Jen and Bryan, blown away together

The wind was strong, their love was stronger.

Bryan and Jen were married the other day and I was lucky enough to be their photographer. The forecast called for rain and wind and general unpleasantries, but none of that could hold these two back. The venue was Over the Vines near Edgerton, WI, and with a big red barn for the reception and a expansive green lawn for the wedding, it was perfect.

This was the 3rd wedding that I have done for the Pitterle family, and I am honored that they continue to ask me to be their photographer. They are wonderful people and are a blast to hang out with. I wish Jen and Bryan the best in their marriage.

Oh, and not to spoil the pictures, but this is the first wedding where I captured the couple under a full rainbow. If that isn’t a sign of good things to come for these two, then I don’t know what is.

Angie and Jacob, rain or shine

It is weddings like this one that reinvigorate me. They remind me why I got married, they remind me why I love photographing weddings, they remind me why family and friends are so important. They remind me that I’m alive.

From having all 8 grandparents in attendance to kissing in the rain under an umbrella, this wedding was full of life’s purest energy. Angie and Jacob are a great couple and it shows in every little thing that they do for each other. It shows in how they look at each other, it shows in how they love each other. I am honored to have been the photographer at their wedding. Enjoy the show.

A Thanksgiving wedding in Madison

When you think of Thanksgiving, you usually think of turkey, food coma, football and shopping (at least, that’s what I typically think of). Emily and Lee, on the other hand, think of throwing one helluva wedding party. For their special day, they chose to have the ceremony at Monona Terrace and the reception at the Concourse Hotel. In between, we had some time to stop by the Overture Center for some pictures. The whole day went by about as smoothly as I’ve ever seen and was fun the whole time.

One thing I love about weddings is hearing all the stories that build up to the wedding itself. For Emily and Lee, there was a story behind everything — from the story of how they met, to their wedding rings, to the stories that will be told about their wedding day (ask Lee about tying a bow tie). Every story comes with a backdrop of love and friendship. These are the stories of our lives and I’m honored that I can be there to capture them.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that they has the Chris Sarlas Orchestra perform during the reception. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this band at a previous wedding and they are absolutely fabulous. If you ever have the opportunity to see them perform, you will be in for a treat.

A red and white UW alumni wedding

Paul and Kristen live in Chicago, but they met on the campus of UW Madison. When they were planning their wedding, they knew it had to be in Madison and it had to come with a heavy dose of Red and White. They got their wish and had everything from a stroll down State Street (Abbey Road style), a seat in the big yellow chair at the Memorial Union Terrace, a windy September day (sorry, no snow), a ceremony on Monona Terrace, a singing of Varsity (and Jump Around), and brats & beer to top the night off.

It was an absolute blast being their wedding photographer. You can’t ask for better clients than Paul and Kristen.





















Lauren and Louie, one hot wedding

Lauren and Louie are a great couple, you don’t have to spend much time with them to figure that out. I have had the wonderful opportunity to photograph their engagement pictures as well as their wedding, and I can’t say enough good things about them. The wedding this past weekend was wonderful, if just a tad hot. Even though we had to limit our outdoor pictures due to the heat, we were able to pull off some great images. My hat goes off to them for enduring the heat before the ceremony.

Ginger Gant was the wedding planner and she did a great job putting things together. If you’re in the need of a wedding planner who will rock your world, give her a call. Also, the band that they chose, The Chris Sarlas Orchestra (out of Chicago), was fabulous. I haven’t seen a better performing wedding band than them.

Self portrait, cycling

Ah, the self portrait. Before this year, I hadn’t done a self portrait since college, but for some reason, I’ve done two different self portraits so far this year. I think the biggest reason is that my kids are at an age where they are tired of being photographed and I’m left with either myself or my dog to shoot. This is fine though, because it means I have more latitude with the subject matter and can take longer playing around with my setup.

The setup itself is pretty straightforward. 2 shoot-through umbrellas (camera left and camera right), with the left umbrella at 1/4 power and the right at 1/16. Also, there is a strobe immediately behind me at 1/16 power to give a little bit of rim lighting.

Fun photo shoot today

I’ve been working on a new project lately and needed some pictures to go along with it. The project involves brides and an old yellow bike. I’ll be shedding more light on the project shortly, but for now, enjoy this fantabulous image from the photo shoot today. The model is Liz, she was one of my wedding clients last year. I’m pretty excited about this project and can’t wait to share it with the world.

Lauren and Louie, an engaged stroll down State Street

The other day I had the pleasure of taking a stroll down State Street with a happy young couple that are quite obviously in love with each other. I love photographing people who are so into each other — not only does it make my job easier, but it’s a breath of fresh air when two people can’t take their eyes off each other. If this photo session was any indication of things to come, their wedding is going to be a blast!