This photo that Nancy shot is perhaps one of the most delicate images we’ve ever posted on the blog. The light falls delicately on them, and creates gentle gray gradients in the background. Her friend delicately reaches to adjust the back of her dress. Crystal balances on one foot while her sister helps her with her shoes. And for you portraiture-geeks out there, she’s even illuminated by perfect Rembrandt light. I’m almost afraid to breathe when I look at this photo for fear that I’ll disturb the moment and blow over the house of cards.
I took this photo right after their first look. Even her closed eyes speak volumes.
The Russian Constructivist in me comes out on occasion. I love the repeating stripes opposed by the two manhole covers. While the image appears deceptively simple, a large number of elements had to fall into line perfectly for it to come together. First and foremost is their connection. I love their expressions and body language as they cross the street. Even their steps are perfectly synchronized. The last factor that makes this shot work is that despite them crossing one of the busiest intersections in Chicago (Michigan and Chicago), at noon, on a Saturday, they are the only ones on the crosswalk.
There some wedding-photo traditions that have never made much sense to me. One of them is the typical photo of the wedding dress, sans-bride; the dress hanging up in some window or other picturesque spot. We can do it; Nancy does them very well, and I’ve seen many photographers make spectacular images given those constraints. But... these dresses were designed to be worn, not hang flat. I look through more fashion magazines than most women, and it’s exceedingly rare to see a photo shoot of dresses not being worn by anyone. Catalogues, the most straightforward display of clothing imaginable and the fashion photography equivalent of a yearbook, feature dresses worn by someone. When was the last time you saw a dress hanging in a storefront window? Even there they put them on a mannequin. Why? Because a dress was designed to be filled, to take up three-dimensional space. I find it much more interesting to shoot a dress being worn by someone than hanging somewhere. So, all that to say this is a portrait of Crystal’s dress, and how perfect it looked on her, more than a portrait of Crystal (we did plenty of those as well).
A sign of the times... I shot this as we headed to St. Clements after their protraits. I think I like it because as Nancy will attest, it is very true of my relationship to my iPhone (or rather, the things on it)
Even after having shot weddings for all these years, there’s still some venues in Chicago we’ve never shot at, or shoot at very very infrequently for no discernible reason. St. Clements Church is one of them and I think it photographs so beautifully.
I thought their table cards, menus, (and actually all their decor) was kinda’ awesome, and perfect for Cafe Brauer, so I wanted to share two of the pictures of it.
I’m not the only one who likes overhead shots. Nancy’s wider shot of Jake spinning Crystal during their first dance is great. It simultaneously sets the scene, and shows off the beautiful art-deco interior of Cafe Brauer. However, it’s not just a scene-setting photo, at the same time it conveys the energy, emotion, and movement of that moment. Its framed nicely by the bridal party (each recording their own version of it), the guests, and the band.
Coordination: Birch Design Studio
Hair and Makeup: Sonia Roselli
Ceremony: St. Clement
Reception: Cafe Brauer
Caterer: Food For Thought
Cake: Tipsy Cake
Band: Larry King Orchestra
Videographer: Rusty Dog Films
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