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Thursday

22

January 2015

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Announcement 4 – Last announcement, We are going to India!

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Yup. You read it.

Some of you might have been wondering why our road-trip map ended abruptly in Las Vegas instead of circling back in Chicago. We are officially traveling to India, specifically Bangalore, India, to photograph a wedding March 6th and 7th. Thank you so much to Aditya and Nichole for this amazing opportunity to photograph your Indian wedding.  Your wedding is going to be a blast!

We will be leaving our dear little Toyota in Las Vegas, and we will see her again a few weeks after we get back to Chicago.

Wednesday

21

January 2015

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Announcement 3- Photography Road Trip across America

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Ok, so this photo kind of goes with that New Year’s resolution I mentioned to allow Jason, a wonderful lifestyle photographer/husband extraordinaire to actually take photos of me.  All of you who tell us that you have a hard time getting your photo taken, trust me, I feel you! Why do you think that I’m always the one behind the camera!? To avoid my photo getting taken like the plague.

So, besides that, I am excited to say that we are leaving on a photography road trip across America next week!!! It’ll be filled with photoshoots,, couples, families, meetings with other photographers, and lots of editing.  (Honestly, I think we are the only people who are nuts enough to bring two 27″ iMacs on the road cross country.) So if we are driving by where you live, give us a holla!

We’ve been working on a new addition to our business- our Lifestyle Photography page, thefinches.photo,  with photoshoots from the past months. The new website is coming soon.

Here is where we are headed!

Chicago, IL      January 29
Memphis, TN      January 30
Austin, TX      Jan 31- Feb 2

Marfa, TX      February 3-5
Casa Grande, AZ      February 6
Yuma, AZ      February 7-8

Salton Sea, CA      February 9
Los Angeles, CA      February 9-25
Las Vegas, NV      Feb 28-Mar 2

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Tuesday

20

January 2015

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Announcement 2- Getting Healthy, A lifestyle Change

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Okay, so this post is a bit harder for me to write. So I’m attempting to rip the band-aid off and let it all out there.

Since Jason and I met, I gained a lot of weight. Just about all of it started from when we began our photography business together, and continued over the past 5 years. Now, when I say alot- I mean A LOT. Over the past 5 years I gained 95 pounds, topping off at 269 in July. Most of it was due to stress, the lack of exercise, and my nightly ‘editing fuel’ (chocolate!!). I was holding myself accountable for being detail oriented about everything except for myself and my body. A change needed to happen.

We realized that it wasn’t a diet we needed, nor nixing specific foods.  We needed a lifestyle change. A slow withdrawal. Instead of viewing it as things that we could no longer eat- we viewed it as all of the things we can eat more of. I needed to stop being tired all of the time. We needed to break up with sugar.

In September, we slowly cut out those 10pm editing chocolate bars that were like crack to me. (Those who will not be named, though I have provided a link.)

On December 4th, 2 days after we got back from working in Mexico- we broke up with sugar. He was like a a bad boyfriend- and I was smittenly addicted to him.

The first week was the hardest, it was like having withdrawal from a drug- I essentially would go to bed whenever it got dark out and sleep through (or cry through) the migraine strength headaches. But 2 weeks later, it was like a switch turned off. Sugar realized that I dumped him, and he backed off.

I’m slightly terrified with this whole lifestyle change, but I feel amazing at the same time. I am now down 27.4 pounds. Jason is down 26.2 pounds, and he broke up with his other girlfriend- Diet Coke.

I am writing this on our blog so that I can be held accountable.  People now know, so we kind of have to do it. Essentially, I need you guys to delete text messages any time my ex-boyfriend, Sugar, texts, and block his number.  Bittersweet indeed. Pun pun pun.

So goodbye Chocolate, Bread, Rice, Noodles, and Soda. Farewell sugar. I look forward to the other 67.6 pounds meeting you someday on the other side. This kind of correlates with my New Years Resolution (though, I’m not one for resolutions normally), which is to let my wonderful husband, a photographer, actually take photos of me. Here’s to 2015 and a “Hello” to Hangover Salad at Bite Cafe, spinach quiche, cauliflower puree, kale chips, peanut butter, pan roasted trout, red cabbage bean salad, and everything else I can focus on eating more of.  : )

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Monday

19

January 2015

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Announcement 1- A New addition to the Studio Finch Family!

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Oh goodness, no. It’s not what you think.

As of late, we have been taking a roll of 35mm film at each of our couple’s weddings. We still shoot about 99% digital, and we love digital because it’s fast- and awesome for reception dance shots. But we also are obsessed with film.  Film is slow. Film has a delayed sense of gratification, and it’s like Christmas morning every time we get our prints back from film.

We have been in love with film since we began photographing, before we even met.  There is something about film that always makes me stare at photos with my mouth open, in awe. Honestly, we kind of forgot about shooting film over the years.

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It wasn’t until we were at WPPI in 2011 and we met Jose Villa. I honestly didn’t know too much about him, instead of the fact that he was an amazing film wedding photographer. I saw his photos everywhere, sometimes not even knowing they were his.  A couple of days after we met him, we ran into him at an expo booth, as he was saying his goodbyes to his film lab, Richard Photo Lab,before he went to the airport. When we exchanged hellos, he asked if we still shoot film. We said “No.” and then he handed us a 35mm Diana Camera with 8 rolls of film and responded- “You Should.”

For the next three years, that moment resonated with us.

We purchased a Canon EOS-1V 35mm film camera in May. Now we have progressed to our newest addition, our new and beloved Contax 645. I am beyond excited to have this little gem. They don’t make these 120mm cameras anymore, and the waist level viewfinder is hard to find.  I cannot wait to show you guys magical colors and milky whites and ACTUAL film grain over the next coming years as we progress into becoming hybrid wedding photographers.  Film & Digital.

Jose Villa, we cannot thank you enough for being so kind and inspiring.

A look through the viewfinder.

A look through the Contax 645 waist level viewfinder.

Thursday

15

January 2015

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Embassy Suites Chicago Wedding – Melanie and Jon

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What an amazing day for photos – the Chicago light was just perfect

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Melanie and Jon had their ceremony at the Wicker Park Lutheran Church, which is just a short walk from our house. It rained in the beginning of Melanie and Jon’s wedding day, which actually worked out swimmingly for all of us.  Chicago seemed like it was glowing after their wedding ceremony in Wicker Park. Seriously though, glowing.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen the skyline look like that on a wedding day, it was beautiful.
Melanie got ready at Embassy Suites downtown before their ceremony, which was pretty convenient- as she and her guests staying at the hotel won’t really have much travel after the reception.
So, besides travel logistics, guys.  I have to say… I’m smitten with Melanie’s dress.  It was BEAUTIFUL.  And super well tailored.  The lace detail all over was so crazy gorgeous. And Melanie, of course, was stunning in it.

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Oh Melanie! You look just like your mom behind you!
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And we are off to the ceremony for their Embassy Suites Wedding!

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I love bubbles. And rice. And sparklers.
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Jon wanted to get photos by where he works at the Chicago Board of Trade building.
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Ah, such a glowing city. It’s like the future.
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Weddings have caused me to have a new appreciation for the color purple, because it looks pretty stellar in up-lighting.
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Jason’s favorite.  A big thanks to the guys who taped the glow sticks together so that Jon could jump rope.
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Congrats again you guys!! Just think of Cabo San Lucas while you’re all cozy this winter. xoxo
And a big Thank you to all of the vendors involved for Jon and Melanie’s Embassy Suites Chicago Wedding.
Getting Ready Location- Embassy Suites Chicago
Ceremony Location- Wicker Park Lutheran
Reception Location- Embassy Suites Chicago Wedding

Florist- Fleur du Jour
Shoes- Angela Nuran
Dress- Enzoani
DJ & Uplighting- Grand DJ Entertainment
Suit- Vera Wang
Hair and Makeup- Kim Piech

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