Friday, February 26, 2010

Dear Anthropologie...

I am very mad at you. I wish you would stop releasing such beautiful pieces of clothing for spring. I want every single thing and unfortunately, cannot buy it all. What is a girl to do?

I heart their catalogs too. Photo inspiration galore!

Anyone else love Anthropologie as much as I do? :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jessica and Franklin engagements

When I met Jessica and Franklin last August when they booked, I knew they were a good match for me. They suggested doing a vintage engagement shoot in the winter. So here we are! We brought along some vintage suitcases since they love to travel. We found a ton of amazing spots in downtown Milwaukee, a fabulous old hotel, and (since they were engaged in Venice,) some wonderful Italian architecture. The temperature quickly dropped a lot, but these two braved it well and ended up being amazing models for us!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Vintage engagement shoot preview

Had a blast with Franklin and Jessica this weekend. More from their engagement shoot in a few days!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

2009 Albums

I just recently wrapped up all the designs for the 2009 wedding season. It feels so great to be all caught up but I'm seriously missing all the cool bride and grooms I worked with in 2009. A lot of you have your albums by now and I'm so happy you have been enjoying them.

I thought I would post some favorites from some of the weddings I shot. You'll notice that the designs are very simple and timeless. This allows your photographs to take center stage in your album.

Alexis and Paul

I love this spread from Missy and Mike's engagement session. Such a cool series of photos.

So precious. Probably one of my favorite "first looks" I ever captured.
From Rebecca and Erhan's wedding.

Missy and Mike wedding.

Two great "exit" spreads from Kimberley and Todd's wedding and Kris and Adam's wedding.

Kelley and Dean wedding.

Sometimes one image is enough. From Martha and Korey's wedding.

Kelly and Matt wedding.

I try to make clean designs by not using a whole lot of images on one spread. Several images on one spread can be a little distracting and wont make as much of an impact as just a 2 or 3 would. Sometimes I break this rule if the images make a cool series like these two below. Since the photos match, the design is very pleasing to the eye. Spreads like this quickly become a favorite of mine to incorporate in a wedding album.

First spread from Monica's bridals and second spread from Megan and Gavin's wedding.

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Here is my favorite spread from our album. Look how cute we are :)

I hope everyone enjoyed Valentines Day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New year

Please excuse my lack of blogging lately. We are still trying to settle into our new house. I never knew that deciding on a paint color was so difficult! I'm excited to get it all finished and show off my new office. I'll be posting photos of that when it's done!

Winter time isn't a busy time for wedding photographers. So lately I've had time to get ready for the new wedding season with some new stuff and some changes will go into effect soon. I'm excited for them, especially this one.

I always had a desire to shoot film. I finally got the guts to actually purchase a film body and I'm already having a blast with it. I love taking my time, making sure my exposure is just right and manually focusing. It sorta forces me to make sure every shot I take is golden and I love that.

I'll be using my film camera a lot this year. I will still be primarily using my digital but I'm definitely wanting to someday use film exclusively. Yup, exclusively!

Some new posts coming soon including publications, albums and a totally awesome engagement session that I'm super excited to share!