Kristin and John

Kristin and John flew in from Virginia last Thursday, got some paperwork out of the way, ran some errands, and still had time to get out to Como park (looking strangley like fall) for an engagement shoot and to nail down some details.  Tireless, they are.   I’d yet to meet them in person, so it was nice to see how happy, kind, and into each other they were.

Kristin eventually got around to working the rockstar look (below) amongst many other fun faces… *inside joke*, and I’m pretty sure that John could beat me up with nothing but a hard stare…  We had a good time and got some fun images as well.  I can’t wait for their smaller, intimate wedding coming up in July.


What do your wedding albums look like?

One of the more common questions I get is “What are your albums like?”.  I generally respond “Awesomeness in album form”, but that’s not very descriptive; so here is an attempt to actually help answer that question properly.

When you order an album from me, we start by talking about cover styles, number of leaves, size, etc — just getting a rough idea of what my constraints are. I, typically, am then left to my own devices to design the album the best I can to tell the story of the day.  When that first draft is done I send electronic copies of the album out; in a flurry of e-mails or meetings we swap in/out images, change designs and layouts, add pages, reprocess images, etc until we have the 100% perfect album for the client.

Then I go to production and the client receives their album in a month or two.  When it arrives, the 100% custom, handcrafted album is wrapped with handmade pineapple leaf paper, recycled mulberry ribbon, and a skeleton leaf as an accent.  The ‘true’ cover is actually protected by another thin layer of paper.  Check it out:

Great – so it shows up and looks sweet, but what about the actual album?

This particular wedding album is a 9×12 25-leaf album.  The cover is made with a metallic print bonded to the back of a beveled piece of cystal acrylic.  It’s hard to convey what a metallic print looks like – it’s one of those ‘must see’ things; it works awesome on the right image.  I also do covers on metal, canvas, leather, etc.

The back and spine is a textured leather, the pages are thick and stiff, and the binding is solid yet flexible.  The whole book reeks of craftsmanship – you are getting your wedding images to last for generations – your album should too.

The album innards are made of the highest-grade photographic prints.  The image can span the ‘crease’ – allowing dramatic double-page spreads and a ton of creative design options.  (check out the crease photographs below)  The prints, effectively, ARE the pages; this ain’t your grandmas slip-in-a-bunch-of-4×6’s album.  The pages are roughly the thickness of a quarter (yes, for those of you curious, that’s a Minnesota quarter in the image below… 😉 ).

This album has one of my favorite pages ever in it.  It’s relatively common that the last song of the night everyone sways back and forth to “Piano Man”,  but those that went to St. John’s University will understand this must be done with all the males pants’ around their ankles.  So, of course, I’ve got more than my fair share of photographs of Nate’s tookus. 🙂  As a joke on the last page of the first draft, I dropped in a “The End” page…  Nate liked it and it made the final cut.  I love my clients!


Custom Stoneware

Mindy Erickson, of Custom Stoneware, contacted me to do some product photographs of her cool pottery.  She makes some really beautiful pieces that I wish had found a way into my cupboards. 😉   It was a different job for me, but it was very interesting to do; the attention to every single detail of shadow, light, reflection, and color was significantly different than my standard ‘people’ and wedding photography – where those things are important, but can’t be ‘tweaked endlessly’ and also fall second to the main goal; which, for me, is emotion, connection, and the scene as a whole.  Remove the ’emotion’ and once-in-a-lifetime-ness, and suddenly the rest of what makes an image falls into stark clarity.

Spending an hour creating only a few images was a frustrating, yet strangely peaceful, zen-like, process.


Buenos Aires 2008

Yes, I’m aware it’s a full 93 days into 2009.  I’m still putting a ‘2008’ title on my post – I hope this doesn’t cause too much confusion.  Luckily, people don’t write many checks anymore, or I could see a flood of people cashing year-old checks.   Technically this is just me being late on part 2 (of 3) from my other South America post.

If you are ever in Buenos Aires – 

DO: See a Boca Juniors game with the home-crowd. Most amazing sporting experience of my life. Get their earlier than you would ever expect you’d need to and sit UNDER the balcony, trust me on this.

DON’T: Miss out on the meat.  Amazing amazing meat.  Mmmm… Meat.

DO: Hit up tango classes – just be ready to somehow (and strangely) have your masculinity challenged by your inability to do frilly toe-twirls while dancing.  

DON’T: Expect the entire city to be Tangos and bright colors.  A small section of the Boca part of town is wicked-colorful and exactly what all the tourist mags say it is, however.  But that’s like saying “Disneyland represents all of Florida”…

DO: Go to Ricoletta Cemetary (Cementerio de la Recoleta).  Sure, it’s got Evita’s tomb, but it’s WAY WAY cooler than that.

DON’T: Go to a “City Cultural Music Festival – Percussion night” that a someone tells you is “going to be great”.  Well, be like us and go, but be ready for a full-0n rave in a busted-out warehouse complete with mouth-sized glowsticks and entranced locals going nuts.

… I could go on and on.  But I’ll let some photographs do the talking for me.


Saturday, Part 2: Get Down Give Back

How’s this for an idea:  throw a big fancy upscale wedding reception, subtract the wedding part, collect money instead of gifts, and donate the proceeds to a worthy cause.  Add in a dash of raffle, a sprig of environmentalism, a pinch of ‘swank’, and copious amounts of Irondale High School mini-reunion… and you’ve got the the first annual Get Down, Give Back Gala; GDGB for those of you that like acronyms.

GDGB was a good time. I told the organizers I’d make like “20 or so” images (my little donation…) for their website so that next year they can have actual images, rather than some found imagery.  Next thing you know I’ve got a hundred in the bag and I’m bummin’ that I didn’t bring in my light stands or other stuff.  Gah… silly hot people gettin’ down on the dance floor always makes me want to shoot.

Oh, and Jazz Hands are funny. Always.

There you go, SAG, with one very special photograph just to highlight your specialness. 😉.