Monday, January 3, 2011

Telling the groom's story

I see wedding albums with multi-page spreads showing the bride getting ready, details of the dress, the shoes, the jewelry, the hair. But what about the groom? Sure, there are a couple of shots of him in his tux hanging with the groomsmen. But how often does he receive the same attention as the bride? Unfortunately, not often, and many times that is by choice. It's too bad, though, because I feel the need to balance the bridal story with a similar "groomal" story. Fortunately, I get a chance to show the groom getting ready every once in awhile, like I demonstrate here with Ryan. First of all, he and Stacie BOTH wanted their wedding prep time to be covered. Secondly, I can easily accommodate the request since I always have a second photographer with me. In this case, I left Stacie in Krystal's capable hands while I hung out with Ryan in his suite. This gave us a chance to photograph each side of the story as it happened simultaneously. It gave us a balanced coverage that honestly just can't be attained by a single photographer running back and forth.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ryan & Stacie: Happy Birthday, Happy Wedding, Happy Dance

What a great way to cap off the fall wedding season...a beautiful couple, beautiful Indian summer weather, and beautiful settings all day long. Wow. And I finally got a groom who wanted to do getting ready shots! We get to do bridal getting ready shots all the time, but the groom almost always gets left out cuz they typical show up dressed and ready. This time, while Stacie was in Krystal's capable hands and lens, I got to hang out with Ryan and tell the "groomal" story. :) (And the day before the wedding was Ryan's birthday, so he had a pretty good weekend.) Then it was off to the church in Johnsburg down in the lake country area of Illinois. It was a gorgeous old Catholic church, and an emotional ceremony. From there we headed out to the reception at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake, Illinois. We did one of my Walkabouts around the bucolic grounds and captured a ton of wonderful images.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

One hot October wedding...Joe and Katlyn

After a scorching hot summer engagement session, we all were looking forward to a beautifully mild October wedding day. Um, well, it was 82. The only thing hotter was the portfolio's worth of smokin' images from Joe & Katlyn's wedding day. From getting ready at Katlyn's house, to Olin Park, to some urban walkabout pics, to some killer shots at the Legend at Bergamont in Oregon, top to bottom this was one hot wedding.

Fun in the Arboretum with Amy & Nick

In case you were wondering, "yes", I am in fact available to photograph engagement sessions on an a la carte basis. Amy and Nick saw my engagement session work for my wedding clients, loved what they saw, and booked me to photograph an engagement session for them. We decided to shoot in the Arboretum in Madison to incorporate some of the beautiful fall color we've had lately.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Rick & Dana: Thrillin'

Rick and Dana are a wedding photographer's dream. Fun, funky, edgy, sassy...they gave it all and more. And, not only did they give me more than an hour to do one of my Walkabouts with just the two of them, they also give us our own "photographer's table" at the reception. How cool is that? Pretty cool...but not as cool as the images they allowed me to create. They're smokin'.