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January 2017

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Our Trip to Japan Nara and Osaka Edition (Part 2)

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We took a day trip over to Nara so that I could experience the ever amazing Mochi man- the fastest Mochi pounder in the world!  Aaaand it was an excuse to cheat on my diet and try some of his amazingly warm and gooey green tea/red bean mochi.  It was phenomenal.

I can even begin to explain the amount of joy this action shot gives me.  And the fact that I was able to capture it on 120mm film… it was… oh what’s the word for it?  Ah- yes, a serendipitous moment. 😀

We started off  taking the train from Kyoto over to Nara- which is where the famous mochi place is- and AND! There is also a giant park where you can feed the deer cookies.  It was the best.


The deer also do tricks- if you bow to them, they bow to you for cookies. Yep- these wild deer know what’s up. That’s Jason in the middle of receiving a bow back… and in the blurry forground you can see a deer butt in the midst of pestering me and trying to get into my pockets for some deer cookies.
So something else I learned is that deer antlers are actually kinda squishy- and super sticky!  I had no idea.

Here’s another shot of the mochi guys. The name of the Mochi shop is Nakatanidou and it’s on the Sanjo Dori road.

And here is a link to a video about them in case you guys are a bit curious. 🙂


Aaaand after our afternoon in Nara, we hopped on a train to Osaka to have some sushi and wander around a bit more before hopping on a train back to our Airbnb in Kyoto.  (The JR Pass, I’m telling you, is awesome.)

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January 2017

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Our Trip to Japan Part 1- Kyoto

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Six months ago today we embarked on our trip to Japan. So it felt fitting to post about the first portion of our trip today. We were there for 8 days (well, Jason was there for 9… lucky duck) and we were able to squeeze a ton of things into the last minute itinerary.
I recommend getting a Japan Rail Pass.  They offer it at a discount to tourists, but the catch is, is that you have to purchase it BEFORE you get to Japan.  We got ours from a French company- ‘The Japan Experience‘ So with the JR Pass in hand, the main island was our oyster. And a beautiful oyster everything turned out to be.

Once we landed at the airport, we had a little misadventure trying to get money out of an ATM- but! we found out that you can get money out at the 7/11 ATMs and from the Post Office ATMs… buuut that’s about it for people who bank through Chase and Bank of America.

Ok! So after figuring all of that out we departed the next morning for Nagoya and Kyoto.  One of my wonderful awesome friends, Sarah, lives and teaches English in Nagoya. It’s pretty awesome to have the chance to see friends from forever ago. And she of course knew all the best spots in town! It was a delicious feast of epic proportions.  And I have a newfound love for okonomiyaki. <3 After Nagoya, we caught the last train offered on the JR Pass to Kyoto.

The photos are a bit out of order, so bare with me- it was 6 months ago. Kyoto has so many amazing temples that it’s hard to keep track of.
On the first day, we attempted to make it all of the way up to the top of the Fushimi Inari Shrine- hahaha, that was an epic fail. We got 2/3 of the way up before we saw on the map that there was another hour’s worth of climbing, so we called it, wandered back down and found a bright yellow stand serving okonomiyaki at the entrance gate.
On our 2nd day in Kyoto, we had an early start to the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, I recommend getting here super early, before all the tourists come in on the buses- it’s much more peaceful.  After the bamboo grove, we wandered through the Kameyama-kōen Park, over the river, and ended up at Arashiyama Monkey Park- Iwatayama. The monkeys were quite glorious running around everywhere, and you could feed them pieces of banana.

We also ended up at Toji Temple, which probably looks amazing during the cherry blossom bloom.  And then we were off! To Nara and Osaka- that’ll be tomorrow’s post. 🙂

The first BW shot is of the Nagoya Castle- otherwise everything else is in Kyoto.


The guys below were making brooms out of straw under the cool shade of the tree over at the Toji Temple.  Pretty neato. And that is Our Trip to Japan- part 1.  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!

Wednesday

18

January 2017

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Hyatt Lodge at Mcdonald’s Campus Wedding with Megan and Patrick

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And blogpost season begins!!!  I’ve been in the midst of working on Megan and Patrick’s album, so I couldn’t help but share some photos online from their awesome sauce wedding.  Megan and Patrick had a Hyatt Lodge at Mcdonald’s Campus wedding in Oakbrook. The scenery, guests, weather, details, overall vibe, and everything was picture perfect (zing!) And I was really digging Megan’s florals and bouquet- created by Ipomea Floral Design.

Before Megan and Patrick’s Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus wedding, the guys got ready at the hotel and Megan and her ladies got ready at Megan’s parents’ house, which was also the location of their post Chicago wedding ceremony/pre cocktail hour VIP cocktail hour. 😀

Oh oh! And they also had Irish Dancers from the school Megan and her friends danced at.  It was amazing to watch! I included some of those photos after the cocktail hour.

Ok, anyway- enough of my babbles. You can scroll and check out the loveliness that is Megan and Patrick’s Hyatt Lodge at Mcdonald’s Campus Wedding for yourselves.

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Here is the lovely backyard VIP wedding party I mentioned earlier. 🙂  Just before we headed off to their Hyatt Lodge at Mcdonald’s Campus Wedding location.
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And we are officially onsite for their Hyatt Lodge at Mcdonald’s Campus Wedding. Woo! Check out Megan and those dapper dudes.
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A big thank you to all of the vendors who participated:

Ceremony Location: Immaculate Conception Church
Reception Location: Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus Wedding

Florist: Ipomea Floral Design
Invitations: Designed by Pat Dawson (Groom’s uncle)
Bride’s Shoes: Hitherto at BHLDN
Wedding Dress Designer: Watters Too
Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhullier for BHLDN
Trolley: Premier Trolly and Limo
Hair and MUA: Style on Site– Carrie and Jules
Wedding Cake: Lezza Spumoni & Desserts
Music: Matt Stedman Band
Groom’s Suit: Jos A. Bank
Groom’s Tie: The Tie Bar
Wedding Colors: Blush, Peach, Green <3

Tuesday

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January 2017

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A Chicago Engagement Session in Wicker Park with Lexie and Michael

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Happy New Year!!! So this year has already been awesome (and full of surprises) over on this side of the computer screen.  We just got back from an epic trip to Cuba with a few photography friends.  All I have to say is- GO.  GO- experience it, it’s amazing.
Anyway, I digress… So when we got back from out trip, a wonderful magnetic Save-the-Date was sitting in our snailmail box. From! These two lovelies. 🙂  So it felt fitting to share Lexie and Michael’s Chicago engagement session in Wicker Park with you guys.
We started Lexie and Michael’s Chicago engagement session in Wicker Park, the neighborhood they live in. And- And!!! You guys now get to witness the cutest, most photogenic dog ever. Meet Oliver.  The most chill, fluffy, and wiggly little pup ever. So, of course, we started their Chicago engagement session in Wicker Park- to be able to snag a few shots of this guy.
Lexie and Michael are getting married at Blackhawk Hotel later this year, in Iowa.  I cannot wait to share their photos at that space!!  All Blackhawk Hotel weddings look awesome from what I’ve seen online. Cheers and enjoy. 🙂
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September 2016

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A Chicago Family Mini Session with Cherita, Jesus, and Baby D

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We had the opportunity to meet Baby D a couple of weeks ago- and he’s pretty adorable. Ah! Calm little cuties are the best. Cherita and Jesus had simple, organic natural light photos for their Chicago family mini session at their beautiful home in Chicago. Cherita decorated their home with wonderful neutral blue, tan, and grey tones.  Even Baby D’s (or should we say Jesus’) toy R2D2 fit the bill for the color scheme! The most awesome decor for a Chicago Family Mini Session.

For family sessions, we like to focus on the family themselves, keeping it simple.  Simply family- essentially having the opportunity to capture all of you hanging out together.  So that they can remember exactly how it was… as opposed to stiff posy posy stuff. (Trust me, everything is posed- but in more of a lifestyle and real feel)  And with the all famous, adorable Baby D, he made it easy.

Super congrats on your growing family you two!  Thank you for letting us shoot your film family session, it was an honor.  I hope that the 3 of you are had an awesome first summer together! (Holy cow- Labor Day weekend is upon us)

We like to shoot family mini-sessions primarily on film, and I want to thank The Find Lab for always being awesome at developing anything from our Contax 645 for our Chicago family mini session.

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