Matt and Nicole
Hotel Jerome
Aspen, Colorado
May 2, 2008

Nicole and Matt had a spectacular wedding weekend in Aspen! We met with them Friday evening for their rehearsal dinner at the historic Hotel Jerome downtown. The Jerome is such a cool hotel, with lots of lovely spots for pictures. We started with a portrait session of Nicole and Matt, and then we joined their friends and family for dinner.

Tomorrow I hope to post their wedding photos. Stay tuned!


What do you think: Do you like this one better in color…


… or black and white? I like them both!


At dinner, Nicole and Matt gave gifts to their wedding party. Ringbearer Logan got a superhero costume.


Of course the costume gift was a huge success.


Nicole’s godfather gave a beautiful and emotional toast about her deceased father.


Nicole’s godfather gave her a pocket watch that had been a gift years ago from her father.


It was such an emotional moment. I think most people in the room had tears in their eyes.


Nicole’s sister


Matt’s aunt and father


This was hilarious. Someone bet that he couldn’t fit an entire cake into his mouth.

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WOW! What a location! And such a Great crowd to be in! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m glad you could read their personalities so well through these photos! They really were a wonderful group of people who laughed all day.

I was totally crying when I took those photos with her godfather. I wasn’t alone, though… I think just about every woman in that room was crying.

Thanks for the feedback about the color/bw photo!

She’s really new to C Springs and like I said I have yet to see her work. But if it is what I think it is, I just have a feeling about her…she will be a good addition for shoots that Mike can’t help with.

I honor her honesty when it comes to the family portraits that she has seen and I am in agreement with her that most are pretty sub-standard. I keep pushing you for our family photography sessions and there’s a girl after my own heart as she wasn’t shy about telling me how much better my parents could do if they just hired a decent photog! Me, I can’t shoot people for anything, but you are tops in your field.

As soon as I get a gander at her work, I will forward her portfolio to you.

Gorgeous photos in a gorgeous location! I’ve never been to Aspen, but I hear the whole of the town is lovely!

I like that! I’m really enjoying people’s responses to that photo.

Re: I vote for the black and white

Hmmm, that’s interesting about the pictures being cut off in your RSS reader. I wonder how many people are seeing only half of my pictures!

Re: for me the color

Thanks, Sharon! That’s what I was thinking about the color photo, too. I love the reds, woods, and warm light.

The superhero ring bearer was so funny! He even wore the cape with his tuxedo at the reception the next day!

Re: My sister’s pictures

Hi Caitlin! I’m so glad you like the photos! Just wait until you see the ones from the wedding day… there are so many great ones that I don’t know how to narrow them down for the blog. You all were a total blast!

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Charllotte

Thanks! That hotel lobby is so pretty.

It’s looking like color vs. b/w is about 50/50 now. Very interesting.

That’s pretty fun! Selective color isn’t really my thing, but I really like seeing other people’s interpretations. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m always happy to help other photographers when I can. Please give her my info and let her she’s welcome to contact me. I do have a lot of requests from people who’d like to second shoot or assist with me, and limited need for help, so opportunities to work with me are pretty competitive. I prefer to ask colleagues with many years of wedding experience to help me with Mike isn’t available.

Actually I don’t see a difference at all. I’ve spoken with one photographer who insists that it’s much better quality to shoot in black and white, but no matter how large I print an image, I can’t see any difference. I much prefer to shoot in color and have the choice later. I think that’s the best way to give good service to my clients, with ultimate flexibility and still excellent quality.

So I don’t know if your friend is full of it, but I think I have a good eye, and I can’t see any benefit to shooting in b/w.

Way off topic Charlotte – just a heads up.

I was at a family gathering today and my uncle is hosting a young woman who is also a photog. I told her I would help her with some web design as she wants to get out of cleaning (housekeeping) and get her stuff back on track with her photography.

Anyhow, I mentioned you and hopefully she will email me soon so I can get a look at her skills and stuff. I had mentioned that occasionally you need a “right hand man” to help out. I know you’ve done that in the past when Mike isn’t available.

I didn’t ask her age but she looks to be in her early to mid 20s, a very strong Christian from what I know, and is here in C Springs. I am sure if her portfolio is good enough, you can utilize her for some of your shoots. She seems really nice and really easy going which is just like you. I am sure she was overwhelmed with my family but she handled us very well.

If you don’t mind if after I look at her work if I refer her to you for the off chance you need someone when Mike isn’t available. I could tell by talking to her that she’s honest, hard working and I believe she probably has a good eye.

I like both of the pictures equally. I have a question, too, if you don’t mind (actually, I put this to anyone who wants to offer their opinion): when shooting digitally, is there really a big enough difference between the quality of the picture if you shoot in color, then convert it to b&w on the computer, versus shooting in b&w to begin with? I have a friend who swears up and down shooting in b&w is a much higher quality (even in digital) but I have never been able to tell between the two. She says I don’t have a good enough eye. Is she full of it, or is there really a difference?

Beautiful! I love the picture using the fish eye lens. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and I think I like the color picture better than the b&w.

I like both of the pictures equally. I have a question, too, if you don’t mind (actually, I put this to anyone who wants to offer their opinion): when shooting digitally, is there really a big enough difference between the quality of the picture if you shoot in color, then convert it to b&w on the computer, versus shooting in b&w to begin with? I have a friend who swears up and down shooting in b&w is a much higher quality (even in digital) but I have never been able to tell between the two. She says I don’t have a good enough eye. Is she full of it, or is there really a difference?

What about doing that thing in photoshop where the photo is black and white and only that section is in colour… like just the mirror is in colour and not the rest of it? You don’t seem to do that at all tho, so it might not be something you like. Sort of a bit like this:

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Or I think I like the colour one best ๐Ÿ™‚ Your pictures are all so lovely, it’s hard to choose!

Beautiful! I love the picture using the fish eye lens. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and I think I like the color picture better than the b&w.

I would have to agree with the preference of the color version. I think the coloring in the photo is too excellent to be in black and white! As you said too – it looks more intimate and the black and white blend things too much.

I vote for the black and white

To me, the color picture is a bit too monochromatic. For something like this, I prefer b/w unless there is something specific that the color brings out that you lose otherwise.

In my RSS reader (where I monitor this blog), the right sides of landscape pictures get cut off so I didn’t even know the couple was over there until I started reading comments!

My sister’s pictures

Charlotte and Mike,
Wow…. These pictures are breathtaking. I can’t wait to see the rest! I had a really great time this weekend and I think my sister is so lucky that she found the very best photographer in the whole world to capture all of these moments (and there definitely were some funny ones… lots of cake and capes)!! And even though all of us bridesmaids were complaining about how cold it was, I knew it was going to be worth it because I am sure those pictures are going to be absolutely amazing as well. Really cannot wait!!
Love,
Caitlin (sister of the bride)

for me the color

I vote for the color simply because the colors of the hotel are sooooooooo rich. I really love the photo of the ring bearer in his super hero costume, priceless!!

Sharon G

i like the black and white one a teeny bit better. i love that one cuz it’s like ART, not just a photograph of people. they could hang it in their house and people would think it’s just a nice framed art piece and then be like “oh!” when they realize the couple is in the mirror!

I like the color one better partially for that reason. When I first looked at the picture, I didn’t see them kissing, and when it did it was like, OOP! Surprise! and it really made me smile. I think they blend in too much in the b&w so when I noticed them…not the same effect.

I also really like the sequence of everyone smiling/laughing…it looks like such a fun group!

i like the black and white of them kissing :0 but they are both amazing

I love your photos. I don’t think I’ve said anything before, but I’ve been watching them.

As for the choice, I would say black and white. With the colour, there’s too many other things to focus on in the picture (for me) – they kind of get lost in the colour.

Oh, man! Matt looks like a younger version of one of my professors. XD

As for whether the color or the black & white picture looks best, I would tend to go with the color: it brings out the contrast more, and it looks more intimate than the B&W. The latter somehow makes them blend too much with their surroundings.

I like the color one, myself. With all the maroon in that wallpaper, his green shirt helps them stand out from the scenery (in my unprofessional personal opinion). I love the B&W 2 below those 2 where she’s lit up with laughter in focus and he’s gazing at her adoringly in the background.

And wow on the shots with her Godfather… I almost teared up just looking at them! You did a great job capturing those moments. ๐Ÿ™‚

Definitely black and white! And I LOVE the tongue photo, so funny!
They seem like such a nice and loving family with a good sense of humor. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think I teared up a little at the pocket watch photos/story, too!

And I have to say I like the color version better of the mirror photo ๐Ÿ˜€

I like the color one better partially for that reason. When I first looked at the picture, I didn’t see them kissing, and when it did it was like, OOP! Surprise! and it really made me smile. I think they blend in too much in the b&w so when I noticed them…not the same effect.

I also really like the sequence of everyone smiling/laughing…it looks like such a fun group!

Great photos. Love, love, love your work

And, I like the black and white shot better than the color one, personally.

I love your photos. I don’t think I’ve said anything before, but I’ve been watching them.

As for the choice, I would say black and white. With the colour, there’s too many other things to focus on in the picture (for me) – they kind of get lost in the colour.

Charlotte Geary

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I photograph fascinating people, and I teach other people how to do it, too.

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