Heidi & Neal (married)

Heidi and Neal's pastor summed it up perfectly when he said "the wetter the rope, the tighter the knot" during their wedding ceremony at Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church in Swedesburg, IA. Their day rained without ceasing from dawn till dusk, but nobody let it ruin the fun. Special thanks to Heidi, Neal and the entire wedding party for braving the drizzle and letting us take photos outdoors – it was a blast! To add sentiment to the occasion, Swedesburg Lutheran is the church Heidi grew up in and the church where both her sisters and her parents were married! Pink isn't a color many guys can pull off, but the Neal and his dudes made pink bow ties look downright debonair. The bridesmaids held their own with pink umbrellas that made playing in the rain look like more fun than a bucket of kittens. After the ceremony the wedding party rode a party bus into Mt. Pleasant for a reception at Iowa Wesleyan College Social Hall, making a stop for some group photos along the way. The selection of favorite images below convey the emotions of the day better than our words. Heidi and Neal were a fantastic couple to work with and we wish them many blessings in their marriage!

History On Repeat

Earlier this year I had a killer cover shoot for Yellowbrick Magazine featuring History on Repeat from Des Moines (we have their EP in our frequent rotation at the studio - seriously good stuff). The band drove down to the studio for the shoot. The cover concept was a heroic looking sunset shot, but it was raining hard so we ended up faking it. I shot the band in studio and composited them onto sky photographed at a later date (see the Behind The Scenes photos below). The guys were really cool and agreed to go outside with me to shoot in the rain. We started with umbrellas, but those were quickly discarded in exchange for maximum soakage (I stayed under an umbrella to protect the camera). It's amazing how great images can come out of seemingly terrible shooting conditions! For you photographers reading this, the guy in the fedora is the son of photography superstar Lori Nordstrom. Enjoy the images and make sure you give the band a listen!

Samantha Gratton snapped some behind the scenes photos (she's married to musical mastermind Scott Gratton who's mad ups were featured on our photoshoot with The Magazines). Here's our setup for the composited cover:

And here's a peek at my secret photography weapon, the stripey umbrella: