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Millie’s Tavern in Roscoe Village | The Official Colleen & Nick Pre-Wedding Funk

Colleen is not exactly what we’d call a traditional bride. It’s just one of her many qualities that we love, and what made shooting her laid back urban Chicago wedding a joy. She had flown us in a night before the wedding and invited us to what she called a “super casual 100% optional non-rehearsal dinner,” at their favorite neighborhood bar. Catered of course by Pizzeria Serio.  Catered is just a fancy term for getting your pizzas delivered. You gotta love the girl, nothing is better than getting off a plane and not having to dress up for a fancy rehearsal dinner. Photographic coverage I don’t think was expected, but me without a camera is like a Chicago neighborhood bar with no Old Style sign. So as soon as we were done checking into the lavish Renaissance Blackstone room they set us up in, I grabbed a camera, a flash, and a 50mm lens- the bare essentials for dive bar photography. We were soon in the familiar backseat of a Chicago cab on our way to Roscoe Village. If you’ve never been to Chicago they have bars on corners in residential neighborhoods, and they all are very much dives. Millie’s Tavern is really no exception, but it is extremely quirky and comfortable, perhaps just the dive bar version of our couple. We recharged on pizza, got to know Colleen and Nick’s people, and recorded more legit romance than Millie’s has ever been a party to – guaranteed. Can’t wait to post the wedding!

- Josh

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West Hollywood BFF Portraits | Nikki & Laurel

I’ve got one more personal post to share before we get back into some great weddings that we have in the pipeline. You might remember Nikki from a previous post back in September. A little while ago we were back in Los Angeles to photograph a wedding downtown and stuck around an extra day to visit with our friends. It is completely awesome to be able to see a friend on a regular basis who used to be a long distance friend. We took Nikki up to the Hollyhock House, a place we had found during Rebecca and Devon’s first engagement session when we got kicked out of the observatory. We stuck around a little while to listen to her play, but the Hollyhock is under construction so it’s not all that photogenic at the moment. We decided to give the Griffith Observatory another try for portraits, only this time I went as low key as I possibly could and we weren’t hassled. Better luck I guess, but the weather was kinda lame so we didn’t stick around long. We just headed back to meet up with Laurel, Nikki’s BFF.

Nikki and Laurel are like the Laverne and Shirley of Toluca Lake. Although they may seem like they share a brain when they are around each other, they are actually very different people which I think makes their friendship work so well. Laurel in a word is lovely. She’s the calm smile to Nikki’s constant giggle, and together these two are laughing and smiling a lot. Moving out to Los Angeles to follow your dreams takes a lot of courage, and it’s a scary leap into a big unknown that has swallowed a lot of people whole. Yes Los Angeles can be a dark abyss of pure evil if you’re trying to crack into the film industry, so I am glad they have each other. We had a fun day walking around their new neighborhood trying to avoid a crazy cat lady, and I got to take photos of Laurel for the first time. I predict many more of these two in the future.

- Josh

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East County San Diego Headshot Portrait Session | Kelsie Taylor Part II

News flash- Kelsie Taylor is still pretty. In other news I had noticed these weird plywood walls near the Mission Trails visitor center the other day and immediately thought they would be amazing to photograph. The only catch was that I needed a model (i.e. Kelsie Taylor), and I needed to figure out what I was going to do with them. I decided to do a little flash work for drama, because I don’t do a whole lot with artificial light and it can be fun to experiment with. We ended up having a little time to kill before it was dark enough to bring the drama the way I wanted it to be brought, so we went to a spot in the park that was very Lord of the Rings. It was that point in the day where the sun had dipped below the hills, so there was no real dramatic golden light. It was still neat though and Kelsie’s green jeans fit in pretty well. I’m thinking of starting a whole series called “My Friends Are Prettier Than Yours.”

- Josh

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Muslim Wedding Boston Hyatt | Humaira & Vikas

We’re back for day two of our coverage of Humaira and Vikas’ Indian wedding at the Hyatt Regency in Boston. I’ve got to say this was a hard blog post to prepare, I feel like I really only skimmed the surface on how amazing this day was. It was definitely similar to the first day in the respect to what we photographed – getting ready, traditional activities, portraits, family photos, and a beautiful ceremony (this time Muslim). The big difference was the evening didn’t end with a calm and relaxing dinner, which we actually had to omit from our first post to make a little room for this one. The end of the night of our second day of coverage of their wedding celebration exploded into a dance party that rivals none other we’ve ever shot. And we’ve shot some intense dance parties. The dance floor was packed the ENTIRE night. There was even an intermission between the crazed dance party that featured some amazing toasts/roasts from family members (will we ever see photos of Vikas’ apartment in Hoboken?). Usually with most weddings when the momentum of a party is slowed down it takes a little while to get it going again. Nope. DJ Amrit packed the floor immediately after the last newlywed game shoe had been dropped and we witnessed some of the most spirited dance-offs to old school hiphop that I’ve ever seen. The energy of the night was just wow. Humaira and Vikas’ family and friends are all awesome. Humaira and Vikas are awesome. This wedding is awesome. What else can I say?

- Josh

Cake | Montilios
Caterer | Rani Indian Bistro
DJ | Amar Sethi – Bollywood DJs
Floral | Flou(e)r
Hair/Make-up | Kerrie Baldwin & Kelly Steele
Venue | Hyatt Regency Boston
Videographer | Moving Picture Weddings

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