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Francesca and Steve, Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare

From the bride: Being high school sweethearts, Steve and I thought long and hard about how our wedding would be. After we got engaged, I suggested a January wedding date. Suffice to say, he was less than thrilled! Luckily, I was able to persuade...

Jill & Alex’s NYE Wedding at Architectural Artifacts

What happens when an event planner marries on New Year’s Eve? A fabulous and unique event with plenty of personalized details of course! New Years weddings are always extra festive and that was certainly the case for Jill and Alex’s wonderfully eclectic celebration. Architectural...

Wedding Guide Chicago Fashion Shoot 2014

I look forward every year to the editorial fashion shoot with Wedding Guide Chicago magazine. It’s a fun, exciting and creative day, where I get to work with a very talented group of professionals. {I must confess… seeing my cover on the newsstand never...

Sheena & Phil, River East Art Center

Ever since photographing their engagement session, I’ve been looking forward to Sheena and Phil’s wedding. A really great couple that happen to also have movie star looks and are a lot of fun. Tara Moser from LoLa Event Productions helped to make every detail spectacular along with a...

Julie & Ben @ Marriott Naperville

Julie and Ben exchanged vows at Grace United Methodist, followed by a reception at the Marriott Naperville. Julie designed the room with beautiful lighting, ice sculpture and candles that complimented the evening. A little rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits during outdoor photos at Cantigny...

Crystal & Mike – Pinstripes, Oak Brook

Crystal and Mike met at the “U”, University of Miami, and they incorporated their affection for the school, fine food, craft beer, and good times into their wedding weekend celebration in Oak Brook, IL. Personal touches were everywhere, none more obvious than transforming the...

Julie & Ben @ The Marriott Naperville

Julie and Ben exchanged vows at Grace United Methodist, followed by a reception at the Marriott Naperville. Julie designed the room with beautiful lighting and candles that complimented the evening. A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the happy couple. Congratulations! Ceremony Site:...

Engagement Party Time!!

If you have never had the pleasure of attending a South Asian engagement party, these photos might startle you. The parties frequently rival most weddings in their size and beauty. It is a very colorful and festive occasion, with beautiful decor (courtesy of the...

The Graduate

Sometimes it’s difficult not to be one of “those parents” who post things about their kids, especially at certain times. One of those occasions was the recent graduation of my younger son from Pre-School. As a parent, your children become such a part of...

Laura & David

The day started with a make up artist emergency, but Laura, the bride, kept her cool with a little help from her friends and possibly a little wine. A beauty superstar substitute, Crystal Balentine was found, we got all of our photos and made it on...

Kate!

At a recent networking event I noticed a stunning woman standing nearby. She was beautifully dressed and she looked familiar. I introduced myself and asked if we had worked together, as I seemed to recognize her. Modestly, she said she’d been on the TV...

Ezinger Wedding at The Palmer House

When the wedding season is in full swing, it’s always a challenge to keep the blog up to date. Here’s one of my 2012 weddings that I hadn’t blogged yet. Mandy was one of my favorite brides as she was absolutely electric! – so...

Blue Masque Ball

Saturday, March 16th was the second annual Blue Masque Ball at the fabulous Blackstone Hotel. I was honored to photograph the festive fund raiser which featured a silent auction, gambling, roving performers, the music of DJ John Grammatis and delicious food. The Blue Masque ball...

Martha Stewart Wedding Party

The first ever Martha Stewart Wedding Party in Chicago was held on March 10th, at the beautiful Radisson Blu hotel.  Meghan Andalman, of LoveBird events along with Claudia Hanlin of The Wedding Library, (a Contributing Editor to MarthaStewart Weddings, ) recreated the event  Claudia started in New York in 2007,. Together with Martha Stewart Weddings, Meghan brought together  all of...

Jennifer & Josh’s Video Montage

Jennifer and Josh exchanged vows at historic Old St. Patrick’s Church and celebrated at the spectacular Trump Hotel. Their amazing day was filled with family, friends, laughter and good cheer. Ceremony Venue: Old St. Patrick’s Church Reception Venue: Trump Hotel Florist: Richard Remiard Event Design Entertainment:...

I’m Tickled Pink (and proud of it)

I was honored to be one of the sponsors for the Tickled Pink Chicago Gala and photographed their fundraiser. Tickled Pink Chicago is a dynamic group of marketing, event and design professionals united by a drive and passion to help those affected by breast cancer. In February...

Fred & Nancy’s Wedding, Wheaton

Everyone associates wedding photography with young couples in a romantic love. Most commonly, it is and it’s exciting and wonderful. There are also special times when I get to be a part of something more intimate with a mature couple. Fred was a widow...

Julie & Ben, Engagement Session

Julie and Ben ventured out on a brisk Chicago night for their engagement session and some iconic scenery. They’ll be tying the knot this June in Naperville. Thanks for braving the elements! 空包网哪个好 https://www.kongbao163.com

Welcoming Baby Tessa

It’s always a special honor to photograph a baby’s first family portraits in their home. The joy (and challenges) of parenthood at the beginning of a long and wonderful journey. Tess was a great model and barely fussed as we took several different set...

Flashes of Hope

In the middle of peak season it is always tough to schedule “one more thing”, but in the case of Flashes of Hope shoots, it’s one of the most humbling and gratifying experiences. To be able to help these children and their families in...

Lisa & Anthony, Engagement Photos

Lisa and Anthony are planning to tie the knot at the Crystal Ballroom on Navy Pier in a few weeks! We had a beautiful evening for their engagement photos… they even brought alone their “baby” for a few photos! Can’t wait to see Lisa...

Alex & Larissa, Engagement Session

Alex and Larissa enjoy bike riding and decided to have their engagement session feature this lovely mural. Afterwards, we headed to the Lincoln Park Zoo area for some more amazing images. The couple are planning a beautiful outdoor ceremony – stay tuned for more...

Brittney & Kyle’s Wedding

Every so often I have the pleasure of photographing a wedding that is extra special. The emotions more raw, the sense of joy more palpable. Brittney and Kyle’s wedding was one of those. The ceremony and reception were held at the home of the...

Max’s Mitzvah

It was a real pleasure to photograph Max’s Mitzvah as his mother wanted something quite different. The emphasis was on the ceremony rather than the party but she wanted some fun “modern family” styled portraits along with some traditional ones. We photographed as the...

Flashes of Hope

I was honored to be a participating photographer in another Flashes of Hope event. Flashes of Hope is a national nonprofit organization whose goal is to photograph every child with cancer until every child is cured. As the father of two healthy boys, it’s...

Irina & Jeff

A beautiful evening provided the backdrop for Irina & Jeff’s engagement shoot. I particularly enjoy creating a variety of images for my clients to capture different moods and always with the thought of images that can be used as decor in their home. I’m...

Amy & Mark, Sofitel Chicago

Here’s one of 2011’s most fabulous weddings that I hadn’t blogged yet. Not only were the wedding and bride beautiful, the day was nearly bursting with joy. The energy and love radiated from the Sofitel Chicago ballroom like a warm glow. It truly was a grand celebration...

Happy Holiday’s

My sincere wishes to my clients and friends for a happy, healthy and safe Holiday Season. Whatever your faith, whomever you celebrate with and wherever you travel, may you be surrounded by love and laughter. Season’s Greetings! Andre

Tara & Mark engagement session

Tara and Mark were an absolute joy to photograph. They got engaged near the Trump tower by the river so it seemed like the perfect location for their photos. I’m looking forward to their wedding next April.  I’m already missing the beautiful weather we...

Brian & Sherwin Engagement

I’m very excited to be photographing my first commitment ceremony in a few weeks for Brian and Sherwin. We had a great time taking their engagement photos downtown on a beautiful Chicago day. A really nice couple that I’m looking forward to photographing on...

A Shoot to Dye For

It was a pleasure to do some promotional images for a hair salon with my colleague Tunwa Yee. We teamed up to have some fun with this hairy situation. Here’s a tease of a few of my favorites!

Nothing’s Sweeter

There’s certainly nothing sweeter than a baby and seeing the love and joy of new parents. Oh sure, there’s often sleep deprivation, dirty diapers, and crying… but it’s still a precious miracle.

Angelica & Rossi’s Rain Shoot

Every wedding photographer prides themselves on telling the story of the day and capturing all the special moments. For me, what sets photographer’s apart is the ability to create as well. Nothing is more fun than getting the “home run” photo.  Angelica and Rossi...

Marine Corps 6th Annual Dinner

The Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation provides $30,000 in government bonds for the education of each child of an active duty Marine who dies. Founded in 1995, the foundation has provided over $50 million in assistance. Fox news correspondent Rick Leventhal was master of...

Jenna & Dan In the Fog

I had a blast photographing Jenna and Dan downtown. By the time we made it by the Adler Planetarium, the fog came in so thick that you couldn’t see the city. It was cool and a little erie, since it was the day before...

All In The Family

Whatever your corporate headshot or annual report needs may be, I am available for studio and location photography. Of course I was only too happy to give my nephew an updated photo for his recent promotion. Please contact Jacques for any wealth management needs....

Jodi & Mark

Jodi and Mark are my favorite type of couple- fun, in-love, and they enjoy photography. What more could I ask for? A terrific wedding at the lovely Victoria in the Park… I can’t wait to go back! Congratulations to the newlyweds and their families.

It’s About Time

A friend of mine commissioned me to document his collection of watches… Well over 300 unique timepieces! It was an interesting project that got me thinking not only about the fashion of men’s watches, but about the nature of time itself in our hurried...

Cover Photo!

I was delighted to see the new edition of Chicago Style Weddings magazine featuring my photography. Naturally, I am biased, but I think it looks elegant and stunning. Fashion shoots are always fun and exciting challenges that I enjoy. Of course, it doesn’t happen...

Sweets Galore!

I had the delicious job of photographing cakes and sweets to be featured in Wedding Guide Chicago. You can see more of the tasty images here. Whether you’re planning a wedding, party or just a little indulgence for yourself- what could be better than...

Joanna & Kyle

A cold and blustery March wedding was kept warm by all the family and friends who celebrated with Joanna and Kyle on their wedding day. The ceremony was at the city’s most beautiful church, Old St. Pat’s, where Joanna works as a volunteer. The...

Jim & Lisa

Jim & Lisa had a wonderful and intimate wedding at Eaglewood Resort. It was a pleasure to be a part of their day, which was filled with family and good friends. Their easy going nature made for a relaxed and joyous day.

Chris & Julie – Part 2

It’s difficult to say how wonderful it is to escape a few days of a Chicago winter to be photographing a beautiful couple on the beach in Cabo. So rather than try, I’ll let the photos do the talking. I will say that Roxann...

Rangefinder Magazine Feature

I was excited and honored to be featured in the current edition of Rangefinder Magazine. Rangefinder is one of our industry’s leading publications highlighting trends, equipment, and the techniques of leading photographers. The article focuses on my milestone of photographing my 1000th wedding last fall,...

No Longer A “Baby”

Our youngest son, Sebastian, will turn 3 in March, and we are trying to get out of the habit of calling him “baby.” He corrects us by proudly saying “I’m a big boy now”, and indeed, he is. Since, as is typical, his older...

Meredith & Eric

Electric is the best word I can think of to describe Meredith and Eric’s fabulous wedding at the Standard Club. A few months ago, I had the pleasure of photographing Eric’s brother’s wedding. This time, it was Eric and Meredith’s turn in the spotlight....

Magazine Fashion Shoot

It was a fantastic fashion shoot for Wedding Guide magazine last summer that is now on the newsstands and at your favorite wedding vendors. Laura Wrasman and her team did a terrific job along with the Ford models, hair, make up, and of course...

Special Request

During the 25 years that I have been photographing weddings, I have had the opportunity to photograph people from all walks of life. Blue collar, bus drivers, lawyers, doctors, politicians, and artists. Perhaps no greater honor can come than that of being asked to...

Happy Holidays!

Everyone knows the best present of the holidays is the gift of being with family and friends. That includes families that I photograph every year and past clients starting new families. I had the pleasure of photographing Katie and Dan’s wedding and now the...

Sometimes It’s the Company You Keep

I have often said that the best way for men to look good in photographs, is to stand next to a beautiful woman. If my wife’s not around, the next best option is to stand next to guys who are worse looking… Well, ok-these...

Sarah & Eric

Another beautiful couple and a gorgeous fall day. Sarah and Eric had an intimate outdoor ceremony followed by a perfect sunset and reception. Sadly, these days in Chicago won’t return until 2011, but I hope the photos will keep the newlyweds warm until then!

Baubles, Bling, & Brides

My friends at Left Bank Jewelry needed some photos for their upcoming online store. They feature a dazzling array of Parisian inspired accessories, shoes and jewelry. It does indeed remind me of Paris, and brides are sure to find something to enhance their ensemble. Ahhh, Paris…...

Behind the Scenes

I recently enjoyed photographing the fashion spread for the upcoming Wedding Guide Chicago magazine. It was an awesome all day shoot at the lovely Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Special thanks to my crew for the terrific job assisting me. Look for the upcoming issue...

Melanie & Adam

I can’t wait for Melanie and Adam’s June wedding of 2011 after photographing their engagement session. They are a really fun and carefree couple that I enjoyed a fall afternoon with. When an unusual fog rolled in, we were able to create some really...

Lauren & Kevin, Fall Pitstop!

What better way to spend a fall day than in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin? Lauren and Kevin tied the knot at St. Francis and followed it up with a reception at the Abbey Resort. For Chicagoans, it’s like a destination wedding, but only 2 hours...

Alex & Debbie’s Fall Engagement

One of the last perfect fall days of the year provided the backdrop for Alex and Debbie’s amazing engagement session. Fall is my favorite season, but I dread winter, so it’s always bittersweet. The beauty of photos like these helps to capture fall’s beauty...

Stephanie & Jeremiah, Peninsula Hotel

How beautiful was this wedding at the Peninsula Hotel? Well, it was absolutely one of this year’s most elegant and amazing events. Stephanie looked like royalty. In fact, it was such a picturesque day and night, that to see more you’ll have to see...

Epoch Open House

Epoch Floral and Design hosted a who’s who of consultants and industry insiders. Their event space was the showcase of the evening enhanced with delicious appetizers, lounge music and signature cocktails… A modern and dramatic space for your next event!

Book it!

Karen Laurence has co-written a new family book that is on sale at Amazon.com, called Sometimes You Can Go Home. I was pleased to photograph Karen for her author’s bio photo. In the story, a family discovers a long lost cousin and together they work to...

Fall Foliage with The Family

Finally I got a chance to photograph my family with the help of our friend Tunwa Yee. The fall colors were a little past their prime, but we got some memorable photos anyway. The boys are growing up too fast, and my niece is also....

Fearless Dick Nopar

Dick Nopar may be the most socially fearless man I have ever met. He can walk into a crowd of strangers from any walk of life and make instant friends. Recently retired, he is the grandson of the original Edward Fox and ran the photography...

She Said Yes!

It was a rare and exciting privilege to be a witness of a marriage proposal. Groom’s don’t usually think about it, but what could be better than having photos of the special moment? If you know anyone thinking about popping the question, it’s a...

Tinos & Chrissy at The Botanic Gardens

A perfect fall afternoon at The Botanic Gardens with a gorgeous couple. Not a bad way to spend some time! I love going to the gardens because every time is different with new flowers in bloom. I really enjoy giving clients images that have a...

Chicago Memory Walk

I was honored to be among those who supported the Alzheimer Foundation’s Memory Walk. Rather than walking, I photographed the teams who did walk in honor of the people in their lives affected by the disease. The cause is near to my heart as...

Mazel Tov Ally & Jordy!

I can’t help but fall a little in love with brides who love photographs, and Ally does. She has a keen appreciation for the artistic as well as the captured moments. Added to her charming nature  are her beautiful eyes and perfect lips, so it’s...

Michelle & Kevin

Sweet and cute is how I would describe Kevin and Michelle’s relationship. He looks at her adoringly and she radiates warmth and care. It is always fun to photograph when so much love and good feelings are in the air. Stuart of Square One...

Natalie & Tony’s Elegant Wedding

Natalie and Tony had a beautiful ceremony in Elmhurst followed by an elegant and fun reception at Cafe LaCave in Rosemont. Natalie was a natural beauty with her flowing blonde hair and gorgeous smile. The Ron Bedal Orchestra kept eveyone on the dancefloor partying...

Henri Cartier- Bresson

I finally made it to the Art Institute to see the photography exhibit of Henri Cartier-Bresson. While I am personally more drawn to and inspired by portrait, fine art and fashion photographers, there is no denying the importance of Bresson’s work. The breadth of...

Kerry & Brian’s Storybook Wedding

Kerry and Brian had a storybook wedding. The ceremony was at Old St. Pat’s with an elegant reception at The Union League Club. Kerry is one of the last of her group of closest girlfriends to tie the knot. This is especially sad for...

Flashes of Hope

I was honored to recently become involved with the charity organization, Flashes of Hope. As a father of two healthy children, I can not imagine anything worse than to see them suffering. It was my small way of helping through the gift of photography....

Karen & Eric

Another beautiful wedding at the Orrington Hotel in Evanston. The two things that stood out the most were Karen’s beauty and vivacious personality and the way Eric looked at his bride. The love and tenderness was palpable and was such a joy to photograph....

My Boys

It’s often true that it’s the shoemaker’s children who have no shoes. For photographers it’s easy to neglect our own families and lives because we are busy doing our job of recording other people’s lives. These are already a couple months old, before my...

Sheri & Danny’s Whirlwind Day & Love Story

A whirlwind day of fun and laughter is how I would describe Sheri and Danny’s wedding. From the Whitehall Hotel to Old St. Pat’s to Maggiano’s, the couple enjoyed their family and friends. Heartfelt toasts and energetic dancing made the event a memorable and...

Annie & Jason, Medinah Country Club

Annie and Jason are a fun couple, full of life and energy. Their beautiful ceremony at Saint Michael’s in Wheaton was followed by a reception at the spectacular Medinah Country Club. It’s one of my favorite venues as it has both gorgeous interior and...

Jacques & Heather

It was a special honor to be asked by my nephew to photograph him with his lovely girlfriend Heather (or was it because he knew it would be free?). Of course I have know him since he was a baby and he’s grown into...

A Family Affair

Prior to their wedding, I had the pleasure of photographing Gary and Cindy with his 2 girls and her daughter. Like a miniature Brady Bunch… I had a blast! The girls are three absolute angels. Congratulations to the new family!

Charles & Christine

This is my second wedding for the groom’s family, and it was as fabulous as the first. Christine was beautiful in her Lazzaro gown as she walked down the aisle of Holy Name Cathedral. Beautiful weather provided the backdrop for outdoor photos followed by...

Ally & Jordy

I am looking forward to photographing Ally and Jordy’s wedding in a few short weeks. We had a beautiful evening for their engagement session where we were able to create a variety of stunning images -here are a few of my favorites.

Megan & Mitch

It’s always a special honor to photograph someone who is in the wedding/hospitality business. I have had the pleasure of knowing Megan for years and she is currently director of catering at the Sax Hotel. The beautiful Pennisula Hotel provided the backdrop for a lovely...

1,2,3 step…

I had the pleasure of photographing an open house for Brides and Groom’s to-be looking to show some fancy footwork for their wedding day dance and beyond at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. With effortless grace, they showed how easily one could get in step...

Kerry & Brian’s Summer Wedding

An August wedding is just around the corner for this photogenic couple- I can’t wait! They took time out of busy schedules for a quick photo on the lakefront- what could be better?

Kris & Dave’s Garden Party

I  enjoy photographing a wide variety of weddings and none more so than Kris & Dave’s beautiful afternoon garden party at Glen Rowan House in Lake Forest. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone more filled with sunshine than this couple. Outgoing, sweet, generous,...

Joanne & Bill

A perfect Chicago evening provided the backdrop for some stunning engagement photos for Joanne and Bill. I can’t wait to photograph their wedding this fall. As you can see, they are a very photogenic couple- I won’t be able to take a bad photograph...

DJ John Grammatis at Sound Bar

John Grammatis is an old friend who is a world famous DJ. He spins at clubs around the globe as well as at weddings and events, which is how we first met. I recently hung out with John at Sound Bar to take a...

Celebrating 43 Years

I was honored to create the official portrait for Father Wayne Prist in honor of his 43 years as a priest and his retirement as pastor of Queen of All Saints Bascila in Chicago. I presented the 20×30 canvas print to Fr. Prist at...

‘I Do’ Chicago Wedding Event

I was honored to have some of my images featured in the new exhibit at the Chicago History Museum- “I Do! Chicago Ties the Knot. Here are a few images of the members opening party. Judging from the line to get in, the exhibit...

Charles & Christine, Engagement Photos

I’m looking forward to photographing Charles and Christine’s wedding this June. A fun couple and a great engagement session at Northwestern University where they graduated. A fabulous June event is planned for Holy Name Cathedral.

Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright was the featured speaker for the Pension Investment Association of Canada at the Chicago Embassy Suites. Her presentation was informative as well as entertaining. The focus of her talk was the role of governments and  investors in emerging markets around the globe. Mixed...

Baby Alexandra

Elaine and Irvin married in October of 2007.  After the wedding, a work opportunity took them overseas but they came back home to start their family. The beautiful Alexandra is the apple of daddy’s eye to be sure. Family and friends are glad to...

Giselle & Zach, Cafe La Cave

There was a beautiful energy throughout the day with the couple, their family and friends-a truly joyous affair. The ceremony at Queen of All Saints followed by an elegant yet fun filled reception at Cafe La Cave. Bravo!

Cakes and Sweets ~ CS Event at Dilly Lily

Dilly Lily, one of Chicago’s premier florists hosted a delicious event featuring cakes and sweets by some of the top bakers and confectioners. Whether planning for a wedding, special event or just a special treat, there was something for every sweet tooth. Dilly Lily...

Tyler & Amanda, Baby & Mama

It was such a pleasure to meet Tyler and take his first professional photos! His mom is one of my all time favorite brides. It looks like Tyler is going to be a big boy like his dad!

Hotel Orrington Celebrates!

Director of Catering at the Hotel Orrington, Glenn Griffith, hosted a gala evening attended by Chicago’s top party planners and consultants. It was a pleasure to be a part of the evening! If you are planning an event, contact Glenn: 847.563.4972 x7262 glenng@hotelorrington.com

PPA Convention

I was so honored to have a photograph hung on the walls of the Professional Photographers of America Convention. (PPA Convention). The PPA is a no-profit association for professional photographers and image makers in other disciplines. Here’s a photo of me taken in Nashville with...

Metal Mural

This is a metal mural on display in Michael and Kelly’s home – awesome! A modern alternative to a traditional print. My image of their beautiful winter wedding was printed on 1′ square metal tiles. Ask about this exciting and contemporary style.

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