Gena and Bob’s Indiana Dunes Beach Wedding

Indiana Dunes Beach wedding at Lake Michigan

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!

Chicago Skyline Beach Sunset Engagement Shoot

Cool couple + perfect afternoon + small town, Indiana + Lake Michigan beach + Chicago Skyline background + perfect sunset + not feeling like you’re “working” = WOW!

Yes that all just happened. I was floored. A cool couple without any of the above makes for a great shoot, but all of them combined and I’m floored!

Lake Michigan Chicago skyline engagement portraits

Lake Michigan Chicago skyline engagement portraits

Lake Michigan Chicago skyline engagement portraits

Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan

More photos ahead from Gena & Bob’s engagement session!

No rain no rainbows

Also no tornado, lighting strikes or hail damage.

Between stormfronts I raced up to Lake Michigan with Lauren and Andrew for a great engagement shoot on the almost deserted Weko Beach in Bridgman, Michigan.

Weko Beach engagement portraits thunderstorm

“I was hoping for some lightning in the background… but you two are pretty electric!”(yes… I seriously said that. I was rather proud of how fast I thought of it, but man it was cheesy to hear aloud. Thanks for the courtesy laughs!)

Great laughs, SNICK television lineup trivia, and a relaxing afternoon hearing about their exciting August wedding ahead! More photos ahead…

eB

Engagement Cards Anyone?

engagement card design

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

Lake Michigan Tiscornia beach dune Senior portrait

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!