But do your photos ever make it off your camera/computer/the web?
A friend recently posted this Canon Pixma ad to Facebook and it captures, in a humorous way, the shift that’s happened since social media became the platform we primarily use for sharing photos. What happened to printing our cherished images? When surrounded by hundreds, even thousands, of images online, the most significant and treasured photos become part of the noise. If a photo captures our loved ones so perfectly, reminds us of places we love, refreshes a precious memory, or simply stirs our hearts with its beauty, aren’t we missing out if we have to log in to a social media site to see it?
View the ad here:
I will be honest to say I’m really guilty of taking a TON of photos, only to have them sit on a hard drive (many gems don’t even make it to social media because I never take the time to post them!) I also possess several frames that have yet to be filled, and have several blank walls in my home that are screaming to be decorated.
Today, I challenge you to find ONE photo you love, and either print it yourself or send it off to have a real photo print made. You won’t be sorry.
Kamile & Adam’s nuptials took place at the beautiful Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Chicago, and the reception took place at the Lithuanian World Center, with a stop at Morton Arboretum for photos in-between. It was such a beautiful day, with a lush palette of purple blooms and mossy greens. A big thanks to La Belle Fleur Events for flawless coordination, and most of all, thanks to Kamile and Adam for such a fun time! I absolutely loved capturing your happiness.
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Lindy & Brian’s condo is on the Near West side, and the nearby Kitchen Chicago, with it’s rustic/urban loft feel was the perfect venue for their ceremony and reception. The details were full of the fresh summery color scheme, with soft blues & pinks accented with yellow and orange:
Being a wedding photographer herself, Lindy understands the value of doing portraits before the ceremony and the hustle and bustle of the day begin – she and Brian met up a few hours before the nuptials so we had plenty of time to get what she wanted. Their first meeting:
We first went to the ‘top secret’ location with a fantastic view of the skyline from the Metra tracks for a few photos.
Then we went to the Goose Island area for a pop of industrial color:
When ceremony time came around, the sun lit up the venue’s loft like a spotlight on Lindy’s grand entrance. She came in Bruno Mars’ song, “Just the Way You Are” – and I don’t think I’ll ever hear that song without picturing her lit up at the top of that balcony. So stunning.
After the ceremony, cocktails started, and Lindy & Brian shared a quiet moment in the stairwell away from all of their guests.
And it was party time!
Brian has a full storm trooper suit (he does charity events with the troop around the city), so there were several Star Wars items floating around the reception. :-)
A whole bunch of us from the office were at the wedding, so I handed the camera off to my husband for a group shot at the end of the night.
Such an unforgettable night! Lindy and Brian, you guys are amazing and I’m so glad you thought of me to capture your wedding! I still get teary looking through your photos, I’m so happy for you both!
The ceremony was held at Holy Name Cathedral, with grandeur never to disappoint. :-)
I love the cool fresh palette in Courtney’s bouquet – just the perfect mix of texture and color.
With the reception taking place at Cafe Brauer, it made sense to do portraits right there in Lincoln Park before heading to the party.
And finally, I sneaked away during dancing to catch the last bit of sunset over the pond. Breathtaking, isn’t it?
The ceremony was held in the beautiful Annunciation Church.
It was about 95 degrees outside, but we sweat it out and went to the Japanese Garden in the Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, IL, for some portraits.
I <3 bokeh!
The reception was held at Piper’s Banquets:
It was an awesome party. So much fun. :-)
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P.S. No, I myself am not preggers. But if you are, give me a call! :-)
Lindy & Brian are getting married later this month in a super-chic urban loft space nearby their place in the west loop. So exciting! The weather yesterday actually turned out quite nicely (especially considering the freezing temps and sleet/rain/whatev we experienced all week prior!) We started the session just a couple blocks from the couple’s condo under the el tracks.
Then we traveled to Lindy’s top-secret location which we’ll be using for portraits on the wedding day. Well, maybe not so top-secret anymore?
Next we went to the museum campus in front of the Field Museum, where they had their unofficial first date. I wish I could retell the story well, it was so cute.
Last stop, Soldier Field.
Here’s what we came up with: