dorothy and joe – chicago engagement photography

it was such a beautiful day to walk around the river in downtown chicago and photograph a beautiful couple. i can’t wait to shoot their wedding!

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allison and jared’s – wedding day celebration!

you may remember allison and jared’s save-the-date video where they painted a white backdrop… and some furniture… and each other. playful and fun! their wedding day celebration was even more playful and fun!

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allison and jared’s custom wedding photo-booth – chicago

loved. this. photo-booth! so much fun! thank you susan volk for such a beautiful painting!

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krista and kit – wedding day celebration!! chicago wedding

krista and kit’s wedding was off the hook! love, tears of joy, laughter, dancing, celebration. i loved photographing this wedding! …continue reading

karen and kevin’s wedding photo-booth – chicago

what can i say about karen and kevin’s wedding photo-booth? one word comes to mind; “awesome!”  ***warning – some images not for the faint at heart*** …continue reading

rachel’s bat mitzvah photo-booth – boston

rachel and her family and friends rocked out the photo-booth at her bat mitzvah! it was a glamourous affair held at the four seasons hotel in boston; what a beautiful city, what a grand event! …continue reading

beautiful wedding films

i am asked by almost every wedding photography client who comes through my door to recommend a wedding videographer and every time i think to myself, ‘you don’t want a “videographer”. you want a cinematographer.’ what’s the difference? plenty! when i hear the word videographer, i think ‘tired, uninspired, lazy, just there for the pay check.’ a true cinematographer on the other hand takes the time to produce oscar quality work; something you can’t get anywhere else. many cinematographers, at least those who are worth their weight in gold, scout locations, storyboard shots, seeing the shots no one else would take the time to see and produce wedding films that capture the beauty, the energy and the emotions of a wedding day. in saying that, i’ve created this post as a one stop view of the cinematographers i would want to create a film of my wedding day. my personal favorite is americana cinema.

first up – americana cinema based in los angeles.

Coco + James // Short film from Americana Cinema on Vimeo.

second – still motion based in toronto.

and finally – i do films based in chicago.

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david smith – glass artist

beautiful creations.

David A Smith – Sign Artist from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.

photo-booth love from brides chicago magazine

check it. brides chicago magazine gave a shout out to the custom designed photo-booths! …continue reading

tipografia cinética – rage against the machine – know your enemy

those who know me that i love typography, which plays a big part in the graphic design of the wedding books i create. here’s one of the best typographic videos i’ve seen. i’m also a rage against the machine fan; bonus.

how ink is made

by the by

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dark side of the lens

DARK SIDE OF THE LENS from Astray Films on Vimeo.

quickly now

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josh’s bar mitzvah, hollywood inspired graffiti photo-booth

i was delighted when richele and bernie, josh’s parents, called me a few months ago asking if i would photograph their son josh’s bar mitzvah celebration and create a photo-booth. when i met with josh, he was very clear on what he wanted the background of the photo-booth to be; a hollywood inspiration done in graffiti. i was so excited because …continue reading

kathleen and mike’s wedding day celebration – chicago

kathleen and mike’s wedding day was the definition of a wedding day. love, laughter, hugs, family and friends. simply beautiful! …continue reading

chicago street studio project – love and popcorn

– love and popcorn – by latonya – chicago –

my grandparents took me to see the movie “shaft” when it opened downtown at the oriental theater. keep in mind this was at a time when the oriental was showing movies. i can still smell the popcorn. …continue reading

kathleen and mike – chicago engagement session

i’ve been of the belief that photographing on a rainy day wouldn’t be good, but kathleen and mike’s engagement session was amazing and the sky provided for a pretty dramatic backdrop. luckily it didn’t down pour. …continue reading

krista and kit’s wedding photo-booth

krista and kit’s wedding photo-booth was awesome! to see more and to order prints & jpegs, go here.

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karen and will – wedding day celebration!! – symphony center – chicago

working with karen and will has been such a pleasure. you may remember their engagement session shot in washington, d.c., where they live and work on the front-lines of american politics; helping to change the world for the better. their love for each other is so apparent, as is their love for their families and friends, for life, for art, for dancing. they came back their native to chicago to celebrate their marriage with family and friends in a beautiful church and and a beautiful reception site – the chicago symphony center. such a blast to photograph! i love my job!

Karen & Will Handsfield – Wedding Day Celebration!! from Thomas Marlow on Vimeo.

amy and abe’s wedding photo-booth

amy and abe’s wedding totally rocked! and do you know what else? they and their guests rocked out the photo-booth. yes indeed! here’s the link to order prints – passcode: sayegh – date: 08/22/10

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miodrag “mekey” guberinic – fashion designer, artist, amazing & beautiful

my dear friend miodrag “mekey” guberinic is a constant inspiration to me. his sheer talent in costume design, fashion design, painting, watercolor, sketching – and the list goes on and on. blows my mind how talented he is. currently commissioned by northwestern university for a masters degree, mekey has done some amazing shows there, wearing many hats including set design, lighting design and costume design. i can’t wait to see the things he does with his career. i predict tony awards and oscar awards in his future. …continue reading

lillian bassman – 90+ years old and still creating beautiful photography

lillian bassman’s photographic work in one word? grace. her work is inspiring! she helped start the career of photography greats like richard avedon. click the image to see more of her work and read the article over on cool hunting’s website. …continue reading

chicago street studio project – sugar chicken and the norwegian invasion – stuart – chicago

– sugar chicken and the norwegian invasion – by stuart – chicago

glen and oystein were two norwegian exchange students my mother invited to our home in mississippi in 1982 to mutually expand our cultural horizons. they came on a sunday. …continue reading

chicago street studio project – introduction

in 2006 i proposed to the city of chicago’s department of cultural affairs to take 10,000 portraits of the citizens and visitors of chicago. with a go ahead to begin the photography, the chicago street studio project was born. the intention of chicago street studio project was to create an unprecedented art installation in the state st. + grand ave. red-line subway station, firing the portraits into structural tile and renovating the platform walls with them. it was to be a lasting memorial to the enduring love and passion of human beings, which would move and inspire people for generations to come. …continue reading

lurie garden – millennium park chicago – landscape photography

these are some selected works from a landscape photography shoot i was commissioned to do by millennium park in chicago. …continue reading


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niki de saint phalle

niki de saint phalle broke the barriers of sculptors. she experimented with different mediums to bring about beautiful pieces that express so many different things. a few years ago, the city of chicago’s department of cultural affairs had a niki in the garden exhibit at the garfield park conservatory and commissioned me to photograph the sculptures for a book. …continue reading

up!! married life – carl & ellie

i can’t say that the movie up is the reason i love photograph weddings, but this scene from up summarizes why i do; that for a brief, brief moment, i am able to capture the feeling this scene gives – a glimpse into the love between two people. i tear-up everytime i see this.

typography in motion

i love typography!!

Typography in Motion from on Vimeo.

the empathic civilisation

i think the rsa animate videos are so cool. take some time and watch. “bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet jeremy rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.”

laura & jonathan’s wedding photo-booth

you may remember laura & jonathan’s engagement portraits. their wedding guests were just as creative and expressive in their wedding photo-booth this past weekend in madison, wi. to see more, go here and enter the password “kurtycz”. …continue reading

jim malone – interior designer

jim malone is a brilliant interior designer. i had the opportunity to photograph his work and i was blown-away by all the spaces he has created for his clients. jim can take even the smallest spaces and make them amazing to live in. you can see more of his work at …continue reading

elva + mervin – irish wedding day celebration! – american style

mervin’s brother aidan is a local bartender whom i’ve gotten to know and he totally excited when he asked me to photograph elva + mervin’s wedding day celebration! they had flown over from ireland to get married and then honeymoon on a road trip in california. it was a low key, more intimate affair, complete family, friends and the most warm-hearted priest i’ve ever met. it was a blast to do this shoot! …continue reading

the great divide

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allison & jared’s save the date!!

i’ve been wanting to do this concept for awhile and allison & jared were perfect for it; so playful together!! loved what they painted. allison & jared, you rock!

Allison & Jared are Getting Married!! – Chicago – Save the Date!! from Thomas Marlow on Vimeo.

danielle & bryan’s custom designed wedding photo-booth!

danielle & bryan’s custom designed wedding photo-booth was inspired by danielle & bryan’s love of all things nature and the mythical inspiration found in baroque paintings. the rose and ivy wall is just that, roses and ivy and the floor is unfinished white oak. danielle & bryan and their guests had a blast! …continue reading

sarah & sean – wedding day celebration + book layout

sarah & sean’s wedding day celebration was amazing! the ceremony was held in chicago in lincoln park with a backdrop of trees and skyscrapers. loved blue, yellow and blinged out converse shoes for the ladies and skater shoes with hints of blue for the fellas!  …continue reading

land of dairy farms – wisconsin

my friends anna & lynn are sisters who grew up on a dairy farm in wisconsin and who were encouraging in my choosing to pursue a professional photography career, invited me up to the farm in the autumn of 2005. this was long before i purchased my professional camera and lens and i traveled there packing only a point-and-shoot camera. …continue reading

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