Superb light bridal portrait
Soft Bridal Portrait
First Look Romantic
Grace Church Wedding - Love in a Frame
Wedding Photos in the Park
Wedding Gown in Natural Window Light
How Beautiful is that Dress
Photojournalistic Candid Wedding Photography
Bridal Portrait in Black and White
Country Wedding at Fernwood Botanical Gardens
Beautiful bridal portrait at Oliver Mansion
Portrait of the Groom
First Look - Coppes Commons in Nappanee
Ring picture on Beautiful Flowers at Coppes Commons, Nappanee In
Bride pondering wedding at Oliver Mansion, South Bend, Indiana
Bride Beauty Portrait with Veil - Cliff Mautner Bootcamp
Dramatic Bride and Groom Interaction
Sun, Sand and Beach Theme Engagment - Silver Beach, Michigan
Secret Whispers After First Look at Oliver Mansion, South Bend,
Beautiful Bridesmaids Dresses
Fun Together During First Dance at The Brick in South Bend, Indi
Sunset on the Beach at Silver Beach, Lake Michigan, St. Joe, Mic
Engagement Sihouette on the Beaches of Lake Michigan
Bride and Groom Photo at Shanklin Park, Goshen, IN
Fun Poses with the Groomsmen
The Toast Speech
Bridesmaids Sharing Memories for the Bride in Goshen, Indiana
Thank You Card Photo at Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Niles, Mic
Superb light bridal portraitWhat more can I say about this bridal portrait than…stunning! This turned out as good as I had hoped and is one of my all-time favorite photos of a bride or groom that I have ever taken. In this photo I was able to use light and shadow to artistically create mood and interest. Ironically this photo wasn't taken at a wedding and wasn't even taken of an actual bride! One might as, why was a young lady dressed in a bridal dress and vale then? This was actually photographed during a bootcamp workshop that I attended. This is actually a model who was hired to allow us photographers to practice techniques we were being taught. It was in Philladelphia, PA, nowhere near Goshen, Elkhart, South Bend or Michiana. However, rest assured that these types of photos are easily accomplished on your wedding day! When you hire me to shoot your wedding I will work with you and your spouse to produce beautiful works of art such as this. The goal is to portray your important wedding day in a beautiful, natural and stunning fashion and to capture the genuine love between you and your fiancé!
Soft Bridal PortraitThis photo started as a traditional bridal portrait and ended up becoming one of my favorite photos that I've made. After the first look session I was able to spend about ten minutes alone with the bride before the ceremony started. I found an outside door that had a window in it and had the bride take a seat and began photographing her. The light was beautiful and created a wonderful glow around her vail and bouquet. With a little Photoshop work, I'm very pleased with the end result! This would make a beautiful piece of wall art when printed large format and framed.
First Look RomanticHow much fun is it to be in love with your best friend! After the first look surprise photos, I placed the couple in a shady spot and let them talk about the ceremony that was going to begin shortly and I was able to take candid shots of them interacting. The groom was joking and they were laughing which added vibrancy and life to the photos and incorporated some fun into the final photo. After trying various crop angles I settled on this finished frame!
Grace Church Wedding - Love in a FrameWhat a super fun couple! We had a really great time this day, walking around Shanklin Park in Goshen Indiana. The wedding was at Grace Community Church in Goshen, which wasn’t too far from the park. I asked the couple if we could use the park as the setting for their wedding portraits as well as the photos of the wedding party. The scenery was perfect, however we didn’t anticipate the heat and humidity that day. The temperature was above 90 degrees and the humidity was overwhelming. Once all the wedding party formals were done, I asked these two to hang out casually and just have fun in the shade, so they could cool off. I gave them a couple props, including this picture frame, and told them to just have fun and enjoy each other’s company. I positioned myself 30 feet away so that they would forget I was there. Within minutes they were laughing and having fun. Once they decided to have a kiss, my camera was ready and I took the shot!
Wedding Photos in the ParkI think this an interesting pose and really shows off the bride’s wedding dress well. I wasn’t going for any particular look here, I had just asked these two to make up some poses and action and this was what they came up with. The wedding day can often be full of stress and a million responsibilities, but my job as a professional photographer is to make sure you carve out time to take photos such as these. Once the ceremony is over and everyone’s gone home, you’ll never regret having these shots to reflect back on. These two had a great charisma together and clicked super well in front of the camera. The park setting lends a contrasting darker background, along with the natural lighting, combined to form this wonderful environmental portrait of bride and groom.
Wedding Gown in Natural Window LightI light to showcase the brides wedding dress by itself. Window light is perfect for illuminating the details of the dress. The bride was excited to be able to hang the dress from the decorative hanger that I gave her as a gift. With the white bow and her married name on the hanger, it made for a perfect way to show off her bridal dress.
How Beautiful is that DressThe wedding dress looks so awesome hanging in front of a window, I had to showcase it. I gathered all of the girls in front of the dress and snapped a few candid photos of them looking it over. Of course, the bride was happy too and I was able to capture the excitment!
Photojournalistic Candid Wedding PhotographyThis particular photo holds a special place with me, mainly because this couple is my cousin and her new husband! They were looking for a low cost photographer and me, being the wonderful cousin that I am, decided to take on the job for them. The wedding venue was the beautiful Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve in Niles, Michigan. This is an example of how I like to mix candid, photojournalistic images with traditional, posed imagery. I strive to allow my clients to interact freely and by themselves. One way I accomplish this is with long zoom lenses, which allows me to stay quite a distance from you and your partner. This is how I managed this photo, I was positioned 30 feet away and they were genuinely having fun. Once they decided to have a kiss, I was ready to take the shot!
Bridal Portrait in Black and WhiteWhat a beautiful bride she is! Actually, she’s not a real bride, but a model. This photo was taken during a workshop I attended in Philadelphia, PA that focused on lighting and shooting techniques for professional wedding photographers. As a photo artist in the Elkhart & Goshen Indiana area, I’m committed to continuing education and improvement in order to provide you the absolute best, most beautiful and unique photos. I really like the blurred background (called bokeh) of this shot as well as the bride’s pose and the way her vail is showcased so beautifully. This is an example of what you can expect when you hire me for your wedding. Either before or after your wedding ceremony, we will spend an hour together capturing a set of flattering images of you and your fiancé together, something that you can look back on for many years, allowing you to remember your special day!
Country Wedding at Fernwood Botanical GardensHere’s another great environmental portrait capturing the day as it unfolds. I keep my camera ready at all times because you never know when the moment will be just right for a candid photo of the bride and groom. As a professional photographer I’ve learned to anticipate the special moments when the magic happens. This is one of those moments that took place at Fernwood Botanical Gardens. The couple was having a great time when I looked up and noticed the lighting and background was perfect. A quick look at the camera and the photo was made!
Beautiful bridal portrait at Oliver MansionThis wedding took place at the beautiful Oliver Mansion in downtown South Bend. As a standard part of my wedding day photography I usually like to spend 30 minutes with the bride to showcase everything about her. To make this photo, we decided to find a location that had beautiful, even lighting and we came across and area in the grass that was perfect. This bride was just a natural in front of the camera so I knew we were going to make stunning images. As a professional photographer, I’ve learned that certain poses are most flattering, and this is definitely one of them. After talking and laughing for a few minutes, she began to relax and be herself. Once I noticed a natural smile I clicked the shutter and the photo was made!
Portrait of the GroomOften times as wedding photographers, we get so wrapped up in capturing all of the beauty of the bride and bridal party, that it's easy to overlook the groom! I was able to steal about 5 minutes with this future husband for a portrait. There was great natural light streaming through the window in the hotel room, so I decided to sit him down in front of it. The light was very directional, almost creating a split lighting patter on his face. The lighting and pose worked well to give the bride a nice picture of the man she was getting ready to marry!
First Look - Coppes Commons in NappaneeThis photo started off as a first look with the couple. The ceremony and reception took place at Coppes Commons in Nappanee, Indiana. I generally encourage my couples to do a first look before the ceremony, as there are great benefits in saving time with the couple’s photos. Traditionally brides and grooms were not allowed to see each other any time prior to the actual ceremony, however with the first look, I setup a surprise meeting between the bride and groom. In this shot, the couple had just finished the first look and were mingling together and just generally having fun. I really like the look and feel of the upstairs room at Coppes Commons, particularly the bare bulbs hanging from the ceiling along with the natural woodwork. The combination of the room décor with the romance of the couple provided a perfect wide angle shot!
Ring picture on Beautiful Flowers at Coppes Commons, Nappanee InI absolutely love taking photos of details such as rings, shoes, dresses and table settings. This shot is taken with a special type of lens called a macro lens. This lens is made specifically for taking close up shots of small items. The lens has a special design which allows you to place the camera very close to items and still be able to focus on them. Photos of these items are very important because they show the flavor and personality of your wedding day. These pictures preserve a snapshot in time that becomes very important to future generations and allow you to pass along the stories of your family. Also, these photos look great in a wedding album as backgrounds or opening or closing page photos. This particular shot was taken using natural window light at Coppes Commons in Nappanee Indiana.
Bride pondering wedding at Oliver Mansion, South Bend, IndianaThis photo was taken in one of the upstairs rooms at the Oliver Mansion in South Bend, Indiana. The bridesmaids were in the middle of hair and makeup and everyone was relaxing and preparing for the ceremony. I noticed the beautiful light that was streaming in from the window so I decided to wait until the bride was close to the window and try and make some great photos. As a professional photographer I’ve learned to seek out window light whenever possible, as this type of light is usually very flattering and accentuates the natural beauty of the bride and wedding dress. What I really like about this shot is that it’s 100% genuine, it wasn’t staged, and it’s a true moment where this bride is in deep thought, presumably about the big event about to take place.
Bride Beauty Portrait with Veil - Cliff Mautner BootcampThis picture represents new photography and lighting techniques that I’ve been working on recently. I’ve learned, through trial and error, some of the best photos are made when there’s a high contrast between light and shadow. This technique is best applied to brides in particular, as it tends to accentuate their skin tones and beautiful body lines as well as showcase the bright white in the wedding dress and veil. Another flattering aspect of this bridal portrait is the angle at which the bride is positioned. The high camera angle can be very flattering as it tends to enlarge the eyes and make the under chin area appear smaller, which is something most women like! This was taken during a wedding photography course that I attended in Philadelphia, PA in which we learned lighting techniques and was able to practice our new skills on paid models.
Dramatic Bride and Groom InteractionHere is another example of playing light against shadows. I love spending quite a bit of time with the bride and groom taking portraits and general interaction shots. I feel it’s so important to capture the connection and general excitement between the couple that I generally plan at least one hour of time to spend with them. When I processed this portrait, I chose to place the couple on the right side with a lot of negative space, I feel that this composition feels balanced and gives the effect that the bride is looking off into the distance and leads the eye to hers. I particularly like the amount of affection portrayed here as well.
Sun, Sand and Beach Theme Engagment - Silver Beach, MichiganI can’t think of a better setting for engagement photos than the beach! This couple decided to take their engagement session at Silver Beach in Michigan and I was just as excited as they were. We timed the session so that we could spend an hour taking photos before sunset and then be at the beach for the beautiful sunset. Their wedding theme was beach/carribean, so I knew the engagement pictures would coordinate well. I used a photographic technique called HDR, which combines multiple photos together to make a single picture. This creates the dramatic sun as seen here as well as allows the subject (bride & groom) to be properly exposed. I chose to bend down at a low angle and shoot upward slightly to position the sun behind their heads. Once they moved in for the kiss, I clicked the shutter and this is the result. They were very happy with the result.
Secret Whispers After First Look at Oliver Mansion, South Bend, Another great candid moment! This moment was captured directly after a first look event and is a great example of how I capture moments using a photojournalistic approach. I staged this first look outside in good lighting in the stunning sunken garden at the Oliver Mansion in South Bend. I had the bride stationed on a stone pathway waiting for the groom to approach. The first look event is something that I think adds a great deal of anticipation and romance to the wedding day. Sometimes brides are reluctant to see their fiancé before the ceremony, however I truly think that it doesn’t diminish from the actual first look during the ceremony and the benefits in terms of time saving are much greater than the drawbacks. Once the first look was over, these two were just enjoying each other and interacting. Once I saw him close in for a secret whisper I knew there was a good picture to be made and this is the result!
Beautiful Bridesmaids DressesI really liked the way the blue dresses contrast with the dark gray background and skin tones of this image. The girls were wanting to show off their dresses so this seemed like an appropriate shot. I asked the girls to lineup with their arms wrapped around each other with, of course, the future bride in the center. The shot was taken under and overhang which provided some much needed open shade in the middle of the hot noon sun at Bertrand Park in Niles, Michigan. In the end, all of the girls loved the way it turned out!
Fun Together During First Dance at The Brick in South Bend, IndiWedding receptions can be so much because everyone is finally allowed to let loose, dance and generally have fun. This is a great example of photojournalistic or candid photography. I work hard to capture a set of photos that portray the spirit and energy of the day, so that the bride and groom have a storyline to look back at for many years to come. This was taken at a beautiful venue in South Bend called The Brick. Situated on the St. Joseph River, receptions here are light and airy and surrounded with white brickwork and tall ceilings. This particular shot was taken during the first dance between the bride and groom. They were having so much fun together that I knew a meaningful shot was going to be taken.
Sunset on the Beach at Silver Beach, Lake Michigan, St. Joe, MicHow can you not love beach engagement shots! This engaged couple had the awesome idea to shoot their session on Lake Michigan at Silver Beach and I was all in. We picked a timeframe approximately 2 hours before the sunset. My goal was to be able to give this couple a variety of different styles by shooting the extremes from bright midday sun all the way through the end of the sunset. There were a million beach goers on Lake Michigan that day and they were in our way, so I made the decision to try some shots from behind them, looking out into the water. The pier was a interesting element as well. These two were having a great time together, just sitting side-by-side and talking, while watching the sun go down. I made sure to use a long zoom lens so that I could stay far away and not disturb them. Once I saw them looking into each other’s eyes I knew that was the moment and snapped the picture. The color of the sunset was gorgeous and I was able to accentuate it during post processing.
Engagement Sihouette on the Beaches of Lake MichiganThis photo was taken on the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan during an engagement photo session. This couple was excited to spend the afternoon walking the shoreline and having me capture this wonderful time in their lives for them. We had been shooting for about 2 hours and the sun was setting quickly at Silver Beach, Michigan. Drawing on my many years of experience as a professional wedding photographer, I knew this beautiful sunset could produce a romantic silhouette for them. I setup to expose properly for the sun, which put my couple as black outlines. After a couple shots, I knew I had something they would love. Lake Michigan and all the beaches along the coast line make great locations for engagements, weddings, romantic portraits and prime family photo opportunities.
Bride and Groom Photo at Shanklin Park, Goshen, INThis was a fun shot from the beginning. The setting for this shot is in the beautiful Shanklin Park in Goshen, IN. This park is so beautiful that I knew I had to take this couple there to take some of their wedding photos. The park provides a wonderful mix of sun and shade along with scenic backdrops for beautiful group photography. As a wedding photographer with over 15 years of experience, I now have a substantial list of locations such as this all around the Michiana, South Bend and Mishawka areas, which allows for a wide variety of settings for any client request or theme. This couple was just getting used to being in front of the camera and was really beginning to enjoy themselves. I just kept snapping pictures and leaving them to themselves, and the next thing I know, she looks straight at me and I take this photo. This is such a great image because of the genuine love and affection that is evident between the two of them. The wedding day is absolutely one of the most important times in a couples life and it’s so important that these memories are preserved through photography.
Fun Poses with the GroomsmenIt's always a fun task to come up with unique and fun poses for the groom and his wedding party. The day was a bit soggy from 3 inches of rain, so I knew we had to find a dry spot in which to attempt a few pics of the guys. The hotel in Niles, MI where everyone was getting ready at had a nice looking overhang where we were able to capture a few pics. I figured the guys would be willing to try something different, so I had them crouch down come together for a quick shot. It turned out to be a unique way to show off this half of the bridal party!
The Toast SpeechOf course, almost all weddings have to have the toast and speech. This particular reception was no different. What was different was how fun this best mad was! The speech was just hilarious from beginning to end and the couple, as well as the wedding guests, all loved his heartfelt message to the bride and groom. I tried to capture a few of the good parts of the speech for them!
Bridesmaids Sharing Memories for the Bride in Goshen, IndianaI really enjoy shooting wedding parties because they are always so much fun and everyone has fun doing participating. During most of my weddings I try to come up with fun ideas or activities that the wedding party can do to interact and make the photos unique. For this photo taken in Goshen, I decided to try chalkboards with chalk markers. I asked all the ladies to write a sentence describing how they met the bride. This is a great way for the bride to capture the memories of all of her bridesmaids and provides nice context with which to remember her wedding day years later.
Thank You Card Photo at Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Niles, MicI took this pic for this couple because they wanted something to use for their thank you cards. We were in the beautiful foliage at Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Niles, Michigan. This venue is a real gem around the Michiana area and is an easy drive from South Bend, Elkhart, Granger and most Northern Indiana cities. I really like the contrast of the wedding dress against the green and darker background. I will accommodate any special photo requests of all my clients and really enjoy working with you on these!
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