February 25, 2010   |   Clients, Photographers, wedding

Last week, I shot one of my favorite weddings ever: Allison and Ryan. However, this wedding wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without another great photographer: Jake Poehls of JPP Studios! He was my 2nd photographer for this event and, because of this, I know that Allison and Ryan will be getting twice as many photos to memorialize their wonderful day.

Jake has moved back to Chicagoland after a few years in California. And boy, did California lose a great photog! The work that JPP Studios produces is exactly the kind of work I love to look at: editorial, clean, artistic and just plain beautiful.

To celebrate Jake’s move back to Chicago and the opening of JPP Studios, we are offering a 2nd photog deal. For a very limited time, any of my 2010 couples can add a 2nd shooter to their wedding packages for only $500 (a $300 discount)! If you are interested in this–and I know many of you have been thinking about upgrading–please contact me as soon as possible.

Also, you all know that I’m booked for 2010. However, Jake is still accepting weddings. If you are looking for a photographer, he just may be your guy!


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February 21, 2010   |   wedding

You see, in weddings, there is an equation that goes something like this: good people + good light + artistic freedom = good photos. Okay, so maybe that isn’t exact science, but it works out most of the time. Yesterday, Allison and Ryan’s wedding day worked to prove that equation, though. I had one of the nicest couples I’ve ever worked with and they trusted me. What more could a photogal ask for?

These two had a beautiful ceremony at Old St. Pat’s and then a reception (worthy of party crashers) at Galleria Marchetti. I also got to work with some great vendors, including the fantastic Sonia Roselli and a great 2nd photog, Jake Poehls. (Stay tuned for a 2nd photographer special and a blog post about Jake later in the week!) All in all, it was a wonderful day–mathematically wonderful, even. So, this is gonna be a LONG one.

How can you have a bad day if you’re wearing red heels?

I hope Allison’s mom doesn’t kill me for posting this. Actually, it is very sweet. She was almost in tears when she saw Allison with her hair done and this is the “keep-from-crying” face. I couldn’t resist.

Someone is happy to be getting dressed.

Seriously, Allison, how can you be this pretty?

A few sweet moments from the ceremony:

I love the moment when the priest tells the couple to look at their guests.

LOVE this one.

The handsome groom.

Allison put these babies on for the portraits.

A great shot of the guys, thanks to Jake.

The happy couple.

If you see a random guy walking down the street, why NOT ask him to join the photo?

Another couple of gorgeous shots of the bride.

And this AMAZING shot by Jake.

Finally, a few from the reception.

Whew. Now how about some comments, people?


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February 6, 2010   |   wedding

Elizabeth and Pat live in South Carolina. So, we never got to meet each other until they came to the city for their big day. If anything, though, it just made me wish that I had more time to spend with them. What an amazingly warm and welcoming couple! They had a small, afternoon ceremony that was as warm and welcoming as they are. I was so happy to spend a few hours with these two and to capture their infectious personalities in these photos.

I loved the colors: soft blue, brown and ivory.

The beautiful couple (who braved the 20-degree weather so that we could get some shots in natural light):

There is just something moody that I love here:

Elizabeth’s dad was SO cute. Look how proud he is:

And a couple shots of the candy bar that Elizabeth worked VERY hard on:


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