Last year, I attended my first WPPI conference held in Las Vegas, NV annually. The conference was a great learning experience, as well as, networking event. I especially enjoyed it because I was able to spend the week with my fellow photog friend from Seattle, Rachelle. Rachelle encouraged me to join a “shoot out” to continue to build my portfolio. I should have blogged about the experience when I returned but never got around to it. Since I’ve been snowed-in for the last couple of days, I thought I’d finally spend some time editing the images from the shoot. The stylized shoot took place at Legends Ranch in Las Vegas, NV. The theme of the day was rustic elegance and it was topped off with horses. The details of the day were just as beautiful as the ranch. For this Chicago based wedding photographer, it was great to have a different perspective on the rustic wedding theme. Enjoy! Concept Design | Chelsea LaVere | www.orchestratedshoots.com / Event Coordination | Green Orchid Events | www.greenorchidevents.com / Venue | Legends Ranch | www.legendsranchlasvegasevents.com / Florals | Enchanted Florist | www.lasvegasfloral.com / Stationery | Paper and Home | www.paperandhome.com / Cake | Peridot […]
Baby Richard definitely surprised his parents since arrived a months early. We were so excited to have Richard in the studio because he was a dream. He was such a good baby and slept almost the entire session. I could have kept him there all day! Since he was an early baby, he was also such a peanut and super adorable. I hope you agree!
Emilee & Kandice met in high school and Kandice told me as she was getting ready that she knew she wanted to marry Emilee when they were just teenagers (high school sweetheart stories gets me every time). Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Illinois, they didn’t want to wait a moment longer – and who can blame them. Their setting was at Emilee’s family farmhouse just north of Ottawa, Illinois. They had a perfect casual country wedding including the most beautiful sunset. Emilee did a lot of the details herself and both of their families really helped with the planning to make their day special. Emilee & Kandice wore matching wedding dresses in opposing colors and brought out their casual style by wearing Converse tennis shoes. They even wanted their wedding party to keep comfy so they wore Converse too! I hope you can agree… they had an absolutely gorgeous day!
About a year ago my husband asked me for some photos to hang in his office (I love that he is a fan of my art!) but time got away from me and it’s taken me this long to put some images together. As a photographer, you would probably expect me to take my camera everywhere. Well, to be honest, I don’t. I do, however, have it with me whenever I travel. My favorite personal photos to take are architectural images and that is reflected below. Left: Seattle Space Needle | Right: Chicago building taken from the Hancock Observatory Top: El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, Mexico | Bottom: U.S. Capitol Building, D.C. Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA
I had a vision for Christina’s maternity session and she didn’t doubt me for second (at least I don’t think she did). I am so glad she didn’t because her photos came out amazing! On a recent scouting trip, I found a secluded creek that I knew would look great with one of my new flowy maternity gowns. Christina pulled the look off flawlessly. She didn’t even bat an eye when I asked her to get waist deep in the water! We also had to make a stop at my favorite barn for some photos. This barn has been part of their engagement and wedding photos so it was only fitting to capture this milestone there too. I hope you enjoy our absolutely perfect sunset creek and farm maternity session.
I know I am going to get some questions on how I got this image. So I wanted to take some time to educate my friends on how this image came to be. I had been waiting to use this new prop for quite some time. You have to have the perfectly sleepy baby for it because their is some difficulty involved and Baby Autumn was so good. This is what we call a “composite shot.” As you can tell, the original image is much different than the finished image. It is so important to ALWAYS have the safety of the newborn in mind. This is why Autumn’s dad is supporting her in the original image. During post production, I remove Dad and add some effects and “voila” – we have peaceful Autumn in the hammock alone. ***Side note… Do not try this is on your own. There is so much that goes into an image like this.*** And a special shout-out to my dad for making me this cute hammock stand. I find it so fitting that my dad made this for me and Autumn’s dad is helping make this beautiful image for her. Awww!
Jay & Nevada came to me with such an awesome idea for their engagement photos. They wanted them taken in a cozy little pub, Fritz’s Poor House, where Jay loves to hang out. The pub has a beautiful bar and was decorated for Christmas. In addition to the pub, we were able to sneak some gorgeous afternoon sun photos in Hammel Woods.
We’ve Been Featured! I don’t know if you saw on our Facebook page BUT… I had two images featured in a leading photography resource magazine. I know most of you aren’t big enough dorks to read photography magazines so I wanted to share with you. The images were in the January edition of Shutter Magazine which is part of a world-wide online learning community with over 70,000 users. This is my first time being published and it feels so awesome. The article featured Engagements and the two images below were selected!
Brian & Katie Date | 09.14.2013 Florist | Mann’s Greenhouse Ceremony | Immaculate Conception Reception | Celebrations 150 DJ | Dance Flow Control Chicago Wedding Photographers | Sarah Peterson & Lonna Janel & Megan Quigley Beautiful flowers crafted by Mann’s Greenhouse in Morris. Inside the new Immaculate Conception Church in Morris. Gorgeous uplighting by Dance Flow Control DJs. Dutch Girl Photography | Chicago Wedding Photographers – Enjoy this Chicago wedding photography provided by Dutch Girl Photography offering Chicago wedding photography in the Chicago area. Dutch Girl Photography are the best Chicago wedding photographers. Each wedding is treated with care and creativity not found with other Chicago wedding photographers. Your wedding day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Chicago area. This is the best Chicago wedding photography. Dutch Girl Photography is based in the Chicago area offering wedding coverage in Chicago and destination weddings worldwide. We are located conveniently in the Chicago area at 1802 N Division Street, Suite 209, Morris, IL, 60450.
It’s that time of the year again and the search is ON! Our Senior Spokesmodel campaign is like no other! Dutch Girl Photography is now searching for models from area high schools to participate in an editorial style photo shoot during April. There is NO COST to participate as a Spokesmodel. That’s right, it is 100% free (prints and additional products can all be purchased separately). What is a Senior Spokesmodel? You are my presence at your school. You help market my studio to your peers and get them to book me for their senior pictures! Plus you get a FREE session! What do you get out of it? A full 2 hour session with unlimited locations (within a 10 mile radius) and unlimited clothing changes. Hair and makeup professionally done 10 web size/watermarked images and a cover photo for Facebook. 50 custom Senior Spokesmodel referral cards with your image and our studio information. Your images used as advertising material on the Dutch Girl Photography website, Facebook page, and marketing materials! $50 print credit for each booked referral – So, the more people you refer, the more credits you get for your own pictures! FREE STUFF!!!! As an added bonus […]