Memories / Fort Wayne Lima Defiance Portrait Wedding Photographers

The weather is cooler, and there are less calls and emails between now and January.  The wind is howling outside from the edge of the hurricane, and it’s just not pretty out there.  I’ve been indoors a lot this past few weeks, so I’ve been cleaning a lot.

I’ve gotten so ambitious, and honestly so curious and bored that I have decided to look inside boxes I have been moving around for years and years.  (There is a digging deep metaphor that applies here that I don’t want to be lost on you!)  My birthday is next week, which brings me to TWO years older than dirt, and it’s time to move the fur and dust inside those boxes aside, and look hard at what’s in them.

I’m a hoarder, I’ll admit it.  I had a talk with a friend many years ago when he asked me why I still had every Daytimer from the time I moved out of my parent’s house.  I opened one up, and showed him why.  “Deb’s birthday party Friday, bring rum and a blanket.”  “Going to David’s wedding?  RSVP by May.”  “I just don’t want to forget”, I told him.  (It still brings big tears to my eyes.)  “If I throw them out, I might forget.”  He gave me the biggest hug.  I kept them for a few years after that conversation, scoured them again, and then I burned them in the back yard in a slightly boozy ceremony all by myself on a night a lot like tonight.

Today I found all the notes my ex-husband and I wrote back and forth. We were too busy to see each other because we were working so hard, and they are so sweet and so dense with info while being just a fleeting message, often with arrows to who-knows-what beside the pad saying things like “enjoy, you deserve it”, etc.  We really loved each other once, before life happened to us and we handled it badly.  I found a letter my brother wrote in a birthday card that made me cry then, and makes me cry today.  (He’s wicked with words, too.)  I found letters from my sister from times when she lived far away and then I did.

Slipped in many of the envelopes today were pictures.  My daughter kept asking “What?!” as I’d sigh too loud, or burst into shrill laughter, or just a single “OH!”.  I was young and pretty once.  Other people told me, but I never believed it.  In fact quite the contrary.  My friends were young and pretty too, and we had fun.  I can prove it!

My words of wisdom for the day are these:  PRINT YOUR PICTURES.  Take the time and the effort once in a while to have something you can hold in your hand, put in your purse or wallet, and send to your friend for their fridge or their desk.  Print them so your kids and grandkids can say “You wore THAT?!”

I told a client the other day “I want to make sure you have at least one thing in your home I’m responsible for creating about which people walk in and say “WOW”!”  With all the talk, much of it mine lately, about digital files vs prints…just make sure some of your life is on hard copy.  It’s way more important than you may think right now.boys

“……………Time it was, and what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence, a time of confidences
Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph
Preserve your memories, they’re all that’s left you……”  Paul Simon

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Wedding Coordinator for Your Wedding Day? YES WE CAN / Fort Wayne Wedding Photographers

Wedding coordinator for your wedding day?  Wouldn’t it be great?!  No one asks you where the pew bows are, or when the florist should be there.  It WILL be great, because beginning next year, we will take care of all that for you.  Fort Wayne Defiance Ohio wedding planning

We’ve seen the need, we’ve discussed it, and we’ve decided we can provide this better than anyone.  Who knows the timeline of your day better than we do?  Who knows what’s most important and what you really do NOT want better than we do?  It’s a no brainer, and we are psyched about it!  We have hired someone with supreme organization, and an eye for detail to begin caring for our brides all day long.  It’s someone we’ve known for years, and who has a proven track record of caring for people in a way that makes them feel heard and cared for!  You’ll love her as much as we do!fort wayne indiana wedding planning

This is just another way for you to get the care you deserve to enjoy your wedding day, and let us provide you with what you need most!  A day of your own with your lover, pulled off like clockwork because we take the stress and leave you the fun!fort wayne wedding photographersfort wayne defiance ohio wedding coordinators

Ean and Jessica’s Downtown Wedding / Fort Wayne Philmore on Broadway Wedding Photographer

I was so lucky to be able to shoot this wedding for these two in this incredible venue!The philmore on broadway wedding photographer

They responded to a promotion we had offered earlier this year trying to get into cool places where we had not previously worked.  I got to shoot their engagement and then made a movie poster for their wedding day in an old restored theater, The Philmore on Broadway.  The theme of their wedding was old movie love stories!  Charming and fun, and in such a cool place!The philmore on broadway wedding cake

Ean and Jessica are crazy about each other!  So much so that after the wedding, when it was time to kiss his bride, he didn’t want to stop, and lunged forward to get another kiss before they were proclaimed husband and wife.  Their dinner was divine, flowers from Armstrongs were impeccable as always, and the day and night ran like clockwork thanks to a wedding planner we were so impressed with; Shawna at LaBella Eden, and her assistant Robin.Bride at the philmore on broadway wedding

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Congratulations Vanstroms!  Thank you for choosing us!  Here’s to a long and wonderful life together!

Mindi and Mark’s Wedding Day / Nazareth Hall Wedding Photographer

Man, I’m getting behind in my blogging again.  So much shooting, so little time.

This wedding day was damp, but still beautiful.  The gymnasium and Nazareth Hall Grand Rapids OhioNazareth Hall in Grand Rapids Ohio sits on many acres of old trees and rolling hills.  The landscape is really beautiful, and so well established that it really lends to the historical feel of the venue.  In fact it is an old military school, with locker lined hallways, and big class rooms, along with restored dining halls and a refurbished gymnasium that now act as reception areas.  Of course we had hoped to use this landscape as a backdrop, but just before the wedding ceremony began, it was moved from the grotto to the lovely little chapel upstairs due to the pouring rain that had threatened to fall all day.Nazareth hall table setting

Mindi had planned this entire wedding from Tulsa Oklahoma where Mark and she live and work.Bridal portrait at Nazareth Hall  From the home-made cookies as favors, and the colorful candy bar for the guests, the entire event meant fun and family.  The dance floor stayed full, and the smiles were stuck hard and fast on everyone’s faces all night.  The joy and mirth could not be drowned out by the downpour.Bridal portrait outside the front doors of Nazareth Hall

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They will be moving back to Ohio soon, closer to family.  We wish them the very best of luck, and happiness forever and ever!

Jordan and Jeff’s Country Wedding / Angola Fremont Indiana Wedding Photographer

When I met Jordan and Jeff, we had spoken many times, on the phone, thru text and email, we Facebooked, and then it was time for engagement photos. We went downtown with Abe, their son, a very long-legged wonderful black lab.Angola Fremont Indiana Wedding photographer photography

Fast forward to June 30, one of the hottest days this year and the day after the tornado that caused such harm to our area.  The wedding was in Fremont Indiana, at Old Mill Shoppes and Art Gallery.  It is an old village moved there by the owners, and it is a very special place!  There is not one inch that is not picturesque, but in keeping with its old fashioned decor, there is no air conditioning.  It did not faze our lovebirds, though.  There was very little room for all the friends and family, three videographers and the two of us, and it made the tiny building even hotter, but nonetheless, it was an amazingly gorgeous wedding, and the country details Jeff and Jordan put together were exquisite!Angola Fremont Indiana wedding photographer bride

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We are very proud of this body of work!  Hope you enjoy it!old shoppes angola fremont indiana wedding photographer

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The Loraine Wedding / Fort Wayne Indiana Wedding Event Photographer

I’ve worked with Doug Loraine and Rachel Dennis Loraine for over a year, photographed their engagement, and facebooked, texted, emailed and called all the way through the planning of the wedding.  She was so worried and the week prior to the wedding, she barely slept, and needed a trip to the doctor.  She didn’t need to worry.  When you plan that far ahead, you really do have time to think of everything.

When it finally came, it was a blast!  The classic car, the cool personalized runner,  the sun glasses for everyone, the jello shots….it all went off without a hitch.  Colorful, and wonderful!  Congratulations guys, and thanks for trusting me as your photographer!

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A special shout out to Brandon Wittwer, my right hand man, and artist in his own right!  Kissy noises!

Wildly Romantic Wedding Photographs….or…..not / Ft Wayne Indiana Wedding Portrait Photographers

When you open a bridal magazine, or planning book you see intensely romantic, sometimes even mildly erotic bride and groom portraits. I love this myself. Some of them are like the 21st century version of Harlequin Romance covers.Slattery Wedding Hicksville Ohio photographer

You need to know a couple of things about these shots if this is what you want from your photographer.

FIRST, a competent photographer feels excited and intrigued at the notion that this is what you want. They won’t wince, or draw back; they’ll lean forward and breathe a bit harder.Bride at reception Hicksville wedding photographer

The OTHER FIRST, (because it IS NOT second) is that these shots take time. Not hours, usually (unless we’re driving to an historic location an hour from your reception venue) but time away, without your best man yanking your chain because you’re showing your new wife some love, away from your mother who is to my right saying “HONEY SMILE”, away from the grandma who wants to coo and have her bachelor son with too-much-camera-for-his-skill jump in front of me and say “Let me get one”. If it’s not an ornately staged production shot, but you still want something romantic, and less Ken and Barbie-ish, you still need SOME time budgeted in your day! The Lyday wedding fort wayne indiana photographyIf you want creative/unique work from your photographer, please discuss your timeline with the photographer more than once prior to the week before your wedding. Allow time. This can be worked out.

A great way to do this is to take some time together BEFORE the wedding.

STOP.

DON’T LOOK AWAY NOW.cleveland ohio wedding photographer sage oboyle kirtland hills

Listen!

I personally love this, and consider it more romantic.

Let me tell you why!

I urge the couple to choose a spot to see each other for the first time. I have the groom turn his back and have the bride approach. He gets to see her and review every detail of her, and she HIM. You get to say things to each other, compliment each other, soak each other in. The boutonnière is not crushed by the receiving line before she is alone with him. Her veil, hair and make-up are not wrinkled and wilted by hugs and perspiration. They are the first to see EACH OTHER, and in my experience, the stress bubble starts to deflate, and I see these two people begin to ENJOY their wedding day. They’ve seen their best friend; they begin experiencing the day TOGETHER. The dynamics of that kind of wedding day are immensely different from the scenario where he paces and sweats, she fumbles and tears up constantly, and the tension is what gets documented the first part of the day.Bridal portrait wedding fort wayne indiana photographer

Many times I have heard resistance to this idea, and the notion that “if he sees me before the wedding he won’t feel that rush of seeing me at the other end of the aisle, it won’t be the same, and it won’t be the way it’s supposed to be.” Remember folks, I have shot LOTS of weddings now. I watch these people all day. The notion that he won’t look down the aisle and say to himself, “Here she comes. There she is. The girl I’m about to marry.” Believe me, the groom still wells up, the best man still pats him on the back, the bride still feels all the emotions she would have—she is STILL walking toward Prince Charming on her dad’s arm, she is STILL about to marry the man she loves, and that walk is still a very special one!Fort Wayne Indiana Wedding photographer grand wayne

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So, to recap, creative portraits take time to get. We can do it after the wedding and before the reception while your mom is hissing “HONEY, the guests are waiting” or we can get them done before, and then you two sail out of the church, onto the party bus or limo, have some extra time with your friends on the way, and you get there before the hoers oeuvres are gone. You can always put a delay between your ceremony and reception to get some fun stuff with your wedding party and then your new spouse. We can stop along the route to the reception, I’ll even ride in the limo if you’d like, or if we’re all finished, I race you to the party, get detail shots of your table settings and your place cards, and your cake before there’s a crowd around it, and greet you as the DJ announces to the guests that you’ve arrived.

Either way, if you plan it into your day, we get the shots you hoped for. The ones your girlfriends and sons and daughters will ooh and ahh over for generations. Either way, we get the documentary of your day. This is the only thing you have left after the gifts are put away and the gown is cleaned.Jon and Jill bryson wedding portraits fort wayne photography

Your preparation for what you want is just as important as mine if you want more than the standard fare in your wedding album. Lakeside park wedding party fort wayne indiana photographer

On the other end of the spectrum, if all you want is the standard fare, you DO NOT want one of those photographers that takes you away from your guests for hours before you get to the party. Check with other brides, talk to them, and don’t take their written word on the site for the final word. Was this person a commando who was rude to the guests? Did they have great ideas or look to the wedding party for guidance? Did the contract they signed represent what REALLY happened? Did this bride get her pictures in a timely fashion? Were they what she had hoped for? If there were any problems or questions whatsoever, did the photographer handle them in a CAN-DO way with prompt responses, and solutions to her issues?Adam and Brittany at lighthouse Celina Ohio wedding photographer

I hate to be crude, but it’s true in some odd ways. Hiring a photographer is like buying a car. It can be pretty and shiny in their portfolio and their website, but they may be letting people down left and right, and if you don’t check, you’re stuck with a big clunker for the rest of your life.bride and groom wedding fort wayne indiana photographer

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The Slattery Wedding / Hicksville Defiance Ohio Wedding Photographer

Nick and Jessica first met me at Wendy’s after talking on the phone and emailing quite a few times. They were both so outgoing and exuberant about their wedding that from the outset I was psyched about working with them, and becoming their friends. After we agreed that we were a good match though, Jessica’s schooling kept us from being in close touch, which is not the way I usually like to work things, since facebooking etc helps us bond and get acquainted so much before the big day when they’re so nervous, and surrounded by everyone. As a matter of fact, we didn’t talk much for months, and until we started dealing with the timeline, hadn’t talked much at all that whole year! When we saw each other again though, we fell right back into the comfy place where we had found ourselves at the outset.
The wedding rehearsal went without a hitch, and the rehearsal dinner at the former opera house in Hicksville was beautiful and filled with love and fun. All of their friends were confident and funny just like them. Grants Catering did a terrific job on both the rehearsal dinner, and the reception, as usual. Fort wayne Hicksville Wedding photographyThe wedding day was a cool sunny day, perfect for November. The wedding went flawlessly, and through our meetings on the timeline, we had built in a break between the wedding and reception so that I could ride in the limo and we could go to a picturesque spot that they had chosen for more photos with the wedding party and the two of them.The Slattery LimoHicksville Ohio wedding photography By the time we all arrived at the party, Brandon had done his usual fine job on the details and the table set-ups, so the bride and groom were able to breeze in, cut their cake toast their toasts and go straight into dinner. Good thing they did, since right after they began their meal, the cake table was bumped just well enough that their perfect cake fell to the floor and was demolished! Thank God Jessica is as easygoing as she is. She shook it off and made sure Brandon went and documented the carnage!Hicksville Ohio Wedding Photographer
Life will be good for these two I’m sure, with the humor and lightheartedness! We wish them only the best, with love and laughter for the rest of their lives!The Slattery Wedding Party with Limo

~~~Hilary and Derrick and our Rainy Day / Ft Wayne Engagement Photography

Finally it was time to get some pictures of Hilary and Derrick. We’ve been texting and emailing and facebooking and talking on the phone. EVERYTHING but actually looking at each other. We’d never met!
We had hoped to rock downtown like I love to do, finding new nooks and crannies; It rained, and it rained and it rained, and with Hilary’s beautiful silk blouse, outside was out of the question.
SO I schlepped into the Hilton with my soggy gear and my assistant,and there stood two of the best looking people I’d ever met.(How do I get this lucky?!) They were fun, and laid back,and relaxed, and willing to do whatever I asked.
Here’s some of what we got.

Their wedding is just a few weeks away. This was for their guest book. Now I’m even more excited for their wedding day! Thanks guys!