Saturday, January 29, 2011

Meet 2 year old Adalynn!

Adalynn came to the studio last week and captured everyone's attention! Adorable, talkative and busy - at just two she really can "work" us adults - even those not related to her! I think her Mom & Dad are in trouble, as she seems a LOT older than two! She even figured out that I was trying to protect my studio lights... and started rolling a ball into the light stand to see what would happen.

Adalynn's slideshow here....

and a few of my favorites... how could you say no to a face like this?

Adalynn 2 year old portraits

Childrens portraits

Childrens photos

Breckenridge Childrens portraits

Keystone Childrens photographer

Childrens portraits

Keystone Childrens photographer

Colorado Childrens photographer


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wedding Wire 2011 Bride's Choice Award - 2nd year in a row!

We learned this week that for the second year in a row, Beaton Photography won the Wedding Wire Bride's Choice Award! Apparently only 5% of wedding photographers nationwide earn this award... and it's all by reviews from former brides and grooms!

THANK YOU to our loyal customers and brides and grooms that have celebrated and taken the extra step to express themselves on!

We are honored to be included next to some of Colorado's Finest Wedding Photographers:

Kokoro Photography - Debi & Amanda Tipton - Denver

Hudetz Photography - John Hudetz - Denver

And local Summit County Wedding Vendors:

Petal & Bean Florists - Breckenridge

Last year's blog post on the Wedding Wire Award!

Wedding Wire Brides Choice Awards


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Black Mountain Lodge at ABasin - Open for Weddings!

Black Mountain Lodge is the newest wedding venue in Summit County - and a treat to photograph at! Thursday night, January 13th, ABasin hosted a wedding vendor dinner at Black Mountain Lodge and treated us to a great preview of what Chef Chris Rybak has to offer for wedding guests!

It was a beautiful evening for the event, and lots of other wedding vendors showed up including Leon Littlebird playing music for us, and several florists and wedding planners, Juli Rathke of Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine was filming from the event for RSN TV. And I met a few new fellow photographers, Kent Meireis, John Hudetz, and Dave Camara.

What a magical place for a mountain wedding! AND the wedding couple each receive a free season pass at Arapahoe Basin when booking a wedding there! And ABasin has teamed with Key to the Rockies Lodging to provide Keystone and other local lodging at a discount for wedding guests.

Black Mountain Lodge at Night

Black Mountain Lodge at Night

A Basin Weddings

Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin

I was lucky enough to photograph one of the first weddings at Black Mountain Lodge two years ago when Emily and Geoff were married there.

Emily and Geoff's slideshow and a few favorite images...

Black Mountain Lodge Wedding

Black Mountain Lodge Ceremony Site


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thirst Relief International's Annual Photographers Mentor Auction ends tonight!

LOVE the annual Thirst Relief International's photographer mentor auction! I bid on it every year... sometimes I've won! But often the bids get too high for my budget!

But a super cause (Changing lives through safe, clean drinking water) and great that all these amazing professional photographers are willing to donate their time! Some mentoring sessions available this year:

Kevin Kubota - Oregon photographer and Kubota Lightroom Actions Specialist! Kevin's Mentoring Session up to $410 now!

MeRa Koh - Seattle Wedding Photographer and amazing person! Her session is around $710 now!

And MeRa is offering this special as listed on her blog today:
If you are the highest bidder for my auction, you will not only get a Private Mentor Session, reserved spot in our CONFIDENCE Workshops, one of the first copies of my new book and our Complete, award winning, DVD set, but you will also get VIP access to a taping of the Nate Berkus Show in New York! So fun!!

Shawn Reeder - Amazing California Landscape and Wedding Photographer - Bid for Shawn Here

Shawn has hundreds of amazing images.... but a recent favorite is this night shot: Shawn Reeder Image ThirstRelief

Shawn's session includes a full day with him in and around Bishop, California.... dreamy!

Andy and Angie Wood - A-A Photography - Amazing Denver husband and wife team of photographers! Their session also includes a one day Woodshop Workshopin Denver!

There are a few other auction items that I can't mention because I'm bidding on myself! shhhhh....

Let's all get bidding to save lives while improving our photography skills!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Breckenridge Single Family Home for Sale - Spruce Valley Ranch

I LOVE photographing these luxury homes for sale! This Spruce Valley Ranch home is outside of Breckenridge, Colorado, is on the market for $3,690,000 through Breckenridge Associates. The home has 5 bedrooms and 5437 square feet, with over 2 acres of land.

You can view a slideshow of the property at I love the way realtor Rob Neyland set up this unique website for the slideshow!

Some of my favorite images:

Breckenridge Real Estate Photographer

Breckenridge Real Estate Photographer

Breckenridge Photographer

Breckenridge Photographer

Breckenridge Real Estate Photographer

Breckenridge Real Estate Photographer

Breckenridge Real Estate Photographer

Monday, January 03, 2011

Breckenridge and Keystone Wedding Venues - Private Luxury Homes

There are so many amazing mountain venues for weddings here in Summit County as listed in yesterday's post.... but we thought it valuable to spend some more time on some of the smaller venues, private luxury mountain homes in Summit County that are available for rent for weddings.

This information changes regularly, so this is what we know as of January 2011 and will change as soon as we publish it!

Elk Mountain Ranch -

For guests up to 75 indoors, and up to 125 outdoors (summers only with tent)
10 miles south of Breckenridge towards Alma/Fairplay

Breckenridge Wedding Venues

Elk Mountain Ranch Breckenridge

BristleCone Lodge - Peak 7 Breckenridge

Ski-In Ski-Out at the Base of Peak 7 - New Construction 8 bedroom Single-Family Home - sleeps 26 people

Liz and Collin's Wedding Sideshow Sept 2010

Bristlecone Lodge Breckenridge

Keystone Meadow House - Keystone Ranch

Keystone Meadow House Wedding

The Elk House -

4 bedroom single family home - sleeps 14 - weddings up to 45 people

Keystone Wedding Photographer

The Elk House Keystone

Lost Creek Ranch - 10 miles north of Silverthorne

Silverthorne Weddings

Lost Creek Ranch

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Photos of the Year 2010

I was inspired by some other professional photographers at Pictage who posted some of their favorite photos of last year. So I dug through some hundreds of thousand raw photos, hundreds of shoots, lots of babies, weddings, and commercial work, and picked out 60 or so favorites of 2010.

My favorite photos are often much different than than the favorites of my clients and for different reasons, but it's a great exercise to try selecting favorites of the year!

My 2010 Photos of the year slideshow!

Favorite Baby Photo - Mason 6 months

Breckenridge Baby Photographer

Favorite Toddler Photo - Will age 2

Breckenridge Children Photographer

Favorite Wedding Photo - Frisco Wedding Shanna & Glen

Breckenridge Wedding Photographer

Favorite non-profit photo - Flashes of Hope

Breckenridge Photographer

Favorite Tubbs Romp to Stomp photo - Charlotte Geary took this one!

Breckenridge Photographer copyright Charlotte Geary

Favorite Real Estate Photo - Kelly Lloyd Real Estate

Breckenridge Architectural Photography

Favorite Action Photo - Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park

Breckenridge Photographer

Favorite Beach Photo

Naples Beach Photo

Favorite Winter Evening Shot - Keystone Back Ranch

Keystone Weddings


Saturday, January 01, 2011

Breckenridge Keystone and Summit County Wedding Vendors

We try to keep an updated list of Summit County Wedding Vendors, but there are always additions and deletions. These are some of our favorite wedding vendors in the Summit County area, including Breckenridge, Keystone, Dillon, Frisco, and Silverthorne. Please let us know in the comments section if you see any edits that should be made or if we've made an error or missed anyone!

Wedding Venues
Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin
Keystone Resort - Timber Ridge, Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone Ranch, Keystone Back Ranch
Griffith Lodge - Breckenridge
Silverthorne Pavilion
Sapphire Point
Copper Mountain
Breckenridge Resort - Ten Mile Station, the Maggie, Sevens
Donovan Pavillion - Vail

Luxury Private Homes Rented for Weddings
Keystone Meadow House - Keystone Ranch - 8 bedrooms/sleeps 26
Lodge at Carolina in the Pines - Dillon - 12 bedroom/sleeps 28
Bristlecone Lodge - Sawmill Rd Breckenridge - 8 bedrooms/sleeps 28
Elk Mountain Lodge - Outside Breckenridge - 5 bedrooms/sleeps 16
The Elk House - Keystone Ranch - 4 Bedroom/sleeps 14
Rubywood - Breckenridge - 4 bedrooms/sleeps 14-18
Seasons Dreams Vacation Homes - variety of luxury private homes

Wedding Publications
Rocky Mountain Bride Website
Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine Online Issues
Keystone Wedding Brochure
High Country Wedding Magazine - Summit Daily News

Summit County Caterers
Harvest Catering - Kevin Abernathy
All Seasons Catering - Silverthorne
Gilchrist Catering - Dillon
Bonnie Q BBQ - Dillon

Summit County Florists
Petal and Bean - Breckenridge
Bloom - Breckenridge
Garden of Eden - Frisco
Neils Lunceford - Silverthorne
Creations by Christine
Bella Fiore -

Local Tux Shops
Frisco Fun and Formal
Breckenridge Tux

Salons - Hair Makeup Nails
Serenity Spa - Keystone
Breckenridge Hair Company
Southern Exposure - Dillon

Local Officiants
Leon Littlebird
Gretchen Abernathy -

Local DJs
Rockin The Rockies - Denver & Mountains of Colorado
Great Time DJ

Creative Mountain Images
Good Times Videos

Summit County Wedding Planners
Bella Planning and Design - Emily Campbell
Custom Weddings of Colorado - Wendee Walter
Sapphire Celebrations - Pamela and Angela
Just Perfect by Kathy -

Wedding Links

WeddingLenox - Wedding planning directory

Black Mountain Lodge - Arapahoe Basin
Black Mountain Lodge - Arapahoe Basin

Keystone Back Ranch:
Keystone Back Ranch Wedding

Breckenridge Bristlecone Lodge
Breckenridge Wedding Venue

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