Thursday, January 31, 2008

Impact Tip - Week 4

I thought I would post a resource guide to find out how to plan a green wedding just in case you are interested in the contest but aren't sure how to plan an eco-friendly wedding. Or if you are just in need of some earth friendly ideas for your wedding planning.

Here are some links I and some friends have found to share:

How to green your wedding by treehugger

Have a green wedding by Time Magazine

Eco-chic wedding blog

NY Times article on green weddings

Great Green Weddings website

Green Weddings site

The Sierra Club on green weddings

Green Elegance Weddings website

The Green Corner

Invitations by Earthly Affair

Style Me Pretty blog

Everything Green Weddings blog

Hope this helps!


Friday, January 25, 2008

Favorite Wedding Memories

I know I missed my Impact Tip for yesterday but I just wanted to make sure everyone got a chance to see the contest details!

So now, for more fun stuff...

Katie and Dave were nice enough to send me their favorite wedding photo and I want to share it with all of you.

I just love what they picked and why, I was surprised and it was so fun to see that this little moment I saw meant so much to them.

Katie said: I love this picture because it is such a simple yet creative way to reveal an intimate moment. This was taken in between our ceremony and reception and was the first time we were alone to take in the significance of the day. It also reminds me that if it hadn't rained all morning this golf course would have been filled with golfers and we wouldn't have been able to have this special time alone!

Thank you Katie and Dave!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Impact Tip - You can make an impact!

This is HUGE as I stated yesterday...I am going to give away a free wedding to the person planning to make a statement to their family and friends on their wedding day! If this sounds like you, than listen up.

I will provide coverage up to 10 hours, travel nationwide, paperless proofs, and online gallery to the person who is planning to make the least impact on the environment and the most impact on the community on their wedding day. Over a $5000 value!

How you say...well I have some ideas in the green links page on the website and their is a ton of information just by searching green weddings. Three people who have implemented the most things they can for planning their wedding will be then subject to a poll on this blog and you the viewers will be the final judges.

The submissions begin now and end by 10 pm (CST) on February 10th, 2008. The online poll will begin no later than 10 am the next morning and voting will last until 11 pm (CST) on February 13th. The winner will be announced on Valentine's Day.

Submissions can be mailed or emailed and must include the plans already made or ideas to implement, a 5x7 photo of the couple sized to 300 dpi (1500 px by 2100 px), and your wedding date (must be no later than 12/31/2009), any other information is helpful in making final selections. I do reserve the right to select another finalist if the plans stated are not implemented so please don't just say it, do it!

Mailing address is PO Box 5212, Oak Brook IL 60522
Email is

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with! Spread the word because as I mentioned, this is not limited to the Chicagoland area, I am willing to pay my own travel to be a part of something so important. A chance to show family and friends that social responsibility can still have style, elegance, and beauty!

Check this pdf to see the dates already booked for 2008.

Good luck and pass it on!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

It's true...

It is going to be HUGE...about as huge as this tree I am hugging!

I am announcing a HUGE contest that will hopefully very positively impact at least 2 people but most most likely many more as the example that they will set to their guests...that is your only clue.

So I am making it my impact tip Thursday post...which means come back tomorrow to find out what it is!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Favorite Wedding Memories

This picture is from Courtenay and Joe's wedding and it probably looks familiar :) Turns out it is their favorite picture too.

I love the perspective. The fact that we are so small in the photograph makes this private moment even more intimate. It seems as if the canopy of branches and leaves stretches on forever, a visual metaphor for the vows we had just made. Even more simply, it is a moment that during the craziness of our wedding day could have easily been forgotten, but now is beautifully frozen in time.

Thank you Courtenay and Joe!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Favorite Wedding Memories

Since this is a slow time for weddings, I wanted to go back and revisit some of my past wedding clients and find out what image was their favorite and why.

First up is Megan and Craig whose wedding I will never forget!! Blizzard conditions on my 7 hour way to Starved Rock! Luckily I didn't miss any of the action because Megan was stuck at her family farm. Needless to say it didn't go as planned and the thing I loved about this wedding is that it didn't seem to matter one bit! In the end, Megan and Craig got married and it was a truly special occasion!

This is their favorite picture...

Of course we have lots of favorites, but here is the one that both of us immediately went for! We have this hanging in our hallway with our parents and grandparents wedding pictures. This picture is one of our favorites because it was taken immediately after we shared our vows in front of all of our friends and family we love so much. Though this picture is simple in it's nature and beauty, the depth of peace, love and comfort that we felt throughout our whole day and with each other is seen through this picture. The intensity, the lighting, the grins - it captures our day and our love!

Thank you Megan and Craig!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Impact Tip - Week 2

You never know where you will meet someone. At a wedding I shot in August, I met a wonderful woman named Shawna Coronado.

Shawna has personally seen the dramatic improvements in her healthy as she lives her life in a healthy, sustainable way. So much so, that she left her high-paying marketing life and traded it to be an activist in her area for promoting a healthy lifestyle for herself, her family, her community, and her planet! I am proud to know her and help her out on new projects that she is working on. She is coming out with a book, a web TV program and already writes a column for her local paper in Warrenville. Be on the lookout for her amazing tips and inspiring stories.

She has great advice about getting out and volunteering in your community!

Check it out!

And here's a photo from my personal gallery that I hope will inspire people to get out and see this beautiful land!

Redwoods National Park, Northern California.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Website of the Week!!

Some of you know that I chose Livebooks to design my new site because I believe they are the leaders in presenting simple and effective presentations for photographers. As well as creating a user-friendly back end so I don't have to call them every time I want to make a change.

Needless to say I couldn't be happier, so it was even more exciting to find out I am the website of the week on their site.

Check it out!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Photographers making a difference!

I just found Anna Kuperburg's post (an Amazing photographer in San Fransisco) about donating all her year end proceeds from print orders to Environmental Defense. I was so excited to see this because it is a great example of how we can all give back and help so many in need. Environmental Defense is also one of the charities I have selected to donate from the collections that my generous and amazing couples choose.

Some other great photographers who have incorporated an aspect of giving back through their profits and lifestyle are:

Eric Laurits from NY who donates from each collection that is purchased like I do.
Dave Wittig from Chicago give back a portion of his income to charity
Corey McNabb from NC whose studio went green this year.
Anne Ruthmann from IN who has lots of fun tips on her blog

Check them out!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Impact Tip Thursday

So I decided to do this new thing for the blog on Thursdays, and I am calling it Impact tip. That way I can provide tips on how to increase your impact on the community or decrease your impact on the environment. So if you find a good story then please feel free to send it to me and I can post it on the nearest Thursday :)

Today's tip: Printing

There are so many little things that we can do around the office or home that help reduce waste. For example, if you are not printing a final copy of something, you can print it in draft mode. It will reduce the ink usage by 50% saving you money and ink. There is a setting on your printer that will allow you to change the mode. If you can get your printer cartridges refilled, that is even better! Reducing packaging, cartridges, and garbage!

Pass it on!