A  SMASHING  BLOG  by  BETHANY  FRITZ

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bridal fashion shoot- Love Lulu Mae+Beaver Buttons (part 1)

What an amazing team we had last weekend! We braved the cold weather and rain to take some superb photos of Agnes's creations. She combined her Love Lulu Mae style with the Chicago-based Busy Beaver Buttons, creating brand new accessories perfectly suited for a wedding. Our wonderful models showed off bouquets, veils, belts, and boutonnieres. The results are awesome! This is part one of a two part shoot (the second to follow). 
Team: 
Agnes Miles- creater/designer/stylist, Love Lulu Mae 
Bethany Fritz- photographer/stylist, Maypole Studios 
Agata Grabowska- model (part one) 
Elan Edan- model (part two) 
Karl Hamilton- model (part two) 
Jennifer Brown- makeup/MUA, Jen Brown Makeup 
Suzy Zuzia Galazka- hair, Hairspray Revolution 
Adele Fabiano- dress designer, Adele Fabiano Bridal Couture

Friday, May 20, 2011

Jackson turns 1

One of the best ways to keep in touch with my past brides and grooms is by documenting their new families. I photographed Megan and Kevin's wedding, and now I have the great joy of taking pictures of the adorable Jackson. I met up with them on his first birthday for a portrait session, what a cutie! He has awesome blue eyes just like his mom and a super smile just like his dad. We followed him around as he crawled rapidly from room to room, played with lots of toys, and managed to get some great giggles out of the little man. Here are some of my favorites:
What's cuter than mini-denim?
Baby bubbles.
Happy birthday Jackson! See you again soon.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Kaitlyn and Adam are getting married!

Kaitlyn and Adam met up with me, along with their dog Toby, to walk along Lake Michigan and take some great engagement photos. These two are super cute, from Kaitlyn's rad pink highlights down to Adam's comfy Tom's. They are naturally at ease, barely noticing my camera, they snuggle without coaxing and laugh with sincerity at Toby's antics. This session was truly as enjoyable and relaxed as an afternoon stroll on a beautiful Spring day. We had a great time hanging out by the Montrose Harbor, then down to Ravenswood, finishing with a beer and some snacks at Bluebird restaurant. Their wedding in October is going to be really special, complete with Toby as the ring bearer!
Love+Toms
Toby's point of view.
Congrats Kaitlyn and Adam!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Marriage Mondays-Love 4 mom

Yesterday was Mother's day, and although I live more than 600 miles away and won't be back home until next month, my mom was very much on my mind. It's obvious that her role in my life is an important one, being my mother, caretaker, nurturer, and friend. She has always been there for me, with an unconditional love that is both fierce and tender. I appreciate my mom in so many ways, from the after school healthy snacks to her standing ovation when I sang in the middle school talent show. She encouraged me to check out more books at the library than my arms could carry, gave me sewing lessons, encouraged my interest in art and painting, rooted for me at Tae Kwon Do tournaments, and sat up late with me giggling about the details of my first kiss. She bandaged my scraped knees on more than one occasion (I have never been graceful), forgave me when I cut my dolls hair and then gave my sister a matching hair cut (involving bangs about 1/8 of an inch long), taught me how to wear makeup... and she even loves thrift store shopping more than I do. There is so much more I could say, but it all comes down to the fact that I am blessed with a wonderful mother. I love you mom, happy mother's day! (photo of my beautiful mother, 1970's)
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