There are no palm trees in Vermont. I repeat…no palm trees.
That’s ok for this Florida photographer because I love exploring new places and getting a visual break from sun and sand – especially when it’s with a fantastic couple like Emily and Brent. I shot a wedding of their friend and a former bride of mine, Gillian, who recommended me to head up to Vermont and shoot their fall wedding in the hills. I was blown away by the color and light which was a bit different from Florida light in an awesome way. I was even more blown away about how wonderful and fun these guys were to work with especially for someone who admittedly was shy about being photographed. Emily rocked it all day and was open for whatever I wanted to do. Brent and his kids were just as awesome to be around. Overall, it was just one big lovefest complete with pig roast, bluegrass band, and VW photo booth. Sprinkle in a red bard and a great venue like the Inn at Baldwin Creek and you have one fantastic day.
Thank you guys so much for having me and congrats!!
I’m so overwhelmed when photographers want to hire me for their wedding…its absolutely mind-blowing and humbling – especially when they say to just do my thing and let me go crazy. James is a great photographer down in North Carolina and when he asked me to shoot his wedding in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, I was in. When he told me it was at a castle, I was all in. The historic hotel was renovated and made beautiful again by Meaghan’s family and is an amazing property right on water overlooking the entire beach.
Having the wedding at a family home adds so much to making the day relaxed, special, and personal. Meghan looked absolutely beautiful and James and his friend were a trip to shoot. With James being a wedding photographer and his best man as well, they threw me some bones with some hilarious moments. I definitely made some new friends up there….such a fun crew!
Clouds kept the day nice and cool and provided that soft light that’s perfect for weddings, finally opening up for an amazing sunsets. Add on some crazy golf cart rides to the beach overloaded with bridemaids and groomsmen, and and ending with an up-close fireworks show, you have one perfect day with two awesome cats.
Congrats you two and thanks for having me!
Photographer’s weddings are so much fun – especially when we’re greeted with quite possibly the best sunset ever. Amazing. Photographers just know light and where to find it. We gravitate to it like moth to flames.
Andrew and Stacy got married last night at the Marco Island Marriott near Naples, Florida, and while storms threatened, they never materialized and we were treated to an insane sunset. Both Andrew and I were practically speechless as we watched the sun drop below the horizon. Andrew is an awesome sports photographer from Ohio, and I’m always humbled when amazingly talented folk hire me to cover their wedding. Stacy was just as beautiful as that sunset and was absolutely fish in a barrel to shoot all night….so easy (I probably shouldn’t say that). Barring a minor – but fun – hiccup with a broken sand ceremony holder and wet sand stuck in a bottle, the entire evening was perfect and they definitely made documenting it so much fun. They are incredibly awesome and I’m happy to have just been there with their 20 family and friends in attendance.
Congrats you two and thank you so much for having me!!!
They had me at red.
The night before this wedding as I sat in my hotel room charging batteries and formatting cards, T.J. texted me about possible photo locations for the next day…included that of a red barn amidst a field of wheat. Now, that may not excite you, but for a Florida photographer obsessed with primary colors and used to shooting on sand and under palm trees, it was great to hear and my mind started racing. Weddings are on an usual script and if you break them down you essentially have a a similar schedule and traditions at every one. Trying to make that different at each and every one is the challenge and something I really try to push myself to do. Luckily for me, T.J. himself is a great photojournalist himself and catered the day – and the scheduling – to make picture at the right time of day when the golden hour hit. After a day of flying and driving through pounding rain from D.C. to Virginia, I thought we were going to have a wet and stormy wedding, which I was preparing for. I was so happy for T.J. and Sarah, as we all woke up to an absolutely perfect day without a cloud in the sky over the beautiful Belle Isle State Park in Virginia.
Sarah was beautiful in her gown, and the park couldn’t have been more lovely as the sun set across their venue. There was a great moment at the end of the night as I chatted with T.J. about the day and he paused and exhaled a sigh of relief saying “Everything was just perfect.” I was just happy to be a witness to it and press some buttons documenting it. It’s awesome to be a photographer’s wedding photographer and have the freedom to just do what I do for some wonderful cats.
Congrats you two and thanks for having me!
allie + michael’s wedding | chicago tribune tower crown wedding + howells & hood reception | chicago, illinois
Take one cool couple + an amazing wedding location in the Tribune Tower Crown and Howells & Hood + a bunch of drinks and good times + custom tattoos + their own freaking logo + Beyonce themed bridal hoodies +cats + two photographers with big grins and you have the recipe for one knock-down, drag-out wedding extravaganza. Allie and Michael won weddings yesterday.
I met Allie a decade ago when she interned at the paper I worked for as a photojournalist in my previous, non-wedding photographer life. One day when I told her I was getting into weddings, I told her when she found her man I would be there to shoot it no matter what. A wedding photo pact of sort. Then I saw the Facebook post that Allie was engaged to Michael. I replied back instantaneously and we did this. I think I was her first checklist off the wedding to-do list after “get engaged.” I made a phone call right after that to Scott Strazzante, one of the best and most inspiring newspaper photojournalists I’m lucky enough to call a friend – if I was coming to his hood, there was no one else I wanted to second shoot this one. He’s the man. Google him. You’ll see why.
I have never been to downtown Chicago, so I was a kid in an eye candy store as we took over the streets of Chi-town making Allie and Michael King and Queen of the city. I don’t think it will ever be the same. I really can’t say much more than shooting days like this make all the stress and craziness of this business completely and totally worth it. Allie and Michael’s oozes all over anyone they meet and judging by searching their official wedding hashtag and of their family and friends felt absolutely the same.
These two tipped me with small batch local gin from a Chicago distillery…and I can’t think of anything better than coming back to Chicago share the bottle with these cats again – and their cats.
Congrats you two. I’m exhausted, but there is a big smile on my face.