Lifestyle Edit: Wheaton, IL

I've known Kara for the past year and a handful of months. She's a graphic designer with a sharp eye for style in any medium, and someone I've come to trust when seeking input about art, design and personal philosophies of visual communication. Whether it's wedding photography or mixed media design, Kara is a spirit level.

Last month I had an engagement session reschedule because of impending rain, but had rolls of Portra from the previous night's session that had to be shipped that afternoon to photovision for processing. This series of events left me with half of roll of Portra 400 unexposed. 18 frames of film is far too valuable to not use. Enter Kara.

Turns out these are some of my personal favorites of the fine art film portraits I've created this summer, even if they were shot within two minutes outside a Starbucks.

Colorful Bohemian Arizona Bridal

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It's always a delight to photograph in a new landscape with a uniquely wild color palette and textures, air and light. This is an experimental bridal session, shot at Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona, on 35mm film and processed by PhotoVision film lab.

Hair and makeup design were created by Arizona transplant Lindsay Wallen, including the blush pink color on both models and the flower crown incorporating a custom jeweled headpiece. This headpiece and bespoke white lace dress featured are sourced from local Scottsdale Ali's Fashion Design and hand-crafted by talented in-house designer Lana Gerimovich. The silver metallic slip, photographed as an alternative bridesmaid's dress, is featured in the current cocktail dress lineup at anthropologie

Our fellow Chicago/Arizona wedding double-timers at Hoot & Holler created the stunner of a bride's bouquet using orange poppies, ranunculus, thistle, parrot tulips, eucalyptus and spray roses. These gals are not just wedding florists, but live up to their motto of "floral renegades."

Shoutout to my folks, Craig & Wendy, for being the best assistants, and Lindsay & Katelyn for being so willing to try, test and play with new ideas and experimental posing concepts as bride for a day models. 

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Lifestyle Edit: Brooklyn, New York

I spent 30 hours in New York City, and the course of an afternoon, evening and morning with Jenny. She's a writer, friend, daughter, photographer, girlfriend and supporter of women everywhere. As a Grand Rapids native living in Brooklyn, she explores identity, culture, fashion, design, art and what it means to be a new woman at liberty in the capital of the world. 

Jenny invited me to visit after we connected on Instagram after brushing social circles while we were both undergrads at Wheaton College. (We were both misfits in a way our senior year.) I had admired the way she presented her life through photographs and captions with unabashed verve and loveliness. From her flawless nails to her self-activating philosophy, Jenny's IG profile (@jenhansma) drew me in- and I knew I wasn't the only one who was attracted to such a modern balance of prolific experience and minimal lifestyle.

A lifestyle photography session contextualizes portraits. In this case, this loft is a carefully considered, curated collection of living areas that idealize natural light, open space and cozy corners. An economy of square footage demands that every thing be an artifact beauty serving either joy or a practical purpose. In this case (as most others), Jenny's home reflects her mind & soul.

* This is an off-season personal photo project, and some images are experimental and therefore different from my usual wedding photography style. These images were shot on 35mm Kodak Portra 400 and Portra 800 film and processed by Indie Film Lab