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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Elizabeth+Alex- a musical engagement

Not only are these two absolutely adorable as well as smitten with each other, they also have a great musical connection. They met back in NYC at a bluegrass jam, Alex on mandolin and Elizabeth on fiddle. After several weeks of playing music and making eyes across their stringed instruments, they decided to take a pull at the heartstrings. Obviously they made the right decision, because wedding bells are surely ringing! After such a wonderful engagement photo session, I can not wait for their wedding (it's actually this weekend). We met up last week and lucked out with wonderful weather. We started out by the Lincoln Park zoo, and made our way over to the Hideout to have our own little jam. It was awesome to document such an terrific couple, both with and without instruments. Congrats E and Alex!

























Monday, April 25, 2011

Marriage Mondays- Takeout!


There's no denying the benefits of living in a city large enough to offer a wide variety of food delivery. Chinese, Japanese, Italian... whatever the craving you can most likely order it. On a gloomy, drizzly day like today sometimes you just want to stay in and curl up with your honey and your favorite veggie lomein, and that's exactly what we did. And how appropriate to have this fortune in my cookie as I anticipate an exciting weekend of weddings! It's going to be a great week.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Marriage Mondays- Artist Collective

Not only am I extremely lucky to have a fantastic marriage, but both he and I really like working together. For real, I'm talking all hours of the day, from morning coffee to a late night glass of wine. Although his focus is music and mine is photography, we find ways to bring them both together for various projects. In the past year we have seen several of our mutual friendships flourish into business partnerships and shared creative projects. Today the final edit was finished on a video for his music studio, and it's awesome! We had a blast working on this, and Jeremy blew my mind with the video production (3line9 productions). Without further ado, let me introduce you to Stranded On A Planet and the rest of the talented team that makes this studio so special:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Marriage Mondays- Girl Power!

Ok, I know this post is late, Monday having already come and gone. After days of gathering info for taxes and a whirlwind weekend I finally have some time to share. I have been reminded on an almost daily basis of the amazing talents possessed by the women I surround myself with. Not only do I love the drive and the commitment to creativity in so many of my girlfriends, I also love the opportunity to collaborate with them. Just two generations ago women were very limited in their pursuits, but now we can have it all! It's a joy to see these lovely ladies perfect their craft and start successful businesses, and still leave time to play and enjoy our friendship. This weekend we did just that, combining business with play, flaunting our femininity with a fabulous pin-up party. Chocolates from Vosges and cupcakes from Sweet Vee's Laboratory were a delicious addition to the Dottie's Delights party, the participants rocked out their photo sessions in the lingerie accessorized by Love Lulu Mae. I was thoroughly impressed by the excitement and playful spirit of the girls, and the Dottie's Delights lingerie couldn't have looked better. I wanted to post a small teaser, just a couple of discreet photos from the event. Girl power! (Hair by Mario Tricoci and makeup provided by Benefit)




Sunday, April 3, 2011

Martha Berner and the Significant Others

Over the last couple of months I have had the privilege of photographing my very talented friend Martha Berner in preparation of her new record release "Fool's Fantasy." She is a fabulous singer/songwriter, and the record she recorded with my husband via Stranded on a Planet truly kicks ass. He is currently playing guitar with her band as one of the "significant others" along with my good friends William Sprawls and Tyson Ellert. I had a great time photographing Martha at the Black+White loft (makeup and hair by Christina Culinski), and then the whole band at the awesome Bar Deville. I figured I would share some of my favorites...








My favorite.

Bar Deville...




Love these ones. Just incandescent light by the pool table.



Make sure you get a copy of the new record!
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