August 31, 2010   |   Clients, Food, personal, Photographers

As most of you know from my Facebook updates, I just returned from a vacation in Paris. In fact, I’m still getting over my jet lag and I’ve already said “bonjour” twice by accident. What can I say? You spend a week in Paris, and it is hard to come back.

Paris was great for a lot of things. Sona and I were able to spend some much-needed quality time (she’s in anesthesia school and constantly busy, too). I was able to disconnect from all of my work (hence the unanswered emails). And, maybe most importantly, I was able to refuel creatively; I remembered how much fun it is to walk around aimlessly–in a beautiful city, nonetheless–and take pictures.

At the risk of sounding like a boring uncle flipping through vacation slides, here is the first of three posts about Paris. I hope you don’t mind my taking time out of wedding chat to share some vacation pictures. In about a month, I will be launching a brand new website. Some of these photos will be part of a special project that will be launched with my new site. Stay tuned!

A shot from the metro.

We woke up to this view each morning. Talk about feeling blessed.

Mostly, we just sat around cafes and ordered a cafe creme (or twenty).

Of course, I was mostly interested in the food.

We stayed near Rue Cler–a very famous market street.

Have you been to Paris? If so, you’ve heard of Berthillon ice cream. It is literally the best ice cream in the world. I’d move to Paris just to eat it. True story.

Of course, the architecture was beautiful, too.

I loved the homes along the Seine river.

Every place you look in Paris, you see a photograph.

August 21, 2010   |   engagement

Are you noticing a theme on my blog? Yes, I’m now requiring all couples eat ice cream during their photoshoots. It’s a good idea, dontcha think? Before we went for ice cream, I met Leah and Brian at Lake Katherine. Then, we decided to head over to the Plush Horse. It’s an ice cream shop that Leah used to go to as a kid. Since we shot right before sunset, we had some amazing light. It made for really sharp images and saturated colors. Though, these two don’t need much help. How cute are they? I love these photos. Hope they love them, too!

So cute!

Hello, color!

Ice cream is good for the soul.

August 18, 2010   |   wedding

A few weeks before the wedding, Amanda emailed me and mentioned three magical words: ICE CREAM SHOP. After their ceremony, they wanted to head to an ice cream shop in Glenview that she used to frequent as a teen. As you can imagine, I was thrilled! Not only did she have ideas for creative photos, the photos would have two of my favorite things: newly married couples and food! So, in the middle of a very warm wedding day, we all went for ice cream. Afterwards, we headed to the Northwestern Campus for more photos. That’s a great tip, actually. Pick two locations for portraits; choose one that is “pretty” and a little safe, and choose one that is a little outside of the box. That way, you please everyone (especially your photographer)! Amanda and Gabe ended their evening with a reception at the Women’s Club in Evanston. I’ve never shot at that venue, but it is beautiful! It was a wonderful wedding day with an adorable couple and a delicious detour!

The “getting ready” shots are really my favorite part of a wedding day. Nothing matches that kind of energy.

Amanda had gardenias in her bouquet. They smelled heavenly.

Another veil shot that I’m in love with.

I popped in to check on Gabe, too.

This is one of my favorite shots of a bride’s entrance with her father.

Their church had beautiful light. I actually shot one of my very first weddings in this church.

The wedding had a very cohesive color story. That makes a HUGE difference in the photos. Loved all the purple. It’s the hot new wedding color, ya heard?

We had to force Gabe to eat ice cream. Who has to be forced to eat ice cream?!

Gabe was feeding Amanda her ice cream as she was getting her dress bustled. So cute.

The beautiful bride.

The reception details were romantic and–of course–purple!

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