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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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Top Five First Dance Songs

(by Denver Boulder wedding photographer, Jesse La Plante)

Full disclosure:  with the exception of one, I’ve never actually heard the songs listed below played during a first dance.

But I’d like to! 

After sitting through the 57th rendition of K-Ci and JoJo’s “All My Life,” it’s hard not to become a bit contemplative. With all the good music out there, why do so many couples dance to the same seven or eight hackneyed songs? Because it’s what you’re supposed to do, right?

Well, I don’t buy it. 

When your DJ, Gus, or your Aunt Edna, tells you that you need to dance to some artless piece of white-bread Disneyland fluff so that “everybody can enjoy it,” you turn right around and say, “Listen up, Gus.  Listen up Edna.  I’m an individual and my first dance is going to express that individuality!”

Long story short, there are literally thousands of beautiful songs that are never played at weddings.  Here are my top five that I’d love to hear someday (click the links to listen).

1)  “Heartbeats” by Jose Gonzalez

Sure, this is a song about a one-night stand and yeah, it’s a cover of a sort of techno-ish synthpop song, but the soothing sounds of Swedish singer/guitarist, Jose Gonzalez, are a force to be reckoned with.  To me, this is possibly the most beautiful song ever recorded.  

Stonebrook Manor Wedding

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Anatomy of a Photograph: The Bear Mask

(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 never fails to generate lively conversation at wedding expos and meetings with brides and grooms-to-be.

Koenig Alumni Boulder Wedding

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Anatmony of a Photograph: Jumping Bridal Party

(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 fairly common wedding photo staple:  the jumping bridal party.

Boulder Country Club Wedding

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Anatomy of a Photograph: Greek Orthodox Church

(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.  I’ll provide some context for the image, discuss the technical and aesthetic choices I made while capturing the image, and ultimately shed a bit of light on what goes into making a quality photograph.

Disclaimer: these posts are best suited for the amateur photographer/photo enthusiast and require a basic knowledge of photo technique and jargon to be fully appreciated. As a result, the information below might be a bit perplexing for the true novice, and alternatively, may not have much to offer the seasoned professional. That said, my hope is that it will be somewhat entertaining for everyone.

For this first installment, I’d like to take a look at an image from our recent wedding at Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Boulder.

Greek Orthodox Church Wedding

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Michigan Wedding

(by Denver Boulder wedding photography assistant, Moira Kennedy)

Jesse and I were on the road for last weekend’s wedding. Courtney, one of Jesse’s high school classmates, was getting married to her boyfriend of nine years, Bret, in Adrian, Michigan. What better reason for a road trip?

We started the chilly October day photographing the girls getting ready in the schoolhouse next to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where the ceremony would take place.

Michigan Wedding

Michigan Wedding

Michigan Wedding

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Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church Wedding

(by Denver Boulder wedding photography assistant, Moira Kennedy)

Laila and Lewis couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for their wedding. Fall doesn’t last long here and, considering we had snow earlier in the week, the combination of crisp fall air and warm Colorado sun was truly good fortune.

It was that amazing sunlight that filled the interior of the already awe-inspiring Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church during their ceremony.

Stonebrook Manor wedding

Stonebrook Manor wedding

Stonebrook Manor wedding

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Chautauqua Community House Wedding

(by Denver Boulder wedding photography assistant, Moira Kennedy)

October 12 is a memorable date for Cheryl and John.  On that day in 2002, they went on their first date; eleven years later, they chose the same day to get married. Their wedding was our third this fall that was relocated due to flood damage.  Luckily, Chautauqua’s Community House was available for their ceremony.

Chautauqua Boulder wedding

Chautauqua Boulder wedding

Chautauqua Boulder wedding

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