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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
I got together with Amy & Jason to do an engagement photo shoot, in advance of their upcoming wedding. Since their ceremony and reception are taking place in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago, Amy & Jason wanted to stick with an urban feel for their engagement photos. What better place than River West and the West Loop?!?!
So excited to shoot this awesome couple’s wedding in a month!
Where to begin with Laura & Wallace…
I’ve known Laura for over 15 years, having met her on our first day at Illinois Wesleyan University back in 1997 as we both got started as music majors. Laura and I became fast friends, due in part to a tight-knit circle of roommates, friends, and fellow musicians. Sitting next to each other in Wind Ensemble over the next few years only helped to reinforce that bond, and since IWU we’ve shared plenty of vacations, dinners, and drinks!
When Laura first introduced me to Wallace, I knew he was special, and I saw that Laura knew it, too. His smile lights up the room, and from the very beginning Wallace has been the perfect complement to Laura. So when Laura & Wally got engaged last year, it’s a huge understatement to say that I was excited for them. And when they asked me to be their wedding photographer — over dinner at a Cuban BYOB in Chicago, naturally — I was over the moon!
On July 5, 2013, Laura & Wallace were married in a beautiful ceremony at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park, IL, surrounded by family and friends. The day was absolutely perfect, and so is this couple — I mean, look at these two!!!
Congratulations to you both, Laura & Wally, and thank you again for letting me capture your special day!
This past weekend, Elena and I hit up Volleywood 2013 at North Avenue Beach with Jeff and Lisa. Partly because Too White Crew and Nelly were performing on the beach, but mostly because it was a Saturday in Chicago during the summer, and that’s just the type of thing that we’re down for. A few Bloody Marys and a few pair of sunglasses later, you’ve got yourself a pretty awesome afternoon.
To cap off the day, we headed to Frontier for some snacks and cocktails. They never disappoint.
On July 9, 2013, our friend Tom Ziarko lost his battle with Stage IV metastatic melanoma, and everyone that knew Tom lost a huge part of themselves. Tom had been fighting hard against his cancer, and his girlfriend Colleen had been leading the charge to raise money in order to help pay Tom’s medical bills and lift his spirits.
Part of that effort was to assemble a team, Truckin' it for Tom, to take part in the 2013 Miles for Melanoma Teb’s Troops 5K Run/Walk at Montrose Harbor. Over the course of a few weeks, the team grew to 82 members, and raised nearly $7,000 to help fund melanoma research. Despite losing Tom that very week, everyone knew how crucial the walk was; one donation, one drug trial, one checkup, could make the difference for the next person.
So we walked.
Such a sad day, Tom, now that you’re no longer with us… Just as Colleen is family, so are you, and none of us will ever forget the light that you brought into each of our lives.
Rest easy, my friend.