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Lindsey & Jake – Steator Wedding Photos

14 Nov

It is high time this blog got caught up! Who wants to see a wedding?!

Lindsey and Jake got married in early October (my most favorite wedding month) and had a perfect outdoor ceremony followed by a reception with the craziest, most awesome dance floor ever! But we’ll get to that… We started the day with a trip to the salon:

Part of our wedding packages – food delivery as needed! That’s right ladies, he’s handsome, he shoots a mean photograph and he delivers double cheese burgers to brides who are short on time and big on hunger!

I’d like to show you a photo or two of the bride eating her double cheese burger while getting her hair done, but I’d like to stay in business. So instead I will show you this photo…

With the hair done it was back to Lindsey’s for the girls to finish getting dolled up and have a bit of fun.

Love that one! Everyone should have a crazy amount of fun on their wedding day!! Below – more fun. The photo on the left was taken when these ladies were at a grade school sleep over. The photo on the right, is the bride busting out the nostalgia and I think the bottom shot speaks for itself : )

Something to be said for having friends that long.  Love this next one – just hanging out in the living room, getting ready for her wedding, no big deal : )

Meanwhile, the guys were hanging out and having a few laughs of their own.

Lindsey and Jake’s ceremony was hosted by close friends who not only let them use their property, but went above and beyond to create an amazing ceremony space. The wedding had a baseball theme, so the tent was set up right over the infield of this backyard baseball diamond, how amazing is that?!

They even had homemade valet parking! Are you kidding me?!

A few shots of the bride all ready to go…

And then we were ready for some couples shots – but – they didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony so we got creative and made it happen!

A few from the ceremony. But just a few cus I know you’re itchin’ to see the purdy posed ones : )

Love this next one. Jake and Lindsey got engaged on this home plate so it was only fitting that they got married at it too!

After the vows it was time for some more couple shots (sans blindfold) and a few with the bridal party.

Seriously, Lindsey – wow – gorgeous!

I love these next 3 big much. They’re all my favorites because I can’t pick just one!

Before calling it done we stopped by the Woodland High School football field to help ourselves to some football photos. Let me just say that I am obsessed with the next photo. I love it. I was really just checking my settings to get the light right but the way Lindsey is standing makes this photo. Love love love.

To the bleachers! Big shout out to this bridal party for making these photos amazing. All I said was “go sit in the bleachers and pretend like you’re at a game!” and bam, perfection!

Time to load up the Party Bus. And oh what a party it was. There is a lot of happy in these photos!

The bridal party put up a baseball bat arch a la A League of their Own for their entrance!!

A little first dance…

A little toast…

A few dances with the parents…

And then it was time to daaaance!! And did they ever. But as mentioned previously, I would like to remain in business so I won’t be sharing the truly amazing photos that resulted from this dance floor. No, I’ll just keep those to myself in case I ever need to blackmail a bridesmaid.

To kick off the dancing, Lindsey requested a special song and gathered all her mom’s girlfriends to put together a special surprise dance for her mama. She picked a song they’d loved to dance to when she was little. The song? Going Out Dancin by Rod Stewart! As you might infer by…you know…my name…I’m inclined to love me some Rod Stewart. Her mom was obviously surprised, love this:

And from there all dancing hell just broke loose…

For future bride’s I’d like to remind you to consider a few important things when selecting your bridesmaids. You need girls who will really be there for you in a pinch.

For example, will she put out the imaginary fire on your dad’s pant leg??

Will she mop the dance floor mid-song when someone spills a beer?

Such responsibility should not be taken lightly.

Typically when I’m shooting dancing photos I just try to move through the crowd and snag some actions shots. Usually I go unnoticed. But some strange phenomenon was taking place at this reception and I kept getting pointed at. I would sneak into the middle of the floor, snag a few shots, turn around and someone would point at me! The first few times I thought it was a coincidence. After that I couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on, so I just went with it. That said… Ladies and Gentlemen my favorite pointing pictures from the evening…

See?! I have no idea. But I know I had a real good time!

Lindsey and Jake – Thanks for letting Zac and I be a part of your big day! Every part of it was beautiful and you are very blessed to have such wonderful (and fun!) family and friends. Cheers to you!

Psst…Planning a 2012 wedding? Give us a holler soon if you’re interested in wedding photography. We have great packages for 2012 but the schedule is filling fast and there’s only room for a few more weddings on the 2012 calendar!

Sneak Peek: Adam + Sheena = Amazingness

3 Oct

Do you know what happens when I really love a photo? My chest tightens up and my eyes sting and I feel like I’m going to hyperventilate. (Yes, I am the most dramatic person you know.)

I may or may not have been breathing into a paper sack while preparing these photos…

Hope you love them as much as I do : )

The next 2 are my favorite. Ever. In life.

And just to prove that my randomness knows no bounds…I give you…a dog on a chair:

Dogs are people too. And people need portraits.

There will be many more where those came from…

Tay & Dan’s Preview ~ Streator, IL Wedding

31 Aug

Time for another beautiful wedding! I was very excited for this wedding because Tay and Dan’s engagement shoot was such a blast. They are completely relaxed and perfect together and it’s easy to see that they instantly bring out the best in one another.

I was going to go only with formal shots and save the details and dancing business for later. But I didn’t. It’s my blog and I’m the decider so that’s that.

Here we go…we begin with one of my favorites. The bride waiting as her mom does up the back of her gown…

And we’ll skip to the marriage part… I promise to fill in the gaps of this story later!

And to give credit where it is most certainly due…that’s the husband’s shot : )

Gorgeous, gorgeous bouquet! Had to include this shot because I know the mama of the bride was excited to see it : ) That lovely rosary was a gift to the bride from her dad when she was a little girl. Perfect.

Big shout out to Flowers Plus in Streator for rocking these flowers!!

Love that shot of the guys! See that laughing guy the far back right? I called him Mary all day, and he put up with it. Just so you know.

And skipping to a very happy first dance photo…

And a sweet shot from the father-daughter dance…

And that will do it for sentimental and appropriate…moving on to the hilarious…

So, we’re all chillin’ at Starved Rock, I’m doin my thang, taking some pics. Whatev. And Tay says she would like a photo first with her brother alone, then with her brother and her sister.

So I take this photo:

I look down to check the screen on my camera and the next thing I know, there’s a commotion. Apparently, the brother of the bride, attempting to be kind to his sister on her wedding day, turned and kissed her on the cheek.

Except….the bride turned to say something to her brother and…well…

oh yeah…

…for future reference folks, “You may kiss the bride” only applies to the groom.

Holler at me if you need some ridiculously fun and fabulous wedding photos in 2012!

Joe & Sarah’s Preview ~ Streator, IL Wedding

30 Aug

It’s preview time for Joe & Sarah! I’m only sharing the more posed photos for now…I’ll be back later will a full post dedicated to their whole wedding day, so you’ll have to wait until then for the details and story-telling shots.

So here we go….

Loved the color of those nasty old garage doors!!

After the ceremony, we made a visit to Twin Creeks where I saw this structure and said “What the hell is that??” (Apparently, it’s a scoreboard of sorts.) And then someone else said, “Can we get up on it?” Well, why not?!

This bridal party was a blast! It’s a very unique, very cool thing to photograph weddings. But it adds a whole different level when the you’ve known the bride and groom and most of the bridal party since high school. Then it’s just kind of surreal.

Check those studs out! Love it!!

Getting some attitude from the ladies : )

Love! They’re so easy to be around and to photography because they’re so easy together. It isn’t hard to tell when a couple has been together for-ev-er, and Joe and Sarah have. I – not surprisingly – am a big fan of high school sweet hearts : ) there is something to be said for a relationship when people grow up together and not apart.

Gorgeous!! That dress was perfect for her!

And one more of the bride because I’m loving this picture…

Stick around, lots more to come in the next several weeks.

Now is the time to book 2012 weddings! Packages are all inclusive, include not one but two fabulous photographers and the guarantee of having a kick ass time while you get your photo taken. Email for pricing and availability!

Summer Sale!

17 May

Great opportunity to get some fun, summery photos at a discounted price!

Seniors, couples, families, children, mama’s-to-be…all types of sessions welcome.

Sessions in the Edwardsville/St. Louis general area are schedule for Saturday or Sunday mornings and evenings as well as weeknight evenings. Contact me know to get on the schedule!

Heidi, Andy & Mya

11 Jan

Currently it is no degrees outside. The wind is blowing so fiercely my windows are creaking. There’s snow blanketing everything and surely killing off the grass that, until yesterday, was still green and helping me hold onto my sanity.

It is for these reasons I am thankful I fell behind on my blogging. So that we may all be reminded of the crisp, warm time known as fall.

Ain’t nobody loungin’ on a blanket in the grass today.

I’m sure you remember this little family because every body and their brother fell in love with this little gal…

It’s finally time to blog their images in full. And there are many. And they are cute. Stay tuned till the end for some extra fun too!

I might re-post some that appeared in the sneak peak…partly because I don’t remember which ones I used and partly because they’re so stinkin’ lovely.

I’m obsessed with that doorway! If you live around the Alton, Il area and would like your photo taken with that door contact me immediately because I’m dying to shoot more of it!!

Love that one!

I think the above is my favorite of all!! I just love all of their expressions and the way they’re sitting!

The above picture kills me. So does the next one…

If ever they are on the cover of Vanity Fair, they can use that photo.

Heart!! Mya couldn’t hold herself up for very long that way. But she got the idea so she’d pop up, smile real big, then plop face down onto the blanket!

Love me some cuddly pictures!

Those are some of my favorites from the entire season! Want some of your own? It’s almost time to start booking 2011 photo sessions!! Booking will officially begin on February 1st so start thinking about what you want and when you want it. Booking 3 months in advanced is recommended, especially if you are in the Streator area.

Now for some fun.

I’d like to present a public service announcement regarding financial waste on toys for young children. Likely, most of you purchased at least one pricey, bright, flashy, amazing toy for a child in your life. I’m here to tell you (and show you) that wasn’t necessary. There are plenty of options for fun play right outside your door and none of them will cost you a dime.

Little Mya, who looks so very happy and entertained in the photos I showed you, thoroughly enjoyed her 3+ hour photo session. With no toys. Please observe:

Exhibit One:

Rusty, abandon and likely-condemned fire escapes.

Loads of fun! Climbing, exploring, playing peek-a-boo!

The rusty fire escape helps foster your child’s independence and sense of exploration.

Even use the steps as a language learning tool! Mya labeled each step up the fire escape by shouting “Mya, up! Mya, up!” Thankfully there was no clanging of metal followed by “Mya, down! Mya, down!”

This toy is not for children under the age of 6 months.

Exhibit Two:

Crumbled asphalt.

Develop your child’s fine motor skills by encouraging them to pick up tiny pieces of crumbled asphalt.

Share in your child’s joy and excitement as they discover a particularly good rock. Or cigarette butt.

Exhibit Three:

Weeding public streets.

There’s actually nothing fun or developmentally beneficial about having your toddler weed the streets. But our state’s in a sad budgetary situation and cutbacks have to be made. Do us all a favor and take your kid out to weed the curbs now and then, huh?

Exhibit Four:

Play “Try to stop mommy and daddy from making another baby.” Look at the strain on this kids face, we’ve got a real team player here.

And finally Exhibit Five:

A large, rusty metal chain provides hours of limbo-like fun.

This not only entertains your child, it promotes their physical strength. If you cheer for them, it also promotes healthy self-esteem. For additional hours of entertainment, simply lower the chain, no batteries required!

See what I’m saying, folks? That bright, loud, Babies First Laptop was totally unnecessary. Hours upon hours of stimulating family fun are waiting for you just down a grungy alley in the near by factory town! What are you waiting for?! Get out there and poke some asphalt people!!

For the record…if these photos make Heidi and Andy look like questionable parents, well, that’s not my fault.

Just kidding. I’m just acting like the conservative media and taking things out of context and then mashing them together to create a false, yet believable account of what happened. In reality, Mya was fully supervised and accompanied by a talking, flashing, battery-operated Elmo doll. We didn’t let her eat the amazing rocks she found or chew on the weeds she pulled or anything like that.

We did let her climb the fire escape alone but that was only because we’d taken a break and were having a smoke and forgot to watch her.


Man, these people are never booking another session…