I met Annie and Peter a year ago to shoot their portraits around the Thompson Center and to document the signing of their marriage license. We had a great time and a year later I was thrilled to shoot their wedding at Architectural Artifacts in Ravenswood. When we did our walk though I knew we were going to have a blast because they approach antiquing the same way I do: trying to find the creepiest shit possible. As soon as I saw the zodiac clock from the Schlitz factory I knew where we'd hang the dress and the rest is history.
After my engagement shoot with Dayna and Damien I knew their wedding was going to be a blast. They used Kenmare Loft for their ceremony and reception and took advantage of the moveable gallery walls to hang large prints of their engagement photos. We braved the winds on the roof for the skyline view and then took a lap through The Aviary and Headquarters for some group shots. It was a pleasure working with them and they did a great job customizing the day to make it theirs from silver flowers to Damien closing out the night on the turntables.
Fall is my favorite season and Kentucky is just great so I really enjoyed the chance to celebrate both and shoot Nick and Lauren's wedding on his Dad's farm outside Louisville. With some work they flipped the barn into an amazing reception space full of paper cranes, candles, and hand cut paper banners. We had dramatic light, a bluegrass band, and the largest bonfire I've ever seen.
Bonus: Claudia Sanders Dinner House was right around the corner so breakfast was huge.
We were rained out of our first attempt but got lucky and nailed a warm weekend in September at Olive Park and Navy Pier. It turned out to be the last weekend of the Ferris Wheel's 20 year run before it was torn down to be replaced.
Shooting at the Garfield Park Conservatory is fun for many reasons, one is the ever changing light. I have a lot of fun balancing room light with bounced flash to get the results I'm looking for and while shooting an event there's a little more elbow room to experiment.
I was excited to shoot the opening reception for Luftwerk's Solarise: A Sea Of All Colors in the Garfield Park Conservatory just to be able to check out the installation in person. Better still was getting the chance to catch Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a moment of peace taking in the exhibit. After a few moments to himself a young girl appeared at his side and he was happy to point out some elements to her.
I had a great time with Julia, Elliot and their friends during their farmhouse wedding at the Greenhouse Bed and Breakfast in Kempton last month. They had a bunch of great handmade details like custom Shrinky Dink tags on succulent holding centerpieces and an on site screen printing op for wedding shirts. The farmhouse was a great setting for prep shots and provided room for lots of camping guests and in the end we were able to get some great portrait shots at dusk. I was also interested to learn about nearby Stelle, IL where the bridal party rented a house. It was formed as an intentional community in the 70s and remains a neighborhood sized cooperative community focused on sustainable living.
Lizi and I try to hide out in Wisconsin whenever possible. This Labor Day we were lucky to stay with her family in Ephraim and watch for Northern Lights over Green Bay every night. We also caught some fireworks and perhaps the best fried cheese curds I've had at the Sister Bay Marina Fest.
I was happy to shoot the grand opening of Chicago's newest residential high rise last night. Here are some favorites from the Penthouse Pool.
In between eating any lingering candy I could find and cleaning I had some fun arranging my favorites from this year's Easter decor on my scanner. The full resolution files could make a nice poster next year.
Here's my shaky cell phone camera recap of my time I was nominated in a major award show. Didn't take home a statuette but DID get to stay in an Airstream trailer on a ranch in Malibu which was a lot more relaxing.