Winter Bride: Stunning Hair and Makeup

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Cali at Versa Artistry did an amazing job with the hair and makeup for my winter bride photo shoot at La Caille.  I wanted a mint green smoky eye and wine lips.  Cali came up with the hair style all on her own.

by Opie Janzer

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2014 Utah Wedding Photography Pricing Packages

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

New for the 2014 year!  I've changed my wedding photography pricing packages to no longer include engagement and bridal sessions with wedding day coverage.  Wedding day coverage is a photo-journalistic style of photography while engagement and bridal photos are a portrait session.  Half of my brides are from out of state and are having a destination wedding in Park City, Utah.  The other half are local brides having a traditional style wedding in the Salt Lake City or Park City area.  Most out of state brides will be doing their engagement pictures in the area that they live in and just need wedding day coverage.  I'm now offering two types of wedding day coverage: classic coverage with one photographer or deluxe coverage with two photographers.  Engagement and Bridal sessions are booked and paid for separately.


Classic Coverage - $1,800

6 Hours of Wedding Day Coverage

10x10 Coffee Table Album (20 pages)

High Resolution Digital Images

 

Deluxe Coverage - $2,800

8 Hours of Wedding Day Coverage

2nd Photographer

10x10 Leather Flush Mount Album (20 pages)

High Resolution Digital Images

In order to offer the best service I can to my brides I'm only accepting 12 weddings per year and only one wedding per weekend.  The high resolution digital images are delivered on a USB Drive and come with printing rights.  Your welcome to share and print the photos.  Every wedding I photograph comes with a stunning wedding album that tells a complete story of your wedding day.  I believe in giving my clients the best wedding day photographs and products available.  One of the best services I can offer my clients is a professionally designed album with retouched beautiful images inside.  I believe that if you are going to hire a professional wedding photographer then you should be getting a professional service and final product.  Digital images are great for sharing and for archiving but are not a final photography product.

I'm excited to photograph my 12 couples on their wedding day and deliver to them my best possible professional service and product.  If you are interested in hiring me to document your wedding then the first step is to set up an appointment to meet in person at my studio or to talk on the phone.  All wedding consultations are done Monday through Friday between the hours of 10am and 5pm.

Contact me directly to schedule your consultation appointment: opie@opiefoto.com or 801-815-2262.

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MODEL CALL: Engaged Couples

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

MODEL CALL

I’m looking for TWO engaged couples ages 18+, no modeling experience needed!!! Both are needed for styled engagement shoots. Your shoot will take place on a weekday at 3pm in the Salt Lake City area. For modeling you will receive a complimentary photo shoot, help with outfits, a list of possible shoot locations, and a special Thank You Gift. If you’re interested please email opie@opiefoto.com stating WHY you want to model and attach a photo of you and your fiance to: opie@opiefoto.com - Thanks Brides!!

-by Opie Janzer

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Published: Utah Bride and Groom Magazine

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

James and Taylor's stunning winter wedding was published in the 2014 Utah Bride and Groom Magazine!  This wedding features a modern wedding held at the 15th street art gallery using whites, creams, and metallics.

by Opie Janzer

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Planning a Wedding: Park City, Utah

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

While most soon-to-be newlyweds choose to hold their weddings close to either their current or former hometown, a growing percentage of couples seek to take their "I Do" pledges somewhat further away by holding a destination wedding. What's unique about the destination wedding is that in a sense, the whole experience blossoms into a vacation in and of itself for everyone involved. And what one of the bigger considerations when choosing a destination location?

Scenery.

Scenery is the canvas upon which a glorious wedding becomes indelibly captured. And if you've spent time traveling the Rocky Mountains, you know that Park City, Utah has scenery covered in a big, majestic way.

Named one of America's Prettiest Towns in 2008 by Forbes Traveler Magazine, Park City boasts four seasons of scenery and recreation, which makes it an ideal setting for a destination wedding at any time of the year. Whether you want to take your wedding party skiing, golfing, or whitewater rafting, Park City has all of your adventuring needs covered. Park City even offers hot air balloon rides, which would certainly take the traditional wedding photo album to extraordinary romantic heights if the happy couple is feeling daring.

If you're planning a wedding in Park City, Utah, certainly you will want a professional photographer on hand to properly capture these epic once-in-a-lifetime moments. OpieFoto of Salt Lake City has extensive knowledge of Park City and its surrounding areas. Our stylistic blending of stunning colors and raw emotion, set against the dazzling backgrounds Park City has to offer, ultimately provides clientele with a unique collection of unforgettable keepsakes.

Destination weddings can be a magnificent and memorable experience -- not just for the bride and the groom, but for all of the family members and friends who take time to join the happy couple as they exchange vows. We at OpieFoto believe in Park City as a picture perfect destination, and it is because of our fondness for the town that we have been able to serve up enduring wedding photographs to rave reviews

So if you have any questions, either about our photography or about Park City itself, we would be thrilled to have you contact us to discuss whatever is on your wedding planning mind.

by Opie Janzer


Choosing Rustic Mountain Wedding Photography in Utah

Sunday, December 15th, 2013


Do you love the idea of getting married in the midst of snow-topped mountains, in a meadow surrounded by aspen groves and wildflowers, or in a vintage farmhouse?  Utah may be the place for you! There are several destination venues to choose from, including ski areas or the back country, for any size celebration.  No matter what venue you choose, you’ll most likely want find that artist/documentarian who offers unique and artistic rustic mountain wedding photography. 

If you love the outdoors, a mountain wedding is a perfect choice: you don’t have to decorate, you can simply augment what nature has provided. Consider Park City, named in 2008 as one of the 20 'prettiest towns' in the United States by Forbes Traveler. According to the Taste of Park City, the top wedding venues in the area include the Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort and the Sky Lodge. You can also hold your wedding at one of many city parks, national forest land or rustic barns that private owners lease out for such events.

The first thing you’ll want to consider is your photographer. The following are some tips for choosing a photographer.

  • You’ll need someone who enjoys and is experienced with working outdoors. Is your photographer comfortable traveling to the summit of a mountain or into the back country forest? What about chair lifts and ski slopes? In addition, studio photography and outdoor/nature photography require some different skill sets. If your photographer is just starting to do mountain photography, she may need to pack a little experience under her belt.
  • The photographer’s shooting style is another important consideration. Traditional wedding photos were posed pictures with formal backgrounds. The trend today is a photo journalist style, which New York Magazine describes as “candid, documentary style photography with a touch of fashion and editorial”. Couples want their big day documented just like any other newsworthy event, and the fashion and editorial components can be part of packages that include engagement and boudoir photography.
  • Interview several photographers, and choose someone you feel comfortable with. You’ll be working closely with this person, so your comfort level is important.
  • While interviewing photographers, find out what kinds of packages are available. The idea of the photo-journalistic style of wedding photography is to capture a story beyond what can be conveyed in posed pictures (although some traditional pictures are usually included.) If you like the photo journalistic style, discuss with the photographer what kinds of pictures you want to be sure to capture, since this type of photography is spontaneous and not predictable like traditional wedding photos.

Keep in mind that when you choose a non-traditional outdoor venue, you’ll be responsible for selecting your vendors—caterer, florist, photographer—since these types of venues do not typically offer wedding “packages”. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about mountain wedding photography, or if you need help finding a photographer, please contact us.

by Opie Janzer


10 questions to ask every wedding photographer

Friday, November 29th, 2013


Choosing a wedding photographer is like choosing a doctor...only harder. They all have great looking, slick websites with beautiful photos and albums. They all have photos of weddings that you would want to have. So how do you choose which one will be yours? Here are 10 questions to ask a wedding photographer before, during and after the wedding. 

  1. How much? It's the ugliest question, but it should honestly be the first one you ask. You have a budget and you need to know if your photographer is going to fall in your range. If you don't meet anywhere close, you're setting yourself up for heartbreak. Get the prices. 
  2. Can I see your last two weddings? Here's the thing about photographer's websites: they're built to show off the best photos the photographer has ever taken, right on the front page. You shouldn't be judging a photographer on their best, you should judge them on what they consistently put out. Check out the last few weddings the photographer has shot and see how those photos look. Things go wrong with every wedding shoot and you should know ho the photographer handles it. 
  3. What's the album look like? Some photographers...seriously...print at Costco. Which is fine if you're expecting a Costco product. But this is your wedding, you should expect more. Take a look at a finished album to see the quality of the printing, the stock the photos are printed on, and the overall design of the book. Major changes to the layouts can cost extra, so make sure you like the photographer's graphic design style too. 
  4. Do you use flash? This is a technical question, but one that needs to be asked. if your photographer doesn't it up, you should. Your wedding can either be a relaxing, intimate time...or the most stressful day of your life. You need to know if you want flashbulbs going off in the middle of the ceremony or not. Most photographers are flexible, but it's definitely a consideration. Besides, some venues (especially churches) don't allow flash photography inside. Your photographer needs to know this too. 
  5. What's the plan? You've got a lot of moving around to do on your wedding day. Ask your photographer for the shooting plan and make sure you both understand it. Know where you need to be and when, and where your photographer will be and when. You don't want your photographer to be in transit to the reception and miss out on the priceless photo of your grandmother hugging you in front of the church. Most photographers will plan your day down to the minute to get the most photographs out of the day.
  6. Is your photographer cool? Not Fonzie-cool, cool as in relaxed and able to calm you down. You will take your frustrations out on your photographer at some point during the day. You'll be tired, the room will be crowded and you won't know half of the people in it. The last thing you want is one more person in your face telling you to do something. Your photographer expects it. But your photographer shouldn't be the stagecoach driver, forcing you onward when you're exhausted. Get a feel for your photographer and make sure they're the kind of person you're ok with being around for 8 hours. 
  7. What about editing? Everyone looks better in Photoshop. But this is a wedding, not a glamour shoot. There will be some editing involved, but you need to know how much. Some photographers like the photojournalism approach to a wedding: the only things they'll edit are technical things like contrast and color. Others will go in and correct a few things about you. Know what's available. 
  8. How long is this going to take? Get a timeline on your finished photos. You'll be excited and itching to see your photos soon. it's like waiting for Christmas without knowing when Christmas actually is. So get a good ballpark estimate on how long it will take before your photos are ready to be viewed.
  9. How do my relatives get photos? Check out the ordering system. Most photographers have an online gallery for viewing your photos. Check it out and see how it works. Most likely, your family won't call the photographer for help on the website, they'll call you. Make sure it's an easy system and ask how long it takes to get prints. 
  10. What do you love about shooting weddings? Ask this every single time. It'll tell you everything about your photographer. You want a passionate photographer who loves weddings. This is a non-technical question that gives you insight into how the photographer thinks. Anyone can click a shutter...you want a photographer that understands why they click it. 

Ask us these questions! We want to help you out by being the wedding photographers you've always dreamed of. Contact us today!


by Opie Janzer


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Four reasons to get a wedding album

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

The first expense to go when it comes to wedding arrangements is the wedding album.  It's cut from the budget because it's cheaper to have wedding photos digital.  While that saves time and money there's nothing wrong with going back to basics.  Having a wedding album is a great idea for traditional reasons.  There are more reasons why a photo album is a hot commodity

Evolving Technology

One of the 4 reasons to get a wedding album is technology.  It's always changing.  What's hot today can become cold and state in a few months.  Transferring things from one digital medium to the latest digital device just to keep up with trends is a hassle that isn't worth it.  Wedding albums stand the test of time no matter how much technology evolves because it's stable and constant.

Technology isn't guaranteed

Just because the photos are online doesn't mean it will stay there.  It will remain there as long as couples do their due diligence and backup their files.  Unfortunately to keep the photos digital backup must be constant.  A DVD, flash drives, and online photo sites have an ending.  DVDs fade and skip with constant viewing.  Flash drives and portable hard drives corrupt and wipe out stored photos.  Computers can be wiped out, corrupted, hacked, infected or stolen.  Online photo sties and cloud sites can shut down at any moment without informing anyone about it.  A wedding album will stay with you through the ups and downs of technology.  You will have something to fall back on when technology doesn't hold up their end of the bargain.

Personality

Wedding albums comes in so many styles today.  This is the chance to make it exactly the way you want it to be.  Add personal style and flavor to the front, back, inside and binder side of the album and make it truly unique to your personality.  Show off you and your spouse's individual tastes.  Showing off the personality involves detailed designs and patterns. Being involved in the process brings couples together.  Technology can't seem to evoke the same feeling of personal style the way wedding albums can. 

Accessible

Once it's online will you go back and look at them?  The answer depends on how easy the access is.  Wedding photos are online because it's easy to store, not easy to access.  Even if it is easy to access the thought of finding one photo out of plenty is tedious.  It's often forgotten about because it’s not organized.  It's a lot of unnecessary hassle to pull out the computer and look for the photos.  It's much easier to access a wedding album because it's right where you placed it.

A wedding album is a family heirloom that will be with you for eternity.  It’s something you can pass on to the kids and grandkids.  It's something to store more than just photos; you can store invitations, napkins, programs and wedding bouquet petals.  It's something everyone can hold, feel and remember long after the first view.  No amount of technology can take the place of that.  Contact us for more information on wedding albums.


by Opie Janzer

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The 6 Biggest Wedding Mistakes Brides Make

Friday, November 8th, 2013


You want your wedding day to be the most memorable day of your life. But more often than anyone would like to admit, it doesn't always happen. Here are the six biggest mistakes brides make and how to avoid making them yourself. 

  1. Delegating: We can't say it enough. You can't do everything! If you try, you'll drive yourself crazy. So find people to help you do the planning. Yes, the final decisions will be yours, but find some people to take care of the details that get you to that point. It will make your day a lot easier and less stressful. 
  2. Embrace flaws: Let's get this out of the way now. something will go wrong on your wedding day. Your day will not end up exactly the way you thought it would. And that's ok! Perfection is unattainable when it comes to big, complicated events like your wedding. Roll with the punches and accept that things will change without your approval.
  3. Involve your fiance: He's in this with you, he may as well help you share the load when it comes to planning and decisions. He does know everyone's looking at you, but if you involve him in the process, he won't feel left out. And, you won't feel like he's not engaged in the wedding. He may not know ecru from eggshell, but if you give him something to do, it'll make things go a lot smoother. 
  4. Don't be angry: Easier said than done. Because at some point during the happiest day of your life, you'll want to strangle someone. Take a deep breath and let it go. Don't take it out on your bridal party or family (or your fiance). It's one day, and it'll be over before you know it. Don't spend it being angry. 
  5. Eat something: There's nothing worse than selecting a spread off the best food you've ever had, spread out 10 feet from the head table...and you don't eat any of it. Make sure you get a plate. Most wedding venues will make a point of bringing you a plate to your table so you don't have to fight a crowd of well-wishers to the buffet line. But if yours doesn't, designate a someone to make sure you get fed. 
  6. It's just a party: Really, that's all it is. Because at the end of the day the wedding's not about the cake, the food or the dancing. It's abut the vows and spending the rest of your life with the person sittinng next to you at the head table. Don't forget that. 

And to make your day one you can remember forever, get the best photographer you can. Contact us to see what we can do for you on your wedding day.


by Opie Janzer


Choosing A Park City Engagement Photographer

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Professional engagement photographs are so in demand these days. Couples use them for just about everything, from social media to the save the date cards. Engagement photos can be be just has special as your wedding day if they are done by an experienced photographer specializing in engagements and weddings. Here are some helpful suggestions to think about when choosing your photographer for your park city engagement photography.

1. Use the same Photographer for both the engagement and wedding photos. This will give you an opportunity to see the photographer's work before the big day. Most photographers can offer a package deal or give you a quote that includes engagement and wedding photos.

2. Ask photographer to view their professional portfolio. All photographers should have a portfolio. Most even have them on their website to view. This will give you a better insight of how your photos may look. 

3. The photographer MUST be willing to work with you. After all, it's your engagement photos. You should be able to decide how you want them to look or where you want to take them. It's always nice to here their suggestions though.

4. What if you want to shoot at more than one location? It's always best to have some variation at your engagement photo shoot so you'll have a lot to choose from. Photographers may not mind or perhaps charge you more to do so. It doesn't hurt to ask.

You should have the best photographer for your engagement and wedding photos.  OpieFoto wants to make this a beautiful experience and create a lifetime of memories. Contact us to discuss your engagement photography needs and a quote.


by Opie Janzer