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Welcome to the World : Baby Drake

March 30, 2018

Cold, rainy days make me want to stay inside and snuggle up. So when weather hit the day I got to meet baby Drake, and his family, at their home – I couldn’t have been happier!

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Home sessions are not something I do often, but they certainly add a quaint, candid feel to photos I can’t help but love. Not to mention, there’s such a short while that new parents get to make a space for someone so little.

Baby Drake’s room was perfectly fit for the rambunctious little boy they’ll soon have. Complete with antlers, bears, and a cozy crib that soothed him so asleep his little lip just refused to stay out without a “pasi!”

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The natural light in the Sandall’s home was to die for, and their cute pup had to make sure his new best friend was in good hands at all times. With some reassurance from Mom and Dad, and a few “welcome” licks, he could finally take some to relax. ūüėČ

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But to really make the session complete, I had to capture the special bond between mom and son and father and son.. (and, of course, every baby needs a cute hat or two.) What we got, in this photographer’s opinion, is so full of love that the emotion simply speaks for itself!

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Thank you all for checking out this gorgeous newborn session! Be sure to leave your comments to help welcome baby Drake to the world.

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Until next time….

Happy Creating!

Noel

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What Happens After Hiring Noel P&D for My Wedding Photography?

February 12, 2018

That’s always a big question with any service…

“What will my experience be like with them from A-Z?”

Especially in the wedding scene where service options are endless, and you want your wedding day to have as few hitches as possible. So, I figure – let’s talk about it! Here’s what to expect after booking my wedding day services:

CASH IN ON BUNDLED SERVICES
I have LOTS of bundling options! And yes, they’re things you’ll want, to help yourself before, during and after the wedding! The collections may include {free or discounted} services like: an engagement session, invitation services, boudoir session, Snapchat¬ģ filters, photo books and more!

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I’M GOING TO DO MY BEST TO HELP KEEP YOU ON TRACK.
Wedding planning is challenging. Getting caught up in the endless list, and letting some {important} things fall to the wayside is easy to do. So from the day you say, “you’re hired,” I’ll be doing whatever I can to help make sure your services with me go as smooth as possible.

This means sending reminders now and then about sessions, consults and invoice status. Plus, when you also choose my invitation services, I can help keep the invitation process on schedule. After all, on top of there being {so. much. etiquette.}, invitations have a LOT of little pieces and parts.

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A FREE CONSULT WITH A PRO.
Every couple is required at least one consult with me, but if they feel the need, they are welcome to more!! Whether we have 1 or 5, consults are key.

One of the most asked questions I see on wedding boards:

“How is my wedding day timeline suppose to look!?”

While some couples choose to have a wedding planner to help with this aspect, in most cases the order of events is based around the photographer, videographer and\or other “timed” services. Therefore, I look at it as part of my job to sit down and allow you to hash out your timeline with at least one professional.

 

BONDING TIME WITH YOURS TRULY.
Photography is one of only a handful of services where couples have the opportunity for a “dry run” before their wedding day. Because I find such great value in this, ALL my collections include a free, local engagement session with me.

While we capture stunning portraits for year-round displays, invitations and save the dates, we will be using this time to get to know each other and how we work. It’s a wonderful {no pressure} session to feel out how the big day will go.

 

ALONG WITH MY ZIPPY SELF, A RAD PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANT.
This is Taylor. My dress fluffing, groomsmen wrangling, time-watching, and sometimes candid-shooting assistant. Hear me when I say, “She. Is. AMAZING!”

While I’m busing being the creative eye and setting up killer shots, she’s behind the scenes making the day move like clock work for us. Together we are a force of nature working creatively for your special day!

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QUESTIONS ANYONE?
Just in case all the above isn’t enough, I will also be here from start to finish to answer as many questions as you can possible think of. Seriously – please feel free to ask me millions of questions. I’m more than happy to help with anything I can!


Need to know more about my services? Great! Shoot me an email, call, or message on Facebook. I can’t wait to meet you! {www.noelportfolio.com}

Remember to follow me here on WordPress by blog or email. Plus, follow along on Facebook and Instagram for a daily news feed! Until next time…

Happy Creating!

Noel

 

 

 

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Kevin and Jamie Tie the Knot in Historic Fort Collins Loft.

February 6, 2018

You’ll have to call me a bit bias, but my sister and brother-in-law’s wedding was the absolute perfect nuptials to start my 2018. And only for my sister would I agree to shoot and be a part of a wedding at the same time. (Let me tell you about challenges!!)

So first, a special thank you to Jesse of Jesse Ramirez Photography, for capturing the other half of the wedding you won’t see here. Without his amazing help, I wouldn’t have been able to put a personal touch to their special day.


Moving from Colorado I can be one of the first to tell you its beautiful in the winter. Just put yourself there during Christmas and the New Year. Downtown is lined with twinkly white lights in all the trees, on every street. If you’re lucky enough to see a Colorado snow, it certainly is breathtaking when paired with the general splendor.

The venue was a historic loft tucked in downtown Fort Collins. Exposed brick walls, wood floors, vintage tile, and a 100-year old bar made this location the perfect place for Kevin and Jamie to tie the knot.

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The quaint size of this space left Kevin and his best man to spruce up just next door to where Jamie was finally able to slip into her stunningly elegant gown; Buttons trailing down the back and gorgeous lace patterns covering the dress.

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Before the ceremony, we planned our father’s first look on the beautiful two story balcony overlooking the city. And as any father looking at his little girl in a wedding dress, his reaction did not disappoint!

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Afterwards it was time to “hurry up, and wait.” To slip the rings back into their boxes, finish our touch-ups,¬† get everyone into place, and wait.

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Lanterns lined the aisle with a deep purple, green and grey color scheme. A beautiful arch filled with greenery, plum flowers and hanging candles awaits at the end of the aisle. Along with a more-than-ready groom. Immediate family of the couple look on as the wedding party of two, best man and maid of honor, make an entrance. Smiles all widen as Jamie finally makes her way down the aisle accompanied by her dad.

Before we know it, this small, intimate ceremony comes to an end and two are finally one.

 

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The celebration begins with drinks and cake cutting under the stunning, historic bar. Followed by the new Mr. & Mrs. dancing the night away to the classic love song of “At Last” by Etta James.

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As guests enjoy the party, and the evening comes to a close, Mr. & Mrs. Boyer are met by a beautiful white horse and carriage. The carriage ride trots them downtown through the glittery, light filled streets, to their suite… and well, happily ever after, of course. ūüôā

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Thank you all for reading and be sure to leave your thoughts of their special day in the comments! Remember to follow along with me here on WordPress by blog or email. Plus, head on over to Facebook and Instagram to keep tabs on my daily feed. Until next time…

Happy Creating!

Noel

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4 Mistakes to Avoid with your Wedding Photography.

January 10, 2018

Photography is a huge portion of your wedding day. Not only does it document your union for literally forever, but it can have a ripple effect on how smooth other parts of your day goes. Here are a few common mistakes to avoid:

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1. DO SOME RESEARCH.
Before hiring your photographer do some research. It’s so easy to use the same guy as your best friend, or to ask your neighbor’s cousin, but hiring them before you’ve done your homework is a huge, common mistake.

Check out their work, their reviews and their company policies. Make sure you love their style of photography, that they seem organized and helpful. If “too many questions” annoy them, they’re not the right choice.¬†If they can’t be helpful before your wedding day, they likely won’t be helpful the day of.

Do they seem to play well with others? Ask yourself it they’ll be sociable and easy to talk to for your guests, party, family, officiant or even other services, like a videographer??

If they’re not helpful, organized or easy to talk to it is a BIG deal. Ninety-nine percent of the time the photography schedule (and photographer) runs the show. Usually because your time with them is limited. So when choosing, make sure you feel comfortable with how they work.

 

2. HAVE A CONSULT.
One of my requirements with engaged couples is to have at least one consult. Whether your photographer requires it or not, consults with them should be high on your list. If they won’t do a consult with you – red flag!

When I sit down with a couple before their wedding I can discuss the “who, what, when and where.” We’ll cover little details, photo options, and even a timeline of the day. This gives couples a general timeline beforehand, plus allows you to make sure you’ve allotted enough time to do what you wanted with your photos. All of which will take SO much stress and concern off of you!

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3. GIVE YOURSELVES SOME “WIGGLE ROOM” WITH TIME.
I can’t stress this tip enough. You can be the most organized person in the universe and it won’t matter. (Sorry!) But there are always going to be portions of your day that won’t go as quickly¬†or as perfect as you planned.

Maybe your best man is MIA every time it’s time for photos, there’s a delay in getting ready, a flat tire on the way to the church happens —SOMETHING. There’s always something that is likely to put at least a small delay in your photo time. Instead of letting it stress you, it’s better to just plan for a little extra time ahead of time. (ie. If you think 6 hours will cover it perfectly – book 7 hours.)

Not to mention, who wants to rush through their wedding day just to accomodate their time with their photographer? It’s suppose to be about you and your guests! In the grand scheme of things, a little extra money for an added hour or what-have you, will be 150% worth it.

4. DON’T SKIP YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION
Skip the excuses instead, because the engagement session is about more than just getting a few photos together…

This session gives you a one-on-one opportunity to work with your partner in front of the camera, and to see how your photographer works with you. When you reach the wedding day it’s going to help you relax when suddenly the spotlight is on you, in front of everyone.

Plus, having professional images will come in very handy for save the dates, invitations and making displays at the wedding.

Trust me! This is not a formality to skip. In fact, it’s why I add a totally free engagement session with all my wedding collections. It’s THAT important.

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More questions, tips or concerns? Leave ’em in the comments!

Remember to follow me here on WordPress by blog or email, like the Facebook page and check out my fabulous, new 2018 wedding collections at the following link:

www.noelportfolio.com/wedding-photography/

Happy Creating!

Noel

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Don’t Let Pinterest Take Over Your Portraits.

July 31, 2017

The most popular portrait season is upon us – fall! (Can’t you just smell the pumpkin spice everything already?!) Quite frankly, despite the busy chaos, I get so excited to style all the different sessions during this time. There’s nothing like a little chaos to bring out creativity!

But for the last 7 years, when the word “creative” comes up in general, millions of folks flock to Pinterest (and similar websites) for inspiration. A place where ideas seem to be endless…but let’s face it – Pinterest has became a beautiful, but equally infuriating place.

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Now if I tried to sit here and tell you that I hated Pinterest, you could be a 100% sure I was lying to your face. When I say “Don’t let Pinterest take over your portraits,” I simply mean don’t become fixated on the inspiration you find there. When it comes to your portraits, let it be just that: Inspiration.

As an artist, nothing kills creativity more than trying to perfectly recreate someone else’s shot. When I’m able to find my own fun ideas, or even make a spin off of what you found, your photos become much more personable than doing something that worked for somebody else. Not to mention, sometimes it’s not realistic to recreate, for a few reasons:

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  1. You can’t recreate candid photos. A LOT of those ridiculously cute shots online are often candid photos snapped at “just the right moment.” Instead, it’s so much better to just let your artist know that you’re interested in some candids. This will get those fun, natural shots that are truly you to the core.
  2. Every group and how they “fit” together is unique. When I pose a family, couple or individual, I’m considering SO many factors to make sure the client looks natural and comfortable in each set up. The right angles, the height of everyone in the shot, and sometimes even what the clients are able to do (ie. Whether young children are at an age to lay down, sit up or stand, and etc.)¬† Believe it or not, there is an art to it! While some poses are “one size fits all,” others may depend on the people as individuals. Not every child giggles instantly when you flip them upside down and not every couple looks natural when physically tangled up together like a vine. You are all beautifully unique!
  3. Sometimes part of what makes the photos look the way they do is the accents around them. Often things or places you see in portraits are unique to that artist or the area. Now and then, it’s even prop accents that clients bring themselves! Making it very difficult to capture the essence of a particular photo you may find online with out extensive research, shopping and extra money spent.
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In the end, by all means enjoy browsing the web for ideas of things you like and want to try. Just remember to give your artist a little freedom to let their own creativity fly and make the portraits unique to you.

After all, it’s those creative moments artist find that end up online in the first place! ūüėČ
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Hopefully you’re all getting excited for the surprise fun in your next session! Thanks for reading and be sure to follow Noel Photo. & Design here on WordPress by blog or email, and hit LIKE on the Facebook page!

Happy Creating!!
Noel

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The Benefits of a Longer Senior Portrait Session

June 28, 2017

My favorite part of planning collections for High School Seniors is knowing how different each and every student will be. With that in mind, I love to make sure there are a few different options in my collections. However, I can’t lie about how much I love, and recommend, the longer sessions.

Understandably, being the subject of pictures is not everyone’s forte. Although, the number one thing to remember about your senior portraits is they are a once in a lifetime opportunity. They not only celebrate a huge accomplishment and right of passage, but your portraits may be necessary for use in your future endeavors.

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Which brings me to the most important reason why longer sessions are preferred.

Your outfit styles can vary more widely.

It’s always a good idea to have your outfits range from casual to (semi)formal. Even if you’re not a “dress up” kind of person, it may be necessary to have at least a few formal or semi-formal shots. On top of your grandparents wanting a dressy picture of you, it’s very likely that colleges, scholarships or even job applications may like you to include a photo. In these instances, having a professional looking shot included with your credentials could improve your chances of being accepted. It shows them you’re really getting ready for the adult world!

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In addition to having more outfit choices, we will also have extra time to visit more locations. Your experience and your photos will certainly be heightened if we are able to put some variety in your backdrops. It gives you more options to choose from when deciding the best images to hang on the wall and to hand out to friends and family.

Lastly, another one of my favorite pro’s to a longer session is creativity! While we can get a lot done in just an hour or two, there’s no question that setting up truly unique shots take a little extra time. The longer sessions mean we can knock out a few different locations and have time to play with more challenging ideas!

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To sum it up, your senior portraits should reflect who you are and what you’ve accomplished. Sometimes it’s hard to wrap that into just an hour or so. Not to mention, your investment should help you to move to your next step after high school.

Thank you all so much for reading! Leave any questions or comments in the comment section and be sure to follow Noel P&D on Facebook by hitting LIKE, and to follow along via blog or email here on WordPress!

Happy Creating!

Noel

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What You’re Really Paying for at my Photo Sessions.

April 7, 2017

As a photographer, when I began designing my photo collections I thought to myself, “How can I give my clients exactly what they need and still run my business effectively?” After all, there are about 100 different ways photographic artist conduct¬†business.

Really, once I considered what was important to myself when it came to my personal photos, it didn’t take long to decide what I wanted to do. My business philosophy basically boiled down to this:

“I want to be paid for my time, and creative¬†skill rather than forcing clients¬†to purchase expensive prints that can’t be saved or backed-up.”

That seemed to make the most sense, while still being fair to both myself and my clients. Not to mention, it’s literally how almost every other service functions¬†– pay for service and materials then receive the result.

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Now, of course there are exceptions to every rule. For instance, boudoir portraits. Only¬†professional labs will print these types of photos. (( Besides, who really wants to print their own flirty¬†photos while the photo associate is silently judging you? HA HA! )) Then there are also occasional¬†mini sessions I require some sore of product purchase, because it’s too difficult to put a price on such short sessions, where only one photo¬†or two photos would be¬†the ideal outcome.

But I digress. When it came to choosing between a USB of photos, or print orders for my regular sessions the first “pro” was clients being able to back-up their professionally captured memories. I thought about the thousands (yes, thousands) of photos I have being lost in a freak disaster: fire, flood, tech failure and etc… I would be completely devastated. So why put my clients at¬†the same risk¬†with their most important life events?

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Plus, by¬†providing a USB, I can deliver photos to clients much faster, and have time to¬†offer some totally rad photo products that are much harder to find than regular prints. (And YES, they are completely awesome – especially for gifts and artistic, decor displays!! CLICK HERE TO CHECK THEM OUT ——–> Photo Product Info.)

The only thing I require in return with my Print and Publish release is this:

“The photos are still legally copyrighted to me, and should therefore never be altered other than sizing. In addition, when posting online add my¬†photo credits {ie. Photos by…} to your post\description or even tag my business page.”

My work is my passion and my biggest form of advertisement. So all I ask is please give credit where credit is due.

{So what are you really paying for at my photo sessions and events?} My service, my creativity, my utmost attention to detail during post-production, and the priceless ability to preserve your professional memories.

When you choose to make an investment with Noel Photography and Design, I want it to be a LASTING one!


Thanks for reading and be sure to follow along here on WordPress by blog or email, and hit “LIKE” on the Facebook page!

Happy Creating!

Noel

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