Newborn Itty Bitty | Gillette, Wyoming

Itty bitty fingers, itty bitty toes. Litte squishy smiles, and an itty bitty nose! 

Newborn snuggles are simply good for the soul. You forget how little their features are...until you hold them, cuddle them, & wrap them to keep warm. This little mister was an absolute dream to have in the studio. He slept soundly his entire session! He even shared with us a few cute little smiles. Welcome to the world little one, the Hagen family is in 7th heaven to finally have you here! 

Mr. & Mrs. Baker - Gillette, Wyoming Fall Wedding

Floral: Crazy Daisy Floral
Cake: J-Cakes
Photography: PhoenixPhotos Photography
Reception Venue: Cam-Plex Frontier Hall
Catering: Pokeys

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Jace and Brandi said, "I Do" on quite possibly the windiest fall day in Campbell County. The trees literally flew through their air as we captured their family portraits at the park. Magically, when it came to picture time, the weather calmed just long enough for us to get outside, and take advantage of the stunning October colors here in Gillette, WY. This has to be the most picturesque weekend wedding we had this fall. 

Every detail of their day was beautiful. From burlap, to lace, to baby's breath cut bouquets. and grandpas heart tucked into the brides dress. Every detail was carefully curated to provide for the most flawless wedding day! 

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Jace and Brandi Baker! 
 

Class of 2019 VIP Senior Model Application

 

 

What is a "Senior Model?"

You are the face of PhoenixPhotos Photography! We show you what a fun and memorable experience senior shoots with us are, and to enjoy the quality of our products! As a Senior Model for PhoenixPhotos Photography, you'll enjoy many benefits our regular clients don't typically get to! You'll have first access to early shoot dates, and the option for multiple shoots. But mostly, you, and YOUR parents will also appreciate the higher referral rate credit for sending us new clients!

Professional Makeup is required & included for our Senior model shoots! 

What are you agreeing to as a model?

If you are selected by our team. you are agreeing to use PhoenixPhotos Photography as your exclusive senior portrait photographer. We'll expect you to refer our name and contact information to all of your friends, share and post about us on your social media accounts and let everyone know about how wonderful your experience was with our photographer. There will be several modeling and fun opportunities throughout the year. PhoenixPhotos will be hosting an all out Senior Bash with some of our favorite local vendors - exclusive to our VIP's, and their Senior Friends! Who doesn't like to get fancy once in awhile!  Not only will you receive an excellent deal on your senior session - but you'll also get to multiple opportunities to model for our style team, in all different season! 

How to be chosen:

We are looking for outgoing, fashionable, active teens in multiple areas. You do NOT need to be an experienced model, or have any level of specific experience.  We simply want someone who will be energetic, and have fun with our team as we work together over the course of the next year!

Program cost: Our VIP Senior Model will receive their session at a special discounted rate. Saving nearly $300 on just your session! 

Credits: Each time someone books with us and mentions YOU as the referer, you'll be credited with $20 towards your final print and product package! Refer 5 friends, and receive all your prints/announcements/products (up to a $500 value) ***FREE***

We will be selecting THREE candidates this year. In order to be considered, you must be from the following communities:
Wright, WY
Casper, WY
Glenrock, WY
Gillette, WY
Moorcroft, WY
Newcastle/Upton, WY


If you or someone you know might be interested, please fill out the information below!!! 

 

 

Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone
What High School will you graduate from?
My parents are aware that I want to participate as a model for the Senior VIP Program? *
Tell us a little about your involvement!
I understand Professional Makeup application is included and provided, but hairstyling is not
I understand I would receive a discounted rate for my session
I understand that being a Senior VIP Model for PhoenixPhotos means I will only use their studio for my Senior Portraits. *
I am open to listening to suggestions for styling and posing. *
I will tell all my friends about the amazing time I always have with PhoenixPhotos.
I'm ready to have fun and represent PhoenixPhotos *

How to Hire Wedding Photographers

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Every year, we get a few brides who contacts our studio, inquiring of options to "REDO" their wedding portraits. It breaks my heart each and every time as I hear their story of why their initial photographer failed them. When you hire a photographer, you invest in their business, time, and talent. What you expect to receive for such investment, is a finished product. With this said, I feel many don't know, or may not be educated on how to pick a photographer that suits you! 

A good photographer will work for their clients. A GREAT photographer will spend tireless hours staying up to date on the latest equipment, continually learning and expanding to curate their skill. We each have our own niche we are experts at, but there is never a photographer who is perfect at it all. It takes time, learning, careful practice, and lots and lots of paitence. Photography for our studio is much more than a "hobby". We run a full service business. Meaning, on any given session, I spend anywhere from 4-6 hours from start to finish...Even if I was only with the client for 45 minutes! 

With this said, Wedding photography is particularly tricky business to be in. There are trends, enormous amount of equipment, hours upon hours of editing, ordering, designing albums, etc. Wedding photographers shouldn't just show up on your wedding day, take pictures, and then deliver them to you! Every business operates differently - and if this is the experience you're looking for, we may possibly not be the right shoe for you! We edit all our images. We take time to meticulously take care of all the details. We polish our skill often, and take endless amounts of extended learning opportunities to better our expertise. When you hire our studio for your wedding, we want you 100% confident you don't have to worry about your wedding photography! 

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It kills me when brides have to have a re do! You cannot simply re do all those memories. Why did it not get done right the first time? As I have come to know these couples, the most common reason their originally hired photographer failed them, is because the client didn't ask the right questions. 9 time out of 10, bridal parties are ill-informed on what experience they want to have from their wedding photographer, and more importantly, how to ask what experience they will receive for the investment they spent! It is truly disheartening to have Brides having to spend even MORE money in their first couple years of marriage, trying to capture these precious memories to stand the test of time, long after they said I do.

One of these Brides who has reached out to our studio, allowed us to document her story. Meet our friend Kacie!

"Last year I got married to the love of my life, but unfortunately my wedding photos didn’t turn out. Phoenix Photography made all of my anger, sadness, and anxiety about that beautiful day and those photos go away! She was so much fun to work with, and was amazing at placing us to get the perfect picture. She was open to ideas I had and certain photos I wanted, but had plenty of beautiful and exciting ideas of her own! I am so thankful for her and everything she did for us! Thank you Deanna! I am beyond in love with the photos!" - Kacie

Kacie struggled for an entire year, not wanting to share her images with family and friends to display, not proud of the outcome of hiring the photographer she selected. Once she received her wedding portraits, she realized she missed out on a great opportunity to have wonderful, beautiful portraits of her day. That's when she found us! She contacted us a year after being married, to dress up once again in their wedding attire, and take some portraits of her, and her now husband! This would not replace any memories she has of her day. Instead, create additional to make light of an unfortunate scenario. You invest money into all the details of your wedding day, a wedding photographer will have a trained eye to look for these details, and special moments.

So, by sharing Kacie's story, we'd like to remind that not every photographer, is a WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER. Below we've compiled a list of questions you should ask any photographer you meet for your wedding, and if they don't come back with an answer you like, DON'T HIRE THEM! Save yourself the time, and money, and invest once! Most professional studios allow payment plans, etc to assist the budget-friendly brides! If you have any questions on hiring a photographer, or how to get the answers you need, consult us! We have no qualms about referring professional photographers that will fit you just right! Even if it isn't our studio, we would rather you end up with someone who is your going to be a perfect match for you on your big day! 

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QUESTIONS TO ASK!!!!!

Do you have my date available? 
How far in advance do I need to book with you?
How long have you been in business?
How many weddings have you shot? Have you done many that were similar to mine in size and style?
How would you describe your photography style (e.g. traditional, photojournalistic, creative)?
How would you describe your working style? 
What do you think distinguishes your work from that of other photographers?
Do you have a portfolio I can review? Are all of the images yours, and is the work recent?
What is your policy for equipment failure, do you have a backup?
Do you edit my images?
Do you shoot in color and black & white? 
Are you willing to communicate with me about specific shots we would like?
Can you put together a slideshow of the images for us to download? Do you have video capturing capabilities? 
What information do you need from me before the wedding day?
Have you ever worked with my florist? DJ? Coordinator, etc.? 
May I see samples of your wedding photography both indoors and outdoors? 
Are you the photographer who will shoot my wedding? If so, will you have any assistants with you on that day? If not, who will be taking the pictures and can I meet them before my wedding?
Do you have backup equipment? What about a backup plan if you (or my scheduled photographer) are unable to shoot my wedding for some reason?
If my wedding site is out of your area, do you charge a travel fee and what does that cover?
Are you photographing other events on the same day as mine?
How will you (and your assistants) be dressed? 
Is it okay if other people take photos while you're taking photos?
Have you ever worked at my wedding site before? 
If my event lasts longer than expected, will you stay? Is there an additional charge?
What packages do you offer?
Can I customize a package based on my needs?
Do you include engagement photos in your packages?
What type of album designs do you offer? Do you provide any assistance in creating an album?
Do you provide retouching, color adjustment or other corrective services?
How long after the wedding will I get the proofs? Will they be viewable online? Download?
What is the ordering process?
How long after I order my photos/album will I get them?
When will I receive a written contract? TIP: Don't book a photographer—or any vendor—who won't provide a written contract.
How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? Do you offer a payment plan?
What is your refund/cancellation policy?
Do you carry liability insurance?

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These should help you find the perfect photographer. Although some of these questions may seem tideous to some, these very questions are answered in each and every one of our bridal consultations, so that you can rest assured you're making the right decision for you! 

*Disclaimer* our studio has no issues referring to other professionals. If during a consultation we feel we are not the best suited for your event, we will be happy to discuss other options with you! Hiring us is very much us hiring our clients as well. We have to have a good relationship, and communication in order to have a successful event. Therefore, if there is a style difference, we can make references to a photographer who might better suit your style!

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What to Wear for your Fall Portraits

Many have been reaching out to our studio inquiring what is recommended to wear this time of year! For our area (North Eastern Wyoming) we get a short window for the fall foliage to cooperate with those bright vivid colors. With this said, we recommended deep color tones! Not every individual in your group needs to match the exact same color. Choose an accent color, pattern or simply select a pallet. 

 

Really great colors for this fall are burgundy, plum wild berry, mocha, mustard, tangerine, and mauve! We are in love with these fall color picks!!  

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Don't love this look for your family? No worries! Each individual has their own taste, and style. Taking time to curate your wardrobe will offer you the prime fall portraits your seeking to find. Not sure if what you have picked out goes together? No problem, message our studio with what you have picked out, and we are happy to assist with making suggestions. Most have items right in their own closet that would accent and work perfectly with what they have. Need something new? Our local stores are limited on what they can provide style wise last minute. We do have one Boutique in town that always has the latest fashion trends and color schemes in all sizes. Visit Tin Wagon Boutique for more information on how they can assist in styling your fall portraits. 

 

One helpful suggestion we offer, is start with moms wardrobe first. Nailing down what mom is comfortable in, and feels most confident in is a great starting point. Design the children, and dads outfit around moms to coordinate them together. More color pallet selections can be seen below:  

 

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