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!
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.
This was not a wedding for Gator fans. This couple bleeds Florida State.
Everything about Julie and Charley was genuine, fun, energetic, and absolutely a blast to shoot. You can’t really have a bad time photographing a bride who walks into an ABC Liquor Store with her dress on and a groom who takes charge of a room on the shoulders of his friends screaming the FSU War Chant. This is not to mention the Lucha masks, which was a touch I highly respect and get behind as the new wedding trend. Julie and Charley absolutely poured every inch of themselves into this wedding and from beginning to end and there was really no stopping them from having a great time. You could not help but be a part of their family and friends (even for this University of Colorado Buffalo). Join or get out of the way. So glad my friend and super talented friend Lisa Krantz recommended me…
Beyond the insane party, there were plenty of touching moments and tears amongst an obviously strong circle of friends and family, and I was just happy to be there to document it.
Congrats you two and thank you so much for having me! Go Noles! (I think I’m required to say that here)