Madly in Love

Jena and Michael Madly in Love and how FEAR is an important ingredient.

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Jena la Flamme, founder of Pleasurable Weightloss, and Michael Ellsberg, author of Education of Millionaires, are inspiring leaders among their peers and within their professions and when it comes to being Madly in Love they raise the bar to Olympian standards. It is always an honor to capture the essential chemistry of a couple madly in love and it is always nerve-inducing.

It was no different in the case of Michael and Jena. If you had headphones plugged into my mind as I drove over to Chrissy Field to meet them on a crisp late December afternoon, you would have thought I was talking myself off a cliff.

Although I have a decade of experience capturing portraits and am prepared to handle whatever lighting and location conditions we discover in addition to plenty of experience eliciting joy, passion, love and play, I still feel nervous, almost terrified. For years, I tried to talk myself out of the fear, avoid it or pretend it wasn’t there (with little luck). Now, I have come to learn that the fear is as important an ingredient in capturing successfully creative images as my Nikon. The heart thumping uncertainty is actually the uncertainty of exactly how the creative force of the universe will be expressed through me, my clients and my camera today. We simply don’t know! In that not knowing, something new and unexpected is always born.

Capturing the chemistry of these two extraordinary individuals together was an honor, a heart racing one at that! The results speak for themselves. ENJOY!

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Moniece and Alex Madly in Love

By | Madly in Love

“Alex, will you go grab something to feed these birds?” Moniece is amazingly kind and Alex is unbelievably chivalrous. Two minutes later and he is back with a croissant – Lucky Birds. Working with these two to create their Madly in Love portraits was a total JOY! One of those oh my, these are the people I get to work with? pinch me days. We had wrapped the shoot at Grove Cafe on Chestnut with them madly in love and sharing what they appreciate about each other when on the way back to my car I see a sign reading – i love you – posted to the bus stop. It asked myself – do I let them enjoy their sweet meal and continue on my way AND always wonder what if, how great would those shots have been, why didn’t I OR do I go back and grab them for one final shot? See for yourself. Enjoy!


Lia and Matt Madly in Love ~ Urban-style

By | Madly in Love

Capturing Lia and Matt’s Upper Peninsula Michigan Wedding this summer was a highlight of my year. The North Bluff Farm, a custom built home-barn on a rural 10 acres in Leelanau County, Michigan, would give any spread in Dwell magazine a run for it’s money; sunflower field, stone fireplace on the deck overlooking Lake Michigan, Morning after Madly in Love photos in quaint fishtown and a wedding night teepee. (We will post highlight albums from 2011 in the next month, keep posted). That said, Lia and Matt wanted to capture a taste of their daily urban life in San Francisco so we scheduled a second Madly in Love Portrait Session, this one a month after there wedding home in SF, decidedly Urban.