Dustin and I have at least two things in common: we both LOVE photography and we both HATE being photographed, so I took this one as a challenge. Dustin and Kate met in a bar and wanted to do their pre wedding shoot at a bar in Wheaton. I just photographed a wedding at Revolution Brewing Company and noticed that the bar had a perfect blend of window light at about 5:15pm, so I suggested we do the shoot at said location. The owners even let me behind the bar for a few shots. I brought my wife along to distract Dustin and Kate in conversation to get the non posed and natural approach they were looking for. We also had fun doing a few rainy day shots outside of Revolution.
I've known Amanda for years now from the Chicago music scene. She's an amazing drummer. When she asked me if I'd be interested in photographing her wedding, she hyped up the venue as "a country club, but a really cool and interesting one". I would have been on board even if it was at an Arby's, but it turns out she was right about Ravisloe. It's an old venue off of the Dixie Highway in Homewood, IL. with a Hacienda design. A little taste of Mexico in our own backyard.
The Kenilworth Club is a masterpiece of Prairie Style Architecture in the Northern Chicago Suburbs. Erin and Andy were a great couple with lovely family and friends. My wife and I really enjoyed being a part of this wonderful event. The last photos are black and white Polaroids taken in an impromptu "Photo Booth" styled portrait session while Beep Media DJ John Londay rocked the house.
I loved working this wedding over the 4th of July weekend. The ceremony was in the small town of Hinkley, IL. and the reception was at an amazing historic farm in Big Rock. Amanda and Shawn are both from farming families and all of the food served was home raised. I also loved the overall design of this wedding. Everything tastefully matched, from the flowers to the cake to the attire of the bridal party.
I had a blast getting to know Jena and Jason as I photographed this fun wedding a few weeks ago. We hung out at the Hyatt Regency, then walked around Wacker Drive for some portraits before heading down the street to board a boat. I loved photographing this ceremony on the Chicago River at about fifteen minutes past sunset with just a hint of remaining sunlight left. I spent most of the evening after the ceremony shooting the guests with my Polaroid 195 land camera and we displayed them as they were taken for the guests to enjoy.
I'll be photographing Scott and Amanda's wedding this Summer at the Marvel Davis Farm. We met up to do a pre wedding shoot last week.
I just spent a week recording and mixing a record my friend Mark Greenberg is producing with California singer / songwriter Eliza Rickman. It was a great time. I shot a roll of black and white Tri-x pushed a couple of stops in the studio. I was anxious to try out the brand new Portra 400 film that Kodak has just introduced, so I persuaded Eliza to do a quick shoot on the roof at one hour and fifteen minutes before sunset. Click here to see. The new Portra is amazing, by the way...
I love shooting in the Winter. Being the minimalist that I am, I love how the snow simplifies the composition and puts the focus on the subject. I shot with Erin and Andy a few weeks ago to do a save the date card near the Kenilworth Club. I'll be photographing their wedding at said location later this year.