Just Go Shoot – House Show

Qajaq Band Long Exposure Fuji FP100c Polaroid Automatic 100

Qajaq Band Long Exposure Fuji FP100c Polaroid Automatic 100

In life & in the creative process, take what you’ve got, limits & imperfections, & just go for it. Step over the fear of the outcome you expect & do it anyway. Fire off a shot you know -by the numbers- isn’t expected to work well. Take it. Hold your breath & wait a moment.

Let it flop. Let it be ugly, imperfect, unfocused, a waste of your finite energy and irreplaceable time. Just don’t let it slip by.

So what if it doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped? Here’s proof you were there, you put your life into something that you gave a damn about, you were creating, not for anyone but yourself, for whatever reason you like, or no reason at all. Proof of life when motivation feels like it flatlined months ago.

Let it be a reminder of that time you saw an opportunity & took it. It cost you something, but it was worth it.

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If you’re still reading & we’re still talking cameras, #justgoshoot

Old #fp100c in a far older #Polaroid in an even older living room. . . .
#fujifp100c #polaroid #instantfilm #vscocam #vsco #shootfilm

Living room sets at House Fitzgerald by Qajaq (pictured), Every Day, Woolen Lover. Handheld Polaroid Automatic 100 camera with expired Fuji FP100c instant film.

Children’s Outdoor Autumn Portraits – Stella

It’s been a while since I overloaded the blog wrote about our First Friday Fashion (fail) contest from September, or the free photo shoot prize our winner received.

In late October I joined our contest winner Aim for the free photo shoot giveaway. She contrived a clever and generous plan to enlist the help of Facebook friends to vote for her photo entries to win the shoot for her daughter Stella.

Here are a few favorites from Stella’s outdoor fall photo shoot around Beutter Park and Battell Park in downtown Mishawaka, Indiana.

Mishawaka Indiana Children's Portrait Photographer

Indiana Children's Portrait Photographer Beutter Park Mishawaka

Indiana Children's Portrait River Walk Ideas Photographer

Battell Park Mishawaka Child Portrait Photography Ideas Photographer

Congrats Ragan and Scott!

This last week and weekend was a whirlwind of fun with great couples!

Saturday we celebrated with Ragan and Scott to wrap up an awesome October. The day started off with the girls at Ancilla Domini Chapel on the campus of Ancilla College outside Plymouth, Indiana.

Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

Scott getting ready – the guys were having a laugh warming up to roast him! Gotta have good laughs!

Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

Ragan and her father ready to enter the chapel

Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

Scott when he first saw his bride

Ancilla Domini Chapel wedding groom

 

Ragan enters Ancilla Chapel

Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

I loved the architecture and ambiance – such an amazing chapel to photograph such a great couple!

Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

Newlyweds outside catching the best of the last October weekend.
(Technical note, I loved this shot with the 85mm lens wide open at f/1.8 – see how the grass and trees fall out of focus? Superb bokeh!)

Ancilla Domini Chapel wedding couple on capmus

Second version of it – the newlywed fall portrait
(50mm wide open at f/1.8 also has a painterly look to the background)

Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

Newlyweds outside Ancilla Domini Chapel

Ancilla Domini Chapel wedding doorway

Just married! Off to the celebration!

Limo Leaving Ancilla College - Ragan and Scott Breiter Wedding

Congrats again, Ragan and Scott!

Sweetest Weekend – Wine Cellar Engagement Portarit Session – Nicole and Scott

wine cellar engagement portraits staircaseMy weekend of awesome couples in Grand Rapids, Michigan concluded with a perfect afternoon Engagement Session with Nicole and Scott at Scott’s family’s restaurant – Noto’s Old World Italian.

If my incredible wedding Saturday wasn’t enough to make me want to visit Grand Rapids again, spending an afternoon with the Noto family and seeing their breathtaking restaurant me consider relocating north. 🙂 I’m convinced I was spoiled to have perfect weather, two amazing couples and such fantastic celebrations to photograph.

The restaurant is rich with family history, and is an exceptionally special place for Nicole and Scott. It was an amazing honor to photograph these November newlyweds in the very spot where their engagement and wedding story began after Scott’s proposal during dinner in the wine cellar.

wine cellar engagement portraits candles

wine cellar engagement portraits with old bricks

wine cellar engagement portraits brick arches

wine cellar engagement portraits vino

Thanks again to Nicole and Scott and the Noto family for the laughs, conversation and hospitality during our photo session. We look forward to celebrating with you soon in November!

Tell the opening chapter to your wedding day love story with an Engagement Session that’s part of YOUR story. Locations, details, creative ideas – contact me here to have me tell your story.

Sweetest Weekend – Jaclyn and Tim

Saturday was Sweetest Day, and it was the kickoff of my Sweetest Weekend of celebrations.

It was by far sweetest day for a wedding celebration for Jaclyn and Tim! We started at the salon, went to the church, put the guys aboard ship, the Newlyweds were married, walked on to old stones, were off to the Lake, wobbled out into the water, then out to the Woods, danced up a storm, played out in traffic, hopped in a pedicab, over the bridge and back to the Bob. Recollecting the day’s story was like jumping into a sidewalk chalk drawing with Mary Poppins! If nothing else it showed how there’s always a great photo around each corner when you let loose and go with spontaneous creativity.

Jaclyn and Tim VanOeffelen!

Thanks again, Jaclyn ad Tim, for inviting me to share this incredible day (and weekend!) with you two, your terrific friends and welcoming families!