Compiling a list of my 2010 favorites has been the toughest task. More so because I had to follow one strict rule I set for myself: only one favorite image per wedding. That’s it. Which means that what you are about to see does not necessarily represent the “best in show”, rather my emotional attachment to certain images. I will try to explain why I chose each and every picture. Let’s start! Images are listed in chronological order.
First wedding of the season was on March 12th. I picked this image over all others (even though the bride and groom are not it it) because it touched me beyond words. When grandma walked out of the temple, the grandkids rushed to embrace her. Plus, she looks just like my grandma and I miss her.
I love yellow, train stations, Audrey Hepburn dresses and my vintage umbrella!
See the flower girl? No comment.
Fun moment in the trolley. I love capturing raw emotion, whether it’d be sadness or laughter. I also love black and whites. The reason why many of the images that made the list are not in color.
A capture from another time. This image is one of two wedding images ever taken that is displayed in my home.
I love the color in this image, the black hair and perfect pearly whites!
Untied bow tie! My favorite look for a groom at the end of a long evening of dancing. Always looks fabulous in pictures.
Ah, yes. Another black and white. I love this image because it is a rare instance to capture at a wedding. The veil over both the bride and groom’s faces while kissing is a pose you see all over the internet when looking at photographer’s portfolios. I, however feel very strongly against it. This time though it was the amazing Chicago wind and the magic it created.
A stunning bride and a white Bentley. Need I say more?
Her expression, glasses about to clink… whispers of love. This image gives me chills!
Lake Geneva wedding this past summer! Looks like a still out of the Titanic!
The veil. This images speaks to me!
Board of Trade area on a Saturday evening in August. Late summer, the light reaches perfection at about 6 pm in this spot!
A different take on the “bride against the window” must take wedding shot. Glamourous like an old Hollywood movie!
High noon during the summer is not exactly the perfect time of the day for gorgeous portraits. But I love the short, dark well defined shadows and the drama of this light. Throw in a little off camera flash and make it work for you!
In a different post from a while back, I revealed my new favorite spot in the city for wedding portraits. Olive Park. The view of the ferris wheel is magical when seen from ground level. Just lay on your stomach in the grass across from the overhang and lift your head up slightly. Suddenly this city view turns into rolling hills and carnival lights!
Orthodox church religious ceremony. My favorite!
True in the moment capture, even though this is a posed shot.
Fall reception for the fairy tale wedding of the Audrey Hepburn bride. New hairdo, dress, flowers, everything. Most definitely counts as a new wedding! Tall grass and long shadows…
Hills are a rare sight in Chicago. One of the reasons why I just adore this shot. If I were to give it a title, it would be “You and I on top of the world”.
If I do color, I go all out! Early fall, a patch of blue skies on a rainy afternoon in October.
Golden hour. Everyone’s favorite time of the day. Against the sun. High winds.
A mild obsession with LaSalle Bridge and walking shots that look like movie stills. Black and white, of course.
Fall in the city!
Ah, the randomness of this image! We were looking for a cab outside the hotel for a few shots of just the bride and groom before the ceremony.
Fell in love in the schoolyard.
Yes, it’s the ferris wheel again.
Can you see the love in his eyes??? The golden light on the ground? Can you hear the leaves falling? I can.
Old Hollywood inspired portrait again. My very own hue of aged black and white.
Quaker Bridge candids.
Leaving church. Last wedding of 2010! I hope you enjoyed looking over a few of the thousands of images I have taken this year. Thank you for stopping by!