[ Vendor ] Q&A w/ Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography

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Hiring a photographer for your wedding is one of the first things you start to plan as soon as you get engaged. Sometimes it can be a lengthy research process, with many emails requesting pricing lists, looking through wedding portfolios, or perusing through your friend's Facebook wedding album to see who they used for their wedding day. Either way it's a big decision because who ever you do choose will have that one chance to document your wedding and make sure to tell the best story of your day as possible. That's why we wanted to ask  local professional photographer Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography a few questions about the ins and outs of the her wedding photo business in the mountains. [ studiokivawedding.com ]

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography

Q.  How many years have you worked as a wedding photographer?

A.   I have worked as a wedding photographer for 24 years and I am in my early 40s and still young and fun! The photographer is usually with you a lot of time with your wedding so it is good to like there personality and have some fun!

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva

Q.  What's your contingency plan?  Do you have a back up camera?

A.   We always carry 4 or 5 cameras to every shoot with us as a back up because even the most expensive ones can go down.  Speaking of that it is really good to have top of the line cameras and not just an SLR that does not have a two compact flash card system.  Reason?  Compact flash cards can also go bad and if you have a two card slot system you can back one up directly in your camera, because you can't reshoot a wedding.  A lot of the photographers don't have this because they don't want to spend the money.  But to me this is all insurance.  We back up, back up and back up.  We have never lost images due to all our back up plans.  We also put back up copies at the safety deposit box at the bank and have had customers call us if they lose a disk or their house burned down in a forest fire we had the back up and made them another copy of their images.

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva

Q.  Can we hire you only for the ceremony and part of the reception and not the full night?

A.   We have all types of packages from full day, half day and elopement type packages.  Couples that are looking for a photographer it is good to meet them in person and feel comfortable with that person along with having a local photographer that has the knowledge for shooting in the mountains.

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography

Q. What's one thing you'd like to tell all the couples talking to photographers about a wedding in Breckenridge?

A.   I also would like to say not someone that is going to drive up from Denver and get stuck in traffic coming up here but someone who is local and knows the area and lives in the area to really get the feel of being here in Breckenridge and the mountains.  I also believe that a good photographer will give you the images and not hold them over your head since they took the time to shoot them all!  We give all our couples the photos in color and black and white and no hidden fees!!

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography

Q. Any unexpected or funny wedding moments recently?

A.    We could write a book on all the funny moments!  We stay in touch with our couples and they are life long friends.  One of the funniest moments is we had a woman forget to put her teeth in for the photos so we had to photo shop teeth!

Q and A with Katie Girtman of Studio Kiva Photography

[photo Shoot Location] International Snow Sculpting Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado

It has begun.  The forms are up, and the first few blocks are already in place.  These square blocks are carved by hand, by teams from all over the world, and right here in downtown Breckenridge.  I saw these just today and it made me think to share some ideas with you all.  These temporary works of art attract thousands of visitors, couples and families with cameras in hand.  Why not turn it into a photo shoot?

That's right.  Hire a pro and take some photos in and around the snow sculptures in Breck.  If you need help planning it all out, setting up flowers at a restaurant, transportation, or other details, that's what we do best.  We're longtime locals with lots of ideas for adventure wedding packages including dog sledding, skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling and other fun stuff.  

[Photo Shoot Location] The International Snow Sculpting Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado

Yep, this block represents the potential of the experiences you could have here in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Send us an email right now with your romantic idea, what you'd like to be doing, and when you'd like it to happen.  We'll do all the rest.

 Check out our flower shop's blog on the snow sculptures.  An intro blog here, part twopart three and part four.   Thanks for reading!

{ Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography

With a beach wedding in the forecast,  a mountain environment seemed the right fit for this couple to have a photography session to celebrate and announce their engagement.  Lisa, from Story Lens Photography, captured these images in the Keystone, Colorado area.  

Lisa's a mountain girl, with a new family that spends time in the mountains and has lots of great ideas for superb photos for engagements, weddings and all those special moments.  Please mention this blog when you contact Lisa!

See her blog, "SPRING LOVE IN KEYSTONE" featuring Alexis and Brandon by clicking here.

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 { Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography   |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer { Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography   |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer
There are lots of mountain roads, valleys and picturesque areas in the Keystone area, so let us know when you'll be up in town, and we can give you some ideas on the best places to go.  Montezuma road, Keystone Gulch and the Elk Preserve come to mind right away.  Do you know those areas?  We do!
 { Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography   |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer { Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography   |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer
What a cute way to share the  date!  If you know someone who was recently engaged, married, or did a cool photo shoot in the Breckenridge and Summit County area, please contact us so that we can share a few images with our readers.  Thanks!
 { Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography   |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer { Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography   |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer{ Engagement } Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography  |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer
If you want help with an engagement photo session, please let us know and we can pull it all together for you.  Activity suggestions, equipment rentals, photographer sourcing, location scouting, etc.  There's quite a bit to think about if you want to do it right.  You can probably wing it, but when you need to bring in the big guns and want to make a "WOW" factor you can't pull off by yourself, we're only a phone call, email, or tweet away.  Let us know how we can help!
 { Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography   |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer { Engagement } Alexis + Brandon // Keystone, Colorado Photo Shoot by Story Lens Photography   |  Keystone Colorado Wedding Photography, Summit County Wedding Photographer
Congratulations on your engagement Alexis and Brandon, and thanks to Lisa for sharing these images with us!  

{ REAL MOUNTAIN WEDDINGS } Wedding Photography near Breckenridge, Colorado by Studio Kiva.

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The following photographs are from real mountain weddings near Breckenridge, Colorado.  Team Girtman of Studio Kiva have long been in the event scene in Summit County, Colorado and have been out taking lots of great photos and video of our section of the Rocky Mountains.  Once the summer settles down a bit, we'll be sharing their work for quite some time!

We'll be sharing lots of real weddings and more Q&A with real mountain couples as we progress in the development in the blog, but right now we're still finalizing our editorial timelines, wishlists, and vendor selection before settling into a routine that you'll come to love and enjoy.  Until then, enjoy the randomness while we test out new ideas and blog styles.

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography

Katie GIrtman© / Studio Kiva | studiokivawedding.com | Breckenridge Wedding Photography