John Gibson Photography

Old Colorado City Engagement – Annemarie & Justin

Colorado Springs Wedding Photographers

It’s been raining here in Colorado. A lot. Like a whole lot. When it came time for Annemarie & Justin’s Old Colorado City engagement session perfect weather was delivered right on cue. We couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to work with this awesome and dynamic couple. This was one of those engagement sessions where we knew, without looking at the back of the camera, that the photos were going to jump off the page.

With varied locations including Old Colorado City, The Mining Exchange Hotel, and a secluded area overlooking Garden of the Gods, the variety fit these two perfectly. We’re thrilled that we only have to wait until October to photograph the wedding! By the way, the smiles of pure joy on the faces of Annemarie and Justin are so contagious that you must scroll down with caution. You’ve been warned!

Old Colorado City Engagement
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Wow, this year seemed to fly by. Graduation ceremonies and parties are are in full swing for the Class of 2015, while the Class of 2016 is waiting in the wings. We’re excited to conclude our senior portraits features for the Class of 2015 with our very own senior, Caitlin. Caitlin has been a dancer since the age of 7. This year she focused on ballet and pointe at the wonderful Barbara Ellis Studio of Dance in Colorado Springs. The studio provided the backdrop for some of Caitlin’s photos. Family vacations to Oregon and Florida provided even more amazing locations. We love you, Caitlin, and so excited for your college years and bright future! Congratulations on an amazing senior year:)

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It’s spring cleaning time! We have some gently used camera gear for sale, so if you’re in the market for market you’ve come to the right place! Everything is sold as-is. We’ll describe each item accurately and honestly and can provide additional details and photos if you like. Our prices are firm and we accept Square Cash or Paypal. Buyer is responsible for actual insured shipping charges and may choose the carrier (UPS, FedEx, or USPS Priority Mail). Please contact us if you have any questions!

D700 Camera Body – SOLD

This is first of two D700 camera bodies available. It has 20,320 clicks on the shutter and is in excellent cosmetic shape. It comes with all original packaging and accessories, as well as a second genuine Nikon EN-EL3e battery pack.

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D700 Camera Body – SOLD

This is the second of two D700 camera bodies available. It has 24,689 clicks on the shutter and is also in excellent cosmetic shape. It comes with all original packaging and accessories, as well as a second genuine Nikon EN-EL3e battery pack. It also comes with a second, BM-9 LCD monitor cover in an unopened package. One note about this camera is that it has a broken compact flash pin. Fortunately it is an unused pin and the camera has operated flawlessly without it for over 2 years.

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D300 Camera Body – SOLD

This lovely camera has been with us since 2009. It’s still a baby with only 13,117 clicks on the shutter and is in excellent cosmetic shape. It comes with all original packaging and accessories.

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Nikon 17-55 f/2.8 DX Lens – SOLD

We purchased this lens in 2009 along with the D300. It’s very sharp and is in excellent cosmetic shape. The glass is clean and clear with minimal dust. It comes with all original packaging and accessories.

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Nikon 50 f/1.8D Lens – SOLD

The nifty fifty is a great all around and inexpensive lens. This copy is sharp and in excellent cosmetic shape. The glass is clean and clear with minimal dust. It comes with all original packaging and accessories.

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Nikon 18-105 f/3.5-5.6 DX Lens – SOLD

This lens was purchased in a white box from B&H, but is a US model and not an import. It’s a great walk around lens and has been hardly used. The glass is clean and clear with minimal dust. It comes with all original packaging and accessories.

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Nikon 24-120 f/3.5-5.6 Lens – SOLD

This lens was part of a D700 kit. It’s also a great walk around lens and has been hardly used. The glass is clean and clear with minimal dust. It comes with all original packaging and accessories.

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Boda V3 Camera Bag with Waist Strap – SOLD

The Boda V3 is a well designed, walk around camera bag. The bag is unused and still has the original tags attached. It comes with both a shoulder strap and a waist strap.

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Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack – SOLD

The SD-9 battery pack provides extra power for SB-900 or SB-910 Speedlights. Both have seen use but are in good cosmetic shape. They come with all original packaging and accessories.

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Kirk L Bracket for D700 – SOLD

This Kirk L Bracket is for D700 cameras without grip. It has minor marks on the finish from use. It comes with a mounting screw and allen wrench. I do not have the original packaging.

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Thanks for looking!

Colorado Wedding Photography – Year in Review 2014

Colorado Springs Wedding Photographers

We’re a little late posting our Colorado wedding photography year in review for 2014 so please forgive the tardiness. Last year was a great leap forward for our business and we were fortunate to cover so many great love stories. Rather than choose “best of” selection of photographs from previous blog posts, we decided to start from scratch and pull from the archives. It was a ton of fun looking back and reliving these moments. It was even more fun putting together a blog post of brand new frames. In a departure from our typical blogging style we’re including a little back story for each image. So grab the popcorn and join us in looking back at 2014!

By the way, please vote for your favorite by clicking the heart in the upper left corner of each photo!

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The clouds and wind kicked up at the end of Abbey & Chris’s engagement session. The outdoor fire pit at Cheyenne Mountain Resort came to the rescue was to warm things up. The flames also provided an awesome foreground for this photo.

 

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This is a “paparazzi” shot of Jessica & Peter through the trees at Bear Creek Park. One of the (many) things we love about Colorado is the fact that photo sessions are great any time of year.

 

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Reflection shots are always cool. Because they are. Jenny & Matt lit up Old Colorado City on a chilly day.

 

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The second kiss is often better than the first kiss, especially with an amazing background and guests looking on and smiling. We love this shot of Abbey & Chris at Spruce Mountain Ranch.

 

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A photo with personality is often better and more meaningful than a perfectly posed shot. Alyssum & Cullen sticking their tongues out at one another in this photo certainly qualifies.

 

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Many of our weddings are outside, but Shove Chapel is awesome and we gladly welcomed a change of pace. This backlit shot of Jill & Gary really works in monochrome.

 

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This is the only photo in the post without a bride, and Jill & Blake’s little boy and ring bearer is the only worthy replacement. All together now: “aaaawwww!”

 

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Here’s a behind the scenes shot that tells a story. The wonderful staff at Cheyenne Mountain Resort gave Alyssum & Cullen a ride to the other side of the lake in a golf cart to help fulfill our vision for a shot.

 

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An action shot complete with cake flying through air made the blog post for Juli & Jeremy’s Crooked Willow Farms wedding. They kissed and made up with cake on their faces in the aftermath. Fun stuff!

 

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Our time with Mikia & Dustin was short, but we found time to swing by Ute Valley Park to grab some shots of just the two of them before their reception.

 

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This is a shot from our second session with Lisa & Andy, a session that was dependent on mother nature and an open schedule. Snow + Garden of the Gods + a great couple = fantastic photos.

 

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Sometimes it’s a joke and sometimes it’s the keen telepathic powers that couples in love develop. Whatever it is we don’t care, as long as our timing is perfect to nail the shot. Take Stacy & Evan, for example.

 

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A flower girl, a bride, and a minister walked into The Broadmoor, and we captured this moment just before Lisa & Steven’s ceremony. Words aren’t necessary.

 

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Proposals are challenging to photograph, especially when you’ve never met the groom. Thank goodness for technology. Of course she said YES!

 

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Laurie & David’s Cheyenne Mountain Resort wedding was all about family and togetherness. They involved everyone in the celebration, and the Hora highlighted the fun and excitement of their special day.

 

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Incorporating meaningful locations for engagement sessions works wonders. We visited a number of such places with Natalie & Steven, creating new memories rather than roll out a forgettable look-at-the-camera-and-smile routine.

 

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As Evan & Stacy’s reception began to wind down we carved out time for a few more photos of just the two of them. The Club at Flying Horse offered so many choices we could have carried on for hours.

Bridal Extravaganza 2015 – Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Colorado Springs Wedding Photographers

It’s engagement season which means it’s also bridal show season. We’re excited to not only be participating in Bridal Extravaganza again this year, we’re also a platinum sponsor! We will have a very nice prize up for grabs in the $20,000 Grand Wedding Sweepstakes to be given away at the show. Stop by our booth to chat about your big day, see our latest sample albums, and take advantage of our day of show specials. By the way there is always free chocolate at our booth. Always.

Bridal Extravaganza 2015 will be on Sunday, January 25th from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at beautiful Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This is the biggest and best bridal show in Southern Colorado so don’t miss out. For more information and to request your complimentary invitation visit the Bridal Extravaganza web site. Be sure to stick around for the fashion show at 4 p.m. because that’s when the big winners will be announced, and you must be present to win.

Below are some photos of our booth at last year’s show for your viewing pleasure. See you there!

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