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Inverness Hotel Wedding

(by Denver Boulder wedding photography assistant, Moira Kennedy)

Saturday’s dramatic weather perfectly complemented an equally dramatic location for Zoie and Chris’s wedding at the Inverness Hotel. We started our day with both the guys and the girls as they put the finishing touches on their wedding attire.

Jesse La Plante Photography | Inverness Hotel Wedding | Denver, CO | Dress in window

Jesse La Plante Photography | Inverness Hotel Wedding | Denver, CO | Pink wedding shoes

Jesse La Plante Photography | Inverness Hotel Wedding | Denver, CO | Pearl wedding bracelet

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Greenbriar Inn Wedding

(by Denver Boulder wedding photography assistant, Moira Kennedy)

This weekend we had the opportunity to return to Boulder’s Greenbriar Inn for yet another beautiful wedding. But first, Maricarmen and Landon met us at Buckingham Park for a pre-wedding photo shoot that started with their first look and included a rather heroic wedding party.

Jesse La Plante Photography | Greenbriar  Inn Wedding | Boulder, CO | First look

Jesse La Plante Photography | Greenbriar  Inn Wedding | Boulder, CO | First look

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Red Rocks Engagement Shoot

(by Denver Boulder wedding photo assistant, Moira Kennedy)

Last night, we returned to Red Rocks Amphitheatre for another engagement shoot with Jessica and Ryan. Even though the weather threatened rain all evening, all we had were some dramatic clouds and a rainbow. With views of both the mountains and Denver (not to mention plenty of rocks, which Jessica - a geologist - really appreciated), Red Rocks turned out to be the perfect place for us to spend a couple hours taking photos and learning new words (pilgarlic, anyone?).

Take a look at some of our favorite photos from this shoot:

Jesse La Plante Photography | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | Engagement Photos

Jesse La Plante Photography | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | Engagement Photos

Jesse La Plante Photography | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | Engagement Photos

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Denver Art Museum Engagement Shoot

(by Denver Boulder wedding photo assistant, Moira Kennedy)

We spent some time in downtown Denver this weekend for Megan and Henry’s engagement photo session. Located in the heart of the city, the Denver Art Museum made a great location for this fun shoot Not only did we get some great shots with the artwork, we were just a short walk from some interesting buildings and a park with a view of Colorado’s State Capitol Building. The urban setting will perfectly complement their wedding photos in September at the rustic Della Terra.

Click through to view a handful of images from the shoot.

Jesse La Plante Photography | Denver Art Museum | Denver, CO | Engagement Photos

Jesse La Plante Photography | Denver Art Museum | Denver, CO | Engagement Photos

Jesse La Plante Photography | Denver Art Museum | Denver, CO | Engagement Photos

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Dunafon Castle Wedding

(by Denver Boulder wedding photography assistant, Moira Kennedy)

We kicked off the summer wedding season this weekend by returning to one of the most picturesque venues in Colorado - the Dunafon Castle. Ashley and Nick chose this spectacular spot to share their love of Colorado (and each other!) with their friends and family.

Jesse La Plante Photography | Dunafon Castle | Idledale, CO | Wedding dress hanging in front of painting

Jesse La Plante Photography | Dunafon Castle | Idledale, CO | Bridesmaids and bride toasting while getting ready

Jesse La Plante Photography | Dunafon Castle | Idledale, CO | Bride hugging bridesmaid

Jesse La Plante Photography | Dunafon Castle | Idledale, CO | Putting wedding dress on

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Arvada Engagement Shoot

(by Denver Boulder wedding photographer, Jesse La Plante)

For Seanee and Jeremy’s engagement shoot, we’d changed the format a bit by starting at the couple’s Arvada home for a handful of portraits with their two lively dogs.

After a walk with the pups and a quick wardrobe change for the bride and groom-to-be, we drove into Olde Town Arvada, a quaint little downtown area (that I didn’t even know existed), for some shots around the historic Arvada Flour Mill.

Scroll to view a handful of my favorite images from the shoot.

Arvada Engagement Shoot

Arvada Engagement Shoot

Arvada Engagement Shoot

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Denver Art Museum Engagement Shoot

(by Denver Boulder wedding photographer, Jesse La Plante)

It was a beautiful morning in Denver for Katelyn and Chris’s engagement shoot. We started out in the Denver Art Museum/Civic Center area and, after a quick wardrobe change for the bride and groom-to-be, we migrated a few miles west to another of our favorite spots: Sloan’s Lake Park.

Check out a handful of my favorite images from the shoot below.

Denver Art Museum Engagement Shoot

Denver Art Museum Engagement Shoot

Denver Art Museum Engagement Shoot

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6 Things to look for in your wedding photography contract

(by Denver Boulder wedding photographer, Jesse La Plante)

So you’ve found your perfect photographer and want to hire him or her for your big day.  Inevitably, the next step will be to sign a contract.  For many of us, this can be a little intimidating; we can’t all be lawyers!  But you do need to inform yourself before putting your pen to that paper.  There’s a plethora of information on the web that can help guide you through this process, but what better place to start than here?  While this list certainly isn’t comprehensive—there are as many different contracts as there are couples getting married— it’ll give you a good idea of the kinds of things you should be looking for in the fine print.

1) Printing Release

Having the rights to print is becoming more and more important to couples.  In fact, for many brides- and grooms-to-be, it’s a prerequisite.  When meeting with your photographer, be sure that you’ll receive a physical printing release (a document signed by the photographer that you’ll be able to show your printer).  You’ll also need the digital negatives, which literally means the Raw files directly from the camera, but has evolved into a sort of buzzword that refers to the large, print-ready JPGs, edited by the photographer. 

I’d like to note that a printing release is not the same thing as a copyright release.  A copyright release designates ownership.  Your wedding photographs will forever remain the intellectual property of your photographer, meaning you won’t be able to make reproductions for financial gain.  A printing release allows you to make prints for personal use only.

Denver Boulder wedding photography

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Anatomy of a Photograph: The Arrest

(by Denver Boulder wedding photographer, Jesse La Plante)

In each installment of our new educational blog series, “Anatomy of a Photograph,” I’ll be analyzing one of our popular wedding photos by its individual components.

For this installment, I’d like to take a look at a photo that nearly every bride- and groom-to-be asks me about when looking through my portfolio.

Cheyenne Wedding Photography

Camera Data
Exposure Program: Manual
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/250
ISO: 200
White Balance: Flash
Focal Length: 18mm

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Best of 2013

(by Denver Boulder wedding photographer, Jesse La Plante)

It was another busy year for us photographing weddings (and engagements) here in Colorado.  We were lucky enough to shoot in some of the Centennial State’s most iconic venues, from Aspen’s majestic Maroon Bells to Evergreen’s historic Brook Forest Inn to Morrison’s famous Red Rocks Amphitheater.  Here’s a look back at some of my favorite images from 2013.

Denver Boulder Wedding Photography 

Denver Boulder Wedding Photography 

Denver Boulder Wedding Photography 

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