Wedding Flashback Wednesday – Katie & Mathew’s 9th Anniversary

Groomsmen reservoir dogs walk

This spring and summer have been rich with celebrations, milestones, and joy. Last week we looked back a decade while marking an anniversary, today we go back 9 years for Katie & Mathew. 

These are just a few of my favorite images and moments from their beautiful ceremony at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. 

Bride enters Notre Dame Basilica

Katie and Mathew’s smiles say it all when they saw each other during Katie’s procession to the altar.

flower girl at Basilica of the Sacred Heart altar

Rings Exchange Notre Dame Basilica

Notre Dame Basilica wedding Lady Chapel

Despite storms brewing outside the Lady Chapel had a beautiful glow during their wedding ceremony.

ND Basilica Wedding first kiss

recessional Notre Dame basilica wedding

The newlyweds beaming all the way down the aisle, brighter than July sunlight. The summer storms outside could not dampen their spirits.

And this, friends, is a key part I believe we all need for successful relationships. To realize life will not always be perfect, that rain will fall, and you’ve got to make the best of each moment. When life gives you thunderstorms and humid haze, you have a choice: You can run for cover or… go make diffused light portraits.

We made a short drive from Notre Dame to Saint Mary’s College for bridal party portraits under ivy covered arched walkways. 

Saint Mary's College LeMans Hall Arch and Ivy Portraits

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to stay dry, stay cool, and wait for sunny skies. There is something to be admired about couples who are determined to make the best of each moment, together, and will go out in the rain and weather the storms. Once these storms have passed may you look back on ordinary moments that become an extraordinary story together.

Newlyweds under umbrella candid

rainy wedding day puddle reflection portrait

Even in a puddle reflection portrait the bride and groom were full of smiles throughout their wedding celebration!

Congrats, Katie & Mathew!

Secondhand Fashion Portraits, First Rate Style at Generic

Model spinning hair Secondhand Fashion Portraits

My favorite portraits from the spontaneous shoot / contest at Generic store in downtown South Bend (a few years back). These made it all over my Facebook page for voting but the rest have remained Previously Unpublished until now.

Bespectacled Secondhand Fashion Portraits

Framed Secondhand Fashion Portraits

Big Red - Secondhand Fashion Portraits

Skating viking Secondhand Fashion Portraits

Skate trick- Secondhand Fashion Portraits

Hat trick Secondhand Fashion Portraits

Guitarist - Secondhand Fashion Portraits

Senior Portraits Secondhand Fashion Portraits

Secondhand Fashion Portraits

Blog lyfe- Secondhand Fashion Portraits

Jumping Secondhand Fashion Portraits

On a personal note,

Be yourself. You are beautiful.

You don’t owe anyone an apology for not fitting their ideals of beauty, of cool, of popular.

That kind of confidence shows on your face, shows in your decisions, and sometimes, it even shows in front of a camera.

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Drop me a line here to book a shoot of your own.

Summer Senior Portraits – Marissa at the Fountain

Summer senior portraits fountain heels

If you’ve followed my photography for any good length of time you’ve seen this young lady before – on stage, dressed to impress, and followed by my brags of all kinds. Add to the brags a mega dose of pride as she’s graduated high school and headed off to college this fall! Congrats, Marissa, and best of luck in your studies!

Summer senior portraits dress fountain

Summer senior portraits posing fountain

August senior portraits fountain

Summer senior portraits fountain idea

Summertime senior portraits plaza

Drop me a line to set up a Senior Session of your own! Summer took its time to get here, fall colors are ahead – reserve a spot today!

Warm Weather Wedding Flashback – Tracy and Andrew

east race bridge newlyweds bridal party kissHappy (extended) Valentine’s Day weekend! As snow graces northern Indiana once again this morning I ran across this warm, colorful, endearing portrait of newlyweds Tracy & Andrew while perusing a catalog of my favorite wedding photos. This moment of warm smiles & toasty temperatures comes from a sunny Saturday in July 2007. Enough of this winter weather, I think we’re all ready for spring.

 

Stay toasty! -eB

Maternity Portrait Session Preview – Sarah and Phil

maternity portrait couple black and white silhouette photo idea

This weekend Sarah and Phil met up with me for – nay, REQUESTED – a winter maternity portrait session mere days after the January Snowpocalypse shut down the city for several days with record setting snowfall and a polar vortex delivered unbelievably cold wind chills. So I made like a Photoshop file, added on some layers and exported with options of location photography gear for an evening of laughs and portraits.

Winter maternity portrait in snow laughter

Congrats again, Sarah and Phil!

More photos on the blog HERE and the Facebook page.

Stay toasty my friends.

Photos off the clock – Chin Up at Generic

Chin Up Generic Shop Show 2011

Chin Up band vocalist Calvin jumps

(1 part finding a post in the drafts folder, 1 part nostalgia for the old hangout downtown, 1 part chicken logo – shake & enjoy)

Generic Shop South Bend Indiana 2011

What to do on the way home from shooting 10 hours of wedding fun on a hot muggy day? Stop by a sweaty hot back room hardcore band debut show at Generic downtown. (I mean at that point I already needed a serious shower and had camera gear handy from a wedding shoot so if ever I was prepared for such a show it was that moment.)

Chin Up Generic Shop Show 2011
Chin Up at Generic Shop in South Bend, Indiana 2011

Generic Shop show Chin Up 2011

Motion blur concert show photography

The guys from Analecta were back at Generic as their posi straight edge hardcore side project Chin Up.

Clothing store back room hardcore music show

Loud live music: making the crooner dinner medleys bearable since… forever.

AVB Acapella Vocal Band t-shirt hxc