Ways to See Your Guest's Wedding Photos

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Nowadays, professional photos aren’t the only high-quality images taken on your wedding day. Want to see it all? You’re in luck! This week I’m sharing my favorite four ways to see your guest’s wedding photos!

ways to see your guest's wedding photos

Lining up an excellent wedding photographer is definitely a top priority for your big day, but odds are, every one of your guests will have a phone on hand with a camera at the ready. Smartphone lenses are getting fancier and fancier, too, and most are capable of capturing some pretty stunning photos.

More than that, your friends and family can see all the moments you don’t throughout the day, and capture them in a way that only your closest circle can see. So trust me when I say, you’re going to love seeing the moments your guests capture throughout the day (especially while you’re waiting for the professional album!).

So how do you do it? People don’t upload all their photos to Facebook anymore, and you’re likely not going to text every guest and ask for what they shot on their phones. Some people use social media and abide by the ever-so-clever wedding hashtag, but you can’t count on everyone to do that, or guarantee the hashtag is free from typos. It can be a frustrating guessing game! So, without further ado, here are my top four ways to see your guest’s wedding photos:

Have disposable cameras on hand

These are still a thing… and they’re fun! If you’re asking friends to put their phones down during the event and be present, having disposable cameras at a photo booth or at each table can be a fun way to get your guests to be involved. 

Pros: A throw-back that brings a physical camera back into the photo capturing game, and a fun way to your guests actively involved.

Cons: Your guests won’t be able to see all the photos (unless you share the digital versions). 

Go retro with vintage instant (polaroid) cameras 

A collection of mini polaroid-style cameras (that spit out the actual tangible photo) on the spot is the best! A few popular ones are FujiFilm Intsax Mini cameras, which come in pastels to match your wedding colors, making them super-cool wedding party favors, as well. They are incredible easy to use, so everyone from the flower girl to your great grandma can figure it out. Just point, shoot and smile! 

Pros: These cameras are gorgeous and the instant prints are definitely scrapbook worthy.

Cons: It’s a bit spendy if you want one for each table, and you’ll want to keep all the photos for yourself (so you’ll have to remind the guests to leave their pics behind).

Share a Google Photos or DropBox link with your guests 

The most common method for collecting and sharing photos these days is Google Photos or DropBox. And the best part? They’re free to use (unless you exceed the free storage space). Share a link at your wedding (like leaving a QR code on the tables) and let everyone pile on their photos. Heads up, though… things could get messy when everyone contributes without any prior review, so take note on that! 

Pros: Easy-to-use, and apps are household names that people are probably already using, or at least familiar with. 

Cons: You’ll be left with a folder full of photos without any rhyme, reason, filenames or chronological order.

Photo Sharing (and facial recognition!) with Waldo 

One of my favorite ways to see your guest’s wedding photos is with a newer app called Waldo. It’s a photo app powered by facial recognition! With Waldo, wedding guests can submit selfies via text or app and then get notified every time they appear in a photo. You’ll get every photo uploaded in high-resolution, and guests can print directly from Waldo albums. Waldo will even drop ship them! Save your favorites and let your guests pick theirs, too. Who knows, their new profile pic might be from your big day!

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Colorado Photo Destinations

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When it comes to photo destinations, there are few locations, if any, that are better than Colorado. This Rocky Mountain state is home to some iconic destinations that are very popular with photographers, and there are plenty of unique, hidden gems to discover, as well. As a photographer, I feel so fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the country! Over the last 6.5 years, I’ve been lucky enough to explore some of the most beautiful placesplaces that serve as perfect backdrops for unforgettable photographs. There are so many to choose from, but here are just a few of my favorite Colorado photo destinations for portrait, family, engagement and wedding photography!

Colorado Photo Destinations
Sapphire Pointe Overlook

Sapphire Point Overlook 

This picturesque spot sits right between Keystone and Breckenridge on Swan Mountain Road, at an elevation of 9,500 feet. The overlook offers a stunning view of Dillon Reservoir, hemmed in by the Gore and Tenmile mountain ranges. Sapphire Point is a day-use area that can be reserved for two-hour blocks for private gatherings. It’s the only designated site where wedding ceremonies are permitted in the Dillon Ranger District! Interested? Reserve a block for your gathering and inquire about rates and session packages here.

The Donovan Pavilion (Vail, CO) 

The Donovan Pavilion is such a special place to capture the moment! For weddings large and small, for meetings, gatherings, or celebrations, anything where you want beautiful views, exceptional service, and memories to last a lifetime.

The space is absolutely beautiful, and perfect to be able to make what you want. The staff is prompt at answering questions and they allow brides and grooms to tour the venue several times to ensure they feel comfortable with all the details. It’s a perfect space for anyone looking for a rustic wedding (at a good value) in Vail.

The Donovan Pavilion

Rocky Mountain National Park 

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the 10 most visited national parks by National Geographic — and for good reason. This breathtaking space features 415 square miles of natural beauty. It features more than 300 miles of hiking trails to let you explore the sprawling protected area, so you could point your camera in any direction and get a good picture — the park is that amazing!

To get to RMNP, you’ll want to head north through Boulder and Lyons before heading into the mountains. Once you pass through Estes Park, you’re almost there… It’s just a short drive from there to the entrance of this beautiful park. For a price of $35 per vehicle or $20 per person, this awe-inspiring park is worth the small fee!

Rocky Mountain National Park

Boreas Pass Overlook

Perfect for any season, day or night, Boreas Pass is a beautiful drive along the Continental Divide. Stop at the overlook for gorgeous views of Breckenridge, with the resort standing tall behind it. Wildflowers line this road in the summer, fall offers the vibrant colors of the Aspen trees, and photos taken at night above the town are simply magic. (Check for road closures during the winter, or plan to hike if needed!)

Maroon Bells

If you’ve seen a picture of Colorado on Pinterest, there’s a good chance it was of Maroon Bells. And with good reason! It’s a quintessential spot for any list of Colorado Photo Destinations. The peaks tower over the surrounding landscape. and at 14,000 feet, it’s easy to view their magnificence from anywhere. The Maroon Bells are one of Colorado’s most iconic landscapes, and host around 300,000 visitors every year.

To get to Maroon Bells, I recommend taking a bus from Aspen, as there is very limited private vehicle access. The bus picks up at the Aspen Highlands and drops you off right at the Bells. It’ll cost you $5 on weekdays, and $10 on weekends, but the price is worth it for the view of these iconic Colorado Mountains!

Garden of the Gods Park 

Garden of the Gods is a natural landmark in the heart of Colorado Springs (and it happens to be a photographer’s dream). These towering, free-standing red sandstone features grab your attention and refuse to let it go. Outside the park, you can spot birds and trees dotted along the rocks, and even rock climbers from time to time. Inside the park, the north end of Juniper Way Loop gives you a perfect view of the Garden in its full glory.

Garden of the Gods Park

Paint Mines

Stepping into Paint Mines Interpretive Park feels like stepping into an alien landscape. It’s full of colorful clay originally collected by Native Americans in the area to paint. The small, shallow canyons provide unique backgrounds for every photo you take. It’s a textural dream unique to Colorado without classic mountain background! Enjoy your time hiking through the mines as you think about the rich history that this land holds.

Paint Mines

Traveling within my own state is something I’ve definitely taken advantage of over my time in this beautiful place. Just passing through? Be sure to capture your time in this amazing landscape. You’ll be glad you did! Colorado Native? Sometimes getting out of our comfort zone (and trying out new locations) forces us to get creative… that’s why I love exploring this state so much!

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