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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!

Thursday

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September 2016

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New York City Travel Photography- a taste of NYC captured on film

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We had the opportunity to photograph a few couple’s New York City weddings this year. The experience was amazing- we travel alot for destination photography events, and New York is the most amazing metropolis in the world.  With it being the most amazing, I wanted to make sure to have a couple of extra days to spend here, and have a random mini-adventure. We wandered all over 2 boroughs of the city- Brooklyn and Manhattan (I still regret not stopping at King Of Falafel & Shawarma over in Queens… you need to go there- and now!)
But onto a piece of the adventure. (Coney Island will get a post all on it’s own) All photos are either from Kodak film or Ilford shot on the Contax645 or CanonEOS1v processed by The Find Lab and edited by yours truly.
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Yea… we went to Times Square.  I was on a mission to see the Naked Cowboy.NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0005 NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0006 NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0007 NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0008 NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0009 NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0010 NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0011 NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0012 NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0013
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And onto the train across the river..NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0021 NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0022 NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0023 NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0024 NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0025 NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0026
I always wish we could stay longer… Like forever. But, that was our small taste of NYC.NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0027 NYC Wedding Photography CONTAX645 film 120mm New York Travel lifestyle photojournalist best fine art_0028

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May 2016

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Marfa Texas Engagement Session with Ashley and Caleb at El Cosmico

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Eee! Now for a Marfa Texas Engagement Session. Ashley and Caleb are getting married in exactly one month from today on Caleb’s family farm near Austin Texas.  We absolutely adore these two, and I bet their texas wedding will be amazing. A bit about them, Ashley is yoga master extra-ordinaire. Caleb is an amazing tattoo artist. You can find his work here.

Most of Ashley’s wardrobe was from Anthropologie, a store we all know and love (I think I could purchase all of their knobs, because you know- someday you might find
yourself needing a pile of knobs!) While her colorful coat is from Peru.

We spent the whole session at El Cosmico, a fancy trailer hotel- filled with colorful rigs, teepees, and yurts… it’s essentially a slightly overpriced hipster paradise, and I cannot wait to go back!  (We skipped Big Bend National Park, which is due south from Marfa, so we have to go back!) The owner of El Cosmico also has a boutique hotel in Austin.  We look most of our photos in Little Pinky, which is where Ashley and Caleb stayed as well as TeePee #2, which is where Jason and I stayed.  The teepee was suprisingly warm, especially for a cold Texas desert winter night.

Ashley and Caleb have been living together with their adorable dog in Austin for most of their adult lives, which is the perfect city for them. I love Austin.  Speaking of towns in Texas, Marfa is pretty extraordinary! It’s super tiny, like less than 2,000 people tiny. But it has a massive art scene, which started back in the 1960’s and 1970’s and grew with the coming of the Chinati Foundation. Though, it’s about a 7 hour drive from Austin. Which goes well with the town’s slogan: “Hard to get to, and harder to explain.”  And that takes us back to why Caleb and Ashley had a Marfa Texas Engagement Session.
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The last shot in the post is actually a film photo taken by one of our Contax645 120mm film cameras. 🙂

Super congrats you guys, you are so incredibly wonderful and sweet.  xoxoxo

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March 2016

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Cartegena Travel Photography, Colombia captured on Film

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Each winter, we always dig around the internet for flight deals and flight sales to get out of dodge.  I love Chicago, but holy cow- does it get cold and windy in the winter!  Seriously, this city isn’t for the faint of heart.  Especially the people who live and work by the lakefront in the winter.
Jason and I found a sale flight to Cartagena, Colombia for a couple of days. So we skipped the cold and embarked on the quest to capture some Cartegena Travel Photography. This city was amazingly beautiful. we spent most of our time within the city walls of this old port town.  All of the people were so incredibly friendly in Cartegena! Jason also found the location of each and every Juan Valdez coffee shop in the vicinity to enforce his lifelong quest of caffeination.
The city is vibrant and colorful- and you are allowed to walk around on the old fort walls.  The musicians and nightlife in Cartegena was also amazing- from street performers to musicians at the cafes.

When we travel, we try to shoot mainly film.  This was our first trip where we didn’t even bring our digital cameras with us. We always shoot film while abroad. Film is timeless with a dreamy grain.

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Our Cartegena Travel Photography was Shot on Contax 645 with Kodak Porta 160 and Fuji 400.
Scanned and developed by the wonderful people over at The Find Lab.
Edited by Ela. 🙂

Wednesday

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June 2015

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My Favorite photo ever…

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Ding dong. Wait- what?  The Fedex delivery guy ACTUALLY RANG THE DOORBELL?!  NO WAY! (Turns out, it wasn’t this delivery guy’s normal route- darn)

So with that- Meghan and Ben’s wedding album arrived over the weekend!
Okay, so It’s true- I’m pretty bad at the whole blog thing. So I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to post the most favorite photo I’ve ever taken.  The one on the right-hand side of their album spread.

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It’s simple, windswept, one of the last photos we took from their amazing Cancun wedding weekend- filled with flash mobs, memorial catamaran sailing trips, beautiful light, and a wonderful group of people. With that, and all of the other destination weddings we’ve done lately, I guess you could call us chicago destination wedding photographer . 🙂 But for real, I promise to blog the other 50+ weddings we haven’t blogged, because they are all awesome. Eeek!