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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. 😉

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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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How Much Do I Budget for Wedding Invitations?

March 12, 2018

Weddings all come down to budget and where to spend it. Invitations are a tricky one to estimate for, because they can vary so widely in cost, based on their style and where they’re from.

After some research I find my services tend to land in between popular invitation sites (ie. Minted, Etsy and etc) and commercial print shops (ie. Vista Print, Kinkos and etc), which is where I love to be! I’m a one-stop-shop, with design, print and accessories, so couples get everything they need easily and moderately priced. Today, I have made a breakdown of the average cost of most popular invitation set ups.

1) We will be basing cost on the average wedding size of 150 guests.
2) Remember, totals below are averages and not exact costs for any client.
3) Design service, taxes and shipping are not included in these averages.
4) Most all the set ups have cost efficient alternatives.

Let’s get started with the most sought-after styles:

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1) FLAT INVITATIONS WITH MATS, BELLY BANDS, MONOGRAM & COLORED ENVELOPES.

It’s understandable why this look is so loved. The little details make the invitations “pop,” and give all the little pieces some organization.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS LOOK:
– Printed Invitation
– Printed RSVP
– Printed Monogram
– Mats
– Belly Bands
– Mailing Envelopes
– RSVP Envelopes
– Monogram Mats

Average Cost: $330.00
Add-on: Single, Printed Details Card ($70.00). Creative Edge Invitations ($105.00)
Budget friendly comparison: Remove invitation mats, monogram mats and\or monograms to help cut out some costs, while still getting the over all function & look.

 

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2) DOUBLE-SIDED FLAT INVITATION WITH COLORED ENVELOPES

Next on the popularity scale, is a more simplistic version of that above. This set up gives some added accents with colored envelopes, but certainly takes out the additional costs of extra accessories.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS LOOK:
– Printed Double-Sided Invitation
– Colored Envelopes

Average Cost: $140.00
Add-on: Printed RSVP Card ($47.00). RSVP Envelopes ($32.00). Creative Edge Invitations ($85.00)
Budget friendly comparison: Switch to a standard, white envelope, or if your info can be summarized, switch to a one-sided invitation.

 

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3) TRI-FOLD POCKET INVITATIONS AND ACCESSORIES

Pockets are a more traditional style. Despite their formal and orderly look, they are not seen as often anymore. Along with couples moving to a more modern feel, pocket envelopes can be quite costly when compared to other set ups. However, when couples budget for them, they really love their organization and stunning appearance!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS LOOK:
– Printed Invitations
– Printed RSVP’s
– One, Printed Detail Cards
– Printed Monogram
– Colored Pocket Envelopes (Laser Design included in the average here, but optional.)
– Colored Mailing Envelopes
– Colored RSVP Envelopes
– Belly Bands
– Monogram Mats

Average Cost: $1,095.00
Add-on: Invitation Mats ($50.00). Creative Edge Invitations ($105.00)
Budget friendly comparison: Choose a simple laser design or plain edge for pockets. Remove monogram mats and\or monograms. Remove belly bands.

 

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4) FOLDING INVITATIONS AND COLORED ENVELOPES

One of the more modern looks is a folding invitation. Perfect for adding photos and simplifying your stationary by having all your info on one printed piece.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS LOOK:

– Printed Folding Invitations
– Colored Mailing Envelopes (no color liner included in the average.)

Average Cost: $289.00
Add-on: Belly Bands ($25.00). Color Lined envelopes, like pictured above ($96.00). Monogram ($33.00). Monogram Mats ($20.00)
Budget friendly comparison: N\A, Since there is only one piece to the actual invitation, other than avoiding accessories, these invitations are at their base cost.

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Clients should also keep in mind how much time they want to put into their stationary. While all invitations require some “assembly,” some set ups will take longer than others. For example…

Option 1, will require attaching the invitation to a mat, wrapping belly bands around the whole set and securing. Plus, attaching monograms and monogram mats to the belly band. Ending with stuffing and addressing envelopes. On the other hand, Option 2 will be a very simple process of slipping 1, 5×7″ invitation (and options RSVP sets) into the envelope and addressing them.

While no assembly is complicated, clients may want to decide if they have time to do some of the required additional steps that accessories bring.


Did your favorite style cost what you’d expect, or did you find something better for your budget? Leave your comments and questions below! CONTACT ME if you need additional info or a specific quote for your invitation service!

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Happy Creating!

Noel

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Find Your Perfect Wedding Invitation Style!

March 7, 2018

The date is set, the plans are in motion, and now it’s time to get your guests there. But what kind of invitation do I want? Need? Works best for my budget? Best for my event? The questions go on and on when you’re searching for the right invitations and the right company to make them.

Today, I’m going to break down my invitation styles to get you on the right track to your dream invitations!

To simplify it the best, there are really only TWO general types of invitations: Flat and Folding. From there, it’s just a matter of how you accessorize.

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FOLDING INVITATIONS
Let’s start with the easier of the two: Folding invitations. There’s 4 big reason couple’s love these:

1) Folding invites are great for those who want to do online or phone RSVP’s.
2) They allow ALL of your wedding info to fit on one stationary piece. There’s no need to print additional info cards of any kind!
3) There’s plenty of space to add photos. {Perfect for your engagement session or love story timeline.}
4) They make stuffing envelopes a breeze!

General details: Folding invitations are around 5×5″ – 5×7″ when folded. They are available as a top or side trifold (5×5″), or a gate fold (5×7″).

Accessories: Since there is only one stationary piece to these invites, the accessories list for them will be a bit shorter compared to flat invitations.

• 6×6″ Colored Envelopes (Lined or un-lined.)
• Belly Bands and Monogram Squares

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Side Fold Invitations Sample, with Lined Envelopes.

 

FLAT INVITATIONS
Here’s where things can get crazy! There are ENDLESS ways to “dress up” and accessorize a flat invitation. But first, it’s best to choose size and shape.

General Details: Flat stationary can be 5×5″ or 5×7″ with squared off or creative edges. Below is just a few of the options I have available!

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Once we’ve determined a base, we can then build on the accessories to really take your invitation to the next level.

Accessories:
• Colored Envelopes
• Invitation Mats
• Pocket Envelopes
• Belly Bands & Monograms

The most popular style today is a standard 5×7″ invite with RSVP and colored envelopes. Many couples flock to this because they are the most cost efficient, and very easy to stuff into envelopes. Now-a-days, some couples are even skipping the RSVP!

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The next step up from a 5×7″ invite with no accessories is to add mats and belly bands. This is a semi-formal way of keeping all your stationary items grouped within your envelope. It’s a great way to add some layers and accent your invite:

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Last, but certainly far from least, are pocket invitations. On top of being the most formal, these are also the most organized! The center is reserved for the invitation, which can be placed with or without a mat. A side pocket allows for multiple pieces of stationary like RSVP’s and info cards. Couples can also choose from standard straight cuts or laser designs, like the leaves pattern below. While pocket invitations tend to be on the more costly side, couples choose them for the amazing functionality they give guests, as well as their classy looks.

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The most important thing to remember with custom invitations is they are just that – custom. They are built for you, so it’s easy to add or subtract little details to make them fit your needs. What’s your favorite invitation style? Leave your thoughts in the comments or contact me for a custom quote!

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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® 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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Tay (left) and I (right)

 

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. 🙂

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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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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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