Perfectly fitting snow day post. (Reports of nearly 2-3 feet of drifting snow in the last 24 hours here in South Bend!)
Just before Christmas Katie and Lawrence caught up with me for a sunny and snowy winter engagement session. Turns out the date was the 1-year anniversary of their engagement! In addition to the celebration it was also a perfectly mild winter afternoon to head out to some trails for great photos and good laughs along the way.
Congrats Soonlyweds! We’re loolking forward to your autumn celebration ahead!
I wrapped up December and 2010 with two wintry engagement sessions before Christmas and 2011 arrived. Started the year’s finale with Tyler & Dakota on a bitter cold morning downtown. 9:00 am sounds like a good start until Indiana winter decides to blast you with icy wind! We ducked inside nearby buildings between gusts of wind for a mix of indoor and outdoor wintry engagement portraits.
I’m up late prepping for another double-shoot day this weekend, wrapping up 2 from Friday, ready to kick the weekend into high gear! Today’s celebration with Joy & David, here’s the first inning of the custom wedding guest book from a rather great proposal that might just make you shout “Holy cow!” Harry Caray style.
Proposal via Wrigley Field scoreboard? I’m as green as that scoreboard with envy!
Lots more Cubs baseball, Army memories, golf rounds, and wedding day celebration ahead!
Hit the road last Friday and went to Syracuse, Indiana for Joy & David’s engagement session along Lake Wawasee. Perfect evening for a little road trip and a lakeside engagement session with a fun couple!
We’re looking forward to a great time celebrating with Joy & David this weekend! Keep an eye out for more photos or get a reminder HERE so you’ll know when the full gallery is ready.
I think one of the things I like best about my work telling engagement and wedding stories through photography is getting to see so many friends happy.
Diana, Roger and I met up at the Beutter Park river walks in Mishawaka for a sunny evening of photos. It’s a favorite stop for wedding parties, senior portraits, and other portraits but I was especially glad to hear the park would be more than just a pretty location for them – it is where they met last summer. How great to be able to tell their engagement story right where they met!
We’re looking forward to celebrating their wedding day soon! Congrats!
I was pretty excited when this Wedding Guest Book arrived so I grabbed the video camera and started rambling recording. Here’s a preview of the Custom Guest Books included in our Memoirs Photography Package and available for all weddings!
I’ve got to brag on the couple, the idea for the themed shoot was totally theirs. At our first meeting, the bride Caroline mentioned her fiance Josh was in the Navy and she wanted to shoot a 1945 themed engagement session in tribute to the famous photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square. (Note for couples looking for photographers – throwing creative, fun ideas at us will really make the brainstorms take off!) It was all downhill from there.
I’m thrilled with the hinged paper construction that lets guests write right up to the middle of the book, no bending down the pages to add your wishes near the middle of the book!
Closeup of the hinged paper wedding guest book design
Another added bonus was the thicker paper used for this design. One concern was that a pen would make indentations on the next page’s photos, but the thicker paper and using fine tipped Sharpie markers did more than enough to prevent this concern.
Tips on Guest Books from photographer and designer Eric Bucholtz –
– Personalize! Anything personalized to your clients’ engagement and wedding story will always be a hit! The engagement session is entirely about the Soonlyweds to have a relaxing shoot away from wedding planning while getting a preview of your work to let them know they’ve made a great choice including your photography in their upcoming wedding day.
– Album Design: Backgrounds. Unless your design concept is for an all white, black or solid page background, personalize your photography even further in the design process by including complimenting colors and textures on album backgrounds. For this vintage book light paper, sand, and other complimenting textures were used to give a freshly printed book a little age to match the feel of the session.
– Sunset shooting. Especially out on the beach, stick around after sunset. Dusk is a colorful time full of sunset colors without fighting with the sun at the horizon. This means fewer silhouettes against the sun, less high power fill flash, and more available light photos with that great dusk coloring. Aside from the photographic technicalities, especially when the subjects are having fun, there’s no need to hurry and pack up as soon as the sun sets below the horizon.
Early this winter while working with friends Judah at Fourth Tribe concerts and Jake at the River Bank venue to plan spring concert productions, I got let in on a big secret: Jake planned on proposing at the show. (Insert wailing guitar here!)
I gotta say he was looked pretty nervous while Armana Reign played and he waited to grab the mic before Haste the Day’s headlining set.
Jake greets the crowd, has the staff introduce themselves one by one, and when the last one was done he asked her to come back up. Still held it together pretty well at this point. Grabs the mic and re-introduces Jessica as his girlfriend and says “I’ve got a question for you…” drops the mic, drops to one knee, and gets the hugest smile ever while asking her to marry him. Everyone who could see the stage area went nuts cheering!
Most. AWESOME. Moment. Of. The. Night. – she said YES!
I’ve got to hear some pretty cool engagement stories but up till then hadn’t been in the same room or only a few feet away when the question was asked. WOW. It was crazy amazing excitement everywhere. People were flipping out…
And of course, Haste the Day played an awesome finale to this amazing day.
Just a warning – you may find yourself saying “Oh I wish I’d thought to do that for my engagement!” – I have numerous times already. We’ll still gladly help put together a creative shoot for you – drop us a line! Ok end of disclaimer. -eB
I’m pretty stoked to present one of the many creative things we’ve helped put together with photos from Caroline & Josh’s 1945 themed engagement session last summer.
This shoot was my photographic equivalent of a kid in a candy store. When the couple mentioned the idea for a vintage engagement shoot you could almost hear the wheels spinning in my head. I always liked studying history, and talking to my 96 year old Grandmother is always a history lesson worth hearing. Her eyes light up talking about my late Grandfather, their wedding day, and the love between them. I couldn’t help but think of their love story and the stories she shared about waiting months to hear from him as he served in the US Navy during World War II. With that in mind we went to town recreating the feel of some of those favorite lovebird photos from way back when…