Over Thanksgiving, Amanda and I traveled to Oregon and Washington to visit with family and friends. Of course, I brought my Mamiya 7 rangefinder with me. Along the way, we did a portrait session with gifted Tacoma portrait photographer Sergio Mottola, and we are excited to see those photos when they are released!
The view from my Aunt & Uncle’s street over Portland
Amanda & Claire in the snow in Tacoma
Amanda & Claire in the snow in Tacoma, encore
Amanda & Claire try on hats in TJ Maxx
Sammy the dog
Elliot Bay, Seattle
Amanda & my brother Andrew with their Thanksgiving handiwork
I traveled down to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico a few weeks ago with my friend Scott Andrew to help him cover the wedding of Nikki & Bobby. Not much more you can ask for than a beautiful couple in a spectacular location. Because it was an infinity horizon pool, the only way I could get the vantage point I wanted for the first dance was by getting into the water… I actually borrowed one of Bobby’s swimsuits!
This set of images was recorded entirely on film.
This is definitely one of my favorite weddings this year. I had fun shooting it, Whitney & Michal had fun living it, and I think the pictures reflect that. The set starts with Whitney getting ready at their condo. The first shot is a particular fave of mine, and the sort of look that’s impossible to get on digital gear. I also love the shots of the two kids: notice the tape on the little boy’s glasses! Whitney looks classic and elegant while her dress is fastened, and then turns with a brilliant smile for the camera.
I think Daniel’s still-life accurately represents the last of bachelor life, while I was off with Whitney doing bridal portraits at the Parthenon. We returned to Cathedral of the Incarnation for the ceremony, and I was excited to discover that there were individual reflective tiles on the floor. The sharing of the bread is a Polish tradition where the couple are greeted by their parents with bread in symbolic hope that they will never know hunger.
After a wild reception, the couple exited amongst a flurry of Polish and American flags to a ’64 Impala owned by her father. I’ll let Whitney take over here:
“This photo captures my life in a still moment. If you know me, you know I smile quite often and love to laugh, even at my myself…. getting in this car was so special to me because it belongs my dad and a long time ago I wrecked one of his old cars and I told him I would buy him a new one, one day….. well he’s still waiting on that, but ending my night with getting into this car with Michal was exactly how life was suppose to be!! While in this car, Michal and I made some of our greatest memories of the evening…. We laughed so hard because the defrost wasn’t working and we couldn’t see that I thought I was going to pee my pants!!!!”
Thank you guys for being a pleasure to work with, and for trusting me to do my thing.
Guests can visit this link and register to view the complete set once it is edited: Whitney & Michal’s gallery
images by Daniel Shaw
image by Daniel Shaw
image by Daniel Shaw
Had a great session with future doctors Lara & Charles a few weeks ago. Its always wonderful to work with a couple that is fun and spontaneous: they needed very little direction. Mom says that Lara looks a bit like a young Meg Ryan, and I totally see that. We got just about the last of the fall color at Percy Warner Park, and then did a quick set of photos on Vanderbilt’s campus after dark.
Thanks for a fun session guys!
My big brother Andrew is Executive Chef of Sepia Restaurant in Chicago, IL. We got some HUGE news today. Andrew’s restaurant was awarded a star by the renowned Michelin Guide. The Michelin Guide is by FAR the most important guide for people serious about cuisine worldwide. The guide rates restaurants on a scale of 1-3 stars, which correspond to the original purpose of the guide to promote auto travel (and thereby sell tires) when it was founded in the early 1900′s.
* Worth a stop
** Worth a detour
*** Worth a special journey
In modern terms, getting a Michelin star is a HUGE achievement. Only 23 restaurants in all of Chicago received a star or more from the Guide. Getting a single Michelin star is generally considered to be a much bigger deal than getting 4 or 5 stars from any American publication. You can see a full list of Chicago honorees here.
Congratulations Andrew! We are hugely proud of you!