Blooming

Decided to try something a little different here – flowers are usually all about the beautiful colors. And though this one does have a wonderful color, I thought the texture might be more interesting without the color to get in the way.

Amaryllae? Amarayllisss? Flowers. Enjoy.

Amaryllis

 

Drew & Rebecca, 11/18/2011

Shooting a wedding can be really tough. And I don’t mean because it’s a tremendous amount of work (because it is – from the extensive preparation, to the exhaustion of the event itself, to the hours of… workflow that inevitably follow).

I mean because the photographer walks a really fine line between thoroughly covering this major milestone event, and becoming its focus by using supernova-inspired flash throughout the ceremony, jamming an enormous lens in the couple’s faces while they exchange rings, blocking everyone else’s view as the couple goes in for the kiss, and just generally being a nuisance in pursuit of the really special shots you hope the couple will treasure in the decades to come.

Besides exercising some judgment and tact, I believe avoiding this pitfall comes down to creating a certain level of trust with the couple – after all, a trusted friend lumbering around with all of this big, noisy, flashing camera gear is far less distracting than a stranger doing so. If they know what to expect – what you will and won’t be doing during the event – they’ll be far less likely to be distracted while you’re doing it.

In this case, though, the whole wedding was planned very quickly, and I wasn’t hired until about a week in advance. I only had the chance to speak with the couple once, and did not meet them until a couple of hours before the ceremony.

The saving grace was that the attendees turned out to be some of the nicest, warmest, most flexible and inviting people I’d ever encountered.  By the end of the reception, I felt like a part of the family.  So Drew and Rebecca, thank you for making me a part of your special day.

A few pictures from the day:

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And of course, I couldn’t leave without documenting this!

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A Few From My Recent Wanderings

Much of my shooting time is when I’m on my way to doing something else, so I gravitate toward seeing the interesting in whatever’s around me.  Which is, most of the time, relatively fruitless for a left-brained sort like me.  But sometimes, things grab my interest – hope they amuse you as well…

This past weekend, had a coffee at the Bleeding Heart Bakery in Oak Park, IL, and this caught my eye:

Tips

If you ever get near River North on a weekday morning, go to the Doughnut Vault at 8:30 a.m. sharp – corner of Franklin and Kinzie.  I didn’t take any pictures of the doughnuts because my first response after getting them out of the bag made them considerably less photogenic.  Sorry, maybe next time.

Doughnut Vault

And another from my wanderings, from an alley in the loop.

No Parking

Scream

Lasalle St Bridge, Chicago. I’m certain I should be coming up with a witty caption for this, but no luck so far – if I think of one, I guess I’ll have to add it later…