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Chicago Indian Wedding Published on Chicago Social Bride 2012

December 14th, 2011

Back in June of this year, I had the privilege of photographing a big Three Day indian wedding for Purvi & Pratik. It was a big reunion for me as I had photographed Purvi’s sister, Nicki’s wedding back in 2009. Indian weddings are filled with numerous tradition/festivities and I was privileged to spend the entire […]

 

Back in June of this year, I had the privilege of photographing a big Three Day indian wedding for Purvi & Pratik. It was a big reunion for me as I had photographed Purvi’s sister, Nicki’s wedding back in 2009. Indian weddings are filled with numerous tradition/festivities and I was privileged to spend the entire three day with the Baman family again.

It was exciting news to find out that their wedding had been featured on Chicago Social Bride’s big 5th anniversary issue. What a perfect way to remember their wedding again. Big thanks to all the staff at Modern Luxury for publishing my work in this such big issue! Here’s a photo of the cover and the spread. For bigger image, click on the photo below.

The wedding took place on June 18, 2011 at the Marriott Oak Brook Hills Resort in Oak Brook, IL. Big thanks Rikita Shah, groom’s sister that I got to meet at this wedding. She is the Marketing Manager at the Elysian Hotel in Chicago and I’m excited to be working with her next May for a wedding there. Shout out to Collin Pierson & Shane Rodimel for teaming up with me on this event. And last but not least, thank you Purvi & Pratik for being such amazing clients!

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PhotoVenture IV Preview – Venice & Veneto Region

September 13th, 2011

When people talk about traveling the world, the city of Venice often gets mentioned. I have been engaged in numerous conversations regarding this city and have heard different opinions about it. Some think it’s too dirty and crowded. Some will come and go on a short day trip and treat it like it’s another pit […]

 

When people talk about traveling the world, the city of Venice often gets mentioned. I have been engaged in numerous conversations regarding this city and have heard different opinions about it. Some think it’s too dirty and crowded. Some will come and go on a short day trip and treat it like it’s another pit stop for typical tourists traveling to Italy. Some even thought it’s a city in front of the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas (no joke). Then there are people that absolutely LOVE Venice. The most romantic city in the world. The ones that never been daydream of going there one day while those that have cannot wait to go back again. Regardless of one’s opinion, you cannot help but to ignore Venice. It is one of the most unique city in the world and I hope everyone will get a chance to visit her at least once in their lifetime.

The minute you walk outside the Santa Lucia train station in Venice, you get immersed into the venetian culture. It can be visually overwhelming but take a moment to enjoy the surroundings. It’s beautiful. It truly is a unique city and there’s none like it. Then imagine that you are standing on a city built on water more than 1500 years ago by people that dared to defy sea and build themselves a magnificent dwelling place on top of mud banks in a swampy and treacherous lagoon. Venice has triumphed over all these years commercially, economically, and artistically as one of the most dominant society in perhaps all of western europe. Breath-taking venetian gothic, byzantine as well as other form of architecture will visually thrill you as you ride a boat across their water canal. For most people, Venice will be a short visit as most tourists will flood in the morning and dry out by late afternoon. But to truly experience Venice, you need to stay for several days and get lost in the streets were the locals live. There are approximately 270,000 Venetians dwelling in the island and it’s surroundings and to see them in their day to day life will help you understand and appreciate Venice. Smell the fresh catch at the daily morning fish market. Sip some porsecco during their happy hour as you chat with the locals. Take a coffee break as you enjoy the sunset and music playing in the streets. Sit back, slow down and let Venice soak you in.

I have had the privilege of visiting this city over 3 times in the past couple of years and even had the privilege of photographing a celebrity wedding with Bob Davis in April of 2009. Each time I go back, I fall in love with her more and more. There is something about this city that is magical and it will grab you and not let you go. I cannot wait to go back this November – this time with a group of my photographer friends. I’m privileged to have Bob Davis accompanying me on this adventure as a special guest/speaker. Whether you are a novice or a professional photographer, you will walk away from this trip a different person. Do yourself a favor and visit Venice. She may not be around much longer. Meet her before she is gone. This will be a trip of a life time and I hope you can join us in the fall. A presto!

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…Going to the Castle of Love – Castello Di Amorosa

August 18th, 2011

There are several hundreds of wineries in Napa Valley and I am pretty sure most of them, if not all of them, make great wines. But just like in any business, In order to stand out from the rest, you have to market yourself to be different – and Castello Di Amorosa did just that. […]


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There are several hundreds of wineries in Napa Valley and I am pretty sure most of them, if not all of them, make great wines. But just like in any business, In order to stand out from the rest, you have to market yourself to be different – and Castello Di Amorosa did just that.

I first heard about the castle from my friend Kim Geis who is a resident in Napa. When she found out that I was visiting there last year, she insisted on bring me to this winery that was designed like an Italian tuscan castle. In 2010, I spent over 2 months in Italy and got to see some pretty authentic medieval castles there so it was going to take a lot to impress me. So my initial reaction to her was “a real italian castle in Napa? Come on Kim, it’s going to take a lot to impress me…” Boy was I in for a big surprise!

Driving along highway 29, we passed by Napa, Oakville, St. Helena and the famous “Welcome to Napa” sign. As soon as we entered the town of Calistoga, I turned left into the winery. As I drove long their long winding path that lead to their parking lot, my reaction took a complete different turn. “Oh wow, there really IS an Italian castle in Napa.” The owner Dario Sattui, who also owns V. Sattui winery just down the road built this castle using materials all imported from Italy – brick by brick. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

I got to tour the castle with one of their tour guide Cynthia (I’m not sure what her official title is), who gave us a detailed description about the castle. I was so impressed with what she had to share. Her passion for the castle infused with little bit of humor & sarcasm made the tour very enjoyable. I have been back to the castle total of three times now and every time, I brought back a different group of people to share this experience with. I also made sure that Cynthia was the one that gave us our tour. On my most recent visit, I became their member even though I live in Chicago. I wanted to be part of what they were doing.

Next time you visit Napa, be sure to stop by this castle and request Cynthia to give you the tour. You will thoroughly enjoy your visit, not to mention their great wine. Dario took his dream and made it reality simply by doing it. Castello Di Amorosa (or Castle of Love) will inspire you to be different and teach you to follow your passion!

Castello Di Amorosa

Castello Di Amorosa

Castello Di Amorosa

Castello Di Amorosa

Castello Di Amorosa

Castello Di Amorosa

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Serendipitous Story of Caili & Neil – Chicago Engagement Session

August 1st, 2011

Call it a small world or serendipitous, Caili & Neil were meant to be together and I was meant to be their photographer. Let me try to explain (I hope I don’t butcher their perfect story): Caili & Neil both attended University of Illinois but they did not meet until Caili’s graduation. At that time, […]

 

Call it a small world or serendipitous, Caili & Neil were meant to be together and I was meant to be their photographer. Let me try to explain (I hope I don’t butcher their perfect story): Caili & Neil both attended University of Illinois but they did not meet until Caili’s graduation. At that time, Caili had a friend who had a crush on Neil. This friend dragged Caili to come out and meet Neil and his brother. Caili being a good friend she is obliged and tagged along. She had a great time but did not think much of the encounter. Neil went on couple of dates with Caili’s friend but there wasn’t any chemistry there and just remained friends. Fast forward a bit – Neil gets a job at an advertising agency in Chicago. Short while after, Caili unknowingly got a job at the same agency as a receptionist allowing themselves to reconnect again. Neil & Caili became good friends and by then, Neil started showing his interest in Caili. He must have asked her out on a date at least 20 times before she finally agreed to go out. As they got to know each other – it turns out that they grew up about 10 minutes apart from each other but they did not meet until Caili was about to graduate. Talk about so close yet so far away! Even now they live in the same building but few floors apart. Pretty soon they will finally be together for good.

When Caili inquired about my services for her wedding, I was traveling in S. Korea. I got her inquiry around 4am (thanks to jet lag) and as soon as I saw a picture of her, I immediately connected with her and replied back letting her know that I was going to be her wedding photographer. When I met her, I realized that I actually met her once briefly in college through a mutual friend. Never did I realize that I would be her photographer one day. I feel like her wedding in September will be a perfect ending to a beautiful story. Caili & Neil are so much in love and I did not do much convincing to show their feelings for each other in front of the camera during the eSession. Here are some photos we captured during their fun session in Chicago.

Caili Neil Chicago Engagement Session


Caili Neil Chicago Engagement Session


Caili Neil Chicago Engagement Session


Caili Neil Chicago Engagement Session

Caili & Neil – thank you for giving me the opportunity to capture memories for you guys on your wedding day. September can’t come fast enough!

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Indian Wedding at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott

July 11th, 2011

I had the privilege of photographing the wedding of Purvi’s sister Nicki couple of years ago so I was elated to do the same for her. I LOVE indian weddings as their culture is enriched with tradition, culture and celebration. Simply put – they know how to party. It was great seeing familiar faces and […]

 

I had the privilege of photographing the wedding of Purvi’s sister Nicki couple of years ago so I was elated to do the same for her. I LOVE indian weddings as their culture is enriched with tradition, culture and celebration. Simply put – they know how to party. It was great seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones as well. Thank you so much guys for entrusting me with photographing your day!

Big thanks to Collin Pierson & Shane Rodimel for assisting me that day. Here are some photos from the long but fun weekend:

Thanks again to the Shah & Baman family! I feel like I’m part of the family now. We felt so loved and welcomed by everyone at the wedding. Looking forward to another wedding in the near future. My blog readers – stay tuned for another wedding at the historic Rookery Building in Chicago on my future blog post!



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