[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer

[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
Q.  What's one of the most memorable moments you've had at a wedding?
 
A.  I just so happened upon a couple eloping back in December '07 at Sapphire Point with 3 or 4 feet of new snow,  no guests, and just the presence of longtime local officiant Gretchen Abernathy.  The ceremony was barely 5 minutes, and they tipped me in exchange for photographing their wedding!  I still have goosebumps remembering that magical mountain encounter!  
 
 
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
Q. Any particular mountain adventure you wish you had your camera, but didn't?
 
A. No, never.  (OK maybe once when I encountered a moose on the mountain!) Since I work full time lugging that camera around when I head up the mountain on skiis or foot, I LOVE to be camera free!  I let my friends take all the photos on hut trips, and I occasionally take photos with my phone.  But I like to to experience the backcountry WITHOUT a camera when I can!
 
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
Q.  What do you love about Summit County as a photographer?
 
A. 360 degree views... there are usually so many angles to get a great photo... it's hard to decide!  Sometimes I get to a shooting location and I'm breathless aboout the possibilities.  Next week I shoot Julie and Evan's wedding at this amazing location:
 
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
Q.  What are your top 3 locations to take couples for photo shoots near Breckenridge?
 
A.
        1 - Town of Montezuma outside Keystone
        2 - Top of Keystone Mountain
        3 - Officer's Gulch
 
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
Q. What do you think of the progression of cameras, picture taking, social media and weddings?
 
A. It's changing rapidly like all technology... so I'm just trying to keep up with the trends!  
[ note: Kay is all over the web, she's very socially active, so connect with her, links are at the bottom of this post!]
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
 
Q. How do you think social media can be used at weddings in the mountains?
 
A. I've seen lots of bridal parties taking photos [with their smartphones] and immediately uploading them - showing friends at home the experience step by step.  I think it's fun!  So much more memorable than waiting weeks for hard copy prints!
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer
 
Q. What's one way guests at a mountain wedding can use social media to share pics about the wedding and raise awareness of your company at the same time?
 
A. Just being honest... referencing my company when I've set up the image and they took a photo of it!  Sharing the enthusiasm for photography whether amateur or professional!
[VENDOR] Q&A w/ Kay Beaton of Beaton Photography: Colorado Destination Wedding and Family Photographer

Photos in this blog were courtesy of Kay Beaton!  

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[VENDOR] Q&A: A Great Time DJ, Professional Entertainment for your Destination Wedding near Breckenridge, Colorado

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Live music was an important part of our Rocky Mountain wedding, and we understand how music helps create the mood of the moment.  You can't have everybody dancing on their feet all night long, but a good set of quality music will complement and enhance the evening even more.  And one sure way to make sure everything goes the best it can is to hire a professional DJ to help entertain, educate and inform your guests of what's going on and where to find what they need.  

We asked Erik a few questions about the DJ and music scene at mountain weddings.  We first met Erik waiting for our transport to the wedding at Beano's Cabin at Beaver Creek.  It was a snowcat that we loaded up our flowers, and Erik his DJ equipment.  We chatted for a bit, and have since seen Erik and his crew numerous times over the years.  We recommend you check out his team and be sure to mention the Summit Mountain Weddings blog!

photo[Robin Proctor Photography]

Q:  What's the most memorable moment you've been a part of at a wedding? 

A: There are so many great memories all of our DJs have from our events. My favorite moments are when I see family that comes in from across the Globe (In the mountains we entertain at many destination weddings) that haven't seen each other in while. I love to see the way they connect both on and off the dance floor. It really is magical to see our guests have a great time and break down those barriers that can exist in this world where many of us live far removed from many of our friends and family. For that one night it can be magic!   

Extreme Floral Delivery to Beano's Cabin at Beaver Creek, Colorado  |  photo[StacySanchez]

Q: What's three things you would tell a bride when deciding between DJ's?   

A:

1. Interview your DJ and make sure it's a great personality match. 

2. Don't just shop by cost - this is a once in a lifetime moment! Your DJ can make or break your celebration. Find the right DJ, it's worth the cost.

3. One of our bride's biggest fears is that her DJ will be "cheesy" both in personality and song selection… Don't let this happen to you. Interview, ask questions, call references, it's worth doing your homework… if a company or a DJ has been referred to you from other vendors and venues that you have a good feeling about then that is a great sign that you are heading in the right direction. 

| photo [Robin Proctor Photography]

Q: What's your favorite "get'em dancin' - pack the dance floor'" song?  

A: 'Dynamite' Tiao Cruz or 'Raise Your Glass' Katy Perry lately … but really it depends on the crowd… I always ask our brides for advice on what they think their friends and family will like, figure out what music they are connecting with and then go further in that direction to bring the energy on the dance floor to the next level… It's about what songs make that particular crowd feel like celebrating on the dance floor. 

| photo [Robin Proctor Photography]

Q:  Any particular ethnic style of dance you think is most interesting to watch? 

A: To be honest I wish all my clients were Jewish! The hora is a certain party starter every time! 

| photo [Robin Proctor Photography]

Q: What's on your ipod now? 

My I-pod is packed with a huge selection of music… I love it all!

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