Sunday, July 29, 2007

Pictures of new house

Here are some pictures of the new house. It's been almost two months since we moved in. Almost all of our furniture will be coming at the end of August, so some rooms look a little empty right now. My studio is the room that is most furnished right now.

Here's the new studio. Still need to hang my artwork on all the walls, but it's starting to look good.

I love the windows in the studio. There's so much natural light in this room.

Here's the front living room that you walk into through the front door.

The back deck taken from the balcony off the master suite. We stained the deck a dark brown color. Check out the new patio furniture! It all arrived in the past two weekeds.

Here's the kitchen which is on the first floor.

Master bathroom.

This is the ceiling in the master bathroom. The ceilings on the second floor are all vaulted to about 16 or 18 feet. They really open the rooms up.

Bean Bag Toss Slideshow

And now.. the much anticipated slideshow of the bean bag toss from Cooper's 30th. What better music to set this action packed game of luck and skill to then Loose Yourslef from Eminem? Click on the link above to play the slide show.


picture of the girls from this evening

Here's a pictures of some of the ladies from the party earlier tonight. Unfortunately, they all went to Indiana University for undergrad (GO BOILERS!)

L to R: Micki, Sarah, Carolyn, Alison, Shannon and Heather

Pictures of Libby

Tonight we went over to the Nickoloff's to celebrate Sarah's 30th birthday party. It was good to see everyone again. We had a nice cookout and played a bunch of bean bag toss. Here are some picture I took of Libby (Shannon and Mike's new baby girl)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

New look and feel for photography planning toolkit

I love it when I learn about a new software that can make my life easier. I recently found a program that Apple makes called Pages. It's a really slick program that let's you create really nice designs in a not so complicated way. I updated my photography planning document that I send to all my couples with the new software and it looks awesome! It's such a huge improvement from what I used to do which was in Word. Here's some sample pages of the new planning toolkit. What do you think?...

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Sunflowers down the block

I've really enjoyed getting to know my new neighborhood. It's nice to see so many new homes being built in the area. It makes me feel good about moving to this part of town. Carolyn and I have passed this one home a bunch of times and it has a bunch of sunflowers that are about 8 ft. tall. I've always been intrigued by these sunflowers... so tonight I grabbed my camera and took some pictures.

Urban Shopping Guide

I wanted to share a really interesting company that I was introduced to a couple months ago. I was actually introduced to them via a friend who was designing their website. And they needed Chicago photographs for the site, so I agreed to do a shoot. Here's a link to their site. -

And here's a description of what Urban Shopping guide is -

USG is a Chicago-based business specializing in shopping tours around the city. It's pretty genius... I mean, I've lived here for 7 years, and I'm seriously thinking about signing up for one of these tours the next time Laura is in town (!) - I just know that there are some hidden gems out there that I've never come across... The concept is great because it's very much along the lines of the NFT (Not For Tourists) guides, where you're not being told where all the tourists shop (i.e. Michigan Avenue) - instead you're being told where actual (trendy) local Chicagoans shop... places they adore, businesses they respect, shops they visit personally & feel lucky to live near.

They were also mentioned in Daily Candy earlier this month. I've attached a screen shot of that email above. Good luck Julie and Marci!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Raining like Big Cats and Big Dogs

I'm sitting in my studio right now and it is raining so hard! For the past 10 minutes, the sky has been filled with lightning and the rain just keeps coming down. We have a bunch of skylights on the 2nd floor of our home and the rain just keeps on slamming against the glass. Here's a picture of the radar and some pictures I took from my studio window. BOOOMM!!! I huge bolt of lightning just landed a couple blocks away. Wow that was loud. Hopefully there's no flooding that happens with all this rain. When I look at the radar, it looks like there's a lot rain still headed this way.

Monday, July 16, 2007

When I was a young lad...

I recently put together a slideshow for my wedding so I thought I would share some of the pictures of me as a kid. It's funny to look back at yourself every now and then. It's wonder what I'll look in 10 or 20 years...

A trip to Joshua's House

Carolyn and I went over to Johsua's house after work today. We haven't seen him in about 2 weeks. He was full of energy today and couldn't stop talking. New words were coming out left and right. He has almost mastered my name, although it comes out "teve" most of the times. He also said Carolyn for the first time which was exciting. Carolyn has been pretty hard to say for him, so in the past he would jus say the letter "C".

Friday, July 13, 2007

Advanced applications for photographs

I ran across this post on David Jay's blog, and I was totally blown away by this video. First some background... The TED is a forum where people share fresh ideas in technology and innovation. I spent some time on the site today and it is very cool. Some really well known leaders have given speeched here. I think they meet once a year. Anyway... the video shows how Blaise Aguera y Arcas built a framework for splicing photos of similar photographs together from social networks. The example they use is Notre Dame's Cathedral. It's really cool. Take a look at the video.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

One month later...

It’s been just over a month since we moved into our new home and we’ve accomplished a lot so far

Cleaned out the entire home from top to bottom
Re-carpeted the entire home
Painted the entire home
Painted the front fence that surrounds our home
Caulked the master bathroom
Ordered new furniture for the living room, bedroom, studio and dining room
Replaced the siding near our back deck
Re-painted the front door
Changed the lock on the front door
Pulled out all the weeds from the front yard
Installed two new plasma TV’s
Stained about 50% of the back deck

We’ve certainly made a lot of progress so far. It will really start to feel like a home when our furniture arrives. Right now the house feels pretty empty. The bulk of the furniture will arrive in about 2 months. The furniture I bought for my studio from West Elm will arrive next weekend.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Test pictures from Dan and Shilpa's wedding

I'm playing around with adding a logo to all of the pictures I post to my blog. Here's a test shot from a wedding I attending a couple months ago. It was a really fun wedding with over 500 people attending. And the day before we went to the racetrack for the rehersal dinner where I almost won $125, but my horse was disqualified for bumping another horse. And we also went to to see how baseball bats are made at Lousiville Slugger. very cool...

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Some pictures from our wedding in Grand Cayman

I'm starting to go through all the pictures in preperation for our reception coming up this weekend and I wanted to post a couple for everyone to see. Once I go through everything, I'll make sure to put a slideshow up. Pictures are courtesy of Rebecca Davidson.

4th of July at the New Home

This is the first time I've spent the 4th of July away from downtown and it has been pretty interesting. For the past 5-6 hours, endless fireworks have been going off from neighborhood kids all around the block. It's been really fun to watch everything on the ground this year. I'm used to being a couple hundreed feet up in the air in my old condo. Here are a couple pictures I took of some of the fireworks.

Also, earlier today I went to west elm to buy a bunch of furniture for the new studio. I was pretty successfull and got everything I needed except my desk (i know... the most important part right?) They're going to ship everything to me later next week. I'm so excited for it to come... this room will look totally different.

Tomorrow night should be fun as well. Carolyn and I are going to the Sting concert at Wrigley Field. And then on Saturday, we're having our post honeymoon reception at Carnivale. It should be a fun couple of days!


Monday, July 02, 2007

Kristen and Tom

This past weekend I photographed Kristen and Tom's wedding. They got married at St Clemens church which is one of my favorite churches to photograph. They're a little strict on how and where you can take pictures during the ceremony, but the inside of the church is beautiful. Between the ceremony and the reception we went to take some group shots at South Pond which is just north of lincoln park. The weather was awesome! It was just the right temperature the entire day. I had some fun creating one of my favorite shots (It's my tribute to the cover of the beatles abbey road album where they are crossing the road). Take a look for it in the slideshow.

The reception was held at the Park Newberry Library. It's a great setting for a reception. It's downtown, but not in the middle of everything, so it actually feels like you're in a park in the middle of the city. We had a blast the whole night. Special thanks goes out to Erin from Engaging Events by Ali for making the event run so smooth. And special thanks to Dustin from Toast and Jam who DJ'd at the reception.. he did an amazing job at blending different stlyes of music throughout the night. It's not everyday you hear a DJ seemlesly transition between Abba, Bon Jovi and the Polka.

If you attended the wedding and want to order pictures, make sure you go to to pre-register. Everyone who registers for this wedding before it is officially released gets a $10 gift certificate from me. But hurry.. the pictures will be ready in the next week.

Hope you enjoy the slideshow!


So instead of blogging about the iphone like everyone else ( I think I'm mostly jealous since I don't have the phone), I wanted to share something with you that I just found out about. It's a new service from google called Google411. It's free directory assistance for your phone. Also, after you get you the number your looking for, you can have then text message information. There's not a live person that you speak to, which makes sense since it's free... so you just say what you're looking for. Surprisingly, it worked really well. You can search for a specific name, or search for restaurants in certain areas. Here's the official information from google -

Google Voice Local Search is Google’s experimental service to make local-business search accessible over the phone. Using this service, you can:
search for a local business by name or category. You can say "Giovanni's Pizzeria" or just "pizza".
Get connected to the business, free of charge.

get the details by SMS if you’re using a mobile phone. Just say "text message".

Dial from any phone 1-800-GOOG-411

And it's free. Google doesn’t charge you a thing for the call or for connecting you to the business. Regular phone charges may apply, based on your telephone service provider. Note: Google Voice Local Search is still in its experimental stage. It may not be available at all times and may not work for all users. We’re fine-tuning the service to get better at recognizing your requests. It’s currently only available in English, in the US, for US business listings.