Alpine Ponds

Popular Wedding Venues for Boise Photographers and Brides: Alpine Ponds

Wedding venues are often promoting themselves with free special events.  Many of these events ask photographers in Boise to help promote their wedding venue.  Kevin Roberts Photography was privileged to be asked by Alpine Ponds to participate in their 2014 Spring Mock Wedding.  Alpine Ponds offers packages starting at $1,000 and has accommodations for 100 – 250 people.

Sofiya and Chris’s wedding showcases many of Alpine ponds’ areas.  The guys look tough in the nice wooded areas. The ceremony takes advantage of the beautiful gazebo and large lawn for seated guests and aisle decorations. There is a bridge for creative photos plus secluded romantic areas for the bride and groom to be alone. Hanging bird cages and elegant table settings really transforms this venue. There is plenty of space for several food tables and dessert tables. In the evening the tented dance floor rimmed with a multi-colored light show turns the reception into a party.

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The Club at SpurWing

Popular Wedding Venues for Boise Brides and Photographers: The Club at SpurWing

The Club at SpurWing is another one of my personal favorite wedding event locations. SpurWing is a local Meridian golf course and clubhouse for hosting wedding events. It has a beautiful scenic backdrop for bride, groom, and wedding party photos. There is a stream and overlook along the course that are great spots to stop your golf cart for a photo shoot.

We usually start the day in the spacious bridal “getting ready” area, big enough for all your friends and lots of mirrors. Moving to the shaded entry area for bridal portraits we make good use of the wooden benches. The ceremony is usually held on the large patio.  There is plenty of shade for a hot summer wedding. The photo below also shows all the available space for guests. After being served dinner, the wedding party ends the day on the dance floor. The newlyweds for one of my weddings used the dance floor to show off their special wedding day cowboy boots!

Catering is provided in wedding packages offered to couples. The terrace can accommodate 250 guests and the Grand ballroom can accommodate up to 350.  View more details about wedding packages for The Club at SpurWing  here.

If you are interested in viewing more photo’s for The Club at SpurWing contact Kevin Roberts Photography.

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Recreational Engagement Couples

Wanting to make your engagement photos more meaningful?  Take an inventory of the activities you love to participate in and lets see if they can be incorporated into your photo shoot for a one of a kind engagement session.  As long as your session is located in the Treasure Valley there are no additional engagement session fees from Kevin Roberts Photography.

Idaho has so many recreational opportunities for couples, especially Boise. Katie and Cody enjoy motorcycle riding. They brought their street bike with them to their photography session which added color and interest to their portrait.

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More and more couples include their favorite way to relieve stress by playing in the great outdoors in their engagement photography. Stephanie and David cool off during evening walks in Camelsback Park located in Boise, so I jumped at the chance to go somewhere new.

Where would you like to go and what would you like to bring with you?  Contact Kevin at Kevin Roberts Photography to set up your special portrait session.

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Eagle Idaho Barn

Boise Wedding Photographer Kevin Roberts PhotographyThis June, Hayden and Chad held their wedding at his dad’s ranch in Eagle Idaho, a short drive from Boise. The day was perfect and the big barn was an awesome backdrop for outdoor portraits. Kevin Roberts Photography Boise IdahoHayden and Chad sat back to back, playing the shoe game. The DJ asks personal questions, the answer is either bride or groom, they raise the appropriate shoe to vote. Hilarious. The barn was a perfect reception area, hay bales for chairs, great lights, cement floor and no funky smells. It was the cleanest barn I have ever been in.Boise Wedding Kevin Roberts Photography

Rope twinkle lights are such a simple thing to transform a working barn to a wedding party venue.Kevin Roberts Boise Wedding Photographer

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Family Portrait…Butter

This is a little bit random family portrait, but our family pet Butterbur has been going rampant in our gardens and it was perfect timing to take his portrait!  A few tips when shooting your family pets.  First, use a long lens to blur your background.  This gives prominence to the animal’s portrait.  Second, get down to your pets level for the photo shoot, it’s a different angle from the one you see all day long.  Like Butter, you will get an awesome expression with those wonderful animal eyes.  My last advise, timing is everything.  When is your pet most behaved, and morning or evening lighting is best if you plan an outdoor portrait to get that cool rim light.

Click here to check out one of those great family portraits where the family dog is showing his love.

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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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Before the I Do or After

The Big Question. Wedding photos before the ceremony or after?  This is an important question to ask your experienced photographer.  Having done hundreds of weddings in my career I have worked with many clients who choose to do bride and groom photos after the ceremony. This can work, given enough time, and if they know what to expect.

Two of the most common scenarios I handle with weddings are the bride and groom waiting for their photos after the ceremony; or choosing to do their photos before. I never want to squash their dreams of seeing each other for the first time, that day, eyes locking as she walks down the aisle. So my job is to prepare them for what that entails. Instead of a lot of bride and groom photos, it means more solo shots, more having fun with your attendants, and depending on time, a handful of bride plus groom images.

Scenario 1 Bride and Groom Portraits After the Ceremony:  The bride decides she doesn’t want the groom to see her before the wedding.  We can still try to sneak in some of the wedding party shots while keeping the bride and groom hidden from each other. Family photos take place directly after the ceremony, then wedding party, and then whatever time is left is dedicated to the happy couple. Usually while the guests are waiting at the reception.  It never fails, a family member runs up alerting the couple their guests are leaving, and hurries them into the reception.

Scenario 2 Wedding Day Portraits Before the Ceremony:  The bride and groom decide to take as many photos as possible before the ceremony.  If everyone arrives on time, I am able to set up first look photos with the bride and groom, capturing an intimate moment they will always cherish.  We will now have plenty of time to do several styles of photography, including the fun when we add in the bridesmaids and the groomsmen.  If there are special request photos, there will be plenty of time to photography these.  The reception is enjoyable for the couple and the guests.  The cake, garter and bouquet toss, and first dance photos are taken with plenty of time to capture more photos of mingling with the guests.

It’s all up to the bride and groom.  I guess the real question to ask how long do you want your guests to wait and is less couple images a good trade for more attendant photos.

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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 Weather Is Getting Nice For Engagement Photos – What to wear?

Often I’m asked by the couple what they should wear when preparing for the engagement session. This time of year in Boise you have to be flexible with the weather, and it will determine your clothing options.  Early spring is best for bright bold colorful clothing, since everything else is so drab  It’s always advisable to stay away from white, although you can see in these photo’s the bride added a splash of color to her white which works great with her fiances black and white attire.  Guys should never ever wear white and nerdy socks…girls remember to check their socks before they leave the house!

Below are some fun poses the couple found on Pinterest and asked me to duplicate.  You can view more engagement photo’s by Kevin Roberts Photography here.

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