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MICHELLE AND ÅKE

Lilacia Park, in Lombard, is one of Michelle’s favorite haunts so she and Åke decided to have their wedding ceremony there.  Åke got all choked up as Michelle walked down the grass aisle.  Their friend, Brian Morgan, pulled a double duty as both officiant and florist.  After a short and sweet ceremony, we strolled around the park to take some portraits and then headed to the hotel bar where the guests were sipping some cocktails.  Meanwhile, the final touches were being made to Michelle’s sister’s backyard…where the party was about to blow up!  Åke’s family came in all the way from Sweden to attend the wedding and they brought some strong Swedish booze with them!  Everybody toasted in glasses that Åke engraved his and Michelle’s initials into and the cake was cut…..even stabbed!  The party moved on over to the dance floor where things got wild and a little bit wet (it was raining outside of the tent).  One hell of fun night and a great party to shoot!

 

 

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Written on September 4, 2014 at 4:13 am, by

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ANDREA AND RYAN

Andrea and Ryan got married at El Cid on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood! It was a real cool, laid back affair with a lot of rock show flair that was void of almost any of the traditional wedding fare. The whole shebang blew off just before sunset with some cocktails and fried appetizers before everybody gathered around El Cid’s stage for the quickest ceremony that I’ve ever seen…just under 4 minutes according to my camera data! In a few flashes, our lovely couple was pronounced and smooching in front of a huge, plushy cat backdrop (masterfully stitched by Rebecca Hinsdale). The crowd lovingly roared with approval and the party continued. The large array of deep fried, breaded food was served and a BUFFALO SAUCE FOUNTAIN began to flow. Everybody imbibed and danced the night away to loud, pounding rock and roll records. Whatta night!
 

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Written on September 1, 2014 at 1:38 am, by

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LOLLAPALOOZA 2014

I covered Lollapalooza for CMJ.  I’m more of a dive-bar and basement show kinda guy and I like my music raw and gritty.  I shoot that sort of thing all of the time so I figured that a big show biz extravaganza like Lollapalooza would be an interesting experience.  I strolled around  this  humongous pop music festival for a weekend and took thousands of pictures.  You can find the full article with a lot more photos here.

 

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Written on August 5, 2014 at 10:40 pm, by

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FRANK AND KEVIN

I’ll be photographing Frank and Kevin’s wedding in a couple months so we met up at their place to get to know each other a little better and to give ‘em a taste of what it’s like to have a camera continually pointed at them.  All  was fun and successful!  I captured them in their natural state of Sunday relaxation.  That involved some tea drinking, couch lounging, studying up on their professions (Frank’s a hair dresser and Kevin is a podiatrist.) and general goofing around.  After checking out their awesome rooftop view of Chicago’s South Loop, we headed down to Pilsen to grab a few pics in front of one of their favorite murals. These gents are a lot of fun to hang around with and I know that their wedding will be a blast!
 

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Written on July 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm, by

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COURTNEY AND ALEX

Courtney and Alex met while working at the Shedd Aquarium. That’s also where Alex popped the big question. With that much magic and the Shedd’s dreamy interior, it seemed like an obvious backdrop for Courtney and Alex’s engagement shoot. I’m really looking forward to shooting their wedding later this year!
 

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Written on January 3, 2014 at 1:28 am, by

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XMAS CARD

I recently made a house call to the home of this lovely family. They needed something slightly silly to be printed on their Christmas Cards. We ordered a pizza, cracked a winter ale, gathered ’round the ol’ Christmas cactus and took a few pics. Here are a couple of my favorites.
 
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Written on December 18, 2013 at 2:24 am, by

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TYLER AND LINDSAY

We started our day at The Blackstone Hotel, where Tyler and Lindsay got all fancied up for the big wedding. Once they were ready, they met up for their first glances of each other and my camera went clicking away.  We grabbed the bridal party, took a walk down Michigan Ave. and took a few pics in the  Art Institute’s Garden.  The ceremony and reception both took place at The Roosevelt University Library in the beautiful and historic Auditorium  Building.  After a lovely  ceremony, the guests grabbed cocktails and did a little mingling.  I really loved all of the book themed decorations….pretty clever, being at a library and all.  Everybody feasted on some of Wishbone’s finest meats and sides and then on came the party!  Cage and Aquarium provided some unruly jams and the guest brought one of the wildest dance floors I’ve seen.  There was a real rowdy Hora that seemed to bring sheer terror to our groom.  Hora-fied!  Things got wilder and wilder as the night went on.  Aint no shushing going on in this library!  Thanks to Tyler, Lindsay and all of their guest for making this bash such a blast to shoot.
 

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Written on December 12, 2013 at 9:55 pm, by

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KRAMPUSNACHT

Local artist’s EC Brown and Catie Olson hosted Krampusnacht ’13 at their home/studio/art space. There was lots of Krampus themed art, wintery grub, glogg, dancing and this photo booth where i got to photograph revelers. The guests were given the opportunity to sit on Krampus’ lap, receive swats from the demon’s broom or just have their mug taken in front of this really cool curtain. The Krampus costume and the beautifully crafted curtain were made by Rebecca Hinsdale. Her company, Make a Scene can create a booth for your event!

 

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Written on December 7, 2013 at 5:28 am, by

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KARI AND ANDY

We last saw Kari and Andy at their engagement shoot on a sweltering summer day around the Montrose Bird Sanctuary.  This time, they would be getting married on a crisp autumn day, at The Bottom Lounge.  As the guests arrived and found their seats, Kari waited outside and out of sight. Once everyone was settled, Kari made her way in and found her man. After a sweet little ceremony, we strolled around (and right smack in the middle of) Lake Street and took a few portraits. After dinner a variety of First Slice’s finest pies were served and on came the dancing!  DJ Major Taylor kept the dance floor kickin’ hard for hours.  As the night began to wind down, people danced their last dances, played pinball, had another drink and munched on a late snack of candy apples. Whatta night! Congrats Kari and Andy!

 

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Written on December 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm, by

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KEVIN AND DEB

Kevin and Deb’s Wedding was a two-parter.  On the first day, we hailed a cab to City Hall and got in line with a bunch of other smilin’ couples where we waited for the doors to bust open.  A small group of Kevin and Deb’s immediate family met up with us to witness the magic. The clock struck 9AM and everybody filed into the building and waited for their names to be called.  After a few short minutes, Kevin and Deb were called into the chambers. The judge uttered a few magic words and with a wave of his hand, our lovely couple were married.  After the lightning-quick ceremony, the couple and I took a quick stroll around the loop for some pics and then jumped on the train to head back toward their Lincoln Square Hood.  We stopped at a pretty little community garden for a few more portraits and called it a day.

Kevin and Deb didn’t want to spend any of their precious party energy on getting married, so the party part of the wedding took place 2 weeks after they were married.  This proved to be a good idea as all the revelers were fully energized and ready to party.  Everybody ate, danced and chatted and rocked the night away while still being able to enjoy a beautiful autumn evening, curtesy Dank Haus’ huge balcony.  This party was so much fun.  There was even a giant cannoli stuffed with little cannolis!  Thanks for asking me to be a part!

 

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Written on November 15, 2013 at 8:25 pm, by

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