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Lindsay and Beau were married at the height of fall, my absolute favorite time to shoot. The colors were spectacular, and the ceremony was perfectly timed for the most dreamy light that made a perfect environment for the romantic yet understated event that Lindsay and Beau planned. It’s very rare for me to be able to photograph an outdoor ceremony, and I am elated when I’m able to as we have so much more to play with in terms of color, light, and freedom of movement to capture the moments. I try to capture the connection between a couple, whether that be fun or romantic or relaxed, and Lindsay and Beau certainly had a passionate but beautifully graceful and understated way between them. I loved the portraits we were able to do in the beautiful gardens at Cuneo, a lovely mansion where “My Best Friend’s Wedding” was filmed. The day was also filled with laughter, with some of the best vows I’ve ever heard, a very fun wedding party, and a great sister-brother dance to the oh-so-classic, “mmmbop.” Thanks, as well, to the great team of the day with many of my favorite vendors on hand. Coordinator: LK Events (Lauren) | Floral: Fleur Couture | Venue: Cuneo Mansion + Gardens | DJ: Toast & Jam | Assistant: Casey Winkleman
In the midst of the high season now, so I’m lacking time to do a full write up, but wanted to share some of these images of this absolutely beautiful couple (inside and out). The forecast called for thunderstorms all day, and instead we ended up with one of the most lovely days of spring. Eranthie has just the most amazing smile, no? Radiant.
What a year. I had delayed doing this post, as every time I sat down to select the photos and write a bit about the year, it seemed an insurmountable task. I’m so glad I did it though. The “year in review” is a popular post amongst photographers, and I really enjoy seeing what everyone selects as their “best of,” as more than any other post, I find this recap is the best way to see what really resonates with each photographer. Condensing the 35,000 images I delivered last year down into an incredibly small percentage of my favorites really allows me to see what rises to the top. I love looking at this set and seeing what stands out, to see what I am obviously drawn to while shooting. For me, as it has been year after year, it’s color + emotion—especially joy and laughter.
2012 was probably the most intense year of my life, both personally and professionally, in both good and bad ways. It was a year full of travel around the world, happiness and heartbreak several times over, friends leaving and new friends arriving, celebrating 5 years of my business, thinking I had it all figured out then realizing I had nothing figured out, and ringing in 2013 in seattle, a place I surprisingly fell in love with that provided the start for the year I really needed.
In the midst of all of this, last year was a year full of, on the whole, just the most amazing clients. I love looking at this set and remembering just how special everyone was. My clients and their kindness were one of the biggest constants in 2012, and I was so grateful for their kinds and trust throughout the year. An especially huge thanks to everyone that so generously brought me around the world to shoot—London, the Cotswolds, Paris, New York four times over, St. Louis, San Francisco, the Redwoods, and the shores of Michigan.
While I am always striving to improve, I feel that I reached a consistency that I was really proud of this year. Only took me five years, of course. :) I am truly proud of the work I created at every event and would happily show the work from any wedding. I’m really looking forward to taking this foundation and being able to hopefully continue to push myself artistically and creatively in the coming year.
Thank you again to everyone who helps to make my business what it is—my wonderful clients, great friends, spectacularly talented vendors, incredible other photographers I’ve been fortunate to work with, and the unknwn strangers that so often refer me to their friends. I’m incredibly lucky to do what I do and it would truly be impossible without support from so many people.
to a great 2013, just a little bit late,
Kristin and Ted were married last summer in a truly gorgeous and very classic Chicago wedding. Kristin and Ted are a case of opposites attract, with Kristin’s incredibly outgoing and bubbly personality being complemented by Ted’s more reserved and sweet nature. Kristin told Ted she wanted him to be by her side throughout the wedding, and during their couple toast, Ted pulled a set of Chinese finger traps out of his pocket to the delight and amusement of Kristin and the crowd. They really are such a great couple, with the balance their personalities create and the different ways they show their affection with and for one another being so enjoyable to capture throughout the day. Kristin and Ted are a preppy, traditional couple—a little different than my usual couples, but I had *such* a great time working with these two, from the engagement session on Ted’s sailing club’s boat to capturing all of the amazing, classic details orchestrated by the amazing Renny Pedersen of Bliss Weddings & Events and the amazing, amazing floral by Cornelia McNamara. It was an amazing team for an amazing day! Hope you enjoy all the images. :)
Coordinator: Renny Pedersen at Bliss Weddings and Events | Ceremony: Saint James Chapel | Reception: Grand Ballroom, Drake Hotel Chicago | Floral: Cornelia McNamara | Dress: Enzoani | Band: Don Cagen Orchestra | Supporting Photographer: Jacqueline Barkley | Assistant: Casey Winkleman
We had to reschedule Laura and Wesley’s shoot more than probably any other couple I’ve ever worked with, as it wasn’t just calling for overcast, but absolutely dreadful weather on every day of their scheduled shoot! We ended up giving up on an afternoon shoot and instead tried for a sunrise shoot, which I was so glad we did. The light was just stunning, the city was quiet, and it was a perfect way to start the day. We had planned out a few locations in the city, but on my way over to meet them at their home, I was so taken by how beautiful it was within walking distance, that I suggested we just shoot around there. I loved the results we got, with locations they actually spend time in, and the gorgeous end-of-fall golds playing perfectly off of Laura’s orange top. These two are so adorable together—I think it’s more than obvious how much fun they have together and how much they enjoy being in each other’s company! I can’t wait for their summer wedding at the Drake!