Looking back at 2017

Post on December 31, 2017 by Marla Rutherford

Categories - Aspen, Austin, Beaver Creek, boulder, business, Colorado, denver, Dunafon Castle, event, family, fashion, Florida, Golden, mountains, photographer, photography, photojournalism, Portraits, Texas, travel, Uncategorized, Wedding

2017 was an amazing year for my wedding photography business.It started off with photographing a wedding in Austin Texas, than Florida and ended in the Rocky Mountains. The year marked the first time I used smoke bombs for photography effect, shot in Southern humidity that reached 93 degrees, booked 15 weddings, worked in the rain, focused on nighttime portraits and had an assistant with me on every shoot along with my 2nd photographer. With every wedding photographed many happy tears were shed, memorable speeches, lots of laughing, and plenty of awesome dramatic moments.

My skills as a wedding photographer grew immensely not only in lighting, but timing, posing and feeling more comfortable giving my clients recommendations. As with any career, each job you receive you learn something from it. I realized that “Unplugged” ceremonies was something to recommend to my clients so people don’t have their phones in my photos or block our shots. I suggested little things like bringing a nice hanger for the dress photo and putting one friend in charge who would help us gather up family members for the formal portraits. I created a list to send to my clients, which really helped make the photography that much better and run more smoothly. There is a learning curve and this year there was a tipping point in really polishing how things ran to produce amazing imagery.

I was proud of my team for staying cool, creative and professional on every beautiful event. From the South, to the mountains, forest, a castle, Catholic Church, hotels and multiple event centers it was nothing short of entertaining and always different! Below are some of my favorite moments …

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