Saturday, January 15, 2011

Landscape/nature photography

Luke is going to be so mad that I posted this!  Well, I LOVE his landscapes.  He doesn't like it when I display them, but I think it really shows off his amazing eye for composition and his attention to detail.  I also really like how many of the photos are edited.  There shots are either from Chicago (our honeymoon) or right here in Kansas!!

This photo (above) was taken in Penalosa, Kansas.  If you turn around and go back the other way, you get to my Grandma's house!  We have affectionately dubbed this photo, Roadtonowhere.  We've had many print requests, and I think I need a giant print myself!

This photo (above) was taken at my other grandparents house in Pretty Prairie, Kansas.  We were having dust storms that day that gave the landscape a spooky vibe.  I love the black and white version of this.  I feel that Luke has transported us back to the depression era and the dustbowl. 
(above) My grandparents' house again on a clearer day.  This is one of the views from their driveway.  This reminds me so much of my childhood.  I like the feeling of vastness I feel in this picture. 
Milo fields!  (above and below)

 Now, onto the Chicago pictures!  This is a shot (above) that I took while were waiting in line to ride the Ferris Wheel on the Navy Pier
The above picture is of the Hancock Observatory.  We stayed in a hotel that was right next to it.  I really like the architecture of this building.  The different geometric shapes all over its facade are super cool.  (I'm I using these words correctly? lol) I also really like how because of the overcast sky that day, the building rises into negative space.  It almost seems something abstract and unreal.
Above is another shot of the ferris wheel on the navy pier.  I love the black and white because the high contrast combined with the clouds adds a lot of texture.  I also think the framing is perfect.  Let me tell you, Luke really worked for this shot.  At one point, I think he was laying on the ground in the middle of the pier, trying to get the perfect angle. 
This last picture is the view of Lake Michigan from the very end of Navy Pier.  That was quite a walk! The view at the end was so worth it though.  We had gorgeous weather the entire we were there, and the lake looked so serene and beautiful.  I love the color of this shot.  It tranports me back to that day and all the wonderful times Luke and I had together.    

Collichio Family Portraits - Johnny and Jaydon.... well and some other Collichio kids....

Another installment of the Collichio family pictures!  Here we showcase Johnny and his son, Jaydon.  Jaydon and Johnny were hilarious to shoot together.  Jay is such a ham!  He loves getting his picture taken and is always full of smiles!  Also in this post are Luke's nieces, Vega and Alexys.  We had fun doing some group shots on the fence.  Grandma needed a picture all her grand-babies together.  


Bridal Show! and other news, specials, and things....

Luke and I are extremely excited to be one of the vendors in the Free State Bridal Show tomorrow!  The show is here in Lawrence, KS at Maceli's Banquet hall and The Granada.

Now because we're so tickled about the show, we're offering some great deals!  If you book your wedding package before the end of February, we'll take $100 off of your package.

Also, we're having a facebook page special!  If you "like" our page on facebook, we'll include a free 11x14 lustre print with your next photo session!  Help us spread the word and we'll reward you!

Friday, January 14, 2011

My Favorite Wedding Pictures

Luke and I LOVE weddings.  We really, truly adore them.  We really loved planning our own wedding two years ago, and we have also been in a lot of weddings.  When I say that we have been IN weddings, I mean really in.  As in, an essential part of the wedding, not just an attending guest.  Between the two of us, we have been in 14 weddings in the last five years.  I was in four weddings last summer!  FOUR.  I did everything from hair, to singing (in two different ceremonies), Bridemaid (twice), and Matron of Honor (once).  Luke this summer was in THREE weddings.  He was the videographer (not sure if that is spelled right, stupid spell check...) a best man, and a groomsman.  That is just a small example of the roles we have performed in various weddings.  Needless to say, we now really know weddings.  We understand how they work, what is expected of people, how the time-table of the day usually unfolds, and most importantly, how each wedding day displays and honors the unique quality of each couple.  That is my favorite thing about weddings.  I truly feel they tell the story of the bride and groom.  It is a little peak into their families, values, taste, and most important, the love they share for each other.  We want to photograph weddings, because on those days are some of the most beautiful

Monday, January 10, 2011

Nathan Portraits

My little brother, Nathan, never got his high school senior pictures.  So as a christmas gift to my parents, we decided to do some portraits of him that they could hang on their wall.  We made a day of it.  We spend some time at the Plaza, the Nelson Atkins, and Shawnee Mission park.  Nathan was nothing but laughs the entire time.  I hope we can do another shoot some time soon.