The

Storybook

Blog

We had the most beautiful light for this session… So dreamy… <3

northwest indiana wedding photographers

 

This is my first wedding since starting The Whimsy Tree, in which I assisted a cousin as a natural light photographer. Despite having a mild winter, somehow it managed to be quite bad out, in fact I think I prayed my way through the snow for the entire trip to Koontz Lake. By the afternoon it had cleared and was sunny out. I was one of the first to arrive at the church and this provided an hour to photograph all the lovely details of the dress before the bride would need it. The dress was gorgeous and even more so on the bride. I met Matt and Ashley for their engagement session and knew right away that photographing their wedding would be in a way, a breeze, because they are so naturally photogenic, so very easy going, and fun loving. They’re a sweet couple and I enjoyed capturing their special day. Here are some of my natural light favorites from the day.

 

 

 

 

 

In 2012 I’ve decided to take on a few select weddings and engagement sessions. Here is my very first engagement session from this past week. I love natural light and the way it can evoke emotion and give a certain “feel” to an image. Before a session I normally try to pray and ask God to be my master lighter. Honestly, this time I had forgotten to ask that, but once again God showed favor and mercy on me. I’m amazed at how much he continues to bless me in this fairly new endeavor! He also blessed me with an awesome assistant for the session, my husband. Some of these images remind me of this Pride and Prejudice movie, at the end when the two main characters finally meet at dawn. Anyways, back to the reason for the session in the first place! Matt and Ashley are so natural together, as they should be of course. Love is multifaceted, but for the most part, I consider it a serious, deep sort of emotion. I believe these images portray that emotion perfectly and with all the passion and excitement one could hope for.

… and two shall become one…wedding post coming soon.

 

More to come!

When I heard Georgia was coming for Christmas, I knew we had to plan a special session. I’ve been longing to do a fairytale/bridal inspired session, and Georgia was perfect for it. While my original idea was a strapless champagne colored gown, we ended up with a sweet glitzy golden gown. I mentally sewed the dress days before, and for the most part, it only took a day to actually sew. Besides making the dress, I also made a small gold leaf tiara, and did her hair and makeup. We started off in a field and then headed into the forest. The weather forecast said it would be cloudy with a chance for a rain/snow mix, but we were very thankful for the puffy clouds and occasional bursts of sun rays. I immediately thought of this french impressionist painting when we started. I only wish we could have had a parasol! Georgia’s visits always seem to fly by so quickly, and I’m left with that bittersweet feeling.

I’ve been trying to find a photographic style that fits The Whimsy Tree and I feel like this session is getting closer to the look that fits me as an artist.  I’m still swooning over the ethereal feel of the images and am excited to begin the new year and create more wonderful imagery. If you haven’t checked the new pricing for 2012, you can find it here.

P.S. Georgia will be graduating from college in the spring of 2012, and looking for a full time graphic design position in Boston. Any inquiries can be emailed to gcook@arcadia.edu

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
-Robert Frost