Thursday, July 31, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
So, once again, I get THE CUTEST COUPLES! And you don't, YEAH! But it's okay, I'll share.
This is Katie and Mark, and I love them. They are so laid back, and they were referred to me by my friend Matt. I figure that anyone who is willing to hire a friend of Matt's is also pretty brave and adventurous (also a tiny bit insane?), so they have that going for them!
I love this picture, but also, look at how blue Katie's eyes are, even blurred out in the background. That's insane! And I swear, I didn't do anything to them to make them bluer. They just look like that. Bitchin! (Can I say bitchin on this blog? I think I can, but if anyone is like super offended, I suppose I can refrain in the future.)
I'm not usually that into red brick for backgrounds, but I was LOVIN' it in this shot. It just turned out so ... RED! Also, look at Katie--that is the definition of "smiling with your eyes", which is important for good pictures!
A little cooler picture, kind of different than the others from this session, but I liked it and thought it fit the sticker door. These guys were such great models--see how they resist my ridiculous jokes and maintain SeriousFace?
This was all their idea. I hope they bring the sunglasses to their wedding, because they look so awesome here. And because I almost stole them multiple times, and maybe next time I'll get away with it.
I really think that this session is some of my favorite of my more outdoorsy/naturey shots. And yes, naturey is totally a word. Don't worry about it.
Aaaaaaahhhh! SO CUTE!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Here's the beautiful bride!
OH STOP. This might have been my favorite thing to happen all day. Okay, so JD has two daughters, and they are the sweetest things I have ever seen in my life (and again, I have gotten SO lucky with kids this year). Anyway, it's obvious that they get plenty of outdoors time, which I am SO in support of, since I spent a good chunk of my childhood outside. Granted, it was like totally against my will because I wanted to stay inside and read all the time, but it was definitely a good thing for me to get out and explore the backyard and whatnot. Anyway, Kristin's mom was entertaining the girls before they had to get "suited up" for the wedding, and they kept asking when they were going on their nature walk, which I thought was amazingly adorable.
One of the bridesmaids (OMG, I am terrible at remembering names--there are just so many people at weddings! I'm sorry!) sewing Kristin's dress into a tiny rose (instead of bow). I love her pretty smile!
World's cutest flower girls! (And givers of the four-leaf clover.)
Okay, STOP THE PRESSES. The look that he is giving her just like, melted my computer screen. Seriously. Can I just tell you guys the countless hours I spent in high school discussing The Look with my friend Beth? We could only really ever define it as far as knowing it when we saw it, and let me tell you ... this is IT. I am so excited that their grandchildren are going to get to look at this picture and see all the love on his face when they are old and wrinkly. And you know, I bet he'll still be giving her that look then.
(Okay, so maybe I just got a little sentimental! I'm a GIRL, what would you have me DO?)
Ooohh, I liked this picture. (Obviously, I suppose.)
This bridal party was SO fun and so willing to let me play around a little bit, so I was able to have a little fun with the formals. I love this--definitely one of my favorites so far. :) Also, what with everyone being so gorgeous, I totally feel like this could be a poster for a hot new TV show on the CW or something. Man, I love the CW. Don't tell anyone.
Something else Kristin and JD did that I TOTALLY appreciated was leaving time for just the two of them to go have their pictures taken. This was especially fun since we were at Conner Prairie, which for my distant blog readers is a living history museum that has people acting out pioneer stuff. It's really cool, and everyone in the central Indiana area had to take field trips there as a kid. In fact, Conner Prairie is where I remember my first celebrity sighting--Dionne Willis, a local news person. I don't even know if she's still around anymore, but it was awesome.
Wow, could I get anymore derailed?
I swear, these two just light each other up. I had fun with both of them before the wedding started, but once they got together, it was like they were just so happy and relaxed and glad to be around each other.
Silhouettes! Which you all know I love. I tried a fun kind of coloring on this one (split-toning, if anyone cares) and I liked how it turned out. Anyone else have feelings on it?
First dance. I love this girl's gorgeous eyes peeking out.
THE CAKE! Oh, it was so pretty, and the window behind it gave me so many great pictures.
This is a close-up of the cake topper, which of course is one of those Willow figurines. What you're looking at, though, is how JD (that's right, JD, the groom, the BOY) painted the girl's hair black to look like Kristin. OMG! Sweetest thing ever.
You know, when I met with these two the thing that really stood out to me was that he suggested during the meeting that the two of them take their pictures and make a scrapbook, because it would be a fun thing for them to do together. I about DIED. It was the sweetest thing ever. Kristin admitted at that point that she had snagged a pretty good one. :)
Loved these fun centerpieces!
Yay! I love putting things on the blog that I find totally entertaining! So I walk past this kid, and he is pouring his coke into a wine glass. I find this absolutely hilarious, and demand to take a picture. The groomsmen at his table insisted that he drink pinky out, and so he did. Cracked me up. Well, I come back a few minutes later, and ...
He is double-fisting the coke in wine glasses! Everyone knows how hilarious I think double-fisting drinks is, so I once again demanded a picture. I LOVE it. Sorry, Billy--I think this kid might be my soulmate!
Oh, wow. I am IN LOVE with this picture. This is JD's dad, who I adored. He just happened to be sitting in great light and I was able to snap one without being noticed. And I would like to say for the record, that when I was just starting out and taking black and white photography in school, this is totally the kind of picture I dreamed about taking. I just could not be happier that I finally got to. :)
Isn't this picture INCREDIBLE? Yeah, that's right, Billy took it. Seriously, you guys, he is so awesome. He just picked up my backup camera this year and started playing around with it, and he always gets good extra shots that I can use, but usually at least once per wedding, he really WOWs me, and this was it. I am so proud of him!
Something that I notice, the more I do weddings, is that boys get SO happy and excited around cake time. It's like guaranteed big smiles, even if they don't do the face-smoosh (which, if you were curious, these two didn't--it was totally civilized).
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
So, just to keep it real, as I often do, I get a little insane sometimes during the editing process, particularly when editing time creeps up on meal time, which it has a tendency of doing like ... twice a day. Today, though, I was working on Kristin & J.D.'s wedding (which was beautiful, by the way, you're going to love it) and the food pictures were making me SO HUNGRY. You guys almost got a picture of salad, because that's what I'll be having for lunch. But instead, I went with this picture of the silverware because ... and I am not making this up, I chose it because I thought it was cute how they were all in there together like kids at bedtime in an old-timey log cabin or something. The part that is truly absurd about all of this is that, before I really thought about it, that just seemed like a perfectly logical thought to have. I don't know. I mean, I guess I've had weirder thoughts, but I'm not sure I should be thinking that much about silverware, period, ever.
Anyway, just since this is already so random, if anyone is interested in canvas gallery wraps, the company I go through is having a 30% off Christmas in July sale and I am passing the savings along to you! These things are awesome and I could seriously go broke on them, which is why I've been putting off buying them. I hear once you get a tiny taste of canvas, you never go back, and I completely believe it. Check them out at http://www.simplycanvas.com/, and e-mail me if you're interested and we can talk about pricing and sizes and whatnot.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Okay, so yes, this is a pretty bridesmaid's dress and bow, but the thing about this picture that I wanted to point out is that as I started looking through the pictures, I noticed that Sara's mom's hands were in a lot of them ... she's helping here, pinning flowers there, tying dresses, putting out fires ... and I just loved it. I remember a girl I know talking about her best friend, and how she's always in the background of all the pictures, taking care of everything and making sure her day went as magically as possible, and I just loved that so much. So now, I have a really great appreciation for the background players in my pictures, because they're the ones who make it happen. :)
I loved this one of Katie the Bridesmaid getting her makeup done! Look at those gorgeous eyes!
So, needless to say, I am terrible at makeup and putting it on ... I manage with mascara and a little something for the eye circles and that's about it. But I LOOOOVE taking pictures of makeup because it's so colorful and so coordinated. (Because, hello, you want your makeup to match ... um, right?)
There she is! The gorgeous bride! Look at that adoring look. Couldn't you just DIE of romance?
Oh my gosh. These two were SUCH dolls, and so was the flower girl. We have gotten SO lucky with the kids in the weddings this year--everyone has been an amazing little mini-rockstar. I totally wanted to take these kiddos with me and put them in all the weddings. Thankfully, they got my crazy June off to an awesome start and everyone must have heard about the great jobs they did and wanted to follow in their shoes. :) So yeah, even though the boys got a LITTLE bored, they totally held it together and this was one of my favorite pictures of the ceremony. :)
My assistant for the day, Jessie Knuth, took this picture. Two things. First of all, Jessie was an INCREDIBLE fill-in for Billy. He had to go out of town, and she was a dream--helpful, attentive, creative ... everything you could want. I wish she had a site I could link to, but she doesn't yet, so just keep her name in mind because I am POSITIVE you'll hear more about her in the future. She rules.
Okay, secondly, I LOVED this blue ceremony. Basically, the church was pretty blue, but then they turned off most of the lights and sunlight was coming in through the blue stained glass windows, and I thought it was totally beautiful. I am now hoping to someday have another blue (or maybe another color!) ceremony.
AAAAAHHHH! This was one of my total favorites! And, just keeping it real, I did not move those shoes at all. The bridesmaids had just kicked them off that way while they were waiting for their next bridesmaid duties.
And also, I'm sure we'll discuss this again in the future, but being a bridesmaid is hard work. I think anyone who has ever done it will back me up on that. You are squeezing into dresses, taking pictures, calming nerves, looking for this, MacGuyvering that ... all while wearing uncomfortable shoes and looking gorgeous! I'm just saying ... it takes a REALLY good friend to want to do that for you, and these girls were awesome. :)
Wow, I don't think I've ever posted a "formal" picture on my blog, but this one was just too funny not to. They wanted silly pictures but I think the kids didn't know what to do, so I told them to make a face, demonstrated that one, and before I knew it, it was a great idea for EVERYONE to make that face! I really hope they enjoy this, because I know if that was me, that's totally the one I'd have sitting on the mantle.
First dance, and they were totally this happy all night ... and actually, they pretty much ALWAYS seem this happy. I think they're going to have a great life together.
Oh, and this one of her dad dance ... that is EMOTIONAL. Do not even try to tell me otherwise. You can see it all in one look how much he loves her and how proud of her he is.
HA! Alright, now I can't remember this girl's name (I'm sorry!) but she's another one in the background of a lot of pictures because she was SO key in the getting ready process, especially with the makeup.
BUT, what I want to say about this picture, is that you know how sometimes you just really appreciate what's happening to you AS it's happening? I had a few of those moments at Sara & Marshall's wedding, where I just thought, WOW, I am having a really great wedding here! The first one, of course, was when I heard a truly filthy joke. That is always the start of a great relationship for me. Just saying. The second one that comes to mind is this picture--Sara LOVES making faces. And I mean LOVES. There are plenty of her making totally insane faces, and they're all great. But on this one, she and her makeup friend decided on the monkey face, and I took a shot and said, "Whoa! Sara! Your eyes look CRAZY here!" So they wanted to see and I showed them, and that's when makeup friend decided that her eyes didn't look crazy ENOUGH, so we had to redo it and got this one! Awesome! Not everyone wants to have crazy eyes in pictures, but I really love the ones that do. :)
WHAT? So cute. Also, if these two ever have children, they're going to have some smokin' blue eyes. But no pressure, you two just got married! (In case you didn't know or forgot or something.)
More hotness (and speaking of, they totally beat the heat--it was sweltering out there and they look like cucumbers ... you know ... cool).
This is Marshall's brother, who, like him, was a DANCING MACHINE. Also, like Sara, he made some crazy faces, which was awesome.
With the girls! Don't you want to know what they're talking about? Or maybe I'm just nosy. :)
MARSHALL'S GRANDMA!!!!!!! She is the sweetest thing ever--very possibly one of the sweetest people I've ever met, and I adore her. He got so lucky with that one! And look at this picture ... there was so much love at this wedding, which, obviously, everyone says about every wedding, but I'm not even just talking about with Sara & Marshall (although obviously between them too), but just with everyone. There are so many people that really love these two and you can just feel how much by standing in the same room with them all.
I don't think there's anything I can say about them busting a move that is going to make it sound like I didn't just travel in a time machine from the year 1997, so I just won't, but I will say that the dancing at this wedding was so fun and enthusiastic that I briefly considered joining in ... but then I remembered that NO ONE needs to see that. :)