I had the opportunity to photograph my friends Jen and Chris' wedding. It's always a little more stressful shooting an art director's wedding, but this one went off great. Both the ceremony and reception took place at the Hyatt Lodge on the McDonald's campus. It was a perfect day. Below are some of my favorites.
I don't get to second shoot a wedding as much as I'd like. It's really frustrating when you want to be the one taking all the main shots, but it's also really refreshing to be able to capture a day in a more unique way then when you have certain things you have to get. This wedding was really unique and fun.
On Saturday I went out to the Arboretum with Nick and Nikki to do an engagement shoot. It's something I've started including in my wedding package and I really like it a lot. It gives me an idea of how the couple takes direction and what works and what doesn't. And it gives them a little bit of an idea of what to expect on their wedding day. Here are some of my favorites...
Location: Morton Arboretum
Cameras: 5d Mark III (24-70mm) + Fuji X-Pro1 (35mm)
I had the pleasure of photographing Dan + Meredith's wedding 1 month ago today. The images came out great and they were great sports at the forest preserve we went to where the previous day's rain decided to bring the bugs out. I delivered the most images I've ever sent a couple (800+) but it was just so hard to put the camera down. Reception was at Pinstripes which is an awesome Bocce & Bowling place that I need to go back to just to hang out. Some of my favorite images are below.
Shooting Details: 5d Mark II, 24-70mm f/2.8L, 580 EXII at times (although I hate using flashes), processed in Lightroom.
So I'm a little behind on this, but I just got an email from the one and only McDonald's about Monopoly being back. In addition to the shot of my co-work Charmaine that I assisted on, I realized they ended up using one of my wedding photos in the Snap Fish assembly. Random to open your email and see a little something you shot. If you haven't been playing Monopoly you've been missing out. A lot of my friends worked a LONG time and a LOT of hours to make it look and run perfectly so you should go scope it out. Plus you have a 1 in 4 chance of winning something.
This wedding was a fun one for me. I knew most everyone in the wedding party and at the wedding so it was good to catch up with people and make some images of my friends. I'm REALLY happy with the way things worked out and this wedding is going to lead to some tweaks in how I approach things (aka, time to buy some new gear). Check em out... Ceremony/Tea: Calvary Church in Naperville, IL Reception: Hotel Arista in Naperville, IL
Another day, another wedding post. I’ve spent a lot of my time recently shooting/editing/booking weddings. Like I said below, I really like it now that I’ve done a bunch. It’s just creating cool images in a different way and my style is really starting to come through. This was a fun wedding. It was very laid back and the bride and groom were cool with seeing each other before the ceremony so that gave us time to create some great images without the pressure of getting to the reception and eating up everyone’s time. We had planned to shot in a park in Elmhurst, but the weather didn’t agree. Luckily I remembered that Wilder Mansion (http://www.wildermansion.org) was newly remodeled and or a very small fee they let us shoot. I LOVE these images. My goal when I shoot weddings is to make photos that I would want to hang on my wall, regardless of who the couple is. These definitely meet that. Check em out…
Ceremony: Faith Christian Reformed Church in Elmhurst, IL Portraits: Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst, IL Reception: Arrowhead Country Club in Wheaton, IL
So the whole reason I started shooting weddings was because a good friend of mine had watched my work progress on Facebook and really liked my style and asked me many times to shoot her wedding. At first I was not into it at all, but the more I thought about it the more interested I became. I finally said I would do it and theirs was an AMAZING wedding to shoot. It was at a place called Oak Hill in Galena, IL. A very pretty setting with a little chapel and barns for the couples to get ready in. The reception was held on site as well in a tent and it was just a really, really fun time and a great spot to make photos in. I have a special place in my heart for Galena so that probably helped as well. Check em out... Ceremony/Reception at Oak Hill in Galena, IL