estes park colorado wedding videographer working at Stanley Hotel wedding

Should We Hire a Videographer for Our Wedding?

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So, you’re planning your wedding and you’re wondering “should we hire a videographer or just a photographer to capture our big day?” To give you a frame of reference, we’ve photographed around 200 weddings over the years and I’d estimate that approximately 30-40 of those couples had a videographer. You certainly don’t need a videographer,…
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silhouettes of bride and groom on balcony at Black Canyon Inn

How Long Does it Take to Get My Wedding Photos Back?

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If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’re either in the process of planning a wedding or you’ve already had your wedding and you’re super excited to see the photos. Either way, you’re likely wondering how long it takes to get your wedding photos back. The short answer? It depends on the photographer. There are countless…
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bride and groom to be posing under the stars

Grand Canyon Engagement

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Last week, we had the pleasure of traveling down to northern Arizona for Sammie and Kevin’s incredibly fun Grand Canyon engagement session. We’ve been to the Grand Canyon a couple times before, but never for a shoot, so we were stoked when the newlyweds-to-be suggested it as a location. We arrived two days early and…
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nighttime wedding photos of bride and groom in Estes Park Colorado

How to Get Amazing Nighttime Wedding Photos

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A few months back, we wrote a pair of posts on what you, the newlyweds-to-be, can do to ensure you get epic sunset wedding photos and blue hour wedding photos. Today, we’d like to discuss our favorite time to shoot: nighttime. Read on to find out how to get amazing nighttime wedding photos! WHY NIGHTTIME…
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wedding vendors to book first | black canyon inn wedding | J. La Plante Photo

Which Wedding Vendors Should We Book First?

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There are a seemingly endless number of different types of vendors to choose from for your wedding these days. From planners to caterers, photographers to videographers, DJs to lighting designers, and approximately 1,000 others, the entire wedding planning process can feel overwhelming. So, which are the most important wedding vendors to book first? There are…
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bride and groom standing on balcony of bishop castle engagement

Bishop Castle Engagement

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Five days after we made it home from our New Year’s Day wedding in Houston, we were back on the road once again. This time, our destination was southern Colorado for Emily and Tyler’s super fun (and super cold) Bishop Castle engagement. Billed as the world’s “largest one-man project,” the castle sits on two and…
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cool nighttime wedding photo of bride and groom at houston wedding

Houston Wedding

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It’s been a long time since we’ve taken a road trip, so it was a breath of fresh air to kick off 2021 with a drive down to Texas for McKenzie and Jake’s Houston wedding on New Year’s Day. Torrential downpours made the last 200 miles of the drive a bit treacherous, but we still…
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best wedding photos of 2020

Best of 2020

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It’s that time of year again! Today, we’ll be looking back at our best wedding photos of 2020. I probably don’t need to tell you how bizarre this past year has been. The pandemic has affected all of our lives in ways that would have been unimaginable just 12 short months ago. Needless to say,…
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bride and groom dancing at Black Canyon Inn wedding

Black Canyon Inn Wedding

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Estes Park has always been one of our favorite places to visit, not just in Colorado, but in the entire world. And Black Canyon Inn is one of our all-time favorite wedding venues to shoot. Ashleigh and Alex’s Black Canyon Inn wedding earlier this month will always hold a special place in our hearts because…
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nighttime portrait of bride and groom at Della Terra wedding

Fall Wedding at Della Terra

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My photography journey started way back in 2003 when I decided to attend Central Michigan University to study journalism with a concentration in photojournalism. I had a blast during my four years in Mount Pleasant (which isn’t anywhere near a mountain) and made a ton of lifelong friendships along the way. One of those friends…
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denver clock tower wedding photo

Denver Clock Tower Wedding

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A lot of people right now are going on and on about knowing that a couple is good together by how much grace they’ve had while planning a pandemic wedding. That’s true, to an extent. But after watching Hanna and Dan’s Denver Clock Tower wedding, I’ve found a much better measure. I discovered this during…
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grand teton elopement in jackson hole

Grand Teton Elopement

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As the last stop on our epic Mountain West Road Trip, after photo shoots in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Summit County, Jesse and I headed northward for Heather and John’s Grand Teton elopement. We already knew their wedding was going to be a good time. After all, not every couple will travel…
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