Michelle and Cam : Photostation take #2

Even though we went to the same college, and I cheered my heart (and throat) out for Cam as a Rat Pak member (Go Johnnies!) while he destroyed Mount Union for the 2003 National Championship… I first ‘met’ Michelle and Cam at Paul and Ellen’s wedding… while Michelle was riding Cam like a bull in my first-ever photostation.

Welp, here we are after 4 more years (apparently dating for 73 years is hip and cool… ūüėČ ) and they commissioned me to photograph their own wedding — the photostation being a ‘must have’. ¬†Good choice — people clearly had a blast. You’re parents deciding to also replicate the growling bull ride is pretty much the definition of love. Right? That’s why my dictionary says, at least…

I also need to thank Travis Biggs who helped me out doing the photography at the photostation while Colleen is recovering from the birth of Corbin. He did a great job, as you can see….

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Missy and Matt : Photostation

Oh photostation… how I love thee… ¬†From the touching moments and messages to the crazy cast of characters showing the world how to party… it’s always a good time.

This one was especially fun for Colleen because she finally got to use all of the props she bought a few years ago when we first started this photostation concept (it’s NOT A PHOTOBOOTH!!)… ¬†yet, ironically, the photo that stole the show involved nothing but (pun!) a sharpie. ¬†(warning – it was a full moon that night!!!)

Matt and Missy — I hope you have an amazing time on your honeymoon at the Outer Banks… ¬† Do the Mulligan name proud!

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Kelly And Justin : Wedding Photostation

Kelly and Justin (whose engagement photographs accompanied my ¬†most recent birthday post) booked the photostation for their wedding. ¬† A while later she came to me with an idea: ¬†What if they gave everyone frames as their wedding favors and we used the photostation on-site printing to ‘fill’ the frames for all the guests – giving them a great¬†memento¬†from the wedding. ¬† ¬† Brilliant!!

So we did just that this past Saturday at their wedding at the Carlson Center Rotunda in Minnetonka.

We added chalkboards to the mix so guests could ‘leave a message’ and I also enlisted an additional assistant to help with the added volume. ¬†I don’t hesitate to say that it was the greatest thing in the history of all human achievement. ¬†ūüôā

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Mel and Eddie : Rockin’ Photostation

Get it? ¬†Rocking? Rock background? Eh? ¬†… Puns are fun. ūüôā
Mel and Eddie had a wedding that put Elm Creek Reserve at capacity… so there was no room for the photostation. ¬†No room inside that is. ūüėČ ¬† A few days prior, the weather was looking beautiful, so we decided to give it a go outside. ¬†We’re resourceful like that.
They ended up putting yard games and other fun games on the veranda so the outside wound up being a natural extension of the party inside; it worked really well. ¬†The sun tried to squash our fun with some crazy lighting at the start — but nothing was going to stop the party. ¬†We even had our largest photostation shot yet — 28 people! ¬† Try sticking that in your photobooth. ūüėõ
Enjoy…

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Colleen and Kyle : Photostation!

(My) Colleen, my usual second photographer and photostation-runner-extraordinaire¬†was attending a good friends wedding during (Kyle’s) Colleen and Kyle’s big party… So I contacted another photographer friend of mine, Dave Swartz, and he helped me out by running the photostation during Colleen and Kyle’s reception. ¬†Dave enjoyed himself a lot… As did his ‘customers’. ūüôā

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p.s. ¬†“Enraged” does not equal “Engaged”. ¬† Remember that if you are ever printing anything. ¬†heh. ūüėČ.

Farmroom photo station

When we arrived at Willow Lake Farm in Windom, Minnesota for Anna and Mark‚Äôs wedding, the photo station was to be set up in a small ‚Äėmilking station’ in the barn.¬† The room had a structural post right in the middle of the shooting area and a board running over a trough in the ground.¬† I knew this would be crazy-different than the first photo station I ran in a near-brand-new reception hall – but of course, it was still going to be a blast.

I knew from working with Anna and Mark over the past 9 months how important the farm was to them.¬† It came up numerous times in our conversations while planning, from their awesome custom wedding website, to their¬†engagement session photographs, the ‘Willow Lake Farm’ was a constant topic of discussion.

Walking around a bit, it became clear to me that even the photo station pictures needed to have a sense of ‘place‚Äô; an anonymous backdrop just wouldn‚Äôt be right. ¬†So I moved a few tables and some tools, and decided to use this gnarly wall instead.¬† Everyone dug that idea, and I agree that it worked out amazingly well.

I love how the photo station really gets everyone’s personality front and center. ¬†And man, Anna and Mark had some ‚Äėpersonalities‚Äô at their wedding, for sure. ¬†Great times. ¬†ūüôā

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The Photo Station!!!

2 weeks before their wedding Ellen and Paul wrote me saying they wanted something a little different at their wedding. Not a photobooth – that’s been done; they asked me to come up with something a bit different. I said, “I’d see what I could do”; and then proceeded to do a giddy little happy dance because knew I just got license to do something really cool.

After reading the entire internet (yes, the whole thing), crazy scrambling, lots of time at internet stores, talking to other¬†photographer friends,¬†more internet stores, testing, trips to brick-and-mortar stores after I realized I didn’t buy everything I needed from the web, and even more testing… we came out with a photo station.

Here’s how it works. You¬†walk up, a real life photographer holds a camera (and helps you look your cutest if needed) and clicks off 2-5 frames. Then, before your eyes have even gotten over the flashbulbs, the images quick pop up on a screen (already all cool looking – in this case, Ellen wanted a sepia-old-school type look – they looked just like this on the night-of), we pick one to print, and 8 seconds later you’ve got an¬†actual photographic print in hand (yeah, a physical 4×6 print – how quaint, right?)… later, all the images are online for you look at, grab, share and mock one another with. It’s a lot like heaven in photographic form.

The bar, the photo station, and the dance floor were hoppin’ all night. Paul and Ellen – you’ve got some absolutely insane friends! I’m really glad you guys had me do this for you.

Seriously, how fun is this?!?! Check it out:































… and some of the really crazy stuff isn’t even here (my small effort to help keep the internet¬†“family-friendly”… hehe)..

Ellen and Paul’s Wedding, a teaser

Just wanted to toss up a quick photograph from Ellen and Paul’s amazing wedding this past weekend before they head out on their suprise-location honeymoon. ¬†Their wedding day kept throwing us curve balls… remember though, sometimes curve balls are blessings in disguise. ¬†Case in point:

Not to mention, I set up (and then my assistant ran) my first photo station at this wedding. ¬†What a blast — ¬†Talk about adding fun to a wedding! ¬†Here’s one ‘sweet’ shot … more images from that in an upcoming post in the next week or so.

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