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Last 10 Entries

  • February 16, 2014

    I crossed off an item from my bucket list this past January, when I took a photo with Mike Tyson in Las Vegas. To be fair, I don’t even have a bucket list, but I wasn’t going to let that spoil the moment. This is just the type of stuff that happens when Elena, Colleen, Jeff, John, Meagan and I make no specific plans beyond “go to Vegas and eat and drink amazing things.”

    Needless to say, we made good on our overall game plan: awesome meals at Bouchon, Tao, and RM Seafood; front row seats for the “social experiment” that is Rose Rabbit Lie; bottle service at Bond; BYO Champagne at The Chandelier; and plenty of other tasty cocktails & meals along the way. As you might have noticed, even though Aria was our home base, we spent lots of time at Cosmopolitan.

    The best part? Only 11 months until we do it all over again.

  • January 23, 2014

    After shooting Ashlee & Dave’s amazing Paris wedding back in November, Elena and I travelled to Brussels, Belgium, for a mini vacation. While we love Paris, both of us had already been in the past, and we decided to take the opportunity to explore someplace new. Since Brussels is only one hour thanks to the awesomely fast TGV, we figured it’d be perfect!

    Needless to say, I was psyched to drink every Belgian beer that I could, and I made it through most of my list: Duvel, Orval, Chimay, Westmalle, Affligem, Kwak, Mort Subite, La Chouffe, Kriek, Maredsous, Leffe, Grimbergen, and Rochefort… Our home base, Hotel Saint-Géry, was a stone’s throw from four awesome pubs (Café des Halles, Le Zebra, Le Roi des Belges & Mappa Mundo) and just a couple blocks from the city center and the Grand Place — in short, the perfect location.

    What I loved most about Brussels was the combination of truly old and truly modern. From 300 year-old taverns like Au Bon Vieux Temps to city symbols like the Atomium (built for the 1958 World’s Fair) to the European Parliament, old and new just existed together effortlessly. There’s just something so cool about visiting the Town Hall (Hotel de Ville), which dates back to the 13th century, and then speaking French with the owner of a Greek diner around the corner.

    Of course, since Elena and I had a little free time in Paris, we didn’t miss the chance to explore some new areas there, as well. We were even able to check off an amazing foodie spot from my Foursquare list: Le Dauphin in the 11th. Throw in some late night drinks and a stroll by Notre Dame and you’ve got quite the wrap up for an unforgettable trip!

    Here are my favorite shots of Paris and Brussels from this trip — enjoy!

    Paris

    Brussels

  • December 23, 2013

    When Ashlee and David asked if I “might possibly be interested” in photographing their wedding, I jumped at the opportunity. Then, when I found out that we were talking about a destination wedding in Paris, France, I understandably passed out for a brief second… Fast forward to this past Thanksgiving week, and we found ourselves walking around the beautiful City of Lights (appropriately lit up for the holidays) making memories that will last a lifetime.

    Ashlee and Dave were married in a wonderful late afternoon ceremony at The Scots Kirk, a modern church in the 8th arrondissement, just off beautiful Avenue Montaigne. Afterwards, guests travelled to the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel, and seemingly back in time to La Belle Époque, for an amazing cocktail hour and reception in the Salon Messager.

    These two were a photographer’s dream couple, since they were just as excited to take photos in Paris as I was. Not a bit of complaining as I dragged them on a brisk walk down to the Seine for Eiffel Tower shots in the quickly fading winter light, or when we stopped traffic to get “just one more” street shot of the newlyweds. We even managed to do an impromptu photo shoot in the Louis Vuitton luggage store, complete with complimentary champagne — couldn’t have planned that even if we tried. I did learn a very important lesson, too: when the head waiter at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel offers to show you to an amazing photo location inside the hotel, you don’t ask any questions… Because after you walk down stairs and through corridors, you’ll emerge into the most famous ballroom in Paris, the Salon Opéra.

    Thank you, Ash and Dave, from the bottom of my heart for a truly wonderful experience. Words simply cannot express how much I appreciate you taking me along for the ride — instead I can only hope that you enjoy the photos and the memories that we made together. All the best!

    The best part about destination weddings, besides the destination itself, is that I have the ability to take part in wedding festivities like the rehearsal dinner. Here are a few photos from Ashlee & Dave’s rehearsal dinner at Chez Papa, including some street photography of the happy couple before and after.

  • December 07, 2013

    It’s been nearly impossible to select just a few images from Ashlee & David’s gorgeous Paris wedding, but I’ve done my best… Congratulations to the happy couple, and thank you again for taking me along for the ride. I cannot wait to share the rest of the photos!

  • December 02, 2013

  • September 18, 2013

    I’ve said many times how fortunate I am to have such wonderful friends as clients, but this is a crazy understatement in Amy & Jason’s case. I’ve known Jason for years, and although Amy only recently came into my life, it immediately felt like we’d been lifelong friends. That’s just how Amy is, and I’m sure her own friends and family would agree. So needless to say, it was definitely an honor to be asked to be this amazing couple’s wedding photographer!

    On that note, you might remember Amy & Jason from their recent engagement photo shoot

    Amy & Jason started off their wedding day by getting ready at Hotel Sax, which set up their First Look right in front of the House of Blues. After some portraits along the Chicago River and in front of the Wrigley Building, the wedding party hopped on a trolley and headed to Prairie Production for the ceremony and reception. What followed was a fantastic evening filled with joy, music, and a little bit of dancing.

    Congratulations to you both, Amy & Jason!

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  • September 05, 2013

    Here are a few photos from Amy & Jason’s amazing downtown Chicago wedding, which took place at Prairie Production last weekend. I have literally been staring at these images for hours, trying to find the right handful to post… A huge congrats to the happy couple, and I cannot wait to share the rest!

  • August 28, 2013

    Few things in life are better than an amazing vacation, particularly if said vaca is with the two best travel buddies in the world.

    This summer Elena and I, along with Jeff and Lisa, flew to San Francisco with a simple goal: spend a wonderful week exploring the city and the wine country of Napa and Sonoma. Of course, as always, we knew that it would evolve into something much bigger. From a behind-the-scenes tour of AT&T Park (big thanks to F5), to an epic party in Yountville; from ridiculous wine and oysters, to the best Chinese food I’ve ever eaten — this trip had it all. And the best part is that we got to enjoy it with Jeff and Lisa.

    Want some details? We hit up Duckhorn, Frank Family Vineyards, Tamber Bey, and Beau Vigne in Napa, as well as Buena Vista, Robledo, Valley of the Moon, and Paradise Ridge in Sonoma. Needless to say, there will be a few bottles of wine delivered over the next few months… Our batteries were recharged at the Donatello Hotel in SF, and the Meritage Resort in Napa proper, both of which were perfect choices.

    Here are my photo memories, shot on the Contax 645 and Nikon F100 with Kodak Portra 400 & 800 film, as well as with the Fuji X100S (processed with VSCO). As usual, Jeff has a breathtaking set of his own images over on his blog. Check them out, and we’ll get back to planning our next adventure.

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  • August 26, 2013

    Emma and Ross' beautiful summer wedding was a master class in perfectly blending tradition with contemporary style.

    Their Jewish ceremony took place at the stunning Bryn Mawr Country Club in Lincolnwood, IL, and was followed by a cocktail hour and a joyous reception. It was an honor to witness the traditional wedding rituals such as the signing of the ketubah, the encircling of the bride and groom, and the dancing of the Horah. Still, Emma and Ross stayed true to their contemporary sensibilities, opting for a First Look and taking care of family portraits before their guests arrived.

    I am always so grateful to my clients for allowing me to be a part of their special days, and this wedding was no exception. Mazel Tov to the newlyweds, Emma and Ross!

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  • August 13, 2013

    Here are a few images from Emma & Ross' beautiful wedding at the Bryn Mawr Country Club. I cannot wait to share more of this sweet couple and their special day… Congrats to you both!