Posts tagged "photography"

  • September 20, 2016

    Just a few photos from Kerry & Jimmy’s unforgettable beach wedding in St. Joseph, MI. What an amazing experience, and what a wonderful group of family and friends!

  • August 07, 2016

    A few photos from Sara & Ed’s elegant backyard wedding in Chicago, IL. These two really know how to throw a party!

  • July 28, 2016

    A few photos from Katie & Frantz’s gorgeous wedding in Chicago, IL this past weekend. What an amazing couple, and I simply cannot wait to share more!

  • February 27, 2016

    Various photos from our now pretty-much-yearly trip out to San Diego, CA.

  • November 01, 2014

    Some of the best decisions in life are the spur of the moment ones…

    In September 2014, Jeff and I went to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, a trip that we had planned literally just weeks prior. We’d been talking about going for a long time, but circumstances somehow aligned to make it a reality. The simple truth is that attending Oktoberfest in Munich is a completely insane experience — despite having these photos and videos, I’m still not convinced that it wasn’t all some elaborate dream.

    In any case, Jeff’s story on Exposure does a much better job covering the details of our trip than I ever could, so I’ll just refer you to that. What an amazing journey, to be sure.

    Oktoberfest 2014 Munich from Andrew Stott on Vimeo.
    Music: Speeding (Wiesn Remix) / LIGHTS

    Munich, Germany

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  • August 25, 2014

    Achal and Mark booked a simple portrait session, in order to capture the traditional attire that they were wearing to an Indian wedding. As you can see, Achal and Mark are quite the handsome couple, and they were absolutely wonderful to work with! I truly do have the best clients… Looking good, gentlemen, thank you again!

  • August 02, 2014

    Lauren & Brad were married at St. Catherine of Siena in Portage, MI on July 12, 2014, and celebrated at Cityscape Events at the City Centre in downtown Kalamazoo.

    The girls started off the day getting ready at Lauren’s parents’ house, which has a beautifully-landscaped backyard and pool — perfect for our pre-ceremony bridal portraits. St. Catherine of Siena, their church and the ceremony location, was just around the corner. After their ceremony, the wedding party boarded a party bus, to travel to the reception in style. And what a reception it was, taking over the gorgeous Cityscape Events at the City Centre in downtown Kalamazoo. Following a cocktail hour, the night kicked off with toasts, dancing, live music, and a special song written and performed by Brad’s father. Lauren & Brad certainly did it up right!

    What a perfect day, and what a truly wonderful couple. Congratulations to you both!!!

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  • July 21, 2014

    Here are just a few photos from Lauren & Brad’s beautiful wedding in Kalamazoo, MI on July 12. I’m so happy to be able to share these, and can’t wait for the rest. Thank you, Lauren and Brad — it was such an honor to be a part of your special weekend! Congrats!!!

  • July 02, 2014

    While I fully expected Jenna & Alex’s wedding in Cabo San Lucas to be amazing, I was totally unprepared for the sheer level of awesome. Every single aspect of this wedding, from our home base at the breathtaking Esperanza Resort, to their rehearsal dinner on the beach at the Hacienda Beach Club, to their simple and beautiful ceremony at dusk, was absolutely perfect. Just hanging at the pool drinking Micheladas (“Ojo Rojo”) and Cabo Green Margaritas were moments that alone would have made the trip worth it.

    Of course, if you know Jenna & Alex or their families, then you know that this had always been the only possible outcome… I mean, their Instagram hashtag was #jenandaldocabo. Seriously.

    Here’s to Jenna and Alex: Congratulations, and thank you so so much for allowing us to “do Cabo” with you! If your wedding weekend is any indication, I know that you’ll have many more happy years of celebrating ahead.

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  • June 13, 2014

    Now that I have my film back, it’s time to share a few photos from Jenna & Alex’s spectacular Cabo San Lucas, Mexico wedding! Many more to come… Congratulations, and thank you thank you thank you to Jenna & Alex!

  • February 17, 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.

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  • 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!


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  • 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!

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  • 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 27, 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!

  • July 28, 2013

    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!

  • July 27, 2013

    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!

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  • July 17, 2013

    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.

  • July 17, 2013

    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.

  • July 08, 2013

    Just a few of my favorite images from Laura & Wally’s amazing wedding. It’s hard not to post all of them at once, but there are many, many more where these came from… Congrats to you both!

  • March 17, 2013

    A couple of weeks ago, I had the great honor of photographing the handsome Jack Liam Ginty, whom Jenn and Brendan welcomed into the world in January. You might remember Jenn and Brendan from their amazing Nova Scotia wedding back in 2011, and to say they have done a wonderful job with little Jack would be a ridiculous understatement. It’s such an amazing feeling to see two of your friends (and clients) experience such joy!

    We’re planning some follow-up shoots, so I can’t wait to share more photos of this guy!

    Shot on the Contax 645 with a mix of film (Fuji Pro 400H, Kodak Portra 800, and Ilford XP2) as well as the D700 with VSCO Film.

  • November 05, 2012

    Family. Friends. Clients.

    It seems like there would be clearly defined lines separating these groups of people, but those lines are simply impossible to draw when you’re talking about Dawn & George. From the moment I met them, I felt so welcomed, and I’m not the only one who shares those sentiments… That’s one of the amazing things about Dawn & George: everyone close to them is simultaneously a dear friend and a beloved family member. I’m incredibly fortunate that I was able to be a part of their beautiful wedding weekend in Miami, surrounded by their friends and family.

    Their ceremony was held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, a beautiful church right in the heart of downtown Miami. From there, the group travelled to a private estate on Sunset Island for a once-in-a-lifetime poolside reception. Did I mention that Dawn & George like to have a good time, and that they are quite successful at accomplishing that goal?!?!

    Needless to say, the destination wedding experience was in full effect, including a rehearsal dinner at Texas de Brazil and a post-wedding beach day at The Satai on South Beach. You know it’s a quality wedding when you need a vacation to recover afterwards.

    Thank you again, Dawn & George, and congratulations to you both!!!

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  • October 26, 2012

    Just a few images from the absolutely beautiful Miami wedding of Dawn & George. Spoiler alert: the rest of the wedding and reception was just as amazing! I can not wait to post all of the photos…

  • October 05, 2012

    Last weekend, I spent a beautiful afternoon with the insanely cute Sophie & Maria, literally running around Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. Stacy, Sophie & Maria’s mom, was interested in a downtown portrait session for her girls, and that’s exactly what we did.

    The fall weather was gorgeous, and the girls were perfect models for their portrait session. We hit most of the “must-see” spots in the Park, including the Bean (Cloud Gate), the Lurie Garden, and the Crown Fountain. We purposely saved the fountain for last, since we knew the girls had indicated a strong desire to get wet… As you can see below, they didn’t even think twice!

    All in all, a wonderful day, made even better thanks to my fantastic clients! Thanks again, Stacy!

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  • July 16, 2012

    Words simply cannot express how amazing this past weekend was.

    On Saturday, July 14, Elena and I got married at Galleria Marchetti, in Chicago, IL, surrounded by our wonderful friends and families. Saying that it was different being on the other side of the wedding festivities would be the understatement of the year… But all of the details came together just as we hoped they would, and we couldn’t have been happier.

    Of course, I managed to snap a few photos (using VSCO Cam) which show my perspective. Instagram photos from the weekend can be found on our wedding website — if you’d like your shots to show up there, just use the hashtag #aewed when you post.

    Thank you to everyone who helped to make our special day possible. We couldn’t have done it without you!

  • June 05, 2012

    When you get Chessa, Josh, their families & their friends together, you know it’s going to be a good time… I mean, with that many cousins (and “cousins”) how can you not enjoy yourself?!?! As expected, at Chessa & Josh’s wedding this past Memorial Day weekend, that’s exactly what happened, and the party did not disappoint!

    The day started with a beautiful ceremony at Nativity of The Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Plymouth, MI, tucked neatly between some thunderstorms. Right after the ceremony, the celebration continued at the Glen Oaks Country Club in Farmington Hills, for cocktails, dinner, and dancing (both Greek and “regular”). The day and night went off without a hitch, which isn’t a surprise to anyone that knows the Georvassilis and Turcott families… With plenty of help from their extended families and their huge network of friends, it was all but guaranteed.

    What an honor to be invited as a guest — I’ll never tire of seeing just how loving, and how loved, this couple truly is. Congratulations to both of you!

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  • April 24, 2012

    I’ve been looking for a good way to display my Instagram photos on my blog — some perfect storm of a solution that offers me control & flexibility, yet doesn’t require me to authorize a 3rd party to access my data. Since Instagram doesn’t offer their own public feeds (unlike Twitter, Flickr, etc), there aren’t many out-of-the-box solutions While sites like Listagram, Statigram, Instafeed, and Instagrid do a great job of showing other people my feed, they’re not designed to allow me to use that content on my own site.

    Thanks to a little Node.js code running on Heroku, I was able to build a little public feed of my Instagram photos. Basically, this Express app uses my Instagram API credentials to pull my recent images and presents the data via JSON. It leverages the instagram-node-lib project, too, which makes communicating w/ the Instagram API from Node a snap. I also threw in some Redis (Heroku makes this so trivial) to do some basic caching, to improve load times as well as reduce the Instagram API calls. Sprinkle in some front-end jQuery and a little CSS to make it all pretty, and you’ve got my brand new Instagram page. Not too shabby if I do say so myself! Be sure to scroll down and click on the “Gimme more photos…” button, too.

    Here’s the complete server-side code, if anyone is interested:

    And on the client-side, here is my jQuery, which handles the AJAX call as well as the animations:

    Apologies for any mistakes or smelliness — I don’t write a lot of JavaScript… But considering how quick and painless this was, I might just start! In any case, I hope this is useful for someone out there. Definitely let me know if you have any questions, or if you run into any issues with my new page.

  • November 23, 2011

    As I mentioned before, film captures the look of summer in a truly special way. As the cold sets in, here are a few last images of summer’s warmth, shot on 35mm Fuji Pro 400H… Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

  • November 11, 2011

    If you’d like to know how to make planning a destination wedding look easy, just ask Jenn.

    With help from her family and Maid of Honor, Lori, Jenn put together an amazing week back home in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Thursday: Pub Crawl, including a tour of the Alexander Keith’s brewery. Friday: Peggy’s Cove tour followed by a seafood-packed rehearsal dinner. Saturday: An intimate ceremony at the Halifax Citadel, followed by a big party at Casino Nova Scotia. And all along the way: plenty of fun, photos, and Maritime hospitality…

    Continue reading "Wedding: Jennifer & Brendan"...
  • November 10, 2011

    Back in September (whew) Jeff and I spent the day shooting in Fulton Market. I shot film only, more specifically a mix of 35mm (Nikon N80), medium format (Contax 645), and Holga (cross-processed Kodak E1000VS)… I’m just now finally getting caught back up enough to post these, and I’ll have another post coming shortly explaining what I’ve been up to.

    In any case, you can check out Jeff’s shots on his blog, and all of my shots from that day are up on Flickr.

  • October 20, 2011

    Two days (and nights) of Nova Scotian hospitality and adventure with the happy couple, capped off by an unforgettable ceremony and an all-night party. Add in Jenn & Brendan's closest family and friends and you have the recipe for an absolutely amazing destination wedding!

    Here's a sneak peak while I work on the rest of the images... Congrats again to you both — we were so honored to be a part of everything!

  • September 12, 2011

    I was referred to Judy and Thomas through family friends, and from our first meeting I knew that this wedding was going to be special. Judy and Thomas were actually married in a civil ceremony in Germany over the summer, but they wanted to have a religious ceremony in Chicago. So a lot of the "traditional" activities (bouquet toss, cake cutting, etc) were out, replaced with a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Throw in an absolutely gorgeous evening and an outdoor reception at Graue Mill in Oak Brook, IL, and you have the recipe for a fantastic celebration!

    As you can tell from the photos, these two need no direction in front of the camera. Incredibly natural, comfortable, and honest — Judy & Thomas gave me so much love to work with for our portrait session.

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  • September 09, 2011

    There's just something about film that screams "summer" to me... Love these shots from Jeff's birthday weekend backyard party.


    Coming Through

    Birthday Beer

    Birthday Bags

  • August 29, 2011

    Just a peak at a couple images from Judy & Thomas' beautiful wedding this past Saturday... What a perfect day for a wedding! Congratulations again to you both!

    Update: More images on the blog, and all photos from the event have been posted in the Archive. Enjoy!

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  • July 12, 2011

    "Would you like to come to our wedding in Tuscany?" When Elena and I were invited to her cousin Alyssa's wedding, we didn't have to think too long about our response... And even after many months of dreaming about what it would be like, let me just say that Alyssa & Collin's wedding did not disappoint! It was even more beautiful and epic than we had been imagining, and these photos only begin to do their wedding justice.

    Fortunately, we were able to spend a few extra days in Florence before the wedding (and a couple of days in Rome after the wedding), which certainly rounded out our Italian experience. Alyssa (and her sister Katie) lived in Florence a few years ago, and I can certainly see the attraction. The narrow winding streets emptying out into grand piazzas, the small cafes and gelato shops around every corner, the history mixed with the extreme luxury...

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  • October 23, 2010

    Elena's cousin Kristen was married last weekend in Batavia, IL to her longtime boyfriend (and family friend) Kevin. In addition to knowing both Kristen and Kevin for quite some time, I had a special connection to their wedding, since Elena was a bridesmaid and my nieces were the flower girls!

    Kristen wore here mother's veil, and looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress. What a happy couple, right?!?!

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  • August 10, 2010

    This past weekend our friends Anita & Srdjan were married in an absolutely beautiful ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago, IL. Needless to say, the evening was simply outstanding and we're so happy for the newlyweds!

    For photos and some stunning details, click through...

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  • February 17, 2010

    If you're interested in such things, by now you've probably seen the news that Apple released Aperture 3. Tons of new features, and it's finally a 64-bit app, so performance should be much improved. This past weekend I got the Aperture 3 (A3) demo up and running on my iMac, and loaded some D700 RAW images for testing. Aperture 3 LCD metadata view

    First impressions: I love some of the new features, including the WB preset previews, image adjustment presets (and previews), and the responsiveness of the interface. I'm very excited about the photo book plug-ins from high-end album companies. I'm always on the lookout for ways to streamline my wedding/portrait workflow, and for tools that make it easier to create quality products for my photography clients. On that note, while I haven't used Faces or Places yet, I'm certainly interested these features for my own personal images. Bonus: The new LCD-like metadata view (shown on the right) is killer.

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  • January 18, 2010

    Last week's earthquake in Haiti left me feeling a bit helpless at first. So many people suffering, so far away... Of course, there were a lot of organizations that could use my money to help the people of Haiti: Red Cross, UNICEF, CARE, Mercy Corps, etc. Some are even using SMS (in the US) to make it easier:

    • SMS text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts
    • SMS text "YELE" to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti's Earthquake Relief efforts
    • SMS text "GIVE10" to 20222 to donate $10 to Direct Relief

    I personally jumped on the Google bandwagon, since they made it trivial to donate to UNICEF and CARE.

    Continue reading "Giving: Prints for Haiti"...
  • November 20, 2009

    I'm very excited to announce the launch of Andrew Stott Photography Products, specifically Holiday Cards!

    These cards have been in development for quite some time. While services like Shutterfly offer some nice options, I've searched far and wide for the best designs and the highest quality materials. At this point, I'm confident that we've got some of the top cards out there. Want some details?

    All cards are printed on high quality art paper using HP Indigo digital printing presses with real liquid ink — no inkjet prints on plain paper... Prices shown on the website are for packs of 25 cards with envelopes — if you would like more cards, just order multiple packs. UPS Ground shipping costs $10 per card design, and UPS 2-day Air is available for $15.

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  • July 15, 2009

    A couple weeks ago, our friends Sarah & Phil were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at The Grove in Glenview, IL.

    The reception was also held at The Grove, and the rain stayed away just long enough to provide a wonderful outdoor dinner service. After dinner, we moved inside to take advantage of an air-conditioned dance floor and some liberally-pouring bartenders. Of course, we didn't stop there, hosting a small hotel after-party complete with a late-night, monsoon-soaked booze run... It was a great night with great friends — thanks to the happy couple for inviting us, and for throwing an awesome party!

    Click through for some images... The rest are up on Flickr.

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  • June 01, 2009

    On Memorial Day weekend, I had the pleasure of shooting Kristen and Tony's wedding at A New Leaf in Chicago. It was a wonderful event all around: from a beautiful bride, to a gorgeous space, to fantastic summer weather, there were plenty of memories to capture.

    For images and more details, click through...

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  • May 23, 2009

    Just a quick note to announce the launch of Andrew Stott Photography. It’s got all you need in a good photo portfolio site: photos, photos, and more photos. Plus a bio, contact information, and a newsletter — just in case anyone is interested…

    Swing by and check it out, and let me know what you think!

    Have a great holiday weekend, everyone!

  • May 17, 2009

    Tonight I uploaded my 1000th photo to Flickr...

    It shows a fan holding a W banner over the Wrigley Field upper deck, and was taken just after the Cubs defeated the Padres on May 12, 2009.

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