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Make it about the Work First

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] MAKE IT ABOUT THE WORK FIRST Sometimes we forget that we are more than brands. Sure, we are Pabst Photo, but we are also just people. We interact with others. We are selling more than photography, more than art even. We are selling ourselves. Not in...

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Breakfast and Baseball

Brunch at the Dawson, Drinks at Citizen Bar, and Wrigley Field As we move into fall and our wedding load goes down we have more time to catch up on our social lives. My sister Cassie and her husband Tom were up for the weekend. We started...

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Bridal Party Photography | Make it Fun

Dealing with a large bridal party. Make it fun. Photography tips and how we got the shot. Before and After Bonus. This post is two parts. First, I want to talk about the importance of having fun. As a wedding photographer, we are often asked to wear...

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Outdoor Farm Wedding | DIY

Film Style Farm Wedding | Outdoor Barn | DIY Jen and Josh Married on her father's farm, Jen and Josh had a truly beautiful DIY wedding. Jen worked really hard on every detail. Along with her family, they did all the flowers, food, and decorating. We were...

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Shooting the Dress | Before and After

Shooting the Wedding Dress | Before and After Photojournalism in wedding photography is not exactly photojournalism at all. It's not like we are shooting the news overseas. If there is a Corner Bakery bag in every shot while the girls are getting ready nobody is going to...

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Art Institute Chicago | Wedding Photography

Ariana and RD | Art Institute Chicago Wedding Photography The groom woke up and his car was gone. This is not how most wedding days begin, but every wedding is unique. RD quickly realized he'd parked in a spot clearly marked No-Parking. "No Worries," he thought,...

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Riverside Reception Hall | Geneva, IL.

Kristen and Brian at Riverside Reception Kristen and Brian were married on August 9th 2014 at St. Mary's Church in Huntley, IL. This lovely couple celebrated in style with family and friends at the cozy Riverside Reception hall in Geneva, IL. We has such a great time working...

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Columbia Club Downtown Indianapolis

Margot and Mitch | Indianapolis Wedding Photography Margot and Mitch are two of the sweetest people you could hope to meet. While it is very satisfying to meet new people and share in their most special day, it's such a pleasure to share the day with...

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Omni Severin Indianapolis Wedding

Abby and Adam We had the honor to capture the amazing wedding day of Abby and Adam. We couldn't possibly say enough great things about these two. We could feel the love in the air. A warm-hearted, genuine, deep, family kind of love flowed plentiful. From morning...

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Wedding Reception at the Rookery | Chicago

Wedding at the Rookery Mandy and Chad Jamie and her sister Kim grew up with Mandy Gibson who married Chad Wells last night. While we love shooting weddings, it was really refreshing to attend one as a guest. It's been a busy summer to say the least....

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Bride and Groom Portrait Before and After

Bride and Groom Before and After This is a simple before and after shot. As we were walking around the Chicago Art Institute we were looking for good light. We were just wandering the halls waiting to see something that looked interesting. I always look for large...

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Artistic Night | Wedding Photography

Artistic Night - Wedding Photography using Flash This post has two purposes. First, I want to talk about doing an artistic shot to end your wedding day. Second, I want to talk about this shot in particular. When we shoot a wedding we spend almost all day...

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The Woes of Owning a Business | Photography

The Business side of Photography Starting, owning, and operating a small business is hard work. For those outside looking in, it might seem glamorous at times. It is not. There is this impression that you get to make your own hours, work from home often, and do...

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Before and After Bridal Party | The Little Things

Before and After, bridal party, and fixing the floor. Great photos don't happen by accident. At least not very often. This is a very simple post, but I think it's an important not to make. We live and shoot in an imperfect world. We cannot control...

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Bridal Party Pictures | Tips

How to take large bridal party pictures Taking large group photographs is not easy. Nay, doing it well is very difficult. It's not something you master overnight. In fact, I volunteer to say it's one of the things I still struggle with. It's difficult. First of...

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Bridal Portrait Posing | Over the Shoulder

Bridal Portrait Posing Tip Posing is hard. In fact, it's so difficult, I think it's why half of the photographers in the industry are claiming to be 'pure photojournalists'. Bogus I think. A true photojournalist would never tell a bride how to pose - they would...

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Retouching the Background | Bridal | Before and After

There are many things that make a good wedding portrait. Lighting, posing, background, just to name a few. Don't let anyone fool you, they are all important, but lighting is the most critical. Light is what allows us to take a picture in the first place....

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Chicago Wedding Photographer Prices

What do most people spend on a Wedding Photographer? The average bride spends 8-12% of the wedding budget on the photographer. Does that sound reasonable to you? The average cost of a wedding in the Chicago area is between $35,000 and $45,000 - so, if we...

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Wedding Photos from Omni Severin Hotel, Indianapolis

Wedding Pictures at the Omni Severin Hotel, Indianapolis Some of the wedding photos we took at the Omni Severin Hotel located in downtown Indy. You can see the pictures in our portfolio of this Omni Hotel wedding. The four diamond Omni Severin Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, connected to Circle Centre...