I’m very excited to share this sneak peek of Annie & Matthew's outdoor wedding in Barrington. It was a beautiful September day, the sunshine, flowers, details and romance couldn't have been more perfect.
Sierra and Ben’s Christmas wedding was held at The Starline Factory in Harvard, Illinois. These two are so adorable and their love for one another was extremely apparent. The Starline factory made a warm backdrop for this Christmas wedding with evidence of the holiday spread throughout the venue. The whole day was filled with love, tears of joy and lots of laughter.
The Starline Factory is such a great place for photos any time of the year but the Christmas trees and lights add a bit of magic to the wedding, even though the weather was chilly and kept most of the photography indoors. The camera sees the lights so differently than our eyes and can add visual interest to the backgrounds. Sierra and Ben made some beautiful choices with the colors and decorations that worked wonderfully against a Christmas (winter) wonderland and shows that you don’t have to go red and green when planning a wedding during the holiday season.
Serria and Ben, you are an amazing couple and we wish you a lifetime of happiness!
Engagement sessions are a big hit with couples. You’ve seen the wedding blogs, the bridal magazines and the professional looking shots on Facebook of your friends laughing and kissing with the sun setting behind them. It’s officially called engagement photography, but essentially it’s just a chance for a professional photographer to capture two people in love who want to share it with the world, or even just between themselves. More than that, it’s an opportunity for you to work with your photographer for the first time. It’s an opportunity for you to see how I shoot and for me to get to know you better as a couple. It’s a good way for me to help you get comfortable in front of the camera so that there are no surprises on your big day. These sessions can be as fun and elaborate as you’d like to make it, so at the end of the day, I’d like for you to not only remember the day you had a photo shoot, but also the day you had a great date…and had a photographer tag along. These beautiful photographs have been used to create “save-the-date” cards, on the wedding websites, announcements and even incorporated into wedding day decor pieces.
A typical engagement session will last between 1-2 hours and takes place at a location of your choice. It’s best to keep to one location so we spend our time shooting rather than traveling.
What should we wear? Wear something fun, something nice and most importantly something that is you. These are your photos to look back on years from now.
Can we do something creative? Yes, absolutely yes. Do you want to bring a big white arm chair out to the middle of a field of wildflowers? I’m listening.
What if we’re not that comfortable in front of the camera? Don’t worry about it. The love you feel for each other will eventually come out and I’ll be there to capture it.
Personal projects have been beloved by artists for ages. They are highly flexible, and allow you to stretch your wings. Best of all, they can breathe new life into your business and even make you a better professional. At Jeff Gathman Photography we mainly photograph wedding and portraits, but I love to photograph city architectures and I’m always looking for the opportunity of a personal project.
I decided to photograph the Navy Pier ferris wheel with the Chicago sky line in the back ground around sunset. One of Chicago’s most prevalent but overlooked cultural contributions, first unveiled at the 1893 World’s Fair. More than 120 years later, Chicago adds to its legacy with a new Ferris wheel.
Once I decided to photograph the ferris wheel, some research and decisions needed to be made before making the trip. The first decision to be made was the timing of the photograph. I decided that the best time would be either a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Photographing city architect in the past I have noticed that people work the latest on these days keeping more lights on in the buildings. I also waited until later in summer when the day light is shorter increasing my chances of capturing the most lights on in the buildings. I believe when photographing a city the lights add detail to the buildings.
I was also looking for color and cloud detail in the sky to add to the photograph. I gave myself a 3 week window to capture the photograph and each day watching the sky looking for a sky with clouds and color. I was lucky that on the second week of my window a storm come through the city creating a sky with very dramatic clouds and color that I was looking for to create the photograph I had imagined. I was also lucky that my wife Angie had the day off and joined me on our trip to Navy Pier, Chicago. We arrived at Navy Pier just before magic hour giving me the time needed to work on the composition before entering into this time of the day that photographers call magic hour.
Composition next to proper lighting is very critical to a photograph, you need to watch the fore ground, mid ground and back ground of the image to make sure everything comes together to help support the main subject, in this photo the main subject would be the ferris wheel. I decided that the top of the parking garage would give me the best view of the ferris wheel and Chicago. Once on the top of the parking garage I wanted to make sure I had Lake Point Tower centered in the ferris wheel and the height lined up so that the building would not interfere with the gondolas at the top of the ferris wheel. Once I had the composition lined up next was to watch the sky during magic hour and wait for the sky to set the stage for color and cloud detail.
After about 45 minutes waiting for the sky to darken and the city lights to turn on I was ready to actually take the photograph. Once the city lights and the sky was in its prime, focus needed to be placed on the ferris wheel. Due to the longer exposure needed (20 seconds) there was a timing issue to capture the ferris wheel not moving to keep the ferris wheel in focus. As the ferris wheel rotates the colors change, my goal was to photograph the ferris wheel with the red lights on.
After capturing the photo and spending some time in Lightroom making minor color adjustments to the photo I thought this would be a good photo to enter into a photo contest. Not every photo trip ends with a photo worthy of a contest entry. I’m a member of the Crystal Lake Camera Club and like to enter the CLCC and CACCA competition that the club offers. Last month I entered the photo in the large color category naming the print “The Eye of Chicago”. The photograph won 1st place in the large color category and print of the month. The photo award winners for this competition were mentioned in Monday October 24th Northwest Herald in the neighbors section along with the Crystal Lake Camera Club November newsletter.
Victoria & Blaine
What is a first look? Since a first look has become more popular, many brides are asking that question because they are not really sure what it means. A first look is a moment staged and set up by the photographer for the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony. The groom would be looking away, while the bride starts walking down towards him. She will tap his shoulder, and he will turn around and see his beautiful bride for the first time. After they have a moment to themselves, we set up the bride and groom for portraits, then of course pictures with the family and the bridal party. That pretty much sets you free to relax and enjoy your wedding.