I had a quick trip to Chicago back in October for a GORGEOUS fall day of photographing Rachel and Phil. They gave me a little tour of Lincoln Park, and we ended up at the waterfront with epic wind. I had great time catching up (Rachel and I went to high school together way back when!) and chatting about their wedding next fall. Here are a few of my favorites…
This wedding has a special place in my heart. I used to camp outside in 20º, heavy snow + windy conditions for basketball games at Syracuse with these two. We also played “focrossketball” (made-up game blending lacrosse, football, and basketball) and spent many college days together. Lisa has always been an incredibly thoughtful, genuine friend, one that always put me up on her couch when I needed a place to stay when visiting in NYC or CA. Sadly, I only get to see L+M every other year or so.
Lisa and Menotti hosted a wedding unlike any I had ever photographed before. They chose Lake Tahoe because her family had fond memories of vacationing by the lake throughout Lisa’s childhood. It was also a special place that Lisa and Menotti escaped to when they wanted to embrace nature and get out of the city. They invited only their closest family and friends to adventure with them for a long weekend. They spent their time kayaking, hiking, watching Syracuse basketball (where Lisa and Menotti met), and helping set up for their wedding celebration.
Lisa and Menotti spent the morning together at their favorite restaurant in town and then helped each other into their specially tailored wedding clothes while their rescued Pit Bull, Primo, watched and occasionally begged for a few head scratches. The bridal party danced down the aisle, and the ceremony was hilariously and personally officiated by Menotti’s aunt. I will never forget Lisa running around barefoot on the wet field with the majestic mountains in the distance; or the two of them climbing a boulder in the rain, surrounded by miles of pine trees. There were many happy memories, tears, and laughter that surrounded this day.
I’m excited to announce the launch of MORNINGWILD!
Why the change? You might ask…
This decision stems from a desire to match the natural evolution of my work and imagery that has transpired over the past eight years. My style has developed into something more dramatic, emotional, earthy, and creative than the name “Lime Green Photography” has ever represented. LGP was a whimsical idea that I chose at age 19 without much thought or intent—and only a few weddings on the calendar. However, the company has organically grown into something bigger and better than I could have ever imagined. I have loved becoming a documentary wedding and lifestyle portrait photographer while constantly growing as an artist and storyteller.
What is “MORNINGWILD?”
“Morning” is symbolic of the beginning. It’s the time of day when you are your most raw self, before showering and make-up is applied. Before the world and routines begin. It’s reminiscent of golden light, sunrise, peace, and nature. “Wild” is feeling free, without boundaries. It’s about passionately creating something unconventional without limits.
Together, MORNINGWILD signifies the pursuit of something raw, authentic, and creatively beautiful without limitation.
Is anything else changing?!
I also want to say a HUGE thank you to Joshua Noom for working over many drafts and navigating through my imagination to create the logo. Also, big thanks to Frances Close for the brand development. Another thank you to my sweet friends (Alicia, Jenna, Cheyenne, Emily, Abbi, and Elizabeth) for being supportive and proofing the site, logo drafts, image selection, etc. Finally, I’m incredibly grateful for a husband who supports my dreams, even when I think they’re unreachable and crazy.
We woke up at sunrise the day before Lisa + Menotti’s wedding to take in the glorious view of Lake Tahoe. It was quite an adventure, as we almost flipped the rental car while parked narrowly on the side of the highway to grab those photos in the field. Thankfully, Menotti is a good driver :) More to come of their wedding tomorrow…
A rainbow appeared in the sky when we were finishing up photos before the reception. I told Angela + Fabian that it had to be a good sign for their future life together. Loved working with this super sweet couple in Mexico. More to share soon…