Ginny + Jon. Two of the coolest cats I have the pleasure of spending some time with in 2015. They brought me down to take in their city alongside them (consequently one of my favorite cities, and favorite neighborhoods in the world), and it was downright perfect. I couldn't imagine a better way to spend a late summer evening; laughing and wandering with new friends.
Goodness. These two. The absolute coolest couple and so ridiculously in love. Zachera is an awesome photographer in Chicago, and Ryan manages Boka, a ridiculously rad Michelin-Rated restaurant. Like I said, coolest couple award. Pair all of that with a foggy Chicago afternoon (in which we almost cancelled over fear of rain), and you've got yourself the makings of a perfect session. I know I say this all the time, but I freaking love my job.
Twenty-Twelve. Holy Crap. How do I even begin to describe it? The sheer amount of life change I got to experience in front of my lens is just jaw-dropping. In 2012 I:
Got married. Fell even deeper in love with my incredible wife Cali, I'd be nothing without her as my support system. Moved out of my parents house. Photographed people all around Michigan, Chicago, Nashville, Kentucky and more. Traveled out of the country for the first time. (Canada doesn't count) Launched MammothBooth! Got to welcome an incredible new niece and nephew into the world. Documented the weddings, engagements, families, seniors, and businesses of people that I genuinely care for, love, and am better off for knowing. Got an even deeper sense of the indescribable impact that a single photo can have on aforementioned people. Trespassed. A lot.
There was early mornings and long nights. There was times of extreme joy and times of unbearable stress. But these 194 images below are the reason why I continue to come back for more year after year. These aren't the most technically "correct" or "perfect" images I've ever taken. They won't necessarily have people knocking down my door to take photos of them. But they are my year in a nutshell. Each tells a story to me. The people, the places, the moments. Thank you so much to everyone that continually trusts me, believes in me, and allows me the honor of capturing these incredible moments. These images are my Twenty-Twelve.
To Twenty-Thirteen. Let's make some memories together.
They met in the city. They engaged in the city. They live in the city. They threw one heck of a party in the city. Sean + Katye bring the love, and bring the fun. Seriously, these two are the greatest. Check out their engagement session here. Chicago, you're so good to me.
Cole and Morgen just have something special about them. I haven't quite put a finger on it yet, but it makes them ridiculously amazing and their love for each other is contagious. Here's hoping I can find out more about that magic at their wedding this weekend. Cheers.