Archive for July, 2017

The Barn at Kennedy Farm: Lee + Amanda

July 28

Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you all have had a great week wrapping up the month of July. Yes, wrapping up. What is happening. Kids are going back to school next week? How is this possible? I haven’t even made it to the pool once this summer. Man, time flies!

Do you guys remember these two? Okay, let me bring you up to speed with them real quick. I’ve only known Lee for a few short years thanks to Ben and the old G2 Pacers zone. The G2 zone, for those who don’t know, was a section at Bankers Life where crazy awesome Pacers fans could try out to get free season tickets so long as they stood there in that section and cheered for the blue and gold! The G2 zone has since evolved into Turners block to rep Myles Turner since George Hill AND now Paul George have left the Pacers. That’s for another post and time. This section is where I first met Lee because he’s a member too! If you are a Pacers fan, you are pretty cool in my book to start. Then I eventually met Amanda and it’s clear to see why these two are so great together.

Last fall, I met over froyo with these guys to chat about their wedding. I’m not going to lie to any of you. I look for any and every opportunity to eat froyo. I’m laughing now as I type this. “Geez, do you get froyo with every couple?” The answer is yes, I try with all my might. Lee and Amanda were warm and inviting from the start and I knew I wanted to be there to photograph their wedding at the Barn at Kennedy Farm. As an artist, any time another artist hires you, you definitely feel the heat to bring your A game. Lee is a talented designer as you’ll see showcased in a few of these images and it meant a lot to me they chose me to be their photographer.

Amanda & Lee – I won’t tell you how many times I cried editing these. It’s not something I’m proud of lol, but I want you guys to know you are without a doubt, two of the kindest and warmest hearts I’ve ever had the honor of photographing. You will forever go down in my books as that couple who marched down the aisle to the theme song from the Office! Major cool/will you be my best friend points. I have such a love/hate relationship with blogging. I love it because I get to share about your day but hate it because it’s impossible to share everything with all of the sentiments. I may just be at my computer until I’m old and gray waiting for that day 🙂 I hope you have some fun and feel the love looking back at a few moments from your incredible day. All the best and all the Office love always!

This was my first time photographing at the barn at Kennedy Farm. Such a beautiful venue and the best part? It’s off the beaten path so, in a way, you feel like you’ve escaped.

As I mentioned before, Lee is a talented designer and designed that emblem that stuck to the floor for their guests to see as they entered the reception. How awesome?

I won’t lie to anybody. I’m proud of these groomsmen photos. I don’t often have as much time to focus on these, but I’m making it a goal this year to give the grooms as much love as I do the brides, and I’m so happy I took the time to shoot some film of Lee and his guys.

Hello beautiful brides! Can you go wrong with a blush dress? No, you cannot.

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of shooting details. They are my favorite. I loved this dress so much on Amanda. The perfect one for her.

A little different for me – pushing myself this year – and I love it so, so much.

Fun fact! See those twinkle lights through the window and how they are blurred out? That’s called “bokeh”. When everything in the back blurs out and makes the image all creamy.

Maybe one of my favorite getting ready photos to date. Brides, find a room with a huge window that offers tons of natural light. You will thank me later! 🙂

Hi, can I have ANY ONE of these heads of hair? So pretty!

Guys, I mean…there’s this, I guess. Really?! That light bouncing off of Amanda’s hair. Lee’s arm wrapped around her. This image is a perfect reminder to me that it doesn’t matter where the heck you are taking photos (it certainly can help!), your subject and your light are what matters. I could make these two look good in a dark and dingy alley, I swear.

Wait, a few more of the groomsmen in front of the barn? OKAY! I was drawn to that plank when scouting before shooting and knew I wanted to shoot there. Little corky and I love it!

First look. Peeking out to see Lee…

I’m a sucker for a groom that cries. These two read their letters to each other before turning around to see each other.

THE BEST!!!! Top right is my fave.

Also, let’s take a minute to honor these socks.

Ceremony time. This light was tricky.  Sometimes it’s more challenging than others to get those great shots. Because these guys were fully backlit with no clouds in sight, I had light flooding into my lens making it much harder to focus. No problem, I just cupped my hand and held it over the top of my lens to help soften that light coming to my lens. Problem solved! I love this image of Lee walking Amanda’s mom down the aisle.

Okay, I love this image more.

Wait! Nope, this one is my favorite. Look at that thumbs up! When I was editing these, I was listening to this super emotional “Deep Focus” playlist on Spotify (I’m laughing thinking about this now), and I definitely cried reliving this sequence of photos. I hadn’t noticed she gave him the thumbs up. The best.

I don’t know that much but I do know that look says it all 🙂

Cue the Office theme song. Now that I’m thinking of it, you guys should dress up as Jim and Pam for Halloween.

“Where’s my wide lens” lol…Amanda mentioned they wanted to try for a full wedding guest shot directly after the ceremony on the steps. Want to know something raw and candid from a photographer? We cringe a little bit when we hear this request simply because it’s such a hard thing to pull off. But with these steps and this awesome group, I’d say this turned out AWESOME! The pastor’s face in this photo kills me! <3

Mr. and Mrs. Eisenbarth.

I thought I’d pull a few family formals to showcase how I love to shoot them. I will ALWAYS choose to take them outside in beautiful natural light. They always look timeless and beautiful.

Love is awesome.

Thanks for being such a fun group, guys!

I love these guys together.

Recognize this from a movie!? 🙂

Yes, I am that photographer that shares a detail photos on its own of donuts.

LOVE these last two!!! And I didn’t catch on fire!

Congrats you two. So happy for you!

Have a great weekend, friends. I’m heading out to get mac and cheese to celebrate the weekend. Looking forward to spending time with my people. Xo

Spanish Summer Wedding: Paloma + Jack

July 19

 

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday!

Oh man, what an exciting post. If you’ve kept up with me at all in the past couple of months, you probably know I shot a wedding in Spain. This was a bucket list item for me to shoot an international wedding. What I wasn’t expecting was just how rewarding it would all be for a handful of different reasons that I’ll explain as we go. First let me catch you up to speed.

A few years ago I shot a wedding in Chicago with my sweet friend Amanda. It was Catherine and Tommy’s wedding. To this day, their wedding was one of my most favorite to photograph. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt more welcomed on a wedding day than I did at Catherine and Tommy’s wedding. They just…went above and beyond. Their families were so warm and inviting. I felt like one of their own. At the time that Catherine booked me, I had written in my “About” section on my website that one of my favorite movies is You’ve Got Mail. This still holds true. Don’t you just love NYC in the fall? Makes me want to buy school supplies. She told me early on You’ve Got Mail was one of her favorites too. So a connection was made. Isn’t it crazy that putting that totally random piece of information out there in the cyber world started this thread in my life that has literally woven the coolest tapestry? I have a feeling it’s not done weaving either.

Paloma and Jack were both members of Catherine and Tommy’s wedding party. They met as a result of Catherine and Tommy’s wedding. They even WALKED DOWN THE AISLE together. I mean, as a wedding photographer, I’m not sure it gets any cooler than that? When Paloma messaged me that they were engaged and was wondering if I’d ever be interested in shooting their wedding in Madrid, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. Paloma (one of 12 – yes, 12 – hang tight for more on this) is from Madrid and wanted to marry her best friend there. So to Spain we go! I studied in Florence junior year of college and I never made it to Spain but always wanted to. This was a no brainer for me.

I had a few blips on my radar getting over to Spain. For one my flights were postponed a day due to weather and in addition my luggage didn’t make it. Well, it actually DID make it to Spain with two days left in my trip. At which point I figured hey, it’s worth it to interrupt plans to go back to my airbnb to wait for the airline representative to deliver it, but they never showed after 2 hours of standing outside of my airbnb. With the help of Paloma’s very kind brother (did I mention the customer service number they gave me was all in Spanish with no apparent button, despite my best efforts lol, to press for English) I had the luggage sent home. At that point I had already bought enough clothes and underwear to get by and was emotionally prepared for not having my things.  What’s hilarious is the luggage actually beat me home. This all honestly made me so much stronger. I traveled to Spain on my own with all of my gear, shot a wedding on my own, and I will say I’m proud of this gallery. I know I’ll always look back with a full heart on these moments.

Paloma and Jack – What a chance of a lifetime to come out to Spain and photograph your wedding! I am eternally grateful to you and your incredible families for all all that you did for me during my time in Spain. I’m so thankful I was able to play a small part in your big day. I am always sending my best to you and look forward to grabbing a drink next time I’m in Chicago!

Paloma and Jack married at San Jeronimo el Real. This is where royalty gets married in Spain. I had several family members tell me over in Spain that Paloma just knows how to get things done. She made some connections and somehow, this church that is near impossible from what I understand to use as your ceremony venue, well…she booked it. I wish you could have seen my face walking up to it for the first time. Isn’t it stunning?

Oh Madrid…you are a magical place for sure.

Okay, I know I mentioned Paloma is one of  12 earlier in this post, but did I mention Jack is one of 7? Including Jack and Paloma, there are NINETEEN siblings between these families. I laugh when I think I thought I came from a big family. How incredibly handsome did Jack look on his wedding day?

Paloma’s father passed away year ago and her brother stepped in his place to walk her down the aisle.

Couldn’t have loved Jack’s mother and family more. This trip was Jack’s parents’ first trip out of the country. I spoke with them quite a bit at the rehearsal dinner and they said they could get used to it. 🙂

Guys, Paloma just IS joy and light. Everywhere she goes.

Okayyyy.. now let’s talk about this church. Jaw drops.

During their ceremony, I found myself imagine the construction of this church and all of the ornate details. I mean, can you imagine? That shrine to Mary and that podium. Who made those?! What was their story? How long did it take them? It just blows my mind.

Not only do I love Paloma’s face of adoration in this photos, I love all of her family in the background. Which you can’t even see in entirety! I’m pretty sure Paloma has 27 nieces and nephews (forgive me guys if that number isn’t spot on!) but holy huge family!!! So freaking awesome!

That painting too!! I mean…WHO MADE THAT? Did I mention this church was built in the 1500’s. I can’t even wrap my brain around it. This job is so amazing.

Absolutely stunning.

NEVER have I loved taking reader photos more. I mean, come on.

MARRIEDDD!

This was one of those moments on film I couldn’t wait to see come back in my scans. It did not disappoint.  Did I mention Paloma’s little sister made her flowers? Love when the families get involved! Also, I’m forgetting the man’s name shooting with a film camera on the left, but he was so nice and we connected at their reception over photography and shooting film. We talked about our love of Ektar film.

Speechless.

Hey guys, 10 years ago I sat in college classes not not knowing what the heck to do with my life. I knew I was interested in photography and took some risks and they all lead me to this moment. I’m not the best photographer in the world but I’m proud of my story and for taking some huge risks. I keep showing up for my business and while it’s been a roller coaster of emotions it almost never lets me down. I am beyond grateful for the lessons and opportunities.

Hey Tommy!!! That’s Tommy on the left looking fly shooting some photos. Also, that tailcoat. SO SHARP.

One of my favorite parts of the day is to grab formal photos outside in beautiful light. That’s Paloma’s mother on the left and Jack’s on the right. Aren’t they beautiful? This was a special request of Paloma who was standing by me as I took this photo….

…and seconds later, Paloma – onlooking this merging of families, threw her arms around Jack and looked at him like this. I quickly turned a took this photo and I think it may be my favorite moment from their entire day. When it all sunk in their families just doubled in size and love.

Okay, have you ever met a family with 6 boys? This is what it looks like! And they have a super awesome sister, Liz, too! I just, look at all of those siblings. I’m even missing one.

Okay wait. Now this photo. When I found out Paloma was one of 12, my immediate thought was, “Oh, surely there are some multiples in there!” Nope, 12 separate pregnancies. And with that, I bow down to Paloma’s mother. Suddenly I feel like the ultimate underachiever. Lol. Look at all of these beautiful humans. Man, what a LEGACY. This is all of them in birth order.

Okay, I lied. This may be my favorite photo of the day. Jack, Paloma, Catherine + Tommy. I literally wouldn’t have had this opportunity without these four beautiful people. You have no idea how happy I am to know them and call them friends. Thank you! ALL of you!

I had to just throw this in here too because, I mean, how lucky is Paloma to join this crew?! There’s Liz in the blue too 🙂 I know it’s an in between moment, but those are oftentimes my favorite ones.

This is Catherine’s sister, Anne. Leading up to the wedding, I spent some time with Catherine’s whole family who all flew out to help celebrate this amazing celebration. We all went to the oldest restaurant in the world called Botin where Ernest Hemingway would frequent. How awesome!? I ate white asparagus and drank red wine and again felt like I was part of this family of friends. I just had to share a sweet sentiment regarding their family because I’m so lucky I got to spend some time with them.

Remember that time I shot a wedding in Europe?

It was pretty incredible.

One of my favorite captures from my time in Spain.

Now let’s party! I am not kidding any of you, this was the craziest and best reception I’ve ever photographed. Paloma warned me there would be dancing until 4 am. Thanks to the time change, I still wasn’t fully adjusted and had no problems staying until the dancing ended. It was a blast!

The middle on the left is Paloma’s younger sister. The one who made the flowers. 🙂

Another shoutout to this awesome duo who can seriously throw down on the dance floor. Catherine and Tommy – you guys are the best!

I’m not sure the relation is to the man in the bottom left with the yellow shirt and blue hat – but I assure you, he was one of my favorite to photograph on the dance floor that night!

We’ll end on this because look at the mega watt smile. What a dream.

SUCH A FULL HEART. Have a good night, friends.

Valerie & Grant

July 6

Hey friends! Happy Thursday!

It’s been a whirlwind to say the least over here. I’ve shot 3 incredible weddings in 2 weeks, one of which was in Spain, and it’s been SUCH a blast and it feels like I’m just now catching my breath from it all. With another amazing wedding in store this Saturday, this stretch has been one of the busiest I can ever remember in my business. I can’t wait to share more in the coming weeks!!

Right now I’d love to share just a few of my favorite moments from Valerie and Grant’s amazing day. Where to start with these two?  I knew after taking their engagement photos that this couple would be a great time. I’ll never forget making a quick stop at Grant’s place in downtown Chicago for a wardrobe change during photos. I walked in, saw Chicago’s skyline through his windows AND almost simultaneously noticed his porch, and KNEW we had to take a few out there. After all, it’s not often I have a balcony up in the sky to shoot with. I told them to pour a glass of wine and sit your butts down and enjoy each other while you have a drink. They probably thought I was crazy! 🙂 But I still have people talk about those images! If you need a refresher, you can find those images here. 

These two married tied the knot at St. John’s in downtown Indianapolis with a serious party (and some of the best speeches I’ve heard to date!) at the beautiful Indianapolis Museum of Art after. I loved spending the day with their sweet friends and family. It was a perfect day with plenty of sunshine. It may have been a little sweaty at parts – hey, it’s Indy in June – but these guys were such troopers. Man I had such a blast shooting portraits of these two! Can you say models? Oh also, Grant is going to Harvard business school in the fall. So, they’re crazy smart too.

Valerie and Grant – I’ve so loved getting to know you guys during this special time in your lives. Thank you so much for the honor of being your wedding photographer. I wish you two all the best and can’t wait to see how your life unfolds in MA! xo

Possibly my favorite image from the wedding! Val, you are STUNNING!

Love this shot my sweet second shooter, Gail, captured of Grant getting ready.

I’ve so enjoyed getting to know this couple. They have such bright future ahead!

This is one of those images that I think their kids will especially love one day. Such a beauty.

Such a fun group! What an amazing day this was!

What a long way I have come since day 1 of business. I am so grateful.

There’s just something about a moody black and white! <3

Look at that bling! 🙂

Timeless beauty.

Their first look was so sweet! A few weeks before their wedding, Val emails me telling me of this idea she has to do their first look on this rooftop. Her father owns the building so we’d have access and privacy for a first look and I was sold. I really prefer a first look with privacy. It just lends itself well to the couple really having an uninterrupted, special moment to themselves. When you think about it, a bride and groom don’t get much time to themselves on a wedding day. Val and Grant’s first look was one for the books!

It was also a bit windy up there 🙂 love this image!

Handsome groomsmen. Thank you to my second shooter, Gail, for capturing this! It was such a treat to have Gail team up with me at this wedding.

Val and Grant had their ceremony at St. John’s downtown on Capitol street. I’m always so blown away by the ornate details all throughout this church!

I was mildly obsessed with this space for their cocktail hour. How INCREDIBLE is this backdrop!?

Val’s dad gave a touching welcoming speech…

I always love to photograph the parents during speeches. They always have a glow about them. 🙂

The best man’s speech had everyone laughing!

I LOVE this image of Grant’s mom!

Married!!!

Now let’s party…

 

What an incredible day!!

Stay tuned for so much more, friends. Until then, have a great night!