Wedding Reception

So you are looking for a wedding reception site? How about Two Rivers Club House located at 261 W Island Wood Drive in Eagle, Idaho. The Two Rivers HOA offers the facility for special occasions, but their are rules. If you are resident you can enjoy very low cost rental fees. If you do not live in the subdivision the fees are reasonable, but make sure to read all the fine print in the contract. You can view more information on their website here.

After the wedding ceremony and wedding photos at the Cathedral of the Rockies, the couple invited guest to the wedding reception at Two Rivers Club House. This venue worked great for our couples wedding guests, three large rooms plus a balcony area. Food in the kitchen, photo booth fun in the second, and all the dancing in the largest room. It kept everyone nice and toasty warm from the freezing temperatures of New Years Eve night.

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Wedding Show Survival Guide

I participate in several wedding shows, and I’ll be at the 2013 Boise Wedding Show on February 23 & 24 at the Revolution Concert House in Garden City.  Here are few helpful wedding show tips to make the most of your time.

Wedding Show Do’s

  • Plan ahead. Most wedding show websites list participating vendors.  Check them out on the web before attending the show. Find out if this is a service you are interested in, and need to stop to find out more. Save time by hitting only the vendors whose services you need.
  • Bring a pen and notepad.  You can write on the vendors marketing materials or make notes on your own pad about what strikes you, like first impressions.  Be specific on your notes this will help jog your memory when going through the materials later at home.
  • Skip the fashion shows if you already have your attire decisions made.  Vendors are more available to talk with you when the booths are not as crowded.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.  There are usually more than 50 vendors at a show and if your plan is to visit them all, high heels are not for you.
  • Bring pre-printed labels with your name, email address, and wedding date to quickly sign up for vendor door prizes. Have fun! Spend a little leisure time speaking with your favorite vendors.

Wedding Show Don’ts

  • Please do not bring children if possible. This is grown up time to have fun and think about the big day. The walkways between the vendor booths are sometimes tight and strollers can become an issue.
  • At a wedding show don’t expect to go into details with a vendor during the show.  Most vendors only bring a sample of their work.  If your interest was peaked make an appointment with the vendor after the show. Vendors are prepared to set up appointments at the show.
  • Don’t take photos unless you ask first. Most vendors will not have a problem if you ask first, but if they do don’t be offended.  Most have spent hours on their flower arrangements or wedding gowns design, if you are really interested support your local economy and hire them.  I personally am O.K. with brides using pinterest to pin my images from my site, but not all photographers will be pleased that you “pin.”

If you are looking for some fun come and see me at the Revolution Event Center on February 23 or 24.  I’ll be there Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm.  If you are interested in hiring Kevin Roberts Photography I highly recommend you don’t wait for the show. Fill out the contact form or call asap.  I have only a handful of open summer Saturday dates left for the 2013.


Oh, Baby it’s Cold Outside… Winter Wedding Engagement Photography

Winter Engagement Photos

Boise wedding photographers never know quite what to expect when a couple chooses to do their engagement session in subzero weather…. well not quite.  When the weather man says 12 degrees with a breeze and feels like 8, his report is correct.  Attire must include, long johns, leggin’s, wool jackets, scarves, hats, anything to keep warm.   As the photographer I was able to bundle up, (except I can’t push small camera buttons with thick gloves) but my clients did take a few warm breaks in downtown Boise.  This recent inclement weather gave this Boise wedding photographer a chance to see how future wedding couple handle flexibility, red noses, and patience levels. Building bonds through adverse conditions like war buddies.

Renata and Michael’s  photo’s were especially fun to photograph.  They choose a vintage engagement look, 30’s and 40’s period clothing and old Boise providing the backdrop for the engagement session.  A cafe downtown Boise provided a place to warmup in between locations.  We traveled up to the Boise Train Depot and the engagement couple brought their antique suitcase and a love banner.   Both props provided a quaint look to their engagement photo.

Another fun place to take winter wedding engagement photos is at our local resort Bogus Basin or travel just a bit to the east to Idaho City.  The sun shines brighter above Boise and it’s a lot warmer.

If your wedding is fast approaching, winter wedding engagement photos are perfect for your save the date cards.  Brave the cold, have fun with it, and bring a thermos of hot cocoa!

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Wedding Photographers Boise Engagement

Wedding Photographers Boise Engagement

Wedding Photographers Boise Engagement

Wedding Photographers Boise Engagement


Wedding Photographer First Look

Wedding Photographer Sets Up First Look

… an alternative for bride and grooms who’s time will be cut short by the church or limited time between the ceremony and the reception.  As a wedding photographer I personally feel  “first looks” give the couple a chance to enjoy a moment of peace before the hectic day and demands on their personal time together.

An excellent read by Lauren Grove’s, Every Last Detail – Insight for Brides, on the subject can be found in her article {Thursday Tips} Consider A First Look.  “A First Look isn’t for everyone, and it’s not the “traditional” thing to do. But if photography is important to you, then you should seriously consider a First Look. Some of the absolute best wedding photos I have seen have been when the bride and groom have a First Look.”  Read the rest of the article here.

Lauren and Sean opted for “First Look” photos.  How could a photographer capture emotions like this during the ceremony?

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Lighting Your Subject

As a Boise photographer I had a client tell me she was attracted to my photos because of there depth.  I hadn’t thought about it, but having a degree in graphic arts and taking several art classes it’s become natural for me to use my talents in turning a portrait into a piece of art.  My secret … I try to show depth by shooting towards lighter backgrounds.  Using a background that is lighter than the subject seems to be the trend in contemporary photography.  Here are more of my Boise photography photo’s from downtown and Boise Depot engagement session.  Notice even in the black and white photo how depth is created with the lighting.  You can also view more photo’s here.

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Wedding Contract

Many brides do not realize when planning a wedding almost all vendors will have a wedding contract to sign and professional photographers are among those vendors.  It’s important for you to go over this contract with your wedding photographer and understand both parties responsibilities and liabilities… heaven forbid something should happen to your images.

What’s a contract all about?

  • Wedding Date:  Once you set your wedding date and have paid the retainer the contract is binding.  No refunds to change your date or to cancel for any reason. Please understand the studio has passed up other opportunities because they have saved the date for YOU.
  • Bride and Groom Vitals:  If you have booked your wedding a year or months in advance make sure you have contacted your photographer with current addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.  If your package includes an engagement session, and you have not contacted the photographer to set a date, they will want to be sure to contact you.  This information also needs to be current after the wedding so you can view and receive your package images.
  • Photo Package Details:  This area of the contract will state the number of hours to be covered and package obligations.
  • Charges for Services: The contract is your receipt for moneys due and owed.  All professional photographers will ask for a retainer to hold your date, state sales tax, and a balance due date.  Balance due dates are normally two weeks before the wedding and typically when you do your last meeting with the photographer to go over the details of the wedding day.
  • Terms of Agreement:  Here is where the photographer generally states his liability and what to expect in drastic situations.  There is also a NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT.  Many who use professional photography services don’t realize the images produced by professional photographers are protected under Federal Law.  It is illegal to copy or reproduce the images elsewhere without the studio’s permission. In several of Kevin Roberts Photography wedding packages you are given or able to purchase images and will be given a copyright release to produce them for your personal uses. Studio’s will also include a statement which allows them the right to use your image to promote their business; after all they worked hard to produce these awesome images and want to show them off as much as you do.  The statement will stipulate where the images will be used such as display’s and publications.
  • Signatures:  Don’t forget to sign your contract.  It will make life easier for both parties should issues arise.

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The Shooter…

You can read all about me here.  I am a perfectionist by nature; my desire is to improve with each shoot.  I’ve been a photographer for over 20 years.  Yes, I’m one of those who started with large film cameras, and had to shoot photos great without Photoshop safety net. In recent years I have been asked by family, friends and colleges for help with various aspects of the business from which digital camera is best to how do I photoshop the glow on my light saber?  So for all you hobbyists and professionals I hope to answer your questions and welcome your comments.