Freezing Weather Flashback – Polar Bear vs Viking

Nothing like a great day to hit the beach, set up some lights, and get a photo shoot going! And weather like this is nothing like one!

For your polar vortex snow day entertainment, fresh from the archives of the Work In (Infinite) Progress files… outtakes from

VIKING vs POLAR BEAR

Ferris Björnen’s Day Off or

Dudes in Costumes Scaring Tourists On the Beach

(or your own title).

Viking and Polar Bear epic battle photo shoot 1

Viking and Polar Bear epic battle photo shoot 2

Viking and Polar Bear epic battle 3

Viking and Polar Bear epic battle photos

 

Check out this victorious Viking at Planet Japes (subscribe, it’ll be worth it!). Get out and go shoot. -eB

Fall, In Love – September Wedding on a Lake Michigan Beach

lake michigan silver beach wedding dune grass

The time machine is still churning, back to before this blog was up and running.

Eight years back I joined Emily and Drew as they celebrated their September wedding day at Silver Beach along Lake Michigan in Saint Joseph, Michigan. A stormy day may have dampened the dunes but it didn’t stop the Newlyweds and their guests from having an unforgettable time along the lake shore.

lake michigan silver beach wedding warning sign

lake michigan silver beach wedding tiki torch

Tiki torches lined the aisle to their ceremony in the sand.

lake michigan silver beach wedding altar

lake michigan silver beach wedding rings

lake michigan silver beach wedding recessional

Congratulations, Emily & Drew, and happy anniversary!

BONUS – the nontraditional wedding ceremony runner.

This guy was making tracks along the shore during the ceremony and made his way back during portraits. “Runner” shirt, running shorts, headband, headphones, sunglasses, knee wrap, high socks, gleaming smile… He was way too accessorized NOT to get a photo with the groom & groomsmen.

lake michigan silver beach wedding runner

Gena and Bob’s Indiana Dunes Beach Wedding

Congrats newlyweds!

We had a blast celebrating with Gena and Bob and their families out in the sands of Indiana Dunes yesterday. With the waves of Lake Michigan in the background and sand in our toes we gathered under the newlyweds’ favorite trees to witness their ceremony.

Indiana Dunes Beach Wedding, Lake Michigan

The record for quickest wedding ceremony I’ve photographed was set by Gena’s daughter Kristyn in 2007 in 7 minutes’ time. Sunday Gena and Bob broke the record in 3 minutes 12 seconds. (I checked the photo capture times to be sure it was the new record before announcing anything!)

Indiana Dunes Beach wedding bridesmaids

Indiana Dunes Lake Michigan Beach wedding bride

Lake Michigan beach wedding Indiana Dunes ceremony

Lake Michigan beach wedding at Indiana Dunes

Beach Wedding ceremony at Indiana Dunes

Beach Wedding ceremony at Indiana Dunes

Newlyweds at Lake Michigan beach wedding

Bride and Groom along Lake Michigan beach wedding

Bride and groom on Lake Michigan shore wedding

Happy Labor Day weekend everybody, hope it was a great holiday!

Engagement Cards Anyone?

Chicago Indiana Michigan Wedding Photographer engagement portrait cards

I put together a quick sample of our work for a friend of ours planning a summer 2009 wedding and thought I’d better share the summery favorites from last year’s engagement sessions. Nice warm thoughts from the toasty beach shoots should warm up this odd weather December. The shoreline was definitely this year’s favorite location – hard to beat working barefoot!

We had way too much fun on these shoots taking a break from wedding planning and hanging out with our couples to limit this session to just one package so now it’s included in ALL of our Wedding Photography Packages!

Have a great New Year!

Senior Session – Brandi

It’s official – the class of 2009 is here.

Last week we had an awesome Senior Session shoot with Brandi to celebrate the last days of summer at the beach. What a perfect afternoon and evening of fun, photos and great weather!

Lighthouse Pier summer Senior Portraits

Lake Michigan beach dune Senior portraitNothing like a golden summer sunset!
Lake Michigan beach dunes Senior portraits

For the final shots of her session, Brandi brought along her Prom dress for some very classy sunset and dusk photos.
Lake Michigan beach dunes Senior portrait in prom dress

Lake Michigan beach dunes Senior portrait with prom dress

Tiscornia Park Lighthouse Pier Senior Portrait at dusk

 

Celebrating with Amanda and Justin

While we’re out celebrating with Amanda and Justin, enjoy some of our favorites from their Engagement Session earlier this month! Form the Engagement Session there is a link to the wedding day gallery. Enjoy!

Quiet moments

On our way down the beach Justin saw this sand bar and he and Amanda were awesome sports and walked out into knee deep Lake Michigan water to stand on the sandbar.

Click a photo or CLICK HERE to view the Engagement Session and Wedding Day galleries!

Jacqueline & Zach’s Lake Michigan Engagement

Saturday I spent the late afternoon and eve with Jacqueline and Zachary in Michigan City for their Engagement Session along Lake Michigan. This was my second time dipping my feet in the Lake in the last 2 weeks and it’s gotten at least a little warmer. (That, or the nuclear power plant just inland was keeping things nice and toasty, hard to say.)

 

Zach & Jacqueline

Zach & Jacqueline

Dancing in the sand

Zach and Jacqueline\'s Sand Dance

There was a great storm front moving across the lake. Last time I shot at Washington Park we had to run from the rain. This time the storm stayed over the water and moved along to bring some terrific dramatic skies before sunset.

Sunset shoot with Zach & Jacqueline

Michigan City Lighthouse at Dusk

Throughout the session when beach-goers would ask if we were shooting an engagement session Zach would tell them “that’s what we’re calling it. Really we’re rock stars…”

Spectacular Sunset Engagement Session

That being the case, this one is for the magazine cover. 🙂 You guys rocked!

Click a photo or CLICK HERE to see the slide show gallery. Enjoy!