learn about the process

Unlike other portrait companies that might have a "get in and get out" approach, we go above and beyond to meet our client's needs in every way. This is not only about preserving memories, but creating them, after all! Between our hands-on planning process, local knowledge of the best scenic backdrops in Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, and beyond, and fun, lifestyle approach to portraiture, this is the perfect done-for-you experience. You won't have to worry about a thing! Relax and ENJOY your vacation. 

It's simple. Colorado Family Photography offers a truly luxury experience and a bespoke, tailored-to-you approach. 

why choose us?

the details

So you're planning your perfect winter ski trip to Breckenridge and know it's time to update your Christmas card. Maybe you know your partner is the one and you're ready to pop the question while on vacation in Vail? Enter us. 

Let's start dreaming up your ideal photoshoot with scenic backdrops galore. Simply contact us via our contact form and give us all the deets, including what area you'll be in, your tentative dates, and the vision for your session. 

initial inquiry

We go over collections with you, assign you the perfect photographer, and get you on the calendar, officially. This requires a signed contract and paid retainer. 

YAY! We're so happy to be working with you to preserve precious memories. We send your our top-to-bottom session guide chalked full with tips and info to make for a smooth family, maternity, or proposal photography session.

ready to book?

We know planning for your Colorado vacation can be stressful enough as it is, and that's why we are here to help you with every part of your photoshoot, down to the very last detail.

We have a dedicated planning + styling team member to help you with all things outfits, props, activity inclusion, location, and more! Need local hair + makeup recommendations? We've got you covered. Have special requests for your photoshoot? We are happy to accommodate! 

prepping for your shoot

It's here! You get to totally relax and enjoy making precious memories with your loved ones while we give you fun + effortless direction from behind our cameras. 

Never had your photos taken professionally? Do not fret! We will tell you everything you need to know with an even mix of posed portraiture and soft cues that lend themselves to a more lifestyle, or candid, look. 

your session day

We've spent hours making sure your images are "just right". Your lightly edited, high resolution images are uploaded to a password-protected viewing gallery. Here you can mark your favorites, download your images to phones and computers, share with friends and family, and even order heirloom prints, canvases, and albums! 

If your collection came with an heirloom print credit, we will work with you to order the perfect prints for your home, office, or gifts. 

presentation of gallery & ordering of images

from inquiry to delivery

the process

CAN WE EXPECT TO BE POSED DURING OUR SESSION?

Should you want that, absolutely! We are here for you, whatever your needs be. Some prefer to be told exactly what to do, and we've got you covered. Some prefer for things to be more natural, and we've got you covered, too. We are experts at gauging the situation at hand and will NEVER leave you standing there awkwardly with no idea what to do (the absolute worst), but we will also allow the natural flow of conversation, fun + games, and sentimental moments to take over when they arise. No matter what, we always strive to get at least a few photos of everyone looking at the camera, smiling. We call it the classic "Christmas card" requirement, and then we can move on to other fun combinations! 
 
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?

After booking, and prior to your session, we will send over a detailed session guide that talks about this in great depth! We will make sure you have all the information needed to look and feel your best. 

WHY DON’T YOU RELEASE ALL OF THE PHOTOS YOU TAKE?

Simply put, you don't want them. We often take hundreds of photos in a single session, and because we are working so fast to capture *THE* moment, there will inevitably be a lot of bloopers; eyes closed, someone's talking, a bug flies in the frame, exact replicas, little Johnny isn't looking at the camera, etc. As a luxury service provider, we take our job as curators very seriously and make sure you are receiving the best of the best. We can promise you that we give all photos where everyone is looking, or a special moment is happening.  

DO YOU EDIT YOUR PHOTOS?
 
Absolutely! The images you receive are far from what is on the back of our camera screens. As professionals, we spend countless hours making sure each and every image is color-matched for consistency and upholds the quality of our brand. Any extensive edits such as blemish removal, taming hair, object removal, etc can be done by request, for a small fee per image. 

IS STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY AVAILABLE?

This question hurts out heart, because as Colorado Family Photographers, we want to photograph you and your loved ones outside, in the beautiful scenery that makes Colorado what it is! You didn't come all this way to have a white wall as a backdrop, did you? We didn't think so. Our photographers are natural-light, on-location photographers only. 

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?

We pride ourselves on having a quick turn-around time! We know how hard it is to wait for the finished product. That being said, much of our "work" takes place after the shoot itself. Gallery delivery can be expected between 2-3 weeks, or can be rushed for a fee. 


HOW MANY IMAGES WILL I RECEIVE? DO

Mini sessions include 15 high-resolution images, chosen by you from your viewing gallery of 40-50 images. We never limit the amount of those given for full sessions, so you can expect anywhere from 70-100 images, depending on your group size, ages etc!


WHAT IF I NEED TO RESCHEDULE MY PHOTOSHOOT?

While the retainer for your session is non-refundable, we do make exceptions for inclement weather and outstanding circumstances. As Colorado professionals, we often shoot in light snow, which can be beautiful. However, if we are under blizzard or thunderstorm conditions, we will absolutely reschedule, based on availability. (We often request a shoot date that is earlier in your trip for this exact season!)
 
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY APPOINTMENT?

Due to the nature of photography services, we can only take on one session at a time, per date per photographer. After receiving your 50% retainer and signed contract, we turn away other inquiring clients for that same date/time, therefore we will keep all monies paid up until the point of cancellation. 

WHY DO YOU RECOMMEND THAT I PRINT THROUGH YOU?

Our editing software and computers are all calibrated to the print lab we use, which is connected to your gallery via the print shop tab. In other words, what we see while editing, you will see when printed. This is ideal. Some print labs offer more saturation, warmth, contrast, and grain than others, so we can never guarantee the quality of a print purchased outside of our own lab. It would be such a waste to have a gorgeous, mountain-backdrop photo of your family hanging over the fireplace if everyone looks like oompa-loompas! 

WHAT TIME OF DAY SHOULD WE SCHEDULE THE SHOOT?

Our team does all shoots as close to sunset as possible to utilize the soft, romantic light that accompanies it. In the winter, this can be oddly early as the sun dips behind the mountains as early as 4:30. In the summer, we shoot later in the evenings as the days are longer. We understand that little ones can have early bedtimes, but trust us! That golden light is everything! 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE LOCATIONS TO SHOOT?

As Breckenridge, Keystone, and Vail locals, we know all the best spots for your ideal mountain photoshoot. Some of these secret spots are off the beaten path, and some just off a parking lot. We have favorites for every scenario, and every season! Once we know the details of your group size, ages, capabilities etc, we will list out some of our favorite options that are aligned, and go from there! But, rest assured, each and every location will highlight Colorado scenery in some way, be it a mountain view, wildflower-filled meadow, lakeside, or in the forest. The options are endless! 


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