Warning: this post is going to get mushy. Again, you have been warned.
I’ve been cleaning up a few of my Gmail accounts, deleting ancient emails that I don’t really need. It’s sort of like opening a time capsule. I came across an email from Gina DeConti of Chicago wedding and portrait studio, Imaginative Studios, asking me if I’d be interested in a little wedding internship of sorts, with the possibility of it blossoming into something more. Now a little background for you, my readers. At the time, I was just getting my professional photographic feet wet. I was searching for my niche and hadn’t quite found it. But I was sure of one thing – wedding photography was NOT for me. Pretty flowers? Yes. Cool dilapidated buildings? Yes. People? Maybe. People on such a high pressure day? No way, Jose! But there was a little pull somewhere deep in my gut. I was in a professional photography group with Gina, and knew she was a pretty awesome chica. I decided I could go, hang out with Gina and Melissa and confirm that weddings were not my thing.
But, ah, that wedding bug. It’s a sneaky little beast. I fell in love. Connecting with couples and their family on such a wonderful and emotional day, getting to capture all the gorgeous little details and hanging out with fabulous photographers who hugged you at the end of the night – what more could you really ask for in a photography gig?
I’ve been doing freelance work as a contractor for Gina ever since, and I’ve loved every moment of it. In this world of carefully guarded secrets from photography pros that can (of course) be purchased at the workshop of the week, Gina is a refreshingly open book. I’ve learned just about everything I know about the business from her. She’s a cheerleader when the self doubt creeps in, but is still able to be honest and open when there’s an area that needs a little more work. I am so lucky we crossed paths, and I’m forever grateful that I emailed her back many moons ago and said, “yes!” I love that Gina. She’s a pretty fantastic lady.
And that brings us to the photographs in this post. Gina has been fabulous (as always) and is letting me incorporate a little film into the weddings I cover with her this year, like Courtney and Frank’s wedding last month at the Westin Itasca. I usually don’t blog the images from Imaginative weddings, because Gina does such a fantastic job of featuring everything over on her blog (check out her post of Courtney and Frank’s wedding here), but I thought I’d share a few of the film photographs I took for Imaginative Studios.
Geek speak: Canon EOS 3, 50mm f/1.4, color film is Kodak Portra 400 and black and white is good ol’ Tri-X
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