Bring a toy or two that your dog goes crazy for! Squeakers are great!
  • Bring plenty of water for you and your pup.
  • A few days before your session practice with your dog and hold them in long Sit and Stay positions.
  • Slobber rags are a great idea, if you have a dog that tends to be a little messy when excited;-)
  • If the location you choose or your dog’s behavior requires your dog to be on leash, a retractable leash is great, since it is thin enough that removing the leash in post-processing is much easier.
  • Your tone of voice and body language translate very effectively to your dog and their mood. Use compassionate authority. Never discipline your dog during a session. With soothing talk, positive reinforcement and patient repetition, your dog will eventually figure out what you want him to do.
  • Please make us aware of any aggression issues your dog may have so that we can be sensitive to those concerns. We understand that some dogs have special needs; aggression, anxiety, fear of new things, nervousness/timidity, etc., but we will discuss all of these issues in the pre-shoot consultation.

We want you and your dog to enjoy the experience and get wonderful pieces of art for your home! Please contact me with any other questions you may have.

 

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Tips from Your Wedding Photographer

You have chosen a beautiful place to get married and we want to include Telluride's spectacular scenery in the images.  If we haven’t already, let's talk about your wedding day timeline before you finalize everything and I can help plan how to fit in the photographs you want with the best light and background for your venue and schedule.  I always do a site visit to locations prior to the event so I can see the best light available.

 

I like to start with the groom and his family, putting on flowers, and finishing touches getting ready (tie, cuff links, shoes).  Then I like to photograph the bride as she puts on her finishing touches (jewelry, dress, flowers, shoes).   It is nice to be able to complete those photographs in an uncluttered room, which makes shooting from every angle easier. 

 

I'd love to have ninety (90) minutes for your creative portraits (as in "oh my gosh these photos are amazing").  The first half of the creative portraits are usually spent with your wedding party while the second half is usually spent with just the two of you (longer for multiple locations).  For photography, the quality of light and photos improves as the day wanes and just before the sun falls behind the mountains.  If you want me to take your creative portraits during the last hour before sunset (the ideal time), there are a couple of things to consider.  First, you'll want to create your schedule backwards from that time, factoring in travel on the gondola or to town and scheduling your ceremony and groups prior to that time.  Also, sunset is earlier in the mountains and differs depending on where you are on the mountain.  And the temperature drops as we near sunset, so you will want to make plans to stay warm during the cooler time of the year.    

 

For friends & family groups you'll want to budget about three (3) to five (5) minutes per grouping, longer if there are small children.  I like to include some "fun shoots" in those groupings if time allows.   Depending on the number of guests you have in attendance, you might need thirty to forty-five (30-45) minutes for your friends & family groups and I'm willing to photograph as many family groupings as you wish.

 

You'll probably want to designate someone who'll serve as your point person during the wedding, someone who knows your family and friends and can be responsible for making sure everyone is where they need to be for your photographs.

 

It is smart to create a rain or snow plan.   Telluride is famous for short afternoon thunderstorms and blowing snowstorms.  It can even snow in the summer.  It's true that falling snow and a little wind makes for lovely photos, but you want to plan ways to be as comfortable as possible.  While I'm not afraid of getting wet, you'll want to stay dry.   Simply having a cape for yourself and a set of clear umbrellas for your guests can make for some fabulous and creative photos.

 

The Ceremony

If you're holding an indoor ceremony, please consider leaving the lights set as high as possible (while maintaining decorum).  Although lowering the lights may create a more intimate mood, semi-darkness can make guests lethargic, and make it difficult for the elderly to view your ceremony.  As for the photography, it's much easier for me to capture exceptional photographs with more lighting rather than less.

 

If you are holding an outdoor ceremony, consider your position so that you have your best backdrop view behind your officiant and the sun not shining directly in your eyes.  We want the most spectacular views in your photos and we want you to be comfortable.  If you need help selecting a location, I can provide some suggestions.   If possible (but not required), I would love to have space enough to walk all the way around you during the ceremony so I can photograph the expressions on your faces from every angle.

 

It helps me if I can get a summary of the timing of your ceremony so I can be in the right place at the key moments (I dos, rings, kiss).  An experienced officiant will help by slowing or pausing before transitions and step slightly to the side, or take a step back for key moments such as handing you rings or asking for your first kiss as man and wife.  His or her actions and position will help me with an unobstructed view during that kiss.  At that moment I'd like to take several shots to get the best shot.  But don't worry, the expression of the officiant is often a really fun shot too, maybe just give them a reminder to smile and look at you.  And if it does not go perfectly, don't worry; sometimes these are the best moments.

 

If you have asked a friend or family member to officiate, you might want to mention the above and ask how he or she plans to hold/carry the notes or text related to the ceremony. In some past weddings I've photographed, the officiant used loose papers, oversized binders, colorful books, or plain manila folders. Since those items are often visually distracting, I recommend that you ask the officiant to use a black book or binder without significant decoration, and place notes in a sheet protector to avoid fluttering papers if outside.

 

During the ring exchange, the bride and groom should take special care to not hide each other's hands, just take a tiny step back. Your guests (and the camera) want to see those rings exchanged, so don't hide those hands!

 

For timing, many first time visitors to Telluride may be chilled outdoors, even in the summer, but especially in the winter if they are standing on frozen ground.  For the elderly and the very young, prepare them in advance to dress in layers with good warm shoes.  For your ceremony, plan the timing so that they are not exposed to the cold for too long, this includes waiting for the ceremony to begin and the photos afterward.

 

After the Ceremony

I recommend that you schedule family and friend groupings immediately after and at the same location as your ceremony. It's been my experience that if you don't then there is a high likelihood that some individuals you'd like to have in your photographs won't be present when they're needed.

 

After the ceremony, it is fun to have a "Gondola Get Away" included in your photographs, and if you arrange to have a "Just Married" sign that you can hold against the window, it makes for a fun and lovely photograph (white sign with black print works best because the Gondola windows are tinted).  I can arrange to loan you one, or you can purchase one that is unique to your day and a nice keepsake.  For this shoot, I will follow you or go ahead of you in the Gondola.  Don't forget to step in and out of the Gondola together, holding hands, or kissing, and be sure to look at me and smile.  This part of the shoot moves very quickly because the Gondola does not stop, although the operators will slow it down upon request.

 

Many couples love to take a stroll through town and be photographed in the middle of town with Ajax Mountain in the background.  These photos are fun, do keep in mind they are not always perfect, because of the presence of vehicle traffic, sometimes you get a big truck right behind you in the center line.  There are also colorful walls, and steps throughout town and on the Gondola path. If you would like to have your creative shots in those backdrops just let me know and we will work it into your schedule.

 

A note about altitude:  The lowest point in Telluride is 8750 feet, which means we have less oxygen and tend to dehydrate quickly.   Drink plenty of water on the days before you come to Telluride and on your wedding day.  Alcohol effects us more quickly at altitude, so reduce the amount of alcohol you would normally drink, especially the night before your wedding so you look your best and avoid puffiness.  Remind your guests of the risks of altitude.  If you are uncertain about altitude, check with your medical provider.

 

I would love it if you create a wish list of the photos you would like to have while I am with you, and then together we can plan the timing, but don't feel obligated to do so.  As I said before, I will still get amazing photos no matter what happens on your day. 

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Here is a list of ideas to get you started and looking online or through bridal magazines helps with inspiration.  Send me any photos you love by email to help me understand your vision.  I will photograph your day as it flows naturally, but having a general plan helps me with the photography of the things that you love.  If you would like to take a peek at some of my wedding portfolio images, let us know and we will send you a link to our website folder.

 

Before the Ceremony

o   Bride final touches: hair, make up, dress, accessories

o   Family and friends with and assisting the bride

o   Bride looking in the mirror

o   Opened champagne bottle with ribbon and nice glasses

o   Bride placing flowers on parents

o   Parents kissing bride

o   Children with bride or groom

o   Children and friends hugging bride

o   Groom putting on tie

o   Groom with his groomsmen

o   Leaving for ceremony

o   Environmental shots

 

At the ceremony

o   Wedding venue details (view, church, decor)

o   Guests arriving, Groom greeting guests, Guest mingling

o   Wedding party entering

o   Crowd shot of guests

o   Officiant with Groom / Groom's Face

o   Bride making her entrance

o   Ceremony, vows and rings

o   Bride and Groom turned towards crowd

o   Crowd applause and smiles

o   Bride and Groom being congratulated / hugged

 

Family /Friend Groupings

o   Newly married couple with each family

o   Groups of close friends, best friends and attendants

o   Entire Guest in a group

o   Bride and Groom with Parents

 

Creative Portraits/Telluride Experience

o   Bride and Groom - Telluride Creative Shots

o   Bride and Groom leaving ceremony - Gondola Get Away

o   Bride and Groom on Main Street / Downtown Telluride

o   Bride and Groom at Sheridan Bar

o   Bride and Groom against color walls, on steps in town

 

At the Reception

o   First Dance

o   Dancing with parents

o   Cutting the Cake

o   Throwing the Bouquet

 

 

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Explorage: Last Dollar Road | Photography by Brenda Colwell http://www.brendacolwellphoto.com/blog/2014/7/explorage-last-dollar-road-photography-by-brenda-colwell Just around the corner and down a dusty road there is a place, no, place isn't the word, there is an "experience".  I escape to this experience often.   It is one of my favorite things to do, by myself, almost any time.   While it is mostly inaccessible during the winter, it is most beautiful in the summer, when the creatures show themselves.    Last Dollar Road is an unpaved stretch of bumpiness that can take you from Telluride all the way to Ridgway with a good four wheel drive vehicle.  In the past it was a mining road and today it is still the only way to get to the famous Aldasoro Family's remaining private ranch.     For me, it is my backyard, just about a 3 minute drive from my house, and while I don't usually go all the to Ridgway, I love to drive all the way to a 270 degree overlook where I can see Mt. Wilson and beyond.   Want to join me for a drive?   Check it out.... 

 

 

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Your Family Deserves More | Photography by Brenda Colwell http://www.brendacolwellphoto.com/blog/2014/2/share-your-photo-love-with-prints-not-technology Our biggest joy when we have new photos is sharing them with our biggest fans, our family and close friends.  As I write I glance around my office and I see my beautiful son's smiling face, my god daughter, my good friends and family, framed and smiling back at various ages in their life.   It validates me, my love and my life.

 

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This makes my eyes happy and warms my heart several times a day.  Clearly, this is not a new concept for any of us. Yet, with advancing technology and attention to social share sites, the act of framing portraits for our daily enjoyment has diminished.  And all of our viewing has been reduced to the 2x3 screen of our mobile device.  Which is still neat, but is not a portrait.    And, your family heirloom portraits deserve so much more.

I too, was stuck in this futile pursuit of finding electronic methods of sharing photos with the most important people in my life.  "Grandpa, sign up for Facebook so I can share photos with you every day" or "Mom, you need a new cell phone so I can text you"   "Yes, Dad, once you see the little paper clip, click on it, and then drag it to your desk top"  "Sister, look at the email I sent you when you get time so you can see the photo I just sent you".  The fact is they are as dissatisfied as I am.  They are never going to get a new phone, a new computer, or sign up for a social media account.  But, they still want the photos so they can enjoy them as much as I do.   And a framed photo is easier to navigate.  You just set it on your piano or mantle. 

Technology is vibrant and exciting, but it is different for everyone.  While it has its place, prints are universal.  A timeless and beautifully crafted portrait capturing that moment when your daughter is laughing with a sparkle in her eyes is part of you.  This is the look that you love the most about her, when she reminds you of you when you were her age.  

 

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While we are here in the midst of wonderful technology, I (an avid user) continue to send a good old fashioned heartwarming, eye-happy print delivering oodles of warmth and photo-love to my family and close friends.  Sharing the happy.   Its time, let us design your wall gallery for you.   We provided that needed help to select photos or products, call our studio so we can help take the fear out of choosing and we will help you design your own photo gallery.  We provide professionally designed albums, fine art gallery wraps, custom framed and matted prints of absolutely any size.

 

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Weimaraner Love | Photography by Brenda Colwell http://www.brendacolwellphoto.com/blog/2013/12/weimaraner-lover-in-the-making  

 

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While visiting my injured friend Laurie recently we sat and chatted over hot tea curled up on a nice comfy couch in her incredibly welcoming home. I listened to the story of her accident and she listened to me ramble on. I actually thought I would never leave the comfort of her nest and warm presence. All the while, we were in the company of her friend Jules the Weimaraner, a beautiful dog with a gray/brown shiny coat, a muscular body, and intelligent eyes. I was quite taken with her. What a wonderful companion for our little snuggly tea party, she was as well mannered as any high tea guest. If she could talk, I imagined a conversation with her on the state of the economy, the proper way to cut roses from your garden or perhaps a pithy tale about her latest visit to Buckingham Palace. Now, please don't misunderstand, my dear friend Laurie had all my attention and well, honestly, I don't think she minds how I was taken with her friend Jules, considering her affection for all animals.

At the end of our visit I begged for an opportunity to photograph this lovely creature, and Laurie, bless her heart, made her way (on crutches no less) to my studio helping me pose and dress Jewel with dozens of my studio props. Now, while I am no William Wegman (yet), I can certainly see why he loves to photograph theses dogs. They have almost human expressions, their eyes grow bigger when they look at you, and they sit nearly perfectly still while studying you.  Jewel was particularly cooperative, well behaved and highly photogenic. I love all faces, and I love furry faces and I pay a big thank you to Jules for allowing me to photograph her, as it was quite satisfying. And thanks to my wonderful friend, Laurie for coming along.

This story would not be complete without mentioning Erlend Greulich, Jules' owner, who took a rowdy Jules at six months and taught her all she knows becoming the fine dog friend she is today. Thank you Erlend for sharing Jules with us.


Her photo will be on display at the Wine and Whisker's Fund Raiser for the Second Chance Shelter in Ridgway on March 10th where I have donated a studio photo shoot to raise money for their programs.

 

For more information about the Fundraiser, go to http://adoptmountainpets.org/resources/other-info/news/category/events

 

 



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Tips for your Passport and License Photos | Photography by Brenda Colwell http://www.brendacolwellphoto.com/blog/2013/11/better-passport-and-license-photos If you really hate how your passport and driver's license photos look don't worry, you are not alone.  We all hate them.  And why do we always explain to sales clerks why it is not a good photo?  "Oh, the lighting was terrible" or "They just snapped the photo before giving me any warning" or "I was in a hurry".  It is rare that we actually like those photos, but I have heard rumors that it is possible to get a good one.  I have even seen a couple.  Here are few helpful tips that you can try the next time you have to go experience that hit to your self confidence and turn it around in your favor.

Timing  - Go get that photo done when you feel your best,  perhaps after you have been more active and have a little more natural color to your skin and highlights in your hair.  Not when you are just recovering from that nasty cold or when you have not seen the light of day for weeks.

Clothing - Wear a solid color, flattering and fitted top (no bulky sweaters) and no busy patterns.   Bring a sweater or jacket of an opposite tone.  In other words, a light shirt and a dark jacket.  So, while you are standing in line to get your photo taken you can take a peek at the background.  If the background is light, leave your dark jacket on, if it is dark, take your jacket off quickly (or vice versa).   Then, you will stand out in the photo rather than disappearing into the background.

Hair - Style your hair in advance, and wear it down, pulling it back makes you look too severe in that light.  If you can’t stand to have your hair down at the very least wear half of it down and half of it up, or pull your pony tail around to the front of your shoulder.  Fluff your hair to get a fuller look, and bring the ends forward.  If you have short hair, try to give a little more lift to it than usual with hairspray.

Makeup - Use a little bit more make up than you usually wear, because your features will look better.  Blush, mascara and light eyeliner.  No smoky eyes or heavy liner, this tends to close your eyes.  Avoid dark, sparkly or bright shadow colors.  Use foundation without sunscreen which can make your face look chalky.  Keep your makeup natural, or professional looking.  Use blotting papers or powder to minimize shine.  Check your look in the mirror before you get in line.

Posture - Keep your face forward, but twist your body away from the camera, try to elongate your neck to avoid double chins and neck wrinkles.  Push your chin out just slightly and touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth and open up your eyes slightly.  Try not to laugh, that makes your eyes look squnity, but do try to be happy.

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Wear long earrings and let them show through your hair to get some sparkle in your picture, but avoid flashy jewelry.

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Relax, and think of something that makes you very happy and your eyes will look happier.  Don’t blink!  And finally, relax, really, this photo is not going to show up on websites or anywhere else unless you are a criminal.  :)

 

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Home Grown Fire Chief | Photography by Brenda Colwell http://www.brendacolwellphoto.com/blog/2013/6/home-grown-fire-chief  


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Another great thing about living in a small town is having friends in high places. I could be talking about altitude, because our houses sit at 8700' feet and higher in Telluride, Colorado, but what I am really referring to are my friends who run the town, or in this case the Fire District. John Bennett is our newly appointed Fire District Director, responsible for fire prevention in the 250,000 acres of stunningly beautiful landscape we call home (no pressure John).


Johnny has been with the Fire Department his entire life with his Dad and his brothers, even his Great Grand Dad served on the Fire Department. So it just made sense that a boy who's family has been living in and protecting Telluride from fire for five generations be appointed to the position of Fire Chief. And he is highly qualified with 20 years of service and extensive training under his fire hat.


It's likely you already know John, and you might call him JB, Johnny B, John or just sir. He is easily the most well liked person in town, always greeting friends with a smile, a hug or a squeeze, and a little heartfelt laughter. I can't help but feel happy every time I see him. And while he is an easy going guy, he lives and breathes safety and takes his job very seriously. Locally famous and highly popular, of course a photo shoot was in order! 

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Stop & Smell the Horses | Photography by Brenda Colwell http://www.brendacolwellphoto.com/blog/2013/6/green-peaceful-pastures Pasture Sky

In the Mountains of Colorado, the end of June can be a set of mixed feelings when you run a ranch.  The shortage of rain fall brings low water pond levels and concerns over stocking up winter hay, pasture growth and the challenges of water shares and water calls.  But yet, that same shortage of rain means nice warm weather and that brings long leisurely rides on dry ground, stalls are easy to clean, chores are easier because you can wear shorts!  But, not for me, because I have never come anywhere close to running a ranch.  But, today, I am thinking this would be one of the better days to do it.

And, if you are me, a photographer and horse lover (not a rancher), you can take advantage of the great weather and hike all the way out into the back pasture and lay down on dry ground, which is exactly what I did on a particularly warm and beautiful Monday evening at Many Ponies Ranch in Norwood, CO owned by Paul Finley & Lisa Foxwell.   Just me, my camera, the horses and the amazing beauty around us.  Perfectly silent with the exception of horses munching grasses and lazily stepping forward brushing hooves over the grasses one at a time carefully selecting only the best blades of delicious grass.  At that moment, being a horse seemed like a pretty good deal.   So, I decided to hang out with them for the final light of the day laying on my belly, my side, crawling through the grass photographing these peaceful creatures of the pasture.   I don't care who you are, there is nothing better than being out on "the range" alone surrounded by 20 horses calmly grazing in a wide open sky in a high mountain pasture.  And, oh yes, enjoying the smell of them!  I think everyone should stop and smell the roses, but its so much more satisfying to stop and smell the horses.   

 

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Telluride's Balloon Glow | Photography by Brenda Colwell http://www.brendacolwellphoto.com/blog/2013/6/tellurides-balloon-glow  

 

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Could it get any better living in Telluride?  Imagine walking down Main Street with 8 larger than life hot air balloons lining the center of the street?  The flames pumping noisily to get the balloons full, and just as the sun goes down the entire street is lit up. 

Now, it gets better.  Everyone you know is out on the street taking photos, laughing, hugging and enjoying the night.

 

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