Shanin and Mel had an intimate ceremony at their newly renovated home in Chicago; I know Shanin had to do a lot of extra planning to make this happen, and it all worked out beautifully! Their friends and family were at the forefront of the Autumn themed celebration. It was an honor to be a part of such an intimate ceremony with a couple who are very much in love.
Thank you Shanin and Mel for having me there; here are a few of our favorites from the day:
Mili and Sid are the couple behind Memories in Motion, the exclusive wedding cinematography company. Mili is uber-creative, and full of energy. Sid is the muscle and the genius cameraman behind their films. Their productions are a radical departure from the traditional (and often cheesy) wedding video. Their approach to shooting and editing is more often seen on the set of a music video or feature film than anything wedding related, but the results are over the top fantastic. Their wedding films are without a doubt the most unique we've seen.
Over the past few weeks we worked with them to do a video for our studio. We'll be posting the video in the next few days, but we wanted to post a few pictures of Mili and Sid in action. They are incredibly fun to be around.
Thanks Mili and Sid for all your hard work and for the fun shoots!
Here is Jenn and Kyle's slideshow with a larger selection of photographs from their wedding at The University Club in Chicago. Enjoy this slideshow in full screen by clicking on the box in the lower right hand corner.
Admittedly this post's tittle is a little lot ridiculous, film grain is as old as photography itself. That said, ever since I stopped shooting film circa 2004, I've been looking for a realistic way to bring the look of film in to photographs captured digitally. I'm not one to wax nostalgically about the days of film (I love my digital equipment), but there is an undeniable beauty and a unique ethos to the way film renders an image. Over the years I've tried many products that claimed to do that, but I never found one that satisfied me - until now. Not only does this software superimpose real (scanned) film grain into the image but it also mimics each films' tonal curve and response to color. Technical jargon aside, the result is strikingly realistic. Unfortunately the process is rather time consuming so we will only be adding film grain to a handful of black & white images which would communicate their atmosphere more effectively with some grain. This will allow us to better accomplish our vision for certain images, while still allowing us the versatility of capturing the images digitally.
Here are a few samples:
This image was inspired by the art of Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison
We are very excited to have received our first Couture NYC sample book. We examined every album option in our search for a unique and timeless album and settled on this bindery. Each book is custom printed and hand-bound and comes with it's own linen slip case. Each book full-bleed photographic front and back cover and has the couple's names printed on the spine. Our sample is a 10x13, but this book is also available in 8x10. Also be sure to check out our Tuscany Album. We'll be posting some more pictures of our new albums soon!
Jenn and Kyle's wedding at the University Club was a perfect event. Stacy Saltzman did a great job coordinating the wedding, and the day flowed smoothly with no stress. Our friend Nathan Waldo did a fantastic job on the flowers, and really worked well with the space. The room in the University Club was truly transformed into a romantic atmosphere (check out our time-lapse video to view the transformation here). We've worked with Nathan Waldo before, and we are always impressed with his work.
The atmosphere of the wedding reception was so fun as the Larry King Orchestra kept everyone dancing, but Jenn and Kyle brought such a great energy. It was truly a pleasure to photograph their wedding and document the very evident joy they and all their guests shared.
Here's a few of our favorite images from the evening:
Dave was asked earlier this year to speak at Davide Greene's Intensive 3 Day workshop. We thought it would be a great opportunity to share and help other photographers, so Dave agreed, and last week we were off to Canada! We decided to make it a roadtrip up north, and it was so fun to see the progression of fall as we got further north. There were so many vibrant colors, but the bright red maple leaves from which Canada takes its flag were my favorite.
The workshop took place in Elora, a quaint town about an hour outside of Toronto. A waterfall runs through the middle of Elora, and it looks like an old European town with lots of beautiful stone homes. We staid at the delightful Elora Mill Inn, which is where the workshop also took place.
We were only able to be there for day 2 and 3 of the workshop. On Day 2 Dave gave two sessions; the first on how to think outside the box when it comes to your wedding photography as well as business practices. The second session was about how to grow and market your business when first starting out. It was really fun to hear him talk!
On Day 3 we went to two beautiful locations to shoot. The first was a gorge under a bridge; there were these great rocks in the middle of the river that the model posed on, and while the river was wonderful to shoot, I was fascinated with all the cool trees on the banks. The second location was a quarry; it was a unique location, and provided some great challenges for the attendees.
Dave helped the workshop attendees with exposure in harsh lighting conditions as well as off camera flash techniques. He demonstrated how he poses his subjects, and then let the students take it from there. It was fun showing people tricks we use, and seeing how differently everyone shoots.