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Monday, September 19, 2011

Photography by Van Pelt, Inc. | Loveland & Fort Collins Wedding Videography

We've wanted to add videography to our services for a long time now.  It seems like a natural fit.  In the last year, I've spent some time talking to a lot of talented videographers.  A couple times it felt like we were really close to being able to make the addition.  But it never felt 100% right.  I met some great videographers, but nothing jumped out and said, "Yes, this is the person we want to photograph/video weddings together."

But then we had the opportunity to photograph a wedding with Brian.  His professionalism, demeanor, knowledge of the business and attentiveness to the bride and groom were unmatched by anyone we have worked with in our opinion.  At the end of the night, we exchanged business cards.  I took a look at his portfolio that night, and was even more impressed.

Just a few weeks later, Brian and his wife, Kristi, met with Emily and I, and we got things moving.  You can take a look at some of his work on our website ( under "Wedding Videography".  We're so honored and excited that Brian and Kristi are joining our team, and we can't wait to share more of their work.  If you'd like to set up a time to come by and meet Brian, give us a call or email.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Loveland and Fort Collins Wedding Videography!

We're excited to announce that Photography by Van Pelt, Inc. is now providing wedding videography!  This is something that we've wanted to do for a very long time.  We've planned it, scratched it, planned it again, and then scratched it again!  I finally decided to scratch it completely.  I decided that there wasn't a videographer that I was completely satisfied with.  I decided that no one lived up to our high standards.  So I decided that I simply wasn't going to do it.

Then we ended up working a wedding with Brian.  Brian seemed like a normal videographer.  He seemed at first like every other videographer we had worked with.  But throughout the day, I saw him interact with the bride and groom and the wedding party.  I saw his professionalism.  I saw his dedication.  I saw that he saw the whole picture of the wedding day.  This was a person who definitely saw that the wedding day wasn't just about one single vendor... it was about the bride, the groom, and their love for each other.  So later... I decided that we should hang out.  We talked.... we laughed.... we strategized.... and we realized that we were a perfect fit.

If you've talked to me before, you may know that Cody Van Pelt has a hard time recommending people.  I only recommend companies and people that I would 100% recommend.  Well, that's why we're teaming up with Brian... because I 100% recommend him.

Check him out on our website at and see what your wedding might be missing!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Wedding Photographer in Colorado

If you're looking for a Wedding photographer in Colorado, please be sure to check out our website.  We are in our 6th year of photographing Colorado weddings, and we book up every year.  This unfortunately means that we turn couples down over and over again when they don't book soon enough.  So please be sure to reserve your wedding date right away (only $150 down in most cases). 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Stove Prairie Ranch, Bellvue, Colorado

"...not every venue is as amazing as Stove Prairie Ranch!"
It's not everyday that we get to photograph a brand new venue in Colorado.  And not every venue is as amazing as Stove Prairie Ranch!

This is our sixth year photographing weddings in Colorado, and we've been fortunate enough to photograph some gorgeous venues.  You can read about many of those venues on our blog, and you can see many Colorado venue photos on our portfolio section of our website at

Stove Prairie Ranch is unique though.  You can see 
 that by taking a look at the Stove Prairie Ranch photos in this posting.  It's open Colorado space out there along with some of the most unique buildings you will see in all of Colorado.

The couple that we photographed booked us for just 5 hours.  I could have spent the entire weekend up there!  It was gorgeous!  The ceremony and reception sites are phenomenal.  If you know me, you may have heard me over-use that word.  It's not being over-used... I promise!

When we photograph a new venue, we always get there a little earlier than normal.  When we drove up, I couldn't believe how nice it was.  The bride told us how great it was, and I guess I underestimated the beauty because I felt like we were in some foreign fairy tale when we arrived!

I don't have permission yet to give out the contact information for Stove Prairie Ranch yet.  But when I do, I'll post it.  But if you would like to contact them, let me know, and I'll pass on the message.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Wedding Photography at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

We photographed our first Botanic Gardens wedding Friday!  Beautiful photos!  I can't wait until the bride and groom see them all!  There were beautiful flowers, a red barn, a silo, and some really sweet old cars!  The ceremony site had mountains in the background, and it made the perfect wedding backdrop.  And the weather was perfect!  Not too hot and NO RAIN... which always makes me happy.

The bride's room where she got ready in was great too.  There was plenty of room, so there was much less clutter that could get in the background of the photos.  Mirrors and windows are always something that Emily looks for to make great getting ready photos.  We didn't have much getting ready time for this wedding because the couple was running a little late.  But she got some great shots in during the little bit of time she had.

I wish we would have had more time.  I could have shot there all day!

Before we left I was also able to capture a couple great photos of the reception barn and silo with the moon off to the side.  I caught a beautiful blue sky!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Wedding Season in Northern Colorado!

Wedding season is here!  And the peak of wedding session is coming quickly!  But if you are engaged but not getting married this year, you are probably in the planning process.  So it's a great time to scout your favorite venues.  If you are getting married in May, we recommend that you view your wedding venue in May so that you can have a good idea of what it will look like when your big day comes.

But plan early!  Many venues book two years in advance!  And after you book your venue, it's a good idea to book your other vendors.  Both photographers and DJ's book very quickly.  Many of our clients book us 9 months to 2 years in advance.  And we only require $150 down to save your date if done so far enough ahead of time.  So take a look at our portfolio by clicking here.  And if Photography by Van Pelt, Inc. is the right photographer for you, be sure to save your date right away... even if your wedding isn't until 2013 or later.  This way no one else will steal your date away from you.

If you want some help, after you've booked the venue, photographer and DJ, or even beforehand, consider hiring a wedding planner.  By the time you've booked those three vendors, you've probably realized that it's a lot of work to plan such an important event.  A wedding planner is really going to help you relax and celebrate with much less stress.  Some even offer "Day-Of" services where they just help on the wedding day.  Some offer phone and email advice as separate services too if you just have a few questions here and there.

Caterers should also be hired as soon as possible.  It's up to you when you book everything, but the longer you wait, the more likely it is that you will have to settle for your 2nd or 3rd choice.  Book your videographer if you're having one, and your officiate, florist, cake artist/baker around 6 to 9 months ahead of time.  And don't forget transportation (limos etc).  You're typically safe to reserve limos two months ahead of time.

This is a short, incomplete list of a few vendors that you'll want to get a head-start on.  To set up a free consultation with Photography by Van Pelt, Inc., call 970-412-3783.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tapestry House in Colorado

Are you are considering having your wedding at the Tapestry House in LaPorte, Colorado? It's a great choice! The Tapestry House will provide your guests with the warmth and charm of a private home, offering the ambiance and luxury of a traditional Victorian home but with the comforts and conveniences of a new facility. And the staff is absolutely amazing! You can contact the Tapestry House at 970-472-1010. Be sure to tell them that you heard of them through Photography by Van Pelt, Inc.!

Ellis Ranch, Loveland, Colorado, Wedding Venue

(Video by Photography by Van Pelt, Inc.)
If you are considering having your wedding at Ellis Ranch, take a look at our video above. It's a great venue, and the views are stunning. Ellis Ranch offers two great locations to choose from: The Event Center & Wedding Park for your larger, more grand occasions and now the The Carriage House brand-new in 2009, for your smaller more intimate weddings and events. Both are great venues that we have photographed enough to say that we think you're going to be very, very impressed. You can contact Ellis Ranch at 970-593-9570. Be sure to tell them that you heard of them through Photography by Van Pelt, Inc.!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Check out our new iPad Wedding Package

Introducing our Limited Time Only Package:

The iGlitz & iGlamor Package

For 2011 & 2012 Weddings Only
Only available if you book from January 28 to April 30, 2011
(If you've booked with us and want to upgrade to this package, give us a call.)

This one will get the Groom REALLY excited about the wedding album!

Includes the following:
Apple iPad, 16GB w/ Wifi
Digital Wedding Album on Your New iPad
All of the Wedding Day Photos on Your iPad w/ Print Release
2 Photographers during the Ceremony
16x20 Gallery Wrap of the Bride & Groom
a $300 Wedding Print Credit
Engagement Session

All-Day (Up to 12 Hours): $3600 7 hours: $3000

Travel fees and sales tax may apply. Engagement sessions cannot be substituted for any other item.
Based on availability. Prices and package contents are subject to change without notice.
iPad is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc. Apple, Inc. is not endorsing this package or any other package offered by Photography by Van Pelt, Inc. Apple, Inc. is not affiliated in any way with Photography by Van Pelt, Inc.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

I Do Magazine Cover

Another Magazine Cover!
ANOTHER one of Photography by Van Pelt's photos was selected for the cover of "I Do" Magazine! It's a great honor and blessing! And we would love to be your photographer too, if we are not already! This is the 5th time one of our photos has been published, and it's the 2nd time it has been a cover.

We specialize in:
Babies and Maternity
and Seniors...

but you'll also love our family portraits, model portfolios, "Husband's Eyes Only" and more. Check out our website at to find out more about us. And please pass this email on to anyone else that might be looking for a photographer.

Cody & Emily Van Pelt

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fundraiser for the Children's Hospital

This is the little girl who started the whole thing! Julie Scott's niece, Clara. Here's a little info about Clara: "Clara was four months old, she became ill and was later diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, a rare disease that causes extreme inflammation of the blood vessels. Unfortunately, Clara’s case was complicated and the main arteries to her heart developed severe aneurysms. The doctors, nurses and staff at the Children’s Hospital worked tirelessly to save her life. They combined their expertise for experimental treatment options and five years later Clara is thriving! Her latest tests showed the aneurysms have almost completely resolved, but her condition will require continuous check-ups at the Children’s Hospital in Denver."

That's what prompted Julie Scott of Scott Chiropractic to start the annual fundraiser for Children's Hospital. It was a fun day! And Photography by Van Pelt was thrilled to help out!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Busy Summer!

We love summer time! And this summer has been our busiest summer ever! Thanks to all of our clients and referrals! It's been a great summer!

But... our blog has suffered badly! Sorry! We'll get back on track during the slow season. In the meantime, check out our facebook page for more current updates.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Stevie and Regan's Engagement Session

I had the pleasure of doing Stevie and Regan's portrait session yesterday. They drove up from Cheyenne to get their engagement photos taken care of, and we had a blast!

I love engagement sessions because it gives me a chance to get to know the couple a little more and find out what their preferred style is. I took around 70 photos of Stevie and Regan, and I can't wait to see which ones they choose.

I used a variety of lenses including zoom and fisheye. So it will be fun to see what they like best.

Another great thing about the session is that we were actually able to do it! Stevie and I talked on the phone Monday, and we were both concerned about the weather. We were all determined to make it happen no matter what though. They preferred outdoors, but we had the studio set up as a backup. But God stopped the rain long enough for us to get it done!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Photography by Van Pelt on the Cover of "I Do" Magazine

Photography by Van Pelt is blessed to have one of our photos on the cover of "I Do" Magazine. This photo of Nick and Rachel Betz was taken at Ellis Ranch in Loveland, Colorado.

It was a beautiful wedding at the Ellis Ranch Carriage House. The bride and her father rode in on a horse-drawn carriage. The ceremony was beautiful! The bride and groom celebrated with their first kiss and then rode off in the carriage.

We're honored to have our work on the cover of a magazine, and we would be honored to photograph your wedding too!

Call us to set up a free consultation: 970-412-3783

Friday, February 12, 2010

Photo of the Month - January, 2010

January's photo of the month was chosen to show that outdoor weddings can, and do, successfully happen in January!

This is Megan and Donavan, and they got married on January 27th at the Tapestry House. Yes, the white specks are snow, and yes, it was a bit chilly!

But look how happy they are!

They made a great couple, and the Tapestry House wedding that they had was just as beautiful in January as it would have been in June!

If you want to see more Tapestry House photos, be sure to visit our website at

And if you're planning a 2010, 2011, or 2012 wedding, be sure to contact us right away to save your date! We would love to photograph your wedding too!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Wedding Photographer (Fort Collins) on Facebook

Have you checked out our facebook fan page yet? You can become a facebook fan of Photography by Van Pelt by clicking below. See you on facebook!

Wedding Photographer Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, Greeley, Denver, Berthoud...

Our business has grown every year since we started it. 2010 is already proving to be the best year ever, and we're only a month into it! Word of mouth advertising has been huge for us! We're so blessed to have such great clients that are continuously referring more people to us.

We photograph weddings in the Fort Collins and Loveland area, but we also travel throughout all of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. We'll even photograph your destination wedding for you in almost any location in the world. If you haven't yet come by our studio to take a look at our albums, please give us a call to set up a time that we can give you a tour.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mc C Ranch, Masonville Colorado

We often get asked what we think about venues in the area. Mc C Ranch in Masonville, Colorado, is one of those.

The weddings that we have photographed there have been great. It's a laid back atmosphere with gorgeous scenery.

If you have more information that you would like to post about Mc C Ranch, please post a comment below to let others know what you think about Mc C Ranch.

Thank you, Elizabeth, for providing the Mc C Ranch contact information below. That's a big help!

The Mc C Ranch Masonville Colorado phone number is 970-667-8514 and 970-667-7459. Their address is actually Loveland, CO 80538 even though they seem to be very close to Masonville. I hope that helps your readers! It's a great place to get hitched! - Elizabeth

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Lone Hawk Farms, Longmont Colorado

Another sample of our oil paintings. This one is from Lone Hawk Farms in Longmont, Colorado.

We can take any photo and turn it into a digital oil painting. Your friends will be impressed by your masterpiece!

It's easy! Just choose your photo, and we create the masterpiece!

Go to our website, to contact us & find out more!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Loveland Baby Photographer Turns Photos Into Paintings

Have your paintings and drawings turned into a painting or drawing! We can turn any photo into a digital painting or drawing for you EVEN IF WE DIDN'T TAKE THE PICTURE!

Click the Painting Photo to the left to see it up close.

See more of our work at

Copyright limitations do apply. If it is a photo that someone else took, you will need to have permission to have this done.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Tapestry House LaPorte Colorado (near Fort Collins)

We love to photograph weddings at the Tapestry House. You can check out our website portfolio to see more photos of the Tapestry House which is located near Fort Collins in LaPorte, Colorado. Our website is

Monday, December 14, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy 2010!

We wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy 2010! We're so excited about what a wonderful year it's been! 2009 was our busiest year ever. We've been so blessed by all of your referrals, and we really appreciate all of the new clients we have had this year. But, of course, what excites us most is the large number of people who have used us in the past, and then come back again. Referring us to your friends is a huge compliment! And coming back to us for your own portrait or wedding needs is the icing on the cake!

We have so many weddings booked for 2010, and we have even begun booking for 2011. So thank you so much again!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Wow! Another busy month! We're so blessed to have so many referrals! Thank you everyone who has sent business our way! We really appreciate it!

August and September have been great! We've had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people.

And we owe it all to everyone who has spread the word about us. We couldn't do it without all of you!


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Metal Prints
We're so excited about our new metal prints!  These amazing prints are actually printed on sheets of metal (not like "metallic" prints that are printed on paper that has a metallic-like gloss).  These are the real thing, and they are truly magnificent!

They're vibrant, luminescent, durable, archival, and amazing!  They're great for any photo that you want to have last for generations!

The photo is infused into the surface... not printed on the surface.  So generations and generations will be able to enjoy the photograph.  Weddings, Senior Portraits, and Baby Portraits will really benefit from this.  No one wants their photographs to fade or to be ruined in a flood.  Metal prints may be your answer!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Busy, busy, busy!

What a month! We have 8 weddings in August plus senior portrait sessions and plenty of babies... and we're loving it! But I've been badly neglecting our blog! Sorry everyone!
I've been pretty faithful about posting to our fan site on facebook though. So be sure to click on the link below and become a fan!
The photo on the left is of Rachel and Nick. Their wedding took place at the Ellis Ranch Carriage House in Loveland. It's a great venue, and the Ellis family is great to work with.
Our experiences at Ellis Ranch have always been fantastic. If you're planning a wedding, I would check it out! (
Here's the link so that you can check out our fan page on Facebook. Be sure to become a fan:

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Keepin' it fresh!

How do you keep it fresh?!
Recently a friend of mine asked how we keep it fresh? What he meant was, how do we do a wedding on Friday and then wake up the next day and do it again... without making it all look the same. Why are our weddings all unique?

The first answer that came to mind was that every wedding is different. So it's easy! But when I thought about it, we really do take a unique approach to every single wedding that we do. So that made me start to wonder... how do we do that?!

Then I realized that I guess we have just always made it a habit to make sure that every wedding we do gets the same unique treatment that the bride and groom deserve. I know that's what I would want my daughter's wedding photographer to do (which is an issue that I better not have to deal with until at least 2031!) I think it's just programmed into us to push the limits of creativity and to make the bride and groom say "Wow!" every time they see their photos for the first time. It's just what we do!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Colorado Wedding Photography in June

Is June over already?
What a great month! Weddings everywhere from Mc C Ranch in Masonville, to Mary's Lake Lodge in Estes, to beautiful Ellis Ranch in Loveland!
We had a great month, and we can't wait for all of the July weddings and portrait sessions... everywhere from Vail, Colorado, to Maui, Hawaii!
We've already booked 5 weddings in 2010, so if you're getting married soon, book us now!

Loveland, Fort Collins Maternity Portraits

What a great maternity session! This is Amber and little Lysette. I've known Amber and her husband Joel for around 7 years, and Emily has known her for almost all of her life. So it was a huge honor and blessing when she asked us to do her maternity session.

And nothing makes a maternity session better than having the older sibling in the photos too! Lysette's absolutely adorable, and she loves the camera!

So the combination of Amber, Joel and Lysette made for a fun portrait session and amazing photos. I took around 100 photos, so I can't wait to see which ones they get prints of.

Thanks again for having us do your maternity session, Amber, Joel, Lysette... and Baby Lucas! :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It was a fun day at our Loveland studio for engagement sessions! We are honored to be doing the weddings of Krista & Justin in 2010 and Jason & Chelsey this October. Both couples were great to hang out with, and the photos turned out great!

Chelsey and Jason decided to go for a studio session, and Justin and Krista chose one of our locations by the lake.

I can't wait for them to see their portraits!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Marek's Newborn Photos

One of the best things about my line of work is that I get to see the cutest babies in the world! I have two of my own, so I'm a little partial to them! But Marek is absolutely adorable!

Marek's mommy brought him by, and hwe was the most perfect little angel that a photographer could ask for! This is just one of the many images I captured. He did such a great job, and I can't wait for his upcoming sessions! He got the "Baby's First Year" package. It's such a great deal, and it's a great gift idea! Check it out at
I'm always amazed after a maternity portrait session. Nothing can describe the feeling you get being entrusted with the first portrait session a human being has ever had. It has always been a debate whether life begins at conception or at birth. I personally believe that it's at conception, which gives me the pleasure of being the first photographer to have ever photographed Makai!

Makai's parents, Phil and Darcy, are going to be amazing parents, and they were also very photogenic! Thanks so much to them for helping make their portrait session so incredible. Their portraits turned out great, and I can't wait to see which prints they order! See more of our work at

And congratulations to Phil, Darcy and Makai! :)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Candice and Jeremy, Lone Hawk Ranch in Longmont

Candice and Jeremy got married on May 30, 2009, and Lone Hawk Ranch in Longmont. This was my first wedding there... and Lone Hawk Ranch is gorgeous! The beautiful venue combined with a handsome groom, gorgeous bride, and fabulous group of guests, made the day absolutely perfect.
I took over 1300 photos in just 5 hours, but, for a photographer who loves what he does, it was impossible not to!
And Candice and Jeremy make such a great couple. I can't wait until they come back to us for family portraits in a few years! It was such a pleasure to help them with their wedding. I can't wait for them to see their photos.
I know they're going to love them and be able to relive the day. That's something that we really love about what we do. So much planning goes into the wedding day. And so much would be forgotten so fast. But we help them keep those memories.
Keep in touch, Candice and Jeremy!

Colorado Weddings in May

Wow! May was such a blast! May usually isn't a very busy month for us, but this month it was rockin'! With 4 weddings and a bunch of portrait sessions, we had such a great time helping our clients capture their memories so that they can savor them for decades to come.
We were so fortunate to be able to be able to work with such great clients month. We love being able to get to know the people we work with. But, most of all, we love to hear their comments when they view their photos. It makes us really enjoy the work that we do.
We already have several weddings booked for 2010, so if you're planning your 2010 wedding, call us as soon as possible so that no one beats you to your date. We would love to help you cherish your memories forever.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Milliken Wedding Photography, Colorado

We were so honored to be asked to do Robert and Becky's wedding photography for them in Milliken this last Sunday. We already have the photos ready for them and are about to begin their wedding DVD.

It was a beautiful day in Milliken. The rain started coming down towards the end of the ceremony, but it didn't bother anyone at all, including us! We're always prepared for everything!

Bob and Becky make such a cute couple, and their families and friends welcomed us like they had known us forever! They were a blast!

Thanks for having us do your wedding photography in Milliken, Bob and Becky! We had a great time, and we can't wait for you to see your photos!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Adrienne's Senior Portraits 2010

I had the pleasure of doing Adrienne's senior portraits yesterday.  She's an amazing young lady, and her photos turned out incredibly well.

Not only was the session a blast, but I also had a great time trying out some new backgrounds that we have put in our studio.  The graffiti wall looks amazing!  And the barn wall looks unbelievable!  We have so many backgrounds and such a huge variety that our senior portraits are going to be even more incredible than last year!

Thanks, Adrienne, for doing such a great job!  I can't wait for you to see the rest of the photos.

And if you haven't yet booked your portrait session with us, give us a call today to set it up!

See you soon!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lesondra and Noah's Engagement Session

I had the opportunity to do the engagement session for Lesondra and Noah. They're getting married this summer, and they're having us do the photography for their wedding too. I love engagement sessions because it gives me more time to get to know the bride and groom. This time was no exception!

They are such a great couple! They just go so well together, and I can tell that their life together will be full of happiness and great times.

Their photos turned out beautifully, and I'm really excited to do their wedding and design their album.

Loveland and Fort Collins Maternity Portraits

Expecting mothers often ask us when the best time to schedule their maternity portrait session is.  The best time is 32-35 weeks (if you're not doing a progression photo which you should ask us about because they're amazing!)  This is the most flattering time to have your session, and you will probably be the most comfortable (well, at least more comfortable than you are at 39 weeks!)
And be sure to get Dad involved too!  They make some really cute photos that you will cherish forever!