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Portraits of love

Since it’s wedding season, I figured I’d post something wedding-related.

On December 10, 2011, my sister married the love of her life.  It was surreal to see my younger sister getting married.  It emphasized how much older I am from her.  Nevertheless, I was extremely happy for them.  That day, they both looked over the moon, so happy and so in love.  They had a simple and elegant wedding; it was beautiful.  It reflected who they are as a couple and I think that’s the most important thing in a wedding.  Due to a limited budget, my sister and her then fiance` had asked me if I could do some engagement photos.  How could I say no?

The Shoot

We didn’t have time to scout different locations or talk much about themes or outfit changes.  The perfect time was when we were having a BBQ at my aunt’s house in the suburbs.  Every summer, you’ll see so many beautiful flowers in her front and backyard.  So, I picked one part of my aunt’s house that’s pretty neutral for a background but also had some flowers to add some color.  For me, a house is the ultimate symbol of a family.  It was the perfect backdrop.

Here are some of my favorite ones from our quick shoot:

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She requested a Prince-William-&-Kate-Middleton-esque type of picture, like this.  Although not exactly the same, my sister just opted for a similar one.

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This is them as husband and wife, aka The Alexanders.

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For their actual wedding, I suggested somebody who was an actual professional photographer and I told my sister I had somebody in mind who can do it, or hopefully can do it.  My dear friend Tamara is an amazing Chicago night-life photographer.  I have been a big fan of her work ever since our days newspaper editing in college.  I decided to contact her to see if she could shoot my sisters wedding.  Her job is very demanding and requires long days and nights and I was so happy she said yes.  She took so many beautiful photos! Everyone loved them! Please check out her work/portfolio here.

Here are a some pictures from Tamara (All photos by www.tamarasusa.com):

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