Photographing the wedding of a hot couple on a cold day in Nebraska City

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You guys know I photograph weddings, right?

Duh. How about I say something more obvious.

Well, did you know I sometimes blog about the weddings I photograph?

Of cours–Wait… WHAT?!?

I know.

Look, we all are aware of the fact that my ability to NOT blog about the weddings I photograph is the stuff of epic legend.  In fact, I’m pretty sure Ridley Scott is optioning a movie about it as we speak. Russell Crowe will star.

Blogging just isn’t my strong suit. Not for lack of desire. (Or lack of things to say, as those who know me will confirm.)

So here goes. An honest to goodness wedding post.  And what a doozy I have for you here.

I first “met” Ellen back in the days when I lived a the Meadowlark coffee shop. I tossed the quotes around met because her shift didn’t often coincide with when I hung out. So even though I knew she could make a pretty mean latte, I didn’t know her as well as some of the other baristas.

I also saw James at the ‘Lark pretty frequently.

When they approached me to photograph their wedding, I was pretty excited. I mean, for one thing, they are a pretty fun and photogenic couple.  But I also had a good idea of some of the people likely to show up to their wedding…and a fun crowd makes for fun photos.

I shot this (along with the ever talented Ben Bird as my second) awhile ago, so I don’t remember all of the details, but here’s what I can tell you:

1. James is a ham.

2. This was a cold day in Nebraska City.

3. Photo booths can get a little…weird.

We’ll kick things off with their engagement session before moving on to the wedding.

As always, feel free to leave a comment below.

And I’ll be honest here: My best intentions and reality aren’t always similar when it comes to this blog. I’d like to say this is the start of more frequent updates.  But let’s just enjoy this for the gift that it is and hope for the best.

 

 

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Studio Orange shoots the blues… (or Ben’s senior photos)

Look. I know.

There hasn’t been an update to this blog since dinosaurs walked the Earth.

Thing is, it’s been busy around Studio Orange land. And I have about a billion and 37 weddings to show you.

But you can’t just jump right back into these things without a warm up.  That’s how people get hurt. Pull a muscle or tear a hamstring or something. So I figured I’d ease back in with an appetizer.

I don’t really market myself much as a senior picture studio.  Not that I don’t find those sessions enjoyable, mind you.  I just don’t have a lot of time between weddings.

So I take on senior sessions…judiciously.

I’m looking for something different.

I’m looking for a senior that doesn’t want the standard stuff.

I’m looking to…play.

And I found exactly that in Ben.  This kid is cool.  How cool? How about he’s a blues player good enough to sling licks in the Zoo Bar despite technically not being old enough to be allowed in there kind of cool.

Way too cool to imagine he’s weightless in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by tiny seahorses standard senior photo kind of nonsense.

But you know what?  I’m just going to stop talking.  I’ll let the photos tell you how cool this kid is.

I’ll have more updates coming, but in the meantime I’ve got to get back to designing albums…

Lincoln, Nebraska wedding and portrait photography

Lincoln, Nebraska wedding and portrait photography

Lincoln, Nebraska wedding and portrait photography

Lincoln, Nebraska wedding and portrait photography

Lincoln, Nebraska wedding and portrait photography

Lincoln, Nebraska wedding and portrait photography

Lincoln, Nebraska wedding and portrait photography

Lincoln, Nebraska wedding and portrait photography

Lincoln, Nebraska wedding and portrait photography

Lincoln, Nebraska wedding and portrait photography

Lincoln, Nebraska wedding and portrait photography

Lincoln Nebraska wedding and portrait photography

Stay tuned…

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2012 – Year in Review

It’s that time of year. The time when I realize how crappy I am at updating this blog.

No, wait. I realize that pretty much all year ’round.

It’s that other time. When I post some of my favorite non-work related photos from the past year.

Thing is, I don’t just do this professionally. Photography is also my hobby. Sometimes that’s easy to forget when I’ve got weddings every weekend and a backlog of photos to turn over to eager brides and grooms. There are times when sneaking photos in for myself is a trick.

So here are some shots I like. Not all of them are my best personal shots. Or even great shots.  But they all mean something to me…

 

Brody:

I’ve posted shots of my dogs. I’ll post more. My dogs are part of who I am. Brody, especially. He’s my boy. And if any images sums him up, it’s this one. Brody lives for snow days. There’s just something about that white stuff that tickles his brain. One of my favorite things is to let him run around in it.

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Fog, part 1:

There’s something about photographing in the fog.  When it’s foggy and I can’t get out with a camera, a part of me dies inside. I’ll brave icy roads and frostbite for a good shot – as was nearly the case with these…

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Studio Orange | Photography - Lincoln and Omaha Nebraska Wedding Photography

 

Sam’s Truffles:

It doesn’t suck, dating my girlfriend, Sam. She’s a licensed massage therapist. She’s an excellent cook. She makes the best cinnamon rolls you’ll ever have. And, oh yeah, truffles.

And the best thing about photographing these “models”: I get to eat them when I’m done.

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An Intimate New Years Day:

OK, so I debated about whether to include this one. Sure, there’s nothing going on. But it’s a bit… Yeah.  But this was a very fun day for Sam and I. It was a lazy New Years Day and we decided it would be fun to take photos. With corsets. And moody lighting. And odd angles in cramped hallways.  It was a great day.

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Water Drop:

When it’s really cold. Like too cold. Like you hate life kind of cold. When it gets like that, I go a little stir crazy. That’s when I do weird things like bust out the macro lens and start photographing bouquets of flowers. And then I might spend an amount of time bordering on obsessive trying to get a drop of water to hang just right…

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Join the Empire:

Another thing I sometimes do is photograph toys. (Well, I collect them, too, but let’s keep that to ourselves…)

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Sam Carries a Torch:

You want to know what takes guts? Getting up in front of people and singing. You won’t catch me doing it. No way. But Sam? Pshaw… What evs. Never sang in front of a crowd before? No big deal. She took a torch singing class and owned it.

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Morgan and Mandy:

Funny thing about these photos.  Both were outtakes from the day. Both are some of my favorites from the day. Go figure.

Morgan has been one of my favorite models for years. We always have a great time. So this shoot was a little bittersweet as it was one of the last (maybe it actually WAS the last) before she moved away.  But, this shoot also introduced me to Mandy, and we already have some fun things planed…

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Chicago:

Took my first trip to Chicago this year. Rode a subway for the first time. Go figure.  Been all over the place, but never to a city with a subway. Saw Andrew Bird in concert. Watched an Indiana Jones themed burlesque show.  Yeah. THAT happened.  (And believe me, I wish I was able to take photos there!) Photographed the engagement session for a very fun couple (got married here in Lincoln, but it worked out that I was able to shoot them in their home town).

Mostly, though, it was a great long weekend of Sam and I just wandering around a fantastic city. And stopping here and there to eat and take photos.,,

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An Epic Sunset of Amazing Epicness:

“Epicness” is now a word. Deal with it.

Took the dogs for a walk at Holmes Lake and stumbled onto the best sunset of the year. Life is funny like that.

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Fog, Part 2:

I’d be a lousy blog writer if I had a “Fog, Part 1″ up there and didn’t follow through with more.

One morning I woke up and couldn’t see across the street. There was no other choice but to race down to Holmes Lake and take some photos. It was a photographer’s dream. Couldn’t turn around without finding another great shot. Ironically, this was only a few days after the sunset photo above.

Studio Orange | Photography - Lincoln and Omaha Nebraska Wedding Photography

Studio Orange | Photography - Lincoln and Omaha Nebraska Wedding Photography

So there you have it. Some of my favorites from 2012.

Now all I have to do is figure out how to get in the habit of updating this blog regularly. I have a lot of great weddings and engagement sessions to show you…

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