Love Like Crazy – Susie & Billy’s 35th Anniversary

Sue and Bill's 35th Anniversary - Dance collage

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

On a sunny afternoon at Bendix Woods park, between the E and the R* of the pine trees that spell out “Studebaker,” my parents were married 35 years ago today.

Mom had a lovely dress and a bouquet of white and yellow flowers. Dad and the groomsmen had a snazzy white tuxedo, mom picked light yellow dresses and matching giant yellow sun hats for the bridesmaids. (Gonna have to get a bonus post to show off those stylish looks!)

Not sure if the next photo qualifies as their 1970s engagement portrait or not, but it’s still worth sharing.

Bill Sue dating photo from the 70s

* Fun fact – years later when I was born they gave me the same first and middle name initials as the tree letters they were married between – E.R. Also fun fact, Dad still tells that same story just about every time we drive by the park.

Happy anniversary! Here’s to 35 more and then some!

Melissa & Jim’s Bridal Party Dance – Video!

Thanks everybody for the flood of requests for reminders to see the wedding photos! While I’m working on the edits…

In my 8 years of wedding photography I’ve never before personally seen a bride and groom put together such a dance routine mix, and even more to have the entire bridal party – a pregnant bridesmaid, the bubble girl and everyone in between – tear it up for this dance!

I’m counting a whopping 15 song medley for their choreographed bridal party dance at the reception. Whoa!

  • The Right Stuff – New Kids on the Block
  • Born to Hand Jive – Grease
  • Keep On (Dancin’) – I’m hearing the Brady Bunch kids on that one
  • Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  • Thriller – Michael Jackson
  • Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
  • Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer
  • Apache (Jump On It) – Sugar Hill Gang
  • Bye Bye Bye – N*Sync
  • Hey Ya – Outkast
  • Dirt Off Your Shoulder – Jay Z
  • Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake
  • I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred (Groom Jim walking the catwalk!)
  • It’s Goin’ Down – Yung Joc
  • Let’s Get Married (remix) – Jagged Edge / Run DMC

Wow. Nicely done everybody!

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Now if that goofy photographer would just pick a spot to take pictures from and stay out of the way… oops, sorry!

Choreographed Wedding Party Dance Medley, Anyone?

Holy smokes, what a celebration with Melissa and Jim earlier Saturday night! If you haven’t seen youtube videos of the bridal party thriller dance, JK wedding entrance (or The Office reenacting it) just STOP right now.

They all just got served.

Melissa, Jim, and their bridal party just stepped it up a notch in the choreographed bridal party group dance department tonight. The newlyweds and the bride’s brother not only choreographed the dance moves for a crazy good dance routine… they mixed the dance tracks too. Snap! Clips from Ice Ice Baby, Hammer Time, The Hustle, N*Sync, Michael Jackson – especially Thriller – New Kids on the Block, Justin Timberlake and more than I can even remember right now… all sliced, diced, and remixed into a huge hit on the dance floor.

Enjoy a couple of favorites from the bridal party dance – tons more from the wedding day coming soon! (And a link as soon as someone’s got a video is online!)

wedding party choreographed group dance medley

wedding party choreographed group dance medley

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Congrats newlyweds! You and your dance crew, er, bridal party tore it up!

UPDATE! See the video here!

Dance Performance Photography – Caught at LangLab

Reiterated confession: I’m a live performance & visual media junkie.

The anticipation, nervous energy before the stage comes to life, and one-shot no retakes atmosphere gets my creativity charged up. I absolutely love the countdown to go time. Troubleshooting in a pinch to make it work and look flawless. Fast paced action all around! (These all translate just fine to wedding photography moments too… but that’s another post.)

Caught performance at LangLab December 2010

Earlier this month I joined the production of Caught – a senior thesis turned full out dance production by Hannabeth Fischer. A brief excerpt from the show’s event page goes like this:

Artistically acclaimed “mesmerizing”, “enthralling”, and “beautiful the whole way through,” Caught is up for it’s second run in South Bend, IN. Choreography and film: Hannahbeth Fischer. After a highly successful debut at Saint Mary’s College in November, Caught has grown. Adding two musicians to the original sound artist, Patrick Quigley, the Analecta trio is complete. Analecta is a group of rising local musicians: indie, progressive, classical. http://www.myspace.com/analectaband

Experience a cross-platform performance with digital film and dance, playing on the borders of Dance Theater. Live sound engulfs the entire audience, the entire building. This performance, while beautiful on camera, cannot be experienced anywhere but live. Fischer’s statements about movement, duality, tension, architecture, desire, and interaction permeate the multiple channels.

Audience members should look forward to an exciting new space at LangLab. The truly unique space, conducive to incubation and artist musings, will shock many that it exists in South Bend.

Fischer shot some of the film for the projection in the space, adding a unique parallelism to this run of the piece. This is LangLab’s first full length dance performance. Neither South Bend nor LL have experienced a full kinesphere performance such as Caught, and should make it out to LangLab on December 10. Fischer and collaborators welcome conversation in the post-show hang time.

Aside from the usual available light performance photography I also worked with a great crew to provide video and multitrack audio recording for the performance portfolio DVD project. This was a first to go a huge step past mics-mixer-camera to allow for precise audio postproduction mixing of the single-take recording. Translation: geeking out.

Caught LangLab Dance Photography

Shots made with Nikon D700 and Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 lens in existing light / video projection.

Technical challenges outside of the recording side included adapting a theatrical stage performance at Saint Mary’s College to the LangLab warehouse art venue (very cool feel!). Full theatrical lighting and dimming control was simplified to fit the intimate space. I do enjoy a good brainstorm and improvisation!

Congrats Hannabeth and the cast of Caught on a wonderful 2nd performance! Glad to have been part of it!

 

UPDATE! Jan 2011 – Check out the LIVE recording album the band made from the audio tracks from the show.

First Wedding of the New Year – Indianapolis Wedding

Wedding photographers have it easy, we only have to work one day a week. (ha!)

Let’s review this one by the numbers:

  • Running on 2 hours of sleep (excitement is contagious)
  • in 20 minutes at 2am I will have been up for 24 hours since those 2 hours of sleep
  • it took 6 hours of car travel and
  • 2 Amp energy drinks,
  • 2 cups of coffee,
  • 1 glass of Coke to ready and use…
  • 5 Nikon cameras
  • (more lenses than I can count right now)
  • 3 remote lights
  • two geeky photographers to perform…
  • 12 hours of wedding day photography at
  • 1 awesome couple’s wonderful celebration

Indianapolis Indiana Rooftop Ballroom Wedding Photographer

I’m pretty amazed, considering the numbers. Creative excitement makes for some serious energy bursts. Caffeine is good too, but inspiration keeps me up more than anything.

It was an awesome start to the year to join forces with Matt at Zeta-Alpha Studio again, see a handful of former brides we’ve photographed all get together for Katie and Peter’s Indianapolis wedding day celebration. As Matt put it when we walked into the salon at 9am, “it’s like spending a day with old friends.”

Lastly – glad to be home. 🙂 I missed my baby Adrian and my wife every time I saw cute babies and heard a bride and groom I photographed with Matt in 2005 are expecting twins! Congrats Jessica and Rob! Great to see you guys again!

Goodnight!

So you think you can dance? – Reception action snap

I know I can’t.

At the risk of my adorable son overtaking this blog – and you know photos of him sure could – I’m putting up some favorites from last year’s amazing year of amazing couples.

I love a good rowdy dance floor. Not because I can dance, but because I get to put my action photography into practice. Here’s one of my favorite dance photos from last year, a crazy flip or spin move that ended the rowdiest rendition of Footloose I’ve ever been in the middle of! Seconds before one gent did a jumping toe-touch splits and that was enough to break out the big guns and this move.
footloose!

Enjoy, and keep on dancing!