Saturday, August 22, 2009

A hot time in Markesan.


How hot is it in Markesan? It was so hot on Saturday that the bat flying around the church finally left to find someplace cooler. Now that's hot. It was a five Gatorade day on the thirst-o-meter. But the heat couldn't stand in the way of Jayme and Matthew (plus 1500 or so members of the Quade clan) saying "I do" in a beautiful wedding ceremony that was punctuated by a opera-quality solo by the pastor. He had some serious pipes! After a pit stop in Manchester, we
dropped by Jayme's house for some Rural Chic pics (my Urban
Chic fashion pics, country-style), then swung over to a lake for some cool shots on the pier. Then we capped everything off with a great reception at Beaver Dam Country Club (and I cranked the air conditioning on the car ride home). Thank you to Jayme and Matthew for a fun day, and thanks to the intrepid MaryBeth for doing an awesome job assisting while Allison and Krystal had their own Associate Team wedding that day.

See a show of Jayme and Matthew's highlights here.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

We have a winner!

We have a winner in my September Wedding Giveaway! And the lucky couple is (drumroll please)....Karrie Kluever and Kyle Ghostley! They win coverage of their wedding on September 26, including my Urban Chic fashion walkabout and all of the high-rez files, for a total value of $2500. What a great feeling it is to give something like this away to a very worthy couple. Plus, I got a bunch of hugs when I told them. :)

In addition to just being a nice guy, I do have another purpose for giving away the wedding photography: I will have a film crew there to tape how I cover a wedding, including how I prep, what gear I take, how I use directional light with on-camera and off-camera flash, how I interact with and direct the couple, and other tips and secrets I utilize on a wedding day. My goal is to make it as good as if not better than if the viewer had actually tagged along on that day. The footage will be edited to include voiceovers and instruction tips, with the end product being a very comprehensive "how to shoot a wedding, Michael-style" DVD. My target release for the DVD will be first quarter 2010. When we get close to the release time I will post a special pre-release order offer for anyone who wants to be one of the first on the block to get one. :) Stay tuned for future posts and info.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Neither rain, nor monsoon, nor blistering heat nor biting mosquitoes, shall...blah, blah, blah.


Bobby and Christine's wedding was one wicked awesome day. They were, of course, fabulous in so many ways. Fun, relaxed, beautiful....and that was just Bobby. LOL. We started at 8 a.m. at Olbrich in a steady downpour. Every
time the rain let up and we considered going outside, it would renew with a vengeance. Whenever I said "I don't thinkthe heavy stuff will come in for awhile yet" in my best Carl Spackler imitation, it would, of course rain even harder. Needless to say, the wedding ceremonies were both held inside. Afterwards, we braved the rain to get some cool shots around the gardens.

After a quick break for finely
shaved roast beef and a
champagne toast (okay, it was Arby's and Miller High Life, "the champagne of beers"), we rocked some of my Urban Chic-style
shots with some cool old buildings. Then it was off to the Capitol for wedding party pics and an impromptu parody of "Rocky" by Bobby and the groomsmen. (See photo to see what I mean.)

After the Capitol, Bobby and Christine were game for
a "walkabout". A "walkabout" is where we just deviate from the normal path and find cool locations to shoot. And boy did we ever find cool stuff! Textures, colors and incredible light. A fire
escape for a little Romeo and Juliet action. Christine pulled off coy, aloof, passionate, vulnerable while Bobby was suave, rakish and commanding. What fun!

After a break for Christine to change back into her white wedding dress, we met up at Maple Bluff Country Club for the reception. Throw in some killer sunset shots by the lake, and all in all you have one fantastic wedding day.

To see a slideshow of Bobby and Christine's wedding highlights, click here.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Beeyootiful day at Lussier Family Heritage Center


Maggie Bach and John Hanrahan certainly could not have picked a more gorgeous day to have their wedding. Late July and it's in the high seventies, sunny and no humidity? That's pretty awesome. And with everything happening at the Lussier Center, it was a Capitol-free day, to boot. (Not that I'm dissing the Capitol by any means, but it is nice to get away from it every once in awhile.) Give me a rustic barn, a majestic rolling natural prairie and lots of natural light any day. As you can see, we were able to work a little magic with the setting and our wonderful couple.

If you want to see more from Johnny and Maggie's wedding, check out the slideshow.