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John & Carmela

We’re John & Carmela, and this is our boutique photography studio in Colorado Springs, CO. We’re a husband and wife team and yep, that’s us in the photo above. The scenic beauty of Colorful Colorado is amazing and we’re thrilled to call this place home. We’ve had the privilege of meeting and photographing a lot of really awesome people, which is the best part of what we do.

Our road to the wonderful world of professional photography wasn’t a straight one, but the view from where we are now is fantastic. Neither of us recalls being born with a camera in hand, but one thing we’ve both always loved is people watching and telling stories. Those skills come in handy along with a calm, and often silly, demeanor to make sure everyone is comfortable and having fun.

We believe that real interaction provides the soul of a good photograph. We believe this is a people-first business. We believe in capturing a mix of brilliant artwork and real emotion. We believe in providing a memorable, relaxed experience. We believe in offering artisan, hand-crafted products that will last for generations. We believe photographs should be preserved and enjoyed with children, grandchildren, and many generations to come.

From engagements to weddings, pregnancy to infants, children to high school seniors, and families of any size, we strive to earn the trust and exceed the expectations of each client. We’d be honored to earn yours. Our sincere thanks for taking a look at our work, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

What Our Clients Are Saying…

John and Carmela are a great team. They sat down with us to discuss ideas for our Engagement shoot. Since my husband and I didn't really have many suggestions we let them come up with ideas and they did a great job. We received so many compliments on our photos. Then we sat down and discussed the wedding day and the plan for the day. They worked with us for 12 hours on the wedding day and we had it planned out what was going to happen and who was going to be with us taking the photos.

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Our Vision

There is more to photography than proper exposure, elegant settings, and flattering poses. Reflecting personalities, relationships, emotions, and telling a unique story transforms good photographs into images you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Our vision is simple: capture special moments in time, create brilliant images, and provide an awesome experience. Not only that, we want those images to last a lifetime in albums on your coffee table and artwork on your walls.

Working With US

So you’ve found us (of course), viewed our work, and would like to get the process started. Awesome! Perhaps you have some questions, would like more information, or would like to see if we’re available on your wedding date. No problem! Get in touch with us just as soon as ready to learn more. We’ll set up a time where we can all meet in person (or via Skype if you’re out of town) so have your calendar handy.
Alright, we’re available on your wedding date so it’s time for Step 2. We will all meet together at Trulife Studios, our home studio, or other mutually agreeable location. If you’re out of town we like to use Skype. Here’s our chance to get to know each other a little bit. We’d love to hear all about your wedding plans as well as your goals for photography. You can look at and touch our fine art albums, canvas gallery wraps, and other products. We’ll also review all our packages and pricing details and find the right collection for you. The only thing left at this step is a signed agreement and retainer fee, and just like that we’re booked!
Woo hoo! The paperwork is out of the way so now it’s on to the fun part–planning your photo session and shooting some pictures. We will work with you to pick out special locations that are meaningful to you and reflect your unique personality. If you haven’t experienced a shoot like ours you’re in for a treat! Our sessions last 2+ hours with multiple locations and wardrobe changes if you like. We will set up some posed shots, but we love to capture great shots while you are just having fun! Enjoy yourself and feel like a model for a few hours. Couples and families will be able to interact while we shoot away. Seniors are welcome to bring someone along to share in the fun.
We typically put up a couple teaser shots on Facebook within a day or so of your shoot, just to whet your appetite. Editing the entire set usually takes bout 2 weeks for portrait shoots and 3 weeks for weddings. Once they’re ready it’s time to view your proofs! Portrait clients, you’ll view your proofs in our home studio on our large, color-corrected monitor. You can make product choices and place your order at this time. Wedding clients, we’ll post your photos to our online proofing gallery. You may begin choosing photos for your album and other products. You may also place additional product orders at this time. We’re almost there…
The fifth, final, and perhaps best step, artwork for your home! That means your order was delivered to us and meets our quality standards. We will not only deliver your products to your home, but we will even install any large prints you’ve ordered. If you’re an out of town client, your products will be shipped to your door with tracking and insurance. Any issues? We’ll address them. Forget to order something? We’ll take care of it. All that’s left to do is sit back and enjoy beautiful photos (and memories) that will last for generations.

Fine Art Albums & Products

Fine Art in a Book

Our fine art wedding albums are hand-crafted to display your wedding photos and enhance memories of your big day. The designs are created just for you and we make the process far easier than printing on your own. You approve everything before your album goes to print and we make sure it is absolutely perfect before delivery. The archival quality and beauty of a professional wedding album is simply beyond words. You’ve poured your heart and soul into your wedding day, so why not showcase your photos and memories in the best way possible.

Engagement Albums

Our engagement albums, like our fine art wedding albums, are printed on fine art quality paper, beautifully bound, and designed to last for generations. We take a selection of photos from your engagement shoot and create a custom design just for you. We leave white space throughout the book because it’s not just a photo album–it’s also a guest sign-in book for your wedding. We can also print all the way to the edge with no gap in the middle. Your guests can view your awesome photos and sign your book “yearbook style”. These books have been very popular so far and we’re proud to offer them. Take a look!

Digital Images

We’re delivering your wedding memories in style on our all new USB flash drives inside a custom box. These high-quality drives are made of bamboo with an aluminum clip, and come engraved with your names and wedding date. The custom box is made of Colorado-grown beetle kill pine trees and is of course Eco-friendly. USB flash drives are faster and more reliable than DVDs, and besides most new computers no longer include DVD drives. And oh yeah, they look awesome.

Investment

Our custom-designed wedding collections include an engagement portrait session, 8 hours of wedding day coverage by John and Carmela, fully edited digital images on a custom USB thumb drive, unlimited complimentary consultations and more. Fine art albums and anything from our full array of awesome products and services can be added to any collection à la carte. We also offer engagement and elopement collections and are more than happy to tailor a collection just for you! Please get in touch for detailed wedding pricing information.
All of our senior portrait collections are built à la carte, just for you. Our session fee includes a complimentary consultation for planning everything about your shoot, a 2+ hour portrait session at 2-3 locations of your choice, 5-10 of your images on Facebook to share with friends and family, one full-resolution image of your choice for the yearbook, and an in-studio review of all your proofs. Our awesome products are designed to showcase your artwork exactly how you want it. Please get in touch for detailed senior portrait pricing information.

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