Christine and I emailed back and forth deciding if we wanted to reschedule their engagement session. Bill wanted to get the Save-the-date cards out and they were both working on my back up dates. It did not look like the weather was going to cooperate. It was cold and it had been raining. Snow flurries were also predicted. They wanted to go to the beach so that's where we went. We did make a stop at one of my favorite area parks on the way down. I processed the images files later in the evening and uploaded them for the couple.
Laura and Derek will be getting married at the Allure in May. I was brought in to photograph the wedding, in part because of my familiarity with the Allure, just a short time ago. Since I had never spoken to the couple I asked them to come in for a meeting. After they arrived we chatted about the wedding day schedule. We also talked about the type of photography they liked and how we would work together. One of the reasons I include an "Engagement" session with all wedding packages is it gives me a chance to see how the couple works in front of the camera, and what I need to do to put them at ease. Since I did not know if I would get another chance I decided to take them out shooting. Neither had been prepared for this but they were willing to do it anyways. One of my favorite parks is just a few minutes from the studio so we headed there. We ended up having a great time!
The Awards Dinner was held in the Stardust Room at Blue Chip Casino. There were over 750 guests. The planning group brought us in for both the Social Booth and candid photos of the guests. Sarah handled the Social Booth and I handled the guest photos. I set up a second backdrop for the larger groups and the award recipients. I photographed the bank officers giving their speeches as well as the people receiving their awards. After dinner the dancing started. The group had Ozzy from Rolling Sounds as the DJ (great guy)!
I've been doing a photo back drop at the New Years Eve dance at the Expo Center in Valparaiso for over twelve years. Usually I stop shooting at some point. Download/edit the photos and the guests can pick up the prints at the end of the night. Since I charged the guests, they had to pay up front and I had to keep track of what they wanted. I also had to bring a laptop and printer along.
This year I used my new Social Booth. I charged the Expo Center a flat fee for unlimited prints. What a difference! The guests got their prints right away and they could come up as often as they wanted. I did post the photos the following day so they could order additional or larger prints if they wished. There we almost four hundred guests so we had a busy four hours.
I photographed Brooke and Tim's wedding in 2016. I had not heard from them in a while and was very happy when Brooke called to tell me they had had their first baby and she wanted to set up a new born session. Brooke also said her parents and brother were coming in for the holidays and she wanted them included as well. At six weeks most babies sleep through most of the session. I request that the mother feeds them just before the session to promote this. Peyton stayed awake though the entire session. It made things a little harder because she was moving around a lot, but I got many more photos with her eyes open then I usually do. Peyton was a joy to work with, She fussed very little and cried even less.