Yaël Photography

Yaël Photography Offering diverse photography classes and workshops to the local community. Also, I sell prints and photography services.

Thanks for your interest in my photography! My name is Yael DeFaye, I was born in Paris and spent my first 29 years in Europe. I’ve traveled to different continents and have enjoyed learning from different cultures and people. At the end of 2006, I arrived in the San Luis Valley, Colorado with my little family that has since grown. I became a US citizen in April 2012. The part that may interest you the most might be my passion in photography. I bought my first digital camera at the beginning of the century while traveling in Hong Kong, and in 2007 I bought my first DSLR. I still remember the first time I brought the camera in front of me and looked through the viewfinder. I have spent years learning photography with lots of failures and some great successes. With that, I started teaching photography to the local community and offered different classes and workshops. Feel free to look at my photography and visit my store to acquire the prints in the different format going from canvas to metal. I enjoy photographing landscapes, architecture, wildlife as well as creating environmental portraits and when the occasion arise I offer senior, family, wedding and other events/subject photo sessions.

I love horses, I don't think I could take care of one but I do enjoy riding them. It's been a long time since I've done ...
06/27/2019

I love horses, I don't think I could take care of one but I do enjoy riding them. It's been a long time since I've done that but I have great memories from it. I like those gray ones or the one who have spots of them, I think they are great for pictures too. I enjoyed looking at this scenery last night, we do really live in a beautiful place.
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One of the joy of switching location for my classes, is that you find yourself in those kind of beautiful area West of D...
06/25/2019

One of the joy of switching location for my classes, is that you find yourself in those kind of beautiful area West of Del Norte. I didn't any boots so I tried to get as close as I could of the water and use my wide-angle or use my telephoto lens. Those 2 lens are a great combo for my landscape and I will never leave without them.
That picture makes me feel like I'm looking at pathway to the entrance of Eden. It brings peace to my heart and looks my more beauty could be seen beyond those trees. Our valley is so special to my eyes.
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One of the Sunday evenings walks with the family, enjoying the fresh weather and the beauty the sky is offering us. It w...
06/21/2019

One of the Sunday evenings walks with the family, enjoying the fresh weather and the beauty the sky is offering us. It was the first time I had the chance to play with my new wide angle zoom lens. It brings a really interesting perspective to the image and shows the immensity of the scenery. This might become my go to along with my telephoto when I go hiking.
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06/17/2019

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Mora decided to capture some memories of her son and them together, we had some wonderful pictures of that. She posted s...
06/17/2019

Mora decided to capture some memories of her son and them together, we had some wonderful pictures of that. She posted some on her page and I will let you go check those out.

We also used that time to take picture of just her and she was so natural at posing. I gave her a few tips and guidance but the look coming out of her eyes is all her. I love that look of hers!
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http://www.yaelphotography.com @ Alamosa, Colorado

I was asked to do a darked photoshoot, playing with the shadows a bit more. We got some great results but we also took a...
06/15/2019

I was asked to do a darked photoshoot, playing with the shadows a bit more. We got some great results but we also took a few traditional pictures. Her yes are amazing and this picture reflect the most out of them.
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06/12/2019

Yaël Photography's cover photo

My wedding season as started a week ago and I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with the amazing Kim! I enjoy work...
06/10/2019

My wedding season as started a week ago and I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with the amazing Kim!

I enjoy working with other photographers, they all bring something different from consultation, posing to editing and printing. This is why it really matters that you select you photographer on the one that can capture your dream wedding and make those memories last.

I wish I could show you some of the gorgeous pictures we took and Kia's and Austin's wedding, but we still have a lot of work to do. We have more weddings schedule for this summer and fall, next year is filling up rather quickly as well.
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"Leaving Crestone"I had to go do some pictures last night in Crestone, on my way back I stopped to take those magnificen...
05/31/2019

"Leaving Crestone"
I had to go do some pictures last night in Crestone, on my way back I stopped to take those magnificent clouds touching the tip of our mountains. I could have had other interesting images on my way there but I didn't want to be late for my appointment.
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Just from my phoneAnd with the help of SnapseedI had my telephoto lens attached to me main camera so I had to use my pho...
05/27/2019

Just from my phone
And with the help of Snapseed
I had my telephoto lens attached to me main camera so I had to use my phone for the wide angle.
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OldiesI went around some of my pictures and found a few old ones. Those were the times went phoography was a just hobby ...
05/20/2019

Oldies
I went around some of my pictures and found a few old ones. Those were the times went phoography was a just hobby , a way to relax, taking a break. In a good way. I enjoy how my business has grown but I'm missing those free times to just enjoy photography for myself.
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I'm offering a photography class "101 - MASTER THE CAMERA" for beginners.- Date: June 4, 11 and 18- Time: 6.30 pm until ...
05/11/2019

I'm offering a photography class "101 - MASTER THE CAMERA" for beginners.

- Date: June 4, 11 and 18
- Time: 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm
- Location: Del Norte, location will be given upon sign up.
- Cost: $150 (cost of the 3 parts of the class and booklet)
- Payment: Please pay at least a week prior to the class. Pay cash or check (order of Yael DeFaye), electronic payment available upon request.

For more information please visit the website: https://www.yaelphotography.com/class

Please confirm with me ASAP if you are interested in the class through here, by email: contact [at] yaelphotography.com or by phone: 719-480-8080.

Register today and share with your family and friends!
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Following my great experience in discovering so magnificient in Antonito, I decided to go back on the previous pictures ...
05/07/2019

Following my great experience in discovering so magnificient in Antonito, I decided to go back on the previous pictures I had taken in this town. The past is so beautiful... makes me wonder if we are creating something beautiful for our futre?
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"Soothing spring sunset"I love clouds so this season is my favorite. We get rain and wind and it creates those wonderful...
05/02/2019

"Soothing spring sunset"
I love clouds so this season is my favorite. We get rain and wind and it creates those wonderful sunset as you see here.

That's what I miss from my home country, all the big clouds we had. I'm glad we have all those sunny days here don't get me wrong. Clouds are like the representation of the emotion of our sky, either happy without them or sad when full of them. With them, the landscape can change and show you its different faces.
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04/29/2019

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"Smiling at life"

Thank to my friend Michael, I got introduced to Mirian who wanted senior pictures. She had found an amazying location in Antonito and helped me discover a part of history of that town I didn't know about. We took pictures in the old Warshauer Mansion. I will never be able to forget that place.

Something else I will never be able to forget is Mirian's smile. It took a little while to have her show it on camera but once I saw it, it had to be in every pictures. I'm just sharing that one today with you.

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"Smiling at life"Thank to my friend Michael, I got introduced to Mirian who wanted senior pictures. She had found an ama...
04/29/2019

"Smiling at life"

Thank to my friend Michael, I got introduced to Mirian who wanted senior pictures. She had found an amazying location in Antonito and helped me discover a part of history of that town I didn't know about. We took pictures in the old Warshauer Mansion. I will never be able to forget that place.

Something else I will never be able to forget is Mirian's smile. It took a little while to have her show it on camera but once I saw it, it had to be in every pictures. I'm just sharing that one today with you.

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04/22/2019

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"In company of a raccoon"
Yesterday afternoon I really wanted to go take pictures and I try to go with my daughter since she's showing a small interest in photography. Sadly we managed to leave after diner so we had a limited time the golden hour. Probbaly the best picture I took that evening was of a pink raccoon!
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"In company of a raccoon"Yesterday afternoon I really wanted to go take pictures and I try to go with my daughter since ...
04/22/2019

"In company of a raccoon"
Yesterday afternoon I really wanted to go take pictures and I try to go with my daughter since she's showing a small interest in photography. Sadly we managed to leave after diner so we had a limited time the golden hour. Probbaly the best picture I took that evening was of a pink raccoon!
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"View of the dunes"No matter where you stand, our sand dunes look incredible while trying to mimic the relief of our mou...
04/19/2019

"View of the dunes"
No matter where you stand, our sand dunes look incredible while trying to mimic the relief of our mountains. Every year I think that I should climb them but I have never have, I'm hoping this year to be different. Some clouds would be great, without wind would be even better! If anyone wants to climb them with me and take a few pictures on top, just IM me.
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Up close and personalWith the snow melting, is was time to go see some waterfalls. My friend took a quick trip to Treasu...
04/15/2019

Up close and personal
With the snow melting, is was time to go see some waterfalls. My friend took a quick trip to Treasure falls. Not a lot of people there, though lots of snow pack along the trail to get up there. It took us a bit longer to reach the top and we had to be careful about going down. Once up there, I decided to go as close as possible to the fall as I could while staying safe. I had to figure out a system to change my lens, mount my camera and take a picture without having water on my lens, that was really interesting to do! My camera is weather proof so that helped a lot but depending of the strenght and direction of the wind, I was getting socked like I would if I was taking a cold shower back home! Luckily, it was warm in the sun and I got to dry really quick. This waterfall isn't my favorite one, but it had been 8 years since I went there so it was time to revisit it again. The journey with my friend are always great no matter what.
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Black and whiteAfter doing the prom picture for Jaylynn, her mom Delsa told me she loved black and white images. It had ...
04/04/2019

Black and white
After doing the prom picture for Jaylynn, her mom Delsa told me she loved black and white images. It had been a while since I had done that so I worked to create that rick black you see in some old pictures. Working without any form of colors is so appeasing for some reason, I really love doing that. Of course I love colors a lot but there is someting about this type of photography!
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Flying overI love this image for several reasons. One, I love planes. Two, I was able to see that in the San Luis Valley...
04/01/2019

Flying over
I love this image for several reasons. One, I love planes. Two, I was able to see that in the San Luis Valley. Three, the editing process ussed to require using Lightroom and Nik Collection, this version has only been edited in Capture One Pro.

Does anyone know if Alamosa will have an Air Show this summer?
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CamilleWith the warmer weather we have been having, I have been requested to do more and more portraits. I had the chanc...
03/28/2019

Camille
With the warmer weather we have been having, I have been requested to do more and more portraits. I had the chance to be with Camille, a hard working woman who's pushing herself in getting a Master degree to help others. Not only it is nice to photograph beautiful people but also those who have a perfect heart.
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Straight pathNothing is coming up to my mide for this picture, I just love it and sometimes that's all it takes.________...
03/25/2019

Straight path
Nothing is coming up to my mide for this picture, I just love it and sometimes that's all it takes.
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On the way home after finishing a photo shoot at the Sand Dunes last Saturday evening.
03/19/2019

On the way home after finishing a photo shoot at the Sand Dunes last Saturday evening.

Waiting...The day of the Crane festival, I woke up at 5.30am on a Saturday to make sure I would be there early enough. W...
03/18/2019

Waiting...
The day of the Crane festival, I woke up at 5.30am on a Saturday to make sure I would be there early enough. When we arrived, we had a wonderful sunrise so I snapped a few pictures. If you have been following my post, you know that only on the way back home we saw the cranes. So before our way back, that was the only picture I thought was interesting, but no matter what I thought that one image was worth it!
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An expression of loveIt must have been a month ago when this couple contacted me for a winter wonderland engagement phot...
03/15/2019

An expression of love
It must have been a month ago when this couple contacted me for a winter wonderland engagement photography session. We had the right timing and receive more snow 2 days prior the photo shoot. We walked knees deep into the snow. The location was perfect! What was even more is seeing those 2 together and their love for each other and their upcoming wedding this year. It's nice to see the young love and how much truth there is in it. Even for an older guy like me, it's a great reminder that we are push to grow up, be more responsible, more mature but that the way we love and are loved shouldn't get old.
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An unexpected encounterEvery year, around the same time and same location I go meet the cranes like so many other photog...
03/10/2019

An unexpected encounter
Every year, around the same time and same location I go meet the cranes like so many other photographers and spend a good hour take pictures. This year it has been different, I followed my routine and waited, we saw a few cranes fligh by but none of them landed. Pretty quick we realized that this year would be different. The crane didn't gazer together has they normaly do in the morning, instead they where all over the place except that one spot. We thought we wouldn't get lucky this year but on our way back we saw a bunch of them in a field!
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I'm offering a photography class 101 - MASTER THE CAMERA for beginners.- Date: April 4, 11 and 18- Time: 6.30 pm until 8...
03/05/2019

I'm offering a photography class 101 - MASTER THE CAMERA for beginners.

- Date: April 4, 11 and 18
- Time: 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm
- Location: 623 East 4th St in Alamosa, please park in the parking lot in the back and use the side door in the back.
- Cost: $150 (cost of the 3 parts of the class and booklet)
- Payment: Please pay at least a week prior to the class. If you want to pay cash or check (pay to the order of: Yael DeFaye) contact me so we can meet at least a week before the class starts.

For more information please visit the website: https://www.yaelphotography.com/class

Please confirm with me ASAP if you are interested in the class through here, by email: contact [at] yaelphotography.com or by phone: 719-480-8080.

Register today and share with your family and friends!

I wasn't lucky finding cranes yesterday but on my way back the sunset was just beautiful. I had to stop to capture those...
03/04/2019

I wasn't lucky finding cranes yesterday but on my way back the sunset was just beautiful. I had to stop to capture those colors in the sky and its reflection in the melted snow.
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03/02/2019

Meeting again
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Going to the store today, I meet with an old friend. I'm glad she's back in the valley, hopefully we'll get together and have a portrait session soon.

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02/23/2019

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02/10/2019

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During the summer, it's a lot easier to go on an adventure and hikes for miles. Seeking treasures nature took years to p...
01/28/2019

During the summer, it's a lot easier to go on an adventure and hikes for miles. Seeking treasures nature took years to prepare for us. I have planned a few trips for this year.
March-April, heading to a 250 feet waterfall and I don't know what the surrounding looks like, so that should be fun.
April-May, back to a waterfall I have seen last year, except this time we're going to explore the surrounding. We're hoping to find more waterfalls there.
June, back to Wheeler and spending the night there. The goal is to take pictures of the milky way with all the rock formation. We'll have to find a prime spot for that.
July, going for a long hike to find 3 major waterfalls, one is 500 feet tall with aspen trees at the bottom and the other one is about 700 feet. No clue what the 3rd one is since it doesn't always flow. We'll be spending the night at the first waterfall to get pictures of both sunset and sunrise.
September-October, if I'm lucking enough, I'm hoping to go to a big city to photograph both the old and new architecture and the nightlife.
Those are just personal landscape projects, I'll keep doing my classes, senior pictures as well as weddings.
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"Hope of a comeback"#yaelphotography #binded #sanluisvalleyphotographerhttp://www.yaelphotography.com____________With th...
01/24/2019

"Hope of a comeback"
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With this cold weather, I'm seriously thinking about summer, not that I don't like winter just look at my previous post. With the cold and the limited amount of time I have during day light, I have been trying to find a location to do several studio photo shoot and I haven't been so lucky in finding one. If anyone of you know of a possible location, please drop a comment.
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"Fluffy snow"#yaelphotography #binded #sanluisvalleyphotographerhttp://www.yaelphotography.com____________It was a first...
01/21/2019

"Fluffy snow"
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It was a first for me since my friend and I decided to rent snow shoes to go hiking up in the mountains. Walking with them wasn't that bad, just had to lift mew knees higher. Though once you reach an edge and try to turn around tight and walk backwards, it's a completly a different kind of sport. It was a wonderful experience, we were hoping to see some ice where the waterfall was but instead it was just foot and foot of snow all aroudn us. The only thing I regret was that we didn't take any pictures of the snowmobilers going up and down those hills, it would have made some amazying pictures!
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623 E 4th Street
Alamosa, CO
81101

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 21:00
Thursday 07:00 - 21:00
Friday 07:00 - 21:00
Saturday 07:00 - 21:00

Telephone

(719) 480-8080

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