Its been a few months since Nicole and Billy said their official “I do’s” at their destination wedding in Mexico. The newlyweds and I had such fun playing in the woods during their photo shoot. Cannot wait for your “official” celebration in September!
Thank you to Kristen and Brian and your families for being so wonderful. We at Ardent are so honored to be among the Neenah based artisans and vendors selected for the day. From our freezing cold Lincoln Park engagement session to the gorgeous sun filled wedding day, every moment was surrounded with joy. Congratulations on your commitment to each other and here’s to a happy and successful life ahead. Welcome back to Neenah.
Earlier this year I headed back to Phoenix. I packed my medium format film camera, 8 rolls of film and a wedding gown in my suitcase. It was sort of a spur of the moment trip and I was up for anything (and a teeny tiny photography convention).
With the generous help of my friend Katie I was able to borrow a wedding gown and find a model to be my muse in Phoenix. The only thing I didn’t plan was the location. I thought someone must know of greenery or green space in Arizona. I’ve photographed desert type locations in both Arizona and Nevada and was ready for something different. I asked everyone I bumped into if they knew of anything…but mostly all of Phoenix is arid desert.
Except for one place, the Japanese Friendship Garden (or Ro Ho En). I drove past this beautiful place on the way from the airport to the house I was staying at. It looked interesting. It was exactly what I was hoping for. Ro Ho En is an intimate oasis and is perfect for weddings…I’d love to fly out to shoot an all film wedding here!
Enjoy my first solo session in medium format film.
It was a Thursday with a strong chance of rain in the forecast. Luckily the clouds stayed away and we actually had our first warm afternoon of May. We kicked off the shoot with a few shots in our loft studio with a more subtle background… after that we headed outside the studio for some fun shots downtown.
Our second location lead us to a beautiful naturesque park where the trees just began to show their buds. We topped off the session with their adorable pooches Dave and Stella…
Katie and Curt are fond of an area rescue shelter, Chances Animal Rescue, that in lieu of a favor at their wedding they are making a donation on behalf of their guests to this area animal shelter. To portray this idea at the wedding Katie and Curt are having me create a special surprise for all the guests at the wedding…it’s going to be adorable!
Looking forward to your wedding day celebration in November!
Do you have a fur baby? Wouldn’t you just love to have them included in your engagement shoot?
Living in an eighty year old home requires that we are constantly doing maintenance on it. This summer our project is re-grading the area around the foundation of our house. We did this when we first moved in 12 years ago but I guess the dirt settled and to solve our minor water trickle in our basement we are needing to re-grade again.
A few weekends ago the project started and we dug up a ton of clay – yes I bet an actual ton. We decided to process the clay so that it could be workable to do a coil pot. So we searched online and found this website with step-by-step instructions on how to process dirt into clay.
That Monday Drew had to stay home from school with an ear infection so we processed the clay according to the Practical Primitive’s instructions. Here are some photos of our process. We’ll let you know what kind of masterpiece we create with it! Have you ever tried making your own clay? How did it turn out? I’d love to know what worked for you!!!
Jamie and Jake live in Roscoe Village and wanted to capture a bit of the everyday at their engagement shoot. The braved the bitter January weather and even had their adorable pup Teddy in some of their shots. After meeting them at their place we headed to Union Station for some spectacular shots out of the elements. It was so great to have a permit to photograph at Union Station, we had full run of the space. Everywhere you looked it was a beautiful scene. I’m really looking forward to their 2014 wedding in Wisconsin…
A rainy day in April at the Paine Art Center and Gardens set the stage for a chic fashion event in its new conservatory. Featuring Chicago-based fashion designer Maria Pinto, known for her iconic fashions for First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. The event included a delicious luncheon, an onstage interview with Maria and a runway show of Maria’s new M2057 Collection. Afterward, guests visited with Maria backstage and got a closer look at her collection and even tried on various pieces.
Maria has a fondness for artisans and sees art (and it’s makers) as an important part of today’s culture. I personally was inspired by her vision to create the M2057 line – clothing line inspired by technology with a fit for every woman. She also told me about one of her inspirational figures, Madeleine Vionnet, who invented the bias cut in France in the 1920’s. Another gifted artist, Chef Peter Kuenzi of Zuppas, created a menu to delight our eyes and palettes.
First course: Plated cheese selection of Huntsman, St. Andre & Sharp White Cheddar with baguettes and red and green grapes.
Entree: A salad of grilled chicken breast on a bed of mixed baby kale, blood oranges, pomegranate, feta cheese, pine nuts and a citrus vinaigrette.
Dessert: Mango sabayon layered with blackberries, raspberries and blueberries.
The energy in the room during the runway show was electric. The 100+ audience members applauded their favorite fashions while discussing between themselves what ensembles they were most interested in trying on backstage.
Backstage, models helped described the fit of the designs they were wearing while guests of the show found their favorites to try on. It was amazing to see how the designs looked on everyone and how truly versatile the different designs were on different bodies. I think the entire experience of being able to try on a designer garment in the presence of the maker is a once in a lifetime experience. I definitely got in on the action! I tried on the Isabella, Franca and the Caress. With help from Maria I chose the Isabella in Midnight Blue! The collar is to die for and the fabric is stunning. I cannot wait to wear this dress to weddings I will be photographing this summer!
Maria used the website Kickstarter to raise equity for her line – M2057. There is nothing that I admire more than a creative savvy business woman. To read more about how Kickstarter helps raise funds for people in the creative industry visit their page explaining seven things to know about Kickstarter. Play the video below to hear how Maria launched M2057 through the Kickstarter program.
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This young couple braved the bitter cold of winter for their engagement session at Lincoln Square in Chicago. With a quick warm up inside Paciugo Gelato Café (isn’t that ironic?) Kristen and Brian were able to showcase their love for each other in one of their favorite places. I’m really looking forward to their wedding in June. Its a hometown wedding with multiple Neenah vendors – I could walk to their ceremony!
Spring is officially here and as the 2014 wedding season unfurls it’s wings the more excited I get to share time with all my fantastic couples. So excited! Sangini and Purab were photographed only two weeks before their destination Indian wedding in Cancun. Here are just a few of my favorite shots from their winter engagement shoot outside the PUBLIC Hotel.