Monday, June 30, 2008

Kenny Rocks Chicago!

I have been to at least one, sometimes two Kenny shows every summer since 2003...but this show at Soldier Field was by far the best. He was rockin' all night long!

Courtney was such a trooper and was the best DD ever.

Our time spent tailgating was the most idyllic scene you could imagine...warm breezes, bright sun, gorgeous skyline, blue water, good friends, and cold beer. Does it get any better than that?

Keith Urban was totally jamming too. He is so cute!

My brother, E, is a new country music convert, so this was his first Kenny show.

Thanks Kenny! Can't wait for next year!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Greg & Kristin

Homebodies. I love that this is how Greg and Kristin describe themselves. I told them I like to photograph my clients doing things they enjoy doing together...their response, "Can you photograph us on the couch watching T.V.?" I said of course,...but we didn't. We ventured out into Kristin's quaint little neighborhood in Chicago. My favorite neighborhood in Chicago: Old Town. So much to do, so much to see. I have wanted to do an engagement session here for a while, so I was thrilled when I met up with them and saw where she lived.

Greg and Kristin are getting married in November at Old St. Pat's and their reception is at Swissotel downtown. I can't wait!

Kristin has the most beautiful hair -- and those shoes were great...not too comfortable, but they sure looked good.

I loved this mailbox - there are no fancy mailboxes like this in my neighborhood.

There are little cottage-like houses tucked in the nooks and crannies of Old Town. So unassuming and so welcoming.

She will be such a beautiful bride.

They are so funny because they were wondering what to wear for their session and I had her read my other post about suggestions for wearing something that you are comfortable in and that you would normally wear. They both thought the same thing: khakis!

You can see the rain clouds moving in here...we had to dodge some rain showers, but we got our shots. We walked through Lincoln Park and over the bridge to North Avenue Beach. The humidity level skyrocketed from about 20% to 120% in a matter of minutes.

Thanks for spending the evening with me. Greg & Kristin, you are two of the sweetest people and you make a perfect couple. I am so looking forward to being a part of your wedding day.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Jeff Dachowski's Outdoor Lighting Class

Last week I got to spend an awesome day with a great photographer, Jeff Dachowski from New Hampshire. Jackie Haggerty at Studio J was our gracious host while Jeff taught an outdoor lighting class down in Bloomington. I learned so much about reflectors and light and shooting all the models was so inspiring. I also had the best day with my best friends Leigh and Faye who came with to the class.

Leigh and Faye in action. One lefty, one righty.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Up Nort'

Here are just a few snapshots from our weekend in the UP.

Berkeley in his happy place.

Berks wants to know, "Hey, where are you taking Brynn?"

"Deer go?'

Nice moves.

Da Bearssss.

B helping Grandpa Van water his trees.