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…to the new website at

…also to the new wedding website at



My website

Now that the holidays are over, and I’ve gotten (mostly) through those endless piles of completely random “work” brought on by moving. As well as shooting various portraits and events as favors for close friends and family members and the editing, emailing, and reprocessing that goes with. It looks like I finally have time to get to work on a total overhaul of my website. (I say looks like as I have been earnestly trying to get down to work on it all day and even though my house is quiet and my daughter is at preschool all day, I keep schizophrenically jumping back and forth between entirely too many different things: scratching out ideas for paragraphs about pricing on sheets of printer paper, crossing off things I had written down in my notebook that now sound snarky, looking for already-converted JPGS of certain images that would go with certain text, only to find they have my old watermark on them, answering the door to solicitors selling everything from magazines, to political opinions, to steak.) Anyhow, suffice to say that I’m extremely excited about my website–which is being designed by the talented (and extremely patient) Ed Highfield at Project Pause–and I can’t wait for everyone to see my favorite images displayed in a much more slick and tidy site. Until then, here’a few pics I’ve dug up in the last week or so for this endeavor. I’m going to have to go jog a couple of miles at the gym to clear my head before I can figure out how to write an “About: Libby Neder Photography” section that describes my style accurately while being neither self aggrandizing nor self deprecating (and doesn’t resort to linking to to make my point about professional photography being more than just a good camera–like I did just now).IMG_0150-Edit


Taking it too far…

I just came across this bit of news via NPR’s amazing “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me”. Apparently there’s a particularly gorgeous area in China that inspired James Cameron’s “Avatar,” and said area is now offering Avitar themed wedding packages complete with electric blue Na’vi. Even if they pulled it off this would still be relegated to the same shelf as Star Trek themed weddings and Elvis impersonator officiants. (Even the most fad-obsessed couple finds looking at the album -painfully- embarrassing less than a decade later). However, according to at least one bride, it was disappointing right from the start. Check out the story here.

Assistant Photographer: Lori Trussell

Full Disclosure: Lori is my best friend. We met as college freshmen and have been following each other around the country every since. Lori and I have worked together on an incalculable number of school assignments, projects, business ventures, and crazy ideas. And now we’re at it again.

Lori shooting under the aspens.

I started my Photography business about two years ago with a camera, a couple of lenses, my laptop, and a big pile of photography books. As it turns out, after considering an absurd number of career paths from jazz musician, to actress, to restaurant manager, to chemist, to public servant, photography was what I was meant to be doing all along. The last two years have been incredible because I feel like I’m getting to contribute to the artistic marketplace by painting reality as I see it. There’s something mysterious about a great piece of art, and by “great piece of art” I don’t mean just historically important paintings, 19th century symphonies, and Picasso (if he’s not too weird for you). If I’m honest, I’m much more interested in popular culture. Music, art, and movies get popular these days because they take you on an emotional journey, either by taking you through someone else’s narrative, or causing you to be introspective, or both. (One current song that does an amazing job of taking you through a range of emotions–whether they’re pleasant or not–is Eminem’s “Love the Way you Lie.” He expresses the kind of emotional intensity that a lot of us don’t experience in our daily lives…which I think is not only artistically valuable, but can also teach us things about ourselves through our emotions which might be harder to learn intellectually) I’m in constant amazement of the kind of power that art can have. I relish the constant challenge to make my work tell a story that in turn, conjures up a mood, whether that’s the joy  and excitement that a couple feels on their wedding day, or the inspiring feeling we can get from looking at something breathtaking. This in one way, is why I’m so enthralled with Photography.

Photography, just like all other art, is experienced subjectively. In the same way that two people can hear the same song and one can love it and be inspired by it and the other can hate it and find it off-putting, a photograph can drum up feelings of amazing joy from one observer, just as another person finds it puzzling or saddening. In our many years working together, Lori has demonstrated an amazing ability to see the other side of whatever I am looking at, and this has been especially true with photography. I trust her intuition and her incredible ability to sense interpret the emotions and wishes of people she’s never met. Her insights make me a better photographer, and more so, a better storyteller. Lori will be joining me as a second shooter and assistant on many of my shoots in Denver and around the country in the coming year.

Lori shooting a sunset.

Lori's shot of me.


Krystle & Ryan Colorado Wedding Photography

K & R are not professional models. I promise. Krystle is a professional hairdresser. Check out their engagement shoot here to see what she’s done with her hair in the last six months. WOW. Check out Krystle’s at: Krystle LaNell Designs.


The thing I love to see more than anything at weddings is people who are SO HAPPY to be getting married. I know it sounds pretty essential, but some couples really get caught up in the stress of the whole ordeal. Krystle was amazing. Not only was she so thrilled to be marrying Ryan (as you can see all over her face in the pic below) she was also calm and cool, and had it together all day long. It didn’t even bother her that it was threatening to rain more-or-less ALL DAY. It’s as if she fully expected the heavens to hold back precipitation on her day. And they did.

This groomsmen shot definitely makes them look like they’re a band.

Notice Krystle–trained beauty professional that she is–doing her own hair in the background. The bridesmaids had such a good time getting ready.

The stunning Sherrie Murray. Also an amazing hairstylist. Check out her studio: Your Wig.

K just before the ceremony.

Ryan the action hero.

Fantastically creative handmade decorations.


This was my favorite moment in their wedding. I think I remember crying because it was like that. A friend was singing “Broken Road” by Rascall Flats (which is a tear jerker to begin with) and Krystle and Ryan just sort of fell into eachother’s arms. It was amazing to watch their spontaneous affection in the middle of their ceremony. You can tell how glad they both were to be there.

Here they are in front of their own front door. I think this is especially awesome because just this summer we moved out of the house that my husband and I lived in when we were first married. There’s just something about the first place you live together as a young family. I would have loved a pic like this of our old place.

Walking together out into the rest of their lives…

Krystle and Ryan Engagement Shoot

Krystle, Ryan and I headed out to shoot their engagement pictures on what ended up being the nicest day in February this year. Lucky us, it was over 30 degrees!

We were freezing, but we had a great time. In the end, we got a few shots at different locations, and then headed into the warm studio and got some green screen pics.

K and R loved this one because it reminded them of "A Walk in the Clouds" I Photographed them in front of a plain green background, and then substituted this moonlit outdoor scene for the background, and finished the image with some antique editing.

I loved the 40's look they put together for this shoot and I thought the comic-book look of this image really complimented that. I especially loved Krystle's eyes in this.

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