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Emily and Sean’s Wedding – 2nd Sneak Peek

Here is, what I am sure you have all been waiting for, the 2nd sneak peak from Emily and Sean’s wedding. The ceremony at First United Methodist Church in Downers Grove, Il was beautiful.

Usher and Aisle into the Chapel

The officiant for the ceremony was Reverend Nick, who had previously ministered at First United Methodist Church and knew Emily and Sean quite well. This familiarity brought a sense of ease that allowed for a more relaxed feel to the ceremony.

Emily and Sean at the Altar

Emily, Sean and the Wedding Party at the Altar

First Kiss and Recession

After the ceremony, we took some time to do formal photos with the wedding party and family members. It was quite nice to see everyone come together for such a joyous occasion.

Formal Family Photo

From the church, it was off to the Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge in Hinsdale, IL for the reception. The Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge holds a special place in my heart. When Emily and Sean told me they would be having their reception there, I was immediately looking forward to being there again for a wedding. I knew they would enjoy the venue very much and that we would have a lot of fun during their reception. Emily and Sean proceeded to cut the wedding cake right away at the reception.

Composite of Wedding Cake and Bride and Groom Cutting the Wedding Cake

As everyone was finishing up dinner, I noticed that the bride, the mother of the bride, and the mother of the groom had all selected shoes that matched for the reception. All three stepped outside with me so we could capture this little detail that highlights Emily’s personality so well.

The Bride's and Mother's Shoes

After dinner and the cake, everyone headed upstairs to the dance floor and continued to enjoy themselves. Emily and Sean had their first dance together as a married couple and were soon joined on the dance floor by other wedding party members.

Emily and Sean's First Dance

Wedding Guests Having Fun

As the dancing wound down, Emily and Sean prepared to leave Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge to head back to their hotel for some much needed rest before their honeymoon in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Emily and Sean Parting Photo at the End of the Reception

Please join me in congratulating Emily and Sean on their wedding!

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Emily and Sean’s Wedding – 1st Sneak Peek

When I first meet up with Emily and Sean at the Missouri Botanical Garden in Saint Louis for their engagement photo session, I had no idea that I was about to meet a couple that could actually start out their story with “This one time at band camp…” After learning that, I could not wait to photograph their wedding in July.

Emily and Sean make a great couple. Sean works as a customer service rep for a music company in the Chicago area and Emily is a teacher. Both of them graduated from ISU. Both have music in their blood. And, most importantly, both are in love with the other. It didn’t take long for July 28th to arrive and it was a beautiful day. The weather in the Chicago area can be hot and humid in the summer, but not that day. It started out somewhat overcast and in the low 70s. The weather was perfect for Emily and Sean’s wedding day. We started out the day doing some group photos in the Prayer Garden at the First United Methodist Church in Downers Grove, Il.

Prayer Garden at Emily and Sean's Wedding  Photo of the groom, groomsmen, ushers, and fathers

It didn’t take long for the group to loosen up and start joking around.

Photo of the groom and the groomsmen

Soon, the groom and the groomsmen were joined by the bridesmaids for some quick group shots and shortly after that, Sean took leave of the group. At that point the bride joined everyone else for a couple of quick group shots.

Bridesmaids, Groomsmen and Flower Girl  Bride, Bridesmaids, Flower Girl, and Groomsmen

Then it was on to the wedding ceremony.

Bride and Father of the Bride

And what a lovely ceremony it was.

Bridal party during the ceremony  Bridal Party, Minister and Witnesses

I look forward to sharing some additional photos in the next sneak peek from Emily and Sean’s wedding.

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A Simple Prompt

I’ve been going through my older photos that were shot when I was still using film and was surprised by a photograph I found. I had forgotten about it after all these years, but I suddenly remembered what I had said that prompted the pose I got.  It was just a simple prompt, but the result was better than anything I could have directed.  All I said was “Have you smelled these flowers? They’re wonderful!”  This was the resulting shot.

A simple prompt with a great result…I have come to really like that: simplicity.  I had a good idea about what would happen since she really liked flowers and gardening.  Granted, the shot didn’t come out perfect since her hair fell across her face slightly; but the expression I got for this shot was genuine.  We tried the shot again after she had fixed her hair, but the expression felt forced.  I knew after that experience that I had found a technique I could easily live with.

Years later I  was out doing portraits with my girlfriend in another garden.  We came across a rose bush.  I stopped to smell the roses (yes, there’s a bit of irony in that).  They had a wonderful aroma and I told my girlfriend she had to stop and smell the roses as well.  Once again, the photo presented itself and I was able to capture the moment.  It was a completely natural expression on her face, exactly what I wanted.  I hadn’t even stopped to think about exactly what kind of pose I wanted her to take up, it just happened.  I had nearly forgotten how easy a simple prompt could be, but this just drove it home again.

Keeping things simple is sometimes the best approach and can yield wonderful results.  These days I try to keep my prompting for poses as simple as possible.  I find I get the best results that way.  Keep it simple.

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