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A Girls Best Friend…

It’s often said that “Diamonds are a girls best friend.” Well…For a girl that’s longing to be engaged that may be true but really…in a span of a lifetime how many diamonds do we really get? Shoes however…Now that’s a different story. I would typically say I’m not a stereotypical girl when it comes to the passion of shoes yet I own an unforgivable amount of them, and oddly enough, it just may be one of my favorite things to shoot at a wedding. Just like brides…Each wedding brings a new, beautiful, and unique shoe that just awaits to be captured in an image. Thankfully I’m not alone on this. The bride, Leigha, even the day of the wedding still was choosing between several potential shoes. All were adorable and feminine, just like the bride. (:
It was a beautiful day with a beautiful couple and I wish them the best! 
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Grab A Parka There’s Gonna Be A Wedding!

If there were ever to be hurricane winds in the midwest on a wedding day it was this day. Despite crazy weather I know I can get outside the box and get some fun shots, but sometimes convincing a bride of that can be a little trickier. Luckily for me I had the most laid back couple I could have asked for. The groom actually asked for pictures out in the rain! No one ever asks for that! So of course I jumped at the chance! So here I am balancing an umbrella between my chin and my shoulder, while holding a camera on each shoulder, all the while the first ever hurricane via Wisconsin is occurring. (Maybe a slight exaggeration but not by much!) (: Personally, I thought it was worth it as it’s one of my favorite shots of the day. 

Truly though, I think it says a lot about this couple. They have their priorities in check and whatever storms come their way in life I think they’ll challenge it head-on. I wish them all the best!
 
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The Sound of Music…

You ever get those questions or comments that you can’t help but think: “How am I supposed to respond to that?” Well more often than people know I get asked how they can get on my website, and in all honesty that question is so awkward for me. How am I supposed to respond to that? (: Though I probably couldn’t say this in the moment, the truth of the matter is I want to highlight couples that for whatever reason tug at my heart. As I began to shoot Ian & Jennifer’s reception I heard something that was familiar…It was a song from my website followed by another and then another. I melted…These songs are so deeply meaningful to me and the fact that they touched them as well meant so much to me. In a very real sense, during those few minutes I was shooting to the sound track of my life. Mid-way through a song the bride came up to me and said: “When I heard this song on your website I cried.” More than any couple I know of this couple knows my work, my website, my songs, and in a sense me and for such they shall be rewarded. Opening page of my website… dedicated to a couple that’s been dedicated to me and I am truly grateful.

 
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Baby Morris!

My big bro is havin’ a baaaabyy! Well… Actually his wife is but an impressive feat none the less. It seemingly has been forever since my mom has wanted to be a grandma. I remember when my brother first got a kitten way back in the day and my mom wanted to be referred to as “Grandma” with it. We thought that was weird and rightfully didn’t play along with that one. But now it’s the real deal and the first grandkid is just over a month away!  

My brother is just about 7 years older than I am and despite the age difference he’s always been one of the closest people I have in my life. As a kid he was the one that taught me proper form for a push-up, how to dodge the balled up socks flying past my face when we were playing American Gladiators, and how to slowly hold my hand over an open flame and still not get burned. He was also the one that let me just sit in his room for hours because I wanted to be near him and he was the one that after allowing me to stay up late while our parents were out would carry me up the basement stairs while I pretended to be asleep.
Girl or boy this kid’s got it made. My brother’s the perfect balance of parent and friend. And to top it all off…The kid doesn’t know it yet but he’s inheriting Super Mom. Renee is two parts power organizer and ten parts sweetheart. She’s been able to put up with my brother for years now, this kid will be a piece of cake. I love them and this future child dearly! I can’t wait to be an Auntie!!
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Hail To Cute Couples…

Much like Chicago weather, engagement sessions can be a bit unpredictable…You just don’t know how long it will take to get past the awkward bubble and become ol’ friends. For this couple…No time at all.  The way they interact with each other is both natural and well…adorable. (: The looming storm clouds made for perfect lighting, and the couples sweet and willing attitude made for perfect pictures. Another thing that was perfect? The timing…Literally seconds after the last picture it started to downpour hail. Awesome. 

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