CYBER SPECIAL | Products {Save 50% OFF}

Happy CYBER MONDAY all! Who doesn’t love a GREAT DEAL?! What makes these deals even greater however is the fact that they aren’t just here for one day but extend through the entire week. Ardent Products will be 50% off from today through December 5th. For pricing, more info or to place your order feel free to contact us at info@ardentphotographyinc.com! Here is the only fine print: photos used for products must have been taken by Ardent and taxes/shipping are not discounted. Happy Shopping…

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Riley & Brandon | Engagement {Douglas WY Wedding Photographer}

Meet Riley & Brandon… When these two asked us if we would be up for shooting their engagement session on Brandon’s ranch just outside of Douglas, we said YES YES YES. That is right up our alley and we loved getting to explore their property and photograph these them in their element. Old barns, rustic corral fences, wide open spaces… what started as a fun afternoon led to some beautiful images. Excited to show off our faves and excited for their wedding next year!

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vendors we ♥ | 6 grand {live wedding band in wyoming}

We get asked for recommendation on DJ’s ALL THE TIME. People want the music at their wedding to be modern. They think about the fine line that exists when you hand someone a mic and place them in charge of your event. Will they do a good job keeping guests engaged and the events flowing? Will they talk TOO much and not let people enjoy their night. Will they play the right kind of music? I think overall couples are looking for someone professional who will MC their event while entertaining guests in a way that is memorable. What if besides being memorable, your wedding MC could also be unique, personal, creative and one of the BEST VENDOR DECISIONS you make for your wedding? This is the category we would place Cheyenne based band ’6 Grand’ in. Not only have we heard amazing things about them but we also got to see them in action for ourselves this past wedding season. They kept the night moving along at a great pace, interacted with guests, not only played but also LEARNED a custom first dance song and made their night absolutely unforgettable. If you are looking for someone awesome to handle music at your wedding look no further! Here are their answers to our interview questions, what a great way to get to know them a bit better:

Who are the members of 6 Grand?

6 Grand was formed by 6 friends who love music, love to perform and love having a good time.  While we’re not planning on quitting our day jobs (yet!) we are very committed to playing music that allows people to have fun and enjoy a great night out.

Bob Damey – Keyboards and lead vocals.  Worship Director at Cheyenne Hills Church, originally from Denver, CO

Devin Smith – Drums and vocals. Devin is a Cheyenne native, he owns DDS Inc. in Cheyenne

JP Fluellen – Guitar and vocals – He’s the “Rockin Realtor” of Cheyenne, originally from North Dakota

Misty Savage – Lead Vocals.  Comes from Dallas, TX and is employed by Climb Wyoming

Rob Housman – Bass guitar.  From Chicago, IL- Community Pastor at Cheyenne Hills Church

Bill Snow – Guitar and vocals – Cheyenne native – Junior High science teacher
How did you decide on your band name?

6000 ft. is the approx. elevation of Cheyenne, WY- the place where all of our paths/lives converged nearly 10 years ago.
What do you remember most about the very first gig you ever played? 

It was a private party in friends’ unfinished basement, and it felt like and was decorated like a cool downtown nightclub.
How important in your opinion is hiring good wedding photographer when planning a wedding? 

Probably the single most important entity, they are hired to capture the moment of a life event.
What do you enjoy about playing at weddings? 

The energy of family and friends gathered together.
Why should a newly engaged couple invest in a live band for their big day?

A fun live band that interacts with the people can create some really fun memories for both the couple and their family and friends.  We have a blast when playing and hope that it rubs off onto the people who are there to celebrate such a special day.
What do you feel is the main thing that differentiates you from other live music choices in our area? 

Our diversity of music and the presentation of the music is what sets us apart. Folks that come to our events or shows tend to stay for the entire time, often because they “wanted to see what was going to happen next”.

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KRISTIN & TODD | ENGAGEMENT {Estes Park, CO}

One of the biggest compliments we receive is when a family that we have worked with in the past returns to us when they need photos once again. A few years ago we got to work with Kim & Jordan on their wedding at Brookside Gardens. Rick and I remember two things about her sister Kristin: her mad photo skillz of which Kim’s engagement photos were proof and her BIG heart. I remember tearing up during her maid of honor speech and just being in awe of how she did whatever she could throughout the entire day to help.

So say we were THRILLED when Kristin & Todd contacted us about their wedding was an understatement. These two are wonderful. Funny, laid back, naturals in front of the camera and really just amazing people. We recently spent the afternoon with them in Rocky Mountain National Park, shooting engagement photos as we explored. We always have to laugh when people tell us they MAY be a bit awkward in photos. Then they turn on that natural charm and absolutely kill it during their shoot. THIS IS SO KRISTIN & TODD!

Thank you for being awesome. We are so looking forward to next year!

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ARDENTOLOGY | THE WORKSHOP {Historic Train Depot}

Rick and I have been incredibly blessed in both our lives and with our business. The fact that we have the ability to make our living doing what we love is still something that we thank God for each and every day. It’s hard to believe that 9 years have gone by since I shot my very first wedding. Throughout the years we have made it a priority to learn as much as we can about our craft. Each year we invest in new equipment, workshops, DVDs, books… really anything we can get our hands on. There is a sea of how to and instructional materials. The truth is though that finding relevant and worthwhile education can be a daunting task. When Rick and I decided to start offering out annual Ardentology Workshop, we wanted to create a hands on, complete and worthwhile curriculum that would have our students leaving that same day better photographers.

Maybe your looking for the PERFECT Christmas present for that camera obsessed family member or friend. Maybe you got a new camera last Christmas and still have no idea how to use it. Perhaps you are a mom that wants to be able to document the life of your family. You could even be a budding young photography professional who wants to get serious about the in’s and out’s of our profession. Ardentology will start with the basics of working your specific camera and progress through everything you need to know to improve your photography skills. Throughout the day long workshop we will be covering the following (and more):ardentologynotebooks

  • Exposure
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Shutter Speed
  • Metering
  • Shooting Modes
  • Manual Mode
  • Lighting
  • Concepts of Creative Composition
  • 60 Minute LIVE Model Shoot w/Rick & Steph

This year we will be holding the workshop on Saturday January 24, 2015 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Laramie Historic Train Depot in Laramie, WY. Your investment of $300.00 will get you instruction from both Rick and myself, the ability to hone your new found skills by hands on learning and a beautiful course book that allows you to bring it all home with you. Lunch is on us and although this blog post marks our OFFICIAL announcement of the workshop, spots are already filled so space is limited. To reserve your spot please feel free to contact us via email, info@ardentphotographyinc.com. We are closing registration this year on January 17th.

Check out what a few of our past student’s had to say about their experience:

“Ardentology was such a great experience for me this past winter. What a gift to be able to work with Rick and Stephanie, and see some of the magic behind the great photography they do. They both bring such unique knowledge and artistic skill to the table, and Ardentology was a great chance to soak some of that up! I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn about composition of photographs, photography as an art form, as well as spend some time figuring out how to shoot on their camera using  manual settings. Signing up for Ardentology will be an awesome learning experience for any photographer, brand new or seasoned.” – Jillian Miller

“Ardentology workshop offered everything I hoped to learn and more. I bought a camera to learn how to shot in manual but found myself switching to auto because I didn’t have the understanding of Exposure-ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed. Rick and Steph put so much time and thought into the workshop to help us better understand the components of shooting in manual mode. I walked away a legit photographer and ever since then I am happy to say I love shooting in manual. I can do so much and let my creative side take over.” – Delilah Brubaker

“I always wanted to take beautiful pictures. In college I took the offered photography course, waste of money after going to Ardentology class. Ardentology is a hands on type learning so you learn what type of pictures to take exactly at the same time it’s taught!! Love these two wonderful God fearing people!!” - Jill Martin

 

What is a post WITHOUT photos? Check out this awesome photo recap of past Ardentology Workshops…

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Stacey Pearson - Was wondering if you could actually suggest a first time camera. I’ve taken many pictures with my $200 camera, but would like to invest into something better. Then, I’d be interested in signing up for the class.

Thank you!!!!

admin - Stacey – I would say if you are looking for something more advanced it could still depend on how much you are comfortable spending and what you want to shoot. The Canon Rebel T3i is a good camera that will be more advanced than what you have. But the Nikon D7100 is one of the best advanced camera’s you can buy. The D7100 would be our recommendation :)

admin - Stacey – I would say if you are looking for something more advanced it could still depend on how much you are comfortable spending and what you want to shoot. The Canon Rebel T3i is a good camera that will be more advanced than what you have. But the Nikon D7100 is one of the best advanced camera’s you can buy. The D7100 would be our recommendation :)