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Thanks for the memories…

Ever since I was a young child I’ve had a fascination with photography.  Something about capturing a brief moment in time, a split second that can never be recreated, but can be cherished for generations led me on a path to become a professional photographer.

The first chapter.

Weddings were something that I stumbled into more than anything else.  20+ years ago I hadn’t really thought that I would set out to become a wedding photographer, but that’s what ended up happening.  I was fascinated by capturing those brief moments, and weaving those moments together to tell a story.  In fact, the key quote/message that my business was based on was…

We’ll capture your wedding day artistically, elegantly, and most importantly:  truthfully…
The essence of your wedding day is not captured in scripted or staged photographs.
It’s captured in the smiles, the laughter, the tears and the fleeting moments that tell your true love story.

At the time, I was focused on photojournalism.  I was focused on capturing “Real Moments. Real Stories.”  It was simple in theory, but difficult to do in practice…  I’d like to think that what I was able to accomplish with my wedding career was special.  That my photographs brought joy to countless couples and their families, and that the stories I told with my photographs would be cherished for generations…

While I loved working with couples and documenting their special day, the 12+ hour grind and heavy equipment took its toll on my neck and joints.  Eventually I got to the point where I had only a few weddings left back in 2018, at which point I hung up my wedding camera for good.

The next chapter.

Friends and fellow photographers have been asking me, “what will you do if you don’t shoot weddings?”

I had wondered the same thing myself until I realized that telling a story applied to more than just weddings.  The skills and talent that I honed capturing and telling the story of a wedding day, can be adapted to tell any story.

My background in photography, video production, graphic arts and technology puts me in a position to help my clients with a broad array of creative products and services to help them “tell their brand story” and connect with their customers.

Sounds simple in theory, right?  I guess I’ll find out!

You can connect with me through NIN9 Creative.




Me Myself and I

Amazing new USB Drives!

I just recently received some amazing new USB drives to use for distributing Digital Negatives to my clients!  I’m super impressed with the high quality feel and printing of my logo on these thumb drives from USB Memory Direct.

If any of you are also looking for branded USB drives for your businesses, I would highly suggest that you check out USB Memory Direct!

Check out the various drive styles here.

The drive style that I ordered can be found here.

Congratulations Joe & Laura!


Joe & Laura’s wedding was held just last month and was one of my last weddings this season.  This was a great event to cap off an amazing wedding season for 2017.  Their ceremony was held at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Naperville.  We made a few quick photo stops in downtown Naperville on the way to a gorgeous reception at the Sheraton Lisle Hotel.

Please check out a few of my favorite photos and a slideshow.


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Melanie - July 25, 2018 - 9:01 pm

These are beautiful and they must be thrilled!

Congratulations Darek & Elizabeth!

Darek and Elizabeth were married in October this year.  Their ceremony was held at Holy Trinity Church in Chicago followed by a reception at Floryan Banquets.

Please check out a few of my favorite photos and a slideshow.


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