Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Proposal in the sky

As a wedding photographer I am lucky enough to be a part of some very romantic moments, but this one might take the cake. Under the guise of a photo tourist, I shared a helicopter ride with Ibrahim and Saba while a certain box containing a certain sparkly object lay hidden in his pocket. He had arranged a lovely helicopter ride to tour the city at sunset as an anniversary gift, and she had no idea that I was actually there to document his proposal. Even the soundtrack had been pre-chosen, with some of Saba's favorite songs playing as we flew over the twinkling lights of the Hancock building. It was majestic, awesome, and epic to say the least. The pilot and I grinned from ear to ear as Ibrahim popped the question, and the best news of all... she said yes! It's not everyday that you get to snap photos at 700 plus feet above sea level, watch the sun descend over Chicago, AND witness such a touching moment. Congratulations to you both, thanks so much for letting me tag along!

I arrived a few minutes early to SunAero.
Our ride.

Smile for the camera!

Saba is soaking in the view.

The city on the horizon.

He is texting me to tell me he is about to ask her...

Cue Aerosmith on the radio and ready the ring...


Time to come down.
Proposal number 2, on one knee.

Congratulations, what an awesome day!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I *Heart* Lulu Mae

To all the ladies out there, the 2010 Fall lineup for Love, Lulu Mae is in! We just photographed some of the new pieces, and wow! They are gorgeous. I love all the new art-cessories, I really love photographing them, and certainly love wearing them. For this photo shoot we welcomed a brand new model to the Lulu Mae team, the lovely Jessica Zweig. She is the amazingly awesome co-founder of Cheeky Chicago, and big fan of Love, Lulu Mae (aren't we all?). She, and the always fabulous Dina DiCostanzo, showed off the new pieces (all the brainchild of Agnes Miles). With the onset of warmer days, let's all accessorize and tear up the town. We love you Lulu Mae!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Wedding season is just around the corner

As the second week of March makes it's appearance, I am realizing that I have to start preparing for the kick off of wedding season. Wow, it's here already! Start charging the batteries, upgrading the equipment, finish up my other projects, and stretch those muscles. Not to mention get the creative juices flowing. There are still a lot of brides and grooms out there finalizing their 2010 wedding plans, it is a lot to organize and a true challenge to stay within budget. I stumbled on to this great list of tips recently posted by the Wedding Guide of Chicago Magazine, and thought I would share it with you:
1. Spend time talking to your fiance about what the most important things to you two are. Like is it the music, the photography, the decor, or do you have to have gourmet cuisine? Then use these preferences as guidelines for determining your budget allotments for each service.
2. Friends of mine had a great suggestion. Her fiance asked her to think about the last couple weddings they had been to, and what stuck out in her mind and what she remembered most. This helped them determine where they wanted to put the bulk of their budget.
3. Ask friends, family and co-workers for referrals. Register on wedding websites like weddingguidechicago.com and go to bridal shows and get the special offers. You may find things you weren't aware of and find great vendors in your price range. You can also use these offers in negotiations with other vendors.
4. Hold your wedding in the off-season, January - March, or on a Friday or Sunday. Most wedding vendors offer specials prices, up to 30% for these dates.
5. Hold the wedding and reception in the same location. This saves on transportation, decor, music, photography and video.
6. Have an hors d'oeuvres reception. It saves cost on food cost, you can have more people for the price and saves on rental items such as plates and utensils.
7. Have a brunch, lunch or afternoon tea instead of a formal dinner. Have a signature cocktail or serve just beer and wine.
8. Buy a sample gown or a consignment gown. You can find beautiful dresses at a fraction of the cost if you don't mind a little wear and tear on a dress you'll wear once!
9. Be honest with your vendors about your budget and see what they can do for you.
10. Spend money on your photographer. Hire someone who has done many weddings and get the photos on a disk if you need to save. Hiring a novice can really cost you if they miss valuable once in a lifetime shots.
11. Finally, hire the best professionals you can within your budget for the things you feel are the most important. They will make you shine!

PS- don't forget to make an appointment with Love, Lulu Mae for your one-of-a-kind handmade hair accessory or veil, Aggie will help you achieve the perfect vintage look.

I look forward to being a part of some terrific weddings this year!

Feel free to share some of your own wedding tips below in the comment area.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Stranded On A Planet

It's funny how rarely I photograph the things around me in my own home, my camera usually stays put away while I am busy working on my computer. Well not today! My husband and I worked on some creative photos of his music equipment and studio space to be used on his new website. It was pretty cool, and the new site is going to look great. Here is my favorite, the microphone collection. A lot of great vocals have been recorded on these babies! Also, new goal for 2010... take more photos of the little moments (I promise to turn that camera around sometimes). Stay tuned for some great new tracks from the awesome Stranded On A Planet productions!
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