Friday, November 21, 2014

Masquerade Styled Shoot | Preview

Whew! What a month! I had a whirlwind of people fitting in pictures before it turned cold (and just in time - my last shoot was frigid!). Thank you all for bearing with me while I got the mountain of work done and biggest thanks to my clients for patiently waiting a little longer than usual for their photos!!

One of the fun projects I worked on was this styled portrait session. A crazily over the top purple dress, a ballerina model and a masquerade theme made for a very fun morning! I'll be sharing more soon!

Thanks to Laura from Lemondrop Designery for coming up with this shoot and
Melody for being our lovely model!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Emily | Recital Poster Shoot

If you've been around this blog for a while, you'll recognize Emily. She was one of the very first people to let me experiment on her for a "real" portrait session, and I also did her junior recital photos with her recital partner. Hard to believe 2 years have passed already since taking those!

And even harder to believe that Emily is at the end of her studies at MBI! We've been friends since we were 3 and 4, so every new phase of life feels like we're not old enough to be there yet. :-) She's graduating next month and this past weekend had her senior recital - it was a gorgeous and flawless performance!










I love the rock bed and how her dress mimics a waterfall!







Monday, November 10, 2014

Frank & Katherine | Wedding

Katherine contacted me before she was even officially engaged to make sure I'd be available to shoot her wedding. :-) We went through quite the process of finding a date that she could find a venue and that I was available and in the end, she moved her wedding date just so I could shoot the wedding! That's dedication! It means a lot to have someone love your work that much. :-D

Frank and Katherine's day started out chilly and a bit rainy, but by the end of the day it was a beautiful autumn afternoon. It was an honor to capture this wonderful, Christ-centered day - enjoy the pictures (there's kind of a lot of them)!

And huge thanks to my second shooter and "shadower"/assistant, Laura and Renee! They were invaluable and I'm using several of their shots in this post!





























I always love when my couples do a first look! It opens up the schedule so much and allows for capturing some priceless moments!



I think he liked the dress. :-)
















They nailed the cheering shot on the first try! :-)


















Time to get married!








Due to the number of guests at their wedding, they had a big cake reception following the ceremony and a smaller dinner reception in the evening.
















Before heading into the dinner reception, we took some more couples portraits around town and I am SO glad we did this. They are some of my very favorite images of the day! I highly recommend still taking some portraits after the wedding even if you do a first look!

*happy sigh* I will always love classic architecture.





















Candid, folks. Apparently they're just naturally models.





Ok, hilarious moment. We were walking back from the riverfront and these two guests were waiting with armfuls of leaves and proceeded to fling them dramatically on the bride and groom. It was hysterical and also made for a pretty great shot, so thanks, guys! :-)




















It's now my official challenge to get a candid picture of Justin & Jessica when they don't know they're being photographed at every wedding we end up at together. :-P




Credits:
Dress: David's Bridal | Bridesmaid dresses: David's Bridal | Ceremony venue: Lincolnwood Baptist Church | Reception venue: Veterans Memorial Hall
 

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