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When to do Formal Portraits on you Wedding Day

It is a big decision for wedding couples to make:  Do we do our formal and group portraits before or after our ceremony?  We discuss this with each of our couples because there are many reasons why pre-ceremony photos work well.  However, it is also understandable that people want to stick with tradition and not see their fiance before the wedding ceremony, and we will (and any photographer should) always honor that.  So, for those of you who are on the fence as to when to do photos, we have come up with five reasons for doing group photos before the ceremony, and you can think it over and make your own decision.

1. More time for very cool photos.  If you want to get some amazing photos, it takes time.  And more often than not, there is not a lot of time in between the ceremony and reception.  Inevitably, we end up rushing through poses and group shots so everyone can get to the reception.

2. You get to see each other before the wedding.  For those wedding couples who are nervous, or anxious, it helps to see the one person who can make you feel better before the wedding!  You can chat, the bride can hear how pretty she looks from her groom, and you can both relax before you walk down the aisle.

3. You can spend more time with your guests.  You probably have a cocktail hour that you would like to participate in!  If you are getting photos done post-ceremony, you will most likely miss that hour.  Scheduling photos before your ceremony gives you absolute freedom after the ceremony to have fun, hang with guests, or even have a minute alone to go for a walk.

4. We can photograph your special moment when you see each other for the first time.   This can be a great event, similar to when you walk up the aisle, where you can plan a nice moment together before the photos.  And we can capture it  beautifully!  In fact, we can probably get more emotion and better images of this than of the aisle shot.

5. Better light for photography.  More often than not, we can run out of light for those after ceremony images, especially if it is a later ceremony.  If you don’t want to take your images in the dark, it is best to do the photos before the ceremony.

We work with all our couples to ensure you have the best wedding photography experience, so if you are determined to wait until the ceremony to see your fiance, then that is what we will do.  For those still deciding, we hope this information will help you make your decision!

WHY Print?

Technology comes and goes. Don’t let your precious family memories get lost on old drives or extinct disks. It is through print photography that your family’s story memories will be handed down from one generation to the other.


  1. Because your prints are for today, tomorrow and all the tomorrow after that.
  2. Because prints remind us of what love really feels like
  3. Because they’re only young once
  4. Because the place to save money is not on the most important purchases.
  5. Because when there is a fire, what is the first thing you grab?
  6. Because so many photos get lost, or even worse, deleted off of old hard drives
  7. Because you can touch and feel your memories
  8. Because you put too much work into your family not to show them off!
  9. Because technology comes and goes
  10. Because photography is best enjoyed in print
  11. Because a memory stick in a drawer is pointless
  12. Because a hard drive doesn’t trigger a smile
  13. Because memories are tied to touch
  14. Because there’s nothing like sitting down by a fireplace and flipping through the pages of a family album
  15. Because your parents and your grandparents won’t be around forever
  16. Because there are moments you can’t get back but a print can me you feel them again.


Together we can incorporate these images into any space and create an environment that will tell the story of your life. We use high-quality products and printing techniques to ensure that you will have heirloom pieces for years to come.

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Kimball Nelson Photography- natural moments & genuine images

(970) 472-1661


10 Reasons to Get an Engagement Portrait

Because we like to have fun, I would say do the engagement portrait because they can be enjoyable!  Most grooms might disagree with me, but by the end of a session at our studio, they usually admit that “it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be – it actually was fun!”  I love these portrait sessions as it is a great opportunity to have you as a couple interact and capture those natural moments when you are more relaxed. Besides the fact that they can be fun and natural, below are some other reasons to get an engagement session:

1. To get a professional portrait in your “normal” clothes. You have a lot more flexibility to do different poses when not in your wedding dress.

2. To use in your Save the Date card or invitation, or on your wedding website.

3.  To put an engagement announcement in the paper.

4. To get a professional portrait at a different time of year than your wedding.  Summer wedding?  Get some fall colors for your engagement, or out in the snow.

5. To use on the wedding day for guest sign in – as a guest book, a signature mat/frame or other creative ideas.

6. To use as centerpieces or other wedding decor.

7. To use framed portraits as gifts for family – great holiday or birthday gifts!

8. To try out your makeup and hair before the big day and see how they come out in photos.

9. To use in a slideshow on your wedding day.

10. To get used to your wedding photographer and their style and posing, so on your wedding day you have some practice.

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Kimball Nelson Photography- natural moments & genuine images

(970) 472-1661


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Kimball Nelson is an award-winning professional photographer serving Fort Collins, Loveland, Estes Park and all of Colorado’s front range. Kimball provides candid, natural portraiture photography to clients across Colorado and has shot weddings, high school senior and family portraits across the Rocky Mountain region from Cheyenne to Telluride. As a Certified Professional Photographer she relies on her years of experience, skill and training to create natural, beautiful images that tell her client’s stories.

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