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Sneak Peek: Erica and Brett Wedding

We had a lot of fun shooting Erica’s and Brett’s wedding in Manitou Springs. I’m currently going through all of the images and picking my favorites, so I will certainly have a lot to show you. Stay tuned!

Honeycutt wedding #1

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July 8, 2010 - 4:32 pm

Erica - Can’t wait to see the rest of them! You were awesome! We loved taking the pictures with you guys…

Erica Lacey and Brett: Engagement

He came to help her move to her new apartment and stayed in her life from that moment on. He promised her to be a great husband and an amazing father to Lacey’s 7 year old daughter Kyliegh. With no doubt, it is a match made in Heaven. We are honored to be their photographers for their favorite day!

Recently we had a chance to shoot a fabulous engagement session at their apartment where they met and decided to get married! It was one of the most fab photo sessions I had in a long time. Cannot wait to see what the wedding day holds for us!!!

Erica and Brett #1

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June 5, 2010 - 5:52 am

Brett & Lacey - These are absolutely awesome! We were so excited to see them this morning and can’t wait for the wedding! You guys create the most amazing images!

June 5, 2010 - 9:08 am

Marek - Wow, superb. What a depth of field! 1 or more flashes?

June 5, 2010 - 1:45 pm

Amit - Nice pics. Which lens/lenses did you use?

June 6, 2010 - 1:57 am

Nasim Mansurov - Thank you guys, we are glad that you liked the pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

June 6, 2010 - 1:58 am

Nasim Mansurov - Thank you Marek!

We used up to three flashes for the photo shoot. Here are some details on how the session was shot.

June 6, 2010 - 1:59 am

Nasim Mansurov - Amit, thank you for your feedback!

We used only two lenses for this photo shoot – Nikon 50mm f/1.4G and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G as explained in detail here.

June 7, 2010 - 7:51 am

Shahnoza - Love the interior design of condo and pictures are fabulous! Congrats to Brett and Lacey ๐Ÿ™‚

July 5, 2010 - 12:28 pm

Bryan Agoncillo - Currently researching on good engagement shots for my teams first engagement shot with a client… I have done this before in similar situation but never with a couple usually group shots for events & beauty pageants… This one is great…

Beautiful Images Great Ideas.. Thanks for Sharing.

July 21, 2010 - 5:30 am

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August 19, 2010 - 2:13 pm

James - love your style shoot.
Thanks for share.


It is always nice to attend events organized by professionals in the wedding industry. ISES is an organization that unites some of the best professionals. You can imagine what happens when the best of the event planning world get together. I decided to take my camera along for a ride to make sure I snap some images of the IRON ISES event. I also wanted to take the new Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G for a ride. Should I spare the “I loved it” part for later? ๐Ÿ™‚

So, the IRON ISES event was organized as a competition base for vendors. Teams were formed and competition started. It wasn’t just a “show me your portfolio” kind of competition. It was more about “here is what we have, build something out of it” type of competition. Boy, was I glad that I was the photographer ๐Ÿ˜€

There were three competitor tables and all of them did very well. I am not a designer per Se. But my eyes (and my lens) had so much fun looking at the designs. Here are some of the images:

Iron ISES #1

I love the shallow depth of field the new Nikon 24mm f/1.4G gives you. The bokeh is just so delicious, it makes the pear twice more appetizing! This is one of my favorite images of the day.

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Andrea and Dan: Wedding

Dan and Andrea owe their meeting to one person, Corrie Quinn Dreher. Corrie is Andrea’s oldest friend (since she was 4!), and before moving to Alaska, was a social worker in Denver, sharing an office with Dan. After realizing that both Dan and Andrea would not stop talking about their obsession with the semi-obscure band Swell Season, among other mutual interests, she decided to remotely introduce them. They emailed a couple of times and met in person a couple of months later during one of Andrea’s visits to see Corrie in Denver in early 2008. Needless to say, they hit it off. The first date of Cajun breakfast, Red Rocks and a brewery tour, was followed by a few months of long distance. Neither of them being a fan of long distance, Andrea moved to Denver in September 2008 and as they say, the rest is history. On March 21st, Andrea walked down the aisle to a Swell Season song, which they thought was only appropriate, to marry Dan at Wild Basin Lodge, high up in the Rocky Mountains… And of course Corrie was a bridesmaid! ๐Ÿ™‚

Andrea and Dan Wedding #1

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March 30, 2010 - 1:52 am

WebMonster - The expected photos of the wedding! Great shots, perfec bride and groom! And you still have snow ower there?! It must have been cold for bride in her gorgeous dress?

We have lost most of our wedding photos, and were even thinking of making a photoshot as if new-weds :)) So, we will need your help there ๐Ÿ™‚

March 30, 2010 - 2:11 am

Husnora - Qor bo’lsa ham kun quyoshli ekan, yahshi.
Hammasi yoqdi, lekin 1242 is my fav.

March 30, 2010 - 4:01 am

Ksuma - how do you manage to make people cry with your photos :)?! love every single one of them! truly envy these people that they’ve had both of you on their wedding…

March 30, 2010 - 4:50 am

Dilorom - Ohh, 532 Dahshat!!!

March 30, 2010 - 1:23 pm

Lola Mansurov - You can count on it :)!

It was pretty intensely cold! But we managed to get some nice shots outside.

March 30, 2010 - 1:24 pm

Lola Mansurov - Bir kun oldin daxshat bo’ron bo’lgandi. Ozgina quyosh chiqib turganiga ham hursand edimku, lekin shu direct sunlight bilan ishlash ancha qiyin.

March 30, 2010 - 1:25 pm

Lola Mansurov - Ksumka, you are always too nice to me ๐Ÿ™‚ But I know that you are the sweetest person. These words coming from you mean a lot to us!! Kiss my Jovchik for me, please!

March 30, 2010 - 1:25 pm

Lola Mansurov - Rahmat, Dilorom ๐Ÿ™‚

March 31, 2010 - 12:29 am

Yenge - Tasmali Pentax apparatimni qo’limga olgan birinchi kunim umrimda birinchi va hozircha oxirgi marta to’yni rasmga tushurgandim. Boshidagi rasmlar mandayam xuddi shunaga kompozitsiyada edi. Eslatvordiz o’sha damlarni ๐Ÿ™‚
ฤฐjodizga gap yoq! Har doim fotosessiyalarizda quyosh siz xohlaganday porlasin deb duo qipqoyay:)

March 31, 2010 - 12:43 am

Yenge - Aytgancha,birinchi rasmning aytmoqchi bo’lgan gapi super!

March 31, 2010 - 7:23 am

WebMonster - Guys, can you recomend us what flash to buy? I have no idea what flash to use and how to use it. Would you suggest something low-budget and good quality for my Canon? Thanks

April 2, 2010 - 1:39 am

Nasim Mansurov - WebMonster, what is your budget for a flash? There are many different options and you can buy flashes to be used only on your camera, or flashes that can be used both on and off-camera. The Canon 580EX II is the best flash you can buy for Canon, which has a PC sync port for off-camera flash work. There are other cheaper brands such as Vivitar that also work well, but not in TTL (through the lens) mode, so you would have to shoot in manual mode…

April 9, 2010 - 1:07 pm

Vish - Hi, What lens did you use for the above photos?

April 23, 2010 - 11:47 pm

Nasim Mansurov - Vish, sorry for a late response! We used a variety of lenses, including Nikon 50mm f/1.4G, Nikon 16-35mm f/4.0G, Nikon 85mm f/1.4D and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II on Nikon D700 and D3s bodies.

May 27, 2010 - 6:51 pm

Harry - Fantastic shots, Nasim and Lola. I am taking my first step towards wedding photography. There are lots of information available over the internet. But, I think I would value a few pieces of advice from you, in terms of what to look for, what to carry in the gear. I have a Nikon D90, 18-200mm VRII, 50mm f1.8, tamron 90mm f2.8, SB600 flash + gary fong lightsphere, Graduated ND8, & CPL. Do you recommend additional lenses/lighting gear to go with?

Take care and god bless you both.

June 2, 2010 - 7:55 pm

Arlan - Nasim, Lola I’m really happy to know you, even by web. It’s so cool to have one interest and to improve your skill in these sphere. I’m glad because of knowing about you and your family. I’ve liked the photo’s from this wedding, especially 532, 1047, 1242, 315, 532, 1446, 1439, 1427. Did you used the flash in first dance and dance with her Dad?

June 5, 2010 - 11:45 am

Nasim Mansurov - Harry, sorry for a late response.

In terms of gear, I think you are all set for basic photography. The next step would be to invest in good lighting gear – off-camera strobes, reflectors, umbrellas and softboxes for different situations…

Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

June 5, 2010 - 11:47 am

Nasim Mansurov - Thank you Arlan! Yes, many of the photos indoors were taken with a flash (either on-camera bounced flash, or off-camera flash shot through an umbrella).

Wonderful Sunday

It snowed and snowed on Friday. At times I was worried of how we would get to the wedding in Allenspark, CO on Sunday. I never doubt my husband’s driving skills, not for a second there! But hearing how parts of I-25 were closed because of horrible accidents was a little crazy.

Sunday the 21st was the day when I was going to miss the Wedding preview event that I was dying to attend. Excuses? Why, yes! I was trembling from fear and my knees kept on softening every step of they way! With my husband’s strong support and love, we drove away to the mountains to document a wedding. The roads were clear, sun was very friendly to us. But the wind kept on going so hard, it almost took my make up right out of my face. At one point, I thought I would join the bridal party to redo my facial mural. Great, I thought to myself. Soft knees, eyes popping wide open from fear and smudged make-up was all I needed to boost my confidence.

The Wild Basin Lodge was amazing! Bride and groom, stunning! The family couldn’t be any nicer to us, strangers, with black, heavy and bulky equipment! As the day kept on unraveling itself and the wedding going beautifully in harmony with every little tune of the nature, I thanked God for the opportunity to document such a stunning, lively, dazzling, once-in-a-lifetime event in the lives of two beautiful individuals. Soft knees were the thing of the past!

I haven’t had a chance to look at all the pictures yet, but wanted to give you a quick teaser before I reveal the whole shebang from one of the most beautiful weddings!

Andrea and Dan Wedding #2

Andrea and Dan Wedding #1

March 22, 2010 - 11:33 am

Ksuma - OK, you teased us enough! Can’t wait to see the pictures!!!!

March 24, 2010 - 11:10 am

Nasim Mansurov - Soon, very soon ๐Ÿ™‚

March 30, 2010 - 1:26 am

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