Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Amazing Weekend Retreat to Crestone, Colorado....

Everyone needs a little time away... so after an extremely busy summer/fall/holiday photography season I escaped last weekend to the beautiful little town of Crestone, Colorado. All by myself. But apparently there are a lot of people retreat to Crestone all alone!

My favorite photo of the weekend was this first one... and I wondered, could this sign really work back at home? But I totally pondered the idea and what wonderful things were happening behind this gate while I passed by?

Crestone Colorado

Crestone Colorado

Crestone Colorado

Crestone Colorado

Crestone Colorado

Crestone Colorado

This last photo was the amazing VRBO Rental that I stayed in just minutes from some of the greatest temples and ashrams on Camino Baca Grande. A one bedroom apartment above the garage of the adjoining house... suitable for 2 adults and possibly a small kiddo... but a GREAT place to relax!

Crestone Colorado

Crestone Colorado

Crestone Colorado

Crestone is an amazing small town located just 50 miles south of Salida, Colorado, just north of the Great Sand Dunes National Park.

I found a wonderful massage therapist, Cathy Amenta, who turns out to be a friend from 16 or 17 years ago here in Summit County. She has a thriving practice in Crestone & I highly recommend her.

I will be back to Crestone... it's a one of a kind spiritual place! (and just 3 hours from my home!)

namaste

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New in 2012 - Monthly Summit County Photography Workshops!

One thing that's new for Beaton Photography in 2012 is we're going to start conducting photography workshops once a month. The exact dates and locations will vary depending on the individuals that are interested and sign up. But so far we have four amazing locations for workshops in Summit County:

Alpine Gardens - Silverthorne
First workshop of the year, Saturday February 4th, 10:30am to 12noon. $50 per person.
email kay@beatonphotography.com to sign up.

Alpine Earth Center Silverthorne

The Teal Gallery - Breckenridge
We are planning a March workshop one Saturday at the Teal Gallery.... a beautiful co-working space in Breckenridge. Lots of stimulation for the eyes and cameras including a walk down Main Street Breckenridge.

Teal Gallery Breckenridge

Cameez Frozen Yogurt and Coffee in Frisco
I was hired to take some photos of the inside of the Cameez store for their website at the end of last year and have always been impressed with the colors and fun looks in the shop. Looks like we'll be having a workshop there but it has to be before the shop opens in the morning (11:30am) as it's very busy once things get rolling! Summit Daily News called referred to it as one of the small booming businesses in the area!

Cameeze Frozen Yogurt Frisco

Elk House Retreat - Keystone
This option is for weekend photography workshops only or at least full day workshops as it's an amazing Keystone property that we need to book for several nights. Lodging available for up to eight workshop participants, but some are in bunks.

The Elk House Retreat Keystone

This is a basic photography workshop, covering some very basic photography rules and helping attendees get more comfortable with their own cameras. We can do more advanced workshops as the year goes on by request, but will start with the basics.

Getting to know your camera
Basics of Shutter Speed, Aperture, and Depth of Field
Specific questions from attendees

Please bring:
- your camera (charged with memory card & ready to shoot!)
- your camera manual
- a list of questions that you've been wondering about
- any favorite images (yours or of others)that you have questions about

To sign up or ask additional questions please email Kay Beaton at kay@beatonphotography.com

We are open for ideas to make the future workshops fun so offer suggestions! Some ideas being considered for future workshops are:

- baby/children photography
- wildflower photography
- real estate photography

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Colorado Baby Photographer - meet 3 week old Alana!

I love photographing friends and return clients. I was lucky enough to photography Kate & Kevin's beautiful Keystone Ranch wedding in 2007. And this month I've been photographing their darling newborn daughter Alana! Newborns are so fun to photograph because they are so interesting... some of the photos I think can be captioned "getting to know each other." Because the baby is learning all about "life on the outside" of the womb and the parents are learning all about their baby. And there is so much JOY! I love photographing newborns - I could have stayed all day!

Alana's slideshow online here...

Colorado Baby Photographer

Colorado Baby Photographer

Colorado Baby Photographer

Colorado Baby Photographer

Colorado Baby Photographer

Colorado Baby Photographer

Colorado Baby Photographer

Colorado Baby Photographer

Colorado Baby Photographer

Colorado Baby Photographer

Colorado Baby Photographer

Colorado Baby Photographer

and I popped into the hospital when Alana was one day old... and captured this beautiful photo.... isnt' she darling?

one day old baby

Oxygen is often needed for babies at 9,000 feet elevation - so it can be hard to schedule newborn portraits. But I highly recommend it - and sometimes we can "work around" the oxygen!

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Breckenridge and Keystone Wedding Vendors

January is a BIG wedding planning month - so we're talking to lots of brides and grooms right now. We always 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 Pavilion - Vail
Breckenridge Lodge and Spa

Luxury Private Homes Rented for Weddings
V3 Ranch - Breckenridge - up to 150 wedding guests - sleeps 16
Cold Water Creek Lodge - Breckenridge
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 - treasure@colorado.net

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 - gabernathy@netzero.net

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

Videographers
Creative Mountain Images
Good Times Videos

Summit County Wedding Planners

Breck Weddings - Stacy and Dina Sanchez - Petal and Bean Florists
Bella Planning and Design - Emily Campbell
Element Events - Elizabeth Ross
Custom Weddings of Colorado - Wendee Walter
Sapphire Celebrations - Pamela and Angela
Just Perfect by Kathy - justperfectbyk@aol.com

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

Keystone Back Ranch:
Keystone Back Ranch Wedding

Breckenridge Lodge and Spa
Breckenridge Lodge and Spa

Monday, January 16, 2012

Colorado Newborn Photographer - Meet Gracie at 15 days old!

What a fun family shoot! I photographed big sister Adalynn last year when she was two. Gracie was born December 19th and the whole family came to the studio for this shoot. Gracie was sleeping REALLY well through most of it as you can see, and Adalynn was her usual charming self!

Slideshow online here...

Colorado Baby Photographer

Colorado Baby Photographer

Colorado Baby Photographer

Breckenridge Baby Photographer

Breckenridge Baby Photographer

Breckenridge Baby Photographer

Breckenridge Baby Photographer

Adalynn is a very busy active 3 year old, but when she does settle down & look at the camera - WOW! I love her blue eyes! And that hair!

Breckenridge Baby Photographer

Breckenridge Baby Photographer

Breckenridge Baby Photographer

And these last photos just make me laugh - Adalynn's expressions are so honest... she wants in the photo but not necessarily next to that noisy baby. We kept putting the baby in the back of her photos and when we put Gracie in her lap - she let's us know it's a bad idea! She'll love you someday soon Gracie!

Breckenridge Baby Photographer

We got some traditional family portraits, but I like these against the bean bag chair and everyone just hanging out!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Colorado Baby Photographer - Meet Newborn Laurel!

We were going to get maternity photos of Laurel's mom, but whoops we missed. That happens a lot... the best maternity photos I think are when the belly is the biggest and sometimes the baby comes before the photos!

But I met Laurel when she was just three weeks old and we had a great shoot at their home in Breckenridge. We had to work around the oxygen as many babies here at 9,500 feet have to have oxygen in their first few weeks of life. But I thought her newborn shoot was wonderful!

Laurel's Newborn Slideshow

And a few of my favorites:

Colorado Baby Photographer

Colorado Baby Photographer

Breckenridge Baby Photographer

Breckenridge Baby Photographer

Breckenridge Baby Photographer

Breckenridge Newborn Photographer

Breckenridge Baby Photographer

Breckenridge Baby Photographer

Breckenridge Baby Photographer

Breckenridge Baby and Family Photographer

And as most newborn shoots - I feel like we got better photos with dad and Laurel than we did with mom. Both parents are adorable, but sometimes babies just relax more with their dad's - no reminders of lunchtime or feeding. Just relaxation. Ahhhhhhh...

and these photos remind me why I like to photograph babies in their own space... the natural light in her eyes... and everyone is comfortable!

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