Jacob & Areum’s E-Session

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Jacob & Areum is the word “friendly”.  They’re just a sweet and friendly couple and you can’t help but feel excited for them =)  I feel privileged to be their photographer and we got to do our first shoot together in Chicago for their e-session.  It was a blast and the chemistry between them just radiates from these pictures!

Jacob’s co-workers gave him a hard time about leaving work early for a photo shoot that day, probably laughing at the idea that Jacob thinks he’s a model.  I won’t say one way or another, but I will let the photos do the talking ;)

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Joe & Melissa’s E-Session

5.22.2010.  Mark the date and be sure to congratulate them on their wedding in just a few days!

A couple days ago, Joe flew in from sunny California and we did a shoot in the heart of the Windy City.  And man did the city stay true to it’s name.  Despite being a week into May, it was in the 40’s and windy!  Not sure what happened to summer?  The world must be coming to an end… but it’s all good because at least they can be married by then!

Despite the chilly weather, Joe & Melissa were all smiles and laughs.  I can’t wait to see how they’re like in a few days when they’re not freezing =)  But until then, here are some teasers of the soon to be husband and wife!

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Suggey & Christina – An Engagement Shoot!

Q: What do you do when it’s mid-December in Illinois in sub-freezing temperatures with an e-session to shoot?

A: Maaaan – what do we midwesterners look like? Pansy tropical flowers? Go and shoot that e-session.. and throw it on the ground! (…and have some fun!)

Well, that’s what we did with Suggey and Christina!  These two are so much fun to be around and I think it shows in their pictures =)  As for the cold and cloudy weather? Couldn’t keep ’em down.  Nor could the crutches due to Suggey’s injured ankle.  He persevered and came out like a champ (and he must have a REALLY built left leg after that day). Can you imagine not being able to walk or stand on both feet and being constantly asked to contort your body in all sorts of poses for a few hours?  Christina’s a lucky girl.  And from what I can see, Suggey’s one lucky guy too ;)

We went for themes of friendship, silliness, with a hint of goth and a kiss of romance.  That’s a lot of themes.  Who am I kidding?  We just did anything and everything and it worked out great for these two.  Go ahead and see for yourself!

Taft & Becky – Fall Fun!

I’ve known Taft way back since before he was even called Taft.  Back then we used to call him Jonathan during our freshman year in college =)  We even lived together our junior and senior years and we reigned in an empire known as Snyder Hall.  Long gone are the days when I’d find him asleep in his bed with the Bible on his chest and his mouth wide open.  And long forgotten (I hope) are the nights of recording strange music videos..

Fast forward 9 years and now he’s well on his way to getting married!  I got the chance to shoot him and Becky to catch some fall foliage about a month ago.  The weather was great and the colors were phenomenal!

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Taste of New Yawk: Peter and Rachel

Last weekend, I had a chance to shoot for Cassie’s friend Rachel and her boyfriend Peter.  Cassie and I have gone on a double date with them before so I was really excited to have another pseudo one with them -this time behind a camera!  Cassie came to help with watching our gear and doing what she does best by being my emotional support =)

During the shoot, Peter turned to me and asked, “So how many of these have you done so far?”  My mind raced to visualize the pictures I’ve done before.  I rattled off a number, “you guys are probably the third time.”  It’s hard to put a number to it, but that’s probably about right.  But now that I think about it, Peter and Rachel are probably my first couple where it’s just me and them.

Unless, you want to count the gag shoot I did with the cute Suggey & Mikey

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So it’s a landmark shoot for me and I couldn’t have asked for a better couple!  We worked Central Park, some random side streets, alleys, and the New York Palace.  It’s amazing how ordinary environments can make for some pretty pictures!  (With the right lighting and models in place ;))

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I had asked Cassie to help me scout out some possible locations and she turned to Gossip Girl, a TV show that she loves, for reference.  I make fun of her for watching it, but I can’t complain because it came through!  The Palace was a nice, upscale environment and I think it worked out quite well.  It was a bit crazy due to a wedding that was taking place there so I had to ditch one or two of the shots I had in mind, but we grabbed a lot of great unexpected ones which more than made up for it =)

Later that night, Peter had a crazy encounter with getting his iPod stolen right from his hands and chasing him down at a subway! It’s an amazing story.. head over to Facebook and read his note about it!

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Thanks Peter & Rachel!