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


Trash the Dress – Sand Dune Style

On our way up to Lake Michigan I wondered if in fact we wouldn’t also be getting a bit messier than usual at a location shoot. Thunderstorms were in the forecast and we hit a good drizzle as we neared one of my favorite beaches, Weko Beach in Bridgman, Michigan. The rain was gone when we parked but there was lightning in the distance so I opted to keep the light stands and tripod in the car!

We started with some test shots and walked a ways down the shoreline when our brave trashee model noted the rain coming across the Lake. I saw clouds across the Lake and mentioned it would add a nice touch to the sky when I noticed what she was talking about. You could literally see the storm front’s edge as the calm water in front of us was quickly turned to splashing ripples of rain. I got cameras in the bag and threw the top closed as the wave of rainfall swept up the beach and soaked us and everything uncovered. Didn’t quite expect we’d be getting pretty trashed by weather while trashing a dress.

The sudden rain stopped as quickly as it arrived and the rest of the afternoon was dry and the sunset evening’s sky was filled with dramatic clouds.

Dune grass trash the dress

It wouldn’t be a summer Saturday night if I wasn’t skimming photos and posting a favorite before bedtime! Enjoy! (Many more to come!)

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!